The Perfect Storm Series # 22: Business as Usual on Earth Going, Going... And Just About Gone!
I know this is a big one to send your way at a moment when like most people, in the northern hemisphere, we have our minds set on enjoying summertime and just hoping that, somehow, solutions will be found to the myriad of problems facing our beleaguered planet.
Yet, if one is properly In-formed on what's currently happening and about what scientific research reveals on the state of our planet, it is hard to ignore the clamor for our attention all these problems require.
Can we each make a difference? You bet! We never had so many tools like our powerful personal computers and the globe-linking Internet to circulate crucial information, campaign for change and tell others know about what we have found that works best to contribute to the Solution instead of to the Problem.
Is it worth getting anxiously agitated over whatever is happening right now or might happen in the near future? Totally pointless and a waste of vital energy! Is it crucial to stay focused in the Light so as to Be the Change we want to see in the world? Priceless!
As it says on the Earth Rainbow Network homepage...
There is nothing to do but to BE!
Or to be more explicit... "When we are in the 'doing' mode, it is mostly the ego that is trying to drive the game, whereas when we are in the 'being' mode, it is mainly the inner Divine soul that is radiating its all-encompassing frequency of Love which naturally soothes and heals everything and guides us onto the best path of action, the ideal wording and the optimal thinking and feeling."
So let us Go with the Divine 'Being' Flow and thoroughly enjoy the 'ride', knowing that wherever the Flows of Life carries us is precisely where we ought to Be...
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"Today, the new technologies of Third Industrial Revolution distributed communications and distributed renewable energies are taking us to a new biosphere economy. The human race is becoming technologically interdependent and interconnected. What is sorely missing, however, is a leap in human empathy, beyond national boundaries to biosphere boundaries. We need to create social trust on a global scale if we are to create a seamless, integrated, just, and sustainable planetary economy. We can no longer afford to limit our notion of extended family to national boundaries, with Americans empathizing with fellow Americans, Chinese with Chinese, and the like. A truly global biosphere economy will require a global empathic embrace. We will need to think as a species as homo empathicus and prepare the groundwork for an empathic civilization imbedded in a shared biosphere."
"The transition to biosphere consciousness has already begun. All over the world, a younger generation is beginning to realize that one's daily consumption of energy and other resources ultimately affects the lives of every other human being and every other creature that inhabits the Earth. The Empathic Civilization is emerging. A younger generation is fast extending its empathic embrace beyond religious affiliations and national identification to include the whole of humanity and the vast project of life that envelops the Earth. But our rush to universal empathic connectivity is running up against a rapidly accelerating entropic juggernaut in the form of climate change. Can we reach biosphere consciousness and global empathy in time to avert planetary collapse?
SOLAR STORM WARNING (This bears repeating... Much more on this in my June 13 compilation) http://www.solar-storm-warning.com/
Award winning astrophysicist Alexia Demetria says our solar system is entering an interstellar energy cloud that will soon bring global catastrophe. -- In light of recent news, the following information is paramount. On July 14, 2010 we learned that our sun is passing through an interstellar energy cloud which excites/energizes the sun. NASA, along with The National Academy of Science and other world renowned scientist are so concerned about this up and coming solar maximum in late 2012, that way back in March 10, 2006 NASA issued a solar storm warning (in writing) for 2012. What NASA omitted in their 2006 solar storm warning is what prompted NASA in the first place to issue a 2012 solar storm warning four years in advance? Then in 2010, NASA again warns the general population of a pending solar storm, telling the population to get ready for a once in a lifetime solar storm. Despite that news agencies and websites like this one are beginning to cover this developing story, no high government official has yet to stick his or her neck out to make an official announcement about the catastrophic implications as to allow the global population to begin preparing. The following scientific data revealed by Alexei Dmitriev further supports NASA's original 2012 solar storm warning issued back in March of 2006. Astrophysicist Alexei Dmitriev says that both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 satellites reveal that our sun, as well as our entire solar system, is now moving into an interstellar energy cloud. Opher, a NASA Heliophysics Guest Investigator from George Mason University says this interstellar energy cloud is turbulent. Dmitriev explains that this cloud of energy is exciting the atmospheres of our planets and especially our sun. As this interstellar energy cloud continues to excite/charge the sun, it causes the sun to become more active, resulting in greater output from the sun. IE: Bigger and more frequent solar storms and CME's resulting in the Carrington effect. This interstellar cloud of electrical energy is also absorbed by the Earth, and scientist have found that it results in more earth quakes, all while dramatically effecting our weather here on earth. When asked how long will it take our sun to pass through this interstellar energy cloud, Dr. Dmitriev replied, "I don't know. But If I had to guess, I would say somewhere between two thousand to three thousand years." This interstellar cloud is a wispy band of charged particles through which our solar system is slowly moving through. When Dr. Dmitriev was asked what are the implications of all this for earth he replied, "Global catastrophe! Not in tens of years from now, but in ones of years" ...in that this global catastrophe is basically right around the corner setting the stage for NASA's latest solar storm warning 2012-2013. Dr. Dmitriev is talking about the Carrington Effect which can knock out electrical power and all modern forms of communications world wide for months on end, even years. When that happens, global anarchy and mass looting will soon begin as the food chain will become paralyzed/crippled in modern countries, while water shortages will quickly become a threat to our very survival because electricity is what runs the pumps that gets the water to our homes and offices. If you are not prepared prepared to be self efficient for one to two years, then you and your family will be at risk of dehydration and starvation during a time when drinking water, food and toilet paper will be more valuable then money itself. To hear the entire 122 minute report go HERE. Or go to straight to video #3, and start it at the 5:28 minute mark to learn more about this interstellar energy cloud as it unfolded on the radio.
A Super Solar Flare http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/06may_carringtonflare/
Another Carrington-class flare would dwarf these events. Fortunately, says Hathaway, they appear to be rare: "In the 160-year record of geomagnetic storms, the Carrington event is the biggest." It's possible to delve back even farther in time by examining arctic ice. "Energetic particles leave a record in nitrates in ice cores," he explains. "Here again the Carrington event sticks out as the biggest in 500 years and nearly twice as big as the runner-up." These statistics suggest that Carrington flares are once in a half-millennium events. The statistics are far from solid, however, and Hathaway cautions that we don't understand flares well enough to rule out a repeat in our lifetime. And what then? Lanzerotti points out that as electronic technologies have become more sophisticated and more embedded into everyday life, they have also become more vulnerable to solar activity. On Earth, power lines and long-distance telephone cables might be affected by auroral currents, as happened in 1989. Radar, cell phone communications, and GPS receivers could be disrupted by solar radio noise. Experts who have studied the question say there is little to be done to protect satellites from a Carrington-class flare. In fact, a recent paper estimates potential damage to the 900-plus satellites currently in orbit could cost between $30 billion and $70 billion. The best solution, they say: have a pipeline of comsats ready for launch. CLIP
NASA Warns Earth On Collision Course With Unprecedented Solar Flare Eruption (June 5, 2010) http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2010/06/05/nasa-warns-unprecedented-solar-flare-heading-earth-1324/
NASA is warning that the Earth is on a collision course with a solar flare that could wipe out electronics, satellites and communication systems across the globe that humanity has become so reliant on in the 21 st century and is calling for the Government to organize the necessary preparations needed to prevent detect upcoming solar activity that can wreak havoc on humanity. The "Earth and space are about to come into contact in a way that's new to human history. To make preparations, authorities in Washington DC are holding a meeting: The Space Weather Enterprise Forum at the National Press Club on June 8th" reports the NASA article.
(...) "The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity. At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms. The intersection of these two issues is what we're getting together to discuss."Much of the damage can be mitigated if managers know a storm is coming. Putting satellites in 'safe mode' and disconnecting transformers can protect these assets from damaging electrical surges. Preventative action, however, requires accurate forecasting-a job that has been assigned to NOAA."Space weather forecasting is still in its infancy, but we're making rapid progress," says Thomas Bogdan, director of NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado. CLIP
2012 - A Global Climate Change Remote-Viewing Study Multiple Realities, Timelines, and Events http://www.farsight.org/demo/Demo2008/RV_Demo_2008_Page1.html
We at The Farsight Institute are currently engaged in a fascinating study using remote viewing to study climate and planetary change between the years 2008 and 2013. The initial results appear dramatic on a global scale, and our research does indeed suggest that major global change is a possibility between now and 2013.
(...) Initial Results: This project describes change between the years 2008 and 2013 across nine geographical locations with a global spread. The locations are Vaitupu, Tuvalu - Fort Jesus, Mombasa Kenya, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia - Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania - United States Congress Building, Washington, D.C. - Malé International Airport, Malé, Maldives - KITV Building, Honolulu, Hawaii - The Vehicle Assembly Building at Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida - Key West, Florida
In general, these remote-viewing data suggest the following types of physical changes across many of the above geographical locations by mid-2013: - Impacts from what appear to be large meteors leading to tsunamis and possible volcanism - Extensive and forceful flooding of coastal areas - Excessive solar radiation - Storms and other severe weather. In terms of the effects of these changes on humans, these data also suggest: Massive self-organized relocation from coastal areas (refugees) - The breakdown of rescue or other notable governmental functioning - The breakdown of the food supply system - The breakdown of the vehicular transport system - Extensive loss of buildings near coasts. Oddly, these results largely parallel recent warnings being issued by NASA relating to the dangers of severe solar storms anticipated around the years 2012 and 2013 that would threaten the global long-term use of electricity. NASA is not currently explaining exactly why these unprecedented and severe storms are anticipated, but the warnings themselves could not be more clear. Meteor impacts are not included in the current set of NASA warnings.
(...) Below is a list of largely anomalous governmental actions that may indicate an awareness of a near term global threat that is suggested by these remote-viewing data. Again, these are only speculations, none of which "prove" anything. But considered collectively, they are exceptionally odd.
1. The U.S. Space Shuttle will launch its last mission in mid-2011. At that time, NASA is entirely abandoning its government-funded manned spaceflight program. Given the investment that the U.S. has made in launching humans into space since the 1960s, this is odd, especially since private efforts to launch humans into space are years away, and currently unproven. It is as if the government does not anticipate being able to launch humans into space in the near future for reasons not currently stated.
2. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is being sealed in 2011. This will allow the world to restart agriculture given a global catastrophe. The United Nations formally inspected the facility, which might seem odd for a Norwegian project. The timing of this project seems like a strange coincidence.
3. U.S. and global debt. It is as if various governments are not expecting to have to pay back their debts, perhaps anticipating a global economic reset due to reasons not currently stated.
4. The devaluing of the U.S. dollar seems to be a trend that will stay. Moody, Standard and Poor, and Fitch have announced that they may be devaluing the rating of U.S. Treasury bonds (see NY Times article, 15 March 2010, as well as the editorial on 20 March 2010), and there have been discussions within the United Nations of the International Monetary Fund phasing out its dependency on the U.S. dollar. The governments seem to be acting as if the U.S. dollar will be replaced as the global currency.
5. Digging, digging is everywhere. The U.S. has no nuclear enemies, yet it is digging huge underground facilities in inhospitable regions difficult for the masses to reach. Why? See, for example, the facilities under Dulce. On the other hand, the Chinese tend to think collectively, and China is digging extraordinary subway complexes under most of its major cities in a crash program that seems odd in terms of timing and scope. See, for example, the NY Times article by Keith Bradsher, 27 March 2009. Subways are, of course, conveniently located underground tunnels, and such tunnels could house millions of people in an emergency.
6. NASA is now predicting that the Sun may generate unprecedented solar storms for a lengthy period in 2012-13. We cannot accurately predict Earth's normal weather a week in advance, and it is by no means clear how NASA can do this with respect unprecedented weather on the Sun years in advance. They are saying that we are more dependent on vulnerable computer technology now. But we had similar dependencies in 2001 and 1990 when previous 11-year solar cycles hit. What is different about the current cycle? Some might suggest that NASA is acting as if it has some extra information that is not currently stated. CLIP
Remote Viewing the "Event" - 666 Days and Counting (July 17, 2011) http://theintelhub.com/2011/07/17/remote-viewing-the-event-666-days-and-counting/
When I was three years old, in the spring of 1955, The Bone Lady came calling on me one fine day and blew my little boy mind wide open. She downloaded so much data into my nodal connections that I could scarcely grok it all - then or now. But especially then, at the age of three. -- One of the major take-away messages that she impressed on me was that this dark time of turmoil and trouble into which we have now begun entering was on the way. Over the years I sort of half-thought that maybe it would never arrive, that somehow humanity could avoid the inevitable rendezvous with karmic destiny and grand tour cosmic cycling that bids fair to soon make mincemeat out of so many, in so many ways, in such a comparatively short period of time. As the years went by I stumbled across the Hopi prophecies that resonate closely with The Bone Lady's dream stream currency. Then I encountered the Mayan Elders' teachings about this period of time, that also resonate with The Bone Lady's message. I pored over the Cayce prophecies and readings, the Nostradamus material, and a great deal of other literature that also warned of carnage and cataclysm at this historical juncture. In all of this I found a resonance with what The Bone Lady conveyed to me. In short, numerous individuals and groups over a period of many centuries have pointed to this specific historical period as characterized by tremendous upheaval, turmoil, warfare and cataclysm. You can add Clif High to the list, with his ultra left-brain, digital scrying method that sends webbots out to scour the Internet and sift through reams of verbiage to find the faint psychic signal in the cacophonous din of the polyglot, global conversation. The interesting thing is that he has a big data gap that rears its head starting in March of 2012, and then grows steadily larger until March of 2013, after which time he essentially cannot find anymore data. It's as if the Internet - and everything else - change so much sometime in the next 20 months or so that the data stream reflects virtually nothing back after an unknown, near future, threshold event occurs. But what could that be? What does the absence of data in the human information flow after March of 2013 portend? Courtney Brown, the well-known remote viewer at the Far Sight Institute, and the cohort of remote viewers who collaborate with him, have also detected upheaval and cataclysm in our near future.
In brief, Courtney Brown's expert remote viewers find that by June of 2013, less than 2 years from now, the world and the human race abruptly experience massive, cataclysmic events that decisively rupture the present world order, wreaking global havoc on a large scale, precipitously ushering in a vastly different era. This scenario is consonant with what The Bone Lady showed me, with the Hopi prophecies, with the Mayan teachings, with Nostradamus' visions, with certain aspects of the Edgar Cayce readings and with the big data gap that Clif High's webbots have brought back from future language time - beginning in March of 2012 and dwindling away to practically zip, i.e. close to nada, by the middle of March 2013 - after which point a sudden silence descends on this planet. The global chatter of seven billion voices suddenly hushes and grows virtually silent. Are you ready for Prime Time? Because it sure does look like the Feature Show is just about to start. The trailers and previews of coming attractions are drawing to a close. After an upcoming, chaotic pause of anywhere from about three to 20 months, beginning most any time now, it looks like this planet and the human race are going to be rocked by -What??!!I cannot tell you for sure, but we are all going to find that out. Together, at the same time.
(...) For others, what is coming will represent a time of Glad Tidings and great rejoicing, of release from bondage. It will herald the entry of a new way of living and thinking, a new way of being human on this planet. For them, an oppressive burden will be lifted, they will have the sensation of being freed from irksome yokes and confining collars that for much too long have restrained the free expression of their sacred life potential.It is this happening that the others fear, no, more than that, it is this happening that the others detest, with every loathsome fiber of their monstrous hollowness. They will therefore struggle violently against its ineluctable onset, for, to be sure, they well understand that it foreshadows their consignment to the fate that they have labored unimaginably long and hard to achieve.What I mean to say is that the Dark Ones will be hideously violent until their bitter end, at which point they will either flip 180 degrees, fully embrace the light and join the others, or alternatively they will continue to pursue their hollow nothingness all the way to its logical conclusion of utter nullity, and be no more, never to be seen or heard from again, anywhere, ever, for all time and space to come.That is their stark choice, and I don't envy them their fate. Nevertheless, that is the decision tree they have created for themselves. Thus it is that an ineffable watershed Event demarcates the boundary realm as we slip over the galactic frontier into the Age of Aquarius. CLIP
Note from Jean: Regarding the considerably optimistic assertion above that half of humanity would allegedly make it into the 5th dimension come March 21, 2013, I received the following feedback from my beloved soul partner Lou Bognon, from South Africa, who offers on this matter a more balanced and sounder perspective with which I entirely concur...
On July 26 2011, Lou Bognon (email@example.com) wrote re "Expert ET contactee: Half of humanity ascends to 5th dimension on March 21, 2013":
Thank you beloved for this one and any other you always send me as well... and even though I may not always respond immediately I always check them out.
On this one, half of humanity may be just a tiny weenie little bit too optimistic!!! He sounds very truthful though, but sounding truthful and being holder of truth is a universe apart... Hereafter I share my insights if you care to read them and of course they are only my understanding of ascension at this particular juncture in time and of my own evolution, so please don't take it too seriously either...
Personally, I always have some aversion to any version of reality that forgets that each one of us as atoms of gods mind (to make it simple), who have to become self-aware one at a time and acknowledges that far less than half of humanity at this point is even remotely awake, never mind aware of being a part of the whole ...if one in seven of us makes it - we will be doing well but even that would be far too optimistic... after all very few do any spiritual work and I mean inner work to be closer to experiencing true ascension and merging with their divine self for shortness of a better expression...
Ascension is a deeply personal journey not a free ride for some or for half of humanity, come such or such a date... and this is something that will never change as it would interfere with the basic notion of cosmic justice.
This kind of information needs to be seen as coming from and therefore only attending to the human ego that part of us that loves to believe it can get away with little or no effort or just stay as we are, while awaiting to then progress or move on to something better/greater/higher without any effort/merit/change or involvement ... and it always bothers me a little also because it makes ascension sound more like a purely plain mechanical process of which my understanding is too far removed.
Ascension is a spiritual path we walk, a step at a time in fact it is the proverbial golden path we all can choose to re-visit at any time when we are heart-soul centred ...but nobody is ever going to have a free ride to a better/higher/greater/nobler/easier dimension than this one if they do not change/improve/awake/connect/live/breathe/love/give/share from the part of Self that is ever prompting them to do so... Otherwise why would anyone bother?
This version would be all too easy... but as we know, in spirituality it is not (and never will be) that easy to remain fully awake and aware of our divinity... It is DIFFICULT!!!! tell me about it and this I say despite the fact that I really try as much as humanely possible to remain heart-soul centred every instant of the day...and I often fail terribly and miserably despite trying for so many years to think, talk and walk my talk and doing the labour of love that healing is in and as my life.
In my understanding thus, all circulating information on issues of ascension that do not take the very personal changes required in our perception and self-awareness detract from the true meaning of ascension as a process, which is 'God Realisation' in its new version, that is that we are indeed one with God from that perspective, the so called 5th dimension or any other such number for that matter all become obsolete, for they do not take us from the linear vision we have into the multidimensional beings we truly ARE already much like seeds actually...
I am a seed that knows itself as an oak tree... knowing that little leaves have the entire forest to yet discover!!! Just felt like sharing...
All my love as always
Area 58 http://wikibin.org/articles/area-58.html
Area 58 is a tract of land in Northern Virginia in the eastern United States. Hidden at the north-western edge of Fort Belvoir, behind a sign labeled DCEETA, on a separate entrance off of Telegraph Road, is a large windowless building, one of the most secretive places in the world. The enclave's primary purpose is to support downloading, development, and transfer of satellite intelligence. The base lies within the Fort Belvoir north post. The facility is managed by the National Reconnaissance Office, along with NIMA, now renamed the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Perimeter security is provided by black-uniformed security guards working separate from Fort Belvoir security. The facility resembles Menwith Hill in the U.K. Other names used for the facility include The Ground Station, The Mission Ground Site, or the cover name DCEETA. The intense secrecy surrounding the base, the very existence of which the U.S. government barely acknowledges, has allowed it to hide in plain sight. CLIP
Vatican Observatory - Quite a change of optic since Galileo http://vaticanobservatory.org/
The Vatican Observatory is one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world. It has its headquarters at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, outside Rome. What you find in this website will help you discover the reason for the existence of the Vatican Observatory, its history, and its many activities. CHECK ALSO THIS RELATED WIKIPEDIA ENTRY There are apparently (if we are to believe the following webpage) other rather unique reasons why the Vatican takes such an interest in astronomy...
Secretum Omega Part II http://www.ufodigest.com/news/0207/omegasecret3.html
(...) The Vatican owns and utilizes an extremely advanced radio telescope that is in the vanguard of systems and technology and is only used by Jesuits. It is located inside an industrial park used to store petroleum, apparently abandoned, situated in the state of Alaska. This complex is camouflage because officially the activities that go on inside are not those of the VATT in Arizona and are kept "Top Secret." ** Translator's note: I have found a HAARP test application that could possibly be used in a search for Nibiru. HAARP is located in Gakona, Alaska. See "Lunar Radar Experiment" -- When was that apparatus built and, above all, what end in sight did the Vatican have in owning so many other astronomical sites around the world?[J] What I can say is that it was built in the 1990s with the object of studying all anomalous celestial bodies approaching Earth, similar to what the CIA did with one of its "secret eyes," the twin to Hubble, called "SkyHole 12" (a.k.a. Keyhole 12 For details see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KH-12 ). Moreover, the S.I.V. was informed during the meetings (of the aliens) with Pope Pius XII of the approach of a celestial body to the solar system in which resides an advanced very warlike alien race. Very shortly, I knew that the material that I should have been receiving in Rome and then analyzing on a computer was very interesting and extremely secret. It was during the analysis of certain data and information from the Alaska radio telescope that we discovered that one remote deep space probe, part of a deep space exploration program called "SILOE", which was started in 1990 had taken a photograph of a huge planet getting closer to the Solar System. The information was received in Alaska during October 1995, which is when my problems started. I discovered that I was not chosen to decode that particular transmission and a dangerous situation evolved. At that time, my contact revealed to me that, inside the Vatican, there were two factions struggle over possession and control of this information, which was classified far beyond "Top Secret." CLIP - Note this entire 7-part story about the Vatican Intelligence Agency [and their knowledge of "observations of a presumed '10th Planet' coming closer to our Solar System" and of a "video taken by a space craft, part of a deep space program, started in the early 1990s, called "Siloe."] starts HERE...
"The Omega Secret" "Secretum Omega" http://www.ufodigest.com/news/1206/omegasecret2.html
This event was the meeting that occurred in California at Muroc Airfield (which later became Edwards Air Force Base) of an alien delegation with the President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, attended by the Bishop of Los Angeles, James Francis McIntyre. The meeting was filmed by the military with 3 16mm cameras, placed at different points, loaded with color film and spring drive motors; that is because each camera operator had to change the film every 3 minutes and because in the presence of the aliens, electric motor did not work. In total they shot 20 minutes of film in 7 rolls, each of them 30 meters in length. At the end of the meeting, each member of the Earth delegation swore never to reveal to anyone what he had seen and what he had heard about the aliens. Don't ask me where the film is because I think that you must know the answer. Anyway, some days later, McIntyre, probably disappointed to have sworn himself to secrecy, departed in a hurry with the goal of meeting with Pope Pius XII to inform him of the incredible event. (...) McIntyre and Archbishop Edward Mooney of Detroit were later the principle coordinators of the operation passing the information to the Vatican. But these event took an unexpected turn because McIntyre and other S.I.V. members began to have direct contact, in essence without the knowledge of the military, with an alien race of the Nordic Type, apparently benevolent, coming from the Pleiades. These aliens advised to be careful with the other creatures encountered by the Americans in the California desert. These meetings with the members of S.I.V. happened many times in the United States and twice also inside the Vatican Gardens near the Pontifical Academy of Science, in the presence of Pope Pius XII. CLIP Here is also an interesting excerpt from PART 6 - "Inside the Vatican there are two different groups struggling one against the other with counter positions; one of these promulgates disclosure of this information program and is defended body and soul by Wojtila (Pope John Paul II), the other tried to block any information from getting out by any means, to the point that some members of this faction take part in occult power groups. For example, they control the world oil market, actually working in many international economies with the sole purpose of blocking any disclosure of any alternative free energy sources. "
Problema... Who are we in the 21st Century? (The Table of Free Voices event happened on Sept 10, 2006)
A MOST FASCINATING EXPERIENCE TO WATCH! SUCH A VAST TAPESTRY OF HUMAN PROBLEMS AND PERCEPTIONS. THE LAND OF CONFUSION IN A DISINTEGRATING WORLD OR A HARBINGER OF A NEW WORLD WHERE THE BRIGHTEST IDEAS AND SHEER LOVE OF HUMANITY WILL PREVAIL? http://www.problema-thefilm.org/#/film
A cinematic interpretation of the world's largest round table gathering, PROBLEMA is a visually imaginative, thought-provoking invitation to a world of global dilemmas. Spanning seventeen questions confronting who we are and where we're going, the film follows the insights, perceptions, reflections and views of over 100 people from more than 50 nations sat together in one circle. A not-for-profit production, PROBLEMA is freely available to watch and to download via this website. More through TRAILER FIRST - To know about the Background of this amazing initiative read the following...
"One bright day in the early 21st Century, there was a gathering of human beings unlike any before. In the historic heart of Berlin, Germany, over 100 people from all walks of life and all round the world joined in a single circle. Seated together at the world's largest round table, they had come to speak on behalf of themselves and others, to rediscover how much they don't know and how much they do. On Saturday, September 9th, 2006, the Berlin square called 'the Bebelplatz' was spanned by a monolithic, architectural circle within circles, a vast round table at which 114 chairs faced 114 continuously recording cameras. Reflected within their collective lens, an unprecedented art event and political summit convened, a gathering dedicated to addressing 100 questions originally raised online by people on seven continents.
Voicing the questions aloud before the assembly were the event's co-moderators, human rights advocate Hafsat Abiola and actor Willem Dafoe. Over a six-hour mind-marathon spread over a nine-hour day, each question received up to 112 responses given face to face, directly to camera, by the participants of the Table of Free Voices. Captured additionally by roving film cameras streaming live online, this transparent, technologically enhanced, 21st Century conference enabled all voices to be raised simultaneously while also being individually heard. Delivered collectively in as many as 20 languages, by 120 participants over the course of the event, the 11,200 individual responses filmed were all published the Internet within three days, under a 'Copyleft' license, at droppingknowledge.org. More than 1,000 hours of footage was ultimately recorded at perhaps the most comprehensively visually documented one-day gathering ever convened.
A vivid celebration of the symbolic power of cultural diversity and creative free expression, the Table of Free Voices marked the three-year culmination of the not-for-profit social media project, dropping knowledge. Founded in the summer of 2003 by filmmaker Ralf Schmerberg, artist and designer Cindy Gantz and philanthropist-activist Jackie Northway-Wallace, dropping knowledge combined Gantz and Northway-Wallace's ideas for an interactive web-platform based around people's questions with Schmerberg's vision of a one-day meeting in which wise people could freely share their knowledge with the world. Based initially in Berlin and San Francisco, after two years of fundraising, administrative groundwork and research into possible Table participants, in September 2005 dropping knowledge announced a global call for questions relating to themes of social and conscious, individual and societal, change. Over the following year, tens of thousands of questions were submitted to the project's website by a global community of questioners. Hundreds of these were showcased in questions-based media created by the project's in-house team of editors, designers and visual researchers. Filmmakers traveled internationally for dropping knowledge, actively seeking questions to ensure an authentically global sample was dynamically visually represented online. At the climax of this 'Ask Yourself' campaign, a select 100 of the top 1,000 user-voted questions were chosen by the project's organizers and consultants to be asked at the Table of Free Voices. Meanwhile, invitations had gone out to over 100 special individuals, all of whom were bold, brilliant, concerned or plain crazy enough to confirm their participation in an unprecedented experiment. Each had been approached on account of their life's work having had some creative, humanistic cultural impact. Each agreed to share their knowledge in response to people's questions to reveal their passion, conviction, wisdom and vulnerability on camera for one day." More to discover on the background HERE
Note from Jean: I also highly recommend you take a few minutes to check the 100 questions that are shown in a slideshow at droppingknowledge.org, each accompanied by a powerfully evocative and often most poignant/dramatic picture illuminating each question. A real mind-blowing experience! If you wish to have more time to ponder any given picture/question, just click on it and it will pop out - but the slideshow continues to roll on in the background. You can also watch HERE a sample from each participant's answers.
Forwarded by Judith Iam (firstname.lastname@example.org) on July 30, 2011
It appears that the loosely-knit group "ANONYMOUS" is going viral
That would make a fairly good-sized army, and perhaps that is where this is eventually leading. I am sure that there are far more than 58,000 Conscious Souls that support the ideals of Anonymous, even if they are not aware of its existence.
When a NEW PARADIGM SHIFT begins, not very many people recognize or understand it at first.
I believe that Anonymous is on the cutting edge of such a Paradigm Shift.
Without a leader, without an organization, without form; It is like PURE ENERGY...
An ENERGY that cuts through the thickest walls of bullshit, to the heart of the problem.
Anonymous exposes the putrefying STENCH that is "government" gone COMPLETELY INSANE.
Without a head, the snake cannot be killed. I think that the Elite have NO CLUE, as to the undercurrent of Pure Power that is being generated here, in opposition to the Satanic Agenda of those Elitists. The Elite will be caught like a deer in the headlights, eventually blind-sided by the freight train, which is ever gaining speed and momentum.
I look forward to the continuing and intensifying efforts by Anonymous to WAKE UP PEOPLE to the REALITY of their enslavement.
These truly are heady times, unlike anything else in all of recorded history.
I am truly blessed, to be witness to the Greatest Awakening in all of Humanity's existence.
And I am truly frightened, of what I see just around the corner.
By George D, Trustee
What Is The Plan? (June 09, 2011) http://www.whatis-theplan.org/t1-what-is-the-plan
WHAT/WHO IS ANONYMOUS? To understand The Plan and the purpose it serves, it is best to first acquaint yourself with Anonymous. The question is not who is Anonymous, for we are all brothers and sisters of one single idea. The question is what is Anonymous. Anonymous is a collective of people across the world who, despite their common differences in opinion and beliefs, unite under one common desire for true freedom and a world rid of oppression.While some may think that being Anonymous requires concealing one's identity, this is simply not the case. Identity matters not to a member of Anonymous. While some who practice online activist acts (hacktivism), certainly desire to keep their true identity secret for security purposes, others whom you will find in this community understand that who they are does not matter so much as what they stand for. In Anonymous there are no leaders, no figure-heads, no designated spokesmen... as each of us are all of these things in our own right. We have taken the initiative to rise to the occasion and stand firm against the oppressive and destructive forces that have laid waste to our world and raped our way of life. In this community you may witness a some disagreements, perhaps the occasional argument, after all we are only human. But one thing you will notice as a common and shared goal: freedom and a desire for change. In this we practice the ways of a hive-mind. Each of us contributing ideas and information and the masses acting upon it, all in simultaneous fashion. As the community grows, so does our ability to reach others and one thing is certain, Anonymous cannot be stopped. For while we are all individuals in our own right, the idea of Anonymous is unstoppable.
WHAT IS THE PLAN? "The Plan" is a 1 year, 3 phase process to organize and rally the masses for the cause of freedom. A better world is the objective, free of corporate rule via a corrupted system. Free of tyrannical and oppressive governments violating the rights of the people. The Plan is simple: educate yourself and better your own quality of life as you spread the message of freedom and hope for a better world to the masses. Rally the support of others and help not only yourself, but the masses free themselves from the constraints of a corrupted system and live a more quality life. Each phase will explain the progress and current focus as they are initiated. Phase 1 will begin on approximately June 15th, 2011. Phase 2 will be an expansion and escalation of Phase 1 with a much more collective focus, while Phase 3 will bring the masses of The Plan to action across the globe. The people will be heard. Many have asked why the Phases are not disclosed upfront. The answer is quite honestly this: while the basis of The Plan is structured and drawn out, nothing is set in stone. Plans can be remedied and added to as the community grows and ideas are shared for the future of The Plan. This entire movement is dependent on the community and the progress/contributions of each individual member. While we are weak as individuals, as a whole we are a force to be reckoned with. And this will only increase as time passes and The Plan begins to take hold. Stay tuned. Information will be updated in real-time as it is released.
Pentagon Warning Order: Prepare for War (By September?) (July 19th, 2011) http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/pentagon-warning-order-prepare-for-war-by-september_07192011
The world is just one misstep away from a complete financial, economic and geo-political meltdown. Though the mainstream voices have calmed their reports of middle east conflict amid the debt ceiling and negative economic development in the US and Europe, military intervention in Iran has not been taken off the table. The Daily Crux reports via the Economic Policy Journal and Zero Hedge: Robert Baer has had a storied career, including a stint in Iraq in the 1990s where he organised opposition to Saddam Hussein. (He was recalled after being accused of trying to organise Saddams assassination.) Upon his retirement, he received a top decoration for meritorious service. Baer is no ordinary CIA operative. George Clooney won an Oscar for playing a character based on Baer in the film Syriana (Baer also wrote the book). He obviously wont name many of his sources in Israel, the United States, and elsewhere, but the few he has named are all Israeli security figures who have publically warned that Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are hell-bent on war. [Baer] appeared on KPFK Los Angeles, warning that Israeli PM Netanyahu is likely to ignite a war with Iran in the very near future. It gets worse: Masters asked Baer why the US military is not mobilising to stop this war from happening. Baer responded that the military is opposed, as is former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who used his influence to thwart an Israeli attack during the Bush and Obama administrations. But hes gone now and there is a warning order inside the Pentagon to prepare for war. The punchline: There is almost near certainty that Netanyahu is planning an attack [on Iran] and it will probably be in September before the vote on a Palestinian state. And hes also hoping to draw the United States into the conflict, Baer explained. While President Obama has not exactly been fully supportive of Israel (at least overtly), an attack on Iran by the Israelis would no doubt be considered by Iran as having been supported by the United States. That being the case, Iran would respond militarily against all US forces in the region, especially those in Iraq, at the first sign of any trouble. Subsequently, the U.S. would return fire en masse, perhaps even utilizing the nuclear option to incapacitate any possibility of an Iranian nuclear response. What China would do is the unknown variable, but it is clear that the US and China are engaged in a covert war economically, financially and in cyberspace. The recent UN actions in Libya may have been sold to the world public as a peacekeeping mission, but one side issue that has remained in the background is Chinas removal of some 30,000 workers from state sponsored oil facilities in the country as a result of the conflict. This leaves one to wonder whether the UN action was a veiled attempt at controlling the oil interests in North Africa. How long before the Chinese decide that their interests have been violated and they get involved militarily? Could an attack on Iran be the catalyst that brings China into the mix?It is our opinion that what we have seen in the middle east since 2002, including the destabilization of governments in the region over the last 12 months, is a precursor to a war that will eventually encompass the entire world. Whether this goes critical in September, or at some time in the future, is of no matter. War is coming to the world, as it always does when the economies of empires collapse and national interests over resources collide.
Iran's acceleration of its nuclear programme angers the west (19 July 2011) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/19/iran-acceleration-nuclear-angers-west
Tehran's claim that tripling its uranium enrichment speed will help develop cancer treatments is dismissed as 'a provocation' -- Western capitals have reacted angrily to an announcement by Iran that it is installing more advanced centrifuges in a uranium enrichment plant with the aim of accelerating its nuclear programme."The installation of new centrifuges with better quality and speed is ongoing," Ramin Mehmanparast, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, told reporters at his weekly press briefing."We have announced it and the agency [the International Atomic Energy Agency] has full supervision of them. They are fully aware that Iran's peaceful nuclear activity continues to progress. This is another confirmation of the Islamic republic's successful strides in its nuclear activities."However, France said Iran's move which Tehran claims could triple the rate at which it enriches uranium confirmed suspicions that the Iranian nuclear programme had "no credible civilian application". The French foreign ministry said: "Iran has just given in to another provocation by announcing the imminent installation of next generation centrifuges."This is a new violation of six security council resolutions and 10 resolutions by the council of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA]." The British Foreign Office said the announcement "further undermines Iran's claim that its nuclear programme is designed for purely peaceful purposes, and demonstrates the urgency of increasing pressure on Iran ... Iran must understand that we will not be distracted by events in the region and it should not doubt our resolve".
