MAY LOVE PREVAIL ON EARTH


August 16, 2004

The Writing on the Wall Series #30: Rocky Times Ahead


Hello everyone

I'm back from a good, relaxing vacation and have gone through most of the new emails I received in the meantime - which was quite long... Some of the following information may be disturbing, especially if you live on the East Coast of North America. Now that Hurricane Charley has proven once again the irresistible power of nature to cause massive destruction, it may be wise to take seriously other scenarios of destruction that may soon happen. I do not particularly enjoy being the bearer of such news, yet the likeliness of what is described in the first item of this compilation cannot be denied, and thus must be networked IMHO.

And that is just for a starter...

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

P. S. I've included Matthew's latest and most interesting message in my next Light Series compilation coming your way this week. Also as you may have noticed above I'm able now to resume including the URL of the Earth Rainbow Network website because it now appears the AOL filtering system is no longer blocking emails containing it. Hoping it will stay this way...

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"We must visualize and affirm that humans are wonderful, and that we are all at peace. In that way, we put energy into our desires, instead of into our fears."

- Doreen Virtue


Worthy of Your Attention

You must all see the latest Celestial Glyphs (or so-called "crop circles") at
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2004/august2004a.html
Just utterly astounding!! An entirely new series of out-of-this-world designs.

Check especially this one:
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2004/silburyhill2/silburyhill2004b.html
Here is an excerpt about its likely meaning: "The new Silbury crop-picture takes 'crop messages' to a new level! Anyone can see that it encodes some kind of important message, relevant to ancient Mayan-Aztec prophecy. So I spent several days learning Mayan-Aztec calendar systems, and now believe that the interpretation is unique and straightforward. (...) : "The end of the Fourth Sun is near and on schedule".

Check also the amazing visual effect in the Diagram Bertold Zugelder at the bottom of http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2004/hillwood/hillwood2004b.html
The lines appear curved and yet they are perfectly straight!

And this one is even more astounding if you quickly move up and down in your browser with your mouse the picture of the diagram at the bottom...
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2004/Shalbourne/Shalbourne2004a.html

The end of July formations were quick interesting as well - to say the least!
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2004/july2004b.html

Including this one that was created over a four-night period from July 28 to July 31
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2004/tanhill/tanhill2004a.html

And this other mind-boggling visual effect
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2004/Savernake/Savernake2004a.html

NOTE FROM JEAN: This whole phenomenon is just so absolutely newsworthy and yet there is a total news blackout worldwide on reporting it - which demonstrates how extensive is the global mafia-elite's control over the news we get through traditional media... More pictures at http://www.temporarytemples.co.uk

The PeaceMaker, Mattie Stepanek, went with the angels June 22, 2004 at age 13. He had a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Oprah and Jimmy Carter were two of many who came to speak of Mattie's beautiful life at his memorial. Celebrate his life and his prolific writings, New York Times Best Selling Author, of Love and Peace by visiting his website: http://www.mattieonline.com/

A New Peace Logo for the 21st Century (VERY NICE-LOOKING!)
http://www.peace-etcetera.com
…one that speaks truth, balance and harmony within and without and is certainly pleasant to ponder. Recommended by Joey willowfeather@yahoo.com>

Big Brother Pizza Order (Flash)
http://www.aclu.org/pizza/index.html?orgid=EA071904&MX=1414&H=1

Arsenal Of Hypocrisy (Video)
The Space Program And The Military Industrial Complex by Randy Atkins
http://ArsenalOfHypocrisy.com

Open Maps (6 Aug 2004)
http://newciv.org/news2/index.htm/_d45/_v45/__show_article/_a000010-001338.htm?time=1092418702
Play back the last 10,000 years sped up, so that a millennium passes by every minute. For more than seven minutes, the screen displays what looks like a still photograph -- the blue planet Earth, its lands swathed in a mantle of trees. After seven and a half minutes, there's a tiny clearing of forest around Athens. This is the flowering of classical Greece. Little else changes. At nine minutes -- 1,000 years ago -- the forest gets thinner in parts of Europe, Central America, China and India. Twelve seconds from the end, two centuries ago, the thinning spreads a little farther in Europe and China. Six seconds from the end, eastern North America is deforested. This is the Industrial Revolution. And of course, in the last 3 seconds things get to look really alarming. CLIP (You may view all the maps at http://www.davidrumsey.com/)

Global Net News - Alternative news worldwide
http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/globalnetnews-summary
Countering major media spin on militarism, nonviolence, globalization, privacy rights, and global ecology in general. Free, noncommercial, independent of any party or organization. Subscribers receive only a once-daily email, a summary of 20 to 40 useful news and analysis headlines with thumbnail intros and links to sources for reading full articles as desired.


CONTENTS

1. Tidal wave catastrophe looms
2. Something weird is going on below us
3. New York Lockdown
4. Fascism Anyone?
5. The Ultimate Secret
6. Total Information Awareness & Beyond: Threats to Privacy in a Post 9-11 America
7. Don't be Surprised at Fabricated Terrorist Event to Cancel Federal Election
8. 'No-Fly' List Risk: With Databases Everywhere, the U.S. Government May Be Turning Into Big Brother
9. 9/11 Video Shocks Sacramento Citizens
10. Democrats choose Strong and Wrong
11. Corporate Conventions: How millions of dollars will buy influence in New York and Boston
12. Overview of Nat'l Academy of Sciences Whitewash on Health Hazards of GE Foods

See also:

Litany Of Rape And Abuse In Darfur Region
http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=912692004

Slaughter Of Darfur's Innocents
http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=915602004

Abandoned, Starving, Desperate:Refugees Begin To Give Up Hope
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/story.jsp?story=549336

Millions of locusts headed for Darfur, say experts (11 Aug 2004)
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L11675429.htm
ROME (Reuters) - Millions of locusts may be heading for Sudan's Darfur region, pest control experts said on Wednesday, where violence has already created a humanitarian disaster and two million people are short of food and medicine. (...) Odiyo said two major locust swarms had devastated areas of neighbouring Chad, devouring crops in fields, vegetation and pastures. He said the area affected in Chad is close to the border with Darfur, where Arab militias have clashed with rebels and attacked villagers in violence that has displaced more than one million people. North and West Africa is facing its most serious locust crisis for 15 years, with swarms of desert locusts moving into Mauritania, Mali and Niger, where many of the inhabitants are subsistence farmers. Desert locust swarms usually contain about 50 million insects per square kilometre and can travel up to 150 km (93 miles) a day. They can devastate entire crop fields in minutes, adult locusts munching their own weight, about two grams, of food a day. CLIP

Malaria reported in squalid Darfur refugee camps (13 Aug 2004)
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L13204975.htm
GENEVA (Reuters) - Malaria has broken out among Sudanese in Darfur who lack clean water and latrines in squalid refugee camps, aid agencies said on Friday.The mosquito-borne disease comes early on in the rainy season, which has given insects a breeding ground, and follows a hepatitis epidemic reported earlier this week. The United Nations estimates 50,000 people have died in conflict since fighting began in early 2003, while around 1.2 million people have been displaced and 2 million left short of food and medicine. The ICRC reported outbreaks of diseases including malaria at sites including the Abshok camp near El Fasher in North Darfur. "The main illnesses affecting the displaced population are diarrhoea, malaria and acute respiratory infections," it said in a statement, without giving figures. Cholera is also feared. CLIP - Many more humanitarian crisis related news at http://www.alertnet.org/

UN Council Demands Sudan Stop Darfur Atrocities (July 30, 2004)
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/reuters20040730_263.html

Sudanese Government Still Attacking Darfur, Says UN
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/story.jsp?story=550191

Truce Talks Collapse in Holy City of Najaf (14 August 2004)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/081504C.shtml
NAJAF, Iraq - Truce talks between Shiite militants and Iraqi officials broke down Saturday, raising the prospect of a return to the fierce fighting between militiamen and U.S-Iraqi forces that has shaken the holy city of Najaf for more than a week.  The government's chief negotiator, Mouwaffaq al-Rubaie, said talks were making no progress and that he was leaving Najaf. Aides to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr blamed the United States and the Iraqi government on the breakdown. The negotiations had raised hopes for a resolution to the uprising by al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia, which has posed deep security and political problems for Iraq's fledgling interim government. After nine days of heavy fighting, Najaf has been quiet since Friday, when U.S. forces halted a major offensive against the militiamen to give talks a chance. CLIP

US assault kills hundreds of Iraqis in Najaf (9 August 2004)
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2004/aug2004/naja-a09.shtml
The US and allied occupation forces in Iraq have launched a bloody attack on densely populated urban areas where support is strongest for the Shiite movement led by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Fighting has raged for four days in the impoverished Sadr City suburb of Baghdad and cities across the country’s south, with the most intense combat taking place in Najaf—the site of the holiest Iraqi Shiite shrine, the Shrine of Imam Ali. Over 5,000 American marines and Iraqi interim government troops are involved in the assault on Najaf. Fighter-bombers, helicopter gunships and ground artillery are being used against the poorly armed Iraqi defenders, who are seeking to prevent an American entry into the city. US marine spokesmen claimed Friday they had killed more than 300 of Sadr’s Mahdi Army militiamen and captured over 1,000, at the cost of just two American dead.Sadr City, one of the most densely populated urban areas on the planet, has been subjected to aerial bombardment.The aim of the assault is not only to wipe out Sadr’s militia in Najaf and other cities, but to terrorize and intimidate the entire Iraqi population into accepting the interim government the Bush administration installed in June. In the Orwellian language of the US military—which is being uncritically repeated in the American media—the US puppet regime of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, which has no popular support and is increasingly resorting to police state methods, is the representative of “democracy”. The Iraqis who are resisting the US invasion and occupation of their country are “anti-Iraqi forces” and “terrorists”. Journalists on the scene are reporting that much of the center of Najaf, as well as the Shiite cemetery on the city’s outskirts, are already in ruins due to US bombing. The Imam Ali shrine has been damaged, electricity has been cut off, and there are reports of dozens of civilian casualties. In Baghdad, the Iraqi health ministry reported that at least 22 people were killed in fighting on Saturday alone in Sadr City. CLIP

Iraq Evicts Reporters from Najaf (15 August 2004)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4423428,00.html
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi police ordered all journalists to leave the holy city of Najaf on Sunday, just as a new U.S. offensive against militants hiding out in a revered shrine there began. Four police cars surrounded a hotel in the city where journalists were staying and presented the order signed by Najaf's police chief, Brig. Ghalib al-Jazaari. Though the order did not spell out a punishment for those who did not comply, the police who delivered it said any reporters remaining would be arrested, according to journalists at the hotel. The police said any cameras and cellular phones they saw would be confiscated. In response to the threat, many journalists left the city. The order would mean that the only news coverage of the ongoing violence in Najaf, one of the most revered cities to Shiite Muslims, would be provided by reporters embedded with the U.S. military. CLIP

Survey Claims 37,000 Iraqi Civilians Killed In First Seven Months Of War
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2004/aug2004/civi-a05.shtml

The Hand-Over That Wasn't - Illegal orders give the U.S. a lock on Iraq's economy (August 5)
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-oe-juhasz5aug05,1,3665796.story
Officially, the U.S. occupation of Iraq ended on June 28, 2004. But in reality, the United States is still in charge: Not only do 138,000 troops remain to control the streets, but the "100 Orders" of L. Paul Bremer III remain to control the economy. These little noticed orders enacted by Bremer, the now-departed head of the now-defunct Coalition Provisional Authority, go to the heart of Bush administration plans in Iraq. They lock in sweeping advantages to American firms, ensuring long-term U.S. economic advantage while guaranteeing few, if any, benefits to the Iraqi people. CLIP

UK troops held torture contests, Iraqi claims (July 28)
http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=862202004
A HOTEL worker who says he witnessed British troops beating his friend to death in Iraq spoke yesterday of being subjected to "torture competitions" at the hands of the army. Kifah Taha al-Mutari, from Basra, was speaking on the eve of a High Court challenge to the government over allegations surrounding the role of British troops in the deaths of six Iraqis. Mr Mutari, who flew to Britain for the hearing, said British soldiers arrested him and a fellow hotel worker, Baha Mousa, 26, on suspicion of terrorism. Mr Mousa later died, allegedly after being beaten by soldiers from the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment in September. Mr Mutari, speaking through an interpreter, said they were tortured for three days. "They had competitions among themselves to see who could kick and beat us the most. They were enjoying it. We were screaming and crying for help and the higher we screamed the more they liked it," he said. He said that the soldiers gave them degrading nicknames, such as "pig" or obscene words. "They would ask us our ‘names’ and we would have to answer to our name or we would be beaten more." The beatings ruptured one of his kidneys and he nearly died, he said. According to a medical report by a consultant, Mr al-Mutari suffered acute kidney failure of "life-threatening proportions" - almost certainly as a result of deliberate injury. The death of Baha Mousa is one of six test cases due to go before the High Court in London today. In a three-day hearing, lawyers for the families will ask two judges to rule that the Human Rights Act applies to British soldiers occupying Iraq and that independent inquiries should be held. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said all allegations of death and mistreatment at the hands of British forces were investigated by the military. He said the government would argue that human rights legislation did not apply.

