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November 23, 2004
The Writing on the Wall Series #35: Holy Shit!
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US ELECTION UPDATE
Exit Polls vs. Election Results
Probabilities Of Bush Winning Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania
1 In 1250
1 in 360
Ohio and Florida Together
1 in 450,000
1 in 555
Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania Together
Source: The Unexplained Exit Poll Discrepancy (pdf file) by Steven F. Freeman Ph.D.
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Berkeley Researchers Report "Unexplained Discrepancy" in FLA Vote Totals (Nov 18)
Study released Thursday indicates the probability is that electronic voting machines may have awarded 130,000 - 260,000 or more in excess votes to Bush in Florida.
Also at http://www.yubanet.com/artman/publish/article_15415.shtml and http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/111904W.shtml
Ohio Presidential Results to be Challenged (20 November 2004)
Ohio's 2004 presidential vote will be challenged as soon as next week in the state Supreme Court, a coalition of public-interest lawyers announced Friday. The lawyers have taken sworn testimony from hundreds of people in hearings in Columbus and Cincinnati, and will use excerpts as well as documents obtained from county election officials and Election Day exit polls to make a case that thousands of votes were incorrectly counted or not counted on Election Day. "The objective is to get to the truth," said Columbus Ohio lawyer Cliff Arnebeck, coordinator of the Ohio Honest Elections Campaign. "What's critically important, whether it's President Bush or Sen. Kerry, whoever's been elected actually elected, is to know you won by an honest election. So it's in the interest of both sides as American citizens to know the truth and have this answered." The challenge comes as the Green Party has plans to file for a recount of the state's 2004 presidential vote. The Green Party and the Ohio Honest Elections Campaign both believe the unofficial results announced on Election Day were wrong. Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell has not yet certified the Nov. 2 vote. The state's election law says an election challenge must show the wrong candidate was been declared the winner, or it can be dismissed without a hearing. The state Supreme Court's chief justice hears the case. CLIP
'The Florida vote: Was it hacked?' (November 19)
Despite mainstream media attempts to kill the story, talk radio and the Internet are abuzz with suggestions that John Kerry was elected president on Nov. 2 - but Republican election officials made it difficult for millions of Democrats to vote while employees of four secretive,GOP-bankrolled corporations rigged electronic voting machines and then hacked central tabulating computers to steal the election for George W. Bush. The Bush administration's "fix" of the 2000 election debacle (the Help America Vote Act) made crooked elections considerably easier, by foisting paperless electronic voting on states before the bugs had been worked out or meaningful safeguards could be installed. Crying foul this time around isn't just the province of whiny Democrats.Consider that The Wall Street Journal recently revealed that "Verified Voting, a group formed by a Stanford University professor to assess electronic voting, has collected 31,000 reports of election fraud and other problems." CLIP
Much more at: Stolen Election For Dummies - http://StolenElection.net and in "Florida Election Fraud: Florida's Volusia County On Lockdown" below. Check also http://www.redefeatbush.com/
Worthy of Your Attention
Momentum builds for January 20 counter-inaugural demonstration in Washington DC
A war criminal will be inaugurated on January 20 and the people will protest!
Flyers to download at http://answer.pephost.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ANS_resources&JServSessionIdr009=fyvnxrbbu2.app6a
Kevin Ryan of UL FIRED FOR QUESTIONING GOVERNMENT COLLAPSE STORY COVERUP!!! (Nov 16)
(...) For those of you who are not up to speed, Kevin had written a curt e-mail to Frank Gayle of the National Institute of Standards and Technology questioning that the steel (which his lab had certified) had failed in the WTC 1 and WTC 2 collapses due to the burning jet fuel. THIS IS THOROUGHLY UNCONSCIONABLE.
What got Kevin Ryan fired? It was this memo at
CHECK ALSO THE MANY FEEDBACKS TO THIS IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT SUCH AS...
- Do you guys realize how incredibly important this story is?!?!?!? We are truly living in a "1984" world where if the government didn't say something, it couldn't possibly have happened. Recommended by "Donald Stacey" email@example.com>
News Gathering Is Illegal Under New Patriot Act ll (A MUST READ AND MUST OPPOSE!) http://www.rense.com/general59/newsgatheringisillegal.htm
A Brief Analysis of the Domestic Security Enhancement Act 2003 Also Known as USA Patriot Act II by Alex Jones - (...) The document consisted of a 33-page section by section analysis of the accompanying 87-page bill. The bill itself is stamped "Confidential - Not for Distribution." Upon reading the analysis and bill, I was stunned by the scientifically crafted tyranny contained in the legislation. (...) The second Patriot Act is a mirror image of powers that Julius Caesar and Adolf Hitler gave themselves. Whereas the First Patriot Act only gutted the First, Third, Fourth and Fifth Amendments, and seriously damaged the Seventh and the Tenth, The Second Patriot Act reorganizes the entire Federal government as well as many areas of state government under the dictatorial control of the Justice Department, the Office of Homeland Security and the FEMA NORTHCOM military command. The Domestic Security Enhancement Act 2003, also known as the Second Patriot Act is by its very structure the definition of dictatorship. I challenge all Americans to study the new Patriot Act and to compare it to the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. Ninety percent of the act has nothing to do with terrorism and is instead a giant Federal power-grab with tentacles reaching into every facet of our society. It strips American citizens of all of their rights and grants the government and its private agents total immunity. Here is a quick thumbnail sketch of just some of the draconian measures encapsulated within this tyrannical legislation: (...) The American people were shocked by the despotic nature of the first Patriot Act. The second Patriot Act dwarfs all police state legislation in modern world history. Usually, corrupt governments allow their citizens lots of wonderful rights on paper, while carrying out their jackbooted oppression covertly. From snatch and grab operations to warantless searches, Patriot Act II is an Adolf Hitler wish list. You can understand why President Bush/Dick Cheney & Dennis Hastert want to keep this legislation secret not just from Congress, but the American people as well. Bill Allison, Managing Editor of the Center for Public Integrity, the group that broke this story, stated on my radio show that it was obvious that they were just waiting for another terrorist attack to opportunistically get this new bill through. CLIP
Recommended by "Larry Stell" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Yesterday (Nov 22) was the 41st anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy
Very comprehensive site on this tragedy!
