The Writing on the Wall Series #70: The Sinking Feeling of an Imminent Global Economic Meltdown
Originally the intended title for this compilation was "The Odious Oligarchy That Destroys the World and Kills Millions" mainly in relation to several elements in the WORTH NOTING RIGHT AWAY section below, but then the suddenly more imminent danger of an imminent global economic meltdown took precedence.
The Titanic of an inherently unsustainable economic system that, by its very design keeps concentrating the wealth in ever fewer hands, is finally floundering on the reef of the insanely bloated debts of nations while the corporate behemoths that roam the Earth in search of whatever profit they can scrape from exploiting cheaply paid human labor, raping the planet and pillaging her fast-dwindling resources are awash in cash and inherently unwilling to help the suffering masses. So although I'm distressed at the thought of the rising level of poverty and misery endured by countless billions in such a deteriorating situation, I'd say that such a global downturn and the ensuing shifting of priorities it is likely to cause might be the only way to finally put an end to this collective insanity and trance-like fixation with profit and personal gains at the expense of everything else that tears our planet's life-support system apart and threatens the very survival of the exquisitely balanced and rich diversity of the Web of Life upon which we all depend - but which is now seriously endangered.
Once we finally rid this world from the nefarious influence of the 13 mega-rich families that for generations have been conspiring to completely dominate this planet, and globally open our hearts to the Light that is relentless pouring to stir in our souls the memory of our Origins, a New Dawn will finally rise and with our minds cleared from the miasma of centuries of mind-programming, we will discover that we no longer need to rely on such a selfishness-nurturing, fear-driven, soul-enslaving economic system to have a decent live, and thus can fairly share from now on the fruits of our labor of Love for the Highest Good of All.
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"Do you know the true power of your thoughts? The truth is stunning. German physicist and one of the founding fathers of Quantum Theory, Max Planck, said that all matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particles of an atom to vibration which holds the atom together. We must assume behind this force is the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter. In other words, the substance of the universe, of your reality, may be nothing more than consciousness or thought. Consciousness forms the building blocks of the universe and everywhere that consciousness explores, with the expectation that something will be there, it also creates. If Quantum Theory is correct, it implies that to change your current reality, all you need to do is change the frequency of your thoughts."
When Swiss National Councilor of Dominique Baettig of the Canton of Jura was informed about actions taken by the Greek government to prevent the departure of a vessel of the Gaza-Flotilla, he made the following statement: To me its a scandal, that those who want to help the 1.3 million people in Gaza are prevented from doing so. These people are completely separated from the rest of the world, and are suffering from a 5 years blockade. It is a scandal, that Palestine is not yet an independent state to begin with, and an embargo ads injury to insult. How can it be a crime to try and help those in desperate need? Those that are to prevent aid are acting inhumanely. For Greece to cooperate with Tel Aviv in order to enforce the blockade under the use of force and hinder the boats to depart from Greek ports is a clear sign for the loss of independence and sovereignty of the country. Greece is subject to enormous pressure from the US, the EU and UN and has submitted to it. Nothing remains from the Mother of Democracy and Freedom. Giving in to the power of financial interests had already marked the beginning of the end for the country. Now to go along and hinder the Gaza-Flotilla, which pursues a humanitarian mission only, from leaving this being done by a social-democratic government. How can socialists even begin to commit such violations of human rights and rights to freedom? How can they betray their principals of human dignity and solidarity so gravely? Therefore, I call for protesting the blockade of the Gaza-Flotilla by Greek authorities. Everyone having empathy for the Palestinians and the activists that try and help them, should now speak out against this. I want to reassure activists on board of my support and my solidarity. As far as the Greeks are concerned: They should consider whether or not they would be better off leaving the EU and the Euro, to be free and independent once again.
- Swiss Legistlator Dominique Baettig (4 July 2011)-- Taken from HERE - Check also Greece 'sold its soul' on Gaza AND France sells out to Israel: France bars activist flights to Israel AND Israel expels pro-Palestinian activists AND The story of the flotilla is not over (12 July 2011) "The story of the second Freedom Flotilla is not over. Israel and the international community have deployed multiple deterrent tactics, falsely accusing participants of terrorism, chemical warfare and plans to murder Israeli soldiers. Boats have been sabotaged, boarded and blockaded with crews and owners arrested. (...) The flotilla has also forced Israel onto the defensive and into a hasbara (propaganda) overdrive, which it has not won. An attempt to smear flotilla organizers as homophobic was exposed as a hoax and claims of the blockade as necessary for defence and of no humanitarian crisis in Gaza discredited by Wikileaks and the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) respectively (see Wikileaks: Israel aimed to keep Gaza economy on brink of collapse, Reuters, 5 January 2011 and UNRWA: Gaza blockade anniversary report, UNRWA, 13 June 2011). It has also exposed the hypocrisy and fake democracy of states which continue to treat respect for international law as a policy issue rather than an obligation. The affect of the flotilla action is cumulative, building on decades of Palestine solidarity struggle as well as last years effect of creating pressures, profile and political space that have given Palestinian activists more agency, voice and access to mainstream media and spheres of power for their case for freedom. Its not the audacity of hope which drives this movement but an audacity of practical, confrontation direct action that takes hope in hand and moulds into a tool sharp enough to penetrate political discourse at the highest level. The pseudo-democracies of Israel, Greece and US bare their teeth, sending in the tanks, masked commandos and armed guards when threatened by real democracy from below. What the flotilla has shown, as have the Arab uprisings and all movements for justice is that it is only real democracy, people worldwide taking matters into their own hands, which creates the conditions for true change."
"In most areas where formerly chemtrails were prevalent, the skies now are clear. When some of the pilots, mechanics and others involved in those flights learned the true purpose of chemtrailsthe toxic payloads were not to compensate for the hole in the ozone layer, but rather to sicken people and pollute air, water and landthey refused to continue working. Others who did know the truth participated willingly in return for handsome payment, but as funding dried up, they also left their employment. However, the most decisive factor in this situation is, some individuals who had ordered or financed the flights are among those who embraced the light, and those who want to keep chemtrails crisscrossing your skies have lost almost all means to do so. It may appear that the light and the dark are at a stalemate in many other areas where dramatic changes are essential, such as governing bodies, national economies, environmental destruction, pollution, disparity between the wealthy and the impoverished, and victory for freedom fighters in countries where the peoples have been long oppressed. Relatively speaking, only a handful of individuals can bring about the ending of chemtrails and lessen diabolical use of technology, but reaching major international goals requires the involvement of many millions of your populace. While there is indeed very significant progress, much of it going on behind the proverbial closed doors, success on a global scale comes incrementally and more slowly than situations that can be quickly stopped or noticeably diminished. As Earth's journey in the coming months takes you into ever higher vibrations, you shall see more and more evidence that everything based in dark intent is meeting its end. (...) As you prepare to take your rightful place as multidimensional beings in the Oneness of All, trust that within your soul is all the information and power you will ever need. No longer will you ask for answers from external sources such as we and other messengers of the light because your innate wisdom of the universal laws and your latent abilities will serve you well. Perhaps you will smile when you realize that the enlightenment and guidance we have offered over the years always has been your own knowledge and all we did was gently nudge it into your remembrance. Of the many, many billions of souls who wanted to be a part of this most exciting time in the whole of the universe, you are honored to be among those who were chosen. Rejoice in this privilege and responsibility knowing that the infinite, eternal and unconditional love of all light beings in this universe is with you every step of your pathway.
1) Extreme humanitarian disaster in the Horn of Africa - it barely registers in the mainstream media news!...
2) People are Awakening - The Revolution Has Begun In Europe AND LOTS OF INFO ON THE CABAL!
3) The US must end its illegal war in Libya now
In her work as an Oxfam ambassador, Davis visited a Kenyan refugee camp, where she saw the devastation first-hand.
We were really unprepared for how shocking it is, she told the BBC. As she began to cry, she added, Im sorry, this story is a hard story. This woman cant walk so she came from Somalia on a cart with a donkey. She started with five children and now she just has three. Her husband was killed along the way and [she lost] everything she owned.
Reading the stories about conditions in Somalia, its easy to understand why she wouldnt be able to talk about her trip without breaking down. In another BBC news article, Anne Mawathe tells just a few of the refugees stories. One woman left her child on the road because he was too weak to finish the journey to Kenya. His eyes still haunt me to this day, she said.
Another woman gave birth about 80 km (50 miles) away from the Kenyan border town that she and her family were trying to reach. Since I delivered, I havent eaten a thing, she told the BBC.
The militant group in control of Somalia, al-Shabab, previously refused to allow aid groups into the country because they were deemed anti-Muslim. But now they are welcoming any assistance they can get. The problem is that the United States is not stepping up as a leader in the struggle to save the hundreds of thousands of desperate refugees.
In an interview with NPR, Jeremy Konyndyk, the co-director of policy and advocacy for the global aid agency Mercy Corps, said, [if] U.S. assistance is not there, [the new aid presence] will make a difference, but not enough of a difference. The U.S. is the largest donor of global food aid. And when the U.S. doesnt contribute robustly to a response, there arent too many other donors in the world who can pick up that slack.
One of the issues, for the United States, is that they dont want to finance militant organizations like al-Shabab. But the State Department could also request a humanitarian exemption from the Treasury Department, instead of allowing Somalia to suffer on its own. Why arent we stepping up to avert this ongoing tragedy? Sign the Care2 petition, telling President Obamas administration to send more aid to Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia.
Staggering malnutrition rates as quarter of Somalia population uprooted (5 July 2011) http://www.unhcr.org/4e12f1f36.html
The massive influx of Somali refugees into neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia continues unabated. Relentless violence compounded by devastating drought has forced more than 135,000 Somalis to flee so far this year. In June alone, 54,000 people fled across the two borders, three times the number of people who fled in May.We estimate a quarter of Somalia's 7.5 million population is now either internally displaced or living outside the country as refugees. The drought is compounded by prevailing violence in southern and central parts of the country. UNHCR is particularly disturbed by unprecedented levels of malnutrition among the new arrivals especially among refugee children. More than 50 per cent of Somali children arriving in Ethiopia are seriously malnourished, while among those arriving to Kenya that rate is somewhat lower, but equally worrying between 30 to 40 per cent. "Knowing that children are dying along their journey to safety breaks our hearts." UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres said. "This is turning one of the world's worst humanitarian crises into a human tragedy of unimaginable proportions."Prevailing violent conflict inside Somalia makes it difficult if not impossible for aid agencies to reach these people with assistance. Many families tell us they exhausted virtually all of their resources. Facing starvation, they walk for days, several weeks at times, through the desert, arriving in an appalling state of health.Increasingly, we are hearing reports of children below the age of five dying of hunger and exhaustion during the journey. Tragically, many children are in such weak conditions when they finally arrive that they die within 24 hours despite the emergency care and therapeutic feeding they immediately receive. CLIP
UNHCR appeals for (A MERE!!!) $136.3 million as Horn of Africa crisis grows (8 July 2011) http://www.unhcr.org/4e16ce876.html
DOLLO ADO, Ethiopia, July 8 (UNHCR) The UN refugee agency has appealed for $136.3 million to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe amid a growing exodus of Somalis fleeing conflict and drought in their homeland.The additional funding will help to address the life-saving needs of new Somali arrivals in neighbouring Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. CLIP
UN: Somalia is 'worst humanitarian disaster' (11 July 2011) http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/07/20117114319179235.html Head of UNHCR appeals for "massive support" over drought affecting about 10 million people in the Horn of Africa. -- The head of the United Nations refugee agency has described the situation in drought-hit Somalia as the "worst humanitarian disaster" in the world, after meeting with those affected at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. The camp, located in the northeast and the world's largest in the world, is overflowing with tens of thousands of refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia and within Kenya. Antonio Guterres, the head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), visited the camp on Sunday, appealing for "massive support" from the international community for the more than 380,000 people estimated to be living in Dadaab. "I have no doubt that in today's world, Somalia corresponds to the worst humanitarian disaster. I have never seen in a refugee camp people coming in such desperate conditions," he told Al Jazeera. "I saw a mother that had lost three of her children on the way here."Guterres said that those at the camp were "the poorest of the poor and the most vulnerable of the vulnerable". The UNHCR chief is on a tour of the region in order to highlight the plight of those affected by the drought. The World Food Programme estimates that more than 10 million people are already in need of humanitarian aid, with the UN Children's Fund estimating at least two million children are suffering from malnourishment. Those children are in need of lifesaving action, the UN says. On Thursday, Guterres visited the Ethiopian camp of Dollo Ado. "The mortality rates we are witnessing are three times the level of emergency ceilings," he said. "The level of malnutrition of the children coming in is 50 per cent. That is enough to explain why a very high level of mortality is inevitable." Thousands flee -- Hundreds of thousands of people continue to flee the drought, walking for days in search of food and water. UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres speaks to Al Jazeera from the Dadaab refugee camp in KenyaAccording to doctors in Dadaab, most of the children have severe cases of acute malnutrition and related complications such as anaemia. "The children are presenting with skin complications where their skin is peeling off mainly due to deficiency in micro-nutrients," Dr Milhia Abdul Kader said. "They are coming in a very bad shape." Most of the arrivals to the camps are women and very young children, many of whom are in very bad physical condition, Al Jazeera's Azad Essa, reporting from Dadaab, said.
(...) What is the long-term solution? Everybody knows the answers: full funding of emergency requirements to stop hunger and malnutrition from accelerating and support of safety net programmes, such as school feeding and local purchase, supporting small farmers with tools, seeds, fertilisers, food-based nutrition and the knowledge needed to boost agricultural production and sustain rural livelihoods, support policies and investments that address challenges such as climate change adaptation, preparedness and disaster risk reduction. The problem is getting there. The signs of optimism is that agriculture is now high on the international agenda. In 2009, the G8 club of rich countries pledged $22bn for agriculture in the developing world over three years and last month, the G20 group of big economies agreed an action plan to improve food security.
Explainer: The east Africa food crisis (12 July 201) http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/jul/12/east-africa-drought-food-crisis
East Africa's most severe drought in 60 years has left 10 million people desperately short of food. But what can be done, and should the call for help have been made sooner? -- The British public has so far donated £9m to an appeal launched by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), an umbrella group of British charities, for people experiencing severe food shortages in east Africa. The region has been hit by the most severe drought in 60 years, wiping out cattle and crops. This has left at least 10 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and the newly formed Republic of South Sudan in desperate need of food, water and emergency healthcare. Can the situation in east Africa be defined as a famine? There has not been an official famine since 1984-85, when around 1 million people in Ethiopia and Sudan died. A famine is measured by rates of hunger, malnutrition and deaths, but the key to it is that it must be widespread, says Oxfam. Manoj Juneja, the new deputy director general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, describes famine as a situation where there is an absolute exhaustion of, or inacessibility of, food in a given area leading to death. The situation in the Horn of Africa, says Juneja, has not reached that stage, but it is in a state of severe food insecurity that could rapidly deteriorate. "The situation demands immediate and constant attention," he says. CLIP
Horn of Africa drought: UK charities boost Somalia aid (July 13, 2011) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14132721
British aid agencies are preparing to expand their activities in Somalia to help some of the 10 million people at risk of starvation in East Africa.Relief operations have been constrained by the security situation in Somalia. But Islamist militant group al-Shabab last week announced it was lifting a ban on foreign aid organisations because of the severity of the drought.The UK's Disasters Emergency Committee has launched an appeal after severe drought in the Horn of Africa.The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) said Somalia, where there has been no national government for 20 years, was one of the hardest places in the world to deliver aid.Most international aid agencies in the country have been banned from working in areas under the control of al-Shabab, which is thought to have links to al-Qaeda. DEC charities are preparing to increase their work in southern Somalia as thousands of people continue to flee to Kenya, Ethiopia and even Somalia's war-torn capital Mogadishu. CLIP
VIDEO: Kenya's empty refugee camp BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14113811
The head of the United Nations refugee agency has urged Kenya to open its Ifo II camp to refugees escaping drought and war in Somalia. The Kenyan government has so far refused to authorise completion of the camp, which has room for up to 40,000 people, over fears it would encourage refugees to stay in the country permanently. The new facility is close to the Dadaab camp, which has been overwhelmed by the recent influx. CHECK ALSO Horn of Africa drought: Kenya pressed over Ifo II camp "Some 10 million people are said to be affected by the Horn of Africa's worst drought in 60 years. Somalia, wracked by 20 years of conflict, is worst affected and some 3,000 people flee each day for neighbouring countries such as Ethiopia and Kenya which are struggling to cope. Dadaab is reportedly the world's biggest refugee camp - it was built to house 90,000 people but could soon be holding 500,000, aid workers say. Kenya says that the UNHCR has been trying to persuade the Kenyan government to open the Ifo II camp for two years but it might succeed this time, as the crisis is so severe."
People are Awakening - The Revolution Has Begun In Europe
July 06, 2011
"Today we have left behind our own symbols, our particular concerns because we want to demonstrate that what links us together is indignation against government abuses, against big corporations and financial entities" We demand a democracy that shows zero tolerance against corruption.
Declaration: July 4, 2011
By Mark A. Goldman
1. WE THE PEOPLE believe that the crimes committed by prior administrations is unfinished business. Those who committed these crimes need to be brought to justice and justice needs to be done. We repudiate the current administration for allowing these criminals to avoid accountability and we pledge to right this wrong.
2. WE THE PEOPLE believe that the current administration has also committed grievous crimes, including murder, war crimes, crimes against humanity, various crimes against the peoples of other nations and crimes against citizens of the United States, including direct attacks on the US Constitution and the rule of law, a general failure to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and what it stands for. Those who have committed these crimes also need to be brought to justice and the Constitution restored to its rightful place in the world.
3. WE THE PEOPLE believe that unconscionable economic crimes have also been perpetrated against the American people and other peoples around the world. These crimes were aided and abetted by US government officials who failed in their duty to honor the trust given to them. Our elected officials, including members of both houses of Congress and the President, have systematically betrayed the people by selling their allegiance to private interests at the expense of the People. They are fiduciaries of the highest order and they have betrayed our trust in the most egregious manner possible. They have lied to us, cheated us, and hidden behind walls secrecy in order to perpetrate frauds on us; ignored basic principles of fairness and decency. They have squandered the peoples wealth in exchange for favors. They have aided and abetted leaders of corporations and other financial operatives to perpetrate frauds against the People and they have obstructed justice by refusing to pursue those who broke the law in doing so. These frauds shall not stand. Those who are responsible shall be made accountable.
4. WE THE PEOPLE believe our government has pursued economic policies designed to benefit the wealthy few at the expense of the many and we repudiate these policies and those who set them in motion. The tax policies of the Bush administration are odious, unfair, and fraudulent in every way, as were the bank bailouts. No business is too big to fail and no person is so important as to be above the law. Innocent people have lost their jobs and well being while individuals and financial institutions have not been held accountable for their crimes, nor have those who were cheated been properly compensated.
5. WE THE PEOPLE believe our government has put us in grave danger by not honestly addressing our most pressing problems, such as failing to address global warming and failing to create an energy policy that phases out nuclear and carbon based energy sources in favor of renewable sources of energy.
6. WE THE PEOPLE believe our government has undermined basic human rights both here and abroad. These failure are egregious crimes against humanity for they have betrayed the hope and well-being of future generations. They have blocked every chance for universal peace, choosing a course of perpetual war instead.
7. WE THE PEOPLE believe our elected officials have demeaned all those who came before... those honorable people who fought and died for justice, freedom, and human rights. We are tired of supporting liars and cheats and pledge to remove them from office and prosecute those who have committed crimes.
8. WE THE PEOPLE pledge to fulfill the promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to make sure that all people, and every child, understands what rights and freedoms all People deserve and ought to strive for, as defined therein.
9. WE THE PEOPLE pledge to seek out and put into office only honorable citizens who can be trusted to fulfill their oath of office and that includes honoring this declaration so that the Constitution and justice might be honored and restored; and We the People restored to our rightful place as sovereigns of a government... of, by, and for the People.
These words may have different meanings for different people. I think that for those who, like you, have been working hard for years, trying to gently raise brothers and sisters from their "slumber" and encouraging them to fully take control of their power, their destiny, their very Self, these verses must resonate like coming from the depth of your own soul."
Long-time ERN subscriber Triaka Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) sent the following which is an excellent complement to Mark Goldman's declaration above...
All governments that fail to be in harmony with the Creators Laws of Human Diversity and Freewill do not survive evolution. By the dictionary definition of the word 'terrorize', every national government on Earth is a terrorist organization by coercing and intimidating its population for support. The way of the future is freedom and equality through 'cooperative governance', a political system to protect and balance the diverse Freewill of all humanity. Cooperative Governance in the context of the CONSTITUTION of UNITED DIVERSITY means democratically-operated cooperatives provide desired services, including protection and settlement of differences of the Creator-granted Rights of Freewill. Humans possess Inherent Rights of Freewill which are not fully protected and balanced by any government on Earth and Article 1 of the newly proposed global Constitution of United Diversity is intended to correct this as well as other political imbalances. This is a political liberation movement from universal government force and bondage to universal Freewill and balance. The same passion for principles of freedom that ignited the American and other revolutionary fires feeds the flames for worldwide transformation.
WHEREAS we members of the human family hold these truths to be self-evident, that the world is no better than how each person is treated constitutionally, that individual humans are endowed with certain inherent, intrinsic, inborn, ingrained, instinctive, intuitive and inalienable Natural Rights of Sovereign Freewill, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness free of coercion, and until these are balanced among all members of the one Human Family, there is no true Justice, Peace or Freedom, and
WHEREAS whenever any form of government fails to uphold these Natural Rights, it shall be peacefully transformed to be in harmony with the Natural Law, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED that these Natural Rights of Sovereign Freewill shall be Empowered, Protected, Balanced and "superposed" over all existing earthly governments in a system of Cooperative Governance as illustrated by the "World Cooperative" Constitution of United Diversity .
Aldous Huxley: The Ultimate Revolution http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24712.htm
Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, here discusses influence, controlling the public mind and government.
There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.
- Aldous Huxley
- Transcript The Ultimate Revolution: March 20, 1962 Berkeley Language Center Speech Archive SA 0269 (...) It seems to me that the nature of the ultimate revolution with which we are now faced is precisely this: That we are in process of developing a whole series of techniques which will enable the controlling oligarchy who have always existed and presumably will always exist to get people to love their servitude. This is the, it seems to me, the ultimate in malevolent revolutions shall we say, and this is a problem which has interested me many years and about which I wrote thirty years ago, a fable, Brave New World, which is an account of society making use of all the devices available and some of the devices which I imagined to be possible making use of them in order to, first of all, to standardize the population, to iron out inconvenient human differences, to create, to say, mass produced models of human beings arranged in some sort of scientific caste system. Since then, I have continued to be extremely interested in this problem and I have noticed with increasing dismay a number of the predictions which were purely fantastic when I made them thirty years ago have come true or seem in process of coming true. A number of techniques about which I talked seem to be here already. And there seems to be a general movement in the direction of this kind of ultimate revolution, a method of control by which a people can be made to enjoy a state of affairs by which any decent standard they ought not to enjoy. This, the enjoyment of servitude, Well this process is, as I say, has gone on for over the years, and I have become more and more interested in what is happening. CLIP
Refuse to Pay Government Debt Incurred for Unlawful and Oppressive Purposes ... It Is the Personal Debt of Those Who Ordered It to Be Incurred (FEBRUARY 12, 2010) MANY EMBEDDED LINKS TO BE FOUND THERE... http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2010/02/refuse-to-pay-government-debt-incurred.html
There is an established legal principle that people should not have to repay their government's debt to the extent that it is incurred to launch aggressive wars or to oppress the people. These "odious debts" are considered to be the personal debts of the tyrants who incurred them, rather than the country's debt. Wikipedia gives a good overview of the principle: In international law, odious debt is a legal theory which holds that the national debt incurred by a regime for purposes that do not serve the best interests of the nation, such as wars of aggression, should not be enforceable. Such debts are thus considered by this doctrine to be personal debts of the regime that incurred them and not debts of the state. In some respects, the concept is analogous to the invalidity of contracts signed under coercion.
(...) The launch of the Iraq war was an unlawful war of aggression. It was based on false premises. Therefore, the trillions in debts incurred in fighting that war are odious debts which the people might lawfully refuse to pay for. The Bush and Obama administrations have also oppressed the American people through spying on us - even before 9/11 - harassment of innocent grandmothers and other patriotic Americans criticizing government action, and other assaults on liberty and the rule of law. See this. The monies borrowed to finance these oppressive activities are also odious debts. The government has also given trillions in bailouts, loans, guarantees and other perks to the too big to fails. These funds have not helped the American people. For example, the giant banks are still not loaning. They have solely gone into speculative investments and to line the pockets of the muckety-mucks in the form of bonuses. PhD economist Dean Baker said that the true purpose of the bank rescues is "a massive redistribution of wealth to the bank shareholders and their top executives". Two leading IMF officials, the former Vice President of the Dallas Federal Reserve, and the the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City have all said that the United States is controlled by an oligarchy. PhD economist Michael Hudson says that the financial parasites have killed the American economy, and they are "sucking as much money out" as they can before "jumping ship". These are odious debts. Bush, Cheney, Paulson, Geithner, Summers and others who ordered that these debts be incurred must be held personally liable for them. We the American people are not responsible to creditors - such as China, Saudi Arabia - who have knowingly financed these illegal and oppressive activities which have not benefited the American people, but solely the handful of corrupt politicians who authorized them.
The National Debt Where Did it Come From? http://zfacts.com/p/1197.html#8011
In 1981, the country had just elected Reagan to cure the "all-time-high, Trillion-Dollar debt." But compared with the size of the American economy, the debt was at its lowest point in fifty years (see graph just below). Reagan was duped by the "supply-siders" and his greatest "disappointment" was adding $1.6 trillion to the $1 Trillion debt he said was catastrophic. Now, here's the new slide show that explains what happened step by step. In case you have questions, it's documented here. CLIP
Could $12 Trillion [as of September 30, 2010] Really Be Right? Absolutely! http://zfacts.com/p/1170.html
The debt went up during Clinton's years only because of $2.2 Trillion interest on the Reagan-Bush debt. Otherwise Clinton would have paid off most the remaining WWII debt. Complete Proof of the $12 Trillion Republican Debt - Just below you can see the calculation and the documentation links for the Reagan-Bushes $12 Trillion ($12,049 Billion) national debt as of September 30, 2010. CLIP
House approves $649 billion for defense in 2012 (July 8, 2011) http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110708/pl_nm/us_usa_budget_defense
WASHINGTON (Reuters) A $649 billion defense spending bill for next year easily passed the House of Representatives on Friday after four days of debate in which war-weary lawmakers sought to curb President Barack Obama's combat operations in Afghanistan and Libya. The measure, approved 336-87 in the Republican-dominated House, would raise the Pentagon's base budget for the 2012 fiscal year beginning on October 1 by about $17 billion over current levels, despite intense pressure to slash the $1.4 trillion U.S. deficit. The House cut about $8 billion from Obama's overall defense spending request, voting to provide about $530 billion for the Pentagon's primary budget and another $119 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama asked for about $690 billion for military spending for 2012. This House bill does not include funds for U.S. nuclear weapons programs or military construction, which come in other bills and add about $33 billion to defense spending. The House measure includes $5.9 billion to buy 32 Lockheed Martin's radar-evading F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, $15.1 billion to build 10 Navy ships and $3.3 billion for 28 Boeing F-18 Super Hornet fighter jets and 12 EA-18 Growler electronic warfare aircraft. Congress is still weeks away from approving a final military spending bill ready for Obama to sign into law. The House bill will have to be melded with whatever measure is approved by the Senate, which is still working on its plan. ANGER OVER AFGHANISTAN, LIBYA - The House considered more than four dozen amendments over four days. Lawmakers seeking a speedy withdrawal from Afghanistan and upset with Obama's decision to intervene in Libya's conflict repeatedly introduced measures trying to force a change in U.S. war policies. They were largely unsuccessful. Efforts to revoke spending for combat operations in Afghanistan to hasten U.S. troop withdrawals were voted down, and attempts to bar the Pentagon from using its funds to enforce the NATO-led no-fly zone over Libya fared no better. CLIP
'US, UK war vultures installed a cuckoo zionist identity' - Detailing the grueling situation in Gaza (July 4, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_JujCkrcXo
British anti-war activist Dr. David Halpin in an interview with RT said he hopes that British, American and Israeli politicians responsible for war crimes will be held accountable in his lifetime. Dr. Halpin became prominent when he joined a group of doctors who questioned the official position on the death of the British Defense Ministry weapons scientist David Kelly. Kelly told a journalist he doubted Iraq had any biological weapons of mass destruction and was later found with his wrists slit. - CHECK DAVID HALPIN'S WEBSITE! AND The Hidden History of Zionism THAT HE MENTIONS IN THIS EYE-OPENING INTERVIEW.
Secret society Bilderberg is controlling the world? (April 13, 2010) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE2fPC3XNsw&NR=1&feature=fvwp
The Bilderberg group is a meeting of the most influential people in the world, from bankers to politicians; they meet together once a year to control the world. Luke Rudkowski brought it up to Stephen Colbert who discussed the Bilderberg group on his show, one of the only mainstream media outlets to discuss the Bilderberg group.
Ring of Power: Empire of the City-Full Length Documentary (5 hours) - ALSO AVAILABLE STARTING HERE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w-A54h_GQ8
From the mystery religions of ancient Egypt to the Zionist role in 9/11, "Ring of Power -- Empire of the City -- 4,000 Years of Suppressed History" puzzles together the missing pieces of our human story. Find out how an Illuminati network of international bankers and European royalty have turned the world's nations and citizens into their debt slaves. Please support the producers: http://www.helpfreetheearth.com/DVD-ROP-detail-buy1.html
Part 1: 9/11 The Untold Story
Half the world believes Muslims were responsible for 9/11. The other half believes it was Israeli Zionists. Who is right?
Part 2: Hidden Empire
The world's most powerful empire is not the USA. It is an empire that insiders call "Empire Of The City"
Part 3: Trail Of The Pharaohs
Did the Biblical Abraham really live to be 175? Did Moses really turn staffs into snakes and rivers into blood?
Part 4: God And The Queen
Genealogy charts show that British and French royalty are descendants of Mary Magdalene and Jesus. Is it true?
Part 5: All The Queen's Men
How rich and powerful is Queen Elizabeth II?
Part 6: The Godfathers
They scammed control of the Bank of England and the US Federal Reserve, then they found God-Gold, Oil and Drugs.
Part 7: Cheating At Monopoly
How many people would play a game of monopoly if the banker was cheating and fixing the rules? Over 6 billion.
Part 8: Asses Of Evil
The New World Order MAFIA are invisible rulers who make puppets out of politicians and heroes out of villains.
Part 9: King Of Hearts
The ultimate goal of "insiders" is to disarm the world and create one world empire under one world ruler. Who is he?
Part 10: Solutions
Protesting and writing letters to deaf politicians doesn't work. What does work?
THIS IS AN AMAZING 5 HOUR DOCUMENTARY THAT COVERS MOST EVERYTHING WE OUGHT TO KNOW ABOUT THE EVIL-DOERS ON THIS PLANET. IF YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO WATCH THE ENTIRE DOCUMENTARY, AT LEAST START LISTENING FROM 2 HR 4 MIN ON AND KEEP GOING!! TILL THE END OF PART 5... (for 15 min) and then watch the last 300 seconds of this documentary...
Queen & Pope Face Courts for Crimes Against Humanity (June 24, 2011) I HAVE NO IDEA IF THIS IS TRUE! SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE! http://www.escapetheillusion.com/blog/2011/06/queen-pope-face-courts-for-crimes-against-humanity/
Where the Buck Stops Elizabeth Windsor and Joseph Ratzinger: Wanted for Complicity in Crimes against Humanity - Tribunals to be convened in London, Dublin, Brussels and Rome on September 15, 2011. The ITCCS Executive announced today that its member organizations plan to convene opening sessions into crimes of church and state in four European capitals on September 15. These cities are all very close to the scene of the historical crimes well be investigating, and are home to the institutions that have been summoned to appear at our Tribunals, such as the Vatican and the Crown of England said ITCCS Executive official Dr. Eduardo Rosario today at a gathering in London. We look to the European Parliament and its Human Rights courts to aid us in our deliberations, and we deliberately chose to meet in Brussels to seek such help from the European Union. Pope Joseph Ratzinger and Queen Elizabeth Windsor have both been issued a Public Summons by the ITCCS to appear before it in September and answer charges of their complicity in crimes against humanity, genocide and child trafficking. The ITCCS has the endorsement of over thirty organizations, including eight indigenous nations in North America and Asia, survivors of Catholic church torture in Ireland, Australia and England, and the autonomous sovereign nation of Eurostate. Other Tribunals associated with the ITCCS will also be convened on September 15 in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa, Canada, in New York City, in Mexico City, and at venues in Australia to be announced. - CHECK ALSO THE MANY RELATED ARTICLES THROUGH The Gathering Storm of Justice: From Victims to Warriors (June 09, 2011)
All Roads, and Crimes, Lead to Rome: Global Protest and Fast to commence there on October 30, 2011 http://itccs.org/2011/06/09/all-roads-and-crimes-lead-to-rome-global-protest-and-fast-to-commence-there-on-october-30-2011/
Survivors of crimes by the so-called Roman Catholic church will gather from around the world in Rome on Sunday, October 30 at 12 noon outside the Vatican to begin what some are calling a Second Reformation. We are in a spiritual battle with a murderous lie masquerading behind religion said Rev. Kevin Annett today. As we have pulled back its false mask and ordered it to depart from among us, now we must cleanse ourselves and our society of its influence, and enshrine truth and transformation where we once upheld injustice. On October 30, Annett and survivors of church torture will conduct a third and final exorcism outside the Vatican, and will commence a 24 hour Fast for purification and transformation. Since October, 2009, Rev. Annett has conducted two public exorcisms and memorial services outside the Vatican for the victims of the church. The next day, survivors from many countries will gather at St. Peters Square in Rome for a protest and international press conference, and to escalate the campaign to bring the church under public control. I will be coming to Rome with other survivors of Catholic Indian residential schools to stand with Reverend Annett said ITCCS official Jeremiah Jourdain, a Cree tribal elder from Winnipeg, Canada. I saw children die at the hands of priests in my school. The day is over when the church can get away with murder. ITCCS members in Rome will host the event along with Survivors Voice and groups from Ireland, Australia and the USA.