Bush forces Pakistan to walk a tightrope (August 1, 2004)
http://news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=404&id=881302004
HE HAS survived two recent assassination attempts and been roundly condemned within his own country for the American-led war on Iraq. Pakistan’s strong-man president, Pervez Musharraf, could be forgiven for at least once wanting to lie low on the international stage. But the heat is on Musharraf again this weekend to play a crucial role in political events way outside Pakistan’s borders. Musharraf is the key figure in dragging together an international Muslim force to move into Iraq and take the burden off the beleaguered US armed services. If Pakistan commits, other Muslim nations, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Tunisia and Egypt, will be more likely to fall into line. If the move succeeds, President George W Bush will be able to go into the US presidential elections in just 100 days’ time promising that American troops will soon be on their way home. Failure to bring the Muslim force together will mean that Bush’s chances of beating off his Democrat rival for the White House, Senator John Kerry, will take another hammering. The Bush administration sees Musharraf as amenable to arm-twisting because of the immense amount of US aid pouring into his country following his support for the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. His further support for Bush’s war on terror in Iraq has led to assassination attempts by Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaeda, as well as strong internal political opposition. An agreement to send Pakistani troops to Iraq would make his position even more perilous. CLIP

Bush's Pointless Treaty (06 August 2004)
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/08/06/EDGV682LKM1.DTL
While hardly anyone was watching, the Bush administration has rejected provisions of an international treaty calling for inspections and verifications of nuclear weapons. It's a significant, unexpected and imprudent shift in U.S. policy that clashes sharply with the president's oft-stated support for global nonproliferation. The Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty would ban the production of highly enriched uranium and plutonium for weapons. In the works for 10 years, it was the result of collaboration among 66 nations, in part to tighten control over India, Pakistan and Israel which until now had rebuffed any effort to curb their nuclear stockpiles. But the White House tossed in a monkey wrench: In a dumbfounding announcement, the administration said it supported the treaty, but not its call for inspections and verifications, without which the treaty is meaningless. CLIP

Fahrenheit 200,000,000° (Flash) by Mark Fiore (MUST SEE!)
http://www.villagevoice.com/fiore

Hiroshima Mayor Chastises U.S. for Developing Small Nukes (06 August 2004)
http://www.enn.com/news/2004-08-06/s_26412.asp
Hiroshima, Japan - The mayor of Hiroshima rebuked Washington on Friday - the 59th anniversary of his city's atomic bombing by the United States - for wanting to develop small nuclear weapons that he feared would be easier to use. Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba made the remarks at a ceremony attended by about 40,000 people, including Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi plus survivors and relatives of victims of the world's first atomic attack. "The egocentric world view of the U.S. government is reaching extremes," Akiba told the annual memorial ceremony at the city's Peace Park, near where the bomb was dropped. "Ignoring the United Nations and its foundation of international law, the U.S. has resumed research to make nuclear weapons smaller and more 'usable'." CLIP

Venezuela Floridated (August 10, 2004)
http://www.gregpalast.com/detail.cfm?artid=358&row=0
Will The Gang That Fixed Florida Fix the Vote in Caracas this Sunday? by Greg Palast - Hugo Chavez drives George Bush crazy. Maybe it's jealousy: Unlike Mr. Bush, Chavez, in Venezuela, won his Presidency by a majority of the vote. Or maybe it's the oil: Venezuela sits atop a reserve rivaling Iraq's. And Hugo thinks the US and British oil companies that pump the crude ought to pay more than a 16% royalty to his nation for the stuff. Hey, sixteen percent isn't even acceptable as a tip at a New York diner. Whatever it is, OUR President has decided that THEIR president has to go. This is none too easy given that Chavez is backed by Venezuela's poor. And the US oil industry, joined with local oligarchs, has made sure a vast majority of Venezuelans remain poor. CLIP

The Hindu Business Line : The coming global recession in 2005 (Aug 16, 2004)
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2004/08/16/stories/2004081600110800.htm
A recession may be looming especially with the unprecedented rise in world oil prices, which have historically presaged every recession in America. But on oil there is breathtaking complacency says V. Anantha Nageswaran, and warns of the portends of faulty OPEC reserves and output data, the UK turning a net fuel importer and the developments in West Asia. CLIP

Nader VS the ADL (August 12, 2004)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58007-2004Aug11.html
Ralph Nader, that master of controversy, has a new bete noire: the Anti-Defamation League. The independent presidential candidate has become embroiled in an ugly exchange with the Jewish organization, after he suggested that President Bush and Congress were "puppets" of the Israeli government. "The days when the chief Israeli puppeteer comes to the United States and meets with the puppet in the White House and then proceeds to Capitol Hill, where he meets with hundreds of other puppets, should be replaced," Nader said earlier this summer. That prompted an angry letter from the league, which complained that the "image of the Jewish state as a 'puppeteer,' controlling the powerful US Congress feeds into many age-old stereotypes which have no place in legitimate public discourse." CLIP

U.S. Questions Japan's Pacifism (14 August 2004)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3561378.stm
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says Japan must consider revising its pacifist constitution if it wants a permanent UN Security Council seat. Article Nine of the constitution, drawn up under US post-war occupation, renounces the use of force in disputes. Japan plays a role in international peacekeeping, and currently has troops in Iraq, but its constitution limits its military's powers. However, revising Article Nine would be highly controversial in Japan. Mr Powell told Japan's Kyodo news agency that the US supported Tokyo's quest for a permanent seat at the Security Council. But he added that: "If Japan is going to play a full role on the world stage and become a full active participating member of the Security Council, and have the kind of obligations that it would pick up as a member of the Security Council, Article Nine would have to be examined in that light." He acknowledged how important Article Nine was to the Japanese people, saying: "Whether or not Article Nine should be modified or changed is absolutely and entirely up to the Japanese people to decide." Japan says it is eligible for permanent membership as it has been involved in several peacekeeping operations, and is the second-largest contributor to the United Nations. CLIP

4,000 scientists challenge Bush (August 14, 2004)
http://www.presstelegram.com/Stories/0,1413,204~21474~2335219,00.html
48 Nobel winners also sign paper citing misuse or stifling of advice. Last November, President Bush gave physicist Richard Garwin a medal for his "valuable scientific advice on important questions of national security." Just three months later, Garwin signed a statement condemning the Bush administration for allegedly misusing, suppressing and distorting scientific advice. So far more than 4,000 scientists, including 48 Nobel prize winners, have put their names to the declaration. The scientists' statement represents a new development in the uneasy relationship between science and politics. In the past, individual scientists and science organizations have occasionally piped up to oppose specific federal policies such as Ronald Reagan's missile defense plan.

Bush Plan Excludes Public From Environmental Review (July 28, 2004 )
http://www.bushgreenwatch.org/mt_archives/000162.php
A new directive proposed by the Bush administration would grant broad environmental exemptions to numerous government agencies under the guise of national security. It would also exclude the American public from decisions that can have long-term health and environmental consequences. Under directives for carrying out the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), agencies such as the Coast Guard, Border Patrol, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and many others would be given "categorical exemptions" from following federal environmental regulations if they invoke reasons of national security. Such exclusions would enable agencies to conduct activities in secret that could have serious implications for public safety - such as using or storing hazardous chemicals in close proximity to residential areas and schools without letting citizens know about their risk of exposure. The directive would also allow the degradation of public resources -- such as the building of new roads through national forests for use by the Border Patrol -- with no input from the public whatsoever. While these agencies would still have to conduct environmental reviews before taking action, those reviews would not be subject to public scrutiny or public comment. [1] "This rule is just one example of how the Bush administration uses 9/11 and the threat of terrorism generally to instill fear and basically prevent the public from learning what it has a right to know," Brian Segee, associate counsel for Defenders of Wildlife, told BushGreenwatch. CLIP

Cellphone triggers lightning on Great Wall (July 26, 2004)
http://www.terradaily.com/2004/040726031208.7opog97k.html
BEIJING - Fifteen tourists, including one Slovenian, were injured by cellphone-induced lightning on a section of China's Great Wall, state media and officials said Monday. (...) The risk of cellphones doubling as lightning rods has recently emerged as a public hazard in China. According to reports, a woman in northeast Changchun city was struck byl ightning last month after using her mobile phone in bad weather. "The electromagnetic waves emitted by mobile phones are quite good conductors of electricity," said Liu Shuhua, a professor at the Atmospheric Science Department of Peking University.In particular, Liu strongly advised against using mobile phones near gas stations during thunderstorms.

Kerry Offers 10-Year Plan For US Energy Independence
http://www.planetark.org/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/26471/story.htm

The end of plentiful, cheap oil (4 August 2004)
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/416F7BA6-90FC-48E6-8F4C-CA30FDD6EB39.htm
Oil prices are in a state of flux or so we are told. But the truth of the matter may be far simpler than that; maybe production cannot meet soaring global demand. As prices hit record highs, some analysts' remarks, and much of the comment in the media, are directed at uncertainty surrounding Russian company Yukos, Iraqi pipeline attacks, Nigerian strikes and a forthcoming presidential referendum in Venezuela. Yet behind the easy headlines, so called emerging economies such as China and India, added to rising American demand, are putting pressure on the price of energy. Meanwhile, major oil fields are withering, no new ones are being found and supplier countries are already pumping at their production limits.

OCEANS TURN ACIDIC TO DEAL WITH POLLUTION (August 06, 2004)
http://prorev.com/2004/08/oceans-turn-acidic-to-deal-with.htm
The world's oceans are sacrificing themselves to try to stave off global warming, a major international research program has discovered. Their waters have absorbed about half of the carbon dioxide emitted by human activities over the past two centuries, the 15-year study has found. Without this moderating effect, climate change would have been much more rapid and severe. But in the process the seas have become more acid, threatening their very life. The research warns that this could kill off their coral reefs, shellfish and plankton, on which all marine life depends.News of the alarming conclusions of the research - headed by US government scientists - follows the discovery, reported in Friday's Independent, of a catastrophic failure of North Sea birds to breed this summer, thought to be the result of global warming. The disaster - forecast in The Independent on Sunday last October - appears to have been caused by plankton moving hundreds of miles to the north to escape from an unprecedented warming on the sea's waters. Sand eels - millions of which normally provide the staple diet of many seabirds and large fish - have disappeared, because they, in turn, depend on the plankton.