WHY DID THEY WANT JFK DEAD?
Why The Bankers Assassinated John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The Shadow Government assassins killed him. (...) What was the final straw that pushed our own government to assassinate Kennedy? On October 11 1963 John F. Kennedy signed national security memorandom no. 263, which ordered 1000 American advisors home from Vietnam by Dec. 25 1963, and that the remainder of the U.S. military be withdrawn by 1965. The day after Kennedy's funeral, on November 26 1963, Lyndon Johnson signed national security resolution no.273, which completely reversed Kennedy's plan for a withdrawal from Vietnam. (...) Assassinating Kennedy, and putting their man Johnson into the presidency helped the military industrial complex, and the diabolical shadow government reassert their power, and will help you understand what's been going on in America ever since Kennedy's assassination. This treasonous shadow government is opposed to everything the United States is supposed to represent, such as truth, freedom and justice. This is why they go to such great lengths to keep their methods of operation, their true purpose, and even their existence under a cloak of secrecy.If true Americans could know the truth about this shadow government, they would rise up in anger, and hold them all accountable. As long as these forces remain in control of the government, you can be sure the true assassins will not be brought to justice. CLIP. NOTE: The Witchblade TV series also had a quite powerful story last night related to this Shadow government. Check also this Yahoo discussion group:
Phantom Truth - The truth behind the news
New Video Game Recreates Kennedy Assassination (Nov 22)
A new video game allows players to simulate the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. (...) Ewing said the game was designed to undermine the theory there was some shadowy plot behind the assassination. DISGUSTING!
Check this related cartoon at http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/uclickcomics/cx_tmqui_uc/latest
Many more at http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=index2&cid=1077
There are also lots of editorial cartoons at http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=index2&cid=1078
2. Florida Election Fraud: Florida's Volusia County On Lockdown
3. Who Killed Margaret Hassan? I Know
4. Letter to PM Martin to declare President Bush persona non grata in Canada
5. Bush Confronts New Challenge on Issue of Iran
6. Depleted Uranium: The Trojan Horse of Nuclear War
7. Meria With Clifford Carnicom - Chemtrails
8. The Power of Nightmares
9. Book: "America 2014: An Orwellian Tale"
10. LATEST FROM The Voice of the White House
11. Melting Glaciers Threaten World Water Supply
12. Editorial by Arol
13. Dear Red State Cousin - Keep Your God Off My Country, Body and Earth
14. GET OUT THE REAL VOTE: Boycott Christmas
15. Uncle Tom Powell
'Baghdad is Now a Battlefield, and We are in the Middle' (Nov 22) http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/112304C.shtml
(...) Adding to the sense of unease, U.S. military helicopters have begun flying lower over the city. The distant roar of jets has become a fixture of Baghdad at night. The latest escalation appeared to have been triggered by a U.S.-Iraqi raid Friday on the Abu Hanifa mosque in the Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah as worshippers departed after midday prayers. Witnesses said three people were killed and 40 arrested. The next day, heavy street fighting erupted in Azamiyah between U.S. and Iraqi forces and Sunni insurgents who tried to storm a police station. The fighting raged for several hours and left several stores ablaze, according to witnesses. Almost simultaneously, clashes broke out in at least five other Baghdad neighborhoods. In all, at least 10 people, including one American soldier, were killed throughout the capital Saturday.
Resistance Controls 60 Percent Of Fallujah (Nov. 21)
Militant groups in battle-torn Fallujah have controlled 60 percent of the central Iraqi city and surrounded dozens of US Marines in Jolan district, witnesses said Sunday.
