MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH


November 21, 2002

Miscellaneous Subjects #164: Rough Times Ahead


Hello everyone

There has been lots of important developments this week, many of which portends quite difficult challenges ahead. I've tried to make a round-up of the most important ones below for your consideration during your regular spiritual healing work.

Love and Light will prevail...

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

This compilation is archived at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2002/MiscelSubjects164.htm


"Inner peace comes from within, not from without. It is a connection to your deeper self, and it will assist you in letting go of fear. You can decide to stop being affected by the outer world and, instead, to affect the world around with your peace."

- Orin


"If I seem to take part in politics, it is only because politics encircles us today like the coil of a snake from which one cannot get out, no matter how much one tries. I wish therefore to wrestle with the snake.

- Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948 (Sent by Larry Morningstar - To receive his excellent Socio-Political Reports, send him an email with "subscribe" in it at mana7@opendoor.com)


"If you who are seeking love and truth cannot rise above the illusion of turmoil, how can those who are locked in it be helped? It is you who are empowered through the strength of your love, your commitment to truth, who will bring about the elevation of consciousness of those who are wracked in such fear that they would destroy the world rather than acknowledge their own terror."

- Emmanuel


"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, *always*."

- Mohandas Gandhi


CONTENTS

1. Comment on the magnetic pole shift article
2. Oil to Hit $80/Barrel in War Experts Warn Bush
3. You Are a Suspect
4. West Marin women strip for peace
5. Dangerous Days for the Internet
6. Claim that a UFO intervention prevented widespread meteor damage to Earth
7. SPAIN AND SUFFERING & CITES FOR SORE EYES & HYBRID VIGOR
8. Humor


See also:

Save Your Vaccination Rights
http://www.mercola.com/2002/nov/16/vaccination_rights.htm
Homeland Security Bill HR 5710 makes the smallpox vaccine mandatory for everyone -- no medical or religious exemptions -- and lets Eli Lily off the hook for thimerosol-based vaccines that may have caused disease. Tell your Senators NO to HR 5710 now! Needless to say how many deaths and diseases have been attributed to vaccines, add to that some very interesting reading on Army experiments of inserting a "viral pre-cursor" into a vaccine to make an individual predisposed in the future to Army-designed virus.

Homeland Bill Covers Smallpox Shot Liability (Nov 16)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61285-2002Nov15.html
U.S. Would Shield Firms, Health Workers

Osama is Under Your Bed (Nov 18 - Worth a read!)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/11.19A.wrp.obl.bed.htm

Ashcroft's Shadowy Disciple
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/11.21A.hentoff.disciple.htm

Iraq Says It Will Meet Disclosure Deadline
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/11.21D.iraq.list.htm

The voice of the people
http://www.simedia.org/new/voices-of-the-people.html
A summary of the major anti-war protests in cities across the world.

U.S. Taking Steps to Lay Foundation for Action in Iraq
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/11.20E.up.lay.iraq.htm

Arab media view on Iraq-US crisis
http://www.simedia.org/new/Arab-media.html
Arab media sources in London, Jordan, Karachi, Dakar and Jerusalem condemn the US march toward war on Iraq and attempts to dominate the Middle East.

Butler Accuses US of Nuclear Hypocrisy
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/11.20F.butler.nukes.htm
(...) What America totally fails to understand is that their weapons of mass destruction are just as much a problem as are those of Iraq.

U.S. Ponders Resumption of Nuke-Weapons Test
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/11.19F.nu.nuke.test.htm

Voices of reason
http://www.simedia.org/new/voices-of-reason.html
Several well-known people call for sanity in the hysteria over war with Iraq.

Mr. Resident -- A Perspective of Former Vice President Al Gore
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/11.19C.mundy.gore.htm

U.S. Fears Prosecution of President in World Court
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/11.19D.world.court.htm

Former Weapons Inspector Says War With Iraq Inevitable
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/11.18C.ritter.war.htm

Iraqi Oil, American Bonanza?
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/11.15A.msnbc.oil.htm

Iraqi Cancers, Birth Eefects Blamed on U.S. Depleted Uranium
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/11.15B.depleted.uranium.htm

Johannesburg World Summit impasse: searching for a glimmer of hope
http://www.simedia.org/new/jq_johnnesburg_world_summit.html
A report on the largest conference ever convened by the UN, highlighting plans for partnerships among and between businesses, NGOs and local community groups to aid developing nations.




