">> Miscellaneous Subjects #28: Pogrom in Nazareth + Extinctions - NOT Just a Fact of Life and more!

October 10, 2000

Subject: Miscellaneous Subjects #28: Vivid Dream on Middle East + Pogrom in Nazareth by Right-wing mobs + Planets & Israel Situation + Global meditation for spiritual clarity and empowerment (Oct 13) + Extinctions - NOT Just a Fact of Life + More on Species Extinction in DAILY GRIST October 9 + Hugs

Hello everyone

The unfolding tragic events in the Middle East still get most of our attention. On the on hand, Ehud Barak has accepted to postpone his ultimatum on the cessation of Palestinian protests - themselves fueled by the mounting death toll of their people and all the wounded protesters, some of them now being crippled for the rest of their life - to give peace a chance; but on the other hand, radical elements within the Israeli society have now taken upon themselves to attack and kill Palestinians, often randomly, often with the implicit complicity of Israeli police officiers as described below in "Pogrom in Nazareth by Right-wing mobs".

Now is the time, more than ever, to send positive vibes of peace and reconciliation as exceptional international diplomatic efforts are underway to put an end to the escalation of violence on both sides and refocus everyone's attention of securing a resolution to this conflict through patient negotiations and talking instead of fighting.

Another critical issue that is overshadowed by the rumbling of all this violence between men is the violent extermination and global ecocide gathering momentum all over the world as shorthsighted economic interests and sheer greed ravage the vital ecosystems and fragile Web of Life upon which our very survival depends.

The time for courageous action is NOW. And complacency is definitely NOT an option...

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000




From: "Harmony Foster Kieding" <fosterharmony@savethisplanet.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000
Subject: Re: Miscellaneous Subjects #27: Israeli Settlers attacking Nazareth and latest developments

Jean,

For the last week or so, I have been sitting on my hands with these Middle East
mailings. Years ago, I had a very vivid dream- I'd never had anything quite
like it before, or since, in my life. Recently my husband urged me to write
it down, so I did, (and put it up on my website). My dream took place in the
Middle East, but I chickened out and didn't write that on the website. Guess
that's the "down" side of a name like "Harmony"- I never want to offend or hurt
anyone.

Anyway, here's my dream:

Harmony's HomePage: Dream
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Agora/7076/dream.html">

(This is a vivid dream I had a long time ago.)

This dream takes place in a strife-torn land. Sounds of clashing and gunfire fill the air. It feels as if I'm a witness, and what I am seeing are sworn enemies who are fighting each other to the death. Blood is everywhere, and everywhere there are people mourning the loss of someone beloved to them.

Then God brings us all into one room and tells us to fast. We remain in that one room fasting, and a great darkness comes upon us all. None of us can see.

However, we can all still hear, and what we hear as we remain in the room are gigantic, rumbling, roaring sounds. We can feel the room vibrate with what is going on outside.

Eventually we all fall asleep, still hearing the rumbling in our ears.

When we awake, it's morning and God has opened the door to the room, flooding it with light. We rub our eyes, pull ourselves to our feet, and make our way out the door in an early morning stupor.

Once outside, we take one look at what God has done, and turn to each other in amazement and bewilderment. The entire earth has changed overnight.

No landmarks remain from before. Entire mountain chains have disappeared, along with rivers and valleys, and in their place have appeared new hills, lakes, and plains. None of us can make out where our countries are anymore.

Then God says: "I have created this one land for all of you to dwell in peace together. This is all your land. I want you to enjoy it and flourish!"

None of us dare to say anything; there is very much the feeling in the air that, if God created the world in the first place, then God could re-arrange it however God sees fit.

However, what each one of us is thinking is this: How on earth can we all live together in this one land? There are too many differences!

Then God says: "But all of you do have something in common. And I want you to remember this single, most simple of all things whenever you are tempted to think that you have nothing in common with someone else.