Pentagon turns heat up on Iran (November 21, 2004)
Washington and European Union on collision course over how to neutralise Tehran's nuclear capabilities - Pentagon hawks have begun discussing military action against Iran to neutralise its nuclear weapons threat, including possible strikes on leadership, political and security targets. With a deadline of tomorrow for Iran to begin an agreed freeze on enriching uranium, which can be used to produce nuclear weapons, sources have disclosed that the latest Pentagon gaming model for 'neutralising' Iran's nuclear threat involves strikes in support of regime change. Although the United States has made clear that it would seek sanctions against Iran through the United Nations should it not meet its obligations, rather than undertake military action, the new modelling at the Pentagon, with its shift in emphasis from suspected nuclear to political target lists, is causing deep anxiety among officials in the UK, France and Germany. CLIP
Red Cross Estimates 800 Iraqi Civilians Killed in Fallujah
15,000 Uncounted U.S. Casualties in Iraq
(...) "More than 15,000 troops with so-called 'non-battle' injuries and diseases have been evacuated from Iraq." Many of those evacuated are brought to Landstuhl in Germany. Most cases are not life-threatening. In fact, some are not serious at all. But only 20 percent return to their units in Iraq. Among the 80 percent who don't return are GIs who suffered crushing bone fractures; scores of spinal injuries; heart problems by the hundreds; and a slew of psychiatric cases. None of these are included in the casualty count, leaving the true human cost of the war something of a mystery. CLIP
Fallujah, 'City of Mosques,' In Ruins
US intelligence issue pessimistic report on Fallujah offensive (Nov 18)
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Marine intelligence officials have issued a report warning that any significant withdrawal of troops from the Iraqi city of Fallujah would strengthen the insurgency. The assessment, distributed to senior Marine and Army officers in Iraq, also said that despite the heavy fighting with coalition forces, the insurgents would continue to increase in number, carrying out attacks and fomenting unrest in the area.One officer said the seven-page classified report -- parts of which were provided to Thursday's edition of The New York Times -- was "brutally honest" and appears to contradict the US government's victorious account of the US-led fight against insurgents in Fallujah and other parts of northern Iraq.Although the resistance crumbled in the face of the offensive, the report warned, "the enemy will be able to effectively defeat I MEF's ability to accomplish its primary objectives of developing an effective Iraqi security force and setting the conditions for successful Iraqi elections." CLIP
Virtuous Violence Is Upon Us (Nov 19)
(...) Many Bush partisans send me e-mails fiercely advocating "virtuous violence." They do not flinch at the use of nuclear weapons against Muslims who refuse to do as we tell them. These partisans do not doubt for a second that Bush has the right to dictate to Muslims and everyone else (especially the French). Many also express their conviction that all of Bushs critics should be rounded up and sent to the Middle East in time for the first nuke. These attitudes represent a sharp break from American values and foreign policy. The new conservatives have more in common with the Brownshirt movement that silenced German opposition to Hitler than with Americas Founding Fathers. Bushs reelection, if won fair and square, was won because 20 million Christian evangelicals voted against abortion and homosexuals. However, Bushs neoconservative masters will use his reelection as a mandate for further violence in the Middle East. They intend to set the US on a course of long and debilitating war. There is no one left in the Bush administration, the CIA, or the military to stop them.
The coming war (October 31, 2004)
Terrorism, climate change and world poverty are inextricably linked. We must conquer them before they destroy us, argues broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby - For a moment forget about the charge sheet against Messrs Bush and Blair - the alleged lies about WMD or the illegality of the invasion of Iraq - and glance at the bigger picture. Global terrorism, global poverty and global warming form a toxic trio that promise a catastrophe that will make the horrors of 9/11 look like the Boston Tea Party. Do I exaggerate? In the Middle East untold thousands of Arabs are being slaughtered by US warplanes and artillery, supported by the British, to impose Western democracy on Iraq at the point of a gun. In Beirut, once dismembered by civil war but now at ease with itself, the young parade through the squares with grace and elegance. But listen to what they say and you discover a coruscating sense of humiliation and a deepening rage against America, startling in this most genuinely Westernised Arab state. (...) Richard Clark, Bush's former anti-terrorism coordinator who took charge in the White House on 9/11 and who retains close contact with intelligence agencies around the world, tells me that 'by almost any measure... the war on terrorism is being lost'. He cites the rate of terrorist atrocities, more than doubled since 9/11, and insists that the number of terrorists has risen to around 100,000 active 'jihadists' around the world. Chillingly, he believes these zealots are likely to be supported 'philosophically, politically, and perhaps with money' by upwards of 700 million Muslims - roughly half the global population of the Islamic faithful. CLIP - Also related: "UK's Brown Says Poverty Breeds Terrorism, Urges More Aid" at http://www.globalpolicy.org/empire/terrorwar/analysis/2004/1101breed.htm
Commons motion to impeach Blair gets go-ahead (November 19, 2004)
The parliamentary motion to impeach Tony Blair for "gross misconduct" over the war against Iraq will be published next Wednesday, the day after the Queen's speech.It will be the first to be tabled in 198 years, since Lord Melville, a close friend of the then prime minister, William Pitt the younger, faced impeachment for misusing public money in running the Admiralty. CLIP
Ex FBI/CIA Agents Ready To Blow Bush 911 Cover Story (Nov 21)
A Conservative Christian Republican Says Listen To Whistleblower Sibel D. Edmonds
Condi Is A 'Monster' - 'A God Damn Liar' - Helen Thomas (Nov 22) http://www.rense.com/general59/liar.htm
(...) Asked about the election result, the sharp-tongued reporter simply put her hand on her face and said, "My God, the man is a fascist -- a fascist, I tell you." She warned that Bush's victory will mean one thing: more war. She expects Iran to be next.
Resident Evil--1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (Nov 18)
Some people believe the White House is haunted. I prefer to believe the building is demon possessed. How else to explain the almost continuous flow of evil that channels through the place? How else except a demonic convergence, or porthole to hell itself, to explain the millions of deaths that can easily be attributed to the policies that originate there? Almost like Satan enjoyed a guest bedroom at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!