Climate model predicts more heat waves (Aug. 13, 2004)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5689081
Concern based on projections of global warming trends - WASHINGTON - Heat waves like those that have hit Paris and Chicago in recent years are likely to get worse, roasting more and more cities with ever-higher temperatures, climate researchers predicted Thursday. While some may like it hot, the forecast means misery for many, and hotter weather can affect crops, drive up fuel prices and can kill the old and weak. The heat wave that hit France a year ago killed an estimated 15,000 people. A similar heat wave that hit the Midwest last year damaged the corn and soy crops, and 739 people died in a heat wave that broiled Chicago in 1995. CLIP

'Boiling Point': Who's to Blame for Global Warming? By AL GORE
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/15/books/review/15GOREL.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1092585716-lsxvvupfHW7JqpWVmP70UA&pagewanted=print&position=
How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists, and Activists Are Fueling
the Climate Crisis -- and What We Can Do to Avert Disaster

Breakup Of The North Pole From Dirk Dunningdirkdunning@sprintmail.com (August-15-2004)
http://www.rense.com
I am stunned almost to speechlessness.The northeast passage across the Siberian polar ice is open. The glaciers on Ellesmere Island and the northern and northeastern shores of Greenland are collapsing within a matter of days. The channel between Greenland and Ellesmere Island is open. And only about 250 miles of ice remains on the north shore of Greenland connecting it to the polar ice. And that is breaking up.Vast stretches of polar ice are pulverized and floating free in the Arctic ocean. Thousands of square miles of ice are pulverized and on the edge of breaking up into a billion ice bergs.An immense rent has formed in the ice north of Queen Victoria Island. An even larger tear reaches up from Siberia poking at the north pole itself.The entire north shore of Alaska is Ice free, as is all of the northern Siberian shore - all the way to the New Siberian Islands and beyond.The last of the ice blocking the Northwester passage at the east end of Queen Elizabeth Island is breaking up.In short, the north pole is falling apart. And some claim global warming isn't real!? Within weeks, the refreeze should begin. Depending on how long it is before that happens, massive changes may occur at the pole before the freeze. The polar ice may well break free from land on ALL sides!! This is one of the most astounding events in all of human history. And where is it on the news????
Recommended by "Karen Kirschbaum" kirschy@mindspring.com>

Hungry world 'must eat less meat' (August 15)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/sci/tech/3559542.stm
World water supplies will not be enough for our descendants to enjoy the sort of diet the West eats now, experts say. The World Water Week in Stockholm will be told the growth in demand for meat and dairy products is unsustainable. Animals need much more water than grain to produce the same amount of food, and ending malnutrition and feeding even more mouths will take still more water. Scientists say the world will have to change its consumption patterns to have any realistic hope of feeding itself. (...) Siwi says: "With about 840 million people undernourished or lacking a secure food supply today, and another two billion or more people... by 2025,feeding the world's growing population - and finding the water to grow the food - continues to be a basic and sizeable challenge."A paper to be delivered during the conference, entitled Water: More Nutrition Per Drop, says: "For several decades, the increase in food production has outpaced population growth. Now much of the world is simply running out of water for more production... "The World Health Organisation calls malnutrition "the silent emergency", and says it is a factor in at least half the 10.4 million child deaths which occur every year. Anders Berntell, Siwi's executive director, told BBC News Online: "The basic problem is that food is the main global consumer of water, with irrigation taking 70% or more of all the water we use, apart from huge volumes of rainwater. CLIP

Secret US report surfaces on antidepressants in children
http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/329/7461/307?ehom&eaf
Internal memos and a secret government report about the negative effects of antidepressants in children—suppressed by the US Food and Drug Administration—have surfaced publicly. The Alliance for Human Research Protection, a national network dedicated to ensuring ethical standards in medical research, published the documents on 26 July. The published documents confirm earlier news accounts that a government expert with the FDA's Office of Drug Safety, Dr Andrew Mosholder, found that children taking antidepressants were twice as likely to become suicidal as children taking placebo. CLIP

Olympics 3,000 years ago and today (Aug 13)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&ncid=742&e=1&u=/usatoday/20040813/cm_usatoday/olympics3000yearsagoandtoday
Despite nearly 3,000 years of history, despite the invention of television, Lycra and semiautomatic weapons, the Olympic Games opening officially in Athens today have not changed all that much from those Socrates attended. Those olden contests were subject to the influences of money, politics and nationalism. They took place in a circuslike atmosphere, amid gamesmanship, idealism, innocence and a slight but constant whiff of illicit performance-enhancers. Indeed, the only thing that has changed appreciably - and the thing that may define the Games for the next generation - is a grim undercurrent of terrorism-inspired trepidation. In an effort to secure the safety of the athletes and inspire the confidence of tourists, Greece has spent nearly $2 billion on security. It has bent its constitution to allow foreign security forces to carry weapons. American competitors, considered prime targets, have been told to dial down the jingoism. One security official lectured arriving athletes: "The (American) flag is not a cape, and you are not a matador." Possibly more like the bull, given a tidal rise in anti-American sentiment in Europe over the Iraq war. CLIP

Omega-News Collection 3. August 2004
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/292923/

Omega-News Collection 7. August 2004
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/296505/

Omega-News Collection 10. August 2004
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/298933/

Omega-News Collection 12. August 2004
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/301290/




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FIRST, A SUBSCRIBER BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION THE POSSIBILITY OF A GIANT TSUNAMI HITTING THE US EAST COAST (WITH NEW YORK SKYSCRAPERS CRUMBLING DOWN) AS PREDICTED IN A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE VISION GIVEN IN 1984 TO NED DOUGHEARTY

From: http://www.spiritdaily.org/Prophecy-seers/ned_dougherty1.htm

(...) "Everyone perceives that there is going to be an earthquake in California," says Dougherty, but he believes there is also a concern with the East Coast. In one series of visions he saw massive waves striking from Florida to Long Island and believes it may be related to something we have discussed as the Gorringe fault in the eastern Atlantic near the Azores-- a mysterious seismological hotbed under the ocean where land heaves up and last caused a major tidal wave in 1755 (a surge that swept the coastline from Spain and Portugal to Morocco and up to England). It's located at 36.5 north latitude/11west longitude, and periodically causes quakes of up to magnitude-8.7. Ned is concerned that it could also cause a wave or backwash to North America. He believes this because in his vision it seemed like there was enough warning for people to evacuate -- "a time to get to safety." Ironically, he saw one such safe spot at a shrine called Our Lady of the Island in Eastport, Long Island, which he says is several hundred feet above sea level and located with precisely the view of the ocean he experienced in his vision. "When I read of the Gorringe," he says, "it connected with what I had seen in the vision."

More details on this prophetic vision also in French at http://www.erenouvelle.com/newsnedd.php

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AND THEN I HAPPENED TO STUMBLE ON THIS LITTLE-NOTICED NEWS REPORT WHICH OMINOUSLY CONFIRMS THE VISIONARY WARNING INDICATED ABOVE CONCERNING A GIANT WAVE HITTING THE ENTIRE EAST COAST OF NORTH AMERICA.

From: http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=916432004

Tidal wave catastrophe looms

August 10, 2004

RHIANNON EDWARD

WORLD leaders were yesterday urged to wake up to the threat from a collapsing mountain which at any moment could unleash a massive tidal wave on the east coast of North America.

A chunk of a volcano in the Canary Islands the size of the Isle of Man is on the brink of falling into the sea, a leading expert warned.

Scientists think it could break away when the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma next erupts.

If that happened, a giant tsunami up to 500 feet high would be sent racing across the Atlantic at the speed of a passenger jet. About nine hours later it would hit the Caribbean islands and the east coast of Canada and the United States.

After travelling 4,000 miles the wave would be lower and wider, but still between 60 and 160-ft high. Stretching for many miles, it would sweep up to 20 miles inland, destroying everything in its path. Boston, New York, Washington DC and Miami would be virtually wiped off the map and tens of millions of people killed.

Professor Bill McGuire, of the Benfield Grieg Hazard Research Centre at London’s University College, said yesterday close monitoring might at best provide two weeks’ warning of the impending disaster.

"What we need now is an integrated volcanic monitoring set-up to give maximum warning of a coming eruption," Prof McGuire said.

"The US government must be aware of the La Palma threat. They should certainly be worried, and so should the island states in the Caribbean that will really bear the brunt of a collapse."

A monitoring station equipped to look deep into the heart of the mountain and spot the early signs of an eruption might cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, Prof McGuire said.

Speaking at a briefing in London, he said the next eruption could literally split the mountain apart. Cumbre Vieja last erupted in 1949.

Any evacuation plan would have to be based on the forecast of an eruption, since once the collapse happened it would be too late. The wave-front would spread out in a crescent, striking the west African coast within hours with a wall of water more than 300ft high. Its northern side would send a 33ft-high wave smashing into the south coast of England.

Unlike a normal wave, the tsunami would not break rapidly but just keep coming, Prof McGuire said. "You’re not talking about the destruction of the UK economy, but very serious damage along the south coast," he said.

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See also:

Scientist warns of Atlantic tidal wave - Calls for monitoring of key Canary Island volcano
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5652141/?GT1=4529
(Aug. 9, 2004) REUTERS LONDON - The bad news is tens of millions of people along the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada may drown if the slow slippage of a volcano off north Africa becomes a cataclysmic collapse. But the good news is the world is not likely to be destroyed by an asteroid any time soon. Scientist Bill McGuire told a news conference on natural disasters on Monday that sometime in the next few thousand years the western flank of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma will collapse, sending walls of water 100 meters high racing across the Atlantic. A chunk of the volcano the size of a small island began to slide into the ocean in 1949. There is almost no monitoring of the volcano, giving virtually no chance of any advance warning of another eruption, which could trigger the catastrophe. "The U.S. government must be aware of the threat. I am sure they are not taking it seriously," McGuire of the Benfield Grieg Hazard Research Centre told reporters. "They certainly should be worried, as should the island states of the Caribbean." He said the giant tidal wave or tsunami triggered by such a collapse would hit the other islands of the Spanish-owned Canaries within an hour and reach the north African coast within two hours. CLIP

Expert slams wave threat inertia (10 August, 2004)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/low/science/nature/3553368.stm
A scientist has attacked the inaction over a threat from a dangerous volcano in the Canary Islands which could send a tidal wave crashing against the US. Bill McGuire of the Benfield Grieg Hazard Research Centre said no one was keeping a proper watch on the mountain. If Cumbre Vieja volcano erupts, it may send a rock slab the size of a small island crashing into the sea, creating a huge tidal wave, or tsunami. Walls of water 300 feet high would travel to the US at the speed of a jet. Within three hours, the wave would swamp the east coast of Africa, within five hours it would reach southern England and within 12 it could hit America's east coast. The rock is in the process of slipping into the sea, but the trigger that sends it into the Atlantic is likely to be an eruption of Cumbre Vieja. According to Professor McGuire, Cumbre Vieja could blow "any time". New York, Washington DC, Boston and Miami would be almost wiped out by the tsunami generated by the insecure rock falling into the Atlantic. "Eventually, the whole rock will collapse into the water, and the collapse will devastate the Atlantic margin," said Professor McGuire, of the Benfield Grieg Hazard Research Centre. "We need to be out there now looking at when an eruption is likely to happen...otherwise there will be no time to evacuate major cities." The two or three seismographs designed to pick up signs of movement in the rock could not detect a volcanic eruption weeks in advance, McGuire said. He urged the governments of Spain and the US to fund monitoring of the volcanically active La Palma - a project he said could be achieved relatively cheaply. (...) Giant walls of water that can devastate coastal cities, volcanoes so big that their ash crushes houses 1,500km (932 miles) away, giant earthquakes and asteroid impacts. These are very rare events and, if we are lucky, nothing like them will happen in our lifetimes. But in the longer term, Gee Gees may be our undoing if we do not take action, say researchers. Careful preparation could potentially save thousands of lives, they say. CLIP

Dream about Super Tsunami
http://www.prophecies.us/article.php?sid=365
Contributed by RevMarcie on: Thursday 15 July 2004
Since childhood I have had many dreams which ultimately foretold coming events in my life. Last night I had an unusual and uneasy dream. I was having a view of the area below me as if I was having a helicopter view while "water-breathing human-type" people were explaining the scene to me. I saw houses half underwater up and down the eastern seaboard. Then I was told that this is what it will look like when the storms hit the coastlines. Then I was told "when Italy goes - everyone on the East Coast of the U.S. needs to move as far inland as possible" - there will be NOTHING left. Then I saw total devastation - just a few pieces of debris on miles and miles of cleared land. I awakened after this and was reminded of a documentary I saw quite some time back about Super Tsunami's. There is an volcanic island somewhere off Italy or Sicily - and it has been determined that at some point in the near future the island WILL collapse and will result in a Super Tsunami which WILL hit the East Coast of the U.S. Has anyone else gotten any warnings about such activity coming in visions or meditations or dreams besides me? MORE RELATED COMMENTS AT THE URL ABOVE.

Could Giant Waves Hit Atlantic Shores?
http://www.huttoncommentaries.com/ECNews/GntWavesHitAtlantic.html

Do you see what I see (18 March 2004)
http://www.prophecies.us/article.php?sid=224
(...) In this dream I was looking out of a big picture window and out of it I see in front of me a big bridge, one that very much resembles the San Francisco Bridge. (sketch of it drawn in my journal) While looking at the bridge I seemed to know that water was coming and going to engulf the bridge & town right by it. I saw a huge surge of water, much like a tidal wave, it was coming right over the bridge. I tried to warn people, I knew it was only a matter of time & not to far off. I called, and talked to many about what I saw. Nobody would listen or they listened but really didn't believe it. I then woke up and recorded the dream.