Remember this: to each one of you I have given My spark of Life. You all breathe in and out.

So take a good, deep Breath and as you are doing it, remember Me. And while you are remembering Me, enjoy the Miracle of Life.

And while you are enjoying the Miracle of Life, enjoy living on the One Earth I have created for all of you.

And while you are all enjoying living on the One Earth I have created for you, enjoy living on it in Peace."


H.F.Kieding

14-May-2000

THANKS A LOT HARMONY FOR SHARING THIS POWERFUL DREAM WITH US...




Date: Mon, 09 Oct 2000
From: Ricardo Ocampo <anahuak@webtelmex.net.mx>

From: "Gush Shalom" <otherisr@actcom.co.il>
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000
Subject: Pogrom in Nazareth by Right-wing mobs - police helping the pogromists - one inhabitant killed

GUSH SHALOM - pob 3322, Tel-Aviv 61033 - http://www.gush-shalom.org/

Press Release

Gush Shalom (The Israeli Peace Bloc) received the following information from
our Arab contacts, inhabitants of Nazareth: At about 7.00 PM today, a mob
numbering at 1, 000 left the Jewish town Upper Nazareth and descended
upon the neighboring Arab town of Nazareth, some holding clubs and other
having firearms. They broke into the Eastern Neighborhood of Nazareth and
started hitting and shooting indiscriminately at its inhabitants. The police
stood aside and did not interfere, but when inhabitants of Nazareth rallied
to defend themselves, the police attacked them - first with tear gas and later
with live ammunition. There are many wounded, and at least one Arab
inhabitant was killed. At the time of writing, the police is still shooting
at inhabitants of Nazareth.

Today's attack followed an attack yesterday upon the Arabs who live in
Upper Nazareth itself, which included an attack upon the home of Knesset
Member Azmi Bishara. Then, too, the police stood aside.

What is happening in Nazareth today is a pogrom, bearing all the hallmarks
which were well known to Jews in Czarist Russia - primarily te collusion
between the racist attackers and the police. This is a day of shame for the
state of Israel - and it is a warning sign for the disaster in store, if the
country does not rid itself of the racist scourage. Gush Shalom calls for the
immediate sacking of Alik Ron, the openly racist commander of the Northern
Sector Police, under whose aegis this crime had taken place. Gush Shalom
also warns Prime Minister Barak to drop the mad idea of inviting arch-
provocateur Ariel Sharon into his government. The mere rumor of Sharon's
imminent entry into the government has already aroused extremist groups to
violence all over the country; his actual presence at the helm will be
disaster which the country may not survive.

Nazareth seems not an isolated case. Reports of the same kind are coming
from different places, both from the occupied territories where armed settlers
are reported to be simultaneously attacking many Palestinian villages and
towns as well as the Arab neigborhoods in East Jerusalem. The simultaneity
and the exact similarity in tactics suggests preplanning and coordination.

Further details: Adam Keller, Gush Shalom Spokesperson 972-(0)3-5565804
First hand information from Nazareth:

Dr. Nabila Espanyoli 972-(0)50-581709

or Samira Khouri 972-(0)6-6570650


JERUSALEM CAPITAL OF TWO STATES
Add this to all your mail
(and suggest to your friends to do the same)

Sign the "Our Jerusalem, Capital of Two States" petition
full text in Hebrew, Arabic and English at
http://www.gush-shalom.org/jerusalem

Sign also The Hunger Site Petition, which will be delivered to the U.N.
in October 2000 - for "globalization" of the fight against hunger:
http://www.thehungersite.com/rbt/THSPetition/h061322




From: "Linda Evans" <lle333@earthlink.net>
Subject: Fw: Planets & Israel Situation
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000

Dear Jean: You seem so much a part of our family of light (Creative Health Network et al.) that I am forwarding this in case you are interested...