Opening of Bill Clintons library: a sordid gathering of the fat cats (20 November 2004)
The opening of the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, Thursday was a miserable affair, from any number of points of view. The event, with 30,000 people on hand, including masses of media personnel, as well as a number of film stars, resembled nothing so much as the opening of a gaudy, empty theme park, with the former president as celebrity-in-chief.
Putin Planning Giant Superpower Coalition (11-11-4)
Russian President Putin planning to glue together the most powerful superpower coalition in the world - India, China, Russia and Brazil -- Russian President Putin is taking a lead role in putting together the most powerful coalition of regional and superpowers in the world. The coalition consists of India, China, Russia and Brazil. This will challenge the superpower supremacy of America as well as the European Union. The Chinese are concerned about American and European influence over the world. So is India, Brazil and Russia. Russians need Brazil badly. Brazil is in South America in the American corridor. According to Startfor, a strategic think tank, when Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Brazil Nov. 21-23, he likely will talk economic issues with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva. However, Putin has bigger ambitions: He wants to establish a long-term Russian footprint in Latin America in order to expand Moscow's geopolitical influence in the region. Brazil is very open to the coalition concept where these large countries support each other in term of trade, economics, international politics and defense. According other think tanks, this coalition will have an overwhelming influence over the United Nations. Russia and China are permanent members of the security council. India and Brazil are in the process of becoming the same. In terms of population, the coalition will have three quarters of the world population, largest amount of natural resources and largest pool of technical and scientific talent. Forwarded by "Larry Stell" email@example.com>
Canada mulls role in Palestinian territories: Prime Minister (Nov 17)
OTTAWA (AFP) - Canada is discussing a role in the Middle East peace process, following the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Prime Minister Paul Martin said. Talking to reporters after meeting with his cabinet, Martin did not go into details. There has been speculation that Canada is prepared to provide police officers to help the Palestinian Authority restore order on the West Bank and Gaza strip. But, privately, Canadian officials have said it is unlikely that Canada would provide any significant number of peacekeeping troops, because the country is already fully stretched in peacekeeping and stabilization operations in Afghanistan. Bosnia and Haiti. Asked when Canada would begin discussing a potential role in the post-Arafat Palestinian territories, Martin said: "We've already started discussions." When Arafat's death was announced, Martin said: "Canada calls on Palestinians, and all peoples of the Middle East, to reflect on the tremendous cost of conflict and, building on the legacy of their leaders and the guidance of their governments, to renew their commitment to peace."
Bush plans to give $20 million in aid to Palestinian Authority (18/11/2004)
The Bush administration, as part of a renewed push for peace in the Middle East, plans to give $20 million in U.S. aid directly to the Palestinian Authority, sources familiar with the plan said on Wednesday. The administration notified key congressional committees on Wednesday of the move, which could be announced when outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell meets with Palestinian officials in the West Bank early next week, the sources said. (...) Earlier Wednesday, Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia said that, "Israel must stop its operations in the territories so that we can restore order." Qureia pledged to act against internal violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. "The PA will do everything possible to overcome the chaos," Qureia said. "We will take steps to prevent armed men from disturbing the peace, and we will take action against anyone who breaks the law, in order to ensure security for our citizens in general and to ensure the proper conduct of the upcoming elections." The new head of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Mahmoud Abbas, vowed Wednesday that he would take steps to halt the use of illegal weapons in Palestinian areas and ensure calm and an end to chaos ahead of the January 9 elections to choose Yasser Arafat's successor as Palestinian Authority chairman. CLIP
Of mice, men and in-between (Nov 20)
Scientists debate blending of human, animal forms - In Minnesota, pigs are being born with human blood in their veins.In Nevada, there are sheep whose livers and hearts are largely human.In California, mice peer from their cages with human brain cells firing inside their skulls.These are not outcasts from "The Island of Dr. Moreau," the 1896 novel by H.G. Wells in which a rogue doctor develops creatures that are part animal and part human. They are real creations of real scientists, stretching the boundaries of stem cell research.Biologists call these hybrid animals chimeras, after the mythical Greek creature with a lion's head, a goat's body and a serpent's tail. They are the products of experiments in which human stem cells were added to developing animal fetuses. Chimeras are allowing scientists to watch, for the first time, how nascent human cells and organs mature and interact - not in the cold isolation of laboratory dishes but inside the bodies of living creatures. Some are already revealing deep secrets of human biology and pointing the way toward new medical treatments.But with no federal guidelines in place, an awkward question hovers above the work: How human must a chimera be before more stringent research rules should kick in? CLIP
Slovak Forest Region Destroyed By Winds Of 176 km/h (LOTS of stunning pictures!!) http://www.ujszo.com/clanok.asp?rub=online&cl=108934
Kyoto Protocol gets the green light (18 November 04) http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996678
Russia formally ratified the Kyoto Protocol - aimed at curbing global greenhouse gas emissions - on Thursday. In doing so, it triggered a 90-day countdown to bring the international climate treaty into force. The United Nations protocol will become legally binding on 16 February 2005, committing the 30 industrialised countries that have backed it to cutting their greenhouse gas emissions to nearly 5% below 1990 levels. They will have until 2012 to achieve this drop. This is an historic step forward in the worlds efforts to combat a truly global threat, said Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the UN. The ratification documents, signed by Russian president Vladimir Putin, were handed to Annan by Russias UN ambassador at a meeting of the Security Council in Nairobi, Kenya.Most importantly, said Annan, Russias support ends a long period of uncertainty. The Kyoto Protocol has been in limbo since 1997, when it was first negotiated in Kyoto, Japan. CLIP
Climate of 2004 - October in Historical Perspective National Climatic Data Center (Nov 16)
Global Highlights: Based on preliminary data for October 2004, global average combined land and sea surface temperature was second warmest on record. October temperatures were above average throughout Alaska, Australia, eastern Europe and the majority of the U.S., with below average temperatures in far northwestern Canada, eastern Russia and Ireland.
