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January 17, 2003

The Writing On The Wall Series #12: Holy Bush!!! Baring it All - The Underlying Thinking of the Beastmaster


Hello everyone

Here is a final compilation for this very busy week. And not an easy on to consider...

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

This compilation is archived at
http://www.EarthRainbowNetwork.com/Archives2003/WritingWall12.htm


Do not fear the winds of adversity. Remember: A kite rises against the wind rather than with it.


"In the days ahead we must not consider it unpatriotic to raise certain basic questions about our national character. We must begin to ask, 'Why are there forty million poor people in a nation overflowing with such unbelievable affluence? Why has our nation placed itself in the position of being God's military agent on earth...? Why have we substituted the arrogant undertaking of policing the whole world for the high task of putting our own house in order?'"

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr -- Check at http://www.sojo.net/action/index.cfm/action/pray.html for info on their planned peace activities on Martin Luther King Day, Jan 20, 2003


"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."

- Galadriel


CONTENTS

1. Bush's Armageddon Obsession, Revisited
2. The Pentagon's Plan to Create Mutant "Super-Soldiers"
3. THE SECRET COVENANT
4. The Latest News about "Bowling for Columbine"


See also:

Women Bare All in the Name of Peace (Jan 17) http://dailynews.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=573&ncid=757&e=1&u=/nm/20030117/od_nm/nude_dc
Donna Sheehan wants to stop what she believes is the U.S. military's naked aggression in Iraq by taking off her clothes and getting women across the world to do the same. CLIP

"Let us bring Martin Luther King's peace to the January peace march" (Jan 12)
http://www.yt.org/article.php?sid=985
Very few people are aware that Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out strongly against U.S. foreign policy. The history books have been careful to only explain how Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out for civil rights. But MLK said in 1967, "The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government... For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent." Keiler Hook has written a wonderful article showing the other half of Martin Luther King, Jr. The half that spoke out for innocents everywhere in the world, regardless of their citizenship.

Anti-war movement broadening (Jan 17) (Exciting good news!)
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-01-16-protests-usat_x.htm

I'm an ex-marine recruiting human shields
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2664297.stm

Not Another Draft! (Jan 2)
http://www.counterpunch.org/kyer01022003.html
On January 1, 2003 Representative Charles Rangel (D, NY), announced his intentions to Elite America to introduce legislation reinstating the draft, bringing new fears to the New Year's Day faces of many Generation "X"ers. What a way to begin 2003 ? with involuntary servitude back on the table and a looming Iraq war!

Bush First Mentioned Attacking Iraq in 1999
http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0301/S00059.htm

Iraqi bishop questions whether war isn't all about oil (Jan 9)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030109/ap_wo_en_po/eu_gen_vatican_iraq_1
Christians represent about 5 percent of Iraq's 22 million population and live mainly in Baghdad and the north.

A Crime, Not a War (Jan 12)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/011303A.ma.war.crime.htm
War is borne of irreconcilable differences between nations. Brazen military aggression is a crime against humanity.

U.S. Force in Gulf Is Said to Be Rising to 150,000 Troops (Jan 12)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/011303C.force.150K.htm

So, Now Bigger Is Better? (Jan 12)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/011403E.broder.bigger.htm
When George W. Bush was running for president, he did not campaign as an enemy of the federal government. But he claimed that he would limit its growth and power. And he derided his opponent, Al Gore, as an advocate of "big government." (...) Now that Bush is running the federal government, its size doesn't bother him so much. Two years after taking office, Bush is presiding over the biggest, most expensive federal government in history. (...) Gone is the Bush who spoke of "humility" in foreign affairs and warned against "nation-building" and overextending America's military. Now the administration talks about meeting America's "unparalleled responsibilities" as it maintains a quarter-million troops abroad, garrisons in more than two dozen countries and smaller detachments in 114 others. As it does so, the administration must reinforce the military and intelligence infrastructure here to help sustain missions abroad. CLIP

Washington's Nuclear Policy: Moral Clarity or Double Standards? (Jan 10)
http://www.counterpunch.org/khan01102003.html
Have you ever seen an alcoholic preaching abstinence and advocating prohibition? Just listen to President George W. Bush lecturing the world on the threat from Iraq and North Korea and on the virtues of nuclear non-proliferation. He is the commander-in-chief of a military force that not only possesses and maintains nearly 10,000 nuclear weapons but also boasts an array of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological arsenals. The American position on nuclear weapons is rife with hypocrisy and layered with double standards. The U.S. is the number one proliferator of weapons in terms of marketing. Even in regions such as the Middle East where peace is deemed crucial to American interests, America is the top exporter of advanced weapons including strategic fighters (such as F-16s) and missiles to both sides--Israel and Arabs. The U.S. sold nearly $13.9 billion in weaponry to governments, and licensed nearly $30 billion in commercial sales in 2001. If the next Arab-Israeli war involves vastly more sophisticated and dangerous weapons than ever before, we will have only the U.S. to thank for it. CLIP

