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November 23, 2011
The American Fall Series #5: The Upwising Continues - Change the system, not the climate!
Hello every One
If not Now, then When? If we don't change right now the system that benefits a tiny elite while we finally have the attention of the world through the courageous, sustained stand of the Occupy movement around the world and especially in the US, the very center of the corporate culture that runs and defines the planet today, then when are we ever going to achieve change? It won't happen through the normal political process because it is corrupted to the bone by the stealthy influence of the wealthiest. It won't happen through armed revolution, because it would be swiftly crushed and all hope of standing up again to speak the truth would be forever lost. It won't happen through the intervention of some external powerful benign Force acting on our behalf, because it would deprive us of the experience we came here to gain through our own efforts and it would deny us the victory we need to achieve through our own freewill choices.
This Victory is to be over Fear and the Illusion of separation that makes us think in terms of "us versus them". In the changes we seek to accomplish, every soul will benefit. Without those changes, every soul will be losing. Either we all win, or we all lose.
So let's get on with the end of business as usual and let the upwising continue till we tilt the Machine, push the global reset button and switch back on to Heaven of Earth, for the Highest Good of all as One.
Joint Committee on behalf of the 1% - Veterans for Peace VP Arrested (26 oct. 2011) MUST WATCH! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwfLufgexnc
At the Hart Senate Building the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the Supercommittee came out of its secret closet for an infrequent "public" meeting, at which the public couldn't say anything. During the meeting Veterans for Peace Vice President Leah Bolger gave the committee a dose of the truth and for her candor was arrested. The ones that should be arrested are the politicians that are whores for the corporate complex in this country. NOTE: After watching the beginning jump to 2 min and MAKE sure to listen from 3:20 till the end to what Leah says... It is crystal-clear! Check also Leah Bolger, Freedom Plaza (46 sec)
Thrive (2 hours 8 min) Note from Jean: This video will probably be put down quickly as it happened twice in the past few days, so watch it now. If you have been following what I've networked for years, especially on the creeping domination of the global power elite, you'll see in this video a stellar, persuasive confirmation of it all and much more. Should this be shown worldwide on brainwashing propaganda TV it would stun the world and quickly trigger a global revolt against the elite. Truth is power against fear. The time is NOW to purge the planet from these megalomaniac psychopaths... THIS IS A VERY POWERFUL DOCUMENTARY!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eRooYZJL-E THRIVE SYNOPSIS - THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's 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.
This movie explores our current global predicament, the role of a few families in the control of people and resources, the role of money as a key to control the economy and all people, plus possibilities for a more healthy future, which includes local currency and a form of Tesla energy (long invented but hushed up) that could liberate us from oil and coal dependence. The movie draws together many threads you may have come across compacted into two hours of fairly nicely made film. The material in the film has been researched and made available at http://thrivemovement.com/ - Show your support and help humanity rise. Please purchase the DVD and show to all your friends that do not have access to the net. Please make this video viral. It encompasses everything we are trying to educate people on about the New World Order, the planned demolition of the world economy, new [free] energy technologies, and things YOU can do now to change the course of history..." LIKE TERMINATING OUR FORCED DEPENDENCY ON OIL... BTW if you tire of watching the long introduction on the Torus, just jump at 38 min into this video where it starts to get really interesting. Kaia Nightingale (email@example.com) who, among many others, recommended it, wrote: " If you like the Thrive movie and website, consider buying Thrive as a Christmas present, creating a home showing with a tea and discussion after, or at least sending these links around friends family and coworkers. For those who are new to how money is created, consider also sending the link to Money as Debt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC720Cl3N-0 and other related movies. Its time everyone understood how money is created and how it controls so much."
From: "October2011.org" (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: 19 Nov 2011
Subject: October2011.org News: The 99% versus the 1%; Time to take on the Super Committee
The 99%s Deficit Proposal is gaining attention! Copies were delivered this week to all of the members of the Super Committee. Keith Olbermann brought economist, Jeff Madrick, on his show to review the proposal, and he gave his approval saying he applauded its comprehensiveness, seriousness, sincerity and intelligence. The Huffington Post also gave a favorable review.
The Proposal was written as part of the OccupyWashingtonDC campaign to expose the corruption and dysfunction of the Super Committee and the further restriction of democracy in the US. The Super Committee yields unprecedented control of the federal budget to twelve corporate Congress members.
In early November, Tighe Barry and Leah Bolger of OccupyWashingtonDC spoke out in a Super Committee hearing, and Leah was arrested after bravely entering the 'well' to tell the members directly that they did not represent the 99%. While they were inside the hearing, many others were in the hall outside the hearing, chanting How do we fix the deficit? End the wars, tax the rich, and still more people were protesting outside the building.
In the following weeks, we will continue to build pressure on the Super Committee and we invite you to join in. Please sign the petition and if you are able, join us in DC for direct actions. Or you can plan protests at your local member of Congress office. Tell Congress that solutions exist to address the deficit, reduce military spending, create jobs, end foreclosures and student debt and reduce the wealth divide. Tell Congress to preserve and strengthen our social insurances: Social Security and Medicare.
Now is the time to join us in Freedom Plaza if you are able. Our excellent winterization team is busily building structures with heating to house us for the winter. We would like to thank Jackson Browne for donating 3 bike generators to power the heaters. We are looking for bikes to run them. And we continue to need donations for construction materials.
We are planning to stay and build towards the National Occupation of Washington, DC (NOW DC) in the Spring. Look for more information soon on theupcoming OccupyBusTour. Spread the word!
The Global Occupy Movement Challenges the Transnational Corporate Class Propaganda Machine By Peter Phillips (Nov 19, 2011) http://dailycensored.com/2011/11/19/the-global-occupy-movement-challenges-the-transnational-corporate-class-propaganda-machine
The international concentration of wealth and military power is endangering not only the personal freedoms and life chances of billions of people, but the potentiality for life on earth to simply exist. The US-NATO military-industrial-media empire operates in support of transnational corporations and the central banks primarily as the enforcer of International Monetary Fund/World Banks fiscal policies and the protector of transnational capital flow. The combination of empire enforcersboth public and private military/policein partnership with the private owners of production and capitals need for constant growth and profits is resulting in a tragic decline of humanity into a freedomless state of global corporate fascism.We are not going to reform the empire of destruction globally through corrupt capital protecting legislative bodies controlled by millionaires and corporate money. We are not going to change the propaganda messages of corporate mediaas they are deeply embedded in the destructive empire of power. Corporate media (singular) is the information control wing of the global power structure inside the transnational corporate class of the one percent.
The corporate media systematically censors news stories that challenge the propaganda of empire. Specific mythologies of empire are that we live in a democratic societies with fair elections, that governments are primarily transparent and seek to protect the public, that evil lurks in the world waiting to challenge our freedoms, we fight fairly and morally while the others are evil terrorists, governments would never do anything to harm their own citizens, wealth trickles down, we all trying to be green and capitalism will save us. Occupy challenges these myths of empire as lies and propaganda. The time is for the Occupy democracy movement to build our own news, and our own systems of decision making from the bottom up. We no longer need a majority to make change inside the empire. We need only active informed populations in the 10-20% range of society to initiate change producing social movements of resistance and non-cooperation with empire.Individually and collectively we can disconnect from employment that supports the empire of destruction, we can keep our work instead with community-based efforts at local sustainability, economic development, and caring. We can shop and bank locally and never enter the Wal Marts of empire. We can organize for resistance to counter the billions of dollars a year spent by the military to lie our children into serving the empire of destruction. We can turn off the corporate media filled with its propaganda and lies and seek our own sources of news from with democracy movements worldwide.Power to the people
"Shadow Government: Lifting the Veil is the long overdue film that powerfully, definitively, and finally exposes the deadly 21st century hypocrisy of U.S. internal and external policies, even as it imbues the viewer with a sense of urgency and an actualized hope to bring about real systemic change while there is yet time for humanity and this planet. See this film!"
- Larry Pinkney Editorial Board Member & Columnist The Black Commentator
"Lifting the Veil is a major contribution to political documentary. It teaches everyone from the uninitiated to the most sophisticated the true nature of the American government... It covers the issues clearly and succinctly, from the opening narrative through to its stirring conclusion."
- Ralph Poynter - Lynne Stewart defense committee, new abolitionist movement
"The best political film I've seen to date. A must watch if you want to understand who and what Obama is about, as well as this hypocrisy they call democracy."
- Kiilu Nyasha - Independent Journalist and former member of the Black Panther Party
"A wonderful, powerful film"
- Leah Bolger - National Vice President, Veterans for Peace
"In less than two hours, documentarian Scott Noble eviscerates the myth of the American dream, laying bare the grinning, skeletal greed at its core. It's the best single compilation we've yet seen on the corruption that has demolished the American commons and the lives of billions across the globe."
- Richard Brenneman - Eats shoots 'n leaves
Shadow Government: Lifting the Veil 1/8 (August 28, 2011) Part 2 HERE - Part 3 HERE - Part 4 HERE - Part 5 HERE - Part 6 HERE - Part 7 HERE - Part 8 HERE - SADLY ONLY A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE HAVE WATCHED THIS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnE-jKah7b8
A Documentary on the Political System, Democracy, The Economic Disparity between the rich and poor, Wallstreet, Barrack Obama, Change, and Hope - MUCH more through http://anewworldsociety.ning.com! NOTE from Jean: MAKE sure to watch at least part 1 and part 5 where you will see the real evil face of Obama and some of the innocent victims of his weapon of choice: the Predator drone. And you'll see MUCH more that demonstrates that this man MUST not be re-elected. In fact, the entire nation should totally boycott the next sham election (see VOTE None of the Above in 2012 below) and deny their consent to this sham capitalist democracy. Here is a key info from part 7. If Barack Obama stays for another 4 year, he will end up giving at least $5 trillions to the Pentagon, and when you factor in all the other hidden costs of war spending to perpetuate the US global dominance, the real cost is at least $1 trillion a year. Not what anyone, except the military industrial complex, hoped for... BTW check U.S. Military Troops and Bases Around the World
VOTE None of the Above in 2012 (Nov 19, 2011) I FULLY CONCUR!! http://dailycensored.com/2011/11/19/vote-none-of-the-above-in-2012/
While the liberal and conservative constituencies in our country have legitimate differences in how the country should be governed, one thing all Americans can agree on is our current political system is broken, corrupted by money, and that it no longer serves the interests of citizens. Our current system is a Kabuki show. Politicians prance and pontificate before elections, then go back to doing business with corporate financiers after elections are over. Democrat or Republican, it does not matter.A system where Congress writes rules governing its own behavior, such as exempting itself from insider trading rules is ludicrous. Neither voting Deomcratic or Republican, or not voting will bring about the change needed in the political system. To change the current system, it first needs to be de-legitimized. The way to de-legitimized the current illegitimate system is to promote a campaign to get the vote and write in none of the above for Congressional and Presidential elections in 2012. If elected officials get elected without a majority of the vote, it will affect their legitimacy. Imagine a scenario where the President gets less votes than none of the above. This would be a major political blow. If the Tea Partiers and Occupiers can come together and support the common goal of reforming the system of political campaign financing, lobbying, and Congressional oversight, then we can work out our other differences later. Lets all channel our mutual anger and frustration and kick start a get out the vote campaign to vote none of the above in 2012.
We have lost respect 'World fears US as a war-hungry drunk' - Former US Senator 22
The US is like a drunkard who charges to war with anyone who might pose a threat, ex-Senator and former US presidential candidate Mike Gravel says.
I like the US. But at the same time I think my country is an imperial country that is going downhill, and our leadership does not even acknowledge the problem, confesses Gravel.
Phony triumphalism has turned into a device to make Americans live in fear of a terrorist attack, yet you are a thousand times more likely to catch cancer than ever be hurt by that, he points out.
All I can say about what the US is doing its immoral, Gravel says, explaining that as a result of 9/11, we have altered our moral compass. And people began to get used to brutalizing each other.
We Americans used to think oh, what happened in Germany could never happen with us! Well, it is happening with us. And it is happening to the detriment of our global position.
In Afghanistan, in Iraq and in Vietnam at the era, all American soldiers died in vain, Gravel claims, recalling the millions of war victims in Vietnam, which is now developing along its own path, regardless.
New American policies enable US military or security officials to take a decision and dispatch a drone to kill a suspect without trial together with all civilians who happen to be close to the target, Gravel says.
The morality of that is removing responsibility those who drop bombs [from remotely operated robot drones] do not see people die, he says.
We have not matched the progress in the private sector of technology and science with the ability to govern ourselves in a proper fashion. We do not have a democracy. We have a system of representative governments worldwide, and that is not good enough for people to govern themselves in the XXI century, argues the former Senator.
President Barack Obama is guilty of crimes against humanity after the operation in Libya and the continuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
and Mike Gravel has got proof.
He [Obama] was asked whether or not there would be a possibility that we begin an investigation of the invasion in Iraq by George Bush which was an absolute crime. What was Barack Obamas response? We dont look back. That means we don't want you, the American citizens, to see what happened, because you may turn around and accuse us of the same thing, Mike Gravel says, its even worth than that. It is not an accusation. He has been doing exactly the same thing as George Bush did.
Most people are unaware of the fact that over the last year, the Obama administration chased out of the United States over 500,000 people. If we had a media that was all honest this would have been front page and hotly discussed, he reveals.
Obama is raising a billion dollars for his re-election campaign, and he has made a statement which demonstrates what little respect he has for the people. He made the statement Were not going to take any money from special interests. I tell you the billion dollars is coming from special interests, ex-Senator Gravel accuses.
He believes beating the drums about attacking Iran is very dangerous and marks the irresponsibility of the Israeli leadership.
Im not saying anything new Sarkozy says Netanyahu is a liar so in my humble status as a private citizen I tell you Netanyahu is a liar, because he has made statements about Iran that are absolutely ridiculous all this to create fear among people in Israel.
Mike Gravel recalled the Bush-created syndrome of bunker mentality that rules people with fear.
With fear you can make people do almost anything in a representative society. And that's what they are doing in Israel.
Iran is neither Syria nor Lebanon. Iran is a proud nation and they have missile capabilities not nuclear-capable that can rain down on Tel Aviv. I can tell you: if they are attacked they would attack back. And [because] Israel is so vulnerable and so small that it [Israel] would retaliate with nukes because they cannot suffer to be destroyed, Mike Gravel predicts, adding that Pakistan and China would join in, with the US to follow and that is a ready scenario for a nuclear WWIII.
You can start a Third World Nuclear War by irresponsibly attacking Iran. The best way to solve the problem with Iran is to leave it alone to build a democracy of its own.
Asked about the power of corporations said to own the government, Mike Gravel pointed out that corporations are designed to be responsible only to their shareholders, not to the government or the people.
Corporations need to be regulated, they are not democracies, he says. In fact corporations have no morality and no memory they are just designed to make money. They should not be in command of society which they are, worldwide, today.
That has to change, because this is going to lead to the destruction of our planet, insists Gravel. Irresponsible corporate activity must be controlled.
People are free if they participate in power. I know of no country in the world today where the people are really free, he concluded.
"Like many entering public service, Senator Gravel was idealistically committed to improving society. Holding public office, he soon learned the real requirements for political survival in our representative system of government. In this system, as a matter of necessity, the people's interests are subordinated to those of powerful special interests. During his years in office, Senator Gravel increasingly came to understand that fundamental solutions can only be brought about by the people. It is the confluence of this realization, his experience as an elected representative, and his idealism that has equipped Senator Gravel to craft a process that will empower the people. In the early 1990's, Senator Gravel founded Philadelphia II, the nonprofit entity whose mission is to bring this process to fruition. He has also founded other nonprofits including The Democracy Foundation to promote democracy and citizen empowerment worldwide. Senator Gravel's approach is rooted in a simple and complete faith in the people's ability to play a constructive legislative role in their own self-governance. He does not naively dismiss the negative elements of human nature, but is convinced that an improved structure for governance - direct democracy - will call forth the better side of our nature."
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"Obama, for all his personal commitment to the environment, has made clear the world's second biggest carbon emitter will not commit to a new legally-binding protocol at least until after the next presidential election."
"Will the old dinosaur minds draw us all into their conflicts, destroying life as we know it in the process, or will the emerging translucent view midfiwe us into a new way of living? In the translucent vision of the world there is no other, no enemy. It is a political view that encompasses the well-bieng of all sentient beings, not just one group or another. Either we all win, or we all lose. Without an inclusive approach, environmental, political, or social activism can easily add to the feeling of blame, of us against them and evoke resistance and a hardening of opposing positions."
"The American Empire, and the global political economy it has spawned, is unravelingnot because of some far-flung external danger, but under the weight of its own internal contradictions. It is unsustainablealready in overshoot of the earths natural systems, exhausting its own resource base, alienating the vast majority of the human and planetary population. The solution in Tunisia, in Egypt, in the entire Middle East, and beyond, does not lay merely in aspirations for democracy. Hope can only spring from a fundamental re-evaluation of the entire structure of our civilization in its current form. If we do not use the opportunities presented by these crises to push for fundamental structural change, then the 'contagion' will engulf us all."
THE MOST STUNNING TIME LAPSE VIDEO EVER!! A BREATHTAKING FLYING VIEW OF OUR GEM PLANET AS SEEN FROM THE SPACE STATION. TOTALLY MESMERIZING!!! You may want to turn the video sound off though and play your own preferred aural/inspirational music. Watch full screen!!
Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS (uploaded in full HD on Nov 12, 2011) http://vimeo.com/32001208
Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by Ron Garan, Satoshi Furukawa and the crew of expedition 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011, who to my knowledge shot these pictures at an altitude of around 350 km. The original HD videos and High resolution pictures used to create this hauting video experience (as well as other day-time videos) can be downloaded through the Crew Earth Observations Videos. The photos were taken with a special low-light 4K-camera. NASA's Image Science and Analysis Laboratory developed the shots, which include the Aurora Borealis Pass, an Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Aurora Australis, which covers the sky from Madagascar to the southwest of Australia. Along the way, you'll see giant lightning storms, massive cloud formations, webs of city lights and the constantly evolving stream of lights reflecting off of the Earth's atmosphere. It's an amazing and surreal view; all while the edges of the ISS hover at the edges of your computer screen.
Shooting locations in order of appearance:
1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
7. Halfway around the World
8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
14. Views of the Mideast at Night
15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night
Check the ecstatic comments!
The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/
This Gateway hosts the best and most complete online collection of astronaut photographs of the Earth. Beginning with the Mercury missions in the early 1960s, astronauts have taken photographs of the Earth. Our database tracks the locations, supporting data, and digital images for these photographs. We process images coming down from the International Space Station on a daily basis and add them to the 1,155,810 views of the Earth already made accessible on our website. These images include 675,262 from the International Space Station. These numbers were determined 11/1/2011.
AFTER YOU'VE BEEN AWED BY THE BEAUTY OF THIS ORBITAL FLIGHT OVER PLANET EARTH, THINK ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ORGY OF LIGHT EMITTED FROM HUMANITY'S ENCROACHING PRESENCE AND THE UNSUSTAINABLE EROSION OF ALL WILD HABITATS IT MEANS. Then make sure to read Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet - Excerpt below in this compilation, and ponder what are your options if you care to leave a living planet to your children's children... And read below the unfolding massive environmental catastrophe that is unfolding with nary any media report on it.
Mystery 'City' Caught On Stunning Time-Lapse Video From Space Revealed To Be Massive Midwest Oil Field (16 novembre 2011) http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1387/074/Mystery_City_Caught_On_Stunning_Time-Lapse_Video_From_Space_Revealed_To_Be_Massive_Midwest_Oil_Field.html
In astonishing video from the International Space Station, few may have noticed an unknown city in North Dakota, lit up as bright as Minneapolis. As the camera hovers hundreds of miles above the earth, major cities can be seen by identifying the patches of light. In one particular stretch of the video, several major Midwest cities like Bismarck, Sioux Falls and Minneapolis can be seen. But Ken Paulman noticed something else, another massive 'city' to the west that he couldnt identify, brightly lit as the camera passed over. Mr Paulman, editor of Midwest Energy News and a self-proclaimed geography buff, used the surrounding cities to figure out what the large patch of light was. He wrote: 'As we move further east, more familiar locations appear, revealing our mystery "city." Its the lights from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota.' The Bakken is reportedly one of the largest oil fields in the world, covering about 200,000 square miles in North Dakota, Montana and Canada. Its the subject of a heated debate over how many barrels of oil is available at the site. The huge amount of light given off in the area, according to Mr Paulman, is partially due to natural gas flares, flaming discharges used at oil fields to keep equipment from overpressure. CLIP - CAN YOU IMAGINE THE PHENOMENAL AMOUNTS OF OXYGEN THAT IS BEING DESTROYED NON-STOP WITH THIS NEW MASSIVE GAS FLARING? AT A TIME WHEN THE NATURAL REPLENISHING ABILITY OF FAST DWINDLING PLANKTONS AND DISAPPEARING FORESTS IS ERODED AT AN UNPRECENDENTED PACE!!! OUR OIL ADDICTION IS KILLING THE PLANET!!!
New Drilling Method Opens Vast U.S. Oil Fields (February 10, 2011) DIRTY OIL - A NEW MADE-IN-USA CARBON BOMB THREATENS THE BIOSPHERE AND NO ONE IS RAISING A RUCKUS AGAINST THIS HORROR... YET! http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/02/10/new-drilling-method-opens-vast-oil-fields/
A new drilling technique is opening up vast fields of previously out-of-reach oil in the western United States, helping reverse a two-decade decline in domestic production of crude. Companies are investing billions of dollars to get at oil deposits scattered across North Dakota, Colorado, Texas and California. By 2015, oil executives and analysts say, the new fields could yield as much as 2 million barrels of oil a day -- more than the entire Gulf of Mexico produces now.
(...) Oil engineers are applying what critics say is an environmentally questionable method developed in recent years to tap natural gas trapped in underground shale. They drill down and horizontally into the rock, then pump water, sand and chemicals into the hole to crack the shale and allow gas to flow up.Because oil molecules are sticky and larger than gas molecules, engineers thought the process wouldn't work to squeeze oil out fast enough to make it economical. But drillers learned how to increase the number of cracks in the rock and use different chemicals to free up oil at low cost.