Tension rises as China scours the globe for energy (19/11/2004)
China's insatiable demand for energy is prompting fears of financial and diplomatic collisions around the globe as it seeks reliable supplies of oil from as far away as Brazil and Sudan. An intrusion into Japanese territorial waters by a Chinese nuclear submarine last week and a trade deal with Brazil are the latest apparently unconnected consequences of China's soaring economic growth. Increased car usage in China is creating a high demand for petrol The connection, however, lies in an order issued last year by President Hu Jintao to seek secure oil supplies abroad preferably ones which could not be stopped by America in case of conflict over Taiwan. (...) In September, China threatened to veto any move to impose sanctions on Sudan over the atrocities in Darfur. It has invested $3 billion in the African country's oil industry, which supplies it with seven per cent of its needs. Then, this month, it said that it opposed moves to refer Iran's nuclear stand-off with the International Atomic Energy Agency to the United Nations Security Council. A week before, China's second biggest state oil firm had signed a $70 billion deal for oilfield and natural gas development with Iran, which already supplies 13 per cent of China's needs. China has its own reserves of oil and natural gas and once was a net oil exporter. But as its economy has expanded by an average of nine per cent per year for the last two decades, so has its demand for energy. This year it overtook Japan as the world's second largest consumer of energy, behind the US. Its projected demand, boosted by a huge rise in car ownership as well as the need to find alternatives to polluting coal for electricity generation, has contributed to the surge in the price of oil this year. Shortages are already leading to power cuts in the big cities. CLIP
With Oil Production Near Peak, Analysts Worry About Meeting Growing Demand (Nov 19)
Oil companies are reporting record profits as prices for crude on the world market remain high. Many companies have been reluctant to spend much of their new profits on exploration and development, however, because past experience has shown that rapid price increases are usually followed by sharp downturns. But, there are also experts who believe oil production could be on the verge of peaking, resulting in even higher prices ahead. CLIP
The Dollar is Melting, Bush Administration Takes No Action
House Republicans Block Intelligence Reform Bill
(...) The bill would have shifted control over the budgets for many of the nation's spy agencies from the Pentagon to the new national intelligence director. The Pentagon now controls about 80% of the $40-billion intelligence budget.
Scientists get their own Google (18 November 2004)
New search engine ranks papers by importance, and finds the free versions. Imagine searching the Internet and being able to restrict your results to academic texts. Today Google launched a free search engine that aims to do just that. Google Scholar searches only journal articles, theses, books, preprints, and technical reports across any area of research. A test version of the search engine is available at http://scholar.google.com, so you can try it out.
Contrail Clutter over Georgia
NASA Explanation: Artificial clouds made by humans may become so common they change the Earth's climate. The long thin cloud streaks that dominate the above satellite photograph of Georgia are contrails, cirrus clouds created by airplanes. The exhaust of an airplane engine can create a contrail by saturating the surrounding air with extra moisture. The wings of a plane can similarly create contrails by dropping the temperature and causing small ice-crystals to form. Contrails have become more than an oddity - they may be significantly increasing the cloudiness of Earth, reflecting sunlight back into space by day, and heat radiation back to Earth even at night. The effect on climate is a topic of much research. You can help NASA measure the actual abundance of contrails by participating in a contrail counting exercise that runs over the next two days. LOTS of wonderful astronomy pictures at http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html
Measures Aim to Stem Middle East Bird Slaughter (Nov 22)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Conservationists launched a three-year project on Tuesday to protect millions of migrating birds which are indiscriminately targeted by hunters in North Africa and the Middle East. "The number of migratory birds being killed has increased to an almost industrial scale in some countries ... Hunters kill millions of birds annually as they migrate through the Mediterranean region," British-based BirdLife International said in a statement. "A significant proportion are shot or trapped in North Africa and the Middle East, particularly in Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. Most are species that breed in Europe and winter in Africa," it said. CLIP
Dolphins protect NZ swimmers from shark (Nov 23, 2004)
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A pod of dolphins circled protectively round a group of New Zealand swimmers to fend off an attack by a great white shark, media have reported. (...) Lifesavers Rob Howes, his 15-year-old daughter Niccy, Karina Cooper and Helen Slade were swimming 100 metres (300 feet) off Ocean Beach near Whangarei on New Zealand's North Island when the dolphins herded them -- apparently to protect them from a shark. "They started to herd us up, they pushed all four of us together by doing tight circles around us," Howes told the New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) on Tuesday. Howes tried to drift away from the group, but two of the bigger dolphins herded him back just as he spotted a three-metre (nine feet) great white shark swimming towards the group. CLIP
Date: 17 Nov 2004
From: Bonnie Mandell-Rice firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: The Days of Infamy Series #2: The U.S. War Criminals Inc.
A couple of things re this compilation.