Chutzpahgate: Is This the End of Sharon? (Jan 10)
http://www.counterpunch.org/hughes01102003.html
Maybe, there is a God! How else can you account for the fact that Ariel Sharon might lose the January 28th election? He might even go to jail, or at least pay a fine, if the state can prove its case against him for electoral hanky panky.

"National Sanctity of Life Day" (January 17)
http://yt.org/article.php?sid=996
If you are not already aware, Israel's intelligence agency, the Mossad, has been granted permission by the Bush administration to find and kill those who they deem as "terrorists." The major change, however, is that Mossad is now allowed to do so on American soil. The Mossad can find those they consider "terrorists" inside the United States and do what they want with them.

Israel might assassinate terrorists in U.S.
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-meast16.html

New Chairman of 9/11 Commission had business ties with Osama's Brother in Law http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO212A.html

CNN Hoping for Restored Glory
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/30/business/media/30MEDI.html

Smallpox in America: Into the Garden of Delights
http://www.truthout.org/docs_02/011503A.jvb.smlpox.htm
(...) When we give government the power to make medical decisions for us, we in essence accept that the state owns our bodies. The possibility that the federal government could order vaccines is real. Provisions buried in the 500-page homeland security bill give federal health bureaucrats virtually unchecked power to declare health emergencies. CLIP




1.

From: http://www.counterpunch.org/hill01042003.html

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory

Bush's Armageddon Obsession, Revisited

by MICHAEL ORTIZ HILL

"We are lived by forces we scarcely understand," wrote W.H. Auden. What forces live us now as America again torques toward war?

George W. Bush is certainly the plaything of such forces as the geopolitics of oil but it seems that he is susceptible to other even darker archetypal concerns. Let me be blunt. The man is delusional and the shape of his delusion is specifically apocalyptic in belief and intent. That Bush would attack so many vital systems on so many fronts from foreign policy to the environment may seem confusing from the point of view of realpolitik but becomes transparent in terms of the apocalyptic worldview to which he subscribes. All systems are supposed to go down so the Messiah can come and Bush, seemingly, has taken on the role of the one who brings this to pass.

The Reverend Billy Graham taught Bush to live in anticipation of the Second Coming but it was his friendship with Dr. Tony Evans that shaped Bush's political understanding of how to deport himself in an apocalyptic era. Dr. Evans, the pastor of a large Dallas church and a founder of the Promise Keepers movement taught Bush about "how the world should be seen from a divine viewpoint," according to Dr. Martin Hawkins, Evans assistant pastor.

S.R. Shearer of Antipas Ministries writes, "Most of the leaders of the Promise Keepers embrace a doctrine of 'end time' (eschatology), known as 'dominionim.' Dominionism pictures the seizure of earthly (temporal) power by the 'people of God' as the only means through which the world can be rescued.... It is the eschatology that Bush has imbibed; an eschatology through which he has gradually (and easily) come to see himself as an agent of God who has been called by him to 'restore the earth to God's control', a 'chosen vessel', so to speak, to bring in the Restoration of All Things." Shearer calls this delusion, "Messianic leadership"-- that is to say usurping the role usually ascribed to the Messiah.

In Bush at War Bob Woodward writes, "Most presidents have high hopes. Some have grandiose visions of what they will achieve, and he was firmly in that camp."

"To answer these attacks and rid the world of evil," says Bush. And again, "We will export death and violence to the four corners of the earth in defense of this great nation." Grandiose visions. Woodward comments, "The president was casting his mission and that of the country in the grand vision of Gods Master Plan."

In dominionism we can see the theological source of Bush's monomania. Not to be distracted by the fact that he lost the popular election by a half a million votes, that the Joint Chief of Staff at the Pentagon were so concerned about his plans to invade Iraq that they leaked their unanimous objection, that he has systematically alienated much of the world, that roughly seventy percent of Americans remain unconvinced of the imminent threat of Saddam Hussein and the same percentage object to war if there will be significant American casualties--none of this is in the least relevant. He believes his mandate toward action is from God.