Linda Lee

--- Original Message ---

From: Linda Evans
Sent: Monday, October 09, 2000
Subject: Planets & Israel Situation

Dear Brothers & Sisters in the Light: On Saturday at our new age rosary group, Virginia asked about the planets and I have been so tired that I haven't even looked at my ephemeris...yesterday I did and it was quite a shock...

The time between Oct 19, when Mercury goes retrograde in Scorpio, until about Nov 9, when it goes direct, is particularly worrisome. I got Suzanne's mail from Yossi and know how fearful and troublesome the situation is in Israel...and I know we must spend every spare moment/thought on peace in that region. And particularly for the time period just mentioned.

When Mercury goes retrograde in Scorpio, on the negative side it can bring up past hatreds, resentments, and any passions to do with the life force and transformation or blocked transformation. It rules nuclear power and the occult/criminal/toxic areas (as well as transcendence, rising from the ashes, commitment) but often it can mean passions and hatreds out of control...particularly in such an age-old race war as signified by Israel/Palestine...and particularly when deep spiritual issues (for Scorpio also rules the deep, mysticism of the mystery schools) are involved, as they are around Jerusalem. In addition, Mercury retrograde in Scorpio is square Uranus in Aquarius, the planet of revolution and sudden, often violent change and upheaval. Also, Venus is in Scorpio now, not the best position for Venus, and then goes to Sagittarius on Oct 20, which will push people to tell the truth and seek truth, no matter what. This could be good, but with Pluto and Chiron also in Sagittarius, there could be outrageous statements and inflammatory speech, as well as healing of old wounds. Blunt truth-telling is not always the best thing in such a delicate situation as the Mideast.

The many Scorpio and Sagittarius placements signify achieving harmony through conflict (4th ray) and one-pointed aim toward the higher truths. Let's hope that Jerusalem will be made an international city, with all able to share in its sacredness.

Saturn will be making one final retrograde pass through Taurus and will be square at several points during the next month and a half with the Sun and Mercury in Scorpio, signifying the entrenched old guard vs the transformative pull of a new way...and signifying forming new values vs the old race hatreds. We must believe that all this and other conflict is leading to resolution down the road...as all the guides say it is. It is just rather frightening to be in the middle of the outworkings of it!!

The North Node in Cancer is all about expressing feelings and being vulnerable and building a lighted house for dwelling within...let's all envision peace, good will, Jerusalem as a lighted house for all, and the mothering, nurturing energies of Divine Mother taking precedence. Let's live peace in our every action, most particularly during these next months until Christmas, and especially for that period Oct 19 to Nov 9.

Sorry to be so longwinded but it seemed important to get something out....and let's all send soothing notes to Yossi, who sounded so anxious in Israel. Thanks Suzanne & Virginia, for the alert...

Love to all...I am so glad we are a family...let's really pull hard on this one...anyone have any suggestions for times and dates to link in meditation? Every day at noon?

Love & Peace, Linda Lee




GLOBAL MEDITATION FOR SPIRITUAL CLARITY AND EMPOWERMENT (Oct 13)

A special healing meditation for spiritual empowerment and the clearing of
our individual and collective energy fields will be held on Friday 13
October at 8am and 8pm Universal Time (GMT).

This global meditation is organised for the Aries Full Moon to help heal a
collective wound that stretches back centuries. The wound concerns
experiences of disempowerment within those who wish to work to increase
light and healing on this planet, which manifests most notably through
apathy, frustration, and loss of enthusiasm. Join us by inviting the Divine
Power of Spirit to assist us to clear and uplift the energy field of
ourselves and our Planet, and to re-empower and rekindle the enthusiasm and
motivation of those who wish to bring peace and healing to this world, for
the highest good of all. This is the theme of the Aries Full Moon, which is
exact at 8.53am Universal Time (GMT).

In your meditation, consider the need for healing in all dimensions and in
all places - past, present, and future. You may like to start and finish
your meditation by sending light to yourself, your family, your loved ones,
neighbours, contacts, and your location.