First, briefly, re the EPA CHEERS program. I went online a week or so ago, signed the petition, sent it around. A thoughtful friend investigated further. According to the EPA website: http://www.epa.gov/cheers/images/fact_sheet.pdf- this study will not expose children to toxins. The EPA simply is going into numerous homes, finding out what chemicals/pesticides are used in the home, and then testing the children. They are not trying out new chemicals/pesticides on anyone. Someone - either the EPA website, or those circulating the petition, is ntentionally or not - misleading a lot of people.
Second. in regard to the awful things that are happening in Fallujah. The terrible possibility that the US's failure to hold the elections early this year was a pretext to retain control of Iraq and install a "friendly" government as leading up to the insurgency and now this fighting. The terrible likelihood that so many of the 1000 insurgents reportedly killed were innocents - and that far more civilians have been killed. Yet, for some, perhaps many Americans, there will be the thought that the vast number of Iraqis want us there, to bring them freedom and democracy.... and when you see the report you included of how terribly the insurgents have treated Iraqi civilians, well, it makes you wonder.....
How could the insurgents treat their own countrymen that way? If we leave now (or left earlier) isn't this evidence that the country would explode (would have exploded) into civil war? In which case, the only difference between the ki! lling now going on and that which would have gone on or would go on with a civil war is that the US would not be part of it (except perhaps as a part of a UN peace keeping mission).
I think for the majority of US citizens who support Bush and/or the war, it is the desire to see themselves as good and heroic and the propensity not to see other people's perspectives if it conflicts with their own self conception that causes them to support this war and Bush. So, they can hear of the terrible things the insurgents have done, and feel justified (heroic) in being in Iraq, overtaking Fallujah, etc. It is so clear how we are meeting our own shadow in the streets of Iraq. May the Light come to all and dispel the darkness.
I very much appreciated you reminding everyone that even as we seek to expose the darkness to not buy into or feed it with our own anger, fear, hate.
The answer always is Love.
AND THEY CALL IT A DEMOCRACY!
From: "Mark Graffis" email@example.com>
Subject: Florida Election Fraud: Florida's Volusia County On Lockdown
Date: 17 Nov 2004
VOLUSIA COUNTY ON LOCKDOWN BlackBoxVoting.Org
November 16, 2004
County election records just got put on lockdown
Dueling lawyers, election officials gnashing teeth, Votergate.tv film crew catching it all.
Here's what happened so far:
Friday Black Box Voting investigators Andy Stephenson and Kathleen Wynne popped in to ask for some records. They were rebuffed by an elections official named Denise. Bev Harris called on the cell phone from investigations in downstate Florida, and told Volusia County Elections Supervisor Deanie Lowe that Black Box Voting would be in to pick up the Nov. 2 Freedom of Information request, or would file for a hand recount. "No, Bev, please don't do that!" Lowe exclaimed. But this is the way it has to be, folks. Black Box Voting didn't back down.
Monday Bev, Andy and Kathleen came in with a film crew and asked for the FOIA request. Deanie Lowe gave it over with a smile, but Harris noticed that one item, the polling place tapes, were not copies of the real ones, but instead were new printouts, done on Nov. 15, and not signed by anyone.
Harris asked to see the real ones, and they said for "privacy" reasons they can't make copies of the signed ones. She insisted on at least viewing them (although refusing to give copies of the signatures is not legally defensible, according to Berkeley elections attorney, Lowell Finley). They said the real ones were in the County Elections warehouse. It was quittin' time and an arrangment was made to come back this morning to review them.
Lana Hires, a Volusia County employee who gained some notoriety in an election 2000 Diebold memo, where she asked for an explanation of minus 16,022 votes for Gore, so she wouldn't have to stand there "looking dumb" when the auditor came in, was particularly unhappy about seeing the Black Box Voting investigators in the office. She vigorously shook her head when Deanie Lowe suggested going to the warehouse.
Kathleen Wynne and Bev Harris showed up at the warehouse at 8:15 Tuesday morning, Nov. 16. There was Lana Hires looking especially gruff, yet surprised. She ordered them out. Well, they couldn't see why because there she was, with a couple other people, handling the original poll tapes. You know, the ones with the signatures on them. Harris and Wynne stepped out and Volusia County officials promptly shut the door.
There was a trash bag on the porch outside the door. Harris looked into it and what do you know, but there were poll tapes in there. They came out and glared at Harris and Wynne, who drove away a small bit, and then videotaped the license plates of the two vehicles marked 'City Council' member. Others came out to glare and soon all doors were slammed.
So, Harris and Wynne went and parked behind a bus to see what they would do next. They pulled out some large pylons, which blocked the door. Harris decided to go look at the garbage some more while Wynne videotaped. A man who identified himself as "Pete" came out and Harris immediately wrote a public records request for the contents of the garbage bag, which also contained ballots -- real ones, but not filled out.
A brief tug of war occurred, tearing the garbage bag open. Harris and Wynne then looked through it, as Pete looked on. He was quite friendly.
Black Box Voting collected various poll tapes and other information and asked if they could copy it, for the public records request. "You won't be going anywhere," said Pete. "The deputy is on his way."
Yes, not one but two police cars came up and then two county elections officials, and everyone stood around discussing the merits of the "black bag" public records request.
The police finally let Harris and Wynne go, about the time the Votergate.tv film crew arrived, and everyone trooped off to the elections office. There, the plot thickened.
