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September 19, 2011
The Age of Awakening Series #3: Big Shift Underway - We Are Taking This Planet Back!
Hello Every One
Here is what I wrote to a couple of beloved friends on September 9:
"Focusing on the Light is always the best way to be of assistance as the worn out scenarios of fear plaguing this planet - especially at this time - only feed those who thrive on it and on the Light-cancelling effect it has on souls.
Right now (written on Sept 9) this fear card is being played to the tilt in the US by the Illuminati on the eve of the 10th anniversary of their sadistic attack against the peace of this world, through the all too gullible and/or willing pawns of the propaganda media.
Hey! I'm going to make a prediction. Goodness and Love on Earth will soon flow through every heart and bring humanity in synch with God's glorious Plan for the upliftment of all souls back to Source. It will be a very contagious explosion of Joy as everyone realizes that we are all One, all part of the same family, soon to be reacquainted with our space-faring brothers and sisters, ready for lift off to a higher dimension of Love and Bliss. Only Love and Harmony will prevail...
It's already begun and it will trigger a tsunami of Laughter that nothing can stop!
That's the kind of stuff we need to focus more and more on if that's what we want to manifest...
And you must absolutely watch this one below!!! What a powerful, hope-stirring movie it's gonna be!!! Wow!! (See it in HD full screen)
Thrive What on Earth Will It Take? (3-minute video at link) http://thrivemovement.com/
On 11-11-11, Thrive, the documentary movie event, will open around the globe on the Internet. The trailer gives a tantalizing glimpse of a movie that asks and answers tough questions about why we are not thriving and how we can. It explores free energy and how we have the knowledge right now to free ourselves from the chains of the current global energy policies. It shows the link between the cover-up of ETs and the Illuminati. The movie does it all with a big-screen motion picture feel that I think will grab the audience. While they still may be slumbering, I think theyre also hungry for the story this film unfolds. Movie Synopsis: THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on whats REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.
Oh! How about this one!...
There I was sitting at the bar staring at my drink when a large, trouble-making biker steps up next to me, grabs my drink and gulps it down in one swig.
"Well, whatcha' gonna do about it?" he says, menacingly, as I burst into tears.
"Come on, man," the biker says, "I didn't think you'd CRY. I can't stand to see a man crying."
"This is the worst day of my life," I say. "I'm a complete failure. I was late to a meeting and my boss fired me. When I went to the parking lot, I found my car had been stolen and I don't have any insurance. I left my wallet in the cab I took home. I found my wife with another man and then my dog bit me." "So I came to this bar to work up the courage to put an end to it all, I buy a drink, I drop a capsule in and sit here watching the poison dissolve; then you show up and drink the whole thing! But enough about me, how's your day going?
... Some levity for a change :-)
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"We would like to bring your attention to the resulting efforts of those of you who have brought forth the energies of love for this time. There was a weakening effect of the storms pull toward destruction and even though damage resulted, greater disasters were annulled. Much of this was due, in part, to your contributions of love, your visions of protection, and the prayers of unity that spiraled outward from a place of true heart-based interconnectivity. We would say job well done."
"The recent events in the Americas have no doubt many of you wondering what has transpired. We detected the use of chemtrails and other devices to take what was initially a natural event, a hurricane, and expand it and divert its path. We have taken our own steps to downgrade the ferocity of this event but acknowledge as well your efforts, which have been quite effective, at lessening its impact through the power of your thoughts. While there was great destruction, the vast majority of it was part of the natural world and necessary for Gaias transformation."
"Jean, it is amazing to me that so few people reward you for this incredible offering you share with us. I find you to provide the single most comprehensive news on the web... the entire full circle of news, from the vastness of the cosmos to the darkness that undermines. Somehow you cover it all! That I who have no income offers you more support than most is incomprehensible to me - but then the values of this world have always been incomprehensible to me, so nothing is new. I value your work like water - like air - supremely precious... gifted to our bodies by a mother so generous most of us forget she exists! With love and gratitude..."
- Jaiia Earthschild (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Billions upon billions of sparklers aptly describes your world as we see it, with countless sparks of light radiating from lightworkers and spiritually awakening souls. This is a splendid way for you to think of your world and to visualize it too, so as to lift the lower vibrations of those who see it as topsy-turvy because they don't understand the changes afoot. The Illuminati do understand and they are not handling the changes at all well. It is as if they are on a roller coaster that once had powerful highs with few mild dips and now the ride is bunched up wobbly lows. Because the makeup of dark hearts and minds is fear, they need fear to sustain themselvesit is their fuel and they know it is running low. Instead of dwelling on fearful feelings, many people are being stalwart, innovative and ingenious as they deal with difficult circumstances; they are bartering goods and services, sharing resources and residences, or receiving other types of assistance. The caring of the helpers and the gratitude of the receivers is generating brilliant light. As for the Illuminati, compared to their former iron grasp on the global economy, they have but an iota of maneuvering capability left. All of their major terrorism attempts since "9/11" have failed. Members and their minions are defecting from the ranks. Although they still have the ability to manipulate weather and originate earthquakes, their intended massive death toll and devastation consistently is lessened by spaceship crews and their technology. The focus on peace keeps growing worldwide and weary troops have no more will to fight. Demands for alternative energy sources to oil and nuclear power are gaining strength much to the dismay of the Illuminati, who profit handsomely from those power sources. And worst of all for the dark ones, their eternal nemesis, light, keeps intensifying."
- Matthew -- Taken from his September 9 message which covers the following topics: Illuminati status; forthcoming truths; uneasiness; vibrations, law of attraction; how prayer works; Golden Age dates; density, two definitions; planet and population; effects of sound, words
"They have so much spoiled their magnificent land in their rush to modernization. Now hopefully they'll also open up and catch up with the esoteric and non religious, spiritual side of reality and discover how magnificent their souls are - just like every other soul on Earth. This way, they'll see that beyond the gripping fear that is still so much choking the Spirit of so many, there is Grace and Trust and Love, and just start relaxing and enjoying every breathe in the knowledge that eternal learning, as part of the Universal Being that IS through it all, is what the real "Game" of Life is. Tell them we love them... The whole world loves them! They are family... as we all are..."
- In a reply to a friend and ERN subscriber currently giving a series of lectures & classes in China.
There is Silence, Nothing.
And there is Light.
Of Light is our world.
The membrane between them can become permeable and we experience Silence too.
Silence amidst the living world.
In the living world Light dances.
Mostly we know nothing of any of this.
We go busily about our lives.
But if we would take the time to experience the Silence,
the Light becomes apparent and we twinkle with this knowing.
It is not so much a question of finding ourselves,
but in stopping to misidentify with what we are not.
Meditation is stopping.
We care too much for the business of living.
And care not enough for the Silence and the Light.
There are moment stopping events like looking amazed
into the eyes of a speckled fawn when Silence and Light look back.
If we could be kinder, the membrane becomes thinner.
If we could be kinder, behaviour in the world would change.
Who knows where it could end?
We would be on the wondering, wandering path back to Silence.
Laughing, singing and dancing.
By David Fiske (email@example.com) who wrote this after having a magical encounter with deers where he lives in Ontario. Here is how he described it last September 8: "This morning there were six deers in my garden, two mothers and four fawns still with white spots, so two pairs of twins. They jumped in various directions but one fawn in confusion ran directly towards me, (I was even nervous he might knock me down!) stopped at the edge of the garden and we looked directly at each other for a full minute while he took me in. Then he bounded off. No camera with me but the memory is precious. Beautiful world!" Later on he added: "I actually wrote this as I heard myself saying much of this during a meditation when I was giving a talk to people!"
--- WORTH NOTING RIGHT AWAY
Recommended by Lou Bognon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gandhis Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World.
You must be the change you want to see in the world.
As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world that is the myth of the atomic age as in being able to remake ourselves.
Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
5. The present moment
I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.
6. Everyone is human
I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.
It is unwise to be too sure of ones own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I wont presume to probe into the faults of others.
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.
Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.
THANK YOU for choosing Love and Unity on 9/11 http://onetheevent.org/participate.html
On behalf of One Becoming One and the global One: The Event Team, we thank every single ONE of you for how you showed up -- by signing the Pledge, by joining in the Moment of Love with thousands of people around the world, by participating online, and by choosing love and unity at this critical time of history.Thanks to your participation the event was a HUGE success. We had over 50,000 people log into the webcast on Sunday, and between Facebook and our partner banners, we have reached millions of people worldwide. The positive feedback continues to pour in and the Momentum is growing. The Moment of Love Keeps Growing: You are an integral part of the global story to accelerate a worldwide shift to Love and Unity. The more we come together and support each other from a place of love and compassion we increase our collective effectiveness. We have put together a page that contains what's happening next from our partners to bring the world together in Love and Unity. CLIP
2011 International Peace Day Global Broadcast Preview http://peaceday.tv/
Our 3rd annual Broadcast celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the International Day of Peace - 2011 Peace Day Global Broadcast features the following UN Peace Messengers, Special Segments, and Ambassadors. Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall, Edward James Olmos, Tavis Smiley, Ringo Starr, Marianne Williamson and a host of musicians, actors, humanitarians, sport figures and authors are coming together to participate in the PEACE DAY 2011 Global Internet Broadcast celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace.The "PEACE DAY" Global Internet Broadcasts have been viewed by millions of people around the globe. The 2009 and 2010 Broadcasts have streamed live from the official website of the United Nations and simultaneously on more than 2,000 websites of organizations throughout the world. Click here to read more and get further details. This recommendation comes from Humanity's Team which is a Global grassroots movement embodying oneness with a profound respect for cultural diversity and responsibility for all of life. We are dedicated to raising consciousness through living our life with purpose, being a loving presence, and serving through authentic leadership. As Spiritual Activists, we are united in our passion to awaken society to oneness as a community of joyful, loving, peaceful and harmonious beings.
Elevated Thoughts for your day from the Meditation Museum http://www.meditationmuseum.org/
The right solution is found by the mind which is free from worry...
Expression: No matter how hard one worries about a problem, there can be no solution found. When the mind is free from worry, it is able to be calm. Then there will be no struggle but very naturally the right decision is made, which would be for the benefit of the self and that of others too. On the contrary, a mind that is worried would make decisions that are harmful, even after a lot of thinking and rethinking.
Experience: When I keep the mind free from worry in the most difficult situation, I am able to experience inner calm, in spite of the outer disturbance, because there is no disturbance in my natural thinking process. There is a lot of peace within, which enables me to be free from negative feelings for everyone. I also naturally have good wishes for myself and others, so whatever I do would be for everyone's benefit.
BIG HUG 2012 http://bighug-2012.de/pages/english.php
BIG HUG 2012 is a mass rally, in which we all together will encompass happy changes in our society -- Well join in mutual respect and tolerance on May 1st, 2012, the Global Love Day, in a rally, as the world has never seen.On the streets of the Pan-American Highway between Alaska / Canada and Chile / Argentina, we extend our hands together and show our intention to change in our present society. Love and respect for each other is the path. Many institutions and groups will use this day to present their version of a better world to a large audience. Thousands of positive thoughts are expressed on that day, future plans, forged friendships, connections made, all on the purpose of better co-existence upon our planet. MUCH more detail through http://bighug-2012.de/pages/english.php - Recommended by Sylvia Klaere (email@example.com) from Germany who has devoted lots of energy to organize this and who wrote: "Big Hug now is a non profit organization under German law. At this time we are looking for coordinators in every country."
PeaceWeek Global Telesummit - Reminder - September 15-21 - Register Today for Free! http://peaceweek.info/feature/David-Nicol
Peaceweek 2011 begins this Wednesday September 15 and runs through to the International Day of Peace on the following Wednesday Sept 21. Peaceweek is a free global telesummit featuring dozens of inspiring peacebuilders, including Alice Walker, Arun Gandhi, Michael Beckwith, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Daniel Goleman, Jane Velez-Mitchell and many others. Last year more than 20,000 people registered from 152 countries. When you register, you gain access to all the recordings of the presentations, so you can download and listen to them at your convenience.
Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy - TEDtalks (Sept 2, 2011)
POWERFULLY MOVING! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQijrruP9c4
Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she's learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy.
Economics Unmasked: From Power and Greed to Compassion and the Common Good http://www.amazon.com/Economics-Unmasked-Power-Compassion-Common/dp/1900322706
The economic system under which we live not only forces the great majority of humankind to live their lives in indignity and poverty; it also threatens all forms of life - indeed life itself. Economics Unmasked presents a cogent critique of the dominant economic system in order to help transform our society into one in which all forms of life will be protected. The first part of this book is devoted to showing that the theoretical constructions that have been selected, work mainly to bring about injustice. The second part is concerned with what should be the foundations of a new economics where justice, human dignity, compassion and reverence for life must be the guiding values.
- Readers' reviews: "Poverty is not sustainable. "Economics Unmasked: From Power and Greed to Compassion and the Common Good" discusses the global ecosystem and the dominating system that focuses entirely on the value of the material and nothing else, that views acquiring money and getting even more money as the only goal. Stating that such a system is destined for collapse, Philip Smith & Manfred Max-Neef offer an economic system that values human dignity and justice over the bottom line, and how an economic system that puts values on such things is one that can persist for years to come. "Economics Unmasked" is very much worth considering for those who want to understand why pure greed cannot stand for so long."
- "Wondered why the world is so messed up, in spite of so many brilliant economists prognosticating away? This book argues that the economics currently practiced across most of the world is a theory designed to protect the wealth of the rich and the power of the powerful. It persists because it works so well at achieving precisely those goals. Little problems like climate change and depressions are things the uber-wealthy can deal with, and they have been doing very well, thanks to their economic system. If we aspire to a different outcome, with goals like ecological sustainability, social justice, freedom as described by Amartya Sen, then we must choose a different economic theory to get us there. The book is scholarly, detailed, and uses selected data and historical quotes to bolster its thesis. It makes a powerful argument for why the world is the way it is, and where we will end up unless we make profound and fundamental changes."
Empowerment Works - Empowering the Inevitable Partnership of Humanity http://www.empowermentworks.org/main.html
Our Purpose: 'To Empower Local Solutions for a Thriving World by providing Scalable Tools for Meaningful Collaboration from the Grass-roots Up'.- "I am dedicated to a healthy, culturally rich and environmentally sustainable future that works for 100% of humanity, and pledge to be a living example of these values. I endorse Empowerment WORKS' whole system approach - serving as a catalyst for community-led social action." - Taken from their Pledge for Change
YES ! 20 YEARS OF TRANSFORMATION http://www.yesworld.org/
Founded in 1990 by two teenagers, YES! is a nonprofit organization that connects, inspires and collaborates with young changemakers to join forces for a thriving, just and sustainable ways of life for all. Our three program areas are global leadership Jams, on-going support networks, and resources & communications. We work at the meeting point of internal, interpersonal, and systemic transformation.YES! has spoken to more than 675,000 students and organized more than 100 week-long gatherings for visionary young leaders from 65+ nations.
Season for Interfaith-Intercultural Celebration - September - December, 2011 http://www.agnt.org/season-for-interfaith-celebration
Join hundreds of task forces around the world in meaningful demonstrations of interfaith and interculturalunderstanding that are foundational to the global peace-building to which we are so deeply committed. CLIP - Organized by Seasons for Peace and Nonviolence - As a result of a decade of sustained strategic action, the Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence has helped to launch a new model for omni-local, spiritually-based peace governance, igniting a fusion of new communities and initiatives. S.P.A.N. the Next Decade celebrates four Seasons each year; groups may choose to participate in every season, specific seasons, or focus on one season as a theme for their permanent work. CLIP
RONAN'S ESCAPE - Trailer for the Australian short movie on School Bullying, starring David Lazarus (HD) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY8n8k4cl2Q
This visually stunning short film set in the rural wheat belt of Western Australia, provides a candid insight into the life of Ronan (David Lazzarus), a 14 yr old boy who's been bullied his whole life at school. This accurate & controversial portrayal of life for someone who has fallen victim to bullying and the repercussions which exist, is told by director A.J. Carter in a unique, exposition intensive format with very little use of dialogue. Ronan's Escape presents arbitrary scenes rather than traditional storytelling which provokes audiences into discussion and interpretation of the scenes on a more personal level while reflecting on their own experiences. More through http://ronansescape.com/ - Check also the other selections from the Peace on Earth Film Festival
Lufa farms - Rooftop organic farming in Montreal - Brilliant success story - see some pictures - This is certainly part of our future and should be emulated worldwide! https://lufa.com/en/
Their prototype is a 31,000 square foot greenhouse on top of a Montreal office building. There was a superb French TV news report on this at radio-canada.ca (Cultiver sur les toits) last September 6. A new greenhouse that will be 3 times larger will be built next year. Every large city in the world could produce locally in this manner all the organic vegetables its residents need. The bonus for the owners of the office building offering their roof for this is that in wintertime the heating costs are considerably lowered... Check all the good press they've had! like this radio report Growing produce on Montreal's rooftops - Version française du site
She's Alive... Beautiful... Finite... Hurting... Worth Dying for http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeXdv-uPaw
This is a non-commercial attempt to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporations and mindless 'consumers' are combining to destroy life on Earth. It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network (www.sanctuaryasia.com).
How To Shift Power to the People - Event Date: Tuesday, 09/13/2011 - 18:00 - 20:00
Livestreaming available - details to follow Open to the public http://october2011.org/event/2011-09-13/social-media-and-consequences-corporatism-presentations
Annabel Park and Eric Byler of the Coffee Party will speak about how Facebook, Twitter, & YouTube are being used around the world to bypass mainstream media to get the truth out to the people. They'll show us some easy steps that we can take to become information activists and citizen reporters. Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers of the October2011 Movement will speak about the ultimate political conflict -- the people vs. the economic and political elite -- how 300 million Americans can shift power to the people from concentrated corporate power and get a real voice in government. - CHECK ALSO Labor Day Reflection: Time for Americans to participate in power - Three hundred million Americans can take control of the economy and country - Check also the NUMEROUS Organizations that will be at the Freedom Plaza in Washington DC next October 15 This will be a global day of revolution. All over the world, people will stand together to end the corruption and power of the economic elite. We will stand for a new world that is peaceful, just and sustainable. Watch their new videoGlobal mass protests 15th October 2011 - The economic elite have the money. However, we outnumber them. Through protest, nonviolent action and building democratized institutions, we will put human needs above corporate profit. We can solve our crises with evidence-based and just solutions. We can bring dignity to ourselves, our country and the world. Join the World rEvolution. THIS IS REALLY GLOBAL IN SCOPE.!!! CHECK NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THIS WEBPAGE ALL THE ACTIONS PLANNED AROUND THE WORLD FOR OCTOBER 15!!... AND HELP MAKE HISTORY
Occupy Wall Street September 17th - The Occupy Wall Street protest kicked off today - FREEDOM UPRISING REACHES USA! You can watch the protest live at this URL below (with pre-taped material first is there is no live feed available when you check) http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution
This channel will feature live streams from global non violent revolution spreading across the globe, with the first broadcasts from Wall Street Occupation in NYC that will start on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The channel will also feature live stream from solidarity protests and events in Spain, Greece, France, Belgium, Iceland and other places around the globe. Tens of thousands of people have showed up in NYC and have been occupying all day and will continue to do so for the coming months. They are setting up a tent city. The police are allowing the event take place, they have hundreds of officers out. Wall Street itself has been blocked off and the bull statue has been barricaded and is guarded by dozens of officers. People are marching in parades and chanting, everyone has signs and several people have masks on to remain anonymous. Everyone is getting free dinner at 6 pm and then an open mic will take place afterwards. Rappers Lupe Fiasco and Immortal Technique are both protesting with the crowd. Everything has been peaceful so far. There are occupations also taking place in San Francisco, London, Madrid, Milan, Cairo, Paris, Valencia, Lisbon and Athens. I'm hearing there are about 500 people already in San Fran and there's a nice crowd in Madrid as well. Twitter has censored the hashtag #OccupyWallStreet from their trending topics list so everyone has switched to #TakeWallStreet which is trending worldwide and #4 in the New York area. CNN has declared a media blackout on the event and the other networks are also refusing to even mention the event.
US Day of Rage September 17, 2011 http://usdayofrage.org/about.html
Special influence corrupts our political parties, our elections, and the institutions of government. Bought by hard and soft dollars, disloyal, incompetent, and wasteful special interests have usurped our nations civil and military power, spawning a host of threats to liberty and our national security. We have had enough. Legitimate government is born of the self-interest and will of the people expressed by its citizens in free and fair elections. It does not spring from a tyranny of special interests, patronage, or a system or ideology that runs counter to the aims of life. The institutions of government were designed to protect the principles of our democratic republic and to serve the will of citizens. Corporations, even those owned by foreign shareholders, use money to act as the voices of millions, while individual citizens, the legitimate voters, are silenced and demoralized by the farce. Free and fair elections inspire good citizenship and public service, because they engage the intelligence and genuine good will of the American people. Free and fair elections produce the kind of stewardship our nation desperately needs, because they ensure that citizens can influence their destiny, and make genuine contributions to society. Free and fair elections remedy the myriad ills and abuses of a corrupt and illegitimate government, which preys on the resources and spirits of citizens. These abuses and ills are listed on the official US Day of Rage twitter hash tag #usdor. For these reasons, we come together now to organize state and national non-violent protests and assemblies of people to demand that integrity be restored to our elections. The Framers created a method for escaping from captured governmentan Article V Constitutional Convention. If 34 states pass resolutions calling for convention all sides have the op to argue for changes they believe will restore democracy. Any amendment proposed must then be ratified by 38 states to become law. We demand that Citizens United versus FEC which deems corporations to be people when it come to political contributions be overturned. We demand state and federal election and campaign finance laws be reformed. One citizen. One dollar. One vote. CHECK ALSO Saturday, September 17th ~ "Day of Rage" Push for The imposition of a Robin Hood Tax on all financial transactions?
A World in Revolution - World Revolution Day 15 October 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLIOVqAMeMo
UNITED FOR GLOBAL CHANGE OCTOBER 15TH -- On October 15th citizens around the world will take to the streets to express outrage at how our rights are being undermined by the alliance between politicians and big corporations. From Democracia real Ya (Real Democracy Now) we invite you to participate in this peaceful protest by joining our call to action or by calling for other actions on this date. It is time to raise our voice. Our future is at stake, and nothing can hold back the power of millions of people when they unite for a common goal. Democracia real Ya is a platform that originated in Spain to coordinate various civil mobilization groups. Under the slogan "We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers", thousands of people took to the streets on May 15th to demand a more participatory democracy, to reject corruption in Spain's political system, and to show our opposition to the austerity measures imposed on us. Following the success of that first demonstration, several movements emerged. Acampadas (tent cities) were set up in central squares across the country, much like the first occupation of Tahrir Square in Cairo. The acampadas gave rise to popular assemblies, where citizens shape their goals through an inclusive non-hierarchal decision making process. The May 15 movement soon expanded beyond Spanish borders and inspired actions in numerous cities around the world, including a mass demonstration against the Euro Pact last June 19th. Pressured by financial powers, our political leaders work for the benefit of just a few, regardless of the social, human or environmental cost this may cause. By promoting wars for profit and impoverishing whole populations, our ruling classes are depriving us of our right to a free and just society. That's why we invite you to join this peaceful fight and spread the message that together we have the ability to change this intolerable situation. Let's take to the streets on October 15th. It's time for them to listen to us. United we will make our voices heard! SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY HAS BEEN HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD LATELY AND IT IS NOT BEEN REPORTED IN ITS PROPER CONTEXT BY THE PROPAGANDA MEDIA. PEOPLE EVERYWHERE ARE MOBILIZING TO TAKE THIS PLANET BACK FROM THE BLOODY HANDS OF THE CABAL AND THE TIME TO DO THIS IS NOW...
HOW TO REDESIGN THE WORLD: LESSONS FROM THE FIFTH SACRED THING http://evolverintensives.com/archives/redesign-the-world.html
Apply the tools of magic - the art of changing consciousness at will - to crystalize your vision of the future and the mission that brings that future into being. 4 calls, starts March 30 - Hosted by Starhawk and featuring Vandana Shiva, Van Jones, Carolyne Stayton, Mark Lakeman, Toby Hemenway, Ernest Callenbach - Other live online video courses with leading transformational thinkers through http://evolverintensives.com/
Just Vision http://www.justvision.org/
Just Vision emerged in response to the lack of media coverage of Palestinian and Israeli civilians working to end the occupation and the conflict. While violent extremism receives front-page exposure, courageous nonviolence leaders and peacebuilders are relegated to occasional human interest stories. Consequently, at Just Vision, we work to ensure that these Palestinian and Israeli civic leaders are not only taken seriously as partners in the quest for peace, but are also more visible, valued and influential in their efforts. There are thousands of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians stepping forward to end the bloodshed and the occupation, preserve human rights, promote reconciliation and build a sustainable, free and secure future for all. However, their stories seldom make the headlines, drowned out by sensational media coverage of the region. This prevents the discourse on nonviolent conflict resolution among Israelis and Palestinians from emerging in the public sphere. There is an urgent need to share these peacebuilders and nonviolence leaders' hard-won experiences with others, to promote initiatives that are successful and to encourage broader publics to get involved. Just Vision launched in 2003 after two years of intensive research. We consulted nearly 500 Israeli and Palestinian leaders in nonviolence and peacebuilding to learn about their work, their successes, failures and lessons learned. CLIP
Alliance for Peacebuilding http://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/
The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is a coalition of diverse organizations and professionals working together to build sustainable peace and security worldwide.Members of AfP are directly engaged in applied conflict prevention and resolution, providing negotiation and mediation services, training negotiators, facilitating communication to break down barriers, and helping find solutions to the issues and pressures that otherwise drive groups and nations to achieve their objectives through violent force. Members also conduct research and provide evaluation and education. The role of AfP is to bring these organizations together for collaborative peacebuilding.
The Peace Alliance Ben & Jerrys Peace Day Celebration on Capitol Hill http://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/events/event_details.asp?id=179943
What are you doing September 20th? Want to join us in Washington, DC to bring Congress attention to Peace Day (which is September 21) and the importance of prioritizing the work and value of peacebuilding? We'll be serving free scoops of Ben & Jerry's ice cream on the Hill. We need your help to pull this off! To join our event team in Washington - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America . It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis."
- Harold Pinter, 2005 Nobel Lecture
Air Force Colonel and key Pentagon official Karen Kwiatkowski ~ who blew the whistle on the Bush administration's efforts to concoct false intelligence about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction ~ correctly wrote: To question the official 9/11 story is simply and fundamentally revolutionary. In this way, of course, questioning the official story is also simply and fundamentally American.
9/11 The Bigger Picture - Truth Bell is Ringing (Sept. 11, 2011) 67 min radio interview http://www.blogtalkradio.com/align-shine-prosper/2011/09/11/nine-11-the-bigger-picture--transform-fear-into-love
10 years after complicated events of 9/11, Fred Burks reveals careful research, solid data, and verifiable facts suggest that certain rogue elements in the U.S. government were likely involved in the attacks. Although this may be too disturbing for many, peril looms unless humans embrace fear, and look deeper within ourselves for SOULutions beyond limitations of perceived physical reality. Great interview with Fred! Check what he says about setting one's intentions in life from 9 min 30 sec into this interview. Also from Fred...
My conclusions of political and economic work over the last 30 years is that Perkins' explanation of US foreign policy interest to exploit developing countries rather than help them is accurate and why US political leadership chooses to not empower developing countries. Perkins' work is also supported by the explanations of IMF and World Bank Chief Economists Simon Johnson (bestselling author and now at MIT) and Joseph Stiglitz (Nobel laureate, bestselling author, and at Columbia).
Here's my 30 years' experience for your thoughtful consideration:
I teach US History, Advanced Placement (AP) US Government and AP Macroeconomics. As a "hobby," I helped grow the citizen's lobby, RESULTS, that led to two UN Summits (1990 World Summit for Children - the largest meeting of heads of state in world history - and the 1997 Microcredit Summit - topic of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize). US political leadership of both parties reneged on each and every public and private promise to act for ending poverty from these two UN summits. Leadership rejects saving a million children's lives each month despite the fact that in every historical case it also reduces population growth rates and environmental resource strain, and at an investment of 0.7% GNI for ending poverty. The American public, when polled, are willing to contribute 10% of their income to the very poorest, and microcredit ends poverty while making a profit. I shifted my "hobby" to research and follow the money.
We know for sure that ending poverty is not the priority because US political leadership chooses not to act in that area beyond empty rhetoric and token funding as ~30,000 children die each and every day from preventable poverty (microcredit was the topic of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, but still isn't powerfully supported). We also know that there is zero academic or professional dissent that poverty can be ended because the solutions have all been successful in various locations; and that the positive externalities for population growth reduction, terrorism reduction, resource preservation powerfully join the normative economic argument that saving a million children's lives every month should be done.
Importantly, our experience from two UN Summits powerfully demonstrated that corporate media had zero interest in exposing the gap between political leadership's flowery rhetoric to end poverty and their votes for token funding. In fact, corporate media seemed to us as a propaganda arm consciously acting to disinform the American public with how easy poverty could be ended. This was a difficult conclusion, but after 18 years of data the obvious one to make. I explain and document the most poignant facts here, including CIA Director disclosure to the US Senate that corporate media does exactly that.
As always (and my personal motto): res ipsa loquitur, the facts speak for themselves. My current work is most strongly represented in the following two papers; first in my "academic/professional voice," and the second in my "citizen voice."My bottom line is open and public revolution. Revolution is the only policy route I see available to Americans who choose limited government under the law. The easiest areas to explain, document, and prove the "emperor has no clothes" obvious crimes Americans currently suffer under (with just-as-obvious complicity from corporate media that I document) are Wars of Aggression nowhere close to lawful, and trillions of dollars in criminal economic fraud. These crimes are killing millions of human beings, and causing pain, destruction, and suffering to human beings in the magnitude of trillions of dollars every year.
Today's causes for revolution dwarf those from 1776.
3-minute video: US policies cause poverty, terrorism, war to enrich US oligarchs (Sept 9, 2011) http://dailycensored.com/2011/09/09/3-minute-video-us-policies-cause-poverty-terrorism-war-to-enrich-us-oligarchs/
Renegade Economist has a brilliant 3-minute video to explain US foreign policy as predatory imperialism. Their upcoming Feature Documentary, Four Horsemen, will build upon public understanding from the 2011 Academy Award Winner, Inside Job, to recognize oligarchic looting in the trillions of dollars every year. Former Chief Economist, John Perkins, also has a brilliant explanation captured in a 2-minute video. What we know from the facts: Congressional reports disclose that all "reasons" for war with Afghanistan and Iraq were known to be lies as they were told. The wars are Orwellian unlawful, including using depleted uranium weapons to damn victims with continuous misery and death. The US allows a million children a month to die of preventable poverty, even though ending poverty reduces population growth rate and the investment is less than 1% of the developed nations' gross national incomes. The US crushes dissent through torture, extrajudicial assassinations (including against American citizens) and indefinite detentions. These US policies in Orwellian contradiction to the US Constitution forms a government closest to fascism and nowhere near a constitutional republic. The good news is that every step "leadership" takes down their path of deceit and destruction, they become easier to recognize for what they are. My comprehensive paper with my recommendations of how people can reclaim their rights, justice, and trillions of dollars in annual benefits is here.
Over 56 Million Americans Live in Poverty: How the Census Bureau Ignores the Suffering of 10 Million Impoverished Americans (September 14, 2011) http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26552
Here we go again. The government and corporate media are pumping out more propaganda on vital economic statistics to mask the severity of our economic crisis. Deceptive unemployment, GDP, inflation and poverty measures are easily exposed with some research and a closer look at the data. The latest deception comes from the Census Bureau in their annual poverty report, which is now uncritically being reported on throughout the corporate media and echoing throughout online news outlets as well. The new Census data reveals that a stunning 46.2 million Americans, 15.1% of the population, lived in poverty in 2010. This is an increase of 2.6 million people since 2009. While these are staggering statistics that represent the highest number of American people to ever live in poverty, and a dramatic year-over-year increase, it significantly undercounts the total.
(...) In my analysis, extrapolating data from 2008 NAS measurement, I estimated that the number of Americans living in poverty in 2009 was at least 52 million. After making this estimate, the NAS measurement was released, backing up my claim by revealing that 52.8 million Americans lived in poverty. In 2009, the Census undercounted by 9.2 million people.
(...) So when you hear the government and media tell you that 46 million Americans lived in poverty in 2010, while that is horrifying enough, you should know that even that shocking statistic is putting a major positive spin on this economic disaster that is still far from over. Also, keep in mind that the Census defines poverty as an income of $22,314 per year for a family of four. Thats $22,314 per year for four people. Given todays dramatically increasing costs of living, a family of four trying to live on $22k per year is an extremely low poverty threshold.To put this all in context, while 56 million Americans, 18.5% of the population, live in poverty, US millionaire households have $46 trillion in wealth, yet only one-tenth of one percent of the population makes over $1 million per year.The United States currently has the highest inequality of wealth in our nations history. Tens of millions of Americans are stressing out wondering how they are going to keep food on the table and pay their bills, meanwhile the people who caused this crisis are rolling around in trillions of dollars. The statistics speak for themselves. The Robber Barons have now been displaced as Americas most despotic and depraved ruling class.
Stop Online Spying
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THIS IS A MAJOR CIVIL RIGHT ISSUE THAT MUST BE URGENTLY ADDRESSED BY ALL CANADIANS. WE MUST RAISE A BIG RUCKUS AGAINST THIS AND HOPE THAT DESPITE ITS MAJORITY IN PARLIAMENT, COMMON SENSE AND CIVILITY WILL PREVAIL AND HARPER WON'T DO THIS. IF HE RAMS THIS ON US ALL I CAN PREDICT TO YOU THAT QUEBEC SOVEREIGNTY WILL GO FULL STEAM AHEAD. http://stopspying.ca/
The Harper government is trying to ram through an anti-Internet set of electronic surveillance laws that will invade your privacy and cost you money. The plan is to force every phone and Internet provider to surrender our personal information to "authorities" without a warrant. This bizarre legislation will create Internet surveillance that is: Warrantless: A range of "authorities" will have the ability to invade the private lives of law-abiding Canadians and our families using wired Internet and mobile devices, without a warrant or any justification. Invasive and Dangerous: The laws leave our personal and financial information less secure and more susceptible to cybercrime. Costly: Internet services providers may be forced to install millions of dollars worth of spying technology and the cost will be passed down to YOU. If enough of us speak out now the government will have no choice but to stop this mandatory online spying scheme. Sign the petition now, and forward it to everyone you know... Watch these short videos - Stop Online Spying on Your Private Life - Stop Online Spying on Your Email - Stop Online Spying on Your Purchases - AND READ Invasive surveillance bills will cost Canadians in cash and civil liberties, says new coalition AND THE COMPREHENSIVE Say No to Forced Internet Spying - These Internet surveillance policies have the potential to fundamentally reshape the Internet in Canada from a relatively open medium to a closed and paranoid space. The government is sneaking in a surveillance tax with almost zero debate or discussion. If enough of us speak out now, the government will have no choice but to stop this mandatory online spying scheme.
THEN CHECK THE EXCELLENT All-encompassing surveillance or 21st-century citizenship? - (...) This legislation is excessive, expensive and downright bizarre. If we care about privacy, the open Internet, and our basic democratic rights -- it's time to show Public Safety Minister Vic Toews that jamming online spying down our throats has repercussions. (...) This legislation is reckless and irresponsible. We need to make clear that using our personal information without our permission is unacceptable. Proposals to expand telecommunications surveillance must be based on a clear need for new powers, demonstrated through verifiable evidence. We need to send a clear message: When our representatives take a swipe at our privacy and digital economy with no public consultation, there will be consequences. Canadians can speak out at http://stopspying.ca
AND FOR THE LATEST... Green leader slams Harper's proposed internet spying laws (September 15, 2011) Prime Minister Stephen Harper's proposed electronic surveillance laws will act as "an infringement on civil liberties," Green Party leader Elizabeth May said in a press release today. The "Investigative Powers for the 21st Century Act," which Prime Minister Harper has vowed to pass as part of a larger omnibus crime bill within 100 sitting days of convening parliament, would expand the federal government's internet surveillance powers.This proposed legislation has critical implications for data security," said May. Folding these issues into a larger bill with no hearings is unacceptable." - AND Electronic surveillance laws go too far (...) A recent survey conducted by the office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada found eight in ten of those polled "opposed giving police and intelligence agencies the power to access e-mail records and other Internet usage data without a warrant from the courts." "It's like having a CCTV camera in your home, and at your office watching every email you send, every phone call you make and every web site you click on. It's creepy, it violates personal security and is inappropriate. The police should not be reading your email without a warrant first, said Emma Jane Hogbin, Green Party Science and Technology Critic.