1.

THIS IS IN REFERENCE TO "Sun's Rays to Roast Earth as Poles Flip" POSTED AT http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2002/MiscelSubjects162.htm

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002
From: Naia One Heart <oneheart@tmv.us>
Subject: Comment on the magnetic pole shift article

Comment from someone I know who has spent years studying the magnetic field and earth changes:

THERE IS NO EVIDENCE WHICH IS CONSISTENT WHICH SUGGESTS THAT THE MAGNETIC FIELD OF THE EARTH IS DECREASING OR INCREASING IN ANY KIND OF A TREND. CLAIMS TO THE CONTRARY ARE ALL RUMORS AND NEVER END UP IN A CITATION TO REAL DATA. IT CHANGES A LOT HISTORICALLY BUT THERE IS NO CYCLICITY IN IT AND ANOTHER RADICAL SHIFT IS NOT "DUE".

BUT IN FACT, THE MAGNETIC FIELD OF THE EARTH IS SO UNSTABLE NO COMPUTER PROJECTION IS USEFUL AFTER ABOUT THREE YEARS AND THUS ALL THE CHARTS AND MAGNETIC DATA HAVE TO BE CONTINUALLY UPDATED. NOBODY KNOWS WHAT IT IS GOING TO DO NEXT. THAT IS THE REAL WORLD. WHAT IS MOST INTERESING AT THE CURRENT TIME IS THE RADICAL SHIFT OF THE LOCATION OF THE MAGNETIC POLES MOVING CLOSER TO THE SPIN AXIS. IN MY MIND THAT WILL TEND TO INCREASE THE ADDITIVE HARMONIC FACTORS AND RESULT IN AN INCREASE IN THE STRENGTH OF THE FIELDS. BUT THAT IS JUST ANOTHER SPECULATION. ALL WE FLEAS CAN DO IS WATCH AND MAYBE IN A FEW MORE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS OUR WATCHING WILL HAVE ENOUGH DATABASE TO HAZARD A WORTHWHILE SCIENTIFIC PROJECTION.

The stuff discussed in the article below is about the speculations of rich kids playing with their toys in Universities. Just get your teddy bear off the floor, dear one, and snuggle up. It was just a bad dream.

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NOTE FROM JEAN: Those who want to check the credentials of Michael Mandeville who wrote this comment above may visit his website at http://www.michaelmandeville.com or subscribe to his Earth Changes bulletins at <earthchange-bulletins-subscribe@yahoogroups.com>




2.

NAIA ALSO SENT THIS...

Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002
From: Naia One Heart <oneheart@tmv.us>
Subject: Oil to Hit $80/Barrel in War Experts Warn Bush

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Crude oil prices could triple to $80 a barrel during the first quarter of next year and strangle the world economy under the worst case scenario of a U.S. attack Iraq, energy experts said today. Crude prices are likely to spike that high if Iraq destroys its oil facilities while retreating from U.S. forces, Iraq uses weapons of mass destruction, and key oil facilities in next door Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are damaged by Iraqi missiles. That is the conclusion of energy experts who met at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank (CSIS) to discuss the impact of a U.S. war against Iraq on the oil market.

Such a huge jump in oil prices would devastate the global economy, which is already struggling. "All you need is $40 oil to bring the economy to a complete standstill. If we have $80 oil we're going to be in the hole," said Adam Sieminski, global oil strategist at Deutsche Bank. Consumers would be hit with skyrocketing gasoline prices at the pump. The price crude oil accounts for about 44 percent of cost for a gallon of gasoline.

Commercial jet fuel prices might not take as bad a hit, because the U.S. military has been planning for an attack on Iraq and has stockpiled fuel for its fighter aircraft, the experts said. Under the worst case war scenario, after oil hit $80 a barrel in the first quarter prices would eventually decline to $60 in second quarter, and then fall to $50 in the third and fourth quarters, according to CSIS analysis.