CLIP

See also:

Bush's Armageddon Obsession (October 23, 2002)
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=14364
I'd become accustomed to George W. Bush's use of the word "evil" until he told the nation this last spring, "The evil one is among us." Anyone with a passing understanding of the evangelical world of Bush' faith knows he was referring to the Antichrist. The implications of this are grave beyond telling and yet scarcely ever noted in the public discourse. On the eve of a misguided war the Commander in Chief of the most powerful military force in human history has located American foreign policy within a Biblical narrative that leads inexorably towards the plains of Megiddo, roughly fifty five miles northwest of Jerusalem: the battle of Armageddon. Two essential questions, as impertinent as they are imperative, need to be asked: Mr. President, as a born-again Christian is it not true that you regard this as the end times prophesied in the Bible? In what way does your religious understanding of apocalypse inform American policy in the Mideast? There are many aspects to the fundamentalist understanding of the end of days not the least being the conversion of the Jews to the true Messiah before the final battle. In Bush' political autobiography ("A Charge to Keep") he places himself squarely in the mainstream of evangelical thought. Recounting his pilgrimage to the Holy Land Bush writes of entering into the waters of Galilee in the apparent baptism of "a Jewish friend." It was then that the hymn came to his mind: "Now the time is approaching /By prophets long foretold /When all shall dwell together /One Shepherd and one fold /Now Jew and Gentile meeting /From many a distant shore /Around an altar kneeling /One common Lord adore"

CLIP




GORY INHUMANITY - TURNING POOR KIDS INTO FRANKENKILLERS

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From: Anni von Maltzan <MerFaeriel@aol.com>
Date: 14 Jan 2003
Subject: The Pentagon's Plan to Create Mutant "Super-Soldiers"

As it is, the common run of American soldiers seem robotic enough! Every day on the cable news, there are interviews with stoic departing soldiers and their wives. Usually cleancut white boys. They all speak as though they've gone through some sort of intensive voice coaching and have acquired this 'military accent' - flat, monotonous, emotionless. Devoid of feeling or real intelligence. "Yes, ma'am, I'm gonna miss my family, and we don't know how long we're gonna be there, but I'm gwanna do my duty and protect my country. No, I don't know where we're going exactly." It just amazes me how resigned and unquestioning they sound! You look at their blank, deadpanned faces and there is no spiritual energy there, no auric liveliness, no real individuality. It is so obvious that they are thoroughly brainwashed, mind-controlled! One has to feel so sorry for them -- and just utterly disgusted, that they are exploited this way. Trained and used as expendable killing machines by these vicious old geezers in the administration and Pentagon! Very, very sad. 

Anni :º)

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From: http://www.counterpunch.org/floyd01132003.html

January 13, 2003

Monsters, Inc.

by CHRIS FLOYD <cfloyd72@hotmail.com>

The great wizard, leader of the Wise, once known to all the world as a force for good, has turned bitter, fearful--and ambitious. Aping the ways of the evil he once fought--brutality, dominance, greed, terror--he descends to his secret laboratory, where, with black arts of alchemy and fiendish technology, he breeds a race of mutant warriors, "iron bodied and iron willed": fierce fighters who can attack day and night, without rest, their combat spirit kept soaring by spikes of lightning from the wizard's wand.

A scene from Tolkein's Lord of the Rings, where the corrupted wizard Saruman fashions his monstrous Uruk-Hai to wage a relentless, remorseless war for dominion? No; unfortunately it's a very real scheme now being pursued by the Pentagon, whose dope wizards and gene splicers are working on the creation of the "Extended Performance War Fighter," the Daily Telegraph and Christian Science Monitor report.

Pentagon dark lord Donald Rumsfeld is shoveling billions of tax dollars into the research furnaces of federal laboratories and private universities across the land in the wide-ranging effort to spawn "super soldiers," fired by drugs and electromagnetic "brain zaps" to fight without ceasing for days on end. The work is being directed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)--yes, the same outfit now laboring under convicted terrorist-conspirator John Poindexter to build the "Total Information Awareness" network that will allow the government to monitor the electronic records and communications of every citizen.

The DARPA "war fighter enhancement" programs--an acceleration of bipartisan biotinkering that's been going on for years--will involve injecting young men and women with hormonal, neurological and genetic concoctions; implanting microchips and electrodes in their bodies to control their internal organs and brain functions; and plying them with drugs that deaden some of their normal human tendencies: the need for sleep, the fear of death, the reluctance to kill their fellow human beings.