Conspiracy Of Silence (Banned Discovery Channel Documentary) (Dec 15, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weSzkIB8184
"Conspiracy of Silence" is a powerful, disturbing documentary revealing a nationwide child abuse and pedophilia ring that leads to the highest levels of government. Featuring intrepid investigator John DeCamp, a highly decorated Vietnam war veteran and 16-year Nebraska state senator, "Conspiracy of Silence" reveals how rogue elements at all levels of government have been involved in systematic child abuse and pedophilia to feed the base desires of key politicians. Based on DeCamp's riveting book, The Franklin Cover-up, "Conspiracy of Silence" begins with the shut-down of Nebraska's Franklin Community Federal Credit Union after a raid by federal agencies in November 1988 revealed that $40 million was missing. When the Nebraska legislature launched a probe into the affair, what initially looked like a financial swindle soon exploded into a startling tale of drugs, money laundering, and a nationwide child abuse ring. Nineteen months later, the legislative committee's chief investigator died suddenly and violently, like more than a dozen other people linked to the Franklin case. So why have you never heard of the Franklin cover-up? Originally scheduled to air in May of 1994 on the Discovery Channel, "Conspiracy of Silence" was yanked at the last minute due to formidable pressure applied by top politicians. Some very powerful people did not want you to watch this documentary. You may find yourself becoming angry or upset while watching "Conspiracy of Silence." Many people do. However, consider that each of us has at times in our life acted out of selfish motives when it comes to sexuality and ended up hurting others in one way or another. Let us take this information not only as a call to stop this kind of abuse at the nationwide level, but also as a call to examine our own sexual relationships and make a commitment to deep honesty and integrity in our own lives around this most sensitive issue. Thanks for caring and may we all work together to build a brighter future for ourselves and for our world. A copy of this videotape was furnished anonymously to former Nebraska state senator and attorney John De Camp who made it available to retired FBI Agent Ted L. Gunderson. While the video quality is not top grade, this tape is a blockbuster in what is revealed by the participants involved.NOTE; This film had to be reassembled from remaining VHS fragments after an all-out effort was made to block the films release and destroy all extant copies. Every effort has been made to restore it to the original and complete "meant to be broadcast" version. For additional information on this video, and download information: http://www.archive.org/details/ConspiracyOfSilence-SexAbuseRingOfWashingtonDc
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Prince William Hologram - FOUND THROUGH http://www.helpfreetheearth.com/ WHERE THIS IS MUCH MORE! http://www.helpfreetheearth.com/news369_goat2.html
Look at this horrific hologram behind Prince William and Kate during an elite Royal Gala for ARK held at Kensington Palace in London on June 9th, 2011. Look closely. The overhead hologram is a demon eating a lamb. In an exclusive ExopoliticsTV interview with Alfred Webre released June 15, 2011, author and hermeneutics expert Peter Kling stated that Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, embodies the entity known as the Antichrist. He will be the future king of a one world government now promoted by the New World Order. Under this analysis, the present United Nations is following a time table starting in 2013 to be morphed by the Illuminati hidden power structure into a dictatorial, police state one world government over which Prince William will be installed as Head of State and King of the world. According to Mr. Kling, the Antichrist is a political and exopolitical office, not a religious one as commonly interpreted. CLIP
Expert: Prince William is the Antichrist, future king of one world government (June 15, 2011) THIS IS VERY HARD TO BELIEVE!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f1yUzwTQXU
In an exclusive ExopoliticsTV interview with Alfred Lambremont Webre released June 15, 2011, author and hermeneutics expert Peter Kling has stated that Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, embodies the entity known as the Antichrist, to be the future king of a one world government now promoted by the New World Order. Under this analysis, the present United Nations is under time schedule starting in 2013 to be morphed by the Illuminati hidden power structure into a dictatorial, police state one world government over which Prince William will be installed as Head of State and King of the world. According to Mr. Kling, the Antichrist is a political and exopolitical office, not a religious one as commonly interpreted. The one world government, and Prince William as its putative Head of State, are expected to be essentially a surrogate global state of a hyperdimensional Orion grey ET and Draco reptilian takeover of Earth. In his interview, Mr. Kling states that the occupation of Earth by the one world government and the Antichrist will be overthrown by an exopolitical liberation of Earth by ethical extraterrestrial and interdimensional forces that include a benevolent Pleiadian civilization. CLIP - CHECK ALSO THIS RELATED ARTICLE
THE ROYAL GOAT (July 4th, 2011) http://www.helpfreetheearth.com/news366_goat.html
Why was a goat with razor sharp gold horns and a blue jacket marched in front of Prince William and his bride yesterday in Quebec City? The goat was featured during a ceremonial parade performed for the royal couple by Canada's Royal Army Regiment 22. (...) THE GOAT HORNS The Horned Hand Signal or The Mano Cornuto gesture is the Satanic salute that communicates an allegiance to Satan. The raised and erect index finger and small finger form the horns of Satan while the middle two fingers are curled down. THE LAMB OF GOD In this Associated Press photo of Prince William, he is being promoted by the mainstream media as the Lamb of God - like Jesus. In art and literature, the Antichrist is described as handsome and charming and a master of lies and deception. He is commonly illustrated with cloven hind hooves. Why is Prince William holding up a cloven hind hoof in the photograph? Those with knowledge of the occult understand the meaning of this gesture and the identification of William as the Antichrist.
Letters to Earth By Peter Kling http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/LettersToEarth-YouCanSurviveArmageddon.html
Using history, science and Bible prophecies, Letters to Earth You Can Survive Armageddon! offers logical insights and explanations to mankinds most enduring questions. We, the people of this world, know we have been lied to by government and religion. We have been reduced to little more than slaves, controlled by the rich and powerful. Conspiracy theories regarding the command of power and world domination are abundant, but few are accurate or can even answer the simple question of why this is all happening. Letters to Earth explains where we come from, why we are here and what our future is going to be. Author Peter Kling says, After 30 years of research, I want to share my findings with the population of the world and bring as many people to understand the reality of the domination over our lives today.
Expert: Obama will bring peace, ET false flag, Armageddon against good ETs (May 25, 2011) http://www.examiner.com/exopolitics-in-seattle/expert-obama-will-bring-peace-et-false-flag-armageddon-against-good-ets
In an exclusive ExopoliticsTV interview with Alfred Lambremont Webre released May 26, 2011, hermeneutics expert Peter Kling stated that his scientific analysis of prophetic texts contained in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible indicate that U.S. President Barack Obama has a Biblical destiny, although the destiny may ultimately not be a favorable one for the world population.
(...) Hermeneutics can be considered as a script for rolling out the New World Order and the One World Government. Mr. Kling notes that such false flag events as the Chernobyl (Revelations 16:3) and Fukushima radiation events are set out in Biblical prophecy. Revelation 16:3 states And the second poured out his bowl into the sea; and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living soul died, even the things that were in the sea.In his interview, Mr. Kling states that his hermeneutic analysis of Barack Obamas role in Biblical prophecy has led him to believe Mr. Obama has a biblical destiny as part of the two-horned Beast, the term by which the U.K. USA alliance is known in Biblical prophecy. As a leader of the two-horned Beast, Mr. Obama will initially be successful in carrying out a peace and security role in the world, particularly in the Middle East. Mr. Kling indicates that he expects this peace and security role to be Mr. Obamas accentuated role in 2011 and 2012, to strengthen his re-election in the November 2012 U.S. Presidential election.
If Mr. Obama is re-elected in 2012, Mr. Kling states his hermeneutic analysis has led him to believe that sometime in 2013, a false flag attack, possibly involving a nuclear false flag attack on Washington, DC will be manipulated through terrorist networks in order to usher in martial law in the United States and One World Government. The process to usher in One World Government may involve a manipulated war against Iran using false flag UFOs, and Project Blue Beam images of Jesus to lead the outlawing of earthly religions such as Islam, and the imposition of a United Nations approved world religion. Mr. Kling points to Virgin Mary images that have already been used in the Ivory Coast. Once the One World Government is established, it is known as the 8th King in hermeneutic Biblical analysis. Mr. Klings analysis is that this One World Government will last 390 days. Armageddon Downfall of New World Order and the One World Government -- Armageddon marks the downfall of the One World Government and the beginning of a golden age on Earth, lasting one thousand years. Armageddon, Mr. Kling maintains, is a confrontation between advanced extraterrestrial civilizations that are concerned with the welfare of humanity and the planet, and the forces of the New World Order, One World Government, and the negative, lower order extraterrestrials that have been in secret treaties with the New World Order and terrestrial controlling elites. The negative extraterrestrials in secret treaties with the New World Order terrestrial controllers include, according to an advanced analyst, the hidden contacts of the governments with aliens from the Orion/Reptilian Empire (Greys, Reptilians/Annunaki, Zeta Reticuli, etc.) also known as the "Unholy Six" in the esoteric literature. The advanced extraterrestrials that liberate planet Earth from the negative extraterrestrials and the New World Order are the legitimate forces of the galactic federation and the forces of Christ/Sophia consciousness.
(...) According to Peter Kling, the extraterrestrial intervention described by former NORAD officer Stanley A. Fulham corresponds to the false flag operation and the extraterrestrial occupation by negative ETs that are in concert with the New World Order and the One World Government. (...) I believe that Mr. Fulham is speaking about an ET False flag operation. The reason I say this is simple. Mr. Fulham is ex-military. Who finances the Military Complex of the world? What family controls as much as 900 TRILLION Dollars and the economies of the nations of the world? What family has been behind almost every war for the last 200 years? What family has been documented as being worshipers of Lucifer, controls Zionism, founded the country of Israel and armed it to the teeth with nuclear weapons? The Aliens must know about this family and no mention was made about them, they remain "hidden" from their view? CLIP
PROJECT BLUE BEAM of NASA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPAYbbGLYlE
The infamous NASA [National Aeronautics and Space Administration] Blue Beam Project has four different steps in order to implement the new age religion with the Antichrist at its head. CLIP MORE THROUGH http://educate-yourself.org/cn/projectbluebeam25jul05.shtml "A lot of people ask when this is going to happen and how they will accomplish the visions of the Night of a Thousand Stars, and the events that will point to the days when it will begin. According to the many reports we have received, we believe it will begin with some kind of worldwide economic disaster. Not a complete crash, but enough to allow them to introduce some kind of in-between currency before they introduce their electronic cash to replace all paper or plastic money."
Bohemian Grove - Richard Nixon (who was a member): "...it is the most faggy goddamn thing you could ever imagine." (March 8, 2011) http://unusualnewsanalysis.blogspot.com/2011/03/bohemian-grove.html
From presidents to senators to the captains of industry, the elite are obsessed with the occult. For over 120 years in Sonoma County, Northern California, near Monte Rio, on a 2700 acre redwood grove, world leaders, heads of industry, 2700 members have traveled there to engage in bizarre, ancient, Canaanite, Luciferian, Babylonian, mystery religion rituals. In these rituals they worship Moloch, an 40 ft wooden owl in the famous ceremony "The Cremation of Care." This all for two weeks in July for a "summer, fire festival" by the Bohemian Club. To have world leaders engaging in this ridiculous ritual worship (the so-called mock human sacrifice as part of this ritual), a mostly naked, homosexual romp among powerful men, the Republican elite, including some Democrats, is hard to make much sense of without seeing it within the context of the history of the world's elite as far back as ancient Rome, ancient Egypt and probably before.
(...) They call out to the female and male sides of Satan in Moloch worship mixed with Scottish masonic rites is essentially what goes down at the grotesquely campy and overtly homosexual meeting. Care equals conscience in the context used here. It is obvious that this club (which is a natural extension of the Trilateral Commission, CFR, and the Bilderberg Group) has a single agenda of one world government or a "New World Order," based on the reports about it in the press and books, the members who attend, and translations of the rituals involved.
Bohemian Grove - men only (July 10, 2011) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/09/IN881K72D7.DTL
"Weaving Spiders Come Not Here" is the motto of San Francisco's Bohemian Club. The motto is supposed to represent the club's edict against doing business during its annual Bohemian Grove retreat, which commences Thursday on 2,700 acres 75 miles north of the city. As club spokesman and member Sam Singer explained, "It's a group of gentlemen who are really genuinely interested in arts, theater, jazz and rock 'n' roll." The retreat gives members a chance to "get away from work. It's forbidden to talk about or solicit business at the club or grove." The "weaving spiders" motto also provides cover for a club that discriminates against women. Thus, in the Bay Area, good liberals and civil libertarians who would not dream of joining a club that refuses to admit blacks or Jews, raise their glasses in a club that discriminates against women.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's husband, Paul, is a member.Vaughn Walker, the former federal judge who overturned California's same-sex marriage law, is a member. MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews is a member.Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is a member. Ditto band member Bob Weir.There are more big names on the right, starting with former President George H.W. Bush, former Gov. Pete Wilson and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Business titans have long bankrolled the retreats. A roster of 2010 members released by norcaltruth.org - the club does not release its membership list - includes a couple of Rockefellers and the ubiquitous Koch brothers. Hence conspiracy theories about sinister deals cut amid the redwoods.Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is a member. William R. Hearst III, trustee of the Hearst Corp., which writes my paycheck, is a member. I have friends who are members. John McCain has addressed the group. Ditto Francis Ford Coppola. Like good Democrats, Presidents Obama and Bill Clinton have avoided Bohemia. "When I first started and they acquired my services, it was to help handle protests at the grove and the City Club," Singer noted. "Over the years, it's gone from a thousand people to literally one person."That one person is Brian Romanoff of norcaltruth.org, and he told me he doesn't go there to "protest" so much as to "reach out and inform the members" as to why they should make retreat policy seminars - on Afghanistan or nuclear power - public. He thinks some members are "probably guilty" of war crimes. He doesn't reach out to them. "I don't really want to get to know Henry Kissinger."Sonoma State sociology Professor Peter Phillips attended the retreat in 1994. The club was the subject of his doctoral dissertation. He told me that he met a lot of "ordinary rich guys" and "some very important people." Some men kept coming back to the same camps every year to discuss intimate issues - their prostates, wives - in an atmosphere analogous to a men's group. Phillips also saw and heard a lot of networking. "They're very clearly talking politics and business constantly." No weaving spiders? "I proved the opposite, quite clearly. I heard conversations about business. 'If GE comes in on the deal, we can get the Japanese to join' - three men walking down a trail together." CLIP
WikiLeaks' Brilliant MasterCard Commercial Parody (June 29, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzMN2c24Y1s
A spoof of the fact that major credit card and online payment companies have withheld over $15 Million in donations to WikiLeaks.
The Elite's Plan for Global Extermination Exposed by Dr. Webster Tarpley - Part 1 of 4 (June 18, 2011)
Part 2 HERE - Part 3 HERE - Part 4 HERE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyK3o-fl27k
In this interview, Dr. Tarpley reviews the writings of John P. Holdren, the current White House science advisor. This interview conclusively exposes scientific elite's true agenda, world-wide genocide and the formation of a global government to rule. Historian and author Webster Tarpley exposes how White House science czar John P. Holdren, who infamously co-wrote a 1977 textbook in which he advocated the formation of a "planetary regime" that would use a "global police force" to enforce totalitarian measures of population control, including forced abortions, mass sterilization programs conducted via the food and water supply, as well as mandatory bodily implants that would prevent couples from having children, is a Malthusian fanatic in the tradition of the arcane anti-human ideology that originated amongst British aristocracy in the 19th century. Holdren calls himself a "neo-Malthusian" in his own book, and as Tarpley explains, is a historical pessimist who has rejected the idea that America and humanity as a whole can progress through ingenuity, industry and economic growth. Instead, Holdren sees humankind as a cancer upon the Earth. Holdren wants to set up a "Science Court," where potential developments could be blocked by government decree if they don't conform to the planned society necessary under Holdren's "planetary regime". He also seeks to institute "de-development" worldwide to prevent the third world from ever lifting itself out of poverty and roll things back to "pre-industrial civilization" where average life spans would not be much more than 30 years.Holdren's co-author, Paul Ehrlich, is a discredited crank who wrote books in the 70's claiming that England would not exist as a land mass by the year 2000 because of climate change. As Tarpley explains, Ehrlich's warning of a "population bomb" has proven incorrect, with population in Europe, Japan and the United States falling when immigration is removed from the equation.
Are FEMA Concentration Camps and Martial Law Coming Soon to America Part 1 of 2 - Part 2 HERE (Skip the first 5 minutes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkA43ffmuYA
Excerpts of Conspiracy Theories TV show with Jesse Ventura and other video excerpts
President Obama has ripped up the US constitution for Nato's ill-considered Libyan adventure. Congress must restore sense
Dennis Kucinich - 6 July 2011
This week, I am sponsoring legislation in the United States Congress that will end US military involvement in Libya for the following reasons:
First, the war is illegal under the United States constitution and our War Powers Act, because only the US Congress has the authority to declare war and the president has been unable to show that the US faced an imminent threat from Libya. The president even ignored his top legal advisers at the Pentagon and the department of justice who insisted he needed congressional approval before bombing Libya.
Second, the war has reached a stalemate and is unwinnable without the deployment of Nato ground troops, effectively an invasion of Libya. The whole operation was terribly ill-considered from the beginning. While Nato supports the Benghazi-based opposition (situated in the oil-rich north-east), there is little evidence that the opposition has support of the majority of Libyans. The leading opposition group, the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (which had reportedly been backed by the CIA in the 1980s), should never have launched an armed civil war against the government if they had no chance absent a massive Nato air campaign and the introduction of Nato troops. Their reckless actions, encouraged by western political, military and intelligence interests, created the humanitarian crisis that was then used to justify the Nato war campaign.
Third, the United States cannot afford it. The US cost of the mission is projected to soon reach more than $1bn, and we are already engaged in massive cutbacks of civil services for our own people.
It is not surprising that a majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents alike think the US should not be involved in Libya.
This war is misguided. An invasion would be a disaster. Nato already is out of control, using a UN mandate allowing for protection of civilians as the flimsy pretext for an unauthorised mission of regime change through massive violence. In a just world, the Nato commander would be held responsible for any violations of international law. As a means of continuing the civil war, Nato member France and coalition ally Qatar have both admitted shipping weapons to Libya, in open violation of the United Nations arms embargo.
In the end, the biggest casualty of this game of nations will be the legitimacy of the UN, its resolutions and mandates, and international rule of law. This condition must be reversed. The ban on arms supplies to Libya must be enforced, not subverted by Nato countries. The US must cease its illegal and counterproductive support for a military resolution now.
The US Congress must act to cut off funds for the war because there is no military solution in Libya. Serious negotiations for a political solution must begin to end the violence and create an environment for peace negotiations to fulfil the legitimate, democratic aspirations of the people. A political solution will become viable when the opposition understands that regime change is the privilege of the Libyan people, not of Nato.
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France Says NATO Bombing Has Failed (July 11, 2011) http://www.activistpost.com/2011/07/france-says-nato-bombing-has-failed.html
(...) NATO, Diplomatic, and Congressional sources confirm that the Obama Administration erred badly in thinking that Libyas regime would collapse in a few days, not weeks as Obama assured the American public who has to pony up the estimated $5 billion thru July 31, 2011 costs. Obamas egregious miscalculation may cost him his presidency if the economy does not. As one student at Tripolis Al Fatah University commented, What your American government has done in the region to destroy yourselves since 9/11 is amazing to Libyans. Now you are going to fight us? Why? You already had all our oil you wanted at a bargain prices, we stupidly put our sovereign funds in US banks and we did not even bother Israel much. Every day that NATO bombs it kills more Libyan civilians. We sacrificed nearly 1/3 of our population or more than one million of our brothers and sisters expelling the Italians 70 years ago. Doesnt anyone in your government study history? We are not Bahrainis or Syrians. We are armed and will use our weapons. Among the errors our leadership has made, one of the worst is that it believed the US agreements we made in 2004. The Iranians and North Koreans laugh at us for trusting you and giving up our nuclear and biological weapons programs. Believe me dear, if Qadaffi leaves power you will miss him because the Libyan people will be tougher against your projects than he has been. On Sunday 7/10/11 France seemingly allied itself with Russia and China in calling on NATO to immediately stop its counterproductive and counterintuitive bombing, as more countries witness public demonstrations against NATOs actions in Libya. French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said in Paris that it was time for Qaddafi loyalists, which France acknowledges have been rapidly increasing in number, and Libyan rebels to sit around a table to reach a political compromise because, he said, there was no solution with force."NATO and the Obama administration can have no part of a dialogue because they will be the major losers if peace comes to Libya without Qadaffi leaving power. No sooner had the French Defense Minister spoken on 7/12/11, reflecting also the views of the British and Italian military, than the US State Department issued a statement insisting that the United States will continue efforts as part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) coalition to enforce a U.N. Security Council-authorized no-fly zone in Libya designed to protect civilians under threat of attack, the State Department said. The spokesman did not mention that the no-fly zone was achieved back in March in 48 hours and that no Libyan aircraft have flown since. Mission accomplished 100 days ago.
(...) As international pressure builds on the White House to call off the NATO bombing campaign, several proposals are being discussed within the African Union, the Russian and Chinese Embassys, and even between the NATO rebels and representatives of the Libya government in Tripoli. One possible scenario might be for Libya to offer Obama and NATO a fig leaf which would include Colonel Qadaffi retiring to his tent to write and reflect while dialogue takes places among the Libyan people, including the tribes and 600 plus Peoples Congresses which of course should have been allowed to take place as Congressman Dennis Kucinich and others insisted back in February, 2011 before NATO invaded.
America's lawmakers in Libyan quagmire (July 2, 2011) http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jul/02/libya-usforeignpolicy
With Republicans and Democrats alike split, confusion reigns over two crucial issues: war powers and R2P. It's time for clarity - [Picture caption] Democratic Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich (in 2003). Having failed to get congressional approval for his motion on war powers, Kucinich is bringing forward an amendment to cut funding of US operations in Libya ? which will give the House a clear choice. - Last week, as the US Senate picked up the Libya debate where the House of Representatives left off, it was apparent that Libya has created a political and moral quagmire for America. At the crux of continuing House debate is the legality of the invasion, given lack of congressional approval and its war powers implications, and the morality of the invasion, given a democratic imperative vis-à-vis the "responsibility to protect" (R2P). Needless to say, reporters scrambled to present House consensus after the votes on 24 June. The first vote was clear. The House voted overwhelmingly against authorisation for the Libya invasion. This is an important gesture from a war-weary Congress, especially in light of lack of congressional approval in the past 90 days, which is required under the 1973 War Powers Resolution. For some in Congress, this vote was about taking legislative power back and reaffirming the checks and balances instated in the War Powers Act. For others, this was purely a political move, tapping into an increasingly tangible anti-war sentiment and growing discontent about the billions of dollars spent abroad, while American infrastructure crumbles. Republicans, interestingly enough, are becoming more anti-war in part, because that is where the American public is headed.The second vote, however, was less clear, with some media outlets reporting that the House voted to continue funding the Libyan operation. This was a misread of the House vote. The bill, had it passed, would cut funding for some US operations in Libya, but not all allowing the refuelling of bombers, identification and selection of targets, guidance of munitions, logistical support and operational planning to continue.
(...) Unless Washington finds consensus on where and how we apply the War Powers Resolution or when and how we pursue R2P, we could easily witness similar votes related to Syria, Yemen or Pakistan. Given that we ignored R2P imperatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Sudan none of which come close to Libya's known oil reserves, which are second only to Saudi Arabia Washington must decide whether it is going to apply a moral injunction consistently, or whether national interests will dictate civilian protection.If it is the latter, then say so. Own up to the fact that the US is now engaged in hostile actions in at least five Muslim countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Libya. Own up to the fact that War Powers legislation, created to ensure accountability between the executive and legislative branches, is being discursively disregarded and disembowelled. And own up to the fact that the "responsibility to protect" is increasingly about protecting economic interests, and not primarily civilian innocents.
'NATO kills 10 civilians for every troop targeted, destroys children's facilities' (July 7, 2011) MUST WATCH!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1FVAjPt88Q
Rebel fighters in Libya have blamed a lack of ammunition, and a lack of NATO support, for their failure to advance towards the capital Tripoli. It comes just days after Libya reportedly intercepted two vessels with Belgian weapons intended for the rebels. THE CHILDREN ARE TERRIFIED BY THE ONGOING NATO BOMBINGS - THE CRIMINALS/POLITICIANS BEHIND THIS BOMBING CAMPAIGN MUST BE BROUGHT TO COURT SWIFTLY!!
BATTLE FOR LIBYA: Eye Witness Account From Libya and Gaddafi (July 10, 2011) Nearly 900 civilian dead and several thousands injured so far under US/NATO bombing!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=n1fUKa1mjmA
One of the motives for the war against Libya is to stop the development of the black continent, to enable the setting up of an AfriCom military base in Cyrenaica and to begin the colonial exploitation of Africa for the benefit of the United States. In order to understand this hidden agenda, Voltaire Network interviewed Mohamed Siala, Co-operation Minister and Manager of Libya's sovereign wealth fund. CLIP
Gaddafi close to quitting says France (July 13, 2011) http://www.euronews.net/2011/07/13/gaddafi-close-to-quitting-says-france/
France claims Muammar Gaddafi is very close to agreeing to step down. Emissaries from the Libyan leader are said to have contacted NATO members indicating that a negotiated end to the conflict is a possibility. On the other hand, Frances parliament has just voted to extend its participation in NATO operations in Libya despite it costing Paris 160 million euros a day. Certainly the breaking point has not yet been reached, said Prime Minister Francois Fillon,but now is the time to be firm and it is now that the international community must be steady. As the Libyan rebels appear to be making some gains towards the Libyan capital of Tripoli there have now been accusations of beatings and reprisals. Human Rights Watch claims rebels have been guilty of violations as they have captured towns in their fight against Gaddafi loyalists.
A small example of how the facts on the ground in Libya are being distorted (July 2, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agigUkYgauE
AMAZING DISINFORMATION AND CONTRIVED LIES TO BOLSTER THE NATO/US-LED WAR OF AGGRESSION TO CAPTURE LIBYAN OIL FIELDS!
Video of huge weapons arsenal 'for Libya rebels' seized on Qatar boats (July 5, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3Sg2lNk-n8
Libyan officials say they have intercepted two boats from Qatar carrying a cache of weapons for rebel forces in the country. It's said the load included about a hundred Belgian-made assault rifles, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition. So far, only the French admit to supplying weapons to Libyan anti-government forces. Brian Johnson-Thomas, a former arms trafficking expert for the UN Security Council, says it's a dangerous violation of the arms embargo.
Contagion in the euro zone: Selecting default (July 11, 2011) http://www.economist.com/blogs/charlemagne/2011/07/contagion-euro-zone
FOR THE first time since the start of the Greek debt crisis more than a year ago, the finance ministers of the euro area are ready to consider a default by Greece. They did not say so explicitly, of course, but the omissions from their statement tonight were eloquent. Amid alarm that contagion was spreading from Greece to Italy and Spain, finance ministers held more than eight hours of crisis talks in Brussels, at the end of which they declared in a statement their "absolute commitment to safeguard financial stability in the euro area". The new French finance minister, François Baroin, who replaces Christine Lagarde after her elevation to run the IMF, declared that ministers had rediscovered the "spirit of the spring of 2010", when they had first rescued Greece and created a ¤500 billion fund to help other countries. Such rhetoric should be disregarded. It serves mainly to hide the intense disagreements that endures. The statement last night was filled with many promises, among them the pledge to do more to "improve the euro area's systemic capacity to resist contagion risk". But it gave few specific details or a timetable for action. This is unlikely to convince markets that the euro zone's leaders are anywhere near resolving the crisis.Until recently, the ministers thought they had averted imminent catastrophe. A looming default by Greece has been delayed by a few months, following the approval of the next tranche of EU/IMF loans, worth ¤12 billion. Ministers thought they now had weeks, if not months, to figure out the precise form of a second bail-out designed to preserve Greece until 2014 - especially the way in which private bondholders would be induced "voluntarily" to help roll over some of Greece's debt. But that illusion has been shattered by the spread of financial turmoil to Italy, a country too big to bail out, and to Spain. Yields on the bonds of both countries reached historic highs in today's trading.All of a sudden, the ministers are willing to consider measures that, until a few days ago, were deemed unthinkable. Most striking is the seeming abandonment of the commitment to ensure that any private-sector involvement avoid anything that might provoke credit-rating agencies to declare a selective default. Even worse would be to trigger a credit event that would trigger a pay-out of credit-default swaps (CDS), a form of insurance against default. CLIP
Italy races to forefront of Europe debt crisis (July 11, 2011) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/europe/italy-races-to-forefront-of-europe-debt-crisis/article2094070/
Italy moved with alarming speed from the fringe of the European Union's financial crisis to its very centre as efforts to prevent the debt contagion from spreading beyond Greece, Ireland and Portugal failed, even threatening to engulf the United States. Plunging prices for trading in Italian debt presented Brussels with a nightmare scenario: The potential bailout of the third-largest economy in the euro zone could be unaffordable and could result in the destruction of the common currency. The spread to Italy is disturbing evidence that even the largest economies, none of which seemed to share any of the worst economic traits of Greece, are not immune from investors' fears that debt loads are simply becoming too big to be paid off. Waning growth in the Western world is only intensifying the belief that debt defaults may be inevitable, a potentially catastrophic scenario that would slaughter the banks and cut off the credit required to keep companies functioning.Markets fell around the world on Monday, hitting virtually every stock index and commodity. Oil lost 1 per cent, an indication that the markets think the debt crisis will crimp global growth. The euro took a beating, losing 1.5 per cent against the dollar. The failure among EU finance ministers to agree on new bailout terms for Greece added to the tension. EU finance ministers, who met Monday to discuss Greece ahead of a regularly scheduled session, reiterated their vow to safeguard financial stability and said they are prepared to bolster "the scope and flexibility" of the existing bailout fund, known as the European Financial Stability Facility. The changes, they said in a statement released Monday night, would lengthen the bailout loan maturity dates and drop their interest rates. Greece has already been treated to lower bailout loan costs. Whether new bailout terms will help Greece or other rescued countries avoid default remains an open question. Many economists believe nothing but a default, followed by debt reduction of 50 per cent or so, would allow Greece to support its debt. The Italian bond selloff, coupled with rapidly sinking Italian bank share prices, sent European leaders into damage control mode on Monday.
(...) According to economists and investors, the trigger events were the downgrading of Portugal's debt to "junk" status last week; the slow pace of launching Greece's second bailout as the first bailout, worth ¤110-billion, proves insufficient to prevent a default; Italy's renewed flirtation with recession as growth dips; and a plainly uncompetitive economy that, like Portugal's, has proved resistant to reform since the euro was born a dozen years ago. The sense that the debt crisis is spreading beyond Europe and about to grip the United States, where budget talks are in stalemate as the government bumps into its borrowing limits, has only fuelled the debt-contagion fires. CLIP
No end in sight to eurozone crisis (7/12/2011) http://english.iribnews.ir/NewsBody.aspx?ID=14611
Europe's big creditor governments are pushing for private investors to bear part of the cost of a new bailout of Greece amid mounting anxiety in the financial markets that the continued indecision would exacerbate the eurozone crisis. With Italy, the eurozone's third biggest economy, being targeted by the financial markets for the first time in Europe's 18-month debt crisis, ECB warnings of contagion if Greece is allowed to default gained in credibility. Italian borrowing costs hit their highest levels in more than a decade of 5.7% while the yields, or borrowing rates, on Spanish government bonds reached 6% the highest levels reached since the creation of the euro.Dealers reported a race to "safe havens" and gold priced in euros and sterling reached record levels of ¤1,110.48 and £979.89 an ounce in early trading before falling back, while the euro hit a record low against the Swiss franc a safe-haven currency. Wall Street was also caught up in the anxiety, with US stocks falling 1% in early trading, while the FTSE 100 was also 1% lower. Analysts say there is little hope of calm returning to the markets while eurozone governments are gridlocked over how to respond despite weeks of negotiations with Greece's private creditors and various contradictory schemes being mooted and then rejected.
Debt ceiling threatens to fall on Obama, Boehner (July 11, 2011) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/americas/debt-ceiling-threatens-to-fall-on-obama-boehner/article2094097/
There was nothing inevitable about the puerile staring match Barack Obama and John Boehner have backed themselves into. The President could have made overtures weeks ago in what were destined to be gruelling negotiations with Republicans to raise the statutory limit on federal borrowing in conjunction with a major deficit-reduction deal. Instead, he outsourced the grunt work to Vice-President Joe Biden. And if Mr. Boehner, the Republican House of Representatives Speaker, had been serious from the outset about reaching a $4-trillion (U.S.) deficit deal, he could have massaged his caucus members for some form of tax increases before they learned about them from the press. Both men sought to enhance their leadership by seeking a "grand debt bargain" that would fundamentally improve America's fiscal trajectory. In the end, both could emerge weakened when Aug. 2 rolls around.By that date, Congress needs to have passed legislation to raise the $14.3-trillion debt ceiling if the U.S. Treasury is to avoid defaulting on its bonds and continue borrowing money to finance government spending. There is still only a minute possibility that no deal will get done.Twice on Monday, Mr. Boehner made a point of reassuring financial markets that he is not about to let the world's richest country become a deadbeat debtor. So, the stare-down we are witnessing is not about whether to raise the debt limit. It has to do with how much it is about to be raised.Republicans have tied any increase in the debt ceiling to a dollar-for-dollar decrease in the deficit over 10 years. The President claims to want a comprehensive $4-trillion deficit-reduction deal that tackles the costliest entitlement programs - Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid - while reforming the tax system to bring in as much as $1-trillion in new revenues. But the likelihood of such a grand deal melted like a Slurpee in the D.C. summer after word filtered back to rank-and-file Republicans that Mr. Boehner might agree to something resembling a tax increase. By Monday, after near open revolt by his caucus and a public rebuke by his second-in-command, the Speaker was leaving no room for ambiguity. "The American people will not accept, and the House cannot pass, a bill that raises taxes on job creators," a chastened Mr. Boehner told reporters. As for Mr. Obama, there is no mystery why he would prefer a big deal. He wants to avoid revisiting the debt-ceiling issue once more before the 2012 presidential election. "The things I will not consider are a 30-day or a 60-day or a 90-day or 180-day temporary stopgap resolution to this problem," Mr. Obama said Monday at his second press conference in as many weeks. "If we think it's hard now, imaging how these guys are going to be thinking six months from now in the middle of election season."Yet, the President is partly to blame for his predicament. Had he truly sought to "do something meaningful on debt and deficits," he should not have waited until late June to get personally involved in the negotiations. Now, he is faced with an unpalatable choice. To raise the debt ceiling enough to get beyond the 2012 election, he will have to agree to a deficit-reduction package made up almost entirely of spending cuts - a move that will make him look like a pushover with the Democratic base. But if he resists large cuts to entitlement programs, he will have to settle for a smaller increase in the borrowing limit. That could force him to hold another fractious debt-ceiling vote just as Americans go to the polls. Last week, Mr. Obama and Mr. Boehner thought they could both be winners in this negotiation. Now, perhaps neither will be.