Currently, a barrel of crude trades for about $26 at the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Bush administration could help calm the energy markets by announcing ahead of an attack on Iraq that it planned to release oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The reserve, which was created by Congress in the mid 1970s after the Arab oil embargo, currently holds 589 million barrels of oil in deep underground salt caverns located at four sites in Texas and Louisiana. "You have to be prepared to make an early release of the reserve," said Larry Goldstein, President of the Petroleum Industry Research Foundation. Goldstein said President George W. Bush would not have to actually draw down the emergency oil stockpile, because just the prospect of putting more crude in the market could stabilize prices.

"I think the simple announcement of our intent (to use the reserve) would go a long way to calm the market ... we don't even have to follow through," he said. Sieminski said Bush could wait until the war had begun to tap the reserve. "My fellow Americans our troops are in Iraq and by the way I'm releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve," Sieminski said about what Bush could tell the public at the start of an attack on Iraq.




3.

UNFORTUNATELY IT IS TOO LATE TO CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT THIS AS 90 U.S. SENATORS HAVE ALREADY VOTED FAVORABLY TUESDAY (only 9 opposed it!) ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY BILL CONTAINING A PROVISION FOR THE ORWELLIAN SCHEME DESCRIBED BELOW. EVEN AL GORE VIGOROUSLY DENOUNCED THIS IGNOMINOUS ATTACK AGAINST PRIVACY RIGHTS IN HIS INTERVIEW ON LARRY KING LIVE TUESDAY NIGHT.

From: http://www.truemajority.com/index.asp?action=2291&ms=priv3

Also from http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/11.16F.safire.you.htm

You Are a Suspect

By WILLIAM SAFIRE in The New York Times

WASHINGTON - If the Homeland Security Act is not amended before passage, here is what will happen to you:

Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend - all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as "a virtual, centralized grand database."

To this computerized dossier on your private life from commercial sources, add every piece of information that government has about you - passport application, driver's license and bridge toll records, judicial and divorce records, complaints from nosy neighbors to the F.B.I., your lifetime paper trail plus the latest hidden camera surveillance - and you have the supersnoop's dream: a "Total Information Awareness" about every U.S. citizen.

This is not some far-out Orwellian scenario. It is what will happen to your personal freedom in the next few weeks if John Poindexter gets the unprecedented power he seeks.

Remember Poindexter? Brilliant man, first in his class at the Naval Academy, later earned a doctorate in physics, rose to national security adviser under President Ronald Reagan. He had this brilliant idea of secretly selling missiles to Iran to pay ransom for hostages, and with the illicit proceeds to illegally support contras in Nicaragua.

A jury convicted Poindexter in 1990 on five felony counts of misleading Congress and making false statements, but an appeals court overturned the verdict because Congress had given him immunity for his testimony. He famously asserted, "The buck stops here," arguing that the White House staff, and not the president, was responsible for fateful decisions that might prove embarrassing.

This ring-knocking master of deceit is back again with a plan even more scandalous than Iran-contra. He heads the "Information Awareness Office" in the otherwise excellent Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which spawned the Internet and stealth aircraft technology. Poindexter is now realizing his 20-year dream: getting the "data-mining" power to snoop on every public and private act of every American.

Even the hastily passed U.S.A. Patriot Act, which widened the scope of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and weakened 15 privacy laws, raised requirements for the government to report secret eavesdropping to Congress and the courts. But Poindexter's assault on individual privacy rides roughshod over such oversight.

He is determined to break down the wall between commercial snooping and secret government intrusion. The disgraced admiral dismisses such necessary differentiation as bureaucratic "stovepiping." And he has been given a $200 million budget to create computer dossiers on 300 million Americans.

When George W. Bush was running for president, he stood foursquare in defense of each person's medical, financial and communications privacy. But Poindexter, whose contempt for the restraints of oversight drew the Reagan administration into its most serious blunder, is still operating on the presumption that on such a sweeping theft of privacy rights, the buck ends with him and not with the president.

This time, however, he has been seizing power in the open. In the past week John Markoff of The Times, followed by Robert O'Harrow of The Washington Post, have revealed the extent of Poindexter's operation, but editorialists have not grasped its undermining of the Freedom of Information Act.