1 Million Dead in Iraq? 6 Reasons the Media Hide the True Human Toll of War -- And Why We Let Them (July 19, 2011) THIS TRAGIC, MONSTROUS MASS MURDER IS A MERE FRACTION OF THE NUMBER OF DEATHS LAUNCHING A WAR AGAINST IRAN WOULD CAUSE... ESPECIALLY IS IT GOES NUCLEAR! NO PUNCH SHOULD BE PULLED AT THE DANGEROUS MADMEN NOW RUNNING THE UNITED ISRAELI/AMERICAN WAR MACHINE SO THEY ARE HELD IN CHECK WITH THEIR DESPICABLE ATTACK PLANS... MAKE SURE TO READ Historys lost lesson: Ancient nuclear war among Indus Valley civilizations reexamined BELOW FOR A REMINDER OF WHAT NUCLEAR WAR TRULY MEANS... http://www.alternet.org/story/151703/1_million_dead_in_iraq_6_reasons_the_media_hide_the_true_human_toll_of_war__and_why_we_let_them
Most Americans turn a blind eye to the violent acts being carried out in their name. -- As the U.S. war in Iraq winds down, we are entering a familiar phase, the season of forgettingforgetting the harsh realities of the war. Mostly we forget the victims of the war, the Iraqi civilians whose lives and society have been devastated by eight years of armed conflict. The act of forgetting is a social and political act, abetted by the American news media. Throughout the war, but especially now, the minimal news we get from Iraq consistently devalues the death toll of Iraqi civilians. Why? A number of reasons are at work in this persistent evasion of reality. But forgetting has consequences, especially as it braces the obstinate right-wing narrative of victory in the Iraq war. If we forget, we learn nothing. Ive puzzled over this habit of reaching for the lowest possible estimates of the number of Iraqis who died unnecessarily since March 2003. The habit is now deeply entrenched. Over a period of about two weeks in May, I encountered in major news media three separate references to the number of people who had died in the Iraq war. Anderson Cooper, on his CNN show, Steven Lee Myers in the New York Times Magazine and Brian MacQuarrie in the Boston Globe all pegged the number in the tens of thousands, sometimes adding at least. But the number that sticks is this tens of thousands. Cooper, Myers and MacQuarrieall skillful reportersare scarcely alone. Its very rare to hear anything approximating the likely death toll, which is well into the hundreds of thousands, possibly more than one million. It's a textbook case of how opinion gatekeepers reinforce each others caution. Because the number of civilians killed in a U.S. war is so morally fraught, the news media, academics and political leaders tend to gravitate toward the figure (if mentioned at all) that is least disturbing. CLIP
Ron Paul: "We Will Default Because The Debt Is Unsustainable" - VIDEO (July 19, 2011) http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/07/19/ron_paul_we_will_default_because_the_debt_is_unsustainable.html
"When a country is indebted to the degree that were indebted, the country always defaults. We will default because the debt is unsustainable," Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) said on the House floor today."If we dont understand this, this default will not be because we don't send out the checks. We will send out the checks. It will be defaulted on because people will get their money back, or they will get their Social Security checks and it won't buy anything."
Here Are The 29 Public Companies With More Cash Than The US Treasury (7/15/2011) http://www.zerohedge.com/article/here-are-29-public-companies-more-cash-us-treasury
As was pointed out yesterday, courtesy of a blistering $80 billion cash burn in the first half of July, Tim Geithner managed to reduce Treasury cash balances from $130 billion to $39 billion. Granted this number will increase next week after this week's $66 billion in Treasury auctions settle, only to drop once again when another batch of Bills mature and are not rolled. So in response to various inquiries we present the 29 public companies that hold more cash than the US Treasury does as of July 13 (Geithner is tied with Google at $39 billion). Not very surprising, two of the top 3 are Chinese companies. The third? Bank of America... Surely there is a good reason why BAC is preparing for rainy days. CLIP
- The eurozone is growing increasingly desperate. Watching the heads of Europe dither and debate over further bailouts to the unhappy Greeks and other troubled PIIGS before ultimately reaching back into the pockets of the equally unhappy citizens in Germany and the decreasing number of still-functioning economies in the eurozone reminds me of a down-on-his-luck blackjack player. Hes mortgaged his home to play the game but is now down to his last chips. He doesnt want to risk his remaining resources but has no choice, because to walk away now will mean taking up residence in a cardboard box. And so, reluctantly, he shoves across another pile. The problem is that the game is rigged and not in his favor. As the PIIGS start to default and either leave the eurozone entirely or are shunted off into some sort of sidecar organization, there will be great volatility in the euro and in the European markets.
- The U.S. debt situation is far worse than anyone in Washington is willing to admit. We keep hearing calls for more, not less debt creation. But if people would stop kidding themselves and tally up all the many demands the U.S. government has against it, the actual debt-to-GDP ratio rises to something on the order of 400% and even that is likely understating things. The fundamental flaws in the U.S. monetary system flaws that have given license to the bureaucrats to smash the limousine of state straight into a wall have required a remaking every 20 to 30 years or so. The problem is that there is pretty much nothing else that can be done to save the status quo at this point, and so the monetary system is likely to collapse. That means big changes ahead, including or perhaps starting with a poisonous ratcheting up of interest rates.
- Chinas miracle mirage. While having aspects of a free market, the hard truth is that China is run as a command economy by a cadre of communist holdovers. This is apparent in the cities that have been built for no purpose other than creating jobs and boosting GDP. It is also apparent in the growing inflation in China the inevitable knock-on of the governments decision to yank on the levers of money creation harder than any other nation at the onset of the Greater Depression. Meanwhile, signs of social unrest crop up here and there. Though so far they have been swiftly put down, there is no question that the ruling elite has to walk a very fine line. If the Chinese economy stumbles seriously, all bets are off. That we are talking about the worlds second-largest economy means this is not of small consequence.
- Japan is essentially offline. Reports from friends in Japan including one who was initially skeptical about the scale of the problems at Fukushima have now changed in tone by 180 degrees. You can almost feel the growing sense of desperation as the already massively indebted nation begins to slide toward an abyss. There is little standing in the way of the worlds third-largest economys slide.
- The Middle East is in flames. This, too, is far from settled. As usual, the U.S. government has been hopping here and there in an attempt to maintain its influence, but at this point pretty much everything is up for grabs. The odds of the U.S. retaining the same level of influence in the region that it has enjoyed over the last century are slim to none, especially now that even the Saudis are shipping more of their oil to China than to the U.S.
Again, big changes are ahead. Im convinced that nearly everything about todays world is going to change over the coming decade much of it for the worse. CLIP
NUGGETS OF SPECIAL INTEREST
Humpback Whale Shows AMAZING Appreciation After Being Freed From Nets (Recommended by MANY people - a MUST watch. Quite moving!!!...) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcXU7G6zhjU
Michael Fishbach, co-founder of The Great Whale Conservancy (GWC), narrates his encounter with a young humpback whale entangled in local fishing nets. At first, the animal appeared to be dead, yet Fishbach investigated and quickly discovered that the poor creature was tangled in a fishing net. The humans had to act fast; what began as a tragedy soon became a thrilling rescue as Fishbach and his crew labored to free the young whale. The entire encounter was caught on videotape and later narrated by Fishbach himself. This young whale knows how to show appreciation by treating them to a magnificent aerial spectacle after it was finally freed.
Movie Review: Life In A Day - MUST SEE - 2 min. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VZh7X7GeHw
Amazing. This film demonstrates the true potential and moving power and beauty of user generated content. It's the best of what YouTube is all about to me. A film like this has the ability to teach us all a little more about each other. I came away from it loving more, wanting to be more connected to all of you and wanting to share even more of my own life. My hope is that when we all finally get to know each other, we will all love each other that much more. CHECK ALSO Life in a Day: Raw footage of life - Director Kevin Macdonald and editor Joe Walker, the filmmakers discuss how Life in a Day surfaced new, intriguing and honest views of life, unavailable to conventional documentary makers. MUCH MORE THROUGH http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=life+in+a+day+film&aq=5&oq=Life+in+a+Day
A Flight of Helios http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
An example of solar-powered flight, NASA's Helios aircraft flew almost one hundred years after the Wright brothers' historic flight on December 17, 1903. (...) Covered with solar cells, Helios' impressive 247 foot wide wing exceeded the wing span and even overall length of a Boeing 747 jet airliner. Climbing during daylight hours, the prototype aircraft ultimately reached an altitude just short of 30,000 meters, breaking records for non-rocket powered flight. Helios was intended as a technology demonstrator, but in the extremely thin air 30,000 meters above Earth's surface, the flight of Helios also approached conditions for winged flight in the atmosphere of Mars.
Giant telescope opens both eyes (6 March 2008) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7282385.stm
The world's most powerful optical telescope has opened both of its eyes. Astronomers at the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) in Arizona have released the first images taken using its two giant 8m diameter mirrors.The detailed pictures show a spiral galaxy located 102 million light-years away from the Milky Way. LBT has been 20 years in the making but promises to allow astronomers to probe the Universe further back in time and in more detail than ever before. "The amount of time and work that was put into this project to reach the point where we are today is immense," said LBT Director Richard Green. "To see the telescope operational with both mirrors is a great feeling." The $120m (£60m) telescope uses two mirrors in tandem to maximise the amount of light it gathers, which allows astronomers to look deep into the Universe. Using two 8.4 m (27ft) mirrors will give LBT the equivalent light-gathering capacity of a single 11.8m (39ft) instrument and the resolution of a 22.8m (75ft) telescope. Impressive detail - The resolution is 10 times greater than the space-based Hubble telescope, which has a 2.4m (8ft) mirror. "The images that this telescope will produce will be like none seen before," said Professor Peter Strittmatter of the University of Arizona. CLIP - THIS AMAZING TELESCOPE WEBSITE IS AT http://www.lbto.org/index.htm - with an interesting image gallery to explore... (like this 4 megs picture of a spiral galaxy) Check also the Wikipedia entry for the Large Binocular Telescope -"The LBT is currently one of the world's most advanced optical telescopes; using two 8.4 m (27 ft) wide mirrors can give the same light gathering ability as a 11.8 m (39 ft) wide single circular telescope and detail of 22.8 m (75 ft) wide one. Either of its mirrors would be the largest optical telescope in continental North America." CHECK ALSO THIS FASCINATING INTRODUCTORY VIDEO! AND THE STUNNING PICTURE ON THIS 2010 POSTER
911 - Press for Truth (full movie) Movie Trailer - 2 min
AS WE APPROACH THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THIS TREASONOUS FALSE FLAG ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY TO CONDITION THE WORLD TO THE ELITE CABAL-CONCOCTED WAR ON TERROR/PSYOP AND LUCRATIVE BONANZA FOR THE CORPORATE MILITARY COMPLEX, THIS AMONG MANY OTHER SUCH MOVIES (such as 911 Loose Change) IS A SOBERING REMINDER OF THE DARK AGE WE ARE HOPEFULLY ABOUT TO LEAVE BEHIND... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMT2CHSvyGw
Out of the grieving thousands left behind on September 11th, a small group of activist families emerged to demand answers. In 9/11 Press For Truth, six of them (including three of the famous "Jersey Girls") tell for the first time the powerful story of how they took on the powers in Washingtonand won!compelling an investigation, only to subsequently watch the 9/11 Commission fail in answering most of their questions. The families eventually found an ally in Paul Thompson. Dissatisfied with the incomplete picture of September 11th presented in most news reports, Thompson became a citizen journalist of sorts. He stitched together thousands of rare overlooked news clips, buried stories, and government press conferences into a definitive Complete 9/11 Timeline (published by Harper Collins as The Terror Timeline). Press For Truth is adapted in part from his acclaimed work, which revealed to the families a very different picture of the road that led to the attacks and the resulting War on Terror, one that still today raises important and pressing questions. Press For Truth premiered theatrically in September 2006 in New York City and the San Francisco Bay area. With the help of Robert Greenwald's Brave New Theaters, it was rolled out for a limited release in over fifty cities across America as well as Canada, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Australia, and Japan. The movie was immediately hailed by critics and enthusiastically embraced by a groundswell of concerned people worldwide who felt that the 9/11 Commission and the western news media had failed to account for many important issues. For these thousands, Press For Truth was the rational, skeptical, mainstream motion picture examination of the events of September 11th they had been eagerly awaiting - To purchase the DVD visit http://www.911pressfortruth.com/ OR http://911pft.com/pft/catalog/
Whistleblower's Death: James Corbett on Murdoch scandal turning bloody (July 19, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nOOKIVufas
The whistleblower who exposed the News Of The World phone-hacking scandal, has been found dead. Sean Hoare was a journalist at the shamed newspaper and claimed Editors knew what was happening, and encouraged reporters to do it. He was found dead at his home near London. Police are treating it as unexplained, but not suspicious. Hoare directly named his former Editor, Andy Coulson, for knowing about illegal hacking, which he denies. RT talks to James Corbett, independent news website editor.
Connecting the Dots from News Corp Scandal to the Dangerous Lies of Fox News and the Wall Street Journal - FOX SHOULD BE CLOSED DOWN, NEWS CORPS SHOULD BE DISMANTLED AND MURDOCH AND SON JAILED! (July 18, 2011) http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/07/18/271874/news-corp-scandal-fox-news-wall-street-journal/ There is a cancer on the U.S. media. That cancer is the disinformation machine aimed at spreading and endlessly repeating the most absurd falsehoods on a host of vital issues to the health and well being of Americans. As Former NY Times Executive Editor Howell Raines put it last year: Why has our profession helped Fox legitimize a style of journalism that is dishonest in its intellectual process, untrustworthy in its conclusions and biased in its gestalt? That was a WashPost op-ed, Why dont honest journalists take on Roger Ailes and Fox News? The cancers most dangerous symptom the one that will ultimately prove fatal to human civilization and the American way of life as we know it today is the relentless lies on climate science (see Foxgate: Leaked email reveals Fox News boss ordered staff to cast doubt on climate science and 93% of WSJs Climate Op-Eds Misrepresent Science). UPDATE: Joe Nocera, who originally supported the takeover of the WSJ by News Corp, now says "The Journal Becomes Fox-ified": Along with the transformation of a great paper into a mediocre one came a change that was both more subtle and more insidious. The political articles grew more and more slanted toward the Republican party line . [E]ditors inserted the phrase assault on business in an article about corporate taxes under President Obama. The Journal was turned into a propaganda vehicle for its owners conservative views.Today, the NY Times published a scathing piece on the cancer that has eaten away at News Corp, which owns Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, whose falsehood-filled editorial page is another key component of the disinformation campaign: Time and again in the United States and elsewhere, Mr. Murdochs News Corporation has used blunt force spending to skate past judgment, agreeing to payments to settle legal cases and, undoubtedly more important, silence its critics. In the case of News America Marketing, its obscure but profitable in-store and newspaper insert marketing business, the News Corporation has paid out about $655 million to make embarrassing charges of corporate espionage and anticompetitive behavior go away. That kind of strategy provides a useful window into the larger corporate culture at a company that is now engulfed by a wildfire burning out of control in London, sparked by the hacking of a murdered young girls phone and fed by a steady stream of revelations about seedy, unethical and sometimes criminal behavior at the companys newspapers. CLIP - Check also Phone hacking crisis shows News Corp is no ordinary news company (19 July 2011) "Rupert Murdoch's news organisations are not in the news business. What they crave is influence."
Murdoch Eavesdropping Op Amateurish Next to U.S. and UK Snooping (July 19 2011) http://thehivedaily.com/blog/2011/07/19/murdoch-eavesdropping-op-amateurish-next-to-u-s-and-uk-snooping/
As eavesdroppers go, next to Uncle Sam and John Bull, Rupert Murdoch, the moral force behind Fox News, is an amateur. Thats because a global eavesdropping scheme being run today by the United States and Great Britain dwarfs anything that Rupert Murdochs editors at The News of The World(TNTW) ever dared attempt. British Prime Minister David Cameron may well deny he knew TNTW was tapping the phones of members of UKs Royal household or those of American 9/11 victims. But he cant claim he doesnt know his country is a partner in ECHELON, which, according to Washington journalist Bill Blum, is a network of massive, highly automated interception stations that is eavesdropping on the entire world. Like a mammoth vacuum cleaner in the sky, the National Security Agency (NSA) sucks it all up: home phone, office phone, cellular phone, email, fax, telex satellite transmissions, fiber-optic communications traffic, microwave links, voice, text, images (that are) captured by satellites continuously orbiting the earth and then processed by high-powered computers, Blum writes in his book Rogue State (Common Courage Press).Calling it the greatest invasion of privacy ever, Blum says the ceaseless, illegal spy system sucks up perhaps billions of messages daily, including those of prime ministers, the Secretary-General of the UN, the pope, embassies, Amnesty International, Christian Aid, and transnational corporations and that if God has a phone, its being monitored. Blum also said that during the countdown to its invasion of Iraq in 2003, the U.S. listened in on the conversations of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the UN weapons inspectors in Iraq, and all the members of the UN Security Council when they were deliberating about what action to take in Iraq.
(...) Ill say this for Mr. Murdoch: hes closed down his biggest newspaper; hes fired top editors and reporters for their part in the scandals. Hes gone before the public and begged forgiveness. By contrast, what have high U.S. officials done about the crimes committed via ECHELON? Zip, and they have no announced plans to do so. They continue to operate ECHELON unashamedly. Rupert Murdochs TNTW was only attempting to do in a small way what the governments of the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are doing big time every day. ECHELON is a criminal operation in violation of international law and terminating it might make America, too, a more decent, responsible, principled country.
Buy, Buy American Pie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq8wbXAR4ZQ
Uncle Sam points out the problems we have when we buy cheap products from China. "Buy, Buy American Pie" was written and performed by the Capitol Steps. Visit them at www.CapSteps.com This is a parody and involves exaggeration. (...) Ten REAL reasons to avoid products made in China: 1. Products made with hazardous materials 2. Lack of quality control, monitoring, and safety regulations, plus corruption 3. Tainted food, deadly drugs, adulterated products 4. High levels of antibiotics and toxins in seafood 5. Exploitation of the Chinese workforce and use of child labor 6. Predatory pricing and unethical business practices 7. Massive industrialization at the expense of the environment 8. Deforestation and mining has destroyed the water supply in Asia 9. Chinese military manufactured goods 10. Manufacturing in forced (laogai) labor camps and prisons. More such videos HERE
The Calling By Max Igan *Full Length* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLj-2IJ4pdk
Max Igan articulately and beautifully takes you on a quest of discovery. A discovery so big it might just change your life. Recommended by Karen Revell (email@example.com) who wrote: "This is the best film I have seen that gives a coherent history of how we've been duped"
#1 Breakthrough: Solid State Generator http://pesn.com/2011/07/23/9501875_Number-1_Breakthrough_Solid_State_Generator/
We have finally been given permission to discuss this technology that we consider to be at the very top of our list of emerging clean energy technologies. Solid state, low (for now) continuous power, commercial in maybe 24 months, cheap, high power density, no existing physics laws broken. CLIP - MORE THROUGH http://peswiki.com/index.php/Main_Page - The community-built resource that focuses on alternative, clean, practical, renewable energy solutions. - SUCH AS An Energetic Future with the Endless Electric Field Generator - An Endless Electric Field Generator is a breakthrough solid state device that provides a safe, cost effective, and seemingly never ending source of electricity. By consuming no fuel and collecting energy from an undisclosed source, this technology has the potential to change the energy landscape.
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Flowers for freedom (July 30th 2011) http://www.economist.com/node/21524852
As Norwegians mourn their dead, they insist that they will not give up the openness of their society -- WITH the strongest weapons in the worldfreedom of speech and democracywe are staking out the course for Norway after 22 July 2011. Jens Stoltenberg, Norways prime minister, echoed the sentiments of most of his compatriots when he spoke at a vigil in Oslo this week. Anders Behring Breivik, a 32-year-old Norwegian and far-right Islamophobe, had admitted killing at least 76 people in a bomb attack on government buildings in the capital and a machinegun massacre on nearby Utoya island, where young members of the Labour Party were at a holiday camp. The publics resolve to preserve Norways cherished freedom, openness and tolerance was as striking as the grief. In Oslo 150,000 people held roses in a mass symbol of remembrance. The gesture was replicated in town gatherings the length and breadth of the country, from Svalbard, halfway to the north pole, to villages on its southern shores. I am infinitely grateful to be living in a country where, at a critical time, people take to the streets with flowers and candles, said Mr Stoltenberg. Mr Breivik is in police custody, in solitary confinement without access to news or the internet for the next eight weeks. Though he has confessed to the killings, he denies he committed a crime. He will probably be charged under a recent terrorism provision in the criminal code that allows a 30-year prison sentence. There are other provisions that could keep him locked up for the rest of his life. The Norwegian police have yet to answer conclusively the vital question of whether he acted alone or with accomplices.
A facet of Norwegian opennessits tolerance of diversitywas one of the things that fuelled Mr Breiviks mass slaughter. The Labour Party, the dominant force in Norwegian politics for decades, came into his cross-hairs because of its staunch defence of both diversity and tolerance. AUF, the party youth wing that organised the camp on Utoya island, was a doubly attractive target in his twisted ideology: it is fervently anti-racist and many members come from Norways ethnic minorities. Our organisation has been struck in the heart with the murder of the new young generation of politicians. It is not just an attack on the Labour Party but on the whole of Norway and on our democracy, said Raymond Johansen, the party secretary. Gro Harlem Brundtland, a former long-standing prime minister, delivered a keynote address to the young party members on the day of the massacre. Though she had been specifically picked by Mr Breivik (who called her the murderer rather than the mother of the nation), she had fortunately left the island before he got there. Much later she revealed that she had chatted on the day to half a dozen youngsters who told her of their plans to stand for parliament in the 2013 general election. At least two of these, she said, were among the dead. The cold-blooded targeting of the stars of Norways political future shocked politicians of every hue. For the time being they are standing together in disgust, everyday differences cast aside. Though campaigning for local elections on September 12th was due to start soon, the parties agreed unanimously to postpone all pre-election debate until the second half of August. One thing that stands out is Norways determination not to let Mr Breiviks appalling deeds affect its unusual way of life. The countrys easy informality and open-access attitudes can surprise foreigners used to more strictly controlled environments. After the attack the police temporarily stepped-up their vigilance at the borders, checking the identity of some, but far from all, travellers. The Royal Palace shut briefly but four days later it was business as usual, with Norwegians and tourists milling around the forecourt. CLIP
The Norway massacre and the nexus of Islamophobia and right-wing Zionism (JULY 24, 2011) http://mondoweiss.net/2011/07/the-norway-massacre-and-the-nexus-of-islamophobia-and-right-wing-zionism.html
Details on the culprit behind yesterday's massacre in Norway, which saw car bombings in Oslo and a mass shooting attack on the island of Utoya that caused the deaths of at least 91 people (IT SEEMS IT WAS ACTUALLY 76), have begun to emerge. While it is still too early for a complete portrait of the killer, Anders Behring Breivik, there are enough details to begin to piece together what's behind the attack. Although initial media reports, spurred on by the tweets of former State Department adviser on violent extremism Will McCants, linked the attacks to Islamist extremists, it was in fact an anti-Muslim zealot who committed the murders. An examination of Breivik's views, and his support for far-right European political movements, makes it clear that only by interrogating the nexus of Islamophobia and right-wing Zionism can one understand the political beliefs behind the terrorist attack. Breivik is apparently an avid fan of U.S.-based anti-Muslim activists such as Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and Daniel Pipes, and has repeatedly professed his ardent support for Israel. Breivik's political ideology is illuminated by looking at comments he posted to the right-wing site document.no, which author and journalist Doug Sanders put up.
(...) Breivik's right-wing pro-Israel line, combined with his antipathy to Muslims, is just one example of the European far-right's ideology, exemplified by groups such as the English Defense League (EDL). The EDL, a group Breivik praises, along with the anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders, share with Breivik an admiration for Israel. Anti-Muslim activists and right-wing Zionists share a political narrative that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is a "clash of civilizations," one in which Judeo-Christian culture is under attack by Islam. Israel, in this narrative, is the West's bulwark against the threat that Islam is posing to Europe and the United States. The nexus of Islamophobia and right-wing Zionism was clearly on display during last summer's "Ground Zero mosque" hysteria, which culminated in a rally where Geller and Wilders addressed a crowd that included members of the EDL waving Israeli flags.
(...) Of course, support for Israel and its current right-wing policies do not automatically translate into support for extremist right-wing violence. But Palestinians, and the larger Arab and Muslim world, know far too well the consequences of Islamophobia and far right-wing Zionism. Now, it seems that Norwegians do too. While much remains to be learned about the attacks in Norway, it has exposed the dangerous nexus of Islamophobia, neoconservatism and right-wing Zionism, and what could happen when the wrong person subscribes to those toxic beliefs.
Exploiting a tragedy (July 24, 2011) http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/07/24/exploiting_a_tragedy
As soon as the shocking and tragic news from Norway hit the airwaves, it was entirely predictable that various right-wing Islamophobes would type first and think later. They were so eager to exploit the tragedy to peddle their pre-existing policy preferences that they blindly assumed the acts had to have been perpetrated by al Qaeda, by its various clones, or by some other radical Muslim group. This is the sort of bias one expects from an ideologue like Jennifer Rubin (who gets taken to task for her rush-to-judgment by James Fallows here). Sadly, it is also not out of character for the supposedly respectable Wall Street Journal, whose editorial page has been a reliable source of threat-mongering and distortion for years. Even as Norwegian officials were cautioning that they had no reason to suspect Islamist groups, the Journal was plunging ahead with an editorial entitled "Terror in Oslo," which drew the following utterly bogus conclusion: "Norway certainly did not buy itself much grace from the jihadis for staying out of the Iraq war, or for Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's demand that Israel open its borders with Gaza, or for his calls for a Palestinian unity government between Fatah and its terrorist cousin Hamas. Norway can do all this and more, but in jihadist eyes it will forever remain guilty of being what it is: a liberal nation committed to freedom of speech and conscience, equality between the sexes, representative democracy and every other freedom that still defines the West. For being true to these ideals Norwegians have now been made to pay a terrible price."Given that remarkable statement, the Journal's editors must have been deeply disappointed to learn that the person who was actually charged in the case, Anders Behring Breivik, was not in fact a jihadi, a critic of Israel, or even a Muslim. Instead, he is a right-wing Norwegian Islamophobe who is reportedly obsessed with the dangers of multi-culturalism and a contributor to extremist websites like Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs. In other words, he's the sort of person who might well subscribe to the Wall Street Journal not for its coverage of the business world, but for its predictably hardline editorial "insight." CLIP
Alex Jones puts Masons behind Norway tragedy (SPECULATIVE) https://rt.com/usa/news/alex-jones-breivik-masons/
Was there a broader message behind the terror attacks carried out in Oslo last week by Anders Behring Breivik? Radio host Alex Jones says that Fridays massacre could be the start of World War 3, and that Breiviks ties to Masonry is nothing to shrug off especially since that collective predicted the last two world wars. Albert Pike, supreme commander of all global masonry, in 1877 wrote that they would have three world wars, says Jones. The first two predictions panned out according to Pikes hypothesis, and the third one, says Jones, would be Christendom against Islam . . . invoked by their Masonic operatives and in this battle they would destroy every existing order and even the finance capitalists, and set themselves up as world rulers in the worship of the true one God, in their words: Lucifer. According to Jones, private intelligence agencies and government groups attempt to infiltrate the Masonic system in order to perpetuate an agenda behind closed doors. Using the elusive facade of a secret society, Jones says that Breiviks outburst was orchestrated in an attempt to start what could become a global disaster. Whether he is a mind control patsy or believes he is acting as part of this Illuminati." Jones says that Breivik is being used as a tool of an international collective to invoke a clash of civilizations. Jones adds that as the media builds up the tale of Breivik, lone wolf terrorists will follow in his footsteps to carry out a message that cant be traced to any public records. And with his manifesto already circulating internationally and eye-witnesses saying other shooters were involved in Oslo, the conspiracy is only about to get bigger and the end result might just be another world war.
The Saudi States of America - From BAE to Iran-Contra, 9/11 & Beyond (26 July 2011) http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2011/07/26/brushfire-with-julia-the-saudi-states-of-america/
Money makes the world go round. Whose money spins your planet? In recent decades, Saudi Arabia emerged as a skillful puppeteer, pulling the strings of its expanding influence. Dare to see the big picture, out of the context of pseudo-political loyalties, free of the intoxicating opiate of the mainstream media. Look behind the mask of false pretenses to see the awful truth: riches seeking ever more money, celebrity looking for more notoriety, propaganda masquerading as the truth and the deprivation of liberties posturing as the savior in the war on terror. To uncover who is truly in control, all you have to do is follow the money. Since the mid-eighties, British and American politicians have been operating under suspicion of being compromised by al-Yamamah, the $80 billion Anglo-Saudi black operations slush fund. It is the product of the 20-year oil-for-arms barter deal, wherein BAE Systems (formerly British Aerospace), Britains largest defense contractor, reportedly paid bribes to sell combat fighter planes, helicopters, tanks and ammunitions to Saudi Arabia. In return for the arms, the Saudis agreed to supply hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil a day to the British. It was the largest arms deal in UK history that was arranged in a way that circumvented any potential objections by the U.S. Congress.
BAE (the worlds second largest defense company) was said to have paid millions into accounts controlled by Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a highly influential former ambassador to Washington, DC. Prince Bandars close ties to the Bush family prompted the nickname Bandar Bush. Bandars children reportedly attended school with Cheneys grandchildren. The power Bandar wielded was extraordinary. For decades he was a close friend to five U.S. Presidents and numerous CIA directors, as well as heads of state and monarchs of other countries. In the Bush years, Bandar became virtually part of the administration, able to enter the White House unannounced. Ever a master manipulator, Bandar skillfully controlled the mainstream media, with the
Washington Post being his paper of choice when it came to royal leaks. Bandar had his hand in some of the biggest scandals in modern history. During the Reagan presidency, Bandar secured the purchase of AWACs surveillance aircraft, despite opposition from AIPAC (after the U.S. rejected an arms order, Bandar covertly arranged the delivery of intermediate-range nuclear-warhead-capable missiles from China). He was exposed for his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal, having arranged $32 million in Saudi financing for the Nicaraguan Contras. Bandars wife was reportedly sending money to one of the 9/11 hijackers. President George W. Bush told Prince Bandar about the invasion of Iraq before he told Secretary of State Colin Powell about it (incidentally, another one of Prince Bandars close connections). Planning wars is just one of many perks that come with having friends in high places. Those connections came in handy when Bandar was accused of siphoning off $100 million per year for 10 years, in a $2 billion contract between Saudi Arabia and BAE.
(...) As of 2011, Bandar is back as a force in world politics. He was present in recent meetings between Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates (former director of the CIA) and King Abdullah, as well as during a separate visit by National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. United States recently sold $60 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, including 84 new F-15 fighter jets (in addition to upgrading 70 of their existing F-15s), 190 helicopters as well as a wide array of missiles and bombs. The deal was announced while Congress was in recess, to ensure that it would move forward without interruptions by any possible opponents. This was the largest purchase of American arms in Saudi Arabias history. Gates also urged King Abdullah to buy an upgraded version of Patriot air defense missiles and the Theater High-Altitude Area Defense System, which is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles of longer range. Gates told reporters, I think the relationship is in a good place. This relationship seems to be blooming indeed, since the U.S. continues to sell arms to the country with direct ties to terrorism. You may have noticed that the mainstream media avoids discussing the issues of Saudi influence and links to 9/11. Theres a good explanation for that. It so happens that the second largest shareholder of News Corp. is Saudi billionaire, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. His slice of the pie is topped only by the holdings of Rupert Murdoch himself. CLIP
Eugenics War: Fukushima's radiation spreads globally amidst Elite complicity (23 JULY 2011) http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/news/nature/2011/07/23/248.html
What happened in Fukushima, Japan on March 11, 2011 may be the most sinister global disaster in the recorded history of our planet. The repercussions of this historic disaster will remain for centuries to come. The manifestations of nuclear radiation from the meltdown of the reactors in Fukushima will haunt humanity in ways that we'll only discover over time. The obvious poisoning of our food, water, and air is just the beginning of what is happening to humanity, animal and plant life, and the planet.In an interview with Harry Jabs, a nuclear physicist with as masters degree from Texas A&M and who has a Diploma in Physics from the University of Hamburg in Germany, we expose what had to have happened in Fukushima on March 11 and the weeks and months that followed. It is a shocking story that many cannot read without either disbelief or utter shock.What happened that led to the suppression of this most critical story? What is being reported in the news is that the Japanese Women's Soccer Team won the world championships in Germany this past week. There is almost nothing in the news about the biggest disaster the planet has ever faced in its recorded history. Let's review the story of what actually happened on March 11th and in the weeks and months afterward that was for the most part either downplayed or withheld from international news. The power of the press, now that the Murdoch issue has been exposed and sensationalized, in making or breaking a story cannot be underestimated. It makes one wonder who is behind controlling the press, and for what reasons. CLIP
Fukushima is Worse than Chernobyl on Global Contamination (July 18, 2011) http://japanfocus.org/-Chris-Busby/3563
Chemical physicist Chris Busby is at the forefront of scientists who are challenging the radiation risk model propounded by ICRP, the International Commission on Radiological Protection, whose standards for allowable radiation doses the Japanese government has adopted for its citizens affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident. Busby, Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk (ECRR), points out that the ICRP model deals with radiation exposure from all sources in the same way, as if it were external to the body, and then takes this dose and multiplies it by a risk factor based on the high acute external doses of the atomic-bomb survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The ICRP method thus fails to take into account a number of ways in which certain internal radionuclides can deliver very high doses to critical targets in cells, particularly the cell DNA. One of these is from inhaled or ingested hot particles, which are solid but microscopic and can lodge in tissue delivering high doses to local cells. As a result, internal radiation exposure can be up to 1,000 times more harmful than the ICRP model concludes. In his calculation based on the ECRR model that considers such internal radiation risks, Busby has estimated that within 100 km of Fukushima Daiichi, approximately 200,000 excess cancers will occur within the next 50 years with about half of them diagnosed in the next 10 years, if the 3.3 million people in the area remain there for one year. He estimates over 220,000 excess cancers in the 7.9 million people from 100 to 200 km in the next 50 years, also with about half of them to be diagnosed in the next 10 years. By contrast, the ICRP model predicts 2,838 extra cancers in the 100 km population. The eventual yield will therefore be another test of the two risk models, Busby contends, pointing out that many studies of the Chernobyl disaster showed much higher cancer yields than the ICRP model had predicted.