IMF Wants US Debt Ceiling Raised Immediately (29 JUNE 2011) http://www.thenewamerican.com/economy/commentary-mainmenu-43/8051-imf-wants-us-debt-ceiling-raised-immediately
The June 20th report of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to the United States strongly recommended that the debt ceiling be raised because "if the debt ceiling is not raised soon [it] would have significant global repercussions, given the central role of U. S. Treasury bonds in world markets. " In announcing the report, John Lipsky (picture, left), acting managing director for the IMF, said: We're confident that the participants are well aware of the potential risks of a debt default in the U. S. and will avoid those dangers. It should be self-evident [that] a debt default by the U. S. government debt market would have very serious, far-reaching, dramatic repercussions and that's why we're confident that it will be avoided. The IMF report was full of other suggestions to assist the U.S. in regaining its financial footing (...) The IMF describes itself as "an organization of 187 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty. " Remarkably, none of these statements is true. Founded in 1944 along with the World Bank, the IMF essentially represents one half of a tag team to offer loans (through the bank) to corrupt governments who then spend the money recklessly or steal it, putting repayment of the loans into jeopardy. The IMF then comes to the rescue, offering incentives (called "considerations") as a condition to receive bailouts, which usually involve austerity measures to attack and pauperize the middle class, increase the governments' control over its citizens, and sell off private assets ("privatization") that are often then sold at discount prices to banks and other interests affiliated with the Anglo-American establishment. As noted by The Daily Bell: The IMF and the World Bank work hand in hand. The World Bank loans money to corrupt governments that loot or squander the funds and then the IMF comes in and insists on an "austerity program" of higher taxes and lower government spending to insure the loans are paid back. The IMF has gotten a bad reputation with developing countries because its solutions often eviscerate the middle class while the privatizations end up involving fire-sales bid out to Anglo-American corporations. With friends like the IMF looking over the shoulder of the American government, no one needs enemies. CLIP
Mounting Evidence that Dominique Strauss Kahn was Framed - by Michel Chossudovsky (July 7, 2011)
WAS IT BECAUSE HE DID NOT WANT TO PLAY ALONG WITH THE ELITE'S GAME PLAN FOR A PLANNED GLOBAL ECONOMIC ARMAGEDDON? http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=25533
While the media has gone to arms length to obfuscate the matter, there is mounting evidence that Dominique Strauss Kahn was framed. According to media reports, the 32-year-old Guinean Sofitel housemaid received the modest sum of 100,000 dollars paid into her bank account. The New York Times acknowledges the payment but fails to analyze the source of these payments. (...) If the 100,000 dollars had indeed been deposited into her bank account in the course of the last two years, why on earth would she be working as a housemaid?Regime change at the IMFWhy was the substance of the housemaid's false accusations not released at an earlier stage? Who was protecting her?Why did the media wait to reveal information which confirms DSK's innocence.This information was known to the prosecutors at an early stage of the investigation, yet it was only released after the appointment of France's Finance Minister Christine Lagarde as Managing Director of the IMF. Lagarde's candidacy was confirmed and accepted on June 26th. Her mandate was confirmed on June 28th following a decision of the IMF's 24 member executive board.Lagarde is an appointee of Wall Street and the US banking establishment. Her candidacy had been approved by U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on the 28th of June: "I am pleased to announce our decision to support Christine Lagarde to head the IMF," Geithner said in a statement hours before the 24-member IMF executive board was expected to select her as its managing director.Careful timing. In a bitter irony, the report from the prosecutor proving DSK's innocence was released on the day following the IMF's executive board decision instating Lagarde as Managing Director of IMF for a five year term. The frame-up has visibly succeeded. Who instructed prosecutors not to release this information until after the appointment of Lagarde as IMF Chief? If this information had been revealed a few days earlier, Lagarde's candidacy as IMF chief might have been questioned.Regime change at the IMF has been speedily implemented, not to mention the implications of the DSK affair in relation to the French presidential elections. Christine Lagarde commenced her five year term as IMF Managing Director on July 5th at the height of Greece's debt crisis. So far, the likely hypothesis of a frame-up directed against DSK is not being touched upon by the mainstream media.
Strauss-Kahn Screws Africa (May 20, 2011) http://www.gregpalast.com/strauss-kahn-screws-africa/#more-4601
Now that I've dispensed with the obvious and obnoxious teaser headline, let's drop the towel and expose Dominique Strauss-Kahn's history of arrogant abuse. The truth is, the grandee of the IMF has molested Africans for years. (...) Director-General DSK's cruelty, arrogance and impunity toward African and other nations as generalissimo of the IMF is right in line with the story told by the poor, African hotel housekeeper in New York City. (...) Since taking over the IMF in 2007, erstwhile "Socialist" Strauss-Kahn has tightened the screws in an attempt to maintain the free-market finance mania that ruined this planet in the first place. [That's worth a story in itself - and that's coming. Our team has a stack of inside documents from the IMF that we will be releasing in my new book in the Fall.] DSK's lawyers say the relationship with the housekeeper was "consensual." But DSK says that about all IMF agreements with nations over whom it holds life and death powers. That's like saying a bank robbery is consensual so long as you don't consider the gun.Whether it was agreed-upon sex or brutal rape, it could only have been "consensual" in the same way that the people of Guinea consented to IMF-ordered financial rapine. The Times article quotes an IMF crony of Strauss-Kahn saying DSK gets his way by "persuasion" not "bullying." Tell that to the Greeks. It was DSK who, last year, personally insisted on brutal terms for the so-called bail-out of Greece. "Strong conditionality" is the IMF term. Strauss-Kahn demanded not just a devastating cut in pensions and a deliberate increase in unemployment to 14%, but also the sell-off of 4,000 of 6,000 state-owned services. The DSK IMF plan allowed the financiers who set the financial fires of Greece to pick up the nation's assets at a fire-sale price.The Strauss-Kahn demands were not "tough love" for Greece: The love was reserved solely for the vulture bankers who received the IMF funds but were not required to accept one euro in lost profit in return. DSK, despite the advice of many, refused to ask the banks and speculators to reduce their usurious interest charges that were the root of Greece's woes. Requiring Greece to sell assets, drop trade barriers, and even end the rule that Greek ships use Greek sailors has nothing to do with saving Greece, but everything to do with DSK's commitment to protect every banker's balance sheet from unwanted violations. CLIP
Portugal Junked: 'Bailouts - outrageous anti-taxpayer scam' (July 6, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omb5pMBL6FU
Europe's ongoing struggle to save the Euro has been dealt another blow as Portugal has had its debt downgraded to junk status. Moody's, the credit rating agency behind the move, says a default is likely unless the country is given another bailout. Many analysts have questioned the logic of saddling struggling economies with more debt as speculation grows over whether the EU is ready to come to Portugal's rescue again. And the direction the EU and the IMF are taking in solving this crisis may well lead to severe consequences - that's according to Douglas Carswell, an MP from the British Conservative Party.
Keiser Report: Robbed and Securitised (July 5, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtIDKtaTz3M
This week Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, report on 'no buyers' at the firesale of Greek national income producing assets and on Ben Bernanke as the Taliban of finance. In the second half of the show, Max talks to economist Yanis Varoufakis about the bailout and austerity packages for Greece. - IF YOU CANNOT WATCH IT ALL AT LEAST WATCH THIS 2 MIN SEGMENT: US worse than Greece?
The all-consuming Washington, D.C. wrangling over debts and deficits, spending and taxing is excluding a large reality of how these financial problems can sensibly and fairly be addressed. These blinders in Congress and the White House come from fact-starved ideologies--mostly from the Republicans--and fear-fed meekness--mostly from the Democrats. Both are furiously dialing for commercial campaign cash.
Take the gigantic world of corporate tax avoidance. Ronald Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986 that was designed to increase corporate tax revenues by over 30 percent. Today, President Obama wants to diminish or delete some tax loopholes (technically called tax expenditures) for large corporations, but let most of the revenues be cancelled out by lowering the corporate tax rates. How the world changes.
Obama's mild approach is unacceptable to the big business lobbies and their Republican mascots in Congress.
They want more tax breaks so they can keep trillions of more dollars over the next decade.
Lost in this whirl of vast greed and political calculation are options, which if pursued with a sense of fairness for the people of the country, would go a long way in providing revenues for public works jobs--repairing America--which in turn would generate more consumer demand by these workers.
The ultra-accurate Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) publishes precise reports on the effective taxes paid by corporations that make an utter mockery of the 35 percent statutory tax rate for corporations (see CTJ.org).
On June 1, 2011, CTJ released a preview of its forthcoming study of Fortune 500 companies and "the taxes they paid--or failed to pay--over the 2008-2010 period." Judging by the preview, this report should silence those who say that the U.S. taxes corporations more than other industrialized nations.
What do you think the following profitable corporations paid in actual total federal income taxes in that period: American Electric Power, Boeing, Dupont, Exxon Mobil, FedEx, General Electric, Honeywell, International, IBM, United Technologies, Verizon Communications, Wells Fargo, and Yahoo? Nothing!
CTJ reports that "from 2008 through 2010, these 12 companies reported $171 billion in pretax U.S. profits. But as a group, their federal income taxes were negative: $2.5 billion."
CTJ documents that "not a single one of the companies paid anything close to the 35 percent statutory tax rate. In fact, the 'highest tax' company on our list, ExxonMobil, paid an effective three-year tax rate of only 14.2 percent...and over the past two years, Exxon Mobil's net tax on its $9.9 billion in U.S. pretax profits was a minuscule $39 million, an effective tax rate of 0.4 percent."
Next time you hear Republicans like Eric Cantor, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell repeat their statement that corporations are overtaxed and need a break, you can tell them that "had these 12 companies paid the full 35 percent corporate tax, their federal income taxes over the three years would have totaled $59.9 billion." CTJ director, Bob McIntyre noted that these 12 companies are "just the tip of an iceberg of widespread corporate tax avoidance."
Of course, most Americans suspect as much, even if they don't have the exact figures. A recent Gallup poll asked the public's opinion on where they stand on the tax cuts for the rich and the tax breaks for the corporations. By a 45% margin, they opposed tax cuts for the rich and by a 55% margin, they opposed tax cuts for corporations.
So what are Barack Obama and the Democrats waiting for? They have the undeniable facts and overwhelming public sentiment behind them. Why do they let Cantor, Boehner and McConnell continue to mouth falsehoods without rebuttals of the truth?
It's obvious. The Democrats want big time money from the executives and Political Action Committees of the Fortune 500. The Democrats are willing to let the Republicans fuzz the debate and dare to try and make Medicare and social security benefits absorb the sacrifices. Indeed last week, the Washington Post headlined Obama signaling to the Republicans that social security "is on the table."
Even the meek reporters should no longer fail to challenge the Republican's daily mantras.
Should you have any doubts that the corporate state is in firm control of your government, try this test: If you paid a single dollar in federal income tax in any of the years 2008, 2009 and 2010, you paid more than the giant General Electric (GE) company. In that period GE made $7.722 billion in U.S. profit, paid no taxes and received $4.737 billion from the IRS. As the New York Times reported on March 24, teams of GE tax lawyers and accountants are making sure they avoid taxes altogether, shifting the burden to you.
These big companies are laughing at us all the way to the taxpayer-bailed-out banks. They're even laughing at their own shareholder-owners. The non-financial companies are sitting on about $2 trillion. Inert dollars, producing nothing and earning minuscule interest are better deployed by enlarging the dividend payments to their shareholders. A mere 10% of that sum as dividend payments this year would pump $200 billion into an economy needing more consumer demand.
Reporters and columnists need to start addressing these topics at news conferences with members of Congress and White House staffers. The Washington press corps shouldn't behave like sheep!
Paul Ryan says U.S. facing debt crisis like other countries (July 12, 2011) http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20078690-503544.html
Powerful House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on Tuesday said the United States is facing a debt crisis comparable to other countries and officials in Washington need to get in front of it before it spirals out of control. "We have a debt crisis coming. It's hitting not just our country but countries around the world. We want to get ahead of it," Ryan said on CBS' "The Early Show." The Wisconsin Republican did not mention any specific country, but European policymakers are struggling to stop the bleeding in Greece as they worry about Italy being the next country to face an imminent debt crisis. Ryan has offered up a controversial proposal to overhaul Medicare in order to make it less expensive for the government to run and more sustainable for taxpayers in the long-run. Ryan is convening the House Budget Committee later Tuesday for a hearing to discuss Medicare and its impact on the federal budget. CLIP
Obama says he cannot guarantee Social Security checks will go out on August 3 (July 12, 2011) Playing politics with people's fears ... http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20078789-503544.html
President Obama on Tuesday said he cannot guarantee that retirees will receive their Social Security checks August 3 if Democrats and Republicans in Washington do not reach an agreement on reducing the deficit in the coming weeks. "I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it," Mr. Obama said in an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, according to excerpts released by CBS News. The Obama administration and many economists have warned of economic catastrophe if the United States does not raise the amount it is legally allowed to borrow by August 2. CLIP
The Great Unravelling: The Economic Assassination of America and An Even Greater Depression By Stephen Lendman (July 10, 2011) http://hamsayeh.net/economy/929-the-great-unravelling-the-economic-assassination-of-america-and-an-even-greater-depression-.html
Fridays jobs report threw more cold water on so-called recovery. Since 2008, Main Street Americas been in Depression. -- Conditions have worsened, not improved, because of force-fed austerity, not badly needed stimulus to create jobs, reemploy people, and revive real economic growth, not the illusory kind since the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) officially declared June 2009 the end of recession.At 11:05AM on July 8, Obama commented from the Rose Garden, doing what he does best dissembling and distorting reality to conceal whats going on and why. His best shot was saying: We still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do to give people the security and opportunity that they deserve. In fact, since day one in office, hes done precisely the opposite, an agenda still in place. It includes bailing out criminal banks, their complicit counterparties, and other corporate favorites, as well as waging multiple imperial wars. At the same time, he stiff-armed budget strapped states and spurned efforts to create jobs, leaving unemployed Americans largely on their own sink or swim.
(...) By reengineering employment data accurately based on how calculated in the 1980s, economist John Williams reported 22.7% unemployed, not the fictitious 9.2%, showing a very sick economy. The only sensible comments from a Wall Street Journal editorial headlined, The Jobs Double-Dip were that: most Americans believe the economy is still in recession millions of lost jobs since 2008 havent been regained; and Obamas economic advisors have been leaving one by one to return to private life, and who can blame them.Bloombergs Timothy Homan quoted Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishis chief financial economist Chris Rupkey saying he was stunned by Fridays report. In fact, not a single economist surveyed predicted it. Apologists were everywhere blaming reality on season adjustments (that are) really hard to predict, according to BLS chief economist Betsey Stevenson, dissembling like Obama along with tout TV experts. In fact, manipulation distorts numbers more than seasonality. Notably, Zero Hedge.com said total full-time employment is the worst on record since data was first collected 43 years ago, based on Household Survey numbers.In addition, the employment to population ratio is the lowest since post-war 1940s when far fewer women were employed.Simply put, conditions are dismally bad, getting worse, but worst of all is yet to come because bad policies assure it.In his latest economic assessment, Progressive Radio News Hour regular, economist Jack Rasmus, headlined his article, The Predicted Job Collapse Now In Progress, saying:Months ago he predicted earlier reported job gains would collapse . That prediction is now underway, based on Julys dismal data.
(...) Ongoing bipartisan deficit cutting negotiations plan something on the order of cutting $3 dollars in spending (for) every tax dollar raised . mostly (slashing) Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and government aid to education, the most vital programs to preserve.In other words, back room deals are dismantling Americas social democracy, while assuring largesse for Wall Street, other corporate favorites and war profiteers, continuing Americas road to tyranny and ruin.In fact, Rasmus predicts that the top corporate tax rate will be slashed from 35 20%, so for every dollar in tax revenue raised, big business will get back $2 in revenue, courtesy of working household taxpayers. Over the past three decades, (t)his political shell game reduced corporations tax burden (as a percent of federal revenues) from around 20% to todays average of 10% or less.Moreover, gaming the system lets companies like General Electric earn billions of dollars in profits, supplemented by billions back in tax rebates. Meanwhile, global economies are slowing or cratering like Japan, Australia, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Eastern European ones and others. As a result, healthier ones feel the pinch. Consumer spending is affected. Global trade is slowing. So are US manufacturing and service areas. As a result, there is no light at the end of the economic growth tunnel for renewed economic or significant job creation from the (US) private sector to compensate, in part, for continued federal, state and local government job cuts. Its not hard seeing where this trend is heading. It portends hard times getting harder when many millions already lost jobs, steady incomes, homes and future prospects because governments at all levels plan tougher than ever conditions ahead to transfer more wealth to Americas super-rich already with too much. While millions rage across Middle East, North Africa, and European countries, its hard understanding why Americans so willingly let corrupt government officials steal them blind and destroy their lives. Its long past time they got mad enough to stop it because nothing will change things otherwise.
Why is the Most Wasteful Government Agency Not Part of the Deficit Discussion? WITH REVEALING GRAPHICS! THE PENTAGON IS THE NEXUS OF SOME OF THE WORST CORRUPTION ON THIS PLANET! http://onthecommons.org/why-most-wasteful-government-agency-not-part-deficit-discussion
Republicans ignore incompetence, bloat and corruption at the Pentagon -- In all the talk about the federal deficit, why is the single largest culprit left out of the conversation? Why is the one part of government that best epitomizes everything conservatives say they hate about government- waste, incompetence, and corruptionall but exempt from conservative criticism?Of course, Im talking about the Pentagon. Any serious battle plan to reduce the deficit must take on the Pentagon. In 2011 military spending accounted for more than 58 percent of all federal discretionary spending and even more if the interest on the federal debt that is related to military spending were added. In the last ten years we have spent more than $7.6 trillion on military and homeland security according to the National Priorities Project. In the last decade military spending has soared from $300 billion to $700 billion. When debt ceilings and deficits seem to be the only two items on Washingtons agenda, it is both revealing and tragic that both parties give a free pass to military spending. Representative Paul Ryans much discussed Tea Party budget accepted Obamas proposal for a pathetic $78 billion reduction in military spending over 5 years, a recommendation that would only modestly slow the rate of growth of military spending.
(...) Adding insult to injury, last September, the GAO found that the new computer systems intended to improve the Pentagons financial oversight are themselves nearly 100 percent or $7 billion over budget and as much as 12 years behind schedule! The Pentagon is not just incompetent. It is corrupt. In November 2009 the Pentagons Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), the federal watchdog responsible for auditing oversight of military contractors, raised the question of criminal wrongdoing when it found that the audits that did occur were riddled with serious breaches of auditor independence. One Pentagon auditor admitted he did not perform detailed tests because, The contractor would not appreciate it.Why would the Pentagon allow its contractors to get away with fraud? To answer that question we need to understand the incestuous relationship between the Pentagon and its contractors that has been going on for years, and is getting worse. From 2004 to 2008, 80 percent of retiring three and four star officers went to work as consultants or defense industry executives. Thirty-four out of 39 three- and four-star generals and admirals who retired in 2007 are nowworking in defense industry roles nearly 90 percent. CLIP
Cost of War at Least $3.7 Trillion and Counting (June 29, 2011) http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/06/29/us/politics/politics-us-usa-war.html
When President Barack Obama cited cost as a reason to bring troops home from Afghanistan, he referred to a $1 trillion price tag for America's wars. Staggering as it is, that figure grossly underestimates the total cost of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the U.S. Treasury and ignores more imposing costs yet to come, according to a study released on [June 29]. The final bill will run at least $3.7 trillion and could reach as high as $4.4 trillion, according to the research project "Costs of War" by Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. In the 10 years since U.S. troops went into Afghanistan ... spending on the conflicts totaled $2.3 trillion to $2.7 trillion. Those numbers will continue to soar when considering often overlooked costs such as long-term obligations to wounded veterans and projected war spending from 2012 through 2020. The estimates do not include at least $1 trillion more in interest payments coming due. In human terms, 224,000 to 258,000 people have died directly from warfare, including 125,000 civilians in Iraq. Many more have died indirectly, from the loss of clean drinking water, healthcare, and nutrition. An additional 365,000 have been wounded and 7.8 million people -- equal to the combined population of Connecticut and Kentucky -- have been displaced. In one sense, the report measures the cost of 9/11. What followed were three wars in which $50 billion amounts to a rounding error. For every person killed on September 11, another 73 have been killed since.
NUGGETS OF SPECIAL INTEREST
ELECTRIC BLUE MORNING http://www.spaceweather.com/submissions/large_image_popup.php?image_name=Marek-Nikodem-DSC_8439_1310274751.jpg
On Sunday morning, July 10th, a bank of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) swept across Europe. Instead of the usual rosy-red, the sunrise over Poland was electric blue: "This morning I witnessed a spectacular display of NLCs--the best I've ever seen," reports photographer Marek Nikodem of Szubin, Poland. "The clouds were more than 180 degrees wide and 100 degrees high. It was a fantastic show."July 2011 has been a banner month for these mysterious clouds. Normally confined to polar latitudes, NLCs have been sighted in recent nights as far south as France in Europe and Kansas and Colorado in the United States. Sky watchers at all latitudes are encouraged to be alert for electric blue; observing tips may be found in the 2011 NLC photo gallery.
New Yorkers warned about spread of 'monster plant' (July 06, 2011) http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110706/NEWS90/110709859
NEW YORK -- New Yorkers were on alert Wednesday after authorities warned that a "monster plant" that burns and disfigures humans was spreading in New York state, with more than 1,000 confirmed sightings since last year. Giant Hogweed looks harmless enough, with beautiful flowers as big as umbrellas -- but its sap causes blindness and third-degree burns, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said. The botanical beast is so rampant that the DEC has even set up a special Giant Hogweed Hotline, and ordered a special 14-man crew to root out its nesting spots along streams, roads and unsuspecting residents' backyards. "If the sap gets on your skin and it's exposed to sunlight ... you end up with third-degree burns, oozing and scars," Naja Kraus, the DEC's Giant Hogweed Program coordinator, said. "If it gets in your eyes, you can go blind." The outwardly stunning plant is now in full bloom, Kraus added. The plant was brought to New York around the late 1800s, and since then has spread mainly through the central and western parts of the state.
POSSIBLE FUTURES FILM CONTEST http://possiblefuturesfilmcontest.org/watch-vote/
Discover a Unique Source of Films to Inspire Your Organization and Constituency - Vote for the ones that resonate with you to help us chose the most inspiring visions and award cash prizes to the filmmakers. Voting ends on July 19th. CHECK THE FIRST ONE - The Shift AT http://vimeo.com/23711323 "Peace is coming soon. We are causing the Shift..."
Researcher Believes He's Found Key that Unlocks Egypts Advanced Scientific Knowledge http://s8int.com/phile/page71.html
A real secret message discovered by a local man among Egypt's ancient ruins could be stranger than the fictional stories we love involving Indiana Jones or "The DaVinci Code." East Stroudsburg-born Edward Nightingale says he has unraveled the most famous of ancient Egyptian riddles. And he believes his discovery has uncovered a collection of advanced mathematical principles that could change our understanding of matter and the universe. But that's not all. Now, hold on to your seats. He also believes this information was intentionally embedded in the blueprint of the ancient ruins, for future generations to discover.
(...) "There are 2.5 million blocks of stone in the Great Pyramid that cover 13 acres in the footprint and stands 480 feet tall, with blocks of granite in the interior that are up to 70 tons. They are machined to tolerances that you can't slip a dollar bill into," Nightingale said."That tells me they (the builders) knew something we don't, because we sure can't do it.
(...) Other theories have been proposed. A fairly recent and now dominant one by researcher Robert Bauval suggested the arrangement of the three pyramids matched the Belt of Orion, three stars in the midsection of the Orion constellation. A shaft in one of the pyramids points to the spot in the sky Orion occupied thousands of years ago when the pyramid was built.
(...) Nightingale said his template doesn't just relate to Giza. He has applied it to other ancient ruins. And he said it provides a mathematical framework to describe things as diverse as the structure of spiral constellations, DNA and music. Nightingale used a nine-based system of numbers to divide the radius and diameters of his circles to determine his template. "That's how nature operates. The nine-based formula is more how nature assembles things," he said.Nightingale found explanations of music in his theory. "There are sophisticated mathematics, musical proportions that are just stunning. Harmonics if you want to call it that," he said. He also refers to his theory as a harmonic view of nature. CLIP
THE PAVED TERRACE ON THE BOSNIAN PYRAMID OF THE MOON IS FOUND TO BE OVER 10,000 YEARS OLD! (4 July 2011) WITH PICTURES... http://www.piramidasunca.ba/en/index.php/THE-PAVED-TERRACE-ON-THE-BOSNIAN-PYRAMID-OF-THE-MOON-IS-FOUND-TO-BE-OVER-10000-YEARS-OLD.html
The results of carbon-dating of a sample taken from the paved terrace of the Bosnian Pyramid of the Moon have been returned to the Archeological Park of the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun Foundation. The age of the sample has been determined to be 10,350 years (+/- 50 years). This means that the Bosnian Pyramids are significantly older than the officially pronounced age of the Egyptian pyramids (4,500 years), as well as those of China, Peru, or Mexico (estimated as roughly 2,000-3,000 years old). The Foundation began work on the western, triangular side of the Bosnian Pyramid of the Moon at Visoko (about 20 miles north of Sarajevo, in Bosnia-Herzegovina) in July 2006. The height of this pyramid is 190 meters, making it taller than the Cheops Pyramid of 147 meters. At a point roughly halfway to the top of this pyramid a paved terrace was discovered which consisted of carefully trimmed paving of sandstone. This material has been used throughout many generations as a natural building and architectural material and there is an abundance of it in the region. These sandstone paving stones had been smoothed on all six sides, and they had been carefully placed along the external surface of the pyramid. Between them there is a binding cement-like material. CLIP
Bosnian Pyramids Summer Excavations 2011 - Tesla Waves http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVgjUql6bUE&feature=player_embedded#at=105
Richard Hoyle is the author of another video clip from the Bosnian Valley of the Pyramids. First part shows measurements of the electromagnetic I electrical phenomena at the Vratnica tumulus in Visoko. Second part shows group of volunteers visiting the underground labyrinth Ravne.
The Mystery of Bosnia's Ancient Pyramids (December 2009) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/The-Mystery-of-Bosnias-Ancient-Pyramids.html
An amateur archaeologist says he's discovered the world's oldest pyramids in the Balkans. But many experts remain dubious (...) You find evidence of the stone structure everywhere. Consequently, you can conclude that the whole thing is a pyramid."Not just any pyramid, but what Osmanagich calls the Pyramid of the Moon, the world's largestand oldeststep pyramid. Looming above the opposite side of town is the so-called Pyramid of the Sunalso known as Visocica Hillwhich, at 720 feet, also dwarfs the Great Pyramids of Egypt. A third pyramid, he says, is in the nearby hills. All of them, he says, are some 12,000 years old. During that time much of Europe was under a mile-thick sheet of ice and most of humanity had yet to invent agriculture. As a group, Osmanagich says, these structures are part of "the greatest pyramidal complex ever built on the face of the earth." CLIP FOR MORE EVIDENCE WATCH Bosnian Pyramid Documentary AND CHECK ESPECIALLY Discovered Bosnian pyramids 2/3 (HD) Part 1 HERE - Part 3 HER
Dinosaurs in Literature, Art & History--Revisiting The Stones of Ica http://s8int.com/dinolit25.html
In the whole -did dinosaurs co-exist with man- controversy, the Ica Stones are the smoking gun. More than that really--they're a mushroom cloud over the notion that dinosaurs died out millions of years before man even evolved.
(...) 360 kilometers south of Lima - capital of Peru - in the coastal province of Ica, there were discovered in 1961 some strange and mysterious stones shaped somewhat like river rocks. The strangeness, the mystery of the stones was that they pictured animals, men and ways of life very different from those previously discovered by students of the classical cultures of Peru.The stones came from Ocucaje, an agreeable little town located 40 kilometers south of Ica. In this region, underground, are to he found innumerable graves of men who lived in the times of the Inca and before; lying on the surface of the earth are petrified remains of both tiny and huge prehistoric animals. Ocucaje lies in an immense desert criss-crossed by mounds of ancient rocks, perhaps the oldest on the planet. There, in the solitude of the desert landscape, testimonials to the recent past and the ancient past lie side by side.
(...) The stones are clearly carved with remarkable scenes of medical transplants, people riding dinosaurs, telescopes, and views of the planet Earth as it appeared 13,000,000 years ago (that's right, 13 MILLION years ago, pre-stone age). No one can explain them. There has been no logical, rational, or believable explanation of who carved them? When? Why? And, most importantly, how did they do it? Only recently have scientists agreed on the continental shifts which have taken place over millions of years. Africa, the Americas, Asia, were once all configured radically different than today. Most research confirms that without question. However, these rocks, buried for countless centuries, depict precisely how the world looked millions of years ago.
(...) "The Cabrera collection, which is on display in the city of Ica, is composed of no fewer than 10,000 of these stones. 10,000 falsifications? Many of them purchased for only a couple of soles? Can such a price be explained given the delicate, complicated, difficult work involved?" He adds: "Other responsible men believe in them, in their legitimacy and certifiable antiquity. For this reason it seems strange that professional archeologists reject theme out of hand."
(...) Meanwhile, the doctor continued his research with geologists to interpret the maps on several stones showing a weird configuration of the world. Some angles and land masses looked vaguely familiar, but the majority were badly skewered into strange shapes. Geologists have confirmed that based on current computer projections, the shapes indicated on the rocks are indeed accurate for the planet earth, as it was, about 13,000,000 (million) years ago, and as seen from above!!!! I have seen several of these photos, they are not some weird, distorted collection of vague notions, but very clear and distinct carvings showing land masses and oceans.
(...) At first, the doctor was only considering the aspect that his stones dated back to the Incas, or pre-Columbian era. But now, his stones appear to be 13 million years old, not a mere few thousand. This would be pre-stone age!!! How on earth could this man convince anyone of stature to even look at the stones, with their brief history in the press, much less consider them to predate stone-age man ??? The doctor maintains he has two enormous problems in getting anyone to take him seriously. One, there are so many stones. Like diamonds, we expect anything of value to be rare and difficult to obtain. There are thousands of the things just sitting around in Ica. Second, and this is the real issue, one would have to accept the notion that some highly-intelligent form of man occupied this planet millions of years before the first known man could even swing a club. This is simply not acceptable. I've seen several photos of stones showing men in robes riding flying reptiles and dinosaurs, very similar to the animals and reptiles shown in the movie, "Jurassic Park." To accept this concept would invalidate every book ever written about ancient man, and everything since then. CLIP - CHECK ALSO The Photogallery of the Dinosaur Figurines Of Acambaro, Mexico
Pyramid UFO landing in Spain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZzbbNPwh9U
Over the last year or so hundreds of people around the world have been witness to what appears to be a new type of UFO (see video clips below). Enormous pyramid shaped UFOs have been seen from Colombia to China, from Russia to France. UFO experts have debated as to whether these are the craft of an extraterrestrial race that has just chanced upon earth and its humanoid inhabitants-or are these the spaceships of a civilization that has interacted with humanity for millennia, inspiring the building of ancient pyramid structures from Egypt to Central America. Cynical commentators have suggested that all of these images might simply be computer generated graphics. In the last month these two sightings, one in Japan and one in Spain, have come to light. In one clip the UFO is seen landing. Are the alien occupants of these craft preparing for open contact?
A History of Government Management of UFO Perceptions through Film and Television (July 6th, 2011) http://vigilantcitizen.com/moviesandtv/a-history-of-government-management-of-ufo-perceptions-through-film-and-television/
UFOs and aliens beings have often been portrayed in mass media, whether it be movies or television shows. Most of these appearances were however heavily edited and calculated by the American government in order to communicate a specific attitude towards this mysterious phenomenon. What is the purpose of these efforts? This article looks at the fascinating history of government involvement in UFO-related movies and television shows. CLIP
Cover-up: Cancer from Airport Body Scanners - Must read! http://www.helpfreetheearth.com/news363_scan.html
FOIA documents reveal how large numbers of workers have been falling victim to cancer, strokes and heart disease. Fearful of provoking more public resistance to naked airport body scanners, the TSA has been caught covering up a surge in cases of TSA workers developing cancer as a result of their close proximity to radiation-firing devices. This is the latest shocking revelation to emerge from the FOIA documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. After Union representatives in Boston discovered a cancer cluster amongst TSA workers linked with radiation from the body scanners, the TSA sought to downplay the matter and refused to allow employees with dosimeters to measure levels of exposure. The documents indicate how, A large number of workers have been falling victim to cancer, strokes and heart disease. The Department, rather than acting on it, or explaining its position seems to have just dismissed it. I dont think thats the way most other agencies would have acted in a similar situation if they were confronted with that question, EPICs Marc Rotenberg said. In an email sent to Heather Callahan (PDF), deputy federal security director at Boston Logan International Airport, union representatives express their concern about TSA Bostons growing number of TSOs working here that have thus far been diagnosed with cancer. If TSA workers standing near the scanners are developing cancer, what about frequent flyers? Are they also putting themselves in harms way by standing directly inside the radiation-firing machines.
(...) A study conducted last year by Dr David Brenner, head of Columbia University's center for radiological research, found that the body scanners are likely to lead to an increase in a common type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma, which affects the head and neck. Following the study, Brenner urged medical authorities to look at his work, pointing to the dangerous notion of mass scanning millions of people without proper oversight."There really is no other technology around where we're planning to X-ray such an enormous number of individuals. It's really unprecedented in the radiation world," said Brenner. Similar concerns to those explored in the Columbia University study were voiced in February 2010 by the influential Inter-Agency Committee on Radiation Safety, who warned in a report that the scanners increase the risk of cancer and birth defects and should not be used on pregnant women or children. CLIP
Consumer rights victory as US ends opposition to GM labelling guidelines (5 July 2011) http://www.consumersinternational.org/news-and-media/news/2011/07/gm-labelling-victory-as-us-ends-opposition
Consumer rights victory as US ends opposition to GM labelling guidelines - Twenty year struggle within global food safety body ends with 'consumer rights milestone' - Move clears way for greater monitoring of the effects of GM organisms Consumers International (CI) and its member organisations celebrated victory today as regulators from more than 100 countries agreed on long overdue guidance on the labelling of genetically modified (GM) food. The Codex Alimentarius Commission, made up of the world's food safety regulatory agencies, has been labouring for two decades to come up with consensus guidance on this topic. No legal opposition to GM labelling. In a striking reversal of their previous position, on Tuesday, during the annual Codex summit in Geneva, the US delegation dropped its opposition to the GM labelling guidance document, allowing it to move forward and become an official Codex text. The new Codex agreement means that any country wishing to adopt GM food labelling will no longer face the threat of a legal challenge from the World Trade Organization (WTO). This is because national measures based on Codex guidance or standards cannot be challenged as a barrier to trade. This will have immediate implications for consumers. Edita Vilcapoma of the Peruvian consumer group ASPEC, representing Consumers International at the Codex meeting in Geneva, said: "Peru's recent introduction of GM food labelling faced the threat of a legal challenge from the WTO. This new Codex agreement now means that this threat has gone and the consumer right to be informed has been secured. This is major victory for the global consumer movement." GM health monitoring. The agreement also recognises the enormous health monitoring benefits of giving consumers transparent information about the presence of GM foods. CLIP
World population to reach 7 billion in 2011 (7/12/2011) http://english.iribnews.ir/NewsBody.aspx?ID=14614
The world population will reach the 7-billion mark later this year, the United Nations said Monday on World Population Day, an annual event designed to draw awareness to the challenges facing a growing populace. "We have enough food for everyone, yet nearly a billion people go hungry," said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. He said diseases continue to spread despite medical and scientific advances, and conflict and costly armaments continue to inflict misery while "all of people of conscience dream of peace." The Worldwatch Institute, a Washington-based research organisation, said agriculture has re-emerged as a solution to mitigate a host of the world's crises, including climate change, reduce public health problems and creating jobs in a stagnant world economy. The institute said a study on ways to nourish the planet highlights small-scale agricultural efforts to help improve peoples' livelihoods by providing them with food and income.
