November 2, 2001

Miscellaneous Subjects #113: Revulsive Revelations and Some Good Stuff

Hello everyone

There are SOOO many things calling for some attention that I must send this now.

Have a good weekend ;-)

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

P.S. There is an interesting radio interview of our friend John Bunzl (recorded on 10/04/01), founder of the Simultaneous Policy Organization, who talks about dealing with global capital, transnational corporations, and destructive competition. He also shares his perspective on the WTC attack and the resulting war on terrorism, as well as his recent presentation at the last WTO meeting. Available at

Check also the other radio interviews available at

"Terrorism is not the weapon of the weak. It is the weapon of those who are against 'us' whoever 'us' happens to be."

- Noam Chomsky, October 18, 2001, in a talk at the Technology & Culture Forum at MIT


1. Bin Laden Met With CIA Agent in July
2. Feedback from Melbourne
3. Comment on Arundhati Roy article
4. Destruction of the Churches of Kosovo
5. Microwave beam weapon to disperse crowds
6. Message from Robert Redford on energy security
7. Men no longer the key to life
8. 50 million animals in mass test plan
9. Retail meats host drug-resistant bacteria
10. New interactive website for announcing your projects


A War Against Civilians? (Nov 2, 2001)

"A strategy to "squeeze" Afghanistan, through bombing and starvation, "until the people of the country themselves get the leadership changed" would certainly qualify as terrorism under this definition."


It's All About Oil

Toxic chemicals released from World Trade Center wreckage

CANCER OUTRAGE! Billion dollar drug company hides astounding discovery of a natural cancer treatment that's 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy - but without the side effects! Deep within the Amazon grows a tree that could literally revolutionize what you, your doctor, and the rest of the world thinks about cancer treatment and chances of survival. The anti-cancer future has never looked more promising. Go at to find out more about this amazing discovery.

NOTE FROM JEAN: Just another example as to why it is in our own best interest to protect the Amazon and all other rainforests, as reservoir of hundreds of such potential plant remedies, not to mention their sheer beauty and essential sacredness as an integral part of this precious living planet.

The line between armed forces and law enforcement blurs as US local police are trained and supplemented by military units.

The Liberal government wants to curb Canadian liberties.

In the wake of the terrorist attacks, Canada may be headed toward some sort of greater North American union with the USA.

BRUSSELS. Using the terror excuse, EU officials have voted to force all EU financial institutions, attorneys, real estate agents, gem dealers, accountants, et al to report "suspicious activities."

For an explanation of how politicians in the US Congress are shamelessly exploiting the terrorist attacks for their own selfish ends at the expense of your financial privacy and freedom, see,

BRUSSELS. Last week the EU set up a new international judiciary, police and 'security' system with enormously repressive powers.

LONDON. Tony Blair's Labourites want banks, lawyers and accountants to report to the government not only to find out where their clients' money comes from, but what it is to be used for.,3604,564191,00.html




Bin Laden Met With CIA Agent in July

T r u t h o u t -- 10.31.01

According to information's collected by Radio France International, and Le Figaro, Oussama Ben Laden met with an American CIA agent last July while he was being treated for a kidney ailment at the American Hospital of Dubai.

The billionaire Saudi Ben Laden visited the American Hospital of Dubaï from July 4 to July 14th, two months before the attacks of September 11, confirmed by sources close to European services of information.


During his hospitalization, Oussama Ben Laden was visited by several members of his family, and on July 12th the local representative of the CIA, that many people know in Dubaï, was seen going into his room.

A few days later, shortly after Ben Laden left for Quetta with a new kidney dialysis machine, the CIA agent bragged to friends about visiting the billionaire saudi and was subsequently recalled to the USA on July 15th.

According to various Arab diplomatic sources and the services of French information themselves, very precise information was communicated to the CIA relating to terrorist attacks aiming at American interests in the world, including on the territory of the United States. A report of the DST on September 7 gathers the totality of this data, specifying that the order to act was to come from Afghanistan.