Earthquake Pattern: a 188 Day-Interval Between 3 Major Earthquakes corresponding to Alignment of the ELENINEARTHSUN http://www.sonoma.edu/users/v/vegalu/188.pdf
(1) There seems to be a 188 day-count pattern of earthquakes along the Pacific Rim of Fire since 2010. (2) The pattern happens to correlate with the alignment of ELENIN-Earth-Sun dates. If you start withthe Conception Chile earthquake of Feb 27, 2010 & add 188 days, (end-date excluded & 1 day adjustment for time change) & you subsequently get the Christchurch & Sendai earthquake dates. All of thedistances are within 500 miles of each other. Interestingly, either a New or Full Moon which are the strongest & closest to Earth in recent years, are within Days of each event also. Will this pattern follow aCalifornia/US significant earthquake in mid September due to the 188 date-count then or with the Elenin Alignment on 27/28th? This chart & information presented is not to intended to predict a date/time for a significant earthquake but to bring your attention to a possible relationship between the 188 day-count pattern related to the certain & confirmed alignments of ELENIN thus far.
Just in Case ... Are you Prepared? (SEPTEMBER 14, 2011) http://articlesofinterest-kelley.blogspot.com/2011/09/just-in-case-are-you-prepared.html
Psychic 9Nania has relocated to the mountains because of the coming Comet Elenin. She claims that because of the Comets impending proximity to Earth there will be many coming disasters. On September 26, Elenin will eclipse the Sun, and By October it should be pretty huge in the sky. There is a lot of mystery and controversy around the Comet Elenin. Some say it is a dwarf sun, others say it is the Planet Nibiru prophesized by the ancient Mayans. There seems to be a lack of concern in the major media even though it will be one of the all time closest Comets to Earth. Recently, Leonoid Elenin, the man who discovered Comet Elenin in 2010 has come under scrutiny. Some conspiracy theorists have claimed he never existed and his name is simply the initials of a very ominous phrase, extinction level event (ELE). If Elenin is in fact a Comet and not a red dwarf then the only real danger will be when the Earth crosses the path of the debris that follows it.
Why Japan's Typhoon Talas Was So Deadly (6 September 2011) http://www.livescience.com/15919-japan-typhoon-talas-deadly.html
Typhoon Talas, a storm that swept across Japan over the weekend, has taken a terrible toll; the storm and its lingering effects have so far killed 47 people, with 54 still missing. Much of the death and destruction is concentrated in three provinces in the island nation's southwest.So how did the storm, as some news outlets have reported, become the deadliest in seven years for the country? Several factors, some on the ground, and some in the sky, conspired to lend the deadly force to the typhoon - the term for hurricanes in the Pacific Ocean, according to meteorologists. Much of the devastation in Japan is the result of record-breaking rains, which caused deadly floods and landslides. Talas was a massive storm, and took its time moving across the island, said Rob Gutro, a meteorologist and manager of NASA's hurricane page, two of the reasons parts of Japan were lashed with so much rain."If you've got a 420-mile-wide [675 kilometers] storm, and it's moving at 11 mph [18 kph], which is on the slow edge of speed for a tropical storm, it's going to take a long time to get across that island," Gutro said. In one area, Talas dropped 65 inches (165 centimeters) of rain in 72 hours, a new record for the country, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency."That's an insane amount of rain," said Stephen Lang, a research meteorologist with research firm SSAI and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. CLIP
6 Strange Anomalies With The Virginia Earthquake (August 28, 2011) http://www.activistpost.com/2011/08/6-strange-anomalies-with-virginia.html
(...) Location: The location is the most obvious anomaly for such a powerful quake. Although the area of the U.S. where the earthquake initiated sits on the edge of an ancient tectonic plate called the Craton Plate, it is considered a relatively dormant or settled area. In other words, it's not a very active earthquake zone. Therefore, any noticeable earthquake is unusual, let alone a 5.9 monster that was reportedly felt 500 miles away. Furthermore, if one is inclined to believe that earthquakes can be manipulated, the epicenter occurring close to Washington D.C. (with all its sensitive military and government infrastructure) raises some suspicions. Admittedly, that's conjecture, but considering the following oddities it might be more believable by the end of the article.
Unusually Shallow Depth: The initial hypocenter (depth) of the quake reported by the establishment media was, wait for it, wait for it, only 0.1 miles or about 528 feet (161 meters) deep. That's right, AFP announced the depth with certainty, "The Pentagon, the US Capitol and monuments in the nation's capital were all evacuated after the 5.9-magnitude quake, which was shallow with its epicenter only 0.1 miles underground." The depth was later adjusted to a more believable 3.7 miles (5.95 kilometers) beneath the surface. Still, shallow-focus quakes usually only occur in areas abundant in seismic activity, like the ring of fire. And the depths of those shallow-focus earthquakes are usually in the tens of kilometers deep. The Earth's crust in the Eastern U.S. where "the fault lines are more healed" is described by CBS News as "older and colder" than out West. Which, according to Wikipedia, means it should have been a deep-focus earthquake with a depth ranging from 300 to 700 kilometers. Certainly not one barely below the Earth's surface.
Odd Seismograph Reading: A reporter from Press Core received an anonymous email from someone claiming to be in the U.S. Air Force that stated the Virginia earthquake wasnt a natural earthquake and not a HAARP earthquake." The reporter was instructed to find a seismograph of the Washington DC area earthquake and compare it to a past earthquakes and seismic readings of the alleged underground nuclear test by North Korea that resulted in a 4.7 magnitude tremor at a depth of zero.Seismograph of Virginia quake in green -- Washington and Lee University (85 miles from epicenter) Press Core writes, the green lines indicate the blunt tremor that was felt in Washington D.C. and the black lines are a transparent overlay of a normal earthquake seismograph from a pdf file from Virginia Division Mineral Resources on Earthquakes. That file describes a typical natural occurring earthquake as: When a fault ruptures, energy is released in the form of seismic waves. The first waves to reach the earths surface are primary or 'P' waves (Figure 2). P waves are compressional waves that travel at a speed of about four miles per second near the surface faster as depth increases. The next waves to reach the earths surface are secondary or 'S' waves. S waves are shear waves that move at a speed of about 1.5 miles per second. P and S waves are body waves that travel through the earth much like sonar waves travel through water. Surface waves, which are slower than S waves, travel along the surface of the earth much like waves at the surface of the ocean. S waves and surface waves cause the most destruction at the earths surface. The article concludes; "What is missing from the seismograph for the Washington DC area 5.8 magnitude earthquake are the primary or 'P' waves. All earthquakes that are the direct result of fault rupture have these primary or 'P' waves. Nuclear detonations do not." CLIP
Disclosure Imminent? Two Underground NWO Bases Destroyed EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW -- BY DAVID WILCOCK http://divinecosmos.com/start-here/davids-blog/975-undergroundbases
Two huge underground cities were destroyed on August 23rd -- which may be seen by historians as the critical moment in which the war was won. (...) Recently, these sources informed him that the earthquakes that occurred in Colorado and the Washington DC area, surrounding August 22nd and 23rd, were, in fact, apparently nuclear strikes against underground military facilities. [These underground bases] have been built by the US government, ostensibly since the early 1960s, at the cost of trillions of dollars of undocumented taxpayer money that is going into these black projects. CLIP
Somalia's 'last chance' to become a stable country (6 Sep 2011) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/somalia/8745095/Somalias-last-chance-to-become-a-stable-country.html
Somalia began its latest attempt to create political institutions capable of beating piracy, driving out Islamist insurgents and finally leading a stable country that has been ruled only by war for more than two decades. -- Diplomats and senior aid officials flew in from neighbouring Kenya to witness Somalia's leaders sign a â road map' which should eventually lead to elections in less than a year. The gathering was held in a Portacabin behind blast walls at Mogadishu's heavily-fortified airport, for fear of suicide attack by al-Shabaab, Somalia's anti-Western insurgents. But the fact that so many high-level figures were able to attend at all was a testament to the improving security in the city, said President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed. "The time to say Somalia is not peaceful has come to an end," he said after he and eight others signed the document, which commits the notoriously inefficient and corrupt Somali authorities to a strict timetable of reforms. "The Somali people are expecting us to achieve full security so that they can have a good life. "We will sustain and honour their dignity, and we will lead them to prosperity." The three-day conference which culminated in yesterday's ceremony was sponsored by the United Nations. It has channelled millions of pounds of British, European and international money into a series of attempts to fix the world's most failed state. So far, little has been achieved, one Somali MP admitted privately yesterday. CLIP
Famine spreads with 750,000 at risk of death in Somalia alone, UN says (5 Sep 2011) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/somalia/8742413/Famine-spreads-with-750000-at-risk-of-death-in-Somalia-alone-UN-says.html
More than 750,000 people will die of starvation in Somalia in the next four months unless urgent help arrives within weeks, the United Nations has said as it declared the country's famine had spread further. -- A sixth region, Bay in central Somalia, has now slipped into famine, according to data released following recent fresh assessment missions. The studies show that more than half of the country, or four million people, need food aid to keep them from dying, but aid workers are concerned the international fund-raising effort is slowing down. Already "tens of thousands have died" and "hundreds" more are still dying each day, the UN's Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit said. "In total, four million people are in crisis in Somalia, with 750,000 people at risk of death in the coming four months in the absence of adequate response," the report concluded. Several more areas are expected to deteriorate in the coming months, before rains due in October water seeds ahead of harvests hoped for early next year. "We can't underestimate the scale of the crisis," said Mark Bowden, the UN's humanitarian coordinator for Somalia. "This is the most serious harvest failure that Somalia has had in 17 years. And there is a continuing deterioration. Other areas in the country are falling into the critical category." The Daily Telegraph saw at first hand the pain and suffering being experienced by famine victims. On plastic mattresses on beds crowding the wards of Banadir Hospital in central Mogadishu lie the infant victims of this famine, some silent, some whimpering in pain. Doctors battled to insert an IV drip in one near-lifeless girl, who looked like she was less than six months old but who was in fact well past her second birthday. Upstairs, Muslima Hassan Aden sat on the floor cradling her two-year-old daughter Shiqri, whose body was blotched with measles and whose eyes barely registered her mother's face above her. "She was such an active child, fit and always playing," Mrs Aden, 28, told The Daily Telegraph yesterday."But our crops failed after we saw no rain for three years. All of our animals have died. There was nothing where we came from. We had no choice but to run here." CLIP
African governments give less money to fight famine than whole of British public (25 Aug 2011) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/8723245/African-governments-give-less-money-to-fight-famine-than-whole-of-British-public.html
At the continent's first fund-raiser for the crisis, the smallest donation - from Lesotho - was even surpassed by the efforts of an 11-year-old Ghanaian schoolboy. Most of Africa's 54 countries gave nothing.A total of £49 million was promised by 22 nations at the delayed "pledging conference" held at the African Union's headquarters in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.Of that, significant sums had already been announced, and almost £18 million was "in kind" donations - meaning food, transport or logistics help instead of cash. By comparison, the British public alone has given more than £57 million, according to the Disasters Emergency Committee, an aid agency umbrella group. Campaigners had hoped Africa's leaders would come together to give at least £62 million to help keep 12 million Africans, in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti, from starvation. In the event, only four heads of state - three of them from drought-affected nations - turned up for the conference. Three of the largest donations - from Angola, Algeria and Egypt - amounted almost half of the total pledges. Andrew Adansi-Bonnah, an 11-year-old from Accra, Ghana, handed over £2,500 he had raised in donations from friends, family and sponsors. His contribution was larger than Lesotho's, at £1,550. Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda were among 32 African countries which gave no cash."At least Lesotho made an effort," said Nicanor Sabula, head of the East African Civil Society Forum, one of a dozen members of the grassroots Africans Act 4 Africa movement. "I am extremely disappointed at what I have heard today. I was expecting all our leaders here, but I have seen almost none, only ministerial representatives, some quite junior. "It seems these issues do not touch them at all. We have blown our chance to demonstrate to the international community that the governments of Africa will stand by their people and support them in a time of this crisis."
(...) The African Development Bank announced at the conference a fresh fund of £188 million, spread over the next five years, to save lives now and invest in schemes to avert future disasters. Jean Ping, the chairman of the African Union Commission, which arranged the meeting, brushed off suggestions that the amount raised - a total of £236 million with the Bank fund - was insignificant. "At first the figure we had in mind we might raise was £6 million," he said after the conference ended. "I think you can see we have raised not five times that, or ten times that, but 30 times that, which you will agree with me is quite a success." The United Nations has appealed for a total of £1.5 billion, of which a little over half has been raised or pledged.
Famine in Africa: Can Reforestation Improve Food Security? (September 14, 2011) http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0914-moukaddem_famine.html
Millions of people across the Horn of Africa are suffering under a crippling regional drought and tens of thousands have died during the accompanying famine. Refuge camps in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia are swelling with the hungry. The best hope in the short-term is food aid and logistical support, but in the longer term, dryland reforestation efforts may help improve food security, argues a new report from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), which links human-caused land degradation, including deforestation, to intensified drought. "There is a mistaken view that because these are dry areas, they are destined to provide little in the way of food and are simply destined to endure frequent famines, but dryland can and do support significant crop and livestock production. In fact, the famine we are seeing today is mainly a product of neglect, not nature," states Dennis Garrity, director general of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). CLIP
Earth Days - Stream on American Experience http://www.awareguide.com/index.php/home1/item/314-earthday
It is now all the rage, but can you remember when everyone in America was not "Going Green"? AMERICAN EXPERIENCE's Earth Days looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement through the extraordinary stories of the era's pioneers - among them Former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, biologist/Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich, Whole Earth Catalog founderStewart Brand, Apollo Nine astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and renewable energy pioneer Hunter Lovins.Widespread concern about the environment in America was on the rise in the early 1950s after a small group of scientists began to document the impact of our technology on the Earth's ecosystem. Within a decade it seemed to many Americans as if the post-war dream of a better world brought about through science, technology and economic growth - the American dream - was turning into an unfathomable nightmare. The post-war economic boom had fueled industrial expansion, and the Interstate Highway program had encouraged mass migration to the suburbs, but emissions from new vehicles and production factories clogged the skies, and cities around the country experienced "smog episodes."
In 1962, Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring called attention to the dwindling bird population in her town, placing blame on American chemical manufacturers. A nationwide debate ensued between Carson's followers and the chemical companies until President John F. Kennedy stepped in and called for further scientific research. When the evidence largely supported Carson's claims, encouraged activists continued to raise public awareness about the environmental impact of industrial expansion. As a new conservation movement sprang forth, groups small and large fought for causes such as preserving Florida's Everglades and protesting dam construction in the Grand Canyon.
In December 1969, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson hired 25-year-old Denis Hayes to organize a national teach-in about the environment. Just four months later, on April 22, over 20 million Americans across the country participated in celebrations and demonstrations - the largest in American history - demanding political action to protect the environment. Their grassroots call to action led to groundbreaking national legislation and created a new consciousness about the fragility of the earth's resources. The collective strength of the public's outcry gave Washington a mandate for environmental action. In the years that followed, Congress was flooded with environmental legislation. Between 1972 and 1974, Congress passed the Clean Water Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Endangered Species Act, Energy Supply and Environmental Coordination Act, Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act.
The 1970s became known as 'the environmental decade', and new federal legislation made great strides in cleaning up our skies, lands, lakes, and oceans. As President Richard M. Nixon declared, "The great question of the '70s is: shall we surrender to our surroundings or shall we make our peace with nature and begin to make reparations for the damage we have done to our air, to our land, and to our water."Directed by acclaimed documentarian Robert Stone (Oswald's Ghost, Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst) Earth Days is both a poetic meditation on man's complex relationship with nature and an engaging history of the revolutionary achievements - and missed opportunities - of groundbreaking eco-activism.
From: "Kathleen Rogers, Earth Day Network" (EDN@mail.democracyinaction.org)
Date: 8 Sep 2011
Subject: Earth to Lisa: Please Don't Leave
Lisa Jackson is the environmental conscience of the Obama Administration. Lisa Jackson has had the backbone to stand up for good science and for strong enforcement of the laws that protect our air and water - regardless of politics. She does not always win, but America can take comfort in knowing that this skillful, tireless champion is working 24/7 to safeguard our neighborhoods and our children.
Lisa Jackson has quietly, firmly withstood mindless pummeling by paleolithic members of Congress who put political hyperbole before science and our economy. Buoyed by her command of the facts, she has withstood the D.C. whirlpool with what Mark Twain once called the calm confidence of a Christian holding Four Aces.
Lately, however, as the political race has heated up, Ms. Jackson has often found herself with less than the full-throated support of the White House. Political operatives have been resurrecting that old canard that a healthy environment destroys jobs. They are one step away from describing industrial stench as the smell of progress.
Among the chattering classes, (see Spurned on smog, Lisa Jackson has a choice to make) there has been recent speculation that that ill-conceived decision was the final tipping point for Lisa Jackson - that she will soldier on for a while, but that she is planning her exit. What is the use of working hard for three years, mobilizing your agency to implement a law, if it can be whimsically overturned by political operatives guessing how it will play with the know-nothing politicians?
No other environmental expert with her stature has the Presidents ear. No likely successor will bring her knowledge, passion, leadership, and management talent to the EPA.
Date: 13 Sep 2011
From: "Stephanie B - Avaaz.org" (email@example.com)
Subject: Let us put an end ocean clear-cuts
Our oceans are being systematically destroyed and we have 48 hours to raise the alarm. The seafood industry uses long chains of heavy metal disks to drag nets across the sea floor in search of fish, crushing everything in their path. This bottom-trawling is like clear-cutting a forest to catch a parrot -- and only our outcry can stop it.
In two days, UN policy-makers are meeting to review the impacts of this deadly practice. Pacific island nations are fighting to save the oceans and have appealed to Avaaz members to stand with them. This is our chance to win -- if enough of us speak out now, it will strengthen their hand against big fishing countries, and will embolden serious players like the US and Australia, who have already banned bottom-trawling in their waters, to push for protection everywhere.
Let's build an urgent call to stop the senseless destruction of our oceans -- and delegates will deliver our voices directly to the UN meeting. Sign now and help us reach half a million voices:
Massive fishing trawlers systematically move from one deep-sea ecosystem to another, crushing coral reefs, sucking up all living creatures and leaving vast deserts behind them that wont regenerate for hundreds of years. In a single swoop, some boats are capable of clearing an area the size of 5000 football pitches. Canada, Russia and Spain lead the world in spreading this destruction throughout our most diverse and precious waters.
Already, major fishing nations have had 6 years to study the effects of bottom-trawling and move towards more sustainable practices. Most have failed to live up to their commitments to ocean protection and continue to direct huge subsidies -- over 162 million dollars a year -- to ocean clear-cuts.
This weeks meeting is our moment to turn the tide on this destruction. An international team of marine scientists recently called for a permanent end to deep-sea fishing, and the EU Fisheries Commissioner has spoken out against government subsidies to deep-sea trawlers. The momentum is growing, but it will take a massive global outcry to turn the UN meeting into an important accountability moment. Join the call to save our oceans, sign the petition now, and forward to your friends:
Just last year, Avaaz members provided crucial backing for the UK to create the worlds largest marine reserve. We also helped thrust a meeting on whales into the international spotlight, winning an extension on the global whaling ban. When we work together, we really do make a difference in preserving our seas and the rich diversity of our worlds creatures! Lets stand together now with Pacific nations and all ocean-defenders to usher in a new era of conservation and protection.
Stephanie, Iain, Antonia, Emma, Ricken, Alice, Wissam and all the Avaaz team
Creativity Cafe - Note from Jean: Fascinating project spearheaded by Peter Rosen (firstname.lastname@example.org) who seeks interested partners to launch this after years of developmental efforts. Check this site as there are LOTS of really fascinating cool stuff linked there and reach out to peter if you are so inspired ;-) http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Sandbox/CreativityCafe
- Vision: Create a network of Creativity Cafes® around the world that are live and cyberspace facilitated networking salons; featuring educational entertainment and electronic cybertheater. A fun place where people gather for play and work; where creative people, using the marriage of art and technology, learn from each other, have a forum for showcasing their work, and collaborate in the production of positive, life affirming and healing media and experiences.
- Mission: Establish Creativity Cafe(s) as a New School for the New Millennium. To inspire, educate and empower the public - both in cyberspace and in communities around the world, by providing affordable access to technology (human and metal based), and instruction in fun and friendly ways. To create media and experiences that inspire and educate us how to be better human beings, and provide a basis for erasing country lines, border lines, and economic and cultural separation through facilitated networking, interactive edutainments and broadcasts.
- Creativity Cafe becomes a hang out for healing local and global audiences/communities/governments by tapping into a community's creative problem solvers. Founded by Artists Using Technology for Humanity, we have birthed a nonprofit to help establish this for-profit venture. The aim of the Venue is to serve community members by helping them transition from old world thinking/being, and to take advantage of the latest social trends and technological innovations/opportunities for self improvement, interpersonal communication and abundant thinking/living.
Next Worldwide Didj Meditation http://www.didjshop.com/shop1/didgeridoo_meditation_next.html
The next Worldwide Didgeridoo meditation will be on 23 September. Four times a year, on the solstices and equinoxes, hundreds of people all around the world participate in this synchronised didgeridoo meditation. The structure of the meditation is very simple: 45 minutes of meditative didgeridoo music followed by 15 minutes of silence. Everyone starts playing didgeridoo at their local sunset time so together we will create a wave of didgeridoo sound followed by silence circling the world. Participants can either play the didj or other meditative instruments or simply listen to didgeridoo music. For more information on the meditation and its intent, please click here. Below is a map showing the participants who have already registered for the next Worldwide Didgeridoo Meditation on 23 September, followed by a list of those supporters. CLIP
First Demonstration of Time Cloaking (07/14/2011) http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/26992/
Physicists have created a "hole in time" using the temporal equivalent of an invisibility cloak. Invisibility cloaks are the result of physicists' newfound ability to distort electromagnetic fields in extreme ways. The idea is steer light around a volume of space so that anything inside this region is essentially invisible. The effect has generated huge interest. The first invisibility cloaks worked only at microwave frequencies but in only a few years, physicists have found ways to create cloaks that work for visible light, for sound and for ocean waves. They've even designed illusion cloaks that can make one object look like another. Today, Moti Fridman and buddies, at Cornell University in Ithaca, go a step further. These guys have designed and built a cloak that hides events in time. Time cloaking is possible because of a kind of duality between space and time in electromagnetic theory. In particular, the diffraction of a beam of light in space is mathematically equivalent to the temporal propagation of light through a dispersive medium. In other words, diffraction and dispersion are symmetric in spacetime. That immediately leads to an interesting idea. Just as its easy to make a lens that focuses light in space using diffraction, so it is possible to use dispersion to make a lens that focuses in time. Such a time-lens can be made using an electro-optic modulator, for example, and has a variety of familiar properties. "This time-lens can, for example, magnify or compress in time," say Fridman and co. This magnifying and compressing in time is important. The trick to building a temporal cloak is to place two time-lenses in series and then send a beam of light through them. The first compresses the light in time while the second decompresses it again.But this leaves a gap. For short period, there is a kind of hole in time in which any event is unrecorded.So to an observer, the light coming out of the second time-lens appears undistorted, as if no event has occurred.In effect, the space between the two lenses is a kind of spatio-temporal cloak that deletes changes that occur in short periods of time. The device has some limitations. The Cornell time cloak lasts only for 110 nanoseconds--that's not long. And Fridman and co say the best it can achieve will be 120 microseconds. But it's early days yet. Given the rapid development of spatial cloaks, it'd be a brave man who'd bet on this being the last word. Fridman and pals have clearly made themselves an interesting toy but they modestly refrain from speculating about the applications for their time cloak. However, that's a task well suited to readers of the Physics arXiv Blog. If you have any suggestions, leave them here.
Pentagon Vaccine Stops Religious Fundamentalism by Targeting 'God Gene' http://www.WantToKnow.info/health/funvax_fundamentalist_vaccine
The Pentagon may vaccinate large populations in the Middle East with what is being called FunVax a fundamentalist vaccine. As explained by Pentagon researchers, the FunVax uses an airborne virus to indiscriminately infect populations considered high risk for religious fundamentalism. The virus in this vaccine purportedly has been tested and shown to reduce fundamentalism and religiosity in all who are infected by damaging what is called the "God gene." Though this may sound like some bizarre science fiction novel, the four-minute Pentagon video presentation and official FunVax report below show that this vaccine against fundamentalism is actively being tested for implementation. As it has been a few years since this date of this video and report, it is entirely possible this program has already been started. CLIP
Jesse Ventura Conspiracy Theory - 2012 Part 1 of 6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOWWIDT910I
Do scientists really believe Earth is headed for disaster in 2012? Is our government secretly planning to save and protect the elite - while leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves?Time is of the essence as Jesse Ventura chases down the 2012 conspiracy. It began as an ancient Mayan prediction that the world would come to an end. Now, experts reveal solar storms may lead to catastrophe in the very same year. Jesse searches for evidence that our government is scrambling to prepare for a major disaster. He discovers signs of secret underground bunkers being built in places ranging from the Nevada desert to the White House, including a massive project under construction beneath a major metropolitan airport. Get a look inside those bunkers and decide for yourself if the government is preparing for some to survive while the rest of us are left to fry in an earthly hell. CHECK ALSO Obama will head West on the 25th and will arrive in Denver on September 27th ~ Also Key NASA Employees will be in Denver Sept. 21-27 ... Rumour has it that Obama will be supervising large drill under Denver airport Sept 27...
Secret Access: UFOs On The Record (History Channel FULL) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GpadrhpUG0
With the proliferation of video and photo technology in the modern era, reports of these events along with visual evidence have only increased. 95% of UFO sightings are false, resulting either from misidentification or deliberate hoaxes. But the other 5% cannot be dismissed; SECRET ACCESS: UFOS ON THE RECORD focuses on those 5%. Based on the newly published book UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record, this two-hour special explores sightings that are supported by numerous creditable sources, from Air Force and commercial pilots, FAA officials, investigators, military Generals and NASA officials as well as hard data: photos, film, radar and audio recordings. This evidence presents a startling look at the very real possibility of alien visitation. MORE DETAILS HERE and HERE
Tell President Obama Tar Sands Pipeline Approval Will Alienate Green Base, Warrant Return of His Nobel Peace Prize (August 28, 2011) http://www.climateark.org/shared/alerts/sendsm.aspx?id=canada_tar_sands
The struggle over the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline - which would run over 1,500 miles from Alberta, Canada to Texas, extending the reach of Canada's filthy and addictive tar sands trade far into the United States - is shaping up to be an epic political battle. When Alberta, Canada's tar sands are fully developed, along with its vast proposed pipeline network, the planet will be pushed into abrupt and runaway climate change. Ongoing environmental protest in Washington DC to stop the tar sands pipeline was decimated this past Friday by Obama's State Department approval of the pipeline. On tar sands and fracking in particular, President Obama has abandoned his green base, meaning after an early retirement he will have time to earn that Nobel Prize. Barring Obama's final rejection of tar sands pipelines, a decision that is his to make, it should be returned immediately.
Obama: stop the tar sands! http://www.avaaz.org/en/obama_stop_the_tar_sands/?cl
Right now, hundreds of people are being arrested in Washington, DC in a historic wave of peaceful civil disobedience -- the biggest such environmental protest in a generation. Their goal: convince President Obama to reject the notoriously destructive Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry nearly a million of barrels a day of tar sands oil from Canada to refineries in Texas. Canada's tar sands are the world's second-biggest pool of carbon, and NASA's top climate scientist says that burning them would be "essentially game over" for the climate. But the pipeline can only be built if Obama certifies that it's in our "national interest." So the demonstrators are building a massive outcry to the president -- and they'll deliver our signatures as the protests reach their climax this Saturday. Sign on! - VOIR AUSSI Le pétrole meurtrier du Canada
Climate test for Obama: 1,252 people arrested over notorious oil pipeline (09/06/2011) http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0906-hance_tarsands_protest.html
Two weeks of climate disobedience at the White House ended over the weekend with 1,252 people arrested in total. Activists were protesting the controversial Keystone XL pipeline in an effort to pressure US President Barack Obama to turn down the project. If built the pipeline would bring oil from Alberta's tar sands through six US states down to Texas refineries. While protestors fear pollution from potential spills, especially in the Ogallala Aquifer which supplies water to millions, the major fight behind the pipeline is climate change: Canada's tar sands emit significantly more carbon than conventional sources of oil.
Stop the FBI from Supporting Corruption in Sarawak http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-fbi-from-supporting-corruption-in-sarawak
The chief minister of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud, has funneled Sarawak's timber and resource wealth into his own pockets. He has invested it in luxury homes and buildings abroad leaving the people in Sarawak destitute and with their natural environment destroyed. The building that houses the FBI in Seattle is one of the many properties owned by Abdul Taib Mahmud. Please sign this petition today to tell the FBI office in Seattle that it needs to take a stand against Taib, and stop renting from a man who is destroying the future of the environment and communities in Sarawak.
ET Council: War with grey-Draco reptilian ETs is won, no false flag ET invasion (August 30, 2011) http://www.examiner.com/exopolitics-in-seattle/et-council-war-with-grey-draco-reptilian-ets-is-won-no-false-flag-et-invasion
In an exclusive ExopoliticsTV interview by Alfred Lambremont Webre with a human representative-contactee of the extraterrestrial governance council known as the Andromeda Council it has been revealed that the war of liberation against a 4th dimensional Orion grey and Draco reptilian alliance has been won by the forces of the Andromeda Council as of the 3rd quarter of 2011. The attempted the occupation of Earth, our moon and Mars by this grey-Reptilian alliance is over. The defeated grey-reptilian forces have been sent via stargate into the far reaches of our universe.The Andromeda Council representative states in his ExopoliticsTV interview that the forces of the 4th dimensional Orion grey and Draco reptilian forces that remain on Earth consist of small pockets of isolated forces around such as Washington, DC. AdvertisementAccording to the Andromeda Council representative, the defeat of the Orion grey and Reptilian occupation force on Earth, moon and Mars has the effect of leaving the Illuminati and Annunaki power structure on Earth, moon and Mars without any effective 4th dimensional back-up. Any attempt by the remaining grey and reptilian forces to assist Illuminati false flag ET invasion will be defeated, and any false flag ET invasion will fail. LISTEN TO INTERVIEW: http://youtu.be/d9KECe8Mu7Q (...) The human representative of the Andromeda Council states he has been given the Andromedan name Tolec. Tolec is a well-adjusted 20-year career professional in the computer industry. In his ExopoliticsTV interview, Tolec states he was first contacted in 1993 by his principal Andromedan contact who took him on three time travel journeys via Andromedan space craft to the 1840s western U.S. visiting the same 1840s family to observe their live journey.
(...) In his renewed contacts starting September 2010, Tolec states that the Andromeda Council informed him that the Council had met and decided on a war of liberation of Earth, moon and Mars around 1999 Earth time. The Orion greys and Draco Reptilians were abusing the people of Earth, and beaming negative frequencies at Earth from the moon and from Phobos, a moon of Mars.The Andromedans had gone forward in time and had discovered that if the grey-Reptilians were allowed to go on with their abusive occupation of Earth, moon and Mars, the grey-Reptilians would establish a tyranny in this sector of the universe. The Andromedans themselves and a great many star systems would be affected negatively.Therefore, the Andromedan Council decided to set aside the law of non-intervention and wage a war of liberation that has gone on for approximately nine years to the 3rd quarter of 2011. CLIP
Toronto Newspaper Editor Escapes Arson Death (September 6, 2011) http://www.henrymakow.com/street_news_editor_targeted_by.html
Vic Flett's Toronto Street News has long been a thorn in side of the Masonic Establishment. "I was targeted because of a series of stories we are doing about the Mega-Quarry -- 2300 acres will be turned from potato growing into a hole in the ground 200 feet deep for the limestone that will be shipped to the U.S. and China. For drywall. 7,000 trucks a day, 23 tons of explosives 7 days a week." CLI
Artificial Organ Regrowth - NOVA scienceNOW http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAI5rLnnCBE
A clip from NOVA scienceNOW season 5, episode 2: "Can we live forever?"Fascinating look at advances in artificial organ growth - from building a human ear inside a mouse, to fully working heart and lungs grown in jars. Amazing where science is taking us. Watch the full episode here
China unveils new low-cost, nine-passenger family transportation system (Sept 1, 2011) http://www.naturalnews.com/033484_transportation_China.html
Ever wonder why China's economy is beating the USA? It's all about efficiency! China has unveiled a new, low-cost mass transportation system with the following features: Multiple passenger capacity - room for the whole family! Permanent sunroof allows fresh air to flow through your hair. Extremely fuel efficient with a tight turning radius. Inclined theater seating gives all passengers a "front seat" view. Infant seat also doubles as a water bucket. Able to use bike lanes to bypass automobile traffic on the highways. Automatic air conditioning and heating (not controllable). Roll bar and seatbelts optional. A photo of this new invention from China is pictured below: CLIP
Elizabeth Kucinich's newsletter GMO film LA fundraiser http://www.gmofilm.com/laevent/
Spend an evening with Elizabeth Kucinich and the filmmakers of DIVE! Living Off Americas Waste, winner at over 21 film festivals worldwide, Jeremy Seifert & Joshua Kunau, as they discuss their newest film project. Are you concerned about the food you eat and feed your family? Most people are unaware of the fact that giant chemical companies are feeding us and our families, as they genetically modify seeds and patent life. There is hope for organic, sustainable farming, but we have to start now!
An audience with Koko the 'talking' gorilla (17 Sep 2011) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/8765172/An-audience-with-Koko-the-talking-gorilla.html
She knows more than 2,000 words, has friends in high places and loves cats and old films. But in her 40th year, Koko the 'talking' gorilla seeks a new challenge - a baby
(...) And there she is: Koko. A 300lb lowland gorilla, sitting staring back at me and pointing to an impressive set of teeth.I'd been told beforehand not to make eye contact initially as it can be perceived as threatening, and so I glare at the ground. But I can't help stealing brief glances at this beautiful creature. Koko, if you're not familiar, was taught American sign language when she was about a year old. Now 40, she apparently has a working vocabulary of more than 1,000 signs and understands around 2,000 words of spoken English. Forty years on, the Gorilla Foundation's Koko project has become the longest continuous inter-species communications programme of its kind anywhere in the world.I sign "hello", which looks like a sailor's salute, and she emits a long, throaty growl. "Don't worry, that means she likes you," comes the disembodied voice of Dr Penny Patterson, the foundation's president and scientific director, from somewhere inside the enclosure. "It's the gorilla equivalent of a purr." Koko grins at me, then turns and signs to Dr Patterson. "She wants to see your mouth wait, she particularly wants to see your tongue," Dr Patterson says, and I happily oblige, pulling my mask down, poking my tongue out and returning the grin.
(...) Another soft, deep roar. Dr Patterson emerges from a side door, closing it behind her, and joins me on the porch. Koko makes a sign. Dr Patterson translates: "Visit. Do you." "Oh, sweetheart," she says to Koko, then turns to me: "She'd like you to go inside." Over the years Koko has inadvertently become a poster child for the gorilla conservation movement. There are several subspecies of gorilla, and today, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, all are either endangered or critically endangered. There are thought to be more than 700 mountain gorillas left in the wild; just under 17,000 eastern lowland gorillas, 10,000 western lowland gorillas, and only 200-or-so Cross River gorillas. All are in sub-Saharan Africa and are threatened by either the illegal trade in bushmeat, loss of habitat due to logging and agricultural expansion, or disease. According to Drew McVey, the World Wildlife Fund's species programme manager for Africa, while tourism may be helping mountain gorilla numbers, with other subspecies the news isn't so good. "For a lot of people in the forest, there is simply no other source of protein," he says. "But more disturbing is the increased novelty trade." Attempts to educate communities where poaching is rife about gorilla conservation has, evidently, largely failed; statistics about dwindling numbers of great apes just don't resonate with people who can make good money from gorilla meat or body parts, or for those for whom the logging industry puts dinner on the table. But some conservationists believe stories like Koko's - of how an "inculturated' gorilla (the word researchers use for primates that have essentially had their own culture suppressed and adopted a more human-like culture) has actually communicated with us and demonstrated her intelligence - could be the answer. We should attempt, in other words, to win hearts, rather than minds.
(...) Wearing a mask and gloves to protect her from human viruses, I'm sweating now and still trying desperately not to make eye contact. Suddenly, I feel her leathery hand softly touch mine. She pulls me gently towards her chest, wrapping her arms around me. I can smell her breath - sweet and warm, not unlike a horse's. After she releases me from her embrace, she makes another sign - fists together. "She wants you to follow - to chase her," Dr Patterson says.Koko lightly takes my hand and places it in the bend in her arm before leading me around the small room, cluttered with soft toys and clothes designed to stimulate her imagination. I shuffle along the floor so as not to seem threatening, but it's amazing how gentle she is.My wife and I had a baby daughter just three weeks before my visit and I pull a photo out of my pocket to show her. I've learnt the sign - pointing to myself and then making a rocking motion with my arms - to indicate "my baby". Incredibly, Koko takes the photo, looks at it, and kisses it. She then turns, picks up a doll from the mound of toys beside her and holds it up to me.At one point she tugs lightly on my arm to indicate I'm to lie down beside her. Dr Patterson, who has been taking extensive notes of my interaction with Koko, says she can sense I'm nervous and does this to make people feel at ease. Another time she turns her back to me and indicates I'm to scratch it for her.