The effect of the nuclear disaster, moreover, extends well beyond the 200 km radius. It has been reported in Japan that traces of plutonium have been found in the proximity of Fukushima Daiichi. This is no surprise, since unusual amounts of plutonium and uranium have been detected in Hawaii, Guam, Alaska, and on the West Coast by the US Environmental Protection Agency in the wake of the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami. CTBTO, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, has reported that radioactive materials had dispersed throughout the Northern Hemisphere within two weeks of the Fukushima accident, and that it had even reached the Southern Hemisphere by mid-April. Shukan Kinyobi, a weekly magazine, interviewed Chris Busby on the issue of global contamination at a time when the Japanese media have maintained silence on the issue. This is a complete original English text of the interview, published simultaneously with the Japanese version on Shukan Kinyobi (July 8 edition).Norimatsu SatokoInterview with Chris Busby- Unusual amounts of plutonium have been found on the west coast of the United States and elsewhere. Radioactive materials have also been found in milk and water in the US. What is your view of these facts? Plutonium has also been found in the UK in air filters. This means that particles are now being globally dispersed. There will follow increased rates of ill health, including cancer and birth defects, which will be proportional to the overall air concentration. High in Japan, low in USA, and very low in Europe. I do not think plutonium is much more dangerous than the other alpha emitters, particularly Uranium, on a dose for dose basis. I think the danger is in Uranium, Tritium, Strontium-90, Carbon-14, Tellurium-132. I have found Te-132 in car filters from Japan. CLIP
Ex Japanese Nuclear Regulator Blames Radioactive Animal Feed on "Black Rain" - EXCELLENT REVIEW OF THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS BY ARNIE GURDENSON (July 20, 2011) http://vimeo.com/26651670
Arnie Gunderson says it is time for to stop minimizing information and start minimizing radiation exposure in the wake of Japans radioactive beef scandal which is being blamed on Black Rain.
Leuren Moret: Nuclear genocide of babies & children in Japan, U.S., Canada grows (July 17, 2011) http://www.examiner.com/exopolitics-in-seattle/leuren-moret-nuclear-genocide-of-babies-children-japan-u-s-canada-grows
In an exclusive ExopoliticsTV interview (released July 17, 2011) with independent scientist Leuren Moret, MA, PhD (ABT) by Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd, Ms. Moret reveals that the hidden nuclear genocide of babies and children resulting from the March 11, 2011 Fukushima false flag tectonic event can now be documented and is growing. Leuren Moret also released her court statement as an expert witness in a lawsuit brought to force government officials to evacuate more than 350,000 children from the Fukushima area where they are being forcibly exposed by the government to lethal doses of radiation. Ms. Morets court statement is reprinted below in this article as a public service. Watch ExopoliticsTV interview with Leuren Moret on radiation genocide of babies and children AT http://youtu.be/Z91frvrhris
In her court statement as part of a lawsuit in Japan to force the evacuation of more than 350,000 children from lethal levels of radiation in the Fukushima area, Leuren Moret states, FUKUSHIMA RADIATION EFFECTS THOUSANDS OF MILES ACROSS THE OCEANThe west coast of North America is thousands of miles across the vast Pacific Ocean, a long way from Fukushima Daiichi and the radioactive solids, liquids, and gases being released daily and recklessly to poison both near and far. Already we are seeing the effects in North America. Air filters from cars in Seattle have been analyzed for hot particles and indicate that Seattle residents are inhaling 5 hot particles a day, in Tokyo it is 10 hot particles a day, in Fukushima Prefecture it is 30-40 times higher - 300-400 hot particles a day. Hot particles and alpha emitters such as Uranium and Plutonium have not even been mentioned by the government or TEPCO, nor has their contribution to total radiation released been considered. Alpha particles are biologically 20 times more damaging than beta particles.Iodine 131 in drinking water in San Francisco was reported by UC Berkeley to be 18,100% times higher than the EPA drinking water standard, yet the US government quit measuring it.
Infant mortality in Berkeley, CA, and other west coast cities was reported by Dr. Janette Sherman to have increased 35% since March 11, after the Fukushima disaster. The babies are the first to die.Infant mortality in Philadelphia, PA. where the highest Iodine 131 levels in drinking water measured in the US have been reported, has increased 45% since March 11. People on the west coast of the United States and even in Arizona are reporting a metallic taste in their mouths an indication of radioactive particles in the air as in Japan. On the night of June 14, a nuclear incident occurred in the Reactor 3 building in the spent fuel pool when huge bursts of gamma ray fluorescence lit up the night sky and turned the reactor building as bright as the sun, indicating the spent fuel rods and melted uranium and plutonium were boiling off, vaporized along with the rest of the fission products. The radiation from this unreported but very dangerous event was released without protecting the residents of Fukushima Prefecture especially the children. But the radiation was detected at elevated levels from 2:30 AM until 7:30 AM on a monitor in Ibaraki Prefecture. How many Curies were released? When will this nuclear war against the Japanese people and the Northern Hemisphere ever end? Instead of evacuation, the government gives the children (sick with radiation symptoms) film badges to measure the external exposure dose another study group like US govt. studies on Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims (they are still being studied), Iraq victims, Gaza victims. And the US government did the same thing to Americans during 1300 nuclear bomb tests in the US. CLIP - CHECK ALSO Leuren Moret: Fukushima radiation food contamination grows in Japan, US, Canada (July 26, 2011)
Japans food supply under threat as radiation from Fukushima Daiichi spreads (26/07-2011) http://www.bellona.org/articles/articles_2011/japan_food_contamination
Radiation fallout from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan is posing greater threats to the countrys food chain as unsafe levels of caesium, which have been detected in beef, have been turning up in more vegetables and in the ocean. (...) The government is so slow to move, Sano told the Kyodo news agency. Theyve done little to ensure food safety.Aeon Co, Japans biggest supermarket chain, said yesterday that 4,108 kilograms of beef suspected of being contaminated was accidentally put on sale at 174 stores across Japan, said the Bloomberg news agency. Supermarkets started testing beef after the Tokyo Metropolitan Government found radioactive cesium in slaughtered cattle this month. The government on July 19 banned cattle shipments from Fukushima prefecture, though not before some had been slaughtered and shipped to supermarkets. On Tuesday, the Japanese government finally announced it would shoulder the $25 million financial burden of purchasing and destroying the meat and contaminated hay. The government has also directed meat producers to seek compensation from Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) the owner of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, Bloomberg reported.Some areas still have high radiation dosages and if you also eat products from these areas, youll get a considerable amount of radiation, Sentaro Takahashi, a professor of radiation control at Kyoto University in western Japan, told Bloomberg. This is why the government needs to do something fast. Seafood a Japanese staple still a concern Seafood is another concern after caesium-134 in seawater near the Fukushima plant climbed to levels 30 times the allowed safety standards last week, according to tests performed by TECPO, Bloomberg cited broadcaster NHK as reporting. CLIP
A 35% Spike in Infant Mortality in Northwest Cities Since Meltdown - Is the Dramatic Increase in Baby Deaths in the US a Result of Fukushima Fallout? (June 10 - 12, 2011) http://www.counterpunch.org/sherman06102011.html
(...) Low birth weight babies, born too soon and too small, face a lifetime of health problems, including cerebral palsy, and behavioral and learning problems placing an enormous physical, emotional and economic burdens on society as a whole and on those caring for them. Death of a young child is devastating to a family. As of June 5, 2011, The Japan Times reported that radiation in the No. 1 plant was measured at 4,000 milliseverts per hour. To put that in perspective, a worker would receive a maximal permissible dose in 4 minutes. In addition there are over 40,000 tons of radioactive water under that reactor with more radioactivity escaping into the air and sea. Fuel rods are believed to have melted and sunk to the bottom of reactors 1, 2, and 3. Tepco, the corporate owner took more than two months to confirm the meltdowns and admitted lying about the levels of destruction and subsequent contamination, resulting in Public Distrust. Over 100,000 tons of radioactive waste are on the site. Why should we care if there may be is a link between Fukushima and the death of children? Because we need to measure the actual levels of isotopes in the environment and in the bodies of people exposed to determine if the fallout is killing our most vulnerable. The research is not technically difficult the political and economic barriers may be greater. Bandshevsky and others did it and confirmed the connection. The information is available in the Chernobyl book. (Previously cited.)The biological findings of Chernobyl cannot be ignored: isotope incorporation will determine the future of all life on earth animal, fish, bird, plant and human. It is crucial to know this information if we are to avoid further catastrophic damage.
Japan Passes The Computer Network Monitoring Law To Cleanse The Internet Of Bad Fukushima News (July 24, 2011) http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/07/24/japan-passes-computer-network-monitoring-law-cleanse-internet-bad-fukushima-news-41711/
Japan has passed a law that will enable the police and contractors to monitor internet activity without restriction to "cleanse" the Internet of any "bad" Fukushima radiation news. (...) The supposedly free democratic nation of Japan, which supposedly values and promotes freedom of speech, has officially issued orders to telecommunication companies and webmasters to remove content from websites that counter the official government position that the disaster is over and there is no more threat from the radiation. The government charges that the damage caused by earthquakes and by the nuclear accident are being magnified by irresponsible rumors, and the government must take action for the sake of the public good. The project team has begun to send letters of request to such organizations as telephone companies, internet providers, cable television stations, and others, demanding that they take adequate measures based on the guidelines in response to illegal information. The measures include erasing any information from internet sites that the authorities deem harmful to public order and morality.
(...) Straw found 45 miles from Fukushima is highly contaminated with radioactive cesium, which is an indication that radiation has contaminated large portions of Northern Japan. More than half a million disintegration per second in a kilogram of straw are comparable to Chernobyl levels.The American Nuclear Regulatory Commission was correct when it told Americans to evacuate beyond 50 miles from Fukushima the Japanese should have done the same. Ex-Secretariat, Gundersen, of Japans Nuclear Safety Commission blames this contamination on Black Rain. Rather than minimize the information the Japanese people receive, Gundersen suggests, minimizing their radiation exposure. This video included in the progressive report page shows the type of the negative information Japan is trying to keep a lid. Even in light of the recent beef scandal were Japan allowed highly radioactive beef to be shipped all over the country and be eaten when it was widely reported that the beef was highly radioactive this man whose cows are only 14 miles from the Fukushima plant refuses to kill his cows. Meanwhile, in this video, Nuclear Engineer Arnie Gundersen says it is time to stop trying to minimize the flow of information and start minimizing the radiation exposure people are receiving. Famed Nuclear Physicist Chris Bubsy says the Fukushima disaster health risk is being grossly underestimated and is far worse than Chernobyl on a global level. Instead of factual reporting, the new law will mean a news sites and blogs will become proliferated with news articles like this report from Daily Yomuri with the feel good healdine of Fun in the sun for Fukushima families. CLIP
The Nuclear Industry is Dead! with Jeremy Rifkin (June 1, 2011) MUST WATCH!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m3Mis9vIX0
Why we won't built anymore nuclear plants. Really worth listening. Le nucléaire est mort - sous-titres français - Transcription de la traduction française ICI - VOIR AUSSI ICI
CBS Investigation Into Complaints About New Watts Bar Nuclear Reactor in Spring City, Tennessee (July 19 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27cZCTZ_yC0
Investigative reporter Armen Keteyian comes to Rhea County Tennessee to interview whistleblower Ann Harris and tour the Watts Bar Plant. -- PART OF THE CONTENT OF THIS MUST SEE VIDEO FOUND IN Nuclear Whistleblower: "The Books Are Being Cooked" Fukushima In American Will Happen (July 19, 2011)
A longtime nuclear whistleblower, as well as a new report from the nuclear watchdog agency, have shed light on some startling flaws at The Watts Bar Nuclear plant in Spring City, Tennessee. The NRC report highlighted over 24 vulnerabilities after assessing the nations nuclear power plants after the Japanese earthquake and subsequent full scale nuclear disaster. Ann Harris, a former Watts Bar employee and long time whistleblower, was interviewed during a CBS investigation. In the interview she revealed startling information that the nuclear industry, as well as certain officials in the NRC, do not want you to hear. "Basically the books are being cooked, people are saying things they are not doing, that they swear under oath they have been done and they just aren't done." When asked if a Fukushima type scenario could happen in America, Harris had this to say. "You can see a Fukushima happening here in the U.S."So it's not a matter of 'if,' it's a matter of -"When," Harris finished the sentence. According to CBS, the report included these vulnerabilities:- a lack of emergency responder training- faulty control panels- malfunctioning communications equipment- and issues with portable backup diesel generator. Unfortunately these are very similar to the problems that led to 3 full scale meltdowns after the massive earthquake that rocked Japan. As a nuclear whistleblower for our 15 years who has won a record 6 lawsuits against Watts Bar, Harris has seen her fair share of threats and what she described seemed to be attempted murder. "They ran me off the road, they wired my car for fireboming, they dropped the universal joint off my car." So is Ann Harris correct? Is a major nuclear disaster in American on the horizon? Officials at the nuclear power plant in question have claimed that these reports are inaccurate and that Watts Bar is safe. To many, reassurance from the nuclear industry falls on deaf ears considering the fact that almost every single radiation release on the planet has been covered up to a certain extent. How can we trust an industry that is being accused by a prominent, credible whistleblower of intimidation and possible attempted murder? As we have reported in the past, the NRC and the nuclear industry are riddled with corruption on par or above the oil cartels. Even though the NRC recently released a report that was critical of Watts Bar, history shows that most likely the problem will be ignored and moved out of sight and out of mind. As the nuclear gamble continues, the people of the world must continue to expose the dangers of nuclear power plant flaws in the hopes that they may be fixed before another big one hits.
Experts urge great caution over radiation risks (June 26, 2011) http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20110626x3.html
In order to address public concerns over post 3/11 food safety, the government should be more forthcoming in the monitoring and disclosure of data regarding radiation contamination of soil, Akira Sugenoya, mayor of Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, told this reporter recently. (...) "So many people in Japan are now saying that they can't trust their own government."Adding to such concerns are the views of Richard Broinowski, a former Australian diplomat who is now adjunct professor at the University of Sydney. In response to recent emailed questions from the JT, Broinowski who is currently writing a book about the Tohoku disasters said he doubts whether the Japanese authorities have done the most thorough research into the irradiation of food.Specifically, he said, "What I am anxious to know is: Are qualified Japanese epidemiologists and public health experts (that is, those not in the pay of the nuclear industry) undertaking objective and impartial research into how deeply and to what intensity, radiation dispersal of cesium-137, strontium-90, iodine-131, noble gases and plutonium-239 ... has spread, and how much the general population of the Tohoku region and other regions of Japan have been exposed?" He added: "I also suspect that full disclosure of such data is not in the interests of the Japanese nuclear industry."
Ship carrying nuclear cargo slips in, out of port (July 22, 2011) http://savannahnow.com/exchange/2011-07-22/ship-carrying-nuclear-cargo-slips-out-port#.TitG_M1SnK_
The Port of Savannah had a rare visit this week when the Atlantic Osprey, one of the International Nuclear Services fleet of specially equipped nuclear fuel transport vessels, docked Monday at Ocean Terminal. The Osprey, which slipped in and out of port relatively unnoticed, was carrying containers holding six casks of nuclear fuel irradiated in the now-closed French fast reactor Phenix. Its part of the Department of Energys now-defunct Global Nuclear Energy Partnership. The material is being returned to the Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico reportedly its source of origination for post irradiation examination. Sources tell us the ship departed Cherbourg, France, on June 28 and was met on arrival in Savannah by escort teams from Los Alamos and the U.S. Department of Energy. The material was off-loaded to trucks for the 1,600-plus mile trek to the Los Alamos facility, a Department of Energy nuclear research institution charged with ensuring the safety, security, and reliability of the nations nuclear program. CLIP - Recommended by Kelley Elkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) who wrote: "This article is about a load of nuclear fuel (MOX) being unloaded from France... in Savanah, Georgia... to travel overland 1,600 miles to its origin ?... Los Alamos, New Mexico... How does this make sense? Haven't they better things to do with nuclear fuel? than to drive it across our highways... it will probably travel by regular freight with minimal signage and no escort... typical. Lets send that transport lots of love to make sure it gets to its destination and then for crikey sake gets stored properly (???) in a proper place not out in a field somewhere or canyon... Yikes!"
SPECIAL FOCUS ON THE DARK AGENDA OF PLANET-WIDE GMO CONTAMINATION
Genetic Manipulation Endangering Humanity (July 27, 2011) EXCELLENT, ARTICULATE WARNING BY ALEX. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDf5Y1yvROg
Alex Jones talk about the genetic alterations in animals. HAIR-RAISING STUFF!! HUMAN CLONES AND MORE
10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs (July 22, 2011) http://www.responsibletechnology.org/posts/?p=1525
1. GMOs carry significant health dangers
2. Releasing GMOs out doors leads to irreversible contamination of the ecosystem
3. The use of the herbicide Roundup is dramatically increased with GM Roundup Ready crops, which negatively affects human, animal, plant, and environmental health
4. The process of genetic engineering is imprecise, fraught with unpredicted side effects, and based on obsolete assumptions
5. The regulations and approvals of GMOs are insufficient to protect human health and the environment
6. The industry-funded research is superficial, and largely rigged to avoid finding problems
7. Independent scientists who discover problems are attacked, media seeking to expose problems are censored
8. GMOs lead to environmental problems such as loss of bio-diversity and harm to birds, insects, and soil ecology
9. GMOs do not help feed the world, but rather work against that urgent goal
10. By avoiding GMOs, you help generate the tipping point of consumer rejection
Emails Show White House Promotes Genetically Engineered Crops in Wildlife Refuges (25 July 2011) ONCE AGAIN THE TRUE FACE OF OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION COMES TO LIGHT. DESPICABLE, STEALTHY MALFEASANCE IS TURNING OUT TO BE THE HALLMARK OF THIS SAVIOR-TURNED-TERRORIST KILLER, OF THIS SCION OF THE EVIL ELITE WHICH THIS MACHIAVELLIAN CON ARTIST (or docile puppet...) IS FULLY SERVING . http://www.truthout.com/emails-show-white-house-promotes-ge-crops-wildlife-refuges/1311621066
The Obama administration is supporting genetically engineered (GE) agriculture in more than 50 national wildlife refuges across the country and watchdog groups say internal emails among top administration officials reveal that the GE plots are a priority in the White House. Earlier this year, a settlement in a lawsuit filed by the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and its allies halted the planting of GE crops in US Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife refuges in northeastern states. Now PEER claims the Obama administration is working with the biotech lobby to shield GE plots in refuges from future legal challenges. A January 10, 2011 email obtained by PEER reveals that biotech lobbyist Adrianne Massey contacted Peter Schmeissner, the senior policy analyst for the White House Office of Science and Technology, about the legal challenge to GE crop plantings in northeastern refuges.Massey, who has made a career out of promoting biotechnology across the world, promotes the public policy of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), a lobby funded by Monsanto and other biotech firms.The Obama administration recently created the White House Agricultural Biotechnology Working Group and GE crop opponents claim the interagency group has teamed up with BIO to boost exports of GE crops to countries that have grown leery of America's increasingly transgenic food supply.
(...) For years, the Fish and Wildlife Service has allowed farming on national wildlife refuges for the purpose of habitat restoration. The agency claims farming helps develop native grasslands and provides food for wildlife. Deborah Rocque, a top official for the wildlife refuge system, told Truthout that GE crops restore habitats in ways that conventional crops cannot. Crops that are genetically engineered to tolerate herbicide (such as Monsanto's Roundup Ready corn and soy) provide beneficial ground cover and the herbicides [herbicide in a wildlife refuge!?] can be sprayed across entire fields [lovely!], killing only unwanted weeds [and wildlife], but sparring the GE crops. Conservationists can debate whether blanketing parcels of wildlife refuges with GE crops and plant-killing chemicals is sound land management practice or an ecologically dangerous experiment, but PEER believes that BIO and the Obama administration are not interested in habitat restoration." The White House is engaging in a joint effort with Monsanto ... and as we understand it, it's part of a White House pledge to double exports," said PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. The US has had trouble in recent years exporting GE crops to Europe, where many consumers are skeptical about GE foods and some countries mandate that foods containing GE ingredient must be labeled. Now that more than 90 percent of corn and soy grown in America is GE, the government has a vested interest in promoting the acceptance of GE crops in other countries. "These plans are based on the curious notion that wildlife benefit from having the small slivers of habitat set aside for them covered by genetically engineered soybeans," Ruch said of the program in an earlier release. "To boost US exports, the Obama administration is forcing wildlife refuges into political prostitution." MORE ON THIS THROUGH White House Pact with Industry to Push GE Plants AND Look at the refuges targeted for GE crops
Is the US Forcing GMO Food on Europe - MUST WATCH! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ualVV6SsWD4
In 2010 more than a million in Europe people signed a petition calling for a complete ban on the use of genetically modified crops. This was in response to that the European Bloc gave it's approval to the limited growing of GMO crops. It's led to accusations the US, which is the world's major player in the industry, is putting unfair pressure on the EU. William Engdahl, economic researcher, journalist, historian, and author of Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of GMO, offers his extensively researched wisdom on the subject.He explains that since G.W. Bush went to the World Trade Organization in 2003 and pressed a suit against the European Union for blocking the licensing and approval of GMO crops..."...the US government has made GMO seeds, patented from Dupont and Monsanto, a national security priority, tantamount to the export of defense weapons for the Pentagon and for the US budget. It's a national security export sector -- agribusiness, and especially GMO seeds." He further explains that the US government co-holds the patent with Monsanto on terminator seed technology! This information further points to the importance of collecting seeds on everything we bring into our kitchens from now on, and be aware of all foods of which we do not know the origin. The global political agenda of food control is more than a little chilling. CHECK ALSO Wikileaks cable reveals U.S. conspired to retaliate against European nations if they resisted GMOs
270,000 Organic Farmers Sue Monsanto (July 26, 2011) http://www.growswitch.com/blog/2011/07/270000-organic-farmers-sue-monsanto/
More than 270,000 organic farmers are taking on corporate agriculture giant Monsanto in a lawsuit filed March 30. Led by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, the family farmers are fighting for the right to keep a portion of the world food supply organicand preemptively protecting themselves from accusations of stealing genetically modified seeds that drift on to their pristine crop fields.Consumers are powerful. For more than a decade, a cultural shift has seen shoppers renounce the faster-fatter-bigger-cheaper mindset of factory farms, exposéd in the 2008 documentary Food, Inc. From heirloom tomatoes to heritage chickens, we want our food slow, sustainable, and localhealthy for the earth, healthy for animals, and healthy for our bodies. But with patented seeds infiltrating the environment so fully, organic itself is at risk. Monsantos widely used Genuity® Roundup Ready® canola seed has already turned heirloom canola oil into an extinct species. The suing farmers are seeking to prevent similar contamination of organic corn, soybeans, and a host of other crops. Whats more, theyre seeking to prevent Monsanto from accusing them of unlawfully using the very seeds theyre trying to avoid. It seems quite perverse that an organic farmer contaminated by transgenic seed could be accused of patent infringement, says Public Patent Foundation director Dan Ravicher in a Cornucopia Institute article about the farmers lawsuit (May 30, 2011), but Monsanto has made such accusations before and is notorious for having sued hundreds of farmers for patent infringement. Even as the megacorporation enjoys soaring stock, the U.S. justice department continues to look into allegations of its fraudulent antitrust practices (The Street, June 29, 2011): Monsanto, which has acquired more than 20 of the nations biggest seed producers and sellers over the last decade, has long pursued a strict policy with its customers, obligating them to buy its bioengineered seeds every year rather than use them in multiple planting seasons. Farmers who disobey are blacklisted forever. Its a wide net Monsanto has cast over the agricultural landscape. As Ravicher points out, its actually in Monsantos financial interest to eliminate organic seed so that they can have a total monopoly over our food supply. Imagine a world devoid of naturally vigorous traditional crops and controlled by a single business with a appetite for intellectual property. Did anyone else feel a cold wind pass through them? Now imagine a world where thousands of family farmers fight the good fight to continue giving consumers a choice in their foodand win.via Organic v. Monsanto Environment Utne Reader.
Monsanto Nation: Taking Down Goliath (July 28, 2011) VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ARTICLE AND CAMPAIGN!!! http://www.naturalnews.com/033155_Monsanto_Goliath.html
(NaturalNews) "If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it." - Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March 7, 1994After two decades of biotech bullying and force-feeding unlabeled and hazardous genetically engineered (GE) foods to animals and humans -- aided and abetted by the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations -- it's time to move beyond defensive measures and go on the offensive. With organic farming, climate stability, and public health under the gun of the gene engineers and their partners in crime, it's time to do more than complain. With over 1/3 of U.S. cropland already contaminated with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), with mounting scientific evidence that GMOs cause cancer, birth defects, and serious food allergies and with new biotech mutants like alfalfa, lawn grass, ethanol-ready corn, 2,4 D-resistant crops, and genetically engineered trees and animals in the pipeline time is running out.Living in Monsanto Nation there can be no such thing as "coexistence." It is impossible to coexist with a reckless industry that endangers public health, bribes public officials, corrupts scientists, manipulates the media, destroys biodiversity, kills the soil, pollutes the environment, tortures and poisons animals, destabilizes the climate, and economically enslaves the world's 1.5 billion seed-saving small farmers. It's time to take down the Biotech Behemoth, before the living web of biodiversity is terminated.But, to bring down Goliath and build an organic future, we need to be strategic, as well as bold.
(....) The biotech and food industry are acutely conscious of the fact that North American consumers, like their European counterparts, are wary and suspicious of GMO foods. Even without a PhD, consumers understand you don't want your food safety or environmental sustainability decisions to be made by out-of-control chemical companies like Monsanto, Dow, or DuPont--the same people who brought you toxic pesticides and industrial chemicals, Agent Orange, carcinogenic food additives, PCBs, and now global warming. Industry leaders are definitely aware of the fact that every poll over the last 20 years has shown that 85-95% of American consumers want mandatory labels on genetically engineered foods. Why do consumers want labels? So that we can avoid buying these mutant foods, gene-spliced with viruses, bacteria, antibiotic- resistant marker genes and foreign DNA. Gene-altered foods have absolutely no benefits for consumers or the environment, only hazards. This is why Monsanto and their friends in the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations have prevented consumer GMO truth-in-labeling laws from ever getting a public discussion, much less coming to a vote, in Congress.
(...) A clear precedent for this situation was established in California in 1986 when voters passed, over the strenuous opposition of industry, a ballot initiative called Proposition 65, which required consumer products with potential cancer-causing ingredient to bear warning labels. Rather than label their products sold in California as likely carcinogenic, most companies reformulated their product ingredients so as to avoid warning labels altogether, and they did this on a national scale, not just in California. This same scenario will likely unfold if California voters pass a ballot initiative in 2012 requiring labels on food containing genetically engineered ingredients. Can you imagine Kellogg's selling Corn Flakes breakfast cereal in California with a label that admits it contains genetically engineered corn? Or labeling their corn flakes as GE in California, but not divulging this same fact to consumers in the other 49 states or Canada? Of course not. How about Kraft Boca Burgers admitting that their soybean ingredients are genetically modified? How about the entire non-organic food industry (including many so-called "natural" brands) admitting that 75% of their products are GE-tainted? Once food manufacturers and supermarkets are forced to come clean and label genetically engineered products, they will likely remove all GE ingredients, to avoid the "skull and crossbones" effect, just like the food industry in the EU has done. In the wake of this development American farmers will convert millions of acres of GE crops to non-GMO or organic varieties. The biotechnocrats and their allies have indeed used their vast resources to buy off Congress, the White House, and most state legislatures with campaign contributions. Monsanto, DuPont, and other corporate giants have used their enormous clout to send their lawyers and scientists through the revolving door into jobs as government regulators. Biotech's financial power has polluted state and federal governments, along with trade associations, universities, research institutions, philanthropic organizations, and media outlets.But there are two things Monsanto's money can't buy: Our trust, and our votes.
(...) The Slingshot that Can Bring Down Goliath -- The most important advantage or weapon in a ballot initiative (or in a grassroots legislative lobbying campaign) is to have the overwhelming support of the people, especially registered voters. As poll after poll has shown, 85-95% of Americans support mandatory GE food labels. No matter how much money Monsanto and their allies spend to defeat a ballot initiative, it is very difficult to turn back overwhelming public sentiment. Monsanto has become one of the most hated corporations on earth.
(...) Biotechnology or BioDemocracy? -- Restoring consumers' right to know and driving genetically engineered foods off supermarket shelves are not going to solve all of the life and death issues that are currently staring us in the face: the climate crisis, endless wars, economic depression, corporate control over government, and the health crisis. But cutting Monsanto and the biotechnocrats down to size and restoring consumer choice are a good first step to move us toward sustainability and a healthy food and farming system. Just as important, in political terms, by defeating the Biotech Bullies and indentured politicians we can begin to restore the tattered self-confidence of the American body politic. A resounding victory by the organic community and OCA's Millions Against Monsanto campaign will prove to ourselves and the currently demoralized public that we can indeed take back control over the institutions and public policies that determine our daily lives. Now is the time to move forward. To support or join up with the Millions Against Monsanto Campaign, go to http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/
Millions Against Monsanto (27 July 2011) PLEASE HELP MAKE THIS VIDEO AND CAMPAIGN GO VIRAL!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIrigQR_37c
Millions Against Monsanto is a campaign to demand that genetically engineered food be clearly labeled as such.How much food are we talking about? There are 165 million acres of GMO crops in the US. More than one third of all the cropland: 91% of all soybeans, 88% of cotton, and 75% of corn.In Europe, the people stood up and demanded that GMO food be clearly labeled. The result? They can easily see on the package if it's GMO or not. Not surprisingly, there is little or no GMO food in the stores.We need to make that our reality in the United States.It is crucial to join this campaign. Organized by the Organic Consumers Association, this is the season of action: activities, awareness raising, protests and petitions are gaining force in the coming months, culminating on October 16th 2011.We need to KNOW if it's GMO. Can you start a campaign in your community? Spread the word. CHECK ALSO World Food Day: October 16, 2011 Our Goal: 435 chapters, one for each Congressional District x 2300 supporters in each chapter = 1,000,000 people against Monsanto, in support of our right to know and choose what's in our food.
Anonymous Message To Monsanto; We fight for farmers! (June 12, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1A-DYK4M4Q
To the free-thinking citizens of the world:Anonymous stands with the farmers and food organizations denouncing the practices of Monsanto We applaud the bravery of the organizations and citizens who are standing up to Monsanto, and we stand united with you against this oppressive corporate abuse. Monsanto is contaminating the world with chemicals and genetically modified food crops for profit while claiming to feed the hungry and protect the environment. Anonymous is everyone, Anyone who can not stand for injustice and decides to do something about it, We are all over the Earth and here to stay. To Monsanto, we demand you STOP the following: - Contaminating the global food chain with GMO's.- Intimidating small farmers with bullying and lawsuits. - Propagating the use of destructive pesticides and herbicides across the globe. - Using "Terminator Technology", which renders plants sterile. - Attempting to hijack UN climate change negotiations for your own fiscal benefit. - Reducing farmland to desert through monoculture and the use of synthetic fertilizers. - Inspiring suicides of hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers. - Causing birth defects by continuing to produce the pesticide "Round-up" - Attempting to bribe foriegn officials - Infiltrating anti-GMO groups *there are links at the bottom corresponding with each of the above.Monsanto, these crimes will not go unpunished. Anonymous will not spare you nor anyone in support of your oppressive illegal business practices.
(...) The introduction of GMOs drastically affects a local farmers income, as the price of chemicals required for GMOs and seeds from Monsanto cripples the farmer's meager profit margins. There are even many cases of Monsanto suing small farmers after pollen from their GMO crops accidentally cross with the farmer's crops. Because Monsanto has a patent on theri brand of seed, they claim the farmer is in violation of patent laws. These disgusting and inhumane practices will not be tolerated. Anonymous urges all concerned citizens to stand up for these farmers, stand up for the future of your own food. Protest, organize, spread info to your friends! SAY NO TO POISONOUS CHEMICALS IN YOUR FOOD!SAY NO TO GMO! SAY NO TO MONSANTO! We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us
Dangerous Toxins From Genetically Modified Plants Found in Women and Fetuses (May 25, 2011) http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/1412
Watch this two minute video, Double Dipping Danger, produced by Alex Bogusky, and then read about new evidence below showing even more harm from genetically modified foods. When U.S. regulators approved Monsantos genetically modified Bt corn, they knew it would add a deadly poison into our food supply. Thats what it was designed to do. The corns DNA is equipped with a gene from soil bacteria called Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) that produces the Bt-toxin. Its a pesticide; it breaks open the stomach of certain insects and kills them.But Monsanto and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) swore up and down that it was only insects that would be hurt. The Bt-toxin, they claimed, would be completely destroyed in the human digestive system and not have any impact on all of us trusting corn-eating consumers.Oops. A study just proved them wrong.Doctors at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec found the corns Bt-toxin in the blood of pregnant women and their babies, as well as in non-pregnant women.i (Specifically, the toxin was identified in 93% of 30 pregnant women, 80% of umbilical blood in their babies, and 67% of 39 non-pregnant women.) The study has been accepted for publication in the peer reviewed journal Reproductive Toxicology.According to the UK Daily Mail, this study, which appears to blow a hole in safety claims, has triggered calls for a ban on imports and a total overhaul of the safety regime for genetically modified (GM) crops and food. Organizations from England to New Zealand are now calling for investigations and for GM crops to be halted due to the serious implications of this finding.Links to allergies, auto-immune disease, and other disorders. Theres already plenty of evidence that the Bt-toxin produced in GM corn and cotton plants is toxic to humans and mammals and triggers immune system responses. The fact that it flows through our blood supply, and that is passes through the placenta into fetuses, may help explain the rise in many disorders in the US since Bt crop varieties were first introduced in 1996. CLIP - MUCH MORE THROUGH http://www.responsibletechnology.org/
Monsanto-Resistant Weeds Take Root, Raising Food Prices (July 20, 2011) http://www.growswitch.com/blog/2011/07/monsanto-resistant-weeds-take-root-raising-food-prices/
Monsantos Roundup was supposed to make it easy for farmers to get rid of weeds, but its working on fewer and fewer plants, including some monsters that can grow three inches a day and destroy farm equipment.For decades, farmers had it relatively easy when it came to weeds infesting their soil: apply herbicides, wait for the weeds to die and grow more crops. Those salad days, alas, are coming to an end. A new series of studies released by Weed Science this month finds at least 21 weed species have become resistant to the popular herbicide glyphosate (sold as Monsantos Roundup), and a growing number survive multiple herbicides, so-called super-weeds. The same selection pressure creating bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics is leading to the rapid evolution of plants that survive modern herbicides. If the trend continues, yields could drop and food costs climb as weeds grow more difficult to uproot. The herbicide resistance issue is becoming serious, said journal editor, William K. Vencill, in a recent statement. It is spreading out beyond where weed scientists have seen it before. More than 11 million acres, up from just 2.4 million in 2007, are now infested with Roundup-resistant varieties. The herbicide, a relatively low-impact chemical since it biodegrades quickly, has ranked among the most popular for farmers since Monsanto introduced its genetically engineered Roundup Ready crops that are unaffected by the chemical, accounting for about 90 percent of the soybeans and 70 percent of the corn and cotton grown in the United States. Even more worrisome is the steep (and unabated) climb in the number of weeds resistant to multiple types of herbicides. Super-strains of plants like pigweedwhich grows three inches a day and is tough enough to damage farm machineryhave emerged, which may dramatically reduce the options for farmers to control them. The alternatives are usually more dangerous chemicals or plowing and mulching fields, undermining many of the environmental benefits biotech crops are supposed to offer. Its the single largest threat to production agriculture that we have ever seen, claims Andrew Wargo III, president of the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts. Monsanto, which once allegedly led farmers to believe its Roundup Ready crops would not cause weed resistance, has since come around to evidence and is now talking about prevention by diversifying chemical applications and crop rotation.But the strategy may not buy enough time to develop effective and affordable alternatives. Early attempts, such as DuPonts newly approved herbicide Imprelis, are proving complicated, according to a recent article in the New York Times. Thought to be an environmentally friendly herbicide, it is now the leading suspect in the death of Norway spruces, eastern white pine, and other trees around the country.
