Eye of The Storm Series #14: Necrotic Democracy Dying From Cancerous Corporatism
It is past 6 am. I had a long day of work keeping up with my current book translation -- which will need all of my attention in the next 2 weeks, so don't expect another compilation for at least 3 weeks - still I'll prepare and network this Saturday a new suggested celestial glyph (some interesting comments on the latest one at the top of the NUGGETS OF SPECIAL INTEREST section below), a new Meditation Focus due for the first Sunday of September and the forthcoming September 23 Equinox Meditation.
So now after searching some latest news developments and integrating suggested material from new emails, I'm looking at these 460 links below to activate (copy and paste twice, first for this html-enabled email version, then for the archived version) a most strenuous and exhausting job which is the worst part of this "networking service", and I'm wondering 'should I wait another day to do this or try doing it now?'...
Well, it so happens that there are some quite important things that I feel need to go out NOW. So I've added to my exhaustion and just did it.
There is one comment I wish to make though in relation to the Comet ELEnin material in this compilation. I was thinking a couple days ago about addressing this end-of-the-times trend on the Web with some thoughts - which, in a nutshell is that we need to choose to adopt deep within the understanding that the crescendo of fear-stirring scenarios and prognostications is in fact a test we have set for ourselves to enable and gently prod us all to make the necessary leap of faith into higher dimensional territory through overcoming the temptation to go into fear and instead positioning ourselves in God's comforting arms, metaphorically speaking, Being One with All That Is, and trustingly going with the Flow in the Here and Now, surrendering to the Beauty and Perfection of What Is. Or to put it in much simpler terms...
Make sure also to check the this video to really be able to grasp this horrendous threat we are all being exposed to and which is completely kept under wrap by the news blackout on this maintained by our terminally dumb propaganda media. As it is stated HERE "Fukushima nuclear plant workers have reported that the ground under the facility is cracking and radioactive steam is already escaping through the cracks that Dr. Jacobs says is very serious and alarming development because it has happened after two large earthquakes over the past few weeks according to Russia Today."
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"I get most of my information in visions. I didn't ask for these visions, they just kept coming. In fact the visions I've received have made me sick if I don't release them, so I have to release them. I don't particularly want to interpret CC's, I'd rather be painting landscapes, but it seems the CC's are very important in this phase of human development. (...) All life is sacred and it is forbidden to break spiritual laws regardless of which 'groups' are involved. If covenants are broken, they are 'stored up' for later. The creator can wait for 10,000 years and do nothing, then act very swiftly in a kind of 'stored' energetic release. 10,000 years can be compressed into a month if the fruition of development manifests. Power can be taken away so swiftly that one can be stripped to nothing in a very short space of time. History has proven this time and again. Having some experience with the forces of the universe, I've found that in some cases, violence of any type is stored in the etheric plane and in metaphysical terms this then creates a 'magnetic' resonance of attraction. If stored energy isn't countered with right actions then a full and equal amount of stored energy then appears in what seems to be a 'fatal attraction'. By contrast 'grace' can also be given to those who've done previous harm, no matter how bad the actions. If one can turn to the light and do the right thing, grace is showered on the wrongdoer; all can be forgiven and healed. These are universal spiritual truths void of religious dogma. There will only be so many warnings, if there is no relief from a manipulated economic world then 'events' will manifest quite swiftly? Perhaps the 'hunting dogs' are at one's door?"
He grasped me firmly, but gently, just above my elbow and guided me into his room. Then he quietly shut the door and we were alone. He approached me soundlessly, from behind, and spoke in a low, reassuring voice close to my ear. "Just relax." Without warning, he reached down and I felt his strong, calloused hands start at my ankles, gently probing, and moving upward along my calves, slowly but steadily. My breath caught in my throat. I felt I should be afraid, but somehow I didn't care. His touch was so experienced, so sure. When his hands moved up onto my thighs, I gave a slight shudder, and partly closed my eyes. My pulse was pounding. I felt his knowing fingers caress my abdomen, my rib cage. And then, as he cupped my firm, full breasts in his hands, I inhaled sharply. Probing, searching, knowing what he wanted, he brought his hands to my shoulders, slid them down my tingling spine and into my pants. Although I knew nothing about this man, I felt oddly trusting and expectant. This is a man, I thought. A man used to taking charge. A man not used to taking 'No' for an answer. A man who would tell me what he wanted. A man who would look into my soul and say ... "Okay ma'am, you can board your flight now."
Irene looking extremely dangerous -- Commentary: Long Island could take heavy hit (Aug. 25, 2011) http://www.marketwatch.com/story/irene-looking-extremely-dangerous-2011-08-25
In my last piece, Hurricane Irene had just been upgraded to a category 3 major hurricane, and forecasts showed the storm brushing the North Carolina coast on its way towards extreme coastal New England. See Hurricane scenarios run from bad to worse. That has changed a bit on Thursday, and the change is not very welcome. The latest show Irene pushing inland through coastal North Carolina, on northwards through the Chesapeake, with a landfall within the five boroughs of New York City. See the tracks here. Now, were still two or three days away from Irenes outer rain bands brushing up against the White House lawn, and things can still fluctuate dozens or even hundreds of miles, but as we get closer and closer, our confidence as meteorologists is becoming stronger and stronger that someones going to get hit, and get hit hard. Irene has spent much of Wednesday and Thursday going through an extended eyewall replacement cycle, which essentially is a pause in the intensification process that refreshes the storm to continue strengthening. The National Hurricane Center still expects that Irene will become a Category 4 hurricane at some point on Friday. As Irene nears North Carolina, evacuations have already been ordered, and the Outer Banks will be the first to vacate. The governors of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey have already declared states of emergency to prepare for Irene. New York City will decide later today on whether to recommend evacuation for those living in flood-prone coastal sections of the city. See New York City flood zone map. Folks, this is starting to get very real, very fast. It sounds cliche, but possessions, as highly as our society values them, can be replaced. Lives cannot. One of the places Im most worried about is coastal Long Island. CLIP
10 hurricane survival tips for New York, D.C.Hurricane Irene promises chaos most urbanites have never seen (Aug. 26, 2011) http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-hurricane-survival-tips-for-new-york-dc-2011-08-26
As Hurricane Irene barrels toward New York City and other large metropolitan areas such as Washington, D.C., Boston and Philadelphia, residents who have never faced this kind of natural disaster need to be prepared for the dangerous high winds and possible flooding that such a storm even if not at hurricane strength can bring. Irene is an extremely dangerous storm for an area that has no experience with hurricanes, said meteorologist Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground Inc., an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based forecaster. Even if the hurricane does not hit, the storm itself will be very damaging, he said. CLIP
Recognize Palestine -- New Path to Peace - EXCELLENT Introductory video - Please SIGN this now! http://www.avaaz.org/en/middle_east_peace_now/?fp
Update: August 23 2011 In 48 hours, the UN Security Council will meet again to discuss Palestine's bid to become the 194th country. Already 700,000 of us have joined the campaign. But we need more of us to shift key countries to vote in favour. Watch the video, sign the petition and send this page to everyone -- let's get 1 million signers now! To the leaders of all UN member states: We urge you to endorse the legitimate bid for recognition of the state of Palestine and the reaffirmation of the rights of the Palestinian people. It is time to turn the tide on decades of failed peace talks, end the occupation and move towards peace based on two states.
Reconnaissez la Palestine -- Une voie nouvelle vers la paix http://www.avaaz.org/fr/middle_east_peace_now_fr/
Dans 24 heures, le Conseil de Sécurité de l'ONU va se réunir à nouveau pour discuter de la demande d'adhésion de la Palestine comme 194ème Etat membre. 700 000 d'entre nous ont déjà rejoint la campagne et nos voix sont entendues par les dirigeants. Mais nous devons être encore plus nombreux et intensifier la pression afin de pousser les pays clés à un vote favorable. Beaucoup de gens estiment ne pas assez bien comprendre la situation pour pouvoir agir. Avaaz a réalisé une courte vidéo qui raconte la véritable histoire du conflit. CLIP
In wake of British riots, New York police prepare for unrest
By Bill Van Auken
19 August 2011
New York police anti-riot units assembled last week at a training facility on Randalls Island to prepare for an outbreak of civil unrest similar to those that have occurred recently in Britain.
The August 12 mobilization exercises brought together police from all five of the citys boroughs, including specialized units such as mounted police and aviation.
The riot training was held just days after the New York City Police Department (NYPD) announced the formation of a new juvenile justice unit, which is to include detachments of cops assigned to troll Internet social media sites like Facebook and Twitter in search of any indication of impending disturbances.
During and after the British riots, police and politicians have launched a hysterical witch-hunt against social media, blaming its use for the spread of unrest across the country. Police have admitted that they contemplated shutting down Twitter and other sites and are still considering the use of such measures against any future disturbances.
A British court this week sentenced two young men to four years in prison for material they posted on Facebook dealing with the riots, although there is no evidence that their online activities had any connection to or resulted in any criminal actions.
The British riots were triggered by a police attack on a peaceful protest against the August 4 police shooting death of Mark Duggan, 29.
The British government and media have incessantly argued that the riots cannot be attributed to social conditions, but rather are the product of the moral failingslack of responsibility, greed, etc.of those involved.
The training mobilization of the NYPD, however, makes it more than clear that the ruling elite on the other side of the Atlantic is quite conscious that the conditions of social inequality, poverty, police abuse and attacks on social services and conditions that exist in both Britain and America can trigger an explosion in New York City.
In terms of income distribution, New York City, the capital of the US financial sector, is the most unequal major city in the US and is among the most unequal cities in the world. According to recent figures, the citys top 1 percent monopolizes 44 percent of income. The citys boundaries encompass both Wall Street, where top executives rake in salaries and bonuses amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, and the Bronx, the poorest county in the country. If it were a country, New York City would be one of the most unequal in the world, ranking between Chile and Honduras.
Sitting atop this social powder-keg is Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the richest of New York Citys 58 billionaires.
While Bloomberg as well as New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo have carried out drastic cuts in social programs, and city payrolls are shrinking as thousands of jobs are eliminated by means of layoffs and attrition, one area spared the budget ax has been the NYPD. Its total reduction in spending in the mayors budget amounted to less than 1 percent. Last month, the city hired another 1,400 new cops into its Police Academy, which will swell police ranks to over 35,000.
This massive force has been deployed in the citys working class and poor neighborhoods, where young people, the great majority of them black and Hispanic, are subjected to continuous harassment. Last year, the NYPD broke its previous record, stopping and frisking a total of over 600,000 people, nearly 90 percent of whom were neither arrested nor charged with any offense. During the first quarter of this year, cops stopped and frisked over 183,000 people, putting the NYPD on track to break the 700,000 mark for the year as a whole.
In recent months, New York police have acted with increasing provocation in enforcing the zero tolerance principles first introduced under former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who has been contracted by Britains Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron as a consultant on policing in wake of the riots.
On July 28, dozens of police attacked a group of Uruguayan football fans in the Jackson Heights section of Queens, who were celebrating their national teams victory in the Copa America. Police responded to the peaceful crowd with random arrests, clubbings and the ripping down of Uruguay flags. A number of people were injured in the police action, including young girl whose leg was broken as cops pushed back the crowd.
And on June 28, police broke up an album-release party organized by the rap group Smif-N-Wessun at a night club on the Lower East Side, severely beating and arresting a number of those in attendance.
The combination of stark social inequality, depression-level unemployment in many city neighborhoods, ever-escalating budget cuts and relentless police harassment are creating the conditions for a social eruption in Americas largest city.
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Tax the super-rich or riots will rage in 2012Commentary: 6 reasons we cant stop coming economic meltdown (Aug. 16, 2011) http://www.marketwatch.com/story/tax-the-super-rich-or-revolution-will-rage-in-2012-2011-08-16
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) What a year. Rage in London, Egypt, Athens, Damascus. All real. Just a metaphor in the new Planet of the Apes film? No, much more. Warning: More rage is dead ahead. Across our planet a new generation is filled with rage. High unemployment. Raging inflation. Dreams lost. Hope gone. While the super -rich get richer and richer.Listen to that hissing: The fuse is rapidly burning, warning us. Wake up before the rage explodes in your face. This firestorm is endangering Americas future. From forces outside, yes. But far more deadly, from deep within our collective psyche. We have lost our moral compass. We are self-destructing. Crackpot warning? No. This warning comes from the elite International Monetary Fund. A recent IMF report looked at the causes of the two major U.S. economic crises over the past 100 years, the Great Depression of 1929 and the Great Recession of 2007, writes Rana Foroohar, an economics editor at Time magazine. There are two remarkable similarities in the eras that preceded these crises. Both saw a sharp increase in income inequality and household-debt-to-income ratios. And in each case, as the poor and middle-class were squeezed, they tried to cope by borrowing to maintain their standard of living. CLIP
Wall Street targeted for Britain-style riots (August 16, 2011) http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=334433
'Day of rage' aims to 'bring down the stock market' -- In the wake of Britain's riots, a group of American radicals are planning a "Day of Rage" targeting Wall Street and U.S. capitalism. The upcoming protests, replete with a planned tent city in downtown Manhattan, is closely tied to the founders of ACORN and leaders of major U.S. unions, including the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU. There are indications the protesters are training to incite violence, resist arrest and disrupt the legal system. The protest aims to take root nationwide. Activists are advertising on social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter for a "Day of Rage" on Sept. 17 to begin with the "occupation" of Wall Street and continue with protests across the nation. Planners have their own website - USDayofRage.org - which tells protesters to "bring your own tent." The website is not specific about the purpose of the "Day of Rage" other than calling for "integrity" to be "restored to our elections." The site accuses corporations of using "money to act as the voices of millions, while individual citizens, the legitimate voters, are silenced and demoralized by the farce." Advertisements claim the protests at Wall Street and nationwide will be "non-violent."However, the official website provides resources, including videos and detailed written instructions, for protesters to engage in "civil disobedience." The resources provided include instructions on how to resist police arrest and disrupt court hearings. Similar instructions are provided on the website of an affiliated organization, which calls itself "Occupy Wall Street" and is also involved in planning the Sept. 17 protests. CLIP
Latest update from the October 2011 movement WORTH SUPPORTING! http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=33602bebba8fb7dd6e71fb413&id=91b8640472&e=d1bcc276e7
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Many of you are already making a sacrifice to come to Freedom Plaza to demand a real democracy, for the people and by the people. Today we write asking for a little more. Please consider a donation to help this all-volunteer effort cover necessary expenses related to stage and sound, legal fees, food, shelters, tables, generators and a host of other expenses.Close to 5,000 people have pledged to be in Freedom Plaza starting on October 6th, and our numbers grow every day. And this time is different. This time we are not going to leave. This time, thousands will occupy Freedom Plaza to resist the corporate war machine and demand a better world. And you are part of this movement. To cover our necessary expenses, we have already raised $10,000. We need to raise another $50,000 to reach our goal. We can do this together. Each of us, chipping in what we can, will get the job done. Please help us pull together to make this dream for a real democracy a reality by donating in any amount today; $10, $25, $100 or more. Thank you, and we will see you in DC. The October 2011 Movement. WATCH October 6th: This Time Is Different. This Time We Are Not Leaving!
The Rebellious Media Conference http://rebelliousmediaconference.org/about/
Frustrated with the mainstream medias coverage of war, climate change and the economy, or already making your own media? Interested in acquiring new skills or finding out more about exciting radical media projects from around the world? Want to join the resistance to the corporate takeover of the internet, or discuss how we can harness the digital revolution to help bring about radical social change? THIS CONFERENCE IS FOR YOU! The Rebellious Media Conference, a major event to take place in Central London on 8-9 October 2011, is being organised by a committee that includes Peace News, Ceasefire magazine, New Internationalist, Red Pepper, Undercurrents and visionOntv. This gathering will have three main purposes:to showcase inspiring examples of radical media practice;to further develop radical critiques of the mainstream media;to enable activists, journalists and students to engage in training and skillsharing. CLIP
Ever wondered about the US Government Debt? UTTERLY MIND-BLOWING - MUST SEE! http://www.ausphotography.net.au/forum/showthread.php?89266-Ever-wondered-about-the-US-Government-Debt
Ever wondered what 114.5 Trillion look like this puts it into perspective CLIP -- ONE OF THE COMMENTS POSTED THERE: "Amazing graphics, Rick. Well posted! Now, where does that debt come from? There are two main sources: first, their colossal military budget. The United States spends more on weapons and other military items than the next 18 nations put together. That's right, more than -People's Republic of China, France, United Kingdom, Russia, Japan, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, India, Brazil, Australia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Canada, Iraq, Israel, United Arab Emirates - all put together. Those 18 nations, remember, are the biggest-spending military nations on earth besides the USA - which spends as much as all of them put together. That's gross figures. What if we adjust for the size of the economy - i.e., what if we ask what proportion of the total wealth of each nation is devoted to military expenditure? Is the USA still the biggest spender? Not quite. But only 9 nations out of the 153 for which figures are available spend more on arms as a proportion of GDP. These well-known paragons of peace and civic virtue are in fact Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Chad, Jordan, Georgia, and Iraq. Every other country on Earth spends less on weapons than the USA. The second reason for the massive debt is that they don't pay taxes, not to speak of, they just keep on borrowing more and more money. List of countries that pay more tax than the United States (as a proportion of GDP) -(not in any order) Australia, Japan, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Denmark, France, Israel, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Hungary, Spain, Ukraine, Norway, Finland, Italy, Brazil, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Iceland, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Poland, Czech Republic, Bolivia, Tonga, Jamaica, Montenegro, Trinidad and Tobago, Romania, Namibia, Macedonia, Slovakia, Dominica, Latvia, Guyana, Seychelles, Estonia, Turkey, Barbados, Mongolia, Moldova, Serbia, Bulgaria, Malta, Botswana, Cyprus, Slovenia, Swaziland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lesotho, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Kiribati. So they spend it like water, and they are not prepared to put their hands in their pockets to pay for everything they spend - it's not so surprising that they are going out the back door, is it?"
Author Stephen Glain: $10 Trillion missing from Pentagon since 1991 (4:41 video) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28831.htm
In an interview with Tech Ticker's Aaron Task, Stephen Glain suggests that the U.S. military has squandered via waste, fraud and abuse, up to $10 Trillion since 1991. If that sounds ridiculous, recall that Rumsfeld admitted that the pentagon had "lost" $2.3 trillion in 2001, just one day before the 9-11 attacks. CLIP - To find out where part of the 'lost' money has gone, check THIS WEBPAGE which has really fascinating (and yet unprovable) stuff and which describes the result of one of the MANY black budget projects secretly financed by the Pentagon and other 'agencies'...
Capitalism Is The Crisis (Full Movie) (August 9, 2011) 1 hr 40 min video http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fYFw3O--2R0
Capitalism Is The Crisis: Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity examines the ideological roots of the "austerity" agenda and proposes revolutionary paths out of the current crisis. The film features original interviews with Chris Hedges, Derrick Jensen, Michael Hardt, Peter Gelderloos, Leo Panitch, David McNally, Richard J.F. Day, Imre Szeman, Wayne Price, and many more!The 2008 "financial crisis" in the United States was a systemic fraud in which the wealthy finance capitalists stole trillions of public dollars. No one was jailed for this crime, the largest theft of public money in history. Instead, the rich forced working people across the globe to pay for their "crisis" through punitive "austerity" programs that gutted public services and repealed workers' rights. Austerity was named "Word of the Year" for 2010. This documentary explains the nature of capitalist crisis, visits the protests against austerity measures, and recommends revolutionary paths for the future. Special attention is devoted to the crisis in Greece, the 2010 G20 Summit protest in Toronto, Canada, and the remarkable surge of solidarity in Madison, Wisconsin.It may be their crisis, but it's our problem.
Zeitgeist: Moving Forward | Official Trailer - [ Short ] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzknjwY5OIE
SYNOPSIS: Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, by director Peter Joseph, is a feature length documentary work which will present a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject matter will transcend the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and move to relate the core, empirical "life ground" attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a "Resource-Based Economy". THEATRICAL RELEASE - Zeitgeist: Moving Forward was released in 60+ countries and in 20+ languages starting January 15th 2011. This large scale release is not associated with any major distributor. DVD/INTERNET RELEASE - This is a non-commercial project, which means it will be available for free acquisition via internet in both viewing form and full DVD download. ZeitgeistMovingForward.com will also have a physical $5.00 DVD available in mid to late January.
Official 6 min. full length trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYLLFpNn4lM http://www.zeitgeistmovingforward.com http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com http://www.thevenusproject.com/en
Please support this new film and the movement and make as many people as possible aware of it. Thank you.
ZEITGEIST: MOVING FORWARD (2 hr 41 min - Already watched by nearly 10 million people!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9WVZddH9w
Highly recommended by Len Satov (email@example.com) who wrote: "Given the clear disintegration of the monetary system that is in process, many more people may be open to and interested in this now. Just a thought :-). In parallel, Barbara Marx Hubbard'sconscious evolution movement adds to this momentum that is becoming (in my view) more and more visible as we go along."
LATEST UPDATES ON THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR GLOBAL DISASTER
Fukushima China Syndrome 'clearly a concern': Expert (August 20, 2011) http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/fukushima-early-stage-china-syndrome-global-media-blackout?CID=examiner_alerts_art WATCH THE VIDEO! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baya8-agPs4
Fukushima 'seriously out of control,' nuclear industry seriously in control of global media blackout -- Since Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy plant has reportedly released 20 times the radiation contamination amount of the Hiroshima bomb, and its molten core is sinking through the Earth's crust, it appears to be in early stages of a "total China Syndrome meltdown" according to a Russia Today report Thursday during which Beyond Nuclear's Paul Gunter answered why media is blacking out the catastrophe, as noted by numerous scientists, and he revealed the increasing threat of a nuclear explosion. "The total amount of leakage [is] about 29.6 times the amount of contamination caused by the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Assuming the source material to be uranium, we think the total amount of leakage to be about 20 times what was caused by the Hiroshima bomb." Those were among alarming words stated by Dr. Tatsuhiko Kodama, 58, head of the University of Tokyo Radioisotope Center Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology in Meguro-ku in an interview with The Mainichi Daily News on August 20. Dr. Kodama had reported the same data as he testified before Japanese Parliament's Committee for Health, Labor and Welfare of the Lower House of the Diet on July 27. His testimony made headline news in Japan, but not in the U.S. according to Russia Today's Tom Hartmann who wanted to know why media is continuing its blackout campaign against best interest of the public.
(...) "Radiation has a high risk to embryos in pregnant women, juveniles, and highly proliferative cells of people of growing ages. Even for adults, highly proliferative cells, such as hairs, blood, and intestinal epithelium cells, are sensitive to radiation," he stated, becoming impatient with government's delayed reaction in helping the people survive the worsening conditions. As the molten core sinks into the ground, increasing the nuclear plant's lethality, an unidentified Fukushima employee said, "A lot of the cracks came up in the ground. Massive steam is coming up from there. It's too smoggy here. Can't see a thing. It seems like nuclear reaction is happening underground. Now, we are evacuating. Watch out for the direction of the wind." The statement was sent via a Tokyo friend of Hartmann who interviewed Gunter.
(...) "So what exactly is going on there?" asked Hartmann on Russia Today. "And why the media back-out on this increasingly severe nuclear disaster?" It has been 160 days since the earthquake and tsunami crippled Japan's nuclear energy plant at Fukushima, but information is still not forthcoming according to Hartmann. Director of the Reactor Oversight Project at Beyond Nuclear, the regulatory watchdog over the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and nuclear power industry, Paul Gunter joined Hartmann to shed light on what media is blacking out.
(...) Core melting into Earth, radiation 1 million millirems per hour "Cracks came up in the ground; massive steam coming up from there," Hartmann repeated. "That sounds a lot like the China Syndrome. The core melting down into the Earth and hitting the water table." Gunter replied, "We know now there have been three meltdowns at the six-unit site and the vessel has failed. "This melted reactor's melted core has burned through the concrete floor of the buildings, into the Earth and is reaching the ground water and creating steam." "The readings we're seeing now, suggest that it's off-scale for the instrumentation used by the workers," he said. "Five-hundred REM is the lethal dose. This is 1000 REM coming out of these cracks. So, we're seeing doses that could cause fatalities within days."According to Gunter, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) permissible radiation amount for the public is 100 millirem per year. This is 1 million millirem per hour. So, these are lethal doses that are coming out of the ground.' Gunter said, "They have been looking to contain this accident by building tents over the reactor units which os kind of ludicrous of itself and shows their level of desperation."Media blackout 'by global nuclear industry' means 'indy-media' is critical "This accident is clearly more seriously out of control than they are willing to admit," Gunter said. CLIP
Fukushima 'alarm': Ground cracking, radioactive steam seeping (Video) http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/fukushima-alarm-ground-cracking-radioactive-steam-seeping
As Canadians learned about dangerous radiation falling on them in rain on Tuesday as far east as Toronto registered at 20,000 CPM, equivalent to the highly targeted dose of radiation for cancer radiotherapy, the Fukushima catastrophe escalated even higher Wednesday with evidence that the ground is cracking under the crippled nuclear power plant, causing radioactive steam to escape, "very serious and alarming" according to Anissa Naouai's guest on Russia Today, Dr. Robert Jacobs, Professor of nuclear history at Hiroshima Peace Institute. Fukushima nuclear plant workers have reported that the ground under the facility is cracking and radioactive steam is already escaping through the cracks that Dr. Jacobs says is very serious and alarming development because it has happened after two large earthquakes over the past few weeks according to Russia Today. CLIP
Fukushima radiation falls on Toronto at DANGEROUS levels (20 000 CPM) August 14 2011 MUST WATCH!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iikM8kQR16Y
ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF RADIOACTIVE STEAM RISING FROM FUKUSHIMA. HORRIFIC RADIOACTIVE POLLUTION!!
Fukushima forced depopulation, Japanese plead world aid (video) (August 22, 2011) http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/fukushima-forced-depopulation-japanese-plead-world-aid-video
After "off-scale" radiation contamination at Fukushima was reported in early August, this weekend extremely excessive radiation contamination around Fukushima reported by the Ministry of Science and Education is forcing the Japanese government toward what New York Times termed "long-term depopulation" with an announcement making the area officially uninhabitable for decades, as Japanese people, including radiation refugees, plead for global help to survive human right to health violations experienced since March when Japan's ever worsening nuclear power plant catastrophe began. The government is expected to make a formal announcement telling many of the radiation refugees that they will be prohibited from returning to their homes indefinitely according to several Japanese news reports over the weekend reported the New York Times on Monday.
(...) The anticipated Japanese government relocation announcement would be the "first official recognition that the March accident could force the long-term depopulation of communities near the plant" reported The New York Times.This forced depopulation issue is one that "scientists and some officials have been warning about for months" and criticized the government for not doing sooner. New York Times reports that:"... evacuations have been a sensitive topic for the government, which has been criticized for being slow to admit the extent of the disaster and trying to limit the size of the areas affected, despite possible risks to public health. Until now, Tokyo had been saying it would lift the current evacuation orders for most areas around the plant early next year, when workers are expected to stabilize Fukushima Daiichis damaged nuclear reactors." CLIP
St. Louis raining Fukushima hot particles: Radiation 178 times normal (video) (August 21, 2011) http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/st-louis-raining-fukushima-hot-particles-radiation-178-times-normal-video
Heeding nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen's call to monitor and share radiation data, a St. Louis citizen reporter has demonstrated with a Geiger counter on Saturday that background radiation in St. Louis Missouri was 178 times normal after the rainout according to ENEWS. Gundersen predicted that as Japan burns contaminated materials, radiation levels in the United States and Canada would escalate in rainouts for another year."St. Louis rain sample shows radiation dose on August 20 almost triple previous high reading," ENEWS reported Sunday. At approximately 10:20 a.m. Saturday, August 20, in St. Louis Missouri, the reading from a citizen reporter in a vehicle driven approximately four miles through the trailing edges of a thunderstorm returned a reading of 1.786 mR/hr, equating to 178 times greater than normal background radiation. (See embedded Youtube on this page left.)
Radiating Americans with Fukushima rain, food: Secret Clinton pact (August 14, 2011) HORRIFYING COVERUP http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/radiating-americans-with-fukushima-rain-food-secret-clinton-pact
Government agreed to downplay Fukushima radiation Fukushima is far from stabilized according to energy advisor veteran with 39 years of nuclear power engineering experience, Arnie Gundersen who told Solar IMG Saturday that Americans, not just in the northwest, are unaware they are being rained on with Fukushima nuclear hot particles and eating Fukushima contaminated food because the US government has deliberately minimized the catastrophe, partially due to a pact Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed with Japan. Gundersen, with a team of other scientists, intends to prove government statements about Fukushima are false. "The United States came up with a decision to downplay Fukushima," said Gundersen who is awakening the public with information such as hot particles in rain will continue falling in the U.S., not just in the Pacific Northwest, for another year, and mentioning high-level fallout in Oklahoma a few days ago. Gundersen told SolarIMG that high-level people he knows in the State Department said Hillary Clinton signed a pact with her counterpart in Japan agreeing for the United States to continue buying food from Japan, despite that food not being properly tested for radioactive materials. "So we are not sampling the food coming into the United States," he said, repeating, "The US government has come up with a decision at the highest levels of the State Department, as well as other departments who made a decision to downplay Fukushima." In April, the month after the powerful tsunami and earthquake crippled Japan including its nuclear power plant, "Hillary Clinton signed a pact with Japan that she agreed there is no problem with Japanese food supply and we will continue to buy them so we are not sampling food coming in from Japan" according to Gundersen. Due to this high degree of secrecy enshrouding the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, that Gundersen said is ongoing, he has called on Americans with Geiger counters to send samples to him for an independent research team's study. Gundersen says the new study will prove that what the U.S. government is telling Americans is false.
(...) "There's an awful lot of kids that are going to have thyroid problems in the next three to five years as the result of this." Kicking the nuclear can, Worst to come: Unit 4, Contaminated food and water, Children and cancer Gundersen admits that he is "becoming increasingly concerned" about Fukushima impacting not only Japanese but also Americans. He listed his major concerns related to Fukushima impact in the United States: Unit 4; radioactive beef, soil and rain; burning contaminated materials; and raising dose amounts. According to Gundersen, Fukushima's Unit 4 is "very fragile and could topple" in another earthquake. Off-site releases that have already occurred are a problem, he said. Each Japanese prefecture is "doing its own thing" instead of a whole of government approach resolving the radiation problem and protecting the people. "There is radioactive beef. There's radioactive soil. There's going to be radioactive straw." "The Japanese are not sampling enough," said the nuclear expert, and Fukushima food is being bought by unwitting Americans. The government increased the amount of "acceptable limits of radiation" a person can have, including raising child amount to the same as adults. "For every 250 REM, you can expect a cancer," he said. "So for every 10 men... one of those 10 will get cancer as a result of working at Fukushima." "They've got 8,000 people on site.
(...) Gundersen furthered, "The accident isn't over. It's continually throwing back up the cesium which is already on the ground and into plants." "It's going to get worse now with the straw harvest," he said, speaking about the Japanese rice harvest to start in September. "After the rice is harvested, the straw, like the rice it grew, will be contaminated. With a half-life of 30 years, you're not going to let it set in your barn for 300 years. You're going to burn it." According to Gundersen, the contaminated straw is going to be burned and that will kick it into the next prefecture and then, over to the United States and Canada where it will come down in the rain. "Kick the problem to Hawaii or British Columbia or Oregon," he said. "A rainout is when a radioactive cloud passes over an area and, due to a coincidental rainstorm, the hot particles get dropped on the soil." "We're going to see another year of these rainouts." In British Columbia a few weeks ago, "Geiger counters were going off the scale" according to Gundersen who added that the "only conclusion you could come to was industrial burning in Japan." CLIP
Experts: Fukushima 'off-scale' lethal radiation level infers millions dying (August 5, 2011) http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/experts-fukushima-off-scale-lethal-radiation-level-100s-millions-deaths
Fukushima nuclear power plant radiation recordings of external gamma radiation have been so high this week, they went off scale said veteran nuclear expert Arnie Gunderson on Thursday after the famous physicist, Dr. Chris Busby told the Japanese people this week that radioactive air contamination there is now 300 times that of Chernobyl and 1000 times the atomic bomb peak in 1963, inferring that hundreds of millions of people are now dying from Fukushima radiation, including people in the United States. If noticing unusual amounts of hair falling out, confusion, nose bleeds or other odd symptoms typical of radiation sickness, it might be due to the United States record high levels of radiation, now multiple times acceptable safety limits not only on the west coast, but also in other locations around the nation. Because Fukushima radiation data retrieval and interpretation has been so complex or non-existent for the concerned public, citizen reporters in Japan and United States have now established easily accessible ways to view radiation levels on the internet. Fukushima radiation depopulation unfathomable: Possibly 100s of millions deaths Dr Janette Sherman, a highly respected physician and acknowledged expert in radiation exposure who has reported a north-east United States 35% baby death spike since Fukushima fall-out reached the nation, concurs with estimates that world wide, the Chernobyl Kill is one million people killed to date reported NOVA News. Extrapolating, worldwide deaths by Fukushima radiation could eventually be hundreds of millions of people, becoming the most significant depopulation event to date. Dr. Chris Busby, world famous physicist, said tests conducted at the respected Harwell Radiation Laboratory in England demonstrate that airborne radiation in Japan is 1,000 times higher than radioactive "fallout" at the peak in 1963 of H-Bomb detonations by nuclear powers. In March, Busby had estimated that Fukushima radiation to be 72,000 times greater than what the United States released at Hiroshima. "Let's wipe the Tokyo Electric Power Company and the General Electric officials and policy makers off the face of the Earth, as they manifestly deserve," asserted Dr. Busby when addressing the Japanese this week. Thirty-nine year nuclear industry veteran Arnie Gunderson of Fairwinds stated Tuesday, "There will continue to be enormous spikes for at least ten years." Dr. Busby advocates not only independent studies of the nuclear catastrophe. He received a resounding applause when he told the Japanese people this week that in his opinion, scientists who said this accident was not a problem must be prosecuted.
Nuclear Expert: Radioactive Rain-Outs Will Continue For a Year - Even In Western U.S. and Canada - Because Japanese Are Burning Radioactive Materials (August 14, 2011) http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/08/nuclear-expert-because-japanese-are.html
Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen says in a new interview that the Japanese are burning radioactive materials. The radioactivity originated from Fukushima, but various prefectures are burning radioactive materials in their terroritories. Gundersen says that this radioactivity ends up not only in neighboring prefectures, but in Hawaii, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington and California. He notes that radioactive rain-outs were documented recently in British Columbia and Oklahoma with geiger counters. Gundersen is working with scientists who will publish a paper in the near future definitively debunking Canadian and American health officials' claims that only harmless levels of radiation are being released. Gundersen has a high-level contact in the State Department who says that the U.S. government has decided - within various agencies, including the State Department, FDA, and other agencies - to downplay the dangers from Fukushima. Because of this policy decision, the government is not really testing for radiation. Gundersen says that well see another year of radioactive rain-outs, as the Japanese continue to burn radioactive materials. Click here to listen to the interview. -- "The coverup agreement between the US and Japan will go down in history as one of the most shameful breaches of public responsibility in human history - equivalent to, but much larger in extent than the Minamata mercury scandal and the blood plasma AIDS scandal." - Comment taken from HERE
Leuren Moret: Japan, U.S., Canadian governments complicit in radiation cover-up (August 14, 2011) http://www.examiner.com/exopolitics-in-seattle/leuren-moret-japan-u-s-canadian-governments-complicit-radiation-cover-up
Independent scientist Leuren Moret, MA, PhD (ABD) has declared that the governments of Japan, the U.S. and Canada are continuing in a concerted, lock-step program of complicit cover-up of dangerous radiation levels resulting from the Fukushima nuclear false flag event of March 11, 2011.Ms. Morets statements are made in an ExopoliticsTV interview with Alfred Lambremont Webre released August 14, 2011. Also made public is a court Declaration on the impacts and levels of Fukushima radiation by Dr. Chris Busby, Member of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology and the Ukraine Committee Physicians of Chernobyl. Dr. Busbys court Declaration, filed in a Japanese court case seeking to force the evacuation of more that 350,000 children from the Fukushima area, is set out at the end of this article in the public interest.
(...) Leuren Moret states, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano declares on August 13, 2011 that the Fukushima area is safe, which is a lie. Fukushima Diary has reported that the Japanese Cabinet knew that a nuclear meltdown was happening at Fukushima and has kept Fukushima residents from evacuating the area. Immediately after the March 11, 2011 Fukushima event, it has emerged that Tepco and Japanese government took over all buses in the Fukushima area for their own evacuation and never notified the population of the radiation hazard to themselves and their families. Moreover, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano evacuated his family to Singapore after the Fukushima event and had their radiation diagnosis records sealed at hospital. Ms. Moret states, "Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano must have taken his cue to evacuate his family from President Obama. Right after the Fukushima disaster, Obama took his wife and children to the southern hemisphere for several weeks, avoiding exposure to the high levels of radiation blanketing the United States, and did not mention the great danger of radiation exposure to citizens of the United States."