Author: U.S. Navy destroying dolphins & whales, attacking Earths life frequency (July 11, 2011) http://www.examiner.com/exopolitics-in-seattle/author-u-s-navy-destroying-dolphins-whales-attacking-earth-s-life-frequency
In an exclusiveExopoliticsTV interview with Alfred Lambremont Webre, Patricia Cori, author of Before We Leave You: Messages from the Great Whales and the Dolphin Beings, has stated that the 5-year sonar testing program announced by the U.S. Navy is having a destructive effect far beyond what the conventional analysis and media are reporting. The environmental impacts of the U.S. Navy sonar-testing program include the estimated annihilation of 13 million sea mammals, including cetaceans such as dolphins and whales. According to Ms. Cori, the cetaceans being targeted by the U.S. Navy sonar program carry out an important role in maintaining the frequency of vibration of the Earths oceans and hence of the planet itself. Ms. Cori demonstrated a series of mandala frequency patterns generated from the sound music produce by dolphins and whales by scientist Mark Fisher. It is this cetacean sound music that, according to Ms. Cori, in turn has a frequency effect on the ocean waters, lifting it to higher vibrations.Intelligence, Ms. Cori states, is associated with higher vibrational fields, and hence the cetaceans are performing a function of sustaining higher intelligence in the natural ecology. The effects of the U.S. Navy sonar targeting, which may be far beyond weapons testing into operational targeting and genocide of cetaceans, is to lower the vibrational field of the Earth and slow its elevation and transition into a more evolved dimension. CLIP - Note from Jean: Some background (old info mostly) on this through http://www.lfas.net/ - I could hardly find any recent news on the Web that indicates this LFAS program is still active, but I found the following (see below) which documents also other threats like Navy-generated chemical and depleted uranium pollution of the oceans. It seems it is indeed still active and expanding and not widely opposed as it was at the beginning of last decade...
Navy bombs dolphins (March 26, 2011) http://www.sharksarepeopletoo.com/navy-warfare-testing
The U.S. Navy is expanding its Warfare Training Range Complexes along the shores of the West and East Coasts, the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii. In the course of doing so, it is requesting permission "to take" many species of marine mammals during its testing and training over the coming years (U.S. Federal Register, March 11, 2009). Navy warfare programs employ sonar frequencies, explosive detonations, and hazardous chemicals such as white phosphorus. What will the results be for creatures of the ocean, including millions of fish?
(...) From a letter from several senators to the NOAA, dated June 17, 2009: "In many regions, the Navy plans to increase the number of its exercises or expand the areas in which they may occur, and virtually every coastal state will be affected. Some exercises may occur in the nation's most biologically sensitive marine habitats, including National Marine Sanctuaries and breeding habitat for the endangered North Atlantic right whale. In all, the Navy anticipates more than 2.3 million takes (significant disruptions in marine mammal foraging, breeding, and other essential behaviors) per year, or 11.7 million takes over the course of a five-year permit..." The letter was written to express concern about the expansion of Navy warfare testing programs to begin in 2009 and 2010 off the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific U.S. coastlines. Below is a map of the areas in which the warfare testing will occur. The Navy's definition of the word "take" is: harass, hunt, capture, kill or collect, or attempt to harass, hunt, capture, kill or collect. The word "take" refers to animals in the testing areas. Areas outlined in blue indicate the Navy's warfare testing ranges(click image to enlarge)A wide variety of marine life has already suffered (even died) due to Navy testing -- which includes detonating weapons and using sonar -- in the Hawaiian islands, off both coasts of the United States, and in the Gulf of Mexico. The toxic chemicals used in the Navy's programs do not only harm living things, they contaminate water and air as well. Some of the warfare exercises include bomb blasts and sonic booms, which can trigger earthquakes and damage nearby homes. While the Navy states it is concerned about the environment, it has conducted its expansion plans for its warfare programs with great speed. Draft Environmental Impact Statements have been issued, with very little time allowed for public comment. Five-year Navy warfare programs are now already underway in many ocean areas, and more will continue to be approved if no action is taken by the public to demand U.S. Congressional hearings. If you are concerned about the effects the warfare testing programs will have on marine life, ocean habitats and human health, you can call Congress at 866-220-0044. Read more here. For the US listing of Navy Range Complexes click HERE; for more information visit www.AgricultureDefenseCoalition.org and its U.S. Navy section (lots of maps and reports on warfare testing, whales, sonar, depleted uranium and much more).
Special Report: Northern California has woken up to the Navy Warfare Testing program off its quiet shoreline. Activists are speaking out against it and responding with letters to the address given below (bottom of page). The sonar testing, in particular, has many people worried, as it may affect any creature with "an air pocket in it [and] that's everything," according to Howard Garrett, a member of the Orca Network. (Read more here.) Voices speak out in this TV news program
Extraits vidéo: LA MALÉDICTION DE L'OR NOIR - diffusé sur ARTE le 28 juin 2011 http://www.arte.tv/fr/Comprendre-le-monde/La-malediction-de-l-or-noir/3963136,CmC=3966858.html
BP en eaux troubles - Documentaire de James Brabazon et Greg Palast (Royaume-Uni/Allemagne, 2011, 52mn
Le 20 avril 2010, le complexe pétrolier "Deepwater Horizon" est détruit par une explosion. La marée noire qui en résulte est considérée comme l'une des pires catastrophes environnementales de l'histoire. Enquête sur la multinationale BP. D'après les conclusions du Congrès américain, l'un des principaux responsables de ce désastre écologique est la multinationale BP. Les dégâts massifs sur l'écosystème de la région, que l'on impute au groupe, sont dus, pour la plupart, à de simples négligences, ou au non-respect des règles de sécurité élémentaires. Greg Palast, l'un des chefs de file du journalisme d'investigation américain, enquête depuis vingt ans sur les pratiques du géant pétrolier. Ses périples l'ont mené du golfe du Mexique aux nouveaux territoires convoités par BP dans la partie arctique de l'Alaska, puis vers l'une des régions les plus polluées au monde, celle des champs pétrolifères d'Azerbaïdjan. Son enquête prouve que le groupe a parfois usé de méthodes pour le moins douteuses afin de s'arroger des contrats juteux. Le prochain est déjà scellé : jouissant de la bénédiction de leurs États respectifs, BP et l'entreprise publique russe Rosneft ont signé un accord permettant l'exploitation de puits de forage situés en Russie arctique.)
Carbonisés - Les pétroliers ennemis du climat - Documentaire d'Inge Altemeier (Allemagne, 2011, 52mn)
Des groupes pétroliers brûlent le gaz naturel généré durant le processus d'extraction et provoquent des dégâts massifs sur l'environnement. Un scandale ignoré du grand public. Lorsque l'on extrait du pétrole, une immense quantité de gaz naturel est acheminée vers la surface du globe. Or, au lieu de l'utiliser à bon escient, les compagnies pétrolières brûlent cette précieuse matière première, considérée aujourd'hui comme une ressource énergétique primordiale pour l'avenir. Ce processus dit de "gas flaring" fait disparaître chaque année l'équivalent du tiers des besoins européens en gaz naturel, tandis que 400 millions de tonnes de gaz à effet de serre sont relâchées dans l'atmosphère. Il semble toutefois que ce phénomène n'inquiète pas outre mesure les compagnies pétrolières, dont l'unique but reste de puiser dans les réserves d'or noir, au plus vite. Si ce sont surtout les populations de pays africains comme le Nigeria qui pâtissent de l'exploitation pétrolière, la Russie, plus gros fournisseur de pétrole de l'Europe, est championne du monde en matière de gaspillage de gaz naturel. Pourquoi les compagnies pétrolières du monde entier brûlent-elles sans vergogne ces précieuses ressources ? Et surtout, pourquoi personne ne semble-t-il s'en soucier ? - VOIR UN COMPLÉMENT D'INFOS SUR CE TERRIBLE DÉSASTRE ÉCOLOGIQUE VIA CE LIEN ET LIRE AUSSI La face cachée du pétrole ET VOIR LA VIDÉO...
La face cachée du pétrole 1/9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvRCNBxNG78
Nourri d'archives et d'entretiens avec des témoins de première main, des acteurs directs de l'Histoire et des experts reconnus, "L'histoire secrète du pétrole" propose un récit efficace et saisissant sur les dessous stratégiques et énergétiques de l'Histoire du XXème siècle...
NOTE de Jean: À une amie qui me demandait des conseils sur les conséquences de la radioactivité provenant du désastre nucléaire de Fukushima, voici en partie ce que je lui ai répondu...
En ce qui concerne la radioactivité, il y a en effet de fortes chances que la pollution radioactive de Fukushima se soit rajoutée à toute celle qui nous affecte déjà depuis que les humains ont commencé à faire jou-jou avec des bombes nucléaires - sans compter la pollution chimique (BPC, mercure, et j'en passe) qui pollue l'eau de pluie.
Les autorités américaines et canadiennes nous ayant délibérément caché la vérité à ce sujet afin d'éviter une panique générale, les médias n'ont bien sûr pas parlé de ce qui nous est tombé dessus et continue à nous tomber dessus, mais dans une moins large mesure, le pic de radioactivité ayant été, semble-t-il, vers la fin d'avril pour l'Amérique du Nord. Je me suis commandé un compteur Geiger afin de pouvoir déterminer exactement si le danger est passé ou non. Dès que je le recevrai (d'ici une ou 2 semaines) je pourrai te faire état des niveaux détectés si tu veux le savoir. Une correspondante de Los Angeles qui en possède un m'a récemment révélé qu'elle mesurait des niveaux au sol de 500 millirads/heure alors que la limite officielle à partir de laquelle il est urgent de se protéger est de 100... Comme il est impossible de protéger l'ensemble de la population de l'hémisphère nord qui est désormais contaminé pour des millénaires un peu comme si on avait eu une guerrre nucléaire mondiale (l'hémisphère sud le sera d'ici un an environ), les autorités ont préféré tout nous cacher, du moins jusqu'à il y a environ 2 semaines alors que les responsables de Tepco, la compagnie japonaise opérant les 6 réacteurs nucléaires de Fukushima ont enfin admis officiellement que 3 de ces réacteurs ont subi une fusion complète de leurs barres de combustibles qui se sont amalgamées en une masse hyper chaude qui a faire fondre le fond de la chaudière en acier de 6 pouces d'épais au coeur du réacteur pour ensuite s'enfoncer (croit-on) à travers les fondations en ciment de la centrale et pénétrer dans le sol - ce qui va à terme contaminer pour des centaines de milliers d'années la nappe phréatique du Japon, sans compter les millions de tonnes d'eau très radioactives qui s'écoulent dans l'océan, car Tepco continue à arroser sans arrêt les centrales qui fuient comme des paniers percés afin de refroidir suffisamment le tout - ce qui va prendre au moins un an - pour enfin commencer à démanteler et nettoyer les ruines de ces réacteurs - ce qui va prendre littéralement des centaines d'années.
Entre-temps, il est certain que des dizaines de millions de personnes - les jeunes enfants sont particulièrement à risque - vont avoir un jour un cancer à cause de cette radioactivité, mais comme il est quasi impossible de relier scientifiquement une tumeur cancéreuse à une cause précise, il y a fort à parier - du moins dans l'état actuel des choses sur la planète du point de vue politique - que jamais la population ne sera informée d'un quelconque lien entre la radioactivité de Fukushima et l'épidémie de cancer qui viendra. C'est ainsi. Par exemple, les autorités de l'Agence internationale de l'énergie nucléaire ne relient que 27 morts (parmi les liquidateurs ayant enterré la centrale) à la catastrophe de Chernobyl, alors que selon de nombreux experts scientifiques indépendants, c'est de plus d'un million de morts prématurées - dont énormément de jeunes enfants - qu'il faut parler.
Ceci dit, il est clair que l'organisme d'un adulte en bonne santé et avec un bon capital génétique sera normalement en mesure d'éliminer naturellement les cellules cancéreuses avant qu'elles ne se multiplient en des tumeurs envahissantes. C'est ce que nos corps incroyablement résilients font depuis notre naissance face à l'assaut toxique et radioactif qu'ils subissent. Il ne faut surtout pas stresser indûment là-dessus car ce stress peut à lui seul suffire à nous rendre plus susceptibles de développer un cancer. Méditer souvent, rester positifs en toutes circonstances et faire confiance à la vie sont la clé d'une bonne santé. Et puis, si on en meurt dans 20 ou 30 ans, alors c'est pas plus grave car la mort est la fin naturelle de toute vie dans un corps physique en ce monde.
Toutefois, les enfants, et les fétus sont eux très à risque car leur système immunitaire immature ne les protège pas encore suffisamment. Déjà sur la côte est américiane on a observé une hausse de plus de 35% des fausses couches dans les semaines suivant immédiatement le désastre nucléaire de Fukushima. De plus, le capital génétique de l'humanité sera gravement hypothéqué dans les décennies et les siècles à venir - à moins que notre famille de l'espace ne vienne nettoyer la planète de la radioactivité accumulée, ce qui est paraît-il prévu pour 2015 - car des mutations de dégénérescence vont se multiplier et se transmettre de génération en génération chez les humains et chez toutes formes de vie. Il faut donc s'attendre à voir naître de plus en plus d'enfants affreusement malformés et très souvent non viables comme ce qui est arrivé à Fallujah et dans plusieurs autres villes iraquiennes contaminées à l'uranium appauvri utilisé dans les munitions, bombes et missiles des forces militaires américaines pour accroître leur capacité de pénétration des blindages. Voir Malformations congénitales en Irak - Des bombes américaines montrées du doigt (Plus de d
Désolé de ce long exposé - qui je pourrais poursuivre lontemps tant il y a à dire (toutes les infos détaillées sont disponibles en anglais dans mes compilations depuis le mois de mars - VOIR, EN COMMENÇANT PAR LA PLUS RÉCENTE, ICI - ICI - ICI - ICI - ICI - ICI - ICI - ICI ET ICI) - mais je voulais te donner un aperçu suffisamment juste et complet de la situation.
Post Scriptum : Après avoir reçu récemment le compteur Geiger que j'avais commandé, j'ai pu vérifier qu'ici dans le Bas-Saguenay il n'y a pas pour le moment de retombées radioactives et le sol ne semble pas contaminé non plus. Si je me fies aux instructions fournies avec l'appareil, le détecteur n'enregistre en ce moment que le 'background' naturel de radiation. Donc il n'y a pas lieu semble-t-il de s'inquiéter outre mesure pour cette région-ci. Toutefois, la dispersion des retombées radioactives provenant de la centrale de Fukushima par la circulation atmosphérique étant un phénomène très aléatoire comme cela a pu être observé auparavant dans le cas des retombées de Chernobyl, il peut y avoir des secteurs qui en ont reçu davantage - tout particulièrement sur la côte Ouest qui selon les divers rapports que j'ai lu ont eu des taux assez élevés par moments. J'ai remarqué aussi que lorsqu'il pleut, le détecteur a nettement tendance à indiquer un niveau légèrement plus élevé de radioactivité ambiante.
Une coalition sans précédent demande la fermeture de Gentilly II (22 mars 2011) http://www.ameriquebec.net/actualites/2011/03/22/une-coalition-sans-precedent-demande-la-fermeture-de-gentilly-ii-6069.qc
La réfection de Gentilly-2 coûterait des milliards aux Québécois (...) « La réfection de Gentilly-2 est une aventure financière qui coûterait des milliards aux Québécois, l'équivalent d'un stade olympique sur le plan énergétique », a affirmé Karel Mayrand de la Fondation David-Suzuki. « Fermer Gentilly-2 libèrerait des milliards pour soutenir un vrai virage en faveur de l'efficacité énergétique et du développement des énergies renouvelables. » « Deux méta-analyses de 2008, Mangano aux États-Unis et Kinderkrebs in der Umgebung von Kernkraften en Allemagne, ont conclu à une pollution importante affectant l'ADN des bébés nés à proximité des centrales, entraînant des risques élevés de leucémies et de maladies congénitales. S'ajoute à ces risques le problème spécifique aux CANDU d'eau tritiée, bien documenté par le spécialiste anglais Ian Fairlie », a averti le docteur Michael Dworkind, président des Physicians for Global Survival (Professionnel-les de la Santé pour la Survie mondiale).« La justification principale pour notre demande de fermer Gentilly-2 repose sur la documentation volumineuse de la Commission canadienne de sûreté nucléaire (CCSN), laquelle explique au moins dix problèmes de sûreté non encore résolus de la technologie nucléaire CANDU.
(...) « Tout dossier lié à l'énergie du gouvernement actuel et d'Hydro-Québec se caractérise par deux éléments redondants: le secret et l'incompétence. Du Suroît à Bécancour, de Cacouna ou Lévis à Rabaska, de l'éolien au gaz de schiste, des gisements de pétrole aux petites centrales hydroélectriques, la liste parle d'elle-même. Le cas Gentilly 2 s'inscrit parfaitement dans cette logique. MM. Vandal et Charest nous cachent les vrais enjeux et les vrais chiffres; ils se moquent du fait que les Québécois ne veuillent plus du nucléaire ou du gouffre financier sans fond qu'il constituera », a interjeté Daniel Breton du groupe Maîtres chez nous 21e siècle. « Si le Japon, un pays de hautes technologies, bien organisé et prêt à résister à des calamités naturelles comme les tremblements de terre, n'est pas arrivé à contrôler les impacts catastrophiques dans ses réacteurs nucléaires, on doit se poser des questions sur Gentilly-2, mais aussi sur les centrales nucléaires chez nos voisins en Ontario et au Nouveau-Brunswick », a fait remarquer Éric Darier, directeur de Greenpeace Québec. « Il est grand temps pour le Québec de sortir de cette filière dangereuse dont on n'a pas besoin.» CLIP -- Voir les autres articles du Mouvement Sortons le Québec du Nucléaire et cette excellente vidéo avec Laure Waridel, entre autres, qui nous invite à signer la pétition contre la reconstruction de Gentilly 2 comme je viens de le faire. Fait à signaler, seulement 9735 personnes se sont donné la peine de signer cette autre pétition sur le site de l'Assemblée nationale du Québec dont la date limite pour signer était le 30 juin 2011... Voir aussi ces autres nouvelles à propos de Gentilly 2, comme... Hydro-Québec évalue la fermeture de Gentilly-2 (23 mars 2011) et Pauline Marois demande la fermeture de la centrale nucléaire Gentilly-2
Un groupe écologiste dénonce la réfection de Gentilly 2 (30 juin 2011) http://www.journalmetro.com/linfo/article/905147--un-groupe-ecologiste-denonce-la-refection-de-gentilly-2
QUÉBEC - Les autorités fédérales ont donné un chèque en blanc à Hydro-Québec pour la réfection d'une centrale nucléaire, a dénoncé jeudi un groupe environnemental. Nature Québec croit qu'une évaluation environnementale aurait été nécessaire pour déterminer les impacts du projet, qui constitue selon lui une reconstruction. Le directeur général Christian Simard croit que le Bureau d'audiences publiques en environnement et l'Agence canadienne d'évaluation environnementale auraient dû se prononcer sur le sujet. La Commission canadienne de sûreté nucléaire (CCSN) a annoncé, mercredi, le renouvellement pour cinq ans du permis d'exploitation de la centrale, qui prévoit aussi sa rénovation. Le permis autorise aussi l'installation de stockage de déchets radioactifs. M. Simard a estimé qu'il aurait peut-être mieux valu une autorisation d'une durée plus courte, comme un an, pour ensuite déterminer si la réfection peut aller de l'avant. «Peut-être qu'elle aurait pu faire une autorisation sur un an et après ça, d'ici là, donner le 'go' ou 'no go', mais donner sur cinq ans c'est donner un chèque en blanc», a-t-il dit dans une entrevue. M. Simard, qui fait partie du comité exécutif du collectif Sortons le Québec du nucléaire, considère que la reconstruction de la centrale nucléaire est une aberration économique et écologique.Citant les dépassements de coûts pour la réfection d'une centrale au Nouveau-Brunswick, M. Simard a déclaré qu'il vaudrait mieux démanteler l'installation afin d'éviter qu'elle génère davantage de déchets, dont l'élimination est problématique. «Ça demeure pour nous, avec l'expérience du Nouveau-Brunswick, une aberration économique et écologique et de santé publique que d'aller avec la réfection de Gentilly-2», a-t-il dit.
Mises à pied massives confirmées à Énergie atomique du Canada (6 juillet 2011) http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Ontario/2011/07/06/001-eacl-vente-misesapied.shtml
Les employés d'Énergie atomique du Canada disent que le nouveau propriétaire de l'agence fédérale, SNC-Lavalin, leur a confirmé qu'il mettra à pied de 800 à 900 d'entre eux. (...) Les mises à pied touchent 450 scientifiques de haut niveau, selon la Société des ingénieurs professionnels et associés, qui représente les employés. Le regroupement affirme qu'il s'agit d'une grande perte d'expertise pour le Canada.L'association professionnelle affirme même que ça pourrait mettre en péril l'aboutissement de projets en cours au Nouveau-Brunswick, en Ontario, en Corée du Sud, en Argentine et, éventuellement, à la centrale Gentilly-2 au Québec. CLIP
Une entente pour le nucléaire (7 juillet 2011) http://www.lhebdojournal.com/Actualités/Actualités%20locales/2011-07-07/article-2637195/Une-entente-pour-le-nucleaire/1
(...) Fort de son expérience des réacteurs Candu et des technologies à eau bouillante et eau pressurisée, Areva Canada est le premier fournisseur de services d'ingénierie sur le marché du nucléaire civil canadien. Les spécialistes francophones et anglophones d'Areva Canada s'appuient sur le réseau mondial du groupe pour proposer des solutions visant à fiabiliser les réacteurs existants, optimiser les arrêts de tranche et gérer les situations d'urgence. «Ce partenariat cadre dans la stratégie de croissance et de diversification de notre entreprise. Nous croyons aussi que cette entent permettra à notre bureau de Trois-Rivières de bien servir Hydro-Québec à la centrale Gentilly 2», affirme Stéphane Leduc, vice-président et directeur général de Cegertec.
Vente de feu (2 juillet 2011) Le nucléaire... Un gouffre financier sans fond... http://www.cyberpresse.ca/place-publique/editorialistes/andre-pratte/201106/30/01-4414158-vente-de-feu.php
Le gouvernement canadien a annoncé mercredi la vente de la division commerciale d'Énergie atomique du Canada (EACL) à une nouvelle filiale du groupe SNC-Lavalin, CANDU Energy. Prix de vente: 15 millions. Une bouchée de pain. Malgré les critiques formulées par le NPD et les syndicats, cette transaction était non seulement nécessaire, elle pourrait sauver l'industrie nucléaire canadienne.La division commerciale d'EACL, c'est celle qui a conçu et commercialisé les réacteurs CANDU, qui firent un temps la fierté des Canadiens. Malheureusement, depuis quelques années, cette division traversait une passe pénible. Aucun nouveau réacteur n'a été vendu depuis une vingtaine d'années. La mise au point de réacteurs de nouvelle génération, l'ACR 1000 et le CANDU EC 6, a été plus longue et surtout plus coûteuse que prévu, ce qui a forcé Ottawa à verser chaque année des dizaines de millions à la société. EACL s'est lancée dans la réfection de centrales existantes, mais ces projets ont également subi d'importants dépassements de coûts que le gouvernement fédéral a dû assumer. Ainsi, depuis 2003, le gouvernement a versé 1,3 milliard à EACL pour ses activités commerciales, somme à laquelle il faut ajouter les centaines de millions consacrés aux activités de recherche et de production d'isotopes médicaux. Bref, il était devenu évident que la société de la Couronne était incapable de contrôler ses coûts et que l'industrie nucléaire comportait des risques beaucoup trop importants pour qu'on y expose les contribuables. La vente s'imposait. La chose n'a pas été simple, les acheteurs ne se pressant pas à la porte. En bout de course, SNC était seule sur les rangs, ce qui a placé la société montréalaise en position de force. L'entente conclue est tout à l'avantage de SNC. Non seulement le prix de vente est-il très bas, mais Ottawa s'engage à contribuer 70% des coûts de développement de l'EC 6 jusqu'à concurrence de 75 millions. De plus, le gouvernement demeure responsable des cinq projets de réfection en cours (dont celui de Gentilly-2), ce qui veut dire qu'en cas de dépassements de coûts, la facture sera envoyée à Ottawa. Toutefois,étails après les photos ci-dessous) le contrat comprend des pénalités qui inciteront SNC à exécuter les travaux dans les délais et les coûts prévus. Certains s'inquiéteront de cette privatisation partielle d'EACL, craignant pour l'avenir de la technologie CANDU dans laquelle l'État canadien a tant investi. Ces craintes sont mal fondées. Cette transaction ressemble à celle par laquelle Ottawa avait vendu Canadair à Bombardier, en 1986; ce fut le début de l'extraordinaire aventure de Bombardier dans la conception et la construction d'avions. SNC tentera de faire de même dans le domaine nucléaire. La réussite n'est pas assurée, mais les chances sont bien meilleures avec l'équipe de SNC à la barre que si le gouvernement avait continué de pomper des millions dans une société de la Couronne à la dérive. - Voir aussi La liquidation du nucléaire
Grèce : La flotille pour Gaza en cale sèche http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klm8Se7L-z0
VOIR AUSSI Flottille de Gaza en images : Décidément, « ils » nen veulent pas « Qui donc peut bien se cacher derrière cette force qui arrive à tordre le bras aux plus grandes démocraties du monde, et les empêcher de prêter assistance à plus dun million dhommes, de femmes et denfants qui manquent de tout, et surtout de liberté ? » ET Carton rouge à Zbigniew Brzezinski, conseiller spécial dObama
Carte didentité biométrique à puces : En route vers Big Brother (7 juillet 2011) http://911nwo.info/2011/07/07/carte-didentite-biometrique-a-puces-en-route-vers-big-brother/
Le gouvernement pro-NWO de la zone France souhaite mettre en place dans les prochaines années une carte didentité biométrique à puces, reliée à un puissant ordinateur central :- Une puce qui contiendrait les données biométriques et les caractéristiques personnelles de lindividu fiché- Une puce qui contiendrait les habitudes dachat, les caractéristiques bancaires et les attitudes comportementales de lindividu fiché, notamment en terme de commerce, mais sans doute par la suite de manière étendue sur ses habitudes familiales (vacances, relations personnelles, remariages), politiques et autres Vidéo : Un député UMPS tire la sonnette dalarme concernant la future carte didentité à puces DalymotionCe député UMPS tire la sonnette dalarme, mais bien peu de médias alignés ne relaient ses inquiétudes, évidemment.Par ailleurs, si les gens continuent à donner leurs confiances aux élites néo-mondialistes et à leurs relais politico-médiatiques, il faut bien comprendre que ce projet nest quune étape vers la carte didentité (et comportementale) à puce RFID sous-cutanée, reliée non pas à un ordinateur national, mais à un ordinateur mondial.Big Brother nattend que laccord ou lindifférence de chacun et chacune pour placer lHumanité sous son emprise Qui ne dit mot, consent. AUTRES NOUVELLES VIA LE http://911nwo.info/
Note de Jean: L'ogre financier Desmarais s'apprêterait-il à faire main basse pour une bouchée de paix sur Hydro-Québec et sur d'autres actifs clés du Québec à la faveur de la méga crise économique (si énorme que la Grande dépression de 1927 aura l'air d'une partie de plaisir en comparaison) qui est sur le point de s'abattre sur la planète, avec un coup de pouce du FMI qui sera appelé en renfort pour aider le Québec, en échange d'une vente de feu à des intérêts privés de ces mêmes actifs collectifs, à gérer sa dette publique soudain devenue hors contrôle avec l'effondrement anticipé des recettes fiscales de l'État québécois? C'est le scénario que semble dessiner cet article de Richard Le Hir
L'appétit vorace de « l'oncle » Paul Desmarais (10 juillet 2011) http://www.ameriquebec.net/actualites/2011/07/10/appetit-vorace-oncle-paul-7079.qc
Malgré son apparente discrétion, il n'y a pas une opération financière d'envergure au Québec dans laquelle on ne retrouve pas sa trace (...) Au cours des dernières années, on a pu se rendre compte que le groupe Power était intéressé au Québec aux domaines suivants : la production d'électricité (Hydro-Québec), la production et la distribution de gaz naturel (Gaz-Métro, Noverco, Projet Rabaska, gaz de schistes), Anticosti (pétrole de schistes), la construction et la gestion d'infrastructures (CHUM, les PPP), etc. (...) En répandant l'idée que le Québec vit au-dessus de ses moyens et qu'il est trop endetté, comme La Presse et les journaux de Gesca le répètent depuis des années, Power crée un climat d'opinion favorable à la privatisation d'actifs qu'elle convoite, comme Hydro-Québec ou à la cession au secteur privé (lire Power) de certains actifs jugés non stratégiques, comme les droits que détenait Hydro-Québec sur le pétrole et le gaz d'Anticosti, cédés à Petrolia. Et pour garder un il sur ce qui se passe à Hydro-Québec, quoi de mieux que de jouer d'influence pour faire placer un de ses hommes au conseil d'administration d'Hydro-Québec, en l'occurrence Michel-Plessis Bélair, un haut dirigeant de Power. Mais Power et les Desmarais ne sont pas intéressés que par Hydro-Québec. La Caisse de dépôt et de placements (CDP) est aussi une cible juteuse qui regroupe les nombreux investissements stratégiques du Québec dans des secteurs d'activités complémentaires aux activités de Pargesa.
(...) On comprend donc qu'il soit crucial pour un groupe comme Power et les intérêts Desmarais d'avoir leurs entrées auprès du pouvoir politique, et à plus forte raison lorsqu'ils sont en plein repositionnement stratégique à des fins défensives, comme c'est le cas à l'heure actuelle. On comprend aussi qu'ils aient pu être inquiets de voir le PLQ et Jean Charest tomber en chute libre dans l'opinion publique au moment où ils en avaient le plus besoin. Et il fallait que leurs craintes soient très fortes pour encourager comme ils l'ont fait la venue du tandem François Legault/Charles Sirois sur l'échiquier politique, pour remplacer Charest et le PLQ qu'ils considèrent irrémédiablement discrédités dans l'opinion publique. Comme je l'écrivais il y a quelques mois : Mais que se cache-t-il donc derrière cette précipitation à vouloir forcer le jeu. Y a-t-il quelque chose que l'empire Desmarais sait et que nous ne savons pas ? Et la réponse à cette question est évidente. Oui, il y a beaucoup de choses que l'empire Desmarais sait et que nous ne savons pas. Et il semble que l'imminence des développements qu'il anticipe pousse l'empire à vouloir compter sur la présence au Québec d'un gouvernement qui sera favorable à ses intérêts. Un gouvernement qui repoussera toute perspective d'indépendance aux calendes grecques et qui adoptera un agenda conservateur sur le plan budgétaire, comme celui qui vient d'être déposé en Angleterre, pour permettre à l'empire de mettre la main sur les richesses du Québec. Pour justifier que l'empire se mette à nu comme il le fait, ce doit être gros, très gros. Tellement gros que je ne serais pas surpris qu'il s'agisse d'une crise économique encore plus grave que celle que nous venons de connaître, ou alors une guerre.
Nous savons maintenant qu'il s'agit plus vraisemblablement d'une crise économique que d'une guerre. Mais nous savons maintenant aussi que l'empire Power est prêt à tout pour mettre la main sur les richesses du Québec. Sa survie est en jeu. Comme je le disais au début, on ne peut pas reprocher à un loup d'être un loup, et il ne fait aucun doute que, dans cette affaire, le loup est affamé. La responsabilité du berger n'en est donc que plus grande. Or il se trouve en ce moment que le berger est Jean Charest, et la complaisance qu'il démontre en ouvrant au loup toutes grandes les portes de la bergerie est proprement alarmante. Sans aucun mandat à cet effet, il est en train de dilapider nos richesses collectives au profit d'intérêts privés comme Power. Sous sa direction, le Québec est en train de faire un grand bond en arrière et de revenir à l'époque de Duplessis. On se souviendra que les Québécois avaient alors senti le besoin de mettre fin à cette exploitation et s'étaient lancés dans un vaste exercice de reprise en main des leviers de l'État sous le thème « Maîtres chez nous ». Nous voici de nouveau confrontés à la même nécessité.
Prince William et Kate Middleton: campagne de propagande orchestrée (5 juillet 2011) http://www.ameriquebec.net/actualites/2011/07/05/prince-william-et-kate-middleton-campagne-de-propagande-orchestree-7024.qc
Le régime en place n'est plus capable de fonctionner sans un recours massif à la propagande -- Lors de la visite du Prince, des anglophones provenant de l'extérieur avaient été transportés par autocar sur les lieux, puis répartis à des endroits stratégiques. Leur présence permettait aux médias de faire de belles photos du « bon peuple en liesse » accueillant le futur monarque britannique, et effectivement ces photos furent faites et promptement diffusées. CLIP l
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Iron Curtain on EU? Denmark brings back border checks (July 5, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-C7v5H1knI
Stricter border controls are to be implemented in Denmark as the country's parliament has voted in favour of permanent new legislation. It will mean more security checkpoints at the country's ports and at its border with Germany. Some EU officials have already condemned the move, saying it might contradict mainland Europe's much-vaunted open border agreement. - CHECK ALSO Freedom Fail: 'Europe without borders turned utopia'
Murdoch Heads For A Fall (July 9, 2011) http://www.eurasiareview.com/murdoch-heads-for-a-fall-oped-09072011/
(...) Investors in companies controlled by Rupert Murdoch have been dumping the shares amid fears on both sides of the Atlantic over the fallout from the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World. Shares in broadcaster BSkyB are down 5% in the last week, wiping some £666m off the value of the business, while News Corp had lost 2.6% slicing some $400m off the value of the News of the Worlds ultimate parent company. (The Guardian) The phone hacking incident has helped to crystallize the publics growing contempt for the media and its methods. In a matter of days, Rupert Murdoch has gone from a king-maker to pariah, a transformation that he has brought about for many of his victims. Murdoch knows how fickle people can be and how much they enjoy seeing the rich and powerful get skewered in the press. He probably wonders if he is next on the list. (...) Its going to be a bumpy few months for Murdoch. There are bound to be more arrests, more surprises, and more employees who leak their stories to the press. And, then, theres always the possibility that another shoe will drop causing even more trouble; no one knows for sure. This could all end very badly for Rupert Murdoch.