(...) Some skeptical researchers have argued that Koko does not understand the meaning behind what she is doing and simply learns to sign because she'll be rewarded - known as operant conditioning. In the 1999 PBS Nature documentary, A Conversation With Koko, Dr Patterson admits that in the beginning she, too, thought Koko was simply doing it to "get stuff", but the gorilla began stringing words together to describe objects she didn't know the signs for. A hair brush, for example, became "scratch comb"; a mask was an "eye hat" and a ring was a "finger bracelet"."Koko learns more and creates more all the time, and the challenge for us sometimes is finding out what she's trying to tell us," she tells me.
(...) The book Koko's Kitten was first published 24 years ago, but the Gorilla Foundation still reprints it and now Dr Patterson aims to distribute it in areas in Africa where gorillas are threatened - to teach children there how a great ape can have the capacity to love and care for an animal of another species. There's another book in the works, too. This one is darker, but Dr Patterson believes it could make a lasting impact. Michael was the male silverback at the Gorilla Foundation until his death in 2000 aged 27, after which Ndume took his place. Researchers believe his parents were both killed by poachers in Cameroon, and that Michael was able to tell them this by signing: "Squash meat gorilla. Mouth tooth. Cry sharp-noise loud. Cut/neck."As for Koko, Dr Patterson insists she is only too aware of man's occasionally horrific interactions with wild gorillas. "It happened by accident - someone sent a DVD about primates and I didn't really look at it," she says. "But it was playing and when I looked I saw Koko watching a graphic bushmeat scene. I hadn't previewed it like I should have. The next day we were in with Koko and I was going through some mail. Koko picked up an insert from a newspaper and it was a supermarket ad. She held up a section full of pictures of meat and signed: "shame there".
Fluoration de l'eau: Le gouvernement pourrait forcer la main des municipalités (13/09/2011)
Note de Jean: Si le gouvernement Charest a envie de se tirer dans le pied - après la levée de boucliers contre le gaz de schiste - il ne pourrait pas choisir mieux qu'imposer cette très impopulaire et despotique mesure... toute aussi risquée pour la santé que le seront les dangereux compteurs WiFi qu'Hydro veut nous enfoncer dans la gorge... http://fr.canoe.ca/infos/quebeccanada/politiqueprovinciale/archives/2011/09/20110913-211159.html QUÉBEC - Le gouvernement du Québec s'est donné les coudées franches pour imposer la fluoration de l'eau potable aux municipalités. Malgré la vive opposition, il a obtenu un avis voulant qu'il serait légitimé de leur forcer la main. L'avis que vient de publier le comité d'éthique de l'Institut national de santé publique risque de raviver les passions entourant la possibilité d'inclure une norme obligatoire de fluorure dans l'eau des villes de plus de 5 000 habitants. Le comité conclut que les bénéfices de la fluoration sont plus importants que ses potentiels effets négatifs sur la santé et l'environnement et qu'ils justifient l'accroc à la liberté de choix.«Il y a une légitimité à prioriser le souci de bienfaisance et permettre d'améliorer la santé du plus grand nombre», a expliqué le président du comité, André Lacroix. Depuis plusieurs années, les autorités de santé publique présentent la fluoration de l'eau comme l'un des moyens les plus sécuritaires et efficaces de réduire la carie dentaire, alors que les enfants québécois ont 40 % plus de caries que ceux de l'Ontario et des États-Unis. D'un autre côté, les opposants brandissent le spectre de risques accrus de développer des cancers associés, selon eux, à cette pratique. Pour aller de l'avant, le gouvernement devrait modifier le Règlement sur la qualité de l'eau potable du ministère du Développement durable. L'attachée de presse du ministre de la Santé Yves Bolduc, Natacha Joncas-Boudreau, a toutefois indiqué mardi qu'il est trop tôt pour spéculer sur les intentions du ministère à ce sujet.
Aucun argument neuf (15 septembre 2011) http://www.cyberpresse.ca/le-droit/opinions/editoriaux/pierre-jury/201109/14/01-4447736-aucun-argument-neuf.php
L'institut national de santé publique du Québec vient de déposer un rapport favorable à la fluoration de l'eau. Cet avis fait rupture avec plusieurs décisions municipales, dont celle de Gatineau, en mai 2010. La volonté de la population gatinoise, exprimée par un large appui de ses élus municipaux, doit primer sur celle d'un comité impersonnel de Québécois, peut-être des experts dans leur domaine, mais redevable à personne.
La question du fluor dans l'eau a déchaîné des passions au Québec. À la surprise de plusieurs. Lorsque la perspective de la fluoration des eaux municipales a surgi à Gatineau, Québec, Trois-Rivières et ailleurs, nous avons assisté à une levée de boucliers qui a nourri un long et polarisé débat d'arguments en faveur et à l'encontre.
(...) Le jour de la décision municipale, LeDroit s'est rangé du côté des sceptiques au nom d'un principe : celui de la précaution. À défaut d'être absolument certain que la fluoration de l'eau apporte plus de bienfaits que de désavantages, le conseil municipal de Gatineau devait rejeter le projet porté par l'Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de l'Outaouais. Les élus se sont très majoritairement rangés dans le même sens. Voici que le débat risque de reprendre à la lumière d'un avis d'un comité d'éthique de l'Institut de la santé publique. On y conclut que les avantages « justifient l'accroc à la liberté de choix » des adversaires à la fluoration. Donc, que la fluoration doit aller de l'avant pour toutes les municipalités de 5000 habitants ou plus.
L'Institut va même plus loin. Il rappelle aux opposants qu'ils peuvent se soustraire à la fluoration par l'achat d'un « filtre de défluoration ». À moins qu'ils ne décident de consommer que l'eau en bouteille.
(...) La planète est aux prises avec de vastes défis de santé publique. Des abeilles meurent par millions sans explication. Les allergies alimentaires frappent des millions de citoyens de l'Occident sans que nous en sachions la cause. Des multinationales se veulent rassurantes quant à l'inocuité des OGM, les organismes génétiquement modifiés. L'utilisation massive d'antibiotiques et d'autres substances dans nos aliments et dans nos médicaments pourrait avoir réduit nos mécanismes naturels de défense. Les consommateurs demandent à être rassurés. Les stratégies de contournement de l'opposition citoyenne suggérées par l'Institut national de santé publique du Québec ne militent pas en ce sens. Au lieu de se faire rassurant en rappelant des arguments scientifiques, il y va d'un argument juridique entre la liberté de choix et les intérêts collectifs de santé publique. Tant qu'il restera à ce niveau, le débat ne progressera point.
La fluoration de l'eau reçoit peu d'appuis dans la région (15 septembre 2011) http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/abitibi/2011/09/15/001-fluoration-eau-potable.shtml
La proposition de l'Institut national de santé publique du Québec d'obliger les municipalités de plus de 5000 habitants à ajouter du fluorure dans l'eau potable est reçue froidement par les maires d'Amos et de Rouyn-Noranda. À Amos, Ulrick Chérubin affirme que sa municipalité luttera avec véhémence contre une réglementation sur la fluoration.M. Chérubin rappelle que la ville puise son eau dans une nappe souterraine. Il affirme que l'eau de ce réservoir a déjà été filtrée et qu'elle n'a pas besoin d'être traitée. « Quand on met un autre ingrédient, ce n'est plus une eau pure et naturelle à 100 % », souligne le maire d'Amos. De son côté, le maire de Rouyn-Noranda, Mario Provencher, doute de l'efficacité de la fluoration de l'eau pour lutter contre la carie dentaire. « La consommation qu'ils vont boire est minime par rapport à l'utilisation et tout ce que ça fait, c'est que ça augmente les coûts », déplore-t-il. La présidente de la Coalition québécoise pour une gestion responsable de l'eau Eau Secours!, Martine Ouellet, soutient que l'ingestion de fluorure peut avoir des conséquences néfastes pour la santé. « Ça va donner des fluoroses faibles à modérées, explique-t-elle. Ce sont des taches blanches qui apparaissent sur les dents. » Même si l'Organisation mondiale de la santé affirme que la marge est mince entre la dose bénéfique et la dose néfaste de fluorure, l'Institut national de santé publique du Québec est d'avis que les effets positifs du fluorure dans l'eau seront plus importants que les effets négatifs.
La fluoration de l'eau potable - Inefficace et non sécuritaire -- Par l'Association de médecine dentaire holistique du Québec http://www.amdhq.qc.ca/materiel/fluorure.aspx
Compliquée la a controverse sur le fluor ? Pas du tout. En fait, c'est aussi simple que 1, 2, 3. Premièrement, le fluor prévient-il efficacement la carie dentaire s'il est avalé? Non, il ne le fait pas. Après avoir clamé pendant 50 ans les effets systémiques du fluor, les partisans du fluor du Center for Disease Control reconnaissent aujourd'hui à contrecoeur que les seuls véritables effets du fluor au niveau dentaire proviennent d'un usage topique. La Canadian Consensus Conference de 1997 arrive à cette même conclusion. Comme l'écran solaire, le fluor est un topique. Vous ne devez pas le boire! Lisez la mention d'un tube de dentifrice américain. Elle précise :"Ne pas avaler et si une quantité égale à celle utilisée au brossage est avalée, contactez immédiatement un centre anti-poison ou un professionnel de la santé.? Deuxièmement, le fluor est-il sécuritaire pour les bébés et les personnes handicapées? Non, il ne l'est pas. Aucune organisation médicale ou dentaire ne recommande de supplément de fluor pour les jeunes enfants. Les recherches ont démontré que le lait maternel ne contient presque pas de fluor, et l'allaitement maternel est le meilleur aliment pour les bébés. Le fluor contenu dans l'eau potable est responsable d'un pourcentage élevé des cas de fluorose dentaire. En 1987, une étude du National Institute of Dental Research a trouvé que 66% des enfants qui habitaient les régions fluorées des Etats-Unis avaient au moins une dent endommagée par la fluorose dentaire. Si le fluor n'est pas sécuritaire pour les bébés, est-ce possible que d'autres sous-groupes de la population soient plus vulnérables aux effets toxiques du fluor ? Certainement! Le U. S. Center for Disease Control Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry mentionne que : "Ces populations incluent les personnes âgées, les personnes qui ont une déficience en calcium, en magnésium et/ou en vitamine C, ainsi que les personnes ayant des problèmes cardiovasculaires ou rénaux." Troisièmement, l'ingestion de fluor dans le but de réduire la carie dentaire est-elle approuvée par la US FDA? Non, elle ne l'est pas. La U. S. Food and Drug Administration n'a jamais approuvé l'ingestion de substances contenant du fluor dans le but de prévenir la carie dentaire. Déjà en1975, la US FDA avait rejeté 35 nouvelles demandes d'approbation de vitamines et suppléments contenant du fluor, citant : "Aucune évidence substantielle de l'efficacité prescrite ou décrite." C'est aussi simple que 1, 2, 3.
1. LE BIENFAIT DU FLUOR AU NIVEAU DENTAIRE, S'IL EN EST, SERAIT TOPIQUE ET NON SYSTÉMIQUE. 2. IL N'EST PAS SÉCURITAIRE pour les bébés.
3. IL N'EST PAS APPROUVÉ par la FDA.
À notre avis, la fluoration est un programme de santé dentaire plus qu'imparfait dont on tente de cacher les méfaits par une vaste campagne de masquage. Le temps est venu pour nous de rejeter cette politique de santé publique déchue et adopter l'approche européenne : l'éducation en matière de santé dentaire et l'usage de scellants à puits et fissures (où débutent 83% des caries !) pour tous les enfants afin de prévenir la carie dentaire - sans la médication massive par l'eau potable. L'eau devrait être bonne à boire pour tous. VOIR AUSSI Toxicité du fluorure ET 10 faits sur le fluorure
Nouveaux efforts déployés pour fluorer toute l'Europe http://www.qvq.ca/afq/Articles/fluorer-europe.htm
(...) Jusqu'ici, la grande majorité des pays européens a su résister aux pressions américaines visant à fluorer l'eau. En fait, 98 % des collectivités européennes ne fluorent pas l'eau potable. Pourtant, les Européens ont une santé dentaire aussi bonne, sinon meilleure, que celle des Nord-Américains. CLIP
"Fluorer l'eau, c'est forcer les gens à ingérer une substance toxique sans leur consentement éclairé. C'est un précédent inquiétant qui nie les droits humains fondamentaux et la liberté de choisir ou de refuser d'être médicamenté."
"Si le fluor est rejeté dans l'air, c'est un polluant; déversé dans une rivière, c'est un polluant; déversé dans un lac, c'est un polluant. Mais si on l'injecte directement dans le réseau d'eau potable, ce n'est plus un polluant. Incroyable !"
- Dr Hirzy, Chimiste senior au siège social de l'Agence de protection environnementale des États-Unis.
"Il est grand temps, pour la minorité de pays qui continuent à fluorer l'eau potable, de reconnaître que la fluoration est une mesure obsolète, qu'elle viole l'éthique médicale sérieuse, qu'elle brime la liberté de choix et qu'elle présente de sérieux risques pour la santé. Ces risques l'emportent largement sur de minuscules bénéfices. Dès maintenant, il faut mettre fin à la fluoration."
"Les promoteurs de la fluoration veulent imposer la fluoration à toute la population, sans même donner aux citoyens la possibilité de voter. Cela serait considéré inacceptable même si ceux-ci avaient présenté des données scientifiques probantes démontrant que la fluoration est sûre et efficace. N'ayant fait ni l'un ni l'autre, leur niveau d'arrogance est inouï."
- Article signé par 20 professionnels, dont le Dr Paul Connett, professeur de chimie et toxicologie à l'Université de St-Lawrence (NY) et 3 membres du panel scientifique du US NR
Comité Sans fluor des Amis de la Terre http://www.atquebec.org/Comité_Sans_fluor
Trois axes sont au cur des efforts visant à obtenir une eau saine pour tous : - Le droit à une eau potable saine pour tous, exempte de substances toxiques - Le respect des droits et libertés fondamentaux - Le principe de précaution.
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Iran runs nuclear missile payload tests, moves onto 60 pc fuel enrichment (September 5, 2011) Note from Jean: Remember while reading this article below that Debka is a mouth piece for the Zionists controlling Israel - hence the derogatory, inflamatory language. Yet these latest developments warrant heightened attention as they signal the entry into a period of increased temptation to resort to an ultimately futile and self-defeating pre-emptive full-scale military attack driven by the existential fear in Israel that Iran cannot be trusted to abide by the mutually-assured destruction (MAD) doctrine that has assured a continuing military stand off between the US and the Soviet empire during the Cold War and thus made untenable the prospect of a direct military confrontation between those 2 former foes who now fully collaborate in space and in many other fora... Which brings up the question: If MAD made a nuclear war an unappealing prospect at the time of the Cold War, why could it not work today between Iran and Israel? Perhaps, given time, more conciliatory governments both in Israel and Iran would eventually emerge, spurred by their own populations' evolution out of the morass of fear-driven thinking, and some diplomatic openness would finally lead to mutual respect, trust and acceptance of each other's differences, while nurturing mutually beneficial arrangements and policies... We have seen more far-fetched scenarios unfold since the end of the Cold War. Think, for instance, about the spectacular rise and modernization of communist China, now a fully engaged partner in the management and development of this world, especially after their succesful holding of the Olympic Games and the great prestige it carried. It would been far less foolish to give peace a chance than to unleash the uncontrollable nuclear genie out of its bottle and face unpredictable and ultimately not inconsequential effects of the unitended consequences of a so-called "preemptive" attack. We should know better! http://www.debka.com/article/21271/
International Atomic Energy Agency Friday, Sept. 2 stressed its increasing concern "about the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed nuclear-related activities involving military-related organizations, including activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile, about which the Agency continues to receive new information." The nuclear watchdog was also alarmed by three disclosures made by Fereydoon Abbas, head of Iran's atomic energy agency, Monday, Aug. 29, attesting to the speeding-up of its military nuclear program and preparations for a possible attack on its installations.
1. Abbasi boasted that Iran's nuclear fuel production already far exceeded its needs. DEBKAfile's military sources report that this first public announcement meant that Tehran was about to move on from 20 percent enriched uranium to 60 percent - the last step before the 90 percent enrichment for weapons-grade fuel. According to several sources, Iran has already stocked 4,500 kilograms of low-enriched uranium, which would be enough for four nuclear weapons after further enrichment.
2. Abbas pronounced "dead" the 2009 proposal for the West to supply Iran with new fuel for its small research reactor in return for an end to Iranian production of the fuel. "We will no longer negotiate a fuel swap and a halt to our production of fuel," he said.
3. The head of Iran's atomic agency also revealed the imminent transfer of its critical enrichment facilities from Natanz to a heavily fortified subterranean facility near the holy city of Qom to keep it safe from air, missile and cyber attack. Tehran has made it clear that the facility will not be open to international oversight and will use the most advanced centrifuges - IR-4 and IR-2m - for speeding up the production of highly-enriched uranium. Western intelligence sources estimated Sunday, Sept. 4, that Iran's advances had brought forward to the spring of 2012 the potential completion of between two and four bombs and the ability to conduct a nuclear test.
At the White House, Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the National Security Council said that the Iranian plan "to install and operate centrifuges at Qom is a violation of their United Nations security obligations and another provocative act."While demonstrating the arrogance of a would-be global nuclear power, Iran suffered an unexpected diplomatic snub Sunday, Sept. 4, when parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani was informed at the last minute that he would not get to meet the Chinese and North Korean heads of state when he visited Beijing and Pyongyang - only low-ranking officials. He thereupon cancelled his trips. China and North Korea appear to have decided to keep their distance from the nuclear miscreant in Tehran. Last Wednesday, Aug. 31, French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned, "Iran's attempts to build long-range missiles and nuclear weapons could lead unnamed countries to launch a pre-emptive attack."
CHECK ALSO FROM DEBKA Erdogan drives toward armed clash with Israel. Oil and gas at stake AND FROM THE ISRAELI YNET NEWS Turkey: Warships will back next flotilla AND Erdogan says misquoted on warships (Sept 9, 2011) Turkish PM's office softens threat of military clash at sea, says country 'won't send vessel to Mediterranean Sea as long as Israel avoids intervening in freedom of movement in international waters'
Israel's bullying in eastern Med is over (September 2, 2011) http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=8216israel8217s-bullying-in-eastern-med-is-over8217-2011-09-02
The eastern Mediterranean will no longer be a place where Israeli naval forces can freely exercise their "bullying" practices against civilian vessels, a Turkish official said Friday. The official said this would be the outcome of Foreign Minister Ahmet Davuto lu's statement earlier in the day that "Turkey would take every precaution it deems necessary for the safety of maritime navigation in the eastern Mediterranean." Davuto lu's statement about providing maritime safety in the eastern Mediterranean grabbed the most attention among the various sanctions against Israel the foreign minister announced Friday. He did not further elaborate, however, on what he meant by taking "every precaution." The Turkish foreign minister's statement will likely spark a new faceoff between Turkey and Israel, the region's strongest armies, in the eastern Mediterranean. A potential confrontation between the two countries navies would have serious negative consequences for regional stability. Turkish diplomats told the Hürriyet Daily News that the Turkish Navy will be more visible in the eastern Mediterranean through regular patrolling in international waters. "A more aggressive strategy will be pursued. Israel will no longer be able to exercise its bullying practices freely," one said. Using Turkish naval vessels to escort ships carrying aid to Palestine and observing free navigation in the zone between the island of Cyprus and Israel are among the plans set to be implemented, sources said, adding that Turkish war ships would be more frequently seen in the area.The zone described by Turkish sources has been the subject of a recent diplomatic struggle between Turkey and Greek Cyprus over the latter's project to start drilling natural gas reserves. Greek Cyprus and Israel recently agreed to jointly initiate the drilling with the participation of some American companies. Turkey sees the gas-exploration deal as an agreement between two hostile countries against Turkey and has urged both parties not to get involved in such a project before a solution is found to the Cyprus issue in order to preserve the stability of the eastern Mediterranean. In an interview with daily Zaman on Friday, EU Minister Egemen Ba hinted that Turkish Navy could intervene if Greek Cyprus does not call off the project. "That's what a navy is for," he said. Erdo an plans Gaza visitAs part of Turkey's more aggressive strategy against Israel, sources told the Daily News that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo an is planning to visit Hamas-controlled Gaza in the coming weeks, an intention he voiced in late July. "Our prime minister has already instructed the Foreign Ministry to set a date for the visit. We are looking for the best timing for the visit," a diplomatic source said. "Our primary purpose is to draw the world's attention to what is going on in Gaza and to push the international community to end the unfair embargo imposed by Israel."
The Breakout - The Fall Has Begun - Turkey's Erdogan Will Now Break The Siege Of Gaza http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/earthchange-bulletins/message/6809
MWM: In typical Muslim custom, Islamic Turkey gave Israel over a year advisory on its sins against Turkey's citizens (murder of aid workers on the high seas last year) and the world and asked Israel to make amends and correct its behavior. Many a Jewish politician spit in the Jewish fashion at Turkey and the government of Israel denied everything and ignored the Turks. Erdogan and the Turks have ended their wait and have in effect declared this weekend, in what is obviously a major historical turning point they will clear the seas of the Eastern Mediterranean of illegal Israeli naval activity and provide armed escorts to Gaza from Cyprus. Erdogan has also announced that he will visit Gaza during September and turn an international spotlight on conditions of the Palestinians. Meanwhile, huge demonstrations in Israel against the militarism of the country and the impoverishment of Jews under the right wing "occupier" government of Netanyahu have demonstrated that the current government of Israel has lost the support of a huge segment of the Jewish population. And, not least, the Palestinians are seeking formal UN recognition as an independent state and UN member in a vote proposed in the UN for September. Many observers believe the General Assembly will go with the Palestinians regardless of what the Zionists of Israel and the U.S. do in the Security Council with their lies and vetos. Suddenly, its seems fairly clear that the Zionists have lost their ability to control events and the world is going somewhere else without them. Their "mo" is done. Ersatz Israel is done and the Empire is beginning to crumble more rapidly. Doubtless the shrill shilling by the shrews in AIPAC will be loud and unpleasant this September, a sure sign that the door has slammed shut on their tales.
Shaath: No W. Bank violence unless settlers start it (9/18/2011) http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=238377
PLO official Nabil Shaath said Sunday that he does not see any risk of unrest in the West Bank unless settlers instigate it. Speaking with Army Radio, Shaath said, "We are not going to allow any unrest in the West Bank, neither politically nor security wise." Politically, he said, "I think our people are quite determined not to go back to violence and are going in this fight to continue their peaceful struggle for independence and for real peace and a two-state solution." Addressing the risk of violence, Shaath added, I don't see any risk of having unrest in the West Bank unless the Israeli settlers want to create that." Asked why the Palestinian leadership refuses to recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people, Shaath responded that the Jewish people, on their own, decided "that they have really built their state that is not only for the Jewish people because 22 percent of Israelis are not Jewish."Presented with statements attributed to the Palestinian Authority envoy to the United States last week that a Palestinian state would be without Jews, Shaath said that Maen Areikat "never said 'Jewish free,'" but rather "that at the beginning of our peace, we want to separate."Asked whether settlers would be allowed to live in a future Palestinian state, he added, If [settlers] decide to accept Palestinian citizenship and buy the territory that they have and live individual citizens, then why not?" Addressing the possibility to avert a vote in either the United Nations Security Council or General Assembly on recognition of Palestinian statehood and an immediate return to direct negotiations with Israel, the senior Palestinian official put forth one condition."Of course there is a chance to start direct negotiations,"Shaath said, you stop your settlement and we'll go tomorrow to direct negotiations.
Civilian deaths in Libya: who's killing who? (17 September, 2011) http://rt.com/news/libya-civilian-casualties-nato-789/
In Libya, where NATO-backed NTC forces are attempting to wipe out the last remaining pro-Gaddafi strongholds, civilians are still being killed but normally-vocal countries backing a UN resolution to protect them have gone strangely quiet.British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy paid a visit this week to survey their handiwork. The first heads of state to visit Tripoli since the city fell to rebel forces say their countries' work in spearheading the NATO intervention is not yet done."We must keep on with the NATO mission until civilians are all protected and until this work is finished,"David Cameron told a joint news conference in Tripoli. He is right: civilians are still being killed. But now that Gaddafi is virtually powerless, the people increasingly doing the killing are National Transitional Council forces, together with NATO, as they attack Bani Walid and other Gaddafi strongholds. On that, Cameron and Sarkozy are silent."To paraphrase George Orwell in 'Animal Farm,' some civilians are more equal than others," remarks John Laughland from the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation. NATO insist their attacks are targeted, but there are reports of NTC reprisals against presumed Gaddafi supporters."Clearly there are real problems on the ground. There is a legacy of such a conflict that you will have human rights abuses taking part on both sides. The National Transitional Council have promised to hold their own fighters to account and I think that is a process we will see from now," believes Middle East analyst James Denselow. But it does not seem to be happening yet. The African Union alleges that transitional forces are hunting down and killing black Africans on the assumption that Gaddafi recruited them as mercenaries. These allegations are borne out by an Amnesty International report which says the rebels are guilty of unlawful killings and torture. It is at pains to point out that Gaddafi's forces committed terrible atrocities, but also documents a brutal settling of scores by rebel forces, including the lynching of Gaddafi's soldiers. CLIP
REBELS BURY THE DEAD IN MASS GRAVES IN TRIPOLI (2 videos) http://libya360.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/rebels-bury-the-dead-in-mass-graves-in-tripoli/
NATO and its militias have brutally murdered Libyans from the start to suppress them and their desire to live under the Jamahariya Democracy, instead of a puppet fascism.From public hangings, to torture, even people burned alive for expressing their support for the Jamahariya Government.Libyans cant speak because they would get abducted, or worse killed, worse tortured to death. Mass graves have been found in and around Tripoli, those mass graves are of the Government supporters killed by NATO militias.
NATO Air Strikes Kills Over 700 In Sirte, 354 Overnight (3 videos) http://libya360.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/nato-air-strikes-kill-over-700-people-in-sirte/
SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) Muammar Gaddafis spokesman told Reuters on Saturday that NATO air strikes on the ousted leaders home city of Sirte overnight had hit a residential building and a hotel, killing 354 people. Fighters loyal to the interim government were fighting street to street, slowly advancing into the city, but have been unable to dislodged Gaddafi loyalists defending it, Reuters journalists embedded with the interim government force said. The city echoed with the sound of heavy shelling and gunfire. National Transitional Council interim government fighters said they had seen NATO warplanes above the city on Friday but did not know if they had bombed.NATO attacked the city of Sirte last night with more than 30 rockets directed at the citys main hotel and the Tamin building, which consists of more than 90 residential flats, Gaddafi spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said in a call from a satellite phone to the Reuters office in Tunis. The result is more than 354 dead and 89 still missing and almost 700 injured in one night, he added. The Tamin building is a landmark building in the center of Sirte, named after the Tamin insurance company. Reuters was unable to verify Ibrahims account of the incident. Gaddafi-held areas have been cut off from communication since the fall of Tripoli. How can anyone justify NATOs murderous acts in support of an armed group against whole cites and tribes in Libya? Ibrahim said, adding there was no foreign media in the center of Sirte.In the last 17 days more than 2,000 residents of the city of Sirte were killed in NATO air strikes, he said.
PLANNED U.N. PEACEKEEPER OCCUPATION OF LIBYA (Sept 18, 2011) By Stephen Lendman http://libya360.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/planned-u-n-peacekeeper-occupation-of-libya/
The peacekeepers are coming! The peacekeepers are coming! War, mass killing and destruction continue, but theyre coming!In fact, paramilitaries are coming to kill and terrorize Libyans wanting liberation, not occupation. A blind eye wont notice mass rapes and sex trafficking, as well as other atrocities and crimes. Theyre commonplace, in fact, when Blue Helmets show up, operating as they please with impunity. More on that below. Moreover, when they come they dont leave as long as imperial powers want them there. Citizens of occupied countries have no say nor any rights. Their choice is obey or else.Libyas corpse belongs to NATO. Its now Libya, Inc. to be carved up for profit with paramilitaries deployed for enforcement.Under the UN Charter, the Security Council may act to maintain international peace and security, including by deploying peacekeepers host countries request. The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations then enlists member states to provide contingents once the Security Council approves.In place, theyre supposed to restore order, monitor the withdrawal of combatants, maintain peace and security, build confidence, enforce power-sharing agreements, provide electoral support, aid reconstruction, uphold the rule of law, facilitate economic and social development, help provide essential needs, and remain in place until government officials take over on their own. A previous article called them occupiers, serving power, not popular interests in Haiti, South Lebanon, Rwanda, Kosovo, Bosnia, DRC Congo, Sudan, Somalia, various other countries, and its initial UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) since 1948. Like elsewhere, it, too, failed to bring peace to Palestine. Yet its still there, performing no active role. In fact, it opposes the interests of the people theyre sworn to protect.Since 1948, dozens of peacekeeping missions did more harm than good. At present, 16 Blue Helmet operations are deployed on four continents. They include: CLIP
Gerald Celente Predicts "Winter of Discontent" - Video (September 9, 2011) http://www.infowars.com/gerald-celente-predicts-winter-of-discontent/
Appearing on Infowars Nightly News, trend forecaster Gerald Celente told Alex Jones the economy will likely begin its climatic unraveling in October and this will deliver a "winter of discontent" in America.In response to increasing violence associated with the Greatest Depression the establishment media refuses to admit - calling it instead the "Greatest Recession" and a "double-dip recession" - Celente warned the government will crack down and further implement its draconian police state in much the same way the British government is now expanding its police state supposedly in response to hooligan riots. Big heads, Celente said, will not roll as the depression deepens. Instead, the police state will focus its brutal power on the citizens.Celente warned that the global elite will likely stage a "fear and hysteria" false flag terror event to turn attention away from the real criminals, the international bankers.
A National Debt Of $14 Trillion? Try $211 Trillion (August 6, 2011) http://www.npr.org/2011/08/06/139027615/a-national-debt-of-14-trillion-try-211-trillion
(...) Kotlikoff explains that America's "unofficial" payment obligations like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits jack up the debt figure substantially. "If you add up all the promises that have been made for spending obligations, including defense expenditures, and you subtract all the taxes that we expect to collect, the difference is $211 trillion. That's the fiscal gap," he says. "That's our true indebtedness."We don't hear more about this enormous number, Kotlikoff says, because politicians have chosen their language carefully to keep most of the problem off the books."Why are these guys thinking about balancing the budget?" he says. "They should try and think about our long-term fiscal problems." According to Kotlikoff, one of the biggest fiscal problems Congress should focus on is America's obligation to make Social Security payments to future generations of the elderly."We've got 78 million baby boomers who are poised to collect, in about 15 to 20 years, about $40,000 per person. Multiply 78 million by $40,000 you're talking about more than $3 trillion a year just to give to a portion of the population," he says. "That's an enormous bill that's overhanging our heads, and Congress isn't focused on it." "We've consistently done too little too late, looked too short-term, said the future would take care of itself, we'll deal with that tomorrow," he says. "Well, guess what? You can't keep putting off these problems."To eliminate the fiscal gap, Kotlikoff says, the U.S. would have to have tax increases and spending reductions far beyond what's being negotiated right now in Washington. "What you have to do is either immediately and permanently raise taxes by about two-thirds, or immediately and permanently cut every dollar of spending by 40 percent forever. The [Congressional Budget Office's] numbers say we have an absolutely enormous problem facing us."
Even Goldman Sachs Secretly Believes That An Economic Collapse Is Coming (Sept 3, 2011) http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/even-goldman-sachs-secretly-believes-that-an-economic-collapse-is-coming
Goldman Sachs is doing it again. Goldman is telling the public that everything is going to be just fine, but meanwhile they are advising their top clients to bet on a huge financial collapse. On August 16th, a 54 page report authored by Goldman strategist Alan Brazil was distributed to institutional clients. The general public was not intended to see this report. Fortunately, some folks over at the Wall Street Journal got their hands on a copy and they have filled us in on some of the details. It turns out that Goldman Sachs secretly believes that an economic collapse is coming, and they have some very interesting ideas about how to make money in the turbulent financial environment that we will soon be entering. In the report, Brazil says that the U.S. debt problem cannot be solved with more debt, that the European sovereign debt crisis is going to get even worse and that there are large numbers of financial institutions in Europe that are on the verge of collapse. If this is what people at the highest levels of the financial world are talking about, perhaps we should all start paying attention. There is a tremendous amount of fear in the global financial community right now. As I wrote about the other day, the financial world is about to hit the panic button. Things could start falling apart at any time. Most of these big banks will not admit how bad things are publicly, but privately there is a whole lot of freaking out going on. According to the Wall Street Journal, Brazil believes that "as much as $1 trillion in capital may be needed to shore up European banks; that small businesses in the U.S., a past driver of job production, are still languishing; and that China's growth may not be sustainable." CLIP - Check also Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfein says firm is doing 'God's work'
CIA lawyer: Obama endorsed nearly all Bush-era programs (Sept 1, 2011) http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/09/cia-lawyer-obama-endorsed-nearly-all-bush-era-programs/
In a preview of a forthcoming PBS Frontline documentary, John Rizzo, one of the top attorneys for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), claims that President Barack Obama has endorsed nearly all of the controversial Bush administration secret warfare programs. I was part of the transition briefings of the incoming Obama team, and they signaled fairly early on that the incoming president believed in a vigorous, aggressive, continuing counterterrorism effort, Rizzo said. Although they never said it exactly, it was clear that the interrogation program was going away. We all knew that. But his people were signaling to us, I think partly to try to assure us that they werent going to come in and dismantle the place, that they were going to be just as tough, if not tougher, than the Bush people. He added: With a notable exception of the enhanced interrogation program, the incoming Obama administration changed virtually nothing with respect to existing CIA programs and operations. Things continued. Authorities were continued that were originally granted by President Bush beginning shortly after 9/11. Those were all picked up, reviewed and endorsed by the Obama administration. This video is from PBS Frontlines documentary Top Secret America, scheduled to air at 9 p.m. on Sept. 6, 2011.
The Fruits of Elite Immunity¨Exonerating Bush Era War Criminals by Glenn Greenwald (August 27, 2011) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26238
Less than three years ago, Dick Cheney was presiding over policies that left hundreds of thousands of innocent people dead from a war of aggression, constructed a worldwide torture regime, and spied on thousands of Americans without the warrants required by law, all of which resulted in his leaving office as one of the most reviled political figures in decades. But thanks to the decision to block all legal investigations into his chronic criminality, those matters have been relegated to mere pedestrian partisan disputes, and Cheney is thus now preparing to be feted -- and further enriched -- as a Wise and Serious Statesman with the release of his memoirs this week: one in which he proudly boasts (yet again) of the very crimes for which he was immunized. As he embarks on his massive publicity-generating media tour of interviews, Cheney faces no indictments or criminal juries, but rather reverent, rehabilitative tributes, illustrated by this, from Politico today:That's what happens when the Government -- marching under the deceitful Orwellian banner of Look Forward, Not Backward -- demands that its citizens avert their eyes from the crimes of their leaders so that all can be forgotten: the crimes become non-crimes, legitimate acts of political choice, and the criminals become instantly rehabilitated by the message that nothing they did warrants punishment. That's the same reason people like John Yoo and Alberto Gonzales are defending their torture and illegal spying actions not in a courtroom but in a lush conference of elites in Aspen. The U.S. Government loves to demand that other countries hold their political leaders accountable for serious crimes, dispensing lectures on the imperatives of the rule of law. Numerous states bar ordinary convicts from profiting from their crimes with books. David Hicks, an Australian citizen imprisoned without charges for six years at Cheney's Guantanamo, just had $10,000 seized by the Australian government in revenue from his book about his time in that prison camp on the ground that he is barred from profiting from his uncharged, unproven crimes. By rather stark contrast, Dick Cheney will prance around the next several weeks in the nation's largest media venues, engaging in civil, Serious debates about whether he was right to invade other countries, torture, and illegally spy on Americans, and will profit greatly by doing so. There are many factors accounting for his good fortune, the most important of which are the protective shield of immunity bestowed upon him by the current administration and the more generalized American principle that criminal accountability is only for ordinary citizens and other nations' (unfriendly) rulers.