Black Box Voting began to compare the special printouts given in the FOIA request with the signed polling tapes from election night. Lo and behold, some were missing. By this time, Black Box Voting investigator Andy Stephenson had joined the group at Volusia County. Some polling place tapes didn't match. In fact, in one location, precinct 215, an African-American precinct, the votes were off by hundreds, in favor of George W. Bush and other Republicans.
Hmm. Which was right? The polling tape Volusia gave to Black Box Voting, specially printed on Nov. 15, without signatures, or the ones with signatures, printed on Nov. 2, with up to 8 signatures per tape?
Well, then it became even more interesting. A Volusia employee boxed up some items from an office containing Lana Hires' desk, which appeared to contain -- you guessed it -- polling place tapes. The employee took them to the back of the building and disappeared.
Then, Ellen B., a voting integrity advocate from Broward County, Florida, and Susan, from Volusia, decided now would be a good time to go through the trash at the elections office. Lo and behold, they found all kinds of memos and some polling place tapes, fresh from Volusia elections office.
So, Black Box Voting compared these with the Nov. 2 signed ones and the "special' ones from Nov. 15 given, unsigned, finding several of the MISSING poll tapes. There they were: In the garbage.
So, Wynne went to the car and got the polling place tapes she had pulled from the warehouse garbage. My my my. There were not only discrepancies, but a polling place tape that was signed by six officials.
This was a bit disturbing, since the employees there had said that bag was destined for the shredder.
By now, a county lawyer had appeared on the scene, suddenly threatening to charge Black Box Voting extra for the time spent looking at the real stuff Volusia had withheld earlier. Other lawyers appeared, phoned, people had meetings, Lana glowered at everyone, and someone shut the door in the office holding the GEMS server.
Black Box Voting investigator Andy Stephenson then went to get the Diebold "GEMS" central server locked down. He also got the memory cards locked down and secured, much to the dismay of Lana. They were scattered around unsecured in any way before that.
Everyone agreed to convene tomorrow morning, to further audit, discuss the hand count that Black Box Voting will require of Volusia County, and of course, it is time to talk about contesting the election in Volusia.
'Stinking Evidence' of Possible Election Fraud Found in Florida (November 18, 2004)
There was something odd about the poll tapes. (...) But the Ollie North action in two locations on two days was only half of the surprise that awaited Bev and her associates. When they compared the discarded, signed, original tapes with the recent printouts submitted to the state and used to tabulate the Florida election winners, Harris says a disturbing pattern emerged. "The difference was hundreds of votes in each of the different places we examined," said Bev, "and most of those were in minority areas." When I asked Bev if the errors they were finding in precinct after precinct were random, as one would expect from technical, clerical, or computer errors, she became uncomfortable. "You have to understand that we are non-partisan," she said. "We're not trying to change the outcome of an election, just to find out if there was any voting fraud." That said, Bev added: "The pattern was very clear. The anomalies favored George W. Bush. Every single time." CLIP
Hearings on Ohio Voting Put 2004 Election in Doubt (18 November 2004)
Highly-charged, jam-packed hearings held here in Columbus have cast serious doubt on the true outcome of the presidential election. On Saturday, November 13, the Ohio Election Protection Coalitions public hearings in Columbus solicited extensive sworn first-person testimony from 32 of Ohio voters, precinct judges, poll workers, legal observers, party challengers. An additional 66 people provided written affidavits of election irregularities. The unavoidable conclusion is that this year's election in Ohio was deeply flawed, that thousands of Ohioans were denied their right to vote, and that the ultimate vote count is very much in doubt. Most importantly, the testimony has revealed a widespread and concerted effort on the part of Republican Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell to deny primarily African-American and young voters the right to cast their ballots within a reasonable time. By depriving precincts of adequate numbers of functioning voting machines, Blackwell created waits of three to eleven hours, driving tens of thousands of likely Democratic voters away from the polls and very likely affecting the outcome of the Ohio vote count, which in turn decided the national election. CLIP - Originally from http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2004/886 where you'll find many more related articles.