The American press appears unwilling to report this information to the 270 million people of the American public.


Furthermore, according to French newspaper Figaro, "contacts between the CIA and Ben Laden go back to 1979. (...) In their investigations concerning the August 1998 bomb attacks against American embassies in Nairobi (Kenya) and Dares-Salaam (Tanzania), FBI investigators have discovered that residual traces left by the bombs come from a US Army military explosive delivered 3 years earlier to Arab Afghans from the famous international volunteer brigades that fought alongside Osama ben Laden during the Afghan war against the Societ army. Additional investigations led the FBI to find several "joint actions" developed by the CIA with its "islamist friends" over the course of many years. Therefore, the meeting in Dubai with ben Laden would simply be a logical continuation of a "certain American policy".


Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001
From: Jeff Wefferson <>
Subject: Feedback from Melbourne


Hey, I just want to say that sometimes I have felt like I was drawn into sharing bad vibes just by wanting people to have a sense of what is "really" going on, all the "conspiracy" theory stuff, etc, etc... the thing you just had about the power of attention and the CREATION of negative energy by simply focussing on it... THAT IS SO POWERFUL.

Should we just pretend it doesn't "exist"? Because it REALLY doesn't? Should we totally convey any information that is scary or "negative"? I like the old Arab proverb, "Trust in Allah, but tie your camel."

Is the sharing of "scary" stuff simply "tying our camel"?

Like my friend Kerry pointed out, you can pray all day long for your fence to be painted... but it will be a person who paints it. Is our global situation like this? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

I feel like I have been conveying too much stuff with too much fear-coefficients attached to it, even though it seems like what is REALLY going on.



My website is now officially on-line:

NOTE FROM JEAN: This is indeed a wonderful, vital discussion topic to be covered in coming Light Series compilations.


From: "Siobhan Manning" <>
Subject: Comment on Arundhati Roy article
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2001 01

World consciousness continues rising and those of meditation continue growing deeper in the inexhaustible vastness of universal love. The wise have no interest in wars or the news around it. You already know most of the news about Afghanistan from other sources. However, in our compassion for mankind, and our knowing that world peace will come, it is interesting to see how the legitimacy of the current war is being discredited in a major mainstream newspaper - London's The Guardian. Out of hundreds of journalists, Arundhati Roy is one of the best. Here is one of his articles giving fabulously unique and insightful perspectives on war and peace and the US government. It is this kind of relative intelligence on the mainstream level that will carry the beams of light from the Enlightened into the awakening humanity at large, discrediting negativity in its very essence.

'Brutality smeared in peanut butter' - Why America must stop the war now,1361,579196,00.html

NOTE FROM JEAN: I've included an excerpt from this excellent article in the last Big Brother compilation.


Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001
From: BILL D <>
Subject: Destruction of the Churches of Kosovo

Dear Jean,

This is something to be publicized for the sake of humanity, includes pics of decimated churches.

KLA terrorists have forced several hundred thousand people to leave Kosovo - Serbs, 'Gypsies,' Slavic Muslims, ethnic Turks, Croatians, Jews and ethnic Albanians loyal to Yugoslavia. The KLA has systematically attacked Serbian Orthodox churches, monasteries and graveyards. More than 75 Serbian
Orthodox churches have been badly vandalized or reduced to rubble.

Note: The destruction of churches continued after this report was written so that now, in October, 2001, we are told more than 100 churches have been destroyed. We will post the exact number as soon as possible.

These buildings were not only treasures of Christianity, masterpieces of an ancient Church. They were not only a cultural inspiration for the Serbian people. More, they belonged to the world; and they belonged to the future.

Many of the churches had survived 500 years of Ottoman rule; they survived Austrian rule and they survived World War II, when Kosovo was ruled by Fascist Albanians under the Italian Fascists and then the German Nazis.




Microwave beam weapon to disperse crowds

Jeff Hecht, Boston

Tests of a controversial weapon that is designed to heat people's skin with a microwave beam have shown that it can disperse crowds. But critics are not convinced the system is safe.