Monsanto: The world's poster child for corporate manipulation and deceit (July 30, 2010) http://www.naturalnews.com/029325_Monsanto_deception.html
(NaturalNews) At a biotech industry conference in January 1999, a representative from Arthur Anderson, LLP explained how they had helped Monsanto design their strategic plan. First, his team asked Monsanto executives what their ideal future looked like in 15 to 20 years. The executives described a world with 100 percent of all commercial seeds genetically modified and patented. Anderson consultants then worked backwards from that goal, and developed the strategy and tactics to achieve it. They presented Monsanto with the steps and procedures needed to obtain a place of industry dominance in a world in which natural seeds were virtually extinct. This was a bold new direction for Monsanto, which needed a big change to distance them from a controversial past. As a chemical company, they had polluted the landscape with some of the most poisonous substances ever produced, contaminated virtually every human and animal on earth, and got fined and convicted of deception and wrongdoing. According to a former Monsanto vice president, "We were despised by our customers." So they redefined themselves as a "life sciences" company, and then proceeded to pollute the landscape with toxic herbicide, contaminate the gene pool for all future generations with genetically modified plants, and get fined and convicted of deception and wrongdoing. Monsanto's chief European spokesman admitted in 1999, "Everybody over here hates us." Now the rest of the world is catching on. "Saving the world," and other lies -- Monsanto's public relations story about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are largely based on five concepts. 1. GMOs are needed to feed the world. 2. GMOs have been thoroughly tested and proven safe. 3. GMOs increase yield. 4. GMOs reduce the use of agricultural chemicals. 5. GMOs can be contained, and therefore coexist with non-GM crops. All five are pure myths -- blatant falsehoods about the nature and benefit of this infant technology. The experience of former Monsanto employee Kirk Azevedo helps expose the first two lies, and provides some insight into the nature of the people working at the company. CLIP
GMOs: Invasive Species Council and USDA ignore environmental infection and contamination (July 22, 2011) http://ppjg.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/usda-gmo-contamination/
The recent deregulation of genetically mutated bluegrass is the first domino to fall in the scheme to deregulate all gmos and to avoid having to label these disgusting creations so that consumers, many of whom are fully aware of the dangers of these products, can choose to avoid them. The economic power wielded by consumers via their food dollars would quickly put an end to genetic modification, mutation and alteration. Therefore, regulation, control, liability for harm and damage along with labeling, must be avoided at all costs. The reduction of biodiversity as a result of the infestation of transgenic plants and crops will cause the rise of monocultures where a single crop is grown in a region or, becomes the only crop that will grow wiping out any biodiversity and by necessity causing a rise in the use of pesticides and herbicides as insects and weeds alike develop a tolerance to genetically mutated seeds and chemical applications. This infestation and resulting contamination of food crops in particular, or those crops to be used for feeds and fuel should be treated for what they actually are: the equivalent of AIDS in the plant world.
Transgenic crops are protected by fraudulent patents and will eventually be used to eradicate all rights to regional germ plasms. The GATT agreement will facilitate the loss of the right of farmers in any given region to reproduce or save seed, and will prohibit the sharing of seed; exactly what is being implemented now.While one council after another is set up under the guise of protecting the environment, not one, not even the National Invasive Species Council has addressed the issue of developing monocultures as a result of genetically mutated and aggressive plants and crops. This lack of perspective and failure to actively investigate the possibility of monocultures developing and the subsequent devastation to biodiversity that would result, is a dead giveaway that they are aware of this possibility and most likely have no intentions of highlighting what they know to be a growing and threatening problem. And as noted in the article by Debbie Coffey, Monsanto is advising the Invasive Species Council which is a clear indicator that what emanates from this Council should be seriously questioned and never taken as anything remotely resembling the truth. Too many questions regarding the ecological impact of mutated crops and seeds have gone unanswered. It appears that those questions are not allowed to be asked in the first place. But, if any are asked, the answers are quickly hidden away from public view so that future plausible deniability can be claimed when the actual biological devastation and ecological collapses in any region are so apparent they can not be ignored or denied. No one is going to want to be held directly responsible for the environmental catastrophes about to befall us as genetic mutations wreak havoc on ecological systems. Genetically mutated crops are intended to replace natural crops and to limit the range of crop seed available. CLIP CHECK ALSO Scientists clone genetically-modified dog that 'glows' when given antibiotic
GMO Deregulation: An Act of War (July 19, 2011) http://farmwars.info/?p=6444
Scotts Miracle Gro has applied for and received complete deregulation for genetically engineered Kentucky Bluegrass from the USDA. Scotts "is Monsanto's exclusive agent for the international marketing and distribution of consumer Roundup."The main ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate. This strain of Kentucky Bluegrass will be "herbicide resistant" to Monsanto's Roundup, and there will be absolutely no oversight of this genetically engineered plant, which can be used as turf or livestock feed.The reason that this was allowed to happen is because actual regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was designed just for such an opportunity. The program was meant to fail from the very beginning. This is no less than an act of war against the world's population.
(...) All new genetically modified crops can now be completely deregulated if one processing ingredient is changed (APHIS definitions for plant pests), because they will no longer qualify for regulation under the USDA. This means that there will be absolutely no accountability regarding GMOs at all.The labeling movement that has been growing stronger and stronger, will be a moot point because retailers and manufacturers won't even know if what they are selling contains GMOs. No regulations, no oversight. Simply thrown into the market without distinction from traditional items, the only way we will be able to tell if something is genetically engineered is if . well, we won't. Period. As an official at the USDA told me: "I don't know why GE Kentucky Bluegrass would be regulated, almost all plants are genetically engineered." That is the USDA's attitude.
Enter the Terminator - It seems that the plan all along was to deregulate GMOs completely, but the charade had to be maintained until a prestigious time to avoid public backlash too soon, such as what happened with the Terminator seed moratorium. Public outcry caused this technology to be put on hold, but testing continues to this day. Watch and wait for the Terminator to be released without any regulation or oversight, due to this new deregulation salvo launched on the American public. The stage is set. First take over all plant life with genetically modified plants, then introduce the Terminator to wrap it all up in a pretty package. But the Terminator has sterile seeds and cannot reproduce you say? Wouldn't this be a solution to GM contamination? Well, one of the problems with Terminator technology is that it cannot be proven to be 100% reliable, and it is possible that not all seeds will be sterile, and the Terminator gene could be spread to viable plants, thus infecting the entire food chain with plants unable to produce offspring.Not to mention horizontal gene transfer. The norm would become plant sterility, with viable seeds becoming rare. The only way to get viable seeds would be to buy them. No more saving seeds, because the seed you save would be sterile. If all plant life is owned by mega-corporations due to total contamination by invasive GMOs, and no regulations are in effect that apply to them, then Terminator technology can be instituted at will with no roadblocks. After all, if you own all of the plants, then you can do with them as you like. CLIP
This may well be part of a well planned strategy for the complete takeover of every living plant on earth by corporate interests. Man the torpedoes, full speed ahead. Maybe we can now get a glimpse of just why the Svalbard Global Seed Vault might have been built, and why it contains only viable, foundation seeds - no GMOs. Conclusion - The regulations for GMOs contain no teeth and are just there for show - to fool the public into thinking there is real oversight when in actuality, there isn't. The USDA is a rogue agency of the Federal government that has proven time and time again that its only purpose is to provide a distraction for the American public so that corporate interests are able to completely take over our food supply with little to no interference from the people they are injuring. This Kentucky Bluegrass case precedent has the potential to be the single biggest food event on the planet. The complete deregulation of all GMOs means that anything goes. As long as there are no plant pests involved in the genetic engineering process that are listed on the APHIS site, then it is possible that just about anything else can be inserted into the plants, including pharmaceuticals, vaccines, psychotropic substances, etc., without our knowledge or consent. Pandora's box has just been opened, and closing it is quickly becoming 'not an option.'
"Seeds of Destruction, The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation"Review of F. William Engdahl's Book http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7716
(...) In "Seeds of Deception," Jeffrey Smith did a masterful job explaining the dangers of GM foods and ingredients. Engdahl explains them as well but goes much further brilliantly in his blockbuster book on this topic. It's the story of a powerful family and a "small socio-political American elite (that) seeks to establish control over the very basis of human survival" - future life through the food we eat. The book's introduction says it "reads (like) a crime story." It's also a nightmare but one that's very real and threatening.This review covers the book in-depth because of its importance. It's an extraordinary work that "reveals a diabolical World of profit-driven political intrigue (and) government corruption and coercion" that's part of a decades-long global scheme for total world dominance. The book deserves vast exposure and must be read in full for the whole disturbing story. It's hoped the material below will encourage readers to do it in their own self-interest and to marshal mass consumer actions to place food safety above corporate profits. CLIP
GMOs killing off Monarch butterflies, report finds (July 29, 2011) http://www.naturalnews.com/033170_GMOs_butterflies.html
(NaturalNews) You have likely seen them dancing through the air and gracing the petals and leaves of various plants and shrubs. But a new study published in the journal Insect Conservation and Diversity says that the popular Monarch butterfly, which is an absolute necessity for farmers, is on the decline. And the cause? Genetically-modified (GM) crops like corn, soy, and cotton, which today blanket millions of acres of American cropland.Though not necessarily in the same vein as bees and bats, Monarch butterflies are still considered to be migrational pollinators. They travel very long distances and often inadvertently pollinate various flowers and plants. But Monarchs rely on milkweed plants to breed -- milkweed is actually the only plant on which Monarch larvae can feed -- and the use of pesticides in GM agriculture is contributing to the elimination of milkweed, and thus the elimination of Monarchs. The study explains that during the 2009 - 2010 Monarch overwintering season, which represents the time during which eastern North American Monarch butterflies hold out through the winter in warmer Mexico, populations reached an all-time low. And while they increased slightly the following year, they still remained at dismally low levels.Besides loss of forest in overwintering areas and continued land development, the report tacks the "expansion of GM herbicide-resistant crops, with consequent loss of milkweed host plants" as the culprit in declining Monarch butterfly populations. After all, Monsanto's Roundup herbicide specifically targets milkweed for termination, and roughly 150 million pounds of the poison are applied to US cropland every year.If GM crops continue to take over the whole of agriculture with great strides, as they continue to do, Monarch butterflies (as well as bees and bats), may eventually become extinct. And without these pollinators, of course, it will be no longer possible to grow food.
Monarch Butterflies: Latest Victims of Monsanto (July 20, 2011) http://www.growswitch.com/blog/2011/07/monarch-butterflies-latest-victims-of-monsanto/
(...) The number of genetically modified crops being grown in the U.S. are staggering: Just this year, almost 95 percent of soybeans and more than 70 percent of corn will be adulterated seeds by biotech giants like Monsanto. The more GM crops are planted, the more Roundup and other glyphosate pesticides are used. According to the EPA, since the Roundup Ready crops were introduced in 1993, use of the pesticide has increased at least ten-fold. CLIP
Monsanto official Beaten Up by farmers in India over Failed GMO Bt Cotton Seeds (July 12 2011) http://www.growswitch.com/blog/2011/07/monsanto-official-beaten-by-farmers-in-india-over-failed-gmo-bt-cotton-seeds/
(NAGPUR ) We have reported in the past an alarming suicide rate among farmers in India that is connected to the failure of American GMO (genetically modified organism) cotton seeds. Monsanto, the U.S. company responsible for Agent Orange, a cancer-causing chemical sprayed on the jungles of Vietnam, is now in the GMO food and seed business. Monsanto stands accused of having an international monopoly of the notorious bio-engineered Bt cotton seeds. Advocates for the agricultural industry say they never dreamed of the tragedy to come, when a 2005 decision was announced to allow the seeds in India. Now an agrarian crisis has hit Maharashtra itself thanks to the Monsanto program. Farmers are buying 11 packets of 450 gm per hectare as per the companys guide for the recommended population method but the sudden demand and ill-managed Indian sub agents have brought the company big trouble as 50% of the Bt cotton seeds failed to germinate even after its second sowing. Now cries are being heard in other part of India too. CLIP
Transgenic trees: The industry race is on (July 2011) A part of the World Rainforest Movement Bulletin 168 http://www.wrm.org.uy/bulletin/168/viewpoint.html#8
The forestry industrys endless pursuit of bigger profits has led to the growing homogenization of trees cultivated for timber, pulp and paper production. It started with the selection of the fastest-growing species, with straight trunks, sparse and thin branches, and wood suited to industrial use. Next came the adoption of the Green Revolution package of increased mechanization of forestry work, chemical fertilizers, toxic pesticides and herbicides to prevent other plants from competing with the industrially cultivated trees. Another key step was traditional genetic selection to improve the performance of tree plantations in terms of yield, which was promptly followed by hybridization and cloning of the best trees. The next stage was the genetic modification of trees to achieve even greater production yields, although this has been met with major resistance by social organizations, in addition to concerns raised by the scientific community related to issues like the risk of contaminating the genetic material of native trees. As a result, this stage is still largely experimental.
The interests at stake have become more complex. Forestry and pulp and paper companies are linked to big laboratories and are forming increasingly vast transnational conglomerates. The hunger for profit continues to grow. In recent weeks, a number of events have taken place that illustrate the push of the forestry sector including forestry companies and biotech laboratories for the commercial release of GE trees in two countries of prime importance for the sector: the United States and Brazil. CLIP
Spontaneous social media revolution erupts, thousands say 'f*&% you' to Washington (July 26, 2011) http://www.naturalnews.com/033134_social_revolution_Washington.html
(NaturalNews) Users of the popular social media site Twitter know that "trending" topics, or popular topics that are being "tweeted" about often on the site, are typically accompanied by "hash tags" that help better categorize and popularize them. Tweets about natural health, for instance, may contain "#naturalhealth" in their descriptors, in order to help popularize the topic. And over the weekend, an outpouring of tweets against politicians in Washington, DC, erupted, which caused the hash tag "#f*&%youwashington" (except without the special characters, of course) to become a popular trending topic.Sparked by Jeff Jarvis, a professor of journalism from the City University of New York, a wildfire of online outrage against things like government bailouts, rigged elections, the spiraling economy, universal healthcare, the escalating police state, loss of freedom and liberty, and even the subsidization and open support of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), began suddenly on July 23, and continues to this day.One Twitter user tweeted "[#f*&%youwashington] for giving multinational companies all of the benefits (legal, $) and leaving the citizenry all the costs (enviro, $)," while another tweeted, "[#f*&%youwashington] for allowing media bias and corporate lobbyist [sic] to decide the agenda. Where is transparency?"Concerning GMOs, one person tweeted "[F*&%youwashington] for unleashing the horrors of #Monsanto into our lives and continuing to do so. Let's go organic, go local, get real!" Another tweeted "[#f*&%youwashington] for allowing the illegal Federal Reserve to steal our wages!", following by a shorthand version of the hash tag "#FYW."Since the public outcry against Washington first began on Twitter, many users have added Twitter as a target of their retorts as well, citing allegations that the social media site is openly censoring their tweets from the trending topic list. And after reviewing the Twitter feed of posts for ourselves, it is clear that Twitter is actively removing the "#f*&%youwashington" hash tag from its archives, as a message stating "Older Tweet results for [#f*&%youwashington] are unavailable." A current Twitter feed of posts using the tag can be found HERE The FYW movement has been launched - Learn more HERE
Tell the Australian Government that you won't swallow GM bread. https://www.greenpeace.org.au/action/index.php?cid=19&epslanguage=en-AU
Genetically modified (GM) wheat has never been proven safe to eat. Yet our Government is about sell a 'patent'on Australia's daily bread to a handful of foreign biotech corporations.These biotech companies have just released GM wheat across five Australian states and territories. But Australian people and Australian farmers were never consulted. Unless the Government wakes up, Australians will be the first people in the world to eat unsafe GM bread. Not just that, our farmers will be forced to pay foreign biotech corporations, like Monsanto, even if they dont want GM genes on their land.We urgently need action to keep Australian wheat healthy, safe and fair. TAKE ACTION - Tell the Australian Government that you wont swallow GM bread.Email Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Health Minister Nicola Roxon and Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig, and demand they stop GM wheat being grown in Australia. Then download the report and get wise to what is really going on.
Monsanto and Gates Foundation Push GE Crops on Africa (12 July 2011) http://www.truth-out.org/second-green-revolutionaries-gates-foundation-and-monsanto-push-ge-crops-africa/1310411034
Skimming the Agricultural Development section of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation web site is a feel-good experience: African farmers smile in a bright slide show of images amid descriptions of the foundation's fight against poverty and hunger. But biosafety activists in South Africa are calling a program funded by the Gates Foundation a "Trojan horse" to open the door for private agribusiness and genetically engineered (GE) seeds, including a drought-resistant corn that Monsanto hopes to have approved in the United States and abroad. The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) program was launched in 2008 with a $47 million grant from mega-rich philanthropists Warrant Buffet and Bill Gates. The program is supposed to help farmers in several African countries increase their yields with drought- and heat-tolerant corn varieties, but a report released last month by the African Centre for Biosafety claims WEMA is threatening Africa's food sovereignty and opening new markets for agribusiness giants like Monsanto. The Gates Foundation claims that biotechnology, GE crops and Western agricultural methods are needed to feed the world's growing population and programs like WEMA will help end poverty and hunger in the developing world. Critics say the foundation is using its billions to shape the global food agenda and the motivations behind WEMA were recently called into question when activists discovered the Gates foundation had spent $27.6 million on 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock between April and June 2010. Water shortages in parts of Africa and beyond have created a market for "climate ready" crops worth an estimated $2.7 billion. Leading biotech companies like Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer and Dow are currently racing to develop crops that will grow in drought conditions caused by climate change, and by participating in the WEMA program, Monsanto is gaining a leg up by establishing new markets and regulatory approvals for its patented transgenes in five Sub-Saharan African countries, according to the Centre's report. CLIP
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Kiss the AAA rating of the U.S. goodbye - Commentary: Our broken political culture assures a downgrade (July 27, 2011) http://www.marketwatch.com/story/kiss-the-aaa-rating-of-the-us-goodbye-2011-07-27
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) Its been a hot summer, and its been even hotter in Washington, where Democrats and Republicans have been burning down the House with a pitched battle over the debt ceiling, the cap that Congress puts on the national debt.Usually its a mundane bit of legislative business barely worthy of C-Span. Congress hikes spending and then authorizes an increase in the debt ceiling to pay for it. Its happened 78 times since 1960. But this year it will likely cause the U.S.s prized AAA credit rating to go up in smoke. Newly elected tea-party Republicans have held fast to their campaign promises to cut spending. So they have demanded spending cuts at least equal to the roughly $2 trillion the debt ceiling will have to be increased from its current $14.3 trillion to cover rising expenditures. If that doesnt happen by Aug. 2, President Obama and many others have warned the government wont be able to meet all its obligations, including interest payments on the debt, military pay, Social Security checks, what have you. If we cant, it could mean a default by the U.S. government, just like Argentina and Mexico did in days of yore. Speaker of the House John Boehner and other Republican leaders also have said that default is not an option. But as a polarized Washington seems incapable of reaching a compromise, the ratings agencies have stepped in with more and more dire warnings. Standard & Poors, Moodys Investors Service and Fitch Ratings all have warned that failure to raise the debt ceiling would trigger a downgrade of U.S. government debt.S&P in particular has also raised the stakes, and quite publicly. The kind of short-term fix so popular in Washington like the ones that are being bandied about as I write this that raises the debt ceiling for six months or so, with maybe $1 trillion or so in spending cuts, may forestall a technical default but still may result in a downgrade, S&P officials have said. Ill save who I think is primarily responsible for this mess for my political blog, but I will say this: You can kiss the AAA rating of U.S. Treasury debt goodbye. Needing a miracle -- If a miracle happens, we may be able to forestall it for a while. But without a huge turnaround in Washingtons broken political culture, I dont think this Congress and president will enact the dramatic changes S&P has strongly suggested are necessary for us to stay in the elite club of AAA-rated sovereigns.
(...) In fact, a top S&P official appeared to be easing the pain of a downgrade in advance. In a video interview on S&Ps website, executive managing director Paul Coughlin said: Thats not the end of the world. Lots of countries would give their right arm for a AA+ rating. That would put us right up there with Belgium and New Zealand. With AA wed be in the class of Bermuda and Qatar. Losing the AAA would probably hurt the economy through higher borrowing costs for the government, corporations and consumers, especially those who have adjustable-rate debt, and wed likely see a stock market decline. But most of all it would be a terrible blow to our national pride and prestige, capping a decade of decline from the commanding heights we bestrode at the start of the millennium. It gives me no joy but considerable sadness to reluctantly agree with Barry Knapp, head of U.S. equity strategy at Barclays Capital, that a downgrading of the U.S.s credit rating is inevitable. As the great Bob Dylan wrote, you dont need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. So long, AAA, its been good to know you.
Pentagon: "Budget cuts could force a return to the draft" (July 15, 2011) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=25643
According to Stars and Stripes, July 14, 2011, the Pentagon is considering reintroducing the draft as a cost cutting measure. "The Pentagon is considering massive changes to the force - including a draft - amid fears that new and far deeper budget cuts are looming just over the horizon, a top military official said Thursday. Marine Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, offered a timeline for how deep cuts will affect the force during the next decade, including big reductions in operational budgets, slashing the size of the active-duty force and even scaling back entitlements such as retirement and health care, according to the Military Times newspapers. President Obama has proposed cutting $400 billion from the defense budget over the next 12 years, but Cartwright said the military is bracing for even deeper cuts. He divided the next decade into three segments and outlined the changes troops should expect down the line as budget cuts take effect. First to go, he said, will be funding for things like training, flying hours and steaming days. The next phase is force size, which could mean reductions in force, shifting more troops to the reserves or implementing a draft. Toward the end of the decade, Cartwright said, base closings and cuts to retirement and health care could come into play."
Debt Ceiling Psy Op: Broken Promises Broken Dreams (July 19, 2011) http://theintelhub.com/2011/07/19/debt-ceiling-psy-op-broken-promises-broken-dreams/
Total Debt Saturation - White House and Congressional efforts to reach a Grand Bargain are merely a distraction. The basis for such a bargain - reduce spending so the debt limit can be raised - is fraud and folderol. Nothing that we've seen suggests the government's even pretending to solve the debt problem.Last week's discussions, before they fell apart, centered on deficit cuts of $4 trillion, $2 trillion or $1.5 trillion over 10 years. These proposals are nonsense. For example, $2 trillion in deficit cuts over 10 years amounts to a deficit reduction of just $200 billion per year. The government's current deficit is $1.65 trillion. So under that proposal the government would have to borrow $1.45 trillion per year rather than $1.65 trillion. What this means is, either way, over the next 10 years the national debt will double. Moreover, what this means is the big charade going on in Washington is not addressing the debt problem. Major news organizations are not reporting this. They are too enamored with the politicking going on and who's walking out of meetings. The problem, you see, is not the need to increase the debt limit. The problem is the government's finances have reached and exceeded total debt saturation. Any proposal from the government that does not address this, that does not balance the budget, is reckless and irresponsible. Kicking the Can into a Debt Trap - The big standoff in Congress to reach an agreement to reduce spending so they can raise the debt limit only kicks the can into the future. It doesn't solve anything. In fact, it makes things worse. CLIP
Obama Is No Victim of the Right Wing -- He's Pandered to Corporate Interests for Years (July 25, 2011) THIS IS A MUST READ FOR ANYONE STILL HOLDING ILLUSIONS ABOUT CORPORATE SERVANT OBAMA http://www.alternet.org/teaparty/151777/obama_is_no_victim_of_the_right_wing_--_he's_pandered_to_corporate_interests_for_years?page=entire
The evidence is clear that Obama is an often-willing servant of corporate interests -- not serving their interests only because the GOP forced him to. -- In a campaign almost as frenzied as the effort to get Barack Obama into the White House, liberal groups are now mobilizing against the White House and reported deals that would cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits. They accuse President Obama of being weak and willing to cave to corporate and conservative forces bent on cutting the social safety net while protecting the wealthy. Those accusations are wrong.The accusations imply that Obama is on our side. Or was on our side. And that the right wing is pushing him around.But the evidence is clear that Obama is an often-willing servant of corporate interests -- not someone reluctantly doing their bidding, or serving their interests only because Republicans forced him to.Since coming to Washington, Obama has allied himself with Wall Street Democrats who put corporate deregulation and greed ahead of the needs of most Americans.
(...) The sad truth, as shown by Glenn Greenwald, is that Obama had arrived at the White House looking to make cuts in benefits to the elderly. Two weeks before his inauguration, Obama echoed conservative scares about Social Security and Medicare by talking of red ink as far as the eye can see. He opened his doors to Social Security/Medicare cutters -- first trying to get Republican Senator Judd Gregg (a leading voice for reining in entitlement spending, wrote Politico) into his cabinet, and later appointing entitlement-foe Alan Simpson to co-chair his Deficit Commission. Obamas top economic advisor, Larry Summers, came to the White House publicly telling Time magazine of needed Social Security cuts.
At this late date, informed activists and voters who care about economic justice realize that President Obama is NOT on our side.Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont -- widely seen as Americas Senator -- is so disgusted by recent White House actions that he called Friday for a challenge to Obama in Democratic primaries: I think it would be a good idea if President Obama faced some primary opposition.Although Sanders has said clearly that hes running for reelection to the senate in 2012 -- not for president -- his comment led instantly to a Draft Sanders for President website. Imagine if a credible candidate immediately threatened a primary challenge unless Obama rejects any deal cutting the safety net while maintaining tax breaks for the rich. Team Obama knows that a serious primary challenger would cost the Obama campaign millions of dollars. And it may well be a powerful movement-building opportunity for activists tired of feeling hopeless with Obama. Its time for progressives to talk seriously about a challenge to Obamas corporatism. Polls show most Americans support economic justice issues, and that goes double for Democratic primary voters. If not Bernie, who? If not now, when?
Poll: 59% Of Americans Support Repealing Fossil-Energy Subsidies To Reduce Deficit (July 20, 2011) http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/07/20/274529/poll-59-of-americans-support-repealing-fossil-energy-subsidies-to-reduce-deficit/
Reducing Americas debt will require a combination of spending cuts and tax increases. And a majority of Americans agree: According to a new ABC News/Washington Post Poll, 62% of Americans believe that reducing the deficit cannot be solved with a one-policy strategy.The poll also shows that reducing tax incentives for the legacy oil and gas industries is one of the top-five most popular options for helping reduce the deficit, with 59% of Americans saying they supported the option. Eliminating certain tax subsidies for the mature oil and gas industries could bring in about $45 billion over the next ten years. By comparison, the top five oil companies brought in over $76 billion in profits in 2010 alone.In response to the calls for reducing oil and gas tax subsidies to help close the budget gap, the American Energy Alliance funded a study showing that such a move would have a net-negative budget impact of $53 billion. However, the Congressional Budget Office, the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, and the Congressional Research Service all separately found that the move would bring in billions of dollars in revenue.
The True Elephant In The Room Appears: Trillions In Commercial And Industrial Loans To Europe's Insolvent Countries (7/17/2011) http://www.zerohedge.com/article/true-elephant-room-appears-trillions-commercial-and-retail-loans-europes-insolvent-countries
With the market's attention over the past year exclusively focused on bank holdings of insolvent European sovereign debt, which as is now well known had been declining for months, many if not all forgot that banks also have credit exposure via far simpler conduits: retail and commercial debt. And as an analysis of the full disclosure in the EBA's second stress test exposes, banks are on the hook for literally trillions in various plain-vanilla commercial and retail loans to individuals and businesses. WSJ's David Enrich summarizes it best: "Friday's test results shed light on another potential problem for Europe's banks: huge piles of residential mortgages, small-business loans, corporate debt and commercial real-estate loans to institutions and individuals from ailing countries. As those economies struggle, the odds of rising defaults grow." Oops. CLIP
Data shows deeper recession, sharper slowdown (JULY 29, 2011) http://news.yahoo.com/data-shows-deeper-recession-sharper-slowdown-134430693.html
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The "Great Recession" was even greater than previously thought, and the U.S. economy has skated uncomfortably close to a new one this year. New data on Friday showed the 2007-2009 U.S. recession was much more severe than prior measures had found, with economic output declining a cumulative of 5.1 percent instead of 4.1 percent. The report also showed the current slowdown began earlier and has been deeper than previously thought, with growth in the first quarter advancing at only a 0.4 percent annual pace. The data indicated the economy began slowing in the fourth quarter of last year before high gasoline prices and supply chain disruptions from Japan's earthquake had hit, suggesting the weakness is more fundamental and less temporary than economists had believed. The annual revisions of U.S. GDP data from the Commerce Department showed economic growth contracted at an annual average rate of 0.3 percent between 2007 and 2010. Output over that stretch had previously been estimated to have been flat. At the depth of the recession in the fourth quarter of 2008, output plummeted at an annual rate of 8.9 percent -- the steepest quarterly decline since 1958, and 2.1 percentage points more than previously reported. The recession was already the deepest since the Great Depression and, while it still pales in comparison, the data help explain why it is taking so long to shake off its legacy. CLIP
Who owns America? Hint: It's not China (July 20, 2011) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/macro/u.s.-debt-ceiling-china
Our friends at Business Insider know this, and put those two principles to work today in this excellent and highly informative little slideshow, made even more timely by the ongoing talks in Washington, D.C. aimed at staving off a U.S. debt default. Here's the big idea:Many people politicians and pundits alike prattle on that China and, to a lesser extent Japan, own most of America's $14.3 trillion in government debt.But there's one little problem with that conventional wisdom: it's just not true. While the Chinese, Japanese and plenty of other foreigners own substantial amounts, it's really Americans who hold most of America's debt.Here's a quick and fascinating breakdown by total amount held and percentage of total U.S. debt, according to Business Insider: Hong Kong: $121.9 billion (0.9 percent)Caribbean banking centers: $148.3 (1 percent)Taiwan: $153.4 billion (1.1 percent)Brazil: $211.4 billion (1.5 percent)Oil exporting countries: $229.8 billion (1.6 percent)Mutual funds: $300.5 billion (2 percent)Commercial banks: $301.8 billion (2.1 percent)State, local and federal retirement funds: $320.9 billion (2.2 percent)Money market mutual funds: $337.7 billion (2.4 percent) United Kingdom: $346.5 billion (2.4 percent) Private pension funds: $504.7 billion (3.5 percent)State and local governments: $506.1 billion (3.5 percent) Japan: $912.4 billion (6.4 percent)U.S. households: $959.4 billion (6.6 percent)China: $1.16 trillion (8 percent) The U.S. Treasury: $1.63 trillion (11.3 percent)Social Security trust fund: $2.67 trillion (19 percent)S o America owes foreigners about $4.5 trillion in debt. But America owes America $9.8 trillion. CLIP
Why Banks Aren't Lending: The Silent Liquidity Squeeze (July 15, 2011) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=25650
Why aren't banks lending to local businesses? The Fed's decision to pay interest on $1.6 trillion in "excess" reserves is a chief suspect. Where did all the jobs go? Small and medium-sized businesses are the major source of new job creation, and they are not hiring. Startup businesses, which contribute a fifth of the nation's new jobs, often can't even get off the ground. Why? In a June 30 article in the Wall Street Journal titled "Smaller Businesses Seeking Loans Still Come Up Empty," Emily Maltby reported that business owners rank access to capital as the most important issue facing them today; and only 17% of smaller businesses said they were able to land needed bank financing. Businesses have to pay for workers and materials before they can get paid for the products they produce, and for that they need bank credit; but they are reporting that their credit lines are being cut. They are being pushed instead into credit card accounts that average 16 percent interest, more than double the rate of the average business loan. It is one of many changes in banking trends that have been very lucrative for Wall Street banks but are killing local businesses. Why banks aren't lending is a matter of debate, but the Fed's decision to pay interest on bank reserves is high on the list of suspects. Bruce Bartlett, writing in the Fiscal Times in July 2010, observed: Economists are divided on why banks are not lending, but increasingly are focusing on a Fed policy of paying interest on reserves - a policy that began, interestingly enough, on October 9, 2008, at almost exactly the moment when the financial crisis became acute. . . Historically, the Fed paid banks nothing on required reserves. This was like a tax equivalent to the interest rate banks could have earned if they had been allowed to lend such funds. But in 2006, the Fed requested permission to pay interest on reserves because it believes that it would help control the money supply should inflation reappear. . . . [M]any economists believe that the Fed has unwittingly encouraged banks to sit on their cash and not lend it by paying interest on reserves.
(...) The bank bailout and the Federal Reserve's two "quantitative easing" programs were supposedly intended to keep credit flowing to the local economy; but despite trillions of dollars thrown at Wall Street banks, these programs have succeeded only in producing mountains of "excess reserves" that are now sitting idle in Federal Reserve bank accounts. A stunning $1.6 trillion in excess reserves have accumulated since the collapse of Lehman Brothers on September 15, 2008.
(...) On October 9, 2008, the Fed began paying interest, not just on required bank reserves (amounting to 10% of deposits for larger banks), but on "excess" reserves. Reserve balances immediately shot up, and they have been going up almost vertically ever since. By March 2011, interbank loans outstanding were only one-third their level in May 2008, before the banking crisis hit. And on June 29, 2011, the Fed reported excess reserves of nearly $1.57 trillion - 20 times what the banks needed to satisfy their reserve requirements. CLIP
Fox News 2012? Nearly All Potential GOP Presidential Candidates On FNC Payroll http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/27/fox-news-has-nearly-all-p_n_740070.html
Politico reports on a new, complicated development for Fox News: nearly all of the major potential Republican candidates for the presidency are on the channel's payroll as commentators, raising questions about how Fox News can cover them as the 2012 campaign approaches. The website notes that Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and, of course, Sarah Palin have all expressed interest in a potential run for president. All four are paid political commentators for Fox News."With the exception of Mitt Romney, Fox now has deals with every major potential Republican presidential candidate not currently in elected office," Politico's Jonathan Martin and Keach Hagey write. The situation is reportedly causing consternation both within and without Fox News. Sources inside the network told Politico they are growing increasingly agitated about having so many people who are still active in politics on their payroll: "Fox insiders, speaking anonymously about what is a sensitive topic for a network worried about outside perception, said no word has been conveyed from the corporate brass to reporters about how to treat what are, for now at least, their colleagues."People from other networks are also frustrated that, while major newsmakers such as Palin routinely appear on Fox News, the network's tight contractual strings mostly prevent its stable of Republican stars from being interviewed on any other channel, even C-SPAN. Of the four potential candidates, only Gingrich has appeared on another channel in all of 2010. Fox News told Politico that, as soon as anyone actually declares their intention to run, they will be dropped from the channel's payroll. CLIP
German Guantanamo detainee Murat Kurnaz (July 26, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=n8s8yTl1arc
TRANSCRIPT: German Guantanamo detainee Murat Kurnaz has publicly spoken about being subjected to electroshock torture, lethal beatings and humiliation during his years of unlawful detention. In an exclusive interview with Russia Today news network on Monday, the former detainee said he was held at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp for five years before being released without charges. Kurnaz went on to say that Americans have not apologized for his years of torment at the notorious detainment facility, and he doesn't think they would ever do so. He further explained that he was arrested in Pakistan in 2001, and turned to the Americans after he had visited a school run by Tablighi Jamaat -- a religious movement hated by the al-Qaeda and the Taliban for its non-political stature -- in the Asian country. Kurnaz had earlier become familiar with Pakistan-based Tablighi Jamaat movement through its assistance to homeless people and youth, who had problems with drugs. He added that when he got booked, Pakistani forces didn't tell him anything about what was going on. "They didn't tell me that they were looking for terrorists or whatever. They said we're just going to check your passport. I didn't know at that time they get a bounty of $3,000 for each person. Not under my name, but for anyone turned over to the Americans as terrorist they get $3,000, and $3,000 in Pakistan is a lot of money," Kurnaz said. He noted that after being transferred to Kandahar in Afghanistan, he witnessed all kinds of things that one can imagine as torture. "I saw many killed under torture. I was one of those who survived those kinds of torture. They used electroshocks on me because I would not sign papers." "I was forced to agree I was a member of the Taliban and the al-Qaeda and I said I'm not. Really I didn't know at that time what al-Qaeda was, I didn't know [anything] about al-Qaeda. So when they asked me about al-Qaeda and Taliban, I said I'm not a member of them. And they brought me papers, forced me to sign. I refused," the former Gitmo prisoner said. "That's why they tried to make me sign by electroshocks. And another time they forced me by water boarding. Another time they hanged me on chains. I was hanging on the ceiling. They were pulling me on the ceiling with the chain, and until my feet were over the floor. After a few days I started to pass out, because in that situation I couldn't eat or drink and it was freezing cold. It was wintertime and I had no clothes on," he added. Kurnaz said Guantanamo detainees were chained hand to foot in a fatal position on the floor with no chair, food, or water for 24 hours or more. He also said that the youngest Gitmo prisoner was nine years old, and the second underage detainee in Guantanamo was 12. Upon taking office, US President Barack Obama signed an executive order to stop military commissions in order to close down the facility by 2010. However, this has not happened yet.