Political awareness can overcome "Total Information Awareness," the combined force of commercial and government snooping. In a similar overreach, Attorney General Ashcroft tried his Terrorism Information and Prevention System (TIPS), but public outrage at the use of gossips and postal workers as snoops caused the House to shoot it down. The Senate should now do the same to this other exploitation of fear.

The Latin motto over Poindexter's new Pentagon office reads "Scientia Est Potentia" - "knowledge is power." Exactly: the government's infinite knowledge about you is its power over you. "We're just as concerned as the next person with protecting privacy," this brilliant mind blandly assured The Post. A jury found he spoke falsely before.

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I ALSO RECEIVED THIS FROM "Dave Hartley" <dave@localcomputermart.com>

Ron Paul in the US House of Representatives, November 13, 2002

Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.

Mr. Speaker, when the process of creating a Department of Homeland Security commenced, Congress was led to believe that the legislation would be a simple reorganization aimed at increasing efficiency, not an attempt to expand federal power. Fiscally conservative members of Congress were even told that the bill would be budget neutral! Yet, when the House of Representatives initially considered creating a Department of Homeland Security, the legislative vehicle almost overnight grew from 32 pages to 282 pages - and the cost had ballooned to at least $3 billion. Now we are prepared to vote on a nearly 500-page bill that increases federal expenditures and raises troubling civil liberties questions. Adding insult to injury, this bill was put together late last night and introduced only this morning. Worst of all, the text of the bill has not been made readily available to most members, meaning this Congress is prepared to create a massive new federal agency without even knowing the details. This is dangerous.

See also:

Byrd Assails Homeland Security Bill
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/11.20A.byrd.home.htm

Rehnquist Appointed Panel Clears Way for Widespread Domestic Surveillance
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/11.20C.fisa.reversal.htm




4.

SEE THE ATTACHED PICTURE PERTAINING TO THIS ARTICLE BELOW

Sent by Arzella Kay-Wheeler <arzellaw@comcast.net>

Point Reyes Light - November 14, 2002

West Marin women strip for peace

MAKING THEIR BODIES FIGURES OF SPEECH

West Marin women are serious enough about PEACE to spell it out. Wearing nothing but afternoon rain, 50 determined women lay down on Love Field near the Green Bridge Tuesday afternoon to literally embody PEACE and "show solidarity with the people of Iraq," said the organizers. "Women from all ages and walks of life took off their clothes, not because they are exhibitionists but because they felt it was imperative to do so," the organizers added. "They wanted to unveil the truth about the horrors of war, to commune in their nudity with the vulnerability of Iraqi innocents, and to shock a seemingly indifferent Bush Administration into paying attention." The coordinators, who came up with the idea only a day earlier, said that the coming together of this group on short notice was a testament to the seriousness with which the women view the threat of war with Iraq. "Remembering that tens of thousands of civilians have already died in Iraq as a result of US bombing and sanctions, these women are not convinced by Bush Administration fear mongering that one more person should die," organizers said. They hope the president and news media take notice.




5.

Sent by "Mark Graffis" <mgraffis@vitelcom.net>

From: http://www.strike-the-root.com/columns/Bottoms/bottoms26.html

Dangerous Days for the Internet

by John Bottoms

November 15, 2002

Gone are the days when the internet was just a toy of college students and disaffected young people. Today's internet is a throwback to the heady days of our nation's founding, with its passionate political debates on the great issues of the day. The rich diversity of opinions available on internet sites stands in stark contrast to our newspapers and television news, which for the most part march in lockstep with whomever has scrambled to the top of the current political pile. Taken as a whole, the internet is like Thomas Paine's Common Sense, which flamed the desire for freedom and independence in the American colonists. It is our last public institution that cares about liberty, or any idea for that matter.

Not just in the US, but all over the world, young people especially look to their favorite internet sites to get the facts, bypassing the vetted state-controlled propaganda organs, and are becoming bolder in their demands for a more liberal intellectual environment. The internet may be the last truly independent medium for keeping the public informed, but a dangerously "loose cannon" to our power elites.