Leading article: The delusion and arrogance of a stumbling media tycoon (12 July 2011)
THIS UBER-CORRUPTED CRIMINAL SHOULD BE QUICKLY SENT IN PRISON - JUST LIKE THE OTHER MEDIA MOGUL CONRAD BLACK http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/leading-articles/leading-article-the-delusion-and-arrogance-of-a-stumbling-media-tycoon-2312161.html
Only seven days ago, Rupert Murdoch was the most powerful figure in the British media. Today the Australian-born tycoon finds himself with a fight on his hands to ensure the very survival of his empire.There was barely time to catch breath between developments yesterday. Fresh claims of illegal behaviour by News of the World journalists tumbled out, among them allegations that the newspaper paid corrupt royal protection police officers for the contact details of members of the Royal Family. This was followed by the revelation that journalists from across Mr Murdoch's UK operation used illegal methods to get their hands on private information relating to Gordon Brown and his family. This latter twist represents a nightmare scenario for Mr Murdoch. The allegation means that the hacking scandal moves beyond the News of the World and casts the spotlight of suspicion on the other newspapers in his British press stable. Evidence had already emerged last weekend of a cover-up by senior News International executives. As the crusading Labour MP Tom Watson put it yesterday, this looks increasingly like a case not of one rogue newspaper, but "institutional criminality" on the part of News International. Mr Murdoch's bid to extend his empire by acquiring full ownership of the broadcaster BSkyB now hangs by a thread. CLIP
For Years, the Tabloids Sting Kept British Politicians in Line (July 10, 2011) TO WHAT EXTENT THE SAME STRATEGY IS BEING USED IN THE US IS LEFT UN-ADDRESSED http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/world/europe/10britain.html
However much they might deplore tabloid methods and articles the photographers lurking in the bushes; the reporters in disguise entrapping subjects into sexual indiscretion or financial malfeasance; the editors paying tens of thousands of dollars for exclusive access to the mistresses of politicians and sports stars; the hidden taping devices; the constant stream of stories about illicit sex romps politicians have often been afraid to say so publicly, for fear of losing the papers support or finding themselves the target of their wrath. If showering politicians with political rewards for cultivating his support has been the carrot in the Murdoch equation, then punishing them for speaking out has generally been the stick. But the latest revelations in the phone-hacking scandal appear to have broken the spell, emboldening even Murdoch allies like Prime Minister David Cameron to criticize his organization and convene a commission to examine press regulation. The power to harass and intimidate is hardly limited to the Murdoch newspapers; British tabloids are all guilty to some extent of using their power to discredit those who cross them, politicians and analysts say. - CHECK ALSO Rupert Murdoch is effectively a member of Blair's cabinet Only a spin doctor would deny that the media baron has a say in all major decisions taken in Downing Street.
(...) Media moguls such as Rupert Murdock, the now disgraced Conrad Black, Viacom (parent company of CBS) CEO Sumner Redstone, the Washington Post's Katherine Graham (now deceased), Washington Post columnists Jim Hoagland and Charles Krauthammer, New York Times Editor Arthur Sulzberger and columnist Thomas L. Friedman, William F. Buckley, Jr., and Bill Moyers have all been Bilderberg meeting invitees. "The ideas and policies that come out of the Bilderberg annual meetings are used to generate the news in the leading periodicals and news groups of the world. The point is to make the prevalent opinions of the Bilderbergers so appealing that they become public policy and to pressure world leaders unto submitting to the 'needs of the Masters of the Universe.' The 'free world press' is completely at the mercy of the Bilderbergers disseminating the agreed upon propaganda," Estulin points out. This is just a smattering of the information Estulin has managed to pack into his well-written 340-page book, complete with photographs, documents and an index. CLIP
Murdoch Named PATRIOT Act Architect to Mop Up Papers Eavesdropping Scandal; News of the World to Close (July 8, 2011) http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/2871/adele_m_stan_murdoch_named_pat/
One of Murdochs UK papers is in trouble over hacking private cell phones, including one belonging to a murder victimand some familiar U.S. faces may be part of the coverup. -- A scandal involving phone-hacking by a right-wing newspaper tabloid owned by Rupert Murdochs News Corporation is threatening the administration of British Prime Minister David Cameron. So deep, apparently, does the scandal run in the culture of the News of the Worlda 168-year-old publication with the largest English-language readership in the world, according to its publisherthat News Corporation executives announced their intention to shutter the paper for good on Sunday, July 10. Now the scandal is boomeranging back to New York, engulfing the top executive at the largest-circulation newspaper in the United States, the Wall Street Journal.To clean up some of the mess, Murdoch has called upon the talents of former Bush administration Assistant Attorney General Viet Dinh, whose views on privacy are enshrined in the U.S.A. PATRIOT Act, and Joel Klein, New York Mayor Michael Bloombergs union-bashing former schools chief, known for his phony claims of test-score gains.
The Crown Jewel and the Screaming Slime
Every corporate mogul likes to crown his empire with a jewel, and Rupert Murdoch is no exception. Having made a fortune acquiring screaming tabloids and making them scream louder, and acquiring a media company, Fox, now known for its ideological rabble-rousing, Murdoch wanted to buy his News Corp a little respectability. And so, in 2007, he purchased Dow Jones and its Wall Street Journal, the pinstriped, grey-at-the temples, oxford-shod media presence of the global financial sector.As CEO of the Dow Jones Company, of which WSJ is a part, Murdoch installed Les Hinton, who had previously run News Corps British newspaper empire, known as News International. Now it appears that Hinton may have won his prize spot for his part in an apparent coverup of a multi-year phone-hacking operation that likely involved an editor who went on to serve as the prime ministers spokesperson, and another who would go on to run all of Murdochs UK papers. Today, in Britain, Murdochs tabloid empire is facing the ire of the public, a Scotland Yard investigation and the yanking of the curtain on its political alliances, thanks to a long-running scandal involving the hacking of voice-mail accounts by agents of its reporters and editorsa scandal given new life when the Guardian, a liberal rival to Murdochs right-wing outlets, revealed a cruel hoax played by News of the World on the parents of a murdered teenager. Eager to break news on the disappearance of 13-year-old Milly Dowler, editors at NOTW hired a private investigator to hack the girls cell phone. They deleted some messages, giving Millys family false hope that she was still alive and receiving her messages. Then the paper reported on the familys renewed hopes, based on the evidence created by NOTW. This latest revelation comes on the heels of news that the paper hacked the voice-mail accounts of actors Sienna Miller and Jude Law, as well as staff members on the royal payroll (including Prince Williams communications chief). The scandal has been unfolding for years, a genie reemerging from its bottle with renewed vigor. (Reuters has an excellent timeline HERE.)
(...) The Journal did, however, disclose that it has paid settlements to several celebrities whose phones were hacked by the News of the World, and that those settlements were part of the work of a management-standards committee overseen by News Corp. board members Joel Klein and Viet Dinh, who are also deal[ing] with police. Dinh, while an assistant attorney general in the Bush administration, played a key role in drafting the administrations U.S. Patriot Act, according to the Washington Post.Where are the Watchdogs? While the good-journalism watchdogs and groups are paying keen attention to the more sensational aspects of this latest Murdoch scandal, only scant attention (Media Matters being the exception) is being dealt to the Journals abysmal editorial standards regarding full disclosure and political involvement. The hacking of individual phones constitutes an horrific breach of individual privacy, and the News of the Worlds reporting makes a travesty of the idea of journalism ethics.Yet the double-dealing of the Wall Street Journalits failure to disclose its executives involvement in either the British phone-hacking scandal or the American political group from which at least one receives compensationcorrupts the political culture of the United States. Its almost like somebodys afraid of Rupert Murdoch.
Outrage as Germany 'sells' 200 tanks to Saudi regime (July 6, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrrCg7n64_Q
Germany is reportedly selling two hundred battle tanks to Saudi Arabia. Talk of a deal has caused outrage among Germany's opposition politicians, who claim the government would be breaking its own export rules. Peace activist Jens Wagner says he fears the heavy weapons could be used to crush anti-regime protests in the region.
China's Secretive Army Opens Door For U.S.'s Mullen (July 12, 2011) http://www.npr.org/2011/07/12/137797453/chinas-secretive-army-opens-door-for-u-s-s-mullen
China's famously secretive army opened its doors just a bit Tuesday for the visit of Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This was a fence-mending mission after China cut off military ties last year over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. The troops came out to salute Mullen for his official welcoming ceremony. One day earlier, speaking to Beijing university students, Mullen noted that China's time has come."It is no longer a rising power. It has in fact arrived as a world power," Mullen said. China's newfound confidence was visible Monday as Mullen met his counterpart, Gen. Chen Bingde. While Mullen tried to showcase three new agreements for cooperation, Chen had another agenda. He criticized U.S. drills with Australia and Japan in the South China Sea as inappropriate, and he noted that China's fleet of what he called "small ships" was not commensurate with its status. Chen also said that the U.S. ought to behave in a prudent and modest manner, and he hit out at U.S. military spending. "I know [the] U.S. is still recovering from financial crisis, still has some difficulties in its economy," Chen said. "Given such circumstances, you are still spending so much money on the military. Isn't it placing too much pressure on the taxpayers? If [the] U.S. could reduce a bit military spending to spend more on the improvement of livelihood of American people and also do more good things for world people, wouldn't it be a better scenario?" Monday's itinerary involved watching an anti-terrorism exercise at a field command center of a regiment in Hangzhou in eastern China. The scenario involved anti-government terrorists taking control of a village primary school and temple. The media were soon ushered out. As cicadas buzzed in the background, Col. Yang Yujun from China's Ministry of Defense Information Office offered his own reading of the military press conference. It was you might paraphrase the tough-love defense: He saw the outspoken criticism as a sign of closeness, not distance. "I don't believe that between enemies they could speak [that] frankly, because they may try to guard against the others, so they could not tell all the truth. But only between friends they could speak so frankly," Yang said.Another stop was at an air base in Shandong, where fighter planes thundered overhead, dropping flares. That foreign journalists were allowed to watch these displays and visit the army bases is extremely unusual, even though movements were tightly controlled. Ng Han Guan/APAdm. Mike Mullen sits in the cockpit of an Su-27 fighter jet at the Division 19 Aviation PLA Air Force base in Jining on Tuesday. A Future Of Openness For U.S.-China Relations? CLIP
Syrians take to the streets as regime lashes at US (July 08, 2011) http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2011/Jul-08/Syrians-take-to-the-streets-as-regime-lashes-at-US.ashx
BEIRUT: Hundreds of thousands of Syrians carrying olive branches and shouting for the downfall of President Bashar Assad's regime streamed Friday into the flashpoint city of Hama, where the U.S. and French ambassadors traveled in a strong show of support for the protest movement.Mass demonstrations also erupted in cities and towns nationwide, triggering a crackdown that killed at least 13 people and wounding more than 40, activists said. But Hama's demonstration was by far the largest and most closely watched. Two witnesses said crowds were swelling in the central city, which has become a focal point of the uprising and has drawn the largest crowds since the revolt began nearly four months ago. "People are chanting, 'We only kneel to God,' one of the witnesses told the AP by telephone, as the sound of the crowd was heard in the background. He asked for anonymity, fearing for his personal safety. Another activist estimated the demonstration was even larger than last Friday's turnout of around 300,000 -- possibly encouraged by the ambassadors' visits. "There was no violence. As long as we have no security forces, we have no violence," said the activist, who also spoke on condition of anonymity because of fears of reprisals. Hama poses a potential dilemma for the Syrian regime because of its place as a symbol of opposition to the rule of the Assad family. In 1982, the late Hafez Assad ordered troops to crush a rebellion by Islamist forces, killing between 10,000 and 25,000 people, rights activists say. A major offensive could make the city a fresh rallying cry for the opposition, but Assad's regime also does not want a repeat of last Friday's stunning rally, when an estimated 300,000 people protested. CLIP
Half a million Syrian protesters rise up in Hama (July 08 2011) http://mg.co.za/article/2011-07-08-half-a-million-syrian-protesters-rise-up-in-hama
Syrian security forces opened fire on anti-regime protests on Friday, killing at least 13 people, two of them in the capital Damascus, activists said. (...) London-based Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said six people were killed in the area of Dmeir and that at least 24 people had been injured in Homs, some of them gravely. Rahman said at least 450 000 Syrians rallied after Friday prayers in Hama under the banner "No to dialogue" with Assad's regime. The Hama demonstrators reiterated their "refusal to dialogue with the regime and called for its fall," he said. CLIP Check also Syria to open 'national dialogue' with opposition
Hundreds of thousands revitalise Egypt's revolution on Determination Friday (8 Jul 2011) http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/15899/Egypt/Politics-/Hundreds-of-thousands-revitalise-Egypts-revolution.aspx
Angered that no change is yet visible since the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak, hundreds of thousands have gathered again at Tahrir square and in cities around the country, insisting that the basic demands of the revolution be met. Demonstrators came from across Egypts provinces to assemble at Cairos downtown square, now a symbol of Egypts revolution. Several stages had been set hours before the break of day, one by the Revolution Youth Coalition, one by a coalition of liberal parties and movements, one by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), one belonging to the Wafd party and another to leftist parties. The Muslim Brotherhoods stage was the highest and biggest, provoking many of the protestors who complained that the MB is trying to steal all the attention of the public. The MB has already angered many with their stand against the sit-in many political groups are calling for to pressure the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) into meeting the revolutions demands. The MB, which decided to join the protests only two days ago, has stated that they will not be supporting the sit-in, planned to go on until demands are met, and announced instead they would be leaving at 5pm. They began to pack up and leave the square shortly after 5.In Tahrir many demonstrators carried banners reading I will be joining the sit-in. Tens of tents have been set up since Thursday night.Despite tensions, demonstrators have tried to maintain a level of unity diffusing quarrels as they erupt. One dispute was triggered by a banner reading The constitution first and another by the slogan the people and the army are one hand. Many political groups and movements had previously agreed, after long disputes, that the demand for drafting a new constitution before holding parliamentary elections will not be included among Determination Fridays demands so as not to create divisions. However, no consensus was reached prior to Friday regarding the SCAF, and many chanted against the council. The demonstrators main demands include the speedy trial of police officers responsible for killing the martyrs, the speedy trial of Mubarak and corrupt ex-regime figures, setting a minimum wage, restructuring the ministry of interior and cleansing the police force. CLIP
Protests spread in Egypt as discontent with military rule grows (10 July 2011) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/10/egypt-protests-spread-cairo-suez
Protests have brought Egypt's administrative and commercial nerve centres to a standstill, as government attempts to stem a growing wave of opposition to military rule succeeded only in galvanising demonstrators further. The interim prime minister, Essam Sharaf, took to the airwaves late on Saturday pledging to "meet the people's demands", following mass rallies across the country in which Egyptians accused the ruling council of army generals of betraying the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak this year. In a short and strained address to the nation, Sharaf said all police officers accused of killing protesters would be stopped from working, and promised that the trials of former Mubarak ministers and other regime officials would proceed "as soon as possible". He insisted that social and economic problems would be reviewed by the army-appointed transitional cabinet. But activists dismissed the announcement as empty rhetoric and claimed it contained nothing substantive. "His speech sounded like one of these tricks of the old government," Sherif, an engineer in his late 20s, told local news website Ahram Online. "If this government is unable to take serious steps, it should resign." CLIP
Million man march in Tahrir Square gets underway (12 July 2011) http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/1/16259/Egypt/Million-man-march-in-Tahrir-Square-gets-underway.aspx
Tens of thousands of protesters are in Tahrir Square right now as the sit-in steps up a notch on its fourth day with a march on Cabinet headquarters. (...) The demonstrators mainly chanted varied slogans against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) while marching. Other protesters remain in Tahrir Square to protect it from possible raids, while some organised a popular committee to protect the National Museum with others manning entrances in to the square. Some of the marchers, whose mood was quite upbeat, stood next to parked cars on El-Qasr El-Eini Street to protect the vehicles from any possible, and unintentional, damage. Others formed a human shield around the parliamentary premises. The street is overcrowded but there havent been any signs of hostility so far. The military officer responsible for securing the Cabinet's headquarters ordered the Central Security Forces deployed in the area to keep out of the protesters way as the latter were chanting peaceful, peaceful. The march on El-Qasr El-Eini Street was joined up by another one coming from Parliament Street. Seconds later, the protesters chanted one hand. Later a huge Egyptian flag was unfurled in Parliament Street with protesters chanting: "It's our army, [Field Marshal] Tantawy don't try to scare us," and "the people and the army are one hand." CLIP
In Tahrir Square the anger is growing again. Where is the revolution the crowds fought for? By Robert Fisk in Cairo (12 July 2011) http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/in-tahrir-square-the-anger-is-growing-again-where-is-the-revolution-the-crowds-fought-for-2312125.html
Mubarak may be gone, but the new order is floundering. In Cairo, Robert Fisk finds fury returning as people still demand change. Something has gone badly wrong with the Egyptian revolution. The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces just what the "Supreme" bit means is anyone's guess is toadying up to middle-aged Muslim Brothers and Salafists, the generals chatting to the pseudo-Islamists while the young, the liberal, poor and wealthy who brought down Hosni Mubarak are being ignored. The economy is collapsing. Anarchy creeps through the streets of Egyptian cities each night. Sectarianism flourishes in the darkness. The cops are going back to their dirty ways. It really is that bad. You only have to walk the streets of Cairo to understand what's gone wrong, to wander again across Tahrir Square and listen to those insisting on democracy and freedom as the old men of the Mubarak regime cling on as Prime Minister, under-ministers, in the very figure of Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi, the head of that "supreme" council, childhood friend and Mubarak loyalist even though he did force the old man to go. Tantawi's equally elderly head is now framed in posters around Tahrir and the old January-February cry is back: "We want the end of the regime." CLIP - CHECK ALSO Robert Fisk: Even I question the 'truth' about 9/11
U.S. drone targets two leaders of Somali group allied with al-Qaeda, official says (June 29, 2011) http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/national-security/us-drones-target-two-leaders-of-somali-group-allied-with-al-qaeda/2011/06/29/AGJFxZrH_story.html
A U.S. drone aircraft fired on two leaders of a militant Somali organization tied to al-Qaeda, apparently wounding them, a senior U.S. military official familiar with the operation said Wednesday. The strike last week against senior members of al-Shabab comes amid growing concern within the U.S. government that some leaders of the Islamist group are collaborating more closely with al-Qaeda to strike targets beyond Somalia, the military official said. The airstrike makes Somalia at least the sixth country where the United States is using drone aircraft to conduct lethal attacks, joining Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Yemen. And it comes as the CIA is expected to begin flying armed drones over Yemen in its hunt for al-Qaeda operatives. Al-Shabab has battled Somalia's tenuous government for several years. In recent months, U.S. officials have picked up intelligence that senior members of the group have expanded their ambitions beyond attacks in Somalia. "They have become somewhat emboldened of late, and, as a result, we have become more focused on inhibiting their activities," the official said. "They were planning operations outside of Somalia." Both of the al-Shabab leaders targeted in the attack had "direct ties" to American-born cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi, the military official said. Aulaqi escaped a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in May. The White House declined Wednesday night to respond to questions about the attack. CLIP - Check also US expands its drone war to Somalia (1 July 2011) The strikes bring to six the number of countries where the drones have been used. US officials increasingly identify the East African country as a major terrorist base.
Drone strikes are police work, not an act of war? (July 5, 2011) http://blogs.reuters.com/afghanistan/2011/07/05/drone-strikes-as-police-work-not-an-act-of-war/
Launching an air strike in another nation would normally be considered an act of aggression. But advocates of Americas rapidly expanding unmanned drone programme dont see it that way. They are arguing, as Tom Ricks writes on his blog The Best Defense over at Foreign Policy, that the campaign to kill militants with missile strikes from these unmanned aircraft, is more like police action in a tough neighbourhood than a military conflict.
(...) The idea that the United States can arrogate to itself the right of life and death of people around the world can set off a dangerous precedent. What happens if India decides to do a bit of police action of its own in next door Pakistan. Unlike the CIA, India has actually built up a legal case against the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafeez Sayeed, for involvement in the November 2008 attacks on Mumbai. Given the lack of action by Pakistani authorities, should India take the law into its hands and target Sayeed and his associates for the assault ? Or as Greg Scoblete says in the Real World Compass blog, what if Iran develops the capability to fly drones of its own and blows up the suburban Virginia home of a CIA official that is suspects is instigating violence in Iran, how will America react ? Surely it is not going to say this is police action, but an act of war, or at the very least a terrorist strike on the homeland. The U.S. leads the world in the use of unmanned aircraft for warfare by a distance, but it cant be very long before other nations scale up their capabilities in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) as they are also known.The drone technology may be sophisticated, but it can be reverse-engineered and replicated (the Chinese are reportedly already doing it). Forty countries already have UAVs in their arsenals, as do reportedly non-state actors such as Hezbollah. Today the U.S. is able to fly its drones over Waziristan and Yemen, but it is not inconceivable that in the future others too might be able to fly their drones over New York and Washington. Indeed, Pakistan which has taken the highest number of drone strikes in recent years is itself asking for these aircraft both for surveillance and to carry out covert warfare. America has so far refused.
Gas Flaring Reductions Avoid 30 Million Tons of Carbon Dioxide Emissions in 2010 - A MODEST REDUCTION IN AN OTHERWISE HORRIFICALLY POLLUTING PRACTICE http://climatechange.worldbank.org/news/gas-flaring-reductions-avoid-30-million-tons-carbon-dioxide-emissions-2010
WASHINGTON, June 27, 2011 - Reductions in gas flaring in several countries helped bring down flaring to 134 billion cubic meters (bcm) worldwide in 2010, a 13-bcm drop from 2009, according to the latest satellite estimates. This nine-percent global reduction was achieved even as global crude oil production rose by two million barrels a day over the same period, says the World Bank-led Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership (GGFR). The latest drop in 2010 is revealed in new flaring estimates based on satellite data gathered by scientists at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The 13-bcm decline - led by flaring drops of 11.4 bcm in Russia and 1.2 bcm in Kazakhstan - is roughly equivalent to 30 million tons of CO2 emissions, or to taking almost six million cars off the road. These two countries have made important investments in associated gas utilization projects. "These latest estimates reinforce a positive downward trend in flaring," said Vijay Iyer, Director of the World Bank's Sustainable Energy Department. "Since 2005, gas flaring has dropped 22 percent thanks to the efforts of the countries concerned, and significant support provided by the Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership." Until concerted action to reduce gas flaring began after the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, the practice - associated with oil production - added about 400 million tons of CO2 emissions each year. CLIP - MORE THROUGH http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_flare - "The World Bank estimates that over 134 billion cubic metres of natural gas are flared or vented annually, an amount equivalent to more than 20 percent of the United States' gas consumption or 33 percent of the European Union's gas consumption per year." - AND Gas flaring in Nigeria AND Environmental issues in the Niger Delta
The World's Greatest Light Bulb (July 5, 2011) http://www.slate.com/id/2298444/
Dump your fluorescents and incandescents for this amazing new LED bulb. -- When I drove to the offices of a start-up called Switch Lighting last week, I wasn't expecting much. A company representative had promised to show me something amazing-an alternative light bulb that uses a fraction of the energy of a traditional incandescent bulb and lasts 20 times as long, but that plugs into a standard socket and produces the same warm, yellowish, comforting glow that we're all used to seeing when we flip the switch. I'd heard that pitch before. Energy-efficient bulbs that shine like incandescents are the holy grail of the lighting industry. The effort has become more urgent in the last few years, as governments around the world have imposed regulations to phase out incandescent bulbs. In the United States, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, whose light bulb-related provisions will go into effect next year, requires greater efficiency from all light bulbs on the market; the act effectively outlaws the traditional incandescent bulb by 2014. The phase-out has created a surprising political outcry, with some people even stocking up on bulbs. That's because today's main alternative, compact-fluorescent bulbs, are awful. They've got three main shortcomings: They're ugly; they contain mercury, which can be extremely hazardous if the bulbs are broken; and most importantly, they put out harsh, white light that many people (myself included) find unbearable.Switch Lighting claims to have solved all of those problems. CLIP
Japan's Kan says nuclear clean-up could take decades (July 9, 2011) http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/09/us-japan-nuclear-hosono-idUSTRE7680Z520110709
(Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Saturday it will take decades to clean up and decommission the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant after the world's worst atomic accident since Chernobyl. Kan's comments marked the first time that Japan's government has offered a timeframe for the clean-up at Fukushima beyond the emergency measures now underway to shut down its reactors. "It will take three, five, ten years, or eventually several decades to take care of the accident," Kan told local officials from his Democratic Party of Japan meeting in Tokyo. (...) Goshi Hosono, the government minister appointed to oversee Japan's response to the nuclear crisis, told reporters he believed Tokyo Electric had achieved its target of establishing a stable cooling system for the reactors, the first of a series of steps needed to shut down the plant by January. Efforts to cool the Fukushima reactors currently hinge on a complex and hastily constructed system to decontaminate thousands of tonnes of water being pumped into the reactors and then to circulate it back through the reactors. Once the cooling system is in place, officials have said that they can focus on work to bring the reactors to a state of "cold shutdown" by January. At that point, the uranium in the reactor cores would be cool enough so that it would not cause water being pumped in to boil away. It would also mean that there would be little threat from another loss of power to the plant.
Fukushima: It's Much Worse Than You Think (June 16, 2911) https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/06/16-4
Scientific experts believe Japan's nuclear disaster to be far worse than governments are revealing to the public. "Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind," Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Al Jazeera. (...) "The fuels are now a molten blob at the bottom of the reactor," Gundersen added. "TEPCO announced they had a melt through. A melt down is when the fuel collapses to the bottom of the reactor, and a melt through means it has melted through some layers. That blob is incredibly radioactive, and now you have water on top of it. The water picks up enormous amounts of radiation, so you add more water and you are generating hundreds of thousands of tons of highly radioactive water." Independent scientists have been monitoring the locations of radioactive "hot spots" around Japan, and their findings are disconcerting."We have 20 nuclear cores exposed, the fuel pools have several cores each, that is 20 times the potential to be released than Chernobyl," said Gundersen. "The data I'm seeing shows that we are finding hot spots further away than we had from Chernobyl, and the amount of radiation in many of them was the amount that caused areas to be declared no-man's-land for Chernobyl. We are seeing square kilometres being found 60 to 70 kilometres away from the reactor. You can't clean all this up. We still have radioactive wild boar in Germany, 30 years after Chernobyl." CLIP
Northwest sees 35% infant mortality spike post-Fukushima (June 17, 2011) http://www.q13fox.com/news/kcpq-northwest-sees-35-infant-mortality-spike-postfukushima-20110617,0,5968165.story
Physician Janette Sherman, M.D. and epidemiologist Joseph Mangano published a report Monday highlighting a 35% spike in northwest infant mortality after Japan's nuclear meltdown. The report spotlighted data from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on infant mortality rates in eight northwest cities, including Seattle, in the 10 weeks after Fukushima's nuclear meltdown. The average number of infant deaths for the region moved from an average of 9.25 in the four weeks before Fukushima' nuclear meltdown, to an average of 12.5 per week in the 10 weeks after. The change represents a 35% increase in the northwest's infant mortality rates. In comparison, the average rates for the entire U.S. rose only 2.3%. CLIP - CHECK ALSO Is the Dramatic Increase in Baby Deaths in the US a Result of Fukushima Fallout?
Radiation Coverups Confirmed: Los Alamos, Fort Calhoun, Fukushima, TSA (July 3, 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI8Wc0fUzUs
A series of disasters, potential disasters, bad news and worrying studies over the course of the past week have brought public attention back to the issue of radiation and its attendant health risks, and further exposed how governmental agencies that are supposed to protect the public have in fact knowingly put the public at risk and even colluded with the very industries they are supposed to be "regulating." TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=2365 CHECK ALSO Fukushima Cover Up Unravels (2011-07-03)
The Secret of Water as a Basis for the New Earth http://www.verlag-meiga.org/sites/verlag-meiga.org/files/Water_engl.pdf
Healing the Water Cycle through the Creation of Water Retention Landscapes - Based on an unscripted speech by Bernd Müller, May 2011 -- Water, energy and food are freely available for the whole of humankind! Dieter Duhm, from the Tamera Manifesto for a New Generation on Planet Earth. I put this quote at the beginning of my speech because I want to ask you to see this vision of a healed world as often and vividly as you can. We must not get accustomed to a state where something that is actually self-evident appears to us as an unrealistic utopia. A world in which all people have free access to enough water, energy and food is thoroughly feasible. More than eighty years ago similar ideas were described by the Austrian Viktor Schauberger, a brilliant water researcher, a pioneer and thought-leader of the highest level. Even then he could foresee the global problems that we face today and he showed how they can be solved. A key point in the solution is the right treatment of water. Therefore I would like to address the issue of water in this lecture. Water is life and where there is life there is also nutrition and energy. The years 2010 to 2020 were declared by the United Nations as the Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification. Progressive desertification is currently one of the biggest global problems. More than 40% of the global land-mass today is classified as dryland. Also in Europe, for example here on the Iberian peninsula, the desertification process is dramatic. One third of the land area of Spain has already transformed into dryland. But most of these dry areas are located in the even poorer countries of our planet Earth. Billions of people today have no access to good and fresh water. Even though we still try to push it aside, we know that this is partly connected with our lifestyle in the industrialised countries, which daily, hourly, minute by minute leads to a situation in other regions of the Earth where children fall sick and die because of bad water, where humans fight over the last remaining water and animals die of thirst. Water, which is essentially the source of life, is today the cause of war, power-struggles, disease, and an incredible amount of suffering. Therefore, the Bolivian President Evo Morales demanded in 2008 in his Ten Commandments to Save the Planet, Life and Humanity that we deal with this global water crisis and declare the access to water as a human right. I fully go along with this demand. I am holding this speech so that all people and all animals regain free access to good drinking water. For this, the idea of Water Retention Landscapes and 'model universities' has been developed. CLIP
Drilling in Arctic waters? Scientists aren't sure if it is safe (June 24, 2011) http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/06/science-gaps-confront-arctic-oil-drilling.html
Escalating oil prices and diminishing supplies around the world are focusing more attention than ever on the vast petroleum reserves under the Arctic seabed, and in the relatively pristine shoreline areas of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The Obama administration is moving to speed up drilling where possible, but the nagging problem with a wholesale move into the Arctic is how much we don't know about the remote, fragile region. How much more drilling can safely be accommodated?Can polar bears survive the twin threats of shrinking sea ice and greater ship traffic? What about fish stocks and an acidifying ocean? Bowhead whales might be able to migrate around new oil platforms, but will they be stressed out by drilling noise? And what if their food supplies are shrinking as well? CLIP - Check also What if an oil spill happened at an Arctic well?
Action Alert: End U.S. FrankenTree Experiments: Genetically Engineered Trees Risky, Unnecessary and Must Be Resisted Until Banned http://www.rainforestportal.org/shared/alerts/sendsm.aspx?id=frankentrees
Eucalyptus is the perfect neoliberal tree. It grows quickly, turns a quick profit in the global market and destroys the earth. Jaime Aviles, La JornadaOver a quarter of a million genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees have been incautiously approved for planting by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Ultimately genetically engineered (GE) tree company ArborGen plans to sell these FrankenTrees for planting across millions of hectares from Texas to Florida - undoubtedly with some sort of sustainability greenwash for biofuel, pulp and timber. You can help us stop this disaster before it is too late. These genetically modified eucalyptus trees are like the notorious aggressively invasive Kudzu plant, but explosively flammable and toxic. In the 1990s and early 2000s a similar threat in Europe was largely rebuffed through direct action - together people simply destroyed the tree saplings.
Richard Leakey: 'selfish' critics choose wrong fight in Serengeti road http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0702-hance_serengeti_leakey.html
(07/02/2011) The controversial Serengeti road is going ahead, but with conditions. According to the Tanzanian Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Ezekiel Maige, the road will not be paved and it will be run by the Tanzanian park authority who will have the power to monitor traffic to 'ensure no harm comes to the wildlife population'. Critics argue that even an unpaved road would eventually cripple the largest land migration in the world. However, famed Kenyan conservationist, ex-politician, and anthropologist, Richard Leakey, told mongabay.com that critics of the road are focusing on the wrong fight while failing to respect Tanzania's right to develop. Leakey says that instead of attempting to stop the road from being built, which he believes is inevitable, critics should instead focus on funding a truly wildlife-friendly road.
(...) Last year in an interview with WildlifeDirect Leakey proposed elevating the Serengeti road so the migration could continue beneath, while commercial and public traffic roared above. "Should we not be thinking of whether they couldnt elevate the road, as it crosses the Serengeti, put it up on stilts so that the animals could move freely below it? This would be very expensive but not impossible," he said in the interview. As planned the Serengeti road would bisect the northern portion of the park for 30 miles (50 kilometers). An elevated highway expanding that distance is not unknown: the six-lane Bang Na Expressway in Bangkok rises above the city for 33 miles (54 kilometers). One would imagine an elevated Serengeti road would need to rise high enough to allow elephants and giraffe to pass easily beneath. Despite the obvious merits of the idea, it has not appeared to make much notice yet amid the Tanzanian government or those fighting the road.
(...) The entire Serengeti ecosystem is facing a barrage of threats according to Leakey: massive population growth on the fringes of the parks, poaching for bushmeat and the illegal wildlife trade, human-wildlife conflict, land use change, and widespread poverty. In order to truly save the Serengeti, Leakey argues that the international community needs to really step up: not with criticism, but with funds. "We are in total denial if we think that the costs of protecting such a large and important area can be achieved through tourism dollars alone. It can't. If we can't secure international funds to protect the Serengeti, a world heritage site of significant global value, then we will not only lose the Serengeti, but most other African protected areas. I can completely understand the average Tanzanian anger at the insensitivity of many that that the Tanzanian poor are paying the price and bearing the burden of preserving the Serengeti so that international tourists can come and see the wildlife spectacle. Most Tanzanians have never been to the Serengeti," he says. - CHECK ALSO Unpaved road through Serengeti to progress -- NOTE from Jean: Why not simply close off the road during the migration peak times and create large underpasses located at every mile with continuous fencing on both sides of the road to funnel the animals towards the closest underpass during the rest of the year? This would be much more realistic that Leakey's pipe dream of the international community funding such an elevated road at a time of international financial crisis. We have a similar system here in Quebec to allow safe moose-crossing of highways in forested areas. Road crossing by wild animals is a lethal hazard anyway and it would be in Tanzania's own best interest to insure safety on this road.