Alex Jones: Drones the beginning of a global Skynet (7 June, 2011) https://rt.com/usa/news/alex-jones-drones-global-skynet/
As the US government continues to increase investment in drone technology, some fear they could soon find American skies patrolled by the cold eye of an unmanned aircraft, watching and waiting for them to step out of line.Many contend that the proliferation of drones has instilled a video game type appeal to those who operate them. Some argue they remove humanity from conflict, making violence all the more likely. Not only does it remove the person from direct contact from their decisions, it also removes a great deal of accountability. Radio host Alex Jones argued that drones are already being used in America and actively fly over the US population in a number of states. State police have them right here where I live, he said. I have seen state police drones fly above my house. Jones argued it is cheaper to use drones, and even blimps for surveillance, than traditional satellites. He claimed that for years homeland security has tethered blimps above major cities, out of eyesight, to watch and monitor city populations. This is a Terminator style Skynet, but its not the machines running it, he said. For now it is humans piloting them like it is a video game. Its the global government. he added. The system is a surveillance control grid owned by major banks and companies who work with government as part of a global government system to monitor the people. This is real. Tyranny came to Russian and China in the past. Its come to America. The whole world is in danger. Weve been seized. This is a mayday situation. The Republic has been taken, Jones exclaimed. Help us.
Cover Up Caught On Camera: 6 Police Officers Taser And Beat Mentally-ill Homeless Man To Death (July 27, 2011) POLICE ABUSE IN A POLICE STATE ... FULLY NOT REPORTED BY THE NATIONAL PROPAGANDA MEDIA Only local media covered this and gave credence to what is obviously a fabricated claim of police officers' broken bones story to make their despicable action look less inhumane and cruel than what it actually was. THIS SHOULD BE A WAKE UP CALL FOR EVERYONE ONE IN THE US... ONE MORE IN A LONG LITANY OF RAMPANT POLICE BRUTALITY AGAINST DEFENSELESS INNOCENTS http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/07/27/6-police-taser-beat-death-gentle-mentally-ill-43171/comment-page-1/#comment-264321
Video footage of 6 Fullerton, CA police officers tasering and beating a homeless man to death exposes a cover up that local officials refuse to answer questions about. -- The photo above shows the injuries sustained by Kelly Thomas, homeless man described as a gentle and mentally-ill man, who was the victim of a police beating by 6 Fullerton police officers.Corporate news coverage of the event downplays the prospect of police brutality or foul play in the incident. ABC video report on the eyewitness statements and recently a released video of the beating captured by a bystander, both attached to this page below, contradict the official story of the incident given by the police. The LA Times report on the incident, however, echoes the official police story failing to report within the article itself the claims from eyewitnesses. As shown in the ABC video below, witnesses report that the man was not resisting arrest. They tell ABC he was actually knocked unconscious while the police continued to beat him and scream at him to stop resisting. Watch: ABC News Man Beat to Death by Fullerton Police Wasnt Resisting, Says Witness - A witness describes the police beating given to Kelly Thomas, which resulted in his death. They kept beating him and beating him and tasering him. I could hear him zzzzt. zzzzt. zzzt. And he wasnt even moving. He had one arm in front of him like this. He wasnt resisting. And they kept telling him hes resisting, hes resisting. Quit resisting. and he wasnt resisting.In the video footage of the actually beating, which just released, you can hear the mentally ill man screaming for his dad before he is knocked unconscious and put into a 5 day long coma before he eventually died in the local hospital. CLIP CHECK ALSO Family, friends protest Fullerton police beating
While Concerns Over Fracking Grow, Four Pennsylvania Summer Camps To Host Drilling Operations (July 14, 2011) http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/07/14/269603/as-concerns-over-fracking-grow-four-pennsylvania-summer-camps-to-host-drilling-operations/
Imagine a summer camp director showing you around the facilities: the cabins, the mess hall, the waterfront, the baseball field and the natural gas drilling operation? According to a story in the Jewish Daily Forward, thats what may happen at four Jewish summer camps in Pennsylvania this fall. There are about 30 Jewish camps located in the Marcellus Shale area covering New York and Pennsylvania four of those camps signed leases that would open up fracking operations at the camps: The technology used in the wells could allow extraction of gas without any well pads being placed on the camp properties. But the drilling companies do have the right to drill wells at the camps in some cases, during camping season.
(...) Meanwhile, environmental concerns over natural gas fracking grow stronger. After continuing reports from communities about groundwater contamination, researchers at Duke University tested 68 private groundwater wells around the country sited close to fracking operations and found that 85% had levels of methane 17 times higher than wells located more than a kilometer away from drilling sites. A recent investigative piece by the New York Times found that 1.3 billion gallons of waste water was created by drilling operations in Pennsylvania, most of which was sent to waste water treatment plants not able to process the toxic chemicals used in fracking operations. The investigation also found that 130 wells around the country were discharging waste water with levels of radiation 100 to 1,000 times the accepted legal limit. CLIP
No Fracking Way! South Africas Species Rich Succulent Karoo Desert is too Water Poor for Fossil Fuel (Un)Natural Gas Drilling http://forests.org/shared/alerts/sendsm.aspx?id=southafrica_karoo_fracking
Local activists in South Africa are protesting now on the ground against fracking, and they need our support. Large parts of South Africa's beautiful, but water-poor and ecologically sensitive Karoo desert, are under threat of devastation by natural gas drilling operations using the increasingly notorious, controversial and ecologically devastating technique called hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking'. The Karoo region is one of the world's most ecological and evolutionary unique arid ecosystems and biodiversity hotspot. Unfortunately, the Karoo may also hold vast deposits of fossil fuel natural gas in shale rock deep underground, and the ancient "fossil" water aquifers that exist are inadequate for and threatened by fracking production. The announcement of Shell's intention to pursue shale gas fracking in this area has been followed by huge opposition from local communities in the Karoo and the rest of South Africa. Today and tomorrow local South African activists are protesting Shell oil and others plans to "frack" the Karoo for natural gas production outside an industry conference in Johannesburg. There is nothing to indicate blasting toxic water at high pressure to shatter rock and release toxic contamination will ever be environmentally acceptable much less sustainable. Please participate in Ecological Internet's Karoo fracking affinity campaign, part of our efforts to end fracking globally for 100% renewables, ambitious efficiency, and slashed demand.
Scientists Gagged From Interpreting Study That Links Climate Change To Cosmic Rays (July 18, 2011) http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/07/18/scientists-gagged-interpreting-study-links-climate-change-cosmic-rays-35691/
Head of the world's leading physics lab has issued a gag order preventing scientists from stating their interpretation of a study that links historical climate changes to cosmic rays -- For years now scientists and physicists have presented study after study showing data, along with their personal interpretations, supporting the hypothesis that the alleged Global Warming phenomenon is due to man-made environmental factors affecting climate change. Now, a major scientific experiment to conducted study the interaction between cosmic rays and cloud formation reveals that historical climate patterns coincide with the penetration of cosmic rays into the earth's atmosphere. However, the Chief of world's leading physics lab at CERN in Geneva who conducted the study has prohibit scientists from presenting their own interpretations of the CLOUD experiment. Scientists Gagged After Study Links Climate Change To Cosmic - UK's Register suggests one reason that the "gag order" may have been issued is because the experiment invites a politically unacceptable hypothesis on climate change, or to say it another way, the study shows that Global Warming may not be a human caused phenomenon. Under any interpretation the data can simply not be ignored since the study reveals that at the least cosmic rays play some part in climate change and Global warming. Assuming that Global warming is is occurring, the question of whether cosmic rays are the sole cause or just a contributing factor along with man-made and other issues is really just a red herring. The real issue here is why are scientist being ordered not to give interpretations of data that would suggest a theory that is contradicts the politically popular view? Is science not allowed to suggest an alternate hypothesis to the man-made Global warming theory even when the data shows otherwise? Science needs to be factually unbiased and provide information that is independent of a politics. CLIP Those cosmic rays could be connected to the interstellar energy cloud mentioned in http://www.solar-storm-warning.com/
Why Did CERN Gag Its Scientists? (July 19th, 2011) http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/07/19/why-did-cern-gag-its-scientists/
That there is a gag in place is not in dispute. The question is why? The chief of the worlds leading physics lab at CERN in Geneva has prohibited scientists from drawing conclusions from a major experiment. The CLOUD (Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets) experiment examines the role that energetic particles from deep space play in cloud formation. CLOUD uses CERNs proton synchrotron to examine nucleation. CERN Director General Rolf-Dieter Heuer told Welt Online that the scientists should refrain from drawing conclusions from the latest experiment. I have asked the colleagues to present the results clearly, but not to interpret them, reports veteran science editor Nigel Calder on his blog. Why? Because, Heuer says, That would go immediately into the highly political arena of the climate change debate. One has to make clear that cosmic radiation is only one of many parameters. True, as far as it goes, but its hard to imagine any scientist in any field getting gagged by higher-ups if their science backs up the global warming narrative. What we have seen, though, is scientists pushing the global warming thesis despite the faults in their models and the holes in their own data, and overall encouragement across many disciplines to push the AGW line whether its directly relevant or not. Cosmic rays impact on earths atmosphere and climate is very poorly understood and research is extremely difficult to carry out. To my knowledge, no climate model has ever taken them into account at all, and their impact may be very significant (or not; we dont really know) even though some research suggests that cosmic rays can trigger cloud formation. Its important research, and free inquiry about it and its implications is vital as well. CERN should not muzzle its scientists, whatever opinions they form based on the research. Science shouldnt be held to CERNs evident politically correct strictures.
Texas Drought Now Far, Far Worse Than When Gov. Rick Perry Issued Proclamation Calling on All Texans to Pray for Rain (July 15, 2011) http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/07/15/270485/minnesota-temperatures-extreme-bachmann-and-pawlenty/
Extremist climate science deniers like Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty are campaigning tirelessly to give their state the climate of Texas. That is what would happen if the nation and the world continues to follow in their preferred path of doing absolutely nothing to reduce emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases. I know it is just a coincidence, but Minnesota is going to get a taste over the next several days of a Tea Party future (as will much of the rest of the country). CNN reports today:Extreme heat indices how the air feels, with heat and humidity are expected to reach up to 116 degrees in Minneapolis next week.These are extreme out-of-the-ordinary temperatures for Minnesota, CNN meteorologist Sean Morris said.Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington and other areas in Texas experienced afternoon heat indices of 105 degrees or more through Thursday.The month of June was the hottest recorded for Texas since 1895, according to the National Weather Service.But since Bachmann and Pawlenty are working to turn Minnesota into Texas, it is worth remembering that the adaptation strategy of Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has been to designate 3 days of prayer for rain while cutting the budget of agency battling record wildfires.It would seem no one is actually listening to Perrys prayers because the only alternative would be to believe that whoever is listening is doing the exact opposite of what Perry has prayed for. As the latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows, the Texas drought is considerably worse than when Perry issued an official proclamation drawing on his constitutional authority designating three days as Days of Prayer for Rain back in April:Yes, back in mid-April, only 10% of Texas was under exceptional drought. Now a staggering 71% is![Given Perry's track record, it seems pretty scary that, as TP reports, Rick Perry Wants To Leave Government In Gods Hands, Says God, Youre Gonna Have To Fix This.]Of course, we dont really have any short-term strategies to address extreme weather. In the longer term, prayer would appear to be a non-optimal approach, given Texass experience. Sharply reducing greenhouse gas emissions, however, would seem our best hope of sharply reducing the prospects that the Southwest becomes a permanent dust bowl and that Minnesota gets the climate of Texas. It has the benefit of science underpinning it.
Texas Drought Causing Cattle Deaths... From too much Water? (July 16, 2011) http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/52441/texas-drought-causing-cattle-d.asp
It seems like everyone is feeling the heat this summer. Human, canine, feline, or even bovine, we're all at the mercy of high temperatures. Unfortunately, AccuWeather.com meteorologists foresee no signs of relief from 100-degree heat and drought conditions in Texas and the southern Plains any time soon.According to Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, "It appears the high pressure system responsible for the long-lasting heat wave and drought will stay close to Texas through at least the end of July." In Texas, cattle are dying due to the drought conditions. The hitch is, they're not dying of thirst. In fact, it's quite the opposite.Cattle are dying from too much water. The drought conditions have caused cattle producers to move their herds from pastures where water tanks have dried to new pastures with healthier water supplies. The cattle then gorge themselves on too much water and die within minutes of water intoxication, according to The Associated Press (AP). "They overdrink because they're thirsty," said Dr. Robert Sprowls of the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in Amarillo. "Once they fill up on water it happens pretty quickly."While over-hydrating can be a problem for some cattle, many are also suffering from dehydration. According to Agricultural Meteorologist Dale Mohler, "During hot weather, Cattle drink more water and eat less."Typically, an average cow consumes as much as 8.4 gallons of water per day through grazing. However, this year, daily water consumption is down to about 0.6 gallons, according to the AP. Add into that mix the fact that some water supplies are becoming dangerous for the cattle to drink, and you have a classic "danged if you do, danged if you don't" scenario. CLIP
Supersize Dust Storms Could Become Southwest Norm (July 12, 2011) http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/07/dust-storms
PHOENIX The massive dust storm that engulfed Phoenix last week was unusual for the 20th century, but could become more common in the 21st. The storm resulted from thunderstorm-cooled air plummeting into the ground like mist pouring from an open freezer, only exponentially more powerful. Combine those winds with extremely dry conditions, and the result was a wall of dust 100 miles wide and 5,000 feet high. Dust storms are common in the U.S. southwest, but not storms this big. No formal records are kept, but meteorologists said it was the largest such storm in at least 30 years. It was on par with storms seen in Chinas Gobi desert and Australia. Some commentators invoked the apocalyptic storms of the 1930s Dust Bowl. As dry as its been in the southwest this year, with precipitation 50 percent below mid-20th century levels, theres reason to think that extra-dry conditions will continue to prevail. Extreme, century-long droughts are not uncommon in the southwest, and the drought that started in the late 1990s appears to fit that pattern. Whether its a consequence of climate change or would have happened regardless is debated, but the bottom line is a dry one. Moreover, temperatures in the southwest, which have already risen by 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since the mid-20th century, are expected to rise by another 4 to 10 degrees by this centurys end. Researchers have studied what this will mean for dust. In January, scientists from the United States Geological Survey released the results of a 20 year-long survey of relationships between temperature, vegetation and soil loss on the Colorado Plateau, a region spanning Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. They found that higher temperatures reduce plant density, which in turn removes roots that hold soil together. Our results suggest that increased temperatures associated with climate change will indirectly lead to increased wind erosion and dust emission on the Colorado Plateau, they concluded. The researchers also found that so-called biological soil crusts, a little-studied layer of lichen and bacteria found in arid western regions, play a surprisingly large role in preventing erosion. Just a few millimeters thick, these crusts are extraordinarily sensitive, and can take decades to recover from a mere footprint. Theyre also widely compromised by livestock, off-road vehicles and mining. But in one important way, biological soil crusts are pwerfully resilient. The researchers found them to be mostly unaffected by changes in temperature and rainfall. If the crusts can be protected, a 21st century Dust Bowl might be averted. WATCH Phoenix Dust Storm: Video of Doomsday Scenes in Arizona
Decline in top predators and megafauna 'humankinds most pervasive influence on nature' (July 14, 2011) http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0714-hance_trophiccascade.html
Worldwide wolf populations have dropped around 99 percent from historic populations. Lion populations have fallen from 450,000 to 20,000 in 50 years. Three subspecies of tiger went extinct in the 20th Century. Overfishing and finning has cut some shark populations down by 90 percent in just a few decades. Though humpback whales have rebounded since whaling was banned, they are still far from historic numbers. While some humans have mourned such statistics as an aesthetic loss, scientists now say these declines have a far greater impact on humans than just the vanishing of iconic animals. The almost wholesale destruction of top predatorssuch as sharks, wolves, and big catshas drastically altered the world's ecosystems, according to a new review study in Science. Although researchers have long known that the decline of animals at the top of food chain, including big herbivores and omnivores, affects ecosystems through what is known as 'trophic cascade', studies over the past few decades are only beginning to reveal the extent to which these animals maintain healthy environments, preserve biodiversity, and improve nature's productivity. Wolves chasing an elk in Yellowstone National Park. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service."The loss of these animals may be humankinds most pervasive influence on nature," the researchers boldly proclaim in the review. While many of the big species looked at in the review have historically, and in some cases still are, reviled by many, numerous case studies show that even big, dangerous predators actually help humans more than they hurt. "These predators and processes ultimately protect humans," William Ripple, director of Oregon State University's Trophic Cascades Program and co-author of the report said in a press release. "This isn't just about them, it's about us." Declines of everything from wolves to whales has rippled through ecosystem in many unexpected ways argue researchers, including in disease outbreaks, biodiversity loss, wildfire, carbon emissions, and invasive species. "We propose that many of the ecological surprises that have confronted society over past centuriespandemics, population collapses of species we value and eruptions of those we do not, major shifts in ecosystem states, and losses of diverse ecosystem services were caused or facilitated by altered top-down forcing regimes," the scientists write. CLIP - HUMANS APPEAR TO BE JUST SOOOO DOOMED BY THEIR OWN SHORTSIGHTEDNESS...
Warming oceans cause largest movement of marine species in two million years (26 June 2011) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/8598597/Warming-oceans-cause-largest-movement-of-marine-species-in-two-million-years.html
Warming ocean waters are causing the largest movement of marine species seen on Earth in more than two million years, according to scientists. In the Arctic, melting sea ice during recent summers has allowed a passage to open up from the Pacific ocean into the North Atlantic, allowing plankton, fish and even whales to into the Atlantic Ocean from the Pacific. The discovery has sparked fears delicate marine food webs could be unbalanced and lead to some species becoming extinct as competition for food between the native species and the invaders stretches resources. Rising ocean temperatures are also allowing species normally found in warmer sub-tropical regions to into the northeast Atlantic. A venomous warm-water species Pelagia noctiluca has forced the closure of beaches and is now becoming increasingly common in the waters around Britain.
(...) The implications are huge. The last time there was an incursion of species from the Pacific into the Atlantic was around two to three million years ago." Large numbers of species were introduced from the Pacific and made large numbers of local Atlantic species extinct. The impact on salmon and other fish resources could be very dramatic. The indications are that as the ice is continuing to melt in the summer months, climate change could lead to complete melting within 20 to 30 years, which would see huge numbers of species migrating. "It could have impacts all the way down to the British Isles and down the east coast of the United States. He added: With the jellyfish we are seeing them move further north from tropical and subtropical regions as a result of warming sea temperatures." Researchers say the invading plankton species is likely to cause widespread changes to the food web in the Atlantic ocean as the invading species are less nutritious than native species, which are eaten by many fish and large whales. Changes in populations of tiny animals called copepods, which are an essential food source for fish such as cod, herring and mackerel, are already being blamed for helping to drive the collapse of fish stocks as the native species of copepods have been replaced with smaller less nutritious varieties. This has resulted in declines in North Sea birds, the researchers claim, while Harbour porpoises have also migrated northwards North Sea after sand eels followed the poleward movement of the copepods they ate. CLIP - CHECK ALSO Attack of the jellyfish: Sea creatures shut down ANOTHER power station amid claims population surge is due to climate change AND Mysterious seaweed dump chokes S.Leone's coastline
Plantation fires in Indonesia trigger haze-related health warnings in Malaysia (July 13, 2011) http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0713-haze_indomalaysia.html
Smoke from plantation fires in Indonesian Borneo and Sumatra are casting a pall over cities in Malaysia, triggering health warnings from officials, reports The Straits Times. A bulletin posted on the web site for Malaysia's Ministry of Environment shows that more than 80 percent of Malaysia has "moderate" air quality, falling between 50-100 on the air pollution index. The ministry said the public should limit outdoor activities. Data from NASA shows some hundreds of hotspots concentrated in Sumatra's Riau province, where the pulp and paper industry is rapidly converting forest for plantations, and West and Central Kalimantan, where large areas are being opened up for oil palm plantations. Burning is expected to worsen in coming months. Rains usually return to the region in September or October.
Adaptation, justice and morality in a warming world (July 28, 2011) http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0728-hance_brian_thomas.html
If last year was the first in which climate change impacts became apparent worldwideunprecedented drought and fires in Russia, megaflood in Pakistan, record drought in the Amazon, deadly floods in South America, plus record highs all over the placethis may be the year in which the American public sees climate change as no longer distant and abstract, but happening at home. With burning across the southwest, record drought in Texas, majors flooding in the Midwest, heatwaves everywhere, its becoming harder and harder to ignore the obvious. Climate change consultant and blogger, Brian Thomas, says these patterns are pushing 'prominent scientists' to state 'more explicitly that the pattern we're seeing today shows a definite climate change link,' but that it may not yet change the public perception in the US. Thomas, who writes frequently about climate adaptation and justice, says that some governmentslocal and nationalare beginning to act on adapting to a new, warmer, and more unpredictable world. However, many are not moving quickly enough.
(...) Mongabay: What is climate justice? Brian Thomas: It's the attempt to address the unfairness of the world's greenhouse emissions budget, in which a minority of the world's population are responsible for the carbon emissions that are inflicting major suffering on the majority. Mongabay: Are there any concrete examples of climate justice to date? Brian Thomas: I wish I had some to bring to your attention. There are plenty of examples of climate injustice. Many Pacific islands are in danger of inundation, and where they will relocate is a pressing regional issue. Small coastal towns with vulnerable topographies are being eroded in Alaska and elsewhere. And since this is Mongabay, I should mentioned forests around the world, where the crucial role of indigenous residents in caring for forests is often under pressure large-scale economic forces. Mongabay: Would you characterize climate change as largely a moral issue? Brian Thomas:I wouldI think the ethics of climate change give us a change to unify a great deal of disparate scientific information in a consistent, action-oriented way. A recent book by Stephen Gardiner does an excellent job of exploring the ways the world's most affluent nations pass the cost of their emissions on to the poorer and weaker citizens of the world, and to later generations. He also explains how our poor grasp of climate science, international justice, and our very relationship to nature undermines our willingness to take action. It's called A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change. I recommend it. CHECK ALSO Saving (and studying) one of Nigeria's last montane forests - Palm oil, paper drive large-scale destruction of Indonesia's forests, but account for diminishing role in economy, says report - Amazon tribes win support to protect 46 million ha of Amazon forest - How to fight organized wildlife crime in East Asia
WWF partnering with companies that destroy rainforests, threaten endangered species (July 25, 2011) http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0724-hance_wwf_gftn.html
A Malaysian logging company, Ta Ann Holdings Berhad, is clear-cutting rainforests in Borneo, including forests within the Heart of Borneo, an ambitious conservation campaign, headed by WWF, that focuses on preserving 220,000 square kilometers (85,000 square miles) across three countries in Borneo. Although achieving tacit agreement by the countries involved in 2007, the area continues to see vast forest clearing and fragmentation. Despite the fact that Ta Ann Holdings Berhad is one the companies clearing forests in WWF's key conservation program, the wildlife organization has partnered with the logging company under GFTN.
(...) Finally the report points to a third example of WWF partnering with a controversial logging company, in this case Danzer Group. WWF accepted Danzer as a member even after the company's sordid history of purchasing timber in Liberia that was helping fund a devastating and bloody civil war, according to Global Witness' report. In addition, one of Danzer's subsidiary companies, Siforco in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), recently made news when its clash with local protestors resulted turned deadly. In April of this year, local communities protested against Danzer for not following through on promises to build community infrastructure. The subsidiary, Siforco, called on local authorities to quell protesters, resulting in 16 men being beaten, 3 women and 3 minors raped, and one man, Momoma Tika Frédéric, killed. In response WWF suspended its work with Siforco; but parent company, Danzer, remains a member of GFTN, meaning that timber from Siforco is still moving through GFTN's supply chain with WWF's permission. "WWF should publicly disassociate itself from any company using timber from illegal or unethical sources. Its shocking that one of the worlds most trusted conservation groups deems it acceptable to take money from such companies" says Pickens in a press release. CLIP
Vietnamese military illegally plundering Laos' forests (July 28, 2011) http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0728-hance_vietnam_militarylogging.html
Dwindling forests in the Asian nation of Laos are being illegally destroyed and traded by Vietnamese companies with the Vietnamese army as one of the biggest players in this multi-million dollar smuggling operation, according to an investigation by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). EIA agents went undercover as timber purchasers to discover a long trail of corruption and poor enforcement from the destruction of Laos forests to furniture factories in Vietnam to stores in the USA and Europe. Even a ban on exporting raw timber out of Laos has done little to stop the plunder of the nation's forests for outside gain. CLIP
THE GROWING MICROWAVE RADIATION PROBLEM
Smart Meters ... Aren't (7/14/2011) http://www.topangamessenger.com/Articles.asp?SectionID=7&ArticleID=4521
Many homes and businesses in Topanga have been notified of imminent installation or may already have had wireless or "smart" meters installed. These meters are like mini cell towers and a neurotoxin, a genotoxin, a carcinogen and can cause heart arrhythmia and heart attack not to mention extreme headaches, other illnesses and can even neutralize and interfere with medications (Tamoxifen, for example). The new wireless meters are also a fire hazard, over-bill the customer and even impinge upon our privacy. Forty-three cities and counties in California have already banned installation of the dangerous "smart" meters or asked for a moratorium until we can get laws in place mitigating or stopping them. CLIP
Save the Humans Standing up against Smart Meters By Sonoma County Citizens Against Wireless Radiation http://www.bohemian.com/bohemian/07.13.11/openmic-1128.html
What an interesting idea! We have "Save the Dolphins, Whales, Planet, Ecosystem, Animals," and many other such groups. How is it possible that we are willing to care for salamanders but not for our fellow human beings, whose health is being compromised by society's obsession with the personal conveniences of wireless, radiation-emitting technology? Smart meters and other wireless, radiation-emitting technologies are causing many of us, at least 3 to 15 percent of the population, according to California Department of Health's statistics, to develop electromagnetic hypersensitivityor worse. Why are people being marginalized, made sick and forced to become environmental refugees? Many have had to leave their homes in search of a new place to live without wireless radiation. This has become almost impossible with the advent of smart meters. There is mounting evidence from the US Army, scientists and physicians going back to the 1950s showing the effects of wireless electromagnetic radiation on the human body at a cellular level. In May, the World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified radio frequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans based on an increased risk for gliomas, which are malignant types of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use. Mobile phone use is listed in the same "carcinogenic hazard" category as DDT, lead, engine exhaust and chloroform. Cell towers, wi-fi, smart meters, DECT phones, cordless phones and other wireless devices emit the same non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones. Some of the other adverse health effects include depression, cardiovascular disorders, sterility, autism, neurodegenerative diseases, leukemia, strokes, breast cancer, brain cancer, acoustical neuromas, breathing dysfunctions, confusion, ear pain, tinnitus, headaches and many other symptoms. We are calling on you, "the People," to help protect the health of all members of our communities from the exponentially increasing danger of electromagnetic radiation. Write to your state and federal legislators, the California Public Utilities Commission and the governor, asking them to stop the smart meter program and adopt the precautionary principle toward all forms of wireless radiation. Sonoma County Citizens Against Wireless Radiation is a group of retired teachers, parents, grandparents and concerned citizens.
Olle Johansson - Warning of the Dangers of Smart Meters http://www.hese-project.org/uk_forum/index.php?id=216&PHPSESSID=pkbafopbbbukbh9oq6e43hvqr0
(...) Wireless communication is now being implemented in our daily life in a very fast way. At the same time, it is becoming more and more obvious that the exposure to electromagnetic fields may result in highly unwanted health effects. This has been demonstrated in a very large number of studies and includes cellular DNA-damage (which may lead to an initiation of cancer as well as mutations that carry down generations), disruptions and alterations of cellular functions like increases in intracellular stimulatory pathways and calcium handling, disruption of tissue structures like the blood-brain barrier (which may allow toxins to enter the brain), impact on vessel and immune functions, and loss of fertility. It should be noted that we are not the only species at jeopardy, practically all animals and plants may be at stake. Because the effects are reproducibly observed and links to pathology can not be excluded, the precautionary principle should be in force in the implementation of this new technology within the society. Therefore, policy makers immediately should strictly control exposure by defining biologically-based maximal exposure guidelines also taking into account long-term, non-thermal effects, and including especially vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, the ill, the genetically and/or immunologically challenged, children and fetuses, and persons with the functional impairment electrohypersensitivity (which in Sweden is a fully recognized functional impairment, and therefore receives an annual governmental disability subsidy). CLIP
The Green Sheen Wearing Thin- How Corporate Environmental Organizations are Providing Cover for the Mounting Ecological Catastrophe of the Smart Grid (July 26, 2011) http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/07/26/the-green-sheen-wearing-thin-how-corporate-environmental-organizations-are-providing-cover-for-the-mounting-ecological-catastrophe-of-the-smart-grid/
(...) The big three corporate environmental organizations in the US- the Sierra Club, NRDC, and EDF- have all been cheerleaders for the smart grid for years. Its not surprising that the national Sierra Club would rather not hear about how the lovechild of their technological obsession and corporate partnerships- the smart meter- is unleashing significant damage to the natural environment. If you listen to some smart grid proponents and their environmentalist supporters, its a little like they are worshipping an idol the way they refer to Smart Grid without an article. As in, Smart Grid will save the planet. Smart Grid will solve homelessness. Smart Grid will save the polar bear. Bow down before Smart Grid.Yes these are serious times, Mr. Rauber. The seriousness of our predicament makes it all the more important that we find real climate solutions rather than getting distracted by false climate solutions- especially ones that carry their own steep ecological pricetag. Perhaps it helps your organization to have an idol to give people hope, keep calm, and carry on- even if that idol is made of straw, empty promises, carbon pollution and lots of corporate cash. These are the same groups that are still suffering fallout from the publication of The Wrong Kind of Green in The Nation last year, an article that revealed how mainstream environmental organizations are increasingly behaving like satellite PR offices for the corporations who support them. Lets take a look at how that article reports that the Sierra Club uses its political muscle to solve climate change: CLIP
Study Lends Some Credence to Wifi Claims (July 13, 2011) http://news.santacruz.com/2011/07/13/study_lends_some_credence_to_wifi_claims
Late last year, Winifred Thomas quit taking her weekly hike around the three-mile Stanford Dish loop. Her health had been deteriorating for months, she says, until shaky limbs, physical weakness and persistent headaches made her unfit for most activity beyond household tasks. Then, in January, Thomas health crashed entirely, with insomnia, loss of leg mobility and chronic dehydration essentially crippling her. She says she began experiencing spontaneous burning and peeling of her skin and violent beating of her heart so loud that other people could hear it. I was pretty much bedridden for all but about two hours of the day, Thomas recalls.Thomas says she did not know at the time that a SmartMeterone of PG&Es new wireless power-reading deviceshad been installed on her home by the energy provider in early 2010. As far as she is concerned, that is what sparked her symptoms. Only in February, after being struck, she says, by an invisible force field while walking across her front yard, did Thomas inspect her home and take full notice of the device, as well as the SmartMeter on her neighbors home. I started doing some research and I found that other people were having similar problems, says Thomas, who quickly packed a few of her belongingsincluding her cat, Toby, who she says was also experiencing similar symptomsinto a van. Thomas says she began living out of her vehicle, sleeping every night in neighborhoods (including some in Santa Cruz) free of SmartMeters, which PG&E is now installing statewide. Her symptoms, she notes, cleared up. Thomas, who has not received a diagnosis from a doctor, believes she suffers from a condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS). This slightly understood disorder is generally associated with symptoms like headaches, ringing in the ears and insomnia, and its victims believe it is caused by exposure to electromagnetic radiation, the sort emitted by SmartMeters, cell phones and wifi routers. CLIP
Digital Portable Phones and Microwave Radiation on the Electrosensitive (Double blind study results) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EI9fZX4iww
Study shows, unequivocally, that microwave radiation from a cordless digital phone base station operating at 2.4 gigahertz immediately affects the heart causing arrhythmia and tachycardia (irregular and rapid heart rate) at non-thermal levels well below federal guidelines.
Study downplaying cellphone risks funded by manufacturers (JULY 6, 2011) http://www.torontosun.com/2011/07/06/study-downplaying-cellphone-risks-funded-by-manufacturers
OTTAWA - An international study which debunks research linking cellphones to cancer risks received major funding from wireless manufacturers. The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer classified radio frequency emitted by wireless devices as possibly carcinogenic, but a panel of international scientists recently published a study challenging these findings. The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection - composed of scientists from Britain, the United States and Sweden - said evidence is mounting against the hypothesis cellphones may cause cancer despite the findings of IARC. But in the study's conflict of interest disclaimer, the panel acknowledged it received support from the wireless industry to conduct the research. A number of organizations, including the Mobile Manufacturers' Forum, were cited as sources of funding. The authors, however, maintain their "freedom to design, conduct, interpret, and publish research was not compromised by any controlling sponsor."Dr. Devra Davis, an American scientist who runs the non-profit education group, Environmental Trust, says the new study is "misleading" and "wrong." "It is propaganda," said Davis, who also founded the world's first Center for Environmental Oncology. "The larger issue is they don't know they are completely wrong about the statement that because there is no increase in brain cancer now, cellphones don't cause brain cancer. That is flat out wrong." Davis says cellphone safety is a major public health issue and governments need to move away from the idea of taking action after there are "enough sick people or dead bodies." "The fact that we don't have an epidemic right now is of course what we expect," she said. "It is actually preposterous to imply or they really say that because don't have any increase now, there's no problem. It's really very sad."
Electromagnetic Field Sensitivity http://mcs-america.org/index_files/EHS.htm
Electromagnetic Radiation is a Major Public Health Concern - At least 9.8 million people in America suffer from sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation (Levallois 2002). Electromagnetic radiation affects people of all ages, economic status, race, and both genders (Levallois 2002). Electromagnetic radiation affect everyone to some extent. Medical Findings People who are sensitive to electromagnetic radiation have significantly higher natural rates of membrane leakage as measured by their skin conductance (Eltiti et al. 2007). This leaking of ions short-circuits natural electrical potentials and triggers nerve impulses to the brain. Blood tests of electrosensitive patients show thyroid dysfunction, liver dysfunction and chronic inflammatory processes (Dahmen, 2009). The concentration of persistent organic pollutants is higher in subjects who are sensitive to electromagnetic radiation when compared to controls (Hardell, 2008). Dirty electricity elevates blood sugar among electrically sensitive diabetics and may explain brittle diabetes (Havas, 2008). Significant cognitive and neurobiological alterations point to a higher genuine individual vulnerability of electromagnetic hypersensitive patients (Landgrebe et al, 2008). Electrosensitive patients show altered central nervous system function (Landgrebe et al, 2007). The Cost of Environmental Illnesses Annual expenditures for healthcare and lost productivity due to environmental illnesses are estimated at $71.8 billion dollars per year (Muir & Zegarac, 2001). Environmental Factors Indoor and outdoor electromagnetic radiation exposures can trigger reactions: cell phones, wireless networks, electric appliances, etc. Sensitivity to Electromagnetic Radiation Can be Controlled With a plan that includes eliminating sources of electromagnetic radiation, avoidance, and control of environmental radiation exposures, many people with sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation could lead normal, healthy, and active lives.
