October 23, 2003
Miscellaneous Subjects #196: Here is What Got my Attention
Because of other demands on my time here (book translation), it is very likely that I won't be able to dedicate as much time and attention towards compiling and networking material for you in the next several months. So please don't be surprise if my mega-compilations don't turn up as often as before in your email In-box. Likewise I won't be able to pay much attention to incoming emails. So don't expect any quick reply - unless you flag your personal correspondence to me as "URGENT" in the subject title.
In the meantime I'll do my utmost best to continue preparing the Meditation Focus as usual as this is a most vital global healing and peace-fostering work.
Love and Light to all of you.
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
This compilation is archived at http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/MiscelSubjects196.htm
"Mr. President, the Emperor has no clothes. This entire adventure in Iraq has been based on propaganda and manipulation. Eighty-seven billion dollars is too much to pay for the continuation of a war based on falsehoods."
- Remarks by U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd on Final Passage of Iraq Supplemental Appropriations Bill - More at http://truthout.org/docs_03/101903A.shtml
Worthy of your attention
The 9 Fires of Truth: Teachings of Universal Peace & Harmony with Raven http://www.spiritofnature.org/9fires.htm
As we view the world in its current state, noticing the war, the poverty, the disease, the grief, there is the tendency to lose hope. The 9 Fires of Truth restores the promise of Peace to humanity - both individually and as a species. The violet flame, at the center of the 9 Fires Peace Wheel, burns away the illusion of separation that exists between people because of nationality, color, sex, race, religion, economics, beliefs, or any other factors. The 9 Fires of Truth assist you to discover the Peace that resides in you. Being at peace means you are happy and content despite outward appearances. Inner peace means you are worry free, fear free, and conflict free. You are in harmony, balance, and One with all things. Join Raven in igniting the 9 Fires of Truth within yourself and for the world! We have reached a glorious time in the history of our world. We get to choose the future that we create. There have been times in our past when we made decisions based on fear, illusion and our belief in separation from creation. We know better now. We know that love is the more powerful choice. We have broken through the veils of illusion and we know that we are one with all of creation and the life force of our Creator. The 9 Fires of Truth, Teachings of Universal Peace and Harmony teach us to live in brotherhood and sisterhood with all of our relations and all of creation. Through the nine Fires we connect with and ignite the Fire of Creation, the violet flame that lies in the center of the Circle of Life. The Circle of Life encompasses all of creation. It is the sphere of our reality. All that we see around us is of the same beginnings, the same energy and the same creation. One cannot separate themselves from the whole, for if they were to do so they would no longer exist. We are all aspects of the One. CLIP - Much MORE at http://www.spiritofnature.org/9fires.htm
Geneva Forum, November 3 to 5
21 conferences to map the future - reaching out to traditional business people with a new higher consciousness - including a conference by Dr. M. EMOTO, famous for his pictures showing the effects of thoughts on crystallized water. Here is an excerpt from http://www.hado.net : What has put Dr. Emoto at the forefront of the Hado phenomenon is his proof that thoughts and feelings affect PHYSICAL reality. By producing different Hado through written and spoken words, as well as music and literally presenting it to the SAME water samples, the water appears to "change its expression". The exquisite beauty of the above crystal of frozen tap water is clearly the result of Hado being projected at it. The expression of human gratitude (arigatou) is thus immediately reflected in water. (CLIP) During his conference, people from all over the world are invited to focalize positive thoughts towards a glass of water he will have with him, and which he will presumably use to prove his point about the fact that water is a powerful energy carrier. To get more details on this event, contact "Thomas EGLI (GENEVA FORUM)" email@example.com> a long-time ERN subscriber.