Last week, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in New Mexico finished testing the system on human volunteers. The Air Force now wants to use this Active Denial Technology (ADT), which it says is non-lethal, for peacekeeping or riot control at "relatively long range" - possibly from low-flying aircraft.

ADT uses a 2-metre dish to create a narrow beam of microwaves that can be scanned across a crowd or even aimed at individuals. AFRL is using infrared photography to analyse the heating effect on the volunteers' bodies.

AFRL says that the 3-millimetre wavelength radiation penetrates only 0.3 millimetres into the skin, rapidly heating the surface above the 45 °C pain threshold. At 50 °C, they say the pain reflex makes people pull away automatically in less than a second - it's said to feel like fleetingly touching a hot light bulb. Someone would have to stay in the beam for 250 seconds before it burnt the skin, the lab says, giving "ample margin between intolerable pain and causing a burn".

Little data

But critics question the AFRL's claims that the weapon's undisclosed exposure levels are safe. John Pike of think tank fears that the beam power needed to scare people may be too close to the level that would injure them.

Air Force scientists helped set the present skin safety threshold of 10 milliwatts per square centimetre in the early 1990s, when little data was available, says Louis Slesin, editor of Microwave News.

That limit covers exposure to steady fields for several minutes to an hour - but heating a layer of skin 0.3 mm thick to 50 °C in just one second requires much higher power and may pose risks to the cornea, which is more sensitive than skin. A study published last year in the journal Health Physics showed that exposure to 2 watts per square centimetre for three seconds could damage the corneas of rhesus monkeys.


Sent by "Kerry" <>

From: Robert Redford <>
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2001
Subject: Message from Robert Redford on energy security

Dear Friend,

It is understandable that we Americans feel an almost reflexive need for unanimity in trying times like these. As a nation, we are rightly consumed with responding to the terrorist attacks on September 11th. But, at some point -- and I think we're beginning to get there -- we need to take a long-term view even as we are reacting to the current crisis. Really important domestic issues facing us before all of this happened -- education, energy and the environment, health care -- still have the same dimension and consequence. But we have to recognize that it's much more difficult to discuss and debate them in the aftermath of Sept. 11th. Unfortunately, disagreement is sometimes characterized as unpatriotic during times such as these and open, thoughtful discourse is somewhat muted. The gravity of the current situation is not lost on any of us and we all want to do what's right to insure our national security. It is with this in mind that I felt compelled to write you today.

A handful of determined U.S. senators, encouraged by the White House, are arguing that national security requires the Senate to rush a pro-oil energy bill into law. They have vowed to hold up normal Senate business and attach the bill to every piece of legislation that comes to the Senate floor. So far they have failed in what The Boston Globe is calling "oil opportunism." But with President Bush, himself, now calling for rushed passage of this disastrous bill, intense pressure is building on Senate leaders to succumb to the emotions of the moment. Using our national tragedy as an opportunity to advance the narrow interests of the oil lobby would not be in the best interest of the public. This bill, already passed by the House, would not only open the Arctic Refuge to oil rigs, it would also pave the way for energy companies to exploit and destroy pristine areas of Greater Yellowstone and other gems of our natural heritage. As important, it would do nothing to address energy security.

I'm asking for your immediate help in stopping this legislation. After reading my letter I hope you'll take action at and then forward this letter to your friends and colleagues.

Last spring, the Bush administration and some members of Congress said we had to pass the president's oil-friendly energy bill because we were facing the most serious energy crisis since 1973. But here we are, a mere six months later, and the energy crisis has vanished. Due to a slowing economy and falling demand, the prices for gasoline, natural gas and home heating oil have plunged. Meanwhile, the much-feared "summer of blackouts" in California never happened, largely because consumers and businesses made dramatic cuts in energy use by launching the most successful statewide conservation campaign in history.