Ex-Bush Official Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: "I am Willing to Testify" If Dick Cheney is Put on Trial (August 30, 2011) http://www.democracynow.org/2011/8/30/ex_bush_official_col_lawrence_wilkerson
As former Vice President Dick Cheney publishes his long-awaited memoir, we speak to Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell. "This is a book written out of fear, fear that one day someone will 'Pinochet' Dick Cheney," says Wilkerson, alluding to the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who was arrested for war crimes. Wilkerson also calls for George W. Bush and Cheney to be held accountable for their crimes in office. "Id be willing to testify, and Id be willing to take any punishment Im due," Wilkerson said. We also speak to Salon.com political and legal blogger Glenn Greenwald about his recent article on Cheney, "The Fruits of Elite Immunity." "Dick Cheney goes around the country profiting off of this sleazy, sensationalistic, self-serving book, basically profiting from his crimes, and at the same time normalizing the idea that these kind of policies are perfectly legitimate choices to make. And I think thats the really damaging legacy from all of this," says Greenwald.
A Moral Schlemeils Memoir (Sep 8, 2011) http://dailycensored.com/2011/09/08/a-moral-schlemeils-memoir/
Remember the aggressive guy in grade school and high school who snarled out of the corner of his mouth, and always egged other guys into fights but never felt knuckles on his own cheek? Hes the same guy who later got six college deferments for the draft while he advocated for the righteousness of the Vietnam War. No one liked him, no obstacle in oozing his way into political leadership naturally, in the Republican Party. And once he achieved political power he really enjoyed, quietly of course, pushing people around.Defense Secretary moved laterally to Honcho at Halliburton with its lavish DOD contracts. If it had been anyone else, one would have thought conflict of interest. But Patriotic Dick? Perish the thought!As Vice President, he gloated over how his machinations had moved thousands of people to fight and die in the war he had helped concoct and then sell. What a somber expression he could wear when pushing his agenda an unjustified war or a lying book. Its almost like a clichéd Hollywood, the cringing coward absorbs vicarious pleasure from creating and then watching violence while convincing the public hes a real hard guy. Where was his black hat?As charlatan cum W. Bushs guru, he experienced the vicarious pleasure of a Rasputin. With Darth Vaders (Maureen Dowds term) hawkish magpie squeak, Cheney delivered belligerent messages in Ws ear: make war, make more war, ever more war.Even with his seriously damaged heart (some doubted he even had one), Dick Cheney lives on in his verbally pugilistic public pose in an effort to promote his new memoir, In My Time.
(...) Wilkerson, however, according to Salons Glenn Greenwald, described Cheney as not just a political figure with controversial views, but is an actual criminal, that he was centrally involved in a whole variety not just of war crimes in Iraq, but of domestic crimes, as well, including the authorization of warrantless eavesdropping on Americans and implementation of a worldwide torture regime. Dick Cheney goes around the country profiting off of this sleazy, sensationalistic, self-serving book, basically profiting from his crimes, and at the same time normalizing the idea that these kind of policies, though maybe in the view of some wrongheaded, are perfectly legitimate political choices to make. CLIP
Coup Fears Stalled Obama War Crimes Prosecution (Sept 7, 2011) http://dailycensored.com/2011/09/07/coup-fears-stalled-obama-war-crimes-prosecution/
President-Elect Obamas advisors feared in 2008 that authorities would oust him in a coup and that Republicans would block his policy agenda if he prosecuted Bush-era war crimes, according to a law school dean who served as one of Obamas top transition advisors. University of California at Berkeley Law School Dean Christopher Edley, Jr., left, the sixth highest-ranking member of the 2008 post-election transition team preparing Obamas administration, revealed the teams thinking on Sept. 2 in moderating a forum on 9/11 held by his law school (also known as Boalt Hall). Edley sought to justify Obamas look forward policy on Bush-era lawbreaking that the president-elect announced on a TV talk show in January 2009.But Edleys rationale implies that Obama and his team fear the military/national security forces that he is supposed be commanding and that Republicans have intimidated him right from the start of his presidency even though voters in 2008 rejected Republicans by the largest combined presidential-congressional mandate in recent U.S. history. Edley responded to our request for additional information by providing a description of the transition teams fears, which we present below as an exclusive email interview. Among his important points is that transition officials, not Obama, agreed that he faced the possibility of a coup. Overview --
As the nation approaches the third anniversary of Obamas election, many of his proposals have been thwarted by Republicans in Congress despite his cave-in on ja wide variety of justice issues. His poll numbers have rapidly dropped this year, including results reported Sept. 6 by two polls putting his approval rating at 43 percent. Top it off, former Vice President Dick Cheney, who left office with a 13% approval rating in one national poll, is now staging a comeback. Cheneys return to the public arena includes his boasts during his book tour about the supposed legality of his never-investigated Bush-era initiatives that have long been suspected as criminal under U.S. and international law, with potential execution for violators. CLIP
Insider Tells Why Obama Chose Not to Prosecute Torture (September 2, 2011) http://my.firedoglake.com/davidswanson/2011/09/02/insider-tells-why-obama-chose-not-to-prosecute-torture/
If you can think back all the way to January 2009, back when wars were ending, Guantanamo was closing, the Pentagon was getting oversight, employees were going to have free choice, the rich would start paying taxes, the air would be getting cleaner, and so forth, youll recall that the Obama transition team was acting super populist and high-tech.They had questions from ordinary people for the President Elect submitted on their website and voted up or down. The top question at the end of the voting had come from Bob Fertik of Democrats.com and it was this:Will you appoint a Special Prosecutor ideally Patrick Fitzgerald to independently investigate the gravest crimes of the Bush Administration, including torture and warrantless wiretapping?- Bob Fertik, New York City. Not only was the answer no, but it had to be inferred because President Change U. Wish refused to answer the question. Ive always assumed I could guess why: a president wouldnt want previous presidents subject to the rule of law, because then he would be too. Just this week I was suggesting that allowing the Justice Department to enforce laws against Cheney could save Obamas electoral prospects at the risk of seeing Obama, too, land in prison some day. I have no doubt that this really is a factor.
However, we now have an account from someone involved in the decision process way back when. And he reports two other reasons for the decision to let all the war criminals off and devote vast energies to protecting them and covering up their crimes. The first of the two reasons is not terribly shocking: the CIA, NSA, and military would revolt if their crimes were exposed and prosecuted. This explains the cover-up portion of the past two-and-a-half years immunity-granting campaign particularly well. It fits with the known record, which has included seven former heads of the CIA publicly writing to President Obama to tell him not to prosecute torturers in the CIA.The second reason, were now being told, was that if laws were enforced against Bush, Cheney, or their subordinates, the Republicans in Congress would retaliate by trying to block any useful piece of legislation. This is sort of morbidly funny in that the Republicans in Congress have spent the past two-and-a-half years trying to block any useful piece of legislation and many horrendous ones as well. Theyve just done it with the background hum of war criminals on promotional book tours. This explanation fits with the theme of looking forward, not backward. Just as House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers told us in 2008 that it was more important to elect Obama than to impeach Bush or Cheney (as if you couldnt do both), Obamas preference in early 2009 (and in 2008 when he had told Will Bunch the same thing) was for looking forward to the passage of hideously corporatized legislation rather than enforcing laws against anyone powerful (as if you couldnt do both). Nonetheless, there is something jarringly pathetic about the notion that Dick Cheney is unindicted because Barack Obama was dreaming of a working relationship with the party Cheney had left behind in Washington. This shouldnt be as jarring now as it might have seemed in 2009, however, after watching Obama negotiate away anything Republicans opposed in any number of areas.
(...) Then Dean Chris Edley volunteered that hed been party to very high level discussions during Obamas transition about prosecuting the criminals. He said they decided against it. I asked why. Two reasons: 1) it was thought that the CIA, NSA, and military would revolt, and 2) it was thought the Repugnants would retaliate by blocking every piece of legislation they tried to move (which, of course, theyve done anyhow). Afterwards I told him that CIA friends confirmed that Obama would have been in danger, but I added that he bent over backwards to protect the criminals, and gave as an example the DoJs defense (state secrets) of Jeppesen (the rendition arm of Boeing) a few days after his inauguration.He shrugged and said they will never be prosecuted, and that sometimes politics trumps rule of law. It must not, I said. It shouldnt, he said, and walked off. This is the Dean of the Berkeley School of Law. Another approach was taken to the divergence of official conduct from clear demands of morality by an activist at Berkeley in 1964 named Mario Savio, who said, Theres a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious makes you so sick at heart that you cant take part. You cant even passively take part. And youve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and youve got to make it stop. And youve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless youre free, the machine will be prevented from working at all. Thats the plan. Join in here: http://october2011.org
US Munitions Training: Iraqi Children Suffering from Radiation Sickness (August 28, 2011) MORE HARROWING CONSEQUENCES OF THE BUSH/CHENEY'S CRIMINAL WAR http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26248
The US military is making Iraqi children sick -- We have a catastrophic situation in Haweeja, near Kirkuk. There is an American munitions training centre in the province and the local people are suffering from living near the weapons testing. 412 children are suffering from radiation sickness. The FWCUI recently participated in a delegation organised by the Organisation for Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) to meet local residents and discuss the issues. There are hundreds of people with illnesses, including cancer. People cannot afford proper medical treatment; FWCUI and OWFI are demanding that the weapons testing stops, that the site is cleaned up and that people are given access to the medical treatment they need. CLIP
US Files Suit Against Big Banks Over Mortgages (2 September 2011) http://www.truth-out.org/us-set-sue-dozen-big-banks-over-mortgages/1314971855
Federal regulators filed suit on Friday against more than a dozen leading banks, seeking billions in compensation for huge losses suffered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on mortgage-backed securities the banks assembled during the housing boom. Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, Barclays and Morgan Stanley are among the defendants in the suits, brought by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie.The agencys plan to file the suits was reported on Thursday night by The New York Times.In the suit filed against Bank of America, the agency alleges that bank sold securities that contained materially false or misleading statements and omissions. The company and several individual bankers named as defendants falsely represented that the underlying mortgage loans complied with certain underwriting guidelines and standards, including representations that significantly overstated the ability of the borrowers to repay their mortgage loans, the suit says. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bought $6 billion in securities from the bank between September 2005 and November 2007.The legal action opens a broad front in a rapidly growing attempt to force the banks to pay tens of billions of dollars for helping stoke the housing bubble. It was the collapse of the housing market that helped prompt the financial crisis in 2008, and the hangover is still being felt in the housing sector as well as the broader economy. The litigation also marks a more intense effort by the federal government to go after the financial services industry for its alleged mortgage misdeeds. The Obama administration as well as regulators like the Federal Reserve have been criticized for going too easy on the banks, which benefited from a $700 billion bailout package shortly after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in the fall of 2008. Much of that money has been repaid by the banks but the rescue of the mortgage giants Fannie and Freddie has already cost taxpayers $153 billion, and the federal government estimates the effort could cost $363 billion through 2013.
Obama Administration Abandons Stricter Air-Quality Rules (September 2, 2011) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/03/science/earth/03air.html
WASHINGTON - President Obama abandoned a contentious new air pollution rule on Friday, buoying business interests that had lobbied heavily against it, angering environmentalists who called the move a betrayal and unnerving his own top environmental regulators. The president rejected a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that would have significantly reduced emissions of smog-causing chemicals, saying that it would impose too severe a burden on industry and local governments at a time of economic distress. Business groups and Republicans in Congress had complained that meeting the new standard, which governs emissions of so-called ground-level ozone, would cost billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs.
(...) The E.P.A., following the recommendation of its scientific advisers, had proposed lowering the so-called ozone standard of 75 parts per billion, set at the end of the Bush administration, to a stricter standard of 60 to 70 parts per billion. The change would have thrown hundreds of American counties out of compliance with the Clean Air Act and required a major enforcement effort by state and local officials, as well as new emissions controls at industries across the country. The administration will try to follow the more lenient Bush administration standard set in 2008 until a scheduled reconsideration of acceptable pollution limits in 2013. Environmental advocates vowed on Friday to challenge that standard in court, saying it is too weak to protect public health adequately. Ozone, when combined with other compounds to form smog, contributes to a variety of ailments, including heart problems, asthma and other lung disorders.
(...) In words of reassurance directed at Ms. Jackson and the agency she heads, the president said that his commitment to the work of the agency was "unwavering." "And my administration will continue to vigorously oppose efforts to weaken E.P.A.'s authority under the Clean Air Act or dismantle the progress we have made," he said. Ms. Jackson accepted the White House decision with a terse statement: "We will revisit the ozone standard, in compliance with the Clean Air Act." She pointed with pride to the administration's record of establishing a range of other air quality safeguards for power plants, manufacturing facilities and vehicles that will also help to reduce ozone pollution across the country. CLIP - CHECK ALSO Texas regulators hail clean-air surrender NOTE: It seems that no amount of climate change-related environmental calamities (see Forget Irene: The Drought in Texas Is the Catastrophe That Could Really Hurt) will wake these Texans up about their outright abuse of our global environment.
Govt Study Proves THC From Cannabis Destroys Leukemia, Breast And Lung Cancer Cells http://www.blissful-wisdom.com/thc-from-cannabis-marijuana-bud-oil-destroys-luekemia-and-cancer-cells.html
Medicinal marijuana oil made from cannabis buds, when ingested thrice daily, for two months, will destroy leukemia and cancer cells. Here is just one study which shows the results: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16908594
The government study was done by Jia W, Hegde VL, Singh NP, Sisco D, Grant S, Nagarkatti M, Nagarkatti PS at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA. To quote: "Cannabinoids including THC, induce apoptosis in leukemic cells" PMID: 16908594
To make/obtain cannabis oil below is a series of videos by those with experience in the matter. Please note: Cannabis oil ingestion is being recommended for the destruction of cancer cells in the body....It is not being recommended for recreational use. Also please note: The results of healing come from the ingestion of the oil from the marijuana buds, not from smoking the buds. The high heat from a burning marijuana cigarette actually destroy the 'medicinal qualities' contained within the cannabis buds. The process of making the marijuana oil ensures that the heat never exceeds the 212 degrees of boiling water.
"Changes in endocannabinoid levels and/or CB(2) receptor? expressions (Rick Simpson's Cancer Cure Hemp Oil) have been reported in almost all diseases affecting humans, ranging from cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, liver, kidney, neurodegenerative, psychiatric, bone, skin, autoimmune, lung disorders to pain and cancer, and modulating CB(2) receptor activity holds TREMENDOUS therapeutic potential in these pathologies." PMID: 21295074
Four decades of drug war tyranny may come to an end with Ron Paul's new effort to legalize marijuana (June 23, 2011) http://www.naturalnews.com/032791_legalize_marijuana_Ron_Paul.html
Four decades of the so-called "War on Drugs" has led only to the suffering of millions of innocents, the crowding of our prisons with non-violent citizens, the utter waste of billions of dollars on law enforcement and the (in)justice system, and the enriching of underground drug gangs who thrive on violence. The outlawing of marijuana in America has been a disastrous political policy and an insane medical policy. It has labeled biochemical addicts "criminals" and thrown them in prisons to be treated like dogs. The War on Drugs, through interdicting street supplies of drugs, has only made the drug gangs wealthier by driving up the value of the drugs that remain readily available. And it is now admitted that the ATF actually placed tens of thousands of weapons directly into the hands of Mexican drug gangs, giving rise to the very gang violence the agency claims to be preventing. The U.S. government, it turns out, is actually contributing to the drug war violence!
Ron Paul, Barney Frank join forces to end the insanity - In an effort to end the insanity, Rep. Ron Paul has joined forces with Rep. Barney Frank to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana in America. President Obama, you may recall, promised voters on the campaign trail that he would do this, too, but it seems he's been too busy bombing Libya and using the U.S. Constitution as a floor mat to bother keeping any actual promises. (GITMO is still open for business, too, in case you haven't noticed...) Of course, the War on Drugs is a very effective tool of tyranny to be used against the American people. It empowers the DEA and the federal government to conduct surprise searches of any home or business for any reason whatsoever (even without a warrant), it keeps the prison industry overflowing with endless cheap human labor, and it grants the big drug companies a monopoly over all those recreational drugs that are now sold as pharmaceuticals. "Speed," for example, is now sold as an ADHD treatment for children. Big Pharma is also going after THC chemicals in marijuana and hopes to sell them as prescription drugs. By keeping the War on Drugs in place, Big Pharma is assured a monopoly that even the drug lords haven't been able to accomplish.
An issue that crosses political boundaries - One thing that's especially interesting about the so-called War on Drugs is how the best-informed people on both the left and the right now see it all as a complete fraud. Perhaps that's why Rep. Ron Paul (Republican) and Rep. Barney Frank (Democrat) are the perfect sponsors of this bill. Each has staked out positions on the opposite ends of the political spectrum for some issues, yet they both agree that it's time to end the failed Nixon-era policies that have only brought this nation suffering and injustice. Ending the failed War on Drugs is not a conservative idea nor a liberal idea; it's a principle of liberty whose time has come in America. Because in observing the War on Drugs, the prison crowding, the drug underground economy and all the other unintended consequence of marijuana prohibition, we must ask the question: Is society served in any way by criminalizing marijuana smokers? How does taking a medical addict and throwing them behind bars accomplish anything at all? CLIP
Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order - Review of F. William Engdahl's book by Stephen Lendman (June 22, 2009) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14046
(...) Engdahl's newest book is reviewed below. Titled "Full Strectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order," it discusses America's grand strategy, first revealed in the 1998 US Space Command document - Vision for 2020. Later released in 2000 as DOD Joint Vision 2020, it called for "full spectrum dominance" over all land, surface and sub-surface sea, air, space, electromagnetic spectrum and information systems with enough overwhelming power to fight and win global wars against any adversary, including with nuclear weapons preemptively. Other means as well, including propaganda, NGOs and Color Revolutions for regime change, expanding NATO eastward, and "a vast array of psychological and economic warfare techniques" as part of a "Revolution in Military Affairs" discussed below. September 11, 2001 served as pretext to consolidate power, destroy civil liberties and human rights, and wage permanent wars against invented enemies for global dominance over world markets, resources, and cheap labor - at the expense of democratic freedoms and social justice. Engdahl's book presents a frightening view of the future, arriving much sooner than most think.
Introduction - After the Soviet Union's dissolution in late 1989, America had a choice. As the sole remaining superpower, it could have worked for a new era of peace and prosperity, ended decades of Cold War tensions, halted the insane arms race, turned swords into plowshares, and diverted hundreds of billions annually from "defense" to "rebuild(ing) civilian infrastructure and repair(ing) impoverished cities." Instead, Washington, under GHW Bush and his successors, "chose stealth, deception, lies and wars to attempt to control the Eurasian Heartland - its only potential rival as an economic region - by military (political, and economic) force," and by extension planet earth through an agenda later called "full spectrum dominance."As a result, the Cold War never ended and today rages with over a trillion dollars spent annually on "defense" in all forms even though America has no enemy, nor did it after the Japanese surrendered in August 1945. So the solution was to invent them, and so they were.Post-Soviet Russia, "The 'new' Cold War assumed various disguises and deceptive tactics until September 11, 2001" changed the game. It let George Bush "declare (a) permanent (Global War on Terror) against an enemy who was everywhere and nowhere, who allegedly threatened the American way of life, justified (police state) laws," and is now destroying our freedoms and futures. The roots of the scheme go back decades - at least to 1939 when powerful New York Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) insiders planned a post-war world with one nation alone triumphant and unchallengeable. Engdahl's book is a geopolitical analysis of the past two decades - peering into "the dark corners of Pentagon strategy and actions and the extreme dangers ('full spectrum dominance' holds for) the future," not just to America but the entire world. Things are so out-of-control today that democratic freedoms and planetary life itself are threatened by "the growing risk of nuclear war by miscalculation" or the foolhardy assumption that waging it can be limited, controlled, and safe - like turning a faucet on and off. The very notion is implausible and reckless on its face, yet powerful forces in the country think this way and plan accordingly. CLIP
Gulf Oil Spill Crisis Not Over: BP's Deepwater Horizon Well Is Leaking Again (August 26, 2011) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26211
Scientific analysis has confirmed that oil bubbling up above BP's sealed Deepwater Horizon well in recent days is a chemical match for the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed into the Gulf last summer. (...) Floating in a boat near the well site, Press-Register reporters watched blobs of oil rise to the surface and bloom into iridescent yellow patches. Those patches quickly expanded into rainbow sheens 4 to 5 feet across. Each expanding bloom released a pronounced and pungent petroleum smell. (...) WB: Is it possible that this fractured, subsea salt geology will make it difficult to permanently kill the oil leak using relief wells?Bea: Yes, it could. The Santa Barbara channel seeps are still leaking, decades after the oil well was supposedly capped. This well could keep leaking for years.Scripps mapped out seafloor seeps in the area of the well prior to the blowout. Some of the natural seeps penetrate 10,000 to 15,000 feet beneath the seafloor. The oil will follow lines of weakness in the geology. The leak can travel several horizontal miles from the location of the leak. [In other words, the geology beneath the seafloor is so fractured, with soft and unstable salt formations, that we may never be able to fully kill the well even with relief wells. Instead, the loss of containment of the oil reservoir caused by the drilling accident could cause oil to leak out through seeps for years to come. CLIP
50 Quotes from the Genius Behind Apple (August 29, 2011) http://members.beforeitsnews.com/story/1021/222/50_Quotes_from_the_Genius_Behind_Apple.html
It wasn't that long ago, about 20 years, in fact, that the personal computer was considered a glorified Etch A Sketch. People didn't know what it was or what to do with it.They certainly couldn't imagine that it would evolve to be the size of a deck of cards, fit in your pocket and perform functions a million times faster than the smartest computers at the time. Or that everyone would want one.But one person did. Steve Jobs was fascinated by computers from a young age, and the first time he encountered a rudimentary mouse-based system at the Xerox (NYSE:XRX) PARC facility in 1979, he knew the future of computing. And he wanted to be at the center of it.It wasn't long after that his young start-up, Apple Computers, developed a machine that would revolutionize the computing world. Along the way he captured the hearts and imaginations of people everywhere -- developing products people didn't even know they needed -- and berating any employee who didn't meet his standard of excellence. Today, Apple, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) sets the standard for what a personal computer can be and do. As the genius behind Apple steps down, his replacement, Tim Cook, will have big shoes to fill.There's a lot we can all learn from Steve Jobs -- from his '60s-style idealism to his '80s-style business savvy -- and to start with, here are 50 inspirational quotes from the mastermind of the personal computer. (Note from Jean: I picked among these quotes those that most resonate with me.) "The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We're just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people -- as remarkable as the telephone." "The Web is not going to change the world, certainly not in the next 10 years. It's going to augment the world. And once you're in this Web-augmented space, you're going to see that democratization takes place." "I was lucky -- I found what I loved to do early in life." "For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something." "Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart." "And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." "I was worth over $1 million when I was 23, and over $10 million when I was 24, and over $100 million when I was 25, and it wasn't that important because I never did it for the money." "Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful that's what matters to me."
Why Jobs Resigned From Apple (August 27, 2011) With telling pictures! http://members.beforeitsnews.com/story/1016/802/Why_Jobs_Resigned_From_Apple.html
Last Wednesday came news that Steve Jobs - inventor, co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc., who revolutionized the computer industry - tendered his resignation.Those who've followed news about Jobs know that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004. He took several unannounced and announced leaves of absence - in 2004 to undergo a pancreaticoduodenectomy to remove the tumor, and in 2009 for a liver transplant. After each absence, Jobs returned to resume leadership of Apple and unveil innovative products such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad.In his resignation letter, Jobs said the day finally came when he could no longer perform his duties. That could only mean that he is dying. TMZ took these shocking pictures two days after Jobs' resignation... A Democrat donor and friend of Bill Clinton and Al Gore, Jobs is a Buddhist, which means he believes in reincarnation. He will leave behind a wife and four children, the oldest of whom is from a pre-marital relationship. I've been troubled by the Apple logo and wondered if the bitten apple is an allusion to Genesis' account of the temptation and disobedience of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Then I discovered that the apple logo is not the original design. Here's the original Apple logo, which unambiguously is a reference to scientist Isaac Newton... Only 56 years old, Jobs' impending passing is a reminder to us of our own mortality and how we should best live our lives on this mortal coil so that we can give a good accounting of it before our Creator.
The Mystery of Steve Jobs's Public Giving (AUGUST 29, 2011) http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/the-mystery-of-steve-jobss-public-giving/
Steve Jobs is a genius. He is an innovator. A visionary. He is perhaps the most beloved billionaire in the world. Surprisingly, there is one thing that Mr. Jobs is not, at least not yet: a prominent philanthropist. Despite accumulating an estimated $8.3 billion fortune through his holdings in Apple and a 7.4 percent stake in Disney (through the sale of Pixar), there is no public record of Mr. Jobs giving money to charity. He is not a member of the Giving Pledge, the organization founded by Warren E. Buffett and Bill Gates to persuade the nation's wealthiest families to pledge to give away at least half their fortunes. (He declined to participate, according to people briefed on the matter.) Nor is there a hospital wing or an academic building with his name on it.None of this is meant to judge Mr. Jobs. I have long been a huge admirer of Mr. Jobs and consider him the da Vinci of our time. Before writing this column, I had reservations about even raising the issue given his ill health, and frankly, because of the enormous positive impact his products have had by improving the lives of millions of people through technology. And, of course, it is very possible that Mr. Jobs, who has always preferred to remain private, has donated money anonymously or has drafted a plan to give away his wealth upon his death. (There has long been speculation that an anonymous $150 million donation to the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, San Francisco may have come from Mr. Jobs.) His wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, sits on the boards of Teach for America and the New Schools Venture Fund, among others, and presumably donates money to those organizations, though neither she nor her husband are listed among its big donors.But the lack of public philanthropy by Mr. Jobs - long whispered about, but rarely said aloud - raises some important questions about the way the public views business and business people at a time when some "millionaires and billionaires" are criticized for not giving back enough while others like Mr. Jobs are lionized.
(...) Two of his close friends, both of whom declined to be quoted by name, told me that Mr. Jobs had said to them in recent years, as his wealth ballooned, that he could do more good focusing his energy on continuing to expand Apple than on philanthropy, especially since his illness. "He has been focused on two things - building the team at Apple and his family," another friend said. "That's his legacy. Everything else is a distraction."Yet with not many exceptions, most American billionaires have taken up philanthropy in a public way and helped inspire future generations of charitable giving. And those that haven't have typically come under scrutiny.
(...) Mr. Jobs's views on charity are unclear since he rarely talks about it. But in 1997, when Mr. Jobs returned to Apple, he closed the company's philanthropic programs. At the time, he said he wanted to restore the company's profitability. Despite the company's $14 billion in profits last year and its $76 billion cash pile today, the giving programs have never been reinstated. While many high-growth technology companies have philanthropic arms, Apple does not. It does not have a company matching program for charitable giving by its employees like some other Fortune 500 companies. The company did donate $100,000 in 2008 to a group seeking to block Proposition 8, a ballot measure that would have banned same-sex marriage in California. But over all, Apple has been one of "America's least philanthropic companies," as termed by Stanford Social Innovation Review, a magazine about the nonprofit sector, in 2007. CLIP - Check also Open Letter to Apples Steve Jobs on Wireless Hazards from Trent University Professor, Magda Havas (Sept 1, 2011)
Ontario gives homegrown food a boost (Aug. 09, 2011) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario/ontario-gives-homegrown-food-a-boost/article2124555/
Local food in Ontario is about to go public thanks to a little cash incentive from the provincial government. More than $1.5-million worth of grants were announced Tuesday to bump up the amount of homegrown food served across a broad slate of taxpayer-funded institutions, including a pair of , municipalities, post-secondary schools and a northern native reserve. The money isnt destined to subsidize menus, however. Drawn from the Broader Public Sector Investment Fund, which was created last year, the grants are intended to remove stumbling blocks that prevent institutions from buying local food. Chief among those are price and access.Because public institutions operate on limited budgets, their whole criteria for sourcing is essentially find us the cheapest food in the world, no matter where its produced said Bill Duron, program director of the Greenbelt Fund, which administers the grants on behalf of the province.Large food suppliers responded to that price sensitivity by sourcing cheaper imported food. Over time, local farmers were dropped from their supply lists in favour of producers able to provide inexpensive mass quantities of food. Now, interest in purchasing local food is booming, bolstered by the fact that local prices have become more competitive due to high transportation costs affecting imports. But many of the distributors that institutions rely on have lost their local connections.
(...) The days of having cheap access to cheap food from other countries you cant find on a map are ending, said Jamie Reaume, director of the Holland Marsh Growers Association, which represents more than 100 farmers growing more than 225 varieties of crops and livestock on a fertile belt of land north of Toronto. Were growing all the stuff they [institutions] are looking for.
(...) Another key chunk of grant money is earmarked for George Brown College, where culinary students will learn how to increase their use of Ontario food year-round via a new food-processing and preserving operation. Ideally, the program will have a ripple effect that extends beyond the farm, aiding the environment, boosting demand for food-related research and feeding the provincial economy, said Carol Mitchell, Ontarios Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.When you buy local, she said, everybody wins.
The FDAs Plan to Cripple the Health Food Industry: Their New War Has Begun (September 13, 2011) http://www.citizens.org/?p=2560
According to a July 7, 2011 report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Pathway to Global Product Safety and Quality, government spending on healthcare has been on the rise since at least 1990 in the worlds leading economies.U.S. Medicare spending is projected to reach $900 billion by 2018, partly a factor of the fact that the Medicare population has been, and is expected to continue, growing at four times the rate of the employed population between 2000 and 2025. Public hospital expenditures alone are predicted to reach over $1 trillion by 2015.I am sure that the FDA is aware of the study entitled, Effect of Selected Dietary Supplements on Health Care Reduction that was commissioned by the Dietary Supplement Education Alliance (DSEA) and updated in 2007, which found that only four specific supplements, alone calcium with vitamin D (bone health); folic acid (neural tube defects); omega-3 fats (heart health); and lutein with zeaxanthin (eye health) could reduce healthcare costs by over $24 billion. These are only direct cost savings, and savings directly related to them, however. If we were able to add all indirect costs and downstream cost-of-care burden projections to these data, and if we were able to assess savings from other critical dietary supplements such as CoQ10, multivitamins, brain health ingredients (such as Huperzine A), liver health nutrients (such as milk thistle and Picrorhiza kurroa), joint health nutrients (such as biologically active silicon), and so on - it is likely that the ultimate healthcare savings to Americans and to society would be staggering. Therefore, it is mystifying to me, and to many others, why the FDA would choose, 17 years after the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, to re-interpret the laws governing dietary supplements as evident in the agencys Draft Guidance for Industry: Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues issued in July.It is baffling as to why the FDA would, as evident in the regulatory and policy viewpoints underpinning this guidance, seek to use wholly new interpretations of what is a dietary supplement ingredient, what is a dietary supplement, what is a new dietary ingredient, for example, as bases for what is obvious is its new supplement review and enforcement position. Based on the FDAs own statements and examples in the guidance, along with a simple exercise of extrapolating from what FDA is saying to what it is they apparently intend, a vast majority of the supplements sold in the U.S. would be drastically affected by review, implementation and enforcement activities along the lines outlined in this document.Because the guidance is for industry, not for the agency. The agency is already heading down a path that would eviscerate the dietary supplement industry and would cause lasting, irreparable harm to American consumers and healthcare in the United States. CLIP
Philadelphia exurb ends water fluoridation (September 03, 2011) http://www.naturalnews.com/033496_Philadelphia_water_fluoridation.html
We can only hope that the recent surge in American communities voting to end water fluoridation is an omen to the eventual end of this abominable and toxic practice across the entire country. A recent report in the The Mercury explains that officials in Pottstown, Penn., a northwest exurb of Philadelphia with over 21,000 residents, have decided to stop fluoridating the borough's public water supply. Reports indicate that, despite the fact that not a single Pottstown resident showed up at any of the public hearings concerning fluoride, the Pottstown Borough Authority voted to remove the toxic chemical on its own, which it had been importing from China. Pottstown had been one of only a few communities in Pennsylvania that artificially fluoridate their water supplies. Only one board member, Aram Ecker, opposed removing fluoride -- and he did so, of course, using the same outdated and pseudo-scientific talking points peddled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Dental Association (ADA), and others who continue to deny the numerous, more recent studies that show fluoride consumption causes brain damage, thyroid dysfunction, and other health problems. The move will save Pottstown as much as $60,000 a year, which is roughly what it costs to import the liquid toxin from China, and lace it in the water supply. As a result, the borough's water department workers will also no longer have to go through the intense handling procedures that are required when dealing with highly corrosive fluoride chemicals.Pottstown's decision came just one day after Spring Hill, Tenn., a suburb of Nashville, voted to remove fluoride from its water supply, which marks what appears to be the eventual decline of the chemical's use across the US . MORE ON THIS ISSUE HERE
Children on the frontlines: the e-waste epidemic in Africa (September 09, 2011) http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0909-moukaddem_ewaste.html
In Agbogbloshie, a slum outside the capital city of Accra, Ghana, tons of electronic waste lies smoldering in toxic piles. Children make their way through this dangerous environment, desperate to strip even a few ounces of copper, aluminum, brass, and zinc from worn-out electronics originating from the United States and Europe. "The smell alone will drive all but the most desperate away, but many are so desperate they persevere despite the obvious dangers. It is a very tough thing to witness," explains Dr. Kwei Quartey, a Ghanaian author and physician, in a recent mongabay.com interview. Electronic waste (e-waste), or worn-out electrical equipment, includes television sets, computers, phones, personal electronic devices, and refrigerators. "I visited Agbogbloshie in June," says Dr. Quartey, "I was born and raised in Accra before this ghetto became the de facto dumping ground for the west's electronic waste. I decided to feature it in my latest novel Children of the Street because Agbogbloshie needs more attention not less." According to Deborah McGrath, a Biology professor at Sewanee: the University of the South with expertise in biogeochemistry, nearly three percent of e-waste is composed of toxins including lead, arsenic, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and mercury. Mercury and lead are particularly dangerous neurotoxins that bioaccumulate in children's bodies over time. CLIP
Northwest Passage open as sea ice falls to lowest cover ever recorded (September 12, 2011) http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0912-sea_ice_extent.html
Arctic sea ice cover fell to its lowest level on record, report researchers from the University of Bremen. Analyzing data from NASA's Aqua satellite, Georg Heygster and colleagues found that Arctic sea ice fell to a record low of 4.24 million square kilometers on September 8, about 27,000 square kilometers than the previous record set roughly four years ago. Heygster said this year's mark is "most probably" the lowest Arctic sea ice extent "since the last climate optimum about 8,000 years ago." He added that the record could be extended if sea ice continues to melt in coming weeks. Sea ice is no longer melting from the surface; instead if it melting from underneath due to warmer water below. The U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), which tracks sea ice using a different methology, is expected to release an update on sea ice extent later this month. Its last update showed sea ice coverage at 4.3 million square kilometers. Melting of sea ice opened the Northwest Passage to navigation again this summer. The ice retreat has set off a scramble between Canada, Russia, the U.S., Denmark, Sweden and Norway which are all seeking to claim rights to the Arctic's rich mineral and gas deposits. Sea ice hits its nadir in September before rebounding during the long Arctic winter. The loss of sea ice in the Arctic, which imperils a number of key species, has been widely linked to climate change resulting global greenhouse gas emissions. CLIP
Is lithium the next fluoride? Medication may be added to the water supply (May 31, 2011) http://www.NaturalNews.com/032669_lithium_water_supply.html
Lithium, the psychiatric drug prescribed for depression, mania and bipolar disorder, is now being viewed as the new fluoride by some experts. These experts are calling for the addition of lithium to the water supply as a cure-all for social problems, including suicide, violent crime and drug use. Lithium is the new fluoride. Dr. Gerhard Schrauzer, who published the first paper in 1989 connecting lithium in water supplies to a decrease in certain undesirable social behaviors, became interested in lithium after growing up next to a "miracle spring" in Franzensbad, Czechoslovakia. This lithium-containing spring was alleged to moderate the temperaments of women in particular. For centuries, people worldwide have been attracted to springs like these for their calming benefits, and scientists have since found the benefits to be credited to unusually high natural lithium levels. CLIP
Real Truth Behind EU Con Over 'Energy-Saving' Bulbs http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/268863/Real-truth-behind-EU-con-over-energy-saving-bulbs
BANNING the humble 60-watt light bulb to make way for so-called energy-saving ones and "help save the planet" was last night exposed as an elaborate EU con. Tests show production and disposal of the new bulbs uses up more energy than traditional lights. Energy-saving bulbs, known as compact fluorescent lamps, also pose health risks for an estimated two million people in Britain. Professor John Hawk, president of the European Society for Photodermatology, said: "They emit small amounts of ultraviolet radiation that is significant for people with photosensitivity skin disorders. "Some emit enough radiation for people who are constantly close up to them to have a significant increase in ultraviolet exposure over the years, which may well make skin cancer more likely. "Incandescent bulbs should remain on sale while expert scientific committees are still reviewing all aspects of the matter in detail." Ultraviolet rays can also lead to severe migraines or aggravate other existing medical conditions. CLIP
Keysborough residents smarting over new meters (5 Sep, 2011) http://www.greaterdandenongweekly.com.au/news/local/news/general/keysborough-residents-smarting-over-new-meters/2280612.aspx?storypage=0
RESIDENTS in the city of Greater Dandenong home are ready to go to war with their electricity providers of the installation of the state government's new Smart Metres.Four households in Caledonian Court, Keysborough, have put signs on their electricity boxes forbidding energy companies from upgrading their meters, under threat of legal action. But one resident has gone even further and is fighting the installation tooth and nail.Irene Tapai, 74, has padlocked her electricity box and put in a plastic window that will let electricians take a reading without having to open it. "If any one tampers with my meter, I'm going to prosecute them." Unlike traditional meters, smart meters measure energy consumption electronically, enabling two-way communication between meters and the central suppler and providing precise minute-to-minute details of power usage. Residents are concerned they will be hit with higher electricity bills under the new system due to greater peak-use tariffs. As a pensioner, Mrs Tapai is worried about how she will make ends meet if a higher rate for electricity is charged.