(...) Environmentalists fear that fluids or wastewater from the process, called hydraulic fracturing, could pollute drinking water supplies. The Environmental Protection Agency is now studying its safety in shale drilling. The agency studied use of the process in shallower drilling operations in 2004 and found that it was safe. In the Bakken formation, production is rising so fast there is no space in pipelines to bring the oil to market. Instead, it is being transported to refineries by rail and truck. Drilling companies have had to erect camps to house workers. Unemployment in North Dakota has fallen to the lowest level in the nation, 3.8 percent -- less than half the national rate of 9 percent. The influx of mostly male workers to the region has left local men lamenting a lack of women. Convenience stores are struggling to keep shelves stocked with food. The Bakken and the Eagle Ford are each expected to ultimately produce 4 billion barrels of oil. That would make them the fifth- and sixth-biggest oil fields ever discovered in the United States. The top four are Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, Spraberry Trend in West Texas, the East Texas Oilfield and the Kuparuk Field in Alaska. CLIP
Continental: Bakken's giant scope underappreciated (Feb. 16, 2011) http://www.ogj.com/articles/2011/02/continental--bakken.html
HOUSTON -- The Bakken play in the Williston basin could become the worlds largest discovery in the last 30-40 years, a senior manager at Continental Resources Inc. said Feb. 16. Ultimate recovery from the overall play is now estimated at 24 billion bbl of oil, compared with US reserves of nearly 20 billion bbl, he told the NAPE Expo in Houston. (...) Industry has completed 2,750 horizontal wells since 2000. It is running 165 rigs that likely will drill 1,800 more wells in 2011, and production could reach as much as 1 million b/d within a few years, Stark said. The Bakken is continuous under nearly 15,000 sq miles. The plays numerous operators are drilling 18,000-21,000-ft wellbores that include 9,500-ft laterals and applying 18-30 frac stages/well, said Stark. CLIP
Bakken Shale Drilling Activity 2010 - To get an idea of the scale of frenzied drilling underway... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3lbgX0DVjI
Time-lapse of 2010 drilling in the US portion of the oil-rich Bakken Shale that straddles western North Dakota and eastern Montana. Watch the first 15 seconds and then jump near the end... ASTONISHING!! Check also Drilling rig rd-20 to catch a tiny glimpse of the astronomical quantities of water that is terminally polluted in the process of drill just one well... For the end result check RD20 and mud pump screen AND THIS NEXT VIDEOI...
CAUGHT ON TAPE! Chemical Dumping in the Bakken Area--North Dakota http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvNAGlhyK9g
Local residents claim that frack/oil trucks often dump their hazardous waste along roadways and into rivers & streams, etc. These residents were running some errands when they came upon a familiar site--a truck dumping chemicals along the road. When they caught up with the truck and told the truck driver about the problem, he hid his face and drove off. THIS IS THE TRUE FACE OF THIS LETHAL INDUSTRY. THIS IS REAL ENVIRONMENTAL TERRORISM!!!
State takes precautions for worst-case (August 16, 2011) http://www.runningwithoil.com/?p=357
BISMARCK Everyone agrees: The worst environmental disaster that could strike North Dakotas Oil Patch would involve some mixing of oil and water on a big scale. For us, its obviously a Bakken well blowout on the shore of Lake Sakakawea, said Lynn Helms, a key state official monitoring the oil and gas industry. He estimated that a few dozen wells tapping the Bakken formation are scattered around the perimeter of the lake, a reservoir on the Missouri River.
(...) Officials agree the state so far has escaped a large petroleum spill causing major environmental damage. In fact, the state has not had to activate its emergency response plan for an oil spill.There has been no major oil spill on water in the state, said Ray De Boer, hazardous chemical preparedness and response coordinator for the Department of Emergency Services. Has the state simply been lucky so far? I prefer to say were educated, he said. We try to make sure we plan for and can integrate something before it happens.
(...) In North Dakotas booming Oil Patch, where wells tapping the Bakken formation must burrow 10,000 feet underground, 35 or more wells extend horizontally beneath Lake Sakakawea.Oil and gas regulators say those horizontal wells, almost two miles deep, pose no risk to surface waters such as Lake Sakakawea. Oil beneath the center of the lake remains out of reach of current drilling technology, however, leading De Boer to worry that platform drilling someday could be implemented.We have considered it, he said. Its not that far-fetched.As for a Bakken subsurface well someday leaking into the lake, De Boer said, They never thought Deepwater Horizon was going to happen, either, a reference to the Gulf platform rig.
(...) The real risk is a spill from a well, tank or pipeline in the rugged breaks terrain of the Missouri River and its tributaries, said Kris Roberts, an environmental geologist with the state Health Department. For that reason, and with the long horizontal reach of drilling rigs today, Roberts would like to see more companies locate wells outside drainages that flow into rivers or creeks. There are many well pads in the breaks of the Missouri River and the Little Missouri and the Yellowstone, Roberts said. Thats fairly environmentally sensitive. a very beautiful area. He added: In my personal opinion, there could be better ways of siting pads, placing them outside environmentally sensitive areas. CLIP
What about Wildlife? (August 18, 2011) http://www.runningwithoil.com/?p=433
Audubon Society weighs tough decision on mineral rights
(...) Today, the society is weighing oil company offers to drill on that land. If you ask Genevieve Thompson of Audubon Dakota how tempting the offers are, she thinks for a long time.You want to make sure you are not trading a short-term benefit for long-term consequence, for something that once youve lost it, you cant get back, she said of oil development. There really need to be places that are just unaltered. The feverish oil drilling thats pumping millions into North Dakotas coffers and new vitality into once-shrinking towns is unfolding in a corner of the state conservationists deem near-sacred. It hosts unspoiled washes of native prairie, where migratory birds linger to have their babies, where sharp-tailed grouse dance their elaborate courtship dance and whooping cranes swoop down to rest on their trek from Canada to Texas.
(...) They are questions hounding all area conservationists: Will the bustling roads, noise and bright lights of oil development chase away animals that like it quiet? Will tall vertical structures rigs and pumps interfere with the ways of migratory birds? Will new roads lead opportunistic predators, like skunk and fox, to the nests of birds that have seen drastic population declines in recent decades? And in these post-Gulf Coast disaster days, theres the specter of spills and contamination. There are a lot of unknowns, said Dave Gillund, project leader at the Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge north of Stanley. Its all new to us, and its happening fast.
(...) Theres a lot of wildlife habitat thats being converted to oil drilling pads and roads, says Towner. Its going forward so fast, and the companies priority is to get the permits they need and proceed with their projects.Since 2008, the law enforcement division of the service has concluded 15 investigations of such violations, said special agent Rich Grosz. All resulted in fines of $500 to $2,000. But moving a drilling site? It costs $4 million to $5 million to establish one, Grosz pointed out. The agency has also met with a mixed reaction to a mass mailing campaign to encourage netting of reserve oil pits, which is not required by the state of North Dakota. Birds often cant tell the difference between a pit and a wetland, and Grosz has pulled more than 30 different kinds, from ducks to horn larks, from pits.The service estimates between 500,000 and 1 million birds die in such pits nationwide each year. The fines when an agent finds a migratory or endangered bird in a pit: $500 to $2,000.
Pointing fingers - When Karen Smith retired after almost a quarter-century of managing the Lostwood Refuge in 2002, she built a home not far to the north, down a minimum maintenance road. Its a straw bale house, with geothermal heating, recycled wood for the rustic interior and artwork of wolf, bison and grouse.We tried to blend in as much as we could, she said. Smith chafes at the sight of an oil pump churning just beyond a lake and a stretch of prairie from her living room window. A natural gas flare splashes an orange glow across the horizon at night, dimming the brightness of the stars. She recently checked her water well for benzene, toluene, xylenes and ethylbenzene chemicals on a state Health Department checklist for those living close to oil wells. (The test came back negative, but she cant bring herself to drink well water any more.) She calls it the oil invasion.Why would you live here if you wanted all kinds of development? she said. You live here because of the countryside, the quietness, the variety of wildlife. This is an intrusion on peoples lifestyles.
(...) Theres a substantial amount of activity going on, and there are always impacts, Ness said. But, he added, All of these new technologies are greatly reducing the footprint the industry has.Conservationists also acknowledge that, for the most part, they havent documented adverse effects on wildlife yet: birds abandoning their nests or whooping cranes snubbing the wetlands where they rest along their route. But the unknowns linger. Some of these animals are extremely vulnerable: Estimates put the global population of whooping cranes at fewer than 500. Has something dramatic changed right now? Gillund asked. The answer would be, We havent noticed anything. But one has to feel there would have to be some impacts. CLIP - APPARENTLY NOT A SINGLE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP HAS PICKED UP ON THIS INSANITY YET...
The Alberta Tar Sands is ... Mordor? http://www.yeslab.org/project/hobbit
A fuzzy cell phone video of an Elijah Woods sighting in Alberta, Canada. A fake Alberta Film website touting the advantages of filming at the Tars Sands. A fake production company website, a gossip video blog, an angry press release by the Tolkien family, a fake video blog by Peter Jackson himself, director of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and now The Hobbit, and of course a Facebook campaign against Jackson, calling on him to stop filming in the Tar Sands: because it was too flattering to Mordor. The only thing missing was a sighting of evil Lord Sauron. This complex social media campaign, which had the blogosphere abuzz speculating as to when, how and why Jackson was shooting the Mordor scenes from The Hobbit in the Alberta Tar Sands, created an opportunity to further highlight the devastation caused by the Tar Sands. The Tar Sands, which NASA scientist and climate expert James Hansen has called Canada's "carbon bomb," is the country's single largest source of climate change enhancing greenhouse gas emissions. And at a time of worsening climate crisis, Canada is expanding operations at the massive industrial site. The campaign was developed by a troupe of Toronto activists calling themselves Black Flood, along with the Yes Lab. The stated goal of the Canadian activists"to stir up some hot and bubbly controversy on the Alberta tar sands"worked like a charm. More on this through One Hoax to Rule Them All
Tar Sands Fight Goes Beyond Keystone: A Little-Known Pipeline Plan Could Prove Disastrous for British Columbia (November 18, 2011 ) http://www.alternet.org/environment/153122/tar_sands_fight_goes_beyond_keystone%3A_a_little-known_pipeline_plan_could_prove_disastrous_for_british_columbia?page=entire
An award-winning documentary offers a glimpse of a little-known pipeline plan -- and the paradise it threatens. -- Environmentalists from DC to California are praising last week's State Department decision to delay approval of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline -- a move that could kill the project once and for all. But in Western Canada, where activists have been battling the massive tar sands development at the head of the pipeline for decades, the fight is nowhere near over. In fact, at an impromptu sideline meetup at the APEC Summit in Hawaii this past weekend, Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty scolded Pres. Barack Obama for delaying the Keystone project, and reminded him that the US is not the only oil-buyer in the world market. The delay, Flaherty said, "may mean we may have to move quickly to ensure we can sell our oil to Asia through British Columbia." He was referring to a pipeline proposal that is extremely controversial in Canada but virtually unknown here -- the Enbridge oil company's Northern Gateway, which would pump tar sands bitumen 731 miles to the coast of northwestern British Columbia, where it would be put on supertankers destined for China.
A week earlier, on Sunday Nov. 5, while 10,000 people encircled the White House to protest the Keystone XL, judges at the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival were on stage giving an award to a powerful documentary about the Northern Gateway and Alberta's oil-sands strip-mines, 520 miles to the northeast. The film, Spoil, takes place in the Great Bear Rainforest, one of the wildest pieces of land on earth. The Northern Gateway's proposed path takes it through a sensitive section of the Great Bear, and, according to the film, threatens the livelihoods of the people of the Gitga'at First Nation. It also could destroy the habitat of the Kermode bear -- an extremely rare, all-white creature also known as the spirit bear.
(...) "I would expect [the US State Department decision] would increase the resolve for the oil companies to try to come west, as opposed to south. It will also increase the resolve of the federal government," Sterritt said last week. Meanwhile, Brian Topp, a writer and leading member of the progressive New Democratic Party, criticized Finance Minister Flaherty for "threatening Uncle Sam with a tighter embrace of Mao's heirs," and suggested that his country "invest in a new Western Canadian economy that is not dependent on the mining of raw bitumen. "One way or another, the world will soon act to dramatically reduce carbon emissions, and so will Canada. If the best hockey players play where the puck is going to be, then the Western Canadian energy industry -- and our economy as a whole -- need to do the same."
Everything is Workin' So why aren't we? (4 July 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI9P7-dPJ7A
Everything is still working. The people want to work. Their skills, machines, buildings, land, systems, knowledge, networks, etc. haven't gone anywhere. The only thing stopping everyone from working is pieces of fancy paper (or shiny stones, if you are a gold bug). The only thing that will get us all back to work is a stimulus-on-steroids, not the watered down failures the banks, capitalists, and Obusha's controllers have offered. CLIP
12,000 Years Old Unexplained Structure (Feb 18, 2011) - 8 min 20 sec - ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo0ZkgqM1TE
Göbekli Tepe, is a hilltop sanctuary erected on the highest point of an elongated mountain ridge some 15 km northeast of the town of Sanlõurfa, in southeastern Turkey and 500 miles away from Istanbul, Turkey. It is the most astonishing archaeological discovery in modern times and also thought to be the oldest advanced civilization on Earth. Ancient Aliens Season - 02, Episode - 08
Non-Human Ancient Mummy Just Discovered In Cusco, Peru (November 17, 2011) http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1393/906/Non-Human_Ancient_Mummy_Just_Discovered_In_Cusco,_Peru.html
The discovery was made by Rene Davila Riquelme, Private Museum anthropologist Andean Rituals in Andahuaylillas Quispicanchi province.So he gave it to RPP Noticias, the anthropologist Renato Davila Riquelme, who said that the mummy is 50 inches tall, triangular head, large cavity of the eye and molars uncommon in humans. The head is triangular and tremendous, indeed, the head is almost the size of body and thought I was a kid but Spanish and Russian doctors have come and we have confirmed that indeed is an extraterrestrial CLIP See this video and these pictures
Alien Genes Found in Human DNA (April 22, 2011) http://scienceray.com/biology/alien-genes-found-in-human-dna/?fb_ref=fb_activity
A group of researchers working at the Human Genome Project are claiming that they have found alien genes in our human DNA genetic makeup.Do we have alien genes in our human DNA? Could this be the ultimate proof of alien life? According to a team of researchers working at the Human Genome Project, this appears to be the case. The team believes that more than 95% of the non-coding sequences (also called junk DNA) found in human DNA is actually the genetic codes of alien lifeforms. These sequences are actually found in all lifeforms found on Earth but they make up a larger portion of the human genome than in any other species known. It is these sequences that the team is using to explain many gaps in our understanding of how human beings have evolved over the ages.Even though the theory of evolution has gone a long way in explaining how one species can lead to another one over long periods of time, it has come up short on how the human race has developed into the species we are today. There are many issues with the theory with regards to the human species including how our brain size nearly tripled in a short period of time, how we almost overnight developed civilization and perhaps most intriguing is the so called missing link having been never found. With the introduction of alien genes, the researchers claim that all of these mysteries can be easily explained. It is their hypothesis that alien genetic material was inserted several times in the past leading to these developments. The team has hypothesized that A higher extraterrestrial life form was engaged in creating new life and planting it on various planets, including Earth. For those familiar with the Ancient Astronaut theory, this will sound very familiar as this is one of the most prevalent statements they claim. So, do we have alien genes in each one of us? I think the answer is yes no matter how you look at the question. Just remember that scientists are certain that the building blocks of life or even life itself came from outer space so that would make us all aliens to this planet. For more information on the alien genes being found in our human DNA please visit this article: http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Frontpage/2007/01/08/01288.html
You Want The Truth? You Can't Handle The Truth! The UFO Phenomenon is REAL! (October 4th, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=9kNcNlMNtSI
Strong evidence supporting the UFO phenomenon. The truth is out there, all you have to do is open your eyes!
Ice Circles - What on Earth are they? http://www.viewzone.com/mysticise/
We've all heard about crop circles that appear in the middle of corn or wheat fields. But here is a little known phenomenon -- ice circles! These perfectly circular formations have been recorded for some time now, usually appearing on rivers or small ponds, but occasionally also in the calm ocean waters on enoumous scales. We have no idea how they form, if they are natural or perhaps related to the same phenomenon as the crop circles. Here are a few images we have received. CLIP
Morgellons Disease - A crime of Silence http://www.viewzone.com/morgellonsx.html
Proof that Morgellons is MAN MADE! Government stonewalls investigation. (...) Electron microscopy of the Morgellons filaments reveals that they are not simple solid forms, rather, they are complex structures with internal structures. In some laboratory experiments these fibers have been shown to re-assemble when they are separated, to squirm and pulsate and even to reproduce. (...) So far, if we take the analyses of the fibers as fact, we have a trans-genetic substance that is fluorescent and contains human, bovine (cow) and bacteria proteins, mysterious and unidentifiable fibers made of polythene that stick through the skin and causes its victims to constantly itch their wounds, and an almost indestructible tube containing a biofilm substance that prevents the skin lesions from healing. This nefarious disease has never been encountered before and there is no known cause or cure. So what's next?
The CDC gets involved... to kill further research! (...) As anyone close to politics knows, the best way to kill any project is to assign it for study and then underfund it. This is blatantly what has happened with Morgellons. But why would a government agency with a charter to prevent the outbreak and spread of disease want to stop research of a horrible disease that effects tens of thousands of US citizens? Could it have something to do with those fibers that were fluorescent? The ones that obviously came from an organism that had been trans-genetically tagged? Chromobacterium violaceum -- "Bio-Weapon"?
(...) Since Chromobacterium Violaceum, which produces violacein, has been found in Morgellons skin lesions, along with the biofilm, it seems a no-brainer that this is why Morgellons Disease resists healing and, in fact, spreads so rapidly. Don't forget that the proteins of Chromobacterium Violaceum were apparently tagged to fluoresce by some trans-genetic laboratory. The complete genome of this bacterium was published in 2003. This implies that they were intentionally included in this witches brew!
(...) Let's summarize what we have learned about the Morgellons laboratory findings.We have seen that there are fluorescent properties in some of the fibers and that these fluorescent substances contain proteins from some highly unusual and non-human organisms. It is ironic (or maybe not) that almost all of these exotic organisms have had their entire genomes studied and published. This would be essential for any serious trans-genetic manipulation. Indeed, these fluorescent proteins suggest that the organisms that produced them were genetically manipulated and tagged in some laboratory, for what purpose we do not know. The proteins come from some pretty nasty things, including organisms that make biofilms and violacein -- both which disable the human immune system, cause East Coast Fever and can insert random genes in our human cells! We see further evidence that Morgellons victims test positive for Agrobacterium, a unique bacteria that is widely used to genetically modify plants and which can genetically modify human cells. Again there is the suggestion that a laboratory was involved in the origins of this substance. Whether it is by design or by accident, it is apparent that Morgellons Disease was man made. The reluctance of the CDC to take an active role in investigating this outbreak further suggests that, on some level, the government -- or some highly influential corporation -- is culpable.Meanwhile people are suffering, committing suicide and spreading the disease to family members and their neighbors. There is no known cure and the disease eventually causes physical and mental disabilities. The most affected regions are California, Texas and Florida. Despite the suggestion that victims seem to have worked with soil or gardening (and must have come in contact with Agrobacterium that way), the two major occupations of Morgellons victims are nurses and teachers. Urban areas have more cases than rural areas. There have been confirmed cases in cats, dogs and horses. By all parameters, Morgellons is already pandemic. Yet the CDC is silent. No study, no report, no excuse. Just silence.
From Chemtrails to Pseudo-Life: The Dark Agenda of Synthetic Biology (11 oct. 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzW5Kb8u0Og
As the natural world dies around us, what will take its place? Planetary engineering includes bioremediation measures to bring us genetically engineered trees and crops. And what of humans themselves? How are we being transformed from the inside out? Presented at Conspiracy Con 2011, this 1 hour power point presentation by Sofia Smallstorm introduces primary and scientific findings hidden in the muffles of mainstream alternative media.People around the world are observing aerosol spraying (also called "chemtrials") and strange man-made clouds. White skies filter sunlight as trees around the country sicken and die. Soil and water tests high for heavy metals, and artificial fibres fall on us from the sky.Is aerosol spraying only about experimenting with weather? What do the self-replicating fibres found in Morgellons patients signify? Why are engineered materials being found in airborne environmental samples?All this suggests a planetary engineering program that is affecting and targeting all living things. Synthetic biology is science's most exciting new frontier, combining genetics, robotics and nano-technology with artificial intelligence, hybridizing natural forms and engineering tissues beyond our wildest dreams. The technology explosion is skyrocketing, and artificial intelligence will soon surpass our own capabilities. How will our world be organized then? WIll we turn ourselves over to machines? Or will we have become technological hybrids ourselves? MORE THROUGH http://www.AboutTheSky.com AND http://www.MorgellonsResearchGroup.com -- Here is a very comprehensive presentation about what is going on with these bizarre materials being pumped into our atmosphere, including nanotechnology experimentation re: blending artificial dna with human. Also covered: 'singularity,' the death of trees, morgellons disease, viruses... so much in here!
Ex Government Employee talks about CHEMTRAILS part 1 (July 27, 2009)
Part 2 HERE - Part 3 HERE - Part 4 HERE - Part 5 HERE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udEtOc2IFO8
The chemtrail program is also known as "Project Cloverleaf", and it is very compartmentalized. Even the pilots themselves have no real idea of why they are actually spraying.- Chemtrails are a sub-program of the US Navy's Radio Frequency Mission Planner (RFMP) program called the Variable Terrain Radio Parabolic Equation (VTRPE) - a system for creating 3D battlefield imaging that the US military has been using in Iraq and Afghanistan- Some of the chemtrail contents are biological in nature such as BCTP - an anti-anthrax inoculation that was tested on US populations- Clifford Carnicom has identified many of the very harmful biologicals coming out of chemtrails.- Chemtrails are also linked to SCALAR weaponry controlled by the Russians which operate on three distinct levels:..... 1. Energetics: destruction of aircraft; the Challenger; directed earthquakes, volcanic activity and hurricanes..... 2. Bio-energetics: affecting human health and energy..... 3. Psycho-energetics: mind control and behavior modification- Scalar transmitters in Russia are controlled by their Federal Security Bureau (FSB)- Scalar weaponry produce gravitational waves. There is nothing we can do to prevent this from happening. We are in a desperate time, and most of the people in the US are completely oblivious to what is happening, and are doing nothing because of political correctness.- Israel has protected the US from Russian scalar attacks on many occasions. - Mysterious sonic booms are caused by Russian interferometry affecting American air space. It is the same system that causes man-made earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and 'psycho-energetics.' They can take our cities down any time they want to. The only real deterrent is to take them out. (It is unclear whether Griffith meant 'taking out' the transmitters, or the deployment of 'Tesla domes' over US cities which he mentioned is the technology that was really created using money slated for an anti-missile defense shield.)
Banned JFK Assassination Documentary, Police Crackdown on Occupy Movement, Child Abuse, More http://www.WantToKnow.info/11/11_jfk_assassination_police_crackdown_occupy_child_abuse Important note on 48th anniversary of JFK's death: In 2003, the History Channel completed an amazingly revealing nine-part series titled "The Men Who Killed Kennedy." The ninth and final episode provides powerful evidence that Lyndon Johnson was directly involved in JFK's assassination. In the first minute his lawyer states, "I know as attorney for Lyndon Johnson that he murdered John Kennedy." Johnson's family and supporters successfully threatened History Channel, so that they no longer air or sell this key final segment of the series. Yet we obtained a copy and have posted it to our video section. If you are ready to have your eyes opened, watch even the first few minutes of this most powerful documentary available at this link.
Mourir en conscience http://www.mourirenconscience.com/
Mourir en conscience est une organisation fondée par une jeune famille ayant à coeur le retour à l'équilibre sacré avec la nature et l'évolution de notre conscience individuelle et collective.