Canada, U.S., and Japan are acting in concert Ms. Moret states, Canada is following the U.S. direction in covering up the Fukushima global radiation genocide event. Both the U.S. and Canadian governments shut down their monitoring in concert immediately after the March 11, 2011 Fukushima radiation event. Canada moved its radiation stations from the Pacific coast to the B.C. interior. Both the Canadian and U.S. governments continue to state that the radiation levels are safe, when in fact that is incorrect. Ms. Moret continues, People in the Vancouver, BC, Seattle, San Francisco, and Arizona areas reported a salty taste in their mouths when it rained, which is a sign of radioactive cesium salts in the air. Ms. Moret says, Eastern cities in the U.S. (New York and Washington, DC) and in Canada (Toronto) were protected from radiation from Fukushima that had been targeted at the West coast of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico by means of high pressure zones that were created by the weather warfare capabilities of HAARP to protect Toronto, New York, and Washington, DC from radiation fall-out, while having hazardous levels of radiation targeted at the west coasts of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Hawaii. CLIP - Watch this interview at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb49kkkkYps
Asahi: "Horrifying" that Fukushima meltdown equivalent to almost 30 times the radiation released by atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima (August 13, 2011) http://enenews.com/asahi-horrifying-fukushima-meltdown-equivalent-almost-30-times-atomic-bomb-dropped-hiroshima-wwii
Professor's anger at lawmakers creates buzz on Internet, SHUKAN ASAHI WEEKLY MAGAZINE: [...] Tatsuhiko Kodama, 58, who heads the Radioisotope Center at Todai, was called to provide expert testimony before the Lower House Health, Labor and Welfare Committee on July 27. [...]Besides being a doctor of internal medicine, Kodama is also an expert on internal radiation exposure. His background made even more shocking the testimony he provided in the Diet. [....] Kodama explained the horrifying results of those calculations at the committee session. "The equivalent of 29.6 times of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, or in terms of uranium about 20 atomic bombs, were released by the accident," Kodama said. "While the remaining radiation from atomic bombs decreases to one-thousandth of the original level after a year, radioactive materials from the nuclear power plant only decrease to one-tenth the original level."CLIP
Radioactive iodine found in 50 percent of children's thyroids - Up to 35 millisieverts (35,000 microsieverts) (August 14th, 2011) http://enenews.com/radioactive-iodine-found-in-50-percent-of-childrens-thyroids-up-to-35-millisieverts-35000-microsieverts
[...] A group of researchers led by Hiroshima University professor Satoshi Tashiro tested 1,149 children in the prefecture for radiation in their thyroid glands in March following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Radioactive iodine was detected in about half of the children.Tashiro says radiation in thyroid glands exceeding 100 millisieverts poses a threat to humans, but that the highest level in the survey was 35 millisieverts. [...] CLIP NOTE: "The Committee recommends that the total maximum permissible annual dose limit to members of the public involving releases of anthropogenic isotopes or natural isotopes delivered in a novel fashion should be kept below 0.1mSv as calculated using the ECRR model." - Taken from the 2010 Recommendations of the European Committee on Radiation Risk -- AMONG THE MANY COMMENTS POSTED THERE: "35 mSv is outrageously high as this is just radioactive Iodine. There are dozens of other radiologic compounds. 80 days of radioactivity (Iodine) is a long time for a child whose cells are dividing rapidly, the younger they are. How much more damage the compounds that are stored in bone marrow, lungs, bones, enterium, skin, neurological tissues, all cells (tritium/cesium). Remember to multiply all figures of detected contamination in Sv by 10x very conservative minimum to extrapolate for the increased threat all radiation is for younger humans. Make that number larger for babies-I'm not exactly sure of the multiple to use for babies or the unborn fetus; but I do know it would more than 10x. Performing these very simple, but truthful and accurate calculations, will you give one an idea of the realistic threat to children and infants from ingested or inhaled and absorbed radiologic compounds. Therefore, 10 x 35 mSv is really more like a minimum exposure of 350 mSv."
Tweets from Japan: "When we wash their hair, it comes off in a clump - It is really scary" (August 13th, 2011) http://enenews.com/tweets-japan-when-wash-hair-comes-clump-really-scary
Tweets from a nurse (my very good guess from her tweets) in a large hospital in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture on August 10:[Translation:] Increasing number of patients with unexplainable decrease in white blood cells, headache, nausea. They are diagnosed for existing illness and undergo treatment, but they don't respond to the treatment at all. I've seen those cases in my hospital. I'm not saying they are all because of the radiation exposure, but I'm telling you what I'm seeing.[Translation:] When we wash their hair, it comes off in a clump. It is really scary. The doctor says, "I really wonder why the white blood cell count is down " Doctor, don't be so relaxed about it. There is going to be more and more people who don't respond to treatment.
Japan nuclear expert: Massive "re-melting" occurred at Reactor No. 3 (DIAGRAM) (August 8, 2011) http://enenews.com/japan-nuclear-expert-massive-re-melting-at-reactor-no-3-fuel-dropped-to-containment-vessel-diagram
[Fumiya Tanabe, former head of the research at Japan Atomic Energy Agency] thinks the fuel melted and dropped to the bottom of the Reactor Pressure Vessel of Reactor 3 by March 14?s explosion; then the melted fuel stayed there, cooled by more than 300-tonnes/day water. However, the amount of water injected dropped to only 24 tonnes per day from March 21 to 23, and 69 tonnes per day on March 24, probably due to increased pressure within the RPV. It caused the melted fuel to heat up again, and the fuel melted through the RPV and dropped onto the Containment Vessel (pedestal; see the diagram from Asahi).
According to Tanabe, the amount of water from March 21 to 24 was only about 11 to 32% of what was needed to remove the decay heat, and within one day the melted fuel would attain the melting temperature again. Tanabe thinks this massive "re-melting" caused the release of a large amount of radioactive materials into the environment which caused a spike in air radiation in wide areas of Tohoku and Kanto including Tokyo, and most of the re-melted fuel dropped from the RPV to the Containment Vessel. Tanabe will present the result of his research on Reactor 3 at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant in the upcoming Atomic Energy Society of Japan's conference next month.
Radiation from Fukushima may lead to decreased population in Japan (August 11, 2011) http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/radiation-fukushima-may-lead-decreased-population-japan
This week Japan announced that its population has fallen for the second year in a row, which - along with a shrinking workforce - will pose huge challenges for its economy and society. While these trends were set before the triad of disasters began with the March 11 earthquake, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster may exacerbate them. "Unless the Japanese workforce makes some huge gains in productivity - and Japanese workers are already very productive - there are no prospects for growth in the domestic economy," says Jo McBride, head of the Japanese Pension Industry Database. (...) In the post-disaster environment, there is now another disincentive to have children: concerns about radiation. Though long-term health implications of exposure to low doses of radiation is disputed, medical officials deem infants to be more prone to the dangers than adults. "Before the disaster, I wanted to have another child, but now I don't think I can. (...) Although few people were working as close to the Fukushima accident as Sato, women across the northeast of Japan, and as far away as Tokyo, are concerned about having children amid ongoing fears of the effects of radiation.
Fukushima Radioactive Seawater Plume - Poisoned Habitat, Poisoned Food (August 22, 2011) http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/videos/radiation-poisoning/fukushima-radioactive-seawater-plume.html
On August 18, the Chinese government announced the detection of an area 100,000 square miles in size in Pacific Ocean waters, containing Cesium radiation levels of up to 300 times normal and Strontium radiation levels up to 100 times normal. The location of this contaminated zone was at distances of up to 800 kilometers from the coast of northeastern Japan. Presumably, the fisheries and the entire food chain in this expanding area are contaminated. No seafood caught there should be eaten by anyone...including the fish who live there.Tuna fish can swim up to 400 miles per day and schools of tuna can spread this contamination throughout the Pacific Ocean faster than the ocean currents. CLIP - Much ORE through Radioactive WATER dispersion from Fukushima Japan = plotted on Google earth
Current radioactive rainout in Toronto video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDSpCxjZ2D8
Rense.com seems to be the best aggregator of these citizen monitoring videos.
NOTE: The following is from Doug located in Hawaii: "Very high levels of radiation are still being detected in eastern North America following radioactive rainouts in BC and OK City in previous recent weeks. The radiation is mostly alpha hot particles, but there is at least 300 cpm of gamma the operator detects too. Note that pancake tube detectors measure higher than regular Geiger counter elongated tubes, but still, 20,000 or even 1,000 cpm in rainwater should be a wake up call to entomb Fukushima without delay. Who would have imagined that an eastern North America rainout could detect so high this long after the initial explosions and containment breaches? They are creating hell on earth for the people of Fukushima and eventually North America which will also suffer insoluble radiation related health problems. The Pentagon should have to explain the aurora borealis andnoctalucent cloud patterns seen over eastern China and Japan on the day of the Fukushima quake, in light of their HAARP activity, and their historical promotion of the BWR and fission technology, which they did in complete secrecy at first and later through lies to the public,especially in denial of radiation, the R word they don't want to talk about. Permanent terrain contamination was the military objective in the Manhattan Project's Groves memo of 1943, and that same criminal syndicate developed the entire nuclear industry as a means of carrying out massive human sacrifice with nuclear weapons. Which hot particles are making up most of this alpha radiation? Is it UO from the melted UO fuel rods or hotter fission products giving off in metal fumes and radioactive steam into the troposphere where the westerlies carry them far to the east? Should the site be entombed under a mountain of sand immediately to prevent further global contamination? The baseline Toronto reading in air away from the rainwater is not so drastic, providing false security. The rainwater's alpha radiation would not be immediately breathable but in dried soil, dust would be breathable later on, so there is no security in the ambient readings. Raindrops effectively scavenge radioactive particles out of the air and concentrate them in rainwater. Rainout permanently contaminates terrain. No wonder the EPA turned off their monitoring system! It is impossible to stay frantic about Fukushima all day everyday, but I can't forget this is occurring nor how truly serious a permanent terrain contamination is taking place. None of the so-called anti-nuke experts who should be leading a movement to stop the releases with deep site entombment is even on the same page with that idea."
Citizen group wants radiation tests done in Canada following Fukushima nuclear disaster (August 11, 2011) http://www.straight.com/article-419976/vancouver/group-wants-radiation-tests
A Vancouver woman wants Canadian governments held more accountable for protecting public health in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. In an August 8 interview at the Georgia Straight office, Isabel Budke pointed out that citizens and nongovernmental organizations can exert a great deal more pressure on Health Canada and other regulators to improve monitoring, measuring, and reporting on radiation levels in water, soil, and food. "I really think we need to have localized and regional testing because, from what I understand, the plumes that have drifted over the Pacific Ocean with this radiation are touching down on different areas in different ways, depending on where the jet stream is going and what weather conditions are," Budke said. "We can't rely on testing results from the United States or testing that has been done somewhere else in the country. I think we need to have our own testing in B.C."Budke, who has an SFU master's degree in environmental and resource management, said that if governments won't do this work, she wants the public to work collaboratively to have food, soil, and water tested. Her group has created a "Canadian Network for Radiation Awareness & Monitoring" website, which will post results from citizen-initiated laboratory tests.Last week, the Straight reported that on March 20, a Health Canada monitoring station in Sidney, B.C., detected iodine-131 at more than 300 times the background level. Despite this, Health Canada spokesperson Stéphane Shank told the Straight on August 9 from Ottawa that air-monitoring stations have shown that radiation levels are "minute" and pose "no risk" to Canadians.
(...) Budke expressed alarm about spent-fuel pools containing thousands of fuel rods, which were stored on top of the reactors' buildings. They contained a mixture of uranium and plutonium. She said that the latter substance is so toxic that inhaling a particle smaller than a speck of dust creates a high risk of lung cancer."We don't know what the concentrations are because no one is measuring plutonium either in our food or in our water or in our soil or in our air," Budke insisted. "And other really dangerous substances are strontium and uranium."
(...) "I've been wondering as I was walking in the rain in April and in May: how radioactive is our rain in Vancouver?" she continued. "And there is just no information. And I've been wondering: is this accumulating in our soil, and is the radioactivity being taken up by plants that we grow on our soil and that animals are eating, such as cows? And I've been wondering about other things, such as fruits and vegetables and mushrooms. And I've been wondering about seafood that swims around in the Pacific Ocean."
(...) Budke emphasized that the effects of exposure to low-level radiation accumulate in the body over time, leading to serious health problems. According to her, it's not possible to test for small amounts of radiation with Geiger counters because they're not precise enough. "It requires really highly sophisticated instrumentation to do what's called alpha and beta and gamma spectroscopy," she stated. "I've come to the conclusion that this has to be done by an authorized agency. There are actually two laboratories in Canada that are certified to test for radionuclides, and so we would be using one or both of those."She hopes citizens and nongovernmental organizations will collect and send one or more samples of soil, water, and food to these labs. Budke said testing costs approximately $200 per sample, not including shipping, and there will have to be guidelines regarding how this material would be packaged and prepared.At first, she hopes people will pay the cost. She hopes that later, fundraising can help defray expenses. "I would really like to find out that we have scraped by this global disaster without severe health effects," Budke said. "But right now, we don't know that. I would like to see that confirmed."
Monitoring stations catch a fraction of Fukushima fallout (August 4, 2011) http://www.straight.com/article-415216/vancouver/monitoring-stations-catch-fraction-fukushima-fallout
(...) Health Canada reports on monitoring data for only three or four of the hundreds of radioactive substances spewing out of the crippled Japanese nuclear plant.Canada also has only five monitoring stations that contain equipment sensitive enough to notice levels of specific radioactive substances from Fukushima in the air."They're measuring only a fraction of the radioactive fallout from Fukushima," said Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, speaking from Montreal.In contrast, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has 200 monitoring stations checking for up to 11 radioactive substances in everything from air and milk to drinking water and rainwater. Health Canada's radiation-monitoring webpage downplays any fallout concerns, saying radiation reaching Canada has been "within normal background levels". That's based largely on data from a second network of 35 other monitoring stations that have less sensitive equipment (including 12 in B.C.).But an analysis of the data from these stations shows radiation levels did hit sustained above-normal levels for an average of 36 days in March and April after Fukushima.
(...) But this data downplays the radiation from Fukushima, Edwards said. The less sensitive equipment also picks up large amounts of background radiation from natural sources like the sun and soil.It also doesn't spot jumps in the type of radioactive substances released in a nuclear accident, like iodine-131. Another problem: sieverts are a questionable way to measure radiation because they include a subjective calculation of the radiation's impact on a person, and so the results can be manipulated to play down impacts, Edwards said."It's a shell game. Microsieverts are quite a distance removed from the raw data. They're blending in stuff from nature to make the data look innocuous," he says. You have to scroll down to the bottom of Health Canada's radiation webpage to find the more striking data from the five stations monitoring specific radioactive substances. This data shows the air at the five stations contained an average of 33.3 millibecquerels of radioactive iodine per cubic metre during 30.4 days of elevated radiation.That works out to double the 16.7 millibecquerels per cubic metre of iodine-131 that would be permitted over those 30.4 days, according to the maximum limit set by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. (The commission's ceiling is 200 millibecquerels per cubic metre of exposure in the air on a daily basis for an entire year. That equates to 16.7 millibecquerels per cubic metre over 30.4 days.)The station in Sidney, B.C., detected 19.4 millibecquerels per cubic metre of iodine-131 in the air during a 22-day-long spike in radiation. That was 61 percent higher than the maximum dose of 12.1 millibecquerels per cubic metre permitted for 22 days.
The explosive truth behind Fukushima's meltdown (17 August 2011) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/the-explosive-truth-behind-fukushimas-meltdown-2338819.html
Japan insists its nuclear crisis was caused by an unforeseeable combination of tsunami and earthquake. But new evidence suggests its reactors were doomed to fail (...) Throughout the months of lies and misinformation, one story has stuck: it was the earthquake that knocked out the plant's electric power, halting cooling to its six reactors. The tsunami then washed out the plant's back-up generators 40 minutes later, shutting down all cooling and starting the chain of events that would cause the world's first triple meltdown.But what if recirculation pipes and cooling pipes burst after the earthquake before the tidal wave reached the facilities; before the electricity went out? This would surprise few people familiar with the 40-year-old reactor one, the grandfather of the nuclear reactors still operating in Japan.Problems with the fractured, deteriorating, poorly repaired pipes and the cooling system had been pointed out for years. In September 2002, Tepco admitted covering up data about cracks in critical circulation pipes. In their analysis of the cover-up, The Citizen's Nuclear Information Centre writes: "The records that were covered up had to do with cracks in parts of the reactor known as recirculation pipes. These pipes are there to siphon off heat from the reactor. If these pipes were to fracture, it would result in a serious accident in which coolant leaks out. CLIP - How many other aging nuclear plants around the world are in a similar risky situation today?
Note from Jean: About the amazing celestial glyph suggested last Saturday, check the comments at http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2011/jubilee/comments.html and http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2011/jubilee/articles.html to better grasp what it is. May I also suggest you take a couple minutes to contemplate this version of it with red dots and try to wrap your mind around this unique and complex 3D configuration. Look at it in general, figuring out spatially the 4 main cubes it features and then keep in mind this "visual/sensory understanding" of how they interpenetrate each other, and try to go even beyond holding this spatial grid in your mind to dig deeper into it overall feel... Stunning mind-blowing effect! I also received the following detailed comment from Joyce A. Kovelman (ASOUL1@aol.com) after she initially wrote to me: "This last crop circle glyph seems to have a dimensionality and depth to it that is especially intriguing to me and also seems to incorporate so many of humanities ancient and sacred shapes and symbols. I got a message immediately after looking at them, that this could also be a map of a portion of our universe and some sort of invitation beyond the design and glyph itself.
Message is a surprise as it came to me so spontaneously and has resonated for quite a while with me, that I decided to write to you to share the message with you."... To which I replied: "Quite an amazing crop formation/glyph indeed. You mention a message. I'd be happy to share this message with others - as long as you flesh it out a bit more... - if you are inspired to do so of course." So here is what she sent back:
"I have been meditating and contemplating frequently regarding last week's glyph, which still continuously draws me deeply into its center (It is also reminds me of the Enneagram grid). It's depth and expansion seems endless and limitless. The ring in the middle of the glyph, upon further observation, is not solid and appears to be like a membrane between the inner circle and the outer interpenetrating and interconnecting dimensions surrounding this membrane. I am aware that it allows movement and entry into and out of this Universe. As such, it appears that the membrane is porous and perhaps the spaces in the patterning within this thick membrane are actually pores or portals to other dimensions.
I believe that it doesn't matter which way you enter or leave the circle - for all is connected, and One. What I am receiving is that there are multiple and dimensions upon dimensions, levels and grids in our Universe and it is far more complicated than we've been taught, not just linear. Indeed, I wondered if the innermost circle cis trying to reveal what is unseen and seemingly invisible in our own Universe - It might be hinting at some of the structure of dark matter which we little understand and yet it fills most of our Universe. Dark Matter is w/o light and so I would imagine that to our nervous systems, it is dark to us, and perhaps elsewhere as well, and it is why we see no stars, galaxies and only darkness.
There is a particle, a tachyon, that moves faster than the absolute top speed of light in our Universe. Tachyons reach the highest speed in our Universe as their lowest limit of speed. and are not visible to us in this Universe and to our present nervous system receptors. Yet, I feel this grid has something to say about traveling through Dark matter at higher speeds of travel and that somehow we need to learn more about tachyons to learn how to do so. For me, this is one of the meanings of this glyph. Also there is a much smaller glyph at the top of this crop circle (signature. title, or symbol) that belongs to this glyph unlike different parts of a design. I do not remember seeing many such symbols with other circles. It definitely is part of this glyph, is impressive and calls to me as well. Some of this is observation, but most of my impressions are what I am subliminally receiving during both meditation and dream time. I look forward to sharing with others who feel called to this glyph and would like to hear what they have to say. This glyph and its physical as well as emotional influence is now imprinted within me and walks along with me both day and night. It seems gentle, knowing and peaceful."
Is Alex Jones for real? by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IF YOU EVER WONDER WHAT MAKES ALEX JONES TICK ( August 21, 2011) http://www.naturalnews.com/033389_Alex_Jones_radio_show.html
(...) Alex has been right on so many things for so long that people often forget he's actually one of the best current events analysts on the planet. When he says something that's two or three years ahead of the curve, it often sounds to mainstream people like he's nuts or something, but if you just wait to see what unfolds, you'll realize oh my God, Alex was right! For one, he told the world that Rick Perry would run for President two years ago (if not sooner). He called the 2006 / 2007 housing bubble crash. He call the government 9/11 a hoax long before the thousands of architects and engineers proved him right. He has accurately called every major event in the world -- the Oslo "terrorist" hoax, the distortions on the war in Libya, the FBI staging fake terror events in the USA, Obama's plot to destroy America's economy with the help of the global banksters, and so much more. Going back through the archives of Alex Jones' shows (www.PrisonPlanet.TV) is like reading the works of a prophet of some kind who saw visions of what was coming and simply told people what he saw.Except Alex will be the first to tell you don't call him a prophet. (...) Does Alex focus too much on the fear and the problems of the world? That's one of the most common criticisms leveled against him (and leveled against myself, too). To answer this, first realize that somebody has to sound the alarm. If we are to all wake up and realize what's being done to us (by the Fed, with vaccines, fluoride, chemtrails, etc.) then somebody needs to raise the red flags. That's what Alex does, and he's the best there is at getting it done. (...) To those who criticize Alex Jones for sounding the alarm, I ask, "What have YOU done for the Republic lately?" For most people, the answer is nothing. Most people sit around and do absolutely nothing while their freedoms are stripped away, their savings are stolen and their health is ruined by a criminal medical establishment. Taking action, you see, takes courage, and courage is hard to come by these days. That's where Alex really shines: He's never afraid to raise the big issues, ask the big questions and put his own life and reputation on the line to find answers that ultimately benefit us all. CLIP
Colorado earthquake is largest in four decades (August 23, 2011) http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2011/0823/Colorado-earthquake-is-largest-in-four-decades
The largest earthquake to strike Colorado in almost 40 years has shaken hundreds of people near the New Mexico border and caused minor damage to a few homes. The magnitude 5.3 earthquake was recorded at about 11:46 p.m. MDT Monday about nine miles southwest of Trinidad, Colo., and about 180 miles south of Denver, according to the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. The quake followed two smaller ones that hit the area earlier in the day. The quake is the largest in Colorado since a magnitude 5.7 was recorded in 1973, U.S. Geological Service geophysicist Amy Vaughn said. That one was centered in the northwestern part of the state - about 50 miles north of Grand Junction, she said. (...) A magnitude 4.6 quake was felt in the same area at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, and a magnitude 2.9 quake was recorded just before 8 a.m. Two aftershocks - one recorded at 3.5 and another at 3.8 - followed early Tuesday, more than an hour after the 5.3 quake. CLIP
Virginia quake shakes up Washington, New York City (August 23, 2011) http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2011/0823/Virginia-quake-shakes-up-Washington-New-York-City
Virginia quake: A 5.9 magnitude earthquake shook much of Washington, D.C. and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City. -- Shaking buildings led to evacuations Tuesday in New York City as tremors from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va. rattled the ground. (...) The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was half a mile deep. It was centered near Louisa, Va., which is northwest of Richmond and south of Washington. Tremors were felt as far north as Rhode Island and Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where President Barack Obama is vacationing.Thousands of people came rushing out of buildings on Manhattan's West Side. CLIP
Virginia Earthquake 2011: USGS Warns it May be a Foreshock (August 23, 2011) http://beforeitsnews.com/story/996/240/USGS_Warns:_May_Have_Been_A_Foreshock.html
"What the concern is, of course, is that this is a foreshock. If it's a foreshock, then the worst is yet to come," McNutt told The Washington Post. If it was only a foreshock, a much greater earthquake may be experienced anytime within the new few hours to days to weeks. CLIP
US Military Attempts Coup Using HAARP to Trigger DC Quake! (August 23, 2011) http://beforeitsnews.com/story/995/198/US_Military_Attempts_Coup_Using_HAARP_to_Trigger_DC_Quake.html
This just in: Rogue forces within the United States military have attempted an overthrow of the government, while President Obama was kept under tight watch in Martha's Vineyard. Reliable sources indicate that several key military personnel, fed up with proposed cuts to the Pentagon budget, took control of the secret experimental HAARP earthquake weapon and used it to trigger massive earthquakes targeting the Whitehouse, and one last night targeting military command centers in Colorado.
Russia Reports Nuclear Explosions Hit Vast US Military Tunnel Network (August 24, 2011) NOTE from Jean: This incredible news is from Sorcha Faal whose astounding claims I usually never report because I think this is all pure disinformation. Yet this time I've decided to include this one both because of its extremely wild nature and as a mean to be aware of the kind of disinformation being circulated and the underlying agenda it represents. This was taken up by beforeitsnews.com and it now posted in over 500 websites on the Web... Perhaps it was meant to divert attention from the mysterious claim above "US Military Attempts Coup" ... or it is probably more like all diversions from the reality that our planet is being subjected to the growing consequences of the tectonic activity caused by the approaching brown dwarf trailing 30 days behind Comet ELEnin... Or it could be a HAARP retaliatory action paid for by Gaddafi to avenge the NATO bombing of his compound in Tripoli ;-) Or it could be a false flag Earthquake attacks on the U.S. http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1514.htm
A frightening foreign military intelligence directorate (GRU) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that over the past nearly 36 hours the vast intercontinental military tunnel complex constructed by the United States Air force over the past nearly 45 years was hit with two powerful nuclear explosions at its main terminuses in Colorado and Virginia used nearly exclusively by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). According to this report, this unprecedented nuclear attack began on the evening of 22 August when one of the main air pressure relief tunnels for this CIA tunnel, located at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa Florida, was forced open allowing millions of cubic feet of air to rush suddenly into the atmosphere. The unique sound of this event was captured by video [1st video left] during a baseball game being played at Tropicana Field near MacDill, though US officials blamed the "mystery noise" on a faulty sound system. (...) Maps of these tunnels, and the underground bases associated with them, have been compiled over the years by many independent researchers along with lists of their probable locations.The specific tunnel attacked by these nuclear devices, this GRU report says, was being used by the CIA during their moving of their headquarters and all of their assets out of their Langley Virginia location to their new base located in Denver Colorado that was begun in 2005 for reasons still not fully explained. The GRU speculates that the timing of this attack in hitting the western terminus first, then the eastern one, was more than likely meant to "trap and destroy" whatever the CIA was currently moving through this tunnel from Langley to Denver. Most interesting to note is that this attack comes nearly a decade to the day after the 11 September 2011 internal war between the CIA and the US military establishment that rained destruction upon America, and then the world, but whose final battle has yet to be fought, or won, by either side.To what the final outcome of this titanic struggle will be it is not in our knowing, other than to note that when two powerful forces like these collide, and as they have done so many times in the past, the ultimate losers end up being the American people whose delight in total ignorance as to what is happening around them continues to astound the whole world. - CHECK ALSO D.C. area hit with 5.9 quake: Natural or manmade? AND Nuclear quake risk on East Coast: 1 plant down, 12 shook
Underground Infrastructure. The missing forty trillion dollars http://www.whale.to/b/underground_infrastructure.html
Since the early 1960s, the American citizenry have been the unwitting victims of government fraud, perpetrated on a scale so vast that it staggers the imagination. When figured in 2004 dollars, the total amount exceeds 40 trillion dollars. What did the American government and it's corporate accomplices do with this almost inconceivable wealth? The government has built a entirely new underground civilization beneath the abandoned factories, tattered homes, and crime ridden streets that litter the American landscape. In this new society, there is no poverty, no crime or illicit drug use. In this new society, healthcare is affordable, energy is free, public transport is efficient. And you, the American tax payer have paid for it all, without receiving any benefit whatsoever for your Herculean efforts. Much more through http://www.whale.to/b/underground_h.html (Scroll down a bit and make sure to read the various quotes there...)
I Am in the US Navy Space Command and I Have Been to Elenin Ask Me a Question (August 18, 2011) with intro by Steve Beckow http://stevebeckow.com/2011/08/i-am-in-the-us-navy-space-command-and-i-have-been-to-elenin-ask-me-a-question/
Roth sends along this fascinating exchange between Op, who claims to have been in the U.S. Navy Command and the forum members on Godlike Productions. As with all such exchanges, I have no idea how much is accurate and how much not. But some of it is known: the fact that the U.S. has a secret space fleet, that NASA is just for show, that Elenin is not a threat, that one side of the military wants to disclose and the other side is being paid off to keep silent, etc. One thing that does seem questionable: Op says the farthest out weve travelled is 250 light years. My understanding was that we were forbidden to leave the solar system. Outside of Earth there are recognised laws and protocol that apply to any interstellar travellers. This is one reason why Man is restricted from taking his craft outside of his solar system, because he does not yet recognise or understand the laws and is inclined to act irresponsibly. Also Man would take his weapons into Space as he does now, and prepared to use them in violation of such laws. (SaLuSa, May 21, 2010.) You are soon to be released from your temporary quarantine on Earth, and allowed to experience the freedom of the Cosmos. By then you will have achieved a level of Christ consciousness, and will be expressing yourselves through Unconditional Love. This is the reason the Christed Ones such as Jesus came to Earth, to show you what could be achieved by living in Love and Light. The Earth is a great testing ground for those who aspire to reach such levels. (SaLuSa, Feb, 1, 2010.)
(...) pisses me off that we have been putting astronauts lives in jeopardy with chemical rockets. when in fact we have been hiding a much more advanced safer spaced program all this time.. I have complained about this exact same thing. All in the name of national security. whatever. now you know why there is no replacement for the shuttle. but times are, ah, changin. And what we do may become a bit more open very soon. we are bankrupt. can you imagine what giving the commercial sector some of this would do for the economy! They are considering it as we speak. instead of taking 5 1/2 hours for a coast to coast flight it would take a matter of minutes. interesting times. its hard to bite my tongue. But keep the faith. soon, very soon
(...) One thing that I must point out that you just dont get from watching on a tv is the absolute beauty out there. The Earth and other planets are simply magnificent and awe inspiring. i have even suggested to take various world leaders out there to take a look at the Earth and see its beauty from space. when you see how amazing it is you wonder what all these wars are about and wonder why we cant concentrate directing our efforts towards lifting mankind up. Saturn close up, mind boggling. a few planets in other star systems would absolutely blow your mind. It's too bad they can make an IMAX movie showing some of this stuff. It is so sad the universe is hidden and most are stuck on a rock and cant see the universe in all its beauty and wonder. And the sheer number of stars you can see without any interference from the atmosphere. WOW!!!!! its absolute paradise this universe.
(...) All that taxpayer money going to stuff like this and normally you arent even told it exists! but change is right around the corner. Ive never seen so much activity/excitement among the brass and civilians than i have the last 6 months. some just dont want to change and keep it all to themselves. but they are finding themselves to slowly be in the minority on that viewpoint. I think we may be heading in the right direction as far as the secrecy. these guys are paranoid by nature and rightly so. But even they realize this is too big to keep secret. humanity deserves to know. CLIP
Spacecraft Sees Solar Storm Engulf Earth (August 18, 2011) http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/18aug_cmemovie/
For the first time, a spacecraft far from Earth has turned and watched a solar storm engulf our planet. The movie, released today during a NASA press conference, has galvanized solar physicists, who say it could lead to important advances in space weather forecasting."The movie sent chills down my spine," says Craig DeForest of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. "It shows a CME swelling into an enormous wall of plasma and then washing over the tiny blue speck of Earth where we live. I felt very small."A wide-angle movie recorded by NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft shows a solar storm traveling all the way from the sun to Earth and engulfing our planet. A 17 MB Quicktime zoom adds perspective to the main 40 MB Quicktime movie. CMEs are billion-ton clouds of solar plasma launched by the same explosions that spark solar flares. When they sweep past our planet, they can cause auroras, radiation storms, and in extreme cases power outages. Tracking these clouds and predicting their arrival is an important part of space weather forecasting."We have seen CMEs before, but never quite like this," says Lika Guhathakurta, program scientist for the STEREO mission at NASA headquarters. "STEREO-A has given us a new view of solar storms."
Power cuts threat as sun storm hits Earth (Aug 19 2011) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-200952/power-cuts-threat-sun-storm-hits-earth.html
A huge mass of electrically-charged particles thrown out by a gigantic eruption on the Sun is due to strike the Earth tonight. Scientists expect it to trigger one of the most violent geomagnetic storms ever recorded. The result could be widespread power surges and even blackouts, disrupted TV and mobile phone signals, and broken down communication satellites. At the same time the Northern Lights, normally confined to polar latitudes, may produce dazzling displays in the skies above southern Britain. At least one satellite has already been knocked out of action by the storm. Japan's space agency said its Kodama communications satellite had been temporarily shut down after malfunctioning. The solar flare that caused the eruption burst out of a sunspot at 10.54am yesterday. Experts said it was the strongest flare seen in the past 30 years. The explosion caused a coronal mass ejection (CME) which is now speeding towards Earth. Disruption -- Last week another CME only hit the Earth a glancing blow, yet was able to disrupt airline communications. The solar flare was classified as an X18-category explosion, meaning it can trigger planet-wide radio blackouts and long-lasting radiation storms. Although the charged particles present no direct danger to people on the ground, they could have a devastating effect on electrical equipment. Geomagnetic storms are classified on a scale of one to five. Initial indications are that the looming storm could reach the highest G5 level and last for 24 hours. Northern Lights - The most obvious manifestation of the storm is likely to be glorious auroras lighting up the night sky. Usually the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, is only visible in Britain from northern Scotland. The Earth's magnetic field channels the solar particles that cause auroras towards the poles.But experts say that over the next two days the Northern Lights may be seen at latitudes as low as Florida and Texas - and even south enough to cover the whole of Europe.
BEFORE THE LIGHTS GO OUT: A SURVEY OF EMP PREPAREDNESS REVEALS SIGNIFICANT SHORTFALLS (August 15, 2011) http://www.militaryaerospace.com/index/display/wire-news-display/1479617531.html
The following information was released by the Heritage Foundation:Abstract : An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) over the United States could end modern life in America overnight. Whether caused by an enemy attack (a nuclear device detonated above the atmosphere) or by a natural phenomenon (a geomagnetic storm), an EMP can cause entire regions of the country to lose electricity-permanently. Despite the EMP Commission's recommendations in 2004 and 2008, hardly any progress has been made in protecting the country from an EMP attack and its catastrophic results. The U.S. must prepare to deal with an EMP-now. While the ability of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) to inflict catastrophic damage on U.S. infrastructure has been a known fact for decades, insufficient efforts have been taken to mitigate the threat. A survey of congressional, federal, state, local, and international measures to deal with the threat reveals more complacency than action.In order to prevent the catastrophic destruction that could result from either a nuclear missile detonated at high altitudes or intense solar eruptions that send blasts of radiation towards the Earth, initiatives are needed at all levels-from bilateral partnerships that focus on shared infrastructure to national leadership to state and local action. CLIP
EVALUATION OF THE THREAT OF MEGA TSUNAMI GENERATION FROM POSTULATED MASSIVE SLOPE FAILURES OF ISLAND VOLCANOES ON LA PALMA, CANARY ISLANDS, AND ON THE ISLAND OF HAWAII http://www.drgeorgepc.com/TsunamiMegaEvaluation.html
Massive flank failures of island stratovolcanoes are extremely rare phenomena and none have occurred within recorded history. Recent numerical modeling studies, forecasting mega tsunami generation from postulated, massive slope failures of Cumbre Vieja in La Palma, Canary Islands, and Kilauea, in Hawaii, have been based on incorrect assumptions of volcanic island slope instability, source dimensions, speed of failure and tsunami coupling mechanisms. Incorrect input parameters and treatment of wave energy propagation and dispersion, have led to overestimates of tsunami far field effects. Inappropriate media attention and publicity to such probabilistic results have created unnecessary anxiety that mega tsunamis may be imminent and may devastate densely populated coastlines at locations distant from the source - in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. CLIP - Extensive analysis and risk evaluation!
Project Bluebeam Imminent? Michio Kaku Hyping Alien Invasion As Corporate Media Says Alien Threat Would Help Global Governance with 3 videos (August 14, 2011) http://theintelhub.com/2011/08/14/project-bluebeam-imminent-michio-kaku-hyping-alien-invasion/
Update: A new video from CNN has been released that openly admits this alien invasion would be FAKE! Are we being set up for a Project Blue Beam style false flag? Dr Michio Kaku, renowned physicist, author and the apparent mouth piece for the scientific dictatorship that is the NWO, talks on the corporate media about the likely hood of an alien invasion. Project Blue Beam is a very controversial subject and concerns the government carrying out a fake alien invasion to forward the agenda of creating their much sought after One World Government. What better way to make the people surrender the last of their rights and freedoms then to be presented with an unbeatable enemy from another world?? The fact that Michio Kaku is on the corporate controlled media talking about it is enough to ring the alarm bells. People watching this video and reading this quick article may well laugh at the mere suggestion of such a thing but i can tell you one thing, the elites that would carry it out sure as hell take it seriously. And as ex Nazi and ex head of NASA once said . "the last card, the last card we play will be a fake alien invasion"
Protest Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline, Will Hasten Abrupt Climate Change and Foul Major Ogallala Water Aquifer (August 12, 2011) http://www.climateark.org/shared/alerts/sendsm.aspx?id=canada_tar_sands
The struggle over the Keystone XL pipeline which would run 1,500 miles from Alberta to Texas, extending the reach of Canada's filthy and addictive tar sands trade far into the United States may be the biggest environmental fight of the year. When Alberta, Canada's tar sands are fully developed, along with its vast proposed pipeline network, North America and much of the world will be further addicted to filthy, life destroying dirty energy for decades. Tar sand production and use is highly carbon intensive, and development of this and other filthy synthetic fossil fuels (and coal) may well push the planet into abrupt and runaway climate change. From August 20th September 3rd environmental groups are planning a peaceful protest in Washington DC to stop the pipeline as a step to defuse what they call the largest carbon bomb in North America. This is Ecological Internet's affinity email protest, addressed to President Obama, the only person that can ensure pipeline permits are refused.
From now until September 3rd in Washington DC, Stop the Pipeline! -The Tar Sands Action is fighting to stop what will be an ecologically destructive Keystone XL pipeline, a pipeline also with great potential for massive leakage, that would run through the United States from the tar sands in Canada to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. Protestors are demanding that President Obama reject any permit for the pipeline. The pipeline will send 900,000 barrels a day of the worlds dirtiest oil to US refineries, allowing further development of the Alberta tar sands. If this is allowed to occur it could mean game over for the climate in the word of the nations leading climate scientist, NASAs James Hansen. Civil disobedience sit-ins are happening every day at the White House Fence. A news story posted today in Firedoglake covers a significant development: Police have been telling organizers of the sit-in that they were keeping the first wave of demonstrators in jail to deter people from taking part in the civil disobedience. In fact, the arrests have just the opposite effect. Saturdays arrests and overnight jailings are already lighting a fire, said Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, who was arrested Saturday. More people are now inspired, determined, and committed to join. Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake.com describes how the resisters were treated and urges all of us to join in lighting a fire. And from an earlier article: US Park Police told protest organizers protest participants would be able to pay a $100 fine and be released the same day. But, the US Park Police went back on what they said and made a calculated decision to hold the activists for 48 hours. The Park Police told Tar Sands Action organizers jail time was given to deter future participants from engaging in civil disobedience. The decision to hold protesters was made at a higher level according to the police. The decision on whether to proceed with the pipeline rests solely with President Obama. The Congress has no role in it. It is his decision alone. The White House does not want the pressure of mass protests and is trying to discourage protests with harsh treatment, especially on August 28th when the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is dedicated. We need to show the White House that courage is contagious and the more aggressive they get, the stronger the resistance will be. When the corporate-government machine goes to such lengths to deter us, we know we are on the right track. To get more information and to sign up for this critical action please go to http://www.tarsandsaction.org - and watch their short video presentation of their planned action - awe-inspiring courage and personal commitment to actually defend the environment against the horrible scourge of tar sands! - Check this also! The same day that another round of protesters are arrested in front of the White House for protesting against a tar sands pipeline, the White House set a plan to resume offshore drilling lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico.
