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October 16, 2004
The Empire of Darkness Series #16: Too Hot to Handle...
I did not think I would have time to prepare and send you another compilation this week, but much material in this one cannot wait till next week, because it is so red hot.
The U.S. elections in 2 weeks will prove to be a turning point in Earth's history, one way or another, and this compilation reveals much generally hidden information which, if largely exposed, would make a huge difference in how many Americans will vote.
Imagine the difference it would make if this was circulated to millions of U.S. voters and actually read and heeded...
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
P.S. If I can make time to prepare it, I will send out tonight an addendum to the current Meditation Focus #118: Protecting Democracy in America archived at http://www.aei.ca/~cep/MeditationFocus118.htm
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"The consequences of the total meltdown of environmental protections in this country will be devastating. Already, after only four years studies show that our air and water are dirtier. Childhood asthma is on the rise. Toxic waste sites are festering as the Superfund to clean them has been wiped out. Wild places are being drilled, cut and mined. Wildlife is disappearing every day. Every year we pump more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as Bush hides his head in the sand on global warming."
-Kelpie Wilson-- Taken from Four More Years for the Earth below
Worthy of Your Attention
Grand Theft America (A MUST SEE FLASH VIDEO!)
Recommended by Mark Gilliland firstname.lastname@example.org> who wrote: "How we got Bush-wacked!!! Worth watching. Spread the word. Out the truth!
Many more Flash animations at http://www.bushflash.com/animation.html
Here's another photo showing a "box-like" bulge on Bush's back, this time from two years ago--when he's wearing a T-shirt(!)
Here's a photo gallery of the infamous "bulge" on Bush's back:
New 'Liberation Video' Shows Fallujah Bombing Massacre...
Whether these individuals were protesters or 'insurgents,' the way the guy laughingly exclaims 'oh dude!' Also available from http://www.stargeek.com/item/267954.html
"Mark Graffis" email@example.com> wrote: "Headline News has been showing this video clip today saying the people you see being bombed turned out to be innocent". Best place for details about this is at http://www.newsgateway.ca/Fallujah_video_massacre.htm
Omega-News Collection 13. October 2004
Omega-News Collection 15. October 2004
1. Bush Interpreter Says W Uses An Earpiece
2. Iraq Faces Soaring Toll of Deadly Disease
3. IF AMERICA WERE IRAQ, WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE?
4. Demand Letter Sent To Bush By Corp CEO
5. "October Surprise" or urban legend?
6. The Orwellian US
7. Four More Years for the Earth
8. THE UNACKNOWLEDGED THREAT SECRET AND COVERT OPERATIONS BY THE USA
9. 1977 Star Visitor Message - Overrode TV Signals in the UK
10. Mass Consciousness Growth and Collective Intuition
11. CNN breaks rank with other Television News Outlets linking High Oil Prices to Geology
Poll Reveals World Anger at Bush - Eight out of 10 countries favor Kerry for president
George Bush has squandered a wealth of sympathy around the world towards America since September 11 with public opinion in 10 leading countries - including some of its closest allies - growing more hostile to the United States while he has been in office. According to a survey, voters in eight out of the 10 countries, including Britain, want to see the Democrat challenger, John Kerry, defeat President Bush in next month's US presidential election. The poll, conducted by 10 of the world's leading newspapers, including France's Le Monde, Japan's Asahi Shimbun, Canada's La Presse, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Guardian, also shows that on balance world opinion does not believe that the war in Iraq has made a positive contribution to the fight against terror. The results show that in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Japan, Spain and South Korea a majority of voters share a rejection of the Iraq invasion, contempt for the Bush administration, a growing hostility to the US and a not-too-strong endorsement of Mr Kerry. But they all make a clear distinction between this kind of anti-Americanism and expressing a dislike of American people. On average 68% of those polled say they have a favourable opinion of Americans. The 10-country poll suggests that rarely has an American administration faced such isolation and lack of public support amongst its closest allies. The only exceptions to this trend are the Israelis - who back Bush 2-1 over Kerry and see the US as their security umbrella - and the Russians who, despite their traditional anti-Americanism, recorded unexpectedly favourable attitudes towards the US in the survey conducted in the immediate aftermath of the Beslan tragedy. CLIP - NOTE: THIS NEWS ABOVE, WIDELY REPORTED WORLDWIDE, IS GETTING SCANT REVIEW - IF ANY AT ALL - IN THE U.S.
Voter Registrations Possibly Trashed (Oct. 12)
Employees of a private voter registration company allege that hundreds, perhaps thousands of voters who may think they are registered will be rudely surprised on election day. The company claims hundreds of registration forms were thrown in the trash. Anyone who has recently registered or re-registered to vote outside a mall or grocery store or even government building may be affected. The I-Team has obtained information about an alleged widespread pattern of potential registration fraud aimed at democrats. The focus of the story is a private registration company called Voters Outreach of America, AKA America Votes. The out-of-state firm has been in Las Vegas for the past few months, registering voters. It employed up to 300 part-time workers and collected hundreds of registrations per day, but former employees of the company say that Voters Outreach of America only wanted Republican registrations. Two former workers say they personally witnessed company supervisors rip up and trash registration forms signed by Democrats. (...) The company has been largely, if not entirely funded, by the Republican National Committee. Similar complaints have been received in Reno where the registrar has asked the FBI to investigate.
Block the Vote (October 15, 2004)
Earlier this week former employees of Sproul &Associates (operating under the name Voters Outreach of America), a firm hired by the Republican National Committee to register voters, told a Nevada TV station that their supervisors systematically tore up Democratic registrations. The accusations are backed by physical evidence and appear credible. Officials have begun a criminal investigation into reports of similar actions by Sproul in Oregon. (...)
The important point to realize is that these abuses aren't aberrations. They're the inevitable result of a Republican Party culture in which dirty tricks that distort the vote are rewarded, not punished. It's a culture that will persist until voters - whose will still does count, if expressed strongly enough - hold that party accountable.
Republican state officials in the state of Ohio are getting nervous about the surge in people wanting to vote. Find out what they are doing to make it more difficult at http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/101204X.shtml
100 Mistakes for the President to Choose From
Reasons Why You Should Re-elect George Bush!
Death Toll in Sudan's Darfur Reaches 70,000 (Oct 15)
GENEVA (Reuters) - A total of 70,000 people are estimated to have died as a result of the conflict in Sudan's western Darfur region, with hundreds still dying every day, a top U.N. official said on Friday. David Nabarro, head of the World Health Organization's (WHO) health crisis action group, gave the new overall figure, saying malnutrition and disease meant the monthly fatality rate was about 10,000. The previous total death toll had stood at 50,000. People were dying in Darfur, where fighting has forced more than 1.5 million people from their homes since February last year, despite aid efforts and the world continued to underestimate the crisis, he said.
Chart watchers eye $70 peak for oil (October 13, 2004)
LONDON - Signals are growing that oil's price surge could push all the way to $70 a barrel, according to the technical analysts who forecast market trends by interpreting chart patterns.
Moore election special is dropped (Oct 16)
A three-hour election show from film-maker Michael Moore has been dropped by a US cable TV company. The Michael Moore Pre-Election Special, including the first TV showing of his film Fahrenheit 9/11, was to be shown on pay-per-view channel In Demand.The company said the decision to axe the show the night before the November 2 elections was due to "legitimate business and legal concerns." CLIP
Billions in Iraqi Oil Revenues Missing (15 October 2004)
Washington - U.S. and Iraqi officials doled out hundreds of millions of dollars in oil proceeds and other moneys for Iraqi projects earlier this year, but there was little effort to monitor or justify the expenditures, according to an audit released Thursday. Files that could explain many of the payments are missing or nonexistent, and contracting rules were ignored, according to auditors working for an agency created by the United Nations. "We found one case where a payment ($2.6 million) was authorized by the CPA (Coalition Provisional Authority) senior adviser to the Ministry of Oil," the report said. "We were unable to obtain an underlying contract" or even "evidence of services being rendered." In a program to allow U.S. military commanders to pay for small reconstruction projects, auditors questioned 128 projects totaling $31.6 million. They could find no evidence of bidding for the projects or, alternatively, explanations of why they were awarded without competition. The report was released by Rep. Henry Waxman of California, ranking Democrat on the House Government Reform Committee and a leading critic of reconstruction spending to rebuild Iraq. "The Bush Administration cannot account for how billions of dollars of Iraqi oil proceeds were spent," Waxman said. "The mismanagement, lack of transparency, and potential corruption will seriously undermine our efforts in Iraq. A thorough congressional investigation is urgently needed." CLIP
Discontent rife in US military ranks
With the US election just weeks away, some reports in the US media have provided a glimpse into the discontent among American troops in Iraq. Young soldiers, many barely out of high school, are seething with anger over being used to police the indefinite occupation of the country, against the will of both the Iraqi and the American people. CLIP
U.S. Platoon Mutiny in Iraq, Refuses 'Suicide Mission'
U.S. Government Reaches $7.38 Trillion Debt Limit (Oct. 14)
The U.S. government reached the $7.384 trillion legal limit on how much it can borrow, forcing the Bush administration to shuffle funds among accounts and prompting fresh Democratic criticism of the president's economic policies. To avoid exceeding the cap, the Treasury said it would temporarily suspend contributions to a government pension program. The department's plan to announce new debt sales in early November won't be affected. Congress isn't expected to increase the amount of debt the Treasury can sell to fund approved government spending until sometime next month.
Budget Gap Swells to Record $413 Bln
Jewish state fears world isolation
An internal report prepared by Israel's foreign ministry paints a gloomy picture for the future of the country's global standing, giving warning that in the coming decade it could suffer the pariah status of South Africa under apartheid. The document, written in August and leaked this week, suggests that Israel and Europe will find themselves on a collision course that will cause serious economic and diplomatic damage to Israel.