KEY INTERNATIONAL NEWS
US plot to wage Syria war revealed (Nov 17, 2011) http://www.presstv.ir/detail/210597.html
Informed sources in Syria say they have discovered a pre-fabricated US scenario for the country's future, seeking to wage war against the nation from various fronts, Press TV reports.The sources said the US strategy includes attacks on Syrian diplomatic missions abroad. According to the American scenario, the Syrian opposition abroad would engage in taking over the country's diplomatic missions and use them as bases for directing and carrying out terrorist activities within the country. The US plan is set to refer Syria to UN's human rights commission and the General Assembly on November 23 as well as the the International Criminal Court in an effort to formally declare the Damascus government as a "war criminal," sources say. The American scenario also provides a role for Turkey in a NATO defense ministers' meeting, in which Ankara would be commissioned to move its forces across the Syrian border in an effort to establish a buffer zone inside Syria and facilitate the supply of weaponry and arms to the so-called 'contra forces' inside the country and trigger insurgency activities and potentially a civil war across the nation. Wahhabi insurgents based in the Syrian city of Tripoli would then launch attacks on the border villages of the country. Moreover, the Syrian sources said, the US scheme provides that the Israeli regime, along with Jordan, would also declare their readiness to engage in military operations against Damascus. The latest discovery comes as the Arab League (AL) announced the suspension of Syria during an emergency session in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Saturday and called for the imposition of sanctions against Syria. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has described the AL decision as illegitimate and dangerous. The Arab League has also proposed to dispatch an observer mission of 30-50 members to Syria in a supposed effort to end unrest in the country. Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March, with demonstrations held both in favor of and against President Bashar al-Assad. Millions of Syrians took to the streets in several cities across the country on Sunday to condemn the Arab League decision and its siding with US-led anti-Syria measures. Demonstrators also expressed their support for the government of President Assad.
Syrian Activists Say 2-Day Death Toll Is 34 (November 23, 2011) http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/syrian-activists-28-killed-day-15013047#.Ts2Kk2C3kTU
Syrian security carried out raids in rebellious areas in the center and the south of the country Wednesday, and at least six people died, raising the death toll in the past two days to 34, activists said, as the U.S. and Turkey took unusual steps to protect their citizens. Syrian President Bashar Assad was under increasing international pressure to stop the brutal crackdown, but no effects were apparent on the ground. The U.S. Embassy in Damascus urged its citizens in Syria to depart "immediately," and Turkey's foreign ministry urged Turkish pilgrims to opt for flights to return home from Saudi Arabia to avoid traveling through Syria. "The U.S. Embassy continues to urge U.S. citizens in Syria to depart immediately while commercial transportation is available," said a statement issued to the American community in Syria Wednesday. It was posted on the embassy's website. The warning followed an announcement in Washington this week that Ambassador Robert Ford would not return to Syria this month as planned, indicating concerns over his safety. The Obama administration quietly pulled Ford out of Syria last month, citing credible personal threats against him. The Turkish foreign ministry on Wednesday urged Turkish pilgrims to opt for flights to return home from Saudi Arabia and avoid traveling through Syria for security reasons.
The warning came two days after Syrian soldiers opened fire on at least two buses carrying Turkish citizens, witnesses and officials said, apparent retaliation for Turkey's criticism of Assad. The Turks were returning from Saudi Arabia after performing the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Activists and human rights groups said at least six people died in central and southern Syria on Wednesday, some during raids by Syrian security forces, and others who died of injuries sustained earlier.Wednesday's casualties raised to 34 the number of Syrians killed in the past 24 hours. Two main activist groups, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordinating Committees, documented the deaths, which were reported Tuesday in the central cities of Hama and Homs, the eastern city of Deir el-Zour and elsewhere.The violence came a day ahead of Arab League talks in Cairo to assess the Syria crisis after the 22-member organization rejected proposed Syrian amendments to its plan to send Arab observers to Syria to protect civilians. The Arab League suspended Syria's membership over the bloodshed and Syria's failure to abide by an Arab peace plan it signed.
A key U.N. committee voted Tuesday to condemn human rights violations by Assad's government and called for an immediate end to all violence. Nearly 4,000 people have been reported killed in the military crackdown on the popular uprising since March. The nonbinding resolution adopted by the General Assembly's human rights committee calls on Syrian authorities to implement the Arab League peace plan, agreed to earlier this month, "without further delay." The resolution, sponsored by Britain, France and Germany, was passed by a vote of 122-13 with 41 abstentions. It must now be approved at a plenary session of the 193-member world body, where its adoption is virtually certain. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said in a statement that the committee's first-ever resolution on Syria's human rights violations "has sent a clear message that it does not accept abuse and death as a legitimate path to retaining power." Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar Jaafari again accused Britain, France and Germany of "waging a media, political and diplomatic war against Syria" and encouraging armed groups to engage in violence rather than national dialogue with the government. CHECK ALSO UN draft is a declaration of war on Syria-envoy - US, UK, Canada sanction Irans banks, petro-chem
Aircraft Carrier CVN-77 Parks Next Door To Syria Just As US Urges Americans To Leave Country Immediately (NOVEMBER 23, 2011) http://www.thetotalcollapse.com/aircraft-carrier-cvn-77-parks-next-door-to-syria-just-as-us-urges-americans-to-leave-country-immediately/
Yesterday we reported that the Arab League (with European and US support) are preparing to institute a no fly zone over Syria. Today, we get an escalation which confirms we may be on the edge. Just out from CBS: The U.S. Embassy in Damascus urged its citizens in Syria to depart immediately, and Turkeys foreign ministry urged Turkish pilgrims to opt for flights to return home from Saudi Arabia to avoid traveling through Syria. But probably the most damning evidence that the western world is about to do the unthinkable and invade Syria, and in the process force Iran to retaliate, is the weekly naval update from Stratfor, which always has some very interesting if always controversial view on geopolitics, where we find that for the first time in many months, CVN 77 George H.W. Bush has left its traditional theater of operations just off the Straits of Hormuz, a critical choke point, where it traditionally accompanies the Stennis, and has parked right next to Syria.
Canada eyes military role in Syria if diplomacy, sanctions fail (Nov. 20, 2011) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canada-eyes-military-role-in-syria-if-diplomacy-sanctions-fail/article2242729/
Canada is prepared to join international military intervention in Syria if sanctions and diplomacy fail but says such a decision by the United Nations is neither imminent nor inevitable. The Harper government, however, announced Sunday it would keep a patrol frigate in the Mediterranean region until 2013 a ship that gives Canada an asset to contribute to a naval blockade of Syria should the need ever arise. CLIP - ONCE AGAIN, AS IN LYBIA, HARPER IS READY TO PLUNGE HEADLONG INTO WHATEVER MILITARY ADVENTURISM THE OBAMA REGIME IS PLANNING TO UNLEASH. SYRIA WITH ITS CLOSE TIES WITH IRAN, HEZBOLLAH, RUSSIA AND CHINA IS NOT GOING TO BE A CAKE WALK. THE ASSASSINATION OF MUAMMAR GADDAFI SENT A CHILLING WARNING TO ASSAD WHOSE RESOLVE TO STICK TO HIS BLOOD-SOAKED GUNS MEANS HE WILL RESORT TO ANYTHING TO NOT LET HIS SUFFERING POPULATION THROW HIM OUT OR DO HIM IN... THIS LOOKS LIKE A TRIGGER FOR A 'PERFECT' STORM, A CONFLUENCE OF CIRCUMSTANCES THAT COULD TRIGGER THE FINAL WAR ON THIS PLANET. LET US HOPE COOLER HEADS WILL PREVAIL AND THAT NO OPPORTUNISTIC MANIPULATION OF EVENTS ON THE GROUND IN SYRIA WILL LEAD TO THE UNTHINKABLE...
Russian warships off Syria, US carriers near Iran (NOVEMBER 21, 2011) http://www.thetotalcollapse.com/russian-warships-off-syria-us-carriers-near-iran/
Big power gunboat diplomacy is in full spate in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf. Washington is underscoring its military option against Irans nuclear program, while Russia is demonstrating its resolve to prevent NATO attacking Syria after Libya and defending Bashar Assads regime. Monday, Nov. 21,Russias foreign minister Sergey Lavrov accused Western nations of political provocation by urging the Syrian opposition to refuse to negotiate a settlement with Assad. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, for his part, advised Assad: You can only continue with tanks and guns to a certain point, the day will come when you will go. DEBKAfiles military sources note that Russia and America adopted aggressive postures on Nov. 12, when two American carriers, the USS Bush and USS Stennis sailed through the Strait of Hormuz side by side and took up position opposite the Iranian coast. That was also the day when a mysterious explosion at the Revolutionary Guards base near Tehran wiped out the entire leadership of Irans ballistic missile program. Five days later, on Nov. 17, the Syrian news agency reported three Russian naval vessels on the Mediterranean were heading toward Syria. Monday, Nov. 21, presidential sources in Damascus announced three warships had entered Syrian territorial waters outside Tartus port. Those sources stressed the Russian ships would not anchor in the Syrian port, indicating that their mission was not just to show the flag for the Assad regime but was on operational duty along its coasts to resist any foreign intervention in Syria unrest. Our military sources are watching to see whether the Russian flotilla targets the small craft transporting arms from Lebanon and Turkey to Syrian rebels fighting the regime. If so, Moscow would be able to present these strikes as actions against piracy which would fall under a UN Security Council resolution.While Moscow and Damascus kept the identity of the Russian warships dark, Arab sources said at least two of them are equipped for gathering intelligence and electronic warfare. CLIP
France considers humanitarian corridors in Syria (23 November 2011) http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/November/international_November914.xml§ion=international&col=
PARIS France will discuss creating protected humanitarian corridors in Syria with its EU and Arab allies, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Thursday, after meeting the exiled Syrian opposition leader.Juppe said France considers Burhan Ghaliuns Syrian National Council a legitimate interlocutor and said he would take to Brussels the idea of escape routes for Syrian civilians fleeing Bashar al-Assads forces. We examined the question of humanitarian corridors and I will ask the next meeting of the European Council to put this point on its agenda, Juppe said. If there could be a humanitarian dimension to the zones, which could be secured, to protect the population, thats a question that must be studied with the European Union and the Arab League. There have been reports that Turkey and NATO allies such as France are considering imposing a no-fly zone and a buffer zone on Syrian territory to give the opposition breathing space while it organises its revolt. No official source has gone this far, however, and Juppes statement was the first sign that something of the sort might be envisaged. The Syrian National Council is the legitimate interlocutor, and we will continue to work with it, Juppe said, stopping short of formally recognising the body and stressing that it must be inclusive. We are working on a formal recognition with the Arab League and all of our allies, Juppe said. CLIP
David Cameron: War looms in Syria (23 November 2011) http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/david-cameron-war-looms-in-syria-16081471.html
David Cameron urged world leaders to "engage" with Syrian opposition groups yesterday as he warned the country was on the brink of a full-scale civil war.The Prime Minister praised interventions by Turkey and the Arab League against Bashar al-Assad's brutal suppression of protests. Speaking alongside Turkish President Abdullah Gul in Downing Street, he said: "Today we had important discussions on Syria, where now a full-scale civil war is a real possibility."The world now needs to get behind with concerted pressure on the regime and positive engagement with the opposition, who can represent Syria in an inclusive transition," he added."Syria is now at a dead end so change is inevitable," Mr Gul had earlier said.
Tarpley: Snipers are Randomly Shooting at Syrian Civilians to Create Instability (Nov 22, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fiBRjc0J88
Webster Tarpley speaks from Damascus and he has been to cities like Homs and his conclusion is that there is NO civil war. There are snipers who fire at civilians to create chaos and instability in Syria.These snipers are mainly from abroad and have been brought in by the secret services like the Mossad, the CIA and MI6, including the support of the Saudi and Qatari Dictator Regimes. Al-Jazeera is again the master media-manipulator venting stories of Syrian army people who would have defected, whereas Tarpley has spoken to many people in Syria who want to army to come and help them get rid of the Death Squads who bring nothing but chaos and murder.
Iran to hurl Israel into dustbin of history (NOVEMBER 21, 2011) http://www.thetotalcollapse.com/iran-to-hurl-israel-into-dustbin-of-history/
A high-ranking Iranian military commander dismisses recent threats by the Zionist regime of Israel, saying Tehran will hurl the enemies of Muslims, particularly Israel, into the dustbin of history. Commander of the Aerospace Division of Irans Islamic Revolutions Guards Corps Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh told Fars News Agency on Monday that seeing Israel commit the folly of attacking Iran is one of our greatest wishes. A concealed energy has existed for some time now and we would like to use it to send the enemies of Islam and Muslims to the dustbin of history, he added. Hajizadeh stressed that Iran would never cease developing its missile capabilities.Earlier on Sunday, Deputy Head of the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Gholam-Ali Rashid said Iran would strike all Israeli military and nuclear sites in case of a military confrontation with the Tel Aviv regime. He said Israeli war rhetoric against Iran is a form of psychological warfare, stressing that Israel is in no position to take the risk of a military adventure.The United States and Israel have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the option of a military strike, based on the allegation that Irans nuclear work may consist of a covert military agenda.Iran has refuted the allegations, saying that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. While Israel refuses to allow inspections of its nuclear facilities or to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty based on its policy of nuclear ambiguity, Iran has been subjected to snap International Atomic Energy Agency inspections due to its policy of nuclear transparency. Israel recently test fired a new long-range missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The test was carried out at the Palmahim air base in central Israel. This three-stage Jericho-3 missile, which is capable of delivering a 750-kilo warhead to a distance, is estimated to have a range of up to 10,000 kilometers. Paradoxically, Israels new nuke-capable missile, which can target many parts of the globe, is not considered a threat in the eyes of the West.
Russia will target US missile defense sites if no deal Medvedev (NOVEMBER 23, 2011) http://www.thetotalcollapse.com/russia-will-target-us-missile-defense-sites-if-no-deal-medvedev/
Responding to Washingtons failure to bring Russia on board the European missile defense system, President Dmitry Medvedev announces sweeping plans to address what Moscow is calling a threat to national security. Medvedev said he will deploy strike systems in the west and south of the country and deploy Iskander missiles in the Kaliningrad region in order to counter the risk posed by the European missile defense system. By my order the Defense Ministry will run in a warning system radar station in Kaliningrad without delay, the Russian President said, commenting from his resident of Gorki on the outskirts of MoscowRussia may also refuse to undertake additional steps toward disarmament in the event that its national security remains at risk. In the event of unfavorable developments (in regards to European missile defense), Russia reserves the right to halt further steps in the disarmament sphere and, respectively, weapons control, Medvedev said. Besides, given the inseparable interconnection between the strategic offensive and defensive weapons, grounds may appear for our countrys withdrawal from the START treaty. New START, which limits the number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads to 1,550, was signed on April 8, 2010 in Prague and went into force on February 5, 2011. Meanwhile, Medvedev stressed that Russia remains open to dialogue with the US and NATO regarding missile defense issues, but the cooperation must have clear legal parameters. CLIP
A new Israel in the making By Gideon Levy (13.11.11) http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/a-new-israel-in-the-making-1.395241
The future is now. The revolution is in progress; just wait for what's to come. -- One day not long from now we will wake up to a different kind of country, the country that's now in the making. It won't look like the country we know, which already has its share of flaws, distortions and ills. And when we become aware of this, it will be too late. At that point, the old Israel will be described in glowing terms, a model of democracy and justice, compared to the new version that is taking shape as we close our eyes to it, day after day, new law after law.The way of life in the new Israel where we will live and die won't remind us in the least of the country we're used to. Even this article won't be publishable. Only proper opinions will be put into print, the ones approved by the new government-sponsored journalists' association, whose people will sit in every newsroom so there is no divergence from the accepted chorus of opinion. Laws and regulations (clearly they will be passed as "emergency" regulations ) will bar publication of anything that could, in the eyes of the authorities, harm the state. A new law will bar defamation of the state, and the newspaper you will hold in your hands will be different. It will only report good news.
Radio and television broadcasts won't be what you're familiar with either. No media outlet will be able to go beyond the bounds of the law due to the draconian penalties for running afoul of them. The word "occupation" will be illegal, as will the expression "Palestinian state." Treasonous journalists will be pilloried or arrested, or at least fired. That day is not long in coming.In the not too distant future, the urban landscape will look different. What is happening today in Jerusalem will play itself out in the whole country tomorrow, when the likeness of women will be banished from public view. Today Jerusalem, tomorrow the whole country. Separate buses and streets for men and women. Radio and television will only broadcast men singing. At some point, women will be required to cover their heads. Then it will be the men's turn. They will be barred from appearing clean-shaven or without a head covering. That day is not long in coming.The cities will be shut down on Shabbat. Not a store or movie theater will be open. Then will come the ban on driving on Shabbat. Non-kosher restaurants will be illegal. Mezuzahs will be required on the doorpost of every room in every home. Couples not registered with the rabbinate will not be allowed to live together, and couples in which only one party is Jewish will be deported immediately. Unmarried couples will be barred from walking arm-in-arm in public. CLIP
Embattled Egypt generals vow to speed up transfer of power (23 November 2011) http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/embattled-egypt-generals-vow-to-speed-up-transfer-of-power-16081354.html
Egypt's underfire ruling generals finally bowed to the demands of protesters last night as the biggest rally since the February uprising forced them to promise a handover to civilian rule by July next year.On the back of the worst violence since the last days of Hosni Mubarak, politicians who met the military council for crisis talks said Egypt's interim military leaders had agreed to set a date for presidential elections one of the key demands of activists. There was even an offer of a referendum on the immediate transfer of power to civilian rule.The announcement came after scenes reminiscent of the protests that toppled the former regime, as tens of thousands of Egyptians flocked to downtown Cairo to demand a handover to civilian rule before the 2013 date offered by the military rulers.We agreed July as the month to transfer power to a civilian President, said Emad Abdel Ghafour, leader of the fundamentalist Islamic Al-Nour Party, who was at the cross-party meeting. He added that a new head of state would be sworn in after the June presidential election, ending military rule.Egypt's generals also accepted the resignation of Prime Minster Essam Sharaf and his government, paving the way for an interim government. CLIP
Armed forces minister sorry for misleading MPs over depleted uranium (November 14, 2011) http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/nov/14/minister-sorry-dangers-depleted-uranium
The armed forces minister has been forced to apologise over misleading statements he made regarding the legality and dangers of depleted uranium weapons. Nick Harvey admitted that he had inadvertently misled MPs about a Ministry of Defence review that he said had concluded the weapons were permissible on humanitarian and environmental grounds under the Geneva conventions. It subsequently emerged that the review had never happened. The revelations come as a cross-party campaign is launched to pile pressure on the MoD to phase out the use of depleted uranium (DU). The tank shells that depend on it have to be renewed in 2013. The British army fired shells containing 2.3 tonnes of DU during the Gulf wars in 1990-91 and 2003. DU is used to harden 'Charm3' armour-piercing shells carried by British Challenger tanks. In 1998 the UK government ratified additional protocol 1 of the Geneva conventions. Article 36 of that requires that all weapons are subject to a legal review to assess whether they are "capable of being used discriminately", or cause "widespread and severe damage to the natural environment". CLIP
The Italian coup détat: now can you smell the rat? (20 November 2011) http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1401/910/The_Italian_coup_d_tat:_now_can_you_smell_the_rat.html?currentSplittedPage=0
There was an election in Spain this weekend which, if there were any sense to recent events in Europe, should not be happening. Right now Spaniards should be listening to the newscasts and reading their papers which explain why the election had been cancelled on the orders of the EU, Goldman Sachs, the European Central Bank, the Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission.
(...) Broadly speaking, the Italian private sector is performing well, and equal to or above the general trend in other major European economies. However, to be fair this is no small part due to the relatively lower wages paid by Italian employers. Spanish government debt is equal to 71% of GDP and this is the one area where she scores over Italy. Public sector debt in Italy is 120%. This is the figure pushed in the headlines to explain the overthrow of the elected Berlusconi administration and its replacement by a committee of wise men led by a well known Bilderberger and Goldman Sachs advisor, Mario Monti. Now lets ask the billion-euro question. From this necessarily brief sketch, which out of Italy and Spain is a greater threat to the euro (or the eurozone in general)? The answer is demonstrably Spain.The Roman Revolution was hatched at the Bilderberg Group meeting back in June, attended by Mario Monti. This is a Goldman Sachs promoted adventure to refloat Italys banks at the expense of the public taxpayer. It has nothing whatsoever to do with any threat that Italy might have posed to the eurozone. The Spanish are borrowing at unheard of rates. Fiscally, Spain is a disaster. Yet Spaniards went to the polls to elect a new government. The Italians have just seen the effective suspension of their democracy. Parliament, like an assembly of the blind mice, just about voted themselves out of existence with a 552 majority in favor of the usurper.It cannot be said too often. Italy is back in the era of Mussolini. As for Spain, the real fiscal Titanic, the predicted ouster of the socialists and victory for the Bilderberger Mariano Rajoy should set things on a proper course there. Another coup, of a different flavor.
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Let's end the global food waste scandal (November 18, 2011) http://articles.cnn.com/2011-11-18/world/world_europe_food-waste-london_1_food-waste-surplus-food-food-production?_s=PM:EUROPE
On Friday in London's Trafalgar Square, 5,000 members of the public were served a free hot curry, free apple juice and an array of fresh groceries.The lunchtime feast, dished up by volunteers -- including the Bishop of London and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and -- was made entirely from ingredients that otherwise would have been wasted, such as fresh but cosmetically imperfect "wonky" fruit and vegetables that fail to meet the supermarkets' strict cosmetic standards.The event demonstrated how easy it is to reduce the unimaginable levels of food waste both in the UK and internationally, and how governments, businesses and individuals can all help to change the way waste has become rife in our globalized food chain.
(...) Feeding 5,000 people is a challenge, but according to my calculations, if we could hypothetically save all the food wasted across the UK on any one day, there would be enough to feed 60 million people (i.e., the entire nation) and still leave some over for tea-time.The aim of these activities is to demonstrate that everybody can gain by tackling food waste. The food we buy and eat is part of an international food supply chain. In straitened times it becomes ever more important to address the chronic problem of wastage in food production on farms, in factories, in supermarkets, restaurants, and in homes all across the world. Saving food really does help alleviate hunger, in rich countries as in poor ones.