Please address any feedback to light_returning@yahoo.co.uk




Date: Sun, 08 Oct 2000
From: "Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D." <jackie@deepteaching.com>
Subject: New Healing Our World available: Extinctions - NOT Just a Fact of Life

Hello,

We hear all the time about the animals and plants that have gone
extinct. People joke about the extinct Dodo bird and laugh at how a tiny
butterfly has held up the construction of a new airport runway. Every
child's textbook speaks of extinctions. But human-caused extinctions of
life should NOT be considered a necessary consequence of progress or
just more sad statistics. They should be viewed as an indication that
life on Earth as we know it is seriously threatened.

This week's Healing Our World commentary addresses this serious issue. I
try to examine the root causes of our callous disrespect for life and
argue that a reverence for all life is a value that must be reintroduced
into our culture if we are to survive.

You can view the commentary entitled "Extinctions - NOT Just a Fact of
Life" at http://www.ens.lycos.com/ens/oct2000/2000L-10-06g.html. Please
"> check it our when you get a chance.

As always, I encourage you to share you thoughts with me and with the
Healing our World community through our bulletin board at
http://www.coolboard.com/boardshow.cfm?mb=35138752465806.

I wish you peace as you embrace all the precious life around you.


Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D.

Author of "Healing Our World," a weekly column of opinion on the
Environment News Service, available on the LYCOS Search Engine and
Internet Guide at
http://www.ens.lycos.com/ens/features/healing/index.html">

Visit Jackie's website on teaching, activism and an archive of over 130
of his articles at http://www.deepteaching.com

Professor for Space and Earth Science Education and
Multimedia Instructional Designer
The Space Foundation (www.spacefoundation.org)

---

Healing Our World: Weekly Comment

By Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D.

Extinctions - NOT Just a Fact of Life

Out of the earth,
I sing for them.
A horse nation,
I sing for them.
Out of the earth,
I sing for them.
The animals,
I sing for them.

-- Teton Sioux Chant

News services across the nation are reporting the release of the World Conservation Union's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. According to the new report, over 11,000 plant and animal species are in danger of disappearing forever in the near future. Every child's textbook speaks of it.

It is part of the common knowledge for most people and considered by many as a necessary consequence of progress. Yet these extinctions should not be considered just more sad statistics. They should be viewed as an indication that life on Earth as we know it is seriously threatened.

Possibly the scariest part of the statistics is the fact that the Earth is home to an estimated 14 million species. But only 1.75 million have been identified and documented. This could mean that the number of plants and animals at risk of being exterminated is more like 88,000.

Since the 17th century, the rate of extinction of Earth's inhabitants has been increasing, fueled by the Industrial Revolution and the race to build everything bigger and better. Are extinctions a necessary consequence of progress or are they the ultimate manifestation of our profound disconnection from the natural world?

During the scientific revolution, a period in human history when it was finally proven that Earth was not at the center of the universe, much of today's way of viewing nature was formed. The work of Newton, Galileo, Descartes, Bacon and others created for us a universe that ceased being a dynamic part of our lives. Rather, nature was a machine to be dissected, described, predicted and controlled.

Since the 16th century, the universe ceased to be the enchanted world where, as Morris Berman says, "the cosmos was a place of belonging. A member of this cosmos was not an alienated observer of it but a direct participant in its drama."

For most of us in the urban world, we have ceased to be direct participants in the drama of the natural world outside our doors. We fear the thought of being outside, among the insects and the dirt and the elements.

The move towards an industrial society four hundred years ago made extinctions not only possible, but inevitable. Machines needed fuel. Mass production required immense amounts of raw materials. The decentralization of production required a dramatic increase in transportation needs to deliver goods. The packaging required for all those goods would eventually mean that entire forests would be destroyed so that millions of hamburgers could be packaged each day.