Climate Change and Your Health: Rising Temperatures, Worsening Ozone Pollution http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science_and_impacts/impacts/climate-change-and-ozone-pollution.html
Report demonstrates how climate change could increase "bad" ozone, threatening health and economy -- Ozone pollution is bad for your health.Millions of Americans suffer from the harmful effects of ground-level ozone pollutionbe they children too sick to go to school, high school football players not allowed to practice outdoors in the summer, 65-year-olds with lung disease unable to take a walk in the park, or farmers at risk when they harvest their fields. Ground-level ozone pollution exacerbates lung diseases such as asthma and can cause breathing difficulties even in healthy individuals. Ozone pollution is expensive. Not only does ozone pollution cause a number of serious breathing problems, and therefore a great deal of suffering, it also is damaging in monetary terms. Whether tallying up the dollars lost to sick days or the high costs of emergency-room visits, ozone pollution is expensive. Climate change could worsen ozone pollution. And now health professionals have an additional ozone pollution concernclimate change. Temperatures in the United States have already risen more than two degrees Fahrenheit (2°F) over the past century, largely because of climate change, and are expected to keep rising throughout the next few decades and likely much longer. CLIP - Tell Congress: Dont Let Global Warming Take Our Breath Away
Heat wave hits South and Midwest (July 12, 2011) http://www.timesleader.com/news/Heat_wave_hits_South_and_Midwest_07-11-2011.html
Heat advisories issued for 17 states as 100-plus temperatures hit U.S. -- DALLAS - The temperature setting is stuck on broil across a swath of the Midwest and South, with Dallas and Oklahoma City sweltering through 100-degree heat for at least 10 days in a row.Forecasters warned on Monday that the extreme heat could continue for most of the week and perhaps beyond. At the same time, many people won't be able to cool off by taking a dip: Swimming pools in some cities have closed because of budget cuts.Heat advisories and excessive-heat warnings were issued Monday for 17 states in the Midwest and South. For today, the National Weather Service issued heat advisories for much of the East Coast, from Georgia to Connecticut, where temperatures are expected in the upper 90s but will feel as hot as 105 because of the humidity."It says a lot when you are dealing with such an expansive area of heat alerts," said National Weather Service spokesman Chris Vaccaro. CLIP - Check also It's a furnace-like feeling across central, southern states Heat index to reach 115 degrees in some areas; Chicago hit by strong storm
Geo-engineering: green versus greed in the race to cool the planet (10 July 2011) http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jul/10/geo-engineering-weather-manipulation
Critics fear that manipulating weather patterns could have a calamitous effect on poorer countries - The alert on the Climate Ark website in January 2009 was marked urgent: "Take action: A rogue science ship is poised to carry out risky experimental fertilisation of the Southern Ocean. This is likely [to be] the first of many coming attempts to begin geo-engineering the biosphere as a solution to climate change. The chemical cargo is likely to provoke a massive algal bloom big enough to be seen from outer space..."The response was immediate and vitriolic: "You morons," fumed a woman from a Canadian university. "That isn't a rogue ship... it's one of the best marine science research groups in the world. You are no different than anti-science religious fanatics. You seek to keep the world ignorant. May you drown in your lies..."Professor Peter Liss, then chair of Britain's Royal Society's global environment research committee and himself involved in research to see the effect of iron on phtyoplankton, stepped in: "The [intention] is to find out what role iron plays in marine biogeochemistry. In no way is it an attempt to geo-engineer the planet. Only by knowing the facts can you argue effectively against such geo-engineering proposals. Emotion and opinion will not win the argument; knowledge and understanding will."Some hope. Geo-engineering - artificial efforts to mitigate global warming by manipulating weather patterns, oceans, currents, soils and atmosphere to reduce the amount of greenhouses gases - evokes ideological, political and financial passions. For those who have more or less given up on UN climate talks, it is, along with nuclear power, the only practical planetary way to avoid catastrophic climate change; for others, it is an irresponsible move into the unknown by the rich world that will inevitably have unintended consequences, most probably for the poorest.
(...) In the background is the military. According to US science historian James Fleming, control of the climate gives the military an advantage and so it seeks to "weaponise" every technology, providing a stream of resources for scientists. Star Wars architect Lowell Wood argued in the 1990s that by spending about $1bn per year, the US could put enough particles in the stratosphere to reduce sunlight by about 1%."It is not easy to see how a serious geo-engineering programme could move forward without some degree of military involvement," says Jeff Goodell, journalist and author of How to Cool the Planet.The immediate battle, though, is being fought in the media, where the scientists are hoping to be hailed as social visionaries, and in the UN and scientific establishments, where they are seeking intellectual underpinning. According to Bronson: "The geo-engineers have worked hard to conquer the western scientific establishment and are now moving into Brazil, India and China because they know that the northern orientation of everything so far is a huge liability."There is growing awareness that geo-engineering is not going away, adds Bronson. "Many NGOS and social movements in Latin America have started to get involved and interest in south-east Asia and some parts of Africa is growing. Combined with lacklustre climate talks and rising emissions, though, many environmentalists end up with some kind of reluctant endorsement of the 'more research' agenda. Indigenous peoples and farmers' organisations have proved particularly strong in their opposition. Women's groups are also starting to get interested and alarmed."Above all, it will be the governments of poor countries which are likely to object to any planetary-scale project. Two years ago, all countries except the US agreed to a de facto voluntary moratorium on geo-engineering projects and experiments. Apart from the unpredictability of the science, there was mistrust that western-northern-driven technological solutions to climate change would be fair or equitable. Two weeks ago, 160 organisations from around the world sent an open letter to Rajendra Pachauri, the Nobel prize-winning chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, after it had hosted a meeting of geo-engineers in Lima, Peru."Geo-engineering is too dangerous to too many people and to the planet to be left in the hands of small group of so-called experts," they warned. "The IPCC has assured us it will go forward carefully in this work. We will be closely following the process."
Lionfish invading East Coast waters (July 10, 2011) http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environment/la-na-lionfish-20110710,0,4394474.story
The pretty-but-voracious aquarium favorite, which has been gobbling other reef fish throughout the Caribbean, is swimming up South Florida's estuaries, invading the Gulf of Mexico and spreading along the South American coast.Scientists say the East Coast has never seen a mass marine invasion of this kind before, and they worry that it will set off a cascade of ecological damage to native fish, coral reef and their delicate habitat.Lionfish have been multiplying in the Caribbean and along the Carolina coast for more than a decade, probably after a few were dumped from somebody's aquarium off the shores of South Florida and their offspring rode north and east on ocean currents. Now the footlong fish are coming full circle back to South Florida, carried by currents from the Caribbean. The invader probably will establish itself along Florida's east coast and the entire Gulf Coast within the next five to 10 years and spread as far south as Brazil, marine scientists predict."I don't see anything stopping them," said Matthew Johnston, a research scientist at the National Coral Reef Institute in Dania Beach.
(...) Larger native fish along the East Coast do not yet seem to recognize lionfish as potential prey, though a few species of grouper have been known to feed on them.As a result, lionfish have reproduced with abandon. A female produces roughly 2 million eggs a year. The larvae spread quickly once caught up in the Gulf Stream, a powerful current that rushes along the Florida coast up to the Carolinas. The only limits appear to be colder waters, which have stopped the invasion in the North Atlantic, and fresh water with little salt content. Lionfish have been sighted as far north as Long Island in New York, but they do not live long or regenerate during the winter. Somehow, lionfish drifted toward the Bahamas, where they reproduced quickly, decimated native fish and disturbed the habitat for corals and other species in ways scientists are still discovering.The lionfish range so far and can swim so deep - as much as 1,000 feet - that eradication is virtually impossible, said James Morris, an ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. CLIP
Abbotsford dad devastated that autistic daughter is removed from home (June 24, 2011) RIDICULOUSLY LUNATIC! http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/124520804.html
Derek Hoare had taken his eyes off his nine-year-old autistic daughter, Ayn Van Dyk, for just a moment. Then she was gone. Ayn had been playing in the backyard of his Mt. Lehman Road home, which was surrounded by a six-foot fence.But somehow she had disappeared. Derek sprinted up the street for several minutes, then turned around and ran in the other direction.After 10 frantic minutes, he called the police.More than three hours later, Ayn was found two houses over in a neighbours pool. She was safe and sound.It was a fairy tale ending, told by various media covering the story. And for a moment, it was. When the police brought Ayn back, she ran to her father and threw her arms around his shoulders as he breathed tearful relief. But four days later, representatives from the Ministry of Children and Family Development came to his house with orders to take Ayn away. Basically, what theyre saying is Im a single dad and I have two autistic kids and my other son and its too much for me to handle. So, theyre going to take one of my kids away to lighten my load, said Derek on Tuesday, after learning he wouldnt even be able to see his daughter until a hearing determines access rights. Because of her 24-hour care requirements, she wont go into a foster home, but will be placed in a psychiatric facility for evaluation. Derek is concerned she will be sedated and drugged for her autism, which he has always opposed, despite doctor advice to the contrary. Theyre probably holding her down and sedating her, he said, his voice choking. This is a nightmare. CLIP
Vaccines and autism: a new scientific review (March 31, 2011) http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20049118-10391695.html
For all those who've declared the autism-vaccine debate over - a new scientific review begs to differ. It considers a host of peer-reviewed, published theories that show possible connections between vaccines and autism. The article in the Journal of Immunotoxicology is entitled "Theoretical aspects of autism: Causes--A review." The author is Helen Ratajczak, surprisingly herself a former senior scientist at a pharmaceutical firm. Ratajczak did what nobody else apparently has bothered to do: she reviewed the body of published science since autism was first described in 1943. Not just one theory suggested by research such as the role of MMR shots, or the mercury preservative thimerosal; but all of them. Ratajczak's article states, in part, that "Documented causes of autism include genetic mutations and/or deletions, viral infections, and encephalitis following vaccination. Therefore, autism is the result of genetic defects and/or inflammation of the brain." The article goes on to discuss many potential vaccine-related culprits, including the increasing number of vaccines given in a short period of time. Ratajczak also looks at a factor that hasn't been widely discussed: human DNA contained in vaccines. Ratajczak reports that about the same time vaccine makers took most thimerosal out of most vaccines (with the exception of flu shots which still widely contain thimerosal), they began making some vaccines using human tissue.
Did CIA undermine global health by faking vaccines in hunt for Bin Laden? (July 12, 2011) http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/07/has-the-cia-compromised-global-health-in-hunt-for-bin-laden/
One of the chronic problems the international community has with almost every disease-fighting campaign has been the need to overcome mistrust mistrust of government, of foreign health workers or outsider do-gooders in general. This is, for a variety of reasons, especially true of vaccines. So many worry that such global health efforts will suffer from the revelation, reported first in The Guardian and later by the New York Times and others, that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) set up a fake vaccination program in Pakistan in order to collect DNA samples. Says The Guardian: The CIA organised a fake vaccination program in the town where it believed Osama bin Laden was hiding in an elaborate attempt to obtain DNA from the fugitive al-Qaida leaders family, a Guardian investigation has found. CLIP
Super-Resistant Gonorrhea Strain Found In Japan (July 12, 2011) http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/07/12/137797153/super-resistant-gonorrhea-strain-found-in-japan/
The emergence of a strain of gonorrhea that can thwart the last antibiotic effective in treating the common sexually transmitted disease was bound to happen, experts say. The new, super-resistant strain is called H041, and so far, only a handful of cases are known in Japan. But don't count on it staying that way. Experience has shown that once a resistant strain of gonorrhea appears, it steadily displaces those that can be killed with antibiotics. It happened in the 1970s and 1980s with penicillin and tetracycline and more recently with a class of drugs called fluoroquinolones, such as Cipro. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that gonorrhea infects 700,000 Americans each year. It initially can cause painful urination and other symptoms, but can develop into chronic infections that can lead to infertility, joint damage and serious infections in babies born to infected mothers. People with gonorrhea are also at higher risk of getting HIV. CLIP
EMF-Omega-News 9. July 2011 http://www.buergerwelle.de/cms/content/view/609/95/
Mobile Phones Damage the Brain - Breast Cancer and EMFs Research - Long-term exposure to microwave radiation provokes cancer growth - Health Risks Related to Wireless Utility Infrastructure - The effects of electromagnetic radiation on our health - Kids vulnerable to cellphone tower radiation - Mobile phones cause 'five-fold increase in brain cancer risk' - Is there no evidence of harm from exposure to electromagnetic radiation from wireless devices? - Nobel laureate: If the cellphone were a drug, it would be banned - Study downplaying cellphone risks funded by manufacturers - The Scandal the Press are Ignoring - Remove Wi-Fi From Schools and Public Facilities - Gulf Islanders Rally to Stop Hydros 'Smart Meter' Scheme - The Growing Movement Against Electromagnetic Contamination - Mile Cross families win mobile phone mast fight - Company sues Midwest City over cellphone tower - Neighbours force phone firm to call off mast job - Cell Towers Approved, Homeowners Angry
Date: 02 Jul 2011
From: Sandra Goodstone (SGoodstone@optonline.net)
Subject: Re: The Moment of Truth Series #23: Are we Going to Flunk or Pass Our Cosmic Test?...
I so thoroughly enjoy reading the articles you send out. I do have to say that I am very aware of much of what you send out but good to read them to get additional perspective. I just wish I could read ALL of your articles. Unfortunately, this would be a full time job and I just don't have the time to read them all.
The Swiss bank article was great to read because it was based on an interview by a former Swiss bank insider. I totally believe what he was saying. Those trillions of dollars in those secret bank accounts was mostly money from our American CIA drug business. A business that George H. W. Bush was very much involved in.
I suspect the assassination of some Third World leader in the 80's was the assassination of Indira Ghandi, who was a leftist leaning leader. The Powers That Be do not like left-leaning leaders because they operate their governments with equality for all. The Bilderbergers do away with them. Hence why my government wants to do away with the Castro regime, Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, etc. They villainize any government leader that does what they can to improve the lot of their poor people. Disgusting, evil people.
Anyway, Jean... you deserve some kind of literary award for your devotion, dedication and tenacity in getting all this information out. I do appreciate the level of time and work you dedicate yourself to. THANK YOU!
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Climate of Denial - Can science and the truth withstand the merchants of poison?
By AL GORE
JUNE 22, 2011
The first time I remember hearing the question "is it real?" was when I went as a young boy to see a traveling show put on by "professional wrestlers" one summer evening in the gym of the Forks River Elementary School in Elmwood, Tennessee.
The evidence that it was real was palpable: "They're really hurting each other! That's real blood! Look a'there! They can't fake that!" On the other hand, there was clearly a script (or in today's language, a "narrative"), with good guys to cheer and bad guys to boo.
But the most unusual and in some ways most interesting character in these dramas was the referee: Whenever the bad guy committed a gross and obvious violation of the "rules" such as they were like using a metal folding chair to smack the good guy in the head, the referee always seemed to be preoccupied with one of the cornermen, or looking the other way. Yet whenever the good guy after absorbing more abuse and unfairness than any reasonable person could tolerate committed the slightest infraction, the referee was all over him. The answer to the question "Is it real?" seemed connected to the question of whether the referee was somehow confused about his role: Was he too an entertainer?
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That is pretty much the role now being played by most of the news media in refereeing the current wrestling match over whether global warming is "real," and whether it has any connection to the constant dumping of 90 million tons of heat-trapping emissions into the Earth's thin shell of atmosphere every 24 hours.
Admittedly, the contest over global warming is a challenge for the referee because it's a tag-team match, a real free-for-all. In one corner of the ring are Science and Reason. In the other corner: Poisonous Polluters and Right-wing Ideologues.
The referee in this analogy, the news media seems confused about whether he is in the news business or the entertainment business. Is he responsible for ensuring a fair match? Or is he part of the show, selling tickets and building the audience? The referee certainly seems distracted: by Donald Trump, Charlie Sheen, the latest reality show the list of serial obsessions is too long to enumerate here.
But whatever the cause, the referee appears not to notice that the Polluters and Ideologues are trampling all over the "rules" of democratic discourse. They are financing pseudoscientists whose job is to manufacture doubt about what is true and what is false; buying elected officials wholesale with bribes that the politicians themselves have made "legal" and can now be made in secret; spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year on misleading advertisements in the mass media; hiring four anti-climate lobbyists for every member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. (Question: Would Michael Jordan have been a star if he was covered by four defensive players every step he took on the basketball court?)
This script, of course, is not entirely new: A half-century ago, when Science and Reason established the linkage between cigarettes and lung diseases, the tobacco industry hired actors, dressed them up as doctors, and paid them to look into television cameras and tell people that the linkage revealed in the Surgeon General's Report was not real at all. The show went on for decades, with more Americans killed each year by cigarettes than all of the U.S. soldiers killed in all of World War II.
This time, the scientific consensus is even stronger. It has been endorsed by every National Academy of science of every major country on the planet, every major professional scientific society related to the study of global warming and 98 percent of climate scientists throughout the world. In the latest and most authoritative study by 3,000 of the very best scientific experts in the world, the evidence was judged "unequivocal."
But wait! The good guys transgressed the rules of decorum, as evidenced in their private e-mails that were stolen and put on the Internet. The referee is all over it: Penalty! Go to your corner! And in their 3,000-page report, the scientists made some mistakes! Another penalty!
And if more of the audience is left confused about whether the climate crisis is real? Well, the show must go on. After all, it's entertainment. There are tickets to be sold, eyeballs to glue to the screen.
Part of the script for this show was leaked to The New York Times as early as 1991. In an internal document, a consortium of the largest global-warming polluters spelled out their principal strategy: "Reposition global warming as theory, rather than fact." Ever since, they have been sowing doubt even more effectively than the tobacco companies before them.
To sell their false narrative, the Polluters and Ideologues have found it essential to undermine the public's respect for Science and Reason by attacking the integrity of the climate scientists. That is why the scientists are regularly accused of falsifying evidence and exaggerating its implications in a greedy effort to win more research grants, or secretly pursuing a hidden political agenda to expand the power of government. Such slanderous insults are deeply ironic: extremist ideologues many financed or employed by carbon polluters accusing scientists of being greedy extremist ideologues.
After World War II, a philosopher studying the impact of organized propaganda on the quality of democratic debate wrote, "The conversion of all questions of truth into questions of power has attacked the very heart of the distinction between true and false."
Is the climate crisis real? Yes, of course it is. Pause for a moment to consider these events of just the past 12 months:
Heat. According to NASA, 2010 was tied with 2005 as the hottest year measured since instruments were first used systematically in the 1880s. Nineteen countries set all-time high temperature records. One city in Pakistan, Mohenjo-Daro, reached 128.3 degrees Fahrenheit, the hottest temperature ever measured in an Asian city. Nine of the 10 hottest years in history have occurred in the last 13 years. The past decade was the hottest ever measured, even though half of that decade represented a "solar minimum" the low ebb in the natural cycle of solar energy emanating from the sun.
Floods. Megafloods displaced 20 million people in Pakistan, further destabilizing a nuclear-armed country; inundated an area of Australia larger than Germany and France combined; flooded 28 of the 32 districts that make up Colombia, where it has rained almost continuously for the past year; caused a "thousand-year" flood in my home city of Nashville; and led to all-time record flood levels in the Mississippi River Valley. Many places around the world are now experiencing larger and more frequent extreme downpours and snowstorms; last year's "Snowmaggedon" in the northeastern United States is part of the same pattern, notwithstanding the guffaws of deniers.
Drought. Historic drought and fires in Russia killed an estimated 56,000 people and caused wheat and other food crops in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan to be removed from the global market, contributing to a record spike in food prices. "Practically everything is burning," Russian president Dmitry Medvedev declared. "What's happening with the planet's climate right now needs to be a wake-up call to all of us." The drought level in much of Texas has been raised from "extreme" to "exceptional," the highest category. This spring the majority of the counties in Texas were on fire, and Gov. Rick Perry requested a major disaster declaration for all but two of the state's 254 counties. Arizona is now fighting the largest fire in its history. Since 1970, the fire season throughout the American West has increased by 78 days. Extreme droughts in central China and northern France are currently drying up reservoirs and killing crops.
Melting Ice. An enormous mass of ice, four times larger than the island of Manhattan, broke off from northern Greenland last year and slipped into the sea. The acceleration of ice loss in both Greenland and Antarctica has caused another upward revision of global sea-level rise and the numbers of refugees expected from low-lying coastal areas. The Arctic ice cap, which reached a record low volume last year, has lost as much as 40 percent of its area during summer in just 30 years.
These extreme events are happening in real time. It is not uncommon for the nightly newscast to resemble a nature hike through the Book of Revelation. Yet most of the news media completely ignore how such events are connected to the climate crisis, or dismiss the connection as controversial; after all, there are scientists on one side of the debate and deniers on the other. A Fox News executive, in an internal e-mail to the network's reporters and editors that later became public, questioned the "veracity of climate change data" and ordered the journalists to "refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question."
But in the "real" world, the record droughts, fires, floods and mudslides continue to increase in severity and frequency. Leading climate scientists like Jim Hansen and Kevin Trenberth now say that events like these would almost certainly not be occurring without the influence of man-made global warming. And that's a shift in the way they frame these impacts. Scientists used to caution that we were increasing the probability of such extreme events by "loading the dice" pumping more carbon into the atmosphere. Now the scientists go much further, warning that we are "painting more dots on the dice." We are not only more likely to roll 12s; we are now rolling 13s and 14s. In other words, the biggest storms are not only becoming more frequent, they are getting bigger, stronger and more destructive.
"The only plausible explanation for the rise in weather-related catastrophes is climate change," Munich Re, one of the two largest reinsurance companies in the world, recently stated. "The view that weather extremes are more frequent and intense due to global warming coincides with the current state of scientific knowledge."
Many of the extreme and destructive events are the result of the rapid increase in the amount of heat energy from the sun that is trapped in the atmosphere, which is radically disrupting the planet's water cycle. More heat energy evaporates more water into the air, and the warmer air holds a lot more moisture. This has huge consequences that we now see all around the world.
When a storm unleashes a downpour of rain or snow, the precipitation does not originate just in the part of the sky directly above where it falls. Storms reach out sometimes as far as 2,000 miles to suck in water vapor from large areas of the sky, including the skies above oceans, where water vapor has increased by four percent in just the last 30 years. (Scientists often compare this phenomenon to what happens in a bathtub when you open the drain; the water rushing out comes from the whole tub, not just from the part of the tub directly above the drain. And when the tub is filled with more water, more goes down the drain. In the same way, when the warmer sky is filled with a lot more water vapor, there are bigger downpours when a storm cell opens the "drain.")
In many areas, these bigger downpours also mean longer periods between storms at the same time that the extra heat in the air is also drying out the soil. That is part of the reason so many areas have been experiencing both record floods and deeper, longer-lasting droughts.
Moreover, the scientists have been warning us for quite some time in increasingly urgent tones that things will get much, much worse if we continue the reckless dumping of more and more heat-trapping pollution into the atmosphere. Drought is projected to spread across significant, highly populated areas of the globe throughout this century. Look at what the scientists say is in store for the Mediterranean nations. Should we care about the loss of Spain, France, Italy, the Balkans, Turkey, Tunisia? Look at what they say is in store for Mexico. Should we notice? Should we care?
Maybe it's just easier, psychologically, to swallow the lie that these scientists who devote their lives to their work are actually greedy deceivers and left-wing extremists and that we should instead put our faith in the pseudoscientists financed by large carbon polluters whose business plans depend on their continued use of the atmospheric commons as a place to dump their gaseous, heat-trapping waste without limit or constraint, free of charge.
The truth is this: What we are doing is functionally insane. If we do not change this pattern, we will condemn our children and all future generations to struggle with ecological curses for several millennia to come. Twenty percent of the global-warming pollution we spew into the sky each day will still be there 20,000 years from now!
We do have another choice. Renewable energy sources are coming into their own. Both solar and wind will soon produce power at costs that are competitive with fossil fuels; indications are that twice as many solar installations were erected worldwide last year as compared to 2009. The reductions in cost and the improvements in efficiency of photovoltaic cells over the past decade appear to be following an exponential curve that resembles a less dramatic but still startling version of what happened with computer chips over the past 50 years.
Enhanced geothermal energy is potentially a nearly limitless source of competitive electricity. Increased energy efficiency is already saving businesses money and reducing emissions significantly. New generations of biomass energy ones that do not rely on food crops, unlike the mistaken strategy of making ethanol from corn are extremely promising. Sustainable forestry and agriculture both make economic as well as environmental sense. And all of these options would spread even more rapidly if we stopped subsidizing Big Oil and Coal and put a price on carbon that reflected the true cost of fossil energy either through the much-maligned cap-and-trade approach, or through a revenue-neutral tax swap.
All over the world, the grassroots movement in favor of changing public policies to confront the climate crisis and build a more prosperous, sustainable future is growing rapidly. But most governments remain paralyzed, unable to take action even after years of volatile gasoline prices, repeated wars in the Persian Gulf, one energy-related disaster after another, and a seemingly endless stream of unprecedented and lethal weather disasters.
Continuing on our current course would be suicidal for global civilization. But the key question is: How do we drive home that fact in a democratic society when questions of truth have been converted into questions of power? When the distinction between what is true and what is false is being attacked relentlessly, and when the referee in the contest between truth and falsehood has become an entertainer selling tickets to a phony wrestling match?
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An ATF agent claims he was fired for publicly criticizing an ill-fated program. Is the president's reputation for targeting leakers about to get worse?
Somewhere in the federal bureaucracy, there is a middle-aged woman sitting in a cubicle wearing business casual clothing, eating a turkey sandwich from a brown paper bag, and trying to decide whether the government misconduct she's privy to should be exposed. Perhaps her agency is infringing on the constitutional rights of American citizens, or violating statutory law, or merely wasting millions of taxpayer dollars. Or it could be that the particular failure threatens national security, or public health, or the robustness of the international or national economy.
Our dutiful bureaucrat doesn't have to ponder the matter for long. She knows what she ought to do: inhale, put cool steel to pursed lips, and blow the whistle. Inside the bathroom stall at work, in her Hyundai sedan during the evening commute, and worst of all in bed at night, she weighs her duty to the American public against the consequences that will befall her husband, kids, and shelter-adopted mutt if her superiors fire her for making them look bad. Somewhere in the federal bureaucracy, this woman or someone like her hasn't decided what she'll do -- and she is less likely to come forward now than she was when the Obama Administration took office because, for reasons big and small, fair and possibly unfair, it has acquired a reputation for retaliating against whistleblowers.
The most recent example is practically breaking news. In A Fox News interview, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent claimed Tuesday that he was fired for helping to expose the now infamous "Fast and Furious" operation. That was the code name given when ATF agents permitted criminals to illegally smuggle guns into Mexico in hopes of tracing them to big time drug traffickers. As the Houston Chronicle reports: "The weapons purchased in gun stores in and around Phoenix, as many as 2,500, got away from ATF surveillance and eventually reached the cartels in Mexico."
Did the agent get fired for testifying before Rep. Darrel Issa's (R-Calif) inquiry into the matter? As yet, the truth hasn't outed. Since his allegations are being reported credulously on national television, however, the White House should address them, if only for the sake of our turkey sandwich eating bureaucrat. An executive branch with a better track record might be able to rely on its reputation. Unfortunately, Team Obama has a tattered reputation on the subject of whistleblowers.
1) Its prosecution of Thomas Drake, a former National Security Agency employee who helped a reporter write about waste and mismanagement at that agency. His case is the subject of this lengthy Jane Mayer piece in the New Yorker.
2) Last year an FBI linguist observed something he took to be illegal, informed a blogger of whatever it was, and got sentenced to 20 months in prison. Not even the judge knows what he leaked.
3) The Obama Administration is trying to force New York Times reporter James Risen, whose national security reporting has exposed vital information during three presidencies, to reveal a confidential source. The case is likely to make it more difficult for the public to get important information about our government in the future, as explained here.
4) Although the arrest and prosecution of Bradley Manning is defensible, his treatment in custody has been indefensible, and sent a powerful signal to potential whistleblowers in the military.
"In 17 months in office," The New York Times reported earlier this month, "President Obama has already outdone every previous president in pursuing leak prosecutions. His administration has taken actions that might have provoked sharp political criticism for his predecessor, George W. Bush, who was often in public fights with the press." And how should we treat whistleblowers instead? Succinctly put, "their acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled."
Those are the words of candidate Barack Obama.
Obama Administration Fires ATF Whistleblower (June 28, 2011) http://nation.foxnews.com/botched-gun-operation/2011/06/28/obama-administration-fires-atf-whistleblower
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is being accused of retaliating against an agent who helped publicize the agency's role in allowing thousands of guns to cross the U.S. border and fall into the hands of Mexican drug gangs.The agent, Vince Cefalu, who has spoken out about the ATF's so-called "Project Gunrunner" scandal, says he was served with termination papers just last week, and he calls the move politically motivated."Aside from Jay Dobyns, I don't know of anyone that's been more vocal about ATF mismanagement than me," said Cefalu, a senior special agent based in Dublin, Calif. "That's why this is happening." Dobyns, an ATF special agent based in Tucson, has appeared several times on Fox News to discuss the scandal.Cefalu first told FoxNews.com about the ATF's embattled anti-gun smuggling operation in December, before the first reports on the story appeared in February. "Simply put, we knowingly let hundreds of guns and dozens of identified bad guys go across the border," Cefalu said at the time.Since then, Cefalu's claims have been vindicated, as a number of agents with first-hand knowledge of the case came forward. The scandal over Project Gunrunner led to congressional hearings, a presidential reprimand - Obama called the operation "a serious mistake" - and speculation that ATF chief Ken Melson will resign.Yet last week, Cefalu, who has worked for the agency for 24 years, was forced to turn in his gun and badge. He can appeal but will be on "paid administrative leave" during the process. CLIP
Obama Has Finally Become Dick Cheney (June 28, 2011) http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/06/obama-has-finally-become-dick-cheney/241116/
His administration wants to jail James Risen, a reporter who exposed Bush-era wrongdoing, if he doesn't reveal one of his sources -- In Barack Obama's rise to national prominence, when he criticized the Bush Administration for its false claims about WMDs in Iraq, its torture of detainees, and its illegal program of spying on American citizens without warrants, he owed a particular debt of gratitude to a New York Times national security reporter. In a series of scoops as impressive as any amassed during the War on Terrorism, James Risen reported in 2004 that the CIA failed to tell President Bush about relatives of Iraqi scientists who swore that the country had abandoned its weapons program; the same year, he was first to reveal that the CIA was waterboarding detainees in Iraq; and in 2005, he broke the Pulitzer Prize winning story about the secret NSA spying program. These scoops so embarrassed and angered the Bush Administration that some of its senior members wanted Risen to end up in jail. They never managed to make that happen. But President Obama might. He once found obvious value in Risen's investigative journalism. Its work that would've been impossible to produce without confidential sources and an ability to credibly promise that he'd never reveal their identities. But no matter. The Obama Administration is now demanding that Risen reveal his source for a 2006 scoop about CIA missteps in Iran. If he refuses to cooperate, which is his plan, he faces the possibility of jail time. Somewhere, Dick Cheney is smiling.To understand why, a bit of history is required. CLIP
Justice Dept. cracks down on leaks (MAY 25, 2010) http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/37721.html
The Obama administration's crackdown on leaks to the press has snared a high-profile conviction of an FBI linguist, who was sentenced to 20 months in prison Monday after pleading guilty to giving classified information to a blogger. The sentence for Shamai Leibowitz is likely to become the longest ever served by a government employee accused of passing national security secrets to a member of the media. His case represents only the third known conviction in U.S. history for a government official or contractor providing classified information to the press. And it reflects a surprising development: President Barack Obama's Justice Department has taken a hard line against leakers, and Obama himself has expressed anger about disclosures of national security deliberations in the press."I think it's remarkable," said Gabriel Schoenfeld, a fellow at the conservative Hudson Institute who urged prosecution of The New York Times for publishing details of the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program in 2005. "This is the administration that came in pledging maximum transparency. Plugging leaks is ... traditionally not associated with openness." "They're going after this at every opportunity and with unmatched vigor," said Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, a critic of government classification policy CLIP
Obama under fire over detention of terror suspect on US navy ship (6 July 2011) http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2011/jul/06/obama-detention-terror-suspect-us-navy-ship
Somali man taken to New York to face criminal court trial after being questioned for two months without a lawyer -- The Obama administration approved the secret detention of a Somali terror suspect on board a US navy ship, where for two months he was subjected to military interrogation in the absence of a lawyer and without charge.The capture and treatment of Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame has rekindled the debate within the US about the appropriate handling of terror suspects. Republicans in Congress have objected to Warsame being brought to New York this week to be tried in a criminal court an attempt by the Obama administration to avoid sending the prisoner to Guantánamo Bay, which it has promised to close.From the opposite viewpoint, civil rights groups have objected to the secret questioning of Warsame on board a navy vessel, an innovation that they fear could see a new form of the CIA's widely discredited "black site" detention centres around the world. There is some evidence that the US government is turning to detention at sea as a way of avoiding legal and political impediments in the treatment of terror suspects, both domestically and on the international stage. Last week Admiral William McRaven, soon to become head of US Special Operations Command, told his confirmation hearing that militants captured outside Afghanistan were often "put on a naval vessel" to be held until they could be sent to a third country or a case was compiled against them for prosecution in the US courts CLIP
United States: Investigate Bush, Other Top Officials for Torture (JULY 11, 2011) http://www.hrw.org/en/node/100390
(Washington, DC) - Overwhelming evidence of torture by the Bush administration obliges President Barack Obama to order a criminal investigation into allegations of detainee abuse authorized by former President George W. Bush and other senior officials, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Obama administration has failed to meet US obligations under the Convention against Torture to investigate acts of torture and other ill-treatment of detainees, Human Rights Watch said. The 107-page report, "Getting Away with Torture: The Bush Administration and Mistreatment of Detainees," presents substantial information warranting criminal investigations of Bush and senior administration officials, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and CIA Director George Tenet, for ordering practices such as "waterboarding," the use of secret CIA prisons, and the transfer of detainees to countries where they were tortured. "There are solid grounds to investigate Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Tenet for authorizing torture and war crimes," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. "President Obama has treated torture as an unfortunate policy choice rather than a crime. His decision to end abusive interrogation practices will remain easily reversible unless the legal prohibition against torture is clearly reestablished."If the US government does not pursue credible criminal investigations, other countries should prosecute US officials involved in crimes against detainees in accordance with international law, Human Rights Watch said."The US has a legal obligation to investigate these crimes," Roth said. "If the US doesn't act on them, other countries should."
(...) In February 2011, Bush cancelled a trip to Switzerland, where alleged victims of torture had intended to file a criminal complaint against him. An investigation implicating US officials in torture is under way in Spain. Documents made public by Wikileaks revealed that US pressure on Spanish authorities to drop the case has continued under the Obama administration. Human Rights Watch said that the US government's failure to investigate US officials for the torture and ill-treatment of detainees undermines US efforts to press for accountability for human rights violations abroad."The US is right to call for justice when serious international crimes are committed in places like Darfur, Libya, and Sri Lanka, but there should be no double standards," Roth said. "When the US government shields its own officials from investigation and prosecution, it makes it easier for others to dismiss global efforts to bring violators of serious crimes to justice."
U.N. Official Says U.S. Is Breaking Rules In Torture Investigation (July 12, 2011) http://weku.fm/post/un-official-says-us-breaking-rules-torture-investigation
The United Nations chief torture investigator said the United States was violating U.N. rules, after the country denied him unmonitored access to Bradley Manning, the Army private charged with leaking among other things classified diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks. Last April, as we reported, the U.N.'s Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendéz expressed similar concerns, saying the United States would only allow a "private" visit rather than an "official" visit and also denied him the chance to visit Manning unsupervised.Méndez, who is investigating complaints about Manning's treatment, made those comments in April to The Guardian. This time, as the U.N.'s news service reports, he's making them officially and saying the U.S. is breaking long-held U.N. rules when it comes to the investigation of torture. (...) Méndez said the U.S. had assured him Manning's treatment is "markedly better" in Kansas. But, Méndez said, he needs to talk to Manning under conditions "where I can be assured that he is being absolutely candid." "The United States, as a world leader, is a strong supporter of the international human rights system," he added. "Therefore, its actions must seek to set the pace in good practices that enhance the role of human rights mechanisms, ensuring and maintaining unfettered access to detainees during enquiries."
Twenty years ago after U.S. forces had driven the Iraqi military out of Kuwait and back into Iraq, President George H.W. Bush as Commander in Chief ordered the U.S. military to cease-fire on February 28, 1991. Years later in his 1998 memoir "A World Transformed", Bush admitted that the reason he chose to order the cease-fire was because he understood that advancing farther into Iraq, a country that had not attacked the U.S., and overthrowing its government could easily be seen as an illegal war of aggression and thus warrant a call from the American people for his removal from office by the constitutional remedy of impeachment. It was the fear of a call for impeachment by the American people that in effect stopped the President from continuing the war.