Help Save Cambodia's Prey Lang Forest - PETITION TO SIGN http://www.change.org/petitions/help-save-cambodias-prey-lang-forest
Your voice is needed to help protect Cambodia's Prey Lang forest. Prey Lang is the last large primary forest of its kind on the Indochinese peninsula. Inclusive of seven distinct ecosystems including unique primordial forest, Prey Langs biodiversity is exceptionally high, including almost 40 endangered plant and animal species. As a primary watershed, regulating water and sediment flow to the Tonle Sap Basin, and as an important spawning area for fish, Prey Lang is vital for Cambodias long-term environmental sustainability and peoples food and water security. With among the highest carbon sequestration values in the region, it is a powerhouse for fighting global warming. About 200,000 people, mostly indigenous Kuy, live around the forest and our dependent on it for their livelihoods and culture. The Prey Lang Community Network, representing mostly indigenous Kuy communities, around the forest, are taking the lead in the fight to save Prey Lang. They have petitioned the government on numerous occasions to protect Prey Lang and cooperate with the Network on its sustainable management. (...) Add your voice today to help save Prey Lang Forest. Prey Lang is your forest, too. - NOTE: If you wish to do more to help stop the destruction of this vital forest, click HERE
International Hearings on 9/11 to begin in Toronto in September (August 8, 2011) http://www.cnbc.com/id/44059164
A decade after the events of September 11, 2001, which resulted in the immediate deaths of nearly 3,000 people on American soil, countless victims from toxic dust, and hundreds of thousands of deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq, international hearings on this pivotal event will begin in Toronto in September. The events of September 11 provided a pretext for a War on Terror that has led to military invasions and occupations, and attacks upon civil and human rights throughout the world. The credibility of the official investigation into the events of September 11, 2001, carried out by the U.S. Government between 2003 and 2005, has been questioned by millions of citizens in the United States and abroad, including victim family members, expert witnesses and international legal experts. A group of international citizens has therefore undertaken to privately fund and cause these independent hearings to take place. Because of the global ramifications of the events of 9/11, the initiators of this inquest have opted to select an international location outside of the United States for these hearings to proceed. The city of Toronto, Canada was chosen as an ideal "international" location because of its proximity to New York, Washington and Shanksville (the crime scenes). Note: Sponsored by the International Center for 9/11 Studies, the first four days of these hearings will take place at Toronto's Ryerson University between September 8 and 11, 2011. The proceedings will be broadcast live via the Internet. For more information, click here.
Inside 9/11 - Hijacking the air defense http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8En6Ag8y77M
This film contains a short summary of the publicly available - but still widely unnoticed - evidence for a supposed attempt to obstruct the air defense on September 11th, 2001.
Discovered: Stars as Cool as the Human Body (August 24, 2011) http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/23aug_coldeststars/
Scientists using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have discovered six "Y dwarfs"-- star-like bodies with temperatures as cool as the human body. Astronomers hunted these dark orbs for more than a decade without success. When viewed with a visible-light telescope, they are nearly impossible to see. WISE's infrared vision allowed the telescope to finally spot the faint glow of a half dozen Y dwarfs relatively close to our sun, within a distance of about 40 light-years."WISE scanned the entire sky for these and other objects, and was able to spot their feeble light with its highly sensitive infrared vision," says Jon Morse, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington.The Y's are the coldest members of the brown dwarf family. Brown dwarfs are sometimes referred to as "failed" stars. They are too low in mass to fuse atoms at their cores and thus don't burn with the fires that keep stars like our sun shining steadily for billions of years. Instead, these objects cool and fade with time, until what little light they do emit is at infrared wavelengths. The atmospheres of brown dwarfs are similar to those of gas giant planets like Jupiter, but they are easier to observe because they are alone in space, away from the blinding light of a parent star.So far, WISE data have revealed 100 new brown dwarfs. Of these, six are classified as cool Y's. One of the Y dwarfs, called WISE 1828+2650, is the record holder for the coldest brown dwarf with an estimated atmospheric temperature cooler than room temperature, or less than 80 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius). CLIP
My 1970s meeting with DARPA's Project Pegasus secret time travel program (August 25, 2011) http://www.examiner.com/exopolitics-in-seattle/my-1970s-meeting-with-cia-darpa-s-project-pegasus-secret-time-travel-project
(...) Andrew D. Basiago has revealed that the reason Project Pegasus was able to identify Jimmy Carter, who was the then Governor of George, in 1971, as a future U.S. President, is that the Project Pegasus was in possession of a copy of Exopolitics: Politics, Government and Law in the Universe by Alfred Lambremont Webrea book that this reporter would not write until 1999 and would not be published as a library book until 2005, but which bears a quote on its front pages of a statement made by President Jimmy Carter.That book, originally published as an online free book in 2000, founded the field of Exopolitics, the science of relations among intelligent civilizations in the multiverse, and provides an articulation of a paradigm shift in which humanity becomes part of a populated, organized multiverse.According to Mr. Basiago, Mr. Webre's book Exopolitics: Politics, Government and Law in the Universe was, among other written works, physically retrieved from the future by DARPAs Project Pegasus and brought back in time to 1971 or a prior time. At that time, 1971, I, of course, was General Counsel of the New York City Environmental Protection Administration and it seems I had been placed under time travel surveillance by the U.S. government. Mr. Basiago states that he physically saw my 2005 book Exopolitics: Politics, Government and Law in the Universe in 1971 when it was taken out of a U.S. government secret time-travel documents satchel and placed on a table at which he, his late father Raymond F. Basiago, and another witness were present. Mr. Basiago recalls specific passages being read to him from the book. If in fact, DARPA's Project Pegasus had used its secret time travel technology to go forward in time from the early 1970s (or earlier) to 2005 (or later) and bring back my book Exopolitics: Politics, Government and Law in the Universe, then Project Pegasus also had the technological means and motive to identify me - Alfred Lambremont Webre - as a person of interest for time travel surveillance. CLIP
KEY INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Libya conflict: Gaddafi says Tripoli attackers quashed (21 August 2011) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14606081
There have been further explosions in Libya's capital, Tripoli, hours after Col Muammar Gaddafi said attackers had been "eliminated" and as rebels advance on three fronts on their key target. Reports tell of four loud explosions in Tripoli on Sunday morning. Earlier Col Gaddafi spoke on state TV, where his son Saif al-Islam appeared, vowing to "resist... and win". On Saturday rebels took Zlitan, 160km (100 miles) east of Tripoli, and Zawiya 30km to the west. A rebel official said the uprising had begun in Tripoli, but the violence appeared to peak late on Saturday night and there is still much support for Colonel Gaddafi in the city, correspondents say. Pro-Gaddafi forces have been fighting back at the oil port of Brega, with the rebels admitting that they had fallen back from the eastern town's industrial zone under heavy bombardment.
(...) A Tripoli resident told Reuters that Muslim clerics had called for people to rise up in parts of the Libyan capital.The resident said the imams made the call as Muslims were breaking their daytime fast during the holy month of Ramadan on Saturday evening.In his audio message, Col Gaddafi condemned "traitors" who were "defiling mosques" in the mainly Muslim country. The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Zawiya says that rebel forces are preparing to advance along the road to the capital on Sunday after securing the town.He says they advanced into the countryside on Saturday before pulling back to allow Nato to carry out air strikes. Our correspondent says this rebel advance seems to have more momentum than previous ones and has more support from Nato forces. They have also seized most of the town of Zlitan and are advancing from the south.Nato, enforcing a UN-mandated no-fly zone to protect civilians since March, controls sea access to the Libyan capital. However, rebel military spokesman Col Ahmed Bani confirmed that rebel forces had fallen back in the eastern oil port of Brega. Brega, home to Libya's second-largest hydrocarbon complex and where oil from the country's main fields is refined, has repeatedly changed hands during the six-month-old conflict. CLIP
Libyan Deaths, Media Silence: Were Dozens Killed in Major NATO Airstrikes? (8/18/11) http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=4379
Allegations of Libyan civilian deaths as a result of NATO bombing have often been covered in the corporate media as an opportunity to scoff at the Gadhafi regime's unconvincing propaganda (FAIR Blog, 6/9/11).But dramatic new allegations that dozens of civilians were killed in Majer after NATO airstrikes on August 8 have been met with near-total media silence.According to Libyan officials, 85 civilians were killed in Majer-- a town south of Zliten, a site of frequent clashes and NATO airstrikes. There is no reason journalists should take this claim at face value. But reports from the scene suggest that something significant happened. According to Agence France Presse (8/9/11), "Reporters attended the funerals of victims and saw 28 bodies buried at the local cemetery.... In the hospital morgue, 30 bodies -- including two children and one woman -- were shown along with other bodies which had been torn apart."
(...) Is Majer being ignored by the media because it is just more clumsy Libyan propaganda? Or is it because the story might conflict with the media's overriding message that Libyan civilians aren't dying in NATO's airstrikes? In any event, corporate media outlets that have so diligently sought to debunk Libyan claims of civilian deaths should investigate what happened in Majer. On the BBC website, reporter Matthew Price published one such effort (8/11/11), headlined "What really happened in Libya's Zlitan?" There should be more like it.
No, you will NOT re-arm the Libyan rebels (18.08.2011) http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/18-08-2011/118787-international_law_libya-0/
It has been brought to my attention that certain EU countries are desperate because they have backed the wrong side in the Libyan conflict, because they instigated a revolt in a country to topple a government to steal its resources and it has backfired...and no, you will NOT ship weapons to Libya, nor will you put boots on the ground.In June, the French government admitted that it had shipped "light" weaponry to the Libyan terrorists fighting the Libyan Armed Forces (LAF) loyal to the Jamahiriya Government of Muammar al-Qathafi. Now there is talk by military analysts of more "light" weaponry being shipped to the few remaining terrorist-held areas, quoted by The Gulf Today, as including French Milan anti-tank missiles, Swedish Carl Gustav 84mm rifles (produced in Britain?), 68mm rockets and mortars and Maadi assault rifles from Egypt; this, in addition to the British, French and Italian military advisors helping the terrorists.One presumes the "talk" of sending in heavy and more sophisticated weaponry now that the LAF are advancing on all fronts and the "talk" about a September invasion by NATO forces is only that, since there is no hard evidence either way. But knowing NATO and with NATO's recent history... However, under the UN Charter, any military action which comes outside a UNSC Resolution in any theatre of conflict must necessarily come from a separate Resolution in the UNSC and any military action must come after the Military Council is convened. This was not the case under UNSC Resolutions 1970 and 1973 (2011) covering the Libyan conflict. Let us examine international law governing this issue and let it be clear that any attempt to arm the terrorists in Libya against the Government and any attempt to place boots on the ground is illegal. CLIP
Libya: NATO is getting desperate, Misratah liberated from NATO/terrorists (16.08.2011) http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/16-08-2011/118752-nato_desperate-0/
For some time now it has become apparent that NATO was getting desperate. First, the persistent loss of territory by the criminal gangs of foreign terrorists they back, then the disarray within the TNC (a gang of opportunists), then the flagrant breach of international law, the war crimes, targeting the Libyan water supply and electricity grid... It is by now patently obvious that NATO serves as the military wing of the invisible lobbies controlling the banking, energy, telecommunications, drugs and weapons lobbies which in fact dictate the policies of the majority of western states and all of its member states' foreign policies, without ever having been elected. It is also becoming increasingly obvious that NATO serves as a club to further the interests not only of these lobbies but also any politician in trouble, who is a member of the club.
(...) And today we have SKY News claiming that the "rebels" (what "rebel" comes from a foreign country? Or are they "civilians"? In which case, what "civilian" carries heavy automatic weapons?) have made multiple gains in Al-Brega, in Al-Zawiya, in Surman, in Sebrata and in Gharyan.In a word, BULLSHIT! The NATO/terrorists are nowhere near al-Bregah, they are trying desperately to retain control of Benghazi and Tobruk; in the west, (Al-Zawiya, Surman, Sebrata and Gharyan) the NATO/terrorist forces are divided into two groups but the population of these towns and cities is armed and does not want this scourge in their midst, after the carnage they created last time (raping, beheading, killing children and so on). Therefore when they appear on the outskirts, they are chased from house to house like rats.
Libyan gov't forces claim victory in Misrata (2011-08-16) http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-08/16/c_131053298.htm
TRIPOLI, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have declared victory in the stronghold of Misrata as soldiers fought their way into the city center, a government spokesman said Monday.Government forces had started wiping out the remaining rebel forces inside Misrata, a city some 200 km east of Tripoli, Moussa Ibrahim told a local television station.Ibrahim said local tribal forces had provided much help to maintain the city's security during the fighting. The spokesman also denied the rebel claim that they had taken the city of Zawiyah, some 50 km west of Tripoli. He said the rebel forces in Zawiyah were weak and that it was only a matter of time before their defeat.The rebels on Sunday claimed to have entered Zawiyah and controlled the vital transportation route between Libya's capital and the western mountainous areas. MANY MORE NEWS FROM THE CHINESE PERSPECTIVE ON THIS CONFLICT - like Libya gov't forces in full control of key oil towns: spokesman - THROUGH http://www.xinhuanet.com/english2010/special/libya/index.htm (I could not find any Western Cabal-controlled media reporting on the loss of Misrata by the so-called 'rebels'.)
China sends emergency aid to war-torn Libya (2011-08-18) http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-08/18/c_131056713.htm
TIANJIN, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- The first batch of emergency humanitarian relief materials, sent by the Red Cross Society of China to war-torn Libya, departed from the Tianjin airport early Thursday morning. The relief materials, weighing about 90 tonnes, included rice, edible oil and medicine, and are scheduled to arrive in Benghazi Thursday afternoon Beijing time.The Red Cross Society of China said it decided to offer two batches of humanitarian relief aid to Libya in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The aid is worth 50 million yuan (about 7.825 millon U.S. dollars) in total. The organization didn't say when the second batch of the relief aid would be shipped.It said as a member of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, it had been closely following the development of the situation in Libya, adding Chinese people deeply sympathize with the Libyan people.
In Benghazi, a Nostalgia for Gaddafi as Libya's Rebels Fail to Keep the Peace (Aug. 16, 2011) http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2088749,00.html
The killing of a senior rebel military commander who was spearheading the campaign to topple Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has exposed latent security fears in eastern Libya particularly about the proliferation of militias and gangs who do not seem to answer to any authority. Underlying it all is the issue of whether the rebel government, which has recently made some military gains against Gaddafi, is capable of guaranteeing the safety of the Libyans it already is in charge of. The death of Major General Abdel Fatah Younis under mysterious circumstances on July 29 has left many residents of what is called Free Libya questioning how the rebels' political organization can ensure their safety when it could not even protect its chief soldier. The National Transitional Council's (NTC) inability to provide security for areas under rebel control has made a few locals nostalgic for Gaddafi and the stability his brutal regime provided.
Libya TNC pledges to relinquish power (Aug 16, 2011) http://www.presstv.ir/detail/194271.html
The head of Libya's Transitional National Council (TNC) has vowed to hand over power to an elected body within eight months of the downfall of the country's ruler Muammar Gaddafi."The TNC will continue for no more than eight months," after the collapse of Gaddafi's regime, AFP quoted Mustafa Abdel Jalil as saying on Tuesday. The TNC has been recognized by dozens of countries as the legitimate governing authority in Libya. Speaking in a news conference in Benghazi, the head of TNC said the transitional body is necessary to establish stability in the North African country but Libyans will choose a national congress after the Libyan long-time ruler is forced out of power. Abdel Jalil added that a referendum on a new constitution will be held 20 months after Gaddafi is overthrown. The TNC chief also said those regime officials who have not been involved in the killing of people will face a fair trial, in an effort to encourage members of the regime to defect from Gaddafi's circle. CLIP
Fresh blasts hit Libyan capital (Aug 19, 2011) http://www.presstv.ir/detail/194634.html
Several huge explosions have taken place in the Libyan capital city of Tripoli, as revolutionary forces tighten their grip on the stronghold of the country's ruler Muammar Gaddafi.The blasts occurred at around 1am Friday (2300 GMT) in central Tripoli, where Gaddafi's residence is located, as well as several areas in the west of the city, AFP reported. NATO warplanes bombarded central Tripoli and the eastern suburb of Tajura on Thursday, witnesses said. Since NATO took over command of air strikes on March 31, its warplanes have carried out 11,644 sorties, including 4,409 strike sorties. Libyan fighters said yesterday that they had captured the key oil refinery in the western town of Zawiyah, which lies only 50 kilometers (32 miles) from Tripoli. Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi has rejected statements by the revolutionaries, saying the refinery was without doubt under the control of regime forces. Fighters seek to block the supply route from Tunisia to the west of the country and also to the eastern town of Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown, in order to isolate the capital and thus provoke defections and spark an uprising in the city. Under pressure from NATO airstrikes and with revolutionaries closing in on Gaddafi's power base in the capital, the Libyan premier has once again called for an immediate ceasefire. With victory for the revolutionary forces on the horizon, reports say Gaddafi and his family will leave for Tunisia within days.
Gaddafi seeks immediate truce: Report (Aug 18, 2011) http://www.presstv.ir/detail/194578.html
The embattled Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has reportedly called for immediate ceasefire after the revolutionary fighters captured the oil-rich northwestern city of Zawiyah and its key refinery.
300,000 kids starving in Horn of Africa (Aug 20, 2011) http://www.presstv.ir/detail/194768.html
UNICEF says more than 300,000 children in the Horn of Africa suffer severe malnutrition and are in imminent risk of dying due to the worst drought and famine in decades. UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said on Friday that the crisis in the Horn of Africa is a human disaster becoming a human catastrophe, the Associated Press reported. In Somalia alone, around 1.4 million children are affected, an estimated 390,000 are suffering from malnutrition, and nearly 140,000 in the south-central region are facing imminent death from severe acute malnutrition, Lake added. According to the United Nations, tens of thousands of people have already died in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Eritrea, and more than 12 million people in the region need food aid. UNICEF has also said the combination of malnutrition, lack of clean water, and poor sanitation, along with the rush of thousands of people into the Somali capital Mogadishu in search of food, have had terrible consequences. There is no need for a child to die of diarrhea, yet this is a tragic reality for a Somali child, who is acutely malnourished. It is a lethal combination, UNICEF Representative for Somalia Rozanne Chorlton said.
How to Help: Somalia Famine and East Africa Drought Victims http://www.takepart.com/news/2011/07/20/how-to-help-east-africa-drought
According to The Wall Street Journal, Mark Bowden, the U.N.'s top official in charge of humanitarian aid in Somalia, said the country "is facing its worst food security crisis in the last 20 years. This desperate situation requires urgent action to save lives... It's likely that conditions will deteriorate further in six months."By making a donation and spreading the word about the crisis, you will help make an impact. Here are several organizations that are on the ground in East Africa and need your support. CLIP
Mankind stands on the brink of new world war for food and water (16.08.2011) http://english.pravda.ru/business/finance/16-08-2011/118762-food_prices-0/
The problem of hunger becomes more and more serious for millions of people around the world. A recent report from the World Bank said that food prices had grown by 33 percent since July 2010 and neared the peak level of 2008. The situation with food reserves in the world remains alarming, whereas domestic prices continue to fluctuate. The situation remains so unstable largely because of natural disasters, which affect the dynamics of food prices directly.Food prices fluctuate multidirectionally. The prices on maize, for instance, increased by 100% in some countries and dropped by 19 percent in other territories. According to the report from the World Bank, average prices on maize increased by 84 percent last year, on sugar - by 62 percent, on wheat - by 55 percent and on soy oil - by 47 percent. The prices on crude went herewith 45 percent up, RIA Novosti reports.Africa is especially vulnerable at this point. Over 12 million people suffer from the shortage of food on the continent. The prices on essential foodstuffs in the region - cereals and maize - exceed the maximum of 2008 nowadays. Food prices in Africa grow because of droughts and conflicts. Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti face the most serious food crisis in 50 years, RBC says. Over 3.6 million people are on the verge of death, and it is about time the international community should do something about it, WB President Robert Zoellick said. "Persistently high food prices and low food stocks indicate that we're still in the danger zone, with the most vulnerable people the least able to cope," he said in a statement. "Vigilance is vital given the uncertainties and volatility that exists today. There is no cushion." he added.According to experts' estimates, the amount of undernourished people in the world will exceed one billion this year. Last year, the figure was lower - 925 million. CLIP
Burning up food prices: More corn going to ethanol production now than food production (August 19, 2011) http://www.naturalnews.com/033369_corn_ethanol_food_prices.html
(NaturalNews) The world has a food shortage. This isn't speculative or subjective, and it's not fear-mongering or alarmist. It's a well-documented fact and, what's more, the real experts - those who aren't influenced by government or corporate interests - have been trying to make that case for months.Moreover, these same experts say, the shortages are causing global food prices to rise - dramatically in some cases - which is only leading to more hunger, more pain and more hardship.So, what is the United States doing to blunt the effects of this food shortage? What is official U.S. policy regarding, say, the production of corn - the primary ingredient in scores of food products and livestock feed? Well, officially, our policy is to burn up a substantial amount of corn every year in our automobiles - food that could be used to feed Americans and the world."In the United States, which harvested 416 million tons of grain in 2009, 119 million tons went to ethanol distilleries to produce fuel for cars," says Lester Brown, writing in Foreign Policy magazine in January. "That's enough to feed 350 million people for a year. The massive U.S. investment in ethanol distilleries sets the stage for direct competition between cars and people for the world grain harvest."It must be a "West" thing because the Europeans are following a similar policy. Though most cars in Europe run on diesel fuel, "there is growing demand for plant-based diesel oil, principally from rapeseed and palm oil," writes Brown. That has led to less land being utilized to grow food and the cutting and clearing of rainforest in Indonesia and Malaysia, to harvest "fuel" for palm oil plantations.Some experts say that using more corn in the U.S. isn't driving up food costs, and it's not a problem for the global food supply, they insist.The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in its most recent Crop Production and Supply/Demand report for this year, said for the first time ever more of the American corn crop will likely wind up in our gas tanks rather than in the bellies of our livestock. No big deal, says an industry insider."Every credible study has clearly found the effect of ethanol policies is negligible on the price of corn," says Monte Shaw, president of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. Not so fast, say researchers and economists from Purdue University. According to a report released in July, demand for biofuels (corn=ethanol) in the U.S. is driving up food prices, and that phenomenon isn't likely to change for at least the next two years.The study's authors said that in 2005, about 10 percent of the U.S. corn crop went to ethanol production; by 2010, that climbed to 27 percent. And, since the Obama administration's official policy is "no new drilling" and alternative energy automobiles are still years away at best, the official policy of burning our food supply will remain for the foreseeable future. As the world goes hungry and food prices climb, the world's breadbasket has chosen to burn up enough of a single commodity to feed hundreds of millions of people. That's a pretty big deal.
Israeli protesters call for economic reforms (13 August 2011) http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/08/201181319385805796.html
Tens of thousands gather around the country demanding affordable housing and education and more jobs. -- Tens of thousands have gathered at demonstrations around Israel, after leaders of a popular social movement called for rallies outside major cities to protest high prices of rent and cuts in government social spending.More than 50,000 people gathered throughout the country on Saturday evening, in about a a dozen locations outside of the main urban centres of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israeli police said. Protest leaders said they were hoping for a turnout larger than last week's, when more than 300,000 demonstrated in Tel Aviv and other cities calling for "social justice" and a "welfare state". (...) Demonstrators carried banners and placards that read: "the south is angry," and "toward a welfare state - now."Crowds chanted, "the people demand social justice," the slogan of the protests since they began a month ago with the appearance of the first protest tent along Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv's most upscale district. An opinion poll released by Israeli broadcaster Channel 10 on Tuesday showed that 88 per cent of respondents said they supported the movement, with 53 per cent saying they are willing take part in protests. Under pressure from the movement Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said he was willing to alter his economic approach and meet the demands of the demonstrators. He created a commission to propose reforms and present recommendations to the government within a month. - CHECK ALSO Expert committee appointed by Israel's social protesters to present findings in 10 days
American congressman: US economic woes wont affect Israel (August 11, 2011) OF COURSE!! http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=233319
The current economic crisis in the US will have no impact on US financial assistance to Israel, US Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) said Wednesday. Hoyer, the second-highest ranked Democrat in the House of Representatives, is leading a delegation of 26 US Democratic congressmen on a tour of Israel and the Palestinian Authority sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation, a charitable organization affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.Hoyer said he wanted to make it clear that the financial challenges confronting the US will not have any adverse effect on Americas determination to meet its promise to Israel in the form of aid for its qualitative [military] superiority, or for its economic security. Hoyer said he did not believe Americas financial challenges would have any adverse effect on the economic relationship, or assistance, that we give to Israel. (...) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in a meeting he had with the delegation Wednesday, thanked Hoyer and the congressmen for US security assistance and for supporting earlier this year in a tough economic climate in Washington the allocation of $200 million for the Iron Dome anti missile system. Netanyahu also said that if an agreement was reached with the Palestinians, it would entail a significant investment in Israels security infrastructure, something that will necessitate additional allocations from Congress. CLIP
Attacks in Israel as Palestinian Statehood Gains Momentum (August 18, 2011) http://www.infowars.com/attacks-in-israel-as-palestinian-statehood-gains-momentum/
As a United Nations decision on Palestinian statehood looms and another intifada is rumored, southern Israel has erupted in violence. On Thursday, Israeli officials reported attacks along its border with Egypt following the ouster of its autocratic leader, Hosni Mubarak. Gunmen near the southern Israeli resort town of Eilat launched a coordinated attack Thursday against three civilian and military targets, killing at least five people and wounding 20 more, Israeli military officials told the Los Angeles Times.A public bus carrying Israeli soldiers was fired on as it drove south from Beersheva to Eilat on a highway near the Israel-Egypt border, according to officials. Nine passengers were reported injured. Shortly after the bus was attacked, a car in the area was struck with an anti-tank missile, killing five. In a third attack, roadside bombs targeted IDF troops. Several soldiers were wounded. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel holds Egypt and the Palestinians responsible for the attacks. "It reflects Egypt's failing hold on Sinai and the rise of terror elements," Barak said. "This terror attack originated from Gaza. We will exhaust all measures against the terrorists."Israel accuses Bedouin tribes on the Egypt-Israel border and "anti-Israel extremist groups" in the northern Sinai of smuggling weapons into the Gaza Strip. Hamas, the elected government in Gaza, has evacuated facilities in anticipation of Israeli retaliatory strikes. (...) The attacks and accusations of al-Qaeda in northern Egypt arrive as a drive for Palestinian statehood intensifies. On Wednesday, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas met with the of the Kataeb (Phalange) and Lebanese Forces parties, both of whom confirmed support for an independent Palestinian state, a notable development. Former CIA employee Ray McGovern talks about Israel and the Palestinians on the Alex Jones Show. Abbas officially opened a Palestinian Embassy in Beirut by raising the Palestinian flag during a ceremony. There are an estimated 350,000 Palestinians in Lebanon's 12 refugee camps.
Israel wages multiple strikes on Gaza (August 16, 2011) http://www.presstv.com/detail/194155.html
At least one person has been killed and five others injured after Israeli warplanes launched several airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip.Israeli fighter jets fired several rockets at Zeitoun neighborhood to the east of Gaza City early on Tuesday. At least one person died while three others sustained serious injuries in the aerial attack, a Press TV correspondent reported. Two other Palestinians were also wounded in two separate raids carried out by Israeli warplanes. Israeli military aircraft carried out two further airstrikes east of Khan Yunis and against a supply tunnel near the Rafah border with Egypt. However, no one was injured in those attacks. Israeli forces have carried out large numbers of ground and air attacks on Gaza since the end of Operation Cast Lead against the enclave in 2009. CLIP
Israeli attacks kill 7 in Gaza http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=414215
Renewed airstrikes across the Gaza Strip late Thursday killed a Palestinian teenager and injured more than a dozen others amid an escalation in violence that left some 20 people dead throughout the day.
One dead, one injured in Israeli air attack on Gaza http://bit.ly/nJ1QDw
A late Friday afternoon Israeli air attack on the Gaza Strip killed one Palestinian, and injured another east of Gaza City, Palestinian emergency services said.
Gaza group denies deadly shooting attack http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/1147996/1/.html
"We salute (the operation) and we are proud of it, but we do not claim it," Popular Resistance Committees Abu Mujahid spokesman told AFP in the Gaza city of Rafah as the faction buried five members killed in a retaliatory Israeli air strike a day earlier.
Israel tent protests called off after Eilat attacks http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/18/israel-tent-protests-called-off
Organisers of campaign against high living costs cancel weekend's demonstrations to 'join the families in mourning' Note from Jean: I wouldn't be surprised if the Sinai attack blamed on the Palestinians was in fact a covert Mossad false flag operation to divert attention from these growing social protests and make them petter away. It wouldn't make any sense on the part of Palestinians to mount such an attack when the Israeli government is subjected to widespread protests from its own citizens and on the eve of a drive to get statehood at the UN. The only ones who benefit from these renewed military activities and the knee-jerk, ineffective (thank God!) rocket attack reprisals against Israel are the Cabal elements now at the helm of Israel.
Shaath: Israeli 'Insanity' Will Not Stop Statehood Bid http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/146981
"The Israeli insanity will not hold back the Palestinian leadership from going to the UN; on the contrary it will give us a stronger motivation to continue our move," the PA news agency WAFA quoted Shaath as saying following IAF airstrikes in Gaza.
Egyptians gather outside Israel embassy http://www.presstv.ir/detail/194673.html
Hundreds of Egyptian protesters have gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, demanding the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from the country.
Abbas: We refuse observer status at the UN http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=414350
President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian leadership rejected upgrading Palestine to observer status at the UN and would demand full membership, the official news agency Wafa reported.
Barghouthi: Veto on UN bid tantamount to 'terror' http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=414284
He urged Palestinians and their supporters overseas to launch massive rallies in support of the move, which is due to take place when the United Nations General Assembly meets in September..
U.S. Senator seeks to cut aid to elite IDF units operating in West Bank and Gaza (16.08.11) http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/u-s-senator-seeks-to-cut-aid-to-elite-idf-units-operating-in-west-bank-and-gaza-1.378800
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy is promoting a bill to suspend U.S. assistance to three elite Israel Defense Forces units, alleging they are involved in human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Leahy, a Democrat and senior member of the U.S. Senate, wants assistance withheld from the Israel Navy's Shayetet 13 unit, the undercover Duvdevan unit and the Israel Air Force's Shaldag unit. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, a long-time friend of Leahy's, met with him in Washington two weeks ago to try to persuade him to withdraw the initiative. According to a senior Israeli official in Jerusalem, Leahy began promoting the legislation in recent months after he was approached by voters in his home state of Vermont. A few months ago, a group of pro-Palestinian protesters staged a rally across from Leahy's office, demanding that he denounce the killing by Shayetet 13 commandos of nine Turkish activists who were part of the flotilla to Gaza last May. Leahy, who heads the Senate Appropriations Committee's sub-committee on foreign operations, was the principle sponsor of a 1997 bill prohibiting the United States from providing military assistance or funding to foreign military units suspected of human rights abuses or war crimes. The law also stipulates that the U.S. Defense Department screen foreign officers and soldiers who come to the United States for training for this purpose. Leahy wants the new clause to become a part of the U.S. foreign assistance legislation for 2012, placing restrictions on military assistance to Israel, particularly to those three units. Leahy says these units are responsible for harming innocent Palestinian civilians and that no system of investigation is in place to ensure that their members are not committing human rights violations. According to Leahy's proposal, U.S. military assistance to Israel would be subject to the same restrictions that apply to countries such as Egypt, Pakistan and Jordan. CLIP
Israel to deploy drones in north Iraq (August 13, 2011) http://www.presstv.com/detail/193813.html
The Israeli army has stepped up its military activities in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Region and is planning to station a number of unmanned aerial vehicles in the area in northern Iraq.Israel plans to deploy new equipment, including six drones, in the region in cooperation with the Kurdistan Democratic Party, a Press TV correspondent in northern Iraq reported on Saturday. Four of the aircraft will be stationed at the Khalidiyah airbase in the northern oil city of Kirkuk and two others will go to the airport in the city of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh governorate. Israeli intelligence agents and military advisers, equipped with special transmission devices, are also being sent to Mosul to train security forces in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani has reportedly agreed to the concession in return for the admission of a number of Iraqi Kurd students to Israeli universities. Barzani gave Israel the green light to deploy military drones in northern Iraq without gaining the approval of the Iraqi central government in Baghdad, which has no diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv.
Scores killed in Iraq violence (August 15, 2011) http://www.presstv.com/detail/194014.html
Scores of people, including women and children, have been killed and dozens others left injured in recent violence across Iraq. -- (...) Bombings and other forms of violence have become an almost daily occurrence in Iraq in recent months as the US government has made no secret of its strong desire to extend its military presence in the war-torn country beyond the December 2011 withdrawal date. Iraq's Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi said on Sunday that a continued US military presence is a problem, not a solution, adding that their year-end pullout will improve security in the Middle Eastern country. However, Iraqi leaders have agreed to hold open negotiations with the United States about possible post-2011 military training missions in Iraq. The US invaded Iraq in 2003 under the pretext of destroying alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMD) belonging to executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. No WMDs were ever found in Iraq following the invasion. Over one million Iraqis have been killed since the beginning of the occupation, according to a study by the British polling group, Opinion Research Business.
Serial bombings kill at least 76 in Iraq (Aug 15, 2011) http://www.presstv.com/detail/194064.html
At least 76 people have been killed and over 180 others injured in a series of bombing attacks in different Iraqi cities as a wave of violence sweeps across the country.
Turkey threatens to join international military action in Syria (August 13, 2011) http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/turkey-threatens-to-join-international-military-action-in-syria-1.378427
Turkey has lost patience with Syria, according to Turkish officials quoted in the Hurriyet newspaper, and has issued an ultimatum to Assad. -- Turkey may consider cooperating with international powers in the event they decide to intervene militarily in Syria, according to a report in the Turkish "Hurriyet" newspaper on Saturday. Turkey has lost its patience with Syria, according to Turkish officials, and Turkish President Abdullah Gul has issued an ultimatum to Syrian President Bashar Assad via Turkeys Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who visited Syria on Tuesday. According to officials, the Turkish foreign minister made it clear to Assad that in the event that Syrian forces continue to act aggressively against demonstrators Syria will no longer be able to rely on friendship from Turkey. The Turkish officials told the Hurriyet that Turkey had initially tried to convince its Western allies to grant Assad time to implement reforms eight months ago. We have been as friendly toward Syria as we could, but a regime that doesnt listen to advice from its friend and neighbor cannot be a friend of Turkeys. The letter from Turkish President Gul and the leaking of its content to the Turkish media is testimony to Turkeys strategic decision to deem Assads regime as illegitimate, thereby allowing it to move toward an operative stage against Syria. Arshet Hormozlo, an adviser to the Turkish president, made clear in an interview with the Iraqi newspaper Zaman that Turkey will not intervene militarily in Syria and will not allow international forces to enter Syria from Turkish territory.However, Turkeys consent to join an international coalition that may launch a military offensive against Syria is a dramatic turning point in Turkeys stance. Hormozlos statement is proof that talks on military involvement have already reached the decision-making stage. CHECK ALSO Turkey not ready to call for Assad to step down: official AND Robert Fisk: It's his fast-disappearing billions that will worry Assad, not words from Washington
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Gold Hits New Record After Chavez Announces Plan To Pull Reserves From US, European Banks (August 18, 2011) http://www.infowars.com/gold-hits-new-record-after-chavez-announces-plan-to-pull-reserves-from-us-european-banks/
Venezuelan leader to withdraw $11B in gold reserves to protect against "disturbances" in financial system -- Despite a report from the World Gold Council showing that demand for the precious metal has subsided, gold soared to a new record high today on the back of another stock market plunge and an announcement from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez that the country's gold mining industry would be nationalized.Gold touched a new record high of around $1827 dollars an ounce as the Dow Jones plunged by 500 points in early trading. Gold soared to new heights even in the face of a World Gold Council report that said demand was down 37% year on year.However, the report noted that there was "increasing acceptance of higher price levels" globally, which explained a modest 3% fall in recycling gold on the supply side.Although today's new high for gold is obviously being driven by a flight to safety as the stock market crumbles, Hugo Chavez's announcement last night that he was to nationalize the country's gold mining industry undoubtedly has had an impact on today's trading. Chavez likened the people that control the gold industry to "the mafia," stating, "We can't keep allowing them to take it away," as he made public plans to withdraw $11B in gold reserves from U.S. and European banks, including 99 tonnes held with the Bank of England and other reserves held by J.P. Morgan Chase, Barclays, HSBC and Standard Chartered, France's BNP Paribas and Canada's Bank of Nova Scotia. Of the country's 365.8 tonnes of gold, 211 tonnes is believed to be held abroad."At the time of these disturbances, it's preferable to recover our assets, in this case the gold, and have it here in the vaults," Venezuelan Central Bank president Nelson Merentes said, adding that it would be re-invested in more stable economies like China, Russia and Brazil. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said the move was part of a plan to create a "new international monetary system" as an alternative to the crisis-hit dollar reserve structure that currently governs the financial world. Chavez' decision to pull gold reserves out of the United States and Europe is only going to increase concerns about lack of mine supply, which is already set to fall by around 5.1 per cent this year. This will ensure gold sails through the $2000 barrier sooner rather than later. As the George Washington Blog notes, "Nationalizing Venezuela's gold means less gold available in the free market, and the scramble for physical gold to make good on Venezuela's recall demand could challenge the 100-to-1 leverage levels of paper gold derivatives to physical gold."