Up to 6,000 killed by PNG tidal wave (21 July 1998) AND THIS WAS A SMALL ONE!
http://www.wsws.org/news/1998/july1998/png-j21.shtml
An estimated 6,000 people, most of them children and the elderly, have died after a tsunami tidal wave devastated 13 coastal villages in Papua New Guinea's remote West Sepik province last Friday night. Initial news reports indicated few casualties, but local church officials say the death toll will reach 6,000, or almost two-thirds of the local population. Surviving eye-witnesses reported that the villages were hit in quick succession by three 10-metre waves, just after nightfall at 7.20pm on Friday. Tsunami, a Japanese word meaning harbour wave, are generated by undersea earthquakes and travel at high speed in deep ocean conditions. In this case, the tidal waves were created by a quake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, only 20 kilometres offshore. The waves hit a 30-kilometre section of the shoreline within 30 minutes. CLIP

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HERE ARE MORE PREDICTIONS EXCERPTED FROM THE BOOK "FAST LANE TO HEAVEN" BY NED DOUGHEARTY WHO WAS WARNED ABOUT 9/11 (this accurate prediction was published prior to 9/11) AND THE ENSUING RISKS OF A MAJOR GLOBAL WAR CONFLAGRATION STARTING IN THE MIDDLE EAST - Note that since this webposted message is dated March 19, 2003, things may have evolved since in a way that prevented the onset of what he describes - hopefully...

From: http://www.fastlanetoheaven.com/messages.html

AT THE BRINK OF WAR - Posted March 19, 2003

"Future Visions" shown to me by a LADY OF LIGHT from my non-fiction book FAST LANE TO HEAVEN (published March, 2001):

"A major terrorist attack may befall New York City or Washington, DC, severely impacting the way we live in the United States." page 252.

"Then flashpoints broke out rapidly throughout the Middle East and Europe representing major incidents, world events caused by mankind: acts of aggression, terrorism, and war. Fanatical, self-proclaimed religious groups supposedly acting in the name of God performed many of these acts, but I was told that acts of war and aggression were not part of God's plan." page 77.

Many of you who have already read FAST LANE TO HEAVEN and know that we are now facing events more terrible than we ever expected to see in our lifetimes. Many of you have been returning to the book to read the "future visions" recognizing that today's current events are all contained in the book. Following the near-death experience in which I was shown these future visions in 1984, even I thought that the world would never be reduced to the loss of spirituality and level of insanity in which we find ourselves today while at the brink of war.

"I was shown a vision of a large plateau in the Middle East. The plateau was surrounded by a dusty, dry, and barren region that seemed to be deserted and devoid of any life. I was told that future events at this location in the Middle East would start a chain reaction of man-made catastrophic events, first in the Middle East, then in Africa and Europe, followed by events in Russia and China." (page 78). We are now at that point where it appears that mankind will cause a chain reaction of catastrophic events resulting in incredible devastation.

As a human being and an American, I find myself conflicted with my true spiritual nature. I want to support our country, our president and our troops who are now clearly in harm's way, but in my essence I am a spiritual being and know that violence will never solve the problems of the world.

I find myself most conflicted by Archangel Michael's Message (pages 172-174) which is clearly a warning to the people of the United States of America. We want to believe that the United States is doing "the right thing" and that President Bush is truly acting by divine inspiration with a clear mandate in the course in which he leads us. But I have my doubts because of what I have been shown will happen if the prosecution of this war results in tremendous death and destruction. According to St. Michael, if humanity continues on this path, the future visions (pages 252-254) indicate that civilization as we know it will be doomed, BUT:

"The Lady of Light told me that none of these future events need take place if mankind began to recognize and work with God's plan. The way to understand and work with God's plan is through prayer and meditation; through prayer to call out to God, and through meditation to hear His message." page 78.

"I was told that the world could be saved, not by its leaders, but by prayer groups throughout the world. I was told that the prayers of twenty could save a nation from war. I was told that the fate of mankind rested on our ability, individually and collectively, to change the direction of mankind in accordance with God's plan." page 79.

CLIP

Ned Dougherty

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See also:

Fast Lane to Heaven
http://www.fastlanetoheaven.com/fast_lane.html
* Find out what could make a wealthy businessman abandon power, drug addiction, and moneymaking schemes for a life of spiritual purpose.
* The vivid recollections of a man who died briefly and saw firsthand the Other Side, the mysteries of the afterlife.
* Describes the author’s life-changing encounters with the "Lady of Light" while he was clinically dead, and later in his life on Long Island, New York and at Zeitoun, Egypt.
* Details the author's future visions, including the following prediction, published six months before September 11, 2001: "A major terrorist attack may befall New York City or Washington, DC, severely impacting the way we live in the United States."




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From: http://www.sundaytimes.co.za/2004/07/18/news/news14.asp

18 Jul 2004

Something weird is going on below us

Satellites in low-Earth orbit over Southern Africa are already showing signs of radiation damage

BONNY SCHOONAKKER

SOUTHERN Africa is experiencing weird vibes, according to scientists studying one of the more profound upheavals awaiting planet Earth.

This forthcoming revolution is a reversal in the Earth's magnetic field, an event that occurs every 500 000 years or so.

Signs that the reversal is about to happen again are nowhere more apparent than over Southern Africa, according to Dr Pieter Kotze, head of the geomagnetism group at the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory in the southern Cape.

Satellites in low-Earth orbit over Southern Africa are already showing signs of radiation damage suffered as a result of the Earth's magnetic field weakening above our part of the planet. The field forms the magneto sphere, which, like the Earth's ozone layer, protects the planet from the sun's harmful radiation.

Other symptoms destined to become apparent in the years ahead include the aurora australis, or southern lights. Usually seen only over the South Pole, these will become visible closer to the equator as the Earth's magnetic field weakens and disappears. Eventually, on past form, the field will reappear but with magnetic north and south pole changing places, as they have done for billions of years.

According to an article in the New York Times this week, the change will be devastating for migratory animals such as loggerhead turtles, which use the Earth's magnetic field to migrate 8 000km around the Atlantic. Bees, swallows, cranes, salmon, homing pigeons, frogs and eagles may also lose their way between breeding and feeding grounds.

Humans will suffer, too. The (temporary) disappearance of the magnetic field ahead of its reversal will lead to increased occurrences of radiation-induced cancer, Kotze said.

Commenting on the New York Times report, Kotze said that the decay in the Earth's magnetic field was becoming increasingly apparent in "the South Atlantic anomaly", a huge deviation in the Earth's magnetic field discovered with the help of the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory.

This month, the European Space Agency (ESA) approved a multimillion-euro space mission, called Swarm, to measure the anomaly, which stretches from Southern Africa towards South America.

The ESA's scientists believe that this anomaly, as revealed by the occasional "geomagnetic jerk" to which our part of the world is prone, will provide a clue to predicting the next "flip" in the Earth's magnetic field, now 250 000 years overdue - as these things go. Three ESA satellites, flying in low-Earth orbit (400km to 500km up) after their launch in 2009, will measure the variation over Southern Africa.

The observatory has also recorded a faster-growing deviation between true north and magnetic north over Southern Africa during the past 10 years, drifting steadily westward. Taken together, the blip and this drift point to an imminent reversal in the Earth's north-south magnetic alignment.

"We should be able to work out the first predictions by the end of the [Swarm] mission," Gauthier Hulot, an ESA geophysicist and a colleague of Kotze's, told the New York Times.

The discovery of the "anomalous field behaviour over Southern Africa" drew wide attention, reported the US newspaper, because "it seemed consistent with what the [ESA's] computer simulations identified as the possible beginnings of a flip".

Kotze said that, "these are all indications that we have conditions similar to the last reversal, 780 000 years ago. So it means that we are due for another one soon." In geological terms, however, "soon" could mean anytime between tomorrow and the next 3 000 years.

Kotze said the anomaly was the result of "things happening" far below the Earth's surface.

At the boundary between the mantle and the outer core (more than 3 000km below Southern Africa) disruptions were occurring in the flow of the Earth's liquid outer core (mostly iron), he explained. This created "a reverse dynamo situation", which is becoming increasingly apparent as variations in the magnetic field above the Earth's surface.

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See also:

Toutatis (Asteroid 4179)
http://www.solarviews.com/eng/toutatis.htm
(...) On September 29, 2004, Toutatis will pass by Earth at a range of four times the distance between the Earth and the Moon, the closest approach of any known asteroid or comet between now and 2060. One consequence of the asteroid's frequent close approaches to Earth is that its trajectory more than several centuries from now cannot be predicted accurately. In fact, of all the Earth-crossing asteroids, the orbit of Toutatis is thought to be one of the most chaotic.

Year of the Comet
http://www.llewellynjournal.com/article/586
In early August, a faint white speck becomes barely visible in the night sky. With each passing day, it grows rapidly larger and brighter, approaching at several times the velocity of a rifle bullet. It is not a meteoric space rock, but a ball of cosmic dust and ice left over from the formation of the solar system billions of years ago—a comet. By mid-August, it lights up the sky almost like a second sun. While not especially large as comets go, it is getting much too close. It is, in fact, on a collision course with planet Earth. The comet almost misses, but it comes so near that Earth’s gravity captures it and whips it back around the planet, over the North Atlantic, southern France and Italy. Soon after entering Earth’s atmosphere, the comet suddenly explodes over the Aegean Sea with the earthshaking roar of a thousand atomic bombs.Astronomers have known for a long time that such an event is virtually inevitable, but it may be much closer than most people think. Exactly this scenario was envisioned for this year of 2004 by the famed French psychic Nostradamus. (...) Overall, the impression we get from an analysis of the old Nostradamus prophecies is that, while his event line may have veered somewhat after five hundred years, he is not off by much. Things today are pretty much as he envisioned: Wars rage in the Middle East, Communism has collapsed and the Soviet Union broken up, militant Islam is on the warpath again, a Muslim bridgehead has been established in Bosnia, just as the Seer predicted. As to the Comet of Nostradamus, even now there are ominous signs in the heavens. A space rock called Toutatis, is heading for a close encounter with Earth in September of this year. It is supposed to miss us by the astronomically small distance of a million miles. But it is an odd asteroid, composed of two weakly joined nodules, with an eccentric rotation. If it should break apart before mid-year, the present calculations would be out the window. Since Nostradamus was probably unaware of the technical distinctions re comets, meteors and asteroids, it is not out of the question that this is the bolide that he perceived.One thing for certain: Toutatis will bear very close watching.




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From: http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/081204J.shtml

New York Lockdown

By Michelle Goldberg

11 August 2004

Cops plan zero tolerance for violent protests at the GOP Convention. Militant groups plan to disrupt the city like never before. Welcome, delegates!

If you're a delegate attending the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden later this month, Jamie Moran knows where you're staying. He knows where you're eating and what Broadway musical you plan on seeing. For the past nine months, Moran has been living off savings earned as an office manager at a nonprofit and working full-time to disrupt the RNC.

His small anarchist collective, RNCNotWelcome.org, runs a snitch line and an e-mail account where disgruntled employees of New York hotels, the Garden and the Republican Party itself can pass on information about conventioneers. So far, the collective has received dozens of phone calls and hundreds of e-mails with inside dirt on GOP activities. Recently, a woman with a polished, middle-aged sounding voice left a message saying, "For some God-unknown reason I'm on the Republican mailing list, and they sent me what they call a list of their inner-circle events." The events hadn't been publicized elsewhere, she said, and she wanted to fax the list to Moran.

Moran feeds information like this to a cadre of activists desperate to unleash four years' worth of anger at the Bush administration. By dogging the delegates wherever they go, RNC Not Welcome hopes to make the Republicans' lives hell for as long as they're in New York.

"We want to make their stay here as miserable as possible," says Moran, who has sandy hair, a snub nose and a goatee. The son of a retired Queens cop, he's 30 but looks younger. "I'd like to see all the Republican events - teas, backslapping lunches - disrupted. I'd like to see people from other states following their delegates, letting them know what they think about Republican policies. I'd like to see impromptu street parties and marches. I'd like to see corporations involved in the Iraq reconstruction get targeted - anything from occupation to property destruction."

There's a showdown coming to Manhattan. Backed by the most intense security the city has ever seen, the Republicans are about to turn the blue-state bastion of New York City into the backdrop for George Bush's coronation. The RNC chose New York because it was the site of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, which to Bush's opponents and even some ordinary New Yorkers seems a brazen provocation.

On one side are 36,000 cops - a force that City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. calls "perhaps the world's tenth-largest standing army." On the other side are at least 250,000 protesters expected to converge on the city from all across the United States and Canada - a demonstration six times larger than the legendary anti-globalization protests that rocked Seattle in 1999.