The internet is more of a threat to the status quo than any medium of communication since printing became economical hundreds of years ago, especially with the likelihood of war, economic chaos, and political dissent in our near future. In the recent worldwide anti-war demonstrations, the internet was critical in orchestrating "a sudden outpouring of opposition not coordinated or championed by any one group, any prominent politicians or media outlets, or even any well-established advocacy network. It seemed to materialize from thin air." And during the congressional debate on the Bush war resolution, "House and Senate members were deluged with emails, faxes, petitions and phone calls from literally hundreds of thousands of constituents, most of them initiated by online campaigns."

But the internet's threat is not just as a medium of political dissent. A book by Syrian author Ahmed Zeidan claims that Al Qaeda is spreading its terrorist messages through Arabic websites, and recently reiterated in the mainstream news.

Not surprisingly, authorities worldwide are responding to the loss of their propaganda monopoly by trying to restrict this free flow of information.

The EU's hook into internet control is "hate speech." Buried in its prohibitions on racial prejudice is an attempt to outlaw sites which "deny, minimize, approve or justify crimes against humanity," which could easily include critics of the US War on Terrorism.

The Chinese government is using a deadly fire at an underground Beijing internet café to enforce the licensing of such establishments, including identification of all users and records of which sites they visit. Of course, the dangerously limited egress and locked doors of the café were only needed to allow the patrons to momentarily escape the prying eyes of the government, which may have started this most convenient of fires.

The Saudi government, probably the world's leading internet censor, has spent the last two years ensuring that all internet traffic flows through state-controlled bottlenecks, where they can deny access to "unsuitable" websites.

Responding to the recent Moscow theater hostage crisis, our Russian "allies" have implemented a policy of shutting down news media which don't tow the party line "during terror crises" like the recent incident.

Meanwhile, our Australian friends continue their journey to the dark side, now threatening to block their citizens' access to websites used to organize political protests, part of a major national crackdown on internet "crime."

And what of the US in these days of Ashcroftian zero tolerance?

Here too, there are signs of growing government impatience with internet freedom. Back in early 2001, our government's interests leaned toward using the internet as a tool of freedom, funding "Triangle Boy" software to help Chinese users bypass their government's restrictions on internet access. But times have changed, and funding for the project was cancelled shortly after 9-11.

More ominous, with the recently hyped melding of the Drug War into the Terror War, drug law enforcement is the perfect excuse to limit internet freedom. Last December, the National Drug Intelligence Center listed drug offenders, drug-culture advocates, advocates of an expanded freedom of expression, and anarchist individuals and groups [emphasis mine] as subjects of expanded scrutiny. The latter two groups are purely political designations, having nothing to do with illegal drug use or illegal activity of any kind. The NDIC's report describes plans to investigate and surveil such groups and individuals, but stops just short of police action, for now.

Recent fortuitously timed attacks on the internet, which may have originated in the US and South Korea (home to a large US government presence), have given a big push to the new Cyber Security Enhancement Act (CSEA), which tasks Ashcroft's people with protecting the internet and creates a "National Infrastructure Protection Center" to carry out the mission. But the line between protecting and controlling is slim indeed; consider our airports.

Of course, there's lots of historical precedent for government crackdowns on free speech, especially during times of war. During the Civil War, Lincoln shut down newspapers all across the US, and even jailed uncooperative journalists, editors and publishers. Starting in 1917, Woodrow Wilson arrested those who protested his war, along with those thought to be communists or anarchists. Even during the early years of our country, the 1798 Sedition Act attempted to silence political opposition to the Federalist Party's agenda.

Both history and recent events here and abroad make clear the peril facing free speech on the internet. This last bastion of public political dissent may remain safe only as long as big government/big media are able to sway a majority to their side. So far their propaganda campaign is working well enough that voters declined to throw the warmongering Republicans out of office (though given the alternative, who can really blame them?). But the risks are growing since they are barely able to maintain majority support, even with their full court press in preparation for the imminent Iraq attack.