Israel's 'Use' Of Its Nuclear Weapons Against US
The Polluted Planet: Alarm as Global Study Finds One-Third of Amphibians Face Extinction
15 October 2004 - They were the first animals with backbones to walk on land. They witnessed the rise and fall of the dinosaurs and were present at the birth of a bipedal ape who went on to become the most destructive species the planet has ever known. Amphibians - frogs, toads, newts and salamanders - are among the longest surviving animals on earth, yet something dramatic now threatens that longevity. And mankind is responsible. A global study revealed yesterday that almost a third of amphibians face extinction - and pollution is cited as the biggest cause. The three-year survey, involving 500 scientists from more than 60 countries, has found that a third of the 5,743 known species are threatened with being wiped out and at least 427 are so critically endangered that they could disappear tomorrow. The animals are so sensitive to the man-made environment that scientists have likened them to the canary in a coal mine - songbirds that fell silent, killed in the presence of odourless gas. The latest and most comprehensive study of amphibians around the world has shown that for many species of frogs and their nearest relatives the singing has suddenly and inexplicably stopped - and the same bipedal ape is almost certainly responsible. CLIP
Recommended by "Nelly Lewin" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bush Interpreter Says W Uses An Earpiece
"Having worked directly with President Bush twice since then, and having additionally talked with many of my fellow interpreters who have worked directly with him, I am now certain that he could not have had that much knowledge of Indonesia. He doesn't even read the daily newspaper to keep up with what's being reported in the press. I am convinced that he must have been using some sort of earpiece through which someone was telling him what to say. . . . I just wanted to confirm my own strong belief that President Bush is often fed what he is supposed to say at important events."
Fred Burks has acted as an interpreter for George W. Bush. (Note: "translation" is written, "interpretation" is oral.) Burks wrote the following letter to Bob Fertik of Democrats.com, who avers that he has verified that Burks did indeed hold down that job:
As a deep insider myself, I have independent confirmation of President Bush using an earpiece to assist him in communicating intelligently with others. I've worked as a contract Indonesian language interpreter with the US State Department for over 18 years. I first started interpreting at the presidential level in 1995 at a White House meeting for President Clinton and President Suharto of Indonesia with their top advisors. You can read a short story of the many small miracles that led me to interpret for presidents at www.gcforall.org/inspirations (scroll down to Issue #1, where it is the second story).
On September 19, 2001, just eight days after 9/11, I was in the White House interpreting for an important 90-minute meeting between President Bush and President Megawati Soekarnoputri of Indonesia. This meeting made national news on all the TV networks, as at the time, the administration wanted to show they were supportive of our Muslim friends. Indonesia has the largest population of Muslims in the world. Over 80% of Indonesia's 220 million people are Muslim.
This was my first time interpreting for Bush. The previous day, I had been given the 22 points Bush would be covering in this meeting in order to familiarize myself with the topics to be discussed. About half of these "talking points" had to do with terrorism, which was to be fully expected given what had just happened. The other points, however, involved many details of Indonesian politics which even I would have had a tough time addressing, let alone Bush, who I assumed had limited knowledge of Indonesia..
During those 90 minutes, President Bush not only covered all the points, he covered them quite well and without any notes! Not once during the entire meeting did he look at any notes or receive cues from anyone present in discussing the Indonesian political situation with depth and intelligence. I was astonished! "How could this be?" I asked myself. It was a huge surprise. I concluded either that Bush was much more intelligent than we had been led to believe, or that somehow someone was feeding answers to him through a hidden earpiece. At the time, I really didn't know which of these was true.
Having worked directly with President Bush twice since then, and having additionally talked with many of my fellow interpreters who have worked directly with him, I am now certain that he could not have had that much knowledge of Indonesia. He doesn't even read the daily newspaper to keep up with what's being reported in the press. I am convinced that he must have been using some sort of earpiece through which someone was telling him what to say.
Having interpreted for media guests touring large TV studios, I've seen how the news anchors all have hidden earphones, and how the news producers are feeding them all sorts of information even as they talk live on TV. "20 seconds to a commercial," "15 seconds of filler here," "wrap it up quick " etc... This is standard practice for live TV shows. The "let me finish" comment made by Bush in the debate was only confirmation of something I already knew.
I will also mention that a number of months ago a colleague of mine was in the room with President Bush and his advisors when Bush threw a full blown temper tantrum filled with foul language and all. He ranted and raved at his advisors for a number of minutes to the shock and dismay of my colleague who was standing unseen in the refreshment corner. When he finally finished blowing off steam, Bush turned towards the refreshment table only to see my colleague standing there. He instantly switched into his "good ol' boy" friendly demeanor and said, "Hey, how ya doin' buddy?"
Politics is not a pretty business. I have many stories from my experiences interpreting at international conferences and secret meetings attended only our leaders and their interpreters. I have seen a number of our world's leaders (not just Americans) acting like high school boys playing power games. But for now, I just wanted to confirm my own strong belief that President Bush is often fed what he is supposed to say at important events. Though he can truly be a friendly guy, I have not found him to be particularly bright or competent. To be fair, I must admit that I tend to be of a more liberal persuasion, but I thought you all would appreciate knowing some of what goes on behind the scenes. You take care and have a great day!
With best wishes,
PS - Though I am still on contract with the State Department, I greatly reduced my work with them two years ago. I saw how important it was for me to devote my time to getting the word out through the websites I manage, and through email lists like this. I have done only three weeks' worth of paid work this year. Thankfully, I am able to draw on money I had set aside for retirement to support me in focusing full time on this important work. I want to invite you to look carefully at what you can do in your life to help build a better world in these important times. You might start by sharing this email with your friends and colleagues.
LATER ON FRED ALSO WROTE:
On October 4th, I sent you an email describing one interesting aspect of my experience interpreting for President Bush and President Megawati of Indonesia in the White House eight days after 9/11. Without revealing anything confidential which was discussed in this meeting, I described how I eventually became convinced that President Bush was being fed information through some hidden device. As a result of that email being forwarded by many of you, my comments eventually ended up on the home page of the popular website democrats.com, with a link to all but the first two paragraphs of my email at http://community.democrats.com/forums/discussions.cfm?forumid=170&topicid=139727
The reason I decided to send this email to you is that I had just received information about the strange "let me finish" comment Bush had made in the middle of a sentence during his first debate with Kerry on Sept. 30th. You will recall that this unusual remark was made when he still had 30 seconds left to finish his statement, and no one was trying to stop him. In my email to you, I passed on the link to a recording of this unusual remark available on the website of NYC indymedia. Thanks to the wonderful network of which we are a part, this information was spread far and wide by those who are working to expose all that is going on behind the scenes. It became a hot topic on the Internet in a very short time.
On Oct. 7th, just days after this remarkable recording was posted on the New York Indymedia website, the UK servers which supported 20 Indymedia websites in the US were seized by intelligence services, effectively shutting down these valuable independent news sources. Is this just another amazing coincidence? BBC reported the shocking news of these seizures on Oct. 11th, stating that the FBI had seized them, though an FBI spokesman denied this. Widely reported by major media in Britain, this startling news continues to go virtually unreported in the mainstream American media. If you want a clear example of how our freedom of speech is being eroded, I highly recommend reading this BBC article at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3732718.stm
The email I sent out to all of you on Oct. 4th was posted with my permission to democrats.com on Oct. 10th. Yesterday, Oct. 13th, I received a call from my supervisor at the US Department of State, where I have served as an interpreter for 18 years. She informed me that as a result of the information I revealed in that email, my contract as a language interpreter might be cancelled. This woman has had extensive experience working with Bush and other presidents. In our phone conversation, she stated that she has never seen evidence of a hidden earpiece. I have only interpreted in person for Bush three times. Yet I find it very difficult to explain how he could have talked so intelligently and in such detail about Indonesia with no notes during the meeting in question.
I feel strongly that in this time of rapid erosion of our constitutional rights and liberties, it is important for everyone to take risks and speak the truth. I was willing to risk my job, because this information is too important not to be shared. In fact, as a result of all this in combination with a new contract which I would have had to sign, I've decided to cancel my contract as an interpreter with the State Department. The new contract which I was sent just two weeks ago required that for the rest of my life I could never communicate about anything I learned from my work that had not been made public without explicit government approval. This is far too restrictive for my values and only increases the already excessive amount of secrecy in the US government. Below, you can read two emails which I later sent to my State Department chiefs regarding this matter.
I know that by working together to expose the disempowering secrets both inside ourselves and out in the world, we can and will strengthen democracy and build a better world for ourselves and our children. Please see our website at http://www.WantToKnow.info to learn more about all that is happening behind the scenes and what we can do about it. Thanks for caring and you have a great day!
With very best wishes,
Fred Burks for the WantToKnow.info team
Technical expert: Bush was wired (Oct. 13, 2004)
A Bush spokesman tells Salon there is nothing to the story. But as the final presidential debate looms, speculation grows about the mysterious bulge - Speculation continues to run wild about President Bush's mystery bulge. Since Friday, when Salon first raised questions about the rectangular bulge that was visible under Bush's suit coat during the presidential debates, many observers in the press and on the Internet have wondered aloud whether the verbally and factually challenged president might be receiving coaching via a hidden electronic device. Now a technical expert who designs and makes such devices for the U.S. military tells Salon that he believes the bulge is indeed a transceiver designed to receive electronic signals and transmit them to a hidden earpiece lodged in Bush's ear canal. CLIP
Was Bush packing Wi-Fi in TV debate? (12 October 2004)
Wireless technology might explain why US President George W. Bush performed better than usual in the last two presidential debates with his opponent, Senator John Kerry.