Tackling food waste is also good for the environment. In my book, Waste: the Global Food Scandal (2009), I calculated that 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions come from producing food that no-one eats. Waste has become so endemic to food production, that we now take for granted attitudes and practices that our ancestors would be appalled by. For example, until 10 years ago, pigs in Europe were often raised on a diet of food scraps. Today, however, European livestock is raised on a diet of soya imported from South America. Soya is expensive for farmers, and its cultivation contributes to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Because pigs fed on specially-grown soya no longer eat waste food, this creates the further problem of how to dispose of food waste. Food currently sent to landfill, for example, decomposes into methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The answer, as the event on Friday aimed to demonstrate, is to bring common-sense back into the food chain: eat what you can, redistribute what you can't, feed food not fit for humans to pigs, and only then turn to other waste solutions, such as composting or anaerobic digestion. We, the public, have the responsibility, and the power, to demand change. CLIP
Seahorses under stress (November 21, 2011) http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1121-neme_seahorses_stress.html
With about 25 million seahorses sold each year, global consumption of seahorses is massive. Theyre used in traditional Asian medicine and also sold as curios and aquarium pets. Over the last decade, overexploitation and habitat degradation have prompted declines of between 15 to 70 percent in many seahorse populations.Marine biologist and author Helen Scales notes there is much still unknown about seahorses. Because we dont know how many seahorses there are, she says, its a question mark as to whether or not a certain number of seahorses being traded is sustainable. If you dont know how many you had to start with, how can you say a 1,000 or 10,000 or 100,000 are going to be sustainable. She also argues it is irrelevant whether or not medicines made with seahorses are effective. Even if tiger bones or seahorses or any of these endangered species really do have miracle curative properties, I dont think thats an excuse to go and catch them anymore, she says. If theyre a miracle cure we should figure out why, and figure out a scientific way around that. It shouldnt be an excuse for still going out and catching them as many as we can.The biology and lifestyle of seahorses make them particularly vulnerable to overexploitation. For instance, they have a low birth rate compared to fish, which slows population recovery. CLIP
Forest elephant populations cut in half in protected area (November 14, 2011) http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1114-hance_forestelephants.html
Warfare and poaching have decimated forest elephant populations across their range with even elephants in remote protected areas cut down finds a new study in PLoS ONE. Surveying forest elephant populations in the Okapi Faunal Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo, researchers have found that the population has fallen by halffrom 6,439 to 3,288over the past decade in the park. CLIP
Chinas appetite for wood takes a heavy toll on forests (NOVEMBER 18, 2011) http://www.forestcarbonasia.org/in-the-media/chinas-appetite-for-wood-takes-a-heavy-toll-on-forests/
China is now overwhelmingly the biggest global consumer of tropical timber, importing around 40 to 45 million cubic meters of timber annually. Today, more than half of all timber being shipped anywhere in the world is destined for China. Many nations in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa export the lions share of their timber to China. China faces three criticisms by those worried about the health and biodiversity of the worlds forests. First, the country and its hundreds of wood-products corporations and middlemen have been remarkably aggressive in pursuing timber supplies globally, while generally being little concerned with social equity or environmental sustainability. China is also a major consumer of wood pulp, which is helping to drive large-scale deforestation in places like Sumatra and Borneo. Second, China, in its relentless pursuit of timber, almost exclusively seeks raw logs. Raw logs are the least economically beneficial way for developing nations to exploit their timber resources, as they provide only limited royalties and little employment, workforce training, and industrial development. As a result, most of the profits from logging are realized by foreign timber-cutters, shippers, and wood-products manufacturers. Finally, China has done little to combat the scourge of illegal logging, which is an enormous problem in many developing nations. A 2011 report on illegal logging by Interpol and the World Bank concluded that, among 15 of the major timber-producing countries in the tropics, two-thirds had half or more of their timber harvested illegally. Please click here to read the original news item. CHECK ALSO US $ 33 Billion to be spent to protect natural forests in China
U.S. pledges $450 m to Indonesia for green economic growth (November 19, 2011) http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1119-mcc_indonesia.html
The U.S. government has pledged more than $450 million toward "green growth" in Indonesia, reports the State Department.Under the recently-signed Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact for Indonesia, the Indonesian government will implement a $332.5 million "Green Prosperity Project" to "support environmentally sustainable economic growth through enhancing management of forests, peat lands, and other natural resources and deployment of renewable energy."The initiative includes support for rainforest and peatland conservation, coral reef protection efforts, better fisheries and coastal management, and air quality programs. CLIP
Discovery Channel cuts climate change episode from Planet Earth follow-up (November 17, 2011) http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1117-hance_discoverychannel.html
The new series Frozen Planet, by the creators of the super-popular and universally-acclaimed Planet Earth, details the wildlife and changing nature of the world's poles: the Antarctic and the Arctic. But while the four-year production filmed seven episodes, American audiences will only be treated to six. Discovery Channel has dropped the last episode that deals specifically with climate change. Discovery Channel has stated that it was taking out the last episode due to 'scheduling conflicts', but others believe the channel is cutting the episode 'On Thin Ice' because it deals directly with the impacts of global warming on the Arctic and Antarctic. And the US is not alone, around one third of the networks to air the series worldwide have opted on accepting the series from the BBC without the last episode. "Its a bit like pressing the stop button on Titanic just as the iceberg appears," a representative with Greenpeace told The Telegraph. "Climate change is the most important part of the polar story, the warming in the Arctic cant be denied, its changing the environment there in ways that are making experts fearful for the future."In the Arctic warming temperatures have decimated sea ice, imperiling species that depend on it such as polar bear and walruses, and upending the lives of indigenous people. Average temperatures in the Arctic are rising around twice as fast as global temperatures, making the region especially sensitive to climate change. This summer saw the lowest or second-lowest (depending on the research center) extent of sea ice yet recorded in the Arctic, while in the Canadian Arctic ice shelves have halved in just six years. CLIP
Civilization shifting: a new leaderless era (November 15, 2011) http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1115-king_opensource.html
Self-organizing networks and open-source ventures in the age of global disruption -- For decades, climate change scientists have called for urgent change in the Business-as-Usual (BAU) paradigm to cope with the interlinking social, economic, and environmental issues of the 21st Century. In 2001, one of the worlds largest earth science organizations, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP), published "A Planet Under Pressure, a summary report for policy makers. The reports critical statement was largely ignored: [W]e know that the Earth System has moved well outside the range of natural variability exhibited over the last half million years at least. The nature of changes now occurring simultaneously in the global environment, their magnitudes and rates, are unprecedented in human history, and probably in the history of the planet. The Earth is now operating in a no-analogue state. On the other hand, we do not yet know where critical thresholds may lie. (1)
The IGBPs description of the consequences of BAU are clearer when the veil of jargon that typically ensnares global change summary reports for policy makers is removed. Their statements may be translated as: the current, dominant global economic system functions as a massive, growth-generating hierarchy to support extractive, unsustainable lifestyles of a relatively small number of beneficiaries while the majority of the human population, as well as wilderness and intact ecosystems, absorb the externalities. In sum, the Earth system cannot support an exponentially increasing human population adhering to the normative standards of industrial civilization. Systemic alteration is inevitable, and the recent success of self-organizing, leaderless revolutions as well as open-source collaborative movements reveal powerful alternatives. These developing trends may evolve into the framework for complex societies that are immune to many of the inherent shortcomings of 'Business-as-Usual' practices, and can adapt rapidly to modern global change conditions. A pattern of crucial themes has begun to materialize in the search for viable economic solutions, environmental justice, and social welfare worldwide. The complex dynamics of social and environmental systems seem best conceptualized within the context of an overarching conflict between hierarchical organizations and the introduction of localized, do-it-yourself (DIY) adaptations to global change crises. CLIP
Is your cell phone killing you? (July 5, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAqoC8f-sQE
A 4 minute review of a documentary from New Zealand. The affects of our ever increasing electromagnetic-filled environment. "Is Your Cell Phone Killing You? is an unflinching look at the issue of health effects from cell phones and other EMF radiation sources we are all exposed to. Shot in New Zealand, the film is relevant to every community in the world, for we all share the same biology and similar legal and political systems when it comes to how the industry propagated this harmful technology onto an unknowing public. Refreshingly free of industry bias, even though it asks the question, the film leaves no doubt at the end that Yes indeed, your cell phone may be killing you! For anyone who uses a cell phone or lives in an area where there are cell towers, antennas or power lines and has ever doubted the relationship between EM radiation and health effects, this film is a must see!!!" - Elizabeth Barris, Director, American Association For Cell Phone Safety & Documentary Filmmaker - More details through http://isyourcellphonekillingyou.com
GWEN Towers, Mind Control, ELF Wave Sickness,Tinnitus, Sleep Disorders, Chronic Fatigue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtbCUQ001zs
(...) You will need to pause this every few second to read this man testimony and personal research on himself. I too have noticed the very same symptoms along with well documented "sleep disorders". FOLKS, THIS IS ALL TOO REAL AND NOT AT ALL AMUSING! LIKE YOU I AM HUMAN BEING ... NOT SOMEONE'S LAB RAT OR GUINEA PIG.... To find out what the GWEN towers are for, read THIS.
TSA Backs Off Independent X-Ray Scanner Safety Test Knowing Truth Came Out in 1998 (November 17, 2011) http://naturalsociety.com/tsa-backs-off-x-ray-scanner-safety-test-truth-came-out-1998/
After reports as far back as 1998 surfaced and revealed that the TSAs X-ray scanners could be causing around 100 cases of cancer per year conservatively, the TSA announced that it would be launching an independent study over the safety of the machines. During a senate hearing following the explosive nature of the report, TSA administrator John Pistole agreed to a request by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine to examine the health effects of the TSA x-ray scanners by commissioning an independent study. Of course Pistole would retract his statements in a later Senate hearing earlier this week. Pistole stated that such a study might be unnecessary due to a draft he received on the machines by the Department of Homeland Securitys inspector general. Interestingly, the report by the inspector general is not to be released for a few weeks, in which the media backlash over the negative effects of the scanners will have died down. Even more interesting is the fact that the report mainly focuses on how the TSA monitors and maintains the machines. It seems quite apparent that the TSA is doing anything possible to avoid a truly independent study over the dangers of their machines.
This becomes even more apparent when TSA administrator Pistole denies the need for the study citing his personal belief in the machines. In fact, he goes on to discuss his belief in the safety of the machines:My strong belief is those types of machines are still completely safe, Pistole said. If the determination is that this IG study is not sufficient, then I will look at still yet another additional study.Previous reports confirm X-ray scanners cause cancerThe government has known for over a decade that TSA X-ray scanners, also known as naked body scanners, are causing cancer. Even more shocking than the cover-up of the negative health effects associated with X-ray scanners is the complete lack of action taken on behalf of the government that is supposed to protect you from harm. Despite knowing since 1998, they have done absolutely nothing about it. Furthermore, John Pistole stating that further research is unnecessary highlights the blatant disregard these officials have for our health.
A panel of radiation safety experts gathered in 1998 to analyze a security device called the Secure 1000, an X-ray scanner model. Designed specifically to beam you with X-rays in order to see under your clothing, the experts had concerns over the safety of the machine. The experts pointed out in their evaluation of the machine that it violated a basic principal of radiation safety: humans should not be X-rayed unless there is a specific medical benefit. Of course there is no medical benefit surrounding the TSAs naked body scanners. In fact, it has been found that the X-ray scanners do not even offer a significantly increased security benefit, despite government officials blowing out the budget to install them at major airports nationwide. CLIP
315 ONG signent une lettre au commissaire européen de la Santé Dalli sur les risques sanitaires des champs électromagnétiques (15 Novembre 2011) http://www.teslabel.be/politique/204-315-ong-signent-une-lettre-au-commissaire-dalli-sur-les-risques-sanitaires-des-champs-electromagnetiques
A l'heure de l'ouverture de la conférence européenne controversée sur l'évaluation des risques des champs électromagnétiques (CEM) pour la santé, 315 ONG (organisations non gouvernementales), des euro-parlementaires de 10 pays, représentant 4 groupes politiques, 52 scientifiques et des médecins aussi bien que nombre d'avocats et d'autres parties prenantes d'intérêt public ont signé la lettre ouverte au commissaire Dalli en annexe appelant à une évaluation impartiale sur des risques pour la santé des CEM. Les 315 ONG sont localisées en Europe, Amérique du Nord et du Sud, Australie, Afrique du Sud et au Japon- IEMFA (International EMF Alliance) (représentant 67 ONG) - HEAL (Health & Environment Alliance) (représentant 70 ONG) - WECF (Women in Europe for a common future) (représentant 100 ONG) - PAN-EUROPE (Pesticide Action Network) (représentant 31 ONG) - RES Réseau Environnement Santé, France (représentant 21 ONG)- 26 autres ONG, y compris le BUND (Amis de la Terre, Allemagne) avec 480 000 membres. C'est aussi ce que rappellera l'action de protestation de ce mercredi 16 novembre à l'extérieur du bâtiment où se tient la conférence dont sont exclus un très grand nombre de scientifiques et d'experts indépendants. CLIP
Manifestation le 16 novembre à Bruxelles http://www.teslabel.be/activites-et-appels/197-manifestation-le-16-novembre-a-bruxelles
Le 16 novembre 2011, des citoyens venus de toute l'Europe viendront manifester à Bruxelles, devant le bâtiment Charlemagne où se tiendra la conférence de l'Union Européenne sur "les ondes et la santé". Aucun scientifique indépendant de l'industrie et ayant mis en évidence des effets néfastes n'a été invité à s'exprimer lors de cette grand-messe industrielle camouflée en débat de société. (PDF 2 pages ici) Le téléphone cellulaire n'est pas la seule source de rayonnements électromagnétiques dans notre société. Depuis quelques années nous sommes bombardés en permanence de micro-ondes pulsées issues des antennes relais (GSM, 2G, 3G UMTS, WIMAX... ), téléphones sans fil DECT, babyphones sans fil, Internet sans fil (WiFi/WLAN), satellites, etc. Comme si cela ne suffisait pas, les gouvernements de toute l'Europe sont en train d'autoriser à l'industrie télécom d'encore augmenter l'exposition aux ondes électromagnétiques par de nouvelles sources telles que le réseau 4G LTE (impliquant des nouvelles antennes-relais partout, qui s'ajoutent aux antennes 3G, et avec des débits beaucoup plus importants), les compteurs (d'eau, d'électricité, calorimètres etc.) dits "intelligents" càd émetteurs, Galileo (30 satellites émetteurs supplémentaires qui viennent s'ajouter aux 20 du GPS)...
Or il y a un lien direct entre l'augmentation actuelle des maladies chroniques (Alzheimer, TDAH, fibromyalgie, fatigue chronique, insomnies, allergies, etc) et l'augmentation exponentielle de l'électrosmog ces 10 dernières années. Des milliers de professeurs, de médecins et de scientifiques ont averti les politiques plusieurs fois que l'exposition actuelle aux rayonnements électromagnétiques est une menace directe pour la santé publique, et qu'ils doivent impérativement établir de nouvelles limites d'exposition biologiquement acceptables. Les politiques doivent réaliser que la santé publique est primordiale, et qu'ils doivent donc agir d'urgence. Voilà pourquoi nous devons manifester tous ensemble ! Nous demandons de baisser la pollution électromagnétique, et protestons:
*) contre l'absence à la conférence de l'Union Européenne des 16 et 17 novembre, de scientifiques ayant des points de vue divergents de l'actuelle position laxiste européenne. En effet, aucun des scientifiques dont les recherches ont prouvé des effets nocifs des rayonnement électromagnétiques ne sont invités à s'exprimer lors de cette conférence, comme L. Hardell, H. Lai, M. Kundi, F. Adlkofer, G. Oberfeld, O. Johansson, M. Havas, etc. (détails de la conférence sur http://www.onetec.be/EMF2011) [et voir 2011 International Scientific Conference on EMF and Health: Conflict of Interests];
*) contre l'attitude et les législations laxistes des gouvernements, qui ne tiennent pas compte de l'existence d'effets non thermiques toxiques des champs électromagnétiques ;
*) contre l'absence de reconnaissance de l'hypersensibilité électromagnétique comme handicap (à part quelque peu en Suède et en Espagne)
*) contre l'ingérence des industriels télécom dans la recherche. Les études sponsorisées par l'industrie télécom concluent neuf fois plus souvent à l'absence d'effets biologiques que les études indépendantes non financées par l'industrie. Pure coincidence ?
EMF-Omega-News (19 November 2011) http://www.buergerwelle.de/en/news/newsletter/newsletter_20111119.html
Unexplained increases in brain cancer in nations with longer term cellphone use - The ongoing mystery of the magnetosensing cows - Cell phone radiation and institutional corruption addressed - How the Telecom Industry Seeks to Confuse About the Dangers of Cell Phones - Smart Meters Raise Privacy, Health Concerns - Why risk your health with a mobile phone? - Sprowston residents angry about new mobile phone mast - People people thwarts mast plans - Frankie Boyle wins phone mast fight - Residents get council to reject cellphone tower - Anger in Bedworth over new phone mast - DoT gets PAC call: Monitor harmful radiation - News from Mast Sanity
- Over 30,000 People Rally in New York City (NYPD estimated 32,500), including organized contingents of workers, students, and other members of the 99%
- Actions in at least 30 cities across the country and around the world
- Commemoration of 2-Months Since Birth of the 99% Movement, Festival of Lights on Brooklyn Bridge
- Blockade of all Entry-Points to NYSE; hundreds participate in nonviolence civil disobedience
- Sense that a powerful and diverse civic movement for social justice is on the ascent
Tens of thousands took action Thursday, November 17 to demand that our political system serve all of us not just the wealthy and powerful. The NYPD estimated tonights crowd at 32,500 people, at the culmination of the day of action. Thousands more also mobilized in at least 30 cities across the United States. Demonstrations were also held in cities around the world.
"Our political system should serve all of us not just the very rich and powerful. Right now Wall Street owns Washington," said participant Beka Economopoulos. "We are the 99% and we are here to reclaim our democracy."
New York led the charge in this energizing day for the emerging movement. In the wake of billionaire Mayor Michael Bloombergs predawn raid of Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square, 1:00am Tuesday morning, thousands of people throughout the five boroughs and the greater region converged to take peaceful action. Following Bloombergs action, the slogan You cant evict an idea whose time has come became the new meme of the 99% movement overnight. The mobilization today proved that the movement is on the ascent and is capable of navigating obstacles.
The day started at 7am with a convergence of a few thousand people on Wall Street. All entry points to the New York Stock Exchange were blockaded. 'People's mics' broke out at barricades, with participants sharing stories of struggling in a dismal and unfair economy.
Through the course of the day, at least 200 people were arrested for peaceful assembly and nonviolent civil disobedience, included City Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito, City Council Member Jumaane Williams, Workers United International Vice President Wilfredo Larancuent, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry, SEIU 1199 President George Gresham, CWA Vice President Chris Shelton, CWA Vice President , Fr. Luis Barrios of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization-IFCO, retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis, and many others.
"All the cops are just workers for the one percent, and they don't even realize they're being exploited," retired Police Captain Ray Lewis said. "As soon as I'm let out of jail, I'll be right back here and they'll have to arrest me again."
57-year-old bond trader Gene Williams joked that he was one of the bad guys and said supportively, The fact of the matter is, there is a schism between the rich and the poor and it's getting wider."
At 3:00pm, thousands of students converged at Union Square in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. They held a teach-in to discuss their concerns about the prospect of a lifetime of debt and economic insecurity. They held a student General Assembly and marched en masse to Foley Square.
The rally at Foley Square was electric. It was remarkably diverse in participation, across race, religion, gender, and age. As the rally concluded, thousands of participants walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, holding up lights for a festival of lights to mark two months since the birth of the 99% movement. (November 17 marks two months since the start of Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square.)
"I worked hard and played by the rules, but when budget cuts hit last year I lost my job as an EMT and now I'm about to lose my family's home," said Bronx resident Carlos Rivera. "I'm sitting down on the Brooklyn Bridge today because it's not fair that our taxpayer dollars bailed out big banks like my mortgage holder, Bank of America, but they refuse home-saving loan modifications for struggling families like mine. It's time banks and the super wealthy paid their fair share and Congress helped people get back to work."
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Police Captain joins occupy wall street & gives advice (17 nov. 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2j4LLUu0BU
Retired Captain Ray Lewis of the Philadelphia police has joined Occupy Wall Street and gives his perspective on the general police mentality.
Occupy Wall Street Draws Massive Turnout in NYC and Across the Nation to Mark 2-Month Milestone (November 18, 2011) http://www.democracynow.org/2011/11/18/occupy_wall_street_draws_massive_turnout
The Occupy Wall Street movement entered its third month Thursday with protests against the economic system in dozens of cities across the country. Reports estimated some 300 people were arrested nationwide, with the majority of the arrests taking place in New York City when protesters attempted to shut down the New York Stock Exchange. "We effectively shut down Wall Street this morning. We did it with our stories, with our bodies, with our hearts," says one of the organizers of the action. Democracy Now! reporter Ryan Devereaux filed this report. [includes rush transcript]
NYPD police arrested at least 200 Occupy Wall Street protesters on Thursday (November 17, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFi7gC1EQws
At least 200 people have been arrested during clashes between police and Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in New York City, part of a day of mass gatherings in response to efforts to break up Occupy Wall Street camps nationwide. Thousands of protesters took to the streets around the U.S., including Los Angeles, Dallas, Portland, Ore., to mark two months since the movement's birth. Dozens of arrests were reported, including at least 31 in Los Angeles. One of the largest demonstrations was in New York, where at least 1,000 demonstrators tried to clog streets around the stock exchange. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said five of the protesters arrested were charged with felony assault and that seven police officers and 10 protesters were injured. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45340184/ns/us_news-life/
Paramilitary Policing of Occupy Wall Street: Excessive Use of Force amidst the New Military Urbanism (November 17, 2011) http://www.democracynow.org/2011/11/17/paramilitary_policing_of_occupy_wall_street
We host a discussion on policing and the Occupy Wall Street movement with Chuck Wexler, director of the Police Executive Research Forum, which helped organize calls among police chiefs on how to respond to the Occupy protests, and with Norm Stamper, the former police chief of Seattle, who recently wrote an article for The Nation magazine titled "Paramilitary Policing from Seattle to Occupy Wall Street." "Trust me, the police do not want to be put in this position. And cities really need to ask themselves, is there another way to handle this kind of conflict?" Wexler says. Stamper notes, "There are many compassionate, decent, competent police officers who do a terrific job day in and day out. There are others who are, quote, 'bad apples.' What both of them have in common is that they 'occupy,' as it were, a system, a structure that itself is rotten. CLIP
Caught on Camera: 10 Shockingly Violent Police Assaults on Occupy Protesters (November 18, 2011) http://www.alternet.org/story/153134/caught_on_camera:_10_shockingly_violent_police_assaults_on_occupy_protesters?page=entire
Probably 97 percent of police act professionally toward protesters. But the other 3 percent are armed and dangerous, and know that they're unlikely to be held accountable. -- Occupations across the country have born the brunt of some violent police tactics, and in a world where everyone has a camera-phone, a lot of their brutish behavior has been caught in photographs and on video.Police work is difficult and dangerous, and the majority of officers on the street behave like pros. When it comes to controlling crowds of angry protesters, they're often put into tense situations and ordered to do things they may not want to do by commanders who are far removed from the scene. I've witnessed a lot of restraint from cops, which of course doesn't make the news. But being human, cops are also prone to fear and rage like everyone else. A minority of cops, like a minority of protesters, lose their cool in tense situations. The difference is that they aren't amateurs they're well trained and have guidelines that they're required to follow. When a cop loses his or her cool, it can be terrifying. And when a protester exercising his or her right to assemble and speak is a victim of excessive force, it also violates the United States Constitution.Unlike protesters, cops are also armed, and it's difficult to hold them accountable for their actions when they don't behave professionally. Most civilian review boards are toothless and ineffectual. But, as Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union told AlterNet last month, public video recording has dramatically changed the landscape of police accountability, no question about it. It's a lot harder for police to sweep allegations of abuse under the rug when it's on video and on YouTube. Below are some of the most stunning incidents of police officers going wild on Occupy protesters around the country. CLIP
Police pepper spraying and arresting students at UC Davis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmJmmnMkuEM
During peacefully Occupy Movement, police came in to tear down tents and proceeded to arrest students who stood in their way. Once students peacefully demanded the release of the arrested, a police officer unnecessarily pepper sprays the students to open a path for the rest of the officers.