Pew Research Evidence Corporate Media Connived to Ignore Ron Paul (August 18, 2011) http://www.infowars.com/pew-research-evidence-corporate-media-connived-to-ignore-ron-paul/
Pew Research has added fuel to the argument that the corporate media has ignored Ron Paul in favor of other candidates and non-candidates. Pew's analysis reveals that story-wise, Paul trails far behind all other candidates, including non-candidate Donald Trump and Rick Perry, who became a candidate last weekend. Ron Paul officially announced his candidacy on May 13, weeks ahead of most of the other GOP hopefuls.Here is a chart breaking down campaign stories:Ron Paul's message of liberty and restoration of the republic is so unpopular with the corporate media, they decided to spend more time and effort covering Donald Trump, who is not even a candidate. He also trails far behind Sarah Palin, who is not a candidate. "Paul's coverage also lags far behind Trump (94 stories), who dallied with a run before opting out in mid-May and Palin (85 stories), who has given no indication to date that she will enter the race. In addition, Paul trails long-shot candidate and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman (44 stories) and Texas Governor, Rick Perry (33 stories) who only announced his candidacy on August 13," The corporate media serves as a barometer for the establishment. "In a further attempt to gauge the post-straw poll attention to Paul's campaign, PEJ also used the Snapstream server's closed captioning capability to assess the candidates' television coverage in the first few days after that balloting," Journalism.org continues. "According to that analysis, Paul was mentioned just 29 times. By comparison, Perry was mentioned 371 times, Bachmann was mentioned 274 times, and Romney was mentioned 183 times." In other words, the establishment will run Perry with Bachmann as his vice president against Obama who is already being portrayed as a one-term president. Perry will now ramp up his fake Tea Party rhetoric and try to undermine Paul's base. He launched his faux liberty campaign earlier this week when he took a timid swipe at bankster minion Ben Bernanke and the privately owned Federal Reserve. Neocons Insinuate Paul Supported by Russian GovernmentThe neocon faction of the ruling elite is now attempting to trash Paul by linking him to Russia Today, a media outfit operated by the Russian government. An American commentator at the foreign network, Adam Kokesh, announced a Ron Paul money bomb in early June. Suspiciously timed questions about the fundraising event surfaced after the August 12 Iowa straw poll. CLIP
Ron Paul: 'They Call Me Extreme - They're The Extremists!' (August 16, 2011) http://www.infowars.com/ron-paul-they-call-me-extreme-theyre-the-extremists/
Congressman tells CNN how the establishment is running scared -- During an interview with CNN last night, presidential frontrunner Ron Paul explained how the establishment is finding it more and more difficult to portray his ideas as "extreme," pointing out how his viewpoints are becoming part of mainstream thinking as the real "extremists" in charge continue to follow the same course even as America's economy crumbles.Asked why the media obsessed about Michele Bachmann while ignoring Ron Paul completely despite the fact that Paul almost beat her in the Ames straw poll, the Congressman said that the establishment was running scared."They're afraid of me, they don't want my views out there, they're too dangerous, we want freedom and we're challenging the status quo, we want to end the war, we want a gold standard, and their view is that people just can't handle all this freedom, they want dependency, they want socialism and welfarism, so I think they don't like to hear our views, but I think we'll make the best of it and we'll do very well," he said. Paul responded to host Piers Morgan's assertion that Democrats were hyping Paul's campaign as a means of dividing Republicans in order to pave the way for an Obama victory by pointing out that polls show he would have the best chance out of all the candidates of defeating Obama in a head to head race."I would slash into Obama's civil libertarian viewpoints, he doesn't really follow through on belief in personal liberties and he does not support ending the wars, he expanded the wars so I think the establishment doesn't want the status quo challenged and would be very opposed to me," said Paul, adding that the leadership of both parties are in full support of continuing the wars and the Federal Reserve. A May CNN poll found that Paul trailed Obama by seven points in a hypothetical run-off, with other so-called Republican "frontrunners" further behind. Given the fact that the media would be forced to give Paul some kind of a platform if he won the nomination instead of their current tactic of completely ignoring him, a seven point gap is nothing given that Obama's approval ratings are slipping every week. CLIP
Has Ron Paul become electable? (August 23, 2011) http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/The-Vote/2011/0823/Has-Ron-Paul-become-electable
Look behind you Mitt Romney - has Ron Paul suddenly become electable? That's a conclusion one might draw from a new Gallup poll that pits Republican presidential candidates against President Obama in head-to-head matchups.The GOP establishment's view of Representative Paul, an anti-foreign-intervention pro-gold-standard libertarian, is that he's a sideshow, and not an amusing one. He is dismissed as someone with a committed core of supporters but little appeal to Republican voters as a whole or the country at large. Yet in the Gallup survey, among registered voters Paul trails Mr. Obama by only two points - 45 percent to 47 percent. That's within the poll's margin of error. Wow! Is Jon Stewart that powerful? He complained recently that Paul was getting ignored by the media, if you remember. Paul coverage has since surged. OK, maybe it has just ebbed upwards a bit. But still, the mind boggles. Imagine what President Paul's cabinet meetings would be like - you'd have a peacenik Secretary of Defense arguing with a conservative Secretary of the Treasury about whether the US should withdraw from the war on drugs. There are reasons Ron Paul's "army" should not get too excited about the Gallup results, however. For one thing, their man is not the only candidate who's running strongly against Obama at the moment. Among registered voters, Mitt Romney actually leads the incumbent, 48 to 46 percent. Rick Perry and Obama are tied at 47 percent each.These results indicate that the polling is more about Obama's electoral weakness than Paul's (or Romney's, or Perry's) electoral strength. CLIP CHECK ALSO Election 101: Ron Paul sets sights on 2012. Ten things to know about him
"Super Congress" Designed for One Purpose (August 10, 2011) http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/08/10-11
1. There are no good choices for this commission. It is designed to protect members of Congress from the electoral repercussions of cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits, something that 82% of the country vehemently opposes. A full 60% of the country think the wars are responsible for the deficit, but the money for war will not be touched. The committee exists solely to impose the will of a small minority of oligarchical elites on the nation, and rob millions of Americans of the retirement insurance they have been faithfully and honorably been paying into their entire adult lives. The fact that the committee exists at all represents the breakdown of the social contract.
2. The US government is the largest contractor in the world. Lockheed Martin: $16.7 billion in 2010. Boeing: $10.5 billion. Hewlett-Packard: $2.3 billion. IBM: $1.8 billion. These companies spend millions each year bribing elected officials for for pennies on the dollar in exchange for these contracts. They do not want to be the one on the chopping block. Appointing the Chair of the DSCC to the committee whose job is collecting campaign contributions on behalf of Senate Democrats is like putting up a for sale sign. Democrats would be screaming bloody murder if John Cornyn were appointed. Greenberg-Quinlan-Rossner polling finds that the only message polling well for Democrats right now is reducing the influence of lobbyists and money in Congress. Way to go with the optics, Harry Reid. CLIP
Wall Street firms donated $11.2 million to members of debt super committee (August 18th, 2011) http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/08/18/wall-street-firms-donated-11-2-million-to-members-of-debt-super-committee/
The bipartisan "super committee" created by the debt ceiling deal is comprised of lawmakers who have received big bucks from special interest groups, according to a report by MapLight. The committee is tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts over ten years.In total, the twelve members appointed to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction got nearly $64.5 million from special interests groups over the past decade, with legal firms donating about $31.5 million and Wall Street firms donating about $11.2 million. Of that $11.2 million, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase donated approximately $2 million combined. The members appointed to the committee are Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Rob Portman (R-OH), Patty Murray (D-WA), John Kerry (D-MA), and Max Baucus (D-MT) and Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Fred Upton (R-MI), Dave Camp (R-MI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), and Jim Clyburn (D-SC). Democratic and liberal groups donated the third most amount of money, with about $9.6 million in political contributions, and the health industry donated the fourth most, with about $9.3 million. Club for Growth, a conservative free market group, donated more money than any other organization, contributing a combined $990,066 to the twelve lawmakers. The vast majority of that money went to Sen. Toomey. CLIP
How to Make the Super Congress Open and Accountable (August 15, 2011) http://www.otherwords.org/articles/how_to_make_the_super_congress_open_and_accountable
As the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility. In Washington, great power should also require great transparency.The hurriedly passed Budget Control Act raised the nation's debt ceiling and made some efforts to reduce the deficit. The law also demands that Congress reduce the deficit another $1.2 trillion through spending cuts and additional revenue. The power to choose how those reductions will be concentrated in the hands of the 12 members of the Joint Select Committee on Debt Reduction, nicknamed the "Super Congress." The "Super Congress" - Are you worried yet? Considering that the debt ceiling negotiations including the idea to create this committee were conducted mostly behind closed doors and in secret meetings, you should be.The last thing we need is an all-powerful congressional committee allowed to make crucial spending decisions without the scrutiny of an engaged citizenry and press. The Project On Government Oversight (POGO), where I work, and other advocacy groups are calling on the Super Congress to deliberate in the open and make decisions based on what's best for the American public, not powerful special interests. Corporate lobbyists are already lining up to meet with the newly appointed members of the debt committee, but none of these lobbyists are clamoring for a transparent process. They'd like nothing more than to be able to sway the committee behind the scenes, out of the public eye. CLIP
The Grubby Species (August 13, 2011) http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/08/13
(...) What is most disheartening is that Americans dont even understand the experiment theyve been subjected to these last thirty years. They seem to get the fact that it has failed, but they dont know what it is. How many people know that regressive have won more or less every single economic policy battle of the last three decades, from taxes to trade to labor relations to deregulation to privatization to subsidies and beyond? How many Americans know this? How many know, to simply choose the most obvious example (but the same logic applies across the board), that taxes are far lower in America today than they have been for almost a century? And how can they possibly reject this regressive experiment in political economy if they dont even know that it has been conducted?One reason they dont know, of course, is that nobody is telling them this. Sure, there are a couple of real liberals in Congress and even a socialist senator. But the real truth is that there is absolutely no left in America today, as a serious political movement. None.
(...) If there is a small ray of hope out there, it is that more people are beginning to catch on. There has been a large spate of articles in the media lately with the theme of Obamas complete ineptitude and insignificance as a serious political force. Liberals are by and large finally, amazingly, beginning to understand that he is not a liberal champion by any stretch of the imagination. Thats progress, at least, over reading for the last two years that Obama is a liberal or socialist or has a far-left agenda. What sickening, Orwellian, bullshit that is. Sadly, however, while commentators and the voting public are starting to recognize that Obama is not one of us, they have not yet realized the full truth, which is that he is one of them. As if somebody else picked Larry Summers and Tim Geithner and Bob Gates to serve in his cabinet. As if someone else decided to bail-out Wall Street while doing nothing about jobs or mortgages. As if there was another guy in the White House who tripled American forces in Afghanistan, or maintained Guantánamo in its fully operational state. This is what is, ultimately, so sickening about our current political condition. As a country, we dont even know what it is.
If there is another slightly larger a ray of hope on the horizon, it is the premise that there is a breaking point out there somewhere. Were seeing it in Israel (though, of course, the US media declines to cover the story), where huge swaths of the population have been on the streets protesting against not Palestinians but rather plutocratic plundering and the diminished lives it has left them with. Weve seen that right across the Arab Spring countries, and in Greece and Britain. Just the other day someone correctly noted that, There is no excuse for violence, no excuse for looting, no excuse for thuggery, and those who are responsible must know that they will be brought to justice. I think this is about sheer criminality. I couldnt agree more, except that I was thinking it applies to the greedy bastard thugs whose sheer criminality, looting and yes violence has brought the worlds economy to its knees, rather than to the response to that on the streets of London, which was what Tory Home Secretary Theresa May meant when she made that comment. In any case, maybe were seeing the beginnings of the breaking point. Perhaps people are at last starting to say Basta! to impoverishment of the many in order to serve the greed of the few.Maybe such restored political nobility will even come to America. Maybe it isnt the entire human species that tramples on nobility in its grubby pursuit of greed, but just Homo Sapien Americanus. And maybe even we children of the Neanderthal can do better, if pushed hard enough.
Flash Mob Epidemic (August 16th, 2011) VERY DISTURBING NEW TREND! http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/flash-mob-epidemic
Flash mobs used to be so much fun. A group of people would arrange to meet in a public place at a particular time and would perform a song or a dance number or some other form of entertainment very suddenly and without warning. Well, the term "flash mob" is rapidly coming to mean something else now. All over the country, young people are using social media and other forms of communication to coordinate shocking large scale crimes. At first there were just a few isolated "mob robberies" around the country, but now we have a full-fledged flash mob epidemic on our hands. Sometimes these flash mobs are involved in "mass shoplifting" events, and in other cases flash mobs are just committing random acts of violence. But it is a very disturbing sign for our nation that all over the country we have large groups of young people that are banding together to commit very serious crimes. This is something that is really unprecedented in modern U.S. history, and it is yet another indication that our society is starting to fall apart.So exactly what do these flash mobs look like? The following is a video of a flash mob conducting a "mob robbery" in a 7-11 in Montgomery County, Maryland on August 13th, 2011... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bHyug2PvpB8
Authorities keep telling us that they have everything under control, but these kinds of incidents continue to become more frequent. Other examples of this flash mob phenomenon have been captured on video in Stockton, California, in Washington D.C. and in Las Vegas. But flash mobs are not just engaged in shoplifting. Recently, we have seen quite a few incidents where flash mobs have been involved in mass violence. Back on July 4th, approximately 1,000 young people violently disrupted an Independence Day celebration in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights. Reportedly, the young people used social media websites to mobilize for the event.Even more disturbing is what happened recently at the Wisconsin state fair. The following is how one local ABC News affiliate described the "flash mob" attacks that took place.... Milwaukee police said that around 11:10 p.m., squads were sent to the area for reports of battery, fighting and property damage being caused by an unruly crowd of "hundreds" of people. One officer described it as a "mob beating."Police said the group of young people attacked fair goers who were leaving the fair grounds. Police said that some victims were attacked while walking. They said others were pulled out of cars and off of motorcycles before being beaten. CLIP
Notes on the social crisis in America (18 August 2011) http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/aug2011/socr-a18.shtml
Thousands of Georgians waited in line to see volunteer dentist teams at the First Baptist Church of Woodstock August 12 and 13. Many arrived on Thursday night and slept on the sidewalk.I have a couple of missing teeth and I need some extractions, one woman told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She explained that she had lost her job a couple of years ago and had gone without dental insurance since then. A University of Georgia student who had recently spent $3,800 on dental care explained, I never got it finishedI couldnt afford the rest of itso I came to see if I could get the rest of it done.The line went around the building, all the way through the parking lot and around a warehouse, Atlanta dentist Richard Smith told the Journal Constitution. Smith estimated that at one point, 4,000 were in line. Over 1,600 volunteers, including 300 dentists, contributed to the effort.A bunch of us started looking around and realized that with this economy we had to do something, Smith said. We are not responsible for the problem thats there, but were the only ones who can fix it. A lot of these people are in pain, they have infections, theyre missing front teeth theres a huge need just to get people back to work. Mothers cant take care of their children, fathers cant earn a living, he said.Police stopped allowing new arrivals by Friday because the mass turnout risked overwhelming the event. A similar clinic held in South Carolina the week before was forced to turn away at least 1,000 people, provoking frustration and anger in the crowd. Poll finds widespread depression in Appalachia -- A survey of 188 metropolitan areas across the US by the Gallup polling organization found the highest rates of clinical depression in Appalachia. Of the 11 areas where residents are most likely to report they have been diagnosed with depression, six are in Appalachia. Huntington, West Virginia recorded the highest rates, with one in three residents saying they had been diagnosed with the disorder.Gallup notes, Respondents who have been diagnosed with depression report a high number of days in the past month when poor health kept them from doing their usual activities. Depression is more strongly related to unhealthy days than any other specific health condition asked about, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and asthma. Those metro areas that ranked highest for depression are among those with the highest average number of unhealthy days.
(...) New Jersey homeless camp forced to take down wooden huts - A Lakewood, New Jersey homeless camp called Tent City has been told to dismantle wooden huts the residents built to stay warm last winter. Frail and elderly homeless occupants will have to instead live in fabric tents that have been stressed by heavy rains. Its a little like a friend has died, 60-year-old Marilyn Berenzweig told the New Jersey News as her hut was torn down August 15. It was small, but it was cozy. The encampment grew over the past few years in the woods on the outskirts of town and is now home to 65 people. The nearest homeless shelters are 35 miles away, in Trenton. Similar camps have sprung up all over the country. The homeless population is vulnerable to frostbite, hypothermia, and freezing deaths, as well as dangerous wood or propane fires. In 2009, one Lakewood Tent City resident was killed and another was seriously injured in two separate propane stove accidents. Last year the encampment was buried in three feet of snow.
Harvard economist may be named to Fed board (August 13, 2011) http://articles.boston.com/2011-08-13/business/29884596_1_fed-board-harvard-economist
WASHINGTON - President Obama is considering nominating two economists with backgrounds in finance - one of them a Republican - as Federal Reserve governors, according to a source familiar with the decision-making. The White House is looking at Jeremy Stein, a Harvard economist, and Richard Clarida, of Columbia University and the bond investment firm Pimco, to fill two vacant slots on the seven-member Fed Board of Governors. The strategy of pairing a Democrat and a Republican for the two vacancies would be aimed at improving the odds of Senate confirmation. The addition of Stein and Clarida would bring to the policy-making board two highly regarded academic economists with expertise in both the theory of monetary policy and the nuts and bolts of financial markets and banking. CLIP - Note from Jean: Upon reading that news, I was curious to find out more about the Federal Reserve which many often denounce as being controlled by private bankers. Here is the introductory description - which is certainly accurate and factual - from the Wikipedia entry for the Federal Reserve. It is worth knowing this as it gives another perspective on those who continuously rant about this system....
The Federal Reserve System http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve_System
The Federal Reserve System (also known as the Federal Reserve, and informally as the Fed) is the central banking system of the United States. It was created in 1913 with the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act, largely in response to a series of financial panics, particularly a severe panic in 1907. Over time, the roles and responsibilities of the Federal Reserve System have expanded and its structure has evolved. Events such as the Great Depression were major factors leading to changes in the system. Its duties today, according to official Federal Reserve documentation, are to conduct the nation's monetary policy, supervise and regulate banking institutions, maintain the stability of the financial system and provide financial services to depository institutions, the U.S. government, and foreign official institutions. The Federal Reserve System's structure is composed of the presidentially appointed Board of Governors (or Federal Reserve Board), the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks located in major cities throughout the nation, numerous privately owned U.S. member banks and various advisory councils. The FOMC is the committee responsible for setting monetary policy and consists of all seven members of the Board of Governors and the twelve regional bank presidents, though only five bank presidents vote at any given time. The Federal Reserve System has both private and public components, and was designed to serve the interests of both the general public and private bankers. The result is a structure that is considered unique among central banks. It is also unusual in that an entity outside of the central bank, namely the United States Department of the Treasury, creates the currency used. According to the Board of Governors, the Federal Reserve is independent within government in that "its decisions do not have to be ratified by the President or anyone else in the executive or legislative branch of government." However, its authority is derived from the U.S. Congress and is subject to congressional oversight. Additionally, the members of the Board of Governors, including its chairman and vice-chairman, are chosen by the President and confirmed by Congress. The government also exercises some control over the Federal Reserve by appointing and setting the salaries of the system's highest-level employees. Thus the Federal Reserve has both private and public aspects. The U.S. Government receives all of the system's annual profits, after a statutory dividend of 6% on member banks' capital investment is paid, and an account surplus is maintained. In 2010, the Federal Reserve made a profit of $82 billion and transferred $79 billion to the U.S. Treasury. CLIP
History of the creation of the Federal Reserve (secretly done by the Big Bad Bankers) by Glenn Beck http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2roews2_1c
Very instructive! Yes... by Glenn Beck! - it is 40 minutes long, but make sure to check at least the first 11 minutes.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Drones Direct Hit Upon Rule of Law (August 17th, 2011) http://www.vxec.com/2011/08/rep-dennis-kucinich-drones-direct-hit-upon-rule-of-law/
The Obama Administration continues to use unmanned drones as a tool of war -- a tool that according to the New York Times, the Administration claims has killed 600 militants in Pakistan and no civilians since May 2010. But the math doesn't add up. A recent report released by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that at least 2,292 people have been killed by U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004. The Bureau estimates that of that number, over 350 are civilians. A July 2009 Brookings Institution report stated ten civilians die for every one suspected militant from U.S. drone strikes. Yet another study by the New American Foundation concluded that out of 114 drone attacks in Pakistan, at least 32% of those killed by the strikes were civilians. President Obama has greatly expanded the use of drones over the past several years, authorizing more drone strikes during his first fifteen months in office than President Bush did during the entirety of his eight years in office. In addition to the use of drones in Pakistan, the Administration has authorized strikes in Yemen and Somalia. The increasing reliance on drones and the lack of recourse for the families of innocent civilians that are killed by such strikes demonstrate the impunity with which the U.S. uses this technology.Challenging the legality of drone strikes in Pakistan and calling to light their indiscriminate nature is vital to prevent a dangerous precedent from being set that would allow international law and the laws of war to be stretched to justify strikes elsewhere. The legal justification for their use in Pakistan can and will be used to justify their use in other countries. Under this legal framework, the battlefield could be stretched to include anywhere in the world. Drone attacks can only serve to undermine our moral standing in the world, and foment anger and resentment toward the United States. We have spent years in Afghanistan and Iraq under the guise of nurturing democracy and the rule of law while at the same time, our use of unmanned drones severely undermines the rule of law.
The Pentagon's new China war plan (AUG 13, 2011) http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2011/08/13/sino_us_stephen_glain
Despite budget woes, the military is preparing for a conflict with our biggest rival -- and we should be worried -- This summer, despite Americas continuing financial crisis, the Pentagon is effectively considering trading two military quagmires for the possibility of a third. Reducing its commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan as it refocuses on Asia, Washington is not so much withdrawing forces from the Persian Gulf as it is redeploying them for a prospective war with its largest creditor, China. According to the defense trade press, Pentagon officials are seeking ways to adapt a concept known as AirSea Battle specifically for China, debunking rote claims from Washington that it has no plans to thwart its emerging Asian rival. A recent article in Inside the Pentagon reported that a small group of U.S. Navy officers known as the China Integration Team "is hard at work applying the lessons of [AirSea Battle] to a potential conflict with China."AirSea Battle, developed in the early 1990s and most recently codified in a 2009 Navy-Air Force classified memo, is a vehicle for conforming U.S. military power to address asymmetrical threats in the Western Pacific and the Persian Gulf -- code for China and Iran. (This alone raises a crucial point: If the U.S. has had nothing but trouble with asymmetrical warfare for the last 45 years, why should a war with China, or Iran for that matter, be any different?) It complements the 1992 Defense Planning Guidance, a government white paper that precluded the rise of any "peer competitor" that might challenge U.S. dominance worldwide. The Planning Guidance is the Pentagons writ for control of what defense planners call "the global commons," a euphemism for the seaways, land bridges and air corridors that are the arteries of international commerce. For a foreign power to challenge this American dominion is to effectively declare war on the United States, and that is exactly what China appears to be doing in the South China Sea, a resource-rich and highly contested waterway in Southeast Asia.
(...) For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. government has encountered the practical limits of the 1992 Defense Planning Guidance. In its story about AirSea Battle and the China Integration Team, Inside the Pentagon revealed an oblique, if profound insight from Andrew Krepinevich, the highly regarded head of Washingtons Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. China, he said, is clearly jousting for control of the Western Pacific and "we have to decide whether were going to compete or not. If were not, then we have to be willing to accept the shift in the military balance." Otherwise, "the question is how to compete effectively." Here is a noble appeal for Washington to match its commitments with the resources needed to sustain them, the absence of which has fueled the debt crisis that nearly reduced the United States to a mendicant state. Such are the crippling costs of a defense policy that makes global hegemony a mindless imperative.
Aggression during G20 rally perpetrated by police, judge rules (August 11 2011) http://www.thestar.com/news/torontog20summit/article/1038347--aggression-during-g20-rally-perpetrated-by-police-judge-rules
A Toronto judge has ruled that adrenalized police officers acted as aggressors at a peaceful political rally that led to dozens of arrests during last years G20 summit. The only organized or collective physical aggression at that location that evening was perpetrated by police each time they advanced on demonstrators, Justice Melvyn Green ruled on Thursday. He was referring to a demonstration at Queen St. and Spadina Ave. on Saturday, June 26, 2010.Green stated police criminalized political demonstration, which is vital to maintain a viable democracy.Greens stern words echo widespread criticism of police during the G20, in which more than 1,100 people were detained in the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. A Toronto Star/Angus Reid Public Opinion poll conducted on the one-year anniversary of the G20 found a majority of Torontonians (54 per cent) now believe police response to demonstrations during the summit were unjustified. The zealous exercise of police arrest powers in the context of political demonstrations risks distorting the necessary if delicate balance between law enforcement concerns for public safety and order, on the one hand, and individual rights and freedoms, on the other, Green wrote in a 29-page judgment. (...) Green found that protesters were harvested by the police punch out tactic. Police would intermittently charge the crowd of about 300 people to force them west on Queen St. and those who didnt move back fast enough were seized, thrown to the ground and bound with plastic flex cuffs. The following day, some 300 protesters and bystanders were boxed in at the same intersection when police used the controversial crowd control technique known as kettling. Toronto police have promised never to use that tactic again after widespread criticism. CLIP
Biodiversity: Marine life rebounds in Baja ocean preserve (August 15, 2011) http://summitcountyvoice.com/2011/08/15/biodiversity-marine-life-rebounds-in-baja-ocean-preserve/
Enforcement of strict no-take fishing regs seen as key to recovery -- SUMMIT COUNTY - Conservation efforts have paid big dividends for residents of a small coastal town in Baja, where local no-take fishing regulations have helped sea life make a dramatic recovery in the last 10 years.Protection of spawning areas for large predators are one of the keys to the recovery, but simple enforcement of the fishing restrictions may be the most important step, according to researchers who studied marine life near Cabo Pulma for 10 years..The results of the study, published recently in the Public Library of Science (PLoS) ONE journal, show that the total biomass in a marine national park near Cabo Pulma increased by 460 percent between 1999 and 2009. The area was previously depleted from over-fishing.In 1995, the park was established and locals strictly enforce the no-take restrictions. The Cabo Pulma success story can serve as a model for other locally based conservation efforts, said Exequiel Ezcurra, director of the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States."I participated, back in the 1990s, in the studies for the declaration of the marine park. Frankly, we decided to go ahead because the community was so determined but the place at that time was not in good environmental health," Ezcurra said. "If you visit the place now, you cannot believe the change that has taken place. And all of it has occurred thanks to the determination of a community of coastal villagers that decided to take care of their place and to be at the helm of their own destiny."The authors of the research paper said they were startled by how fast a depleted area can recover back to levels comparable to remote and pristine areas that have never been fished by humans. CLIP
Obama sets fuel-efficiency goal: 54.5 mpg by 2025 (July 30, 2011) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/29/BAS81KGSRJ.DTL
Fuel efficiency of automobiles in the United States will increase dramatically under an agreement reached by the federal government, auto manufacturers and the state of California that was announced by President Obama on [July 29]. The agreement requires that cars and light-duty trucks achieve an average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, up from the requirement of 35.5 miles per gallon that is mandated by 2016. The new requirement will ... reduce oil consumption by 2.2 million barrels per day by 2025. Currently, the United States imports 9.1 million barrels of oil per day. Thirteen auto manufacturers, which account for 90 percent of vehicles sold in the United States, agreed to the standard. They are Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar/Land Rover, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volvo. The fuel economy standard is an average for a fleet of cars, which means that the actual miles per gallon for some vehicles will be lower because fleets also include electric cars and other vehicles that will far exceed the standard. The average vehicle at a dealership is likely to be closer to 40 miles per gallon, though that is double the average today.
The high price of gold for the Amazon rainforest (August 11, 2011) Many astounding, saddening pictures... http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0812-gold_peru-pod.html
The surging price of gold is impacting some of the world's most important ecosystems: tropical forests. Rainforests across the Amazon Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Peru are being dug up for gold. Much of the mining is illegal and therefore little controlled: toxic compounds like mercury and cyanide is dumped into rivers and streams, affecting wildlife and downstream populations. Commercial bushmeat hunters poach animals in the forests around the mines. These photos were taken yesterday and today in the Peruvian Amazon where a gold rush has been particularly damaging: the region is arguably the most biodiverse place on Earth. But gold mining is taking a toll in forests outside the Amazon: Madagascar, Indonesia, Central America, and West and Central Africa are among the tropical countries and regions that have been particularly affected by gold fever. - CHECK ALSO Why is the Brazilian Amazon being Destroyed? and the AVAAZ petition Amazon at risk
Species Shifting Habitats Faster to North Seeking Cooler Places (August 20, 2011) http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/201179/20110820/species-shifting-habitats-faster-to-north-seeking-cooler-places-global-warming-plant-and-animal-clim.htm
Due to global warming, plant and animal species are shifting their natural habitats towards the north at a faster rate, reveals a survey of over 2,000 species. The survey, a four-decade-long analysis of various species across Europe, North and South America and Malaysia, revealed that organisms that experience the greatest change in temperatures move the fastest. The study said that the average rate of movement is three times faster than previously expected for those species migrating towards the poles. On the other hand, for organisms that are migrating further up mountains, the average rate of movement is about twice as fast as realized. Species are moving northward in the northern hemisphere and southward in the southern hemisphere on an average rate of about 16km or 17km per decade, according to the study, published in the journal Science."These changes are equivalent to animals and plants shifting away from the equator at around 20cm per hour, for every hour of the day, for every day of the year. This has been going on for the last 40 years and is set to continue for at least the rest of the century," said Professor Chris Thomas senior author on the paper and a professor of conservation biology at the University of York in the United Kingdom.(...) There are many underlying implications of this study related to global warming and species extinction. "Realization of how fast species are moving because of climate change indicates that many species may indeed be heading rapidly towards extinction, where climatic conditions are deteriorating. On the other hand, other species are moving to new areas where the climate has become suitable; so there will be some winners as well as many losers," said Thomas. CLIP
World nations see six all-time record high temperatures, no lows so far in 2011 (August 16, 2011) http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0816-hance_record_temps.html
Eight months into the year, six nations have seen record high temperatures, including Kuwait, Iraq, Armenia, Iran, and Republic of the Congo, reports Jeff Master's Wunderblog. To date no record lows have been recorded in any country in the world so far. This is similar, though not quite as extreme, to last year when twenty countries broke all time highs with none hitting an all time low. On August 3rd, Kuwait made a number of new records when it hit 127 Fahrenheit (53.3 Celsius) at Mitrabah: a record for Kuwait, for an Arabic nation, and a world record for the month of August. Asia has suffered under incredible heat over the summer with Kuwait's record number, Iraq's, and Iran's all falling in the top ten highs ever recorded on the continent. High temperatures, along with drought and fires, have also plagued much of the US this summer with Texas experiencing its worst drought since the Dust Bowl. In July Oklahoma recorded the highest average temperature over a month (89.1 Fahrenheit) of any of the all 50 states. Globally, last year was tied for the warmest on record since tracking begin in 1880. According to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) the warmest years to date are: 2005 and 2010 (tied), followed by 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2009. Needless to say 2000-2009 was the warmest decade yet. Scientists say the world is warming due to greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels and deforestation among other human impacts. CHECK ALSO Arctic sea ice in free fall: new record low for July
Humanity knows less than 15 percent of the world's species (August 23, 2011) http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0823-hance_totalspecies.html
Scientists have named, cataloged, and described less than 2 million species in the past two and a half centuries, yet, according to an new innovative analysis, we are no-where near even a basic understanding of the diversity of life on this small blue planet. The study in PLoS Biology, which is likely to be controversial, predicts that there are 8.7 million species in the world, though the number could be as low as 7.4 or as high as 10 million. The research implies that about 86 percent of the world's species have still yet to be described. The question of how many species exist has intrigued scientists for centuries and the answer, coupled with research by others into species' distribution and abundance, is particularly important now because a host of human activities and influences are accelerating the rate of extinctions," said lead author Camilo Mora of the University of Hawaii and Dalhousie University said in a press release. Estimates for life on Earth have varied widely, jumping from 3 million in total to 100 million, but the authors of the paper argue theirs is the most certain estimate to date. "We discovered that, using numbers from the higher taxonomic groups, we can predict the number of species. The approach accurately predicted the number of species in several well-studied groups such as mammals, fishes and birds, providing confidence in the method," says co-author Dr. Sina Adl at Dalhousie University. The team came up with the estimate by analyzes the 1.2 species listed in the Catalogue of Life and the World Register of Marine Species. According to the paper, 91 percent of ocean species remain undiscovered, while 93 percent of fungi are unknown. "We have only begun to uncover the tremendous variety of life around us," says co-author Alastair Simpson, also with Dalhousie. "The richest environments for prospecting new species are thought to be coral reefs, seafloor mud and moist tropical soils. But smaller life forms are not well known anywhere. Some unknown species are living in our own backyardsliterally." Less is even known about the threats to species in what scientists say is an age of mass extinction. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which evaluates the threat-level to species, has to date analyzed just over 59,000 species, or 0.6 percent of the world's species according to the new estimate. "Many species may vanish before we even know of their existence, of their unique niche and function in ecosystems, and of their potential contribution to improved human well-being," Mora said, adding that given this, " I believe speeding the inventory of Earth's species merits high scientific and societal priority. Renewed interest in further exploration and taxonomy could allow us to fully answer this most basic question: what lives on Earth?" CHECK ALSO Over 80 percent of rediscovered species still face extinction
Scientists to research on noise impact to marine life (2011-08-20) EXCELLENT INITIATIVE! http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/sci/2011-08/20/c_131062223.htm
PARIS, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Marine scientists and representatives from the private sector and military establishments would meet at UNESCO at the end of this month to measure noise's impact on marine life, the Paris-based UN scientific branch UNESCO said Friday. The main agenda of the meeting, which is due from Aug. 30 to Sep. 1, was to discuss the program of the International Quiet Ocean Experiment (IQOE)."This decade-long project aims to fill the considerable knowledge gaps in this area, so that management of ocean noise can be more informed and effective," UNESCO said in a statement. The Quiet Ocean Experiments was initiated against the background that human activities on the high seas have increased significantly in recent decades, and resulted in impact upon many marine species relying mainly on sound to communicate. However, some sounds are suspected to alter the behavior of marine animals. For example, several whale species have raised the volume of the squeaks, clicks and moans by which they communicate with each other. The experiment is organized by the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO), of which UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) is a member.
Note from Jean: Check the opening statement in the video below then jump to Mr Casey's presentation from 20 min 30 sec especially the stats he gives (from 22 min 10 sec to 31 min 40 sec) with his impressive yet unsubstantiated claims of C02 reductions, partly dependent, in my view, upon unlikely changes in the consumption patterns on the part of the energy consumers, and considerable new investments needed to enable this "brave new world" vision - a "complex and expensive undertaking" in Casey's own words. The idea of streamlining energy production based, as closely as possible, on the actual minute-by-minute demand generated by the consumers, as monitored by the smart grid and its myriad sources of input from the built-in data emitters in new homes appliances to the smart meters' data stream, has some theoretical merit despite its mind-boggling complexity and HUGE implementation costs which could very well mean that, in the end, the Smart Grid might become a terribly inefficient white elephant and an enormous waste of money. Another potentially positive contribution of the smart grid, is that it theoretically facilitates the integration of renewable energy sources into the pool of energy available for distribution by utility companies, theoretically enabling their haphazard input, wind and solar energy being inherently produced in a variable and intermittent fashion. It is certainly a good 'sales' argument...
Get Smart on Smart Grid: How Technology Can Revolutionize Efficiency and Renewable Solutions (1 hr 55 min) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi4z2loOcTI
Get Smart on Smart Grid: How Technology Can Revolutionize Efficiency and Renewable Solutions - Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming - 2009-02-25 - Central to building a green economy will be updating the nation's energy grid with technology solutions that improve efficiency, save consumers money and create new jobs. Smart grid and smart metering technology will be needed to incorporate renewable energy from wind, solar and geothermal sources. The economic recovery package provided 1 billion for smart grid technology and development and an additional billion for renewable energy transmission construction. Chairman Edward J. Markey and the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming held a hearing entitled, "Get Smart on the Smart Grid: How Technology Can Revolutionize Efficiency and Renewable Solutions" on Wednesday February 25th, 2009
The problems with Smart Grids (March 18 2011) EXCELLENT ARTICLE! http://energybulletin.net/stories/2011-03-23/problems-smart-grids
How is it that so many intelligent, inside-the-beltway environmentalists are buying into an eco-health-safety-finance debacle with the potential to increase energy consumption, endanger the environment, harm public health, diminish privacy, make the national utility grid more insecure, cause job losses, and make energy markets more speculative? Answer: by not doing their homework. Welcome to the Smart Grid -- a government-funded money machine capable of intruding into every aspect of our lives. Smart Grid technologies -- initially funded to the tune of $3.4 billion through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and slated to cost $11 billion through 2011 -- are enough to make even die-hard liberals demand a claw back of misspent tax dollars. On the surface, Smart Grids sound green -- with promises of saving energy, creating new power-line corridors run on wind and solar, way-stations to power-up electric vehicles, energy-efficient upgrades to an aging power infrastructure, and real-time customer knowledge of electricity use. And theres the enticing communications factor: a nationwide high-speed broadband information technology barreling down high-tension electric corridors called Broadband-Over-Power-Lines (BPL). What could be more perfect for communicating facts about the planet, funding enviro-candidates, pushing legislation, and organizing Earth Days? But few who actually study how these new systems function want anything to do with them. Other than those who stand to make enormous profits and the physicists or engineers who dream up such stuff, Smart Grids are giving knowledgeable people the willies.