(...) "It sounds like some people get enormous bills and you can't defend what the Smart Meter tells you. You can't say, "No, that's not my normal average bill," he said. A spokesman for Energy Minister Michael O'Brien said Smart Meters were mandatory under the previous government, but residents are able to defer installation. "The Baillieu government has struck a deal with the distribution company which will allow residents to defer installation of the meters," he said." The government is currently reviewing the program and a decision on its future will be made later this year." CLIP
Power surge raises questions about SmartMeters (September 6, 2011) http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/show_story.php?id=22378
East Palo Alto electricity surge burnt out digital meters -- When 80 PG&E SmartMeters caught on fire and burned out after a power surge in East Palo Alto on Aug. 25, the incident raised questions for some residents and utilities officials about the safety of the new digital devices. The sustained electrical surge to more than 200 East Palo Alto homes and businesses lasted for about one hour and 20 minutes, until a PG&E crew shut off the power, according to a Menlo Park Fire Protection District incident report. Some Palo Alto Utilities engineers said what happened in East Palo Alto illustrates why Palo Alto is moving cautiously before installing similar devices. Palo Alto utilities spokeswoman Debbie Katz said that surges have not burned out the city's analog meters.City utilities officials are conducting a thorough investigation before investing in the meters until glitches in the new technology are known and ways to remedy those glitches can be found, she said. "The idea with SmartMeters is to make the customers' and the utility's life better, but this is a good example of how sometimes the old way is the good way," Katz said. (...) A spokesman for the meter's manufacturer, Landis and Gyr, could not be reached, and General Electric, which also supplies SmartMeters for PG&E, did not return calls. CLIP
'SMART METERS' - THE NEW SILENT KILLER - PART 1 of 2 (September 2, 2011) PART 2 HER http://www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd507.htm
The electromagnetic field is the perfect secret agent: you cannot see it, you cannot smell it, you cannot hear it, and its effects are slow but relentless. - By Volter Hertenstein, MP Bavarian Parliament -- I ask NWVs to post this column on a Friday because it does require many hours of reading to fully understand the issue. By necessity, this new column is two parts as I'm trying, as I did in my first column, to put as much credible information all together in one place to make it easier for everyone fighting this new silent killer. We're all pressed for time. Thank you to everyone who sent in reference material in our efforts to share the truth and what we can do to stop this madness. There is a major war being waged in this country, although you'd never know it by the silence from the old, disgraced media (ABC, CBS, NBC) and all the cable "news" networks. This new assault on our bodies and privacy is over another relatively new piece of technology that allegedly will save energy; it will also cost tens of thousands of jobs for meter readers. When I say millions of Americans are up in arms over this, I am not exaggerating. If you are unfamiliar with this issue, please read my first column first on this to get a full understanding of how dangerous those 'smart meters' are and why you don't want one on your home or business. It contains not only my battle against having one installed on my house (update in Part II), but the very best expert opinions from individuals who have studied wireless RF (radio frequency) for decades: My fight against the 'smart meter' Since that column was published, my email box has been overflowing with questions, which I will address as best I can in this column. Hundreds of emails describe how people's health has suffered serious deleterious effects after the meters were installed - before the individual even knew about possible dangers to their health. CLIP
How concerned are you about wireless devices' effects on your health? http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2011/09/how-concerned-are-you-about-wireless-devices-effects-on-your-health.html
A remote settlement in Green Bank, W.Va., is home to a few dozen Americans convinced that Wi-Fi and other wireless signals make them physically ill, the BBC reports. Green Bank is part of the U.S. National Radio Quiet Zone, where wireless devices like cellphones are banned across 34,000 sq. km to eliminate signal interference with large radio telescopes in the area.People have moved to the Quiet Zone because they believe they suffer from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, or EHS. Symptoms include headaches and chronic pain caused by electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure from wireless devices. The World Health Organization says "EHS has no clear diagnostic criteria and there is no scientific basis to link EHS symptoms to EMF exposure." Bob Park, a physics professor at the University of Maryland, says that the radiation emitted by Wi-Fi cannot possibly affect the body's chemistry. "It's a million times too weak," he says. But new research by scientists at Louisiana State University suggests that even low levels of EMF may cause painful symptoms in individuals extremely sensitive to it. How concerned are you about wireless devices' effects on your health? Do you suffer from symptoms of electromagnetic hypersensitivity? Let us know in the comments section below. CLIP - PLEASE go add your vote (so far 73.13% (528 votes) of those who have voted say they are "Very concerned; its absolutely true."
Although Health Canada's Safety Code 6 is Canada's law for limits of radio frequency exposure for humans, the code admits the mechanism linking the frequencies to health effects wasn't known.
That mechanism was reported to Health Canada and by expert witness to Canadian Parliament Standing Committee on Health. From there Health Canada was to follow code and investigate. Health Canada did not investigate but the code says the frequencies can cause nerve and muscle stimulation.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is up 30% in BC with 4 months to go in the year and frequencies affecting nerves need to be ruled out.
The wireless frequencies are good to communicate with wireless devices, the problem is humans aren't wired for those frequencies so it is causing nerve problems.
Smart Meters aren't so smart, we aren't electrically compatible and we better smarten up, causing nerve problems in populations is going to have extreme health costs. Electromagnetic inductions of humans is to be avoided, that is how we create electricity and we already have our own.
Health & Industry Canada have to enforce Safety Code 6, it is hurting people. CLIP
'Wi-fi refugees' shelter in West Virginia mountains - By Jane O'Brien & Matt Danzico - BBC News, Green Bank - 12 September 2011 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14887428
(...) However, new research by scientists at Louisiana State University and published by the International Journal of Neuroscience, claims to show that EHS can be caused by low frequency electromagnetic fields found in the environment. "The study provides direct evidence that linking human symptoms with environmental factors, in this case EMF," says Dr Andrew Marino, a neurology professor who led the study. "It's a watershed in that regard. There have been no previous studies that scientifically assess whether electromagnetic fields in the environment could produce human symptoms. "And the symptoms matter because they are the first steps that show how EMFs produce human disease." Scientists conducted a number of tests on a 35-year-old physician who had diagnosed herself with EHS. She was seated on a wooden chair while voltage was applied to metal plates for pulses of 90 seconds to create a series of magnetic fields. The woman was asked to describe her symptoms after each exposure and after random sham exposures when, unknown to her, there was no voltage. She reported headaches, pain and muscle twitching during the genuine exposures and no symptoms for the majority of the sham exposures. The scientists concluded that such consistency could not be attributed to chance. CLIP
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: Evidence for a Novel Neurological Syndrome (September 5, 2011) PEER-REVIEWED SCIENTIFIC PROOF - AT LAST! http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/00207454.2011.608139
Objective: We sought direct evidence that acute exposure to environmental-strength electromagnetic fields (EMFs) could induce somatic reactions (EMF hypersensitivity). Methods: The subject, a female physician self-diagnosed with EMF hypersensitivity, was exposed to an average (over the head) 60-Hz electric field of 300 V/m (comparable with typical environmental-strength EMFs) during controlled provocation and behavioral studies. Results: In a double-blinded EMF provocation procedure specifically designed to minimize unintentional sensory cues, the subject developed temporal pain, headache, muscle twitching, and skipped heartbeats within 100 s after initiation of EMF exposure (p .05). The symptoms were caused primarily by field transitions (offon, onoff) rather than the presence of the field, as assessed by comparing the frequency and severity of the effects of pulsed and continuous fields in relation to sham exposure. The subject had no conscious perception of the field as judged by her inability to report its presence more often than in the sham control. Discussion: The subject demonstrated statistically reliable somatic reactions in response to exposure to subliminal EMFs under conditions that reasonably excluded a causative role for psychological processes. Conclusion:EMF hypersensitivity can occur as a bona fide environmentally inducible neurological syndrome.
Wireless Safety Summit - October 5 and 6 - Organized by the Center for Safer Wireless http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=47ilmidab&oeidk=a07e4epc1yvea9949ca
This 2-day Summit at Capitol Hill United Methodist Church in Washington DC is hosted by the Center for Safer Wireless and will focus on: - the latest research and developments in wireless safetyeducating lawmakers and their staff regarding concerns for the health and safety of the citizens they represent - workshop sessions to collaborate towards protecting those most vulnerable to these microwave radiation exposures. - Know how smart meters negatively impact each persons health plus invade personal privacy and the best strategies to defeat their installation in your community. - Know how to build relations and work with your Congressional representatives so that your concerns are acted upon. - Know how to work productively with other health advocates to maximize effectiveness, impact, and resources to affect change, protect health, and ensure privacy.(...) You can participate in the Summit online in real-time. You will be able to watch live presentations and ask questions, just as if you were sitting in the audience. CLIP
EMF-Omega-News - 27 August 2011 http://www.buergerwelle.de/en/news/newsletter/newsletter_20110827.html
Use of Mobile Phones and Cordless Phones and the Risk for Brain Tumours - Soldiers exposed to radiation risk developing cancer within 10 years - Scientists Point to Possible Health Effects of Cell Phones - UK Trades Union Congress advises a precautionary approach to IARC 2B Carcinogens - 'Smart meters' may be too dangerouse to use - Smart Meters Are Violating Safety Code 6 - Cheshunt residents launch protest against mobile phone mast - Vodafone return with new Cheylesmore phone mast plan - Palm tree tower puts Optus in firing line - Next-up News - News from Mast Sanity
EMF-Omega-News - 3 September 2011 http://www.buergerwelle.de/en/news/newsletter/newsletter_20110903.html
Changes of Clinically Important Neurotransmitters under the Influence of Modulated RF Fields - Hyping Health Risks: Environmental Hazards in Daily Life and the Science of Epidemiology - Professor O. Johansson: Recent Commentaries - Are you suffering from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome? - 'Smart Meters', the New Silent Killer - Nationwide campaign warning men not to keep their mobile phone in their trouser pocket - WHAT IS THE 'SO WHAT' OF THE IARC RF-EMF REPORT? - August 2011: Science Update - The Israeli ministry of education is going to limit the use of cell phones in schools - Refusal of permit for phone masts based on precautionary principle - Pennsylvania lawmakers mull required warning label on cell phones - Wyke Regis residents worried over new phone mast - Hydro customers protest against installation of smart meters - Anti wi-fi group holds up Norfolk Broadband bid - Councillors set to meet residents over Boney Hay phone mast plans - Pioneering Wi-Fi scheme for village faces axe after 'Luddite' campaign group claims it is bad for your health - Mast worries - Fierce fight over steeple phone mast
EMF-Omega-News 10 September 2011 http://www.buergerwelle.de/en/news/newsletter/newsletter_20110910.html
Brain Tumor Victims on Cell Phone Safety - The Evidence connecting Mobile Phone EMF Exposure and Male Infertility - Congo: Blood, gold and mobile phones - Anti Wi-fi crusader hurts Trents reputation? - BIG corruption scandal in Austria with implications world-wide - Mobile phone tower angst - Ontario School removes Wi-Fi over safety concerns - Telstra tower toppled - Next-up News - News from Mast Sanity
EMF-Omega-News 17 September 2011 http://www.buergerwelle.de/en/news/newsletter/newsletter_20110917.html
Mobile phone electromagnetic field affects local glucose metabolism in the human brain - The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why? - Cell Phone Towers: The 3 a.m. Alarm Clock - Avoiding exposure to electromagnetic radiation is a human rights issue - TUC advice on a class 2B carcinogen - Leaders speak out about Wi-Fi safety in schools - Disregard of public safety over smart meters frightening - France: The city of Varades opts to tune down antennas to 0.6V/m - Alaska Supreme Court Upholds Award for RF Radiation Injury Below Thermal Exposure Level - Did you know that there are currently 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimers disease? - The Greatest Threat Ever - Mobile phones could bring down the global economy - Permission for new Guernsey mobile phone mast refused - Permission denied for 'smartphone' mast - Mobile phone mast illegally installed in Dartford - Meters are not-so-smart to some - Federal Agency Recommends States Ban Trucker Cell Phone Use
From: Ursula (Email address withheld upon request)
Subject: Feedback on not buying into fear - About this COMMENT in my last compilation
Date: 27 Aug 2011
I felt I had to respond to the comments made by B on fear-based information. I fully agree with B that we should be focusing on positive input instead of fear-based negative input. Surely we all want the best for our beautiful planet and for ALL the beings residing here? What happens to one, affects us all and it is time we re-membered that we are all connected and part of ALL THAT IS!
I have had a wonderful time listening to Patricia Diane Cota-Robles in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 25th Annual World Congress of Illumination. She mentions in her closing talk that we have transcended the old, obsolete prophecies. These were only made by the Company of Heaven at the time when it was deemed necessary to show humanity what could happen if we continue on the path we were on. We have moved way past this stage now and these kind of prophecies are only made to keep us in the fear-based reality we have lived in for so long. She said that at this time there are many of these doom and gloom videos about various catastrophies about to overtake our planet whether they are internal or from outside and we have been asked to NOT buy into them and to NOT let them into our reality. Let us choose to no longer live in fear, but in love, light and joy!
Unfortunately, as we are the creators of our own destiny, enough people focussing on all the doom and gloom prophecies can attract them into our reality. As a result, the mighty Directors of the Elements and the mighty Elohim, have brought in reinforcements of 5th Dimensional Elemental beings to assist our much beleaguered Elementals to protect our planet and to heal the harm which humanity has caused in any way whatsoever.
This message was given to humanity during the congress and I quote, Do you honestly think we have done all this work to allow this planet to be destroyed at the moment of ascension into the Octaves of Light? If anyone is interested in watching the video of these ceremonies, they are still available, go to http://www.healingwiththemasters.com/worldcongress/webcast.htm or to www.eraofpeace.org which is Patricias site.
By now we should have learnt to distinguish between gold and brass, so let us ignore the brass ring and grab the gold one instead!
In Love, Light, Peace and Joy
THIS ARTICLE FROM THE GUARDIAN BLOG DOES A REMARKABLE THING: IT GIVES VOICE TO THOSE WHO HAVE RELENTLESSLY DENOUNCE 9/11 AS A TREASONOUS FALSE FLAG ATTACK PERPETRATED BY ROGUE ELEMENTS WITHIN THE US GOVERNMENT... AND DOES NOT CALL IT A CONSPIRACY THEORY! THE GUARDIAN DESERVES A STANDING OVATION FOR ITS (BELATED) COURAGE WHILE THE REST OF THE LAMESTREAM PROPAGANDA MEDIA DESERVES ETERNAL SHAME FOR THEIR ABYSMAL COWARDISE...
On the day of September 11, Charlie Skelton attends a symposium of critical thinkers in New York
12 September 2011
The heavy syllables of the victims' names boomed out along the streets around Ground Zero. The public were patted down, then allowed up a cramped side road to peer at a distant video screen of the memorial. They filmed the video screen on their mobile phones, filmed each other filming, and film crews filmed them filming.
It was hardly fertile ground for grief, you'd think. And yet, the weird detachment of the moment was severed by the chanting of the names and the brief tributes of the readers. It was the daughter who said her father's friends tell her that she reminds them of him that did it for me. That, and the list of victims called Jones. Jones after Jones after Jones. Too many Joneses. I took my sniffles back up the street to Starbucks.
And from Starbucks, I went down the rabbit hole. I found myself at a conference on Walker Street called 'How The World Changed After 9/11'. It was packed, but I managed to slide in at the back, to hear a guy called Webster Tarpley chant his own list of names. The names of the 46 military exercises and hijack drills (called things like 'Vigilant Guardian') that were actually taking place on the morning of September 11. "The greatest density of drills in US military history," Tarpley said.
Fake radar blips, dummy hijacks, dummy attacks, fighter jets sent off to Turkey, the skies left unprotected, with the FBI's top anti-terror experts stuck on a training exercise in California. The drills, said Tarpley, were important, because not only did they weaken and confuse US air defence, but there was also a military drill for each major component of the 9/11 attacks. The drills were cover, and the dummy threats were made real.
September 11, he argues, was a coup carried out by a rogue network within the US military and government. A cabal of fascists, working with (and for) a banking oligarchy, "the old boys of Wall Street".
"You want to blame Saudi Arabia, or Israel, or Pakistan? You can't. There isn't the evidence." The evidence, Tarpley says, points towards 9/11 as a false flag attack, carried out by a high level clique, that forced a shocked and awestruck US public into a vast and still ongoing war. It was America's very own Reichstag fire. And the official version of the event? "A racist, militaristic, and fascist myth that we must reject."
What I heard, from speaker after speaker, was a heartfelt desire to turn away from the path of destruction, militarism and lies that America has been set upon after 9/11. Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst, mourned for Iraq: "One million dead, 4m displaced, and that's a victory?" He sees the failure of Americans to comprehend the scale of the destruction wrought under their flag as nothing less than racist. "In America, we are very good at segregating our tears. Racism is our original sin."
McGovern quoted from Martin Luther King's letter from Birmingham jail: "Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up, but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured." And 9/11, for McGovern, is a "big boil" that needs lancing.
He drew attention to an extraordinary story, barely touched by the mainstream press, that Richard Clarke, who was the White House counter-terrorism czar at the time of the attacks, has recently accused the CIA of deliberately suppressing information before 9/11, information that might have prevented the attacks. Clarke claimed: "There was a high-level decision in the CIA ordering people not to share information." And who made this decision? "I would think it would have been made by the director".
So that would be George Tenet. Director of the CIA from 1997-2004, now a managing director of an investment bank. The former CIA man, McGovern, ends his speech by saying: "Of all the people who should be put in prison, he'd be top of my list."
Another speaker, Mike Rivero, addressed the outrage, which he often felt when the "false flag" analysis of 9/11 is presented. The idea that "we would never do such a thing" or "it's not the sort of thing governments do." He gave a whistlestop tour of state-sponsored attacks and hoodwinkings: the Lusitania, the Maine, the Dodgy Dossier, Saddam's nuclear weapons, the staged burning of the Reichstag, and the notorious Gleiwitz incident in which the Nazis faked an attack on a German radio station to justify the invasion of Poland. His point being that 9/11 was "not unique". There's a historical context.
History, documentation, facts. A respect for life, and a respect for truth. This is what I heard, over and over again, at this remarkable conference. Wayne Madsen a former naval officer and NSA operative spoke of the atmosphere of "hype and fear" that still grips America, 10 years after 9/11. A fear that's pumped into us, relentlessly, through our flatscreen HD Orwellian "telescreens".
Madsen called for the release of the commission findings that Ludkowski told me about last night: "Let's get those documents out of the National Archives!" But he noted that the man whose job it is to decide what gets released, the administrator of the White House office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, is one Cass Sunstein. The same Cass Sunstein that in 2008 urged the government to "cognitively infiltrate" alternative groups like the 9/11 Truth Movement. So releasing those documents probably isn't top of his to-do list.
He's also the same Cass Sunstein that wrote the first op-ed about Julian Assange the CIA asset and "child of MK Ultra", as Tarpley dubs him. But that's a whole other can of worms
I found myself blinking back tears for the second time when McGovern read out a poem in his polished CIA Russian about a mother mourning the loss of her child. This thread of grieving ran throughout the conference. Wayne Madsen grieved for the loss of "shoeleather journalism", McGovern mourned the death of the fourth estate, while Tarpley spoke of the hollow memorial at Ground Zero the two "abysses": the reflecting pools, or "voids", as they're often called. He sees these memorials as an appropriately empty vision of "nothingness. Nihil. No ideals, nothing." A nothingness at the heart of America. "But we have to do something."
We have to do something. Even if that something is simply to Google 'Cass Sunstein' and start from there. Begin your own cognitive infiltration. Google 'Vigilant Guardian' or 'Able Danger'. Crosscheck 'Abdel Hakim Belhadj' and 'Al-Qaida'. Begin digging. Begin thinking. And stop believing.
September 11, 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of what could arguably be called the greatest and most important domestic crime in US legal history. This refers only to legal crimes, not such crimes against humanity as chattel slavery, genocide against American Indians, machine gunning of striking workers by National Guard troops, nor such crimes against nature such as the poisoning of the Gulf of Mexico due to the BP oil spill disaster. etc.
The US corporate controlled media thoroughly reported on the 2,966 fatalities due to the massive crime that was 9-11. They ignored, however, the 5,915 work related fatalities of the previous year and the estimated 4,000 people who die annually due to being unable to get health insurance. They ignored the estimated 15 million children who die annually world-wide due to simple hunger.
This same media has ignored, and thereby helped cover up, the controversy surrounding the causes of 9-11.
Demolition experts ranging from Danny Jowenko to engineers such as Richard Gage, have claimed that it is nearly impossible for the three WTC buildings to have collapsed straight downward as they did except through a planned, controlled demolition. Jowenko, who was the owner of a demolition company, allegedly first made that claim after seeing photos of the collapse and not knowing what the photos were of. When he was told, he responded in disbelief. He subsequently died in a car wreck whose cause has never been fully explained.
Others reject these claims and say that the collapse could easily have happened due to the fires. One web site (http://www.debunking911.com/pull.htm) shows a film of the collapse of Building 7 in which the first part to collapse is the penthouse, which they claim proves that the collapse started at the top, not the bottom through a controlled demolition. (This writer personally as a teenager personally knew an engineer who worked on the World Trade Center. His widow later said that hed resigned because he felt that the design was so unsafe.)
There are also claims that the traces that the explosive thermite which is an explosive used to demolish buildings were found in the WTC dust. Again, others reject these claims, in part on the grounds that there is no clear chain-of-control over the dust that was tested. Another article (http://www.debunking911.com/thermite.htm) claims that the traces of thermite allegedly found was really the result of incineration of thousands of computers. One physicist, David Chandler, analyzed the rate of collapse of the WTC buildings and claimed that it showed a constant acceleration which can only be explained by the fact that the bottom was blown out from underneath, rather than a collapse from on top (http://truthphalanx.com/does-science-lie/).
Insider Stock Trading
Also suspicious is the mass of what appears to be insider trading on the stock market in the days leading up to 9/11. As reported in numerous newspapers throughout the United States, in those previous days and weeks, there had been abnormally high amounts of trades (short trades and puts) which essentially bet that the stocks of American and United Airlines would drop. These were the two airlines whose planes were hijacked. The stock market had been closed for several days after the attack, preventing anybody from collecting these profits and remaining undetected. A little over two weeks after the attack, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that some $2.5 million in profits from these trades had remained uncollected. (http://articles.sfgate.com/2001-09-29/news/17617189_1_trading-options-ual-corp-options-exchanges)
Official investigators claimed that there was nothing suspicious about these trades, because they were carried out by one company which had no conceivable connection with Osama bin Laden. Exactly!What they failed to mention was that much of them had been carried out by a firm managed by A.B. Buzzy Kronegard, who was closely connected with the FBI (http://www.hereinreality.com/insidertrading.html">ttp://www.hereinreality.com/insidertrading.html). Widely reported immediately following the attack, the news of these trades quickly was scrubbed from the mass media.
A World Opinion Poll taken in 2008 found that majorities in only 9 of 17 countries believed that al Qaeda was responsible for 9-11. A Zogby poll taken in 2004 found that 49 percent of New York City residents and 41 percent of New York state citizens believe individuals within the US government knew in advance that attacks were planned on or around September 11, 2001, and that they consciously failed to act. A May, 2002 New York Times/CBS public opinion poll found that 21% of US residents thought that the Bush administration was telling the truth about 9-11 while 65% said they are mostly telling the truth but hiding something, 8% said they are mostly lying and were 6% not sure. By Oct 2006 16% said the administration was telling the truth, 53% said they are mostly telling the truth but hiding something, 28% said they are mostly lying.
These results show the degree to which the mass media can affect the mood in the United States. Imagine: 41% of New York State residents believe that the US government was intentionally complicit in the 9-11 disaster, yet nothing is done about it. The reason for this is that the media is ignoring the issue and thus is failing to make it a truly public issue.
First Responders Abandoned
The same is the case for those who are lauded as the heroes of 9-11 the police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who first responded to the attack in New York City. Since that time, hundreds if not thousands of those who survived have fallen ill and some died from cancer, skin diseases, asthma, etc. It is almost universally believed that this was as a result of the toxic dust they breathed in that time. Despite this, they are in general denied prolonged medical care. Cancer victims, for instance, are denied money for care because it is claimed that there is not proof that the dust they breathed caused the cancer. In fact, in the commemoration for 9-11 planned for this year, these first responders are not even invited.
In the years leading up to this world-changing event, this had started to change. There was a growing movement against global capitalism. This movement possibly first really caught mass attention in 1999 with the WTO protests in Seattle, Washington. Young radicals were joined by a layer of workers mainly union workers, including members of the United Steel Workers of America and actually succeeded in shutting down the WTO meetings. This was followed by similar protests in Doha, Qatar and protests against G8 meetings in Washington DC, Prague, Czech Republic, Davos, Switzerland and Gothenburg, Sweden.
At the Seattle protest, the mainstream union leadership had mobilized a layer of their members to participate, assuming that they would be able to inoculate them against the radicalism of the youth. They failed miserably in this as a layer of Steelworkers and other union members participated in the physical shut down of the WTO meeting. The reformist union bureaucracy never made this mistake again.
Despite this, however, the working class was becoming increasingly affected by these protests and starting to respond. Frightened by this, a determination was made to crush the protests, perhaps starting in the Genoa protest against the WTO meeting in July of 2001. The police murdered a young protester, Carlo Giuliani, assuming that this would scare others off. It had the opposite effect, enraging many thousands and ultimately it is estimated that some 300,000 turned out to protest the WTO. These were not all just young radicals. Clearly, a layer of workers were starting to respond, especially as they saw the devastation that the globalization of capitalism was wreaking on their lives.
The capitalist tops were so frightened by this that the London Economist magazine proposed that future such meetings be cancelled. Under the title Disarray in Genoa (July 22, 2001), they wrote that the protest in Genoa has raised questions about the future of such meetings. They continued that, next years G8 summit in Canada seem likely, on current trends, to face similar challenges.
US and World Capitalism Strengthened
9-11 changed all this.
As is well known, many at the top of the Bush administration then in power had had plans to invade Iraq well before 9-11. Some of these were centered around the right wing think tank the Project for a New American Century (PNAC). Prior to 9-11, the mood in the US would have made such an invasion unthinkable. Within a short time after 9-11, that invasion was carried out with widespread domestic support. It was the transformation of the mood after 9-11 that made possible the creation of this support. This monstrous crime strengthened both the US capitalist class as well as world capitalism.
Had a worker organizer been organizing on their job in the US on September 10, they would have found a completely different mood two days later. Within just 24 hours, a mood developed that we are all one nation, that we as a nation must stick together. Internationally, the growing sentiment against Corporate America was transformed into a sentiment of sympathy for the victims of this criminal attack. The rising anti-capitalist movement was brought to a standstill, especially in the US.
Remembering 9-11 Today
Today, as we remember the 2,966 innocent people who died in the 9-11 attacks as well as all the first responders who were sickened and/or died, let us not forget all the Palestinian people whose lives have been destroyed by the combined role of US and Israeli capitalism. Let us not forget those in Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere whose lives have been similarly destroyed nor the destruction of the planets environment as a result of the uncontrollable lust for profit. We should renew our dedication to end the end the brutal system which is the cause of these crimes against humanity and crimes against nature. That is the real lesson of 9-11.
Related articles and videos:
9/11 Reclaiming the Truth, Reclaiming Our Future - A Benefit for the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance http://www.communitycurrency.org/filmfestival2011.html
Join us on this ten-year anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11 as we explore the truth of this traumatic event and what it means. As we mourn our losses, we seek to honor the dead and dying by fearlessly understanding 9/11 as a crime. Through film, the spoken word, music, art, revolutionary comedy, action, and dialogue--and in solidarity with events in Toronto, Seattle, and New York--we will gather to share stories, insights, research and feelings about that day, the forgotten history that led up to it, and the decade that followed. Those brave enough to seek, find, and champion the truth about 9/11 have encountered enormous obstacles and resistance. The official story of what happened on 9/11, which has been used to justify endless war abroad and restriction of freedoms at home, has been accepted by a majority of the American people only because there has been a massive cover-up of what really happened on that day. The Battle of Story is greater than the Story of Battle. Will reason, love, and concern triumph over panic, fear and despair? Will we end war, or will war end humanity? Is there an alternative to the fusion of corporate and government power that trumps local, regional and national sovereignty and threatens every facet of our lives? Join us as we explore such questions, as well as the myths and realities that surround this watershed moment in our history. CLIP
Psywar Trailer - THE REAL BATTLEFIELD IS THE MIND http://vimeo.com/14368259
Psywar exposes the propaganda system and the evolution of propaganda, particularly in the service of the state, to defend and expand state power through war. WATCH THE WHOLE 99 MIN FILM HERE - You can also download the whole film HERE (928 megs - it takes 30 minutes) This film explores the evolution of propaganda and public relations in the United States, with an emphasis on the "elitist theory of democracy" and the relationship between war, propaganda and class. Includes original interviews with a number of dissident scholars including Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, Peter Phillips ("Project Censored"), John Stauber ("PR Watch"), Christopher Simpson ("The Science of Coercion") and others. Watch also an interview with the film-maker. MORE THROUGH http://metanoia-films.org/
Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McM7ArVW_3E
Eight years later, the American people continue to live in the aftermath of 9/11 and deal with its ongoing repercussions. Is this just another machination of power on the timeline of history? If so, the real question is what happens next? Or better yet, what can we do to prevent another 9/11? The film serves as a fundamental call to action which is fueled by hope that those affected by 9/11 will soon receive the answers that they have sought after for nearly a decade.
Movie Trailer - 9/11 PRESS FOR TRUTH http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYEMu48apIA
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On this 10th anniversary of 9/11, our hearts go out to those killed in this tragic event and their families. In their honor, let us open to learning more about what happened on that fateful day. Below are key excerpts from 20 of the most revealing and astonishing major media articles on 9/11 ever published. Links to the full articles on their media websites are provided for easy verification. This vital information is presented as an opportunity for you to educate yourself, and to inspire us to work together to strengthen democracy and build a brighter future for us all. For how you can make a difference with the knowledge you've gained, see the "What you can do" box at the bottom. CLIP
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More than 40 U.S. Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence Agency veterans have severely criticized the official account of 9/11 and most have called for a new investigation. It is outrageous that most Americans are entirely unaware of their publicly stated concerns -- a direct result of the refusal of national print and broadcast news organizations to cover this extremely important issue. There is no denying the credibility of these individuals or their loyalty to their country as demonstrated by their years of service collecting and analyzing information and planning and carrying out operations critical to the national security of the United States. These 41 individuals formerly served in the U.S. State Department, the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the branches of the U.S. Military. They are listed below by their branch of service. CLIP
New Investigative Panel Releases 13 Consensus Statements of Evidence Opposing the Official Account of 9/11 (September 9, 2011) http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-investigative-panel-releases-13-consensus-statements-of-evidence-opposing-the-official-account-of-911-2011-09-09
For ten years independent scholars and researchers have been investigating the troubling anomalies of the 9/11 official account. One such scholar, Dr. David Ray Griffin, has written ten encyclopedic books documenting fundamental problems with the government account. Although 9/11 has been the seminal event of this century, none of the research by Dr. Griffin and other critics has been reported by the North American media. Today, the formation of the 9/11 Consensus Panel, involving 22 investigators of the September 11th events, is being announced at consensus911.org. The 13 Consensus Points issued by the Panel were derived from a Delphi survey modeled on consensus statements developed by expert panels in medicine to guide diagnosis and treatment. The 9/11 Consensus Panel, co-founded by Dr. David Ray Griffin and medical librarian Elizabeth Woodworth ... include[s] two former NASA engineers, six professors, one physician, two lawyers, four journalists, and three pilots. The Consensus Panel offers the media and the public the scientifically validated information needed to address this seminal issue with the confidence that has been lacking.
AFTER 9/11: TEN YEARS OF WAR - The Centre for Research on Globalization in collaboration with Canadians for 9/11 Truth present a Commemorative Public Conference http://tv.globalresearch.ca/2011/09/after-911-ten-years-war
The tragic events of September 11, 2001, which claimed many lives in the United States, have since given rise to an era of endless US/NATO-sponsored wars accompanied by economic chaos, rising poverty and financial manipulation. We have seen a marked shift towards authoritarianism, the criminalization of justice and the development of a police state. At this special 10 year commemorative event, we invite the public to an evening exploring the truth behind 9/11 and its implications for the future of society. Speakers:
- Cynthia McKinney will be speaking on "9/11 Truth: The War at Home and Abroad". She is a former Member of the US Congress and the Green Party Candidate in the US presidential elections. She has recently returned from a fact-finding mission to Libya.
- Wayne Madsen will be speaking on "Media Manipulation and the Fear of Terrorism". He is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, bestselling author and syndicated columnist. He has over 20 years' experience in security issues.
- Michel Chossudovsky will be speaking on "9/11 and the "Global War on Terrorism" (GWOT)". He is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (Emeritus) at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization.
- Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya will be speaking on "Today's 9/11 War Machine: Report from the Middle East War Theatre". He has been reporting during the last two months from Tripoli. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization.The event will be launched with the Première Screening of Global Research's short documentary film: "Remembering the Tragic Events of September 11, 2001", produced and directed by James Corbett.
You Only Believe the Official 9/11 Story Because You Don't Know the Official 9/11 Story - by Jesse Richard (September 2, 2011) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26340
During the past 10 years I have not met a single individual who, after doing research on the subjectpen, switched from questioning the official narrative of the events of 9/11/2001 to believing the official narrative of those events.. It is always the other way around. Why do you think that is? There are good reasons for this, and I will try to explain this phenomenon right now.The term "conspiracy theorist", perhaps the most misapplied description in our vernacular, is often used to describe 9/11 truthers. Perhaps that term does apply to a segment of the 9/11 truth movement. But in most cases a more accurate description of 9/11 truthers is probably "expert", or "scholar", or "researcher." You see, much of the doubt cast on the official narrative of the events of 9/11 has not come in the form of speculated accusations, or "theories." In fact, it has come in the form of questions that have been raised after a careful study of the official and undisputed events and details.
Ten years have passed since the infamous events of September 11th, 2001 took place, and the majority of people still don't know a damn thing about the actual details of that event. They don't know what was going on in the country with regard to our military that day. They don't know the history or the activities of key members of our government, defense establishment or intelligence community, on, or during the weeks, and in some cases the years leading up to that day. They don't know what took place during or immediately following the events of that day. And they don't know what actions were taken by those key people following that event.
As is the case with so many issues, people tend to stand strong and argue a position or voice an opinion about an event like 9/11. But, when questioned about the many details surrounding that event they have no answers. They are clueless. And they are, in the end, dumbfounded.I can not tell you how many times I have discussed the events of 9/11 with an outraged citizen who can not believe that I would "accuse our own government" of such a terrible thing as conducting a false flag operation, only to hear the phrase "no, I did not know that, is that true?" repeated over and over as I "educate" them about those little things called DETAILS. I can not count the pale-faced stunned looks on people's faces as I exposed them to some of the "official facts" they never suspected, and never knew. I have walked away from many a confrontation with newly educated "patriotic Americans", only to worry about whether or not they would again resume breathing correctly. CLIP
10 years later, 9/11 still shrouded in mystery (September 7, 2011) http://articles.philly.com/2011-09-07/news/30123446_1_al-mihdhar-hijackers-dick-cheney
If you think that on the 10th anniversary you know the whole story of 9/11 - and here I'm addressing conspiracy-minded "truthers" and the 13 percent who approved of the job Dick Cheney did as vice president - actually, you don't. The dictum of famed investigative reporter I.F. Stone about all governments - i.e., they lie - is no less true about 9/11 than any other event. Here are [some] questions about 9/11 that remain unanswered. Who killed five Americans with anthrax in fall 2001? Forensics showed that the biological weapon came from American stockpiles. In 2008, the government announced that its ... prime suspect - a scientist at Maryland's Fort Detrick named Bruce Ivins - had committed suicide and that the case was considered closed. But is it? Remarkably, a disputed U.S. Justice Department filing just this July claimed that Ivins didn't have access to the equipment needed to execute the attacks, causing some members of Congress to call for a new probe. Why did so many Bush officials fixate on Iraq in the hours after the attacks? Despite a lack of any evidence tying Saddam's Iraq to 9/11, Bush administration officials looked immediately toward Baghdad. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld questioned whether to "hit S.H." - Saddam - "at the same time" while the Pentagon was still on fire, and Bush immediately pressed Clarke on whether there was an Iraqi connection. Note: For questions raised about the 9/11 attacks by highly credible and respected professionals, click here and here.