But the greatest loss we sustained because of the scientific and industrial revolutions that formed the basis for the world we live in today is the loss of a reverence for life.

In our world today, we easily assign value to a piece of land, a necklace, or the astronomy book I just sold on the Ebay online auction service. Those items have a monetary value.

But what about life? It used to be widely believed on this Earth that life had an intrinsic value as well. Intrinsic value is value for its own sake, for moral, spiritual, symbolic, cultural or aesthetic reasons. It is not a value that is assigned or given. It just is.

But the concept of intrinsic value for life doesn't fit in a world that defines progress in terms of "units sold" or "shares traded" or "accounts balanced."

But what about the economy? How can we afford to value the smallest creatures or a plant that we may never see in our lifetime? The answer to this question lies in one of the most nebulous concepts in modern science - biodiversity. It cannot be adequately explained in purely scientific terms why it is important to have a large diversity of life forms in our world. But it is, and without that diversity, it is questionable whether we can survive.

We recognize the concept of diversity intuitively. It is woven into the fabric of our everyday existence. For example, you must diversify your financial portfolio for it to be healthy. The more diverse the plant community in your garden, the less susceptible it is to any one insect pest. The more diverse your diet, the better chance you will have taking in the vitamins and minerals you need. Intuitive evidence abounds for the power and health of diversity.

When a forest is destroyed, it is gone for all time. Companies may plant a tree farm in its place, usually containing one type of tree, but this is not a forest. As advanced as our science is, we have no idea how to build a forest. The diversity of life in a forest can hardly be described in words. Each tiny pinch of soil and each breath of air is teeming with thousands of different kinds of organisms, all interacting with each other in a complex dance that cannot be duplicated by all the power of the modern technological world.

Without this diversity, all that remains may be destined to be a wasteland, devoid of life.

How far can we go in the relentless quest for more? When will enough be enough?

Why is it so hard to value another living thing for no other reason than because it is alive?

We had better find a way to answer these questions soon.

The Earth may not wait much longer.

RESOURCES

1. The Environment News Service summarized the IUCN report at ">. See the report itself at http://www.redlist.org/

2. Read about biodiversity in a hypertext book by Peter Bryant at http://darwin.bio.uci.edu/~sustain/bio65/lec01/b65lec01.htm

3. Visit http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/modsbook09.html for a comprehensive list of resources about the scientific revolution.

4. See the World Wildlife Fund's Living Planet Report at http://www.panda.org/livingplanet/lpr99/indexthx.html for details on the human impact on the world.

5. See at website dedicated to mourning the loss of species by the Earth Witness Community at http://www.earthwitness.com/Home.htm

6. The American Museum of Natural History has an online exhibit on extinctions at http://nimidi.amnh.org/gallery/exhibitspace.html

7. For the endangered and threatened species in the U.S., visit http://eelink.net/EndSpp.old.bak/ES.lists.html

8. Find out who your Congressional representatives are and e-mail them. Tell them that the time of compromising our very existence for greed must end. If you know your Zip code, you can find them at http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/ziptoit.html"> or you can search by state at ">. You can also find your representatives at http://congress.nw.dc.us/innovate/index.html">.

[Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D. is a writer and teacher in Seattle. He can be found looking out his office window at the forest across the street, wondering what species he will never know. Please send your thoughts, comments, and visions to him at jackie@healingourworld.com and visit his web site at http://www.healingourworld.com]




DAILY GRIST
October 9, 2000
News summaries from GRIST MAGAZINE
http://www.gristmagazine.com