UC Davis pepper spray incident goes viral (November 20, 2011) http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/1120/UC-Davis-pepper-spray-incident-goes-viral
Police use of pepper spray to disburse occupy demonstrators at UC Davis has set off a firestorm of protest, the suspension of two officers, and calls for the schools chancellor to resign. Video of the incident at the University of California campus, showing demonstrators sitting peacefully on a sidewalk as officers sprayed them with a red mist of pepper spray at very close range, quickly went viral. UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, who initially voiced support for the officers Friday, soon backtracked.
(...) I am deeply saddened that this happened on our campus, and as chancellor, I take full responsibility for the incident. However, I pledge to take the actions needed to ensure that this does not happen again. I feel very sorry for the harm our students were subjected to and I vow to work tirelessly to make the campus a more welcoming and safe place."Katehi said she is accelerating the timetable for a task force to investigate the events surrounding the arrests of 10 protesters Friday, including communications from the police to the administration, according to the university statement Sunday. She set a deadline of 30 days for the task force, which will include representatives of faculty, students and staff, to be chosen and convened this coming week. Such contrition and quick response was not enough for many in the UC Davis student body and faculty. After a Saturday evening press conference, Katehi had to wait two hours before walking through a gantlet of students that had been chanting for her resignation. The board of the Davis Faculty Association quickly organized a petition campaign calling for Katehis ouster as chancellor. CLIP - This news has gone viral even in the mainstream media! Watch UC Davis Chancellor Katehi walks to car amidst protesters (Walk of shame)
Egyptian military say their tactics are no worse than the methods used by US police against Occupy protesters (NOVEMBER 20, 2011) http://100gf.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/egyptian-military-say-their-tactics-are-no-worse-than-the-methods-used-by-us-police-against-occupy-protesters/
The Egyptian military, battling renewed demonstrations in Tahrir Square, have defended their used of force against protesters by comparing themselves to police in the US who are dealing with the Occupy protests. According to various sources, officials on Egyptian TV have asked why they are being criticised when similar tactics are allegedly being used against peaceful protesters in America. The comments come in the wake of controversial tactics used by police in a number of US cities. Just in the past week, 84-year-old Dorli Rainey was allegedly pepper-sprayed by police at Occupy Seattle and protesters at UC Davis were pepper-sprayed after police claimed they felt threatened by a bunch of people sitting on the ground.
'Occupy Wall Street' - Protesters Return to Zuccotti Park After 200 Arrested, Camping Barred (46 min) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71CmGiAnmcQ
From: Democracy Now - November 16, 2011 - Occupy Wall Street Protesters Return to Zuccotti Park After 200 Arrested, Camping BarredThousands of defiant Occupy Wall Street protesters streamed into Zuccotti Park late Tuesday, less than 24 hours after police forcibly removed them from their camp. Police arrested more than 200 people, including about a dozen who had chained themselves to each other and to trees. As protesters returned, a judge upheld the city's ban preventing them from bringing backpacks, tents and sleeping bags with them into the park. Democracy Now! spoke with protesters as they regrouped after the raid. "The reason I'm down here is because I'm tired of seeing suffering of so many people while you have 1 percent who is accumulating all this wealth on the backs of all the workers," says Ray Lewis, a retired police captain from the Philadelphia Police Department. He critiques his colleagues for "basically just enforcing the laws of the dictators, which is the 1 percent. And they're having their healthcare cut, their pensions cut, and their salaries reduced, and they don't even realize it." [includes rush transcript] CLIP - Read the rest at http://www.democracynow.org/2011/11/16/occupy_wall_street_protesters_return_to CHECK WHAT A RETIRED POLICE CAPTAIN SAYS STARTING AT 4:30!!
99% v 1%: The Data Behind The Occupy Movement - Animation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbeaQRWMtj8
It Has Been The Rallying Cry Of The Occupy Movement For The Past Two Months - But Is The US Really Split 99% v 1%? As Poverty And Inequality Reach Record Levels, How Much Richer Have The Rich Got? This Animation Explains What The Key Data Says About The State Of America Today.
Occupy Cafe http://www.occupycafe.org/
Occupy Cafe is dedicated to expanding and connecting #Occupy conversations here in the US and throughout the world. Real and meaningful change for good comes when we, the people, stand, speak and act together, cooperatively and collaboratively.
Elizabeth Warren Occupy Wall Street Attack (14 nov. 2011) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRdzX98cTRY
Massachusetts senate candidate Elizabeth was attacked by over her support for the Occupy Wall Street movement with an ad from Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS PAC. The Young Turks Cenk Uygur shares the ad and her response.
Somebodys Got To Keep Em Awake - Occupy Seattle: 84 Year Old Activist Dorli Rainey on being pepper-sprayed by Seattle police, importance of activism (November 18, 2011) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29746.htm
Eighty-four-year-old activist Dorli Rainey tells Keith about her experience getting pepper-sprayed by the police during an Occupy Seattle demonstration and the need to take action and spread the word of the Occupy movement. She cites the advice of the late Catholic nun and activist Jackie Hudson to take one more step out of your comfort zone as an inspiration, saying, It would be so easy to say, Well Im going to retire, Im going to sit around, watch television or eat bonbons, but somebodys got to keep em awake and let em know what is really going on in this world.
84-Year-Old Dorli Rainey, Pepper-Sprayed at 'Occupy Seattle' (Nov. 17, 2011) Great wisdom! Must watch! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qP-yeTo08E
Democracy Now! interview: Police departments across the country are coming under criticism for using excessive force against Occupy Wall Street protesters during the past two months. In Seattle, Mayor Mike McGinn apologized Wednesday, hours after an 84-year-old retired Seattle school teacher named Dorli Rainey was pepper-sprayed in the face during a protest. Photographs of her moments after she was pepper-sprayed went viral, showing the chemical irritant and liquid used to treat it dripping from her chin. According to Occupy Seattle organizers, a priest and a pregnant teenager were also pepper-sprayed Tuesday night. Dorli Rainey joins us from Seattle. "My problem is not only with police brutality," Rainey says. "It's with the progressively getting worse attitude of the police." The creeping Police state is spreading violent state-sponsored terrorism across the US, a perfect reflection of the militarization of the US police and of the endemic violence that pervades the US carceral system, as well as a tiny sample of the lethal violence that dominates the US foreign policy and of the gruesome carnage it spreads around the world.
Retired Supreme Court Judge shoved up against a wall and threatened by NYPD at Occupy Wall Street clashes (November 20, 2011) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2063716/You-want-arrested-lady...
A retired New York Supreme Court judge has claimed she was manhandled by a policeman after watching him beat a woman at the Zuccotti Park raids. Karen Smith was working as a legal observer when she saw a distressed woman pushed to the ground and beaten by an officer, she said. When she demanded he [stop], the unidentified cop pushed her against a wall and threatened her with arrest. Ms Smith had attended the raids ... to note down the names of people arrested as the Occupy Wall Street camp was cleared. She was wearing a fluorescent green baseball cap bearing the words 'National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer' to show she was not taking part in the protests. Ms Smith, who was also carrying a pad and pen, said the incident happened at around 1.30am on Tuesday at Dey Street and Broadway Street in New York City. Speaking to Democracy Now, she described the scene as a paramilitary operation if there ever was one. It was what we call a stealth eviction, she added. Ms Smith explained her son had participated in Occupy Wall Street and she had been very concerned about his safety.
Pregnant Seattle protester miscarries after being kicked, pepper sprayed (November 22, 2011)
THE US COPS ARE DESCENDING INTO BARBARIC REPRESSION AGAINST PEACEFUL, NON-VIOLENT PROTESTERS. WHAT'S NEXT? LIVE AMMO AGAINST INNOCENT BYSTANDERS AS THE US STORMTROOPERS REGULARLY DO ELSEWHERE? http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/11/22/pregnant-seattle-protester-miscarries-after-being-kicked-pepper-sprayed/
A woman who was pepper sprayed during during a raid on Occupy Seattle last week is blaming police after she miscarried Sunday. Jennifer Fox, 19, told The Stranger that she had been with the Occupy protests since they started in Westlake Park. She said she was homeless and three months pregnant, but felt the need to join activists during their march last Tuesday. I was standing in the middle of the crowd when the police started moving in, Fox recalled. I was screaming, I am pregnant, I am pregnant. Let me through. I am trying to get out. She claimed that police hit her in the stomach twice before pepper spraying her. One officer struck her with his foot and another pushed his bicycle into her. It wasnt clear if either of those incidents were intentional. Right before I turned, both cops lifted their pepper spray and sprayed me. My eyes puffed up and my eyes swelled shut, Fox said. Seattle Post-Intelligencer photographer Joshua Trujillo snapped a picture of Fox in apparent agony as another activist carried her to an ambulance.Seattle fire department spokesman Kyle Moore told The Washington Post that a 19-year-old pregnant woman was among those that were examined by paramedics. While doctors at Harborview Medical Center didnt see any problems at the time, things took a turn for the worst Sunday.
Everything was going okay until yesterday, when I started getting sick, cramps started, and I felt like I was going to pass out, she explained. When Fox arrived at the hospital, doctors told her that the baby had no heartbeat.They diagnosed that I was having a miscarriage. They said the damage was from the kick and that the pepper spray got to it [the fetus], too, she said.I was worried about it [when I joined the protests], but I didnt know it would be this bad. I didnt know that a cop would murder a baby thats not born yet I am trying to get lawyers. The Scoville heat chart indicates that U.S. grade pepper spray is ten times more painful than the blistering hot habanero pepper, according to Scientific American. While law enforcement officials regulary claim that the spray is safe, researchers at the University of North Carolina and Duke University found that it could produce adverse cardiac, respiratory, and neurologic effects, including arrhythmias and sudden death. Watch this video from IowaBoyDave, uploaded to YouTube Nov. 21, 2011.
Occupy bat-signal creator explains how he brought it off (November 18, 2011) http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/11/18/occupy-bat-signal-creator-explains-how-he-did-it/
As Occupy Wall Street protesters were walking across the Brooklyn Bridge on Thursday evening, a mysterious series of images flashed across the facade of the Verizon building, located near the East River, starting with a circled 99%.LOOK AROUND / YOU ARE A PART / OF A GLOBAL UPRISING / WE ARE A CRY / FROM THE HEART / OF THE WORLD / WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE / ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE OCCUPY EARTH / WE ARE WINNING / IT IS THE BEGINNING OF THE BEGINNING / DO NOT BE AFRAID / LOVE.Boing Boing tracked down the signals creator, Mark Read, to find out what had inspired the dramatic display and how he had brought it off. CLIP
Occupy protests spread to US college campuses (November 19, 2011) http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/1119/Occupy-protests-spread-to-US-college-campuses
As the Occupy Wall Street protests have grown to cities across the United States, they've also taken root at US universities, where students have staged rallies and walk-outs from classes. -- Mo Tarafa stood before students at a small, outdoor concrete auditorium at Florida International University and called for volunteers to sit in the 10 chairs before her. Each chair, she said, represented 10 percent of the wealth in the United States and 10 percent of the population. The students, mostly in their 20s and wearing jeans and T-shirts on a balmy autumn afternoon in Miami, took their places. Then Tarafa asked nine of the students to squeeze together into five of the chairs. This, she said, was the distribution of wealth in 1996.Next she asked nine students to fit into three of the chairs. This, she said, is the distribution of wealth today. "How are you all feeling right now?" she said."Uncomfortable," said one of the students piled up on one another. The exercise was part of a teach-in that took place recently at FIU and dozens of other campuses across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. As the protests have grown to cities across the United States, they've also taken root at US universities, where students have staged rallies and walk-outs from classes. On Thursday, students were among the thousands who took part in protests across the country.They've even set up their own tent cities: At the University of California, Berkeley, where 40 people were arrested in a violent confrontation with police last week, officers removed 20 tents on Thursday. At Harvard University, dozens of students have set up tents in the middle of campus.The students' concerns: The rising costs of tuition, seemingly insurmountable student debt and weak job prospects issues unique to them, but which student organizers see as directly connected to the larger issues being raised by the Occupy protests against economic inequality. CLIP
Grande-Bretagne : «Encadrement policier total » et criminalisation de la contestation (14 nov. 2011) http://fr.sott.net/articles/show/6028-Grande-Bretagne-Encadrement-policier-total-et-criminalisation-de-la-contestation
L'envergure de l'opération policière menée mercredi contre une manifestation relativement limitée et pacifique contre les coupes dans l'éducation au Royaume-Uni montre que l'élite dirigeante n'est plus prête à tolérer aucune forme d'opposition sociale et politique. Si l'on accepte les chiffres de la police concernant la taille de la manifestation, le déploiement de 4 000 policiers, dont bon nombre étaient en tenue anti-émeute, représente un rapport de un policier par manifestant. Si le chiffre plus exact de 8 000 manifestants est accepté, alors le rapport est quand même de un pour deux. Le nouveau responsable de la police métropolitaine Bernard Hogan-Howe a décrit la manifestation comme étant un test de son «encadrement policier total. » Voici comment cela se présentait: Londres était placé en quasi paralysie, toutes les routes principales le long du parcours de la manifestation étant bloquées par des rangées de policiers, des camions de police, des policiers à cheval et des barricades de trois mètres de haut. Lorsque les manifestants sont arrivés dans les gares ferroviaires, routières et les stations de métro, il leur a été remis une brochure de 11 pages avec le titre en lettres majuscules « ENCADREMENT POLICIER TOTAL » imprimé devant et derrière. La brochure avertissait que la police utiliserait la section 60 de la Loi de 1994 sur l'ordre public et la justice criminelle pour fouiller les gens et les contraindre à retirer leur masque. La manifestation a été étroitement bordée de rangées de policier à l'avant, à l'arrière et des deux côtés tout au long du parcours de 4,5 km. Des hélicoptères survolaient la scène filmant copieusement les participants.
(...) Aujourd'hui, tous les aspects de la vie sociales sont dictés par une oligarchie extraordinairement riche qui ne cherche qu'à s'enrichir toujours plus. Dans la situation d'une crise économique qui empire, ceci se traduit par des demandes de coupes budgétaires et d'austérité pour des millions de gens. Et il n'existe aucune possibilité de voir ces mesures votées démocratiquement. C'est ce qui détermine les agissements des gouvernements bourgeois du monde entier consistant à promulguer des mesures propres à un Etat policier et explique en Grèce, la menace d'un coup d'Etat militaire. La riposte des travailleurs et des jeunes doit être de construire un mouvement socialiste de masse et d'adopter une perspective révolutionnaire pour une société véritablement démocratique et égalitaire, fondée sur l'expropriation de l'oligarchie et l'organisation de la production afin de répondre aux droits sociaux de tous à l'éducation, à la santé, au logement et à un emploi bien payé.
6 Burning Questions About the Violent Crackdowns on Occupations Around the Country
In the aftermath of a city-by-city crackdown featuring hundreds of arrests and evictions of Occupy encampments, plenty of questions demand answers.
November 15, 2011
Occurring without provocation, the Occupy crackdown gives the appearance of an orchestrated effort to thwart an emerging protest movement. Early morning Tuesday, in New York City, hundreds of police officers, many in riot gear, swept down on Zuccotti Park, throwing away private property, restricting press and using aggressive tactics to remove protesters and supporters. Here are some things wed really like to know.
1. Who convened the mayors call? In an interview with the BBC, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan alluded to her participation in a conference call with leaders of 18 US cities just prior to the raids on encampments across the country. Mayors' associations do exist, but they do not typically organize police interventions or local decision-making in such detail. Given the abuses of the past, such as the notorious COINTELPRO and other intervention programs that the U.S. government organized during the Vietnam protests, the public has a right to know the details of who organized that call.
2. Was there an attempt to control press coverage? New Yorkers awoke to front-page stories and photographs in both the New York Post and the New York Daily News. Coverage by the two papers was supportive of the mayor and the police actions but disparaging toward the protesters. An AlterNet reporter, arriving on the scene at 1:30am, shortly after the raid began, could get nowhere near Zuccotti Park due to police barricades (and was subjected to pepper spray while attempting to report on events). How did the friendly reporters gain their access? Was there advance coordination to allow certain media outlets access and block the rest? Why was press access restricted? Were some reporters' credentials confiscated? How will reports of unwarranted force on the part of police toward the press be addressed?
3. What, if any, was the role of the White House? Who was in charge of following the nationwide Occupy crackdown at the White House? What does President Obama, the man who celebrated the uprisings in Egypt (and who is currently out of the US, in Asia), think about the raids and the encroachments on the civil liberties of peacefully protesting Americans? As a constitutional scholar, what is his view of the restrictions of the press and the arrests of journalists?
4. Was the Department of Homeland Security involved in the raids? Filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted this question, asking if the Department may have given the green-light to the raid. The DHS has been reportedly following Occupy Wall Street Twitter feeds and other social media networks. Did it play any role in the crackdown?
5. What, if any, was the role of the FBI? Suggestions are circulating that the FBI and other federal agencies may have advised local law enforcement agencies on how to conduct the raids and even how to handle press relations. Did this happen? Was there any coordinating of arrests across the country on the part of the FBI?
6. Where are the libertarians? In the face of all the clamor about states' rights, local government and the Constitution, we want to know where all the libertarians have suddenly gone. Its enough to drive you to drink an emergency cup of tea.
Related video and articles:
More on Police Departments' Collusion in Defense of 1%: Who's the Organization Coordinating Those Crackdown Calls? (November 19, 2011) http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/736778/more_on_police_departments%27_collusion_in_defense_of_1%3A_who%27s_the_organization_coordinating_those_crackdown_calls/
Interesting report this evening in the San Francisco Bay Guardian suggesting that big city mayors have not been the only ones making conference calls in an effort to coordinate crackdowns on Occupy Movement encampments:...a little-known but influential private membership based organization has placed itself at the center of advising and coordinating the crackdown on the encampments. The Police Executive Research Forum, an international non-governmental organization with ties to law enforcement and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has been coordinating conference calls with major metropolitan mayors and police chiefs to advise them on policing matters and discuss response to the Occupy movement. The group has distributed a recently published guide on policing political events.... The coordination of political crackdowns on the Occupy movement has been conducted behind closed doors, with city officials and PERF refusing to say how many cities participated in the conference calls and the exact nature of the discussions. Reports of at least a dozen cities and some indication of as many as 40 accepting PERF advice and/or strategic documents include San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Portland [Oregon], Oakland, Atlanta, and Washington DC....PERF coordinated a November 10 conference call with city police chiefs across the country and many of these cities undertook crackdowns shortly afterward.
(...) The ante in all of these arenas has been upped considerably in the last week, with camp evictions and police confrontations across the country. In general, thanks to images like this, those crackdowns have not played well with much of the public and likely have only redoubled the determination of protesters. Following on actions marking Thursday's two-month anniversary of the original Zuccotti Park occupation, Saturday is planned as yet another day of widespread actions. It will be interesting to see whether cities and police pull back, fearing a PR backlash, or double down on the repression. If history teaches us anything, it's that the repression can get a lot worse. As Glenn Greenwald noted astutely today, Law enforcement officials and policy-makers in America know full well that serious protests and more are inevitable given the economic tumult and suffering the U.S. has seen over the last three years (and will continue to see for the foreseeable future). A country cannot radically reduce quality-of-life expectations, devote itself to the interests of its super-rich, and all but eliminate its middle class without triggering sustained citizen fury. The reason the U.S. has paramilitarized its police forces is precisely to control this type of domestic unrest, and its simply impossible to imagine its not being deployed in full against a growing protest movement aimed at grossly and corruptly unequal resource distribution. Put another way: "Dancing With the Stars" can only keep so many people anesthetized for so long. Or, as Gandhi described it, in a situation where people knew they'd been colonized: "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they crack down..." We know what happens after that.
Occupy Roundup: Olbermann's Devastating Special Comment Nailing Bloomberg Plus New Video of Eviction http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/731817/occupy_roundup%3A_olbermann%27s_devastating_special_comment_nailing_bloomberg_plus_new_video_of_eviction/
Keith Olbermann's special comment last night explained why he thought Mayor Bloomberg's crackdown on Zuccotti Park would only strengthen the movement rooted there, because overreactions traditionally make movements more mainstream.Keep watching past a strong historical context to hear the most insanely accurate speechifying against Mayor Michael Bloomberg you will ever hear. He calls Bloomberg "an archetype" and a "cartoon," (and much worse) who is nonetheless "the most irreplaceable man" of the Occupy Wall Street movement because his actions had been successful at "vault[ing] it back into the headlines."Olbermann called "Mayor 1%" out on hypocrisy on many levels: complaining about noise in the neighborhood due to the encampment and thenusing sound cannons to disperse it, making his money off of the media and arresting reporters, making a deal with the city council to extend his term and then arresting council members, and complaining that the protests slow down the city while he lets "another goddamn Batman movie" paralyze it. You get the idea. It's a must-watch--funny mostly because it's true. Watch below: CLIP
(...) I honestly cannot remember leaders of multiple cities banding together like this to coordinate a response to local demonstrations. While organizations like the National Conference of Mayors routinely meet and consult to exchange ideas and advocate for urban-oriented legislation, this sort of cooperation smacks of federal coordination at some level.That said, such evictions are attacking symbols, not the Occupy movement itself. For starters, while the encampments of a few dozen cities have been evicted or withered away, hundreds remain, and in many more support actions are ongoing even without a central 24/7 encampment. Occupation was always a tactic, not the end, and recent actions like Bank Transfer Day, occupations or picketing at bank branches, and occupations of foreclosed properties (business and private) have substantially expanded the young movement's repertoire of tactics. In any particular city, there are an almost infinite number of places to occupy, a similar number of deserving targets to protest, a wide variety of available tactics, and, at least for the moment, a lot of energy for making that happen.
The evictions we're seeing this week remind me of the periodic sweeps some cities indulge in to clear out their homeless populations. They don't, of course; they just waste a lot of time and energy pushing the homeless from one neighborhood to another. Only jobs and affordable housing and health care programs get people off the streets. Similarly, whether the public or political leaders like a particular tactic or not, the Occupy Movement has identified a problem that a large chunk of the public recognizes as real: that our political and economic systems are rigged to benefit the one percent and to screw everyone else. The Occupy movement is not about encampments; it's about withdrawing the consent of the governed from that rigged system, and creating the political space to force a fairer system. It may or may not be effective in the long run, but the demand to address that issue, now that it has been loudly named, is not going away. No matter how many members of the one percent are in on the next conference call.