Smart Meter Action Kit http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/There-goes-the-neighbourhood-----handoutflyer,73,1169
This "Smart Meter" Action Kit contains valuable information about so-called "Smart Meters." Conveniently, this information is being withheld by hydro and power authorities in hopes that deployment will go ahead unchallenged, without sufficient research into the health, safety and security issues involved.Hopefully, along with other information on this website, the materials in this "kit" will provide tools for action and awareness. The far-reaching, negative impacts of these wireless utility meters are already a reality for many, as they are being deployed in communities throughout North America. Communities that have citizens who have come together and spoken up have been able to persuade their local governments to stop the installation of these wireless meters until more is known about them. And more is becoming known.Please use the information in a timely way, first to educate yourself, and then to act to educate others. Communication can't be achieved without awareness, and timely communication is all we have to prevent the installation of these invasive devices on our homes and in our communities. CLIP - THERE IS ALSO THE Wi-Fi Action Kit, THE Cell Tower Action Kit THE Cell Phone Action Kit AND THE EHS & Health Action Kit (EHS = ElectroHyperSensitivity)
LIVING WITH ELECTROHYPERSENSITIVITY A Survival Guide http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/LIVING-WITH-ELECTROHYPERSENSITIVITY-A-Survival-Guide,77,862
1. Introduction, definitions, symptoms 2. EMF Mitigation and Avoidance 3. The Medical Aspects of Regaining Your Health Getting the Right Medical Help Medical Issues of EHS Treating EHS Replacement of Amalgam Dental Fillings Removal of mercury and heavy metals from your body Psychological and Social Aspects of EHS Employment and Accommodation 4. Recommended Reading 5. References
Biogeometry & Swiss antennas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAyDBXb1ksw
Egyptian architecture professor and founder of BioGeometry Ibrahim Karim solved citizen complaints of electrosensitivity associated with cellular phone antennas. His work was approved by upper management at Swisscom and done under the patronage of the Swiss Mediation Authority for Mobile Communication and Environment (MAMCE). Details on architect Ibrahim Karim who founded BioGeometry and his research projects.
EMF-Omega-News 16. July 2011 http://www.buergerwelle.de/cms/content/view/611/95/
The genotoxic effect of radiofrequency waves on mouse brain - IARC and child head - Four in ten Britons will contract cancer: Rates soar by a third in just 10 years - Sleep EEG alterations: effects of different pulse-modulated radio frequency electromagnetic fields - Save the Humans - Allan Frey and the Inconvenient Truth - EMF Concerns Switzerland - Does Your Cell Phone Carry a Hidden Danger? - Distracting hands-free devices are 'as dangerous as a mobile' - Phone mast village plans prompt fear for school kids - Fight Brews Over School Cellphone Towers - Victory as phone mast is rejected - Objection over Vodafone bid for phone mast - Moms Talk: A Cell Tower on Your Kid's School - Next-up News - News from Mast Sanity
EMF-Omega-News 23. July 2011 http://www.buergerwelle.de/cms/content/view/613/95/
Why human cells do not like cell phones - Spain cancers near towers - Beware of smart meter dangers - If you can hear me now, you might be in trouble - Public Forum on Smart-Grid and Broadband Infrastructure - Dirty Electricity will be the cause of serious health concerns - San Francisco Unanimously Upholds Cell Phone Radiation 'Right to Know' Law Despite Industry Opposition - Masts Namibia Letter to press 8 July 2011 - Mast proposal is thrown out - Mast victory for Little Chalfont campaigners - Plans rejected for 15-metre phone mast in Lincolnshire village - Battle against Wollaston mast set to go 'all the way' - Torrox residents protest over phone mast - Parents' fury at phone mast in church tower - Residents urged to join in mobile signal monitoring
EMF-Omega-News 30. July 2011 http://www.buergerwelle.de/cms/content/view/615/95/
Dangers of cell phones still up in the air - Cell Phone Brain Cancer Study Does not Ring True? - Mortality by neoplasia and cellular telephone base stations in the Belo Horizonte municipality, Brazil - Bilbao chronically ill, according to the Basque Parliament - Quantum Coherent Water, Non-thermal EMF Effects, and Homeopathy - Telecom Mast: Service Provider Or Death Trap? - FCC Must Update Cell Tower Safety Regulations, Say Health and Environmental Advocates - Passing of Medical Pioneer Leaves a Lasting Legacy to Environmental Health Trust - Cover for the Mounting Ecological Catastrophe of the 'Smart Grid' - Halt smart meter installation, says BC Green Party - The FCC must establish new safety guidelines for cell towers - ANGER: Mobile phone base station goes up - Residents launch protest against Baxenden phone mast - Residents fight tower plans - We don't need mobile mast - Residents shun proposed tower - Towering Sellicks protest - Councillor mission to tackle oversized phone masts - EHS AND THE BOOK THAT HAS MOST INSPIRED ME - Next-up News - News from Mast Sanity
As is often the case, we (the People of Japan as well as those who shaped your destiny) must look back into history to fully understand the developments surrounding the current nuclear crisis which has so paralyzed your country in the wake of the March 11thearthquake and tsunami. We are compelled to first look directly into the events leading up to the dropping of the atomic bombs by the US Military on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WWII. When these two unprecedented and horrific events are put into proper perspective, the truth about your unfolding state of Nuclear Armageddon will become transparent.
From Hiroshima to Fukushima
First, here are some facts which are conveniently omitted when our side retells the history of one of the most heinous crimes perpetrated in world history. These two aforementioned war crimes were committed against strictly civilian populations during the final phase of the Asian theatre of WWII, when it had already been determined that the conflict was decisively won by the Allies. Quite a shocking statement, isn't it?! However, an objective and honest assessment of all the information available conclusively shows that this crime of genocide was totally unnecessary on any grounds whatsoever. Truly, these atomic bombings constituted deliberate acts of state-sponsored terrorism wrought on a nation-state to traumatize it and subdue it into complete submission.
So, why did the USA et al. do it? Is there any doubt that the twin engines of economic growth after WWII could be found in the nations dealt the heaviest blow by that war? Clearly, Germany and Japan were transformed into the economic powerhouses of both the European and Asian realms respectively. This occurred only after each nation was ruthlessly savaged by acts of war which were as apocalyptic as they were unparalleled. Whether we consider the fire-bombing of Tokyo, the carpet-bombing of Dresden and obliteration of Berlin, or the atomic bombing of two civilian centers in Japan, we are left only with the stark and brutal reality that these events were pre-planned with precision and designed to produce a specific outcome.
When acts of such wanton barbarity are committed which so pummel a national consciousness, they are typically conceived and executed with the explicit purpose to shock and awe the victimized population. Then the defeated nation will quite willingly go along with any plan of redemption that the victor places in front of them. And this is exactly what happened in both the case of Japan and Germany post WWII. If they had any hope of survival, or future prosperity, the ultimatums made it clear that they would comply with the wishes of their new masters or else face an uncertain and miserable fate. And so the modern-day plantation was born onto the lands of these two humbled nations which had suffered so much physical destruction, as well as psychological pain and suffering.
The agreements that were reached all revolved around a contract that assured both nations that, if each performed well (e.g., complied with the NWO game plan/maintained an exemplary plantation for others to emulate), they would be granted a prominent place at the table of civil society of Western civilization. Of course, both were effectively occupied by foreign troops during the entire period of their rehabilitation, so it is easy to understand what can be coerced at the barrel of a gun. Nonetheless, Japan and Germany were eager to take their place as good and upstanding world citizens contributing significantly to the rapidly emerging consumer society.
Energy is required to run the slave colony, especially the factories.
Japan, perhaps more than any other modern and highly industrialized first world nation, was well known for possessing the scarcest amount of raw energy resources (the "surprise" attack on Pearl Harbor was conducted because of this fact). Being an island nation has its own and self evident drawbacks concerning power-generating resources and technologies which are, at once, cost effective, practical and sufficient. Especially in the case where Japan had been selected to occupy a lead position in serving the ethos of consumerism, does this quandary around energy pose an extremely serious set of problems. You can't run a factory without electricity, can you?
This brings us to where the plantation master (USA) imposed an arrangement upon an unfortunate slave colony (Japan) - a deal which would have profound and earth-shattering repercussions for the colony's very existence. Through all the "discussions and negotiations", it was determined that nuclear power generation was going to be a preferred mode of running Japanese society. Once this decision was made, the Anglo-American corporations (who really run the show in Japan), in collusion with the homegrown purveyors of disaster capitalism Nippon-style, simply foisted nuclear power plants on the four corners of this island nation, and everywhere in between. Quite purposefully, no one ever stopped to consider the obvious and far-reaching ramifications of constructing 55 nuclear reactors on the most seismically active piece of property on planet Earth! And, that doesn't count another 12 reactors in various stages of planning or development
(See the list and location of all 55 operating nuclear reactors at link below).
After reviewing this website the obvious conclusion is that such a policy of nuclear energy proliferation was forced upon a nation which had previously been the victim of the greatest nuclear holocaust in recorded history (and one that very few refer to as such). It must be that even the highly environmentally aware Japanese temperament eventually gave into such a suicidal strategy to keep the candles lit. But, "Oh! What awesome and devastating consequences to nation, continent and planet!"
Should anyone want to delve more deeply into just who it was that profited from these nuclear-power-ventures-gone-awry, peruse the roster of American, British and French companies (Japan's first nuclear reactor was built by the British firm GEC at Tokaimura, Ibaragi Prefecture), contractors and consultants who have sold (and serviced) these fatally flawed nuclear reactors to Japan over the past few decades. Whoever does run the plantation gets to dictate the terms of how it will be administered. In the case of nuclear energy production there are few which hold the upper hand like General Electric has for so many decades; we're talking about the grand-daddy of 'em all. The following two links relate the very serious design problems attributed to the GE unit which is now experiencing a catastrophic breakdown at the Fukushima Daini plant:
Experts Had Long Criticized Potential Weakness in Design of Stricken Reactor
(...) the type of containment vessel and pressure suppression system used in the failing reactors at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant is physically less robust, and it has long been thought to be more susceptible to failure in an emergency than competing designs. In the United States, 23 reactors at 16 locations use the Mark 1 design, including the Oyster Creek plant in central New Jersey, the Dresden plant near Chicago and the Monticello plant near Minneapolis. (...) The specific role of the G.E. design in the Fukushima crisis is likely to be a matter of debate, and it is possible that any reactor design could succumb to the one-two punch of an earthquake and tsunami like those that occurred last week in Japan. CLIP
GE Trio Quit in 1970s Over Japan Reactor Design, ABC Says
General Electric Co. (GE)'s design for a nuclear reactor at a damaged Japanese power plant spurred the 1970s resignation of three employees over concern that its core might not withstand the loss of cooling systems in a severe accident, ABC News reported. CLIP
The faculty of reason has fled humanity; common sense is now quite rare.
Certainly there is much more to this story, but we sincerely hope that this new picture has by now replaced the old one. At the end of the day, and most certainly by the end of this deteriorating saga, one conclusion will surface from the earthquake and tsunami which tested the might and mettle of modern technology. It is this: When humankind so casually eschews its God-given faculty and ability to reason, and subordinates good ole fashioned common sense to the gods of technology and greed, it does so at its peril. Great peril!
As previously stated, but well worth repeating, when the decision-makers chose to site and build fifty-five (55) nuclear reactors on the most earthquake-prone stretch of land on the globe*, they simply sealed the fate of the Japanese people. About this we are very saddened and deeply troubled, as it was through US domination that such a state of affairs was allowed to prevail. This, not that long after a wartime nuclear annihilation of two entire cities on the same island nation we know and love as Japan.
*Does anyone in their right mind believe that nuclear power plants can ever be designed, engineered or constructed to withstand 9.0 earthquakes followed by 15 meter high tsunamis? Sorry if we offend, but such a display of so deadly a combination of ignorance and arrogance must represent the very height of hubris. Particularly in view of the inevitable consequences which have manifested at Fukushima, how is it that so few saw this pre-ordained and disastrous outcome, except by willful blindness.
A belated yet very sincere apology is offered. Now, how do we make amends?
We offer our profound apologies for all the American people who were a party to this inhuman behavior. We likewise ask for your forgiveness, not only for our WWII transgressions (read calculated atrocities) against your nation and people, but also for the behavior of our corporations which have wrought so much hardship throughout your country. To whatever degree those of us were unwitting parties to your destruction, we express our deepest regret and genuine remorse.
We send our fervent prayers and heartfelt blessings to every single person of Japanese descent, as we offer these to all affected by this terrible manmade tragedy. Please know that we will spend our remaining days in sincere repentance for what ails the great People of Japan due to our national and individual conduct. We will likewise do everything within our power to make amends to all of you who suffer because of the material and very shortsighted gain acquired at your expense.
May God bless you and your entire nation, and keep you safe. To the greatest extent possible, may He keep you free of all suffering. And may your hearts be full of forgiveness and free of anguish during these tremendously trying times.
With great respect and deep concern,
A Contrite American
The author of this open letter was chosen by his 5th grade teacher to participate in a debate and told to speak on the 3 person panel in favor of dropping the atomic bombs on Japan during WWII. This teacher was perceptive and knew that the pro bombing panel would win the debate, which they did, because of my ability as a persuasive wordsmith and "accomplished" debater. However, relishing the victory soon gave way to a sense of deep regret about having advocated a position that was completely contrary to my very being.
From that day forward, when the awareness set in that through my own behavior I, too, became complicit in one of the greatest misdeeds of all time, I vowed to look for any opportunity to right this wrong. I pray that I have done just that through the posting of this open letter.
We do live on a plane of existence that allows for the exercise of free will according to the laws of karma, where the inviolable law of cause and effect is operative. Therefore, look to the notion of BLOWBACK to govern where and when and how the winds will blow, especially from west to east. Chernobyl provides a good example of how radiation spreads on a land mass as described in the link below. While the island of Japan will bear the brunt of the Fukushima meltdowns, eventually the ocean winds will disperse the radioactive fallout around the globe, as the Pacific Ocean will disperse the radioactive seawater.
Japan Operator Shutting Down Nuclear Reactor After Malfunction (July 16, 2011) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/16/world/asia/16japan.html
TOKYO - Japan's second-largest nuclear operator said Saturday that it was manually shutting down a reactor in central Japan after a technical malfunction. No radiation had leaked from the No. 1 Reactor at the Oi Nuclear Power Plant, on the Japan Sea coast, about 250 miles west of Tokyo, said Yoshihiko Kondo, a spokesman for the plant's operator, Kansai Electric Power. Mr. Kondo said that a loss of pressure had been detected late Friday in an accumulator tank needed to cool the reactor core in an emergency, forcing the utility to shut down the reactor. Workers will begin the shutdown at 1 p.m. Saturday in Japan, and shutdown will be complete by 9 p.m., he said. The shutdown at Oi just four months after the devastating accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant comes as a blow to an industry struggling to regain public confidence. It also worsens an electricity shortage that has forced several utilities in Japan to require companies to reduce their use by at least 15 percent. Only 19 of Japan's 54 nuclear reactors are operating, because units shut down for regular maintenance have not been given permission by local governments to restart after the disaster at Fukushima, operated by Japan's largest nuclear operator, Tokyo Electric Power. In the meantime, more reactors have been closing for scheduled maintenance, reducing the number in service across the country. The 1.17-million-kilowatt Oi No. 1 Reactor, built in 1979, had been in the last stages of a trial run at full output after undergoing scheduled maintenance this year. At Kansai Electric, only four of its 11 reactors are now operating.
It is with deep regret that we publish this report. We do not take this responsibility lightly, as the consequences of the following observations are of such great import and have such far-reaching ramifications for the entire planet. Truly, the fate of the oceans of the world hangs in the balance, as does the future of humankind.
The Gulf of Mexico (GOM) does not exist in isolation and is, in fact, connected to the Seven Seas. Hence, we publish these findings in order that the world community will come together to further contemplate this dire and demanding predicament. We also do so with the hope that an appropriate global response will be formulated, and acted upon, for the sake of future generations. It is the most basic responsibility for every civilization to leave their world in a better condition than that which they inherited from their forbears.
After conducting the Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference for over seven months, we can now disseminate the following information with the authority and confidence of those who have thoroughly investigated a crime scene. There are many research articles, investigative reports and penetrating exposes archived at the following website. Particularly those posted from August through November provide a unique body of evidence, many with compelling photo-documentaries, which portray the true state of affairs at the Macondo Prospect in the GOM.
Especially that the BP narrative is nothing but a corporate-created illusion - a web of fabrication spun in collaboration with the US Federal Government and Mainstream Media. Big Oil, as well as the Military-Industrial Complex, have aided and abetted this whole scheme and info blackout because the very future of the Oil & Gas Industry is at stake, as is the future of the US Empire and War-Making Machine which sprawls around the world and requires vast amounts of hydrocarbon fuel.
Should the truth seep out and into the mass consciousness - that the GOM is slowly but surely filling up with oil and gas - certainly many would rightly question the integrity, and sanity, of the whole venture, as well as the entire industry itself. And then perhaps the process would begin of transitioning the planet away from the hydrocarbon fuel paradigm altogether.
It's not a pretty picture.
The various pictures, photos and diagrams that fill the many articles at the aforementioned website represent photo-evidence about the true state of affairs on the seafloor surrounding the Macondo Prospect in the Mississippi Canyon, which is located in the Central Planning Area of the northern Gulf of Mexico. The very dynamics of the dramatic changes and continuous evolution of the seafloor have been captured in ways that very few have ever seen. These snapshots have given us a window of understanding into the true state of the underlying geological formations around the various wells drilled in the Macondo Prospect.
Although our many deductions may be difficult for the layperson to apprehend at first, to the trained eye these are but obvious conclusions which are simply the result of cause and effect. In other words there is no dispute concerning the most serious geological changes which have occurred, and continue to occur, in the region around the Macondo wells. The original predicament (an 87 day gushing well) was extremely serious, as grasped by the entire world, and the existing situation is only going to get progressively worse.
So, just what does this current picture look like. Please click on the link below to view the relevant diagrams and read the commentary:
As the diagrams clearly indicate, the geology around the well bore has been blown. This occurred because of drilling contiguous to a salt dome(1), as well as because of the gas explosions which did much damage to the integrity of the well casing, cementing, well bore, well head, and foundation around the well head. Eighty-seven straight days of gushing hydrocarbon effluent under great pressure only served to further undermine the entire well system. Finally, when it was capped, putting the system back under pressure forced the upsurging hydrocarbons to find weaknesses throughout the greater system, which revealed all sorts of compromised, fractured and unsettled geology through which the hydrocarbons could travel all the way to the seafloor and into the GOM.
(1)"The rock beds in the vicinity of a salt dome are highly fractured and permeable due to stress and deformation which occur as the salt dome thrusted upwards." (Per BK Lim, Geohazards Specialist)
We also have faults* to deal with in this scenario of which there are both deep and shallow. Depending on the current vital stats of the blown out well, especially its actual depth; the number, location and severity of the breaches throughout the well system; the pressure at the wellhead; as well as the type and status of geological formations/strata it has been drilled into, these faults will become prominently configured into the future stability of the whole region. Larger faults can open up much greater opportunities for the hydrocarbons to find their way to the seafloor via cracks and crevices, craters and chasms. In fact the numerous leaks and seeps throughout the seafloor surface, which are quite apparent from various ROV live-feeds, give testimony to sub-seafloor geological formations in great turmoil and undergoing unprecedented flux.
*"Once the oil gets into the shallow faulted zones, we have an uncontrollable situation. The place where most of the oil and gas is coming out is at the foot hills of the continental shelf as shown in figure 134-1 in the article "BP continues to dazzle us with their unlimited magic". The discovery by WHOI of the 22 mile long river of oil originated from these leaks. So the leaks will be mainly along the faults where I have marked (shallow) in "What is going on at West Sirius" and deep strike-slip faults (red line) on fig 134-1." (Per BK Lim, Geohazards Specialist)
I. A single gushing well at 70 - 100,000 barrels per day of hydrocarbon effluent for 87 days into the GOM at the Macondo Prospect along with two smaller rogue wells
II. Numerous leaks and seeps within five to ten square miles of the Macondo well with an aggregate outflow of an unknown amount of hydrocarbon effluent per day into the GOM
III. Countless small gushers and mini-spills, leaks and seeps, throughout the Gulf of Mexico, where oil drilling has been conducted for many decades, with an aggregate outflow into the GOM that can not even be estimated, but is well in excess of any guesstimate which would ensure its slow and steady demise (not too unlike the petrochemical cesspool known as the Caspian Sea).
It is the last scenario which we all face and to which there is no easy or obvious solution. The truth be told, there currently does not exist the technology or machinery or equipment to repair the damage that has been wrought by the process of deep undersea drilling, especially when it is performed in the wrong place. Therefore, wherever the oil and gas find points of entry into the GOM through the seafloor, these leaks and seeps will only continue to get worse. Here's why:
Methane gas mixed with saltwater and mud makes for a very potent corrosive agent. Under high pressure it will find every point of egress through the rock and sediment formations all the way up to the seafloor where it will find any point of exit that is available. The longer and more forcefully that it flows throughout the fractured area, which is dependent on the volume, temperature and pressure at the source of the hydrocarbons, the more its corrosive effects will widen, broaden and enlarge the channels, cracks and crevices throughout the sub-seafloor geology, thereby creating a predicament that no science, technology or equipment can remedy.
Dire realities of the methane hydrate predicament
The Macondo Prospect in the GOM is just one of many throughout the oceans of the world where the seafloor has beds of methane hydrate locked in place by very high pressure and low temperatures. Likewise, there are myriad repositories and large "reservoirs" of methane clathrates in the sub-seafloor strata, and especially within the more superficial geological formations, which are being greatly impacted by all oil and gas drilling and extraction activities. It does not take much imagination to understand how the upsurging hydrocarbons (very hot oil and gas under high pressure) are quickly converting the frozen methane hydrate to gas, thereby causing innumerable "micro-displacements", the cumulative effect of which will translate to larger "macro-displacements" of rock, sediment and other geological formations.
When you factor in this constant vaporization of methane hydrates/clathrates both sub-seafloor as well as those scattered around the seafloor surface to the existing scenario, this devolving situation becomes that much more difficult to effectively remedy. With the resulting shifts and resettling and reconfiguration of the entire seafloor terrain and underlying strata occurring in the wake of these dynamics, we are left with a situation that is not going to get better through the use of even more invasive technology and intrusive machinery.
Question: How many times can you grout a seafloor crack that was caused by an underlying superficial fault after drilling into an old mud volcano?
Answer: "In the attempt to seal the oil from oozing through the faults, BP resorted to high pressure grouting. Basically it is like cementing the cracks in the rock by injecting grout (cement mixture) at high pressure. The way they do this is by drilling an injection hole into the shallow rocks and pumping in the grout. The grout in "slurry" state will permeate into the cracks, cure and seal up the cracks. However it is not working because of the presence of gas and oil. It is like super-glue. You need to clean the surfaces before you apply the glue; otherwise it won't stick and will come off eventually after a few days or weeks. That is why we can see a few blown out craters - shown in my article - Is the last rite for the Macondo Well for real?" (Per BK Lim, Geohazards Specialist)
Likewise, how do you fill a newly emerging gash in the seafloor which is caused by a deep fault due to low level seismic activity, or worse, a full blown earthquake?!
Seismic activity in the GOM and the uptick in earthquakes in the Mississippi River Basin and surrounding region
The oil and gas platforms that were in operation throughout the northern Gulf of Mexico in 2006 (per Wikipedia).
We now come to the most serious issue regarding the relentless drilling for oil and gas throughout the Gulf of Mexico. The map above clearly illustrates the density of drilling throughout the northern GOM as of 2006.
Likewise, the map below demonstrates the extraordinary and increasing intensity of these very same operations off the coast of Louisiana alone.
Green lines represent active pipes (25,000 miles in all). Yellow dots represent oil rigs.
The map that follows, however, tells a story which demands the attention of every resident of the GOM coastline. The video link below the map shows the development timeline of the successively deeper wells being drilled during the last decade. Of course, with greater depths come much greater risks, as the technology and machinery have not been proportionately upgraded to accommodate the extraordinary demands and unforeseen contingencies of such a speculative and dangerous enterprise*.
*Oil and gas drilling in seawater depths of over 4000 feet, and through 15,000 to 25,000 feet of the earth's crust and mantle, is considered extremely dangerous to those from whom reason and common sense have not yet fled.
Now then, the question remains just how vulnerable has the GOM been made to a truly catastrophic event, ending up with an overwhelming displacement of water producing tidal waves, in the aftermath of an undersea earthquake.
There is no question that the ceaseless fracturing of the seafloor and fissuring of the sub-seafloor geological strata by the Oil & Gas Industry has set up a quite conducive environment for HUGE unintended consequences. We leave it up to the experts to conduct the necessary risk assessments, which will most assuredly let loose a sea of red flags about what Big Oil has done, and is currently doing, in (and to) the Gulf of Mexico.
Furthermore, we are deeply concerned that, if a permanent moratorium on all new oil and gas drilling and extraction in the GOM is not put into place poste haste, the coastal communities will remain in a very precarious situation. The most immediate concern relates to the combination of ill-advised drilling activity (conducted in spite of geohazard assessments/recommendations) with unpredictable seismic events, which could trigger undersea landslides at the shelf edge causing massive water displacement.
Worsening GOM predicament is reflective of the status quo around the globe
Now consider the following scenario: that this very same predicament, which we have all witnessed in the Gulf of Mexico, is happening wherever oil and gas drilling is conducted in the various water bodies throughout the planet. Therefore we can multiply the Macondo Prospect disaster a hundred times and still not come close to the impacts that these ongoing gushers and spills, leaks and seeps are having the world over.
Perhaps the BP Gulf Oil Spill was the defining moment in modern history when all the nations of the world community were called by Mother Earth herself to begin transitioning the planet away from the Hydrocarbon Fuel Paradigm. After all, we may never get another chance!
Tom Termotto, National Coordinator
Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference
SKYPE: Gulf_Advocate http://oilspillsolutionsnow.org/
Author's Note: This short reality check was made possible by BK Lim, Geohazards Specialist, whose research and analysis of the BP Gulf Oil Spill have proved invaluable to ferreting out the truth of this unprecedented environmental devastation. BK provided figures 137-06, 136-3, 1h and 137-01 including the commentary, which only an experienced and highly skilled geohazards expert could furnish with authority. He is also responsible for many of the articles/essays posted on this website, as well as some that are linked to this article.
There are two very significant topics, which have been not been discussed in this report, that beg for acknowledgement and further attention in light of the title:
The Gulf of Mexico is Dying
Both of these problems are highly consequential and therefore merit separate papers in order to give them the treatment they deserve, if we are to understand why the GOM is slowly dying. Until those papers are completed, we offer the following short summaries:
#1 The wanton and indiscriminate use of the dispersant, Corexit, turned an extremely serious regional disaster into an unmitigated global catastrophe.
How so? The dispersants Corexit 9500 and 9527 both served to interact with the oil in such a way that much of it sank to the bottom. It also caused much dispersed oil to be held in suspension within the water column, as well as carried with the currents to and fro in amounts which can only be guessed. There is an emerging consensus that, because of the overwhelming volume of Corexit which was dispensed throughout the GOM, the Loop Current, which has historically guaranteed the flow of the warm Gulf waters into the Gulf Stream Current, has been fundamentally altered.
The most obvious consequence was to profoundly slow down the turnover of water into and out of the GOM. By curtailing this natural, rejuvenative process, the Gulf has become a more stagnant body of water, with significantly less opportunity to cleanse itself. Even the normal hurricane pattern in the GOM slackened precipitously this past hurricane season, thereby diminishing much churning and mechanical action which can be helpful to the natural breakdown of petroleum and its many byproducts.
Of course, the real unknown here is how dramatic and lasting the effects a stalled Loop Current will have on the Gulf Stream's influence on the weather of Great Britain, Continental Europe and the contiguous land masses. By many accounts the recent meteorological developments, especially in Northern Europe, are being viewed with great apprehension about what the future weather patterns will bring? Many are concerned that a tipping point has already arrived and that this sea change will irrevocably transform a way of life.
What else do we know about Corexit from an environmental health perspective?
How many times have we all heard that dispersed oil is at least four times more toxic than oil alone? Here are the test results from the EPA study, as well as the EPA link:
(1) 10.72 parts per million (ppm) of oil alone will kill 50% of the fish test species in a normal aquatic environment within 96 hours.
(2) 25.20 parts per million of dispersant (Corexit 9500) alone will kill 50% of the fish test species in a normal aquatic environment within 96 hours.
(3) 2.61 parts per million of dispersed oil (Corexit-laden) alone will kill 50% of the fish test species in a normal aquatic environment within 96 hours.
"Crude oil has proven toxicity at 1 part per million, with constituents like benzene exhibiting genotoxicity in the parts per billion range. The dispersants have made the oil "disappear," according to the mainstream media, and yet we have marine toxicology documents PROVING that the dispersants PREVENT the natural break down of some constituents of the oil, e.g. the lesser soluble hydrocarbons such as naphthalene." (Per Gulf Oil Spill Truth)
Not only is the dispersed oil much more toxic, it is now virtually impossible to remediate in its current micronized or nano-sized state. Disappeared they did to the oil, and so did they to the various technologies and methodologies which would have been effective in cleaning up oil alone. Now we are left with a predicament that requires a form of mitigation which must be conceived, before it can be tried and tested.
In the meantime the entire GOM food chain (including those who continue to eat the seafood) is concentrating these newly formed toxic byproducts in their tissues, the effects of which will gradually wend their way through the bodies of each and every organism that is exposed to them. Just how poisonous to life dispersed oil is we may not know for years, nor does any government-funded research institution seem to be in a hurry to find out!
Both Corexit 9500 and 9527 were sprayed liberally for many months both on the GOM surface, as well as undersea. The officially reported amount is shown below; the covert spraying continues to this very day in volumes which can only be determined by reviewing the disbursement records at Nalco Holding Company. The photo above (Fig. 137-06) , in addition to much anecdotal evidence, unequivocally demonstrates continued dispersant use up to this very day, which therefore indicates a much higher volume used throughout the GOM.
Consider what Wikipedia has to say about 9527: "Corexit 9527, considered by the EPA to be an acute health hazard, is stated by its manufacturer to be potentially harmful to red blood cells, the kidneys and the liver, and may irritate eyes and skin. The chemical 2-butoxyethanol, found in Corexit 9527, was identified as having caused lasting health problems in workers involved in the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. According to the Alaska Community Action on Toxics, the use of Corexit during the Exxon Valdez oil spill caused people "respiratory, nervous system, liver, kidney and blood disorders". Like 9527, 9500 can cause hemolysis (rupture of blood cells) and may also causeinternal bleeding."
COREXIT being offloaded according to strict OSHA procedures
The following link offers a more in-depth discussion of how this unprecedented mixture of massive amounts of dispersant, oil, methane and radioactive hydrocarbons have forever altered the energetics of the Gulf of Mexico. It is then much easier to understand the unanticipated and immediate stalling of the Loop Current in light of these critical changes to the GOM fundamentals.
Mantle-generated hydrocarbons come from very young geological formations deep in the earth, and are the product of extremely powerful geo-thermal forces. The presence of radioactive isotopes such as uranium, thorium, radium show up in much greater concentrations the deeper the well bore is drilled into the earth's crust, and are ubiquitous throughout the mantle. Therefore, the hydrocarbon constituents, which are actually found in the interstitial spaces, porous rock formations and quaternary sediments and are scattered everywhere because of their liquid and gaseous states, exist within and around this highly radioactive environment.
How radioactive is the hydrocarbon effluent upsurging from the wells in the GOM that are drilled at 12, 15, 18, 20, 25 or 30,000 feet through the crust and into the mantle? Here's a link to the American Petroleum Institute website that will partially answer this question.
"The more methane that is present reflects the amount of Uranium and Thorium in the oil reserve. The deeper the oil, the younger the radiological decay is that produces helium."
"Helium is a naturally occurring gas formed in oil reserves. So common that helium detectors have been used to discover oil reserves. Helium is an inert gas known to be a by-product from the radiological decay of uranium and thorium. Uranium and Thorium are known to be in great quantities at greater depths. Yes, radioactive elements occur naturally and can be found and detected in smaller amounts in shallow oil reserves. Oil reserves that do not produce large amounts of methane also lack uranium and thorium. The presence of methane is proportional to the presence of uranium and thorium, both radioactive elements."
"The energy coming from uranium and thorium decay is thought to be the most significant energy source inside the earth," Tolich said. "So this is the driving engine for things such as tectonic plate movements, volcanoes and earthquake. We are looking for neutrinos, particularly electron antineutrinos coming from uranium and thorium decay inside the earth. The uranium and thorium is distributed all through the earth in the mantle." (Per http://oilandgasleaks.wordpress.com/2010/12/11/urgent-radioactive-oil-from-bp-blowout/)
Uranium, thorium neutrino research could determine Earth's age, energy production
">From our many discussions with those knowledgeable at the OSATF (Oil Spill Academic Task Force) here in Tallahassee, FL, it became evident early on in the spill that the percentage of methane of the total hydrocarbon composition was quite high. Some observed that it appeared to very slowly decrease, yet remained high right up until the capping of the gusher. Hence, we know that this oil spill in the GOM has a very definite radioactive component which must be addressed.
Please understand that we are not suggesting that the fish will start glowing with radiation; only that long term exposure to low level radioactivity has its obvious consequences to all living organisms. In the meantime, those living on the GOM coastline ought to introduce copious amounts of seaweed (e.g. kelp) into their diets.
Where it concerns the release of radioactivity into the waters, there is simply no way to put this genie back into the bottle within the current scientific paradigm unless there is alchemical science yet to be revealed or new age technologies to be developed.
As we said in the introduction, "It is with great regret that we file this report."
May we all do our part in spreading the awareness of these realities, so that many more of US will be in the position to make informed decisions about where we live, work and play, what we eat, our health and safety, our livelihoods, our families, our communities and our shared environment known as Mother Earth.
The Seventh Sign of the HOPI Prophecy:
"You will hear of the sea turning black, and many living things dying because of it."
The Oil BP Tried To Hide Has Been Discovered, In Thick Layers On the Sea Floor Over An Area of Several Thousand Square Miles (DECEMBER 22, 2010) http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/12/oil-bp-tried-to-hide-has-been.html
BP and the government famously declared that most of the oil had disappeared. But as I've noted, as much as 98% of the oil is still in the ocean.I have repeatedly pointed out that BP and the government applied massive amounts of dispersant to the Gulf Oil Spill in an effort to sink and hide the oil. Many others said the same thing. BP and the government denied this, of course. But the oil is not remaining hidden. (...) Scientific teams have reported in recent months finding a strange substance on the Gulf floor, in some cases as far as about 80 miles from BP's ill-fated Macondo well, which blew out in April and spilled an estimated 4.1 million barrels of oil into the Gulf before it was capped. "The chemical signatures are identical," said Mr. Hollander, who found the contaminated samples in an area of the Gulf floor off the Florida Panhandle. Although it's conceivable the tests could show a false match with the BP oil, "the statistical probability of something like that is unimaginable," Mr. Hollander said.The federal government also has found oil matching Macondo oil in Gulf sediment, Steve Murawski, a top National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist, said in an interview. He declined to disclose how much sediment contamination the government found, or exactly where in the Gulf it was, saying experts still are analyzing the test results.