(...) Think of the static on your radio. Now imagine Smart Grids multiple frequencies overlapping with animate objects like your brain. The UHF used in Smart Grids couples best with brain tissue.Several federal agencies actually do have a stake in RF safety, but the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) standards are the only ones in effect in the U.S. A major problem is that the FCC regulates only short-term, acute, high-intensity, thermal effects in humans, while no criteria exist to protect wildlife. And theres more. FCC standards only regulate for whole-body exposure, not for specific organs -- like brain tissue which absorbs energy differently. Plus, FCC allowances are averaged over 30 minutes. With Smart Grids such time-averaging makes the peak pulses that blast for a fraction of a second when first activated vanish on paper. These are holes through which the Queen Mary could sail.According to Richard Tell, an electrical engineer formerly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- in a 2008 report on Smart Grids for Hydro One Networks, Inc./Toronto -- antennas on appliances may transmit at a density of .18watts, each at ballpark 4.5 seconds per hour. But external meters on houses transmit at around 1 watt at less than 2 minutes per hour.Such figures may sound low -- until the use of many appliances at the same time and exposures from the neighbors meters is lumped in. Nowhere in utility estimates are such peak pulses factored -- which, Tell has said, can be 20 times higher or more. Still, he notes, the radiation from Smart Meters is 15,000 times lower than what FCC standards allow. Too, the industry claims that meters transmit every four hours -- but engineers like Stephen Scott of EMF Services/California measure spikes every few seconds, especially from banks of meters attached to housing and office complexes, while others have measured firing between 9-and-15 times a minute. Utilities dont release numbers for peak pulses, but one estimate by Southern California Edison -- since voided for P.R. reasons -- puts peak pulses at 229,000 microwatts per square centimeter at eight inches from the transmitter. That means if you sleep next to a wall with a smart appliance on the other side, strong UHF signals could be spiking several times a minute all night long -- right into your brain.Compare that to cell phones that emit approximately 250-to-300 microwatts per square centimeter when placed directly against the head. CLIP
Radiofrequency Radiation: The Invisible Hazards of Smart Meters - DEPICTS THE OTHER NOT-SO-ROSY SIDE OF THE COIN, BUT SOMETIMES WITH SHADES OF STRIDENT CLAIMS THAT MAKE FOR AN OVERBLOWN CASE. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26082
The Seletun Scientific Statement recommends that lower limits be established for electromagnetic fields and wireless exposures, based on scientific studies reporting health impacts at much lower exposure levels. Many researchers now believe that existing safety limits are inadequate to protect public health because they do not consider prolonged exposure to lower emission levels that are now widespread. Current US standards for radiofrequency and microwave radiation from wireless technologies are entirely inadequate. They were never intended to address this kind of exposure from wireless devices that now affect over 4 billion people. The Seletun Scientific Statement, Feb. 3, 2011Do You Have a New Smart Meter? Over the past year-and-a-half, various power companies have been removing the analogue [disc-like] meters placed on your homes, apartments and businesses, and installing what they call their new Smart Meters. This is part of the larger plan throughout the US and Canada where these meters have already been installed. According to the Edison Foundation, more than 8 million Smart Meters have been deployed by electric utilities in the US and nearly 60 million should be in place by 2020.(1) In Canada, 2 million of these meters are planned. BC Hydro has a $930-million rollout of Smart Meters installation that began on July 4. CLIP
WIRELESS SAFETY SUMMIT http://www.centerforsaferwireless.org/Wireless-Safety-Summit.php
Capitol Hill, United Methodist Church,Washington, DC - October 5 & 6, 2011 - It is sponsored by 22 major American advocacy and activist groups involved with this issue and will focus on updates in wireless safety research and developments, educating lawmakers on our concerns, and working together to protect those most vulnerable to microwave radiation. - Cant Travel? You can participate in the Summit online in real-time. You will be able to watch live presentations and ask questions, just as if you were sitting in the audience.
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EMF-Omega-News 13. August 2011 http://www.buergerwelle.de/cms/content/view/620/95/
The JNCI Study by Aydin et al on Risk of Childhood Brain Cancer from Cellphone Use Reveals Serious Health Problems - Smart Meter raises concern for children and pregnant women - Environmentalists warn of cancer if wireless Internet goes on buses - Shell oil warns about cellphones - Cell Phone notification - Smart Meter Protest Filing - Local Concern Over Smart Meter Installations - Accrington residents see off phone mast bid - Phone mast rejected - South Leeds: Beeston health fear over mast plan - Motorcycle Cancer Risk Petition for ELF EMF Radiation Emission Control for Rider Safety Worldwide - Radiation Overdose at the Airport - Healthcare professionals, preparing for a mass casualty radiological or nuclear incident - Next-up News - News from Mast Sanity
EMF-Omega-News 20. August 2011 http://www.buergerwelle.de/cms/content/view/622/95/
Study reports short latencies for cancer in young workers with high occupational exposures to electro-magnetic fields - Cell phone use could reduce sperm count - How to properly read a scientific paper - Adolescent brain tumours and mobile phones ,- Dying to be tech savvy - Radiofrequency Radiation: The Invisible Hazards of 'Smart' Meters - CableSystem uses cancer scare in ads for home phone service - Daly City residents' appeal stops cell tower project - City in bid to revise cell mast policy - Wireless Safety Summit - Mansfield residents protest GTCs plans for power line placement - Victory for parents who campaigned against mobile phone mast near Forthill Primary School
B(...), a long-time ERN subscriber, who prefers to not disclose her email address and full name, wrote:
Me again Jean. Sorry to be a pest but have to comment on The Quickening. I was satisfied with the video through the first half hour when I had to turn it off. Before I went back to watch the rest I recommended it to several others by email. Today I was able to finish watching it, with great difficulty. Yes, there is an underlying message of good information but I was overwhelmed by the negativity and fear based information about these coming days/months. No, it may not be a bed of roses but constant pictures and words of death and destruction isn't, in my way of thinking, the way to turn people toward spirituality. It turned my stomach literally and, being very sensitive, I know it will take some time for me to recover from the intensity of the negativity. It's so sad that they used that time and precious resources to spew fear. I immediately sent a warning and apologies to those I had shared that with so that they didn't put all that negativity and fear into their lives. The world is doing a good job of that without my unintentionally adding more.
I can only believe that you did watch enough to think it was alright, like me, and sent it out to your readers before finishing it.
Please forgive me if I upset you as I can speak only for myself and my reactions.
AND MY REPLY WAS:
Thanks for letting me know about this excessive emphasis on scary, disturbing information.
I had indeed watched only the first 10 or 15 minutes and then asked Keith Wyatt to please provide the full transcript for those who do not have time to watch the whole video. Being super busy like most people, I assumed like you it was a reasonably enlightening/positive video till the end and included a mention of this video right away because I like what Keith did before in his other videos. I'm sure he didn't mean to disturb viewers with this last segment and probably got carried away with portraying the full scale of what's wrong - something which I regularly do in my compilations - except that with the added visual depictions, it must be packing quite a punch emotionally as you experienced. It isn't easy to keep a balance between both extremes of the harsh reality/hope&Love-filled spectrum as you know.
Perhaps Keith will be inspired to try to either balance it out with some editing or keep in mind this counterproductive, needlessly fear-stirring effect for his future video productions.
I'll do my best to at least review the entire transcript and perhaps include a note on this matter in my next compilation, and perhaps even also Keith's input on this as I'm sure he is as concerned as I am to foster positive changes rather than make people recoil in horror at the sheer scale of destruction and violence this planet is experiencing alongside great stride towards higher consciousness in a growing proportion of its inhabitants.
You will never upset me for speaking your truth. Always stay faithful to your deep feelings. They are a most precious and invaluable guidance!
THEN KEITH WROTE:
Greetings B(...) and Jean,
And much gratitude for your comments and insights regarding the recent release of "The Quickening".
B(...) we understand completely how the contemplation of the events that our research shows could POTENTIALLY unfold in the coming months, might inspire fear in the hearts of those who are now awakening to the very real, and tenuous situation of humanity.
However, as mentioned numerous times throughout "The Quickening" it is not our intention to inspire Fear in the hearts of people, but rather we exist to help inspire Faith; by encouraging people to look at the Dark Truth of our global situation, and to SEE, how ALL of the BEINGS and events that one faces in their life, (including the most challenging and fearful) are serving the divine purpose of assisting humanity's spiritual evolution.
For it is in this Faithful State - which one may achieve when they learn to see the Divine purpose of ALL - that One will be able to face and flow through whatever challenges life might put before them in the coming months.
And though we understand how one might find it quite unsettling to hear of the possible collapse of the world and its systems in a film like "the Quickening", one might consider, how this film is meant to assist people make as smooth a transition as possible through these days of great change.
For if one cannot bear to HEAR of potentially challenging events that could unfold, and if they cannot stand to see the images on a SCREEN, then how will they be able to face these events if they, or something similar occurs, in real life? And how much harder will it be to see the Divine Purpose of such events if they are going to live in such fear of them?
For it is important to note here, that ignoring that these events are occurring will not stop them from happening. But rather, ignoring them, will only make one more likely to REACT in fear as they are caught by surprise, should the events mentioned in "The Quickening" or something similar occur.
To illustrate this, one might liken the Global Situation to the sinking of the Titanic. Imagine that we are on the deck and we see the ship hit the iceberg; well, we have some choices of what to do next.
One could deny that the event has ever happened, and go below decks to try to forget what they saw; right until the moment that the ship begins to sink, at which point they will be forced to face the truth of what is happening.
OR, one could choose to accept the reality of the situation, and look at how they might help others make it through the ordeal.
While still others, might look to gain a deeper understanding of the purpose and opportunities for growth that are presented in such major events; that might assist them in making the shift from Fear for the self, to the Love of others... and all.
For, we have been told many times that the event of "The Shift" will be a separation of souls who choose to live in either Fear or Love. And our experiences have shown us that this is a choice that exists in each moment of life; of whether we will choose in fear to focus on those things that fit our idealist perspective of what is 'right' in the world. Or whether we will choose with love, to LOOK and to SEE, the Truth, that ALL that exists and is occurring is perfect... and Divine.
And so it is through "The Quickening" that we are encouraging people to look at those parts of themselves, and existence, that they have feared and denied for so long; and realize that EVERYTHING is serving our spiritual evolution by assisting our shift from a purely material based perspective of existence to one more rooted in spirituality?
For what is it that makes us fear anyway? Is not our fear, rooted in the erroneous belief that we are temporary physical beings, ignorant of our eternal spiritual nature?
For what is there to fear, if one realizes that after this life, there is another? and another? and another? all granted for the Divine Purpose of encouraging us to realize that all is One... and Divine?
It is this holistic perspective of existence, where ALL of life's challenges and triumphs are seen to play a role in one's spiritual evolution, that is reflected in the words of the Taoist Sage Lao Tsu when he says:
"Do you want to improve the world?
I don't think it can be done.
The world is sacred.
It can't be improved.
If you tamper with it, you'll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you'll lose it.
There is a time for being ahead,
a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
a time for being in danger."
Again, many thanks for your comments and insights, which open the doorway for our mutual growth and learning, and that of the collective mind.
Blessings on the continuing journey back to One.
Peace... and gratitude
We are... awakening as One
AND B CONCLUDED
Dear Jean and Keith,
I received the copy of Keith's response to my concerns. Again, I don't feel that anything positive can come from exchanging "beliefs". Our beliefs are essentially who we are and how we choose to live our lives, which can get touchy when the ego gets involved.
Since none of us KNOW as a certainty what will happen in the days, months, and years to come we operate from our personal belief systems. As an example I, for one, am a firm believer in the Law of Attraction. For that reason I watch very carefully what I allow into my life, and to the best of my ability what I share with those I care about.
I don't rule out the possibility of unpleasant occurrences in our near future. I will not hide my head in the sand, nor be unable to cope with whatever arises. I prefer to think positively, believing that no matter what travail may come to pass, I will rise above it because that is what I choose to attract to me.
As usual, another thank you to you for your open forum.
Much love and appreciation
TO WHICH KEITH ADDED...
Greetings, and much gratitude for the opportunity to share perspectives on our rapidly changing selves, and the world.
B(...), if you wish to hear our response on the Dualistic Dangers of preferentially focusing only on "The good", while choosing to see other individuals and aspects of life as "Bad" you may watch our video titled "Revelations" at the link below:
As for the assertion that the increasingly intense Possibilities presented in "The Quickening" are the product of our "belief", we wish to bring your attention to the part in the film, where we express the changeable nature of Prophecy, and how all of our external reality is changing, in accordance with our willingness to make internal shifts in our way of being and seeing the world.
Which means, that it is our "BELIEF" that none of the events that we mention in "The Quickening" need to happen, if people have the courage to face and love the Truth of the darker aspects of themselves, and the world, which have been denied for so long.
For truly, humanity has ignored the dark aspects of itself and the world since the dawn of our recorded history; and it is this denial and fear that has brought us to where we are; therefore, continuing to do what we have always done can only create the same result as it always has. the fruit of fear, can only bring more fear.
However, as people all over the world are waking up to the truth of what we have become, and what we have done to the planet by living purely for the self, our growing compassion and willingness to face those darker parts of ourselves, is changing reality for those with the courage to look, and the ears to hear.
Also, as we mention in the film, NONE of the POSSIBLE events that we mention in "The Quickening" have been made up, but rather have been resources through much intelligent research surrounding events that ARE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW, as well as from the wisdom of our spiritual elders such as the Hopis and the Mayans, whose prophecy of the Blue and Red Star Kachinas you can read yourself at the link below.
After thanking both of them for this quite interesting conversation, I added the following PS note:
I also found the following material - see COMET ELENIN Let there be light below. It complements well the discussion of the possibilities around so-called Comet ELEnin in your latest The Quickening video, except it offers a tantalizing scientific theory to explain the kind of powerful effects it could possibly well have on our planet as it goes through our solar system. There is even a picture along with this article - Scientists, telescope hunt massive hidden object in space - that shows to scale how large a brown dwarf actually is relative to Jupiter and the Earth. This next item below also offers a plausible description on how the 3 days of darkness might occur... Finally it goes into another puzzling scientific hypothesis called superposition about a time inversion triggered by quantum particles generated by this now imminent natural, recurring phenomenon, which might explain how the ascension will take place.
Still, talking about "beliefs", my gut feeling is that whatever will happen in the coming months will be just a primer for more fascinating events and global shifts to happen in the very near future now. As for 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, it is likely to lead to the early transition of several millions of souls into nirvanic realm, but it won't be the end of the world as we know it... yet... Let us also remember that whatever will happen has happened repeatedly to various degrees of intensity in the distant past of this planet... and it apparently never was a massive cataclysmic Life-ending event. So let's just relax and learn to go with the Divine Flow of Life and all will be fine as it always is... even when death happens as it happened countless times for us - as immortal souls - in the past...
We do live in fascinating times!
Breaking News!! Planet X (Tyche) Admitted by Scientists on Feb 14, 2011!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyij_LuL2cw
They've found the largest planet 'IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM'! It orbits our Sun in a far elliptical orbit, and is said to be 4x's the size of Jupiter! It has a helium and hydrogen atmosphere. It's most likely to have moons! This planet fits the exact description of Planet X! CLIP - Go read the rest of the text under this video...
Largest planet in the solar system could be about to be discovered - and it's up to four times the size of Jupiter (14th February 2011) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1356748/Search-Tyche-believed-largest-planet-solar-system.html
Scientists believe they may have found a new planet in the far reaches of the solar system, up to four times the mass of Jupiter. Its orbit would be thousands of times further from the Sun than the Earth's - which could explain why it has so far remained undiscovered. Data which could prove the existence of Tyche, a gas giant in the outer Oort Cloud, is set to be released later this year - although some believe proof has already been garnered by Nasa with its pace telescope, Wise, and is waiting to be pored over. CLIP
Elenin is a very dangerous cosmic object. Sometimes we need to watch what an object does as well as watching the object while looking for clues. Elenin is not visible to the naked eye, but does appear to have an EM effect on our solar system at distances of 14+ AUs. Elenin is also dangerous because it is a long period (10000+ years) comet whose tail the Earth passes through. Comets are not balls of ice and dust like Nasa states. Nasa will not release this information because there is absolutely nothing anyone can do about it except panic. Sit back and enjoy the ride and be thankful to be alive in this time to bear witness to this event.
A capacitor is a device for storing electric charge. Comets are electric cosmic capacitors that gather and store energy as they pass through space. Comets are electromagnetically connected to the sun and planets by EM ropes (JPL, 2005). Extreme EM fields can cause earthquakes. Elenins line up position with the Earth and sun correlates Earth seismicity. This is what HAARP research is based upon. EM energy lubricates fault lines and can cause fault slippage. The reason Elenin is causing quakes when other comets do not is because Elenin has been in deep space a long time gathering electrons and storing energy for discharging to the sun at perigee.
The EM field that results from the storage of such a large amount of electricity is connected to the Earth and influences geological activities as well as weather and more. A comets positively charged metallic core is ideal for storing and attracting electrons. Comets pick up electrons as they fly through space because the electrons are attracted to the metallic comet nucleus. The larger the comet and longer the comet travels through space without discharging, the more electricity is stored in the comet. When the comet approaches the sun, it begins to glow because the electron cloud is energized by the suns proton wind. The hydrogen protons combine with the oxygen in the solar wind to produce water in the comets tail; which is comprised of visible photons (coma) generated by the comets electric circuit. The sun provides the positive charge and the stored electrons provide the negative charge to complete the electrical circuit with the sun.
The metal comet nucleus behaves similar to the filament on a lightbulb. When positive and negative wires are attached, the filament of a lightbulb produces a photon glow. The intensity of photon emission is proportional to the amount of current applied to the circuit. Comets do the same thing when the comet encounters the solar wind. Comets glow proportional to the amount of protons and electrons interacting within the circuit. On occasion a comet will release its stored energy in a burst of photons when the EM ropes provide a surge in protons. The luminosity can increase by million of times when the comet discharges its capacitance to the sun. Most dont have enough charge or do not get close enough to the sun to explosively discharge their energy and just pass through the solar system gathering energy for the next opportunity to erupt.
The infrared signature for comet Elenin suggests the electrical charge Elenin is carrying is so large that when the comet dumps its capacitance, the resulting photon flare up will engulf the Earth as the Earth passes through the tail. The evidence is in Nasas google sky infrared image of Elenin. When Elenin was 14 AUs away on June 14, 2007, Nasa photographed the comet when they took the infrared image for google sky. The infrared image indicates Elenins infrared electrical signature is 17 million miles across with xray jets extending over 100 million miles from Elenin. Elenin will pass the Earth at 21 million miles. When Elenin flares and dumps its electron load (electricity) to the sun, the photon flash will be so great that it will instantly turn everything on the Earths surface into light. Dont worry though. There is a lot more action before we evaporate.
Elenins enormous EM field produced from its electron pillaging throughout deep space should cause earthquakes with magnitudes of 10 or greater so that the Earth will ring with seismicity prior to photon bombardment. As you can see, Elenin is quite different than any other object ever encountered and publicly acknowledged by Nasa. There is no other object in space that humans have identified that has an electric signature like Elenin. This is why the governments of the world are building bunkers deep within the Earth. This is why the seed vault was built in Greenland. This is why the US government is spending like there is no tomorrow. This is why our weather is changing now. This is why we have civil unrest around the world. If you are still not convinced.
CONCLUSION: The drawing by Leonhard Euller constructed over 230 years ago signifies an event occurring on September 26, 2011 that is so significant that the date has been placed on currency and no one can be told about it. The only people who know are the descendants of the Illuminati who have placed these hints in perfect clear view to give their people the chance for survival. Still not satisfied? Do you still believe in staggering coincidence.
IF you are not sold that this is the real deal. Keep on reading.
There is a lot more. Here is what ELEnin has been doing to Saturn on its approach. These electrical storms produce lightening bolts that are 10,000 times as strong as the strongest bolts of lightening on earth.
Here is the link to the article. Nasa has some info on this, and there are others. This storm has been kept really quiet and not many seem to connect the dots.. but here it is.
You can see the electrical storms in this photo. These are the contact points for the EM ropes that connect to the planet. We cant see the EM ropes . yet, but if you go to SOHO you can see the EM ropes coming off of venus on the left hand side of the their photo directly into the sun. I will try to get these out tomorrow.
Take a look at Saturn. Hundreds of earths will fit inside this storm. Its a monster. It happens every year on saturn which is about 30 earth years. However, its not supposed to be happening now. Its over 10 years early and very unexpected. This is like having a hurricane in January in the Gulf of Mexico. It doesnt happen.
Theres more .but you will have to wait until I can present it to you. In the mean time look up time cloak and review the article by MIT that came out a few days ago on google and ask yourself, where does the particle go when it is time cloaked?
Remember, to be in our universe, an object must have an x,y,z coordinate and a time. Without these, the object does not exist in our perception of reality and our senses cant observe it.
If Elenins EM field creates a time cloak for the earth similar to how the physicist in this article time cloak a quantum particle, where does the earth go? It cant be in space-time.
Could it go to the same place that quantum particles appear to reside called superposition? Where space-time is inverted. The second dimension of time. What is that you ask? What is the second dimension of time? Its the real reality, the non-material world. The place that existed before our universe.
Quantum particles are EM energy. As such, these particles have large EM signatures/mass. The EM field places the quantum particle in superposition. ELE could theoretically do the same thing if the charge/mass ratio is similar to that of certain quantum particles.
Also, the last alignment for ELEnin, earth, and sun is ..wait for it .. December 21, 2012. This is ELEnins final earthquake alignment day. After this, no more ELEnin for thousands of years. This date doesnt mark the end, but a new beginning after the EVENT. Life in superposition. Here is the link to the JPL Orbital Diagram. You can play with it and advance it to any date you desire.
[NOTE from Jean: I checked and his claim seems incorrect by 4 days - although it is explained that this applet does not accurately render the celestial objects movements and thus "should not be used for determining accurate long-term trajectories". According to this visualization tool, the actual date of a perfect alignment between ELEnin, the Earth (which will be in between them and thus being pulled apart by the gravitational effect of both the Sun and ELEnin and also by closeby Jupiter) and the Sun is on December 25, 2012. The same pulling apart effect will happen MUCH more intensely around November 25 this year when ELEnin will cross the orbit of Mars and thus be relatively close to the Earth. And again earlier on October 17 this year is when ELEnin will cross our planet's orbit at a quite close distance. That's the closest point it will be from us. Finally, still earlier, on September 26, both Elenin and the Sun will be aligned (with Mercury almost aligned as well) and pulling together from the same side of the Earth. This could be the moment of highest earthquake-causing gravitational pull 'disturbance'. "Interestingly", the last time Elenin, still some distance away, was nearly just about to be aligned with the Earth and the Sun (on the other side of the Earth), it was on March 11, this year, when a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami hit Japan...]
Here is more evidence. December 16, 1811 is the date of the New Madrid earthquake that made the Mississippi run backwards and created sand geysers. There wasnt much man made stuff to destroy, but this quake is important evidence that planetary alignments cause earthquakes. On this day, Saturn, Earth, Sun, and Jupiter line up with the earth just entering the EM ropes. Check it out. Use the above link. Go to December 16, 1811. There is even a planetary alignment when the Indonesia tsunami and quake struck, and Nasa exclaims there is no correlation. So who do you believe?
The sun is 1,392,000 km wide. At Elenins closest point, it is reported that the distance from earth will be about 0.23 AUs. Lets round to 0.25 (1/4) and keep things simple. With a coma of 200,000 km as recently reported, at a distance of 1/4 AUs and based on these numbers and the inverse square rule, Elenin will block out the area around the sun that is 4 squared times the width of Elenin. Or 16 x 200,000km = 3,200,000 km wide.
Divide this by the width of the eclipsed sun at the distance of the sun = 2.299 sun diameters. This means the edges of the eclipsed sun will extend about 0.65 sun diameters on each side of the sun. Elenin is traveling at 80,000 kph. At this speed, Elenin will block out the sun for 40 hours (3,200,000km/80,000km/hr). However this number should be considered a low ball number because Elenins coma should increase in size as it approaches the sun. This will cause the Elenin eclipse to be longer. For the eclipse to last 3 days (72 hours), the coma must grow to 360,000 km wide. Keep your eye on the width of Elenins coma. This distance correlates to the Bibles 3 days of darkness.
Russian Scientists Decode Extraterrestrials Messages Grave Warning for Humanity
The Earth is in the final stages in a cycle of development of human consciousness and the organic world. A critical decrease in the Earths magnetic field will cause global cataclysmic events. Extraterrestrial civilizations (ETC) have offered humanity the only avenue for escape on the eve of these predicted global cataclysms. This is the claim of two Russian scientists Victoria Popova, Dr. Sc., Ph.D., and Lidia Andrianova Ph.D. They have authored over two hundred publications and nineteen patents. www.ourtransition.info and series of 15 video on youtube: 2012. Our Transition.
During fifteen years of research they discovered two keys analog and digital for decoding crop circles and others extraterrestrials pictograms in stone. Among them are Stonehenge and Avebury stone circles in the UK, Machu Picchu, Chavin de Huantar and the Nazca Lines in Peru, the pyramid of Chichen-Itza and the pyramids of the moon and the sun in Mexico and the Moai of Easter Island and others. All extraterrestrials pictograms in stone transmit preliminary information about the development of consciousness. Crop circles transfer the emergency information and instructions for salvation. Unfortunately, there are many hoaxes that can ruin our future.
After decoding many hundreds of pictograms scattered all over the world the Russian scientists composed a dictionary of over two hundred and fifty symbols. ETC predict three preliminary catastrophes followed by global cataclysms, say the scientists, of a magnitude beyond anything experienced in living memory. There will be a short time period between all these events.
ETC warn that civilization has to be pre-informed about the scenario of global cataclysms beginning event. Not informed civilization has no chance to make the Transition in time and to prolong life. First pre-cataclysm will be related with interruption of global system of communication phone, Internet. Pre-informed civilization will avoid shock and chaos of super-powerful disaster and has a chance to make the Transition in time.
The first of these pre-cataclysms is imminent an extraordinary event which surpasses all natural powers known by humanity. The scientists claim a catastrophic seismic event will emanate from the west coast of Peru in the area of the Brazilian Magnetic Anomaly at the intersection of the Humboldt and the El Ni?o currents in the Pacific Ocean. An area of the United States from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes will be inundated as a result of a tsunami. According to prophecy of Edgar Cayce famous American prophet during several minutes the waters of the Mexican Golf will joint with Great Lakes.
This catastrophe will have a devastating impact on the whole central and south Pacific region, with the likelihood of mega-tsunamis hitting the Eastern seaboard of New Zealand and Australia. The tsunami may even affect the north-western coast of Africa and the shores of Western Europe, but the brunt of the cataclysm will focus on Eastern coast of North America.
The second and the third pre-cataclysms will be much stronger. Scientists emphasize that this is a natural cycle of the planet. Part of this process is the development of human consciousness to a point where humanity will have a window of opportunity to make the transition to a higher plane of existence. They explain that this point in history can be seen as a kind graduation for humanity to a higher and more subtle level of experience, a type of metamorphosis for humanity connected with ascension. According to Dr. Popova and Dr. Andrianova, nobody can be saved individually, as the transition can be made only through the synchronous unification of human consciousness.
The time for humans to escape the devastation through the unification of consciousness will be shortly after the first pre-cataclysm. After second pre-catastrophe humanity will have no chance to prolong life because number of remained people will be not enough to start up the mechanism of the transition. In the future humanity will join a galactic community of evolved extra-terrestrial civilizations, linked through consciousness.
Related article and video:
Russian cosmonaut Popovich: ETs warn Cataclysms will unify human consciousness by Alfred Lambremont Webre (August 16, 2011) http://www.examiner.com/exopolitics-in-seattle/russian-astronaut-popovich-ets-warn-cataclysms-will-unify-human-consciousness
A group of prominent Russian scientists, including Russian cosmonaut www.ourtransition.infoDr. Marina Popovich, PhD, as well as Victoria Popova, Dr. Sc., Ph.D., and Lidia Andrianova Ph.D. have announced a discovery of extraterrestrial communications in pictograms that extraterrestrial intelligence has placed in crop circles and in stone monuments around the world. The group has created a dictionary of over 250 extraterrestrial pictograms for interpreting crop circles and stone monuments such as "Stonehenge and Avebury stone circles in the UK, Machu Picchu, Chavin de Huantar and the Nazca Lines in Peru, the pyramid of Chichen-Itza and the pyramids of the moon and the sun in Mexico and the Moai of Easter Island and others." Dr. Marina Popovich, PhD, Victoria Popova, Dr. Sc., Ph.D., and Lidia Andrianova Ph.D. write in their co-authored book Letters of Extraterrestrial Civilizations: The Last Warning, Extraterrestrial civilizations (ETC) warn: the weakening of Earth's magnetic field has reached a critical value, and threatens the life of mankind. ETC instructions in crop circles indicate how to escape from global cataclysms which will begin very soon. CLIP
Solar Flare Activity Prompting NASA to Convene a News Briefing Thursday - August 18 - in Washington (with a NASA video) http://www.myweathertech.com/2011/08/17/solar-flare-activity-prompting-nasa-to-convene-a-news-briefing-thursday-in-washington/
Increasing solar activity and the threat that coronal mass ejections (CME) pose to Earth has prompted NASA to convene a news briefing at its Headquarter building in Washington on Thursday afternoon. Thursdays briefing has been arranged, space agency officials say, in light of new information coming from NASAs Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO), spacecraft and other NASA probes. The briefing will feature new details about the structure of solar storms and the impact they have on Earth. (... ) A massive solar flare, the largest recorded in four years, occurred last Tuesday prompting fears the blast could result in some disruption to Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) or communication signals around the world.Solar flares happen when the powerful magnetic fields in and around the sun reconnect. Theyre usually associated with active regions, often seen as sun spots, where the magnetic fields are strongest. The most powerful flare on record was in 2003, during the last solar maximum. It was so powerful that it overloaded the sensors measuring it. The current solar cycle will peak in 2013. A powerful X-class flare can create long lasting radiation storms, which can harm satellites and even give airline passengers, flying near the poles, small radiation doses. X flares also have the potential to create global transmission problems and world-wide blackouts. CLIP
And to help balance out a bit the doom and gloom perspectives featured above...
A Message from Mira from the Pleiadian High Council
August 17, 2011
Greetings, I am Mira from the Pleiadian High Council. We greet you with love in our hearts and blessings from the Pleiades.
As we monitor and survey the current situation on the Earth there are various places where our energy and attention is needed. We refer to these places as strongholds. From our ships and with our technology we direct energy to these places of imbalance and where there could be catastrophic conditions. This means that there is a high potential for earth changes that could erupt at any time. Right now there are more points than we have seen so we are quite busy. We suggest that you assist us too by meditating and focusing on your planet. Ask us to show you the points where your energy can help support the strongholds. Many of them are in your oceans. Feel into the energy of the Earth and let your inner guidance show you the way.
We are all in this process together. We use your love and Light. It is important that you focus your love and energy to the Earth and that you keep your hearts connected to each other. The situation is unstable. You will have many changes through 2012 and after.
The financial instability of your planet is but one example of the shifting of your old paradigms. It is best to accept that this is the way things are and find new ways to adjust and adapt. In this process the old ways that have been serving only the elite will fade into the past. Humanity will find greater sources of abundance. It is why we ask for your cooperation now.
The collapsing of time will hasten these changes. Have compassion with each other for these changes are stressful. Many resist them and it makes their lives challenging.
We ask you to stay alert and aware of all that is transpiring around you and within you. You need these levels of awareness to be where you are meant to be. Know that you will always be protected and guided. You must listen within. Your guidance systems are turned up like our guidance system.
Know that you are not alone. You are strong and that we will persevere even if times seem overwhelming. The changes are necessary for the Earths survival. You will recover and all will be greatly improved upon your planet.
Towards this end our fleets remain on alert around your planet. Many dedicated representatives from other star systems are participating in this process. You have our complete and total focus. We work at the request of our Creator. We only have your best interests in our hearts.
We anticipate that our time to meet with you with is forthcoming. We look forward to our reunion. Know that you are loved by your Pleiadian family. We are one.
Re the articles about the London, Manchester, Birmingham, Salford, Wolverhampton, Nottingham, Liverpool and Bristol riots.
Its quite simple. Many of us in the UK have had enough. The United Kingdom is a VERY ANGRY country at the moment. Not everyone went on the streets to protest, riot or express their anger at this regime. But in our hearts, most of us smoulder. Young, middle aged and old, white, black, all religions and none, all ethnic backgrounds. Professional, unemployed, student...we smoulder. And when that smouldering irrupts properly in this land, fireworks of an unimaginable magnitude will occur.
And now...the tanks, the plastic bullets, the watercanons, will all be in place. If you are renting your property from a social housing group you will now lose your home with no right to housing in the future...you will be seen as having made yourself "voluntarily homeless"-even though it is the government that will have done it to you. Today David Cameron nicely informed us that the first case is due to go through the courts soon. A 13 year old was picked up for looting in the riots. His parents have been given notice to quit their social housing. They did not riot, they did not burgle. According to Cameron... it will teach them a lesson and they will think before they decide to burgle again.????? They-i.e. the tenants, the parents have not committed any crime!? Yet still they can lose their homes. How very considerate of him to warn us all of these consequences should we step out of the little sheeple line. Oh yes, as you can see the great UK is fair indeed, a fair and just society...
First we had Blair with his illegal war. Then we have the bankers for whom we will pay forever and ever. Then we have corrupt fraudulent politicians fiddling expenses. Police? Well..enough said there. And now to bring us up to speed... a coalition government that no-one voted for, no-one wanted who follow a slash and burn policy that leave the poor on their knees and the rich accumulating at their expense. Our average student coming through university comes out with a £53,000 debt to nicely begin their life with. There are few jobs, poorly paid, pay cuts, pay freezes, high housing costs, repossessions, escalating food prices, rising utilities-gas and electric have just hiked between 11 and 19% this year alone. There are redundancies, desperation and anger..big big anger. I am old enough to remember Thatcher well. You know the saying about the British character as the bulldog... believe me, in terms of British riots the world has seen NOTHING yet. My countrymen and women are enraged and it is explosive. When it explodes it will be ugly, vicious and unrestrained. My gut feeling is the Autumn... this country is so angry Jean that it is irrational, completely uncontrollable and historic. It could turn into civil war here very easily. The English are slow to anger but when they blow God help anyone that stands in their way. This anger will not subside until the situations have been addressed.
Or unless a little false flag operation makes everyone "pull together" against the "enemy". Lets wait and see what's in store.
PS Below is one of the funniest and truest articles I have seen-pure ironic humour and covers many of the things I mentioned. David Cameron was at the elitist Eton school and was a boarder by the way[just for anyone who did not know-and the people he is talking about are all our wonderful politicians!
Why did you never take the time to teach your child basic morality?
As a young man, he was in a gang that regularly smashed up private property. We know that you were absent parents who left your child to be brought up by a school rather than taking responsibility for his behaviour yourselves. The fact that he became a delinquent with no sense of respect for the property of others can only reflect that fact that you are terrible, lazy human beings who failed even in teaching your children the difference between right and wrong. I can only assume that his contempt for the small business owners of Oxford is indicative of his wider values.
Even worse, your neglect led him to fall in with a bad crowd.
There's Michael Gove, whose wet-lipped rage was palpable on Newsnight last night. This is the Michael Gove who confused one of his houses with another of his houses in order to avail himself of £7,000 of the taxpayers' money to which he was not entitled (or £13,000, depending on which house you think was which).
Or Hazel Blears, who was interviewed in full bristling peahen mode for almost all of last night. She once forgot which house she lived in, and benefited to the tune of £18,000. At the time she said it would take her reputation years to recover. Unfortunately not.
But, of course, this is different. This is just understandable confusion over the rules of how many houses you are meant to have as an MP. This doesn't show the naked greed of people stealing plasma tellies.
Or Ed Vaizey, who got £2,000 in antique furniture 'delivered to the wrong address'. Which is fortunate, because had that been the address they were intended for, that would have been fraud.
Or Jeremy Hunt, who broke the rules to the tune of almost £20,000 on one property and £2,000 on another. But it's all right, because he agreed to pay half of the money back. Not the full amount, it would be absurd to expect him to pay back the entire sum that he took and to which he was not entitled. No, we'll settle for half. And, as in any other field, what might have been considered embezzlement of £22,000 is overlooked. We know, after all, that David Cameron likes to give people second chances.
Fortunately, we have the Met Police to look after us. We'll ignore the fact that two of its senior officers have had to resign in the last six weeks amid suspicions of widespread corruption within the force.
We'll ignore Andy Hayman, who went for champagne dinners with those he was meant to be investigating, and then joined the company on leaving the Met.
Of course, Mr and Mrs Cameron, your son is right. There are parts of society that are not just broken, they are sick. Riddled with disease from top to bottom.
Just let me be clear about this (It's a good phrase, Mr and Mrs Cameron, and one I looted from every sentence your son utters, just as he looted it from Tony Blair), I am not justifying or minimising in any way what has been done by the looters over the last few nights. What I am doing, however, is expressing shock and dismay that your son and his friends feel themselves in any way to be guardians of morality in this country.
Can they really, as 650 people who have shown themselves to be venal pygmies, moral dwarves at every opportunity over the last 20 years, bleat at others about 'criminality'. Those who decided that when they broke the rules (the rules they themselves set) they, on the whole wouldn't face the consequences of their actions?
Are they really surprised that this country's culture is swamped in greed, in the acquisition of material things, in a lust for consumer goods of the most base kind? Really?
Our politicians are for sale and they do not care who knows it.
Oh yes, and then there's the expenses thing. Widescale abuse of the very systems they designed, almost all of them grasping what they could while they remained MPs, to build their nest egg for the future at the public's expense. They even now whine on Twitter about having their expenses claims for getting back to Parliament while much of the country is on fire subject to any examination. True public servants.
The last few days have revealed some truths, and some heartening truths. The fact that the #riotcleanup crews had organised themselves before David Cameron even made time for a public statement is heartening. The fact that local communities came together to keep their neighbourhoods safe when the police failed is heartening. The fact that there were peace vigils being organised (even as the police tried to dissuade people) is heartening.
There is hope for this country. But we must stop looking upwards for it. The politicians are the ones leading the charge into the gutter.
David Cameron was entirely right when he said: "It is a complete lack of responsibility in parts of our society, people allowed to think that the world owes them something, that their rights outweigh their responsibilities, and that their actions do not have consequences."
Alex Jones: London riots a pretext for Internet crackdown (August 18, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=n0Q3ugdtxTo
Jordan Blackshaw and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan were two of several demonstrators that were given harsh sentences for petty crimes in the recent UK riots. Another looter got six months for stealing a case of bottled water. Alex Jones, radio host of the Alex Jones Show, tells us why this is a severe overreaction on the UK's part and how he is not surprised.