1. Feedback on Rising Phoenix Series #25
2. Message from Matthew
3. United Nations Day Friday, October 24th
4. FDA just got control of food and dietary supplements
5. IERADIO correct URL
6. Bush Denies Torture at Guantanamo
7. Truth, Lies and the Legend of 9/11
8. North Sea faces collapse of its ecosystem
9. Millions Of Americans To Be Prohibited From Flying
10. European Directive Against Vitamins & Minerals
10 Dead, About 100 Injured in Israeli Raids (October 21)
Palestinians stand in the smoldering remains of a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City Monday, Oct. 20, 2003. Israeli F-16 warplanes on Monday attacked what the military said was a rocket workshop just 200 meters from the home of an Islamic Jihad leader, Abdullah Shami, who was not hurt. NUSSEIRAT REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip - In the bloodiest day in the Gaza Strip in months, Israeli warplanes and helicopters pounded militant targets Monday, killing 10 Palestinians, including seven in a refugee camp where a car was destroyed, and wounding about 100, including four children.
Senior Israeli pilot condemns air strikes that hit civilians (October 21)
HAMISH ROBERTSON: Israeli F-16 warplanes and Apache helicopters have been busy over the skies of Gaza, launching four separate strikes against Hamas targets in the space of a few hours. The attacks have killed at least six people, including two Hamas militants and a civilian bystander, and wounded more than 30 others, including a baby and several young children. In an interview with AM, one of Israel's most decorated fighter pilots has condemned air strikes which hit innocent civilians as "immoral" and "unlawful". Reserve Brigadier-General Yiftah Spector is the most senior of 27 Israeli airmen to sign a petition in which they say they no longer want to "obey illegal and immoral orders" or to take part in raids against populated civilians centres.
Israel vows to go on with fence, despite UN condemnation (October 20)
Israel vowed on Wednesday to press on with building a vast barrier in the West Bank despite a U.N. resolution condemning the project as a violation of international law and demanding it be halted.
Jewish Lobby Does 'Rule' The US (Oct 21)
Malaysia - "And why was there no attempt by the Western media to prove [Mahathir] wrong by showing that the Jews are not proxy rulers? Instead, they just indulged in bashing, name-calling and tagged him as anti-semitic." Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's opening speech at last week's Organisation of Islamic Conference Summit in Putrajaya has been criticised by many in the West as being anti-Jew, disgusting and repulsive. Is this a correct perception? No, really. Which bit of Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad's speech at the opening of OIC summit is inflammatory, offensive, repugnant and deserving of contempt? That he called on Muslims to use their brains and not just brawn to fight their enemies? That he told them to stop blowing themselves up? And not act out of anger as irrational acts only beget more violence? Or that the Malaysian leader told Muslims they could learn a lesson or two from the Jews? And that numbers alone do not make strength? This means unity - something the 1.3 billion Muslims lack and the few million Jews have. Or was it his remarks that the Jews have become arrogant and arrogant people make mistakes? Or that the Jews rule the world by proxy and get others to fight and die for them? Now, really, which of these are untrue?
Antiwar Activists To Revisit District (Oct 19)
Protesters from more than 135 cities in 38 states are expected to converge on Washington on Saturday, as busloads of antiwar demonstrators return to the capital for the first time since the fall of Baghdad in April. Organizers said the rally and march will draw tens of thousands from across the United States and Canada. It is the first event of its kind co-sponsored by two major antiwar coalitions, International ANSWER and United for Peace and Justice, both of which coordinated some of the country's biggest peace marches this year. The demonstration will coincide with a rally and march in downtown San Francisco. "The antiwar movement is becoming ascendant again; it's rising once more," ANSWER organizer Brian Becker said. "Our demonstration against the occupation on April 12 drew 30,000 people. We will draw substantially more than that for this demonstration." The gathering represents a resurgence of sorts of the antiwar movement, which had put its large-scale protests on hold in recent months as activists emphasized education over direct action. No major antiwar rally has been held in Washington since ANSWER's April protest.
Spending $87 Billion To Rebuild Iraq - Do The Numbers Add Up?