Million Dead, $1.8 Trillion Spent On Decade-Long U.S. "War On Terror" (September 8, 2011) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26455
US pays price in blood and treasure for war on terror -- In the decade since 9/11 about a million people worldwide have lost their lives in what is now known as the global war on terror. (...) In January 2002, the US began the lesser publicised Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines... In October 2002, the US military started African military operations from Djibouti, establishing Operation Enduring Freedom - Horn of Africa... within Ethiopia, Somalia, Chad and Niger....This operation was subsequently broadened to include Operation Enduring Freedom - Trans Sahara, widening the scope of its operations to Central Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. This little-known war on terror in Africa has been fought in the main by thousands of US special forces and has been overshadowed by US military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan... [T]he US continues to wage its war on terror on several continents - from the Horn of Africa and Yemen to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. (...) The US Congressional Research Service, in its March 2011 report, states that the Overseas Contingency Operation has cost the US taxpayer $1.3 trillion - $130 billion per annum since 9/11. At present, US military operations worldwide cost $386 million per day, or $4,000 dollars per second. According to US Congressional estimates, the final bill will total $1.8 trillion.
A decade after the 9/11 attacks, Americans live in an era of endless war (September 4, 2011) http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/a-decade-after-the-911-attacks-americans-live-in-an-era-of-endless-war/2011/09/01/gIQARUXD2J_story.html
This is the American era of endless war. Americas embrace of endless war [has unfolded] in the 10 years since Sept. 11, 2001. In previous decades, the military and the American public viewed war as an aberration and peace as the norm. Most soldiers and Marines in todays military have seen their entire careers consumed by combat. During last years 9/11 anniversary, Lt. Col. Christopher M. Coglianese accompanied his second-grade daughter on her schools annual Freedom Walk outside Fort Hood, Tex. Basically the whole student body walks around the grounds of the school wearing patriotic garb and carrying signs about freedom, Coglianese recalled in an e-mail from Iraq, where he is on his third tour. To be honest there was a certain surrealism about it, Coglianese wrote. For this very small slice of American children this way of life is completely normal. The long stretch of war has also isolated the U.S. military from society. Top military officials fret that the troops are developing a troubling sense that they are better than the society they serve. Todays Army, including its leadership, lives in a bubble separate from society, wrote retired Lt. Gen. David Barno, who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan, in an essay for the Web site of Foreign Policy magazine. This splendid military isolation set in the midst of a largely adoring nation risks fostering a closed culture of superiority and aloofness. This must change if the Army is to remain in, of, and with the ever-diverse peoples of the United States.
9/11 First Responders Plagued by Health Problems From Toxic Dust and Debris (Sept. 1, 2011) http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/911-responders-plagued-cancer-asthma-ptsd/story?id=14427512
For many of the nearly 50,000 9/11 first responders, the wounds of the Twin Tower attacks are far from healing. According to two studies published Thursday in the British journal Lancet, these rescue workers continue to struggle with respiratory illness, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many of them may be at increased risk for developing a number of cancers.In the months following 9/11, firefighter Kenny Specht, 43, spent every day at the site, navigating the rubble in hopes of at first rescuing people, and later recovering the bodies of those crushed when the towers fell. Though he and his fellow rescue workers were picking through rubble littered with asbestos, mercury, crushed florescent light bulbs and other known toxins, they were outfitted with only their normal uniform to protect them from potential contaminants. "They gave us paper masks and overalls, like you'd see in home improvement shows. They let us go back to our homes every day with our contaminated gear," Specht says. It wasn't until 2006 that he started to experience health problems. At first it was gastrointestinal issues that required him to have his gallbladder removed, but in 2007 a CAT scan following an injury on the job revealed thyroid cancer.
(...) Those who worked at the WTC site seem to be at increased risk of cancer, especially thyroid cancer, melanoma and lymphoma. According to a study released of nearly 10,000 New York firefighters (half of whom worked at the WTC site), those from the site are 32 percent more likely to have cancer."I've been to 54 funerals of firefighters since 9/11 and 52 of them are cancer-related," says John Feal, a former firefighter and founder of the FealGood Foundation, an advocacy group seeking medical coverage and compensation for first responders of 9/11. CLIP
9/11 Firefighters Face Higher Risk of Cancer (September 01, 2011) http://www.thestatecolumn.com/health/911-firefighters-face-higher-risk-of-cancer/
A study found that firefighters who worked at Ground Zero on 9/11 are 19 percent more likely to have cancer than other firefighters who did not work at the site. This study represents the first substantial conclusion that links working at the World Trade Center site with increased risk of cancer. New York firefighters, police officers and construction workers, who worked at the site, have argued that there is overwhelming anecdotal evidence that work at Ground Zero caused cancer, but researchers have been hesitate to draw conclusions because it could take up to 20 to 40 years to prove this potential link. CLIP
9/11 responders now suffering loss of smell (May 24, 2010) http://www.ems1.com/health-and-wellness/articles/823395-9-11-responders-now-suffering-loss-of-smell
Chronic condition represents a 'breakdown in the body's defense against toxic substances' -- NEW YORK - At first, Mike Greene thought it might just be a bad allergy. But when his sense of smell didn't come back for months, the paramedic suspected it was caused by polluted air he'd breathed at the most harrowing job site of his career: the wreckage of the World Trade Center. Turns out he is not alone. A significant portion of those on duty at the twin towers suffered long-term damage to their sense of smell and their ability to detect harmful irritants through the nose, Philadelphia researchers reported in a new study last week. Far from being just an inconvenience, this chronic condition represents a breakdown in the body's defense against toxic substances, said lead author Pamela Dalton, an experimental psychologist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center. In a sample of 102 workers in construction, emergency services, and other fields, 22 percent had an impaired sense of smell more than two years after exposure at the twin towers site, and 74 percent had a reduced ability to detect irritants. That ability is separate from the sense of smell, and is illustrated by the burning sensation you get from say, the noxious fumes in a bottle of bleach.Initial dust cloud People caught in the initial dust cloud on Sept. 11, 2001, suffered the greatest degree of impairment, as indicated by their lack of response when taking brief sniffs of an irritant in a laboratory setting. "These people just didn't react because their ability to sense that irritation was just literally wiped out," Dalton says. That means in the future, they won't know to shield themselves from such irritants before they penetrate to the lungs, she says. An impaired sense of smell, meanwhile, makes it tough to detect hazards, such as spoiled food and smoke from a fire. Previous studies have documented respiratory problems in those who were exposed to the haze of pollutants in the days and weeks after the attacks, but the workers' ability to perceive odors and irritants is a new area of research. CLIP
Countdown to 9/11 anniversary (September 1, 2011) AND AS USUAL IN THIS ORGY OF MEDIA PROPAGANDA, THE TRUTH ABOUT 9/11 WILL CONTINUE TO BE COVERED UP AND THE CULPRITS, LIKE DICK CHENEY, WILL REMAIN FREE... WITH THE BLESSING AND PROTECTION OF BARACK OBAMA... http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/television/7394790-421/countdown-to-911-anniversary.html
NEW YORK - Television viewers who want to immerse themselves in memories of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as the 10th anniversary approaches will have a staggering number of choices. There will be dozens of specials covering the events from every conceivable angle. Many are from networks that either didn't exist back in 2001, didn't have the capacity to cover the tragedy live or weren't aggressively making as much original programming. Chances are that the 10th will end up being the biggest anniversary in terms of media attention: 9/11 is still relatively fresh in the minds of those who experienced it, yet time has also offered more perspective. "It was a transformative event," said Mark Burstein, executive producer of special events coverage for ABC News. "This was an event that everyone who was over the age of 10 remembers where they were on this day. It changed millions of lives. I'm not surprised that 10 years later the world will stop and look back and remember."In the days after the attacks, the president of ABC News, on the advice of a prominent child psychologist, ordered his news division to strictly curtail reruns of the more disturbing images: the second plane crashing into the World Trade Center; the collapse of the towers. The concern was that children couldn't process that they were reruns and might think the tragedy was happening again elsewhere. Other news divisions largely followed suit. CLIP
Building a Better Mirage http://911research.wtc7.net/essays/nist/index.html
NIST's 3-Year $20,000,000 Cover-Up of the Crime of the Century -- On June 23, 2005 the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) published the draft of its 'Final Report of the National Construction Safety Team on the Collapses of the World Trade Center Towers' (document NISTNCSTAR1Draft.pdf), and in September it released its Final Report. This Report and a separate one on the case of WTC 7 represent the culmination of NIST's three-year investigation of the collapses of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers, funded with an initial budget of $16 million and subsequent appropriations from taxpayers' money.NIST's investigation is often cited as proving the official theory that the plane crashes and fires caused the collapses. Yet the Report does not explain why or how the buildings totally collapsed, despite the lack of a single historical precedent for a steel-framed skyscraper totally collapsing for any reason other than controlled demolition. And, in contrast to the Report's voluminous detail about the plane crashes, fires, and loss of life, it makes no attempt to characterize or explain the demolition-like features of the collapses -- such as their explosiveness, pulverization, verticality and nearly free-fall rapidity -- except for two sentences in a half-page section added to the Final Report to address criticisms of the Draft. NIST simply avoids these troublesome issues by placing them outside the scope of its investigation, claiming that "global collapse" was "inevitable" after the "initiation of collapse."
Beginners' Guide to 9/11 Truth http://www.journalof911studies.com/beginners.htmlBR>
Loss of US Civil Liberties (1198) since 9/11 http://www.historycommons.org/project.jsp?project=lossofcivilliberties
Freedoms and ResponsibilitiesAirport and Immigration Security (10) Freedom of Speech / Religion (25 )Gun Rights (5) Impositions on Rights and Freedoms (712) Media Freedoms (31) Privacy (217) Taxation (5) Legal Changes'Tenther' Initiative (4) Court Procedures and Verdicts (70) Expansion of Presidential Power (466) Other Legal Changes (154) Patriot Act (24) Signing Statements (26) Sotomayor Nomination (7) State Secrets (35) Other (20) Prisoner Rights Detainee Treatment Act (14) Detainments Outside US (77) Detainments in US (60) Gov't Violations of Prisoner Rights (335) Secrecy - Continuity of Government (110) Government Acting in Secret (439) Government Classification (346) US Attorney Firings (7) Surveillance - Database Programs (74) NSA Wiretapping / Stellar Wind (201) National Security Letters (20) Other Surveillance (103)
Remember Building 7 http://rememberbuilding7.org/10/
The 10th Anniversary Campaign will use the unprecedented level of attention and burning desire for truth felt across the world to mobilize thousands of people to donate a total of $1 million between Labor Day and September 11. Remember Building 7 will use that money for an historic nationwide ad campaign in the month of October showing the American people the unmistakable footage of Building 7's demolition and forcing the mainstream media to finally discuss Building 7.
New Book by David Ray Griffin: Cognitive Infiltration (09 September 2010) http://world911truth.org/new-book-by-david-ray-griffin-cognitive-infiltration/
In his new book "Cognitive Infiltration - An Obama Appointee's Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory", Dr. David Ray Griffin writes about former Chicago and Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, who in 2009 was appointed by President Barack Obama to direct an important executive branch office. In 2008 Sunstein co-authored an article entitled "Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures," containing a plan for the government to prevent the spread of anti-government "conspiracy theories." Arguing that such theories are believed only by groups suffering from "informational isolation," he advocated the use of anonymous government agents to stealthily infiltrate groups that pose alternative theories on historical events via "chat rooms, online social networks, or real-space groups and attempt to undermine" those groups with the aim of breaking them up. Download a PDF of the article here. Noting that Sunstein's proposal has evoked condemnations from across the political spectrum-not least because it, being similar to the FBI's COINTELPRO of the 1960s, would be illegal-David Ray Griffin focuses on the fact that Sunstein's primary target is the conspiracy theory advocated by the 9/11 Truth Movement. Examining Sunstein's charge that this theory is both "harmful" and "demonstrably false," Griffin uses both satire and overwhelming evidence to show that this twofold charge applies instead to what Sunstein calls "the true conspiracy theory" about 9/11-namely, the "theory that Al-Qaeda was responsible for 9/11."
9/11 Truth Movement http://www.wanttoknow.info/911/9-11_truth_movement
Invitation to show people around the world the strength of the 9/11 movement -- (...) The media greatly underplays the number and quality of people involved in the 9/11 movement. Neither do they give much coverage to the solid, verifiable evidence of complicity that we have accumulated. For how and why the major media has largely failed to report on this, click here. I am writing to all of you as one who has carefully researched the abundant evidence surrounding 9/11 from reliable, verifiable sources and come to the conclusion that certain rogue elements within the U.S. government were very likely involved in the attacks. Though this idea may be disturbing for you to entertain, consider that if what I and many others are saying is true, we place ourselves in great peril by not seriously considering the evidence. The motive for certain rogue government elements in manipulating the events of 9/11 is fairly obvious. Without the 9/11 attacks, we almost certainly would never have spent trillions of dollars on two major wars and beefing up national security, which I'm sure you know has greatly padded the pockets of some of the richest individuals and corporations in the world. CLIP
9/11 The Bigger Picture Transform Fear into Love http://blogtalkradio.com/align-shine-prosper/2011/09/11/nine-11-the-bigger-picture--transform-fear-into-love
Tune in for a special interview with Fred Burks, as the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 finds us in 2011. We invite you to open your mind and fill your heart with compassion, as careful research and evidence surrounding 9/11 from reliable, verifiable sources conclude that certain rogue elements in the U.S. government were likely involved in the attacks. Though this idea may be too disturbing to entertain by many, peril looms unless society embraces fear, and aligns with courageous, high level men and women working for the collective greater good.
9/11 Reclaiming the Truth, Reclaiming Our Future http://www.communitycurrency.org/filmfestival2011.html
The annual 9/11 Truth Film Festival, 9/11 Reclaiming the Truth, Reclaiming Our Future will be held this Thursday, September 8, from 1 pm to 10 pm at the Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland, and on Sunday, September 11, from 1 pm to 9:30 pm at the Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. Speakers include Mickey Huff, Dr. Peter Phillips, sister of fallen firefighter David Weiss Michele Little, authors Dr. Paul Rea ( Mounting Evidence: Why We Need a New Investigation of 9/11) , Prof. Anthony J. Hall ( Earth into Property) , Anodea Judith (Waking the Global Heart: Humanity's Rites of Passage From the Love of Power to the Power of Love) , Kevin Danaher (Building the Green Economy), Joanna Macy (World as Lover, World as Self - Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewal) , filmmakers Ken Jenkins and Brett Smith, and radio hosts Bonnie Faulkner, Carol Brouillet and Sherry Glaser. In addition to the films "Psywar: The Real Battlefield Is the Mind," "You, Me & the SPP: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule," "Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup," "Hypothesis: A Documentary about Prof. Stephen E. Jones," and "9/11: Explosive Evidence Experts Speak Out," there will be live streaming from events in Toronto and Seattle. The Toronto Hearings, will examine evidence for the inadequacy of the U.S. government's investigation and request a full and impartial investigation of the events of 9/11, which have been used to initiate military invasions and to restrict the rights of citizens. The diverse speakers agree that the official 9/11 Commission Report and the NIST Reports on the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings are not believable and that an independent investigation into 9/11 is needed. Those in Toronto plan on issuing their own 9/11 report. Evidence suggests that those most responsible for 9/11 were rewarded, that no one was reprimanded, and that others were scapegoated unjustly for their alleged involvement. The Bay Area events are benefits for the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, whose stated mission is "to seek and disseminate truths about the terrible crimes committed on September 11, 2001, exposing gaps and deceptions in the official story, and to thus inspire more eyewitness revelations, truthful media coverage, and a movement that will bring the responsible criminals to justice and eliminate governmental and corporate policies that enable criminal elements to commit such acts." More details HERE
Notice anything Wrong? You need to see this video! (14:49) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI4XjT2tbVw
Germans who warned of the 3rd Reich were passed off as alarmist. The public have been led by the nose, duped by lies. CLIP - More details in the info section under this video recommended by Larry Stell (email@example.com)
Sept. 11 attacks cost Ottawa $92-billion so far, think-tank says (September 7, 2011) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/sept-11-attacks-cost-ottawa-92-billion-so-far-think-tank-says/article2156233/
The 9/11 terrorist attacks have had a lasting impact on Canadian government's finances, spurring Ottawa to spend an additional $92-billion on national security over the last decade. That's according to the left-leaning Rideau Institute, an Ottawa advocacy group that released a report on the subject Wednesday afternoon, days before the 10th anniversary of the attacks. The Rideau Institute said since Sept. 11, 2001, Canada has devoted an additional $92-billion, or $69-billion when adjusted for inflation, to security expenditures over what it would be spending had budgets grown in line with pre-9/11 levels.Today, Ottawa spends $13-billion more, adjusted for inflation, than it would otherwise have spent, the institute days.By comparison, Ottawa spends about $250-billion a year today including programs, transfers to provinces and interest on the debt."This has created a new 'national security establishment', which includes the departments of National Defence, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Public Safety, Justice, and related organizations such as the RCMP, CSIS, and the CBSA," the Rideau Institute says.Even accounting for inflation, military spending in Canada is up nearly 50 per cent today, at more than $21-billion per year. This fiscal year, 2011-12, Canada will spend $34-billion on its national security, the Rideau Institute said, which is an additional $17-billion more than it would have spending had budget growth remained in line with pre-9/11 levels. - Check also NDP blasts PM for singling out threat of 'Islamicism' - "During the CBC interview, Harper raised the possibility of re-introducing two clauses of the Antiterrorism Act that expired in 2007. One of the clauses would allow judges to compel secret testimony from witnesses. The other would give police powers of preventive arrest, allowing them to arrest and hold terror suspects for up to three days without a warrant." AND Security Spending After 9/11 Tops $92B "It's a significant expenditure and I think the question for Canadians is: could that money have been better spent?" the report's author, David Macdonald, said in an interview with CBC News. "We could argue about whether it was valid I think the question going forward is, should we spend anoher $92 billion or $100 billion over the next decade on what's essentially become a national security establishment or should we use those funds some other way." - VOIR AUSSI 11 septembre : 92 milliards de plus pour la sécurité au Canada - "L'institut estime que ces sommes pourraient être allouées à d'autres sphères d'activité et que le temps est venu de mener un débat sur la question. En ces temps d'austérité économique et budgétaire, l'organisme croit qu'il est temps que le gouvernement se penche sur les dépenses reliées à la sécurité. Quand on examine des dépenses de cette envergure, on pourrait utiliser ces sommes de façon différente. Avec 100 milliards de dollars, on pourrait, notamment, reconstruire le réseau de transport en commun des 10 plus grandes villes du Canada."
Conférence sur le 11 septembre (Paris) http://www.mecanopolis.org/?p=24364
A l'occasion de la sortie du livre collectif « Le 11 septembre n'a pas eu lieu », trois des auteurs présenteront l'ouvrage samedi le 10 septembre afin de parler de la version « non-officielle » de cette journée funeste. Un discours rare et à contre-courant de la doxa médiatique qui persévère, malgré une multitude de preuves, à plaider l'insoutenable... Le sujet est d'importance car le 11/9 est une clé de lecture de nos quotidien et futur. Voir aussi Conférence : Penser le 11 septembre (Bordeaux) (avec vidéo ICI - très révélatrice... Depuis le 11 septembre 2001, les États-Unis se dirigent vers une dictature...) Lire aussi « Notre ordre démocratique et libéral est en danger » Le grand capital international est en voie de faire main basse sur les richesses de l'Europe et plus particulièrement sur celles de l'Allemagne.
Hurricane Irene cost seen as ranking among top ten
Michael Cooper, New York Times, August 31, 2011
New York: Hurricane Irene will most likely prove to be one of the 10 costliest catastrophes in the nation's history, and analysts said that much of the damage might not be covered by insurance because it was caused not by winds but by flooding, which is excluded from many standard policies.
Industry estimates put the cost of the storm at $7 billion to $10 billion, largely because the hurricane pummeled an unusually wide area of the East Coast. Beyond deadly flooding that caused havoc in upstate New York and Vermont, the hurricane flooded cotton and tobacco crops in North Carolina, temporarily halted shellfish harvesting in Chesapeake Bay, sapped power and kept commuters from their jobs in the New York metropolitan area and pushed tourists off Atlantic beaches in the peak of summer.
While insurers have typically covered about half of the total losses in past storms, they might end up covering less than 40 percent of the costs associated with Hurricane Irene, according to an analysis by the Kinetic Analysis Corporation. That is partly because so much damage was caused by flooding, and it is unclear how many damaged homes have flood insurance, and partly because deductibles have risen steeply in coastal areas in recent years, requiring some homeowners to cover $4,000 worth of damages or more before insurers pick up the loss.
This could make it harder for many stricken homeowners to rebuild, and could dampen any short-term boost to the construction industry that typically accompanies major storms, Jan Vermeiren, the chief executive of Kinetic Analysis, said in an interview.
"Especially now that the economy is tight, and people don't have money sitting around, local governments are broke, and maybe people can't even get loans from the banks," Mr. Vermeiren said.
The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut sought expedited disaster declarations from the federal government on Tuesday, which would pave the way for more federal aid. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York wrote President Obama that he had seen "hundreds of private homes either destroyed or with major damage and an enormous amount of public infrastructure damage." Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey wrote the president that "immediate federal assistance is needed now to give New Jersey's residents a helping hand at an emotionally and financially devastating time."
Flooding and widespread power failures tied to the storm continued to affect tens of thousands of people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on Tuesday. And rivers and inland streams were still rising in New Jersey and Connecticut, forcing the evacuation of thousands of homeowners.
"I think this is going to end up being a bigger event than people think it is," Connecticut's governor, Dannel P. Malloy, said at a news conference. He added: "All of this is massive in scope. What the final dollar amount is, I don't know."
Officials in states up and down the Eastern Seaboard said that it was far too early to tally up the damage, and that they were still focused on clearing debris, restoring power, trying to reopen flooded roads and bridges, and, in some areas, helping stranded people.
In southern Vermont, the National Guard airlifted food, water and other supplies on Tuesday to hundreds of people who were stranded in 13 towns that have been cut off by floodwater since Sunday. Mark Bosma, a spokesman for the Vermont Office of Emergency Management, said most of the isolated towns had no electricity and none had potable water because floodwaters had overwhelmed local sewage and water treatment plants.
"I think it's probably a very scary thing to not know when you can get out of town and to have a water system that's not working and a general store that has run out of bottled water," Mr. Bosma said. "People are extremely nervous about being isolated."
More than 260 roads and 30 state bridges remained at least partly closed Tuesday because of the flooding, which in some areas remains a threat as larger rivers, like the Connecticut, are expected to continue rising until at least Wednesday as they gather runoff and flow from tributaries, officials said.
In Mendon, a part of Route 4, the main east-west road through central Vermont, was swept away, as were 35 bridges, including at least four historic covered bridges, officials said. Four railroad bridges in the state are also unpassable, and Amtrak has announced that it has suspended train service indefinitely on its Vermont routes.
"Some of the roads have literally washed away," said Sue Minter, the state's deputy transportation secretary.
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The Irene hangover begins: New Yorkers wake up to a hellish commute and an estimated $45bn bill after 'one of most expensive hurricanes in America's history' (30th August 2011) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2031173/Hurricane-Irene-New-Yorkers-wake-hellish-commute-clean-begins.html
New Yorkers woke up this morning to the grim reality of life after a huge storm, battling to get to work and start rebuilding an economy trashed by wind, rain and the effects of a costly weekend off. While Hurricane Irene did not strike New York with the ferocity many expected, the city has been dealt a major blow nonetheless - the huge cost of a weekend of anxious preparation away from work. With damage to rail lines causing delays and cancellations, many faced a hellish commute and the prospect of picking up the pieces after a weekend off which has cost the economy an estimated $45billion. Although Manhattan escaped the worst as hundreds of thousands fled what turned out to be more of a heavy thunder storm than a devastating hurricane, at least 32 people have been killed by Irene.
(...) Any hurricane hitting New York is such a big issue as the city's annual gross domestic product is estimated at $1.4trillion, which is around 10 per cent of the whole U.S. output. This means a long-term non-functioning economy could cause a national and even global meltdown, and could make it one of the most expensive natural disasters the world has ever suffered. New York City's real estate value is around $800billion, so analysts can only imagine what would happen if even a small percentage of this was to be destroyed by freak weather. Estimates for the total cost of the storm are varied. According to the Consumer Federation of America, there will be $5billion just in personal claims for wind damage and an extra $2billion for flood damage. The total cost would, however, be billions more when factoring in money lost from a few days of inactivity, with shops shut, transport closed, tourism shit down and goods left to sit on shipping lines. CLIP
Irene floods: Supplies airlifted to Vermont towns (30 August 2011) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14720910
Vermont floods have claimed the lives of at least three people. Soldiers have been airlifting storm-relief supplies to Vermont towns which remain cut off after the trail of destruction left by Irene. More than 200 roads are blocked or washed away in Vermont, hampering rescue efforts to 13 towns. Irene killed 44 people in 13 US states, according to the Associated Press, and caused billions of dollars' damage. (...) Emergency teams working in the state's Paterson city have rescued nearly 600 people from flooded homes in recent days. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie warned more flooding was likely over the next 48 hours."For members of these communities who have lost everything, relief cannot come soon enough for them," he said. Meanwhile, dozens of people were rescued from mountain towns in New York state that were cut off by washed-out roads and bridges. The storm dropped 13in of rain on the state. Airlines said it would be days before the thousands of passengers stranded by Irene find their way home. The Amtrak railway service was suspended on Tuesday between Philadelphia and New York because of flooding. The total economic damage caused by the storm could reach $20bn (£12bn), Standard & Poor's senior economist Beth Ann Bovino told Reuters news agency. Irene hit North Carolina on Saturday as a hurricane, before moving north over major east coast cities, and weakening to a tropical storm over New England. Even though it dissipated as it reached eastern Canada, Irene still caused chaos there. Crews are trying to clean up debris and restore electricity to thousands of householders. CLIP
Death toll from Irene pushes towards 40 in Canada and US (Aug 30, 2011) http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/usa/news/article_1659988.php/Death-toll-from-Irene-pushes-towards-40-in-Canada-and-US
Washington - The death toll from the recent hurricane that swept up the east coast of North America was creeping toward 40 - and perhaps beyond, with some people still missing, reported US media Tuesday. The official death toll stands at 36. However, various media outlets gave tolls reaching as high as 41. In addition, there were still people missing in the wake of Hurricane Irene, which plowed through some of the most populated parts of the east coast last week and into the weekend. Although the hurricane, which was downgraded to a tropical storm after landfall, did not cause as much damage in and of itself as originally feared, massive flooding in its wake was causing death and complications across the United States and Canada. 'We're continuing to deal with the impact and the aftermath of Hurricane Irene,' US President Barack Obama said. 'We're going to make sure folks have all the support they need as they begin to assess and repair the damage left by the storm.'TV broadcaster ABC reported flooding in multiple US states and noted that thousands of people were stranded and unlikely to have electricity for days. CLIP
Governor: Vt. seeing worst flooding in a century (August 29, 2011) http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9PDTVJO1.htm
Vermont awoke Monday to the aftermath of the storm that was Hurricane Irene with communities cut off, almost 50,000 customers without power, hundreds of roads closed, at least two deaths and the loss of a dozen bridges. Gov. Peter Shumlin called it the worst flooding in the state in a century. "We prepared for the worst and we got the worst in central and southern Vermont," Shumlin said Monday. "We have extraordinary infrastructure damage." Vermont Transportation Secretary Brian Searles said a half-dozen state-owned bridges and at least that many local spans were "gone." "Some of this can't be assessed because the water is still very high," he said. "Some will call for fixes that will take a while. We're going to need a lot of temporary bridges." Shumlin was touring the state in a National Guard helicopter with U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy. "We haven't seen flooding like this, certainly since the early part of the 1900s. The areas that got flooding are in really tough shape," Shumlin said. Historically, a flood from 1927 is considered to be Vermont's greatest natural disaster. CLIP
By land or air, help is on the way to Irene's victims (Aug. 30, 2011) http://www.kansascity.com/2011/08/30/3110822/by-land-or-air-help-is-on-the.html
NEWFANE, Vt. | National Guard helicopters rushed food and water Tuesday to a dozen cut-off Vermont towns after the rainy remnants of Hurricane Irene washed out roads and bridges in a deluge that took many people in the landlocked New England state by surprise. "As soon as we can get help, we need help," Liam McKinley said by cellphone from a mountain above flood-stricken Rochester, Vt. Residents from the Carolinas to Maine were dealing with the storm's consequences Tuesday, and the situation was especially dramatic in Vermont. Up to 11 inches of rain from the weekend storm turned placid streams into churning, brown torrents that knocked homes off their foundations, flattened trees and took giant bites out of the asphalt across the countryside. At least three people died in Vermont. "I think that people are still a little shell-shocked right now. There's just a lot of disbelief on people's faces. It came through so quickly, and there's so much damage," CLIP CHECK ALSO 12 Things That We Can Learn From Hurricane Irene About How To Prepare For Disasters And Emergencies
Utilities Restore Electricity to 57% of Customers After Hurricane Irene (Aug 31, 2011) http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-31/utilities-restore-electricity-to-57-of-customers-after-hurricane-irene.html
Utilities restored power in less than a week to about 57 percent of the customers who lost electricity after Hurricane Irene toppled trees, tore down power lines and caused flooding from North Carolina to Maine.About 3.84 million U.S. homes and businesses have had power restored from an estimated 6.69 million affected by the storm, the U.S. Energy Department said in a report yesterday. Irene made landfall Aug. 27 as a Category 1 hurricane in North Carolina before striking New York the next day.Power will be restored by Sept. 2 to the majority of customers in New York and Virginia, the states with the highest number affected by the storm, according to utility companies. For others, recovery may take longer as crews struggle to clear trees and debris and restore power lines. It's too soon to assess how utilities handled the storm's damage, estimated by Standard & Poor's to be in the tens of billions of dollars, said Scott Hempling, executive director of the National Regulatory Research Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland. "It's too big, too idiosyncratic and too early," said Hempling, who has directed several studies on utility storm recovery. "That's something each state utility commission will have to look into once the facts are known, and right now, the people who have the facts are still busy pulling all-nighters making things work."'Lingering' BlackoutsMore than 500,000 customers still lack electricity in both New York and Connecticut. "Lingering, localized" blackouts may persist for its customers into this holiday weekend, Long Island Power Authority Chief Operating Officer Michael Hervey told reporters yesterday."If our electric system were a person, we just got run over by a truck," Hervey said at a press conference. Fixing the problem is complicated by the fact that "it can take as long as four hours to remove a tree so our crews can get in." (...) "Flooded roads, inundated manholes and littered and twisted tree limbs, trunks, and downed wires continue to hamper restoration efforts," the New York-based company said in a statement yesterday. "Crews from utilities as far away as Texas, Colorado and Kansas are assisting Con Edison with restoration efforts." Storm-weakened trees with roots in saturated ground may topple and cause new power failures for days or months, Baltimore Gas & Electric, the utility unit of Constellation Energy Group Inc. (CEG), said in a statement yesterday. CLIP
Fight%20brewing%20over%20replenishing%20FEMA's%20emergency%20funds%20after%20Hurricane%20Irene%20(August%2030,%202011) Fight brewing over replenishing FEMA's emergency funds after Hurricane Irene (August 30, 2011) http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0811/083011cc1.htm
With estimated damage from Hurricane Irene topping $7 billion, the White House and some in Congress are at odds over where to find money to replenish the disaster relief fund of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has dipped below the $1 billion level considered advisable. On Sunday, FEMA stirred some controversy when it announced that to meet the current crisis it was temporarily suspending payments for rebuilding in areas hit by earlier disasters, such as this spring's tornadoes in Missouri and other states. Then on Monday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told a Fox News audience that any new federal disaster monies would require offsetting cuts in other spending, igniting a round of budgetary who-goes-first." The House passed, and leader Cantor supported, the Homeland Security appropriations bill, which includes additional money to replenish the FEMA disaster fund," a Cantor spokeswoman said Tuesday. "That funding was offset. The Senate has thus far failed to act on that legislation. There has been no additional request made for emergency dollars." (...) "During Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall in my home state six years ago today, we saw firsthand the importance of comprehensive disaster preparedness and response," she said in a statement. "The American people deserve to know that critical assistance won't be held up by petty political squabbles in Washington. It makes no sense to cut programs that help respond to future disasters in order to pay for emergencies that have already occurred." Rep. David Price, D-N.C., ranking member on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, said, "Congress should pass an emergency supplemental to replenish the disaster relief fund as soon as possible. Livelihoods and local economies depend on swift relief and assistance in the event of a natural disaster, and the millions of Americans affected by Irene and other recent events can't afford to wait around while Republicans pick another budget fight with the president by holding disaster relief hostage to further spending cuts." CLIP
Hurricane Irene adds to US farm woes. Will it raise food prices? (August 30, 2011) http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0830/Hurricane-Irene-adds-to-US-farm-woes.-Will-it-raise-food-prices
With much of the coastal mid-Atlantic and interior New England embarked on a massive cleanup effort from hurricane Irene, farmers are starting to take stock of crop damages that ranged from potentially catastrophic to "could have been worse." Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack toured heavy-hit areas of eastern North Carolina Tuesday, where some farmers have reported total losses in their tobacco fields.Some stranded dairy farmers in Vermont and New York reportedly have had to dump milk because tanker trucks couldn't make their rounds across broken bridges and roads, and farm-stand and feed corn throughout the region took a heavy hit. Hudson Valley apples, meanwhile, suffered only an estimated 10 percent loss, the apples still young enough to cling tightly to branches."Crop-wise, this is a very tough time of year to have something like this happen," North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler told reporters. "There are going to be some crops that are a total loss in some areas."While the final tallies for crop losses could be weeks away, analysts say the storm's impact on food prices, if any, likely will pale compared to the effects of the extreme drought gripping parts of the South and West, including Texas, which has seen a record $5.2 billion crop loss this year. Moreover, while damage to the corn crop was extensive in the mid-Atlantic and New England, the majority of corn and other food commodities consumed in the US comes from California and the Midwest, which has been largely unaffected by adverse weather this year. Hurricane Irene also didn't touch the nation's major crop ports, which are primarily on the Gulf and West Coasts."I think we're going to see some food inflation, but probably not as much because of hurricane Irene as other weather conditions that have affected price and production of corn, wheat, and soybeans," says Neil Harl, a farm economist at Iowa State University, in Ames. CLIP
Extreme Weather Research Makeover (Sept 1, 2011) http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/new-livelihoods/extreme-weather-research
Is there a link between recent extreme weather events and climate change? An international group of climate scientists has set out to answer this question. They've formed a coalition, Attribution of Climate-Related Events (ACE), to investigate the connection between global warming and the increasing incidence and severity of tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, and floods. In 2010, extreme heat waves caused massive wildfires in Russia, while heavy monsoon rains brought severe floods in Pakistan. The global average temperature was one of the highest since records began in 188o, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Previously, scientists have said that an increase in extreme weather events like these would be consistent with global warming but were hesitant to make a direct link between specific events and climate change because of the natural variability of weather. The ACE coalition asserts that it is now possible to prove that greenhouse gases, resulting in observable increase in atmospheric moisture, are causing extreme weather events. (...) "All weather and climate events are affected by climate change because the environment in which they form is different," wrote Trenberth. "The failure to realize this means that the cost of climate change is greatly underestimated." CLIP - ALSO Many Americans are unaware that there is a consensus among U.S. scientists, 97 percent of whom agree that climate change is happening, according to a report published in May by George Mason University and the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. It found that 40 percent of those polled agreed with the statement "There is a lot of disagreement among scientists about whether or not global warming is happening."