In wake of British riots, New York police prepare for unrest (19 August 2011) http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/aug2011/nypd-a19.shtml
New York police anti-riot units assembled last week at a training facility on Randalls Island to prepare for an outbreak of civil unrest similar to those that have occurred recently in Britain. The August 12 mobilization exercises brought together police from all five of the citys boroughs, including specialized units such as mounted police and aviation. The riot training was held just days after the New York City Police Department (NYPD) announced the formation of a new juvenile justice unit, which is to include detachments of cops assigned to troll Internet social media sites like Facebook and Twitter in search of any indication of impending disturbances. During and after the British riots, police and politicians have launched a hysterical witch-hunt against social media, blaming its use for the spread of unrest across the country. Police have admitted that they contemplated shutting down Twitter and other sites and are still considering the use of such measures against any future disturbances. A British court this week sentenced two young men to four years in prison for material they posted on Facebook dealing with the riots, although there is no evidence that their online activities had any connection to or resulted in any criminal actions. CLIP
Suspect Everyone - The Drop Off - If You See Something, Say Something - 30 Second "Homeland" Security Video (August 18, 2011) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28872.htm
The "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign is being launched in conjunction with the rollout of the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) (PDF, 2 pages - 545 KB). The NSI is an administration-wide effort to develop, evaluate, and implement common processes and policies for gathering, documenting, processing, analyzing, and sharing information about terrorism-related suspicious activities. MANY COMMENTS LIKE... "I see something - he's called Michael Chertoff and he looks like a snake" AND "Ah, Big Brother has finally stepped out of the shadows. Everyone is under suspicion and everyone must report everything. 1984 has arrived. Trust no one! Not brothers, fathers, mothers, even your own children. The enemy is everywhere. Be suspicious. Be patriotic! America must crush its enemies. Your eyes are our eyes. "
Britain's Riots: Thuggery, Looting, Lawlessness By the Ruling Class
by Finian Cunningham -- August 11, 2011
After a conflagration of arson attacks, riots and looting in several British cities, including the capital, London, there is a sense of order having been restored from a massive mobilisation of police forces.
There now follows the tracking down and prosecution of individuals involved in the mayhem. Conservative Prime Minister is leading "the fight back" to punish anyone who has inflicted damage and destruction to Britain's society.
The events have visibly shocked the political establishment of all parties, police chiefs and the mainstream media. But what should be more shocking is the myopic and incredibly banal commentary that is being offered to "explain" the outburst of street disturbances and violence.
As pundits sit in comfy television studios trading inane insights about the "evils" of individual immorality, criminality, dysfunctional families, gang culture - in the background, so to speak, are the glaring signs scrolling across the screens of the cause of this societal breakdown. And yet the preponderant signs escape the mental radar of pundits and politicians alike.
The fact that the capitalist economic system is in worldwide meltdown is not even registered in the mainstream commentary. This is the system that the mainstream political parties have facilitated and fawned over, whether Labour, Conservative or Liberal, and which has resulted in social devastation across Britain while the corporate and financial elite has ransacked economic resources. This system of legalised looting has been going on for decades, but certainly took on a precipitous dynamic starting with Cameron's Conservative predecessor Margaret Thatcher in the early 1980s. Labour's Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were merely purveyors of the same dynamic.
In surveying today's Britain, Karl Marx words are so right: "An accumulation of wealth at one pole of society indicates an accumulation of misery and overwork at the other". That is the hallmark of capitalism in today's Britain, the US and Europe.
All other problems are largely secondary in causation. Crime, racist policing, disorder, the lack of police budgets to restore order (so ironic), alienation and self-destruction, and so many other ills including the mobilisation of resources to fund illegal wars - most of our present day problems flow from the tap root of dysfunction that is the capitalist economy.
Speaking in the House of Commons Thursday, Prime Minister Cameron's "explanation" for the outbreak of street disturbances across England demonstrates a total ignorance and poverty of understanding on his part of the nature of the breakdown in his society. He blames it on "criminality pure and simple" and "pockets of sickness" and "lack of individual morality and responsibility".
This view is largely echoed in the British political establishment of all parties and the media.
The looting, thievery and lawlessness that Cameron so condemns is but the reflection at the street level of British society of what is taking place on a much greater scale at the upper echelons of government and the economy.
Despite the appearance of pinstripe suits and well-groomed accents, we can, if we are honest, see decades of looting and thievery of economic and financial resources by corporate elites aided and abetted by Labour and Conservative governments. The taxpayer bailout of corrupt banks initiated by Labour PM Gordon Brown and now overseen by Cameron, paid for in large part by austerity in public spending cuts, is but the latest manifestation of official robbing of the majority to swell the already outrageous wealth of the ruling elite class.
Cameron and his gang of plumy-accented thugs are gunning for $150 billion in public spending cuts to pay for the criminal enterprise known as British banking. This is racketeering that a street gang in London's east end can only marvel at and indeed, in a very real way, only emulate.
Combined with that looting by the elite we see the total lawlessness and criminality of British governments who have worked hand in glove with other criminal governments to launch wars of aggression (Nuremburg standard war crimes) in Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Libya, resulting in the deaths of over one million civilians. Where is individual responsibility for that mass murder and destruction Mr Cameron?
This social decay and necrotism is a symptom of the collapse of capitalism, an economic system that enriches an elite at the cost of the majority. It polarises political power beyond democratic accountability to the point where, among other deformities, wars and planetary looting are being carried out even blatantly against the consent of the majority public.
So when Cameron and his political cronies fulminate about pockets of sickness, looting, criminality, lawlessness, and the need for "consequences for actions" - his words and exhortations are so richly ironic and benighted.
For he is inadvertently describing the very society and world that capitalism creates in its own image. The indoctrination of Cameron's mind and that of the entire political establishment prevents them from seeing the inferno for the sparks. An inferno that the government of Cameron and his Labour predecessors, and in other western countries, have been dousing fuel on with their slavish policies aiding and abetting capitalist kleptocracy, both at home and abroad.
The real lessons from Britain will not dawn on, never mind be drawn on, by mainstream politicians or media. And the same can be said for the US and other western countries. To paraphrase a slogan used by former US President Clinton: "It's the capitalist economy, stupid."
The Meaning of the British Riots: Corruption At The Top Leads To Lawlessness By The People (August 13, 2011) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26015
I've repeatedly noted that corruption and lawlessness by our "leaders" encourages lawlessness by everyone else. See this, for example. Peter Oborne - the Daily Telegraph's chief political commentator - wrote yesterday: The criminality in our streets cannot be dissociated from the moral disintegration in the highest ranks of modern British society. The last two decades have seen a terrifying decline in standards among the British governing elite. It has become acceptable for our politicians to lie and to cheat. An almost universal culture of selfishness and greed has grown up. It is not just the feral youth of Tottenham who have forgotten they have duties as well as rights. So have the feral rich .... (...) Austerity Leads To Rioting And Unrest I've previously argued that the British riots are due to bad economic policy which has created rampant inequality. (As I've noted for years, raging inequality and policies which help the big boys at the expense of the "little people" are causing unrest - not just in Egypt - but worldwide.) As the above-quoted Reuters article notes: "I don't think the implications of this have been fully thought through or accepted yet," said Pepe Egger, western Europe analyst for London-based consultancy Exclusive Analysis."What we have here is the result of decades of growing divisions and marginalization, but austerity will almost certainly make it worse. Yes, the police can restore control with massive force but that is not sustainable either in the long term. You have to accept that this may happen again." Analyst Louise Taggart at security consultancy AKE said that in time urban unrest worries could make it harder to cut other programs as well, including sorely needed education and community services. It went well beyond Britain, she said. "Across Europe, we've already seen some incidence of civil unrest," she said, saying it would almost inevitably impact policy. "There's definitely a likelihood that similar scenes might erupt when austerity cuts really start to be felt." CLIP
Damn it or fear it, the forbidden truth is an insurrection in Britain (18 August 2011) http://www.johnpilger.com/articles/damn-it-or-fear-it-the-forbidden-truth-is-an-insurrection-in-britain
On a warm spring day, strolling in south London, I heard demanding voices behind me. A police van disgorged a posse of six or more, who waved me aside. They surrounded a young black man who, like me, was ambling along. They appropriated him; they rifled his pockets, looked in his shoes, inspected his teeth. Their thuggery affirmed, they let him go with the barked warning there would be a next time.For the young at the bottom of the pyramid of wealth and patronage and poverty that is modern Britain, mostly the black, the marginalised and resentful, the envious and hopeless, there is never surprise. Their relationship with authority is integral to their obsolescence as young adults. Half of all black British youth between the ages of 18 and 24 are unemployed, the result of deliberate policies since Margaret Thatcher oversaw the greatest transfer of wealth from the bottom to the top in British history. Forget plasma TVs, this was panoramic looting. Such is the truth of David Cameron's "sick society", notably its sickest, most criminal, most feral "pocket": the square mile of the City of London where, with political approval, the banks and super-rich have trashed the British economy and the lives of millions. This is fast becoming unmentionable as we succumb to propaganda once described by the American black leader Malcolm X thus: "If you're not careful the newspapers will have you hating the oppressed and loving the people doing the oppressing."
(...) It hardly seemed coincidental that on the day before Cameron raged against "phony human rights", NATO aircraft - which include British bombers sent by him - killed a reported 85 civilians in a peaceful Libyan town. These were people in their homes, children in their schools. Watch the BBC's man on the spot trying his best to dispute the evidence of his eyes, just as the political and media class sought to discredit the evidence of a civilian bloodbath in Iraq as epic as the Rwanda genocide. Who are the criminals?This is not in any way to excuse the violence of the rioters, many of whom were opportunistic, mean, cruel, nihilistic and often vicious in their glee: an authentic reflection of a system of greed and self-interest to which scores of parasitic money-movers, "entrepreneurs", Murdochites, corrupt MPs and bent coppers have devoted themselves.
(...) On 8 August, the Independent Police Complaints Commission acknowledged there was "no evidence" that Duggan had fired a shot at police. Duggan was shot in the face on 4 August by a police officer with a Heckler and Koch MP5 sub-machine gun - the same weapon supplied by Britain to dictatorships that use them against their own people. I saw the result in East Timor where Indonesian troops also blew the heads off people with these state-of-the-art weapons supplied by both Tory and Labour governments. An eyewitness to Duggan's killing told the Evening Standard, "About three or four police officers had [him] pinned on the ground at gunpoint. They were really big guns and then I heard four loud shots. The police shot him on the floor."This is how the Metropolitan Police shot dead Jean Charles de Menezes on the floor of a London Underground train. And there was Robert Stanley and Ian Tomlinson, and many more. The police lied about Duggan's killing as they have lied about the others. Since 1998, more than 330 people have died in police custody and not one officer has been convicted. Where is the political and media outrage about this "culture of fear"? CLIP
The events of the last 12 days are a warning to the working class in Britain and internationally. The state repression and right-wing hysteria unleashed in response to youth rioting in London and other cities reveal the preparations of the ruling class for police-state forms of rule.
The riots were triggered by the police execution of Mark Duggan, a black 29-year-old father of four, in Tottenham, north London on August 4, followed by an unprovoked police assault on a peaceful protest over his killing two days later. Almost a fortnight later, no officer has been identified, let alone charged, for these crimes.
Instead, the political elites who sanctioned the looting of public funds to bail out the banks and the super-rich, and who covered up the illegal phone hacking of Rupert Murdochs media empire, have sought to whip up a lynch mob atmosphere against the criminality and immorality of working class youth.
Cheered on by the Labour Party, Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative-Liberal Democrat government have organized vicious state repression, authorizing the use of water cannons and plastic bullets and the possible use of the army against further social unrest.
Basic democratic rights have been thrown to the winds. The presumption of innocence has been jettisoned as police carry out mass arrests, with those detained subject to show trials presided over by courts acting directly at the behest of the authorities.
Some 3,000 people, the majority aged between 16 and 24, have been rounded up in sweeps across the capital and elsewhere, with police battering down the doors of peoples homes for what are, in the main, petty misdemeanours. The names and photographs of people not even charged with any offencelet alone found guiltyare broadcast daily by the media. Juvenile defendants, some as young as 11, have been stripped of their right to anonymity.
Magistrates have been told they can ignore the rule book on sentencing norms, following what the chair of one London magistrates court inadvertently described as a government directive. Over 1,500 people have to date been dragged before courtsin some instances sitting for 24 hours at a timewhere, with paperwork barely completed and a shortage of solicitors, the most vindictive and punitive sentences are being handed down.
Even though many of those appearing in court have no previous convictions, over two-thirds have been denied bail. Mothers and pregnant women have been incarcerated for six months for handling stolen goods. So too has a student, with no criminal record, for stealing bottles of water worth £3.50.
They are just the first of many others facing summary justice. Hundreds more young people are being remanded for months at a time to await trial before crown courts that can impose more draconian punishments, including up to ten years for rioting.
Collective punishment is the order of the day, with reprisals underway against the family members of those allegedly involved in the disturbances. Without any proof of guilt, mothers and young children are being served with notices of eviction from their council housing, while plans are made to strip people accused of involvement in the riots of their welfare benefits, even if they are not convicted of any offence.
Last week it was revealed that as the disturbances swept London, police broke into encrypted social messaging networks, gaining access to the mobile phones of hundreds of people and their messages. They had even prepared to close down BlackBerry messaging and Twitter. Simultaneously, the government brought in MI5 and the giant eavesdropping national security centre GCHQ to access electronic communications.
This same ruling elite sings the praises of the social media to undermine governments in other countries when it suits its foreign policy interests. It promoted the so-called twitter revolution in Iran as part of US-backed efforts to overthrow President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and install a more pro-Western regime. On its own turf, however, it reacts ruthlessly to any form of communication not controlled by the state.
All this is legitimized by the branding of working class youth as feral rats and wild beasts. Anything now passes as acceptable discourse, as representatives of both the right and left of official bourgeois politics denounce a criminal underclass, supposedly generated by the welfare state and multi-culturalism. Similar statements can be found in the fascistic manifesto issued by Anders Behring Breivik before he slaughtered 76 people, mainly youth, in Norway last month.
In Greece's Austerity Intifada, a Challenge to Western Economic Orthodoxy
by TONY KARON -- June 28, 2011
Tens of thousands of young people -- and many older ones, too -- gather in the main square of the capital, driven to protest by the despair of unemployment and a social system that cannot meet their aspirations for a decent life. And also by their realization that those in power serve outside agendas that have nothing to offer their own people in need. No, it's not Cairo; it's Athens, where a two-day general strike has brought the city grinding to a halt as hundreds of thousands protest outside parliament. Inside the building, a centrist social-democratic government is desperately to force through a deeply unpopular economic austerity program, the price of further high-interest loans from the European Union essential to prevent Greece defaulting on its debt. Outside, hundreds of thousands vow to fight the measures and any government that would impose what they see as a vicious assault on their living standards, dictated by foreign banks and institutions.
Think of it as the Austerity Intifada, young people figuring out that playing by the rules of the system is a dead end, and choosing to upend the table. And it looks set to spread across Europe this summer. Spain and Portugal have already seen similar protests, and more can be expected, while in Britain, trade unionists and students are planning their own offensive against government austerity measures. Just as the youth of the Arab world rebelled against a status quo that offered most of them little hope of a decent life and livelihood, so are the young people of Western Europe are, as Bruce pointed out last week, beginning to take matters into their own hands to protest the failure of their own social systems to meet their aspirations.
The "Arab Spring" was named for the Czech rebellion against Soviet rule that began in Prague in 1968. And what was notable about that year was that a rebellion within a quite different social system behind the "Iron Curtain" was nonetheless paralleled by a massive uprising of Western European youth, particularly in France and Germany. The youth rebellion spread like wildfire, the sociologists noted, because the baby boomers were the first generation connected by television.
Flash forward 43 years, to a continent facing massive, endemic unemployment -- and resentment of austerity policies based on the needs of credit markets rather than of citizens intimately connected, in real time, via a plethora of communications technologies unthinkable in 1968 -- and you get some idea of the scale of the specter now haunting Europe.
Egypt's youth unemployment rate at the time of the rebellion had been around 25%; in Spain today the figure is 40%, in Greece it's above 35% and likely to rise as a result of the austerity measures; in Portugal it's around 27%; and even in Britain and France it stands at around 20%.
While governments insist that austerity is the only way forward under the circumstances, that answer is not accepted by millions of Europeans for whom austerity means long-term unemployment and impoverishment. As far as they're concerned, their politicians are following self-serving rules dictated by bankers, in keeping with a post-Cold War economic consensus in which governments shaped their policies to the requirements of global credit markets.
The political crisis unfolding in Greece -- where a centrist social democratic government is stewarding the austerity program demanded by European banks and financial governance bodies -- is an advance warning that not just Greece and the Euro currency, but the economic policy consensus itself is under threat. The logic that requires austerity may be treated as conventional wisdom, or even as a set of immutable natural laws, by their governments, but young Europeans -- and many older ones -- see little to gain by accepting those rules.
Greek protestors see the austerity-linked-loans arranged by the EU as catering to the needs of French and German banks who made the original bad loans to Greece's elites, and are now trying to impose an externally-managed privatization program and harsh economic cuts on millions of poorer Greeks. The new loans, whose interest rates are even higher than those Greece is struggling to service, are required to avoid a default on Greek debt -- which, of course, would mean the German and French banks taking the proverbial "haircut". The austerity program, the malcontents say, is "saving the banks at the expense of the people."
Nobel-laureate economist Amartya Sen sees Greece struggling with an EU approach to economic management that "allows the international financial institutions and rating agencies the unilateral power to command democratically elected governments."
He and others have warned that besides shifting the burden of the crisis on to the shoulders of those most vulnerable, the austerity measures being demanded of Greece will actually shrink the economy, choking off prospects for future economic growth and maintaining the downward spiral. Indeed, it's that logic that has the conservative Greek opposition hesitant to support the latest austerity package.
Banks can do well while the economy as it affects the majority of citizens continues to flounder, as the "jobless recovery" that followed the bank bailouts of two years ago in Europe and the U.S. have amply demonstrated. And Greece may herald a new trend of European citizens forcefully challenging an economic orthodoxy that presses them into penury.
Anti-austerity protests in Spain, Portugal and Britain are likely to escalate this summer, particularly among younger people for whom the social contract -- economic security and prosperity for those who study and work hard, and play by the rules -- has long ago expired.
This is not the Arab Spring, of course: The governments of Western Europe are democratically elected, and are unlikely to massacre protestors. But they also have no easy answer to the demands of their young people, who simply don't accept that their futures will be decided by bankers in some distant capital.
The world's bankers are hoping that the showdown on the streets of Athens is just some Quixotic tilt by a profligate people romantically inclined toward radicalism at the immutable laws of global finance. But millions of Europeans may instead see in Greece the beginning of a fight-back against an economic consensus tailored to the needs of bankers at the expense of ordinary folks. That portends a long, hot summer on Europe's streets, as the consensus of the credit markets meets the seething anger of young people who see their futures being mortgaged away. And it's far from clear that the banking-centered orthodoxies driving the austerity programs will survive as the conventional wisdom of policy makers by the end of it.
Dead Men Don't Talk: US Navy Seals Destroyed to Cover Up Washington's Bin Laden Execution Hoax?
by Finian Cunningham
The wiping out of 30 US special forces in the Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan comes at a time when Washington's official version of how it carried out the assassination of Osama bin Laden was falling apart from incredulity.
Among the 38 dead in the helicopter disaster - the biggest single loss of American lives in the 10-year Afghanistan war of occupation - are believed to have been 17 US Navy Seals. The dead also include other members of US special forces and Afghan commandos.
Early Western news media reports indicated that the Chinook may have been involved in a significant military operation against Afghan militants when it went down in Wardak Province, not far west from the capital, Kabul, early Saturday.
Taliban sources are reported to have claimed that its militants shot down the Chinook with rocket fire.
US military officials say they are investigating the cause of the crash.
However, significantly, unnamed US sources have told media outlets that they believe the helicopter was shot down. This unofficial US briefing seems a bit odd. Why would US military sources want to hand enemy combatants a stunning propaganda coup?
Perhaps, it serves US interests to divert from the real motive and cause of the helicopter crash, whether it was it hit by a rocket or not.
US officials have admitted that the dead Navy Seals were part of the Team Six unit that allegedly carried out the assassination in May of the supposed 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.
From the outset, Washington's account of how its special forces murdered Bin Laden in his residential compound in Abbottabad, northern Pakistan, has been riven with contradictions. Why was the liquidated Bin Laden buried hurriedly at sea? How could the world's "No 1 Terrorist" have resided inconspicuously only miles from the Pakistani military headquarters in Rawalpindi?
Most glaringly, several informed sources are convinced that Bin Laden died from natural causes years ago. Author Ralph Schoenman dismissed the alleged Navy Seal execution as "a big lie". Schoenman cited evidence on this subject from former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, among others, for their confirmation that Bin Laden had died from kidney failure years earlier.
More recently, as Paul Craig Roberts reports , Pakistani locals have claimed that the Navy Seal operation in Abbottabad ended in disaster, with one of three US helicopters exploding as it took off from the ground near the compound. The other two choppers had not landed and, according to witnesses, they flew from the scene immediately after the explosion. As Roberts points out, that means there was no Bin Laden corpse to dispose of at sea, as Washington maintains.
The key people who would know the truth about Washington's incredible Bin Laden assassination are now unavailable for comment. Case sealed.
Related Press TV interview:
'Copter crash marks deadliest US day' (Aug 9, 2011) http://www.presstv.ir/detail/193179.html
The commandoes were killed on Saturday after the Taliban shot down their helicopter. 25 of the dead were from the elite Navy SEALs. Press TV has conducted an interview with Finian Cunningham, Global Research to further talk over the issue. The following is a rough transcript of the interview. Press TV interviewed Finian Cunningham, Global Research, from Belfast, on this issue. Press TV: Dead Men Don't talk, that is the title of your article. Correct me if I'm wrong, you are trying to say that the US has destroyed its own men, the navy seals, who seemingly took part in Washington's bin Laden execution hoax, and presumably would testify about that operation? How can this argument to be proven? CLIP
Is Obama About to Commit America To War With Syria?
NATO powers call for Bashar al-Assad to give up power
Paul Joseph Watson -- August 18, 2011
The Obama administration is laying the groundwork for yet another war that America does not want and cannot afford by mirroring precisely what preceded the bombardment of Libya in officially calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
"President Obama and the leaders of Germany, Britain, France and Canada called Thursday for Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, to give up power," reports the New York Times. "The choreographed move follows months of popular protests and deadly reprisals in Syria."
The announcement was preceded by the UN's move to pull all non-essential staff and dozens of families of expatriate workers from Syria yesterday.
Obama's demand that Assad step aside is exactly what happened prior to the bombardment of Libya. On February 26, Obama called on Gaddafi to give up power. Three weeks later, US B-2 bombers were attacking Libyan airfields.
Who exactly do Obama and the rest of the NATO leaders think they are kidding when they make veiled threats to Assad and demand he relinquish power? After assuring the world that the campaign to topple Gaddafi would take"days, not weeks," NATO forces and their Al-Qaeda rebel allies have still failed to achieve such an outcome five months down the line.
Of course, there are dictators all over the world abusing and oppressing their people, but isn't it interesting that NATO only feels necessary to intervene in countries that are resource rich and/or strategically located?
Libya was the jewel in the crown when it came to oil wealth in Africa. In the case of Syria, Russian envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin has warned that NATO's plan to attack the country is part of a build-up that will eventually target Iran and lead to "a large-scale war in this huge region".
The build-up to war is undoubtedly connected to the Palestinian bid to achieve full statehood at the UN in early September. Rumors have been flying around intelligence circles for weeks that the United States and/or Israel would launch a new conflict in order to derail the UN vote.
Last week, former French General Jean Rannou told the EU Observer that a military assault on Syria was "feasible" and that Syria wouldn't be able to offer much in the way of resistance, but this was also what we heard about Gaddafi's Libya back in March.
Despite intense western media scrutiny on Assad's brutal crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators, both former CIA agent Robert Baer and ex-MI6 officer Alastair Crooke point out that the situation is far more complex.
"Syrians want change. But whether Westerners believe it or not, most people in Damascus, in Aleppo, the middle classes, the merchant classes and the [sectarian] minorities believe Assad is the only person who can bring in reforms," he said. "They fear two things above all else - civil war and Western intervention They would like to avoid the example of Libya because it would lead them into civil war," said Crooke.
As Tony Cartalucci has documented, it appears as though the establishment press is mirroring how it embellished accounts of Gaddafi's brutality in an effort to exaggerate the horror of Assad's crackdown, as the west is prepared for yet another war even as America's economy and those of major powers in Europe begin to crumble.
Despite increasing personal financial hardship, most Americans remain unaware of the economic world war currently unfolding. An all-pervasive corporate and government propaganda campaign has effectively obscured this blatant reality. After extensive analysis, it is evident that World War III is a war between the richest one-tenth of one percent of the global population and 99.9 percent of humanity. Or, as I have called it, The Economic Elite Vs. The People. This war has been a one-sided attack thus far. However, as we have seen throughout the world in recent months, the people are beginning to fight back. The following report is a statistical analysis of the systemic economic attacks against the American people.
The American public has sustained intensive economic attacks across broad segments of the population. While the attacks have been increasingly severe in scale over the past four years, they have been implemented with technocratic precision. They have been incrementally applied thus far, successfully keeping the population passive and avoiding any large-scale civilian unrest, while effectively reducing living standards for the majority of the population. As you will see in this report, the 55 million Americans that have been hit the hardest have thus far acquiesced due to temporary financial assistance, such as food stamps and extended unemployment benefits.
The global Economic Elite have been much more strategic in handling the American public, as they are potentially the greatest threat to their continued consolidation of wealth, resources and power. National populations that are not as powerful, and on the periphery of the Economic Elite's global empire, have been dealt with in much harsher fashion. In many smaller and less powerful countries the dramatic rise in food prices and costs of living have led to all-out revolt - Tunisia, Algeria, Albania and Egypt were among the first to rebel. While the contagion of rebellion has rapidly spread throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East, it is also spreading in a decentralized manner throughout most of the world, now threatening popular rebellion throughout Europe. Like the US population, the geographically clustered European nations represent a potentially powerful countervailing force to the Economic Elite's continued domination.
Within the United States, the technocratic suppression of the population has been extensive. Increasingly severe economic and governmental policies have systematically eroded civilian wealth, power and rights. Intensive propaganda has effectively distracted, confused, isolated, marginalized and divided the US population. Despite the success of these efforts thus far, given the severe, prolonged, unsustainable and escalating level of economic suffering, outbreaks of civil unrest are inevitable. The US population, if a critical mass is reached, represents the greatest threat to the Economic Elite. In this regard, the American people are their primary adversary.
In writing this report, I will clearly demonstrate the severity and scale of the deliberate systemic economic attacks against the US population, in hope that we can urgently build a critical mass of aware and engaged citizens.
Part One :: The Economic Devastation
Snapshot: According to most recent Census Bureau data, from 2005 - 2009, average US household wealth declined by 28%. This represents a loss of $27,000 per household. Currently, at least 62 million Americans, 20% of US households, have zero or negative net worth.
The Census figures cited above are based on statistics that have been consistently proven to be lowball estimates. The government and corporate media spread propaganda on vital economic statistics that mask the severity of our economic crisis. Deceptive inflation, unemployment, poverty and GDP measures, which cast the illusion of recovery, are easily exposed with some research and a closer look at the data.
Throughout this report, we will explore significant examples of government economic propaganda. In several cases, the government has been forced to revise their numbers due to proven inaccuracies. The government's "revisions" are most always for the worse, and are usually just a footnote correction that the public is rarely ever aware of. All that being said, for many statistics we are forced to use government data, as there are not any other extensive data sets available from alternative sources.
I :: Record Breaking Poverty
The Census Bureau poverty rate is a horribly flawed measurement that uses outdated methodology. The Census measures poverty based on costs of living metrics established in 1955 - 56 years ago. They ignore many key factors, such as the increased costs of medical care, child care, education, transportation, and many other basic costs. They also don't factor geographically-based costs of living. The National Academy of Science measure, which gets little if any corporate media coverage, gives a much more accurate account of poverty, as they factor in these vital cost of living variables.
The most current Census data revealed that 43.6 million Americans, 14.3% of the population, lived in poverty in 2009. While that is a staggering number that represents the highest number of American people to ever live in poverty, and a dramatic increase of four million people since 2008, it significantly under-counted the total. Last year, in my analysis, extrapolating data from 2008 National Academy of Science findings, I estimated that the number of Americans living in poverty in 2009 was at least 52 million. Recently, the National Academy of Science released their latest findings, backing up my claim by revealing that 52,765,000 Americans, 17.3% of the population, lived in poverty in 2009.
The poverty rate for children is even worse. According to Census data, a total of 15.5 million American children lived in poverty in 2009, which is 20% of all children. The number of children in poverty increased 28% since 2000, and jumped 10% from 2008 to 2009. Extrapolating data from the 2009 National Academy of Science poverty rate, in relation to the Census childhood poverty data, the number of American children living in poverty in 2009 is more accurately 18.8 million, which is 24%, or nearly one in four.
Other than this rapidly increasing number children who are in families that have recently fallen into poverty, "every day in America 2,573 babies are born into poverty."
As the chart to the right shows, even with the lower Census numbers, nine major American cities have a poverty rate over 25%.
It is important to note, based on many key indicators, as you will see throughout this report, the overall poverty totals have increased since 2009. Also consider that the recent deficit reduction plan is going to cut "anti-poverty" programs that currently assist tens of millions of Americans. A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research estimates that "the poverty rate would double without these programs." It is predicted that the new deficit deal will cut the funding for these programs in half, which, based on these estimates, would bring the total number of Americans living in poverty up to 80 million people, 26% of the population.
II :: Record Breaking Food Insecurity
For another revealing statistic, which has been quickly increasing, we can look at the number of Americans currently surviving off of food stamps.
In 2005, 25.7 million Americans needed food stamps, currently 45.8 million people rely on them. As the chart to the right shows, the number of people in need of food stamps has been rapidly increasing year-over-year.
Meanwhile, Congress is cutting the funding for the food stamp program at a time when the Department of Agriculture estimates that an additional 22.5 million people will need them, bringing the total number of Americans in need of food assistance to a stunning 68.3 million people.
III :: Record Breaking Unemployment
While the "official" unemployment rate hovers around 9%, 14 million people, the government's numbers are deceptively low once again. The only reason unemployment has stayed below 10% for the past few months is because millions of long-term unemployed, and part-time workers who are looking for full-time work, are not included in the baseline government unemployment rate. John Williams, from ShadowStats.com, has a consistently proven method of tracking unemployment that provides a much more accurate view of the overall situation. As shocking as it may sound, when you apply his SGS method, counting the total number people in need of employment, you get a current unemployment rate of 22.5%, which is an all-time record total of 34 million people currently in need of work. Here is how the SGS rate is calculated:
While 68.3 million Americans struggle to get enough food to eat and wages are declining for 90% of the population, US millionaire household wealth has reached an unprecedented level. According to an extensive study by auditing and financial advisory firm Deloitte, US millionaire households now have $38.6 trillion in wealth. On top of the $38.6 trillion that this study reveals, they have an estimated $6.3 trillion hidden in offshore accounts.
In total, US millionaire households have at least $45.9 trillion in wealth, the majority of this wealth is held within the upper one-tenth of one percent of the population.
If all this isn't obscene enough, to further demonstrate how the global economy has now been completely rigged, Deloitte's analysis predicated, based on current trends, that US millionaire households will see a 225% increase in wealth to $87.1 trillion by 2020. Accounting for wealth hidden in offshore accounts, they are projected to have over $100 trillion in total within the next decade.
Most people cannot even comprehend how much $1 trillion is, let alone $46 trillion. One trillion is equal to 1000 billion, or $1,000,000,000,000. To put it in perspective, last year the entire cost of feeding all 40 million Americans on food stamps was $65 billion.
Now consider, according to the latest IRS data, only 0.076% of the population, less than one-tenth of one percent, earned over $1 million in 2009.
The graph below, based on data from the Tax Policy Center, shows how much income is earned by a household at any given percentile in income distribution:
The highest bracket for annual income is $50 million or more. Only 74 Americans are in this elite group. The average income within this category was $91.2 million in 2008. As astonishing as that is, in 2009 they averaged $518.8 million each, or about $10 million per week. This means, in the depths of the recession, the richest 74 Americans increased their income by more than 5 times within this one year. These 74 people made more money than 19 million workers combined.
In context, overall, the richest 400 people in the US have as much wealth as 154 million Americans combined, that's 50% of the entire country. The top economic 1% of the US population now has a record 40% of all wealth, and have more wealth than 90% of the population combined.
US child poverty rate soars to 20 percent (19 August 2011) http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/aug2011/pove-a19.shtml
One in five US children lives in poverty, according to a new report. As families suffer under the weight of joblessness, low wages and the housing crisis, it is the youngest members of American society who are most affected. The latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that child poverty grew in 38 of 50 US states over the past decade.Laura Speer of the Casey Foundation, a non-profit child advocacy group, commented on the reports publication: The recent recession has wiped out many of the economic gains for children that occurred in the late 1990s. She added, Nearly 8 million children lived with at least one parent who was actively seeking employment but was unemployed in 2010, double the number in 2007.As child poverty is widely regarded as a barometer of a societys well-being, the reports findings are an indictment of conditions in the US in which the chasm between the super-rich and the vast majority of the population continues to widen. With proposed budget cuts at both the state and federal level, the conditions confronting Americas children and youth will indubitably worsen in the coming period.In 2009, 20 percent of US childrenabout 14.7 millionwere poor, up from 17 percent in 2000. This means that about 2.5 million more children were living in poverty in 2009 than in 2000. This contrasts to the period from 1994 to 2000, when the child poverty rate fell by nearly 30 percent.
(...) In 2009, the US also ranked 28th among 32 industrialized countries in infant mortality. In 2009, 6.6 out of every 1,000 live births ended in death before the first year. Pre-term birth, low birthweight, congenital malformations and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are the leading causes of infant deaths.The Kids Count report proposes a series of measures for reversing the growth of poverty for Americas children. These include preventing foreclosures, strengthening the food stamp program, making health care more affordable, and extending unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed.Contrary to the intentions of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, however, the proposals read like a checklist of programs that have been targeted for the budget axe in states across the country and nationwide.Extended unemployment benefits will expire at the end of this year without congressional action. The implementation of the Obama-sponsored health care overhaul will force individuals and families to purchase insurance or pay a fine, but will not control what the insurance industry can charge for premiums.And as millions more families seek assistance through the SNAP food stamp program, Medicaid and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, they will see services and availability slashed as states wrestle with growing budget deficits and the Obama administration and Congress push ahead with trillion-dollar deficit reduction plans.
The Democrats and the US jobs crisis (19 August 2011) http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/aug2011/pers-a19.shtml
The most basic indicator of the social calamity facing millions of people in the United States is the persistent, and in fact worsening, jobs crisis.Millions of jobs have been wiped out since the crash of 2008 three years ago. Long-term unemployment remains at highs that far exceed anything since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Some 14 million people in the US are officially unemployed, and an additional 11 million people have given up work or are involuntarily working part-time.The only reason that the official unemployment rate is not much higher than the current 9.1 percent is because millions of people have given up looking for work or no longer qualify for unemployment benefits. In cities like Detroit, real unemployment is as high as 50 percent. An entire generation of young people is entering the labor force with no prospect of gaining a decent-paying job. According to the latest Kids Count study, 31 percent of children throughout the countryor 32.1 million children, up 2.9 million from a year beforelived in families where no parent had a full-time, year round job in 2009. This figure is 47 percent for African Americans.These conditions are set to get much worse. Among a number of bleak economic indicators driving the financial markets down sharply on Thursday was a jump in weekly unemployment claims back above 400,000, a sign of a deteriorating jobs market.In the midst of this social calamity, the American political establishment, led by the Obama administration, has absolutely nothing to offer. The entire focus is on slashing trillions of dollars in social spending, ripping up health care, education and pension programs, and vastly increasing the exploitation of the working class as a whole. The turmoil on world markets reflects at least in part the realization that the impact of this policy, which is being implemented internationally, will mean a renewed global downturn, and even a world depression.The political bankruptcy of the ruling class was only underscored this week in the announcement that president Obama would give an address early next month on jobs. The president will propose a few paltry measures tailored to the interests of big business, including tax breaks, an overhaul of patent law and free trade agreements, along with a token increase in spending on infrastructure.One proposal is expected to focus on rebuilding schools, but in the unlikely event that such a measure is passed, whatever funds are directed to this purpose will be dwarfed by the impact of budget cuts at the state and local levels, which have shut down hundreds of schools and eliminated tens of thousands of jobs. Obama will also call for tax reform, by which is meant a significant reduction in corporate taxes and taxes for the wealthy, combined with the elimination of tax deductions that benefit broader sections of the population. The centerpiece of Obamas speech, however, is to be the call for even greater cuts in federal spending. A super committee of Republican and Democratic Congressmen is tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in cuts over the next decade as part of the agreement reached between Obama and House Republicans earlier this month. Obama will present a plan along the lines of the grand bargain he temporarily reached with Republican House Speaker John Boehner in July, amounting to $4 trillion in cuts over a decade. In his Midwest tour this past weeksupposedly focused on jobsObama again stressed the need to cut federal health care and retirement programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.Aside from the social impact of cutting benefits for millions of people, these austerity measures will only compound the jobs crisis. CLIP
Everyone who voted for Obama should feel betrayed, ashamed and disgusted. Anyone who still trusts, admires and respects Obama is a fool. Here is my political fantasy: I wake up one day soon and hear the news that President Obama has a fatal brain tumor and will soon resign. Praise the Lord!
If you have any doubt whatsoever about how bad a president Obama is, then take the time to read this incredibly fine essay by Drew Westen "What Happened to Obama?"
Obama has no real, meaningful principles, nor passion and courage to say and do what the US desperately needs. He repeatedly fails to publicly identify the enemies of the state and rally public support for fighting evil and corruption in the political system. For a supposedly smart guy he appears to ordinary people as brain dead. His presidency makes a compelling case why we need a constitutional amendment creating the option for American voters to recall a president.
Far too many people will wrongly believe that voting to reelect Obama is better than voting for any Republican. They are dead wrong. Better to not vote at all for any presidential candidate or vote for a third party candidate. Lesser evil voting has been one of the primary causes of the decline of American democracy, allowing the total corruption of the political system by money representing the interests of the rich and powerful.
Sticking with Obama or giving him another term is idiocy on steroids, like remaining on the sinking Titanic rather than escaping in a lifeboat.