Check out our Q and A on Iraq and learn about who's benefiting as the country rebuilds:
U.S. Posts Record $374 Billion Budget Gap (October 20, 2003)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government posted its largest budget gap in history in the just-ended 2003 fiscal year, $374.22 billion in red ink, the Treasury Department said on Monday. That broke the previous record of more than $290 billion in the 1992 budget year. As a percentage of the economy, the deficit totaled 3.5 percent, the largest since 1993. In its final monthly budget statement for fiscal 2003, the Treasury also said the government posted a $26.38 billion surplus in September. Administration officials warned the deficit, which they blame on sluggish government revenues and rising expenses related to the war on terrorism, may be even larger in the current 2004 budget year, which began Oct. 1.
U.S. Ignores Soldiers' Killings of Civilians - Report
Washington, Oct 21 (IPS) - The U.S. military should be investigating the deaths of dozens of Iraqi civilians killed by its troops; instead, it is not even keeping track of their numbers, says a report released here Tuesday. In an investigation undertaken in late September, Human Rights Watch collected what it called credible reports of 94 civilian deaths at the hands of U.S. forces from May 1 to Oct. 1, all of which appear to have taken place in circumstances that warrant an official investigation.
Black Box Voting (Denouncing the BIG fraud of hidden vote tampering in the US)
Oct. 17, 2003 They've taken out BlackBoxVoting.com, the site owned by the Black Box Voting publisher, for the third time in a month. DOWNLOAD THE 9 CHAPTERS FOR FREE OF THIS TELL-IT-ALL BOOK... CHECK ALSO http://www.blackboxvoting.com
Princess Diana: Unpublished Documents pertaining to the "Car Accident Plot"
U.S. World Leader in Arms Sales, Saudi Arabia number 1 Buyer (Oct 15)
The United States sells more arms than any other country, and Saudi Arabia leads the world for buying arms among developing countries, a report from the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) said Wednesday. The United States holds a 40.3 percent market share in arms sales, raking in 10.241 billion dollars (8.8 billion euros) from sales in 2002, according to the IISS annual report "The Military Balance 2003-2004", on arms around the world. Saudi Arabia spent an estimated 5.2 billion dollars in 2002 buying weapons, despite having reduced arms purchases from the 1995-1998 period, the report said. Britain, the world's second-largest arms seller, sold 4.7 billion dollars worth of weapons in 2002 and has a 18.5 percent market share. It is followed by Russia (3.1 billion dollars and 12.2 percent market share) and Francebillion dollars and 7.1 percent market share). CLIP
Rev. Moon and the United Nations: A Challenge for the NGO Community (Nov 2001)
The organization of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon is seeking a major role in the NGO community at the United Nations. Three Moon groups have been granted formal NGO status and others have applied. The Moon organization has used the UN for conferences and for publicity events. Moon has held a mass-wedding in a UN conference room. A new Moon-sponsored umbrella group, known as the World Association of NGOs (WANGO), proposes itself as an authentic voice of the NGO community. The Moon organization (1) commands considerable financial resources. It has held lavish conferences, with participants from many countries. A number of government missions have lent their support. Dozens of well-known scholars, NGO representatives, politicians and diplomats have unwittingly taken part. At a time when many are asking questions about who NGOs represent and what role they should have in global governance, we must carefully examine this newcomer, especially since it lays claim to broad international legitimacy. (2) The Moon organization, as we shall show, is a strange admixture of religion, politics and business. It has confounded tax and oversight authorities by doing much of its financial transactions in cash and by using the mantle of religious freedom to shield itself from scrutiny. (...) Former President George Bush is the worlds best-known Moon-booster, for reasons that appear to mix ideology and cash. Bush has been reported to receive very large fees for his speeches at Moon events in many countries. In September 1995, Bush and his wife Barbara gave many speeches in Asia for the Moon-controlled Womens Federation for World Peace, including six events in Japan and further events in two other countries. (90) Also in 1995, he gave five speeches at Womens Federation events in Washington. (91) On May 23, 1996, Bush gave the keynote speech at a big conference in Washington DC sponsored by the Moon-controlled Youth Federation for World Peace and during the summer of the same year, he spoke at another conference in Washington sponsored by the Moon-controlled Family Federation for World Peace. (92) On November 23,1996, Bush spoke at the launch of the Moon-run Tiempos del Mundo newspaper in Buenos Aires. (93) Bush is reported to have accepted very large sums for these appearances more than $1 million total for the 95-96 series and possibly as much as $10 million. (94) The Bush-Moon partnership goes back to the Bush presidency (1989-92) and even before. A Frontline television special in 1992 reported that the Moon organizations sent out thirty million pieces of mail in support of the Bush 1988 campaign. (95) The Washington Times Foundation reportedly gave a $1 million contribution to the Bush Presidential Library. CLIP
The A-B-C of Popular Revolt - Or, How They Got Rid of a Tyrant in Bolivia
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA; OCTOBER 17, 2003: It wasnt a coup. It was the people. And nobody, not even Viceroy David Greenlee, could stop it. Gonzalo Goni Sánchez de Lozada had to resign from the Bolivian presidency after weeks of popular mobilizations, for having massacred the people, for lying and trying to hang on to power by all means necessary. Now, vigilant and festive in the streets, the Bolivian people are the live expression of a democracy constructed from below. In these sentences, kind readers, we will try to give you the clearest picture possible of what has occured in this country where the people have rewritten history...