Natural disasters worldwide may drive up homeowners insurance rates (August 29, 2011) http://articles.ky3.com/2011-08-29/natural-disasters_29943354
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- The year 2011 is certain to be remembered as the year of huge natural disasters.The damage done by Hurricane Irene is more bad news for the insurance industry and anyone with homeowners or business insurance. People in the insurance industry around the world are talking about the billions of dollars in damage done by natural disasters this year. Earthquakes, tornadoes, and now a hurricane are adding up the cost so much, it may dramatically affect your insurance rates.
(...) Natural disasters across the globe are really taking a toll this year, and the insurance industry around the world is feeling it. "We've had a lot of natural disasters in a rather short amount of time, relatively speaking," says Kirk Reisner of Advisor Insurance Agency.The earthquake in Japan, another in New Zealand, the Alabama and Joplin tornadoes, flooding, and now Hurricane Irene; Reisner says insurance companies have already paid out more in the first six months of 2011 than 2009 and 2010 combined. "This hurricane could basically push insurers to the edge, where that capacity that we had built up is completely depleted," Reisner says. Reisner says insurance companies around the globe all buy their insurance from about a dozen major re-insurers. Because they've had so many losses, rates around the world may rise. "We don't want to run out and cry that the sky is falling, however I think that people who are on a budget and pay attention to their budget should conservatively plan for a 15 to 20% rate increase," says Reisner. It may be another impending disaster for homeowners. "It means that we would be in a situation where we would have no extra money to spend," says Friedhoffen.Reisner says it isn't set in stone that home and business insurance premiums may rise; it could be deductibles instead, but something or someone has to give to cover all the disasters. It may be a year to 18 months before you see the effects. Reisner says insurance claims in the U.S. this year are estimated at anywhere from 15 to 20 billion, where the average yearly claims are about 5.5 billion.
Extreme weather rages, but not concerns over climate change
By Katie Fehrenbacher - Aug. 28, 2011
Looks like the global rise in extreme weather events (cough, Irene) hasn't been enough to make Americans more concerned about the issue of climate change. But extreme weather has been causing certain regions, particularly with dry, hot climates, to worry more about climate change. Essentially if extreme weather particularly effects your region, you're going to be far more worried about it - guess that's human nature.
According to a Nielsen poll of 25,000 online consumers from 51 countries, 69 percent of respondents say they are concerned about climate change, up slightly from 66 percent in 2009, but down from 72 percent in 2007. Respondents in the U.S. and China were less concerned about climate change in 2011 than in the past, while respondents in Latin America and the Middle East and Africa were more worried about climate change in 2011.
Other issues to worry about
In particular only 48 percent of Americans in the recent poll say they are concerned about climate change, which represented one of the sharpest declines (at 14 percentage points) in concern about climate change between 2007 and 2011 compared to respondents in other countries. Americans are far more concerned about debt, rising gas prices, and the economy, said Todd Hale, SVP Consumer & Shopper Insights, Nielsen U.S.
Chinese consumers also were less concerned about climate change in the latest poll, and 64 percent said they were concerned in 2011, compared to 77 percent in 2009 (a drop of 17 percent).
For regions with respondents that were less concerned about climate change, other environmental issues also grew in prominence over climate change. For example, environmental concerns like air pollution, use of pesticides, water pollution, packaging waste and water shortages.
Where & why people are worried
In contrast to the declines in concern in the U.S. and China, the study found that concern over climate change increased in Latin America to 90 percent in 2011, up from 85 percent in 2009. In the Middle East and Africa concern over climate jumped to 80 percent in 2011, from 69 percent in 2009 - the highest increase regionally.
Not surprisingly, consumers in Latin America are making the connection between the extreme weather events there and climate change. Says Arturo García, President, Nielsen Latin America:
Latin America has experienced a number of distressing and impactful environmental events over the last several years, and the region's consumers are increasingly attributing these events to broad climate change. People are expressing clear concern about unusual weather patterns including increased rainfall, hurricanes, and floods in some parts of Latin America, and severe droughts in others.
Likewise in Africa and the Middle East, people are making the link. Ram Mohan Rao, Managing Director, Nielsen Egypt says:
The hot and dry climates in many Middle Eastern and African countries and the widely held perception that temperatures are rising every summer has likely led to an increased concern about climate change and weather variation.
Closer to home
If there is a continued increase in extreme weather events in the U.S., I think concern over climate change will also increase here the U.S., too. Even when rhetoric in political circles has seemed to move away from a discussion around climate change, if the weather gets extreme enough locally, it will be hard not to make the connection.
Even if Americans don't end up having all that much first-hand experience with an increase in these major disasters over the next few years, the influx of photos, videos and news stories (available 24/7 on the web) of people increasingly dying or losing their property in extreme weather events is, could be a persuasive factor. Al Gore thinks so - he is turning to the intersection of digital media and extreme weather to launch a new social movement called the Climate Reality Project, which will live stream content that shows how extreme weather has affected people's lives and will take place on September 14 and 15.
Of course, weather events like hurricane Irene can't solely be attributed to climate change, but scientists generally are willing to say they think hurricanes will get more extreme thanks to climate change. But we'll have to see how extreme and prevalent these storms need to be to convince more Americans to become worried about climate change.
Related articles and video:
Masters: Driven by Global Warming, "It Is Quite Possible That 2010 Was The Most Extreme Weather Year Globally Since 1816? (Jun 24, 2011) http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/06/24/253299/masters-driven-by-global-warming-it-is-quite-possible-that-2010-was-the-most-extreme-weather-year-globally-since-1816/
The pace of extreme weather events has remained remarkably high during 2011, giving rise to the question-is the "Global Weirding" of 2010 and 2011 the new normal? Has human-caused climate change destabilized the climate, bringing these extreme, unprecedented weather events? Any one of the extreme weather events of 2010 or 2011 could have occurred naturally sometime during the past 1,000 years. But it is highly improbable that the remarkable extreme weather events of 2010 and 2011 could have all happened in such a short period of time without some powerful climate-altering force at work. The best science we have right now maintains that human-caused emissions of heat-trapping gases like CO2 are the most likely cause of such a climate-altering force.
Human-caused climate change has fundamentally altered the atmosphere by adding more heat and moisture. Observations confirm that global atmospheric water vapor has increased by about 4% since 1970, which is what theory says should have happened given the observed 0.5°C (0.9°F) warming of the planet's oceans during the same period. Shifts of this magnitude are capable of significantly affecting the path and strength of the jet stream, behavior of the planet's monsoons, and paths of rain and snow-bearing weather systems. For example, the average position of the jet stream retreated poleward 270 miles (435 km) during a 22-year period ending in 2001, in line with predictions from climate models.
A naturally extreme year, when embedded in such a changed atmosphere, is capable of causing dramatic, unprecedented extremes like we observed during 2010 and 2011. That's the best theory I have to explain the extreme weather events of 2010 and 2011 . The ever-increasing amounts of heat-trapping gases humans are emitting into the air puts tremendous pressure on the climate system to shift to a new, radically different, warmer state, and the extreme weather of 2010 - 2011 suggests that the transition is already well underway. A warmer planet has more energy to power stronger storms, hotter heat waves, more intense droughts, heavier flooding rains, and record glacier melt that will drive accelerating sea level rise. I expect that by 20 - 30 years from now, extreme weather years like we witnessed in 2010 will become the new normal.
Finally, I'll leave you with a quote from Dr. Ricky Rood's climate change blog, in his recent post, Changing the Conversation: Extreme Weather and Climate: "Given that greenhouse gases are well known to hold energy close to the Earth, those who deny a human-caused impact on weather need to pose a viable mechanism of how the Earth can hold in more energy and the weather not be changed. Think about it." That's from the conclusion of a comprehensive must-read analysis by uber-meteorologist and former Hurricane Hunter Dr. Jeff Masters. Masters has the most comprehensive review I've seen - with images and graphs - of the remarkable extreme weather of last year. I am reposting the entire piece below. Bear in mind as you read it that we have warmed only about 1°F in the past few decades. If we stay anywhere near our current emissions path, we face 10°F warming this century (see here). Who can even imagine what a 100-year or 500-year extreme event will be in the second half of the century? For some of the relevant scientific literature, see "Two seminal Nature papers join growing body of evidence that human emissions fuel extreme weather, flooding that harm humans and the environment." C L I P
Earth's most extreme weather since 1816? (June 24, 2011) http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=1831
Every year extraordinary weather events rock the Earth. Records that have stood centuries are broken. Great floods, droughts, and storms affect millions of people, and truly exceptional weather events unprecedented in human history may occur. But the wild roller-coaster ride of incredible weather events during 2010, in my mind, makes that year the planet's most extraordinary year for extreme weather since reliable global upper-air data began in the late 1940s. Never in my 30 years as a meteorologist have I witnessed a year like 2010--the astonishing number of weather disasters and unprecedented wild swings in Earth's atmospheric circulation were like nothing I've seen. The pace of incredible extreme weather events in the U.S. over the past few months have kept me so busy that I've been unable to write-up a retrospective look at the weather events of 2010. But I've finally managed to finish, so fasten your seat belts for a tour through the top twenty most remarkable weather events of 2010. At the end, I'll reflect on what the wild weather events of 2010 and 2011 imply for our future.Earth's hottest year on recordUnprecedented heat scorched the Earth's surface in 2010, tying 2005 for the warmest year since accurate records began in the late 1800s. Temperatures in Earth's lower atmosphere also tied for warmest year on record, according to independent satellite measurements. Earth's 2010 record warmth was unusual because it occurred during the deepest solar energy minimum since satellite measurements of the sun began in the 1970s. Unofficially, nineteen nations (plus the the U.K.'s Ascension Island) set all-time extreme heat records in 2010. This includes Asia's hottest reliably measured temperature of all-time, the remarkable 128.3°F (53.5°C) in Pakistan in May 2010. This measurement is also the hottest undisputed temperature anywhere on the planet except for in Death Valley, California (two hotter official records, at Al Azizia, Libya in 1922, and Tirat, Zvi Israel in 1942, have ample reasons to be disputed.) The countries that experienced all-time extreme highs in 2010 constituted over 20% of Earth's land surface area.
Most extreme winter Arctic atmospheric circulation on record; "Snowmageddon" results (...) Arctic sea ice: lowest volume on record, 3rd lowest extent (...) Record melting in Greenland, and a massive calving event (...) Second most extreme shift from El Niño to La Niña (...) Second worst coral bleaching year (...) Wettest year over land (...) Amazon rainforest experiences its 2nd 100-year drought in 5 years (...) Global tropical cyclone activity lowest on record (...) A hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season: 3rd busiest on record (...) A rare tropical storm in the South Atlantic (...) Strongest storm in Southwestern U.S. history (...) Strongest non-coastal storm in U.S. history (...) Weakest and latest-ending East Asian monsoon on record (...) No monsoon depressions in India's Southwest Monsoon for 2nd time in 134 years (...) The Pakistani flood: most expensive natural disaster in Pakistan's history (...) The Russian heat wave and drought: deadliest heat wave in human history (...) Record rains trigger Australia's most expensive natural disaster in history (...) Heaviest rains on record trigger Colombia's worst flooding disaster in history (...) Tennessee's 1-in-1000 year flood kills 30, does $2.4 billion in damage (...) When was the last time global weather was so extreme? CLIP
Countering Climate Change (August 28, 2011) 28 min video (with full transcript) http://energynow.com/video/2011/08/27/countering-climate-change-08282011
Greenhouse gas emissions are changing the Earth's atmosphere and oceans, putting critical ecosystems in peril. Can the effects of climate change be countered? This week energyNOW! explores potential solutions in two very different locations - America's heartland and Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Changing the Conversation to Conservation - Polling data shows the percentage of Americans who worry about climate change is falling, and in some parts of the country, the term "global warming" is practically taboo. So why are some of the states where global-warming skeptics live also making big investments in renewable energy?Correspondent Lee Patrick Sullivan visits Kansas, where some clean energy advocates say they've figured out what it takes to convince climate-change skeptics to invest in renewables and energy efficiency. Their advice: Stop talking about global warming and change the conversation to energy conservation. Saving The Ocean's "Rainforests" - Coral reefs, considered the "rainforests" of the oceans by marine biologists, are home to a quarter of all marine life. These ecosystems are cornerstones for both the world's food chains and coastal economies. But scientists say carbon dioxide emissions are making oceans warmer and more acidic, and those problems could contribute to the complete demise of the world's coral reefs by the end of this century.Correspondent Josh Zepps travels to a research station on the world's largest coral reef, Australia's Great Barrier Reef, to learn more about what's at stake, and to meet scientists working on ways to save the ocean's ecosystems. The Mix: Phillippe CousteauAnchor Thalia Assuras speaks with environmental advocate Phillipe Cousteau about how to restore oceans and seas threatened by climate change and other environmental hazards. Cousteau also responds to Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's recent criticism of climate scientists. MUCH more through http://energynow.com/ - NOTE from Jean: Earthecho International's CEO Phillipe Cousteau's statements in this video are very articulate and most excellent. I especially recommend listening to what he says. Check also Earthecho International's website for more at http://www.earthecho.org/ - Check also Talking environment in the Arctic with Philippe Cousteau
Efficient cars and speedy buses: Together, they'll drive carbon pollution down (08/08/2011) http://climaterealityproject.org/2011/08/08/efficient-cars-and-speedy-buses-together-they'll-drive-carbon-pollution-down/
Hear the news? The U.S. government has reached an agreement with major automakers on a significant increase in fuel economy standards. In addition to saving consumers trillions of dollars at the pump, the new standards will prevent an estimated 6 billion tons of carbon pollution from entering the atmosphere. The move from the current standard (23.7 miles per gallon) to a more stringent standard (54.5 miles per gallon by 2025) is certainly a step in a climate-responsible direction.As you read up on the opinions about the updated standards, keep in mind that fuel economy isn't the only factor that affects the amount of carbon emitted from our vehicle fleet. The amount we drive, or "vehicle miles traveled," is also critical.In spite of technological improvements, we're emitting more carbon from our cars and trucks because we're driving farther and putting more and more cars on the road. Over time, while we've engineered our cars to be more efficient, we've dramatically increased our vehicle miles traveled.That's why recent reports from the Center for Clean Air Policy and World Resources Institute say that to achieve meaningful reductions in carbon pollution, we'll need to improve fuel efficiency and reduce vehicle miles traveled. How do we do that? One great option is known as bus rapid transit. First tried in Curitiba, Brazil, bus rapid transit systems are cheaper to build than subways but still come with many of the benefits. With reserved driving lanes and pay-before-you-board policies to keep loading times to a minimum, the buses are a quick and dependable alternative to driving. Jakarta, Indonesia, Mexico City, Mexico, and Cape Town, South Africa, each have constructed bus rapid transit networks of their own. And China (expected to soon finalize rigorous new fuel economy standards of its own) won this year's Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) Sustainable Transport Award for its bus rapid transit system in Guangzhou.Last month, ITDP's director explained that due to current budget realities, many U.S. cities could find it difficult to build new subways or light rail. It could be wise for the U.S. to look abroad to successful examples of bus rapid transit - especially given the reality that improved fuel economy standards alone won't adequately curb carbon pollution coming from transportation.
U.S. Lags Behind China, Colombia in Bus Rapid Transit (June 28, 2011) http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/06/28/28climatewire-us-lags-behind-china-colombia-in-bus-rapid-t-63505.html
When it's done properly, bus rapid transit -- known as BRT -- ranks among the cheapest and quickest ways to cut CO2 emissions from transportation. But it is not often done properly -- least of all in the United States, according to a new report.In the complete vision, buses zoom down their own lanes of traffic, facing no competition from cars. They pull up to raised bus stops where people can step on or off quickly. They come every few minutes, so missing one won't wreck a commuter's morning.The cities that have delivered this vision most successfully while cutting the most carbon are not in the United States or even Europe. They are in South Africa, Colombia, India and China.The United States' top five systems fall well short of these countries' systems, according to findings by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), a nonprofit that tracks transportation issues around the world. CLIP
Daryl Hannah Heading to White House Keystone XL Protest (August 24, 2011) http://cleantechnica.com/2011/08/24/daryl-hannah-heading-to-white-house-keystone-xl-protest/
The ongoing protest against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project is picking up momentum, and serious star power. In an exclusive interview, actress and environmental advocate Daryl Hannah told energyNOW! that she's joining the protest outside the White House. More than 200 people have been arrested since the protest began on August 20, and sit-ins are planned to run through September 3rd, the day a decision is expected on the proposal from the U.S. State Department. To watch the full interview, click HERE - The environmental movement needs to engage in "courageous acts of civil disobedience" to stop projects like the pipeline, said Hannah. Keystone XL would bring oil-sands crude from the Canadian province of Alberta to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast. In the interview, she also likened the importance of environmental protests like this to the Suffragette and Civil Rights movements.The actress, whose movie credits include Blade Runner, Splash and Kill Bill Vol. 1, spoke to energyNOW! correspondent Lee Patrick Sullivan on August 20 from the sidelines of the American Renewable Energy Day 2011 conference in Aspen, Colorado.
State Dept. predicts no Major Impacts from Oil-Sands Pipeline (08/26/11) http://energynow.com/blog/2011/08/26/state-dept-predicts-no-major-impacts-oil-sands-pipeline
The U.S. State Department says the Keystone XL crude-oil pipeline project poses a low risk to the environment if it proceeds, according to the final environmental impact statement, released Friday. The proposed 1,700-mile pipeline would primarily carry crude from the "oil sands" region of Alberta to distribution points in the Central U.S. and shipping and refinery hubs on the Gulf coast of Texas. The next step is a review by several federal agencies to determine whether the project is in the national interest. The review will including public hearings in cities along the proposed route. The White House will have the final say on the pipeline permit. Supporters of the project by TransCanada, including the American Petroleum Institute and several labor unions with labor agreements on the pipeline, have predicted it will be a major boost for the the U.S. energy industry, creating tens of thousands of jobs and bringing down oil prices. But opponents have predicted an environmental disaster, citing the potential for spills and the greenhouse gases produced when mining the oil sands and turning it into crude. Environmentalists who oppose the pipeline are in the middle of a two-week protest outside the White House, where at least 300 demonstrators have been arrested, according to the organizers. In a telephone conference call with reporters, Kerri-Ann Jones, assistant secretary of state for oceans, environment and science, said the environmental impact statement was not an endorsement of the project. "It should not be seen as a lean in any direction either for or against this pipeline," Jones said. However, the report concludes there would be no significant impacts to most resources along the proposed project corridor, assuming the developer, TransCanada, follows all laws and its proposed safety guidelines for building and operating the pipeline. The report says there may be some risks to some native American cultural resources, plant and wildlife habitat and communities that have to deal with spills, depending on the response. It concludes that lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of oil sands extraction are on average more intensive than the crude oil it would replace in the U.S. However, the report also predicts that the project will not affect the amount of crude produced from the oil sands, and that other oil production methods will eventually become more energy intensive and polluting. The report also concludes the environmental impacts of oil-sands development will not be lower if the U.S. rejects the proposed pipeline. If the U.S. pipeline is blocked, Canadian producers would seek other means of transporting their oil to foreign markets, the report said.
Energy 101: Solar Power http://vimeo.com/28059396
Our animated correspondent, 'Little Lee Patrick Sullivan,' continues our "Energy 101" series with an inside look at solar-power technology. He breaks down the different types of solar devices and how they work, detailing the pros and cons of this renewable energy source.
Taking Charge: Living Off-Grid (August 16, 2011) Fascinating! http://vimeo.com/27769789
Living "off the grid" may conjure images of counter-culture hippies or the old-fashioned ways of the Amish, but there's a growing movement of people who generate their own electricity and live in the lap of luxury without ever paying a utility bill. Correspondent Patty Kim meets some of the estimated 180,000 families across North America using clean energy technology to become self-sufficient and enjoy all the comforts of modern life, off the grid.
The Israel Connection: Solar Power and Energy Independence - Really enLIGHThening! (30 min) http://vimeo.com/27381603
Energy independence and climate change are two of the biggest challenges facing the U.S. But perhaps no other nation understands the link between clean energy and security more than Israel. It relies on imported fossil fuel from hostile neighbors to power its economy, despite having a vast and mostly untapped clean energy source - the sun.As part of energyNOW!'s "The Israel Connection" series, chief correspondent Tyler Suiters discovers how emerging solar technology in this sun-drenched land could lead to greater energy security and a cleaner environment. Suiters also explores the link between Israel's innovative solar technology and the future of clean energy in the U.S.
Building Green Skyscrapers (2 min 50 sec) http://vimeo.com/25353629
Commercial buildings account for almost 20 percent of the nation's energy use and more than one-third of its greenhouse gas emissions. In this installment of Energy 101, Correspondent Lee Patrick Sullivan looks at how one of the nation's tallest structures, the Empire State Building, is getting a green makeover. The building uses 10 megawatts of power per year, with an annual electric bill of about $11 million. But after a 5-year, $500 million retrofit is complete, its energy use will drop by 38 percent and the bill will be cut almost in half. The makeover includes almost $20 million work of energy efficiency improvements. The building's heating and cooling will come from a combination of steam power and wind energy credits. Also, each of its 3 million lights will be switched from incandescent to fluorescent, reducing lighting costs by 75 percent. Finally, every one of the building's more than 6,500 windows will be upgraded with a film coating and argon and krypton gas between the panes. This allows the building to retain more heat in the winter while keeping it out in the summer, while making better use of natural light. The building is also letting in more light by moving air-conditioning units from the ceilings of each floor to the ground.
Preview: The Mix: Green Cities http://vimeo.com/25242783
Greensburg, Kansas, used a moment of tragedy to become an icon of efficiency. But what will it take for other cities to go green? Can citizens be motivated to make efficiency upgrades without disaster? Anchor Thalia Assuras joins Robert Bryce, Senior Fellow at The Manhattan Institute, and Matt Petersen, President and CEO of Global Green USA, to discuss the potential opportunities and pitfalls of energy efficient building, and debate what it will take for American cities to become more sustainable.
Warm, wet - and warring? (24 August 2011) Studies by UN and US Army show climate change could lead to civil unrest... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14619159
Does a changing climate mean an increase in conflict and civil unrest around the world? Some of the world's military authorities believe it might - elements in the US armed forces hierarchy, for example, see climate change as a security issue for just that reason.And just last month the UN Security Council held its second major discussion on climate-driven conflicts, concluding that "the possible adverse effects of climate change could, in the long-run, aggravate certain existing threats to international peace and security".But it's a hugely difficult question to gauge.If modelling some of the physical parameters of climate change accurately - rainfall, to take an obvious example - is hard, extrapolating to factors that could affect unrest such as water scarcity is obviously a much bigger challenge.And the equation becomes even more complex when you add in human responses. For example, rapid development of crops able to tolerate drought would materially change the outlook for millions of people already living on the edge of an adequate food supply.So if modelling the future is hugely tricky here, is the past a better guide? A couple of years ago, researchers published an analysis concluding that high temperature has been one of the factors driving conflict in Africa. CLIP
Storms Like Irene Fuel Momentum for Action on Climate Change
Rob Horowitz - August 31, 2011
As the Eastern Seaboard struggles to come back on line after Hurricane Irene, the millions who have been left without power; been forced to leave their homes and shutter their businesses due to flooding; or spend weeks cleaning up the ravages of downed trees and destroyed homes may well finally provide the political support for action on climate change.
While tying any individual storm to a changing climate is not scientifically sound, scientists have increasingly concluded that the marked step up in intense storms is a function of global warming. In our area, the main culprit is the warming of the Atlantic Ocean due to the increase of greenhouse gases.
Over time, these damaging weather events and their cost in time, dollars and lives have the potential to put some momentum back behind national efforts to adopt Cap and Trade legislation to set goals for greenhouse gas reduction and put in place significant market incentives to make the achievement of the goals possible. This legislation is now stalled in the US Senate.
Over the past two years, there has been an up-tick in the percentage of people who say that there is solid evidence of the earth warming, from about 53% of Americans to 58%, according to the Pew Center for People and the Press. This increase in support is important because it comes after a period of marked decline in belief among Americans in global warming.
The stepped-up support can be partially explained by the fact we have had hot summers and more intense storms over the past two years. Even before Irene, there was already $35 billion of damage done by storms, tornadoes, flooding and heat waves in the United States this year, according to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration. More extreme weather will generate support for addressing climate change in a way that no advertising or public relations campaign--no matter how cleverly designed --can.
People frustrated by the lack of movement on climate change can also take heart in the fact that individual components of the comprehensive policies needed to limit climate change are more popular than action on climate change itself. For example, 63% of Americans say developing alternative sources of energy such as wind, solar and hydrogen technology, should be a more important priority of addressing America's energy supply than expanding exploration and production of oil, coal and natural gas. Similarly, the dramatically increased miles per gallon requirements for new cars recently mandated by the Obama Administration through an Executive Order are popular.
Those voters skeptical of climate change respond to the argument that it is in the national interest to become energy independent to end our reliance on Mideast oil. Further, strong support for the common-sense notion that energy conservation will save tax dollars and provide relief for tight family budgets cuts across party and demographic lines.
These arguments must be advanced in order to win victories in the battle against climate change. However, the weather that affects us all directly, as we were all reminded this past weekend, will play a major role in shaping the future of the climate change debate.
Irene should be seen as a wake-up call to global climate change
Jason Febery - August 30, 2011
While Hurricane Irene falters along the East Coast, an unforgivable nonchalance toward climate change continues to smother Washington.
The attitude is nothing new. In fact, the downward spiral began last year when bipartisan talks over energy reform failed after Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the bill's co-sponsors, called it quits because of a procedural dispute over - no kidding - immigration reform.
More recently, the Obama administration has been trying to distance itself from its soaring campaign rhetoric, such as the declaration then-Senator Obama made upon securing the Democratic nomination: "This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."
Far from it.
The State Department indicated last week that it was seriously considering a proposal for the construction of a massive 1,700-mile pipeline that would carry diluted bitumen - one of the dirtiest forms of petroleum - from Canada's Alberta tar sands to Texas's Gulf Coast oil refineries.
Approving the pipeline would not only be foolish. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, whose wake of damage is covered with the fingerprints of climate change, such a move would also be damn well irresponsible.
Of course, climate change did not "cause" Hurricane Irene in the strictest sense. Hurricanes have been ravaging coastal areas since the dawn of time, mostly due to moist tropical air, the spin of the Earth and differential pressure fronts.
But there is no denying that climate change was a contributing factor to Irene's severity.
Hurricanes normally lose their strength long before they approach Virginia, where ocean temperatures are not warm enough to sustain hurricane-force winds. This year, however, has been one of the warmest on record with ocean surface temperatures of 2.6 degrees Fahrenheit above historical averages - enough to sustain a hurricane all the way up to the New England states.
Record temperatures, coupled with rising sea levels and growing amounts of moisture and energy trapped in our atmosphere, are all adding fuel to the destructive potential of natural disasters like Hurricane Irene.
Now that the worst of Irene has passed, we all ought to be grateful that damage wasn't as terrible as some models predicted. But we can't rely on luck or the whims of nature forever. How long will it be before the hurricanes of tomorrow, strengthened by warmer waters, begin to batter their way even further up the East Coast? How long before New York turns into New Venice?
Contemplating these possibilities is a sobering exercise. But any hope that Washington would be jolted to action by Hurricane Irene would be sorely misplaced.
As the East Coast recovers from Irene, Washington continues to dither on vacation and the prospects of a lasting solution to climate change grow increasingly dim as the warnings of mild-mannered scientists are drowned out by the talking points of oil company shills masquerading as politicians.
The list goes on and on, but instead of picking at the low-hanging fruit - the marginalized Dennis Kuciniches of the GOP, if you will - let's examine the anti-science chatter of two leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination.
Earlier this month, Texas Gov. Rick Perry tried to poach some of the loony vote from his rivals by calling climate change "all one contrived phony mess" before explaining how the hoax had been perpetrated by greedy scientists seeking to expand their research budgets.
And then there was the ever-quotable Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who is standing by her claim that Hurricane Irene was a message from God to cut spending, a curious position given that natural disasters are always accompanied by sharp spikes in emergency federal spending.
Amid this dysfunctional political climate, it's no surprise that progress on climate change has been frustratingly slow. We have Democratic spinelessness and a large dose of Republican obstructionism to thank for that, not to mention the difficulties of governing in a presentist country that rarely pays attention to long-term risks until it is too late.
As Nicholas Kristof lamented on Twitter: "If only the century-long threat of climate change would arouse as much mobilization as the day-long threat of #Irene."
We can - and must - do better than this.
Over the last several days, Hurricane Irene has given us a haunting glimpse of what our future could look like if we don't take the needed steps to overcome the gridlock in Washington and fight climate change: shattered cobblestones, split trees, waterlogged streets and evacuated coastlines - all in some of the most densely populated areas of our country.
We might not see this future in our lifetime. Our kids might not even see it in theirs. But, as disasters like Hurricane Irene become more frequent and severe, we must all ask ourselves one important question: Is this the sort of world we would like even our most distant descendants to inherit?
The "Liberation" of Libya: NATO Special Forces and Al Qaeda Join Hands
"Former Terrorists" Join the "Pro-democracy" Bandwagon
by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
Extensive war crimes have been committed. NATO has blood on its hands. The heads of government and heads of state of NATO member countries are responsible for extensive war crimes.
The "pro-democracy" rebels are led by Al Qaeda paramilitary brigades under the supervision of NATO Special Forces. The "Liberation" of Tripoli was carried out by "former" members of the Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).
The jihadists and NATO work hand in glove. These "former" Al Qaeda affiliated brigades constitute the backbone of the "pro-democracy" rebellion.
NATO special forces with "boots and the ground" pass unnoticed. Their identity is not known or revealed. They blend into the Libyan rebellion landscape of machine guns and pickup trucks. They are not highlighted in the photo ops.
Special forces composed of US Navy SEALS, British Special SAS Forces and French legionnaires, disguised in civilian rebel garb, are reported to be behind major operations directed against key government buildings including Gadhafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound in central Tripoli.
Reports confirm that British SAS were on the ground in Eastern Libya prior to the onset of the air campaign. Special Forces are in close coordination with NATO air operations. "Highly-trained units, known as 'Smash' teams for their prowess and destructive ability, have carried out secret reconnaissance missions to provide up-to-date information on the Libyan armed forces." (SAS 'Smash' squads on the ground in Libya to mark targets for coalition jets, Daily Mirror, March 21, 2011)
NATO special forces and the CIA sponsored Islamic brigades under the command of "former" jihadists constitute the backbone of combat capabilities on the ground, supported by the air campaign, which now includes Apache helicopter raids.
The remainder of the rebel forces include untrained trigger happy gunmen (including teenagers) (see photo below), which serve the function of creating an atmosphere of panic and intimidation.
What we are dealing with is a carefully planned military intelligence operation to invade and occupy a sovereign country.
Killing the Truth. The Role of the Western Media
The Western media constitutes a major instrument of war. NATO war crimes are obfuscated. Popular resistance to the NATO led invasion is not mentioned.
A narrative of "liberation" and "opposition pro-democracy rebel forces" is instilled in the inner consciousness of millions of people. Its called the "NATO Consensus".
"The NATO Consensus" which upholds the "humanitarian mandate" of the Atlantic alliance cannot be challenged. The bombings of civilian areas as well as the role of a terrorist militia are either trivialised or not mentioned.
Killing the truth is an integral part of the military agenda.
Realities are turned upside down.
The lie becomes the truth.
Its an inquisitorial doctrine. The NATO consensus dwarfs the Spanish Inquisition by a long shot.
The criminal invasion and occupation of Libya is not mentioned. The lives of independent journalists in Tripoli who report on what is actually happening are threatened. The catch words are "Liberation" and "Revolution" with NATO's mandate limited to R2P ("Responsibility to Protect").
Liberation or Invasion? By camouflaging the nature of the military operation, not to mention NATO atrocities, the Western media has contributed to providing the Transitional Council with a semblance of legitimacy and international recognition. The latter would not have been forthcoming without the support of the Western media.
NATO special forces and intelligence operatives on the ground are in permanent liaison with military planners involved in coordinating NATO strike sorties and bombing raids on the Libyan capital.
Intensive Bombing Raids over Tripoli
On August 27, NATO acknowledged the conduct of 20,633 sorties since March 31st, and 7,768 strike sorties. (These figures do not include the intensive bombing raids conducted in the two weeks prior to March 31st). Each fighter jet or bomber carries numerous missiles, rockets, etc. depending on the ordnance specification of the aircraft.
Multiply the number of strike sorties (7768 since March 31) by the average number of missiles or bombs launched by each of the planes and you get a rough idea of the size and magnitude of this military operation. A French Dassault Mirage 2000, for instance, can transport 18 missiles under its wings. America's B-2 Stealth bombers are equipped with bunker buster bombs
USAF Stealth B-2 Bomber used in Operation Odyssey Dawn
Pursuant to NATO's humanitarian mandate, we are informed by the media that these tens of thousands of strikes have not resulted in civilian casualties (with the exception of occasional "collateral damage").
Not surprisingly, already in mid April, three weeks into bombing campaign, the Atlantic Alliance announced that "NATO planes flying combat missions over Libya are starting to run out of bombs" (UPI, April 16, 2011);
"The reason we need more capability isn't because we aren't hitting what we see -- it's so that we can sustain the ability to do so," one NATO official told the Post. "One problem is flight time, the other is munitions." (Ibid)
The bombing raids over Tripoli were intensified in the course of the last two weeks. They were intended to support ground operations led by NATO special forces and the Islamic paramilitary brigades. With limited NATO ground force capabilities, NATO strategists decided to intensify the bombing raids.
Global Research's Correspondent in Tripoli, whose life is threatened for revealing NATO war crimes described a shift in the pattern of bombing, starting in mid-July, with increasingly intensive air raids leading up to the ground invasion on August: 20th:
"Until approximately 2:35 a.m EET [July 17], the strident noises of fighter jets over Tripoli could be heard. The bomb blasts triggered an atmosphere of fear and panic over the entire city, a poignant psychological and emotional impact on tens of thousands of people, from the young to the elderly. It also alerted people and brought them out onto their balconies while they witnessed the bombing of their country.
One of the explosions resulted in a huge mushroom cloud, pointing to the possible use of bunker buster bombs. ... There was something unusual in the pattern of this NATO bombing operation.
The bombings tonight were not like other nights. The sounds were different. The smoke plumes were different. In previous bombings the smoke would usually go up vertically like a fire, but tonight the smoke plumes were horizontal and hovering above Tripoli with a white cloud in the horizon.
People who were not directly affected by the bombs, within a radius of 15 kilometres experienced burning eyes, lower back pain, headaches." (Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, NATO Launches Bombing Blitzkrieg over Tripoli hitting Residential Areas , Global Research, July 17, 2011)
The mass killing of civilians in a Blitzkrieg environment as well as the creation of a generalized atmosphere of panic is intended to curtail the population's resistance to the NATO-led invasion.
The Death Toll
According to sources from our correspondent in Tripoli, the death toll in the course of the last week (20-26 August) is of the order of 3000. The hospitals are in a state of turmoil, unable to come to the rescue of the wounded. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirms that medical supplies are in short supply throughout the country.
In recent developments UNICEF has warned of shortages of water due to the NATO bombing of water infrastructure throughout the country. "This could turn into an unprecedented health epidemic " said Christian Balslev-Olesen of UNICEF's Libya Office.
NATO warplanes deliberately targeted the peaceful vigil of tents in front of the Gadhafi compound in a gruesome massacre. The mainstream media acknowledges the massacre, while stating that gun wounds are the cause of death in crossfire between loyalist and rebel forces. The victims are :
"The identities of the dead were unclear, but they were in all likelihood activists who had set up an impromptu tent city in solidarity with Gadhafi in defiance of the NATO bombing campaign. (Forbes.com, August 25, 2011)
We are not dealing with collateral damage. Extensive war crimes have been committed. NATO has blood on its hands. The heads of government and heads of state of NATO member countries are war criminals.
The Central Role of Al Qaeda Operatives in the "Liberation of Tripoli"
According to CNN, in a twisted logic, the terrorists have repented: "former terrorists" are no longer "terrorists".
The LIFG is said to have been disbanded.
Following their disavowal of violence, these former LIFG leaders created a new political organization called the Islamic Movement for Change, which according to CNN "is committed to working within a future democratic process". "The Libyan Islamic Movement for Change (Al-Haraka Al-Islamiya Al Libiya Lit-Tahghir), is made up of former members of the now defunct [CIA supported] Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG)" (Reuters, August 26, 2011)
In a contradictory about turn, former "bad guys" (terrorists) are heralded as "good guys" committed to "combating terrorism". The "former" members of the Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) are now portrayed as "pro-democracy activists" who "have assumed leadership positions in several rebel brigades".
Labels have been switched: the CIA supported Al Qaeda affiliated LIFG has been transformed into the CIA sponsored Islamic Movement for Change (IMC), which supports the pro-democracy rebellion.