There is only one thing that everyone can see Obama stands for and is totally committed to: staying in office.
Even more depressing than having a failed president is that Americans are not doing what citizens in Greece, England and Israel have been doing in response to their economic suffering: rioting in the streets. Our brain dead president seems matched by a brain dead public, victimized by evil forces controlling the economy. The wealth of the nation has been extracted by greedy elite and corporate interests. Even in this awful economy that rivals the Great Depression in the pain inflicted on a large fraction of the public consider these remarkable facts revealed in a recent article.
Tiffany's first-quarter sales were up 20 percent to $761 million. LVMH, which owns expensive brands like Louis Vuitton and Givenchy, reported sales growth in the first half of 2011 of 13 percent. PPR, home to Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and other brands, said its luxury segment's sales gained 23 percent in the first half. Profits are also up by double digits for many of these companies.
BMW more than doubled its quarterly profit from a year ago as sales rose 16.5 percent; Porsche first-half profit rose 59 percent; and Mercedes-Benz said July sales of its high-end S-Class sedans - some of which cost more than $200,000 - jumped nearly 14 percent and sold more cars in the United States than it had in any July in five years.
Nordstrom has a waiting list for a Chanel sequined tweed coat with a $9,010 price. Neiman Marcus has sold out in almost every size of Christian Louboutin "Bianca" platform pumps, at $775 a pair.
Get the point? The cancerous political and economic corruption in the US is in a terminal stage. The core reason why we have a dysfunctional government is that we have a two-party plutocracy owned by rich and powerful interests. Obama has shown that he too is a puppet of moneyed interests; he does not fight for the poor or the middle class.
Americans seem paralyzed by distraction, delusion and outright stupidity. If not we would be witnessing the beginnings of sorely needed Second American Revolution. With two corrupt political parties controlling the political system the only solution is using what the Founders had the wisdom to give us in the Constitution: an Article V convention of state delegates that could propose constitutional amendments, which are the only route for obtaining genuine reforms of our political system, such as getting all private money out of politics.
Harvard Law School is hosting a Conference on the Constitutional Convention this September. The justification for it includes this correct view: Reform of any kind is stalled by a status quo that profits from blocking change.
In other words, things have gotten so awful that we cannot vote our way out of our national mess. We must work through out states to reform government.
Consistent with this finding was a new Washington Post survey that found 78 percent dissatisfied with the way this country's political system is working. But proof of how brainwashed or stupid Americans are is that 77 percent believe: "Whatever its faults, the United States still has the best system of government in the world." This means that they still do not understand the urgent need for restructuring and reforming the political system. Mass riots in the streets may be needed to fix the system. As more and more Americans suffer in a terrible economy that may be coming.
Sustaining Protest Energy in Israel (August 12th, 2011) http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2011/08/12/sustaining-protest-energy-in-israel
Since mid-July, Israelis have protested in unprecedented numbers for long denied social justice. Succeeding depends on sustaining that energy disruptively for change. Though never easy, it's the only way. Frances Fox Piven discussed it in her book titled, "Challenging Authority" about social movements becoming pivotal forces for change when ordinary people used their considerable clout, saying: They have "power....when they rise up in anger and hope, defy the rules....disrupt state institutions....propel new issues to the center of political debate (and force) political leaders (to) stem voter defections by proffering reforms."When sustained, this determination produces change. Elections can't do it, not in America, most European countries or Israel because entrenched power shuts out independent interests. Nonetheless, social justice is possible when committed people exert enough disruptive power. Piven explained it as follows: Societies organize through cooperation and interdependence, but disparate interests at times conflict. While workers depend on management for jobs, managers, in turn, need them to produce. If labor is withheld, operations halt. Both sides have leverage. Either can use it effectively. Piven calls the "activation of interdependent power 'disruption.' " It's a strategy based on "withdrawing cooperation in social relations." Protest movements "mobilize disruptive power," achieving leverage by breaking down "institutionally regulated cooperation" by strikes, boycotts, riots, and other disruptive actions without letup until succeed. Key is avoiding letting grassroots energy wane. In America, sustaining it achieved representative government, ending slavery, enfranchising women, the right to organize, social welfare and civil rights. However, marches, rallies, slogans, or even violence alone or in combination aren't enough. What works is withholding cooperation, breaking the rules, and staying the course despite threats, reprisals, uncertainty, or hardships incurred for the long haul - long enough, that is, to succeed. It works the same way everywhere, but never easily or quickly. Throughout North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Europe, America and Israel, disruptive people power is effective if sustained. It's no different now than earlier.
(...) Notably, one in four Israelis are impoverished, including one in three children. Moreover, over a fourth more are in danger of becoming one of the country's poor. It's a shocking indictment of an unequal, uncaring society, concerned only about wealth, power and military might, a small scale replica of America, throwing its citizens overboard for the same reasons.As a result, sustaining popular outrage in Israel is crucial. In America, it's vital to ignite it more disruptively than in decades. It's the only way social justice is ever achieved at a time it's so desperately needed. CHECK ALSO Israeli Street Protests: Suppressed by US Media AND Growing Israeli Tyranny - "For years, America and Israel followed similar paths toward full-blown tyranny, threatening all their citizens. Believing either is democratic and egalitarian is ludicrous and nonsensical, especially now under right-wing neoliberal governments, cracking down hard against challenges to their authority."
QUITE POIGNANT! FEW NEWSMEDIA HAVE REPORTED IN ANY DEPTH ABOUT THE LONG-SIMMERING AGONY OF SUDAN. THE GORY ETHNIC CLEANSING NOW UNDERWAY GOES UNNOTICED WHILE ENTIRE TRIBES ARE BEING ANNIHILATED IN THE NUBA MOUNTAINS. LET'S HOPE THE NEW SOUTH SUDAN WILL FARE BETTER NOW.
By Alex Perry / Kauda; Alan boswell / Kauda -- July 18, 2011
High in the Nuba Mountains in central Sudan lies a green valley of guava, mango and custard-apple trees where the people live in conical grass-roofed huts, tending goats and raising maize and sorghum on steep stone terraces. For the past month the focus of valley life has been its hospital, overflowing with child amputees, old women with shrapnel wounds and young men who arrived carrying their guts. Among them is Morcilla Dimas, 8. Her uncle, Haitar Solomon, recounts how on June 26, after hiding all day in the hills above their village of Kurchi, the family ventured home, and Morcilla took her sisters Maklena, 6, and Priska, 4, to fetch water from the village pump. A Sudanese air force Antonov plane chose that moment to launch five 45-gal. (170 L) barrels of oil attached to explosives. Twelve people, including Maklena and Priska, were killed. Morcilla suffered burns and lacerations to her feet and arms. Dr. Tom Catena, 47, a surgeon from upstate New York who works in the hospital, says even if Kurchi were a military target, "rolling bombs out the back at 20,000 feet" over a village can only be described as "premeditated civilian bombing."
Births should be joyous, but in Sudan, new life can seem merely one more opportunity for death. On July 9, two new nations will come into being when Africa's largest country splits into two: a smaller, mostly Arab and Muslim Sudan ruled from the old capital, Khartoum, and a mainly black African and Christian South Sudan with its capital in Juba. The road to separation was long and bloody: 2 million people died in two civil wars - 1955 to 1972 and 1983 to 2005 - between the northern government and southern rebels. But rather than heralding peace, the split is creating two weak and unstable countries and yet more conflicts.
(See TIME's photoessay: "Birth and Death in Sudan.")
The deadliest is the month-old war between the regime in Khartoum and the rebels of the Nuba Mountains. Though the Nuba, ethnic black Africans, fought alongside the south at a cost of 200,000 lives, their state of South Kordofan ended up inside the new north along with Darfur to the west and a third restive state, Blue Nile, to the east. Last December, Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir proclaimed that the new northern Sudan would be a monolithic Islamic Arab state. "We will change the constitution, and at that time there will be no time to speak of diversity of culture and ethnicity," he declared. "Shari'a [law] and Islam will be the main source for the constitution, Islam the official religion and Arabic the official language." Further upping the stakes, on June 1, though stalling on other elements of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the north-south war, al-Bashir's government announced it would implement the part about disarming rebels, starting with Nuba fighters.
War erupted in days. Aid workers fled. Khartoum sealed the roads and banned flights. A handful of journalists managed to reach the mountains, however, including a small team from TIME. And from 30 interviews in three days with rebel leaders, soldiers, civilians, refugees, the wounded and medical personnel, a consistent picture emerges. Human-rights investigators will ultimately judge whether what is happening in the Nuba Mountains is classified as ethnic cleansing or genocide. What is clear is that by launching a campaign of terror against unarmed villagers, al-Bashir's soldiers are committing crimes against humanity (defined as "a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population" in Article 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court), and by targeting civilians they are guilty of war crimes (defined in Article 8 as "intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population"). Bolstering this case, as International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo notes, are the charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity already facing al-Bashir and his South Kordofan governor, Ahmed Haroun, over similar atrocities in Darfur. Al-Bashir responded to the new accusations on July 1, saying he had ordered his soldiers to "continue their operations in South Kordofan until they clean the state of rebels." Jehanne Henry, Sudan specialist at Human Rights Watch, says, "It certainly appears war crimes are being committed. The government is not discriminating at all between military and civilian. It seems to have decided to take them all out."
Sudan's main rebel group for the past three decades has been the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA). It has 150,000 to 200,000 men under arms, spread across Sudan - north and south - and a large political wing, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM). The rebels in the north will technically become a separate group on July 9. In early June, days after Khartoum announced its intention to disarm the rebels, its security forces in and around Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan, were handed lists of SPLA and SPLM members. On June 5, according to eyewitnesses, they began going house to house with the lists, shouting, "Now is the time to shoot" and "Allahu akbar [God is great]." Hundreds of rebels and opposition members fled. Many who did not were dragged from their houses and shot or butchered in the street. Simultaneously, the SPLA, reinforced by tens of thousands of Nuba fighters from bases in South Sudan, made a lightning advance, briefly capturing parts of Kadugli. There, a crowd of thousands of Nuba refugees gathered outside a base manned by peacekeepers belonging to the U.N. mission in Sudan. The peacekeepers refused to let the refugees enter. Northern soldiers encircled the crowd and began identifying rebel supporters. Witnesses say at least six were marched off and shot.
With the SPLA fighters advancing once more on Kadugli and thousands of Nuba civilians fleeing the town - and a total of 73,000 on the move across South Kordofan, according to the U.N. - what the north began as a targeted elimination of political and military opponents soon deteriorated into an onslaught against all Nuba and other black Africans. Antonovs, MiG-27s and helicopter gunships were dispatched to bomb SPLA forces, refugees and mountain villages. Juma Fadul, a 25-year-old taxi driver, was in church in the village of al-Hamra on July 2 when a gunship made a sustained half-hour assault with missiles and machine guns. Five villagers died; Fadul took a piece of shrapnel to his forehead as he tried to run away. He and Khalid Somi, sprayed with shrapnel up the right side of his body during a helicopter attack near Kadugli the same day, estimate 100 civilians died. "I saw the bodies scattered on the ground," says Somi. Juma Abdulaziz, 31, wounded in an Antonov strike outside Kadugli on June 15, says 50 friends and neighbors were executed in the town. "When I was brought here, I left my wife and two children there," Fadul says. "For sure, they are all dead."
Of the 161 patients Catena received from June 5 to July 3, about half were civilians, half SPLA soldiers. The surgeon has no doubts about the north's intent. "The idea is to scare the crap out of people, to terrorize them and force them out of their homes and their land."
A History of Failure
Sudan is where Arabia meets Africa, a geography enshrined in the place's name: Bilad al-Sudan is Arabic for "land of the blacks." An explanation for Khartoum's repression of the country's regions can be found in the centuries-old aspiration of Arabs to bring Islamic advancement to heathen Africans - which, as with Christian colonialists from Europe in other parts of Africa, followed earlier centuries of slave raiding. Khartoum's tyranny went hand in hand with economic marginalization.
The capital's dominance backfired. The south rebelled even before independence in 1956. In the 1980s and '90s, it was joined by fighters from the Nuba Mountains, Darfur and Blue Nile. Ethnic Beja fighters in the east also took up arms. Even the far north has a self-determination movement. And despite superior armor, Khartoum was unable to beat its opponents militarily. The conflict cost it dearly, in money for weapons and soldiers and lost economic development: there is little economy to speak of outside the capital and certainly nothing on which to base hopes of clearing $38 billion in foreign debt. Today, weakened by the departure of the south, which holds most of Sudan's oil, the Bashir regime is fighting to prevent further splintering of the north.
The future is hardly rosier in the south. So far, independence has meant the freedom to kill one another. More than 1,800 people have died in the six months since Jan. 9, when, in a referendum mandated by the CPA, the south voted for secession, with 99% in favor. Most of the dead were civilians caught in cross fire between the SPLA and renegade militias. The militias claim the SPLA and SPLM - and by extension the new government - are unfairly dominated by the south's largest ethnic group, the Dinkas. The militias are concentrated in the states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile - not coincidentally also areas of plentiful oil. Another flash point is Abyei, an oil-rich border region claimed by north and south and annexed by the north in May. More uncertainty looms in a failure to agree on how the two sides might split what this year is set to be $6 billion in revenue from oil that is located in the south but piped out through the north. "All the fighting is about resources, about who gets what," says a Western diplomat in Juba.
And if the north is ruled by a self-seeking autocracy, the south shows every sign of aping it. A draft transitional constitution drawn up by President Salva Kiir Mayardit "contains a number of provisions that appear likely to concentrate power in the central government," warns the report of an observer mission from the Carter Center, headed by the former U.S. President. The Juba diplomat estimates that $3 billion of the $12 billion the southern government has earned from oil since 2005 is missing. Another Western observer says that between salaries, businesses it owns and corruption, the SPLA controls 40% to 60% of the southern economy. The fledgling state would also benefit from a more competent government. Positions are handed out on the basis of patronage.
On paper, the south's 8 million to 10 million people are rich: as well as oil, their new country is blessed with millions of hectares of fertile land around the vast Sudd swamp, while cows - worth $250 to $400 a head - outnumber people. In reality, health, education and poverty indicators are among the worst in the world. Illiteracy and innumeracy are rife, and many development workers label South Sudan a "pre-failed state."
Can Diplomacy Help?
Could the world have done more to prevent this dual disaster? There have been missed opportunities. A $526 million international development effort in the south has been slow, and change is largely confined to Juba. The U.S. has dangled incentives before Khartoum - like an offer to remove it from its list of state sponsors of terrorism if it allowed a peaceful referendum - only to fail to deliver. The world also finds Sudan's complexity a challenge: campaigns such as Save Darfur and the Enough Project, featuring celebrities like George Clooney and Mia Farrow, bring welcome attention, but they oversimplify the issues. The U.N. peace mission is often impotent, as in Kadugli, where civilians were executed within sight of peacekeepers.
But some diplomatic initiatives have worked in Sudan. The U.S., Europe, Africa and China unified to persuade the north to allow January's referendum. Sudan is also where the African Union (A.U.) is making good on a vow for Africans to take charge of African problems. In June, Ethiopia stepped up to provide 4,200 troops to demilitarize Abyei, a mission an A.U. official says will likely extend to the entire north-south border. Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has also proved a dogged and occasionally successful mediator. Not in Kordofan, however. A framework deal for talks he brokered last month in Addis Ababa meant little on the ground. The north kept bombing, and the Nuba, who were not at the negotiations, rejected the agreement.
To be fair, however, assistance requires a desire to be helped. "If you're trying to get peace, it's generally an advantage to have two sides who want it," remarked an exhausted-looking A.U. official at the Addis Ababa talks. Many diplomats privately admit to wondering whether they are wasting time and money in the two Sudans. What stops them from quitting is Kordofan - and Darfur and Jonglei and Unity and Upper Nile - where what happens when Sudanese try to sort things out themselves is on gory display.
For now, more war and many more deaths seem inevitable. In South Kordofan, the Nuba are readying for a long fight. "The only good thing about peace was that it gave us time to prepare for more war," says Montasir Kalo, 33, from a Nuba aid group in Kauda. "Our vision remains the same: tearing down the regime and empire of the north and claiming our rights as ordinary Sudanese. So far the result of all our fighting is that we are still fighting. We have this one choice: to be or not to be."
South Sudan "feels pain" of fighting in S. Kordofan (August 12, 2011) http://www.sudantribune.com/South-Sudan-feels-pain-of-fighting,39816
(MALAKAL) A South Sudanese official on Friday said is feeling the pain of the ongoing fighting in Southern Kordofan State. She further said would appreciate international intervention to stop what it described as massive killing of the Nuba ethnic group. Groups from the Nuba Mountains in the Sudanese state of Southern Kordofan fought with South Sudanese against the Khartoum government for nearly two decades. Just before South Sudan became independent on July 9 this year, fighting erupted between the Sudanese army and forces of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement- North (SPLM-N) led by Abdel Aziz Al-Hilu."As people and government, we are feeling the pain of the fighting that is going on in Southern Kordofan," said Andrea Maya, a deputy governor of the neighbouring Upper Nile state. (...) South Sudan became the worlds newest nation July 9 and later the 193rd member of the United Nations. The independence came out as part of a peace agreement reached in 2005 that ended a brutal civil war in Sudan. The former United Nations Mission in Sudan has expressed concern about violence along the borderlines and possibilities of spreading it to the new state of South Sudan. A Different sources including a leaked UN human rights report say that there were signs indicating that members of the Nuba ethnic community were being targeted by the Sudan Armed Forces and their allied militias. Khartoum accuse Juba of supporting Kordofans rebellion as the international community expression fears that the ongoing conflict in the volatile area might spread into the newly independent state of South Sudan. Around 70,000 people have been displaced by the fighting. It is unclear how many have died due to the lack of access accorded to journalists and humanitarian workers.
U.S. fails to get U.N. to condemn Sudan violence (August 13, 2011) ONCE AGAIN, CHINA'S ECONOMIC INTERESTS (getting oil from both Sudan and South Sudan to fuel its development) TRUMPS THE NEED TO PROTECT CIVILIAN LIVES. YET CHINA HAS A DIRECT STAKE IS KEEPING BOTH COUNTRIES STABLE, SO THEY SHOULD WORK THROUGH DIPLOMATIC CHANNELS TO CONVINCE KHARTOUM TO BACK DOWN ON ITS GENOCIDAL POLICY WHILE OFFERING INCENTIVES TO EVERYONE CONCERNED TO PUT DOWN THEIR WEAPONS AND LIVE IN PEACE. http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2011-08-12-sudan-violence_n.htm?csp=34news
UNITED NATIONS (AP) Russia and China blocked U.S. attempts to get the U.N. Security Council to condemn Sudanese government bombing and other military activities in the South Kordofan region of Sudan, U.N. diplomats said Friday. South Kordofan lies across the border from newly independent South Sudan, and the clashes between government troops from Sudan's Arab north and forces aligned with the south have added to the strained relations between the two countries. The United States circulated a statement earlier this week which would have condemned the violence in South Kordofan and called for an end to the aerial bombings. But the diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because discussions were private, said the U.S. withdrew it on Friday because of Russian and Chinese opposition to any condemnation or mention of aerial bombing. Both countries are allies of Sudan, and China is a major arms supplier and a heavy investor in Sudan's oil industry. U.S. Mission spokesman Mark Kornblau said: "The grave humanitarian situation in South Kordofan demands a clear and strong response from the Security Council, not a watered-down statement."Many inhabitants of South Kordofan fought for the south during the country's more than two decade civil war against the north and are ethnically linked to the south. Thousands of soldiers in the southern army hail from the fertile and militarized Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, whose people practice Islam, Christianity and animism. The government in Khartoum insists it is not targeting civilians.Amanda Pitt, a spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said that since early June, at least 200,000 people in South Kordofan have been killed, injured or forced to flee their homes and land by ongoing fighting and aerial bombardments. Brieuc Pont, spokesman for France's U.N. Mission, expressed regret that the council could not agree on a unified message on the South Kordofan fighting."Violence against civilians cannot be met with blank stares from the Security Council," Pont told The Associated Press. "France will continue to work hard to achieve a clear and strong message on the violence in South Kordofan."A spokesman for Britain's U.N. Mission, speaking with customary anonymity, expressed serious concern about "the grave humanitarian situation" in South Kordofan and said: "The Security Council needs to speak with a clear, united and strong voice on this." Pitt, who is with the humanitarian affairs office, said the U.N. World Food Program and its partners have delivered some supplies to 123,000 people in South Kordofan, and some supplies are also being delivered outside of areas under Sudanese military control.But these limited operations are under threat because the prepositioned food stocks are running out, she said.
South Sudan threatens to shut oil pipeline (August 14 2011) http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/south-sudan-threatens-to-shut-oil-pipeline-1.1117171
South Sudan accused Khartoum of trying to charge too much for use of the northern pipeline and said it might shut it down, signalling a further rise in tension as both sides argue over dividing oil revenues. The South took 75 percent of the country's oil production of 500,000 barrels of oil when it became independent on July 9 as part of a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war with the north. But it depends on the North to use its refineries and the only cross-border pipeline to the Red Sea outlet of Port Sudan to sell the oil, the lifeline of both economies. The amount of money Khartoum wants us to pay is unreasonable, David Loro Gubek, undersecretary at South Sudan ministry of energy and mining, told Reuters in an interview.If Khartoum insists that unless we pay they are not going to allow us to use these things, then the Republic of South Sudan... could request them to close the pipeline because it is discriminative. For use of its oil facilities, North Sudan has demanded fees worth a third of the export value of landlocked South Sudan. Both sides have so far failed to agree on usage fees in a row that could disrupt supplies from one of Africa's largest producers. Gubek said the South may seek other alternatives including building a separate oil pipeline if the North insists on fees worth a third of the export value of the new nation.
We are not the only country exporting oil through their neighbour's land... Why should ours be terribly high?, Gubek said. If we are forced, we will put in a separate pipeline.Khartoum is asking for $32 a barrel to use its port, the pipeline and refineries to sell the southern oil. This is worth roughly a third of South Sudan's export value at current prices. according to Reuters calculations. Earlier this month, Sudan halted a 600,000 barrels crude cargo from South Sudan in a dispute over customs fees, the latest in mounting tensions between the two Sudans. STRONGER CHINESE TIES Companies including Chinese are ready to fund deploying a separate pipeline in South Sudan, Gubek said, adding it could take about two years to connect to a pipeline in east African neighbour Kenya. But experts say such plans are years away. Companies including Chinese, Japanese, South Koreans and other Middle East countries are prepared to fund the pipeline up to Lamu, Gubek said.China vowed to support Sudan and South Sudan and help both countries develop their oil industries as Beijing is aggressively pursuing natural resources in Africa. It has maintained close economic and political ties with north Sudan throughout a US trade embargo and now also wants to reach out to the south. Last week, the energy and mining ministry signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese state oil firm China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), Gubek said without giving further details. Sudan has also granted CNPC more oil exploration rights. On Monday, Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi visited Khartoum in the first high-level visit of a Chinese official since South Sudan became independent. He later left for talks in the southern capital Juba.The Chinese also want to please us equally. It is the Chinese who built the pipeline and it is the Chinese who built the refinery in Khartoum, Gubek said.
1.5 Million South Sudanese Still In The North: Minister (14 AUGUST 2011) http://www.oyetimes.com/news/africa/13105-15-million-south-sudanese-still-in-the-north-minister Insecurity threats and inadequate transport have hindered the repatriation of South Sudanese from Khartoum, the Minister of Disaster and Humanitarian Affairs of the Government of South Sudan James Kok has said. The minister told Gurtong that nearly 1.5 million South Sudanese displaced during the civil war are still in the North. He said that insecurity along the borders of the two countries has greatly affected the repatriation exercise. Lack of adequate funds, insecurity and lack of transport means are the main challenges we are facing in repatriating the IDPs, Kok said.He said that the presence of militia groups have posed a major security threat to South Sudanese wishing to get back to their homes. Last month, the United Nations said nearly 300,000 IDPs from South Sudan have so far been repatriated to back home, but a bigger population remains in North Sudan.Over 4million South Sudanese were displaced to the North during the long civil war between the now neighbouring countries.Prior to the conduct of the South Sudan Referendum early this year, the Government of South Sudan in collaboration with international development partners launched a drive to repatriate all South Sudanese displaced to the North.
Americas Gift To The Worlds Nations: ENDLESS WAR!
By David G -- August 18, 2011
Friends, it is obvious to me and many others that the major American gift to the world is the existence of endless war.
America came onto the world stage in a burst of blood, oceans of it. It killed the Native Indians off while it engaged in wars with the British, the French and the Mexicans. Then it had a Civil war over slavery.
Ever since, it has been engaging in war all over the world, ranging from arranging or initiating coups (where it served Americas interests) all the way up to full scale invasions and occupations and even the use of atomic bombs.
All the time, America has claimed that it stands for freedom and human rights and democracy. But the Trojan Horses which it has given to most nations, Trojan Horses which it built to hang these noble claims on, has carried an insidious enemy inside it: that of U.S. imperialism and the ambition to dominate and control the world for its own benefit.
Many years ago, while still undergoing my education, it was common knowledge that much of America industry was devoted to the manufacture of weapons and armaments. It was even said way back then that America needed war to keep its economy going, to expand it.
But always people thought that America had pure motives, that it meant what it said. The old saying about how bullshit baffles brains comes to mind. Few people suspected what America was really up to, that it believed it was born to rule, that it really thought it was exceptional, that it really should dominate the world.
WW2 changed all that. With most of the world on its knees, America took the initiative. Fearful of Russia and socialism, America began to built up a massive army to ensure peace, or so they said. What it was to do was to ensure capitalism would grow, that and the Plutocratic upper class, and that communism that was built upon equality would be defeated. So began the arms race which bankrupted Russia, and Vietnam soon followed.
The America war machine went into overdrive. America borrowed massive amounts and the money was converted into more warships and fighter planes and nuclear submarines. Its squadrons and flotillas multiplied and soon it was spending more than much of the rest of the world combined on defense, all to ensure peace, remember.
Wherever it went, it built huge military bases, formed alliances with anti-communist nations and all manner of despots who would serve American purposes.
So here were are, in 2011, living in a fractured, warring world that is built upon war: American-initiated war. Western nations are still feeding the American war machine even though the building of that machine has brought America close to bankruptcy.
America, using its spies and Ambassadors and Envoys who came in Trojan Horses, is pulling strings in many countries of the world, carrying out war-games with its acolytes, manipulating Governments using bribes and promises and threats, frantically spinning its web, selling its weapons, fanning disputation and hatreds. Even in Australia, the Australian Government is caught in its clawing grasp.
America is corrupting the world, dragging it into endless war. It talks peace while it creates war! It is the enemy of freedom and human rights, and honesty. It is sick!
AMERICA MUST BE STOPPED BEFORE A NUCLEAR WAR EVENTUALLY DESTROYS THE EARTH!
UK MAINSTREAM PRESS REVEALS WHAT WE KNEW ALL ALONG - THAT THIS WAS A MILITARY COUP AGAINST A SOVEREIGN STATE MOUNTED BY THE UK, FRANCE, THE US AND - SHAME! - CANADA! DON'T EXPECT OUR FEEBLE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IN CANADA TO DO ANYTHING ELSE THAN PARROTING THE OFFICIAL LINE AND THUS KEEPING THE POPULATION IN THE DARK ABOUT THE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OF THEIR GOVERNMENT.
British brains, brawn and bombs bolster Libyan rebels
23 August, 2011
Britains MI6 officers have been engaged in drilling Libyan rebels, helping them to establish a proper military plan for an assault on the capitol Tripoli.
?On Tuesday, British newspapers revealed that the UK not only detached spies and former SAS gurus to train militants, but was also providing them with ammunition for the operation, including night-vision goggles, advanced communication equipment and no less than 1,000 sets of body armor.
The Telegraph published an article about MI6 consultants working in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi for weeks, culminating in the raid on the Libyan capital.
Needless to say, the technical military capabilities of the British air force were supposed to take the most active part in these plans, which they actually did on Saturday night, bombing out four Libyan communications centers and destroying artillery positions and tanks on the streets of the Libyan capital.
But even British warfare professionals were surprised at the speed with which the rebel forces were advancing deep into Colonel Gaddafis defenses, only to find out later they have been lured into a trap.
The rebels had actually smuggled guns and ammunitions, as well as fighters, into Tripoli beforehand, so when the hour came they just rolled through the streets in increasing numbers and met practically no resistance at all.
The rebels hoped their advance would spark an uprising in the capital, but the actual number of citizens who chose to join premature democratic celebrations on Green Square was considerably moderate in comparison with the thousands who preferred to stand by the countrys leader in the governmental district of Bab al-Aziziya armed with the handguns distributed among the locals earlier.
During all that time, Royal Air Force Tornadoes and Typhoons continued to bomb governmental objects inside the Libyan capital, including Muammar Gaddafis bunker in Bab al-Aziziya and other buildings that the loyalist troops could use to their benefit, including schools empty due to summertime and the RAF still continues to do so, now focusing on the central part of the city. On Sunday alone the fighter jets made 46 attacks on various objects
The assault on the Libyan capital has been nurtured, orchestrated and co-ordinated by former and serving British intelligent officers. Questions now emerge as to how many of them have been KIA on the streets of Tripoli and if Gaddafis troops will be capable to present living proof of the UK plotting a military coup in a sovereign state.
Meanwhile, a military spokesperson from Operation Unified Protector rejected all reports of connections between NATO and the rebels.
During a video-conference from the Libyan mission's Naples headquarters, Colonel Roland Lavoie stressed that the alliance and anti-Gaddafi forces have never planned combined operations. Lavoie assured that all the information about the situation in Libya NATO leaders is obtained from allied countries.
However, freelance journalist Sukant Chandan, says the rebels have never been independent forces, They have always been in the pocket of Western intelligence services, he told RT.
This whole conflict has been engineered by Western governments since the beginning of mid-February. It is the same now in Tripoli.
To Chandan it is obvious that yesterdays attacks had been planned all along for weeks by NATO forces.
Order: Kill non-mainstream reporters in Libya, What U.S. is hiding
Deborah Dupre, Human Rights Examiner - August 22, 2011
Targeted Killings of non-mainstream reporters in Libya ordered: Attempts to bury truth
The Examiner learned in communications from human rights defenders and independent journalists throughout Monday that they were shaken with news of 1300 Libyans killed and 5000 wounded Saturday, plus, the U.S. allegedly ordered Targeted Killings of Voltaire Network reporters, Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya and Thierry Meyssan, non-mainstream reporters in Libya covering the NATO war, while other independent reporters there are being fired upon and one, Mohammed Nabbous was killed Saturday according to ABC News. In an interview with journalist Don DeBar on KPFA radio, he reported most mainstream "news" about Libya has been untrue, as alternative news sites heavily report but are increasingly persecuted according to their recent reports.
The reporter who may have known too much, slain and what the U.S. is hiding
"The conflict in Libya has claimed the life of another journalist. A sniper shot Mohammed Nabbous, 28-year old resident of Benghazi and founder of its first independent TV news channel Libya Alhurra, on Saturday night," reported ABC's Mark Colvin on Monday.
As Naboous was filming attacks in Benghazi, he was shot, soon after the regime said it was honouring a ceasefire, according to ABC.
"You may have heard Mohammed Nabbous on this program on Friday when he reported an attack on a power station outside Benghazi," Colvin wrote.
Within days of NATO bombings on Libya, Nabbous reportedly had a team of "citizen reporters," shooting video reports all around Benghazi that he was posting on his channel Libya Alhurra.
"He was also an important source for foreign networks like Al Jazeera, CNN and NPR who regularly interviewed him and rebroadcast his videos. We also relied on his video updates to confirm stories coming out of Benghazi," stated Colvin for ABC.
The sense of despair expressed by Human Rights advocates and independent journalists from various points around the globe in communications to the Examiner on Monday as word spread about the recent NATO massacres on Libyans, unreported by mainstream news, and the targeting of independent reporters.
Monday, cheers reported in some corners were not heard from human rights workers when mainstream reported Tripoli had falling under what independent reporters say, has been falsely reported on mainstream news.
"What is needed right now is not despair on our part, but the dissemination of information, which NATO has decided is the most important battleground," stated independent journalist, WBAIX radio announcer Don DeBar, formerly with NPR's WBAI.
DeBar told Dupré in communications early Tuesday that Nabbous, unlike painted by ABC, was "clearly a U.S. agent."
"He founded Libya's version of al-Hurra," said DeBar.
According to Wikipedia "Alhurra (or al-Hurra) (Arabic: [al-Hurra],[note] 'The free') is a United States-based satellite TV channel, sponsored by the U.S. government..."
"The station is forbidden from broadcasting itself within the U.S. under the 1948 Smith-Mundt Act concerning the broadcast of propaganda."
DeBar elaborated on U.S. media propaganda when interviewed by Press TV on Monday, showing documented photographic samples:
"Now the Russians, who conduct satellite surveillance of planet Earth, because they have been prepared for 50 years for a nuclear strike from the United States, said that, on the specific dates that [Gadaffi] charges were delineated that [he] had attacked his people from the air, here are the photographs: there are no planes in the air, there were no aeral activities conducted whatsoever. (Watch: 'US liable for civilian deaths in Libya', Press TV, August 22, 2011)
"This has not made the media in the west at all - including on programs like Democracy Now! and Al Jazeera which is carried on progressive radio networks, if you can believe that, in the United States," he told Press TV.
DeBar wrote Tuesday, "Coverage of the situation in Libya over the past three days, while useless to anyone trying to understand what is actually happening in Libya, nevertheless provides an interesting peek into the modus operandi of the global media that has broad application for the decoding of its coverage of all of the issues that touch our lives." (See: "Media Wars - Many Mouths, One Voice: Libya Coverage Provides a Peek Behind the Curtain," Don DeBar, August 23, 2011)
Targeted Individual reporters for Targeted Killings
The Réseau Voltaire, (Voltaire Network), an international non-profit organisation independent news group, based in Paris, released a brief statement late on Monday about its two journalists in Libya targeted for killings. (Also see: "Obama targeted killings lawsuit spotlights American civilians," Dupré, D. Examiner, September 2, 2010)
"From the Rixos [Hotel], the order was given by so-called "journalists" from the U.S. to bring down Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya and Thierry Meyssan."
The statement was released in an short newsletter by Voltaire news group saying that the individuals who gave the orders "have been identified and their names will be released in due course."
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya is a Research Associate with the Centre for Research on Globalization, and Thierry Meyssan, is president and founder of Voltaire Network and the Axis for Peace Conference.
Both Nazemroaya and Meyssan are entrenched in Hotel Rixos, the Voltaire news group reported in a written statement.
The targeted killing threats of the independent journalists highlight President Obama's signed Executive Order that the Center for Constitutional Rights defined as "an extrajudicial killing policy under which names are added to CIA and military 'kill lists' through a secret executive process and stay there for months at a time.
This policy 'is plainly not limited to imminent threats" the Center for Constitutional Rights had said in September 2010.
"After the attacks of September 11, the Pentagon began a shift away from its late Cold Warera 'two-war strategy,' premised on maintaining the ability to conduct two major military operations simultaneously, and began to focus instead on irregular warfare against individuals and groups." (Emphasis added; Sharon Weinberger, Black Ops: Secret Military Technology in the Age of Terrorism, August 3, 2010)
Weinberger furthers, "The head of U.S. Special Operations Command talks about 'high-tech man-hunting,' while Air Force officials describe plans to compress the 'kill chain.'" (Dupré, September 2, 2010)
An interview conducted early Monday morning with Voltaire's Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya showed him in hiding, and trapped in Tripoli.
"I'm confined in a place where I can't move," clearly unnerved and appearing to be in a very small space as he spoke, Nazemroaya said.
He described, partially in graphic details, some of the traumatizing events he has seen including massacres by NATO and the children.
"There have been massive, -- atrocious, -- criminal bombings" against the Libyan people he emphatically reported.
"I didn't sleep the other night because the bombings would not stop."
He asked how mainstream reporters can be reporting on what is happening out on the streets when they are in the hotel with him.
The Réseau, (Voltaire Network), according to Wikipedia:
"... systematically attacked the Bush and Sharon administrations. According to the Réseau, the United States are a "hyperpower", a term forged by former minister Hubert Védrine, and all international relations are strongly dependent on the attitude of the concerned nations toward the USA. Thus, any analysis quickly comes back to the USA which they accuse of trying to establish a "new world order", which was the exact formulation that George H.W. Bush used on September 11, 1990 in front of Congress on the 49th anniversary of the Pentagon's groundbreaking.
In an email, WBAIX radio's Don DeBar, who has remained in regular communications with several independent reporters in Libya, covered Libya there on the ground in 2009, and then, the covered the war on Libyans since its onset, concurred with Nazemroaya about mainstream journalists there.
"Most reporting is being done from inside or near the journalists' hotels," DeBar stated.
"Outside the primary location, snipers have fired at - and in one case, shot - non-mainstream journalists."
According to DeBar, only reporters "embedded with the invaders" have been permitted to shoot footage outdoors.
Libya's media has had its power cut off, so is off the air he said.
"The manufacture of events in Libya has been underway since the lead-up to the US-led invasion, including the narrative that enabled the UN resolutions 1970 and 1973 - prominent among these were the claim that the Libyan government was conducting an aerial war against protestors, countered by satellite evidence from the Russian military showing no such attacks took place, and the claim that African mercenaries were firing on protestors, which was both untrue and provoked racist killings of Libyans with African features and skin by rebel gangs."
On Press TV, DeBar stated about NATO's war on Libyans, "This is the second stop for AFRICOM [Africa Command], the first direct stop for AFRICOM under Obama's regime.
"AFRICOM came online about two months before he was elected but after Cote D'Ivoire - where they carried the elected president out of the country at gunpoint, the French did, the former colonial power - this episode began.
"And Libya has played - if you want to believe Nelson Mandela - Libya played a major role in ending apartheid in South Africa, and Muammar Gaddafi in particular played a major role in doing that. He has been active in building a communications infrastructure and a financial infrastructure owned by Africa in Africa."
Peddling Libya War as popular uprising when Libya had human rights obsrerved, unlike Americans having rights violated
Press TV asked DeBar, "If the Gaddafi regime has totally fallen, or will fall, how likely is it that the Libyan people will actually go further towards independence and be freer people as a lot of them who have been in the streets, and they have been showing some of them today, are saying? What's the likely scenario in your perspective?