Since the Presidency of the Democrat Bill Clinton during the 1990s, which immediately followed the Presidency of the Republican George H.W. Bush, the American people have allowed a practice of the President acting as "unitary executive" unaccountable to the rule of law in ordering the U.S. military into unprovoked, illegal wars of aggression and occupations. During the Presidency of the Republican George W. Bush, attempts were made to even re-define the office of the Presidency as a "unitary executive" with literally dictatorial powers beyond the rule of law. Now, because the American people have still not spoken up, the current Presidency of the Democrat Barack Obama has allowed the President of the United States to order young Americans to war without even consulting the American people's representatives in Congress or having to concoct a lie about the U.S. facing a "justifiable" threat to its national security.
President Obama's ordering of the March 19th, 2011 attack on Libya, without even consulting Congress, let alone getting a Declaration of War or other type of Congressional approval for the attack, has led to a good amount of discussion as to how the President could very well be impeached for having unilaterally ordered such an attack. People from both ends of the political spectrum, to include members of Congress, have been quite clear in publicly stating that the President's attack on Libya is not only an impeachable offense, as per Democrat Representative and 2008 Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich from Ohio, but it also makes him accountable for war crimes, as per Republican Representative and 2012 Presidential candidate Ron Paul from Texas. Notable legal experts and scholars from both the left and the right, to include former Democrat U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, former Republican Deputy U.S. Attorney General Bruce Fein, and Professor of Law Francis Boyle, have publicly offered their services to assist in carrying out impeachment proceedings against President Obama over his unconstitutional and otherwise illegal war on Libya to any member of Congress willing to step forward and introduce Articles of Impeachment.
Let us not forget that it was the former Constitutional Law Professor and U.S. Senator Barack H. Obama who said himself during a December 20, 2007 interview with the Boston Globe that "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."
The sovereign nation of Libya posed no such threat whatsoever to the United States, and Obama's ordering of more than 120 Cruise Missiles fired into Libya in just the first day of his own March 19th "Shock and Awe" is nothing less than another outright illegal U.S. war of aggression similar to the illegal U.S. war of aggression on Iraq launched 8 years to the day prior, minus the land invasion, which is the next step in the process if the American people don't draw the line and call for a stop to it now.
With such a clear-cut case ready to make for impeaching President Obama over his war on Libya, along with the legal experts and the political figures ready to proceed with a call for impeachment, then why has there not been a call from the leaders of the national antiwar organizations for impeaching Obama when making such a call now could actually prevent him from going ahead with a land invasion into Libya and even be enough of a threat of impeachment to force him to finally end the 10-year U.S. wars and occupations by using his unique ability as Commander in Chief to order a cease-fire?
People involved in the national antiwar organizations have told me that the issue of racism is a major factor in their failure to call for impeachment of President Obama for what amounts to the same crimes cited in their former calls for impeachment and present calls for prosecution of President George W. Bush over his war on Iraq. If calling for the impeachment of the first Black American U.S. President for prosecuting illegal wars of aggression is racist, then that first needs to be squared with all the brown-skinned people being killed under his command. Even more so, if calling for the impeachment of the first African-American U.S. President for prosecuting an illegal war of aggression on Libya is racist, then that first needs to be squared with all the brown-skinned Africans being killed under his command before such a claim be taken seriously. A friend put it to me this way, if racism is applying different standards based on race, then not calling for impeachment because of race is in fact racism as well.
I spoke recently with the president of a major national antiwar organization about the silence from his organization regarding a call for impeachment of President Obama and he told me that the reason he and his organization are against applying the same standard of impeachment in their public call for accountability to President Obama, even after his recent attack on Libya, as they had so strongly applied to President George W. Bush in regards to his war on Iraq, was the possibility of groups that were "racist" joining their call for the impeachment of Obama not because they agreed with his prosecuting the U.S. war on Libya being impeachable, but instead because they were racists and just wanted to remove Obama from office because he was a person of color. If that's really the thinking of the leaders of the national antiwar organizations in America, then I say who needs "controlled opposition"?
When asked, most Americans want the wars to end and our representatives in government, to include the President of the United States, to once again not be able to act outside the rule of law. Now the American people have a very clear and present opportunity to achieve just that with President Obama's unilaterally ordering the March 19th U.S. military attack on Libya. There comes a point in time when we either "use it or lose it", and we are at that point in time now with the constitutional remedy of impeachment. Impeach now or forever hold up peace.
Phil Restino, Jr. is co-chair and a founding member of the Central Florida chapter of Veterans For Peace and a member of Military Families Speak Out - Florida. For more information about Veterans For Peace, please visit http://www.veteransforpeace.org/.
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IMPEACHMENT OF PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA FOR WAR CRIMES
Whereas Barack H. Obama is Commander In Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces and the head of the Executive Branch of the United States government; and,
Whereas President Obama, on 19 March 2011, committed a criminal act by ordering the U.S. military to war in Libya without first obtaining the consent of the U.S. Congress in a direct violation of the U.S. Constitution; and,
Whereas the illegal U.S. invasion, bombing and occupation of Iraq initiated by the Bush administration continues under the Obama administration; and,
Whereas the U.S. government is currently engaged in illegal wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya, and President Obama pledged to increase the number of military personnel and tax dollars spent on the these wars; and,
Whereas the U.S. military used and continues to use depleted uranium munitions, cluster bombs and white phosphorous in densely populated areas in violation of U.S. laws and international laws and treaties prohibiting the indiscriminate killing of civilians; and,
Whereas the Geneva Conventions specifically prohibit the use of especially injurious weapons and materials causing unnecessary harm that remains active and lethal after battle, and over large areas of land; and,
Whereas large numbers of babies born in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer life-long illness and deformity like severe disfigurements and brain damage, Down's syndrome, and weak hearts doctors state are caused by the U.S. military's massive and widespread use of toxic and radioactive materials; and,
Whereas millions upon millions of Iraqi, Afghani, Pakistani, Yemeni, Somalian, and Libyan civilians have been maimed, poisoned, displaced from their homes, and killed in a direct result of ongoing, illegal acts of war by the United States; and,
Whereas illegal, immoral and counterproductive detainee torture and brutalization at the hands of the U.S. military's Immediate Reaction Force continue at Guantanamo under the Obama administration and in particular, the torture of Pfc. Bradley Manning at Quantico, Virginia; and
Whereas President Obama is an accessory after the fact in obstructing justice by failing to order the Department of Justice to initiate investigations into numerous and blatant U.S. war crimes committed by the Bush administration, for which it is manifestly accountable under the law; and,
Whereas Millions of Americans, including Veterans For Peace and Prosecute Them Now, supported the impeachment of Bush/Cheney for the same war crimes that are being committed now by Obama in violation of the U.S. Constitution, U.S. federal laws, the United Nations Charter, the Hague Convention, the Geneva Conventions, The United Nations Convention Against Torture and the Nuremberg Tribunal Charter; and,
Whereas Veterans For Peace and Prosecute Them Now are committed to the stated mission to restrain our government from intervening overtly and covertly in the internal affairs of other nations, to seek justice for veterans and victims of war, to increase public awareness of the exact costs of war, and to abolish war as an instrument of national policy;
Therefore be it resolved that we citizens of the United States call on the U.S. House of Representatives to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against President Barack Hussein Obama for failure to uphold his sworn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America from all enemies foreign and domestic, and for his commission of war crimes, crimes against humanity, obstruction of justice and the violation of numerous national and international laws, treaties and conventions.
Note: This resolution calling for the Impeachment of President Obama for War Crimes was debated, voted on, and approved by members of the Central Florida chapter of Veterans For Peace, 7 July 2009, revised by Prosecute Them Now and approved by both organizations 19 March 2011.
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The great generational threat BY GLENN GREENWALD (July 9, 2011) WITH MANY EMBEDDED LINKS! http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/07/09/terrorism/index.html
"The U.S. is doing everything possible to ensure that Terrorism remains as large as a threat as possible."
In just the past two months alone (all subsequent to the killing of Osama bin Laden), the U.S. Government has taken the following steps in the name of battling the Terrorist menace: extended the Patriot Act by four years without a single reform; begun a new CIA drone attack campaign in Yemen; launched drone attacks in Somalia; slaughtered more civilians in Pakistan; attempted to assassinate U.S. citizen Anwar Awlaki far from any battlefield and without a whiff of due process; invoked secrecy doctrines to conceal legal memos setting forth its views of its own domestic warrantless surveillance powers; announced a "withdrawal"plan for Afghanistan that entails double the number of troops in that country as were there when Obama was inaugurated; and invoked a very expansive view of its detention powers under the 2001 AUMF by detaining an alleged member of al-Shabab on a floating prison, without charges, Miranda warnings, or access to a lawyer. That's all independent of a whole slew of drastically expanded surveillance powers seized over the past two years in the name of the same threat. Behold the mammoth, life-altering, nation-threatening danger justifying this endless -- and ongoing -- erosion of safeguards, checks and liberties, from The Los Angeles Times (h/t Antony Loewenstein): Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declared Saturday that the United States is "within reach" of "strategically defeating" Al Qaeda as a terrorist threat, but that doing so would require killing or capturing the group's 10 to 20 remaining leaders.Heading to Afghanistan for the first time since taking office earlier this month, Panetta said that intelligence uncovered in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May showed that 10 years of U.S. operations against Al Qaeda had left it with fewer than two dozen key operatives, most of whom are in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and North Africa.In one sense, it's commendable that Panetta is acknowledging this, though he's doing so to protect the President from political attacks in the wake of his announced withdrawal of 30,000 troops from Afghanistan. But in another, more important sense, Panetta knows that this disclosure won't even slightly impede the always-expanding National Security State and the War on Terror which justifies it -- just like the acknowledgment long ago that there were fewer than 100 Al Qaeda operatives in all of Afghanistan had no effect on our decade-long war there. That's because -- as the above-described events of the last eight weeks demonstrate -- civil liberties assaults and expansions of executive power are not what the U.S. Government does in response to some actual problem; it's what the public-private consortium composing the U.S. Government is. Terrorist villains are the pretext for, not the cause of, those policies, and they will continue irrespective of the scope or magnitude of Terrorism. CLIP
AT LONG LAST THE DAM OF OFFICIAL LIES AND DECEIT IS BREAKING! THE CDC, THE FDA AND ALL SUCH CORRUPTED-TO-THE-BONE REGULATORY AGENCIES AROUND THE WORLD SHOULD BE DISMANTLED AND REPLACED WITH NEW ONES SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO ACTUALLY PROTECT THE PEOPLE INSTEAD OF FILTHY CORPORATE INTERESTS AND DARK ELITE AGENDAS.
Fluoridegate is Rapidly Growing Into a Big Scandal...
Press Release from The Lillie Center, Inc. (Ellijay GA) June 22, 2011
New Evidence Confirms Dentists Controlled Statements by CDC on Fluoridation Toxicity Concerns
Another King Family Member Speaks Out as Fluoridegate Scandal Builds in Atlanta
Swirling questions about conflicts of interest and improper influence grew rapidly today as Freedom of Information Act documents showed that since the 1970s, dental health professionals alone in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have controlled the agencys stance supporting water fluoridation.
A response to a request for the names and job descriptions of all persons in CDC that have had input into CDCs decision to support fluoridation listed no CDC toxicologists, minority health professionals, experts in diabetes, or others outside the Oral Health Division.
CDC says its administrative structure is set up to address what the agency calls cross cutting issues. Yet only CDCs directors of oral health were listed over several decades as being responsible for the agencys fluoridation stance, a disquieting disclosure for water, health, and political leaders that believed CDC utilized its broad array of internal expertise in assessing research on whole-body, outside-the-mouth harm from fluoridation.
The documentation intensifies focus on the motivations behind CDCs and EPAs fluoride safety statements that appear at odds with current scientific knowledge.
After a 2006 report from the National Research Council documented extensive amounts of basic research never conducted on whole-body fluoride impacts, CDC continued promoting fluoridation while stating on its website, Extensive research conducted over the past 60 years has shown that fluoridation of public water supplies is safe and effective for all community residents.
The disclosures come as yet another prominent member of the Atlanta black community is calling for a halt to water fluoridation and highlighting concerns about the CDCs role in promoting it.
Alveda King, nationally known minister and niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., joins the civil rights leaders daughter, Bernice King, former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador Andrew Young, and civil rights leader and minister Dr. Gerald Durley in drawing attention to risks from fluoridation.
Alveda King posted information on her blog today. The Centers for Disease Control has clearly been trying to preserve fluoridation at all costs, but the facts about fluoride harm are coming out anyway, she says.
This is a civil rights issue, she continues. No one should be subjected to drinking fluoride in their water, especially sensitive groups like kidney patients and diabetics, babies in their milk formula, or poor families that cannot afford to purchase unfluoridated water. Black and Latino families are being disproportionately harmed.
A growing body of published research shows that minorities, kidney patients, diabetics, babies and seniors are particularly at risk for harm from ingested fluorides.
Law firms are now reviewing old and new documents believed to highlight a pattern of attempts to curtail discussions on fluoride toxicity and downplay the importance of professionals personally reviewing scientific reports about fluorides.
One such document is an explosive transcript of a 1951 meeting of state dental directors on file at the Library of Congress.
State dental leaders at the meeting were encouraged to promote fluoridation were told, The question of toxicity is on the same order. Lay off it altogether. Just pass it over. We know there is absolutely no effect other than reducing tooth decay, you say, and go on. If it becomes an issue, then you will have to take it over, but dont bring it up yourself.
A white paper issued by the American Dental Association in 1979 stated that, Individual dentists must be convinced that they need not be familiar with scientific reports of laboratory and field investigations on fluoridation to be effective participants in the promotion program and that nonparticipation is an overt neglect of professional responsibility.
I think its pretty clear that the public, the media, and health providers were given soothing talking points about fluoridation, and in many cases dissuaded from personally looking at toxicity data, says Daniel G. Stockin, a career public health professional who is opposed to fluoridation.
How can CDC oral health professionals in a department that has promoted fluoridation for decades be objective, let alone competent to assess research and draw conclusions about the toxicity of fluorides on thyroid glands, kidneys, and the pineal gland? he asks.
There is a reason were seeing calls for Fluoridegate investigations, Stockin continues. The legal community and the media are waking up to this. I believe jurors will see a clear pattern of disinformation, half-truths, misdirection, and omission of critical material facts concerning harm from fluoridated drinking water.
- Transcript of 1951 meeting of state dental directors (see p. 23): http://www.nofluoride.com/PDF/State%20Dental%20Directors.pdf
Original document on file at Library of Congress: call number RK21.C55 LC, control no.: 59062243, LCCN permalink: http://lccn.loc.gov/59062243 Meeting name: Conference of the State and Territorial Dental Directors with the Public Health Service and the Childrens Bureau. Main title: Proceedings. Published/Created: [Washington] U. S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Medical Marijuana Saves Child from Terminal Cancer
Dad Gives Toddler Battling Brain Cancer Medical Marijuana
by Melissa Luck | KXLY4 Executive Producer
To call what the Hyde family has been through a parents worst nightmare sounds like a horrible cliche. But, its hard to imagine what else you could call it. Their two-year old son Cash was diagnosed last year with a stage 4 brain tumor; he nearly died more times than they can count. He was miserable from the chemotherapy coursing through his body. Until his dad made a controversial decision to give cannabis to his young son. KXLY 4¢s Melissa Luck reports.
Full Story on ABC affiliate KXLY.com
Background on Medical Marijuana from Dr. Mercola Excerpts from The Illegal Herb that Fights Cancer
Political Agendas and Red Tape Make Medical Marijuana a Nightmare
Marijuana was a popular botanical medicine in the 19th and 20th centuries, common in U.S. pharmacies of the time. Yet, in 1970, the herb was declared a Schedule 1 controlled substance, labeling it a drug with a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.
Three years later the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was formed to enforce the newly created drug schedules, and the fight against marijuana use began.
The battle that has raged since is a long one, and you can read a brief history of marijuana prohibition in the Huffington Post but suffice to say that movements to legalize marijuana have persisted ever since. The most successful to date, and the one that is set to produce the first legal marijuana market in decades, is the medical marijuana movement.
As the State of the Medical Marijuana Markets executive summary states:
Since 1996, marijuana proponents have pushed for individual states to recognize marijuana as a treatment for a range of illnesses. New medical research and changing public opinion have propelled these efforts.
Over the past 15 years, led by California, 15 states plus the District of Columbia have adopted laws permitting some form of marijuana consumption or distribution for medical use. These laws have been adopted by public referendums as well as legislation.
Despite its legal status, it was common for the DEA to raid medical marijuana suppliers and even arrest patients, up until 2009 when the U.S. Justice Department essentially told federal prosecutors to lay off Americans producing and using medical marijuana in accordance with state laws.
Now in 2011, the report notes that a national market for medical marijuana is worth $1.7 billion and could grow to nearly $9 billion in the next five years. Investors are sitting on the sidelines, just waiting for the regulatory smoke to clear.
Many patients, too, are eager to get their hands on what some are calling the cancer answer.
National Cancer Institute Changes Web Site about Cannabis Anti-Tumor Effect
In March 2011, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) updated its Web site to include some of the benefits of medical marijuana, reportedly noting:
The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. In the practice of integrative oncology, the health care provider may recommend medicinal Cannabis not only for symptom management but also for its possible direct antitumor effect.
Being the first federal agency to publicly claim that marijuana may in fact be beneficial and possess anti-tumor properties it generated significant buzz on the Web. But soon after, NCI quickly changed its tune, editing the anti-tumor reference entirely out of its statement, which now reads:
The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. Though no relevant surveys of practice patterns exist, it appears that physicians caring for cancer patients who prescribe medicinal Cannabis predominantly do so for symptom management.
NCI then tried to account for its changes by posting this explanation on March 30:
In light of the attention garnered by the PDQ summary statement on Cannabis and cannabinoids, reviewers for the summary on the PDQ Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Editorial Board reexamined the recently posted statement and decided to change the wording, in order to clarify the meaning that the Board originally intended to convey and to correct several possible misinterpretations.
Its a suspicious swap of wording, to say the least, but even more perplexing is why, if anti-tumor effects have been discovered from cannabis and they have why is this substance not the subject of major research studies?
Why are Medical Marijuana and Hemp Oil NOT Being Studied?
Even a quick review of the data suggests that cannabis deserves more than a passing glance as a potential treatment for various diseases. But in the United States, these studies are not being done.
According to a report by Americans for Safe Access:
In the past three decades, there has been an explosion of international studies designed to investigate the therapeutic value of cannabis (marijuana).
However, drastic restrictions on research in the U.S. have meant that few clinical trials are being conducted domestically and none are being conducted as part of a sponsor-funded drug development plan aimed at obtaining Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the prescription use of the botanical plant itself.
Meanwhile, research teams in Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Israel, and elsewhere have confirmed through case studies, basic research, pre-clinical, and preliminary clinical investigations the medical value of cannabis
It is easy to see why drug companies would want no part in funding research studies on a plant that cant be patented. If they were to discover that it could cure cancer, patients would be able to grow it themselves right in their own backyard this is not something the pharmaceutical companies would want you to know about.
Marijuana is NOT Harmless
There are certainly some downsides to marijuana use that need to be addressed, particularly if you are thinking of smoking it for recreational purposes.
Marijuana use can be addicting, and no doubt families have been broken up and jobs lost over its use. In the short-term, marijuana use can cause trouble with your ability to think clearly and may impair short-term memory. Marijuana also leads to motor skill impairment and affects alertness, coordination and reaction time, which is why it should never be used prior to driving.
There is also some evidence that marijuana use can exacerbate psychotic symptoms in those with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders.
Its also been suggested that marijuana use can serve as a gateway drug that eventually leads to the use of harder drugs like cocaine and heroine, although this has been debated. Marijuana use among children and teens can also have dire consequences, as drug use of any kind may encourage risky choices and irresponsible behaviors. CLIP
Medical marijuana becoming blockbuster drug (3/24/2011) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42237531/ns/business-small_business/t/medical-marijuana-becoming-blockbuster-drug/
Annual sales near $2 billion and rising in states with tolerant laws - There is a noticeable aroma wafting around the medical marijuana industry. Its the smell of money with a strong hint of entrepreneurial opportunity.Medical marijuana is now a $1.7 billion market, according to a report released Wednesday by See Change Strategy, an independent financial analysis firm that specializes in new and unique markets. The figure represents estimated sales of marijuana through dispensaries in states with medical marijuana laws. It is the first time a definitive dollar figure has been given to the emerging medical cannabis industry To put that number in perspective, sales of medical marijuana rival annual revenue generated by Viagra, a $1.9 billion business for Pfizer. The rising sales are generating growing interest from entrepreneurs and even some venture capitalists as the medical marijuana market is expected to nearly double in the next five years just in the 15 states where the drug has some protection under the law. If another 20 states pass medical marijuana laws as the study projects is possible the market could grow to $8.9 billion in 2016. CLIP
Obama Cracks Down On Medical Marijuana (July 12, 2011) http://www.npr.org/2011/07/12/137791944/obama-cracks-down-on-medical-marijuana
In many ways, things have been looking up for supporters of medical marijuana. Opinion polls now suggest that the American public is swinging behind the idea and it's already legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia. But the Obama administration has been taking a very different view lately. (...) First, on Monday, the White House released its National Drug Control Strategy, reporting that use of marijuana is the highest it's been in eight years. The policy document went out of its way to oppose marijuana legalization, arguing the drug is addictive and unsafe. Second, late last week, the Drug Enforcement Administration concluded that marijuana has no accepted medical use. So the DEA rejected a years-long effort to reclassify marijuana from a heavily restricted drug like heroin under the Controlled Substances Act to one that can be used more widely.Finally, the Justice Department has taken a tough line on marijuana too. Federal prosecutors say they won't go after sick people. But late last month, they warned that big medical marijuana shops aren't exempt from federal prosecution if they distribute the drug, even in states where medical marijuana is legal.That disappoints Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which argues for rethinking the approach to drugs."Unfortunately what the Obama administration seems to be doing is trying to scare precisely those state and local authorities who want to design sensible regulations to make sure all of this is properly under control," Nadelmann said. "You know a lot of this I think is about the Justice Department sort of firing a shot against the bow, and saying don't go too far." CLIP
Note from Jean: Long excerpts of the following 2 articles about an amazing free energy breakthrough were included in my last compilation: Defkalion Announces Energy Catalyzer Press & Andrea A. Rossi Cold Fusion Generator (E-Cat) - A subscriber insisted that this is a far too significant development to ignore. So to make sure you all noticed this, I'm now including more background info on this cold fusion discovery...
Cold Fusion: Devices In 3 Months, Mass Production by End Of 2011
JANUARY 21, 2011
Last Saturday scientists at the University of Bologna, Italy, led by Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi announced that they developed a viable cold fusion process.
The demonstration device is capable of producing 12,400 W of heat power with an input of just 400W. A private invitation only press conference was held and the device was demonstrated to the 50 or so witnesses including scientists from the University of Bologna.
In addition, the scientists say they are already beyond the prototype stage and plan to start shipping units within 3 months with mass production by the end of 2011. Despite much higher ratios of output these first commercial devices would produce around 8 units of output for every 1 unit of input in order to safely and reliably operate.
Rossi also stated that they are working on a 1 megawatt facility comprised of 125 reactor modules.
The cost of the energy produced would be cheaper than 1 cent per kWh which is several orders of magnitude cheaper than any conventional fossil fuel energy sources.
Rossi said: We have passed already the phase to convince somebody, he wrote in his forum. We are arrived to a product that is ready for the market. Our judge is the market. In this field the phase of the competition in the field of theories, hypothesis, conjectures etc etc is over. The competition is in the market. If somebody has a valid technology, he has not to convince people by chattering, he has to make a reactor that work and go to sell it, as we are doing.
The demonstration was also attended by a representative of Defkalion Energy, based in Athens, who said that the company was interested in a 20 kW unit and that within two months they would make a public announcement.
Giuseppe Levi, a nuclear physicist from INFN (Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics), helped organize last Fridays demonstration in Bologna. Levi confirmed that the reactor produced about 12 kW and noted that the energy was not of chemical origin since there was no measurable hydrogen consumption. Levi and other scientists plan to produce a technical report on the design and execution of their evaluation of the reactor.
Meanwhile Focardi And Rossi's paper on the reactor has been rejected by peer-reviewed journals on the basis that they don't have a current theory to explain the results of the reaction.
"Rossi and Focardi have applied for a patent that has also been partially rejected in a preliminary report. According to the report, As the invention seems, at least at first, to offend against the generally accepted laws of physics and established theories, the disclosure should be detailed enough to prove to a skilled person conversant with mainstream science and technology that the invention is indeed feasible."
So here we have once again deliberate acts of sabotage by establishment science against new energy solutions simply because they threaten scientific dogma and fanatical establishment beliefs.
Rather predictably we also have a deafening silence from the world's controlled corporate media who must be wondering how long they can maintain the silence before critical mass is achieved? (if you pardon the pun).
Time after time we are seeing legitimate attempts to bring new energy technologies thwarted by mainstream fear.
If they can get working devices to market this year then none of the mainstream peer review will matter anyway. As Focardi rightly says "he has not to convince people by chattering, he has to make a reactor that work and go to sell it, as we are doing.
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Rossi Cold Fusion Validated by Swedish Skeptic's Society (April 7, 2011) http://pesn.com/2011/04/07/9501805_Rossi_Cold_Fusion_Validated_by_Swedish_Skeptics_Society/
Yet another test of Andrea Rossi's Energy Catalyzer (E-Cat) has been performed on a 4.5 kW version near the University of Bologna. This time a new set of observers were present, one of which is the chairman of the Swedish Skeptics Society, who confirmed that Copper is being formed from Hydrogen and Nickel -- cold fusion! The evidence in support of Andrea Rossi's "cold fusion" or "LENR" (low energy nuclear reaction) based Energy Catalyzer continues to grow. For those who are not aware, his system combines nickel powder, hydrogen gas, and an input of pressure and heat to produce a large output of thermal energy. On March 29th, 2011 yet another test of the technology was performed at the University of Bologna. Like previous tests, the outcome was a complete success. However, this time a smaller version of the E-Cat was tested and two new observers were present.
(...) It is well known to those who have been following the saga of Andrea Rossi's technology that one byproduct of the system is copper. Apparently, it is the result of the fusion reaction between nickel and hydrogen. Until now, we had to take Andrea Rossi's word for that, but the results of additional testing has confirmed his claims. A sample of fresh nickel powder and a sample of nickel powder that had been in an active E-Cat for two and a half months was given to Kullander and Essen. Elemental and isotopic analysis was performed on the samples utilizing both X-ray Fluorescence and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry. The result was that the fresh nickel powder was almost totally pure nickel, but the nickel powder that had been in an E-Cat contained 10% copper and 11% iron. Two of the copper isotopes detected were Cu63 and Cu65. Kullander has stated this is proof of nuclear reactions taking place in the reactor.
(...) This is more proof that the mainstream media is dead, totally owned and controlled by the corrupt powers that be. If you want up to date news and information the alternative media is now the best source. At some point, awareness of this technology will reach a critical mass, and the so called mainstream media will be forced to cover it.
(...) This is more proof that the mainstream media is dead, totally owned and controlled by the corrupt powers that be. If you want up to date news and information the alternative media is now the best source. At some point, awareness of this technology will reach a critical mass, and the so called mainstream media will be forced to cover it. This is further evidence that an energy revolution is coming. As the year long research program on the E-Cat technology continues at the University of Bologna, more evidence is bound to be released. Perhaps soon after the one megawatt power plant and 300,000 unit a year manufacturing plant in Xanthi, Greece opens, a factory can start up in Japan. They could sure use a source of jobs and a new source of energy to replace their destroyed conventional nuclear power industry.The only real mystery at this point is the catalyst(s) used in the reaction. This is the key to producing practical levels of output from nickel-hydrogen fusion systems. - Check also Swedish Researchers confirm Rossi and Focardi Energy Catalyzer as a Nuclear Process -- MANY MORE RELATED NEWS AT THE BOTTOM OF THAT WEBPAGE ABOVE
Are We On the Verge of an Energy Breakthrough? (JULY 9, 2011) http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/07/are-we-on-verge-of-huge-energy.html
Dr. Brian Josephson, winner of the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on superconductivity, has recently released a YouTube video of an interview of himself conducted by Judith Driscoll, Professor of Materials Science at Cambridge University. The video is also published on the Cambridge University website.In the video, Dennis M. Bushnell - Chief Scientist at the NASA Langley Research Center - says that the Rossi e-cat reactor: This is capable by itself of completly changing geoeconomics, geopolitics and solving climate and energy. Professor Josephson is also very hopeful that the e-cat will be a breakthrough on par the first flight of the Wright brothers. Popular Science reports: A wee particle accelerator in the English countryside could be a harbinger of a safer, cleaner future of energy. Specifically, nuclear energy, but not the type that has wrought havoc in Japan and controversy throughout Europe and the U.S. It would be based on thorium, a radioactive element that is much more abundant, and much more safe, than traditional sources of nuclear power. Some advocates believe small nuclear reactors powered by thorium could wean the world off coal and natural gas, and do it more safely than traditional nuclear. Thorium is not only abundant, but more efficient than uranium or coal - one ton of the silver metal can produce as much energy as 200 tons of uranium, or 3.5 million tons of coal, as the Mail on Sunday calculates it.
(...) EMMA could usher in new-generation, clean and danger-free nuclear power plants, something that is considered an oxymoron today. Moreover, as Popular Science points out in another article, a new alloy can convert heat directly into electricity :A new alloy with unique properties can convert heat directly into electricity, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota. The alloy, a multiferroic composite of nickel, cobalt, manganese and tin, can be either non-magnetic and highly magnetic, depending on its temperature. Multiferroic materials possess both magnetism and ferroelectricity, or a permanent electric polarization. Materials with both of these properties are very rare; check out this explainer from the National Institute of Standards and Technology if you're interested in the electron orbital arrangements that cause these phenomena. One obvious use for this material would be in the exhaust pipes of vehicles. Several automakers are already working on heat transfer devices that can convert a car's hot exhaust into usable electricity; General Motors is using alloys called skutterudites, which are cobalt-arsenide materials doped with rare earths. Rare earth magnets are already a necessity in many hybrid car batteries, so heat-capture devices made of the new multiferroic compound could be placed near the magnets. The material could also be used in power plants or even ocean thermal energy generators, the researchers said.
(...) So a new alloy which directly converts heat into energy is exciting. And as I noted last year: Due to high oil prices, major breakthroughs in energy production are happening every day. For example: A scientist has figured out how to make and store energy by splitting water with sunlight. He says: "You've made your house into a fuel station [and we can get] rid of all the ... grids" [he's recently discovered an even cheaper way to do this] ...It has been discovered that alcohol made from donuts, grass and other abundant materials can run cars and all other engines. With recent breakthroughs, individuals can now generate enough energy to get off the grid and power their own homes. Indeed, some companies will even provide the equipment for you (and see this). CLIP
Home Solar, Minus the Cost, Effort, Worry (July 16th, 2008) http://www.triplepundit.com/2008/07/home-solar-minus-the-cost-effort-worry/
It seems these days you can't throw a rock without hitting a story relating to solar power. So why haven't you got it for your home yet? I bet you've already come up with a list of three reasons, without even thinking. My guess is they fall into these areas: Cost, efficiency (or lack of it) and aesthetics. Oh and let's throw this one in for good measure: Who lives in their home for 15-30 years these days? Not you, and what good will those panels do you on your next home? I found a solution to all of these concerns, and more: Sun Run. What they do is unique, and does quite a thorough job in allaying people's fears. Rather than have you buy, lease, or take out a loan for the solar system, Sun Run retains ownership of the equipment. and guarantees a certain amount of power generation.
(...) On a basic level, it costs less, up front and in the long term. You pay an agreed upon amount up front, typically less then you would on an equipment purchase. Then it gets better: All you're paying from there is a monthly utility bill, at a rate that's fixed for, for example, 18 years. A rate which is already lower than what the utilities in California, where SunRun is based, charge.It gets better. Built in to your agreement is service and maintenance. No additional charge. As Kreamer said to me, your average solar consumer doesn't know the signs of a faulty system the way that you might be with something more familiar, like your car. SunRun, being the owner of the system, has it in their interest to make sure the equipment runs at optimum. Especially with a power generation agreement, for which they will reimburse you, plus interest, if your system doesn't meet the amount they promise.I'm having a hard time seeing a down side to this.Being able to choose which panels you get, (ie the green built Evergreen, or the aesthetically minimal Sharp SRS) how much you pay up front, and know how much you'll be spending, you can then get exactly the system you want. As in enough for 100% of your energy needs. Or more. As Kreamer said, electric cars are increasingly materializing these days, and with some coming from major car makers like GM'sVolt car and Nissan planning to create a broad fleet, starting in 2010. Imagine being able to meet all your energy needs - automotive and household, with zero nonrenewable resources used to generate it. You'd sidestep the common argument of shifting energy/pollution to power plants and, according to Kreamer, run your car for 10 cents a mile, plugging in to your system. Even at today's gas costs, bound to keep increasing, this saves you money, today, as compared to most gas powered cars. And for those of you wondering about what happens to excess electricity generated? It's yours. If your utility does net metering, you can sell it back to the grid.Squashing another big concern is the fact that Sun Run takes care of the insurance for the system, effectively eliminating risk/cost to you as a home owner. Speaking of, what about if you decide to move before your agreement is done? You can either pass on the agreement to the next owner, or buy the system outright, building in this home value increasing option into your sale. CLIP
Drug Warrior No More - Seattles ex-police chief now fights to end the war on drugs.
by Norm Stamper - June 03, 2011
Its not hard to explain why I morphed from drug warrior to drug policy reformer. For more than three decades, I watched the drug war destroy values that, as a cop, I swore to uphold. I observed unnecessary suffering, justice gone wrong, and widespread corruption within policing. I witnessed the physical deterioration of whole neighborhoodsstreets, homes, and schools made less safe.
And I saw myself and fellow police officers cast as the bad guys in the enforcement of drug laws.
In the late 1960s, I worked alongside one of the most dangerous cops I would ever meet. He didnt beat people, didnt even call them names. In fact, he was one of the most soft-spoken, decent cops youd ever want to encounter. Unless he thought you were holding.
In which case he would findor inventcause to rip your car apart, invade your pants pockets or purse, or storm your dorm in quest of a leaf, stem, or seed that would justify a drug bust.
I also recall vividly a moment in 1988 when I responded to a drug raid gone bad. A 56-year-old civilian navy instructor, deeply opposed to drug use, made the mistake of opening his door with a TV remote in hand. When I got there, the body was just being bagged. His family would never understand. The cop who shot him would never be the same.
Heart-wrenching stories are inevitable in a nation that has chosen prohibition as its model for drug policy, a nation that has criminalized a diseasedrug addiction.
And some 35 years ago, my friend, Connie, a beautiful, slender woman, was dying. My wife, Patricia, and I drove her to dialysis three times a week. We took her to restaurants and movies (where, because of her illness, we sat in the front row so she could distinguish between Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in All the Presidents Men).
As she grew thinner and weaker, Connie stopped venturing out of her dark, stuffy apartment. One hot summer afternoon, she took Patricias advice: She donned jeans and a halter top and left the apartment for the 7-Eleven a block and a half away. As she gave the clerk a 5-dollar bill for the iced tea shed taken from the cooler, a hand violently seized her bird-like wrist. A voice demanded, And whats this? Connie had not seen the uniformed cop standing behind her.