Who's Behind the Mayhem at the Occupy Oakland Protests? (November 11, 2011) http://www.alternet.org/occupywallst/153053/Who%27s_Behind_the_Mayhem_at_the_Occupy_Oakland_Protests%3F/
Oakland officials are gearing up for another crackdown on the Occupy Oakland camp, justified in part by recent acts of vandalism by people who may not even be part of the movement. -- During an Occupy Oakland camp meeting on November 3 the morning after a boisterous but peaceful day of protests in Oakland devolved into a barrage of teargas and less lethal bullets after nightfall -- about a dozen occupiers expressed their frustration with the vandalism that had marred the evening; acts of mayhem committed by a small number of people among the thousands who took part in the protests. Who are these people? asked one protester who would only identify himself as Dave. They're not staying here with us, they're not participating in the GAs [general assemblies] and as far as I'm concerned, they're not a part of this movement. Another protester spoke of how the broken windows and spray-painted graffitti had overshadowed the beautiful thing they'd accomplished during the day. We shut down the fucking Port of Oakland, she said, and all the news is talking about today is this bullshit that went down last night. Another activist spoke of the sense of vulnerability she felt, as police have come to rely on a handy group of black bloc anarchists to justify their violent responses. CLIP
A NEW POTENT ANTHEM FOR THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT HAS BEEN SUNG IN FRONT OF THE LEADERS OF HALF THE WORLD'S POPULATION DURING A DINNER AT THE APEC MEETING IN HAWAII A COUPLE DAYS AGO
(You can download this song HERE to play on your computer or at Occupy rallies)
OCCUPY WITH ALOHA: Makana at the APEC Dinner, Hawaii (13 nov. 2011) 11 min - Lyrics below http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VegV-8vu7go
In this version Makana tells the FULL STORY as well as sings the full version of the song, "We Are The Many." Makana's guitar tech shot this with a camera phone during his performance for the World Leaders Dinner at APEC, which was hosted by the First Family. Makana wore an "Occupy with Aloha" t-shirt under his black blazer and sang his newest song, "We are the Many," an anthem of sorts for Occupy protestors. He had to be extremely discreet as Secret Service had warned those on site that any phones used to capture photography or video would be confiscated. Since the technician has a guitar tuner app on the phone they were able to justify having it out, but grabbing video was not easy. They were under constant surveillance. Makana likes to have video of his every performance saying, "It's my art and my right." About an hour into his set of generally ambient guitar music and Hawaiian tunes, he felt inspired to share some songs that resonated with the significance of the occasion. He sang a few verses from "Kaulana Na Pua" (a famous Hawaiian protest song in honor of the anniversary of our Queen's passing), then segued into Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," Sting's "Fragile," and finally his newest song "We Are The Many." Makana's goal was not to disturb the guests in an offensive fashion but rather to subliminally fill their ears and hearts with a message that might be more effectively received in a subconscious manner. He sweetly sang lines like "You enforce your monopolies with guns/ While sacrificing our daughters and sons/ But certain things belong to everyone/ Your thievery has left the people none." The event protocol was such that everyone there kept their expressions quite muffled. Now and then Makana would get strange, befuddled stares from Heads of State. It was a very quiet room with no waiters; only myself, the sound techs, and the leaders of almost half the world's population. If he had chosen to disrupt the dinner and force my message I would have been stopped short. He instead chose to deliver an extremely potent message in a polite manner for a prolonged interval. I dedicate this action to those who would speak truth to power but were not allowed the opportunity. The lyrics include, "Ye come here gather 'round the stage; The time has come for us to voice our rage." The morning before the performance, Makana said he was initially afraid about singing the piece, but decided to do it anyway because he believes APEC's leaders are not representing common people."It was my message that they are occupying Hawaii right now and they need to do it with aloha and not just say it," he said. "I don't personally feel they've done that. They are not representing the people they purport to represent." http://MakanaMusic.comhttp://youtube.com/MakanaVideos - http://yeslab.org/APEC
Ye come here, gather 'round the stage
The time has come for us to voice our rage
Against the ones who've trapped us in a cage
To steal from us the value of our wage
From underneath the vestiture of law
The lobbyists at Washington do gnaw
At liberty, the bureaucrats guffaw
And until they are purged, we won't withdraw
We'll occupy the streets
We'll occupy the courts
We'll occupy the offices of you
Till you do
The bidding of the many, not the few
Our nation was built upon the right
Of every person to improve their plight
But laws of this Republic they rewrite
And now a few own everything in sight
They own it free of liability
They own, but they are not like you and me
Their influence dictates legality
And until they are stopped we are not free
We'll occupy the streets
We'll occupy the courts
We'll occupy the offices of you
Till you do
The bidding of the many, not the few
You enforce your monopolies with guns
While sacrificing our daughters and sons
But certain things belong to everyone
Your thievery has left the people none
So take heed of our notice to redress
We have little to lose, we must confess
Your empty words do leave us unimpressed
A growing number join us in protest
We occupy the streets
We occupy the courts
We occupy the offices of you
Till you do
The bidding of the many, not the few
You can't divide us into sides
And from our gaze, you cannot hide
Denial serves to amplify
And our allegiance you can't buy
Our government is not for sale
The banks do not deserve a bail
We will not reward those who fail
We will not move till we prevail
We'll occupy the streets
We'll occupy the courts
We'll occupy the offices of you
Till you do
The bidding of the many, not the few
We'll occupy the streets
We'll occupy the courts
We'll occupy the offices of you
Till you do
The bidding of the many, not the few
We are the many
You are the few
APEC World Leaders Dinner Gets Occupied (November 13, 2011) http://www.yeslab.org/APEC
Within secure zone, musician sings on behalf of the many APEC World Leaders Dinner Gets Occupied Honolulu -- A change in the programmed entertainment at last night's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) gala left a few world leaders slack-jawed, though most seemed not to notice that anything was amiss.
During the gala dinner, renowned Hawaiian guitarist Makana, who performed at the White House in 2009, opened his suit jacket to reveal a home-made Occupy with Aloha T-shirt. Then, instead of playing the expected instrumental background music, he spent almost 45 minutes repeatedly singing his protest ballad released earlier that day. The ballad, called We Are the Many, includes lines such as The lobbyists at Washington do gnaw.... And until they are purged, we won't withdraw, and ends with the refrain: We'll occupy the streets, we'll occupy the courts, we'll occupy the offices of you, till you do the bidding of the many, not the few.
Those who could hear Makanas message included Presidents Barack Obama of the United States of America, Hu Jintao of China, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, and over a dozen other heads of state.
At first, I was worried about playing We Are The Many, said Makana. But I found it odd that I was afraid to sing a song Id written, especially since I'd written it with these people in mind.
The gala was the most secure event of the summit. It was held inside the Hale Koa hotel, a 72-acre facility owned and controlled by the US Defense Department; the site was fortified with an additional three miles of fencing constructed solely for the APEC summit.
Makana was surprised that no one objected to him playing the overtly critical song. I just kept doing different versions, he said. I mustve repeated the bidding of the many, not the few at least 50 times, like a mantra. It was surreal and sobering.
Makanas new song is inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has taken root in cities worldwide. Last Saturday, eight protesters were arrested when they refused to leave the Occupy Honolulu encampment at Thomas Square Park. Occupy Honolulu has joined other groups, including Moana Nui, to protest the APEC meeting, and while Makana performed, hundreds of people protested outside.
After facing large-scale protests in South Korea, Australia, Peru, and Japan, APEC moved this year's event to Hawaii, the most isolated piece of land on earth. In preparation for the meeting, homeless families were moved out of sight and millions of taxpayer dollars were spent on securityincluding over $700,000 on non-lethal weapons for crowd control. In a bitter twist, the multi-million dollar security plans backfired when a local Hawaiian man was shot and killed by a 27-year-old DC-based federal agent providing security for dignitaries.
Makanas action was assisted by the Yes Lab and Occupy the Boardroom. In recent weeks, Occupy protesters have been showing up at corporate events, headquarters and even on the doorsteps of those in power. Makana really raised the bar by delivering the Occupy message inside what is probably the most secure place on the planet right now, said Mike Bonanno of the Yes Lab.
My uncle taught me to feel out the audience and play what my heart tells me to, said Makana. Thats what I did tonight.
Singer crashes Obama summit with 'Occupy' song http://news.yahoo.com/singer-crashes-obama-summit-occupy-song-212243354.html
A popular Hawaiian recording artist turned a top-security dinner of Pacific Rim leaders hosted by President Barack Obama into a subtle protest with a song in support of the "Occupy" movement. (...) The performance occurred at a dinner for summit participants from 21 economies around the Asia-Pacific, including Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, amid a security lockdown in Waikiki. As Makana sang, about 400 protesters including anti-globalization and native Hawaiian rights activists staged a protest march toward the dinner site but turned back after encountering the smothering security. CLIP
Here is a shorter 2 min. video description of his action
Listen to Fox News and the screaming right-wing, and you might think the screaming left-wing were a bunch of lazy, unemployed drumbeating freeloaders that are pitching tents in public spaces and defecating on the streets. However, you dont need to go to Fox News for such ridiculous notions. After the Huffington Post headlined video of last nights police raid on the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park, the live Twitter feed was all abuzz with such right-wing smear comments, designed to delegitimize the Occupy movement.
Yet, it is hard to delegitimize a movement that is spreading world-wide and calling into question the legitimacy of the corrupt institutions of corporations and the government. Thanks to Republicans, a populous progressive movement is gaining traction and right-wing name calling is not going to stop it.
Nor will police nightsticks and pepper-spray. Like it or not, the Occupy movement is here to stay (well at least till next years presidential election). The reason why they will stay, and continue to grow is because the Occupy movement has already shown its effectiveness.
For all those on the right, center, and left that have argued against the movements main tactic (which is to occupy a location), you may want to consider the host of successes the movement have already accomplished. For those that suggest the movement needs a leader, I ask you what other movement has accomplished so much in so little time? This Thursday, November 17, the movement will hold protests in over 300 cities nationwide will be celebrating the movements two month anniversary.
One of the stated aims of the Occupy movement clearly has been to address the egregious behavior of the Too Big to Fail banks, especially the way they are handling small business loans and foreclosures. There have been several successes on this front. With majority support for the progressives issues that surround this movement, Americans nationwide expressed anger at Bank of Americas announcement to add a $5 service fee to their ATM debit card users. Customers responded with overwhelming disapproval and two weeks after the announcement Bank of America reversed course and withdrew the service fee. However, by that time it was too late, supporters of the Occupy movement hooked up with the Move Your Money campaign and helped promote a national Move Your Money day in which nearly a half a million people, over the course of a few days, began moving their money out of the big banks and into the local, credit union banks.
And then there is the grassroots efforts by local Occupy encampments to help individuals who are going through foreclosures. Last Friday, Amy Goodman, host of DemocracyNow! ran an incredible segment on the local victories on the Occupy movement. The following are a couple excerpts from this segment of the show:
Amy Goodman: Well, we turn now to an offspring of the Occupy Wall Street movement: the Occupy Homes movement. The loose-knit coalition of activists aim to stave off pending evictions by occupying homes at risk of foreclosure when tenants enlist their support.
The movement has recently enjoyed a number of successes. In New York, Occupy Wall Street protesters occupied a derelict Harlem buildings boiler room until the landlord agreed to provide adequate heat and hot water to tenants. Meanwhile, in California, Occupy Los Angeles protesters held a vigil outside a home at risk of foreclosure, then organized a sit-in at the Pasadena regional office of Fannie Mae. The bank eventually called off the eviction and agreed to renegotiate the homeowners mortgage.
And in Minnesota, a woman is crediting the support of Occupy protesters in helping her gain more time to move out of her foreclosed home. Ruth Murman, a small business owner who has not received a paycheck in three years, explained how the Occupy Minneapolis movement helped her.
Goodman goes on to interview three guests, Nick Espinosa with Occupy Minneapolis, Max Rameau with Take Back the Land, and Monique White, a homeowner facing foreclosure that has enlisted Occupy Minneapolis help. Like with the Move Your Money organization, progressives movements are harnessing the power of the Occupy movement and shifting the tide of influence from the Too Big to Fail banks and their government cronies, to the consumers and We the People in general.
Another success of the Occupy movement has been in the environment. For some that have missed it, the Keystone X.L. pipeline was a proposed project to send Canadian tar sands oil down to Texas, where they could exports the oil, tax free. The problem was the pipeline was planned to go over millions of peoples drinking water source and, of course, only perpetuate our dependency on oil.
Naomi Klein is the award winning author of the book The Shock Doctrine and Bill McKibben is the founder of the non-profit environmental organization 350.org. McKibbens organization helped organize the massive protests against the Keystone X.L. pipeline project around the White House over the last three months. Speaking in at a conference in New York, Klein talks about how the Occupy movement help build the momentum and possibly influenced the White House to call for a further review of the X.L. Pipeline project. Here is an excerpt where Klein explains the connection:
Naomi Klein: And when Occupy Wall Street happened, I had a conversation with Bill McKibben, who has just been the powerhouse behind this campaign, just a hero. And I said to Bill, I think this is helping us. What do you think? And he said, I think its helping us, too. And the reason we believe this is becauseprecisely what Patrick was talking aboutthe ground has shifted, the climate has shifted. And what it would mean for Obama to cave in to this corporation, especially after we exposed all the cronyism going on between TransCanada and the State Department and TransCanada and the White House, this kind of corruption is precisely whats on trial in parks and plazas around the world right now. And now that its been exposed, this has become the ultimate example. You know, as Bill said, were occupyingwere occupying Wall Street because Wall Street is occupying the State Department. So there is atheres been a clear connection between, and a conversation between, these campaigns. I dont think we would have won without Occupy Wall Street. I reallyI cant imagine how we could have. And this is what it means to change the conversation. And thats why this whole ideayou know, What are their demands? and, you know, What are they trying to accomplish? There are already victories happening. And this is just one example of it.
What I find exciting is the idea that the solutions to the ecological crisis can be the solutions to the economic crisis and that we stop seeing these as two problems to be pitted against each other by savvy politicians, but that we see them as a singlesinglecrisis born of a single root, which is unrestrained corporate greed that can never have enough. And that is that mentality that trashes people and that trashes the planet and that would shatter the bedrock of the continent to get out the lastthe last drops of fuel and natural gas. Its the same mentality that would shatter the bedrock of societies to maximize profits. And thats whats being protested.
As usual, Naomi Klein hits the nail on the head. Both the ecological and economic crisis are merging into a unified root cause to the problem, unrestrained corporate greed. The Occupy movement is not anti-capitalist. Rather, it is anti-unrestrained corporate greed. It is the greed that argue corporations are people, all the while putting profits above actual people. And it is the Occupy movement that has put all these issues back on Americas table.
It has been reported that the Occupy movement is now linked up to no less than 30 working groups connected to essentially every liberal progressive cause imaginable. This is not a little accomplishment. Nor is Occupy a movement that can be accurately called disorganized and confused. Instead, this has all the makings of a mass political movement that will, like the Tea Party, be one for the history books.
Some may claim the whole tactic of encampments is not only illegal, but ill advised. However, had the Occupy movement not actually occupied space for an extended period of time, would this movements activities remained and even dominated the corporate, mainstream medias attention? I dont think so.
While many people may disagree with some of the Occupy movements tactics, and even like to call them every dirty name in the book, they cant argue the Occupy movement has ineffective. In fact, for the last two months, nearly every day some major news events happens in the encampments and all the media is abuzz. Keep this up, as they plan to do, and the Koch brothers funded Tea Party could end up looking like political childs play by a group of aging, senile has-beens.
Rep. Deutch Introduces OCCUPIED Constitutional Amendment To Ban Corporate Money In Politics (Nov 18, 2011) http://thinkprogress.org/special/2011/11/18/372361/rep-deutch-introduces-occupied-constitutional-amendment-to-ban-corporate-money-in-politics/
In one of the greatest signs yet that the 99 Percenters are having an impact, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, today introduced an amendment that would ban corporate money in politics and end corporate personhood once and for all. Deutchs amendment, called the Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy (OCCUPIED) Amendment, would overturn the Citizens United decision, re-establishing the right of Congress and the states to regulate campaign finance laws, and to effectively outlaw the ability of for-profit corporations to contribute to campaign spending. No matter how long protesters camp out across America, big banks will continue to pour money into shadow groups promoting candidates more likely to slash Medicaid for poor children than help families facing foreclosure, said Deutch in a statement provided to ThinkProgress. No matter how strongly Ohio families fight for basic fairness for workers, the Koch Brothers will continue to pour millions into campaigns aimed at protecting the wealthiest 1%. No matter how fed up seniors in South Florida are with an agenda that puts oil subsidies ahead of Social Security and Medicare, corporations will continue to fund massive publicity campaigns and malicious attack ads against the public interest. Americans of all stripes agree that for far too long, corporations have occupied Washington and drowned out the voices of the people. I introduced the OCCUPIED Amendment because the days of corporate control of our democracy. It is time to return the nations capital and our democracy to the people.
AND ROBERT MURRI POSTED THIS MOST IMPORTANT COMMENT:
"There is a major problem with this particular amendment. It says "For-Profit" entities are prohibited. That means the super PAC are still allowed to send as much as they want in an election since they are formed as non-profit entities. He needs to change it to read that no entity whatsoever, be it a corporation, limited liability company, partnership or sole proprietor as authorized by any state within the union of the United States, by the United States of America or any foreign government or state is prohibited from participating in any way, to include but not limited to monetary contributions or in-king value to a candidate, political part and special interest group for the purpose of promoting, advocating, or otherwise influencing the political and election process. Such entities are NOT natural persons and do not enjoy the protections and rights of the Constitution of the United State of America. Only "Natural Persons" who are eligible to vote in the federal elections, any state or subdivision thereof election shall be allowed to contribute money or in-kind value to a candidate or political party. Limits of such contributions may be regulated by the Congress of the United States and the states therein.
This will force the politicians to seek their funding from private individuals who are eligible to vote and no other source. This will then cause them to truly represent the people and not the corporations. I would further prohibit any gift or in-kind value given to any member of Congress and their staffs, both employed and volunteered. Also prohibit them from working for any special interest group upon leaving their commitment to the Congressional staff or no less than 8 years. In this way, their value to a lobbyist is diminished because enough of the Congressional members and staff will probably be changed and the individual will not know many of the new people. So they are less likely to be bought by special interests groups.
Add these protections and you will have an effective change to Citizens United and the corruption of our government."
1] implosion of a monetary system that benefits few at the expense of many.
2] death throes of power brokers desperate to hang on [beating drums of war with Iran, while China and Russia disagree].
3] people occupy worldwide.
4] people awaken inside out to wholeness and thrive.
Legend - An old Cherokee teaching his grandson about life says, "A fight is going on inside me. It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."
Grandson thought about it for a moment and asked grandfather, "Which wolf will win?" The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
Geo Engineering: Aerial release of metals purported to combat global warming by cooling the atmosphere. This documentary proves people are being sprayed with toxic substances without our consent, harming Earth and people. I perceive spraying is an attempt to delay people from awakening, as well as fluoride in water. Feed the good wolf and immunize your whole Self. What in The World Are They Spraying? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfecFeaaxSY
Baby elephant with a chain around its leg tied to a pole buried deep in the ground, cannot break free no matter how hard and how often it tries. Baby elephant becomes conditioned to a life of limitation, when in fact a 6-ton elephant sneeze could set it free. What if conditioned beliefs and thoughts that limit human potential, are equivalent to a chain around baby elephant's leg?
The energy of beliefs and thoughts is stored in the subconscious, which runs our life: handed generation to generation with few people asking, Whose truth is this anyway? and from unaware parents, negative personal experiences, unaware people in education, health care, government, marketers; profit before people and Earth, religious dogma, negative news.
This lifetime, each of us is called to 'awaken' and break free from fear to experience what we truly are. The rare awakening of people inside out to wholeness is a nightmare for power brokers, because once people awaken to Universal Power within us, the dynamics of life on Earth forever change. How?
Awake, people are Consciousness not the possessor of Consciousness; Universal Power of The Oneness in physical form
Awake, people see The Oneness in Self and other-Selves.
Awake, people eliminate negative emotional energy in the subconscious, for Universal Power to flow with ease.
Awake, people replace belief with knowing.
Awake, people know the effect of Universal Power, and intentionally influence reality for collective good.
Awake, people are kind and fearless.
Awake, people are no longer controllable.
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If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? Aleksander Solzhenitsyn.
HARPER, BAIRD AND MACKAY - TILL MANY MORE THIRD WORLD DEATHS DO THEM PART
It's hard to figure out just who is the most disgusting propagandist war criminal in Canada's parliament. Is it Stevie Wonder, who sends Canada's military to bomb and kill Libyan women, children and babies, with the full approval of trash like John Baird and fellow criminal Pete MacKay. Or is it MacKay himself, the willing executioner who enjoyed his role in also bombing and killing in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Libya and who now presses for action against Iran, condemning that government for allegedly saying nasty things (MacKay's lies mind you) against Israel, that gentle country which regularly invades and kills across the mideast - no problem for MacKay, Harper or Baird - who support every terrorist action that Israel and its mafia masters (some say Israel rather than the US is the tail wagger) unleash upon the Earth. In over 50 years Iran has attacked nobody, No one. Zilch. Israel, on the other hand, has waged war against others like it was getting its daily fix, almost as often as the Capo di Tutti Capi. Zionist/US terrorism - as American as apple pie.
MacKay has led the murder of women and babies in Afghanistan. Remember how many Afghanis have attacked us? He has led the murder of women and babies in Libya. Remember how many Libyans have attacked us? Basically he is a serial psychopath so deranged that his former girlfriend, recognizing his deviancy told him to take a hike and never darken her door again. Problem was, it turned him into an even sicker monster and looking for more bloodlust to sate his disgusting needs. In other words the perfect candidate to lead Sicko Harper's posse, always doing the bidding of the White House in its global wars of conquest and plunder. Could it get any worse?
If only there were a truly decent, honorable ICC dispensing actual justice, then these war criminals at the head of Canada's government would surely get what they deserve. One can almost taste the pleasure of that reward. Too bad, as well, that Canada's media are such disgusting dispensers of propaganda that our citizens can't tell up from down and truth from lies. No matter, MacKay tells us that War is Peace, and we will surely need to spend billions more to supplement his salivating needs for more death and destruction machinery rather than on providing needed care for the sick and the elderly. Nice to have your priorities in order where death, terror and destruction actually are your priorities.
A pox on them all, these sacrosanct amoral midgets of widespread horror, posing as peaceniks and benevolent, holier than thou humanitarians. Truth turned upon its head! Orwell crying in his grave! Goebbels smiling on his proteges! And these most criminal of killers hallucinating about talking to God. What a messed up world, run by the likes of these scum lords!
Tawo, Tibet: - After 60 years of Chinese rule, some Tibetan monks have resorted to self-immolation. Where will their protests lead? Article written by Hannah Beech, TIME's China bureau chief and East Asia Correspondent with reporting by Chengcheng Jiang from Tawu county, eastern Tibet.