With no energy crisis to scare us with, the administration and pro-oil senators are now promoting their "Drill the Arctic" plan under the guise of national security and energy independence. Don't buy it. It would take ten years to bring Arctic oil to market, and when it arrives it would never equal more than two percent -- a mere drop in the bucket -- of all the oil we consume each year. Our nation simply doesn't have enough oil to drill our way to energy independence or even to affect world oil prices.

We possess a mere 3 percent of the world's oil reserves, but we consume fully 25 percent of the world's oil supply. We could drill the Arctic Refuge, Greater Yellowstone, and every other wildland in America and we'd still be importing oil, still be paying worldwide prices for domestic oil, and still be vulnerable to wild gyrations in price and supply. As The Atlanta Constitution put it: "Burning through our tiny oil supply faster will not make our country more secure." I'd go further: increasing our dependence on oil, whether that oil comes from the Persian Gulf or the Arctic Refuge, practically guarantees national *insecurity*. And we know that it will bring more habitat destruction, more oil spills, more air pollution, and more global warming. The public health implications will be devastating.

If our nation wants to declare energy independence, then we have no choice but to reduce our appetite for oil. There's no other way. We need to rely on smarter and cleaner ways to power our economy. We have the technology right now to increase fuel economy standards to 40 miles per gallon. If we phased in that standard by 2012 we'd save 15 times more oil than the Arctic Refuge is likely to produce over 50 years. We could also give tax rebates for existing hybrid gas-electric vehicles that get as much as 60 mpg. We could invest in public transit. We could launch an "Apollo Project" to bring fuel cells and hydrogen fuel down to earth, allowing us to begin the mass production of vehicles that emit only water as a by-product. The list goes on and on.

In this climate of national trauma and war, it is up to us -- the people -- to ensure that reason prevails and our natural heritage survives intact. The preservation of irreplaceable wildlands like the Arctic Refuge and Greater Yellowstone is a core American value. I have never been more appreciative of the wisdom of that value than during these past few weeks. When we are filled with grief and unanswerable questions it is often nature that we turn to for refuge and comfort. In the sanctuary of a forest or the vastness of the desert or the silence of a grassland, we can touch a timeless force larger than ourselves and our all-too-human problems. This is where the healing begins. Those who would sell out this natural heritage -- this spiritual heritage -- would destroy a wellspring of American strength. What's worse, their rush to exploit the wildness that feeds our souls won't do a thing to solve our energy problems.

There are plenty of sensible and patriotic ways to guarantee our nation's energy security, but destroying the Arctic Refuge is not one of them. Please tell that to your senators. They urgently need to hear it because the pressure is on to move this pro-oil bill to a vote in the next few weeks. It will take you only a minute to send them an electronic message from NRDC's SaveBioGems website.

Go to

And please forward this message to your family and friends. Millions of Americans need to know about this cynical attempt to promote the interests of energy companies at the expense of everyone else.

Sincerely yours,

Robert Redford


BioGems: Saving Endangered Wild Places
A project of the Natural Resources Defense Council



Men no longer the key to life

23 Oct 01

FERTILITY specialists have found a way for women to have babies without men. It involves a cocktail of chemicals acting as an "artificial sperm" to trick a human egg into forming an embryo.

The find has alarmed medical ethics campaigners who say it is interfering with nature. Researchers say the ground-breaking technology could be used to help women whose husbands are infertile but who do not want to use donor sperm. Any babies born from the process would be female and genetically identical to their mother.

Professor Robert Norman, the head of Repromed, Adelaide University's department of reproductive medicine, said yesterday the experimental technique known as "parthenogenesis" was a form of cloning.

He said insects, mice and frogs had been developed in this way but no one had been able to develop primate embryos viable for any length of time.

Taken to its extreme, the breakthrough could lead to the science-fiction nightmare of a female-dominated society where men have little or no role.

The discovery was made by researchers at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Genetics in Los Angeles. The researchers were investigating new ways of genetically modifying embryos to grow into brain nerve cells for transplanting to patients with Parkinson's disease.