They're facing off at a time when police are increasingly adopting military tactics in response to protest, and protesters are responding likewise, conducting their own reconnaissance on Republican plans and plotting actions designed to hit where the cops are weakest. The police have infiltrated the protesters, but the protesters have infiltrated the convention; according to anti-RNC organizers, they have at least two moles working undercover with volunteers the city has recruited to help makes things run smoothly at Madison Square Garden.

Plans to oppose the convention are multiplying, suffusing activists with a giddy, growing tension. Marches and rallies, legal and illegal, are being planned for every day that the Republicans are in New York. There will be street theater, including a Roman-style vomitorium in the East Village a few days before the convention starts, meant to signify Republican gluttony. Cheri Honkala, an organizer from Philadelphia, is mobilizing homeless people, public housing tenants and others for a big, illegal "poor peoples' march" on Aug. 30. Activists are holding weekend workshops where direct-action novices practice street blocking, and DIY medics learn to treat victims of pepper spray and police violence.

No one knows where it's all going - whether it will look like Chicago '68 or Seattle '99 or something altogether new. But activists see the coming conflict as history-making.

CLIP

(...) The last four years have given police plenty of practice in instilling fear themselves. Relationships between cops and protesters have rarely been warm, but since Sept. 11, they've grown toxic, with law enforcement routinely denying march permits and using overwhelming force against nonviolent demonstrators.

In 2000 at the Republican Convention in Philadelphia, police infiltrated activist groups and made mass preemptive arrests. The Democratic Convention in Los Angeles that year was little better. "Even protests with the city's permission have been met by legions of heavily armed police officers dressed in full riot gear," CNN reported. The police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds of demonstrators, injuring protesters and journalists alike. "It looked like a reenactment of a Civil War battle," said Al Crespo, a photographer who was shot with a rubber bullet.

Since Sept. 11, things have only gotten worse. In the past three years, protest in America has increasingly come to resemble that in countries such as Egypt, where demonstrations are allowed only within tightly controlled spaces and riot police rush in at the first hint of spontaneity or disorder.

In April 2003, after the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center issued a bulletin about the potential for terrorist violence at an antiwar protest in Oakland, police opened fire on the peaceful crowd with wooden pellets.

It later turned out there had been no real basis for the terrorism warning. Mike Van Winkle, spokesman for the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center, told the Oakland Tribune that it was made because protest itself can be seen as a form of terrorism. "You can make an easy kind of link that, if you have a protest group protesting a war where the cause that's being fought against is international terrorism, you might have terrorism at that protest," he said. "You can almost argue that a protest against that is a terrorist act."

Something similar happened in November, when some 10,000 union members and retirees demonstrated at a free-trade summit in Miami. They were met by 2,500 cops brandishing new crowd-control weaponry, paid for in part by a little-noticed $8.5 million appropriation tacked onto the Iraqi reconstruction bill. Videos taken at the scene show nonviolent protesters being beaten with wooden clubs, shocked with Taser guns, shot in the back with rubber bullets and pepper-sprayed in the face.

"For a brief period in time, Miami lived under martial law," concluded a scathing report on police misconduct issued by a local panel charged with investigating the debacle. "Civil rights were trampled, and the sociopolitical values we hold most dear were undermined."

CLIP - Read the rest (long but extremely comprehensive) at http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/081204J.shtml

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See also:

The World Says No To The Bush Agenda
Sunday, August 29: March and Rally, New York City
Assemble at 10:00am / March steps off at Noon
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=2503




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Fascism Anyone?

Laurence W. Britt

The following article is from Free Inquiry magazine, Volume 23, Number 2.

Free Inquiry readers may pause to read the “Affirmations of Humanism: A Statement of Principles” on the inside cover of the magazine. To a secular humanist, these principles seem so logical, so right, so crucial. Yet, there is one archetypal political philosophy that is anathema to almost all of these principles. It is fascism. And fascism’s principles are wafting in the air today, surreptitiously masquerading as something else, challenging everything we stand for. The cliché that people and nations learn from history is not only overused, but also overestimated; often we fail to learn from history, or draw the wrong conclusions. Sadly, historical amnesia is the norm.

We are two-and-a-half generations removed from the horrors of Nazi Germany, although constant reminders jog the consciousness. German and Italian fascism form the historical models that define this twisted political worldview. Although they no longer exist, this worldview and the characteristics of these models have been imitated by protofascist regimes at various times in the twentieth century. Both the original German and Italian models and the later protofascist regimes show remarkably similar characteristics. Although many scholars question any direct connection among these regimes, few can dispute their visual similarities.

Beyond the visual, even a cursory study of these fascist and protofascist regimes reveals the absolutely striking convergence of their modus operandi. This, of course, is not a revelation to the informed political observer, but it is sometimes useful in the interests of perspective to restate obvious facts and in so doing shed needed light on current circumstances.

For the purpose of this perspective, I will consider the following regimes: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal, Papadopoulos’s Greece, Pinochet’s Chile, and Suharto’s Indonesia. To be sure, they constitute a mixed bag of national identities, cultures, developmental levels, and history. But they all followed the fascist or protofascist model in obtaining, expanding, and maintaining power. Further, all these regimes have been overthrown, so a more or less complete picture of their basic characteristics and abuses is possible.

Analysis of these seven regimes reveals fourteen common threads that link them in recognizable patterns of national behavior and abuse of power. These basic characteristics are more prevalent and intense in some regimes than in others, but they all share at least some level of similarity.

1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism. From the prominent displays of flags and bunting to the ubiquitous lapel pins, the fervor to show patriotic nationalism, both on the part of the regime itself and of citizens caught up in its frenzy, was always obvious. Catchy slogans, pride in the military, and demands for unity were common themes in expressing this nationalism. It was usually coupled with a suspicion of things foreign that often bordered on xenophobia.

2. Disdain for the importance of human rights. The regimes themselves viewed human rights as of little value and a hindrance to realizing the objectives of the ruling elite. Through clever use of propaganda, the population was brought to accept these human rights abuses by marginalizing, even demonizing, those being targeted. When abuse was egregious, the tactic was to use secrecy, denial, and disinformation.

3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause. The most significant common thread among these regimes was the use of scapegoating as a means to divert the people’s attention from other problems, to shift blame for failures, and to channel frustration in controlled directions. The methods of choice—relentless propaganda and disinformation—were usually effective. Often the regimes would incite “spontaneous” acts against the target scapegoats, usually communists, socialists, liberals, Jews, ethnic and racial minorities, traditional national enemies, members of other religions, secularists, homosexuals, and “terrorists.” Active opponents of these regimes were inevitably labeled as terrorists and dealt with accordingly.

4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism. Ruling elites always identified closely with the military and the industrial infrastructure that supported it. A disproportionate share of national resources was allocated to the military, even when domestic needs were acute. The military was seen as an expression of nationalism, and was used whenever possible to assert national goals, intimidate other nations, and increase the power and prestige of the ruling elite.

5. Rampant sexism. Beyond the simple fact that the political elite and the national culture were male-dominated, these regimes inevitably viewed women as second-class citizens. They were adamantly anti-abortion and also homophobic. These attitudes were usually codified in Draconian laws that enjoyed strong support by the orthodox religion of the country, thus lending the regime cover for its abuses.

6. A controlled mass media. Under some of the regimes, the mass media were under strict direct control and could be relied upon never to stray from the party line. Other regimes exercised more subtle power to ensure media orthodoxy. Methods included the control of licensing and access to resources, economic pressure, appeals to patriotism, and implied threats. The leaders of the mass media were often politically compatible with the power elite. The result was usually success in keeping the general public unaware of the regimes’ excesses.

7. Obsession with national security. Inevitably, a national security apparatus was under direct control of the ruling elite. It was usually an instrument of oppression, operating in secret and beyond any constraints. Its actions were justified under the rubric of protecting “national security,” and questioning its activities was portrayed as unpatriotic or even treasonous.

8. Religion and ruling elite tied together. Unlike communist regimes, the fascist and protofascist regimes were never proclaimed as godless by their opponents. In fact, most of the regimes attached themselves to the predominant religion of the country and chose to portray themselves as militant defenders of that religion. The fact that the ruling elite’s behavior was incompatible with the precepts of the religion was generally swept under the rug. Propaganda kept up the illusion that the ruling elites were defenders of the faith and opponents of the “godless.” A perception was manufactured that opposing the power elite was tantamount to an attack on religion.

9. Power of corporations protected. Although the personal life of ordinary citizens was under strict control, the ability of large corporations to operate in relative freedom was not compromised. The ruling elite saw the corporate structure as a way to not only ensure military production (in developed states), but also as an additional means of social control. Members of the economic elite were often pampered by the political elite to ensure a continued mutuality of interests, especially in the repression of “have-not” citizens.

10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated. Since organized labor was seen as the one power center that could challenge the political hegemony of the ruling elite and its corporate allies, it was inevitably crushed or made powerless. The poor formed an underclass, viewed with suspicion or outright contempt. Under some regimes, being poor was considered akin to a vice.

11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts. Intellectuals and the inherent freedom of ideas and expression associated with them were anathema to these regimes. Intellectual and academic freedom were considered subversive to national security and the patriotic ideal. Universities were tightly controlled; politically unreliable faculty harassed or eliminated. Unorthodox ideas or expressions of dissent were strongly attacked, silenced, or crushed. To these regimes, art and literature should serve the national interest or they had no right to exist.

12. Obsession with crime and punishment. Most of these regimes maintained Draconian systems of criminal justice with huge prison populations. The police were often glorified and had almost unchecked power, leading to rampant abuse. “Normal” and political crime were often merged into trumped-up criminal charges and sometimes used against political opponents of the regime. Fear, and hatred, of criminals or “traitors” was often promoted among the population as an excuse for more police power.

13. Rampant cronyism and corruption. Those in business circles and close to the power elite often used their position to enrich themselves. This corruption worked both ways; the power elite would receive financial gifts and property from the economic elite, who in turn would gain the benefit of government favoritism. Members of the power elite were in a position to obtain vast wealth from other sources as well: for example, by stealing national resources. With the national security apparatus under control and the media muzzled, this corruption was largely unconstrained and not well understood by the general population.

14. Fraudulent elections. Elections in the form of plebiscites or public opinion polls were usually bogus. When actual elections with candidates were held, they would usually be perverted by the power elite to get the desired result. Common methods included maintaining control of the election machinery, intimidating and disenfranchising opposition voters, destroying or disallowing legal votes, and, as a last resort, turning to a judiciary beholden to the power elite.

Does any of this ring alarm bells? Of course not. After all, this is America, officially a democracy with the rule of law, a constitution, a free press, honest elections, and a well-informed public constantly being put on guard against evils. Historical comparisons like these are just exercises in verbal gymnastics. Maybe, maybe not.


Note

1. Defined as a “political movement or regime tending toward or imitating Fascism”—Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary.

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Yglesias, Jose. The Franco Years. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1977.

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Laurence Britt’s novel, June, 2004, depicts a future America dominated by right-wing extremists.

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See also:

COMMON TRAITS OF FACIST REGIMES
http://burnbush.blogspot.com

http://tinyurl.com/4as3r




THE STORY BELOW MAY COME AS A SURPRISE TO MANY BUT ITS GENERAL THEME HAS BEEN AROUND FOR QUITE SOME TIME. I CANNOT VOUCH FOR THE COMPLETE AUTHENTICITY OF ITS ENTIRE CONTENT NOR DO I KNOW THE PHOENIX PROJECT ENOUGH TO ENTIRELY TRUST THIS SOURCE - IT COULD BE A DISINFORMATION PLOY CONTAINING ACCURATE INFORMATION BUT DESIGNED TO CREATE FEAR AROUND EXTRATERRESTRIALS AND, OBVIOUSLY, TO LEGITIMATE THE BILLIONS WASTED IN THE "STAR WAR" SCHEME (LOTS MORE MONEY ENDING IN THE DEEP POCKETS OF FAT CATS DEFENSE CONTRACTORS) - BUT THERE ARE PLAUSIBLE ELEMENTS THAT MAKE THIS NETWORKING-WORTHY IMHO. USE YOUR OWN BEST DISCERNMENT.

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Recommended by "Adi Gaia" adigaia@moose-mail.com>

From: http://pdharris0.tripod.com/The_Ultimate_Secret_a_Willia.htm

THE ULTIMATE SECRET
A Special Report and Overview
Prepared by The Phoenix Project

CLIP

The Ultimate Secret, is that MAJI and the U.S. government has in its possession spaceships manufactured on other worlds, as well as the occupants of those interstellar crafts. And, that since 1964, has maintained radio contact with the aliens through Project Sigma. They have also entered into various technical and "trade agreements" with the beings from Zeta Reticuli, named the Greys. (See Exhibit 4).