Reports also confirm that large numbers of terrorists imprisoned in Abu Salim jail were released by rebel forces. They are now being recruited by the former LIFG Islamic brigades, led by "former" jihadists pro-democracy commanders.
So all ends well in the smooth transition towards a democracy run by terrorists.
NATO's Islamic Jihad
There is indications that NATO, in coordination with Western intelligence agencies (including Israel's Mossad), is involved in recruiting Islamist fighters. Israeli intelligence sources confirm that NATO in cooperation with Turkey, is now directly training and recruiting in several Muslim countries a new jihadist generation of "Freedom Fighters". The Mujahideen after undergoing training are slated to participate in NATO's "pro-democracy" "humanitarian" military campaigns. The Israeli report by Debka pertains to Syria, which is next in line on the NATO military roadmap:
"Our sources report, is a [NATO] campaign to enlist thousands of Muslim volunteers in Middle East countries and the Muslim world to fight alongside the Syrian rebels... " (Debka File August 15, 2011 http://www.debka.com/article/21207/ )
The NATO led invasion and occupation of Libya is using Islamic fighters as the backbone of an alleged transition to democracy.
The tragic events of 9/11 have played a key role in developing a massive propaganda campaign geared towards justifying a "war on terrorism" directed against Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda.
In a bitter twist, throughout the Middle East and Central Asia, the Western military alliance is using Islamic brigades, trained and groomed by the CIA, MI6 and Mossad, to wage its "Global War on Terrorism".
The war on terrorism constitutes a broad consensus instilled in the minds of millions of people, What is not known to Western public opinion is that the West's holy crusade against Islamic terrorism rather than targeting terrorists actually includes terrorists in his ranks, i.e Al Qaeda "freedom fighters" have been integrated into the ranks of US-NATO led military operations.
Rest assured, in the case of Libya, the rebels are "the good guys": they are "former" rather than "active" members of Al Qaeda.
The Western media has not reported on NATO war crimes. It has casually dismissed NATO atrocities: 8000 strike sorties represents more than 50,000 missiles and bombs dropped on the Libyan people.
There are various ways of concealing the truth. From the outset of the air campaign, the media has denied the existence of a war. Its causes and consequences are distorted. In turn, an effective propaganda campaign requires targeting people's mindset in newspapers, network TV and online.
People must be distracted from an understanding of the war on Libya. Atrocities committed by NATO with the support of the United Nations is rarely frontpage news. How best to camouflage the truth? By redirecting news coverage on Libya towards a number of trivial "talking points", including the size of Gadhafi's swimming pool, his female bodyguards, his cosmetic plastic surgery, etc. The Guardian, August 23, 2011)
Not included in the journalist's "to do list" is the coverage of the three thousand men, women and children who lost their lives in the course of a weeklong Blitzkrieg bombing of Tripoli using the most advanced weapons systems in human history.
Against this background of lies and fabrications, the lives of several independent journalists including Global Research's Correspondent Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya trapped in Tripoli were threatened, for saying the truth.
Make No Mistake: NATO committed War Crimes in Libya http://tv.globalresearch.ca/2011/08/make-no-mistake-nato-committed-war-crimes-libya
NATO massacre in Zliten, August the 8th/9th 2011.This Global Research video was produced and directed in Tripoli by a team of committed journalists, researchers and cameramen, who decided to defy the consensus of the Western media which consists in spreading lies and misleading public opinion. This video reveals the crimes committed by NATO, as well as those committed by the Western media, which has decided to obfuscate the casualties and human suffering of the Libyan people and uphold the humanitarian fiction of NATO's R2P mandate. War propaganda is defined under international law as a war crime.
Canada contributed a disproportionate amount to Libya air strikes (August 26, 2011) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26207
Reports from Tripoli confirm an exceedingly large number of civilian casualties. There have been bombing raids on Libya since the onset of the NATO led war. In the last week, however, the raids on Tripoli, targeting primarily civilians, creating an atmosphere of generalised panic, were used to support the Transitional Council Rebels. Over 20,000 sorties since March 31, in excess of 8000 strike sorties. Examine the characteristics of the allied fighter jets and bombers, How many missiles and bombs per plane. Multiply that by the number of strike sorties. How many people are killed each time a bomb is dropped or missile is launched on Libya. Canadian jet fighters have taken on about 8-10 percent of the total strike sorties (of the order of 8000) with over 733 bombing strikes. CLIP
Rebels Release 600 Al-Qaeda Terrorists (August 26, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgBzZtzqQ_M
Moammar Gaddafi had been warning the world that many of the rebels were al-qaeda sympathizers. He had warned that Al-Qaeda were amongst their ranks. The NATO rebels have no granted legitimacy to what Gaddafi and his associates had been telling us all along.
Al-Qaeda Commander revealed as leader in Tripoli - Interview with Pepe Escobar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRt52v5OhS4
The hostility persists in Tripoli and who is leading the rebels? Who are the beneficiaries of the fall of Gaddafi? What will the blowback be for those in Libya and across the globe? Pepe Escobar, a correspondent for Asia Times, gives us some answers to these questions.
America to the World: We Want Everything -- If You Stand in the Way We'll Kill You
Once our seizure of Libyan oil becomes clear it will only ramp up the jihadist hatred for America that has spread like wildfire across the Middle East.
By Chris Hedges - September 5, 2011
Here we go again. The cheering crowds. The deposed dictator. The encomiums to freedom and liberty. The American military as savior. You would think we would have learned in Afghanistan or Iraq. But I guess not. I am waiting for a trucked-in crowd to rejoice as a Gadhafi statue is toppled and Barack Obama lands on an aircraft carrier in a flight suit to announce Mission Accomplished. War, as long as you view it through the distorted lens of the corporate media, is not only entertaining, but allows us to confuse state power with personal power.It permits us to wallow in unchecked self-exaltation. We are a nation that loves to love itself.
I know enough of Libya, a country I covered for many years as the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times, to assure you that the chaos and bloodletting have only begun. Moammar Gadhafi, during one of my lengthy interviews with him under a green Bedouin tent in the sprawling Bab al-Aziziya army barracks in Tripoli, once proposed marrying one of his sons to Chelsea Clinton as a way of mending fences with the United States. He is as insane as he appears and as dangerous. But we should never have become the air force, trainers, suppliers, special forces and enablers of rival tribal factions, goons under the old regime and Islamists that are divided among themselves by deep animosities and a long history of violent conflict.
Stopping Gadhafi forces from entering Benghazi six months ago, which I supported, was one thing. Embroiling ourselves in a civil war was another. And to do it Obama blithely shredded the Constitution and bypassed Congress in violation of the War Powers Resolution. Not that the rule of law matters much in Washington. The dark reasoning of George W. Bushs administration was that the threat of terrorism and national security gave the executive branch the right to ignore all legal restraints. The Obama administration has made this disregard for law bipartisan. Obama assured us when this started that it was not about regime change. But this promise proved as empty as the ones he made during his presidential campaign. He has ruthlessly prosecuted the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where military planners speak of a continued U.S. presence for the next couple of decades. He has greatly expanded our proxy wars, which rely heavily on drone and missile attacks, as well as clandestine operations, in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya. Add a few more countries and we will set the entire region alight.
The NATO airstrikes on the city of Sirte expose the hypocrisy of our humanitarian intervention in Libya. Sirte is the last Gadhafi stronghold and the home to Gadhafis tribe. The armed Libyan factions within the rebel alliance are waiting like panting hound dogs outside the city limits. They are determined, once the airstrikes are over, not only to rid the world of Gadhafi but all those within his tribe who benefited from his 42-year rule. The besieging of Sirte by NATO warplanes, which are dropping huge iron fragmentation bombs that will kill scores if not hundreds of innocents, mocks the justification for intervention laid out in a United Nations Security Council resolution. The U.N., when this began six months ago, authorized all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack. We have, as always happens in war, become the monster we sought to defeat. We destroy in order to save. Libyas ruling National Transitional Council estimates that the number of Libyans killed in the last six months, including civilians and combatants, has exceeded 50,000. Our intervention, as in Iraq and Afghanistan, has probably claimed more victims than those killed by the former regime. But this intervention, like the others, was never, despite all the high-blown rhetoric surrounding it, about protecting or saving Libyan lives. It was about the domination of oil fields by Western corporations.
Once the Libyans realize what the Iraqis and Afghans have bitterly discoveredthat we have no interest in democracy, that our primary goal is appropriating their natural resources as cheaply as possible and that we will sacrifice large numbers of people to maintain our divine right to the worlds diminishing supply of fossil fuelthey will hate us the way we deserve to be hated. Libya has the ninth largest oil reserves in the world, which is why we react with moral outrage and military resolve when Gadhafi attacks his citizens, but ignore the nightmare in the Congo, where things for the average Congolese are far, far worse. It is why the puppets in the National Transitional Council have promised to oust China and Brazil from the Libyan oil fields and turn them over to Western companies. The unequivocal message we deliver daily through huge explosions and death across the occupied Middle East is: We have everything and if you try and take it away from us we will kill you.
History is replete with conquering forces being cheered when they arrive, whether during the Nazi occupation of the Ukraine in World War II, the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon or our own arrival in Baghdad, and then rapidly mutating from liberator to despised enemy. And once our seizure of Libyan oil becomes clear it will only ramp up the jihadist hatred for America that has spread like wildfire across the Middle East. We are recruiting the next generation of 9/11 hijackers, all waiting for their chance to do to us what we are doing to them.
As W.H. Auden understood:
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done Do evil in return.
The force used by the occupier to displace the old regime always makes sure the new regime is supine and complaint. The National Transitional Council, made up of former Gadhafi loyalists, Islamists and tribal leaders, many of whom detest each other, will be the Wests vehicle for the reconfiguration of Libya. Libya will return to being the colony it was before Gadhafi and the other young officers in 1969 ousted King Idris, who among other concessions had let Standard Oil write Libyas petroleum laws. Gadhafis defiance of Western commercial interests, which saw the nationalization of foreign banks and foreign companies, along with the oil industry, as well as the closure of U.S. and British air bases, will be reversed. The despotic and collapsed or collapsing regimes in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Syria once found their revolutionary legitimacy in the pan-Arabism of Egypts Gamal Abdel Nasser. But these regimes fell victim to their own corruption, decay and brutality. None were worth defending. Their disintegration, however, heralds a return of the corporate and imperial power that spawned figures like Nasser and will spawn his radical 21st century counterparts.
The vendettas in Libya have already begun. Government buildings in Tripoli have been looted, although not on the scale seen in Baghdad. Poor black sub-Saharan African immigrant workers have been beaten and killed. Suspected Gadhafi loyalists or spies have been tortured and assassinated. These eye-for-an-eye killings will, I fear, get worse. The National Transitional Council has announced that it opposes the presence in Libya of U.N. military observers and police, despite widespread atrocities committed by Gadhafi loyalists. The observers and police have been offered to help quell the chaos, train new security forces and provide independent verification of what is happening inside Libya. But just as Gadhafi preferred to do dirty work in secret, so will the new regime. It is an old truism, one I witnessed repeatedly in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans, that yesterdays victims rapidly become todays victimizers.
Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, is a senior fellow at the Nation Institute. He writes a regular column for TruthDig every Monday. His latest book is Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.
Libya Counts More Martyrs Than Bodies (September 16, 2011) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/17/world/africa/skirmishes-flare-around-qaddafi-strongholds.html?_r=1
TRIPOLI, Libya Where are all the dead? Officially, according to Libyas new leaders, their martyrs in the struggle against the government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi should number 30,000 to 50,000, not even counting their enemies who have fallen.Yet in the countrys morgues, the war dead registered from both sides in each area so far are mostly in the hundreds, not the thousands. And those who are still missing total as few as 1,000, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross. Those figures may be incomplete, but even if the missing number proves to be three times as high, and all are dead, the toll would be far short of official casualty totals. CLIP
THE EXTRAORDINARY CRUELTY OF THE ASSAD REGIME WARRANTS WORLDWIDE REPROBATION AND PUNITIVE ACTION TO DETER THIS BRUTISH DICTATOR FROM FURTHER CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA SHOW US ALL A BRIGHT EXAMPLE OF COURAGEOUS TENACITY IN THE FACE OF EXTREME ADVERSITY. LET US HOLD THEM ALL IN THE LIGHT OF DIVINE LOVE AND SUCCOR UNTIL THE VISION OF A FREE AND BENEVOLENT SYRIA PREVAIL, FOLLOWED BY FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION WITH THE AIM OF RESTORING DIGNITY AND THE RIGHT TO A PEACEFUL, FRUITFUL LIFE FOR ALL...
Wounded Syrian protesters being abused in hospitals
Security forces have kidnapped the wounded and even corpses in an effort to crush the anti-government movement, activists say. Medical workers are accused of beating or ignoring hurt protesters.
By Ellen Knickmeyer and Roula Hajjar - September 2, 2011
Reporting from Beirut- The protesters and family members gather outside hospitals in Syria for what has become a grim routine of the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime: reaching out for the dead and wounded, trying to wrest their bodies away from security forces.
Syrian troops and security officers on Friday seized at least 15 more dead and injured protesters from two hospitals in the suburbs of Damascus, the capital, firing on relatives of the victims and others, according to witnesses and activists.
The struggle over the dead and dying underscores how hospitals, medical workers and even corpses have become weapons for the government and its supporters as they try to crush a nearly 6-month-old protest movement against Assad's rule.
With security forces largely in control of public medical care, "people prefer to die rather than go to a hospital," Khaled, a demonstrator, said Friday in the northern city of Dair Alzour, where activists said three of the day's estimated 18 deaths occurred.
Khaled, who like many protesters asked that his full name not be used for safety reasons, described an instance this week at a hospital in his city. Activists had learned that a wounded confederate had been taken to a hospital, he said, only to be left to bleed to death by medical workers sympathetic to the regime. The body was confiscated by security forces, Khaled said, and has not been released to the man's family.
Deprivation of medical care and misuse of hospitals have become "routine, systematic," said Wissam Tarif, an activist now outside Syria. "What we have seen is security forces based in the hospitals. It is the security forces that have control of the hospitals, and in most cases the medical personnel cannot do anything about it."
Accounts from Tarif and other activists Friday detailed some of the abuses: security forces seizing the bodies of slain activists to block mourners from holding funerals, which could turn into protests against the government; and taking wounded activists who need treatment away from hospital wards.
Activists describe doctors and nurses abusing bleeding, helpless protesters, especially at state-run medical centers.
By tradition, many doctors are Alawites, members of the same minority Muslim sect as the Assad family, explained an Alawite sympathetic to the protest movement.
Taken by a doctor friend to a Damascus hospital recently to observe the abuses, the man said he saw a doctor slap a wounded patient. Hospital personnel told the man that medical ethics did not oblige them to treat traitors, he said.
In a report released in July, Amnesty International describes similar abuses by medical workers. The report cites a case in which male and female nurses in the town of Talkalakh beat an injured 21-year-old activist, stitched his wounds without administering painkiller, then beat him again on his wounds.
Medical care for injured demonstrators is increasingly being driven underground to makeshift clinics in homes or mosques. Pharmacists who sell equipment for blood transfusions or tetanus vaccine for treating bullet wounds have been arrested, Tarif said.
Early in the uprising, Tarif said, he watched in the Damascus suburb of Duma as security forces and protesters scrambled to pull wounded people out of one another's grasp. Wounded are routinely "taken, kidnapped," from hospitals, he said.
"There is clear evidence that the regime is using a specific strategy of attacking injured, attacking hospitals, kidnapping bodies, and preventing bodies from being buried with dignity," said Tarif, who is making a documentary about medical abuses in the early months of the protests.
On Friday, the Local Coordinating Committees opposition coalition reported clashes over bodies and the injured outside hospitals in the Damascus suburbs of Kafarbatna and Arbaeen, after government forces opened fire on protests that broke out nationwide after Friday prayers.
In Arbaeen, activists and family members rushed 15 wounded protesters, some unconscious, to a private hospital, said Fady, who said he accompanied the crowd. Opposition supporters generally regard private hospitals as more neutral than those run by the government.
"The hospital was surrounded with security forces, who were shooting at everyone to keep the dead and injured from entering the hospital," Fady said.
Members of the Syrian army's 4th division came to the hospital and seized wounded protesters, Fady said. Security forces arrived separately in ambulances and took away the dead, he said.
Syria's brutal crackdown has failed to quell the uprising. Many of the protest leaders are adamant that their movement will remain nonviolent despite what the United Nations says is more than 2,200 civilian deaths.
Under the slogan "Death Before Indignity," demonstrators gathered by the thousands Friday in cities across Syria. But the centers of Damascus and Aleppo, the two main cities and critical bastions of support for Assad, remained largely quiet.
Friday also saw the European Union approve tough new sanctions that analysts say are likely to significantly increase the financial pressure on Assad's government. The EU measure includes a ban on imports of Syrian oil to Europe, cutting off the market to which Assad's government channels 95% of Syria's crude. Oil accounts for about one-third of the regime's revenue.
The United States imposed oil-import and financial sanctions last month after Assad's government ignored repeated U.S. demands that it stop the armed assaults on civilians.
This four-part series of articles provides the central facts, invites passionate public response, and proposes specific revolutionary public action.
Please share the Revolution to end unlawful US wars and return trillions of our dollars to constructive work. With millions of lives at stake (perhaps billions), there is nothing more important for public participation.
Economics: I'm going to discuss trillions of dollars in a moment. As an economics teacher, I understand numbers this large are extremely difficult to imagine. If you are among the majority with this difficulty, I recommend that you follow the expert testimony that paints the picture, and know that success in this area of public education transformation that unleashes trillions of our dollars for human creative capacity in unimaginable power is sufficient to end the current economic crisis.
This is the longest section of my call for Revolution. If you tire in reading, please consider that at trillions of dollars of annual public benefits, you literally have nothing more valuable to do than understand the following facts that document the theft of our money.
Just down the Charles River from Harvard, MIT's Simon Johnson (and former Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund) describes our economy being lead by gambling oligarchs who have captured government as in banana republics (his words), and might plunge the US into an economy worse than the Great Depression. From his article under the telling title, The Quiet Coup:
"Elite business interests-financiers, in the case of the U.S.-played a central role in creating the crisis, making ever-larger gambles, with the implicit backing of the government, until the inevitable collapse. More alarming, they are now using their influence to prevent precisely the sorts of reforms that are needed, and fast, to pull the economy out of its nosedive. The government seems helpless, or unwilling, to act against them."
His immediate best-selling book, 13 Bankers: The Wall Street takeover and the next financial meltdown, was discussed with President Johnson's Press Secretary and journalist with over 30 Emmy Awards, Bill Moyers, to explain the oligarchy, the loss of trillions of American taxpayer dollars to oligarchs' manipulation as a matter of definitive fact, the oligarch's looting of America is protected by their purchased political muscle, and without transformation "the next financial meltdown" is certain:
BILL MOYERS: Let me get to the blunt conclusion you reach in your book. You say that two years after the devastating financial crisis of '08 our country is still at the mercy of an oligarchy that is bigger, more profitable, and more resistant to regulation than ever. Correct?
SIMON JOHNSON: Absolutely correct, Bill. The big banks became stronger as a result of the bailout. That may seem extraordinary, but it's really true. They're turning that increased economic clout into more political power. And they're using that political power to go out and take the same sort of risks that got us into disaster in September 2008.
BILL MOYERS: And your definition of oligarchy is?
SIMON JOHNSON: Oligarchy is just- it's a very simple, straightforward idea from Aristotle. It's political power based on economic power. And it's the rise of the banks in economic terms, which we document at length, that it'd turn into political power. And they then feed that back into more deregulation, more opportunities to go out and take reckless risks and-- and capture huge amounts of money .The American democracy was not given to us on a platter. It is not ours for all time, irrespective of our efforts. Either people organize and they find political leadership to take this on, or we are going to be in big trouble, okay?... That's absolutely the heart of the problem. I would also say and tell you, and emphasize, these people will not come out and debate with us. The heads of these companies or their representatives, they will not come out. They're afraid. They don't have the substance. They don't have the arguments. We have the evidence. They have the lobbyists. And that's all they have.
BILL MOYERS: They've got the power, the muscle, the money.
SIMON JOHNSON: They have money.
BILL MOYERS: You just have the arguments. You just have the facts. On your side.
SIMON JOHNSON: Absolutely. That's exactly what it comes down to.
Most people don't read professional economists' writing. I do, and can tell you that leaders such as Simon Johnson are using unprecedented strong language to provide the facts. Again, in his choice of words: the US economy is under attack by a colluding and unlawful oligarchy. Without Revolution that forces political leadership to transform the US economy to serve the public rather than the oligarchy, as Johnson says above:
"The American democracy was not given to us on a platter. It is not ours for all time, irrespective of our efforts. Either people organize and they find political leadership to take this on, or we are going to be in big trouble, okay?"
Harvard's Elizabeth Warren explains the economy in language just as fierce. She professionally observes that the US economy is run by "reckless gamblers" who exploit a system they know in advance will "privatizes gains and socializes losses." She documents the increasing destruction of the US middle class as US financial "leaders" write their own laws "behind closed doors," and choose regulators who will protect them and not the public in order to "fleece consumers." As you may know, Ms. Warren is the Leo Gottlieb Professor at Harvard Law School and Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the so-called "bailout" program.
Ms. Warren admonishes: the US economy is in the "last chapter" with "all the chips on the table." She says either the US public will demand their political and economic leaders end the fleecing because they "took the cops off the beat," or the US middle class will devolve to live from paycheck to paycheck as Wall Street's debt peons, "and the game really will be over."
The good news is that solutions to the crisis are simple. But let's first continue with crucial facts and testimony. Take a deep breath. This is the civic economics education leaders like you must be responsible for or else you're damned for condoning US War Criminals and ongoing plunder of trillions of our families' and children's money.
Chris Hedges, Middle East Bureau Chief for the New York Times, best-selling author, and Pulitzer Prize recipient in 2002, writes that American taxpayers are on the road to permanent serfdom under a police state from oligarchs' "rapacious looting" and their purchase of a politically-protected luxurious lifestyle. He calls our economic system "criminal" and "totalitarian capitalism" lording over the exploited slave-labor class the American public has become (Resist or Become Serfs and video, "Chris Hedges on poverty and the permanent lower class"). Mr. Hedges also writes and lectures that current US wars are criminal Wars of Aggression (here, among dozens of his works). From Wall Street will be back for more:
"These corporations don't make anything. They don't produce anything. They gamble and bet and speculate. And when they lose vast sums they raid the U.S. Treasury so they can go back and do it again. Never mind that $50 trillion in global wealth was erased between September 2007 and March 2009, including $7 trillion in the U.S. stock market and $6 trillion in the housing market. Never mind that the total amount of retirement and household wealth trashed was $7.5 trillion or that we saw $2 trillion in 401(k)s and individual retirement accounts evaporate. Never mind the $1.9 trillion in traditional defined-benefit plans and the $2.6 trillion in nonpension assets that went up in smoke. Never mind the job losses, the foreclosures and the 35 percent jump in personal and small-business bankruptcies. There are bundles of new money, taken again from us, to make deals and hand out outrageous bonuses. And when these trillions run out they will come back for more until our currency becomes junk."
Mr. Hedges poignant assessment matches the acknowledged government data. According to the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations report, these financial oligarchs' "trading" in non-wealth producing market derivatives increases the price of gasoline for all Americans somewhere from 33 to 60%. Market analysis in other commodities' "trading" brings the total cost to American consumers of padded prices over $1 trillion every year. This is an incredible increase of prices to US households of ~$10,000 for every $50,000 of annual income!
"It's one of the most frustrating things. We essentially have had modern-day bank robbers -- except that they wore gray suits and not masks -- and there's been no accountability for it ...
Every day we see energy speculators, war profiteers, managed health-care providers, media propagandists, and/or financiers given some unfair advantage over the average consumers and taxpayers, and the cumulative effect of the American people watching selfishness prevail over the public interest has been an undermining of the public's trust in government.
There's no question the system is rigged against the little guy. The bigger interests have a lot more information. They jerry-rig the system so that they always win." - Senator Byron Dorgan
This admission is crucial data. However, considering Elizabeth Warren and Simon Johnson's expert testimony of a captured government who collude rather than end this parasitic cost to Americans, the Senate report should force government compliance under existing law to stop cartels, not merely report on how many trillions they're costing the American public under the Senate's "oversight."
Nobel Prize-winning economist, former Chief Economist at the World Bank, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, and Columbia economics professor, Joseph Stiglitz, agrees the US economy continues under oligarchic domination:
"What the Obama administration is doing is ersatz capitalism, the privatizing of gains and the socializing of losses. It is a "partnership" in which one partner robs the other. And such partnerships - with the private sector in control - have perverse incentives, worse even than the ones that got us into the mess."
The economic fraud isn't just protected by government non-regulation; the government is one of the principle embezzlers. The Pentagon admitted they "lost" $2.3 trillion dollars (over $20,000 per US household) and then didn't follow-up with investigation. The American public heard about this news only once that anyone has been able to document from corporate media.
Military Waste http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJVUQIwb-iM
An account of US military spending waste with a warning by Dwight Eisenhower and comments from Rumsfeld (on the unaccounted "lost" $2.3 trillion dollars in ONE YEAR)
Today, millions of Americans in cities awaken around 3 in the morning and then struggle to get back to sleep. As the number of devices (cell phones, iPods, GPS, Wi-Fi, smart meters, wireless broadband for laptop computers, etc.) that emit microwave radiation has increased in the past 10 years, so has the number of Americans who suffer from sleep interruptions. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the percent of people who are not satisfied with the quality of their sleep has increased from 15% of the population (43 million) in 2002 to 40% (120 million) in 2009. In addition, there has been a proportional increase in the number of people using prescription drugs for insomnia. Marching in step with both these numbers has been a steady and proportional increase in the number of cell phone towers and antennas and devices that use wireless technology based on high-frequency microwave radiation. Today we have over 100,000 cell phone relay towers in the US and 2 million antennas.The increasing level of electromagnetic pollution has caused the nation's health to spiral downward. It is like watching a train wreck in slow motion; no one seems to be able to stop it. Too many people are in denial that any problem exists at all. Most public discussion has been limited to cell phones and how long it takes for them to give you a brain tumor, but the sleeping giant of all health problems from this technology is itself sleep interruptions. The number of adults developing high blood pressure due to sleep interruptions is increasing by about 500,000 every month. The percent of adults with hypertension is moving on a fast track from 1 in 3 to half the population. Like a volcano building up pressure leading to an eruption, tens of thousands of strokes and heart attacks will soon follow, if not already under way. I have written a book, Insomnia, Fatigue and Cell-Phone Towers, in an attempt to awaken the public to the perils of electromagnetic pollution from microwave radiation and provide a number of solutions. The following interview with Beverly from Las Vegas is excerpted from the book and shows the depth of the problem as well as the denial of the problem that grows worse by the hour.
Beverly moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, from Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1993. While in Salt Lake City, she stated that she had no problem getting to sleep or staying asleep at night. She also vacationed in the Himalayas, where high altitude notoriously causes light sleep, and there she says she "slept like a baby." Her problems with sleep interruption began in 1993 shortly after she arrived in Las Vegas. "Before the move I was always one of those people blessed with good, sound sleep."
Her new home in Las Vegas was a lovely, gardenlike subdivision close to the airport about 1 mile away. She said that cell phone towers were already being installed in Las Vegas in high locations in 1993. She doesn't think that the cell phone towers going up at that time were the immediate source of microwave radiation that interrupted her sleep. She thinks that the radio towers at the airport that directed airplane traffic in and out of the increasingly busy Las Vegas terminal were the primary culprit. When she'd vacation in the mountains in Utah, she'd sleep normally again. She thought that maybe it was just stress.
Beverly said that the sleep interruptions have gotten worse over the years. Las Vegas has been America's fastest-growing city, at 10% compound growth per year. By then new cell phone towers and high-rise buildings were going up all over the valley, while the airport got much busier too, with about 40 million visitors annually. Around 2001 or 2002, Bev got a cell phone, and over time her use of it increased.
Conrad: When did you first notice that your sleep patterns were changing?
Bev: Previously, I would be tired at 9 or 10, get into bed, and then not be able to go to sleep until 1 or 2 (interestingly, now that I know it was after the airport closed at night). In the last five years or so, I would frequently wake up from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. I would be wide-awake and unable to get back to sleep because my mind was active. I'd be pacing around the house or doing tasks that should be done in daytime. Several hours later, I would feel exhausted and doze off for a few brief hours. It was all just very erratic, except that over the years my sleep got worse. I kept thinking, what's changed, what's wrong with me?
Conrad: About 5 years ago when the sleep quality really got bad, how did you feel when you woke up?
Bev: Well, I was OK for a couple of hours. Then I would start making personal and business phone calls on my cell phone, and by mid-morning, I had brain fog.
Conrad: What do you mean by "brain fog"?
Bev: I found it hard to concentrate on what I was doing. It was difficult to focus, to prioritize; sometimes even to think or balance the checkbook was a chore. I often felt like I needed a midmorning nap. Sometimes I could stop for a midmorning nap, other times I had to keep going.
Conrad: Did you feel the need to take other naps during the day?
Bev: Yes, sometimes in the afternoon or again in the early evening, which would disturb my sleep cycle even more. It was erratic, no rhyme or reason why I'd be tired at some times of the day and not others. Now I look back and think maybe it had to do with when I'd used my cell phone for long calls or perhaps times of increased tower activity. The thought of cell phone towers or radiation never occurred to me. Even though I read newspapers and watch news, I don't recall information about the subject that grabbed my attention.
Conrad: In other words, since you couldn't get a full 8 hours sleep at night, you got it in bits and pieces throughout the day, an hour or 2 here and there until it probably added up to 8 hours.
Bev: Rarely eight hours. You know we just keep going. However, the sleep was not deep enough, long enough or rejuvenating. This is how I have been living for the past 5 or 6 years or more. I thought menopause, some hidden illness, or growing older was the cause of my problems until I read your series of articles in the Journal of Immunity earlier this year on the adverse health effects of cell phone tower microwaves. I began to think about it connect dots.
Conrad: Did you go to a doctor to evaluate your problems?
Bev: Yes, and my blood tests all came out OK. The doctor did not know why my sleep was interrupted. He recommended sleeping pills. I tried a variety of sleeping aids and pills, but I still did not feel my sleep was refreshing. I hate to take medications unless absolutely necessary, so I mostly just suffer tiredness. The stress was still there.
Conrad: How about your neighbors and friends?
Bev: I live in a neighborhood in which we know one another and chat. Most of my neighbors and friends are telling me the same thing. When I started asking around, no one seems to have good sleep since moving to Las Vegas! And it's not because we party and gamble, as our life beyond The Strip is very normal here. I have one neighbor who says she sleeps like a baby interestingly, she has an aluminum roof. Others wake up at 2 or 3 a.m. and cannot get back to sleep until 5 a.m. or so.
We often wake up at identically the same time. It not a sound or loud noise waking us up but it is something. The times we wake up at the same identical hour even minute will vary from day to day and week to week. I'm curious if cell towers are nightly powered up as maintenance or something at the airport. It's odd we often%20wake%20up%20at%20the%20same%20time.%20What%20really%20shocked%20me%20was%20plugging%20my%20address%20into%20often wake up at the same time. What really shocked me was plugging my address into http://www.antennasearch.com/. Today there are 246 towers and 384 antennas within 4 miles of my home!
Conrad comment: Possibly, this is caused by a certain threshold level of microwave radiation generated by several cell phone calls being made at the same time of the night by several persons in the same area or even random persons driving through the neighborhood while talking on their cell phones. Thousands of people could be affected by a single phone call in the middle of the night from microwave radiation that is emitted from a cell phone tower.
When you multiply that by several dozen phone calls, you have a cumulative effect that could jolt the central nervous system of people from a sleeping to a waking state. This is because the body's nerve cells may detect a certain level of radiation passing through it as an invasion or threat. That could cause the adrenal glands to dump adrenaline and that would excite the brain into waking us up. I think when people are jolted awake in the night; the body is sending us a message: There is an imminent threat affecting you be aware.
Conrad: Have you tried testing your home for microwave radiation levels?
Bev: Yes. I bought an electrosmog detector that converts the invisible microwaves into sound at varying levels depending on the quantity of radiation present. It is kind of like using a Geiger counter used to measure nuclear radiation. I found out there were high levels of microwaves in parts of the house. The sound level varied with different locations in the house. Also around my microwave oven and cordless phones. I suspect the levels may change in different parts of my home at different hours due to tower traffic but haven't done 24-hour monitoring.
Conrad: Did you try to reduce or block the microwave radiation from entering your bedroom and what effect did this have on your quality of sleep?
Bev: I decided to do an inexpensive experiment to find out if microwave radiation might be affecting my quality of sleep. I thought I would do that before spending hundreds of dollars on a microwave-free zone inside my house where I could have uninterrupted sleep hopefully. In a conversation with you, Conrad, we worked out the idea together. I bought two Coleman emergency blankets for about $4 each that I found in the local sporting goods store. The emergency blanket is lightweight and is made out of aluminized Mylar. It reflects the body's heat back into oneself. It conducts electricity, so it would provide a very thin metallic shield to absorb and stop the microwave radiation. I placed the emergency blanket between a quilt and blanket above the bedsheet so it covered most of my body except for my head but wasn't visible or on my skin. Then I wrapped my pillow in another emergency blanket underneath the pillowcase. The pillow makes a bit of a crackling sound but was tolerable for a few nights as an experiment.
Conrad: The results?
Bev: A significant improvement in the quality of my sleep. I am sleeping longer hours and with fewer interruptions. I definitely noticed an improvement. So much so that I will now invest in special microwave-blocking netting around my bed. Also I was recovering from a case of shingles, and I'm sure the shingles decreased faster after I added the emergency blanket.
Conrad: Your comments jibe with those of a retired person in California, Jack Fristoe, who told me an emergency blanket added two hours of sleep to his nightly routine and a better quality of sleep at that. Have you done anything else?
From: ilyes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Hallmarks of The Circles
Date: 2 Sept 2011
'In genuine formations the stems are not broken but bent and swirled ...'
NOT TRUE, jean, and this is perhaps THE most oft-repeated bit of misinformation ... after neophytes enter their first Formation and see broken stalks (for EVERY Formation, save perhaps for very young (short) stalks in a well-hydrated field) contains them!), they spread the word that the CropCircle has been 'hoaxed' ... totally incorrect, in almost EVERY case ...
Genuine Transmissions certainly DO have broken stems! IN SPECIFIC AREAS of OCCASIONAL formations, I've seen snapped off stalks at 45ºangles IN A TIGHT CLUSTER, and nowhere else in THAT particular Circle -- though most Formations don't exhibit these 45º angled stems; some stalks, depending upon their position within a Circle, are more prone to being snapped -- those at an intersection of a Circle and a Ring, for example, where the stalks are wildly buffeted from two directions almost simultaneously ... those Winds that Bundle and lay the stalks (i refer to these Winds as 'WindTubes', which can be thought of as the descending tendrils of a unique type of mini-Tornado) are whipping through the crop at an estimated minimum of 150mph ...
but before the stalks can be laid by the WindTubes they must be 'prepared' for such by Heat ... so all the stalks to be included are subjected to short and intense (1500º?) pulses of (most likely) microwave heat which instantly express the water within the stalks and soften the stems; as the stalks instantly start to 'wilt', the WindTubes zip along just above the ground, gathering and spinning to ground anywhere between a handful to about 50 stalks which they group into Bundles and spin to the ground; the WindTubes then exit up the 'walls' of the Formation (defined by an 18" thick Vibrational Barrier and separating field from what's to become the Formation - this Barrier is set first, before the Heat pulses are discharged to express the water from the stalks) ... once on the ground and now VERY thirsty, the stalks 'call' to their surroundings for Water!, (ALL Formations are located within a quarterback's throw of a fresh water source (an irrigation ditch, an underground 'dew pond', a river) and as they refill their tubules with water the stalks begin to re-shape themselves into their new positions ... while MOST stalks endure a Transmission without damage, heads of stalks DO snap off, DO become kinked, and indeed the stalks DO become snapped and severed -- there are also steamed-into-place 'gently curved stalks' through the bases, though they're the exception rather than the rule ... also: most stalks are NOT swirled, rather are straight -- most usually, only the ones involved in 'decorations', as around standing tufts or within smaller satellite Circles, retain an arc as they dry ...
Here are some quick story board fotos/captions from the Monograph:
Perhaps, Jean, you'd consider including this info in one of your subsequent newsletter mailings? I can't tell you how many Times I've heard neophytes adamantly declare, 'Broken stalks! Hoaxed Formation!' as they exit their first (or second, or third) Formations ... it's nigh onto impossible to pull back those 4 words once they start being spread from person to person, pretty much ruins it for other students who're still learning and unable to discern for themselves yet ...
Thanks for your consideration ...
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