Indymedia seizures: a trawl for Genoa G8 trial cover-up? (14th October 2004)
Updated Indymedia and other interested parties are to seek an injunction preventing the export of the contents of the servers that were seized last week. This content is thought to have included correspondence with lawyers involved in the case against Genoa police accused of grievous bodily harm,falsifying evidence, slander and abuse of police powers, during and subsequent to the 2001 G8 summit.
TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF US-LED SANCTIONS AND WARS AGAINST IRAQ
Iraq Faces Soaring Toll of Deadly Disease
By Jeremy Laurance
The Independent U.K.
13 October 2004
Soaring rates of disease and a crippled health system are posing a new crisis for the people of Iraq, threatening to kill more than have died in the aftermath of the war. Deadly infections including typhoid and tuberculosis are rampaging through the country, according to the first official report into the state of health in the country.
The alarming evidence is the legacy of years of neglect, crippling sanctions and two bloody conflicts. Iraq's network of hospitals and health centres, once admired throughout the Middle East, has been severely damaged by war and looting, leaving staff struggling to cope and adding to the crisis.
The report, compiled by the Ministry of Health in Baghdad, provides the first detailed portrait of the health of the Iraqi population and the state of its health services since the 2003 war. It is being launched today by Dr Ala'din Alwan, the Iraqi interim government's Minister of Health, at a conference of international donors in Tokyo.
It charts the drastic decline in the health of the population and the catastrophic deterioration in health services during Saddam Hussein's era, one which has accelerated since the war. One third of the health centres and one in eight of the hospitals was looted of furniture, fridges and air conditioners or had equipment destroyed in the immediate aftermath of the war.
Damage to water supplies and sanitation has led to a surge in typhoid, with 5,460 cases recorded in the first quarter of 2004. Almost one in five urban households and three in five rural households do not have access to safe drinking water.
Poverty has risen sharply, with an estimated 27 per cent of the population living on less than $2 a day in 2003, in a nation with among the richest oil reserves in the world.
One in three children are chronically malnourished, putting their lives at serious risk from outbreaks of measles, mumps and jaundice, which are sweeping the country and infecting thousands. The report, compiled from Ministry of Health data and international surveys, says mothers and children have been hardest hit by a combination of domestic policies and international sanctions stretching back over a decade. Infant and child mortality doubled during the 1990s at a time when health was improving in most other countries.
Between 1990 and 1998, the number of infants dying before their first birthday rose from 40 to 103 for every 1,000 live births. Maternal mortality rose almost threefold during the same period, with 279 deaths in childbirth for every 100,000 live births.
Adult death rates have risen and life expectancy has fallen to below 60 for men and women. Overall, Iraq's state of health is now rated on a par with the impoverished countries of the Sudan, Yemen and Afghanistan, where once it was ranked alongside Jordan and Kuwait, the report says.
Dr Alwan said yesterday: "More Iraqis may have died as a result of inappropriate health policies, sanctions and neglect of the health sector over the past 15 years than from wars and violence. The main causes were poverty, poor nutrition, the deterioration of water and sanitation services and the collapse of health services ...Iraq used to have one of the best health services in the region but Saddam did not consider it a priority. The budget was cut by 90 per cent."
The report details the extensive looting and destruction of health facilities since the war, which combined with unreliable electricity and water supplies and the continuing threat of violence have added to the problems.
Dr Alwan said Iraq was now facing a "double burden of disease" from chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, which were growing rapidly, alongside a resurgence of infectious diseases.
Cancer has been rising sharply for a decade, with most cases diagnosed only when advanced, fewer than a quarter of diabetics receive insulin and there is a growing problem of post- traumatic stress disorder, especially among children, the report says.
Date: 13 Oct 2004
Subject: IF AMERICA WERE IRAQ, WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE? By Juan Cole; Intro by Atlee
DEAR GLOBAL CYBERFRIENDS:
THIS POWERFUL AND EXTRAORDINARY ESSAY DEMANDS TO BE SHARED WIDELY. It introduced me to the Co-Intelligence Institute and the work of Tom Atlee which is stunning in its simplicity and importance. http://www.co-intelligence.org
I am sure that many of you will want to read and research this material further.
Aloha & Blessings from Maui,
ed jor-el elkin, ph.d. Evolutionary Agent
In a message dated 9/23/04, Tom Atlee email@example.com> writes:
A big part of co-intelligence is the ability to see through the eyes of others, to understand how another person or group could legitimately view the world the way they do. I have always admired Anna Deavere Smith's work http://co-intelligence.org/S-multipleviewptdrama.html because it promotes that capacity.
Polarization http://co-intelligence.org/polarization.html impedes our ability to empathize with others or to deeply understand their point of view. Our capacity enter into another's world is enhanced in group settings by processes which specialize in helping us hear each other -- such as
DYNAMIC FACILITATION http://www.co-intelligence.org/P-dynamicfacilitation.html
NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION http://www.co-intelligence.org/P-nonviolentcomm.html
STRATEGIC QUESTIONING http://www.co-intelligence.org/P-strategicQing.html
LISTENING CIRCLES (COUNCIL) http://www.co-intelligence.org/P-listeningcircles.html
CONSENSUS PROCESS http://www.co-intelligence.org/P-consensus.html
At the whole-society level, another powerful tool for this is story. We experience this all the time in high-quality movies and novels, where we can view other people who are very unlike ourselves living unusual lives -- or usual ones -- in ways we can resonate with, despite their unfamiliarity. This brings out a form of co-intelligence I call resonant intelligence http://co-intelligence.org/resonant_intelligence.html
Story is one of the most powerful evokers of resonant intelligence (programs like the Public Conversation Project - http://co-intelligence.org/S-beyondabortiondebate.html - have used stories in this way to connect pro-life and pro-choice activists).
Below we find an example of how writing a story describing life AS IF we were actually living in someone else's shoes can burn away the blinders that hide reality from us, blinders that thereby make our actions inappropriate. We can then wake up to what is real and co-create responses that are more fitting to the world as it really is.
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IF AMERICA WERE IRAQ, WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE?
By Juan Cole Professor of History at the University of Michigan
September 22, 2004
(Scroll down to reach this article - lots of other material there!)
President Bush said Tuesday that the Iraqis are refuting the pessimists and implied that things are improving in that country.
What would America look like if it were in Iraq's current situation? The population of the US is over 11 times that of Iraq, so a lot of statistics would have to be multiplied by that number.
Thus, violence killed 300 Iraqis last week, the equivalent proportionately of 3,300 Americans. What if 3,300 Americans had died in car bombings, grenade and rocket attacks, machine gun spray, and aerial bombardment in the last week? That is a number greater than the deaths on September 11, and if America were Iraq, it would be an ongoing, weekly or monthly toll.
And what if those deaths occurred all over the country, including in the capital of Washington, DC, but mainly above the Mason Dixon line, in Boston, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco?
What if the grounds of the White House and the government buildings near the Mall were constantly taking mortar fire? What if almost nobody in the State Department at Foggy Bottom, the White House, or the Pentagon dared venture out of their buildings, and considered it dangerous to go over to Crystal City or Alexandria?
What if all the reporters for all the major television and print media were trapped in five-star hotels in Washington, DC and New York, unable to move more than a few blocks safely, and dependent on stringers to know what was happening in Oklahoma City and St. Louis? What if the only time they ventured into the Midwest was if they could be embedded in Army or National Guard units?
There are estimated to be some 25,000 guerrillas in Iraq engaged in concerted acts of violence. What if there were private armies totalling 275,000 men, armed with machine guns, assault rifles (legal again!), rocket-propelled grenades, and mortar launchers, hiding out in dangerous urban areas of cities all over the country? What if they completely controlled Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Denver and Omaha, such that local police and Federal troops could not go into those cities?
What if, during the past year, the Secretary of State (Aqilah Hashemi), the President (Izzedine Salim), and the Attorney General (Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim) had all been assassinated?
What if all the cities in the US were wracked by a crime wave, with thousands of murders, kidnappings, burglaries, and carjackings in every major city every year?
What if the Air Force routinely (I mean daily or weekly) bombed Billings, Montana, Flint, Michigan, Watts in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Anacostia in Washington, DC, and other urban areas, attempting to target "safe houses" of "criminal gangs", but inevitably killing a lot of children and little old ladies?
What if, from time to time, the US Army besieged Virginia Beach, killing hundreds of armed members of the Christian Soldiers? What if entire platoons of the Christian Soldiers militia holed up in Arlington National Cemetery, and were bombarded by US Air Force warplanes daily, destroying thousands of graves and even pulverizing the Vietnam Memorial over on the Mall? What if the National Council of Churches had to call for a popular march of thousands of believers to converge on the National Cathedral to stop the US Army from demolishing it to get at a rogue band of the Timothy McVeigh Memorial Brigades?
What if there were virtually no commercial air traffic in the country? What if many roads were highly dangerous, especially Interstate 95 from Richmond to Washington, DC, and I-95 and I-91 up to Boston? If you got on I-95 anywhere along that over 500-mile stretch, you would risk being carjacked, kidnapped, or having your car sprayed with machine gun fire.
What if no one had electricity for much more than 10 hours a day, and often less? What if it went off at unpredictable times, causing factories to grind to a halt and air conditioning to fail in the middle of the summer in Houston and Miami? What if the Alaska pipeline were bombed and disabled at least monthly? What if unemployment hovered around 40%?
What if veterans of militia actions at Ruby Ridge and the Oklahoma City bombing were brought in to run the government on the theory that you need a tough guy in these times of crisis?