If the Terror War starts to go badly (which is all but certain), and the survival of the empire-building police-statists who now infest the government in Washington depends on controlling the message, they know they'll have to shut us down. The groundwork has been laid, and it's again time to pay the price of freedom with our vigilance as we enter this dangerous period in our nation's history.




6.

Forwarded by Palden Jenkins <palden.jenkins@btopenworld.com>)

Subject: Claim that a UFO intervention prevented widespread meteor damage to Earth.

Just received this from a Turkish UFO society that I can vouch for as being engaged in serious research. Their name derives from their belief that most of the UFO contacts come from the Sirius constellation.

Please do look at their site and read the pilots' declarations. I don't see how this could be a spoof.

If this is authentic, the ramifications are mind-boggling and the information should be widely disseminated. But first, I'd really like to know what you make of it.

Maybe the evidence does not clearly enough point to the break-up of a meteor; could have been some other phenomenon? How does one check?

Best wishes,

Alick Bartholomew

--- Original Message ---

From: Sirius UFO Space Sciences Research Center, Istanbul <info@siriusufo.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2002

"BREAKING NEWS"

WORLD EXCLUSIVE

(EXTRAORDINARY DEVELOPMENT ABOUT THE CASE OF UNIDENTIFIED LUMINOUS OBJECTS THAT WAS WITNESSED AND REPORTED BY SEVERAL PILOTS ON NOVEMBER 1, 2002 IN TURKEY )

A METEOR THAT ENTERED INTO THE ATMOSPHERE AND THAT WOULD POSSIBLY WREAK HAVOC ON EARTH WAS BROKEN INTO PIECES AND RENDERED INEFFECTIVE BY A U F O BEFORE IT HIT.

THE INCIDENT WHICH COULD BE CONSIDERED AS ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT EVENTS IN HISTORY OF MANKIND, WAS WITNESSED BY A TOTAL OF 6 DIFFERENT AIRLINER CREWS (4 IN THE AIR, 2 FROM THE GROUND) AND SEVERAL PEOPLE FROM THE GROUND AND WAS FILMED BY AN AMATEUR CAMERA.

THIS HISTORICAL EVENT WHICH DISCLOSES THE REALITY OF THE EXISTENCE OF EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE HAS BEEN SUBJECTED TO IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS BY OUR RESEARCH CENTER FOR 15 DAYS.

FOR THE DETAILS ABOUT THE INCIDENT, WRITTEN TESTIMONIES BY PILOTS AND THE OTHER WITNESSES INVOLVED, DRAWINGS, ANIMATIONS, VIDEO FOOTAGE AND THE ANALYSIS OF THIS INCIDENT GO TO http://www.siriusufo.org or http://www.siriusufo.org/engnews/haber.htm

Sirius UFO Space Sciences Research Center & International U F O Museum

Address: Buyuk Parmakkapi Sk: No: 14 Kat: 1-2 Beyoglu - Istanbul / TURKEY
Tel: 90- 212- 252 86 46 or 90-212- 252 86 82
Fax: 90- 212- 252 87 07
E-mail: info@siriusufo.org
Web-site: http://www.siriusufo.org




7.

WEEKLY GRIST
14 Nov-20 Nov 2002
http://www.gristmagazine.com

CLIP

3.
SPAIN AND SUFFERING
An oil tanker carrying twice as much oil as was lost by the Exxon Valdez in 1989 split in two yesterday and sank in the Atlantic Ocean, threatening to cause an environmental disaster on the Spanish coast 133 miles away. The tanker "Prestige" first ran into trouble almost a week ago when its hull cracked in a storm; even before today's development, oil had been pouring from the boat, landing as thick sludge on seashores. Thousands of birds and fish are caked with the stuff, and fishing in the region has been banned. Some observers are hoping that the oil on the now-sunken ship remains encased in containers or that cold temperatures will solidify the oil and keep it resting on the ocean floor. Environmentalists and many fishers, however, weren't so hopeful. Maria Jose Caballero of Greenpeace said, "It's a time bomb at the bottom of the sea."