The research is "very aggressive and wide open," says Admiral Stephen Baker of the Center for Defense Information. Indeed, the U.S. Special Operations Command envisions the creation of "iron bodied and iron willed personnel" who can "resist the mental and physiological effects of sleep deprivation" while relying on "ergogenic substances" to "manage" the "environmental and mentally induced stress" of the battlefield. Their bodies juiced, their brains swaddled in Prozacian haze, the enhanced warfighters can churn relentlessly, remorselessly toward dominion.

And the term "creation" is not just fanciful rhetoric: some of the research now underway involves actually altering the genetic code of soldiers, modifying bits of DNA to fashion a new type of human specimen, one that functions like a machine, killing tirelessly for days and nights on end. These mutations will "revolutionize the contemporary order of battle" and guarantee "operational dominance across the whole range of potential U.S. military employments," the DARPA wizards enthuse.

Of course, the Pentagon is not waiting on sci-fi technology to enhance the physical abilities of its warfighters; old-fashioned off-the-shelf "additives" have long been shoved down soldiers' throats. For example, the use of amphetamines for pilots has been widespread for decades; during the first Bush-Saddam War, whole squadrons were cranked up on the stuff. Not only is the gobbling of speed officially sanctioned, it's actively encouraged, even implicitly mandated--careers can be derailed for pilots who refuse to drug themselves.

The results of this dope-peddling were clearly seen on the new imperial frontier of Afghanistan last spring, when two U.S. pilots--hopped up on speed--killed four Canadian allies in a "friendly fire" bombing raid. The pilots, now facing legal charges, say Air Force brass pressured them into taking the mind-altering drug before the fatal flight.

But such glitches are inevitable in any grand scientific undertaking, and DARPA remains undeterred in its bold quest to "push the limits of human input/output," advance the "symbiotic relationship between man and machine," and customize "pharmaceutical technology" to "embolden the warfighter and his superiors," as military scientists declared at a Pentagon-sponsored conference on "future warfare."

What happens to the burnt-out husks of these "iron" soldiers after their minds and bodies have been eaten way by relentless modification and ceaseless toil is, of course, of no concern to the Bush Regime. Even now, the White House is cutting back on health benefits to military veterans--even going so far as to order veterans hospitals not to advertise their available services, lest broken soldiers actually seek to claim the promise of support their government once gave them. For men like Bush--protected scions of privilege who sit out wars in safety, in booze-addled luxury--such promises are just cynical sucker ploys, aimed at coaxing decent soldiers into acting as the hitmen of empire, then discarding them when they're no longer needed.

How very strange it is: those who want to turn American soldiers into mindless, drug-addled mutants and send them off to kill and die in far-flung wars of imperial conquest are seen as patriots, noble leaders, doing the will of God; while those who would rather see these good men and women called home, treated with honor and respect--their talents and dedication applied solely to the defense of their own great country, not pressed into the service of a greedy, rapacious elite--are denounced as "traitors," "anti-American agitators," "allies of terrorism."

But such is the inversion of values--the wisdom gone astray and turned to fell practice--that now rules in Bush's Washington, and in the Pentagon's fiery crucibles of war.




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THE NAKED TRUTH ABOUT THE INTENTS AND MINDSET OF THE FEW ELITE FAMILIES TRYING TO ENTIRELY CONTROL THE WORLD UNDER THE DARK INFLUENCE OF THEIR OWN INVISIBLE TORMENTORS. SEE ALSO "The controlling Elite network" CHART AT http://www.2012.com.au/Elite_Network.html - THIS IS IN SOME WAYS AKIN TO THE "MATRIX" BUT IT IS REAL -- AND YET MERELY AN ILLUSION... SOON TO BE DISPELLED!

From: http://www.bankindex.com/read.asp?ID=861

THE SECRET COVENANT

An illusion it will be, so large, so vast it will escape their perception.

Those who will see it will be thought of as insane.

We will create separate fronts to prevent them from seeing the connection between us.

We will behave as if we are not connected to keep the illusion alive. Our goal will be accomplished one drop at a time so as to never bring suspicion upon ourselves. This will also prevent them from seeing the changes as they occur.

We will always stand above the relative field of their experience for we know the secrets of the absolute.

We will work together always and will remain bound by blood and secrecy. Death will come to he who speaks.

We will keep their lifespan short and their minds weak while pretending to do the opposite.