Inhumane drug used in many executions (October 18)
The death penalty has once again made news. On Oct. 10, the European Union marked the first World Day Against the Death Penalty by calling for the worldwide abolition of capital punishment. The United States is in the company of, among others, Iran and Nigeria in using the death penalty to modify people's behavior.
Report: Army unit massacred 100s of Vietnamese civilians in 1967 (October 20)
TOLEDO, OHIO -- An elite unit of U.S. soldiers mutilated and killed hundreds of unarmed villagers over seven months in 1967 during the Vietnam War, and an Army investigation was closed with no charges filed, the Toledo Blade reported Sunday.
The 'war on terror' is being used as an excuse to further US energy interests in the Caspian (October 20)
Nearly two years ago, I travelled to Kyrgyzstan, the mountainous ex-Soviet republic in Central Asia, to witness a historical event: the deployment of the first American combat troops on former Soviet soil. As part of the Afghan campaign, the US air force set up a base near the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek. Brawny pioneers in desert camouflages were erecting hundreds of tents for nearly 3,000 soldiers. I asked their commander, a wiry brigadier general, if and when the troops would leave Kyrgyzstan (and its neighbour Uzbekistan, where Washington set up a second airbase). "There is no time limit," he replied. "We will pull out only when all al-Qaeda cells have been eradicated." Today, the Americans are still there and many of the tents have been replaced by concrete buildings. Bush has used his massive military build-up in Central Asia to seal the cold war victory against Russia, to contain Chinese influence and to tighten the noose around Iran. Most importantly, however, Washington - supported by the Blair government - is exploiting the "war on terror" to further American oil interests in the Caspian region. But this geopolitical gamble involving thuggish dictators and corrupt Saudi oil sheiks is only likely to produce more terrorists. The main spoils in today's Great Game are Caspian oil and gas. On its shores, and at the bottom of the Caspian Sea, lie the world's biggest untapped fossil fuel resources. Estimates range from 110 to 243bn barrels of crude, worth up to $4 trillion. According to the US department of energy, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan alone could sit on more than 130bn barrels, more than three times the US's reserves. Oil giants such as ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco and BP have already invested more than $30bn in new production facilities. (...) Although the US state department acknowledges that Uzbek security forces use "torture as a routine investigation technique", Washington last year gave the Karimov regime $500m in aid and rent payments for the US air base in Chanabad. The state department also quietly removed Uzbekistan from its annual list of countries where freedom of religion is under threat. CLIP
Curtains Ordered for Media Coverage of Returning Coffins (Oct 21)
Since the end of the Vietnam War, presidents have worried that their military actions would lose support once the public glimpsed the remains of U.S. soldiers arriving at air bases in flag-draped caskets. To this problem, the Bush administration has found a simple solution: It has ended the public dissemination of such images by banning news coverage and photography of dead soldiers' homecomings on all military bases.