On Aug. 15, the 29-year-old Tibetan monk living in the remote Chinese outpost of Tawu gulped down kerosene, bathed his body in the combustible liquid and struck a match. As he burned in the center of town, Norbu shouted for freedom in Tibet and screamed his love for the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader. Two and a half months later, under the cover of night, I visit the bridge in Tawu (or Daofu in Chinese) where Norbu ended his life. The town is under virtual lockdown. New security cameras affixed to lampposts record all movements. Half a block away, a few Chinese police cradle machine guns.
Tibet is burning. Since Norbu's fiery death, eight more Tibetan clerics or former monks have set themselves on fire to protest China's repressive rule over Tibetan areas. At least six have died this year, including Norbu, a pair of teenage monks and a young nun whose charred body was seized in late October by Chinese security forces. Tibetan Buddhism is well known for the life-affirming mantras of its smiling leader, the Dalai Lama. But self-immolation is becoming a symbolic weapon of choice for young clerics still living in Tibetan regions in China.
The incendiary displays prove that a new, nihilistic desperation has descended on the Tibetan plateau. Ever since widespread protests erupted three years ago following ethnic riots, Chinese security forces have turned the Tibetan regions, which encompass Tibet proper and parts of four other Chinese provinces, into a razor-wire security zone. Thousands of Tibetans have been jailed. Clerics have been forced to publicly denounce the Dalai Lama. Local officials have been shepherded into propaganda classes.
Beyond self-immolation, small-scale protests-a Free Tibet pamphlet here, a slogan supporting the Dalai Lama there-keep flaring, especially in the eastern Tibetan region known as Kham. In mid-October, Chinese security forces shot two protesting Tibetans from Kham's Kardze autonomous prefecture, where Tawu is also located. On Oct. 26, a nighttime bomb exploded at a government building in eastern Tibet. Graffiti scrawled on the building demanded Tibetan independence, and flyers scattered nearby called for the Dalai Lama's return from exile in India, where he sought refuge after a failed uprising in 1959.
The Dalai Lama for years has tried to improve relations with Beijing by saying he wants only meaningful autonomy for Tibet, not independence- his compromise has been dubbed "the middle way". Even so, on Oct. 29, he held the Chinese government directly accountable for the self-immolations. "The local leader must look at what are the real causes of death," he said. "It's their own sort of wrong policy, ruthless policy, illogical policy."
This past summer, Beijing celebrated the 60th anniversary of what it calls the "peaceful liberation of Tibet." The Chinese Communist Party's version of history goes like this: Tibetan serfs struggling under the feudal yoke of Buddhist god-kings welcomed the socialist liberators, who dramatically raised the region's living standards. The truth is more complicated.
Over the past few years, a massive influx of Han, China's majority ethnic group, into Tibetan areas has further inflamed tensions. Tibetans complain that the best jobs and access to the region's plentiful natural resources go to Han migrants. Police officers tend to be Han, as are many bureaucrats. The Tibetan language is taught in some schools, but fluency in Chinese is required for government careers, and official documents are in Mandarin. "If we don't do something, our Tibetan culture will be extinguished," says a high-ranking monk at a Kardze monastery popular with Han tourists.
Monasteries I visit are staffed with plainclothes police officers, easy to distinguish with their buzz cuts and alert eyes. So many people, one feels, are either pretending not to watch anything or watching too carefully.
Across Tibetan regions, owning a picture of the man Beijing calls "a wolf in monk's clothes" invites prison time. But in Kardze, I see the Dalai Lama's visage everywhere. Each monastery I go to has his picture tucked away somewhere. Maroon-clad monks pull cell phones out of their thick robes to show me snapshots of their spiritual leader. A woman wells up with tears when I tell her I have been to Dharamshala, the Indian hill station where he lives.
I talk to a half-han, half-Tibetan government official who grew up in Tawu. He is friendly and polite-and he wants me to know the real situation in his hometown. The Tibetans, he says, are greedy. The government gives them everything from preferential loans to new infrastructure, but still they want more. The Tibetan plateau's lunar landscape is littered with clusters of houses the Chinese government built for nomads. Yet few Tibetan nomads want to live in Chinese houses. The government worker does not understand it. They are nice houses, he says, much warmer in winter than a yak-wool tent. "If we were to give the Tibetans independence," he says, "they would starve and have no clothes on their back."
The Dalai Lama and his sister, who escaped to India with him, are the ones orchestrating all the strife, he says, his voice rising in anger. "When the Dalai Lama dies," he tells me, "all of China's problems with the Tibetans will go away. Younger Tibetans are being educated in the proper way, so they won't cause much trouble."
When I visited Dharamsala recently, I met Tsewang Dhondup, a trader from Kardze who fled his homeland after the 2008 unrest. That year, riots between Tibetans and Han led to deaths on both sides. The Chinese military's reaction to further rallies by Tibetans left some 150 dead, according to exile estimates. Dhondup was shot while trying to help a monk who later died of bullet wounds. Wanted signs with Dhondup's picture were posted in his village, but friends took him by stretcher high into the mountains where he lived for 14 months on the edge of a glacier before escaping to India. His audience with the Dalai Lama, he says, was the most treasured moment of his life. But even he predicts that "once the Dalai Lama is gone, Tibet will explode."
Even now, the Tibetan monks' refusal to disavow their exiled leader has played a role in sparking this wave of conflict. Tsewang Norbu, the monk who set himself on fire in Tawu, lived in the Nyitso monastery, which was prevented from celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday in July. For the monks' disobedience, government officials cut Nyitso's water and electricity. The siege went on for weeks before Norbu emerged from the monastery and walked down the hill to the center of town. For a few minutes, he passed out pamphlets advocating Tibetan independence and celebrating the Dalai Lama. Then out came the kerosene.
Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet - Excerpt
Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen
Excerpted from Part I: Resistance
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by Lierre Keith
A black tern weighs barely two ounces. On bodily reserves less than a bag of M & Ms and wings that stretch to cover twelve inches, shell fly thousands of miles, searching for the wetlands that will harbor her young. And every year the journey gets longer as the wetlands are desiccated for human demands. Every year the tern, desperate and hungry, loses, while civilization, endless and sanguineous, wins.
A polar bear should weigh 650 pounds. Her biological reserves may have to see her through nine long months of dark, denned gestation, and then lactation, giving up her dwindling stores to the needy mouths of her species future. In some areas, the females weight has dropped from 650 to 507 pounds. Meanwhile, the ice has evaporated like the wetlands. When she wakes, the waters will stretch impassably opened, and there is no Abrahamic god of bears to part them for her.
The Aldabra snail should weigh something, but all thats left to weigh are their skeletons, bits of orange and indigo shells. The snail has been declared not just extinct, but the first casualty of global warming. In dry periods, the snail hibernated. The young of any species are always more vulnerable. In this case, the adults reproductive success was a complete failure. In plain terms, the babies died and kept dying, and a species millions of years old is now a pile of shell fragments.
We are living in a period of mass extinction. What is your personal carrying capacity for grief, rage, despair? The numbers stand at 120 species a day. Thats 50,000 a year. This culture is oblivious to their passing, entitled to their every last niche, and there is no roll call on the nightly news.
We already have a name for the tsunami wave of extermination: the Holocene extinction event. Theres no asteroid this time, only human behavior, behavior that we could choose to stop. Adolph Eichmans excuse was that no one told him that the concentration camps were wrong. Weve all seen the pictures of the drowning polar bears. Are we so ethically numb that we need to be told this is wrong?
There are voices raised in concern, even anguish, at the plight of the earth, the rending of its species. Only zero emissions can prevent a warmer planet, one pair of climatologists declared. Or James Lovelock, originator of the Gaia hypothesis, who states bluntly that global warming has passed the tipping point, carbon offsetting is a joke, and that individual lifestyle adjustments are a deluded fantasy. Its all true. And self-evident. Simple living should start with simple observation: if burning fossil fuels will kill the planet, then stop burning them.
But that conclusion, in all its stark clarity, is not the one anyones drawing, from the policy makers to the environmental groups. When they start offering solutions is the exact moment when they stop telling the truth, inconvenient or otherwise. Google global warming solutions. The first paid sponsor, www.CampaignEarth.org, urges No doom and gloom!! When was the last time depression got you really motivated? Were here to inspire realistic action steps and stories of success. By realistic they dont mean solutions that actually match the scale of the problem. They mean the usual consumer choicescloth shopping bags, travel mugs, and misguided dietary advicewhich will do exactly nothing to disrupt the troika of industrialization, capitalism, and patriarchy that is skinning the planet alive. But since these actions also wont disrupt anyones life, theyre declared both realistic and a success.
The next site offers the ever-crucial Global Warming Bracelets and, more importantly, Flip Flops. Polar bears everywhere are weeping with relief. The sites Take Action page includes the usual buying light bulbs, inflating tires, filling dishwashers, shortening showers, and rearranging the deck chairs.
The first non-commercial site is the Union of Concerned Scientists. As one might expect, theres no explanation points but instead a statement that [t]he burning of fossil fuel (oil, coal, and natural gas) alone counts for about 75 percent of annual CO2 emissions. This is followed by a list of Five Sensible Steps. Step #1 isno, not stop burning fossil fuelbut Make Better Cars and SUVs. Never mind that the automobile itself is the pollution, with its demandsfor space, for speed, for fuelin complete opposition to the needs of both a viable human community and a living planet. Like all the others, the scientists refuse to call industrial civilization into question. We can have a living planet and the consumption thats killing the planet, cant we?
The principle here is very simple. As Derrick has written, [A]ny social system based on the use of nonrenewable resources is by definition unsustainable. By definition, nonrenewable means it will eventually run out. Once youve grasped that intellectual complexity, you can move on to the next level. Any culture based on the nonrenewable use of renewable resources is just as unsustainable. Trees are renewable. But if we use them faster than they can grow, the forest will turn to desert. Which is precisely what civilization has been doing for its 10,000 year campaign, running through soil, rivers, and forests as well as metal, coal, and oil. The oceans are almost dead, 90 percent of the large fish devoured, and the plankton populations are collapsing, populations which both feed the life of the oceans and create oxygen for the planet. What will we fill our lungs with when they are gone? The plastics with which that industrial civilization is replacing them? Because in parts of the Pacific, plastic outweighs plankton 48 to 1. Imagine your blood, your heart, crammed with toxic materialsnot just chemicals but physical gunkuntil there was ten times more of it than you. What metaphor would be adequate to the dying oceans? Cancer? Suffocation? Crucifixion?
Meanwhile, the oceans dont need our metaphors. They need action. They need industrial civilization to stop destroying and devouring; failing that, they need us to make it stop.
Which is why we are writing this book.
The truth is that this culture is insane. When Derrick asks his audiences, Does anyone here believe that our culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of living?and hes asked it for years, all around the countryno one says yes. That means that most people, or at least most people with a beating heart, have already done the math, added up the arrogance, sadism, stupidity, and denial, and reached the bottom line: a dead planet. Some of us carry that final sum like the weight of a corpse. For others, that conclusion turns the heart to a smoldering coal. But despair and rage have been declared unevolved and unclean, beneath the spiritual warriors who insist they will save the planet by healing themselves. How this activity will stop the release of carbon and the felling of forests is never actually explained. The answer lies vaguely between being the change we wish to see and a hundredth monkey of hope, a monkey that is frankly more Christmas pony than actual possibility.
Given that the culture of America is founded on individualism and awash in privilege, its no surprise that narcissism is the end result. The social upheavals of the 60s split along fault lines of responsibility and hedonism, of justice and selfishness, of sacrifice and entitlement. What we are left with is an alternative culture that offers workshops on our scarcity consciousness, as if poverty were a state of mind and not a structural support of capitalism. This culture leaves us ill-prepared to face the crisis of planetary biocide that greets us daily with its own grim dawn. The facts are not conducive to an open-hearted state of wonder. To confront the truth as adults, not as faux-children, requires an adult fortitude and courage, grounded in our adult responsibilities to the world. It requires those things because the situation is horrific and living with that knowledge will hurt. Meanwhile, I have been to workshops where global warming is treated as an opportunity for personal growth, and no one but me sees a problem with that.
The alternative culture has encouraged a continuum that runs from the narcissistic to the sociopathic. Narcissists dont change. As one set of experts puts it, Typically, as narcissism is an ingrained personality trait, rather than a chemical imbalance, medication and therapy are not very effective in treating the disorder. Somewhere unarticulated, we all know that. And sociopaths cant change. We know that, too. Which is why no one raises a hand when Derrick asks whether the culture will voluntarily transition to a sustainable way of life.
The word sustainable serves as an example of the worst tendencies of the alternative culture. The word has been reduced to the Praise, Jesus! of the eco-earnest. Its a word where the corporate marketers, with their mediated upswell of green sentiment, meshes perfectly with the relentless denial of the privileged. Its a word I can barely stand to use because its been so exsanguinated by the cheerleaders for the technotopic, consumer kingdom come. To doubt the vague promise now firmly embedded in the wordthat we can have our cars, our corporations, our consumption, and our planet, toois both treason and heresy to the emotional well-being of most progressives. But heres the question: Do we want to feel better or do we want to be effective? Are we sentimentalists or are we warriors?
Because this way of lifedevouring, degrading, and insanecannot continue. For sustainable to mean anything, we must embrace and then defend the bare truth: the planet is primary. The life-producing work of a million species are literally the earth, air, and water that we depend on. No human activitynot the vacuous, not the sublimeis worth more than that matrix. Neither, in the end, is any human life. If we use the word sustainable and dont mean that, then we are liars of the worst sort: the kind who let atrocities happen while we stand by and do nothing.
Even if it was theoretically possible to reach an individual or collective narcissist, it would take time. And time is precisely what the planet has run out of. Admitting that might be the exact moment that we step out of the cloying childishness and optimistic white-lite denial of so much of the left, and into our adult knowledge. And with all apologies to Yeats, in knowledge begins responsibilities. Its to you grown-ups, the grieving and the raging, that we address this book.
Ninety-eight percent of the population will do nothing unless they are led, cajoled, or forced. If the structural determinants are in place for them to live their lives without doing damagelike if theyre hunter-gatherers with respected eldersthen thats what happens. If, on the other hand, the built environment has been arranged for cars, industrial schooling is mandatory, resisting war taxes will land you in jail, food is only available through giant corporate enterprises selling giant corporate degradation, and misogynist pornography is only a click away 24/7, well, welcome to the nightmare. This culture is basically conducting a huge Milgram experiment with us, only the electric shocks arent faketheyre killing off the planet, species by species.
But wherever there is oppression there is resistance: that is true everywhere, forever. The resistance is built body by body from the other two percent, from the stalwart, the brave, the determined, who are willing to stand against both power and social censure. It is our thesis that there will be no mass movement, not in time to save this planet our home. That two percent in other times has been able to shift both the cultural consciousness and the power structures toward justice: Margaret Meads small group of thoughtful, committed citizens. Its valid to long for a movement, no matter how much we rationally know that were wishing on a star. Theoretically, the human race as a whole could face our situation and make some decisionstough decisions, but fair ones, that include an equitable distribution of both resources and justice, that respect and embrace the limits of our planet. But none of the institutions that govern our lives, from the economic to the religious, are on the side of justice or sustainability. Most of them, in fact, are violently on the side of capital-E Evil. And like with the individually destructive, these institutions could be forced to change. The history of every human rights struggle bears witness to how courage and sacrifice can dismantle power and injustice. It takes bravery and persistence, political intelligence and spiritual strength. And it also takes time. If we had a thousand years, even a hundred years, building a movement to transform the dominant institutions around the globe would be the task before us. But the earth is running out of time. The western black rhinoceros is definitely out of time. So is the golden toad, the pygmy rabbit. No one is going to save this planet except us.
So what are our options? The usual approach of long, slow institutional change has been foreclosed, and many of us know that. The default setting for environmentalists has become personal lifestyle choices. This should have been predictable as it merges perfectly into the demands of capitalism, especially the condensed corporate version mediating our every impulse into their profit. But we cant consume our way out of environmental collapse: consumption is the problem. We might be forgiven for initially accepting an exhortation to simple living as a solution to that consumption, especially as the major environmental organizations and the media have declared lifestyle change our First Commandment. Have you accepted compact fluorescents as your personal savior? But lifestyle change is not a solution as it doesnt address the root of the problem. As Derrick has pointed out elsewhere, even if every American took every single action suggested by Al Gore it would only reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 21 percent. Aric tells a stark truth: even if through simple living and rigorous recycling you stopped your own average Americans annual one ton of garbage production, your per capita share of the industrial waste produced in the U.S. is still almost 26 tons. Thats 37 times as much waste as you were able to save by eliminating a full one hundred percent of your personal waste. Industrialism itself is what has to stop. There is no kinder, greener version that will do the trick of leaving us a living planet.
In blunt terms, industrialization is a process of taking entire communities of living beings and turning them into commodities and dead zones. Could it be done more efficiently? Sure, we could use a little less fossil fuel, but it still ends in the same wastelands of land, water, and sky. We could stretch this endgame out another twenty years but the planet still dies. Trace every industrial artifact back to its sourcewhich isnt hard as they all leave trails of bloodand you find the same devastation: mining, clear cuts, dams, agriculture. And now tar sands, mountain top removal, windfarms (which might better be called dead bird and bat farms). No amount of renewables is going to make up for the fossil fuel or change the nature of the extraction, both of which are prerequisites for this way of life. Neither fossil fuel nor extracted substances will ever be sustainable: by definition they will run out. And both getting them and using them are literally the destruction of the planet. Bringing a cloth shopping bag to the store, even if you walk there in your global warming flip flops, will not stop the tar sands.
We have believed such ridiculous solutions because our perception has been blunted by some portion of denial and despair. And those are legitimate reactions. Im not persuading anyone out of them. The question is, do we want to develop a strategy to manage our emotional state or to save the planet?
And weve believed in these lifestyle solutions because everyone around us insists theyre workable, a collective repeating mantra of renewables, recycling that has dulled us into belief. Like Eichmann, no one has told us that its wrong.
Until now. So this is the moment when you will have to decide. Do you want to be part of a serious effort to save this planet? Not a serious effort at collective delusion, not a serious effort to feel better, not a serious effort to save you and yours. But an actual strategy to stop the destruction of everything worth loving. If your answer feels as imperative as instinct, then you already know its long past time to fight. After that, the only question left is: how? And despite everything youve been told by the Eichmanns of despair, that question has an answer. They have insisted that there is no answer, but thats the lie of cowards. Every system of power can be foughttheyre only human in the end, not supernatural, not sent by god. Industrial civilization is in fact more vulnerable than past empires, dependent as it is on such a fragile infrastructure of pipelines and overhead wires, on binary bits of data encoding its lifeblood of capital. If we would let ourselves think it, a workable strategy is obvious, and in fact is not very different from the actions of partisan resisters across history.
So, will you think itthat one word: resistance? Will you notice that theyve come for our kin of polar bears and black terns, who are right now being herded into the cattle cars of industrial civilization? Will you join the others who are yearning to action? The train can be derailed, the tracks ripped up, the bridge blown down. There is no metaphor here, as any General Officer could tell us. There is a planet being murdered, and there are also targets that, if taken out relentlessly, could stop it.
So think resistance with all your aching heart, a word that must become our promise to what is left of this planet. Gather the others: you already know them. The brave, smart, militant, and, most of all, serious, and together take aim. Do it carefully, but do it.
Then fire for all your worth.
Previously published in EarthFirst! Journal, 30th Year Anniversary Issue.
COP 17 in Durban: From pessimism to optimistic signs
What can we expect from the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban?
Could it be that at this meeting, the world's governments and especially those of the countries that have historically created the most pollution will finally be willing to reach a binding agreement, if only because the first period of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012? Could it be that this agreement will make the second decade of the 21st century a turning point in history, in the sense of ushering in the beginning of profound changes in the currently predominant industrial model of production and consumption? Could it be that significant cuts in emissions will be established for the countries most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, so that the global temperature will not rise above the levels that would signify drastic impacts for humanity? Could it be that the environmental debt owed by the countries of the North to the countries of the South will finally be recognized? And could it be that the world's remaining fossil fuel reserves will be left underground?
Or perhaps, instead, what will prevail this decade is an agreement with no binding commitments, leaving everything open to the transnational corporations and the carbon market, dominated by the strategy of viewing forests and monoculture tree plantations as carbon stocks though REDD+ projects? With adaptation funds administered by international financial institutions historically responsible for financing pollution and environmental destruction, like the World Bank? With the vision that the green economy or green capitalism, in addition to serving as an opportunity for a new cycle of accumulation of capital and profits, will be our salvation, ratifying the right of a small few to continue polluting more at the expense of the majority?
If we look at our governments and what they have done at international negotiations in recent years in Copenhagen and Cancún, where they address problems that affect us all, we cannot help but feel pessimistic.
At the same time, however, there are optimistic signs if we direct our attention to what has been done by the world's peoples, who are not only feeling the effects of the climate crisis, but also the effects of a much wider crisis. A crisis with economic, social, political, cultural and even ethical and moral dimensions. This notion has already inspired the climate justice movement to adopt the slogan, Change the system, not the climate!
If we look back over the last year on the side of the peoples, we see that many people, and especially young people, have taken to the streets. From the Arab world to Europe to the United States and many other countries in between, there have been mobilizations that have sometimes gathered over a million participants together. Take for instance the small South American country of Chile, held up as an example of the success of neoliberal policies, where the people are demanding free, quality public education. Also significant is the fact that thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest against the international financial system, even on Wall Street.
Judging by the stances they have adopted, and the repressive measures they have used, it would appear that our governments are afraid of the people who elected them. A prime example is what happened recently when the Greek government suggested organizing a referendum to consult the population on whether or not it agreed with a new European Union bailout plan. Both the leaders of the European Union and the stock markets were gripped by panic at the mere thought of consulting the public and, even worse, the possibility of being forced to abide by the opinion of the majority of the population of a sovereign nation! They were frightened by the prospect of a government making use of a valid tool for participatory democracy.
Large-scale mobilizations and marches also took place in the struggle for climate justice in Copenhagen and Cancún, in addition to the major conference on climate change and the rights of Mother Earth held in Cochabamba in 2010, a participatory and dynamic meeting that gathered together more than 35,000 participants, who contributed to creating a profound final declaration symbolically entitled The People's Agreement. In Durban there will once again be thousands of people taking part in demonstrations.
Nevertheless, these massive popular mobilizations and the demands and positions they have put forward in clear opposition to what governments have done until now have not yet succeeded in overthrowing the dictatorial regimes of the transnational corporations from the oil industry and other sectors, the big conservationist NGOs that preach market-based environmentalism, and the other consultants, speculators and experts who are more interested in the profits to be gained from the carbon business than in the future of humanity.
But why have we gone from talking about Durban and the climate to discussing more wide-ranging struggles, like those waged by the people of the Arab world or Chile? What do these struggles have to do with demonstrations around climate conferences? They are all completely tied together. All of these people, and especially the young, have taken to the streets to demand better living conditions for all and social justice. They are protesting against the currently dominant system which, now more than ever, aggravates social and environmental inequalities, and deprives the majority of the world's young people of any prospects for the future.