We will use our knowledge of science and technology in subtle ways so they will never see what is happening.

We will use soft metals, aging accelerators and sedatives in food and water, also in the air.

They will be blanketed by poisons everywhere they turn.

The soft metals will cause them to lose their minds. We will promise to find a cure from our many fronts, yet we will feed them more poison.

The poisons will be absorbed trough their skin and mouths, they will destroy their minds and reproductive systems.

From all this, their children will be born dead, and we will conceal this information.

The poisons will be hidden in everything that surrounds them, in what they drink, eat, breathe and wear.

We must be ingenious in dispensing the poisons for they can see far.

We will teach them that the poisons are good, with fun images and musical tones.

Those they look up to will help. We will enlist them to push our poisons.

They will see our products being used in film and will grow accustomed to them and will never know their true effect.

When they give birth we will inject poisons into the blood of their children and convince them its for their help.

We will start early on, when their minds are young, we will target their children with what children love most, sweet things.

When their teeth decay we will fill them with metals that will kill their mind and steal their future.

When their ability to learn has been affected, we will create medicine that will make them sicker and cause other diseases for which we will create yet more medicine.

We will render them docile and weak before us by our power.

They will grow depressed, slow and obese, and when they come to us for help, we will give them more poison.

We will focus their attention toward money and material goods so they many never connect with their inner self. We will distract them with fornication, external pleasures and games so they may never be one with the oneness of it all.

Their minds will belong to us and they will do as we say. If they refuse we shall find ways to implement mind-altering technology into their lives. We will use fear as our weapon.

We will establish their governments and establish opposites within. We will own both sides.

We will always hide our objective but carry out our plan.

They will perform the labor for us and we shall prosper from their toil.

Our families will never mix with theirs. Our blood must be pure always, for it is the way.

We will make them kill each other when it suits us.

We will keep them separated from the oneness by dogma and religion.

We will control all aspects of their lives and tell them what to think and how.

We will guide them kindly and gently letting them think they are guiding themselves.

We will foment animosity between them through our factions.

When a light shall shine among them, we shall extinguish it by ridicule, or death, whichever suits us best.

We will make them rip each other's hearts apart and kill their own children.

We will accomplish this by using hate as our ally, anger as our friend.

The hate will blind them totally, and never shall they see that from their conflicts we emerge as their rulers. They will be busy killing each other.

They will bathe in their own blood and kill their neighbors for as long as we see fit.

We will benefit greatly from this, for they will not see us, for they cannot see us.

We will continue to prosper from their wars and their deaths.

We shall repeat this over and over until our ultimate goal is accomplished.

We will continue to make them live in fear and anger though images and sounds.

We will use all the tools we have to accomplish this.

The tools will be provided by their labor.

We will make them hate themselves and their neighbors.

We will always hide the divine truth from them, that we are all one. This they must never know!

They must never know that color is an illusion, they must always think they are not equal.

Drop by drop, drop by drop we will advance our goal.

We will take over their land, resources and wealth to exercise total control over them.

We will deceive them into accepting laws that will steal the little freedom they will have.

We will establish a money system that will imprison them forever, keeping them and their children in debt.

When they shall ban together, we shall accuse them of crimes and present a different story to the world for we shall own all the media.

We will use our media to control the flow of information and their sentiment in our favor.

When they shall rise up against us we will crush them like insects, for they are less than that.

They will be helpless to do anything for they will have no weapons.

We will recruit some of their own to carry out our plans, we will promise them eternal life, but eternal life they will never have for they are not of us.

The recruits will be called "initiates" and will be indoctrinated to believe false rites of passage to higher realms. Members of these groups will think they are one with us never knowing the truth. They must never learn this truth for they will turn against us.

For their work they will be rewarded with earthly things and great titles, but never will they become immortal and join us, never will they receive the light and travel the stars.

They will never reach the higher realms, for the killing of their own kind will prevent passage to the realm of enlightenment. This they will never know.

The truth will be hidden in their face, so close they will not be able to focus on it until its too late.

Oh yes, so grand the illusion of freedom will be, that they will never know they are our slaves.

When all is in place, the reality we will have created for them will own them. This reality will be their prison. They will live in self-delusion.

When our goal is accomplished a new era of domination will begin.

Their minds will be bound by their beliefs, the beliefs we have established from time immemorial.

But if they ever find out they are our equal, we shall perish then. THIS THEY MUST NEVER KNOW.

If they ever find out that together they can vanquish us, they will take action.