DeBar answered, "The likely scenario is colonialism, and the reason for the invasion of Libya is that Libya was one of the places organizing against colonialism of the continent of Africa."
Early Monday morning, when KPFA's Davey D interviewed DeBar about the real on-the-ground situation in Tripoli, DeBar said the war on Libya was peddled as a popular uprising, but Libyans, unlike Americans, have no reason to rebel against their government. (See: Don DeBar, "LIBYA: The Real Deal" Youtube.)
"Unlike Americans," he said, "everyone in Libya owns their own home, a human right -- as well as free education, free health care comparable to the U.S. hospitals, affordable and widely available food - unlike Americans have," he said.
DeBar said on Press TV:
"The people of Libya, by the way, went from being the poorest people on the planet in 1969, by every objective measure, to having the highest standard of living in Africa, and one of the highest standards of living in the Muslim world - housing is owned by the people, free of any mortgages, everyone. It is a human right there under the law - and the entire education system and free healthcare." (Press TV Transcript)
In Tripoli, "relentless NATO bombings resumed around 10:20 Monday morning against certain objectives that independent reporters say is a massacre," according to Voltaire.
The fighting also resumed around the Rixos Hotel where some Libyan leaders along with the foreign journalists are entrenched.
DeBar said he has been told by some journalists stuck in the hotel, who have been able to call around the city to the many residents they know personally:
"The invaders have been largely turned back. They arrived under severe aerial attacks across the city, including strafing of civilians intended to clear the streets for the invasion.
"They were supplemented with troop landings from NATO naval vessels in the port. This was apparently the source of many of the Qatari personnel."
Three states have offered diplomatic protection to the Voltaire Network team of reporters in Libya the news group stated.
"However, trapped in the city, they have no way of reaching the respective embassies."
Turn of media events late Monday evening
On Monday, DeBar urged people to visit his Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/don.debar where he keeps a long string of information needing to be shared, "especially those in, or in contact with people in, Libya," he stated late Monday.
In a dramatic turn of events late Monday night, The Washington Post published an article about the reporting contradictions.
"Forces loyal to the fugitive Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi struck back Monday against the rebel fighters who had swept euphorically into the capital the night before, forcing them to retreat from several strategic locations and tempering hopes that the battle for Tripoli was all but over."
"The dramatic appearance Monday night of Gaddafis son Saif al-Islam at the Rixos hotel, where the Tripoli-based press corps remains trapped, contradicted the rebels assertion the day before that they had captured him and cast into doubt their claim of controlling 80 percent of the capital."
DeBar told Dupré in a private email that his Press TV interview was recorded at 2:30 pm New York time on Monday, August 22, 2011.
"At that time, I questioned the veracity of the claimed capture of Gadaffi's sons and of rebel control of the city of Tripoli. It turns out I was right."
"No, I don't have a crystal ball - just good contacts on the ground who don't lie or hold their tongues when they see horrible wrong being done. NATO - that's Obama to the apologists - has done everything to keep this information from you, but the truth will out!"
Journalists who engage in war propaganda must be held accountable (August 16, 2011) http://www.voltairenet.org/Journalists-who-engage-in-war
The war propaganda has entered a new phase, involving the coordinated action of satellite TV stations. CNN, France24, the BBC and Al Jazeera have become instruments of disinformation used to demonize governments and justify armed aggressions. These practices are illegal under international law and the impunity of the perpetrators must be stopped. CLIP
THE WAR PROMOTED BY WESTERN LEADERS IS CONDEMNED BY 200 LIBYAN TRIBES - Manifesto of the Libyan Tribal council (August 25, 2011) http://www.voltairenet.org/Manifesto-of-the-Libyan-Tribal
While NATO and its supporters envisage an endgame in Libya, they would do well to revisit some of the excerpts from the Libyan Tribal Council manifesto which was issued barely one month ago, on 26 July 2011.
Disaster capitalism swoops over Libya (August 25, 2011) by Pepe Escobar http://www.voltairenet.org/Disaster-capitalism-swoops-over
Think of the new Libya as the latest spectacular chapter in the Disaster Capitalism series. Instead of weapons of mass destruction, we had R2P, short for "responsibility to protect". Instead of neo-conservatives, we had humanitarian imperialists. But the target is the same: regime change. And the project is the same: to completely dismantle and privatize a nation that was not integrated into turbo-capitalism; to open another (profitable) land of opportunity for turbocharged neo-liberalism. The whole thing is especially handy because it is smack in the middle of a nearly global recession.
It will take some time; Libyan oil wont totally return to the market within 18 months. But theres the reconstruction of everything the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) bombed (well, not much of what the Pentagon bombed in 2003 was reconstructed in Iraq ...). Anyway - from oil to rebuilding - in thesis juicy business opportunities loom. Frances neo-Napoleonic Nicolas Sarkozy and Britains David of Arabia Cameron believe they will be especially well positioned to profit from NATOs victory. Yet theres no guarantee the new Libyan bonanza will be enough to lift both former colonial powers (neo-colonials?) out of recession.
President Sarkozy in particular will milk the business opportunities for French companies for all theyre worth - part of his ambitious agenda of "strategic redeployment" of France in the Arab world. A compliant French media are gloating that this was "his" war - spinning that he decided to arm the rebels on the ground with French weaponry, in close cooperation with Qatar, including a key rebel commando unit that went by sea from Misrata to Tripoli last Saturday, at the start of "Operation Siren". Well, he certainly saw the opening when Muammar Gaddafis chief of protocol defected to Paris in October 2010. Thats when the whole regime change drama started to be incubated.
Bombs for oil - As previously noted (see "Welcome to Libyas democracy", Asia Times Online, August 24) the vultures are already circling Tripoli to grab (and monopolize) the spoils. And yes - most of the action has to do with oil deals, as in this stark assertion by Abdeljalil Mayouf, information manager at the "rebel" Arabian Gulf Oil Company: "We dont have a problem with Western countries like the Italians, French and UK companies. But we may have some political issues with Russia, China and Brazil." These three happen to be crucial members of the BRICS group of emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), which are actually growing while the Atlanticist, NATO-bombing economies are either stuck in stagnation or recession. The top four BRICs also happen to have abstained from approving UN Security Council resolution 1973, the no-fly zone scam that metamorphosed into NATO bringing regime change from above. They saw right through it from the beginning.
To make matters worse (for them), only three days before the Pentagons Africom launched its first 150-plus Tomahawks over Libya, Colonel Gaddafi gave an interview to German TV stressing that if the country were attacked, all energy contracts would be transferred to Russian, Indian and Chinese companies.So the winners in the oil bonanza are already designated: NATO members plus Arab monarchies. Among the companies involved, British Petroleum (BP), Frances Total and the Qatar national oil company. For Qatar - which dispatched jet fighters and recruiters to the front lines, trained "rebels" in exhaustive combat techniques, and is already managing oil sales in eastern Libya - the war will reveal itself to be a very wise investment decision. Prior to the months-long crisis that is in its end game now with the rebels in the capital, Tripoli, Libya was producing 1.6 million barrels per day. Once resumed, this could reap Tripolis new rulers some US$50 billion annually. Most estimates place oil reserves at 46.4 billion barrels. CLIP
Chavez: Libya's tragedy begins with Gadhafi's fall (Aug 24, 2011) http://news.yahoo.com/chavez-libyas-tragedy-begins-gadhafis-fall-183545238.html
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday that Libya's crisis is just beginning with the fall of Moammar Gadhafi's government.Chavez has been a staunch defender of Gadhafi throughout the conflict, and he condemned NATO airstrikes and killings of civilians. "The drama of Libya isn't ending with the fall of Gadhafi's government. It's beginning," Chavez said. "The tragedy in Libya is just beginning." (...) Chavez said Tuesday that Venezuela would continue to recognize Gadhafi as Libya's leader and would refuse to recognize a rebel-led interim government. On Wednesday, he denounced the U.S. role in the conflict, saying it represents "the madness of an empire." "They've destroyed a country and they continue destroying it," Chavez said. "How many Libyan children have died?" He made the remarks in response to questions from reporters after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. "Now they're aiming against Syria," said Chavez, referring to another ally of Venezuela.
Even allowing for the uneasy relationship between reporting and reality from both sides in Libya's civil war, Muammar Gaddafi's regime seems on its last legs. Feeling jubilant over the downfall of Libya's tyrant wouldn't be a hard task as a rule. A particularly loathsome specimen even by Middle East standards, Gaddafi's departure would have felt like a net gain for humanity as well as for his own country in 1969, when he seized power; in the 1970s, when he was murdering his rivals and opponents; in the 1980s, when he was sponsoring and facilitating terrorism all over the world; and in the 1990s and 2000s, when he was merely assassinating dissidents while pretending to turn over a new leaf.
But, except for token shows of force, no one took him on. He was virtually rehabilitated, even fussed over at the 2009 G8 summit by the very NATO leaders who spent the last few months trying to dethrone and preferably pulverize him.
It may happen now - it probably will - but it may not do any good. The "Arab Spring," a phenomenon that has aroused the enthusiasm of many, has aroused mainly apprehension in me.
On February 23, I wrote that "to optimistic observers, especially to eastern seaboard liberal-democratic types, the ouster of Tunisian tyrant Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in January amounted to lighting a long fuse to blow up all tyrannies in the Middle East. Pessimistic observers agree that the fuse has been lit, except the ensuing explosions aren't going to herald something better, such as democracy, but worse, such as theocracy."
My concern only increased when I saw much of the Western media not being able to tell the difference between a popular uprising and Egypt's military ridding itself of Hosni Mubarak. I wrote that the question to ask wasn't "Will the protesters win?" but "Will the protesters win if they do?" The answer seemed to me very much in doubt in Egypt, and increasingly so as the Arab Spring wore on. A month later, on March 30, I wrote that for the Obama administration "going into Libya, win or lose, may dwarf all foreign policy errors of the Bush administration combined."
Talking not just about Libya but the region as a whole, I suggested that "toppling a number of repressive, corrupt, inefficient and bellicose dictators friendly to the West and replacing them with equally repressive, corrupt, inefficient and bellicose dictators hostile to the West is the most likely outcome of the events that began in Tunisia in 2011. For historical models, think of the Ayatollah Khomeini replacing the Shah of Iran."
Beginning in the 14th century, the Ottoman Sultans had a force of captive Christians, called Janissaries. In our times, incongruously, it was a role NATO was beginning to assume. History's greatest military alliance assembled to defend democratic Christendom's frontiers, ended up as (unpaid) mercenaries protecting Islam's. Having acted for Muslim insurgents against Serbia in Kosovo in 1999, NATO's Janissaries were now acting for Muslim rebels they knew next to nothing about in Libya.
I wrote that if we were lending our top guns to people, it might be salutary to have a street address for them - and NATO didn't for Libya's rebels. Who were they? As I wrote five months ago, "many of the Arab Spring's stalwarts we're invited to cheer, far from being friendly to liberal democracy, seem implacably and permanently hostile to it."
Commentators sanguine about the possibility of something good emerging from all the sound and fury included several I respected, such as Fouad Ajami. While admiring their optimism, I remained a pessimist. It seemed to me it wasn't democrats spearheading the opposition to ruling Arab strongmen in the region but military or tribal competitors - at best. At worst, they were jihadists. Replacing killer colonels and ophthalmologists with Taliban-types in the Arab world seemed no cause for celebration to me.
I agree with the Middle East Forum's Daniel Pipes. The noted American commentator wrote a couple of days ago that he wasn't joining those ready to party over the political demise of the foul Libyan Colonel just yet.
"The NATO intervention in March 2011," Pipes wrote, "was done without due diligence as to who it is in Benghazi that it was helping. To this day, their identity is a mystery. Chances are good that Islamist forces are hiding behind more benign elements, waiting for the right moment to pounce, as roughly happened in Iran in 1978-79, when Islamists did not make clear their strength nor their program until the shah was well disposed of. Should that be the case in Libya today, then the miserable Gaddafi will prove to be better than his successors for both the Libyan subjects of tyranny and the West."
Indeed. For the West to welcome the replacement of a friendly despot with an unfriendly democrat may show altruism, but welcoming the replacement of a friendly despot with an unfriendly despot shows only naiveté. As for pursuing replacement policies without finding out who is about to replace whom - well, there's a word for that, too. It's called negligence.
China asks UN to lead post-war efforts in Libya (24/08/2011) http://www.bangkokpost.com/lite/news/253264/china-asks-un-to-lead-post-war-efforts-in-libya
Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi also called on UN chief Ban Ki-moon to work with other regional organisations such as the African Union and the Arab League to restore order, the government said in a statement."The UN should play a leading role in post-war arrangements in Libya," Yang told Ban on Tuesday, according to a foreign ministry statement. On Wednesday, China called for a "smooth transition" of political power in Libya after rebel forces overran Moamer Kadhafi's compound, signalling the near end of six months of conflict, although the veteran strongman has yet to be found."China hopes for a smooth transition of political power in Libya," China spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in a statement. "We hope the future, new regime will adopt effective measures to unite different factions, rapidly restore a normal social order and strive to start political and economic reconstruction."Fighting erupted in Libya in February, prompting China to evacuate nearly 36,000 of its nationals from the country in a huge land, sea and air operation.Beijing initially adopted a policy of non-interference in the conflict but then shifted its position and started making contact with rebel forces. In June, Yang hosted senior rebel leader Mahmud Jibril in Beijing and recognised Libya's opposition as an "important dialogue partner". Ma said on Wednesday that China had always attached importance to the rebel National Transitional Council's role in "resolving Libya's problems".Commerce ministry spokesman Shen Danyang, meanwhile, said China was willing to help rebuild Libya after the conflict."We also hope to continue to develop cooperation of all kinds with Libya," he said. According to a previous ministry statement, China currently has 50 large-scale projects worth at least $18.8 billion in Libya.
NATO responsible for civilian deaths in Libya: U.S. congressman http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-08/24/c_131069829.htm
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. congressman said on Tuesday that NATO must be held accountable for civilian deaths in Libya, accusing the organization of "illegally" pursuing regime change and "recklessly" bombing the civilians. Dennis Kucinich, a U.S. Democratic Representative from the state of Ohio, said in a statement that as Libyan rebels have entered Tripoli, it is time to "review the curious role of NATO and the future of U.S. interventionism.""A negotiated settlement in Libya was deliberately avoided for months while NATO, in violation of UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions 1970 and 1973, illegally pursued regime change," said the congressman. Kucinich said the NATO "recklessly bombed civilians in the name of saving civilians." "If members of the Gaddafi Regime are to be held accountable, NATO's top commanders must also be held accountable through the International Criminal Court for all civilian deaths resulting from bombing," he said. "Otherwise we will have witnessed the triumph of a new international gangsterism," he added. NATO has been leading the airstrikes on forces loyal to Gaddafi, which is an important reason that the opposition forces can turn the tide and finally marches into Tripoli. On Tuesday, a NATO warplane bombed Muammar Gaddafi's tightly- guarded Bab al-Azizya compound in Tripoli after rebels started to attack the fortified compound. - CHECK ALSO Kucinich: NATO Pursued Regime Change in Libya
U.N. Condemns Mounting Civilian Deaths In Libya (August 12, 2011) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/12/libya-un-civilian-deaths_n_925675.html
The United Nations is growing increasingly vocal in its concerns about civilian casualties and other collateral damage in the ongoing conflict in Libya.On Thursday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon offered some of his strongest remarks yet on the subject, saying through a spokesperson that he was "deeply concerned by reports of the unacceptably large number of civilian casualties.""The Secretary-General calls on all parties to exercise extreme caution in their actions, in order to minimize any further loss of civilian life," the statement said.Ban's remarks came just a few days after another U.N. official strongly condemned a controversial NATO airstrike targeting the headquarters of Libyan State TV, in an attack that Libyan officials say resulted in the deaths of journalists and civilians."I deplore the NATO strike on Al-Jamahiriya and its installations," UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said on Monday."Media outlets should not be targeted in military actions," she said. "U.N. Security Council Resolution 1738 (2006) condemns acts of violence against journalists and media personnel in conflict situations."There have been growing calls for caution from the NATO-led military mission in Libya, with some observers saying that the allegedly high numbers of civilian casualties are both damaging to the mission and, possibly, in contravention of the original U.N. no-fly zone resolution. "It's quite clear that the NATO bombing has repeatedly violated the U.N. mandate," said Hugh Roberts, who until recently ran the North Africa project for the International Crisis Group. "They are killing civilians rather than preventing civilian deaths.""It's very hard to defend [Libyan leader Moammar] Gaddafi, but good people -- doctors, kids -- are being killed by these attacks, and they have to stop," said Karim Mezran, a Libyan professor of Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins University."I saw Libyan TV recently, and they showed a NATO bombing of a hospital, showed doctors covered by debris, nurses crying out 'Benghazi, come see what is happening here,'" Mezran added, referring to the city in Eastern Libya where the anti-Gaddafi rebels are based. "Of course they are using it for propaganda, which is to be expected, but with every victim there is more hate, more rage, and more distance between the parties. NATO should stop bombing and try to force the regime to get down to negotiations as soon as possible."One such incident occurred early in the week near the Libyan town of Zlitan, where the Gaddafi regime claimed that a NATO airstrike resulted in the deaths of 85 civilians, including children. Amnesty International has called for NATO to conduct an investigation into the reports. CLIP
Robert Fisk: History repeats itself, with mistakes of Iraq rehearsed afresh (25 August 2011) http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-history-repeats-itself-with-mistakes-of-iraq-rehearsed-afresh-2343459.html
With Gaddafi at large, a guerrilla war eroding the new powers is inevitable -- Doomed always to fight the last war, we are recommitting the same old sin in Libya.Muammar Gaddafi vanishes after promising to fight to the death. Isn't that just what Saddam Hussein did? And of course, when Saddam disappeared and US troops suffered the very first losses from the Iraqi insurgency in 2003, we were told by the US proconsul Paul Bremer, the generals, diplomats and the decaying television "experts" that the gunmen of the resistance were "die-hards", "dead-enders" who didn't realise that the war was over. And if Gaddafi and his egg-headed son remain at large and if the violence does not end how soon will we be introduced once more to the "dead-enders" who simply will not understand that the lads from Benghazi are in charge and that the war is over? Indeed, within 15 minutes literally of my writing the above words (2pm yesterday), a Sky News reporter had re-invented "die-hards" as a definition for Gaddafi's men. See what I mean? CLIP
The climate change movement is bigger than any one man or woman, but like it or not, no one is more associated with global warming than Al Gore. He's spoken with a prophetic voice for decades about the importance of action, but the country has yet to heed his advice. Climate skeptics and deniers often take shots at Gore, but it was he who shot back this past week at an event hosted by the Aspen Institute's Forum on Communications and Society.
Real Aspen reported Gore's comments, in which he compared the climate denier machine to that employed to trick the American public about the safety of cigarettes:
The model they innovated in that effort was transported whole cloth into the climate debate. And some of the exact same people -- by name, I can go down a list of their names -- are involved in this. And so what do they do? They pay pseudo-scientists, to pretend to be scientists, to put out the message: "This climate thing, it's nonsense. Man-made CO2 doesn't trap heat. It may be volcanoes." Bulls--t! "It may be sun spots." Bulls--t! "It's not getting warmer." Bulls--t!
And there are about 10 other memes that are out there, and when you go and talk to any audience about climate, you hear them washing back at you. The same crap, over and over and over again ... There is no longer a shared reality on an issue like climate even though the very existence of our civilization is threatened. People have no idea! And yet our ability to actually come to a shared reality that emphasizes the best evidence ... It's no longer acceptable in mixed company, meaning bipartisan company, to use the goddamn word "climate."
Gore, of course, is completely right. A few examples to to help illuminate his point:
-- Deniers are likely behind the complete nonsense of so-called Climategate, a classic technique to discredit the messengers while ignoring their message.
-- This Congress, much of which is bankrolled by fossil fuel interests, is working on cutting funding for the EPA just when the agency is preparing to finally go after the coal sector in a meaningful way.
-- The coal industry has spent tens of millions of dollars trying to deceive the American public into believing that the age of coal is here to stay, and that the country has no other option to power its schools, places of worship, and businesses.
Brent Schoon: "The climate change debate;. Amongst the public, one side yells;' it's too much carbon!' The other side yells;' no, I heard the sun is just a little hotter recently!' Having the non expert public bash each other over the head with scientific theories, is utterly pointless! This should be left to actively working climatologists. Shouldn't the only valid debate (if any) amongst the non expert public be; who are the experts, and why should we believe them? "
John Farnham · Red Deer, Alberta (SMACK IN DIRTY TAR SAND COUNTRY!): "Properly defined those experts who deny man made global warming" Scientists don't practice punditry : rather they tolerate and even encourage dissent to as to have the largest base of ideas when trying to find truth.'Denierism' is an old political meme which forces 'debate' into a false confrontation where Strawman Argumentation states 'both sides' of the 'argument.'Given that - is it reasonable to think a program to tax the world for the use of fire is less than overwhelming hubris, arrogance and a con?"
Brent Schoon: "Taxing fire is a cute term for a carbon tax, none the less; a carbon tax is clearly reasonable policy hardly a con, Given the warnings by those good folks who care not to practice punditry and whom also don't encourage dissent if it's baseless or clearly political or profit based."
Justin Maxwell · Edinburgh University: "Taxing carbon is much less of a con than pretending fossil fuel combustion should not be greatly restrained if not curtailed altogether. It appears to be the only sensible way to achieve anything approaching the emissions reductions targets countries with courage (ie other than the US) commited to under the Kyoto Protocol (though still ten-twenty years late of commitment timelines). It will work, as it must. All nations are waiting for is for the US to get on board, really. The concept of 'taxing fire' is an interesting one, more for philosophical rather than practical discussion however. Transport, shelter, and sustenance are all taxed already in any case, as is fuel, so why not the undesirable byproducts of provision of all of the above? Let's begin to think sensibly as a species, and realize that taxes are not all bad. Western societies have employed them for centuries in any case, this libertarian low-tax mindset is a particularly American phenomenon, and look where it's got that country! A failing superpower now unable to generate sufficient revenue to repay its vast debts while maintaining any sort of social safety net during a time of public need.
Karen Kaleta · Franklin, North Carolina: "Record high temperatures, droughts, tornados in the mountains, Tsunai's, volcanos errupting, flash floods, Category 5 hurricanes, trees by the millions dying, polar bears facing extinction because the ice is disappearing, countless species facing extinction...... etc...... The Governments and the money hungry, greed filled individuals who cannot see the forest for the trees are making decisions for the rest of us and those with their heads in the sand and not being a part of conversation and awareness are helping kill this great Mother of ours. We are all connected....Wake Up....
Senators Opposing End of Oil Subsidies Received Five Times More in Big Oil Campaign Cash http://priceofoil.org/2011/05/17/senators-opposing-end-of-oil-subsidies-received-five-times-more-in-big-oil-campaign-cash/
Washington, D.C.-U.S. Senators that blocked a vote on legislation to end taxpayer subsidies to oil companies have received five times more in campaign contributions from oil and gas interests than those who voted to begin debate, according to Oil Change International and Public Campaign Action Fund analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics.The 48 Senators that voted against cloture today on S. 940, the Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act, have received $370,664, on average, in campaign contributions from the employees and political action committees (PACs) of oil and gas companies during their time in Congress, while those who voted to consider the legislation received just $72,145, on average."Giving profitable, price-hiking Big Oil companies billions in taxpayer subsidies is plain wrong," said David Donnelly, national campaigns director for Public Campaign Action Fund. "The Senators who voted to prevent consideration of this bill today have made it clear-they stand with their big oil donors over their constituents struggling to fill their tank.""Americans know these subsidies are just another special interest handout that is repaid with lavish campaign contributions," said Steve Kretzmann, executive director of Oil Change International. "Congress will need to have the backbone to bite the hands that feed them if we're ever going to end subsidies to Big Oil." Overall, those opposed to the legislation have received $17,791,875 in campaign cash from oil and gas interests over the years, while those who voted in favor received $3,751,551. In addition, oil and gas companies spent $39.5 million on 633 lobbyists in the first quarter of 2011. Data on each Senator is available at http://dirtyenergymoney.com
Fossil Fuel Subsidies http://priceofoil.org/fossil-fuel-subsidies/
What is a fossil fuel subsidy?A fossil fuel subsidy is any government action that lowers the cost of fossil fuel energy production, raises the price received by energy producers or lowers the price paid by energy consumers. How much money does the government give the oil, gas and coal companies? Estimates of the value of US federal subsidies to the domestic oil and gas industry alone (not coal) range from "only" $4 billion a year, to an amazing $41 billion annually. One recent comprehensive study of US energy subsidies (see graph below) identified $72.5 billion in federal subsidies for fossil fuels between 2002-2008, or just over $10 billion annually. For a discussion of the reasons for these ranges, see below. Whatever the number, it seems ludicrous that any of our tax dollars would support such established and profitable industries. CLIP
Budget hawks: Does US need to give gas and oil companies $41 billion a year? (March 9, 2011) http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2011/0309/Budget-hawks-Does-US-need-to-give-gas-and-oil-companies-41-billion-a-year
As President Obama and Congress look for budget cuts, some experts say federal energy subsidies are ripe for trimming. Among oil companies, nuclear power, and coal, who gets what from US taxpayers? -- Desperately seeking fiscal savings, Congress and President Obama are scrambling to find anything in the federal budget that can be thrown overboard, from child nutrition aid to funding for military bands. But the American people might be on to something. In a poll conducted for NBC and the Wall Street Journal, three-quarters of respondents favored "eliminating tax credits for the oil and gas industries." Specifically, 47 percent said they found such cuts "totally acceptable" and 27 percent said they found it "mostly acceptable."
To some budget hawks cutting subsidies to mature and profitable energy industries is an inevitable part of any budget deficit solution. "Clearly most of the attention has been focused on non-security discretionary budget," says Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense in Washington. "But even if we eliminated every dime of that, we would still have a trillion-dollar deficit. So these issues like subsidies for the oil and gas industry - and the tax code - are going to have to be tackled." Finding and tallying federal energy subsidies, however, can be fiendishly difficult. Doug Koplow of the energy-consulting firm Earth Track in Cambridge, Mass., is considered one of the nation's leading experts on the topic.He estimates that the US spent between $49 billion and $100 billion on energy subsidies in 2007 - numbers Mr. Koplow says are still accurate if adjusted for inflation. The handouts cover a broad range of activities, from federal loan guarantees and funding for energy research and development to special tax exemptions.Here is how the subsidies break down by category, adjusted for inflation, according to Koplow.
Oil and gas: $41 billion -- President Obama wants Congress to chop $3.6 billion in 2012 oil and gas tax breaks for a total of $46.2 billion over the next decade. Among Mr. Obama's targets: a nearly century-old oil and gas industry tax deduction for the costs of preparing drill sites and a manufacturer's tax break granted the oil industry in 2004. The number is significant, but still little more than one-tenth of the federal subsidies that oil and gas companies might receive over 10 years. Adjusted for inflation, they currently receive about $41 billion in annual subsidies annually. That amounts to more than half - 52 percent - of total benefits distributed to energy sectors by the federal government.
Coal: $8 billion -- In second place among fossil fuels, the US coal industry reaps about $8 billion in subsidies annually - or about 10 percent of total federal largess. This includes tax breaks, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars on research into carbon capture and storage.Those figures mean that subsidies to industries involved in fossil fuels total about $52 billion when adjusted for inflation - about two-thirds all federal energy subsidies. CLIP
Smart Choices About Smart Meters: Critical Issues to Consider in Deciding Whether to Opt Out
Posted on July 5, 2011 by Smart Meter Safety Coalition
A public service brought to you by the Smart Meter Safety Coalition
Now that the Maine Public Utilities Commission has ruled that it is unreasonable for Central Maine Power to force every customer to accept a wireless meter, and that it is in the public interest for customers to opt-out, heres a candid look at the information you wont find in CMPs promotional materials.
Its information you need to decide whether the purported benefits of a smart meter outweigh the documented risks to health, safety, privacy and cybersecurity.
Heres why people, communities and governments around the world are rejecting smart meters:
- Radiofrequency interference causing malfunctioning of wireless equipment such as Wi-Fi and Netflix
- Radiofrequency interference causing malfunctioning of medical equipment such as pacemakers and wireless insulin pumps
- Radiofrequency spikes causing appliances to break
- Health effects like migraines, nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms, heart palpitations and sleeplessness caused by intense bursts of radiofrequency radiation that has just been classified as a possible carcinogen by the World Health Organization in the same category as lead, engine exhaust and DDT
- Cybersecurity breaches
- Excessive billing
- Interception of personal identity information
- Electrical fires
Heres a more in-depth look at the problems associated with wireless smart meters:
Smart Meters have caused Wi-Fi, Netflix, security systems, appliances, and other equipment to malfunction and break. Interference with electronic devices (home office printers, fax machines, scanners, computers, television and cable settings, etc.) has been reported after smart meter installation.
Appliances and devices that are electrically connected in the home (plugged into home electrical wiring) can experience radiofrequency bursts of high enough intensity to cause malfunction and/or damage.
CMP has received more than 100 complaints about interference, and has hired a subcontractor to deal with these problems. However, the company has failed to follow the PUCs order to prominently feature in its opt-out communications the phone number customers can call for help in dealing with these interference problems.
Wireless radiofrequency radiation from smart meters can cause medical devices to stop working. Medical implants such as pacemakers and deep-brain stimulators used to control the shaking of Parkinsons disease can be turned off by the radiofrequency interference (RFI) caused by the signal. These signals are already reported in published studies to interfere with critical care equipment, ventilators, pain pumps, wireless insulin pumps and other medical devices.
Dizziness, migraines, nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms, insomnia and heart palpitations are some of the symptoms reported around Maine and around the world after smart meter installation. Smart meters transmit throughout the neighborhood in intense bursts, thousands of times during the day and night. Scientists have compared the intensity of each burst to 100 times the radiation from a cell phone.
Numerous other risks to human health from radiofrequency/microwave (RF/MW) radiation exposure, particularly to children and people with disabilities, at levels below the current FCC limits are summarized in articles published in the March 2009 issue of Pathophysiology.
Smart meters send and receive wireless RF/MW signals throughout homes and businesses. These smart meter RF/MW levels are far higher than those already reported to cause health risks. Compliance is not safety, since the existing FCC safety limits are under challenge, and have already been called insufficient to protect public health by some federal agencies.
Concerns about the security of the US electrical grid have received widespread media coverage (Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2009). Smart meters present a new vulnerability to intentional sabotage as well as to inadvertent access to private information, since the network is wireless and it adds direct linkage to home computers and personal data.
The wireless network proposed to enable smart grid and smart meter technology is a full-saturation, full-coverage blanket of RF/MW radiation into every home and business that can increase the points of entry to malicious software (malware), to electrical service disruption or disconnection, and to terrorist attack on the electrical and communications grid throughout the US (Wired.com, March 4, 2010).
CNN launched a Cyber Shockwave program on February 20, 2011, that detailed national concerns over the security of the Internet and of wireless communications, which makes us vulnerable to loss of the electrical grid, Internet and wireless communications across the country. Banking, transportation and the electrical grid had the biggest vulnerabilities.
In addition to overbilling issues, many experts also warn that smart meters could cost consumers more money than they will save. Consumers Digest (Feb. 2011) did an investigative report exposing the fact that in order to fully utilize the smart meter home area network (HAN) that monitors how much electricity is used by different appliances, customers will have to spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars in new appliances, each one outfitted with its own transmitter.
The use of wireless networks to transmit information and data leaves open the potential for misuse of personal data, billing and usage information, and other private information.
Privacy breaches have already been documented (illegal access of 179,000 accounts at Hydro Toronto, for example).
NO ENERGY SAVINGS
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen studied that states smart meter pilot program and concluded that there was no energy savings.
The pilot results showed no beneficial impact on total energy usage, Jepsen said. And, the savings that were seen in the pilot were limited to certain types of customers and would be far outweighed by the cost of installing the new meter systems, he said. Also, the existing meters, installed between 1994 and 2005, have a useful life of 20 years and replacing them early would incur additional costs for customers, Jepsen said.
Now that you know the serious and documented risks, its up to you whether to pay the $12 per month opt-out fee to keep your existing meter (the electro-mechanical option listed below). If you havent already, you will soon be receiving this opt-out correspondence from CMP, giving you 30 days to decide which type of meter you want.
While we dont believe that anyone should have to pay to protect their health, safety, security, or privacy or to avoid exposure to a possible carcinogen within their own home we also believe that a paid opt-out is better than no opt-out, considering the risks.
Youll see that CMP lists another option (Option A), which is a wireless meter with the transmitter turned off. Its $1.50 per month cheaper than keeping your existing meter, and while it doesnt eliminate all the risks, we see it as a much safer alternative to the standard wireless smart meter.
Winning Opt-Outs, Setting the Record Straight about Wireless Smart Meters (May 18, 2011) http://smartmetersafety.com/2011/05/18/wireless-smart-meters-setting-the-record-straight-about-health-safety-security-and-privacy/
We did it! The Smart Meter Safety Coalition sends out a huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped win this landmark fight for opt-outs.The Maine Public Utilities Commission has officially ruled in our favor, rejecting Central Maine Powers arguments and giving each customer the right to choose whether a wireless smart meter is worth the risks to health, safety, privacy and security.CMP will be contacting customers about various opt-out options and costs associated with each option. Our favorite is the existing meter option, for $40 up front and $12 per month. While we do not believe that anyone should have to pay to maintain their health, safeguard their privacy, prevent overcharging or protect their electronics from malfunctioning, the reality is that without this charge, everyone would be forced to have these devices, which are causing headaches, nausea, insomnia, heart palpitations, skyrocketing electric bills, broken appliances and electronic interference with pacemakers, security systems and Wifi. Trying to decide whether to opt out? The article below is a must read. Find out everything you wont learn in CMPs promotional materials, including why youll be forced to buy all new appliances if you want to take full advantage of your smart meter. Wireless Smart Meters: Setting the Record Straight About Health, Safety, Security and Privacy - A former New York Times science/medical writer tells you everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision about whether to let CMP install a wireless meter on your home. Read the article, The Problems with Smart Grids, by B. Blake Levitt and Chellis Glendinning.
December 2, 2010. Information provided to the public by those who are promoting Wireless Smart Meters is misleading and factually incorrect! Below is a document that was produced by Iberdrola USA and Central Maine Power. Can you find the one fact that is partially correct? See answer below.
This document states that the FCC limit for RF exposure is 1 milliwatt per square centimeter. This is the only statement that is partially correct. In fact the FCC guidelines range from 200 to 1000 depending on frequency.
If you watched the video showing the constant radiation being emitted from one Wireless Smart Meter you would realize that the statement that these meters emit radiation for 1 minute a day is simply wrong. If you watched that video you would also realize that at a distance of 1 yard, a smart meter emits much more radiation than that occurring naturally on earth. And who would believe that the human body generates more radiation than a TV, radio and cell tower?
If natural levels of radiation were so high they would interfere with telecommunciations. If people emitted so much radiation we wouldnt be able to take measurements because our bodies would interfere with the readings.
I wish this were a spoof but it isnt. This type of information is being doled out to an unsuspecting public who are not nearly as unsophisticated and ignorant as those working in public relation firms on behalf of the Smart Meter and utility industries would like to believe.
John Adams said, Liberty can not be preserved without general knowledge among people.
Fortunately, a growing number of people are becoming involved in the Smart Meter debate and they are sharing information that is both accurate and disturbing. What is disturbing is that a growing number of people who have Smart Meters on their home are getting sick. Time will tell if this is a coincidence, a psychosomatic response, or is a real physiological response to radio frequency radiation?
These people are not willing to have their homes irradiated when alternative ways to transmit this information are available (telephone lines for example). And even those who dont necessarily believe smart meters are harmful are not willing to have their privacy compromised.
First it was cell phone towers in the neighbourhood. Then it was WiFi coffee shops, WiFi on planes, and WiFi in schools. Now it is smart meters on every home. Each of these devices emit radio frequency radiation increasing our exposure 24 hours a day. How much radiation can the human body sustain and how long before we get the results from this global experiment we are conducting on our own species? And who will have the courage to turn the radiation off when we discover that we are not able to survive in a soup of microwave radiation?
What is particularly disturbing is that the longer we are exposed to this radiation, the less radiation we will be able to tolerate. At least that is the message from those who have become sensitive to radio frequency radiation. And these people who have become sensitive are the early warning indicators, the canaries in the coal mine. Why do we not heed their warning? They are foreshadowing what the rest of the world will experience as radiation levels continue to rise. We can still avert this human health tsunami . . . if we change our ways . . . and we need to do this sooner rather than later.
Canadian scientist, Dr. Magda Havas, PhD says wireless technologies and other EMFs may affect over 35% of the US population. Common symptoms such as attention deficit, headaches, sleep issues, blood sugar imbalances, heart palpitations, joint pain, concentration, allergies and asthma may be traced to exposures from wireless and EMFs.
The most vulnerable groups to microwave radiation from wireless technologies are women, children and at-risk adults with an existing health condition
Children are smaller in mass and thus absorb disproportionately higher levels of microwave radiation than adults. Delicate biological balances associated with their rapid growth also may make them more susceptible to even very low levels of microwave radiation from wireless like games consoles, WiFi, cell phones and cell towers.
Microwaves stimulate growth. In fact doctors use microwaves to promote healing of bones. However, promoting growth may not always be a benefit. For instance, a small tumor can be stimulated to grow faster and larger by microwaves. Microwave radiation and other EMFs have also been proven to disrupt cellular operations. Calcium efflux the outflow from the cells of a key regulator of cell growth - has been linked with EMFs.
The following conditions have been linked with wireless technologies and other EMFs:
"Rapid Aging Syndrome" is the term coined by Dr. Havas for stress symptoms resulting from the increase in wireless technologies around us. In 2002, more than 3,000 European physicians and medical practitioners made the connection between wireless technologies and our decline in health in the The Freiburger Appeal. Doctors all over Europe detail the physiological connection between wireless technologies and the explosion of stress symptoms like poor concentration, headaches, exhaustion, agitation, sleeplessness, joint pain; and heart rate and blood pressure changes.
Women suffer disproportionately from many of the new auto-immune and hormonal conditions. At-risk adults may also suffer increased health impacts from these conditions, which are scientifically-linked with microwaves/ EMFs:
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