Samantha Joye, a University of Georgia oceanographer, also has found what she believes to be evidence of BP oil in Gulf sediment. She is awaiting lab results tracing the chemical fingerprints of sediment samples she took. On a research cruise in the Gulf that ended Friday, she saw worms that crawl along the Gulf floor "just decimated," she said. But eels and fish, which can swim away, often appeared fine, she said. The Journal noted on December 18th:Oil from BP PLC's blown-out well has lodged in the sediment of the Gulf of Mexico at levels that may threaten marine life, according to a federal report released Friday.
There is no practical way to clean up the spilled oil that has settled deep in the Gulf, officials said, adding that microbes in the water could eventually eat it up. The massive application of dispersants to hide the amount of oil spilled has caused major problems to the Gulf: - The use of dispersants prevented clean up of the oil by skimming, by far the easiest method of removing oil from the water - Dispersants make the toxins in crude oil more bioavailable to sealife, and scientists have found that applying Corexit to Gulf crude oil releases many times more toxic chemicals into the water column than would be released with crude alone - Dispersant might have caused some of the chemicals in oil to become airborne - The crude oil which does not become aerosolized sinks under the surface of the ocean, and can delay the recovery of the ecosystem by years or even decades (see the Wall Street Journal article quoted above) - The overwhelming majority of studies find that dispersants slow the growth of oil-eating microbes - Dispersants cause Gulf fish to absorb more toxins and then make it harder for the fish to get rid of the pollutants once exposed - Dispersants may bioaccumulate in seafood - Blood tests show elevated levels of toxic hydrocarbons in Gulf residents CLIP
British Petroleum Disaster: An Insider's Account (June 13, 2010) http://real-agenda.com/2010/06/13/british-petroleum-disaster-an-insiders-account/
As The Real Agenda has reported, the Gulf of Mexico's oil spill goes beyond a few thousand gallons a day and chemical dispersants. Oil industry insiders who have revealed first-hand information that could make the manliest human being tremble like jello. The most prominent of these insiders, Pastor Lindsey Williams, who worked closely with heads of the oil industry for several years, appeared on talk radio to share his testimony on what is really going on in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The details are neither easy nor pleasant to understand.
Williams' account begins with what a former oil industry CEO told him with regard to the Deep Water Horizon disaster. According to him, the reason for the oil disaster was that BP may have drilled into something known as a batholith, which is a gigantic well usually filled with magma, but that this time seemed to be full of crude. After drilling into the chamber, the pressure was so high that the Deepwater Horizon's platform and its structure, weren't able to withstand it causing the explosion and the consequent disaster. Why didn't the platform sustain the pressure generated from the crude coming out? Pressures experienced after drilling an oil well vary, but maximum numbers usually hit 1500 pounds of pressure per square inch. In the case of the oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, the pressure reached up to 70,000 pounds of natural pressure per square inch. Williams said: "No structure built by man could have withstood such force." Does this mean the explosion was an accident? Not necessarily. As we have reported, Deepwater Horizon workers said in their testimony that BP's heads knew of the lack of capacity the platform had to take on the well's pressure, but forced the workers to continue the drilling process. He added that the kind of oil contained in the gigantic well is not of the fossil type, but of another one known as Abiotic oil. This oil is produced during chemical processes, deep down into the Earth's core. Williams said some of the most important oil deposits in the world are replenishing themselves through this process and therefore the peak oil idea is false. On this side topic, Pastor Williams is supported by what can be called the Russian oil rush. In the last few years, Russia has dug at least three oil wells such as the one apparently found in the Gulf of Mexico down to depths of 20,000 to 30,000 feet into the ground. Other projects of the sort are located closer to the United States than anyone could think. Just as Russia dug such deep wells on land, the United States granted BP permission to dig a 5,000 feet deep well in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Big mistake says Williams. The fact the drilling was being done from a floating platform, only stabilized by propellers, may have played a determinant role on what happened next.
During the interview, Williams said that two sources from British Petroleum confirmed that not only had the company gone down 5,000 feet to the sea floor through sea water, but had drilled 25,000 feet into the sea bed down to the Earth's crust. His sources also confirmed that 3 hours before the explosion, BP had sent executives, geologists and other personnel to the region in order to witnessed what the result of the drilling would be. Williams emphasized that the explosion was not done on purpose, but that it was all an accident due to the unexpected pressure that came together with the abiotic oil. "The pressure was so great that no human manufactured device could have stopped the flow," said Williams. He also confirmed through his BP sources the allegation that BP high-ups collaborated in a way with the accident. "A platform worker told the foreman that the fail safe valve was broken and needed to be replaced, but the foreman replied there was no time for that."
Another of Mr. Williams' revelations was that the leak of crude oil from the sea bed of the Gulf of Mexico is not spewing thousands or hundreds of thousands of gallons a day, but millions of gallons a day. He said his oil industry source confirm what other independent sources have claimed: "that the oil spill is letting out between 4 and 5 million gallons of crude a day." The explosion the Pastor said during an interview on the Alex Jones Show, caused the sea bed to turn unstable, and that is why there are more than a few leaks down there. Williams was told there were oil leaks as far as 20 miles away from the location where the Deepwater Horizon structure once stood. CLIP
The US and its NATO allies are preparing to launch a nuclear war directed against both Iran and North Korea with devastating consequences. This military adventure in the real sense of the word threatens the future of humanity. While one can conceptualize the loss of life and destruction resulting from present-day wars including Iraq and Afghanistan, it is impossible to fully comprehend the devastation which might result from a Third World War, using "new technologies" and advanced weapons, until it occurs and becomes a reality. The international community has endorsed nuclear war in the name of world peace. "Making the world safer" is the justification for launching a military operation which could potentially result in a nuclear holocaust.
But nuclear holocausts are not front page news! In the words of Mordechai Vanunu:
"The Israeli government is preparing to use nuclear weapons in its next war with the Islamic world. Here where I live, people often talk of the Holocaust. But each and every nuclear bomb is a Holocaust in itself. It can kill, devastate cities, destroy entire peoples."
Realities are turned upside down. In a twisted logic, a "humanitarian war" using tactical nuclear weapons, which according to "expert scientific opinion" are "harmless to the surrounding civilian population" is upheld as a means to protecting the Western world from a nuclear attack.
The Cult of Killing and Destruction
The global killing machine is also sustained by an imbedded cult of killing and destruction which pervades Hollywood movies, not to mention the primetime war and crime TV series on network television. This cult of killing is endorsed by the CIA and the Pentagon which also support (finance) Hollywood productions as an instrument of war propaganda:
"Ex-CIA agent Bob Baer told us, "There's a symbiosis between the CIA and Hollywood" and revealed that former CIA director George Tenet is currently, "out in Hollywood, talking to studios.""
The killing machine is deployed at a global level, within the framework of the unified combat command structure. It is routinely upheld by the institutions of government, the corporate media, the mandarins and intellectuals of the New World Order in Washington's think tanks and strategic studies research institutes, as an unquestioned instrument of peace and global prosperity.
A culture of killing and violence has become imbedded in human consciousness. War is broadly accepted as part of a societal process: the Homeland needs to be "defended" and protected. "Legitimized violence" and extrajudicial killings directed against "terrorists" are upheld in western democracies, as necessary instruments of national security. A "huma - nitarian war" is upheld by the so-called international community. It is not condemned as a criminal act. Its main architects are rewarded for their contributions to world peace.
With regard to Iran, what is unfolding is the outright legitimization of war in the name of an illusive notion of global security. America's mininukes, with an explosive capacity of up to six times a Hiroshima bomb, are upheld as a humanitarian bomb, whereas Iran's nonexistent nuclear weapons are branded as an indisputable threat to global security.
When a US-sponsored nuclear war becomes an "instrument of peace", condoned and accepted by the world's institutions and the highest authority, including the United Nations, there is no turning back: human society has indelibly been precipitated headlong onto the path of self-destruction.
We are at a dangerous crossroads: the rules and guidelines governing the use of nuclear weapons have been "liberalized" (i.e. "deregulated" in relation to those prevailing during the Cold War era). The new doctrine states that Command, Control and Coordination (CCC) regarding the use of nuclear weapons should be "flexible", allowing geographic combat commanders to decide if and when to use nuclear weapons:
"Geographic combat commanders would be in charge of Theater Nuclear Operations (TNO), with a mandate not only to implement but also to formulate command decisions pertaining to nuclear weapons."
We have reached a critical turning point in our history. It is absolutely essential that people across the land, nationally and internationally, understand the gravity of the present situation and act forcefully against their governments to reverse the tide of war.
The details of ongoing war preparations in relation to Iran and North Korea have been withheld from the public eye and the media is involved in acts of camouflage. The devastating impacts of a nuclear war are either trivialized or not mentioned. Instead, fake "crises" - e.g. a worldwide flu pandemic, a "false flag" nuclear attack by "Islamic terro rists" - are fabricated by the media, the governments, the intelligence apparatus and the Washington think tanks. While the real danger of nuclear war is barely acknowledged, these fake crises are invariably front page news.
A Third World War is no longer a hypothetical scenario. Already in 2007, President Bush hinted in no uncertain terms that if Iran did not comply with US demands, the US-NATO military might "reluctantly" be forced into in a World War III situation:
"We got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy Israel. So I've told people that if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon. I take the threat of Iran with a nuclear weapon very seriously..." (George W. Bush, 17 October 2007)
NATO WILL BE DEFEATED IN LIBYA! - A Defining Moment for Africa
By Gerald A. Perreira -- July 14 2011
The argument in Libya has been won by the Al Fateh revolution. There is now a glaring truth confronting the North Atlantic Terrorist Organization (NATO) Muammar Qaddafi has handed out over one million kalashnikovs to the Libyan people. If he was the brutal dictator that NATO would have us believe him to be, then the armed population could have turned their guns on him and the revolutionary armed forces by now, especially as they would have NATOs full backing if they did so.
Instead, on July 1st, over a million Libyans, around one third of the Libyan population, were in Green Square and the surrounding streets, to hear Muammar Qaddafi speak and to rally against NATO.
Chinese media put the number at 1.7 million and Intifada Voice of Palestine website called it the largest demonstration ever in world history. The crowd chanted over and over again We want Qaddafi while unveiling a green flag 6 kilometers long.
The Al Fateh revolution has given the Libyan people a taste of the dignity that comes with true independence and real sovereignty.
Unlike so many Third World nation-states, Libya, under the leadership of Muammar Qaddafi, has been a surrogate of neither the East nor the West. The first thing that hits you when you step off the plane at Tripoli International Airport is that Libyans are firmly in control of their country. Libya is a power unto herself and Libyans are not taking kindly to NATOs attempts at re-colonization.
What has developed in Libya is a conundrum for NATO. They may have imagined that with such vicious ongoing bombing raids, Qaddafis forces would have crumbled.
Instead, they have witnessed the opposite. In the face of this all out aggression, over 10,000 bombing raids and into its fifth month, the Libyan patriotic and revolutionary armed forces and the vast majority of Libyans have remained steadfast and loyal, defending their revolution and its leader.
There are even pro-Qaddafi rallies in Benghazi, and constant gun battles between pro-Qaddafi forces and the rebels in Benghazi and Misurata. In villages and towns, reportedly under rebel control, the green flag of the Al Fateh revolution can be seen flying from homes and public buildings. One thing is clear, if Qaddafi did not have mass support he could not be resisting this barbaric onslaught so effectively.
Every day the rebels reveal themselves to be mere surrogates of an imperialist plot to overthrow the Libyan revolution. They cannot call for health-care, housing, free education, subsidized food and a share in the oil wealth because they have all of that.
Residents in areas where the NATO backed rebels are in control, have reported that the rebels are looting stores and removing goods and food at gunpoint. There are also numerous reports of torture, rape and execution of captured pro-Qaddafi soldiers, Black Libyans and migrant workers from neighboring African countries.
The nature of the Benghazi rebels is best illustrated by events that occurred after rebels took control of the mountain village of Qawalish in Western Libya. Many of the villagers were forced to evacuate the area since, according to a report carried on July 10th, in the New York Times:
All of the shops in the town had been ransacked, several homes were burned, and the towns gas station, in fine condition when Qawalish fell, had been vandalized to the point of being dismantled. In building after building furniture was flipped over, dishes and mirrors shattered, and everything torn apart. Except for a few rebels roaming the streets in cars and trucks, the town was deserted a shattered, emptied ghost town decorated with broken glass.
There is no doubt that the Coalition of Demons, as Minister Louis Farrakhan has called them, has realized their grave mistake if not out in the open, certainly behind closed doors. Having finally understood that the Benghazi rebels are not now, nor would they ever be in a position to take power in Libya, the Coalition of Demons is crumbling, with major differences surfacing amongst members on how to proceed with this ill-fated mission impossible.
After spending billions of dollars at a time when their economies are in deep crisis and reeling from the cost of years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, Europe and the US are now scrambling for a solution which will allow them to save face.
The French, who were the driving force behind the invasion of Libya, are now pressing for dialogue with Tripoli. On July 11th, in a report carried in Flash News Today, French Defense Minister, Gerard Longuet stated: Well stop the bombing when the Libyans talk to each other and the military forces on all sides return to their barracks. They can talk to each other because we provide the proof that there is no solution by force.
I wonder sometimes if these people actually hear themselves. No matter what disdainful spin Gerard Longuet tries to put on the situation, he can never convince us that the purpose of this mission was an exercise to prove that this conflict could not be resolved by force.
The truth is that the French, British and Americans, in their arrogance and ignorance, believed that toppling Qaddafi and rolling back the Libyan revolution would be a push over and now they are trying everything to avoid admitting an all out defeat.
In addition to the death and destruction caused by this French, British and US barbaric adventurism, an estimated 150,000 people have been forced to flee Libya, many of them African migrant workers. These refugees, who were working in Libya and supporting their families in other parts of Africa, now find themselves sleeping in parks in Italy and France.
With an estimated 23 million men and women unemployed in Europe, a figure that is expected to increase in the coming months as the capitalist crisis deepens, the situation for these refugees is disastrous.
NATO picked on a country that has experienced a profound political and social revolution for the past 40 plus years. The majority of Libyans only know life in the Jamahiriya and have lived in its dignity, comfort and calm all their lives, causing many of them to perhaps become complacent, taking much of what they had for granted.
However, there is no doubt that their revolutionary spirit has been reignited by NATOs bombs and they are standing behind the Al Fateh revolution. As one female student from Al Fateh University put it, Libya is our mother and Qaddafi is our father.
NATO North Atlantic Terrorist Organization
NATO is a terrorist organization. Originally created to check the spread of Soviet Communism into Western Europe, this European organization has now reinvented itself as an enforcer and defender of White supremacy. On a global crusade, NATO brutally enforces neo-colonialism worldwide under the guise of spreading democracy and humanitarian intervention.
Since the onset of colonialism, hundreds of years ago, West Europeans have carried out a policy of genocide and plunder throughout the world. NATO comprises these same old tribes of Europe organized under a modern day umbrella.
The number of Iraqis slaughtered in the ongoing US war and occupation of Iraq now in its ninth year, is estimated at 1,455,590, let alone the numbers murdered in Afghanistan, Somalia, Cote dIvoire and conflicts all over the world set in motion either covertly or overtly by these terrorists. No people in the entire history of humanity have made war on all peoples and murdered more people than these North Atlantic Tribes. This is an historical fact.
Qaddafi African Hero
Only leaders who are determined to live for their people are prepared to die for their people. Young Libyans from the Student Revolutionary Committees in the streets of Tripoli chant Allah, Qaddafi, Libya. The overwhelming majority of Libyans young and old love him. And then there is the massive outpouring of love and support that has come from every corner of the globe, where people, organizations and liberation movements, all of whom have received assistance from him at one time or other, have raised their voices against NATOs unprovoked aggression.
But nowhere is Qaddafi loved more than in Africa. His genuine commitment to our liberation is known to all Africans. African youth support his vision. Rappers have called him African Hero.
Tuaregs and freedom fighters from all over the continent have joined with the Libyan people to defend Tripoli. The Pan-African movement has been re-energized. It is no accident that it took an attack on the man who said The Black race shall prevail throughout the world, to galvanize the movement which is capable of bringing about the dream of Garvey and Nkrumah, a dream which Muammar Qaddafi has pursued at his own peril.
Tingba Muhammad, in an excellent article in The Final Call, made the following indisputable points:
Since he came to leadership in that oil-rich nation in 1969, Col. Qaddafi has amassed a record of accomplishment for Black Africa unmatched in modern history. Using his nations oil revenues, he has set the exploited former Italian colony firmly on the road to true independence those who take the time to look past the litany of white lies about Qaddafi will be introduced to a man whose progressive record of accomplishments very well may be unmatched by ANYONE who has ever led a nation in modern times. And this is not hyperbole! We will take it further: If this manMuammar Qaddafiever ran for president of America with a résumé like his, we dare say EVERY American would not only vote for him, but would angrily trash the 22nd amendment to the Constitution to allow him to serve forever!
Wathint Abafazi Wathint Imbokotho You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock
The women of Libya are taking a leading role in defending the gains of the revolution. Under the leadership of Muammar Qaddafi they have been able to realize their own emancipation, which is uniquely Libyan and not based on the Eurocentric notions of Western feminism.
They are amongst the most highly educated female population in Africa and the Arab world. They are free to dress with or without the headscarf, because Qaddafi understands that Islam cannot be enforced by a moral police force, harassing and beating people in the streets for not dressing in hijab and not praying on time.
Adhering to the edict articulated by Prophet Muhammad, stating that there can be no compulsion in religion, Qaddafi knows that the only way forward is to raise the consciousness of the people.
What protects the Islamic tradition and way of life in Libya is that their very liberation is derived from the true emancipatory spirit of Islam. They have been able to hold onto their traditions, while shedding the reactionary pre-Islamic residue that permeates so much of the Muslim world. No one is clearer than the women of Libya about what to expect from the backward, al-Qaeda inspired Benghazi counter-revolutionaries, and they are having none of it.
Sarkozy the Wicked Pied Piper
NATO is arming and fighting alongside al Qaeda in Libya after telling the world for years that al Qaeda is the single largest threat to their national security.
At the same time, they continue to claim that they are fighting al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia. This might seem like a contradictory and confused foreign policy however, it is classical Machiavellian policy at play and nobody plays Machiavellian politics better than Europeans.
War criminal, Henry Kissinger, summed it up many years ago when he said: We do not have permanent friends or permanent enemies we only have permanent interests.
Obama, Cameron, Berlusconi and other European leaders were led on a merry dance by French president and white supremacist, Sarkozy.
His real reason for Frances frantic move against Libya was his governments embarrassing failure to save their minion, Zinedine Ben Ali in Tunisia, in an election year. We know this man Sarkozy by his actions and his words. He is on record as saying, in true Hegelian spirit, that:
The tragedy of Africa is that the African man has never really entered history. The African peasant has known only the eternal renewal of time via the endless repetition of the same actions and the same words. In this mentality, where everything always starts over again, there is no place for human adventure or for any idea of progress. He added: Africas problem is that its present is permeated with nostalgia for the paradise of its lost childhood .
They call it Democracy we know it as Hypocrisy
Muammar Qaddafi has handed out kalashnikovs to an entire people. Libya is one of maybe only two countries in the world the other being Cuba that could arm their people under these circumstances. Why?
Could Sarkozy, Cameron, Obama, or for that matter the Sheikdoms in the Arab world who have lined up against Qaddafi, hand out kalashnikovs like pancakes to their populace under the same circumstances? I think not.
In fact, in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia was called on to invade and brutally suppress the rebellion. The Bahraini ruling family is certainly not arming the people.
When the Saudis brutally suppressed the uprising in Bahrain, not a word was uttered from the international community international community being a euphemism for the US and Western Europe. And if a few words were uttered by Hillary Clinton, it was done for the sake of protocol and meant nothing.
Kwame Ture Speaks
The great Pan-African revolutionary, Kwame Ture, was a frequent visitor to Libya. He was a member of the World Mathaba based in Tripoli and a vocal supporter of the Al Fateh revolution. He led a worldwide campaign to break the unjust sanctions placed on Libya in the 90s and worked tirelessly to promote Nkrumah and Qaddafis vision of a united and truly independent Africa.
He made an interesting point about the double standards that the West applied when dealing with Africa, which is particularly relevant to what is happening in Libya today.
He observed that when sections of society in Europe or the United States disagree, even violently disagree, it is called pluralism and this is said to be a vital ingredient of their democracy.
It is never said that the US is undemocratic because they disagreeon the contrary it is, according to them, what makes it democratic. Our people on the other hand are not allowed to have differences or disagreements. When we do, it is called disunity and dissent, never pluralism.
When revolutionary leaders defend their revolutions against counter-revolutionary uprisings they are called brutal dictators. The contradiction is that throughout the history of the United States, any uprising against Americas injustice has always been suppressed violently, and Kwame would remind us that he was one that knew this from personal experience.
The Libyan rebels make up an estimated 2 percent of the entire Libyan population. What is the percentage of people who disagreed with George W. Bush or who now disagree with Barak Obama? In fact, Bush only received 50.7 percent of the US citizens vote and Obama only 52.9 percent. There is a great deal of dissent there.
In the Green Book, Muammar Qaddafi has this to say:
Political struggle which culminates in the victory of a candidate obtaining 51 percent of the total votes of the electorate, establishes a dictatorship in the seat of power garbed in the guise of democracy. It is in fact, a dictatorship because 49 percent of the electorate would then be governed by an instrument of government they did not vote for, and which has been imposed upon them. This is the essence of dictatorship under such systems the people are the victims whose votes are vied for by exploitative competing factions, who dupe the people into political circuses that are outwardly noisy and frantic, but inwardly powerless and irrelevant.
Let us put one fallacy to rest forever Europeans do not have a monopoly on the theory and practice of democracy. It is not my intention here to enter into what is a huge discussion of what constitutes democracy. Suffice to say, that Western Europe and the US, which continue to this day to brutally enforce their undemocratic systems of colonialism, neo-colonialism and capitalism worldwide, are not in either a moral or historical position to lecture the world on what is or is not democratic.
Those who promote democracy, European and US style, must be aware that the Fathers of the American revolution excluded the indigenous peoples and the captured Africans from their democratic project. Same with the French revolutionaries, who in 1789 were proclaiming liberty, equality and fraternity, but were not prepared to extend these principles to the captured Africans working their plantations in the Caribbean.
However fallacious the Western notion of democracy may be, the only thing that matters from an African perspective is that the West is prevented from continuing to impose this fallacious notion on us. They can, as far as we are concerned, have whatever political system they choose. The point is, so can we as Africans. This is what we are fighting for our inalienable right to self-determination to freely decide our own destiny.
That is what it means to finally throw off the yoke of colonialism and imperialism, and that is what Libya dared to do under the leadership of Muammar Qaddafi. And Qaddafi dared to extend this vision to the entire African continent.
In the words of the Afrocentric intellectual warrior, Dr Molefi Kete Asante:
The work of the Brother Leader, as he is sometimes called, has been to raise African consciousness to the point that some of the nations on the continent of Africa begin to reject the loyalty they hold for their colonial masters Qaddafi has proposed that Africa do away with travel restrictions, create a common currency and ease trade tariffs and barriers. This African solidarity is not only a threat to the West some who identify as Arabs have a difficult time accepting the Africanity promoted by Qaddafi.
The battle for African self-determination did not start in Libya or with Qaddafi it is a very long battle stretching back to the earliest incursions into Africa. And it is not the first time that Africans have faced such a sophisticated and deadly European attack we can look way back at the battle of Isandlwana in 1879, where the arrogant British army, one of the most technologically advanced in the world at that time, was humbled by the Zulu fighters under the leadership of the great African king, Cetshwayo.
What this Coalition of Demons currently attacking Libya, armed with the most sophisticated weaponry known to humankind, is slowly coming to realize, is that they could well be defeated by the will of the Libyan people armed with their faith, revolutionary consciousness and kalashnikovs.
Fear of a Black Planet
Up you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will Marcus Garvey
The Black race shall prevail throughout the world Muammar Qaddafi
This is a defining moment for Africa and Africans all over the world. It is a moment in history that we must seize.
Africans on the continent and throughout the Diaspora were recently given a tiny glimpse of the kind of power that Africa can possess, when Jean Ping, speaking on behalf of the African Union, directed all member states to ignore the ICCs (International Colonial Court) call for Qaddafis arrest. Jean Ping stated that the ICC is discriminatory because it only pursues Africans. The Hague-based court ignores crimes committed by Western powers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thank you, Jean Ping.
However, it is the African youth on the continent and in the Diaspora that are leading and inspiring us towards true independence. Tendai Wenyika, Deputy General Secretary of the Pan-African Youth Union, addressing the recent AU Heads of State summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea called on African leaders to:
demand the arrest of the likes of Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy, who through their unprovoked war have violated the supreme tenets of the Nuremburg Principles and committed the crime of all crimes We call for the suspension of all engagements with NATO, and Africa must begin to strengthen its internal ties, security and trade mechanisms in order for us to prosper.
As I have stated in previous articles, there is nothing that White Power fears more than a united Africa. They know that a united Africa would completely alter the balance of power globally. The well-documented fact is that if Africa stopped the flow of all resources and raw materials to the Western nations for just one week, the United States and Europe would grind to a halt.
In 2007, in Conakry Guinea, Qaddafi made a simple observation to a cheering crowd of thousands:
Whenever I ask people about Pepsi-Cola and Coca-Cola people immediately say its an American or European drink. This is not true. The kola is African. They have taken the cheap raw material from us, theyve made it into a drink, and they sell it back to us for a high price. We should be producing it ourselves and selling it to them.
If only Africa could realize its immense power. Realizing this power is primarily a psychological transition, since the material facts are overwhelmingly clear. Almost every known natural resource needed to run the contemporary industrial economiessuch as uranium, gold, copper, cobalt, coltan (for cell phones, video games, laptops), platinum, diamonds, bauxite, and especially large reserves of oil are located in Africa. Azania (South Africa) alone contains half the worlds gold reserves. Democratic Republic of Congo contains half of the worlds cobalt and 80 percent of the worlds known coltan reserves. One quarter of the worlds aluminum ore is found in the coastal belt of West Africa and the continent is awash in petroleum reserves.
Time for us to put sanctions on them
It is time to stop the flow of these strategic resources to the Western capitals until they meet our demands. Yes, it is time for us to sanction the Western capitals. The Global Pan-African Movement and the African masses are crying out for it the time is now. Africans everywhere must exert maximum pressure on their leaders to realize this power, as Muammar Qaddafi dared to, or move aside.
But how would we survive if we were to sanction these Western capitals? I can hear the detractors cry. Answer: there are huge emerging economies such as China, India and Brazil who will be only too happy to pick up the slack.
Already this is the Wests greatest fear: In an article titled, Wen calls for more Access for Africa, which appeared in 2007 in the Financial Times, W. Wallis and G. Dyer, wrote:
Western powers real concern is that African States will opt for Chinese deals to free themselves from the punitive conditions of IMF/ World Bank loans and other forms of financial dependence on Europe and the Unites States. As the second largest source of oil in Africa, Angola is now in such a strong position that it is rejecting IMF loans completely. As one consultant put it, with all their oil revenue, they dont need the IMF or the World Bank. They can play the Chinese off the Americans.
In another article, China and the USA in a new cold war over Africas oil riches: Darfur? Its the oil, stupid William Engdahl points out:
Today China draws an estimated 30% of its crude oil from Africa. That explains an extraordinary series of diplomatic initiatives which have left Washington furious. China is using no-strings-attached dollar credits to gain access to Africas vast raw material wealth, leaving Washingtons typical control game via the World Bank and IMF out in the cold. Who needs the painful medicine of the IMF when China gives easy terms and builds roads and schools to boot?
What does all this mean for Africa? Quite simply it means that we now have a choice in trading partners, and although all trading partners drive a hard bargain some are giving better deals than others.
Black Power African Power!
This is the moment to put all our efforts into the realization of Nkrumah and Qaddafis grand plan for a United States of Africa. A strong and truly independent Africa, with one government, one defense force and one currency based on our African gold standard as Qaddafi has proposed. Only when we can achieve this level of unity and power, will we be able to take our rightful place in the world. Only then can we say that the time is finally over when Africa must run from one power broker to another to do our bidding. At last we will be able to do our own bidding on our own terms. Backed by a population of 1 billion people, Africa will then be able to make demands that cannot be ignored.
In 2009, at a meeting of the AU in Addis Ababa, Qaddafi, commenting on European and US attitudes to Africa, had this to say: If they do not want to live with us fairly, then they should know it is our planet and they can go to another planet.
Fair and just is all we are seeking only the unfair and unjust have anything to fear from a Black planet.
Gerald A. Perreira is a founding member of the Guyanese organizations, Joint Initiative for Human Advancement and Dignity and Black Consciousness Movement Guyana (BCMG). He lived in Libya for many years, served in the Green March, an international battalion for the defense of the Libyan revolution and was an executive member of the World Mathaba based in Tripoli.
The truth behind the U.S./NATO war on Libya (July 15, 2011) http://vimeo.com/26481345
On-the-ground footage of the U.S./NATO atrocities against Libya that the corporate media won't show. The video features former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who recently returned from a fact-finding mission to Libya, as well as former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Nation of Islam leader Akbar Muhammad, and Brian Becker, the National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition.Help break the media blockade and build the August 13 anti-war demonstration in Harlem by sharing this video with friends, family and co-workers via email and social networking websites.
Libya in Pictures: What the Mainstream Media Does Not Tell You (July 16, 2011) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=25630
"Mirage fighters, F16 fighters, B-2 Stealth bombers, 15,000 NATO air sorties. the bombing of thousands of civilan targets... NATO is said to be coming to the rescue of the Libyan people. That is what we are being told. Western journalists have quite deliberately distorted what is happening inside Libya. They have upheld NATO as an instrument of peace and democratization. They have endorsed an illegal and criminal war. They are instruments of US-NATO propaganda. Global Research's Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya reporting from Tripoli refutes the media consensus which uphold's NATO's humanitarian mandate. He provides us with a review of the mass rallies directed against NATO including extensive photographic evidence." - Michel Chossudovsky
Libya: Rebel and NATO attack on oil city repulsed - Outrageous Nato and "Rebels" Coordinate Attacks! (July 14, 2011) http://news.yahoo.com/libya-rebel-nato-attack-oil-city-repulsed-213417240.html
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) Libyan forces repelled a coordinated attack by NATO forces and rebels against a strategic oil town in the east of the country, the government spokesman said Thursday. The announcement came as Libya also barred Italy, one of the country's largest investors, from its oil sector because of Rome's role in the NATO airstrikes. Moussa Ibrahim told journalists that rebel forces attacked the town of Brega backed by NATO forces in the sea and air in a coordinated attack that he said violated the alliance's U.N. mandate to protect civilians."It was a full scale attack and it was heavy and merciless," he said. "We were successful in combating this attack and we did defeat both NATO and the rebels and we killed many rebel forces and captured a good number of them as well." CLIP
Is NATO arming the Libyan "rebels"? (19.07.2011) http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/19-07-2011/118530-nato_terrorists-0/
Reports are coming in of a vessel carrying weapons, some fabricated in the United States of America, together with 500 mercenaries, sailing through the Suez Canal towards Libya. Certainly, western mercenaries have been captured. After a number of western lies have been uncovered, we see the truth coming out of Libya as we expose NATO's lies. It is by now obvious that NATO is desperate. The more desperate its plight, the more questions are raised: How many children did they kill last night? Do the British, French and American populations sit back while their countries' armed forces bomb Libyan people daily because of oil and act in support of terrorists? How do the Americans feel about their President supporting terrorists who have connections to Al-Qaeda? Has David Cameron made yet another monumental misjudgement? Now we have reports of illegal arms being shipped through the Suez Canal. Where is the truth? CLIP
NATO Libya War, 'Piracy On International Scale', War On Libya (July 20, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyPQVfN3PwI
Criminal conduct by the largest powers in the world against Libya. All to steal its oil. A massive hold up of an entire country!
NATO Bombing Civilians, In Air & Sea Support Of Rebels Attacks On ZLITEN 20.07.11, War On Libya http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eyQ89QmKg4
Check also The headless corpse, the mass grave and worrying questions about Libya's rebel army "The five corpses floated disfigured and bloating in the murky bottom of the water tank. Wearing green soldiers' uniforms, the men lay belly down, decomposing in the putrid water."
The Left has lost its way over Libya (26 July 2011) http://williambowles.info/2011/07/26/the-left-has-lost-its-way-over-libya-by-william-bowles/
In an essentially excellent piece Sarah Flounders Libya: Demonization and Self-determination, near the beginning under the sub-hed What should be the response to this terror? she writes:Unfortunately, a minority of groups or individuals who present themselves as opponents of war spend more time cataloguing Gadhafis past real or alleged shortcomings than rallying people to respond to this criminal, all-out U.S. attack. Their influence would be small, except that it coincides with the opinions of the U.S. ruling class. Thus it is important to thoroughly answer their arguments.Then she writes:The response to this colonial war of aggression should be the same as the response to a racist mobilization, a racist lynch mob or a police attack on an oppressed community: Mobilize all possible forces to stand up to the crime and say no! Refuse to take part in the orchestrated campaign of vilification. This may not be an easy position to take. But it is essential to reject the racist political onslaught that accompanies the military onslaught.I get the impression that Sarah feels caught between a rock and an alleged leftie, else why say This may not be an easy position to take? Why is it not an easy position to take if its so clearly a imperialist and racist attack on a sovereign country? Flounders continues: Of course, such misguided groups are a small minority in the progressive movement. But there are those political organizations, which six months ago had not bothered to mention Libya, that now suddenly seek out respectable venues to add their own reasons that the dictator Gadhafi must go an echo of the imperialist demand. Some even insist that in order to be part of the political discourse, every anti-war voice must first join in condemnation of Gadhafi.But nowhere do I find Flounders asking the question why? And its not merely misguided groups [who] are a small minority who fell (again) into the Imperial trap. We saw the same misguided minority do it over Yugoslavia and Kosovo. At the the end of the 60s it was Nigeria and the Biafra War (over oil of course with surprise-surprise, Shell, at the centre of it). But why is the misguided minority even regarded as being a part of a (real) left in the West? Or does it reflect a general loss of direction, even motivation for wanting real change within whats left of the left?I think its time to take a look at the timeline of the latest barbarian attack on the defenceless of the world. I think it reveals far more about how the left in the West operates, what are its motivations, than it does about the aims of the Empire (which should surely by now be apparent even to a reluctant leftie). CLIP
The first top-to-bottom audit of the Federal Reserve uncovered eye-popping new details about how the U.S. provided a whopping $16 trillion in secret loans to bail out American and foreign banks and businesses during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. An amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders to the Wall Street reform law passed one year ago this week directed the Government Accountability Office to conduct the study. "As a result of this audit, we now know that the Federal Reserve provided more than $16 trillion in total financial assistance to some of the largest financial institutions and corporations in the United States and throughout the world," said Sanders. "This is a clear case of socialism for the rich and rugged, you're-on-your-own individualism for everyone else."
Among the investigation's key findings is that the Fed unilaterally provided trillions of dollars in financial assistance to foreign banks and corporations from South Korea to Scotland, according to the GAO report. "No agency of the United States government should be allowed to bailout a foreign bank or corporation without the direct approval of Congress and the president," Sanders said.