What if municipal elections were cancelled and cliques close to the new "president" quietly installed in the statehouses as "governors?" What if several of these governors (especially of Montana and Wyoming) were assassinated soon after taking office or resigned when their children were taken hostage by guerrillas?
What if the leader of the European Union maintained that the citizens of the United States are, under these conditions, refuting pessimism and that freedom and democracy are just around the corner?
Tom Atlee * The Co-Intelligence Institute * PO Box 493 * Eugene, OR 97440 http://www.co-intelligence.org * http://www.democracyinnovations.org
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In Bob Woodward's book "Bush at War," the president is quoted: "I'm the commander in chief, see, I don't need to explain, I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting part about being president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation."
ED ALSO RECOMMENDED TO LOOK AT http://www.nhne.com/y2kafterthoughts/letters/atlee.html
Date: 13 Oct 2004
Subject: READ THIS AMAZING LETTER!
Taken from: Rense.com
Demand Letter Sent To Bush By Corp CEO
From Karl W. B. Schwarz
President, Chief Executive Officer Patmos Nanotechnologies, LLC 10-13-2004
By Email, By Facsimile to White House
I am a Conservative Christian Republican that has no intentions of voting for you in this year's election and many other Conservative Republicans are following me.
America demands the TRUTH and not after the elections; this nation demands the truth from you RIGHT NOW! This letter and an identical email will be going out to hundreds of thousands by me, millions by others. The following content was sent to the White House by facsimile earlier today from Ground Zero in New York City.
1. I demand as an American citizen that you lift the "gag order" on Sibel D. Edmonds and let Americans know what foreign names and what AMERICAN NAMES she uncovered in her FBI translations that were involved in drug trafficking, money laundering and the financing of 9-11. Her facts and your "official story" lies do not add up. Americans demand the truth on that matter before the election.
2. I demand to know what energy companies were in that Cheney Energy Task Force meeting and what discussions there were as to the steps that would be taken to remove the Taliban and Bridas Corporation as the last remaining obstacle to the United States controlling the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline. I met that company in 1999 and have known since then about the Bridas v Unocal, $15 billion interference of contract lawsuit in US District Court, Southern District of Texas. I also know about the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision on September 9, 2003 that upheld the Bridas $500 million arbitration settlement and the March 22, 2004 denial of Writ of Certiorari at the United States Supreme Court, Case 03-1018, Turkmenneft v Bridas.
3. I demand to know how many prisoners are being held at GITMO and other places that are either BRIDAS EMPLOYEES or are persons that know all about Bridas Corporation and what your administration did to get control of that Trans-Afghanistan pipeline.
4. I demand to know how many board meetings Condoleezza Rice and Thomas Kean sat in on at Chevron and Amerada Hess where it was discussed how they were going to deal with making the billions in "Big Oil" investments into a land locked Caspian Basin and how to get rid of the Taliban and Bridas so they could turn those investments into cash flow. How many times did Big Oil ask for military force to complete a commercial transaction they could not get under their control, and on what exact date did you agree to provide such military force - prior to 9-11? Isn't it true Mr. Bush that the Cheney Energy Task Force discussed that attack on Afghanistan and removal of the Taliban / Bridas obstacle once and for all - and did so well in advance of 9-11?
5. I demand to know why you appointed 10 persons to the 9-11 Commission, 8 of which are directly benefiting by the Taliban / Bridas "contract" obstacle being removed - breached with military force, and the big Caspian Oil deals that are now coming to market. No, America does not 'thank you' for that nor do we hold such despicable conduct up high.
6. I demand to know what US Oil Company stepped up as the sponsor of that OPIC and Asia Development Bank funded Trans-Afghanistan pipeline and what US company is constructing that pipeline right now, and what US firms are supplying the key components and their relationship to your administration.
7. I demand that you identify the company and persons who were going around Bridas to be "natural gas suppliers" to the US owned natural gas electrical generation plants in Pakistan (Dynegy - Illinova /Tenaska, El Paso (2 OPIC financed transactions) and others.
8. I demand to know why you have not been truthful with the American public that your GWOT and military policy are protecting the Caspian Basin Oil and Gas deals for many of your Bush Pioneers, some $9.6 trillion in oil and about $3 trillion in natural gas, now mostly in the hands of your elite wealthy contributors and some elite Liberals to keep this all quiet.
9. I demand to know what role the post-bankruptcy ENRON (Prisma Energy International, Cayman Islands) is playing in the Caspian Basin area, the same Enron that uses the law firm of Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw [Richard Ben Veniste, 9-11 Commission] that established the offshore SPE's for assets that were never under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
10. I demand to know why you appointed Richard Ben Veniste to the 9-11 Commission when it was his law firm that was stalling Bridas Corporation at the Fifth Circuit US Court of Appeals in the matter of Bridas Corporation v. Turkmenneft and his law firm is directly involved in Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and your administration.
11. I demand to know the exact date of the order that had our military practicing in early 2001 the invasion of Afghanistan to take out the Taliban and Bridas Corporation and make that pipeline under control of US interests, many of your Bush Pioneers, and the exact date that our military started practicing and preparing for that invasion.
12. I demand to know who Remington Holdings Ltd is, and Western Acquisitions, Inc, both Baker & Botts clients and the lucky recipients of OPIC financing to acquire oil and gas deposits in Pakistan.
Who are the parties involved in those entities by name and benefited from such governmental magnanimity? Is this transaction a payoff? Since American taxpayers are footing the bill, we have the right to know - right now.
13. I demand to know why you could not find 10 people to sit on the 9-11 Commission that are not directly benefiting from the actions you have taken and the lives you have cost or otherwise ruined. Why would you select people not motivated to find the truth for that would impact "their bottom line"?
14. I demand a full disclosure from your administration as to the Citibank / IFTRIC / OPIC / Export-Import Bank financing of American / Israeli based deals in Islamic nations on behalf of your major campaign contributors.
"IFTRIC and Citibank have an agreement allowing Citibank to finance approved IFTRIC-backed transactions. Citibank Israel CEO Nandan Mar said: 'The Citibank branch, and the Structured Trade Finance Group, view IFTRIC's program as a basic product for the bank's domestic activities.'"
I see distinct differences between "terrorism" and "outrage" (Shurtan II) at your policies.
15. I demand to know why you wanted an entire new division of the CIA for Argentina. As an American citizen I take umbrage to your belligerence towards a nation that is not an enemy of the United States by any stretch of the imagination, except possibly yours. It is abundantly clear that your intentions were solely to intimidate Argentina and Argentina based Bridas Corporation into silence and that is NOT AMERICA. That has every appearance of the United States acting as the terrorist and a state sponsor of terrorism. Yes, you are wrapped in a flag but I clearly see that it is not the one you purport it to be.
16. I demand to know why your administration has never disclosed that DynPort Vaccine, LLC, owned by DynCorp and now owned by Computer Sciences Corporation, a Bush Pioneer, is a possible source for where the weaponized Ames Strain of anthrax came from that was used against this nation. How did your administration manage to miss one of your campaign contributors and a company doing large volumes of business with your administration and even being known euphemistically (DynCorp) as The Mercenary Company? Who put that Contract on America?
17. I demand to know how you can claim a pretense of being a Christian while sponsoring and condoning the torture of prisoners, including sodomizing children, at Abu Ghraib prison.
18. I demand to know how your administration can send firms overseas as "representatives of this nation" that were convicted of running a flesh trade in little girls in Bosnia, specifically one DynCorp. Convicted in Texas and the United Kingdom according to reports I have seen and apparently detested in Afghanistan. You do recall that DynCorp is the company providing security to protect your puppet Karzai in Afghanistan and your other puppet Zalmay Khalilzad is deterring anyone from running for President in that bogus "free" democracy?
19. I demand to know why your administration keeps running the name and photos of Adnan G. El Shukrijumah as the "dirty bomb boogeyman" and on March 25, 2003 the FBI knew exactly where to find him and did not go after him. That telephone call was made from my telephone by a Canadian friend that was in Little Rock on that date, Mr. Bush, so do not pretend "national security" with me.
I am "first person" on this matter and all of America deserves to know the extent that your administration has been and is lying to us all - and someone that is not Al Qaeda is probably "dropping a suspect name" as they set up a dirty bomb attack. Sure have pushed up the oil and gas prices with your strategy though, guess we can consider that another "Mission Accomplished".
20. I demand to know why your administration keeps referring to Adnan G. El Shukrijumah as a "Saudi" when the FBI knows full well he is not Saudi. His family is from Guyana in South America and they have lived in Florida since 1986 without incident. His grandparents were from Yemen, moved long ago to South America and his mother is from Trinidad & Tobago.
21. I demand to know why you alerted India, Pakistan and "Axis of Evil" member Iran of your intentions to attack the Taliban / Bridas well before 9-11, and not notify the citizens of this nation. That matter was reported on June 26, 2001 in India newspapers.
22. I demand to know the exact date that the first meeting, first page of the Patriot Act was started by your administration.
23. I demand to know why it is you, your backers, certain Democrats that apparently "hate our freedoms" more than these purported GWOT Islamic fundamentalists, hence the Patriot Act that treats all Americans with the same degree of contempt and disdain you treat all non-wealthy Americans.
24. I demand to know why Homeland Security is protecting this government and not protecting this nation.
25. I demand to know why any dissent or objections to your Orwellian, imperialistic, pro-corporate agenda is referred to the Homeland Security Counter-Terrorism Division.
26. I demand to know why you defile everything you touch and try to twist it into something that is pro-Bush Backers and anti-American citizens and then try to alter our rights as Americans via Patriot Act measures that are designed to force America into submission and does nothing to protect this nation, only this government.