Note: Communication with the Greys (by Project Sigma) has been an accomplished fact since April of 1964. Therefore, the NASA sponsored "SETI" Program (The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is merely being used as another method to provide covert funding for MAJI projects under the guise of a legitimate program. (See Exhibit 5).

The Greys, as their part of the trade agreements, were to provide MAJI and the U.S. government with various forms of advanced technology. In exchange, the Greys are provided with secret bases of operation within the United States; bases protected by the Greys and U.S. Military forces. In exchange, MAJI agreed to conceal all knowledge of their presence.

Part of the "trade agreements" was an exchange program that allowed the aliens to abduct U.S. Citizens for experimental medical, psychological and genetic research purposes -- the Grey's were to provide lists of persons abducted to the National Security Agency (NSA), for later government follow-up if such persons, when released, required medical assistance or psychological adjustment.

ADDENDA

During 1972-1973, a period of two years, an area South of Groom Lake (one of the nation's most secret test centers in Nevada) was closed and a huge underground facility was constructed for and with the help of the Greys. This facility was built South of Area-51 in another location named Area-S4. This location is just east of, and adjacent to the Nevada Atomic Test site.

The bargained for technology was set in place, but could only be operated by the Grey's themselves, to prevent their advanced technology being used against them. Another secret underground base was provided the Greys in a location known as the "Ice Caves" near the Los Alamos Laboratory Facility in New Mexico. Over a period of the next six years, four more secret bases were provided the Greys in other isolated areas of the United States.

During the years 1979 through 1983, it became increasingly obvious to MAJI that things were not going as planned. It became known that many more people (in the thousands) were being abducted than were being listed on the official abduction list. The list the Greys were supplying the National Security Council, and MAJI. It was apparent that the abductions included much more than the simple monitoring experiments of an advanced civilization.

In late 1979, things had gotten almost entirely out of hand when it became known that the Greys had implanted a tiny probe, 3mm. in size, into the brains of certain abductees before releasing them. MAJI investigators determined the probe could be used to hypnotically and telepathically program and monitor the person. In addition, some abductees were programmed with unknown post-hypnotic commands. The Greys also implanted tracking devices just under the skin, on some abductees to monitor their movements. Attempts, by hypnosis, to determine the nature of the hypnotic programming and commands implanted by the Greys, triggered life-threatening physical symptoms in these individuals making these efforts unsuccessful. It was later discovered that the Greys were performing genetic cross-breeding experiments on some of the human female abductees. In 1983, MAJI discovered the full magnitude of the Grand Deception put over by the Greys. They were also shocked when the Soviet Union (USSR) admitted that they, too, had been deceived and that the Greys had entered into similar Treaties and agreements with them. MAJI was in a state of confusion and near panic as they realized their plans were dashed, along with their hopes and dreams of obtaining the Grey's technology and the secrets of interstellar spaceflight.

This caused MAJI to become split along factional lines. One faction advocating confessing the scheme and the shambles it had become to the public, begging their forgiveness and asking for their support. Note: This faction is responsible for the leaks of sensitive information regarding the activities of Operation Majestic-12. The other faction rejected this saying there was no way they could do that, even though the situation was untenable, stating there was no use in alarming the public of either country with the horrible truth.

This second faction won out and their plan to develop a weapon that could be used against the Greys was accepted by the Soviet Union. Under the guise of "SDI," (a joint US/Soviet effort) the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), this weapon was developed. SDI, has nothing whatever to do with a defense against Soviet nuclear missiles. The nick-name "Star Wars" was closer to the truth than the uninformed public realized.

The "alarm," publicly expressed by the Soviet Union regarding SDI, and its opposition to the program, were all artfully crafted to conceal the joint nature of the program and to prevent the Greys learning its real purpose. The United States and the Soviet Union have been secret allies since 1983.

Primarily, SDI is a weapon for use against the Greys' underground bases or any attempted invasion from space. However, to achieve funding from Congress and support from the people, and to conceal its real nature from the Greys, it had to be presented as a defense against a nuclear strike from the USSR.

The Soviet equivalent of MAJI used the same technique, the development of a weapon to protect their country from a U.S. nuclear strike, to obtain covert funding for the joint effort.

The threat from the Greys is taken so seriously by MAJI, that President Reagan adamantly refused any concessions on SDI. He continued to vigorously pursue its development, and deployment, in spite of uninformed scientific and congressional opposition. These opponents never knew its real and intended purpose.

To accomplish the true objectives of the SDI program, MAJI created another ultra-secret project -- Project Zeus. Project Zeus is revealed here for the first time.

Project Zeus, created under the umbrella of MAJI, is charged with the real purpose, direction, management, development and eventual deployment of the SDI Weapons System. It was aptly named for the mythical Greek God -- Zeus. Only this time, it would be an angry Zeus hurling laser and particle beam lightning bolts into the heavens -- against an alien attack or, deflected by mirrors, against secret alien bases on the Earth.

In 1984, President Reagan in a public address established the tone and seriousness of this endeavor when he deliberately, or inadvertently, let slip the remarks that the world may one day unite to fight a threat from outer space. This was followed by a series of subsequent remarks during the latter days of his term of office. (See Exhibit 7).

The basic information revealing the existence of Operation Majestic-12, the crashed UFOs, alien beings, and their secret bases within the United States, was obtained through the Freedom of Information Act from the files of the CIA, NSA, FBI, State Department, the U.S. Air Force. Other intelligence data obtained by The Phoenix Project has contributed to this report.

These documents reveal the "Above Top Secret" nature of Operation Majestic-12. They also verify that the scientific discovery of all time has been hidden from the people of Earth, and that both communications and relationships with extraterrestrial alien beings have already been achieved. And, that the radical new technology the Greys possess could alter human civilization overnight.

Some of these documents obtained by various civilian researchers, verify the fact that we are not alone in the universe. The additional information contained in this report, i.e., notes and comments, and some of the conclusions (in the addenda) are based on intelligence information from other confidential sources.

PROJECT ZEUS

In 1980, Lt. General Daniel O. Graham -- Department of Defense Strategic Analyst, stated: "We need a bold new approach. We must stop competing with the Greys in areas where we can't win, and begin to compete where we have the advantage."

The result: A book by General Graham entitled "The High Frontier," and the National Security Agency (NSA) funded "Project High Frontier." This project used some of the nation's best engineers and development scientists.

This book and the project were the "red herring" technique to sell the concept and proposal to Congress, scientists, and the defense and aerospace industries. It, supposedly, was a bold, new, defense plan for the United States and Western Civilization.

This was followed by another book "The Strategy of Technology" by Stefan Possony and Jerry Pournelle. It should be mentioned that neither of these two authors dreamed their book would be used to further promote the purposes of MAJI and Project Zeus. Its concept was to abandon the doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD), in favor of Assured Survival, in any conflict with the USSR.

The foregoing concepts (a Western Civilization Defense Plan) and the covert efforts directed against the Greys (Project Zeus) orchestrated by MAJI, were presented to President Ronald Reagan. That presentation was successful. On March 23, 1983, President Reagan made his famous "Star Wars" speech -- and labeled it "The Strategic Defense Initiative." Only in later speeches, near the end of his term in office, did President Reagan publicly mention the possibility of a hostile encounter with extraterrestrials.

The importance of this endeavor and the serious nature of the threat presented by the Greys and the consequences if Project Zeus were aborted, explain why the President would not budge from his SDI position, even in the most critical of nuclear arms'reduction negotiations with the USSR, or critics in the scientific community and Congress.

It also explains why President George Bush, still the head of MAJI, is continuing to press forward with the SDI project.

According to public statements by General James Abrahamson, SDI Project Director, "SDI" research has turned up five ways the weapon system could, and would work.

"SDI," (Project Zeus, the covert operation against any possible space threat, threatening action or invasion attempts by the Greys), "is based on two technological discoveries:

"1) That ground-based lasers are a feasible and a likely way to defend a nation. Enormous lasers could be built near large hydro-electric plants and operational nuclear power plants, diverting the enormous output of these sources to laser weapons. With such enormous lasers and mirrors, in orbit to redirect the energy, it would not be necessary to "point and shoot" such weapons; you could raster an entire target area; sweeping the beam in a deadly conical pattern to eliminate any target. Planet-based laser weapons of such power could reach beyond the Moon to engage and destroy hostile spaceships.

"2) Press ahead with the research, development and deployment of high-powered particle beam weapons from orbiting space platforms and ground based installations." (See Exhibit 8).

MAJI's plans called for the funding, planning, development, testing, and operational aspects of Project Zeus to be concealed within the compartmented SDI program. NASA, without knowledge of the real purpose would orbit the necessary tracking and data relay satellites, and Department of Defense (DOD) payloads of laser mirrors. These SDI payloads were disguised and classified as military communication, spy, and navigational satellites.

CLIP

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See also:

Wreckage of alien device reportedly discovered at Tunguska Meteor site
http://www.interfax.ru/e/B/0/28.html?id_issue=10692623
TURA, Russia. Aug 11 (Interfax-Siberia) - Experts of the Tunguska Space Phenomenon public state fund in Siberia announced that they have discovered wreckage of an alien technical device in the place where the Tunguska meteor fell almost 100 years ago. A giant piece of space rock, later named the Tunguska meteor, is believed to have collided with the Earth 65 kilometers from the village of Vanavara (Evenkia) on June 30, 1908. The first expedition to examine the area was organized in 1927 by Professor Leonid Kulik. However, no wreckage of an alien device was discovered. The Evenk autonomous district administration's press service reported that the most recent expedition had been working in the western sector of the district. The route for the expedition was charted based on pictures taken from space near the village of Poligus in the Baikitsky district. Researchers argue that they have discovered parts of an alien device which they believe crashed on June 30, 1908. They also found a rock weighing about 50 kilograms and sent it to Krasnoyarsk for analysis. Expedition chief Yuri Lavbin said the results of the expedition inspire the hope that the mystery of the space phenomenon will be solved by the 100th anniversary of the Tunguska meteorite disaster.

Pentagon Looks to Directed-Energy Weapons (August 1)
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=624&ncid=753&e=1&u=/ap/20040801/ap_on_sc/directed_energy_weapons

Russian claim discovery of ET spaceship wreck (2004-08-12)
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/12/content_1766126.htmwww.chinaview.cn
BEIJING, Aug.12 (Xinhuanet) -- Russian scientists said they have discovered the wreck of an alien device at the site of an unexplained explosion in Siberia almost a hundred years ago, China Daily reported today, citing the Interfax news agency as the source.




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From: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2004/jul/14us-privacy-threats.htm

Press release: July 26, 2004

Bill of Rights Defense Committee
241 King St., Suite 216
Northampton, MA 01060
413-582-0110 info@bordc.org

Total Information Awareness & Beyond: Threats to Privacy in a Post 9-11 America

July 26, 2004, Northampton, MA: It would be hard to forget the dramatic public denunciation of John Poindexter’s Total/Terrorism Information Awareness (TIA) project last year (see at http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/11/20/terror.tracking/). Congress gave into citizen pressure and voted to defund the controversial plan to build a centralized database of private transactional data on all Americans. However, neither TIA nor data mining have left the government’s counterterrorism toolbox.

A new paper by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (http://bordc.org)* details fourteen government data surveillance programs that are going on right now, including TIA itself. The paper explains how these programs endanger Fourth Amendment and privacy rights and suggests that new laws and regulations are needed to adequately protect citizen privacy.

More concerning than what is in the report, however, is what is left out. Author of the paper, Shannon Anderson, remarks, “The most troubling aspect of these data surveillance systems is their lack of government transparency. Government agencies change program names, hide their budgets in discretionary funding, and mislead the public about their status. When you have Tom Ridge driving a stake through the heart of CAPPS II one day and DHS officials saying the program is still alive the next, what are citizens supposed to believe?”

Anderson also notes that, “Unfortunately, data surveillance is a just a slice in the pie of post 9-11 privacy infringements.” (See Graphic below)** Since the terrorist attacks, the FBI has relaxed its guidelines for infiltrating political and religious groups. Moreover, because of USA PATRIOT Act sections 216 and 217, investigators have greater authority to monitor e-mail and internet use. These provisions have encouraged the FBI to further implement its Carnivore Internet Communications System, which the agency renamed DCS 1000 after public abhorrence to the name “Carnivore.”