The non-partisan, investigative arm of Congress also determined that the Fed lacks a comprehensive system to deal with conflicts of interest, despite the serious potential for abuse. In fact, according to the report, the Fed provided conflict of interest waivers to employees and private contractors so they could keep investments in the same financial institutions and corporations that were given emergency loans.
For example, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase served on the New York Fed's board of directors at the same time that his bank received more than $390 billion in financial assistance from the Fed. Moreover, JP Morgan Chase served as one of the clearing banks for the Fed's emergency lending programs.
In another disturbing finding, the GAO said that on Sept. 19, 2008, William Dudley, who is now the New York Fed president, was granted a waiver to let him keep investments in AIG and General Electric at the same time AIG and GE were given bailout funds. One reason the Fed did not make Dudley sell his holdings, according to the audit, was that it might have created the appearance of a conflict of interest.
To Sanders, the conclusion is simple. "No one who works for a firm receiving direct financial assistance from the Fed should be allowed to sit on the Fed's board of directors or be employed by the Fed," he said.
The investigation also revealed that the Fed outsourced most of its emergency lending programs to private contractors, many of which also were recipients of extremely low-interest and then-secret loans.
The Fed outsourced virtually all of the operations of their emergency lending programs to private contractors like JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo. The same firms also received trillions of dollars in Fed loans at near-zero interest rates. Altogether some two-thirds of the contracts that the Fed awarded to manage its emergency lending programs were no-bid contracts. Morgan Stanley was given the largest no-bid contract worth $108.4 million to help manage the Fed bailout of AIG.
A more detailed GAO investigation into potential conflicts of interest at the Fed is due on Oct. 18, but Sanders said one thing already is abundantly clear. "The Federal Reserve must be reformed to serve the needs of working families, not just CEOs on Wall Street."
18 Signs That Global Financial Markets Smell Blood In The Water
July 19, 2011
By Michael Snyder
Can you smell it? There is blood in the water. Global financial markets are in turmoil. Banking stocks are getting slaughtered right now. European bond yields are absolutely soaring. Major corporations are announcing huge layoffs. The entire global financial system appears to be racing toward another major crisis. So could we potentially see a repeat of 2008? Sadly, when the next big financial crisis happens it might be worse than 2008. Back in the middle of 2008, the U.S. national debt was less than 10 trillion dollars. Today it is over 14 trillion dollars. Back in 2008, none of the countries in the EU were on the verge of financial collapse. Today, several of them are. This time if the global financial system starts falling apart the big governments around the world are not going to be able to do nearly as much to support it. That is why what is happening right now is so alarming. As signs of weakness spread, the short sellers and the speculators are starting to circle. They can smell the money.
Back in 2008, bank stocks led the decline. Today, that appears to be happening again. The "too big to fail" banks are getting absolutely pummeled right now. Most people don't have much sympathy for the banksters, but if we do see a repeat of 2008 they are going to be cutting off credit and begging for massive bailouts once again, and that would not be good news for the economy.
In Europe, the EU sovereign debt crisis just seems to get worse by the day. Bond yields for the PIIGS are going haywire. The higher the yields go, the worse the crisis is going to get.
Meanwhile, as I have written about previously, a bad mood has descended on world financial markets. Pessimism is everywhere and fear is spreading. The short sellers and the speculators are eager to jump on any sign of weakness. Investors all over the globe are extremely nervous right now.
So what happens next?
Well, nobody knows for sure.
But things certainly do not look good.
The following are 18 signs that global financial markets smell blood in the water .
#1 Banks stocks are absolutely getting hammered right now. Bank of America hit a 52 week low on Monday. Bank of America shares declined 4 percent to $9.61.
#2 So far this year, Bank of America stock is down about 27 percent.
#3 Bloomberg is reporting that Bank of America may be forced to increase its capital cushion by 50 billion dollars.
#4 Shares of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are near two year lows.
#5 Shares in Citigroup fell 2.5 percent on Monday.
#6 Moody's recently warned that it may be forced to downgrade the debt ratings of Bank of America, Citigroup and Wells Fargo.
#7 Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley are all either considering staff cuts or are already laying workers off.
#8 The deputy European director of the International Monetary Fund says that the Greek debt crisis is "on a knife's edge".
#9 Moody's has slashed Ireland's bond rating all the way to junk status.
#10 The yield on 2 year Portuguese bonds is now over 20 percent, the yield on 2 year Irish bonds is now over 23 percent and the yield on 2 year Greek bonds is now over 35 percent.
#11 Shares of Italy's largest bank dropped by a whopping 6.4% on Monday.
#12 On Monday, the yield on 10 year Italian bonds was the highest it has been since the euro was adopted.
#13 On Monday, the yield on 10 year Spanish bonds was also the highest it has been since the euro was adopted.
#14 Shares of Germany's largest bank fell by a staggering 7% on Monday and are down a total of 22% so far this month.
#15 Citigroup's chief economist, William Buiter, says that without direct intervention by the ECB there is going to be a wave of sovereign defaults across Europe .
"Nothing stands in the way of multiple sovereign defaults except the ECB: they are the only game in town, there is nothing else"
#16 Cisco has announced plans to axe 16 percent of its workers.
#17 Borders Group has announced that it will be liquidating all remaining assets. That means that 399 stores will be closed and 10,700 workers will lose their jobs.
#18 During times of great crisis, many investors seek safe havens for their money. On Monday, the price of gold shot past $1600 an ounce.
These are not normal financial times. The worldwide debt bubble is starting to burst and nobody is quite sure what is going to happen next. Certainly we are going to continue to see financial authorities all over the world do their best to keep the system going. But as we saw in 2008, things can spiral out of control very quickly.
Just remember, back at the beginning of 2008 very few people would have ever imagined that the biggest financial institutions in America would be begging for hundreds of billions of dollars in bailouts by the end of that year.
When confidence disappears, the game can change very quickly. To the vast majority of economists it would have been unimaginable that the yield on 2 year Greek bonds would be over 35 percent in mid-2011.
But here we are.
The entire global financial system is a house of cards built on a foundation of sand. It is more vulnerable today than it has been at any other time since World War II. When a couple of major dominoes fall, it is likely to set off a massive chain reaction.
The global financial system of today was not designed with safety and security in mind. It was designed for greedy people to be able to make as much money as possible as quickly as possible. The banksters don't care about the greater good of mankind. What they care about is making huge piles of cash.
There is way too much risk, way too much debt and way too much leverage in the global financial marketplace. You would have thought that 2008 should have been a major wake up call for financial authorities around the world, but very few significant changes have been made since that time.
The financial news is just going to keep getting worse. This financial system is simply unsustainable. It is fundamentally unsound. The reality is that financial bubbles cannot keep expanding forever. Eventually they must burst.
Over the next few weeks, keep a close eye on banking stocks and keep a close eye on European bond yields.
Hopefully things will stabilize.
Hopefully the next wave of the financial collapse is not about to hit us.
Hopefully the entire global financial system is not on the verge of a major implosion.
But you might want to get prepared just in case.
Europe steps back from the abyss, for a day (12 July 2011) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/8633441/Europe-steps-back-from-the-abyss-for-a-day.html
The European Union has reached "crunch time" in the words of George Papandreou, Greece's despondent premier. Its leaders can longer allow themselves the luxury of "indecisiveness, errors and tactical politics" as the debt crisis engulfs 40pc of the eurozone's economy and almost half its population. -- "Let us be clear: if there is no relief we are going straight into the abyss," said Romano Prodi, Italy's ex-premier and former head of the European Commission.Relief came just in the nick of time at 9.15 on Tuesday morning when somebody - most likely the European Central Bank (ECB) - intervened in the Spanish and Italian debt markets. Systemic contagion has been halted. A global crash has been averted. At least for a day. Willem Buiter, Citigroup's chief economist, said the survival of monetary union now depends on the Spartan fortitude of the ECB, preferably before Italy's crucial bond auction on Thursday. "Nothing stands in the way of multiple sovereign defaults except the ECB: they are the only game in town, there is nothing else," he said. "Contagion has spread from the periphery to the soft core. That is a game-changer. It is existential for Euroland and, indeed, for the EU. "Traders cannot be sure that the ECB was the silent "panther" in the bond markets on Tuesday. It could also have been China's central bank, deploying a sliver of its $3.2 trillion cash to shore up global finances at a moment of extreme danger. All we know is that ultramontane yields plunged 40 points in thin trading. Mr Buiter, a former UK rate-setter, said the ECB can theoretically blitz ¤1 trillion in the debt markets without risking inflation. The bank would sink deep under water on its ¤5bn core capital, but that is a book-keeping detail. As a central bank, the ECB has "infinite capacity" if willing to monetise debt. CLIP
Only Germany can save EMU as contagion turns systemic (19 July 2011) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/8648418/Only-Germany-can-save-EMU-as-contagion-turns-systemic.html
Europe's leaders have finally run out of time. If they fail to agree on some form of debt pooling and shared fiscal destiny at Thursday's emergency summit, they risk a full-fledged run on South Europe's bond markets and a disorderly collapse of monetary union. -- "We are heading towards fiscal union or break-up," said David Bloom, currency chief at HSBC. "Talk is no longer enough as the fire threatens to leap over the firebreak into Spain and Italy."What the market is worried about is Germany's long-term committment to the euro project. If we see unreserved and absolute backing from the political establishment of Germany, that will be a soothing balm."Chancellor Angela Merkel seemed in little hurry on Tuesday to convey such a message. There will be no "spectacular step" at the Justus Lipsius building on Thursday; just a "controlled process of gradual steps and measures", she said with unflappable calm. Given the simmering wrath from top to bottom of German society, it may be impossible for her to do much more.Jens Weidmann, the Bundesbank's president, has made her task that much harder by telling the eurosceptic Bild Zeitung that "nothing would destroy the incentives for a solid budget policy more quickly and more permanently than joint liability for national debts. European and especially German taxpayers would have to answer for the entire state debt of Greece. That would be a step toward a transfer union."Days earlier he shot down proposals for issuance of eurobonds or use of Europe's rescue fund to buy Spanish and Italian bonds on the open market, crucial steps to prevent Italy and Spain being drawn into the maelstrom.
(...) In essence, this is a soul-searching drama within Germany over its own national destiny and place in Europe, echoed in the Netherlands, Finland and even France. Europe's confusion reflects the schizophrenia of its ancient tribal nations, each faced with the fateful choice of crossing the Rubicon to an EU Treasury and joint government or letting the EU project unravel after half a century.EU leaders would like to confine their summit to the details of debt buy-backs or "selective defaults" for Greece, or cuts in the penal rate on rescue packages, but the crisis is once again a step ahead of politicians. Fear that Italy and Spain may be tipping into double-dip recessions as global growth falters has changed the landscape, threatening the debt dynamics of both countries.The International Monetary Fund said there is now "serious risk" of eurozone contagion with "large" potential knock-on effects worldwide. "Market participants remain unconvinced that a sustainable solution is at hand," it said.
(...) "We are approaching the endgame for this part of the European sovereign crises: the number of cans that now need kicking down the road would challenge the left foot of Lionel Messi," said Gary Jenkins from Evolution Securities. "The chances are that the EU will only take the step of fiscal union or common bond issuance at one minute to midnight on a weekend when it is clear that the system is close to collapse." The EU has a long history of muddling through existential crises - though none quite as threatening as this - so it may find some way to fudge fiscal union with a formula that assuages German hawks and lawyers. If all else fails, it can still cajole or order the ECB to undertake mass bond purchases and usher in fiscal union by the back door. But there is a larger question: does Germany really want to pay the costs of monetary union any longer?
Eurozone debt crisis could prove 'very costly' for the world, warns IMF (19 July 2011) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/8648677/Eurozone-debt-crisis-could-prove-very-costly-for-the-world-warns-IMF.html
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged eurozone leaders to take immediate action over the region's debt crisis, warning it could prove "very costly" for the world. -- Europe's policymakers must press on with deeper economic integration to "stay the course", the global lender said ahead of Thursday's crunch summit of eurozone leaders. "To put the crisis behind, we need more Europe, not less. And we need it now," said Antonio Borges, director of the IMF's European department, as it released its assessment of the turmoil. On Tuesday night, diplomats in Brussels were warning of "bedlam" unless a deal is "more or less" sealed on Thursday. The crisis around Greek debt now poses "serious risks" that it will infect the region's core powerhouse economies, such as Greece and France, even if officials pursue a strategy aimed at avoiding a default by Athens, the IMF said. The fears about weaker member states' finances have already sent their borrowing costs sky-high, necessitating bail-outs for Greece, Ireland and Portugal. (...) A paper obtained by Reuters on Tuesday proposed a bank levy - taxing the eurozone's banks to help fund Greece - as a means of involving the private sector without it being classed as a default. The plan appeared to be winning support, although bank sources suggested the proposal was a means of turning the screw on them in order to encourage some sort of "voluntary" restructuring of the Greek debt they hold. However, there are concerns that this plan would not offer the one-size-fits-all solution necessary to calm markets.
At the playground, a toddler struggles to get her father's attention, eager to share a small personal triumph with him. But the man is too busy checking e-mail to notice. She finally turns away, crestfallen.
Crossing the street on a well-marked crosswalk in broad daylight, I am nearly run over by a police cruiser. The officer glances up from her on-board computer just in time to see me. At a memorial service for a friend's mother, a Holocaust survivor who lived a quiet life of service to others, the rabbi is suddenly interrupted by the loud, jaunty tune of a cellphone. We all wait while the woman struggles to silence the ringer.
Welcome to life in the Distracted Society. Even as our world burns as species wink out of existence at an accelerating rate, the climate heats up, and billions struggle without medical care, running water, or even a toilet, people seem strangely disconnected from the real world, and strangely obsessed with their gadgets.
Our heedless technological narcissism is proving dangerous. Last year alone, cellphones were implicated in more than 1.6 million car accidents in the United States. In 2009, a trolley operator texting on the job in Boston ran a red light, injuring 49 people. In 2008, the engineer of a Metrolink passenger train from Los Angeles was too busy texting to notice a warning signal. The train collided with a freight train, killing 25.
But such headline-grabbing accidents barely hint at the extent to which we all find ourselves enmeshed within a technological order that is fragmenting our consciousness and keeping us from attending to the things that matter most big things like global warming and the erosion of our constitutional rights, and smaller ones like the subtle weather of our children's emotional lives.
And those children? American children between ages 8 and 18 now spend more than 7-1/2 hours each day in front of a computer screen, TV, or other electronic display (a figure that jumps to nearly 11 hours if you count multitasking). Undeterred, public school systems are increasingly embracing computers in classrooms, even while laying off teachers.
As the virtual world becomes our substitute for direct, spontaneous experiences in the real one, we and our children are finding ourselves bereft of genuine connection. In place of conversations with friends, we have Facebook status updates. In place of genuine democracy, we have online polls and high-tech public relations firms manipulating public opinion through "astroturf" campaigns. In place of a thriving public sphere, we have an anonymous online culture of voyeurism and bullying. In place of intimacy, we have degrading pornography. In place of meaningful labor and the right to privacy, we have insecure employment and corporate surveillance of our spending habits. When did we consent to this new, inhuman world order? We didn't. Instead, a small number of corporate technologists at powerful firms like IBM, Microsoft, Apple, and Google did the deciding for us, making us the subjects of a radical social experiment to reengineer the human personality.
And if now we demur, if we object that Homo distracticus is not the stuff of an informed and conscientious citizenry, not conducive to the sort of thoughtfulness and maturity our republic needs right now, the technologist can truthfully reply:
That's because it was never intended to be. Like industrialization before it, computerization was meant to increase worker productivity and to create new mechanisms by which human beings might be incorporated into a system of mindless consumption. Who said it would make us better people?
Enmeshed in machines
In fact, even as our machines become more "friendly" and "intelligent," we are becoming more machinelike and docile, more comfortable facing a computer screen than showing up for our town meeting. The more enmeshed we become in our machines, the more we forget our moral duties to one another and to the larger world.
But we are too distracted to notice. Overworked or unemployed, frightened and overwhelmed by national and world problems that seem ever more beyond our or anyone's control, we withdraw into our own private iUniverse, curling up inside our electronic cocoon, rather than risk "getting involved."
My government may be unresponsive, the world economy may be teetering on the brink of collapse, but at least I can download the latest killer app for my iPhone, or mow down hordes of virtual enemy soldiers in Call of Duty 2.
Resisting the tyranny of a technological culture that has insinuated itself into the very marrow of our being won't be easy. Only by reorganizing society and economy around human- centered rather than machine-centered principles might we begin to push back the engulfing technological sea.
In the meantime, we can turn off our cellphones, get off Facebook, disconnect the Xbox. engage our kids in more outdoor activities, and oppose the technologization of our schools. These are small steps, and they won't solve the larger problem of technology. But they would give us some space and quiet to reflect on what is to be done about it.
John Sanbonmatsu teaches philosophy and politics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
More human rights activists detained for attempting to break Israeli-Gaza blockade
By Madison Ruppert -- July 19, 2011
Around 50 nautical miles off the coast three Israeli missile ships and seven boats filled with masked commandos took over the boat called Dignite Al Karame yesterday.
The Al Karame had 10 civilians, 3 crew members, and three journalists aboard when it was raided by at least 150 soldiers, according to an Israeli journalist aboard the ship.
The activists were part of the second "freedom flotilla" that has attempted to break the illegal blockade on the people of Palestine enforced by the IDF.
The Dignite Al Karame was one of the few ships to make it even remotely close to the coast after several incidents of sabotage and even illegal, inhumane imprisonment of Americans attempting to join the flotilla.
Thankfully, the Israeli capture of the vessel did not result in injuries or casualties according to Amira Hass, the Israeli journalist aboard the boat.
Hass reports that the prisoners were treated relatively well and given fruit and water after being boarded and arrested.
Hess claims that while they were held in "suffocating cabins" they received a rudimentary medical exam that consisted of taking of pulses and asking if anyone was in pain.
After roughly four hours, the prisoners arrived in Ashdod, Israel. The prisoners were quickly surrounded by "masses of soldiers and a few people in civilian clothes" after which they were taken to their luggage.
However, this is where the fairytale ends: Hass was then separated from the prisoners and the other 15 passengers were arrested and not allowed to consult lawyers.
Hass remarks that as an Israeli journalist she was taken aside by authorities, had her passport stamped, and was then released.
The report then ends and no details are given on where the other 15 activists are being held, under what conditions, and if they will ever be allowed to see their lawyers.
Other reports are conspicuously unclear about what occurred after the activists were detained. One Israeli news source mentions only that the individuals were taken without resistance by IDF forces to Ashdod Port. There is no mention of the fact that they are being held without being allowed the essential right to a lawyer.
This interception marks the end of the failed second attempt at breaking the illegal blockade and collective punishment of the Palestinian people.
According to VOA News, 11 other ships and a total of 300 human rights activists from around the globe were blocked from leaving Greek ports.
Unfortunately, this means that the Israeli war crimes against the people of Gaza are going to continue and that the international community does not have the power or fortitude to challenge the Anglo-American and Israeli hegemonic power in the Middle East.
I am very interested to know what conditions the other detainees are being held in and if they are still being denied access to legal counsel.
The fact that Hass and the Western mainstream media outlets have ignored this completely is quite telling. If history is any indication, we can assume that the report published by the Israeli journalist was whitewashed and that the remaining prisoners are not being imprisoned under humane conditions.
A video of the ship being boarded by the Israeli Navy can be seen here:
The international community needs to be investigating the remaining detainees' conditions and their access to lawyers. Without doing this, we can safely assume they will be treated horribly, just like the American captain's inhumane and illegal treatment by Greek authorities.
In reality these individuals currently being held under mysterious conditions by Israeli military are no different than any other peace-loving human being on Earth. When we are drawn away from this, we are easily tricked into believing that inhumane treatment is justifiable.
Moral relativism is dangerous, especially when one side is able to demonize the other and portray them as subhuman. These same tactics have been used by every genocidal maniac throughout history. When you start hearing this rhetoric, you should begin to question the motives behind it and independently analyze the facts.
If you do so, I find it hard to believe that you could actually walk away thinking that those involved in the freedom flotilla are attempting to materially support terrorism.
Even if you can come to this conclusion, can you justify suspects being held without access to legal defense or independent parties?
This most recent move by Israel must be addressed and those who can still speak out must do so as much as possible. Without holding these war criminals to account we essentially allow these events to take place again.
In summary, we do not know what the actual conditions are of those being held by the Israeli Navy in Ashdod and if you support human rights for all you must demand we know what is really going on there.
This does not mean reports from IDF personnel attesting to the conditions, or any Israelis for that matter. There must be a completely independent and rigorous investigation or else we can bet that these poor souls will be taken advantage of.
When military forces are not held to account for their actions, as Israeli forces far too often are, far too much leeway is afforded.
Fighting for transparency in the treatment of Israeli detainees is the same as fighting for transparency of all government prisoners. It is a necessary and crucial battle, especially after what we know of the horrors of Guantanamo.
Stand up and demand that all prisoners be held under humane conditions with access to impartial legal advice and a fair, hasty trial or else you could be held under the same deplorable circumstances. Even if I do not agree with someone's point of view, I will never deny them the right to be treated exactly the same as I would want to be treated.
The cancer of moral relativism that allows this kind of logic to pass is ultimately untenable. Eventually the situation will come around and those who were supporting the inhumane treatment of a certain group of people just might end up on the wrong end of the stick eventually. Therefore, I refuse to justify a single thing that I would not endure myself.
July 20, 2011 INDIA Is man on the threshold of a new world or merely stuck on a circular treadmill repeating the doomed lessons from history which he never seems to learn? A growing number of scholars believe the worlds macabre fascination with nuclear war is just the latest repeat in a series of blunders human technology seems obsessed with repeating. Ancient tales speak of flying vimanas. Vimanas were real vehicles and the origin of the Aeroplanes. Great wars were described in early religious texts. Weapons could literally level the land like a moving force field. In ancient India, we find words for certain measurements of length; one was the distance of light-years and one was the length of an atom. Only a society that possessed nuclear energy would have the need for such words. When Oppenheimer said I am become the destroyer of worlds, he was quoting from these ancient books. Believe it or not, the deserts on a number of continents today are the result of (prehistoric) nuclear warfare. Historian Kisari Mohan Ganguli says that Indian sacred writings are full of such descriptions, which sound like an atomic blast as experienced in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He says references mention fighting sky chariots and final weapons. An ancient battle is described in the Drona Parva, a section of the Mahabharata. The passage tells of combat where explosions of final weapons decimate entire armies, causing crowds of warriors with steeds and elephants and weapons to be carried away as if they were dry leaves of trees, says Ganguli.
Consider these verses from the ancient Mahabharata: a single projectile charged with all the power of the Universe. An incandescent column of smoke and flame As bright as the thousand suns Rose in all its splendour a perpendicular explosion with its billowing smoke clouds the cloud of smoke rising after its first explosion formed into expanding round circles like the opening of giant parasols ..it was an unknown weapon, an iron thunderbolt, a gigantic messenger of death, which reduced to ashes The entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas. The corpses were so burned as to be unrecognizable. The hair and nails fell out; Pottery broke without apparent cause, And the birds turned white. After a few hours All foodstuffs were infected to escape from this fire, the soldiers threw themselves in streams to wash themselves and their equipment. Until the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, modern mankind could not imagine any weapon as horrible and devastating as those described in the ancient Indian texts. Yet, they very accurately described the effects of an atomic explosion. Radioactive poisoning will make hair and nails fall out. Immersing oneself in water gives some respite, though it is not a cure.
When excavations of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro reached the street level, they discovered skeletons scattered about the cities, many holding hands and sprawling in the streets as if some instant, horrible doom had taken place. People were just lying, unburied, in the streets of the city. Excavations down to the street level revealed 44 scattered skeletons, as if doom had come so suddenly they could not get to their houses. All the skeletons were flattened to the ground. A father, mother and child were found flattened in the street, face down and still holding hands. And these skeletons are thousands of years old, even by traditional archaeological standards. What could cause such a thing? Why did the bodies not decay or get eaten by wild animals? Furthermore, there is no apparent cause of a physically violent death. These skeletons are among the most radioactive ever found, on par with those at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At one site, Soviet scholars found a skeleton which had a radioactive level 50 times greater than normal. Other cities have been found in northern India that show indications of explosions of great magnitude. One such city, found between the Ganges and the mountains of Rajmahal, seems to have been subjected to intense heat. Huge masses of walls and foundations of the ancient city are fused together, literally vitrified! And since there is no indication of a volcanic eruption at Mohenjo-Daro or at the other cities, the intense heat to melt clay vessels can only be explained by an atomic blast or some other unknown weapon. The cities were wiped out entirely.
There is evidence that the Rama empire (now India) was devastated by nuclear war. The Indus valley is now the Thar desert, and the site of the radioactive ash found west of Jodhpur is around there. A heavy layer of radioactive ash in Rajasthan, India, covers a three-square mile area, ten miles west of Jodhpur. Scientists are investigating the site, where a housing development was being built. For some time it has been established that there is a very high rate of birth defects and cancer in the area under construction. The levels of radiation there have registered so high on investigators gauges that the Indian government has now cordoned off the region. Scientists have unearthed an ancient city where evidence shows an atomic blast dating back thousands of years, from 8,000 to 12,000 years, destroyed most of the buildings and probably a half-million people. One researcher estimates that the nuclear bomb used was about the size of the ones dropped on Japan in 1945. Another curious sign of an ancient nuclear war in India is a giant crater near Bombay (above). The nearly circular 2,154-metre-diameter Lonar crater, located 400 kilometres northeast of Mumbai and aged at less than 50,000 years old, could be related to nuclear warfare of antiquity. No trace of any meteoric material, etc., has been found at the site or in the vicinity, and this is the worlds only known impact crater in basalt. Indications of great shock (from a pressure exceeding 600,000 atmospheres) and intense, abrupt heat (indicated by basalt glass spherules) can be ascertained from the site. - Ajithkuma
Note from Jean: Make sure to listen to John Joseph Kennedy MY DREAM FOR THE NEW HUMANITY Journey's speech to get a better idea of what he stands for.
From: Geraldine Helwing (email@example.com)
Date: 20 July 2011
Subject: Report on John Joseph Kennedy's harassment because of the many "inconvenient" truths he has exposed
Thanks for your unrelenting courage, commitment, compassion, vision, and inspiration. You are a guiding beacon of truth and love illuminating the path of practical, integrated spiritual awakening grounding the new world through these challenging times.
I want to give you and your readers an update on a friend and business associate, John Joseph Kennedy, Presidential write-in candidate of 2004 (running as a Democrat). Your readers may also be interested in what has happened to him since his Presidential bid, let alone with all the political confusion in our United States currently. A very spiritual, creative, and intuitive person, he is a man of impeccable character, honor, and integrity as well as boundless compassion and vision. He is also an entrepreneur and writer, author of Monstrance, based in part on unsolved true crimes and real events in the Catholic Church (Radio interview on this HERE). I first heard of John during 2004, through your Earth Rainbow Network when you shared some of his eloquent, inspiring speeches. I was so inspired by his words that I wanted to meet him personally. I was curious about how someone so enlightened could be in the political arena.
I want to share with you a little about Johns background and then what has happened since running for President. John Joseph Kennedy is of the Southern Kennedy family of Charleston, SC. a separate branch of the Kennedy clan from Ireland. His family legacy (not from the Kennedy side, but from the DArcy side of the family) goes back to 3 signers of the Magna Carta. A long-time humanitarian, peace activist, and environmentalist, John Kennedy is also #50 of the original signers of the 911Truth.org petition. He received the prestigious Knights of Consciousness International Award given by the All India Letter Writers Association, Bombay India for Kennedys letters and speeches promoting global peace. In his Presidential 2004 campaign and 2008 campaign until he dropped out in 2007, he was also a critic of the Iraq war, HAARP, political corruption, Oklahoma City bombing, and environmental policy. He ran politically because he was moved to Right the Wrongs of America. As a write-in candidate in 2004, he entered the race in the last 90 days of the campaign and garnered attention from around the world. John Kennedy got on the ballot in more than a dozen states in less than 60 days, something unheard of before. He received death threats during and after his campaign. He does not hold further political ambitions.
I met John Joseph Kennedy when he appeared on my Heart of Empowerment radio show in 2005 on KSER radio in Everett, WA. That is when he gave his first New Humanity speech which is deeply moving. A different version of it is on YouTube, John Joseph Kennedy, My Dream for the New Humanity http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVHUNuRiLpo. For that speech and others, he received an International Speakers Award for Excellence Award given by the founder of the National Speakers Association.
For unknown or potentially multiple reasons, over the past several years, this man as a carrier of great light, vision, integrity, and commitment, has been the victim of a severe smear campaign and character assassination, death threats, phone tapping, stalking, computer hacking, cyber-stalking, business sabotage and theft of intellectual property, etc. His friends, business associates and contacts also have allegedly been attacked or affect electronically, verbally, or in writing. There appears to be a form of cyber-violence. His Facebook page and contacts have been hacked. John Kennedy recently filed a court case in Orlando, Florida towards co-defendants involving allegations of racketeering, libel, civil conspiracy, and interference with economic relations. John has been developing an animated film project called Whale Magic, which some co-defendants named in the suit have allegedly tried to steal. These unrelenting activities towards John Kennedy for many years have taken an horrendous toll upon his life. He has been living daily unceasingly for several years with forms of violence or threats of violence, emotional abuse, being terrorized, shamed, humiliated, denigrated, and intimidated. This is so sad, given he is a man of such great light who has done so much for so many, has the courage to speak the truth and boldly take a stand for what is right.
At one time, John Kennedy had tens of thousands of Internet sites citing his work and contributions. Since, as part of the cyber-violence, he has systematically been nearly deleted from the Internet presence so now his presence and message has been minimized. His sister, Cecelia Madeleine Kennedy, who was a victim of domestic violence, was murdered 14 years ago in Bangkok, Thailand after arguing a case as a paralegal and winning before the Supreme Court of Thailand related to their falsely imprisoned brother Patrick set up for illegal drug trafficking - according to John, she helped free many Americans falsely imprisoned in Bangkok and gave her life for this. That murder case remains unsolved. A key person in the cyber-stalking and co-defendant of the lawsuit allegedly stated on a website in evidence submitted to the court that Cecelia, deserved to be murdered.
We do not know at this time if John Kennedy is another of Murdochs victims, although, according to recent information from Avaaz.org, presidential candidates not aligned with Murdochs views have been known to be victims of Murdochs smear campaigns. For further information, John Kennedy can be reached at 407-535-3114 or Email: mailto:TipperaryOnline@gmail.com">TipperaryOnline@gmail.com
If you can share this information it would be appreciated. It will help in getting the truth out and updating your readers. Sometimes, lightworkers and those committed to facilitating the Great Transformation of Our Planet carry a cross for all at great personal cost. They are really spiritual warriors. It is helpful to appreciate them and the sacrifices they have made on behalf of all humanity, all life on our planet. I believe John Joseph Kennedy is but the tip of the iceberg. Ideally, the press will pick it up and do investigative journalism. Indeed, The truth shall set us free.
I want you to know how much I value and treasure your contribution to our planet and the Great Shift. Heartfelt thanks, Jean.
In peace, love, and transformation for all life on our planet,
Psychotherapist & healer,
Host-Producer, Heart of Empowerment Radio Show
PS Soon my website, www.heartofempowerment.com will be launched where I will make available the many interviews from my radio shows, Heart of Empowerment and Healthy Air, of which I have been the host and producer. The show and website awakens the magic, passion, and power of the human spirit for personal and global transformation, spiritual awakening, and conscious, holistic living. It is for all of us to powerfully and magnificently Be Who We Truly Are so we can Do What We Came Here to Do. My site will include the original broadcast of John Joseph Kennedys speech for The New Humanity. I will keep you posted when it is launched. Although the show is not regularly broadcasted now, I shall be doing specials in the near future.
Note from Jean: You may listen HERE to an interview with Gerald Helwing - it starts at 7min 15 sec into this video.
The President who told the Truth about Illuminati - A SOBERING REMINDER!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20KDBELD20I
President J.F. Kennedy actually reveals to us the presence of a certain "ruthless monolithic secret society" with a worldwide presence. The secret society as he describes, has access to vast amounts of resources and has a lot of economic, scientific, military and political influence around the world. Unfortunately, President J.F. Kennedy paid with his life in revealing this dangerous information and today it is widely considered by the mass public as a "conspiracy theory" thanks to mainstream media manipulation and predictive programming. CHECK ALSO WHY WAS JFK KILLED? ILLUMINATI BANKERS EXPOSED, WILLIE NELSON AND FARRAKHAN
From: Larry Stell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: FWD Reform Act of 2012
Date: 29 July 2011
I have totally cleaned this e-mail from all other names, sending it to you in hopes you will keep it going and keep it clean.
This is something I will fight for and I hope you all read it all the way through. You will be glad you did.
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971... before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.
I'm asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.
In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.
Congressional Reform Act of 2011
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.
THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!! If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete. Please keep it going.
"Okay I agree with all the above...now how do we make it happen? Shirley"
"THAT is going to be the hard part. The people that need to institute the changes are the very same people who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo and abuses they (by THEY I mean BOTH parties) created."
Date: 25 Jul 2011
From: "Alice Jay - Avaaz.org" (email@example.com)
Subject: Palestine: the world's next nation
In 24 hours the UN Security Council will meet, and the world has an opportunity to embrace a new proposal that could turn the tide on decades of failed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks: UN recognition of the state of Palestine.
Over 120 nations from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America have already endorsed this initiative. But the the Canadian government opposes it and wants to proceed with US led failed talks, even though Israel's far right wing government is ignoring President Obama's calls to stop building settlements and draw up a map for two nations. Only a massive public push now could tip the government to back this momentous opportunity to move towards Palestinian self determination and an end to this bloody conflict.
This bold new initiative could be the best opportunity to jump start a resolution of the conflict. Lets ensure Canada supports it, and make clear that citizens across the country support this legitimate, non-violent, diplomatic proposal. Sign the petition and send this to everyone:
While the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are complex, most people on all sides agree that the best path to peace now is the creation of two states. US led peace processes have been repeatedly undermined by violence on both sides, the humanitarian blockade of Gaza, and extensive Israeli settlement-building in the West Bank which has shrunk and fragmented the territory for a Palestinian state. The UN, World Bank and IMF have all recently announced that Palestinians are ready to run an independent state. Last month President Obama called again for an end to settlement expansion and a return to the 1967 borders with mutually agreed land-swaps, but Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has furiously refused to cooperate.
Its time for a dramatic shift away from a futile peace process and on to a new path for progress. While the Israeli and US governments are calling the Palestinian initiative unilateral and dangerous, in fact the worlds nations overwhelmingly support this diplomatic move away from violence. Global recognition of Palestine could crush extremists, and foster a growing non-violent Palestinian-Israeli movement in step with the democratic momentum across the region. Most importantly, it will rescue a path to a negotiated settlement, and allow the Palestinians access to a variety of international institutions that can help advance Palestinian freedom.
Lets appeal to the Canadian government to stand on the right side of history and support a Palestinian declaration of freedom and independence. Sign the urgent petition and back this move for long-term peace in Israel and Palestine:
Palestinian statehood will not bring a resolution to this intractable conflict overnight, but UN recognition will change the dynamics and will begin to unlock the door towards peace. Across Palestine, people are preparing, with hope and expectation, to reclaim a freedom their generation has never known. Let's stand with them and push our leaders to do the same, as they have stood with the people of Egypt, Syria and Libya.
With hope and determination,
Alice, Ricken, Stephanie, Morgan, Pascal, Rewan and the entire Avaaz team
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