New York Times, Emma Daly, 19 Nov 2002
http://www.gristmagazine.com/forward.pl?forward_id=716

ABCNews.com, Associated Press, 19 Nov 2002
http://www.gristmagazine.com/forward.pl?forward_id=713

CLIP

5.
CITES FOR SORE EYES
The 12th Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species wrapped up last Friday in Santiago, Chile, where it had been taking place over the previous two weeks. Outcomes include looser rules on trade in elephant ivory, increased protections for the whale shark and basking shark, and more stringent restrictions on trade in mahogany wood. Alas, the overfished Patagonian toothfish (aka Chilean sea bass) was not granted additional CITES protections. Grist diarist, Andrew Katkin, a National Environmental Trust staffer, ventured down to Santiago to lobby for the toothfish (which, it must be conceded, is one ugly fish). Learn the ins and outs of the conference, only on the Grist Magazine website.

Elephants never forget -- a week in the life of Andrew Katkin, National Environmental Trust
http://www.gristmagazine.com/dearme/katkin111102.asp

CLIP

7.
HYBRID VIGOR
The Bush administration recently gave its stamp of approval to an auto industry lawsuit intended to slow the spread of fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles in California. Does this demonstrate the administration's fundamental opposition to hybrids? Au contraire -- the White House is chock-full of them. From the Vice President-Oil Biz-CEO Hybrid to the National Security Advisor-Chevron Hybrid, there are endless models from which to choose. To gain a full understanding of the future of hybrid technology, come on down and check out Mark Fiore's satirical animation, only on the Grist Magazine website.

The Bush administration embraces hybrid technology -- animation by Mark Fiore in our Soapbox section
http://www.gristmagazine.com/soapbox/fiore111502.asp

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8.

TOTALLY HILARIOUS

From: "SUSAN ZIPP" <suezipp@mcn.org>
Subject: Humor
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002

Dear Jean,

With such heavy global news, I thought your readers might enjoy a light touch of humor. Please continue your great efforts in good health!

Warmly, Sue

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Playwright Jim Sherman wrote this after Hu Jintao was named chief of the Communist Party in China.

HU'S ON FIRST

By James Sherman

(We take you now to the Oval Office.) w/George Bush and Condi Rice

George: Condi! Nice to see you. What's happening?

Condi: Sir, I have the report here about the new leader of China.

George: Great. Lay it on me.

Condi: Hu is the new leader of China.

George: That's what I want to know.

Condi: That's what I'm telling you.

George: That's what I'm asking you. Who is the new leader of China?

Condi: Yes.

George: I mean the fellow's name.

Condi: Hu.

George: The guy in China.

Condi: Hu.

George: The new leader of China.

Condi: Hu.

George: The Chinaman!

Condi: Hu is leading China.

George: Now whaddya' asking me for?

Condi: I'm telling you Hu is leading China.

George: Well, I'm asking you. Who is leading China?

Condi: That's the man's name.

George: That's who's name?

Condi: Yes.

George: Will you or will you not tell me the name of the new leader of China?

Condi: Yes, sir.

George: Yassir? Yassir Arafat is in China? I thought he was in the Middle East.

Condi: That's correct.

George: Then who is in China?

Condi: Yes, sir.

George: Yassir is in China?

Condi: No, sir.

George: Then who is?

Condi: Yes, sir.

George: Yassir?

Condi: No, sir.

George: Look, Condi. I need to know the name of the new leader of China. Get me the Secretary General of the U.N. on the phone.

Condi: Kofi?

George: No, thanks.

Condi: You want Kofi?

George: No.

Condi: You don't want Kofi.

George: No. But now that you mention it, I could use a glass of milk. And then get me the U.N.

Condi: Yes, sir.

George: Not Yassir! The guy at the U.N.

Condi: Kofi?

George: Milk! Will you please make the call?

Condi: And call who?

George: Who is the guy at the U.N?

Condi: Hu is the guy in China.

George: Will you stay out of China?!

Condi: Yes, sir.

George: And stay out of the Middle East! Just get me the guy at the U.N.

Condi: Kofi.

George: All right! With cream and two sugars. Now get on the phone.

(Condi picks up the phone.)

Condi: Rice, here.

George: Rice? Good idea. And a couple of egg rolls, too. Maybe we should send some to the guy in China. And the Middle East. Can you get Chinese food in the Middle East?




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