Equally concerning is the decrease in privacy for attorney-client communications. An October 2001 Bureau of Prisons order allows federal agents to monitor conversations between lawyers and their clients held in federal custody, and the agents do not need to notify the client and attorney if a court authorizes the monitoring.

The federal government is not alone in its attack on privacy. Local governments have also implemented measures that infringe on privacy, such as large-scale video surveillance.

Taken in totality, these government projects paint a harrowing picture of post 9-11 privacy. Especially during this election season, the BORDC encourages citizens to ask their elected officials two big questions: Are these technology systems and counterterrorism measures making us safer? And even if they are, is the cost to our privacy and civil rights worth it?

*The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (bordc.org)is a national nonprofit organization that encourages communities to take an active role in an ongoing national debate about the USA PATRIOT Act and other antiterrorism measures that threaten civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.




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From: "Jean-Pierre Caron" galacteus@sympatico.ca>
Subject: Democrats choose Strong and Wrong
Date: 31 Jul 2004

Bonjour Jean.

This one speaks by itself. As long as we will let others compromise our ideals in the name of "unity" and "power", we are denying ourselves a decent tomorrow as a collective entity. Is this the democracy we want? I believe the real question we now have to ask ourselves is: Have we been deceived once more or have we been deceiving ourselves once more in believing things could have been different this time?

Namaste!

Jean-Pierre

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Strong and Wrong

by Jonathan Schell

"During the Vietnam War, many young men, including the current President, the Vice President and me, could have gone to Vietnam and didn't. John Kerry came from a privileged background. He could have avoided going, too. But instead he said, 'Send me.'

"When they sent those Swift Boats up the river in Vietnam... John Kerry said, 'Send me.'

"And then when America needed to extricate itself from that misbegotten and disastrous war, Kerry donned his uniform once again, and said, 'Send me'; and he led veterans to an encampment on the Washington Mall, where, in defiance of the Nixon Justice Department, they conducted the most stirring and effective of the protests, that forced an end to the war.

"And then, on my watch, when it was time to heal the wounds of war and normalize relations with Vietnam...John Kerry said, 'Send me.'"

So spoke President Clinton at the Democratic Convention--except that he did not deliver the third paragraph about Kerry's protest; I made that up. The speech cries out for the inclusion of Kerry's glorious moment of antiwar leadership; and its absence is as palpable as one of those erasures from photographs of high Soviet officials after Stalin had sent them to the gulag. Clinton's message was plain.

Military courage in war is honored; civil courage in opposing a disastrous war is not honored. Even thirty years later, it cannot be mentioned by a former President who himself opposed the Vietnam War. The political rule, as Clinton once put it in one of the few pithy things he has ever said, "We [Democrats] have got to be strong.... When people feel uncertain, they'd rather have somebody who's strong and wrong than somebody who's weak and right."

And now the United States is engaged in a war fully as wrong as the one in Vietnam. The boiling core of American politics today is the war in Iraq and all its horrors: the continuing air strikes on populated cities; the dogs loosed by American guards on naked, bound Iraqi prisoners; the kidnappings and the beheadings; the American casualties nearing a thousand; the 10,000 or more Iraqi casualties; the occupation hidden behind the mask of an entirely fictitious Iraqi "sovereignty"; the growing scrapheap of discredited justifications for the war. But little of that is mentioned these days by the Democrats. The great majority of Democratic voters, according to polls, ardently oppose the war, yet by embracing the candidacy of John Kerry, who voted for the Congressional resolution authorizing the war and now wants to increase the number of American troops in Iraq, the party has made what appears to be a tactical decision to hide its faith.

The strong and wrong position won out in the Democratic Party when its voters chose Kerry over Howard Dean in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. An antiwar party rallied around a prowar candidate. The result has been one of the most peculiar political atmospheres within a party in recent memory. The Democrats are united but have concealed the cause that unites them. The party champions free speech that it does not practice. As a Dennis Kucinich delegate at the convention said to Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!, "Peace" is "off-message." A haze of vagueness and generality hangs over party pronouncements. In his convention speech, President Carter, who is on record opposing the war, spoke against "pre-emptive war" but did not specify which pre-emptive war he had in mind. Al Gore, who has been wonderfully eloquent in his opposition to the war, was tame for the occasion. "Regardless of your opinion at the beginning of this war," he said, "isn't it now abundantly obvious that the way this war has been managed by the Administration has gotten us into very serious trouble?"

What of the antiwar sentiment that is still in truth at the heart of most Democrats' anger? It has been displaced downward and outward, into the outlying precincts of American politics. The political class as a whole has proved incapable of taking responsibility for the future of the nation, and the education of the American public has been left to those without hope of office. Like a balloon that squeezed at the top expands at the base, opposition to the war increases the farther you get from John Kerry. Carter and Gore can express a little more of it. Howard Dean, who infused the party with its now-muffled antiwar passion, can express more still. Representative Kucinich, a full-throated peace candidate, has endorsed Kerry and has kind words to say about him but holds fast to his antiwar position. On the Internet, Tomdispatch.com, AlterNet.org, commondreams.org, antiwar.com, MoveOn.org and many others are buzzing and bubbling with honest and inspired reporting and commentary. Michael Moore is packing audiences into 2,000 theaters to see Fahrenheit 9/11.

I know, I know: It's essential to remove George W. Bush from the White House, and Kerry is the instrument at hand. I fully share this sentiment. But I am not running for anything, and my job is not to carry water for any party but to stand as far apart from the magnetic field of power as I can and tell the truth as I see it. And it's not too early to worry about the dangers posed by the Democrats' strategy. In the first place, they have staked their future and the country's on a political calculation, but it may be wrong. By suffocating their own passion, they may lose the energy that has brought them this far. They have confronted Bush's policy of denial with a politics of avoidance. Bush is adamant in error; they are feeble in dedication to truth. If strong and wrong is really the winning formula, Bush may be the public's choice. In the second place, if Kerry does win, he will inherit the war wedded to a potentially disastrous strategy. If he tries to change course, Republicans -- and hawkish Democrats (Senator Joe Lieberman has just joined in a revival of the Committee on the Present Danger) -- will not fail to remind him of his commitment to stay the course and renew the charge of flip-flopping. But the course, as retired Gen. Anthony Zinni has commented, may take the country over Niagara Falls. Then Kerry may wish that he and his admirers at this year's convention had thought to place a higher value on his service to his country when he opposed the Vietnam War.

Jonathan Schell is the Harold Willens Peace Fellow at the Nation Institute. He is the author, most recently, of A Hole in the World, a compilation of his "Letter From Ground Zero" columns, and of The Unconquerable World (just out in paperback).

This article will appear in the latest issue of The Nation magazine.

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See also:

President Kerry? (August 1, 2004)
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1273709,00.html
After the strongest speech he has ever given, the Democrat candidate is starting to convince America he can oust George Bush. - The fireworks exploded in the night sky and illuminated John Kerry dancing on the stage next to Boston harbour. It was way past midnight and he had delivered the most important speech of his life. (...) But there is another war that got less attention at the Democrat convention. That is the conflict in Iraq in which Fernando Suarez lost his soldier son, Jesus. Suarez was not shy about mentioning Iraq and he had a message for Kerry in Boston. 'My son died. For what? Because Bush lied. Pay attention Mr Kerry. The people watch your actions,' he said. But Suarez was not a speaker at the convention. He was at a peace rally on Boston Common a mile and a half away. Inside the hall itself and at countless convention meetings very few strayed off the simple message: don't mention the war. That was an astonishing achievement. Polls show that 93 per cent of delegates in Boston were against the war, far more than most Americans. Iraq has been the most dominant and divisive issue in American politics for a generation. It is the reason behind much of the Democrat hatred for Bush. It is the main reason why Democrats are so energised to win. But both Kerry and Edwards voted for the war. Speaking out strongly now would seem hypocritical and it would also open them up to Republican attacks on their patriotism. A spat over Iraq could shatter the carefully built up picture of strength on national security. Democrats at all levels have made the decision to back Kerry in the belief that he can win. Speeches were vetted and dissent was not tolerated. CLIP

Sen. Robert Byrd on Losing America and Confronting A Reckless & Arrogant Presidency
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/08/02/1428226
Although he is the most senior member of the Senate, Robert Byrd did not speal during the Democratic National Convention. However, he did speak in Cambridge during the convention and issued a call for on citizens to save the country and preserve the Constitution. CLIP




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Forwarded by "Mark Graffis" mgraffis@hotmail.com>

From: http://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/8790/

Don't be Surprised at Fabricated Terrorist Event to Cancel Federal Election

by Stan Moore

09 August 2004

"Once America enters a period of martial law, which would be declared in the name of "democracy" and "freedom", we may NEVER get back true democracy and freedom for many years."

The website at http://www.GlobalResearch.ca has compiled a lot of evidence that the Bush administration is considering ways and means of canceling the upcoming Federal elections. Not only that, there is ample evidence presented to show that Al Qaeda is and always was a collaborative agent of the U.S. Government, and for all we know, still may be. We also know that the principal players in this administration called for a new "Pearl Harbor - type event" to start the war on terrorism and there is not reason to doubt that another such event may be used as a method for the Bushites to maintain hold on power, at least temporarily.

But there is more to consider. The Association for the Study of Peak Oil tells us that we may be at or very close to the Hubbert Peak of international oil production. There is great reason to believe that international chaos will ensue, not to mention total collapse of the economic, securities and political systems when the public realizes the realities of the age we are living in. And if and when the public decides to hold the politicians of both parties accountable, there could be revolution. Certainly the leaders of both American political parties know about Peak Oil, including Kerry/Edwards, yet public discussion is off the table.

For this reason, a new possibility emerges regarding maintenance of control of the nation by the status quo, which includes the wealthy, corporate elite of BOTH political parties. A terrorism event could be manufactured in which martial law is declared and maintained indefinitely. A fascinating possibility is that both political parties could work together to ensure maintenance of pseudo-democracy in America by a collaborative effort to maintain/share power without elections, without exercises of democracy by the American people. Martial law could be used to suppress the masses, to stifle the flow of information, to subdue American "insurgency".

Already, we know that the Project for the New American Century called for extending war to cyber-space, and it is well within reason to contemplate control over the entire Internet by military monitoring, with arrest of "seditious" speech by anyone at any time. The U.S. military, if it chose, working with the national intelligence services, could identify and suppress free speech on the Internet and make it virtually impossible for free speech, truth, and citizen action to undermine the police state that would be deemed necessary for the "security" of the nation.

Once America enters a period of martial law, which would be declared in the name of "democracy" and "freedom", we may NEVER get back true democracy and freedom for many years. Think about it.




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Recommended by Bill Derau tanchu@olypen.com> who wrote: "This is awesome, sure backs up some good info."

From: http://www.newswithviews.com/NWVexclusive/exclusive34.htm

9/11 VIDEO SHOCKS SACRAMENTO CITIZENS

August 13, 2004

A new 9-11 video was screened last night in Sacramento, California, leaving the audience stunned. '911 in Plane Site' is basically presented in two parts. The first segment is 52 minutes and designed for showing on television with the balance of a one hour time slot reserved for commercials. Part II continues with more film and analysis. This video is digitally mastered making details sharp and clear.

'911 in Plane Site' presents actual film from that fateful day and careful analysis focusing on the Pentagon and the two World Trade Center buildings. By slowing down the actual news feeds that day from networks like CNN, FOX, the BBC and others, what you see is quite different from what most people saw in "real time" that day. Live footage from the Pentagon and what was missed by most because of the smoke and confusion was captured up close by the media. Following the showing, a retired vet remarked, "How did we miss this all this time? I've seen media clips of the front of that building [the Pentagon] many times, but I wasn't really seeing what was there. I feel sick."

One particular interview that brought gasps from the audience and many looking around with shock etched on their faces was an interview conducted - live at the time - by FOX News. This intense interview with Mark Burnback, an employee of FOX News, contains the following narrative, paraphrased: Burnback was close to the path of the second plane and had a good long look at what he describes was not a commercial airliner. The plane that hit the second tower had no windows, Burnback was very clear about that. The plane had some kind of blue logo on the front near the nose and looked like a cargo plane. This point was driven to the viewer several times along with the comment from this FOX employee that "this plane wasn't from around here or anything you'd see take off from the airport."

Other footage includes several women who had a very clear view watching the second plane hit were yelling, "That wasn't American Airlines....It wasn't American Airlines going into the building." These interviews were played that morning once on FOX News, never to be replayed again, despite the massive saturation and repetition by the media for many days to come.