In normal human reproduction, an egg carrying 23 chromosomes combines with the sperm, which also carries 23 chromosomes, to create an embryo with genes from both parents. But researchers Dr Jerry Hall and Dr Yan-Ling Feng managed to make eggs duplicate their own chromosomes to create the number needed to start cell division.

Although the process has yet to be tested on human eggs, studies have shown they behave in a similar way to those of mice.


"If this technique works with human eggs, there could be tremendous opportunities for clinical applications," Dr Michael Soules, president of the society, said. "I think everyone is going to find this work to be very exciting."

But Dr Jacqueline Laing, expert in medical ethics at London's Guild Hall University, described it as "alarming". "Just because scientists can do something, it does not mean that they should.

"This process does not respect human life, in seeking either to procreate without the male or to use human eggs to turn them into some other part of the body for transplants."

The director of the SA-based Southern Cross Bioethics Institute, Dr John Fleming, said irrespective of the rights of a human child to be born with a mother and father, safety was an issue of paramount concern.

Efforts to produce "Dolly" the cloned sheep resulted in one normal embryo being produced among 274 abnormal embryos.




50 million animals in mass test plan

Andrew Osborn in Brussels Guardian

Saturday October 27, 2001

A European commission plan to test thousands of chemicals for toxicity will initiate the biggest animal testing programme Europe has ever seen and require the death of at least 50m animals, official estimates seen by the Guardian show.

The plan - which involves testing a minimum of 30,000 chemicals found in everyday products to make sure they are safe for human health and the environment - has been condemned by animal rights groups. It has also been criticised by environmentalists who think it doesn't go far enough and the chemical industry itself.

The sheer scale of the programme, which is being considered by the European parliament, is only now beginning to emerge.

"This would be the biggest ever mass animal poisoning programme in Europe's history," said Wendy Higgins, campaigns director for the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV). "In all likelihood the majority of the testing will go to the UK and these tests are about as cruel as you can get and will involve a horrific amount of suffering for a huge amount of animals."

A report commissioned by the environment department earlier this year and seen by the Guardian estimates that up to 50.2m animals would be required, including 4.4m fish.

The BUAV goes even further. It says a bare minimum of 63.6m animals would be required, claiming that at least 2,123 animals are needed to test every chemical.

The tests would involve monkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, dogs, rats, hamsters, birds and fish and require scientists to administer bigger and bigger doses of the suspect chemicals in order to observe the side-effects. Force-feeding in this way can cause bleeding from the eyes and nose, convulsions, vomiting and ultimately a slow death.

The rationale behind the EU programme is to protect the public. At least 30,000 chemicals are routinely released untested into the environment in everyday products such as plastic and car upholstery.

Many of the 30,000 substances are suspected of causing birth defects, allergies and learning problems. There are also fears that they may be doing untold damage to the environment and wildlife.

Such a large programme would provide a much-needed boost to Britain's contract animal testing industry, which is by far the biggest in Europe, and provide years and possibly even decades of work for the likes of Huntingdon Life Sciences, Quintiles and Covance.

But the BUAV, which admits there is a genuine need to test the chemicals, rejects the use of animals and has drawn up an alternative non-animal testing programme.

"Politicians can't keep using the line that animals need to suffer because there are no alternatives, because there are," said Ms Higgins. "If you put the necessary funding into alternative methods now, a non-animal strategy would be possible in five years' time."

The BUAV has commissioned research to show that in vitro and other alternatives exist but it admits that some of these testing methods have yet to be scientifically validated. The European commission argues there is no other choice.

"Our main consideration is to protect the environment and human health," spokesman Per Haugaard said. "It's a trade-off. Do you want safe chemicals or not?"

"To the extent that alternative methods are available and reliable they will be used. We are sensitive to and aware of these arguments."

A spokesman for the UK-based Research Defence Society warned last night that animal rights groups were trying to kill off the testing strategy at an early stage but admitted the idea of using animals to test chemicals which were already in use might be "a bit wrong-headed and unnecessary".