PENTAGON ATTACK: The Missing Wings
More proof that AA Flight 77 did NOT hit the Pentagon
New Pentagon site
Jim Hoffman's new Pentagon site may be the finest analysis of the 9/11 Pentagon, according to John Kaminski firstname.lastname@example.org>
World Trade Center Wired For Internal Explosives?
(...) Various details analyzed and compiled by others, strongly support the view that the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City, on September 11, 2001, did not suddenly collapse shortly after something---an actual airplane, or a missile disguised with a hologram projection to simulate an airplane somehow hitting the Towers and each entire plane getting somehow swallowed up inside the buildings. Yet, aviation and engineering experts seriously doubt that a huge airplane, wings and tail, could penetrate the buildings hitting heavy reinforced pillars and such. Some question: how come the huge wings and tail, from vibration and impact, did not fall off to the ground below? How come Fire Department experts, on their walkie-talkies, stated that they got high up in one of the buildings; that the fire they saw was not that bad; and that other firemen should bring up hoses because the fire could easily be brought under control. Yet, shortly after making such a report, the buildings got pulverized and collapsed all the way down.
The Ghost of Adolph Hitler: Nazi Influence in America
Slide towards Fascism in America: The Emperor Has No Clothes, by US Senator Robert Byrd
Arnold Schwarznegger: "outspoken admirer of Hitler"
Nazi Eugenics based in U.S. Theory
China's Boom Adds to Global Warming Problem (Oct 22) http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/22/science/22WARM.html
ZHANJIANG, China - China's rapid economic growth is producing a surge in emissions of greenhouse gases that threatens international efforts to curb global warming, as Chinese power plants burn ever more coal while car sales soar. Until the last few months, many energy experts and environmentalists said, they had hoped that China's contribution to global warming would be limited. Its state-owned enterprises have become more efficient in their energy use as they compete in an increasingly capitalist economy, and until recently official Chinese statistics had been showing a steep drop in coal production and consumption. But new figures from Chinese government agencies confirm what energy industry executives had suspected: that coal use has actually been climbing faster in China than practically anywhere else in the world. To the extent that global warming is caused by humanity, as many scientists believe, this is a serious problem because burning coal at a power plant releases more greenhouse gases than using oil or natural gas to generate the same amount of electricity.
SAGE MAY MAKE YOU A SAGE (Aug 29)
NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND--British scientists say they've confirmed an age-old theory: sage can improve memory. Texts by herbalists in the Middle Ages show sage was believed to be good for memory and "quickening the senses." Many people drank sage teas and tinctures to boost their memory. A research team from the Universities of Newcastle and Northumbria carried out clinical trials with healthy, young adults using sage oil capsules. The British team tested 44 people aged 18 to 37. Some were given sage oil capsules and others, placebos. The volunteers took part in a word recall test and were tested at intervals to see how many words they could remember. They discovered those taking the pills performed significantly better in a word recall test. Sage is being investigated as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease, which affects about 10 million people worldwide. Researchers believe a combination of chemicals in sage could have an effect on an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase (AChE) the enzyme is inhibited in Alzheimer's patients. "This research does have serious implications for people suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, as it will inform drug research and development," said lead researcher Nicola Tildesley. Tildesley said more tests are needed to be carried out over a longer period of time. The study is published in the journal Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behaviour .
Information for the European Parliament on Aspartame
important article on BRAIN CELL DAMAGE due to Aspartame
Scientists Discover New, Clean Way to Generate Power from Water (Oct 20)
Scientists at the University of Alberta in Canada are creating a stir with their discovery of a clean and simple way to generate electricity by forcing water through narrow glass tubes, a finding being touted as the first completely new way to generate electricity in more than 160 years. According to research published this week in the latest issue of the "Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering," the process works by harnessing the natural energy created when a flowing liquid meets a solid surface. The work is in its early stages, say researchers Larry Kostiuk and Daniel Kwok, but by the end of the decade the process could be used to make "water batteries" to power mobile phones and other small electronic devices without using toxic materials or creating pollution. Eventually the system might be used for full-scale generation of clean power.
Unicef: Global Trade Keeps a Billion Children in Poverty