The system against which all of them are directly or indirectly struggling has cleverly managed to fragment the different issues of social and environmental injustice, while turning a deaf ear to proposals of alternative paths that often involve very simple and easily feasible measures. And this has also served to divide and fragment protests and resistance struggles.
It is up to us to tackle the great challenge of overcoming this fragmentation, as we head towards Durban and, after that, the Rio+20 conference in 2012, in order to build a more unified and thus stronger movement to fight for social and environmental justice. This is fundamental, if we want our governments to start listening to us and taking action.
COP17: Can China corner the US? (Nov 17, 2011) http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/cop17-can-china-corner-us
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, could nudge the United States into more action on climate change, rescuing the latest round of global talks and improving its international reputation. Expectations remain extremely low that a new global deal can emerge from a summit later this month in Durban, South Africa. But it could lay the foundations for a future deal and desperate negotiators are looking to China to help isolate the United States in its stubborn climate change denial, even if it is only for reasons of enlightened self-interest. "My sense is that if Durban fails it would be due to the lack of US political will to deliver and if it succeeds it would be due to China's extra efforts," said Jennifer Morgan, director of the climate and energy program at environmental thinktank the World Resources Institute. The United States has achieved local shifts on environment policy and developed emissions trading schemes at state and regional level.However, it has twice delayed plans this year to regulate carbon dioxide from power plants and, under fuel efficiency standards for vehicles, automakers do not have to make improvements until 2018 or 2025. A more far-reaching climate law failed last year to pass the US Congress, where the environment has become a political battleground between Republicans and US President Barack Obama's Democrats. Obama, for all his personal commitment to the environment, has made clear the world's second biggest carbon emitter will not commit to a new legally-binding protocol at least until after the next presidential election.
NOT THE BIGGEST BOULDER In China, a huge population and a series of devastating floods have underlined the risk of global warming and justified record-breaking investment in new energy technology. Climate negotiators no longer see China as the biggest of the so-called boulder nations -- a group that also includes smaller boulders Japan, Canada and Russia, as well as the United States. Within the European Union, which has spearheaded efforts this year to maintain momentum in the Kyoto process, officials say China has been helpful. "We have great hopes with regard to China, which recently has been very constructive in its attitude toward Durban," Joanna Mackowiak-Pandera, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of the Environment for Poland, said this week. Poland is current holder of the EU rotating presidency. Some have gone further to say China can help to isolate the United States."I don't exclude the EU and China and other emerging economies making this strategic partnership for this climate issue and the U.S. being isolated," said Jo Leinen, chair of the environmental committee in the European Parliament. CLIP
The Triumph of King Coal:Hardening Our Coal Addiction (31 OCT 2011) http://e360.yale.edu/feature/the_triumph_of_king_coal_hardening_our_coal_addiction/2458/
Despite all the talk about curbing greenhouse gas emissions, the world is burning more and more coal. The inconvenient truth is that coal remains a cheap and dirty fuel and the idea of clean coal remains a distant dream. -- This years UN climate negotiations are in Durban, South Africa. Many delegates will already be looking forward to the chance of going on safari after their labors, visiting Kruger National Park or one of the countrys other magnificent game reserves. But I have another suggestion. Visit the enemy. Just two hours drive up the Indian Ocean coast from Durban is Richards Bay, a huge deep-water harbor that is home to the worlds largest coal export terminal. Anyone seduced by the conference exhibition halls in Durban, filled with the latest renewable energy technology, will get a rude awakening at Richards Bay. For it may tell the real story of our energy futures and it is scary.King coal is extending his kingdom. So dysfunctional is the worlds response to climate change that every year, the dirtiest fuel of them all is generating a growing proportion of the worlds energy. All the talks in Durban will be of how to kick the coal habit. But as the climate talks have dragged on from Nairobi in 2006 to Bali to Poznan to Copenhagen to Cancun and now to Durban we have been hardening our addiction.When the talks began half a decade ago, 25 percent of the worlds primary energy came from coal. The figure is now 29.6 percent. Between 2009 and 2010, global coal consumption grew by almost 8 percent. CLIP
Probing the Role of the SunIn an Era of Global Warming (1 AUG 2011) http://e360.yale.edu/feature/probing_the_role_of_the_sun_in_an_era_of_global_warming/2431/
Some skeptics have suggested the real culprit behind rising temperatures is increased solar activity. But a wide variety of data and experiments still provide no solid evidence to refute the scientific consensus that greenhouse gas emissions are the major reason the planet is heating up. CLIP
Game Over for Planet Earth: The Months Biggest Story You Never Read
By Tom Engelhardt - November 16, 2011
While you were paying attention to Herman Cain, the Kardashians and the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, the U.S. Department of Energy administered last rites to the planet.
What's the biggest story of the last several weeks? Rick Perrys moment of silence, all 53 seconds' worth? The Penn State riots after revered coach JoePa went down in a child sex abuse scandal? The Kardashian wedding/divorce? The European debt crisis that could throw the world economy into a tailspin? The Cain sexual harassment charges? The trial of Michael Jacksons doctor?
The answer should be none of the above, even though as a group theyve dominated the October/November headlines. In fact, the piece of the week, month, and arguably year should have been one that slipped by so quietly, so off front-pages nationwide and out of news leads everywhere that you undoubtedly didnt even notice. And yet its the story that could turn your life and that of your children and grandchildren inside out and upside down.
On the face of it, it wasnt anything to shout about -- just more stats in a world drowning in numbers. These happen to have been put out by the U.S. Department of Energy and they reflected, as an Associated Press headline put it, the biggest jump ever seen in global warming gases. In other words, in 2010, humanity (with a special bow to China, the United States, and onrushing India) managed to pump more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than at any time since the industrial revolution began -- 564 million more tons than in 2009, which represents an increase of 6%.
According to APs Seth Borenstein, thats higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago. Hes talking about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, which is, if anything, considered "conservative" in its projections of future catastrophe by many climate scientists. Put another way, were talking more greenhouse gases than have entered the Earths atmosphere in tens of millions of years.
Consider as well the prediction offered by Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency: without an effective international agreement to staunch greenhouse gases within five years, the door will close on preventing a potentially disastrous rise in the planets temperature. Youre talking, that is, about the kind of freaky weather that will make Octobers bizarre snowstorm in the Northeast look like a walk in the park. (That storm had all the signs of a climate-change-induced bit of extreme weather: New York City hadnt recorded an October snowfall like it since the Civil War and it managed to hit the region in a period of ongoing warmth when the trees hadnt yet had the decency to lose their leaves, producing a chaos of downed electrical wires.) And dont get me started on what this would mean in terms of future planetary hot spells or sea-level rise.
Honestly, if we were sane, if the media had its head in the right place, this would have been screaming headlines. It would have put Rick Perry and Herman Cain and the Kardashians and Italy and Greece and Michael Jacksons doctor in the shade.
The only good news -- and because it unsettled the politics of the 2012 election, it did garner a few headlines -- was that the movement Bill McKibben and 350.org spearheaded to turn back the tar-sands pipeline from Hades (or its earthly global-warming equivalent, which is Alberta, Canada) gained traction in our Occupy Wall Street moment. Check out McKibbens account of it, Puncturing the Pipeline, and think of it as a harbinger. Mark my words on this one: sooner or later, Americans are going to wake up to climate change, just as they have this year on the issue of inequality, and when they do, watch out. There will be political hell to pay.
Science panel: Get ready for extreme weather (Nov 18, 2011) http://news.yahoo.com/science-panel-ready-extreme-weather-104156773.html
WASHINGTON (AP) Think of the Texas drought, floods in Thailand and Russia's devastating heat waves as coming attractions in a warming world. That is the warning from top international climate scientists and disaster experts after meeting in Africa. The panel said the world needs to get ready for more dangerous and "unprecedented extreme weather" caused by global warming. These experts fear that without preparedness, crazy weather extremes may overwhelm some locations, making some places unlivable. The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a special report on global warming and extreme weather Friday after meeting in Kampala, Uganda. This is the first time the group of scientists has focused on the dangers of extreme weather events such as heat waves, floods, droughts and storms. Those are more dangerous than gradual increases in the world's average temperature. For example, the report predicts that heat waves that are now once-in-a-generation events will become hotter and happen once every five years by mid-century and every other year by the end of the century. And in some places, such as most of Latin America, Africa and a good chunk of Asia, they will likely become yearly bakings.And the very heavy rainstorms that usually happen once every 20 years will happen far more frequently, the report said. In most areas of the U.S. and Canada, they are likely to occur three times as often by the turn of the century, if fossil fuel use continues at current levels. In Southeast Asia, where flooding has been dramatic, it is likely to happen about four times as often as now, the report predicts. CLIP
Ancient climate hints at much hotter times ahead (Jan 14, 2011) http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2011/01/ancient-climate-hints-at-hotter-times-ahead/1
Carbon dioxide emissions appear headed towards levels that spawned 29-degree increases over today's global temperatures more than 30 million years ago, reports a new analysis.CAPTION NOAAIn the current Science, Jeffrey Kiehl of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., reports on results from ocean core and other measures of past ancient temperatures. Current atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide stand at 390 part-per-million, a number that burning coal, oil and other fossil fuels, looks set to raise to 1,000 ppm by the end of the century."When was the last time the atmosphere contained ~1000 ppmv of CO2? Recent reconstructions of atmospheric CO2 concentrations through history indicate that it has been ~30 to 100 million years since this concentration existed in the atmosphere (the range in time is due to uncertainty in proxy values of CO2). The data also reveal that the reduction of CO2 from this high level to the lower levels of the recent past took tens of millions of years. Through the burning of fossil fuels, the atmosphere will return to this concentration in a matter of a century. Thus, the rate of increase in atmospheric CO2 is unprecedented in Earth's history. "So, we are piling carbon dioxide into the air far more rapidly than natural processes did in bygone epochs. What was the effect of the more gently added greenhouse gases in those times? Kiehl says, "the global annual mean temperature at this time can be estimated to be ~31°C (87.8 F), versus 15°C (57 F) during pre-industrial times (around 1750). Thus, Earth was ~16°C (28.8 F) warmer at 30 to 40 (million years ago).
"As well, the past temperatures indicate the atmosphere may be twice as sensitive over time to increases in carbon dioxide than current climate models, which don't add in long-term effects of continental ice cover changes and growing seasons shifts in the carbon dioxide, suggest:"Recent modeling studies on the lifetime of atmospheric CO2 indicate that if the CO2 concentration reaches ~1000 ppmv, then the time for natural processes to return it to around 300 ppmv is many tens of thousands of years. Thus, if atmospheric CO2 reaches 1000 ppmv, then human civilization will face another world, one that the human species has never experienced in its history (~2 million years). Also, given this long lifetime for elevated CO2, slower feedback processes will have time to enter into Earth's future climate change. This magnitude and rate of climate change will be even more challenging for the biosphere to adapt to, including the human species."
People who complain they don't trust "climate models" too often are missing the point that the models are much more likely to underplay future increases in temperature due to greenhouse gas increases, notes climate scientist Richard Alley of Penn State, who recently testified to Congress on this subject. "So, if you understand the paleoclimatic record, the less you trust modern climate models, the more worried you are likely to be about the future, because the models tend to project smaller, smoother changes than indicated by the history of climate." Alley says. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, often criticized by climate science naysayers, have been shown to Ancient%20climate%20hints%20at%20much%20hotter%20times%20ahead%20(Jan%2014,%202011)%20underestimate the extent of measurable climate changes, for example. CLIP
Burning trees for energy puts Canadian forests and climate at risk: Greenpeace
November 2, 2011
Greenpeace released a science-based report today that highlights the dangers of the large-scale use of wood and tree harvesting for heating, electricity generation or liquid biofuels. The report, entitled Fuelling a Biomess, argues that burning woody biomass on an industrial scale could severely harm Canadas public forests and further contribute to the global climate crisis.
Forest bioenergy, as it is currently being developed in Canada threatens the health of our forests and will harm the global climate for decades to come, said Nicolas Mainville, Greenpeace Canada forest campaigner. The amount of wood being burnt in power plants or turned into liquid fuels is growing exponentially without the public's knowledge and little government oversight or regulation.
The report, based on recent peer-reviewed scientific literature, challenges the claims that simply burning forest biomass is green, clean and carbon-neutral claims upon which the current bioenergy boom is based. The demand for biomass can no longer be met by traditional waste stream sources - the bark, sawdust and other residues from pulp and paper plants or sawmills.
In some jurisdictions, forest biomass is increasingly consisting of elements essential to functioning forest ecosystems, including standing trees, naturally disturbed forests and remains of traditional logging operations that were previously left in the forest. The amount of wood and other tree parts cut from Canadian public forests could more than double under new policies that support the expansion of forest bioenergy production.
Greenpeace is concerned that the growing demand for trees associated with the bioenergy boom will drastically increase pressure on forests and out compete the traditional forest products sector, particularly with respect to available wood supply and the development of new products and jobs.
Using woody biomass to produce energy should be restricted to local, small-scale uses of mill residues said Mainville. Before we continue to approve new projects, public hearings, a full accounting of the climate and biodiversity footprint and life-cycle analyses of those projects are needed. Otherwise, we risk plunging Canadas forests and climate into an environmental bioMESS.
In 2010, Canada exported 1.2 million tonnes of wood pellets to Europe, resulting in a 700 per cent increase in less than eight years. Canada alone releases approximately 40 megatons of CO2 emissions annually from forest bioenergy production, an amount that exceeds the tailpipe emissions of all 2009 Canadian light-duty passenger vehicles. The CO2 emitted will harm the climate for decades before being captured by re-growing trees.
The release of the report was timed with the opening of the first European Biomass Exchange (APX-ENDEX) in Amsterdam..
FUELING A BIOMESS
Provinces have recently opened public forests to large scale extraction of forest biomass for energy production, with neither public consultations nor adequate environmental guidelines.
Biomass extraction policies include logging intact areas of forest, cutting whole trees, removing woody debris, and cutting trees in recently burned and diseased areas.
The amount of wood and other tree parts cut from Canadian public forests could more than double under new provincial policies.
The destructive practices that are encouraged by the forest bioenergy boom threaten the health of forest ecosystems across the country.
Burning natural forest biomass whether for electricity, heat or biofuels is not carbon-neutral as governments and companies claim. Burning trees contributes to climate change for decades, as shown by the most up-to-date science, until replacement trees fully grow back.
Compared to current coal-fired electricity plants in North America, current woody biomass power plants can emit at the smokestack up to 150% more climate disrupting CO2, 400% more lung irritating carbon monoxide, and 200% more asthma causing particulate matter to produce the same amount of energy. The CO2 emited will harm climate for decades before being captured by regrowing trees.
The latest science shows that burning biofuels derived from standing trees in southern Ontarios forests will emit more CO2 emissions than using gasoline for well over a century.
Burning boreal biomass contributes to climate change through a long carbon payback time due to the slow regrowth of forests and the fragility of existing carbon stocks.
Federal and provincial governments fail to account properly the CO2 emissions from forest bioenergy production by using the simplistic assumption of carbon neutrality. In truth, CO2 emissions from biomass burning - about 40 megatons annually in Canada are roughly the equivalent of Canadas 2009 light-duty vehicules emissions.
In 2008, only 3.4% of Canadas total primary energy production came from burning wood in power plants and heating systems, but this required an amount of woody biomass equivalent to all the wood cut in Manitoba, Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick for the same year. If it ran at 100% capacity, a small 30MW biomass power plant would burn more than 470,000 tonnes of wood annually, an amount equivalent to clearcutting 10 soccer fields of Canadian forest everyday.
Providing 15% of Canadas electricity production from forest biomass would require burning more than the equivalent of all the trees that were cut nationwide in 2008.
More than 560,000 trees would need to be cut every single day to provide the biofuel (E85) needed to run all of Canadas cars. Annually, this would mean doubling the amount of wood extracted from Canadian forests.
Wood pellet exports from Canadian forests to Europe were around 1.2 million tonnes in 2010, a 700% increase in less than 8 years. Canadian pellet production capacity is expected to increase ten-fold by 2020.
Forest bioeNergy Needs to stay small-scale
Large forest bioenergy operations are unprofitable without significant government
subsidies and provide as much as 80% fewer jobs than traditional forestry.
Using mill waste and residue, such as sawdust and non-commercial wood chips, to replace fossil fuels for local, small-scale heating systems is the most efficient use of woody biomass.
Contact your provincial minister responsible for forestry and tell her/him to stop burning public forests for energy production until proper environmental standards are in place. Burning forest-based biomass on an industrial scale is bad for our forests, our health, the climate and job creation.
Take action! Email your minister now.
Ontario: Michael Gravelle, Minister of Natural Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org
Quebec: Clément Gignac, Ministère des Ressources Naturelles et de la Faune - email@example.com
British Columbia: Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations,
Alberta: Frank Oberle, Minister of Sustainable Resource Development, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saskatchewan: Bill Boyd, Minister of Energy and Resources, email@example.com
Manitoba, Dave Chomiak, Minister of Conservation, firstname.lastname@example.org
Newfoundland: Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Natural Resources, email@example.com
Nova Scotia: Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Brunswick: Bruce Northrup, email@example.com
Northwest Territories: J. Michael Miltenberge, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prince Edward island: Janice Sherry, Minister of Environment, Energy and Forestry, email@example.com
Yukon: Patrick Rouble, Minister of Energy, Mines & Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org
Conspiracy: Egypt and Zahi Hawass Covering Up Hall of Records Discovery
May 5, 2011
There have been many discussions going on recently about a conspiracy with the supposed discovery of one of the fabled Hall of Records in Egypt. Many researchers are claiming that both the Egyptian government and Zahi Hawass are covering up the discovery.
Rumors are circulating throughout the world recently with the supposed discovery of one of the legendary Hall of Records in Egypt. The Egyptian government along with recently retired Zahi Hawass who ran the Egyptian Antiquities Department have adamantly denied these claims saying that no such building or chamber has been found. However, many researchers and even some archaeologists are saying that the chamber was indeed found but has been covered up due to the contents inside and what it would mean to both our understanding of history and Ancient Egypts history.
According to legend and the renowned psychic Edgar Cayce, the Hall of Records are composed of three chambers spread throughout the world that contain the missing history of the lost continent of Atlantis along with the missing history of the human race. The three chambers are said to be located in Egypt (underneath the Sphinxs paw), somewhere on the Yucatan Peninsula and one on the lost continent of Atlantis, which would be most likely sunken in the ocean depths still. Each chamber is thought to contain the history of the lost continent of Atlantis along with information on any of the surviving inhabitants of the legendary island. It was Cayces claim that there were small groups of survivors that managed to escape the destruction of Atlantis and it was these Atlanteans that brought civilization to both Egypt and Mexico. Cayce claimed that all of this information would be housed in these Hall of Records and would detail both the history before the destruction of Atlantis and the demise too.
So, why would Egypt hide the Hall of Records? Obviously, the main reason would be the knowledge that the Egyptians did not develop civilization independently but instead were taught the concepts of it. This change in thinking would make the ancient Egyptian culture not as sophisicated as originally thought and all of their achievements would be questioned. Buildings such as the Great Pyramid and Abu Simbel would have to be questioned as to who was really responsible for the technology and ideas behind the building of them. Even the Sphinx would have to be questioned.
Where is the evidence for the finding of the Hall of Records in Egypt? The first piece of evidence was found more than twenty years ago and was a ground penetrating radar scan that revealed a strange anomaly underneath one of the Spinxs paws. The scan revealed what appeared to be a small chamber exactly in the location that Edgar Cayce had predicted the Hall of Records was to be found. The second piece of evidence and the most important are a network of caves and tunnels that run all around the Giza plateau. When these caves and tunnels were first discovered, both the Egyptian government and Zahi Hawass denied the existence of them. The caves run underneath at least two of the three large pyramids on the Giza plateau and run very close to right beneath the Sphinx. It is this cave chamber that runs very close to the Sphinx that the secret Hall of Records was located. The Hall was located behind about 5 feet of rock that separated the end of the cave chamber to the entrance of the Hall of Records. According to some sources, archaeologists were able to drill through and clear this 5 feet of rock and have gained access to the hall. But other sources are saying that once the archaeologists realized what they had found, they further sealed the cave chamber thereby hiding the discovery.
So, has the Hall of Records really been discovered? And, if so, will we ever hear about the contents of what the chamber had inside it? My guess is that the Egyptian government will do everything they can to hide this discovery and unless they are forced to disclose, we will never get confirmation. Hopefully, I will be proven wrong.
Mysterious Archaeology Finds That Science Cannot Explain http://socyberty.com/paranormal/mysterious-and-strange-archaeology-discoveries-that-science-cannot-explain/
This article discusses 12 mysterious and strange discoveries made in archaeology over the past two centuries that science cannot explain (at least not yet) and could turn our whole concept of history upside down.
(...) 1.) Radioactive human remains found in two Ancient Indian/Pakistan Cities. The two cities are Harrapa and Mohenjo-Daro. Strange as this sounds but the radioactive level of dozens of bodies and melting, fusing and crystallizing of bricks and surrounding materials actually indicate a nuclear bomb or some kind of blast explosion. Today, scientists know of no other ways this damage could have been caused by other than a nuclear weapon.
A letter from the READER's FORUM in the NOVEMBER 2011 issue of THE STAR BEACON.
Reading James Parsons interesting story in The Star Beacon September issue reminded me of what I was told about General Nathan Twinings Roswell experience.
About 20 years ago Bob and I bought acreage on a mesa south of Albuquerque that Nathan Twining, Jr. was developing. I never met him, but he called a couple of times, and both he and his friend, whom we did meet, related the following story. The quotations are my paraphrasing, but very close to what they said their information was too memorable to forget!
It was Nathans bedtime, and he and his father were talking about what they were going to do the next day, Nathans birthday (he was going to be 5 or 6, as I recall anyway, very young). But his father wasnt home the next morning, and when he came back, he told Nathan, I know you wont understand this, but I was home on your birthday. Ive been here all the time, I never went away. Nathan told me thats how he remembered his father drilling into him how important it was that if anyone asked, they had celebrated as planned ON his birthday.
Many years later, after his father died, the man who had been his aide told Nathan what had happened. He said that everyone who knew about it was threatened with a dire end if they ever spoke about it, but he wanted Nathan to know the truth. Im a sick old man. What are they going to do to me now?
Later the night before Nathans birthday, the aide had picked up General Twining at the family home in Baltimore and they flew to the crash site near Roswell. They learned that two of the four-person crew were dead when people who lived nearby found the crash scene, and a third died shortly before the general and his aide arrived.
The surviving crew member wasnt seriously injured, and they flew him to the nearest AFB hospital. The general supported him as they walked up the hospital steps and they communicated telepathically. Soon afterwards, the general, his aide and EB (Extraterrestrial Being) were flown to Wright-Patterson AFB, and four days after he left, the general was back home thats when he told Nathan the story about his birthday. The entire hospital staff was transferred the day after EB was taken there.
A footnote to this is, after my telepathic connection with Matthew opened in 1994, one of the fascinating ETs I talked with told me about EB. Physically he was all right, staying healthy by eating vegetable juices, but he died of a broken heart after about two years in captivity.
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