Terrified, shaking, and humiliated, our friend explained her medical condition and the reason for the tracks on her arm. The cop left in a huff, no apology. Connie would never again go out in public by herself. Three months later, she died alone at the age of 32.
Over the past 40 years, weve spent a trillion dollars prosecuting the drug war. Weve jailed tens of millions of Americans for nonviolent offenses, ruined countless young lives, turned neighborhoods into armed battlegrounds, done major damage to the Bill of Rights, destabilized the political and economic policies of foreign countries, and tacitly granted commercial and regulatory monopolies to traffickers from Afghanistan to Jamaica, L.A. to New York. U.S. drug policy is the proximate cause of 37,000 deaths in Mexico alone since 2006.
Someday well wise up. The only true solution to the horrific financial and human costs of the drug war is to end itto legalize and regulate drugs.
According to Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron, drug legalization would save $77 billion a year. It would free up close to half the nations prison cells, reserving them for violent offenders. We would be able to invest substantially more time, money, and imagination in prevention, education, and drug treatment. And, we would make our communities much safer and healthier.
Norm Stamper, Ph.D., wrote this article for Beyond Prisons, the Summer 2011 issue of YES! Magazine. Norm was Seattles police chief from 1994 to 2000, and a police officer for 34 years. He is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and the author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cops Exposé of the Dark Side of Policing.
A Peaceful End to the War on Drugs? http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/beyond-the-war-on-drugs The international war on drugs isn't stopping drug use or traffickingbut it is ruining lives. Drug policy expert Sanho Tree on what we can do differently.
Earlier this month tens of thousands of people marched in Mexico City to protest a war that has left more than 35,000 people dead in the last four and a half years. When elected president of Mexico in 2006, Felipe Calderón vowed to crack down on drug trafficking in his country. With the support of U.S. policies like the Merida Initiative, he executed a military crackdown that has only increased drug-related violence. In Colombia, campesino farmers continue to be displaced by a U.S.-backed civil war that has gone on for decades. The pending U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement threatens to further displace these farmers by making it impossible to compete with large agricultural producers receiving U.S. subsidies. Cocaine production has become one of very few options for farmers merely trying to feed their families. The Colombian and U.S. governments deal with this by sending military forces to eradicate coca crops by spraying toxic herbicides from helicoptersan imprecise practice that has also eradicated many legal crops and caused health problems in the communities they hit. In spite of the crackdowns, the percentage of cocaine imported to the United States that comes from Colombia has increased from 90 to 97 percent in the last decade.With just five percent of the world's population, the United States consumes roughly two-thirds of the world's illicit drugs. Understanding the international war on drugs means examining a complex web of interactions. CLIP
Ex-cons show each other the way out at San Franciscos Delancey Street
by James Tracy - June 24, 2011
In early May 1995, Margie Lewis sat on a bench at the Delancey Street Foundation, a residential education center for addicts and ex-convicts in San Francisco, awaiting intake. Until that moment, her life had been defined by institutionsteenage years in the California Youth Authority and long stays in jail as an adult. Enrollment in the program was her last chanceher only alternative to the life sentence that would otherwise be mandated by the states new Three Strikes and Youre Out law.
Lewis was filled with optimism. At Delancey, she saw no paid professional social workers, no guards, and little bureaucracy. Instead, the place was run by dozens of people like her, who had been in and out of prison and came here to recover. I was nervous and excited, sitting there, said Lewis. I felt like there was a possibility things could be different this time.
In San Francisco, Delancey Street, now celebrating its 40th year, has quietly built a model program that has kept thousands of addicts and ex-offenders from landing back in prison. It isnt just a treatment programits an all-hands-on-deck community that recognizes that everyone, even an addict or ex-convict, has a skill to offer others. At Delancey Street, you dont just go through treatment; you are put to work helping those around you rebuild their lives.
Lewis, who had only completed her G.E.D. a few months earlier while in county jail, was tasked with teaching others how to do the same. Former addicts also help their peers kick their addictions. Recovery sessions happen in groups, led by people in recovery themselves. You hear about yourself from people who know you, said Lewis. They are your mirrors. Your peers understand the things in your life you have tried to forget through drug use.
Residents also learn at least three marketable job skills through Delanceys business enterprisesrun by ex-offenders. They work at one of many ventures such as the on-site restaurant, the moving company, the Christmas tree sales lot, the landscape business, or the digital print shop. The enterprises supply roughly 60 percent of Delanceys funding.
Breaking the Prison Cycle
California is second only to Texas in the number of people in its prisons, according to the Pew Center on the States. The state experienced a prison construction boom after decades of laws that lengthened sentenceseven for nonviolent crimes. A report by the California Legislative Analysts Office shows that, in its first decade, Three Strikes flooded more than 80,000 new inmates into the prison system, many for petty drug possession.
At the end of most sentences is a revolving door that leads back to prison. The formerly incarcerated return to the outside with few of the resources they need to surviveno job, no place to live, and no support network. About two-thirds of those released from the California prison system return there within three years. The cost of maintaining a bloated prison system has drained the state budget. California expects to spend $9 billion on corrections in its 2011-2012 budget, and has had to wrestle with a deficit of more than $25 billion by cutting health care and social services. The human costs of a correction system that tears apart families and communities are even greater.
In contrast, Delancey started as a tiny economic investment that produces giant returnsin the form of recovered ex-addicts and ex-felons who become healthy, contributing members of a community. Delanceys founder, Mimi Silbert, grew up in a poor community on the Lower East Side of New York, the daughter of European Jews. As the years went by, I began to see people who didnt get out of the ghetto, and who by a hair turn, ended up in prison, she said in an interview with Southern California Woman Magazine.
Silbert, who holds dual doctorates in criminology and psychology from UC-Berkeley, teamed with John Maher, a former addict from the South Bronx. In 1972, the year after President Nixon declared the War on Drugs, the two drew from their family backgrounds, naming their project after a New York street known as the starting point for new immigrants. Delancey Street began with a thousand-dollar loan and has since charted a new path in addiction treatmentchallenging drug abusers and offenders to take maximum personal responsibility within the context of a community of support and mutual aid.
Delancey Street opened its first home in the former Russian Consulate building in San Francisco. Its main headquarters is now in a four-story complex on the waterfront in the citys South Beach neighborhood, with housing and retail businesses, including a restaurant, outdoor café, and bookstore. By the mid-1990s, the organization had opened branches in Los Angeles, Calif.; San Juan Pueblo, N.M.; Greensboro, N.C.; and Brewster, N.Y. In 2007, Delancey began renovations on Norman Rockwells historic home in Stockbridge, Mass., and now runs a treatment program there. Each branch shares the same basic model but offers training to match the local economy. In rural New Mexico, residents can learn wastewater treatment and livestock management. In Stockbridge, they can learn stagecraft and study the performing arts.
Most importantly, Delanceys residents learn, often for the first time, that they have value and can make and do things that are of value to others. And Delanceys approach to treatment confirms that compassion and respect can be more fiscally sound than the dehumanization and punishment that happens in the prison system.
Delancey Streets success has turned heads and won respect from experts and leaders all over the world. Former President Bill Clinton sent his drug czar to San Francisco to consult with Silbert. Its board of governors includes influentials such as former Secretary of State George Shultz and Senator Diane Feinstein. Delancey has trained people in 450 cities in 48 states and 25 countries and is helping groups in South Africa and Singapore launch similar treatment programs. It has worked with the California Department of Corrections on policy changes to help keep parolees out of prison and in community service programs and helped San Francisco write a master plan to reduce crime among youth. It has also started a program inside San Mateo Countys jail based on the Delancey Street each one teach one philosophy. And a number of Delancey Street graduates have started their own treatment programs based on the model they lived and worked in for years.
In Service to Each Other
You dont have to have a past like Lewis to get into Delancey. You can just show up for lunch. Delancey owns and operates a renowned waterfront restaurant at its South Beach location.
The expansive American-themed menu changes daily and features items chosen by Delanceys staffsuch as spit-roasted chicken, chorizo omelettes, and Latin scallop ceviche.
An impeccably groomed maître d greets my girlfriend and me, his tattoo peeking up over his collar. Looking around the room, I notice members of the citys political elite seated near a mother with three small children, and next to her, a group of electrical workers on lunch break.
All receive the same respect from the waiterswho seem just a little nervous, like actors on opening night of a play. The food rivals anything offered farther up the Embarcadero at the foodie bistros and take-out carts. Our waiter returns several times to confirm that my ahi tuna sandwich is cooked perfectly.
No one at Delancey Street, whether a dishwasher or the executive director, receives a wage. Instead, they receive housing, treatment, and food. All money generated from Delancey Streets enterprises is returned to keep the program running without government funding. At first this took resident Sean Cronk by surprise. I asked Who is going to control us? In prison, I was used to having guards make all of my life decisions for me! Instead, he answers to peers, ex-offenders like himself.
Delancey has graduated more than 18,000 peoplebringing them, as they see it, out of Americas underclass into society as ... citizens living decent, legitimate, and productive lives. More than 10,000 of them arrived illiterate and have gone on to receive high-school equivalency degrees. Delanceys alumni go on to a wide range of careerssuch as firefighter, carpenter, and graphic designer. The organization relies on its graduates to come back, counsel, volunteer, and train the new arrivals. At Delancey, were responsible for each other. Were based on the idea of family and community. Were not really a business, institution, or even a program, said resident Brett Crawford.
After graduating from Delancey, Margie Lewis founded a nonprofit called Into the Solution, based in Oakland, Calif. The group helps formerly incarcerated people find affordable housing. Its what you learn at Delancey. You have to give back what you have been given. Its a lifelong commitment for me to help people who are in the same situation I was in not so long ago.
James Tracy wrote this article for Beyond Prisons, the Summer 2011 issue of YES! Magazine. James is the co-author of the forthcoming book Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times. He is a longtime economic justice organizer in the San Francisco Bay Area and works for Community Housing Partnership.
Don't Punish Pain (June 10, 2011) http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/beyond-prisons/why-punish-pain What brain science tells us about addiction, and why compassion is the only solution.
(...) The first time I did heroin, one of my patients, a 27-year-old sex-trade worker, once told me, it felt like a warm, soft hug. In a phrase, she summed up the deep psychological and chemical cravings that make some people vulnerable to substance dependence.Contrary to popular myth, no drug is inherently addictive. Only a small percentage of people who try alcohol or cocaine or even crystal meth go on to addictive use. What makes those people vulnerable? According to current brain research and developmental psychology, chemical and emotional vulnerability are the products not of genetic programming but of life experience. Most of the human brains growth occurs after birth, and so physical and emotional interactions determine much of our neurological developmentwhich brain areas will develop and how well, which patterns will be encoded, and so on. As such, each brains circuitry and chemistry reflect individual life experiences as much as inherited tendencies.
Drugs affect the brain by binding to receptors on nerve cells. Opiates work on our built-in receptors for endorphinsthe bodys own, natural opiate-like substances that participate in many functions, including regulation of pain and mood. Similarly, tranquilizers of the benzodiazepine class, such as Valium, exert their effect at the brains natural benzodiazepine receptors. Other brain chemicals, including dopamine and serotonin, affect such diverse functions as mood, incentive- and reward-seeking behavior, and self-regulation. These, too, bind to specific, specialized receptors on neurons. But the number of receptors and level of brain chemicals are not set at birth. Infant rats who get less grooming from their mothers end up with fewer natural benzo receptors in the part of the brain that controls anxiety. Brains of infant monkeys separated from their mothers for only a few days are measurably deficient in dopamine. It is the same with human beings. Endorphins are released in the infants brain when there are warm, non-stressed, calm interactions with the parenting figures. Endorphins, in turn, promote the growth of receptors and nerve cells, and the discharge of other important brain chemicals. The fewer endorphin-enhancing experiences in infancy and early childhood, the greater the need for external sources. Hence, a greater vulnerability to addictions. What sets skid row addicts apart is the extreme degree of stress they had to endure early in life. Almost all women now inhabiting Canadas addiction capitalas the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver has been calledsuffered sexual assaults in childhood, as did many of the males. Childhood memories of serial abandonment or severe physical and psychological abuse are common. My patients histories are chronicles of pain upon pain. CLIP
No More Privacy: Smart Meters Are Surveillance Devices That Monitor The Behavior In Your Home Every Single Minute Of Every Single Day
Have you heard about the new "smart meters" that are being installed in homes all across America? Under the guise of "reducing greenhouse gas emissions" and "reducing energy bills", utility companies all over the United States are forcing tens of millions of American families to accept sophisticated surveillance devices in their homes. Currently, approximately 9 percent of all electric meters in the U.S. have been converted over to smart meters. It is being projected that by 2012, the number of smart meters in use will rise to 52 million, and the federal government is spending a lot of money to help get these installed everywhere. Eventually the goal is to have these smart meters in all of our homes and if that ever happened there would essentially be no more privacy. Once installed, a smart meter monitors your home every single minute of every single day and it transmits very sophisticated data about your personal behavior back to the utility company.
So can't we just tell the utility companies that we don't want these stupid things?
Unfortunately, in many areas of the country you can't. For example, one outraged resident of California contacted the utility company and was told that if he did not consent to taking a smart meter he would receive no service.
So unless you want to live "off the grid", what are you going to do? Can any of us really survive without electricity these days?
The sad truth is that these things are being forced upon us.
It is happening in Europe too. The European Parliament has set a goal of having smart meters in the homes of 80 percent of all electricity consumers by the year 2020.
Sadly, as these smart meters have gone in there have been reports all over the country of electricity bills increasing dramatically. There have been mountains of complaints about these things and yet their use keeps spreading.
But of course the biggest issue with smart meters is how they will strip us of our privacy.
The concern is that the incredibly detailed data that these surveillance devices collect will be given or sold to a vast array of third parties.
For example, smart meters are already being used by police to bust marijuana growers.
It is also feared that insurance companies, credit agencies, lawyers, marketing firms and even criminals will be able to get their hands on this data as well.
A recent article posted on the website of the Electronic Frontier Foundation summarized some of the concerns....
"Without strong protections, this information can and will be repurposed by interested parties. It's not hard to imagine a divorce lawyer subpoenaing this information, an insurance company interpreting the data in a way that allows it to penalize customers, or criminals intercepting the information to plan a burglary. Marketing companies will also desperately want to access this data."
For law enforcement officials, these surveillance devices are a dream come true. According to the Columbus Dispatch, police in central Ohio have been filing at least 60 subpoenas every single month for the energy-use records of those that they suspect are growing pot in their homes.
Well, it turns out that sometimes police are raiding homes that are using a lot of energy and they don't find any marijuana at all. Instead, sometimes these raids reveal others kinds of activities...
Sometimes, high electricity use doesn't lead investigators to drugs. A federal investigation in the Powell area turned into a surprise for detectives.
"We thought it was a major grow operation ... but this guy had some kind of business involving computers," Marotta said. "I don't know how many computer servers we found in his home."
So do you want police raiding your home if you start using a little bit too much electricity?
Jerry Day, an electronics and media expert from Burbank California, recently detailed many of the ways that smart meters act as surveillance devices when they are installed in our homes...
1. They individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated causing invasion of privacy.
2. They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.
3. They transmit wireless signals which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.
4. Data about occupant's daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data.
5. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.
6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.
7. "Smart Meters" are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.
8. It is possible for example, with analysis of certain "Smart Meter" data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.
Jerry Day has also produced a terrific YouTube video in which he explains many of these points more fully. If you live in an area where these insidious smart meters are going in, then please share this video with as many people living near you as you can....
The time to object to these smart meters is before they go in. Once they are in all of our homes it is going to be too late.
If the control freaks get their way, there will eventually be no more privacy for any of us.
Unless we speak out now, the surveillance devices are just going to become more and more sophisticated. At some point, none of us is even going to be able to sneeze without someone knowing about it.
So what do all of you think about these smart meters? Does anyone out there have a smart meter horror story? Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion below....
Among the 36 comments posted there, Janice on July 8th, 2011...
I have EMF Sensitivity to six of these on my quadraplex apt. They were applied against my rights and without my knowledge or conscent. I now have all of the symptoms. I am fighting it with City Hall & the ITRON company. I am not getting very far! 928,000,000 hertz, EMF's are inside our building 3 ft from our beds! 300hertz 3watts are on the other side of the building next to those bedrooms on the outside wall. I have been studying EMF's intensely for the past month. Here are some of the websites I have found. Educate Yourselves because The Government hasn't , they just buy whatever Manufacturers say they have to buy. And then are charging us $10 more a month to pay for them! There are no studies because they are not regulated by the FCC.The FCC only regulates what they license. These are Low Frequency .1 watt which means it only takes .1 watt to emmitt at the speed of light that wavelength and it travels up to a 1,000 ft. and accumulates over time in the body if anyone has metal in their teeth or a metal device, e.g pacemaker. The small amt of non-thermal Microwaves will begin to cook your DNA in every cell and your body temperature will go up 1 degree . If they were "hardwired and grounded and the data transfered over power lines it would solve the "dirty electricity " problem. ITRON makes both types but prefers to sell these WIFI ones. They will stop a pacemaker eventually, cause ringing in the ears, heart irregularities, increased body temperature, interrupted sleep because they emit these EMF's in a pulsating way every six seconds 24/7. PG& E in California has "reset some of their EMF sensitive peoples WIFI Devices to go off and record the usaage data twice a day and not at night. That could be done by ITRON also but they refuse. You will be told by the un-educated City Managers who present a poor consumer attitude toward their citizens. saying according to the W.H.O. and FCC they are "safe". And everyone who is in government has banned second hand smoke but could care less if these EMF's are polluting their bodies , their kids bodies , their neighborhoods and their Cities ..eventually they will but right now EMF Pollution is Safe in their ignorant minds. City Governments get so Dumbed 'Down by Corporations its pathetic
WiFi - A Warning Signal" - Electrosensitivity and Wi-fi Discussed (2007 - 29 minute BBC report) Part 2 HERE - Part 3 HERE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuNaDj6VLHw
The Government insists Wi-Fi is safe, but a Panorama investigation shows that radio frequency radiation levels in some schools are up to three times the level found in the main beam of intensity from mobile phone masts. There have been no studies on the health effects of Wi-Fi equipment, but thousands on mobile phones and masts. The radiation Wi-Fi emits is similar to that from mobile phone masts. It is an unavoidable by-product of going wireless.
GUIDELINES FOR LIMITING EXPOSURE TO TIME-VARYING ELECTRIC, MAGNETIC, AND ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS (UP TO 300 GHz)
International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation http://www.icnirp.org/documents/emfgdl.pdf
As regards absorption of energy by the human body, electromagnetic fields can be divided into four ranges
(Durney et al. 1985):
- frequencies from about 100 kHz to less than about 20 MHz, at which absorption in the trunk decreases rapidly with decreasing frequency, and significant absorption may occur in the neck and legs;
- frequencies in the range from about 20 MHz to 300 MHz, at which relatively high absorption can
occur in the whole body, and to even higher values if partial body (e.g., head) resonances are considered;
- frequencies in the range from about 300 MHz to several GHz, at which significant local, nonuniform
absorption occurs; and
- frequencies above about 10 GHz, at which energy absorption occurs primarily at the body surface.
In tissue, SAR is proportional to the square of the internal electric field strength. Average SAR and SAR
distribution can be computed or estimated from laboratory measurements. Values of SAR depend on the following factors CLIP
Radiofrequency and Microwave Radiation http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/radiofrequencyradiation/
In a 1968 invited report intended only for the eyes of Congress, he warned that serious public-health consequences could arise from uncontrolled use of EMFs because electropollution induced currents in the body comparable in strength to those that mediated the body's natural growth and regulatory systems.
Andrew A. Marino, PhD, JD http://andrewamarino.com/default.html
Professor - Department of Neurology - Department of Orthopaedic Surgery - Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy - Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, USA
Man-made electromagnetic fields (EMFs) became progressively more prevalent in the general and workplace environments following the development of the national electrical grid, increased use of radar, radio and television, and the proliferation of myriad kinds of EMF producing and consuming devices including computers, cell phones, WiFi, and military weapons and communications systems. The tremendous expansion in society's use of EMFs occurred in the absence of serious inquiry into their possible impact on the health of the population.
Report: Nonlethal Weapons Could Target Brain, Mimic Schizophrenia http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2008/02/report-nonletha/
Of all the crazy, bizarre less-lethal weapons that have been proposed, the use of microwaves to target the human mind remains the most disturbing. The question has always been: is this anything more than urban myth? We may not have the final answer to this question, but a newly declassified Pentagon report, Bioeffects of Selected Non-Lethal Weapons, obtained by a private citizen under the Freedom of Information Act, provides some fascinating tidbits on a variety of exotic weapons ideas. CLIP - Here is an excerpt from this Pentagon report: "If the technology functions approximately as envisioned, the targeted individual could be incapacitated within 15 to 30 minutes. Because this technology is focused on a relatively slow onset, it should only be used in situations where speed is not important. The very uncomfortable nature of a high body temperature may be useful in negotiations or possible for controlling crowds. Evidence also indicates a disruption of working memory thus disorientation may occur because of all inability to consolidate memory ofthe recent (minutes) past."
Copy this Unclassified "Bioeffects of Selected Nonlethal" from US Army research . Weapons http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/files/Bioeffects_of_Selected_Non-Lethal_Weapons.pdf
I am unable to copy and paste anything of this article due to it "jumbles up the words so as not to be able to pass this one. " that is why I say copy it. This study proves much as to why these Smart Meters can be used as a device against all populations for depopluation or crowd control if they so choose ..all they have to do is HARRP your town and these "antena's can pick up the increase in EMFS and ZAP we are gone" .. Good luck in your research, I hope this helps to get the word out concerning these and we can all get through another 'attack" on our Privacy and our Health! Much love and peace.
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New 'smart' electrical meters raise privacy issues (November 6, 2009) http://www.physorg.com/news176703307.html
The new "smart meters" utilities are installing in homes around the world to reduce energy use raise fresh privacy issues because of the wealth of information about consumer habits they reveal, experts said Friday. (...) "This is certainly the next stage, the new frontier, in the potential for privacy invasion," Elias Quinn, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Energy and Environmental Security at the University of Colorado, told AFP."The potential is great for privacy invasion depending on who can have access to this information. We are kind of walking into 'smart meter' development blindly. There is no general informed consent."Utilities could be tempted to sell the data on their customers' behaviour to marketers who use it to pitch advertising geared to their habits, said Quinn. A restless sleeper who gets up frequently throughout the night -- identified by electricity consumption records that show he frequently turns on the lights -- could be targeted with adverts for sleep aids for example. Insurance firms, meanwhile, could use the data to justify charging higher fees to a driver whose electricity consumption records indicate he often drives while sleep deprived or regularly gets home at around the time the bars close. The utilities would be following the lead of Internet service providers which already gear online advertising based on the content of the Web page being viewed by their customers. CLIP
Smart Meters - A MUST SEE! (4 min 33 sec) - June 29, 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8JNFr_j6kdI
The following letter was used by the man in this video - Jerry Day, an electronics and media expert from Burbank California - to legally warn his utilility company that he is not consenting to have a smart meter installed on his home...
FROM: Certified U.S. Postal Mail #....
Energy Customer's Name
City State Zip
City State Zip
Date of letter
NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO TRESPASS AND SURVEILLANCE, NOTICE OF LIABILITY
Dear (Energy Provider) and all agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties,
If you intend to install a "Smart Meter" or any activity monitoring device at the above address, you and all other parties are hereby denied consent for installation and use of all such device on the above property and installation and use of any activity monitoring device is hereby refused and prohibited. Informed consent is legally required for installation of any surveillance device and any device that will collect and transmit private and personal data to undisclosed and unauthorized parties for undisclosed and unauthorized purposes. Authorization for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by the originator and subject of that information. That authorization is hereby denied and refused with regard to the above property and all its occupants. "Smart Meters" violate the law and cause endangerment to residents by the following factors:
1. They individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated causing invasion of privacy.
2. They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.
3. They transmit wireless signals which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.
4. Data about occupant's daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data.
5. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.
6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.
7. "Smart Meters" are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.
8. It is possible for example, with analysis of certain "Smart Meter" data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.
9. Your company has not adequately disclosed the particular recording and transmission capabilities of the smart meter, or the extent of the data that will be recorded, stored and shared, or the purposes to which the data will and will not be put.
I forbid, refuse and deny consent of any installation and use of any monitoring, eavesdropping, and surveillance devices on my property, my place of residence and my place of occupancy. That applies to and includes "Smart Meters" and activity monitoring devices of any and all kinds. Any attempt to install any such device directed at me, other inhabitants, guests, my property or residence will constitute trespass, stalking, wiretapping and unlawful surveillance, all prohibited and punishable by law through criminal and civil complaints. All persons, government agencies and private organizations responsible for installing or operating monitoring devices directed at or recording my activities, which I have not specifically authorized in writing, will be fully liable for any violations, intrusions, harm or negative consequences caused or made possible by those devices whether those negative consequences are justified by "law" or not.
This is legal notice. After this delivery the liabilities listed above may not be denied or avoided by parties named and implied in this notice.
Notice to principal is notice to agent and notice to agent is notice to principal. All rights reserved.
Name of energy user and/or customer
How to File a Medical/Security Waiver NOW to keep a "Smart Meter" from your home -- IN NEW MEXICO ONLY! (September 4, 2010) http://refusesmartmeter.com/page13.html
New Mexicans are stunned to be told they must submit to wireless gas meters being attached to 350,000 homes despite the documented concerns of researchers, medical doctors, and residents.The meters transmit pulses of microwave energy every 15 seconds, around the clock, reverberating with your house wiring, and even repeating the signals from neighboring meters in what's called a 'mesh network'. As one Los Alamos scientist says: "This turns whole communities into a low-power microwave oven."Proven to cause a host of health problems, security issues, damaging customers' other electronics- and sued for giving inaccurately high readings-'smart meters' are being halted by towns and cities across the US by the passing of moratoria and ordinances. As a native New Mexican, I am horrified that our beautiful environment is now to be filled with a proven cause of diseases that will harm the whole population, especially those most vulnerable-our children, the elderly, the disabled, and those with medical implants. And, an out-of-state gas company is forcing us to submit to these meters being put on our homes! Meters are currently read by 75 employees at the cost of $3 million-Purchased from Japan, the 'smart meters' will cost $30 million and, of course, NMGC is applying for a rate hike so we can cover this unnecessary expenditure! What about investing $30 million to develop local energy businesses? But most importantly, our families must have a medical 'opt out' or waiver plan for those with children, medical implants, and prior medical conditions that doctors know will be dangerously affected by these wireless meters. IF YOU WISH YOUR WIRELESS METER REMOVED
(...) RE: Wireless Meters Medical Waiver - Due to my medical condition, medical implants, children living in my household, or that I have been negatively affected by electromagnetic radiation emitted by some electrical devices, I have been advised that I/we cannot risk further impairment by exposure to microwaves from the installation of a wireless meter device. We are aware that numerous communities in the United States have reached an agreement with local gas and electric companies so that no wireless meters are installed at the businesses or residences to accommodate the health requirements of their customers. We also will provide a sign that will be affixed to our gas meters, stating that we have applied for this medical waiver, and requesting that wireless meters not be installed. With that accommodation, we wish to express our appreciation of this medical waiver, which enables us to continue purchasing natural gas from the New Mexico Gas Company. Please do not hesitate to contact us at the number and address listed below.
SMART METERS: PRIVACY ISSUES, RADIATION, ELECTRONIC POLLUTION AND MORE (June 30, 2011) http://truthsurvival.com/2011/06/30/smart-meters-privacy-issues-radiation-electronic-pollution-and-more/
Smart Meters are yet another tool of Command & Control by those who have their tentacles of power over those of us trying to live a life free of corruption, pollution and elitist rule. These devices are infesting the homes and businesses of Americans across the nation and the option of not having one is almost always not an option at all. To put it bluntly, Smart Meters are yet another Big Brother tool that can actually monitor you in your home by way of knowing when and how long you are on your computer, when you go into a room by way of the light switches, when you have armed your security system and even when you have left or come home when your garage door is activated. Recent private studies have shown that these meters give off levels of RF Radiation which on a long term exposure will damage the body. The meters can also be operated remotely by the power company in order to turn your power off in the comfort of their office with a quick click of the computer mouse. It has even been said that some have discovered some of these meters containing other types of monitoring capabilities built into them. All the major power companies are implementing the "upgrade" installation of these meters and YOU will have NO choice according to them.
(...) Meredith told me tonight she heard about a little experiment that was conducted where a person had wrapped her Smart Meter with layers of Aluminum foil and the outcome was the power company showing up at the person's door on the same day telling her to remove the foil. If this is indeed true then how exactly does it effect this meter and why the uproar from the big business power company? Is there more to the devices than being made public? Either way it sounds interesting enough that we are going to wrap ours with Aluminum foil in many layers and to make it really secure I will make sure it is all in place with my aluminum duct tape. CLIP
REFUSE SMART METERS http://www.refusesmartmeter.com/
- SAY NO to Health Effects from Radiation - SAY NO to increased utility costs - SAY NO to required appliance change outs - SAY NO to invasion of privacy - SAY NO to remote shut downs - SAY NO to uninsurable consequences
Transmitting Smart Meters Pose A Serious Threat To Public Health http://www.electricalpollution.com/smartmeters.html
Transmitting smart meters are being installed nationwide on gas, water, and electrical services, driven in part by funding for the Smart Grid Program approved as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This is of great concern because the exposure to microwave and radiowave radiation from these meters is involuntary and continuous. The transmitting meters may not even comply with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) "safety" standards (see http://sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/). However, those standards were initially designed to protect an average male from tissue heating (cooking) during a brief exposure. These standards were not designed to protect a diverse population from the non-thermal effects of continuous exposure to microwave and radiowave radiation. Therefore, these "safety" standards were not designed to protect the public from health problems under the circumstances which the meters are being used. The transmitting meters most often being used transmit continuously, every few seconds. This is picked up by a receiver and logged by the utility. You are exposed to the transmissions from all the meters within transmitting range. The meters often have a range of over 2 miles. Thus, the exposure is continuous and the "safety" standards the meters comply with are irrelevant to the situation. Please read this letter from the Radiation Protection Division of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the limitations of the FCC standards.Some transmitting meters transmit at less frequent intervals, however, they still seem to be causing health problems. This could be due to the still elevated levels of radiowaves and microwaves in the neighborhood because of all the neighbors transmitters. Remember, many, many meters are transmitting at these intervals. (One person with a meter transmitting hourly reports waking at the time it transmits.)
(...) Transmitted microwave and radiofrequency radiation also have the potential for causing serious long-term health consequences, even for those who do not notice overt symptoms. The majority of independent studies report similar results: impairment of cellular communication, DNA breakages, increased stress proteins, etc. Studies targeting cellphone and cordless phone usage are finding increased risk of brain tumors. Children seem to be particularly vulnerable. (...) Radiowave and microwave radiation are not just a problem for people, they are causing serious problems for animals of all types and plant life as well. Please visit http://www.hese-project.org/hese-uk/en/issues/emr.php?id=bees and http://www.hese-project.org/hese-uk/en/issues/ for more information. CLIP
Paul Joseph Watson - July 7, 2011 (With 11 min video)
Zbigniew Brzezinski, who forty years ago wrote of a highly controlled future society where the population would be subjugated by a technocratic elite, appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe yesterday to predict that middle class unrest caused by economic disenfranchisement would soon hit America.
"I don't want to be a prophet of doom - and I don't think we are approaching doom - but I think we're going to slide into intensified social conflicts, social hostility, some forms of radicalism, there is just going to be a sense that this is not a just society," Brzezinski said, adding that civil unrest would begin when the lower middle class becomes severely affected by the economic fallout and rising unemployment.
The former National Security Advisor predicted "really serious international turmoil" as a result of the United States, Europe and Japan, the three traditional pillars of global economic strength, struggling with deep financial crises.
CFR member Brzezinski's so-called concern about "disparity" and a "fair society," as the rich get richer and the middle class becomes poorer, is completely hypocritical given the fact that he wrote books four decades ago virtually advocating precisely that system, where a tiny elite ruthlessly control and dominate the rest of humanity.
However, this is certainly not the first time that Brzezinski has expressed concerns that a growing rage caused by economic and social disenfranchisement could threaten the existing power structure.
During a Council on Foreign Relations speech in Montreal last year, Brzezinski, a regular attendee of the elitist Bilderberg Group meeting, warned of a "global political awakening," mainly comprising of younger people in developing states, that threatened to topple the existing international order.
"For the first time in human history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive The resulting global political activism is generating a surge in the quest for personal dignity, cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world painfully scarred by memories of centuries-long alien colonial or imperial domination," Brzezinski told fellow elitists.
Since such a movement only represents a threat to the power monopoly of the privileged circles in which Brzezinski moves, one can only conclude that he was decrying this development. As one of the of the chief architects of the "existing global hierarchy" to which he also made reference in the speech, Brzezinski himself is under direct threat, as is the continuing ability of the global elite in general to control world affairs, a point he again touched upon in the MSNBC interview.
"Mankind is now politically awakened and stirring," said Brzezinski during last year's speech, adding that this in combination with a fractured elite "makes it a much more difficult context for any major power, including currently the leading world power, the United States."
Since Brzezinski is a proponent of a highly controlled society run by technocrats, the prospect of an angry middle class rising up to challenge the target of their rage is not something to be welcomed in the eyes of the elite.
In his 1970 book Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era, Brzezinski wrote the following.
"The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities."
Does this sound like a man who would express sympathy for an economically deprived underclass, as Brzezinski feigns during the MSNBC interview, or is this a man petrified that the new world order he helped build is becoming more vulnerable to collapse even as it tightens the screws on an increasingly aware, angry and desperate population?
Record one in six Americans now on food stamps as depression escalates (July 9, 2011) http://www.infowars.com/record-one-in-six-americans-now-on-food-stamps-as-depression-escalates/
While the mainstream media has all but convinced most Americans that the nation is slowly climbing out of the "recession," new statistics released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggest otherwise. According to just-released participation numbers for the agency's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known more commonly as "food stamps," nearly one in six Americans now participates in the program, which represents a new record high.Rising from 14.3 percent of the US population participating in the program back in February, the new numbers are a bit shocking when considering how many of these new enrollees actually are. It is not simply the very poor and chronic abusers that are taking advantage of the program - many former middle class families now struggling just to get by are having to sign up for government food assistance.According to the numbers, a record 44.647 million people are now enrolled in SNAP, up from 44.587 in May. Meanwhile, the average monthly benefit payment per household has dropped, and is now at a post-April 2009 revision low of $282.38 a month. According to recent figures, 7.41 million people are now receiving state and federal unemployment benefits, which implies an unemployment rate of about 9.1 percent. Though upon first glance this appears to be lower than average unemployment rates throughout the past several years, these figures fail to take into account those that are underemployed and not receiving benefits, as well as those that have reluctantly taken part- or full-time jobs that do not pay nearly as much as those same workers were earning previously.As opposed to the U-3 unemployment rate of 9.1 percent, the U-6 rate, which takes into account the aforementioned factors, is actually teetering at almost 16 percent as of May figures - and in 2009, that rate was over 17 percent. This is nearly double the stated rate that is constantly repeated in mainstream news, and yet it is the more accurate figure that aligns with the true condition of the nation, and the subsequent increases in food stamp participation.
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