They must never, ever find out what we have done, for if they do, we shall have no place to run, for it will be easy to see who we are once the veil has fallen. Our actions will have revealed who we are and they will hunt us down and no person shall give us shelter.

This is the secret covenant by which we shall live the rest of our present and future lives, for this reality will transcend many generations and life spans.

This covenant is sealed by blood, our blood. We, the ones who from heaven to earth came.

This covenant must NEVER, EVER be known to exist. It must NEVER, EVER be written or spoken of for if it is, the consciousness it will spawn will release the fury of the PRIME CREATOR upon us and we shall be cast to the depths from whence we came and remain there until the end time of infinity itself.

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Written by UNKNOWN Author - Posted 6/21/2002




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Forwarded by Mike Nickerson <sustain@web.ca>

The Latest News about "Bowling for Columbine" and "Stupid White Men"

January 7

Dear Members of Michael Moore's list:

I am David Schankula, the editor of MichaelMoore.com. While Mike is away for a few weeks, I thought I would bring you up to date on the latest news regarding "Bowling for Columbine" and "Stupid White Men."

"Bowling for Columbine" continues to roll on across the country in a way no one ever imagined. It has not only set the new all-time box office record for a documentary, it has more than DOUBLED that record.

Over one hundred film critics have named "Bowling for Columbine" one of the "10 Best Films of the Year," including Time magazine, Entertainment Weekly, the NY Post and the Associated Press. Papers like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel have gone even further and picked it as the "Best Film of the Year."

In addition to this, the Online Film Critics Association has nominated the film as both "Best Documentary" and "Best Picture" of the year. The London Society of Film Critics has also nominated it as "Best Film."

The National Board of Review has given "Bowling for Columbine" its award for "Best Documentary of the Year," as have the Toronto Film Critics Association, the New York Society of Online Film Critics, the International Press Academy, and (our favorite) the Las Vegas Film Critics Association. The Independent Spirit Awards and the Broadcast Film Critics Association have also nominated it "Best Documentary of the Year."

As if all this weren't enough, Michael was named by the BBC as their
1 "Newsmaker of the Year" (obviously a slow year for the royals), and Entertainment Weekly here in the U.S. named him as one of their 12 "Entertainers of the Year" (this one has clearly gone to his head as we now can't get him to take off his top hat and stop singing show tunes around the office).

But most overwhelming were the results of a poll taken of over 2,000 documentary filmmakers around the U.S. and the world by the International Documentary Association. In this poll, "Bowling for Columbine" was named the "best documentary of all time" (and "Roger & Me" was ranked as
3). (http://www.documentary.org/aboutida/press%20releases/prtop20.html)

I know Michael is very grateful for these recognitions, and all of us who worked on this movie for the past three years are honored by the response. Our only hope now is that the issues raised in the movie continue to be debated, discussed and acted upon.

Your mail to us over the past few months has been both powerful and moving (we're getting between a million and two million hits a day on our website). I'd like to share one letter we received from a teacher near Buffalo. Here it is:

"I want to tell you about what has proven to be one of the most rewarding experiences in my 30-year career as a public school teacher.

"I teach in a small town just south of Buffalo. After viewing 'Bowling for Columbine' with my husband, I decided that I simply had to take my Honors English class to see it. Watching it with them was an experience I'll never forget - one of those crystal moments in teaching that all teachers long for. They cried openly during several scenes, especially the scene with 'What a Wonderful World' playing in the background. They gasped collectively at the statistics on gun related murders in the U.S. versus other countries. They cheered when you and the Columbine survivors succeeded in having ammunition taken off the shelves at K-Mart. And, by the end, they hated Charlton Heston and booed when they heard 'from my cold, dead hands' for the second time. They were especially impressed with the Marilyn Manson interview and were surprised at his eloquence and intelligence. As one student said, 'I guess you really can't tell what a person is like just by appearances.' And that is a mouthful for a high school kid! "I have no doubt that even the most conservative among them will rethink their positions on gun control, war, 'President' Bush, and the atrocities suffered by so many at the hands of our government. They were especially impressed by the idea that it is fear that runs the engine of capitalism -- something that had never occurred to them before. You have helped to create better citizens. You have helped to create better human beings. Yours truly, J.M., English Teacher, Angola, NY"

Thanks, J.M., and thanks to all of you for your support. You'll be hearing from Michael sometime in the next week.

Sincerely,

David Schankula, editor

htt://www.michaelmoore.com

schankula@michaelmoore.com




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