27. I demand to know why your administration is planning a "pro-Bush Pioneers pharmaceutical program" derived from TMAP (Texas Medical Algorithm Project) and PENNMAP (Tom Ridge, Pennsylvania) to have Americans tested under guidelines prepared by your Bush Pioneers and force psychotropic drugs on Americans. (NOTE FROM JEAN: More on this below in "The Orwellian US" - a MUST READ!)
28. I demand to know why your administration keeps injecting our troops with an anthrax vaccine known to be deadly and harmful to the health of our soldiers and now apparently wish to inject that into all Americans under Project BioShield and martial law. Is that why you have no concern whatsoever for the 3 million jobs lost, for between your TMAP lunacy and Project BioShield lunacy, well over 3 million Americans could perish if the same statistical rates hit the general population as has hit our military? Can you explain away Holocaust with "brilliant strategy policy" driven by unmitigated greed?
29. I demand to know why Li Ka-shing was denied Global Crossing on national security grounds (very public) yet allow him in the back door in Savi Technology (not disclosed), the RFID technology company that is purportedly protecting our ports from insertion of a nuclear bomb into this nation via "ocean going containers". How many doors are left wide open by your administration in this GWOT Fable?
30. I demand to know why you search the world for mythical terrorists and cannot find robber barons and financial terrorist right under your nose. That many of them are Bush Pioneers and even backers of the Democratic Party, and have plundered the investors, workers and citizens of this nation, is very apparent to Americans and not very pro-family on your part.
Christians do not lie, Mr. Bush, for that is an affront to God. A Christian would not willfully mislead this nation, nor send our troops into Harm's Way for a lie while your wealthy contributors take over a $9.6 trillion oil, $3.0 trillion natural gas deal and already maneuvering for Africa. You are proving to the world that you are terrified of the truth and have impeded every investigation into the truth.
Your actions prove that you are not an upstanding Christian, nor are you a Conservative Republican worthy of that designation.
Your position as President does not make you unaccountable to the citizens of this nation, nor does it entitle you to act as a tyrant, an emperor, or serving only those Americans that dole out money for your political ambitions and agendas. I see no "stewardship" in your conduct whatsoever.
You have "Mission Accomplished" three times - the removal of Taliban / Bridas to control that pipeline, radically escalated the price of oil and gas for some of your major backers, and the death and maiming of many due to your lies. Your "Iraq Strategery" makes perfect sense to me, since all of you needed a diversion away from Afghanistan, the Caspian Basin and what you did to Bridas Corporation to get control of that $9.6 trillion in oil, $3 trillion in natural gas.
Go back home and wrap yourself in the flag of Texas and the shame you alone are responsible for creating. Your resume is your doing and yours alone.
If you were running against me this year, you would not have the guts to stay on the stage in a debate with me.
Shame on all of you, both sides of the aisle that have lied to America and gotten so many killed and maimed for a lie, and no, I am not an antiwar person. Just adamantly opposed to what you stand for, for that is lower than Clinton on his worst day.
Karl W. B. Schwarz
President, Chief Executive Officer Patmos Nanotechnologies, LLC
From: "Mark Graffis" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: "October Surprise" or urban legend?
Date: 14 Oct 2004
http://www.tbrnews.org seems to have disappeared from the net..
Voice of the White House
October 11, 2004
TBR News - October 11, 2004
In recent past issues, we have carried comments from a reporter assigned to the White House press corps. Some of these remarks, most especially one about Bush's physical and mental problems, drew an enormous number of viewers and hundreds of inquiries, most especially from foreign press entities. The reporter advised us by email that there was rampant fury in the White House and security was becoming very tight. As a result of this, he decided to lay low for a few weeks and see how the wind was blowing. Yesterday, he sent us the following material which we are now posting. Some of it is outrageous in the extreme but to date, no one has proven him wrong. Our source was the first to expose and we were the first to make public, the accusations that the President of the United States was a man that suffered from serious psychological problems. Since our initial publication of what we call the Madness of King George, there has been increasing interest in the subject and herewith, we present additional input from inside the White House.
October 10, 2004: "This time, friends, I have some very important news for all of you. Unlike the usual silly gossip that goes on around the White House, intermingled with loud praying, this is really news. We are about to embark on another war! Yes, it has been decided and carefully planned. Who are we going to war with? Iran. Background here: (I am taking this from a paper which I have to return)
Thesis: Iran hates the United States and Israel. Iran has atomic weapons and missiles (the Shahab, courtesy of North Korean/Russian technicians) It can easily reach Tel Aviv. It can also reach US troop concentrations in Iraq. Israel is scared shitless. Their pressure groups have leaned on the White House, with a great deal of assistance from Cheney and the Neocons. The actual plan is this:
The U.S. has no troops available for an Iranian adventure and the Israelis would rather not lose any warm bodies so it has been firmly decided that both Israel and the U.S. will launch a surprise attack against 1. Iranian missile sites, 2. Iranian nuclear facilities and 3. the leadership of Iran located in and around Tehran. How will this be done? By aircraft attack using U.S. developed "smart bombs" and the so-called "bunker-buster" bombs designed to destroy underground reinforced concrete facilities. We just sent these to Israel. Because of the political ramifications, the Israelis will conduct the main strikes, supported by U.S. aircraft as needed. The aim will be to wipe out any vestige of nuclear weaponry, its delivery system and all the Iranian leaders capable of starting any attacks on Israel (mostly Tel Aviv too many fellow Muslims in Jerusalem.) Since it would be a problem for Israeli Air Force units to fly round trip from Israel, the solution will be to launch these attacks from U.S. aircraft carriers located in the Persian Gulf area.
As I write, the super carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) is now in the Persian Gulf along with the so-called Essex Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) [31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) (SOC)] which consists of:: USS Essex (LHD 2) USS Juneau (LPD 10) USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) USS Mobile Bay (CG 53USS Hopper (DDG 70) USS Preble (DDG 88) The initial attacks will be an early-morning surprise attack launched to coincide with religious services in Tehran's Muslim mosques with the idea of catching not only the leading Mullahs inside but a large number of their congregations as well. One attack will concentrate on these religious centers and the other will hit both the underground nuclear facilities and identified (courtesy of U.S. satellite shots) missile launching sites. The U.S. will supply observation and radio surveillance aircraft with radar-jamming capacities operating out of Turkey and Italy. The entire attack is scheduled to last no more than one hour with at least three waves of Israeli aircraft utilized. No warning will be given to the Iranians and no declaration of war. The possible deaths of foreign diplomats in the attacks has been discussed and accepted as part of the price. This attack has the full support of the President who wants it launched before the elections. He can then make a speech to the American people stating that the evil Iranian nuclear weaponry has been destroyed by the Israelis with the full cooperation of his government as part of his heroic war against terrorists.
Believe me, that speech has already been written and I have seen a copy of it. The brass here feels that this will have a tremendous impact on the American people, just before the elections. No U.S. ground troops will be used; Bush will stress that this is a joint U.S.-Israeli anti-terrorist project. Part of the speech deals with ongoing Shiite Iranian physical support of their Shiite brethren in Iraq and that by knocking out the Iranian nuclear weaponry, at the same time, they are protecting GIs from ongoing guerrilla warfare. The brass is literally rubbing it's hands and drooling over what they see as Bush's Final Victory. I have seen a negative report copy from someone in the Pentagon [who is not going to get promoted] that says if the Iranians get wind of this little game, they might strike first and they might also realize that large numbers of vulnerable American troops are concentrated inside Iraqi cities, prime targets for a nuclear tactical attack. These people are literally insane and I really hope you don't delete this. Something really has to be done to stop these maniacs before we all die of radiation sickness!"
This was at http://www.tbrnews.org/Archives/a1130.htm (no longer available)
Also see: US sets sights on toppling Iran regime
Iran Unveils New Missile
Is Iran Next?
Israel to US: Now for Iran
Iran May Strike if Sites Threatened http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B19236FC-6A23-4FB4-B499-E7AF900949DE.htm
Voice of the White archive: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/category.asp?id=41
TBR NEWS- September 20, 2004
The Voice of the White House
In previous issues, we carried comments from a reporter assigned to the White House press corps. Some of these remarks, most especially one about Bushs physical and mental problems, drew an enormous number of viewers and hundreds of inquiries, most especially from foreign press entities. The reporter advised us by email that there was rampant fury in the White House and security was becoming very tight. As a result of this, he decided to lay low for a few weeks and see how the wind was blowing. Yesterday, he sent us the following material which we are now posting. Some of it is outrageous in the extreme but to date, no one has proven him wrong.
September 19, 2004: This afternoon, while schmoozing a minor aide, I saw a copy of a Pentagon memo concerning the forthcoming draft. I could not copy this and it took me about twenty minutes, in brief segments, to read it through. The White House and the Pentagon have worked out a plan to call up all reservists and National Guard units if and when Bush is reelected. The moment that the election results are poured in concrete, orders, now drawn up and waiting, will be issued throughout the United States. I am not speaking of a few units but all US Guard and Reserve units. On the same subject, the pending Universal Draft is also a done deal. Everything is place awaiting the Presidents signature. This is planned for June of 2005 and contains some real shockers. Women will be called up as well as men. There will be absolutely no deferments of any kind permitted. Persons with medical problems such as diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, chronic asthma, physical deformities such as a club foot or hunch back, vision problems, etc. will be called up! If a draftee has a medical problem but can move around, they are subject to the draft but will be assigned to non-military positions such as clerk-typists, maintenance positions and so on.