1.
DON'T HAVE A COW, MAN
A cow in Iowa has been implanted with a cloned embryo of an
endangered Asian gaur, an ox-like animal native to the jungles of
India and Southeast Asia. The experiment marks the first time an
endangered species has been cloned, and the first time a cloned
animal has gestated in the womb of another species. If all goes as
planned, Bessie the cow will give birth to Noah the gaur next month,
say scientists at a Massachusetts biotechnology company, who are
publishing a paper on their methods in the journal Cloning. The
scientists say their techniques could help save endangered species
and perhaps even restore extinct ones. The biotech company, Advanced
Cell Technology, has gotten permission from the Spanish government to
clone the bucardo mountain goat, which went extinct earlier this
year, and it is making plans to clone giant pandas using black bears
as surrogate mothers. Some enviros are excited about this new tool
for saving species, while others worry that animals produced in a lab
may not be able to function in the wild and that cloning could
detract from other important conservation efforts, like habitat
protection.

straight to the source: Washington Post, Rick Weiss, 10.08.00
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54858-2000Sep21.html

straight to the source: New York Times, Andrew Pollack, 10.09.00
<http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/09/science/09CLON.html



2.
THE PACIFIC GRIM
Air pollution from factories and power plants in booming Asian cities
is blowing across the Pacific to the West Coast of North America,
posing threats to human health and wildlife far from the pollution's
original sources, according to a report published last week in the
journal Science. Report coauthor Kenneth Wilkening of the University
of Northern British Columbia said, "With increasing industrialization
around the world, everybody is upwind or downwind of everybody else."
The pollution, including ozone, mercury, and persistent organic
pollutants, takes only 5 to ten days to reach North America from
Asia, and is particularly problematic in the winter and spring. As
East Asian economies continue to expand, some fear the pollution
crossing the Pacific may make it difficult for West Coast states to
meet U.S. clean air goals.

straight to the source: San Francisco Chronicle, Carl T. Hall, 10.09.00
<http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/10/09/MN23328.DTL



3.
THE LESSER OF TWO WEEVILS?
China is embracing genetically engineered crops more quickly than any
other Asian nation, hoping that the technology will help its small
farmers grow more low-cost, high-quality crops that can better
compete on the world market, now that China is on track to join the
World Trade Organization. Since 1997, Beijing has given approval to
more than 100 genetically engineered crops, more than twice as many
as the U.S., and the government is pouring resources into biotech
research. While public protests have stymied efforts to spread
genetically engineered crops in India and Europe, there is no public
opposition in China. Still, China's Agriculture Ministry fears that
the widespread planting of cotton crops modified to kill the bollworm
pest could result in the evolution of a resistant super-bollworm.
But one positive outcome is that the planting of modified cotton
crops in China is helping to cut down on the spraying of dangerous
organophosphate pesticides.

straight to the source: New York Times, Craig S. Smith, 10.07.00
<http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/07/world/07CHIN.html

catch it only in Grist Magazine: How 'bout one of these GM trees? --
a cartoon by Suzy Becker
http://www.gristmagazine.com/grist/ha/ha092900.stm



4.
NATURAL BORN WHALE KILLERS
Environmentalists are planning to petition the feds later this month
to list Pacific Northwest orca whales, also known as killer whales,
under the Endangered Species Act. They say that PCB pollution is
making the orcas more vulnerable to disease and early death and that
devastated salmon runs in the region are hurting the orcas, which
rely on the fish for as much as 90 percent of their diet. A
spokesperson for the National Marine Fisheries Service says the
whales' decline is being taken seriously, but that scientists still
aren't sure what is causing it. Kieran Suckling of the Center for
Biological Diversity, the lead author of the orca petition, says that
the agency's response doesn't surprise him because NMFS has a record
of inaction on endangered species, and that he expects the case will
end up in court. He says saving the whales "will require nothing
short of restoring the entire ecosystem" of the Northwest.

straight to the source: MSNBC, Miguel Llanos, 10.06.00
http://www.msnbc.com/news/327797.asp