Sent by "Mark Graffis" <>
Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2001


Retail meats host drug-resistant bacteria

There's a good chance your grocer's meats are tainted with bacterial germs that are relatively invulnerable to antibiotics, a trio of new studies finds. As a result, anyone sickened by these microbes could find the arsenal of drugs available to fight their infection small to nonexistent.

Three years ago, the Washington, D.C.based National Research Council and Institute of Medicine jointly published an analysis of the human-health impacts of low doses of antibiotics added to livestock feed to promote the animals' growth. The report concluded that at least some antibiotic-resistant disease in people is due to meat from animals treated with these growth promoters (SN: 7/18/98, p. 39

However, the analysis failed to establish whether such ties to human disease were common or just isolated anomalies. Taken together, three papers in the Oct. 17 New England Journal of Medicine now offer a "proverbial 'smoking gun,'" tying livestock growth promoters to risk of serious human disease, according to an editorial in the same journal by Sherwood L. Gorbach of the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.


There is some good news. McDonald's team found that less than 1 percent of human stool samples tested exhibited Synercid-resistant enterococci. However, McDonald adds, sometimes a resistant germ will only colonize the gut after people have taken a course of antibiotics. As more people take Synercid, he worries, their vulnerability to resistant E. faecium may climb. CLIP

At some point, enough data accumulate so that people can say, "It's time to take action," Gorbach maintains. "And I think we're at that point. It's time to put a ban on [growth-promoting] use of antibiotics in animal feed." U.S. regulators are investigating the issue. Last year, FDA solicited "a request for comments and for scientific data" on human health impacts of livestock growth promoters.

References - CLIP - Go at to review them



From: "Thomas Andrew Booth" <>
Subject: New interactive website for announcing your projects
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001

Hi Jean,

First I would like to say that I appreciate your mailings and the information you bring together... Much of which is unavailable anywhere else and way ahead of conventional news sources. For example, I remember reading about the Star Link Corn recalls in several of your earlier compilations weeks if not a month or more before anything was reported about it on TV News.

Anyway... I started a website on Tripod for posting Projects and information related to projects.

The website for posting projects is

The basic idea of the site is to be able to locate projects by topic and location and includes a global map that can be tilted and turned... Future projects will be indicated by colored dots that will be added to the surface of the globe... Agricultural projects by green dots... Energy projects by Yellow dots... Spiritual / Visualization projects by blue or white etc.

The dots will indicate the actual project LOCATION (point of application) and will be linked to boards where information related to the project can be found.

The site is not complete as yet... and really never will be as it will always grow and expand... and many of the links have not been activated... The most complete section is the Agriculture & Gardening Projects board. (though no specific projects have been posted as yet... most, but not all... of the links are active and should give some idea of how the site is intended to function).

I would very much appreciate any input... ideas... criticism... technical advice... etc. from your readers... as your general spiritual outlook and philosophy is very close to my own and I think very much in harmony with the purpose of the site which is primarily to help facilitate world wide co-creativity projects on a sustained basis.

I have also started a forum related to the Trade Center "Bombing"? It uses the same basic Perl Script as the main site but is not linked to it in any direct way at this time. It was first posted to Indymedia.

In particular I would appreciate it if any of your readers could check out the "HTML GENERATOR" that is linked to the Projects site boards. It is intended to help create posts in HTML that may include an organization or project Logo... Email and Web Site links along with other basic information regarding the projects to be posted and where to find more information. I would like to know if this seems practical and useful to everyone...



LATER TOM ADDED: "The website could provide a common meeting ground for various exchanges of information and resources and other forms of collaboration on various projects. I think that these various small projects are like the points of light in peoples hearts that move them to do something... I would like the "map" on the website to eventually display all these "points of light" linked to their various project descriptions. Although I would like to... It is not likely I will have time to contact each individual and invite them to post their project... (or do the posting for them... with their approval... just to get things rolling...) So any help you can provide by way of an "open invitation" would be very much appreciated."