There will be absolutely no deferments for someone with a family to support or who is enrolled in any kind of a school. Students may be permitted to complete their semester and will then be compelled to report at once to their nearest enlistment center. For example, as I read it, an 18 year old girl with two children and no husband to support her will be subject to the draft. There was a discussion about what to do with the children and if the family cannot raise them during the draftees tour of duty, then some kind of Federal Child Care center will have to suffice. The nominal ages covered are from 18 through 26 but a special exception is now in the orders for anyone with what the Army calls technical skills such as proficiency in computers, foreign language skills and so on. These poor jerks are subject to the draft until they are 35! Again, no deferments will be allowed unless the subject is already working for a government agency and is certified by his superiors as vital to whatever war effort the Army deems important. These orders, note, came from the desk of George W. Bush to Rumsfeld but Bush will cite a vaguenational crisis to cover his useless ass. The top brass at the Pentagon are having fits about this. Why? Because for decades they have been downsizing, closing bases and so on. I have been told by Pentagon people that they would have no place to put the anticipated great flood of draftees if and when the draft is activated. One said to me, Where the fuck do these dimbulbs expect us to house them? In local hotels?
Comment: Because the subject of a universal draft is Bushs political Achilles Heel, the Administration and various governmental agencies have gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal it from the public. Nevertheless, anyone with a computer and basic skills can locate information on the upcoming draft by looking at dozens of official government sites. Admittedly, these sites are so buried in the official underbrush as to be difficult to locate, nevertheless, they are there. We have included an anti-draft article in this posting. If Americas cannon fodder do not want end up dead or mangled for life, it would be to their advantage to read these sites, organize and in November, vote en bloc against the man who would cheerfully dump them into the Imperial sausage grinder. Because Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld all went to great pains to avoid any kind of military service during the Vietnamese war, their present macho militancy stinks and shines like a dead mackerel in the moonlight.
The Orwellian US
September 27, 2004
by Gail Jarvis
Journalists often compare contemporary society to the totalitarian social order described in George Orwells disturbing novel 1984. Orwell portrayed the state as being all-powerful, controlling every aspect of citizens' lives. When the novel was first published in 1949, few people could conceive of such a society. Most felt that citizens simply wouldn't allow it. Of course, if the state had attempted to implement a totalitarian society overnight, angry citizens might have prevented it. But the state cautiously enacts its takeovers incrementally, so as to not arouse the public. Also, it is able to persuade people that the agenda it is pursuing is for their own good or for the betterment of society. Consequently, little resistance is offered.
Of course, you already know how the state operates but I wanted to remind you again before discussing three invasive government proposals that will seriously encroach on our freedoms. In fact, these three, if they materialize, should make us turn off the TV, put down the remote control, get off the couch and take to the streets.
The first has been reported on LRC by both Rep. Ron Paul and Wendy McElroy: the "New Freedom Commission on Mental Health" that proposes a governmental mandate requiring mental-health screening for all Americans, including public schoolchildren and even pre-school children, with or without parental consent. Rep. Paul criticized the proposal as follows: "...it negates parental rights and would encourage the over-medication of children." Although this law would provide a windfall for the pharmaceutical industry and greatly enlarge the Washington bureaucracy, it would be a disaster for Americans especially families.
The excessive use of antidepressants by children was the subject of recent editorial by The Beaufort Gazette that contained this comment: "A growing body of research, some of it performed by the FDA's own experts, but suppressed until recently, indicates that children and teenagers may be at risk for suicidal tendencies after taking antidepressants that were approved for use in adult patients." Ritalin (methylphenidate), one of the primary drugs used to control children, is addictive and has serious side effects. Methylphenidate is already being abused by young drug users. When mixed with heroin, it is called a "speedball" and is illegally sold on the street for a "quick-fix."
The second encroachment, still in the discussion stage, is for government to monitor homeschooling more aggressively. But homeschooling is already subject to government scrutiny, including enforced testing requirements and so forth. Frankly, the word "monitor" raises a red flag because government monitoring usually evolves into government control. Public schools, or perhaps the more appropriate designation that has been suggested, "government schools," blend indoctrination with education and imprudently rely on the latest untested teaching fads.
These are some of the reasons why many parents elect to home school their children. But Washington bureaucrats wont rest until they are able to control the curricula, philosophy and teaching techniques of home schooling.
Finally, there is the "American Community Survey," a new annual census report which has been described as "an attempt to invade every aspect of our lives." The questionnaire is a breathtaking 24 pages long and contains all-encompassing questions dealing with such issues as "a person's job, income, physical and emotional health, family status, and intimate personal and private habits." Questions demand to know how many days you were sick last year, whether you have trouble getting up the stairs, and, curiously, what time you leave for work each morning. You must give the names and addresses of your friends and relatives and answer inappropriate questions about them as well. If others live in your home, you are required to indicate how many years of school they completed; when they last worked at a job, what languages they speak, and their physical and emotional problems.
So, what happens if you, like me, think these questions are none of the government's business and you don't want to become an informer on your friends and relatives? Your noncompliance will cost you big bucks. For every question not answered, there is a $100 fine. For every intentionally false answer, there is a $500 fine and Washington bureaucrats will decide whether the false answer was intentional or not.
These three proposals amount to a bureaucratic inquisition. And I dont think I exaggerate when I call them Orwellian. Once implemented their scope will be gradually expanded. Our children will, in essence, become wards of the state, even while they are still pre-schoolers. The state will decide if the behavior, thought processes and opinions of our children are suitable. If not, they may need to be drugged or subjected to corrective tutoring. Home schooling will be forced to conform its curricula and philosophy with government schooling so all students beliefs can be made uniform. Expanded surveillance of citizens will be used to help Washington identify those whom it suspects are resisting government efforts to "protect" our freedoms and "improve" society. Once these noncompliant citizens are known, bureaucrats can decide what measures should be taken to modify their insubordination.
Our apathetic representatives in Washington, Republicans as well as Democrats, have no qualms about supporting proposals like these. Yet they expect us to continue to return them to office.
VERY DARK ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURE IN THE U.S. AND FOR THE WHOLE WORLD IF BUSH IS ELECTED - not re-elected as he never was elected in the first place - OR ONCE AGAIN "IMPOSED"...
Four More Years for the Earth
By Kelpie Wilson
13 October 2004
During the second debate, President Bush tried to defend his environmental record. He said, "I guess you'd say I'm a good steward of the land. The quality of the air is cleaner since I've been the president." Nothing could be further from the truth.
By every measure the Bush record on the environment is atrocious and terrifying. The Natural Resources Defense Council has compiled a list of more than 300 rollbacks, rule changes and policy initiatives that Bush has used to hand out precious natural resources and subsidies to his corporate cronies at great cost to the rest of us.
As bad as it has been, we now have to think seriously about what Bush could accomplish with another four years - and what it would cost the Earth.
When making predictions, it is always helpful to have a sense of the past so that trends can be discerned. The first thing to note is that the environment is still a relatively new concern in society and the relationship of environmental protection to the economy is not clear in most people's minds.
There is also confusion over whether concern for the environment is a truly bipartisan issue or not. At the beginning of the modern environmental movement at the turn of the last century, Republican Teddy Roosevelt was one of the environment's first champions. Much of the landmark environmental legislation we rely on today was passed under the Nixon and Ford administrations - the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the National Forest Protection Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Nixon created EPA and OHSA.
Even under Reagan there was some environmental progress: 10.6 million acres of new Wilderness were designated and the important "viability" rule was promulgated. The viability rule requires the Forest Service to "maintain viable populations" of wildlife species on National Forest lands. The Bush administration has just repealed it.
But Reagan also appointed James Watt as Secretary of the Interior. A Christian fundamentalist, Watt believed that we did not need to take care of the environment or worry about oil and gas depletion because Jesus was returning soon.
Watt was just the tip of an iceberg of reaction to the environmental movement that had arisen so enthusiastically in the 1960s and 70s. Driven by resource extraction industries, the so-called Sagebrush Rebellion began organizing ranchers, loggers, miners and other workers to manufacture its own grassroots. By the 1990s it was calling itself the "Wise Use" movement and it had solidified its grip on Western politics.
The political structure of the Union has lent itself to an undue influence by resource extraction industries through the unrepresentative body of the U.S. Senate. The extreme example is Alaska, which due to its small population has only one seat in the House but possesses two whole Senators. The Western Senators, along with conservative Republicans in the House, have been able to block most new restrictions on mining, drilling, logging and pollution as well as most new designations of Wilderness and National Parks.
When Clinton took office in 1992, progress in environmental legislation had already come to a halt. Clinton's priorities were health care and economics and so he did not immediately pursue a legislative agenda on the environment that might have yielded results while he still had a Democratic Congress to work with.
Instead, Clinton decided to wade into the most turbulent environmental waters in the country by convening his Timber Summit to resolve the ancient forest logging debate. This produced the Northwest Forest Plan, which increased the role of science in forest management.
Yet, the Northwest Forest Plan, like nearly all of Clinton's environmental accomplishments, came in the form of an administrative rule, not as authorizing legislation passed by Congress. This strategy comes back to haunt us now as nearly all of the Bush environmental rollbacks take the form of administrative rule changes.
Why is it that landmark environmental legislation could be passed during the conservative Nixon administration but the green-leaning Clinton administration could only protect the environment through the back door?
It has to do with the environmental end game that the world is now engaged in.
The environmental movement grew in the 1960s and 70s in reaction to the post war economy and its accelerated blighting of the air and water. People demanded cleaner air and water. The cost to industry was not so great and progress was made.
Now, at the beginning of a new century, resource depletion is the greater issue. Crunch time is coming, and how many people will oppose a nuclear power plant or a dirty coal plant if they feel their only alternative is to "freeze in the dark?"
As human population expands and the globe shrinks, control of resources is more and more the easy route to political power.