5.
CATCH A POACHER BY THE TOE
A project to protect endangered tigers in Thailand's Khao Yai
national park is arming 28 rangers with M-16s and training them to do
everything from setting up remote infrared cameras that record
wildlife to disarming poachers. The project, organized by two
U.S.-based groups, the World Conservation Society and WildAid, and
funded in part by the U.S. government, also aims to educate the local
community about the importance of wildlife. Animal populations in
the park have declined markedly in recent years, and only a dozen or
fewer tigers remain in the 846-square-mile area. Meanwhile, worries
about the wild population of the Siberian tiger in Russia are causing
conservationists and Russian authorities to prosecute poachers and
educate locals with renewed vigor.

straight to the source: Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Matthew
Pennington, 10.07.00
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environ/20001007/t000095441.html

straight to the source: CNN.com, 09.06.00
http://www.cnn.com/2000/NATURE/10/06/siberian.tigers/index.html


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GEORGE W. BUSH DOWN HOME

The backward state of Texas

by DANIEL LAZARE

Texas breaks all the records. It rates first for capital
punishment, second for size and population, last for public
spending, and it is nearly always behind in health care, racial
equality and protection of the environment. Two former presidents,
Lyndon Johnson and George H. Bush, come from Texas. Now it is
George W. Bush's turn to run for the White House.

http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/en/2000/09/14texas

Original text in English


Read also from: http://www.corpwatch.org/feature/election/goreoil.html

Greenbacks and Election Blues - Al Gore: The Other Oil Candidate

For thousands of years, the Kitanemuk Indians made their home in the Elk Hills of central California. Come February 2001, the last of the 100 burial grounds, holy places and other archaeological sites of the Kitanemuks will be obliterated by the oil drilling of Occidental Petroleum Company. Oxy's plans will "destroy forever the evidence that we once existed on this land," according to Dee Dominguez, a Kitanemuk whose great grandfather was a signatory to the 1851 treaty that surrendered the Elk Hills.

Occidental's planned drilling of the Elk Hills doesn't only threaten the memory of the Kitanemuk. Environmentalists say a rare species of fox, lizard and the kangaroo rat would also be threatened by Oxy's plans. A lawsuit has been filed under the Endangered Species Act. But none of that has given pause to Occidental or the politician who helped engineer the sale of the drilling rights to the federally-owned Elk Hills. That politician is Al Gore.

Gore recommended that the Elk Hills be sold as part of his 1995 "Reinventing Government" National Performance Review program. Gore-confidant (and former campaign manager) Tony Cohelo served on the board of directors of the private company hired to assess the sale's environmental consequences. The sale was a windfall for Oxy. Within weeks of the announced purchase Occidental stock rose ten percent.

That was good news for Gore. Despite controversy over Dick Cheney's plans to keep stock options if elected, most Americans don't know that we already have a vice president with oil company stocks. Before the Elk Hills sale, Al Gore controlled between $250,000-$500,000 of Occidental stock (he is executor of a trust that he says goes only to his mother, but will revert to him upon her death). After the sale, Gore began disclosing between $500,000 and $1 million of his significantly more valuable stock.

Nowhere is Al Gore's environmental hypocrisy more glaring than when it comes to his relationship with Occidental. While on the one hand talking tough about his "big oil" opponents and waxing poetic about indigenous peoples in his 1992 book "Earth in the Balance," the Elk Hills sale and other deals show that money has always been more important to Al Gore than ideals.

CLIP

Read the rest of this eye-opening article at http://www.corpwatch.org/feature/election/goreoil.html




Hugs

There's something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart;
It welcomes us back home
And makes it easier to part.

A hug's a way to share the joy
And sad times we go through,
Or just a way for friends to say
They like you 'cause you're you.

Hugs are meant for anyone
For whom we really care,
From your grandma to your neighbour,
Or a cuddly teddy bear.

A hug is an amazing thing -
It's just the perfect way
To show the love we're feeling
But can't find the words to say.

It's funny how a little hug
Makes everyone feel good;
In every place and language,
It's always understood.

And hugs don't need new equipment,
Special batteries or parts -
Just open up your arms
And open up your hearts.


Jill Wolf







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