Other extremely disturbing segments of this video are the clear, slow motion shots of the second plane going into the towers which show a flash right before the nose of the plane hits the building and a pod attached to the bottom of the plane. This strange flash is clearly recorded from four different angles from four different cameras. While there is only one known piece of film showing the first plane hitting the first tower, in slow motion one can clearly see - as with the second plane - a flash from the nose section right before impact. What caused this?

This video raises extremely disturbing questions about the planes that hit the Pentagon and the World Trade Centers, but no conclusions or accusations are made by the commentator. To date, only one piece of film has been released by DoD of the front of the Pentagon. The question raised in the video is where is all the other film footage from the Pentagon? The heart beat of America's military and security, with a building and perimeter loaded with cameras, but no film for the public to view of events as they unfolded except from one camera?

According to the producers, the purpose of '911 in Plane Site' is to demonstrate that Americans saw one thing that morning that was so shocking, so horrific and so massive, the finer details weren't really being picked up. The producer reinforces to the viewer that after one broadcast of many very controversial interviews live on the spot, these particular interviews were never broadcast again, i.e. firefighters on the spot talking about the explosions and bombs inside the towers. Since 9-11, it has been reported that "Building Seven" collapsed because of the two World Trade Center towers collapsing. However, the footage on this video tells a different story and raises more questions.

'911 in Plane Site,' distributed by Power Hour Productions (866-773-9469), leaves one with many questions as demonstrated by a very upset senior citizen who requested her last name be withheld. Mary asked, "If these weren't commercial airliners, where are those flights? Where are the passengers? My, God what really happened that day?" Indeed, this seemed to be the biggest question expressed by viewers after the lights came back on, but for which there were no answers. Some viewers were visibly upset, angry and "want damn answers" from the Bush Administration. Others just walked out the door in silence. One upset man commented on the way out of the viewing, "It's time to get this on PBS and every investigative news program on TV. We need answers."

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See also:

Dayton: FAA, NORAD hid 9/11 failures (July 31, 2004) http://www.startribune.com/stories/1576/4904237.html
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., charged Friday that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) have covered up "catastrophic failures" that left the nation vulnerable during the Sept. 11 hijackings. "For almost three years now, NORAD officials and FAA officials have been able to hide their critical failures that left this country defenseless during two of the worst hours in our history," Dayton declared during a Senate Governmental Affairs Committee hearing.




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From: http://www.aclu.org/Privacy/Privacy.cfm?ID=15378&c=130

'No-Fly' List Risk

July 1, 2003

With Databases Everywhere, the U.S. Government May Be Turning Into Big Brother

By Jayashri Srikantiah

Rebecca Gordon and Jan Adams are long-time peace activists who live and work in San Francisco. When they went to San Francisco International Airport last year to take a flight to Boston, they were told by an airline agent that their names may be on a secret federal "no fly" list. They were briefly detained, questioned and only allowed to fly when San Francisco Police officers cleared them after checking their names against a master FBI list.

Jan and Rebecca are not alone. Since September 11, at least 339 air passengers have been stopped and questioned by police at the airport because their names were believed to match names on the "no fly" list. If this airport is typical of other airports across the country, it is likely that thousands of passengers are being subjected to similar treatment because of the "no fly" list.

Does the "no fly" list actually make us safer? It is impossible for the public to answer that question because we have very little information about the list. We don't know, for instance, how a name is placed on the list, how a name can be taken off of the list or whether First Amendment-protected activity is ever a reason for placing a name on the list. Although Adams' and Gordon's story suggests that airlines have access to the list, we don't know if airlines can alter information on the list, or if the government trains airlines on how to use the list.

In order to obtain more information about the "no fly" list and other transportation watch lists, Adams, Gordon and the American Civil Liberties Union filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act with the Transportation Security Administration and the FBI last December. Because neither agency responded with any information, these parties filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California under the freedom and privacy acts on April 22, 2003. Without even basic information about the list, there is no way for the public to hold their government accountable as to whether the resources that law enforcement is expending on stopping and questioning air passengers are resources well spent.

According to a recently issued General Accounting Office report, the "no fly" list is just one of 12 terrorist and criminal watch lists maintained by the federal government. As the number of watch lists grows and data is increasingly shared among watch lists, the potential for error increases. Imagine, for instance, if Adams' or Gordon's names were mistakenly placed on 12 watch lists instead of just the "no fly list."

The problems with data sharing further multiply if watch list information is shared with the thousands of databases currently maintained by the government. Like the government's watch lists, these databases catalogue information on the lives of ordinary Americans and others.

Examples include a Treasury Department database that collects financial information reported to the government by financial institutions and a Department of Education database of educational records on individuals stretching from their primary school years through higher education. It is bad enough that Gordon and Adams were flagged because their names matched the "no fly" list - it would be worse if this unfair black mark were disseminated throughout the federal government, potentially causing problems for Adams and Gordon in everything from traffic stops to job applications.

The dangers created by the aggregation of information in government databases and watch lists are illustrated by the government's plans to develop the Computer-Assisted Passenger Pre-Screening System, or CAPPS II, a system that would search secret intelligence and law enforcement databases and rate every airline passenger a red, yellow or green-level threat. Using easily falsified information such as name, home address, home phone number and date of birth, the pre-screening system would screen air passengers' names through credit databases and then run that information through secret government databases to make judgments about the passengers' security risk.

Based on the color-coded result, a passenger may be allowed to travel, required to undergo special security scrutiny or be referred to law enforcement and possibly detained. Masses of Americans may be unfairly branded as security risks under this program - and like Gordon and Adams, they may not know why they have been tagged or how they can clear their names.

The government's increasing use of watch lists and databases is complemented by private industry, which also collects information about individuals in this country. As computer technology exploded in recent decades, companies began to collect information about the spending and lifestyle habits of ordinary Americans. Surveys, sweepstakes questionnaires, loyalty-card programs and monitoring of Internet shopping are tools used by companies to gather information about consumers. Companies called data aggregators compile this information and sell it to others, including the government.

The "no fly" list is only the tip of the iceberg. If we do not take steps to monitor and control data surveillance to bring it into conformity with our values, millions of us will find ourselves in the situation that Gordon and Adams are in today - branded by our own government as "risky," with no way to face our accuser, discover the substance of the accusation or correct inaccurate information on which the accusation is based. We could find ourselves being tracked, analyzed, profiled and flagged in our daily lives to a degree we can scarcely imagine today.

Jayashri Srikantiah is a staff attorney with the ACLU of Northern California.




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From: http://www.laweekly.com/ink/04/35/15-watzman.php

Corporate Conventions: How millions of dollars will buy influence in New York and Boston

by Micah L. Sifry and Nancy Watzman

Four years ago, maverick Democratic Senator Russ Feingold addressed the Shadow Convention, a gathering of activists in Los Angeles on the eve of the 2000 Democratic National Convention. After a perfunctory declaration of support for his party, the Wisconsin Democrat launched into a passionate condemnation of “what has happened to our conventions, to our government and to our democracy.”

“I’m sorry to say it, but the big story at the Democratic Convention is really influence buying and peddling,” said Feingold, whose attack on “our brave new corporate democracy” won him a standing ovation.

Has anything changed four years later and two years after legislation bearing Feingold’s name, along with that of his Republican colleague John McCain, ushered in a new era of federal campaign finance regulation? Yes and no. The McCain-Feingold law has made one big difference: No longer can corporations, unions and wealthy individuals purchase access and influence with federal politicians by making direct and unlimited contributions of “soft money” to their political party committees. Nor are elected officials allowed to solicit such checks anymore. The blatant shakedown is over.

But that hasn’t stopped the influence game from taking a new shape. One huge loophole that was left unclosed was the funding of the parties’ national political conventions, which get millions in public funds but are also allowed to accept support from local civic groups. This year, the nonprofit host committees for the Democratic and Republican conventions have been raking in corporate cash in unheard of amounts. Together, the two committees are expected to raise more than $100 million from private sources — more than 12 times as much as they raised in 1992, according to a new analysis by the Campaign Finance Institute. Here as in the presidential fund-raising race, the Republicans are in the lead, expecting to raise $63.6 million to the Democrats’ $39 million.

This explosion of cash has nothing to do with the actual costs of mounting a national convention, mind you. The amount that the Republicans are planning to spend on parties, receptions and special events in New York — $7.7 million — is actually more than the total amount ($6.2 million) the Democrats spent on their entire New York convention in 1992! Nor will the extra money spent on fancy stages, computer systems and telecommunications infrastructure deliver greater television coverage to the conventions, as the major networks have already signaled that they will be reducing their live news coverage to an hour a night.

No, the name of the game is, as one of the New York party planners put it, “Access . . . So they can show their best clients and best customers they know pretty important people.”

CLIP - Read the rest at http://www.laweekly.com/ink/04/35/15-watzman.php




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From: http://www.organicconsumers.org/ge/overview072904.cfm

Overview of Nat'l Academy of Sciences Whitewash on Health Hazards of GE Foods

News Update From The Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods http://www.thecampaign.org

Dear News Update Subscribers,

A major new report from the National Academy of Sciences was released this week titled "Safety of Genetically Engineered Foods: Approaches to Assessing Unintended Health Effects."

This project was funded by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council are the divisions of the National Academy of Sciences that released the report. The report was conducted by the "Committee on Identifying and Assessing Unintended Effects of Genetically Engineered Foods on Human Health."

This report from the nation's leading scientific organization raises many red flags about the safety of genetically engineered foods. We will definitely be using this important report in making our case to Congress about the need to label genetically engineered foods.

You can read and/or purchase the entire 254-page report online at the National Academies Press web site. There is also a 16-page executive summary. Here is a link to the web site: http://books.nap.edu/catalog/10977.html

Posted below are three articles about the report. However, before reading the articles below, please allow me to point out a few things to keep in mind:

1) Most of the people who served on this committee are very pro-biotech. Many earn their livings in this field and stand to profit significantly if this technology is adopted on a larger scale.

2) This type of safety review should have been conducted in the early 1990's, before we made guinea pigs out of the American public.

3) Since genetically engineered foods are currently being eaten on a daily basis by millions of U.S. citizens, there was great pressure on the committee to not alarm the public by suggesting that the current foods are in any way not safe.

4) The biotech industry is trying to say that this report indicates genetically engineered crops are safe when the findings clearly raise many significant safety concerns.

5) The report emphasizes the value and importance of post market tracking of genetically engineered foods that have been approved for human consumption. The easiest way to facilitate post market tracking would be to label the genetically engineered foods. Yet the committee chairwoman is downplaying the need for post market tracking, undermining this important safety review that the report emphasizes.

6) As the report points out, the technology does not even currently exist that is necessary to adequately safety test genetically engineered foods. It could cost many millions, if not billions, of dollars to develop such technology, and take many years. In the meantime, people are being fed these risky foods that have never been adequately tested.

7) Based on the track record of the government agencies that commissioned this report, it is unlikely they will suddenly change the way they have been dealing with genetically engineered foods. So, the status quo will likely remain. And under the current regulations, if a biotech company has a new genetically engineered product to bring to market, they are not even required to inform the FDA they are bringing it out.

Again, this type of analysis on the safety of genetically engineered foods should have been done BEFORE allowing the American public to be made guinea pigs.

Now that this report has been released indicating the potential for health problems is real, will the government agencies finally start adequately regulating genetically engineered foods? Probably not. Most likely it will take Congressional action to force the agencies to act. This report provides compelling evidence on why such action from Congress is needed.

Safety testing and labeling should be required for ALL genetically engineered foods. As the report points out, the current system is inadequate to assure safety.

Craig Winters
Executive Director
The Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods

The Campaign
PO Box 55699 Seattle, WA 98155
Tel: 425-771-4049
Fax: 603-825-5841
E-mail: label@thecampaign.org
Web Site: http://www.thecampaign.org

Mission Statement: "To create a national grassroots consumer campaign for the purpose of lobbying Congress and the President to pass legislation that will require the labeling of genetically engineered foods in the United States."

U.S. science panel: GM plants need more study

Associated Press July 28, 2004

WASHINGTON - U.S. government regulators should look more closely at the potential health effects of some genetically modified plants before they can be grown as commercial crops, a scientific advisory panel said Tuesday.

It also said regulators should check for potential food safety problems after people eat the products. The report by a committee of the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine said regulators should target tighter scrutiny at genetically engineered varieties that have greater levels of biological differences from current plants.

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