So here is what we can expect from another four years of Bush environmental policies:
Most important will be the ever increasing move of foxes into the henhouse. Former mining, timber and oil executives already occupy the top positions at the Forest Service, Department of Interior and EPA. Four more years will give them time to sweep out environmentally concerned professionals from thousands of positions. As a public lands advocate, one thing I noticed during the Clinton administration was the steady increase of the "-ologists" - the biologists, geologists, ecologists and other scientists who began to take charge at every level of the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Many of these scientists will not last through another four years of Bush. They will be replaced by resource industry minions.
Next will be the resulting rule changes and policy rollbacks at the administrative level along with selective enforcement, no enforcement and defunding of programs. An agency like the Forest Service can be turned into a complete servant of the timber industry in this way. Al Gore recently called it "institutionalized corruption."
The role of science will continue to be diminished at every level. This administration has already stacked scientific advisory panels with industry hacks. It has buried the results of studies it did not like and it has made the EPA remove references to global warming in reports. In the future, if it bothers to convene scientific studies at all, they will be far from objective.
We can expect to see more sweetheart lawsuits from industry aimed at lifting environmental protections. The timber industry has sued the federal government on a variety of issues including roadless area protections, Endangered Species designations for salmon and wildlife survey requirements. The government has refused to defend itself. Only timely interventions by environmental law groups like Earthjustice have been able to stave off some of the damage.
As the rule changes and policy rollbacks continue, won't environmentalists be able to bring their own lawsuits? Yes, in some cases, as time and resources allow, environmentalists will be able to challenge Bush rule changes as going against the intent of the environmental laws that the rules interpret. But as Bush continues to stack the judiciary with pro-corporate judges, environmental litigation will be less and less effective.
If the November elections also bring in a sweep of new Republican, anti-environmental legislators, the damage Bush can do in a second term will not be limited to rule changes and "institutionalized corruption." He will finally have a chance to destroy the bedrock environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act that have been untouchable until now.
And when all else fails, there is always delay. Delay is a tactic that is especially valuable at election time and Bush is using it today on some hot button environmental issues. Bush originally targeted the popular roadless rule for destruction by September, but after a huge outcry, delayed the final decision till November. Hunters and fishermen, the "hook and bullet crowd," (seen as a key Bush constituency) complained about the impact to wildlife of gas drilling along the Rocky Mountain Front. Bush responded by delaying the decision for several years, well into his possible second term.
The consequences of the total meltdown of environmental protections in this country will be devastating. Already, after only four years studies show that our air and water are dirtier. Childhood asthma is on the rise. Toxic waste sites are festering as the Superfund to clean them has been wiped out. Wild places are being drilled, cut and mined. Wildlife is disappearing every day. Every year we pump more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as Bush hides his head in the sand on global warming.
Despite all the oil and gas development Bush has approved there is no way for America to drill itself to energy independence.
With no viable plan for developing renewable energy, America will soon find itself pulled into an economic black hole as China, Japan and Europe build new economies based more on wind and solar power.
Then people will finally understand the relationship between the environment and the economy.
Kelpie Wilson is the t r u t h o u t environment editor. A veteran forest protection activist and mechanical engineer, she writes from her solar-powered cabin in the Siskiyou Mountains of southwest Oregon.
Many more news related to Bush's dismal environmental policies at
THE UNACKNOWLEDGED THREAT SECRET AND COVERT OPERATIONS BY THE USA
Since the end of the Second World War, the US military industrial complex has secretly sponsored at great public cost the R&D of new technologies for energy generation, air and outer space flight, futuristic weaponry and other mostly military ends, which have not been made available for the common good. Yet todays environmental and economic emergencies dictate that the accumulated know-how be used for the benefit of mankind in its peaceful applications.
Steven M Greer
" [There] exists a shadowy Government with its own Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism, and the ability to pursue its own ideas of the national interest, free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself."
Senator Daniel K Inouye
"In the councils of Government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military Industrial Complex.. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together. "
President Eisenhower January 1961
The above address by two-term Republican US President and five- star Army General Dwight Eisenhower was issued as a prescient warning when he left office in 1961. Many have wondered why such a conservative, pro-military president would issue such a warning. We now know why.
The Disclosure Project, an NGO based in the United States, has identified several hundred military, intelligence and corporate witnesses to illegal and extra-constitutional projects that have suppressed information and prevented public access to technologies which could provide a definitive replacement for oil, coal, nuclear power and other conventional energy sources. These technologies have been both acquired and developed by military and industrial interests in the US, UK and other countries that have repeatedly lied to or withheld this information from legally constituted authorities and the public. This information has the potential to completely transform the current state of the world in the areas of technology, energy production, propulsion, the environment and geopolitical issues related to oil and energy supplies. In short, a sustainable, non-polluting and affluent civilisation could be created by the wise application of these technologies, and many of the most pressing crises facing the world community could have been avoided if it had not been for the deliberate suppression of such technological knowledge. While national security concerns have been invoked as reasons for such secrecy, in reality the policy is driven by the resolve to maintain the current status quo based on the pre-eminence of oil and fossil fuels and related special interests.
CLIP - READ THIS WHOLE - AND LONG - ARTICLE AT http://www.disclosureproject.org/World%20Affairs%20-%20The%20Journal%20of%20International%20Issues.htm
HERE IS ITS CONCLUSION...
Aside from these legal arguments, there is a compelling moral and ethical
reason to end the secrecy. First, humanity is suffering needlessly due to the continued withholding of vital scientific and technological knowledge acquired through these programmes.
These technologies allow for the extraction of useful energy from the so-called quantum vacuum state. This means that every village in Africa or India could have an off-the-grid energy source that extracts energy from the space around the device, with no need for the burning of fuels or transmission lines from central utilities. Such free energy generators would utterly transform the current, seemingly hopeless world situation as regards poverty, pollution, economic stagnation and the like.
Second, the world stands to gain from new critical technology. The implications of replacing fossil fuels and nuclear power with these new, advanced energy and propulsion systems cannot be overstated: every aspect of life on earth will be affected and a truly sustainable, technologically advanced civilisation can be built. The developing world can bypass the stage of industrial pollution and expensive centralised utilities and go directly to point-of-use power generation. As abundance grows exponentially, educational opportunities will increase. Global warming will cease and pollution generally will be brought under control. Desalinating sea water will become inexpensive and help prevent desertification and resource depletion. And we will have no more oil wars.
Third, disclosure of these secret programmes is not without its potentially negative consequences. It may be argued that such a new technology could have destabilising military applications. This is no doubt true every new technology can be harnessed for war. But this brings up an important point: are we, as a civilisation, prepared to see humanity commit planeticide the killing of an entire planet just so we can avoid the respon-sibility of creating a peaceful world? The state of the world will not be significantly improved by tinkering around the edges of oil, coal, solar or wind power, and we are facing a cruel future of environmental decay, impoverished exploding populations, global instability and war. This, while a comprehensive solution to these problems sits in a black box.
Hence, it is time for these technologies to be properly and carefully disclosed and applied. The International Court of Justice and other international agencies must take a leadership role in investigating and disclosing the facts, and facilitating the release of these new energy and propulsion systems. The Disclosure Project stands ready to provide full information and briefings to governmental leaders, institutions and agencies.
The international community must investigate these issues and stop looking the other way. Illegal secrecy, withholding solutions to our most pressing concerns, is one of the greatest moral and political crises of our time, if not the greatest one. The time has come that this publicly funded but hijacked research be made available for the benefit of all of humanity. That six billion humans continue to live in a manner that cannibalises our home planet while solutions are deliberately and with malice withheld cannot be allowed. No matter how great the financial or other interests may be in propping up the dying oil economy, we cannot let our oil addiction drag the entire body of humanity down with it.
Instead, with courage and care, let us disclose the truth, and allow these wondrous new sciences to provide humanity with the means to live peacefully and in abundance on earth. This is no utopian dream. We already have the means to create such a world. Now we must find the will.
Aliens, Coverups, and Free Energy - an interview with Dr. Steven Greer (Sept 10, 2004)
Cosmic Deception: The Hoaxed Alien Invasion Scenario
ASTOUNDING WARNING ON TV FROM A STAR VISITOR 27 YEARS AGO...
Forwarded by "Mark Graffis" email@example.com>
Busty, who sent this to me, is the guy who flys around the UK taking most of the crop circle photos you see:
From: Busty firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: 1977 Star Visitor Message - Overrode TV Signals in the UK
Date: 13 Oct 2004
I heard all this and saw the picture fade out on the tv at the time, what is not mentioned here, is the drum noise that came on with it. My Father was into Radio repairs and said that to nock out the TV transmitter, you had to have something pretty good to do that.
The following is from U.S. Air Force Colonel (retired) Donald Ware who passes on this reminder of the time 27 years ago when the Star Visitors took over a British television program and broadcasted instead an important message for the people of Earth.
Don Ware: '[The transmission] occurred on 26 Nov 1977 at 5:12 p.m. when a strange unknown voice overrode, took over, or super-modulated the TV signals from five transmitters that were monitored by the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) in England. IBA did not detect the intrusion. The 5+1/2-minute message overrode a scheduled newscast read by Ivor Mills on Southern ITV, England, and was heard by listeners as far away as Andover, London, Newbury, Oxford, Reading, Southhampton, and Winchester. IBA engineers at Croydon, Surry did not hear the override, and at the main transmitter at Southhampton, Hants monitoring system, there was also no evidence of the takeover. A police spokesman told AP and UPI that the message was taken seriously; "They were frightened and generally scared." The voice spoke slowly and deliberately, with a strange inward authority, calm, serene, never scolding. It said:
[Star Visitor] "This is the voice of GRAMAHA, the representative of the Asta Galactic Command, speaking to you. For many years now you have seen us as lights in the skies. We speak to you now in peace and wisdom as we have done to your brothers and sisters all over this, your planet earth.
"We come to warn you of the destiny of your race and your worlds so that you may communicate to your fellow beings the course you must take to avoid the disasters which threaten your worlds, and the beings on our worlds around you. This is in order that you may share in the great awakening, as the planet passes into the new Age of Aquarius. The new age can be a time of great peace and evolution for your race, but only if your rulers are made aware of the evil forces that overshadow their judgments.
"Be still now and listen, for your chance may not come again. For many years your scientists, governments and generals have not heeded our warnings; they have continued to experiment with the evil forces of what you call nuclear energy. Atomic bombs can destroy the earth, and the beings of your sister worlds, in a moment. The wastes from atomic power systems will poison your planet for many thousands of your years to come.
"We, who have followed the path of evolution for far longer than you, have long since realized this - that atomic energy is always directed against life. It has had no peaceful application. Its use, and research into its use, must be ceased at once, or you all risk destruction. All weapons of evil must be removed.
The time of conflict is now past. The race of which you are a part may proceed to the highest planes of evolution if you show yourselves worthy to do this. You have but a short time to learn to live together in peace and goodwill. "Small groups all over the planet are learning this, and exist to pass on the light of the dawning new age to you all. You are free to accept or reject their teachings, but only those who learn to live in peace will pass to the higher realms of spiritual evolution.
"Hear now the voice of GRAMAHA, the representative of the Asta Galactic Command, speaking to you. Be aware also that there are many false prophets and guides operating in your world. They will suck the energy from you - the energy you call money and will put it to evil ends giving you worthless dross in return.
"Your inner divine self will protect you from this. You must learn to be sensitive to the voice within that can tell you what is truth, and what is confusion, chaos and untruth. Learn to listen to the voice of truth which is within you and you will lead yourselves on to the path of evolution.
"This is our message to our dear friends. We have watched you growing for many years as you too have watched our lights in your skies. You know now that we are here, and that there are more beings on and around your earth than your scientists admit.
"We are deeply concerned about you and your path towards the light and will do all we can to help you. Have no fear, seek only to know yourselves, and live in harmony with the ways of your planet earth. We of the Asta Galactic Command thank you for your attention. We are now leaving the planes of your existence. May you be blessed by the supreme love and truth of the cosmos."
From: "Larry Blevins" email@example.com>
Sent: October 09, 2004
Subject: Mass Consciousness Growth and Collective Intuition
As a motivating force I think fear should be used as a last resort to keep our children out of the streets, to emphasize something that might not be understood by reason.
I do feel as we surrender to our intuitive guidance, fear will play a smaller part in our daily lifes. In fact when more and more people realize the spiritual connection is made though love, collective intuition will come in to play. This could and one day will be a force to protect our family, friends, our country and our world. I know when I write something that touches someone's heart, I intuitively feel it, I might not know who, what, when, or why, but I feel it. How could this be unless we are all connected? I ask no one to believe and sometimes I like to think I have special power but then my heart sets my ego straight. This is something in the reach of everyone!
We can turn vague intuitive flashes into concrete sources of information!
Once you see and realize love is an energy that goes beyond the physical, you see things that others have a hard time seeing. Sometimes this is a little scary, but always remember a door won't open until you are ready to turn the knob. I have open up letters that contained so much love that I felt it run up my arm before the letter was unfolded.
There was a blind lady that lived down the road from me. As I was driving out of my development one day, I seen her walking toward the road. In that moment I knew exactly where she was headed, to her mail box, which is on the other side of the road. Her awareness extended past the two roads that join the road I was on and around her mailbox.
She knew where my car was and even knew I was picking up on her awareness. I know they say that a blind person learns to strengthen their other senses and I know this is true. But there was more involved in this, it was like radar.
It is still an inner knowing that there is a commonality to intuition, I feel we receive guidance as individuals but also as a group. The more people that tune into this intuitive channel, the more we empower each other to use this force, to save our world.
I must make waves, I must challenge the status quo. We must use every tool of mass consciousness growth at our finger tips.
If danger is right around the corner, it would be nice to have that inner voice say, something is not right, make a course correction; it just may expose the danger. The more we all tap into this the more we will see it, we all share this world and we are All ONE!
Forwarded by "Mark Graffis" firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Post Carbon Institute email@example.com>
Sent: October 16, 2004
Subject: CNN breaks rank with other Television News Outlets linking High Oil Prices to Geology
CNN breaks rank with other Television News Outlets linking High Oil Prices to Geology
VANCOUVER, Oct. 15, 2004 - In its October 13, 2004 story Pump Pain Politics, CNN Headline News and CNN Financial News have broken rank with mainstream television news by addressing the real geological driver behind rising oil and gas prices. Julian Darley, Post Carbon Institute, is featured, as well as nationally known political analyst Professor Larry Sabato, Center for Politics (UVa).
See the video (2 minutes) at:
Although CNN did not explicitly broadcast the words "peak oil", they did lead the story with Julian Darley saying there is a "geological thrust" to higher oil and gasoline prices. The interview with Julian from which the clip was taken lasted half an hour, and the CNN reporter, Louise Schiavone, seemed genuinely and strongly interested in hearing about the deeper causes of the oil and gas crisis.
So it seems that we are getting closer to peak oil being a mainstream concept. The broadcasting of "geological thrust", which itself is code for oil peak, is a good step forward in itself since almost no one in mainstream television news ever says the word geology when talking about oil. As you know they just keep talking about markets, tightness, and terror premiums.
In another development, industry heavyweight journal, Energy Intelligence (energyintel.com), almost said oil peak the other day, but not quite:
"Is oil already entrenched above $50? Prices held above that level Friday, after setting a bunch of new record highs during the week. There seems no escaping the reality that high prices are here to stay, whether you put it down to supply worries, surging demand, thin spare capacity or any of the other explanations doing the rounds."
We need to adamantly convey that supply is geologically constrained and that we are not going to find much more oil now.
Take a look at this article from one of Canada's national newspapers:
In it, the chief of Talisman Energy, Jim Buckee, makes this astonishing admission:
Those who believe that abundant deposits are waiting to be discovered are misguided, said Mr. Buckee, who holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Oxford University. "There is precious little in the world now that isn't known about or hasn't been tried," he said. "I don't think there is going to be any new Middle Easts or Saudis hanging around. There aren't many unexplored basins."
In case you don't have time to read the article, here is the takeaway: there isn't much left to find, the major oil companies don't want to go wasting money on dry holes - the only drilling they want to increase is production drilling, which makes them money, and lots of it with $50+ oil.
But that will only ensure that the crunch comes even harder and in a more vicious form.
Post Carbon's Key Geology-based Petroleum 101 Talking Points:
- Global Oil Discovery peaked in 1964
- Recent discovery has been very poor
- Since 1981 we have been using more oil than we find
- This can only continue for a limited time
- It looks like we are reaching the limit to production growth now
- That limit will be followed by decline
If you want to see more coverage of oil peak in the mainstream news, use CNN speakup form (http://money.cnn.com/services/speakup/) or our simplified form below http://www.postcarbon.org/index.php?page=juliancnngeology#speakup).
Tell CNN that you want more coverage of the geologic thrust underpinning high oil and gas prices and to hear from petroleum geologists, not just economists. On the form, we suggest selecting "CNN Programming" and using the subject "Geology and Oil Pricing".
Post Carbon Institute
Are you ready for the FALL OF PETROLEUM CIVILIZATION?
Resisting the war machine and U.S. ecocide -- Culture Change e-Letter #76 by Jan Lundberg
This is a time of massive denial of the destruction of both the planet's biosphere and non-mainstream cultures by governments, corporations and the average consumer. A call for resistance, then, is never more appropriate. So, what are the possibilities, and what kind of world do we want to build?The dual crisis: war and consumption. One wouldn't know from TV news or major newspapers that U.S. energy use, representing a disproportionate one quarter of the world's consumption warming the globe with fossil fuels emissions is completely unsustainable. It is not a mistake through lack of awareness; it is ecocide.Neither is any admission made by the mainstream media or the government, or even by the large environmental groups, that overpopulation has been attained not only globally but within the U.S. The beginnings of understanding about oil extraction peaking globally is entering the public's consciousness slowly, but the full implications are not yet being faced. (This column has addressed this issue and will soon publish the report "Exiting the Oil Age with Resolve.") Petroleum's contribution to floating countries' huge populations is swept under the rug. Ecocide is needless, but not in the minds of the perpetrators when we consider their psychology as driven by their culture. The biosphere's rapid degradation is carried out by the individual polluters as if there is no other way to approach life, because of the materialistic insecurity in the minds of society's greediest and most fearful members. Waiting for them to wake up and join the human race, instead of continuing to hide behind their comfortable property and self-serving laws, uses time that humanity no longer has the luxury of wasting. A new international study states that populations of almost half of the known amphibian species are in decline; 32 per cent of amphibians are threatened with extinction. Twelve per cent of birds and 23 per cent of mammals are in the same position. Extinctions are increasingly "enigmatic" which means a general trend is on the loose that can't be stopped by improved policies except in the very long term. The U.S. leads the way in fostering species extinction, when one also considers destructive "development" and "aid" the U.S. has promoted globally for corporations. In light of the unacceptable loss of life caused by both ecological destruction and the war machine assuring the biggest consumers their nonstop gluttony of the Earth resistance is on the rise. It may not figure as powerful as the twin, awesome effects of a collapsing global economy and the backlash of nature, but there is a role for resistance in the long run.
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