Litigating the Election (22 November 2004)
Without much fanfare, a number of lawyers are busy mounting court challenges to the election. Lawsuits have been filed and other actions are being taken in Ohio and Florida, the two key electoral states. Members of Congress have demanded a General Accountability Office investigation of the election. The largest Freedom of Information Act request in the nation's history has been launched, and other efforts are in the works. CLIP
Complete US Exit Poll Data Confirms Net Suspicions (17 November 2004)
Full 51 State Early Exit Poll Data Released For The First Time
EUREKA! very telling-Every voting irregularity Always favors RepubliCONS
Cobb and Badnarik: Ohio Recount Must Start Now
Complete US Exit Poll Data Confirms Net Suspicions
Full 51 State Early Exit Poll Data Released For The First Time (...) In the data which is shown below in tabulated form, and above in graph form, we can see that 42 of the 51 states in the union swung towards George Bush while only nine swung towards Kerry. There has to date been no official explanation for the discrepancy. Ordinarily in the absence of an obvious mistabulation error, roughly the same number of states should have swung towards each candidate. Moreover many of the states that swung against Democratic Party hopeful John Kerry swung to an extent that is well beyond the margin of error in exit polls. Exit polls by their nature - they ask voters how they actually voted rather than about their intentions - are typically considered highly accurate.Last week in an analysis of a similar, but incomplete set of data, Dr Stephen F. Freeman from the University of Pennsylvania calculated that the odds of just three of the major swing states, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania all swinging as far as they did against their respective exit polls were 250 milllion to 1. CLIP
Evidence of Electoral Fraud In The 2004 U.S. Presidential Election - A Reading List http://www.opednews.com/keefer_111504_readings.htm
Democrats Take Up Fight Over Ohio Ballots
'Smoke Alarm': Berkeley Researchers Find Major Flaws in Florida E-Votes
Nader calls for US poll recounts in key states (12 November 2004)
WASHINGTON: Ralph Nader, an independent presidential candidate this year, has called for recounts of November 2 voting results saying that amid allegations of irregularities, he wanted to ensure that every ballot was counted.Nader, who this year drew about one per cent of the vote nationally, told a Press conference on Wednesday he was speaking out for the "thousands" of US voters asking for recounts and not on his own behalf." Over 2,000 citizens including voting rights advocates are urging in writing the Nader Camejo campaign to help make sure every vote is counted and counted accurately. "The Nader Camejo campaign does not view the election to be over merely because concession sp-eeches, which have no legal effect, have been given. Rather they are over when every vote is counted and legally certified," Nader said. He urged recounts particularly in the hotly disputed states of Ohio and Florida, which went to Bush, New Hampshire which went to Kerry, and North Carolina, which went to Bush. Nader highlighted irregularities including one reported earlier in an Ohio polling station where 638 voters cast ballots but results showed 4,258 voted for Bush, and 260 for Kerry. "Striking inconsistencies exist between the vote as reported on the AccuVote Diebold Machines and exit polls and voting trends in New Hampshire. "These irregularities in the reported vote count favour president George W Bush by five to 15pc over what was expected."Problems in these electronic voting machines and optical scanners are being reported in machines in a variety of states," Nader added.
Tell Congress to Investigate the 2004
Election Dear friend, Questions are swirling around whether the election was conducted honestly or not. We need to know --was it or wasn't it? If people were wrongly prevented from voting, or if legitimate votes were mis-counted or not counted a tall, we need to know so the wrongdoers can be held accountable, and to help prevent this from happening again. Members of Congress are demanding an investigation to answer this question. Join me in supporting their call, at: http://www.moveon.org/investigatethevote/
From: "Robert Rodvik" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Who Killed Margaret Hassan? I Know
Date: 19 Nov 2004
A look behind the smoke and mirrors game. It's refreshing to hear from a voice of middle-eastern origin who has a handle on what is really happening in Iraq....
Robert S. Rodvik
"Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth."
-George Orwell - 1984
Who Killed Margaret Hassan? I Know
11/19/04 "ICH" -- We condemn the unjust, immoral and brutal killing of Mrs. Margaret Hassan in Iraq. This woman was an angel of mercy, a shining light to those who needed help for decades in Iraq. She stood up to Saddam Hussein and to the U.S.military, she wanted only to help the people of her adopted country.
We also do not believe any Muslims did this. There is an dictum in the Qur'an which forbids the killing of women; also, the killing of hostages. Also, Muslims and Iraqis had nothing to gain by killing this innocent, God-like, saint of a woman.
Just as we learned in Law School at the University of Chicago, one must always look to see who benefits from a crime when you are trying to get to the motive and the perpetrator of the crime. The Iraqi resistance groups had nothing to gain by killing a woman who was trying to help the Iraqi people. Thus, we must look in the direction of those who had the most to gain by making the Iraqi resistance look bestial, cruel and vicious.
In this case, the Americans, Allawi and the Israelis, all of whom are running rampant through Iraq had the most to gain. By these nefarious deed, they could blame the Iraqi resistance fighters, or that myth that America has created, the famous "Zarqawi" or even a "Bin Laden group." Once again, the Iraqis knew the British would not pull out, that there was nothing to gain by holding this non-political person as a prisoner. Then, there is this other point, as most experts have concluded long ago, the Zarqawi pictured is not the real Zarqawi and is an American myth concocted to justify destroying Fallujah and other Iraqi cities and the civilians therein. In this case, even the alleged Zarqawi group called for her release and asked that she be turned over to them. Because it was most likely a zionist, American or Allawi plot, they did not dare come close to real resistance fighters, but kept her apart from them so that they could kill her and blame the Iraqi resistance. Something smells in Denmark, and most of the honest world, the thinking world knows it--except the American media (but I'll get to that a bit later).
To repeat myself, all the Iraqi resistance groups called for her release and it makes no sense that Iraqi resistance groups or their allies would have killed her. No, it had to be some group that wanted to kill her and use her death to "show the world that the Iraqi resistance fighters are devils," "that they would kill this angel of mercy shows how cruel and bestial they are."
But as usual, the American media points it fingers at Iraqi resistance groups, or Muslim groups, neither of would so such a thing to a person who had been aiding them for decades. Even her husband, in an interview broadcast on short wave radio, but never talked about in the American media, said he was sure it was not Iraqi fighters, but most likely American mercenaries, American dark ops, Allawi's people or Israelis.
We give our sincere condolences to the family and friends, the many thousands in Iraq and in the world, of the sainted Margaret Hassan, and we condemn to damnation those who did this evil and brutal deed. We also condemn the American media for not asking hard questions or using one iota of intelligence to figure this murder out. We are also sick of the "embedded journalists" who are nothing but flacks for lying military commanders, for Allawi and for the Bush propaganda machine--because of their cowardly lies and because of their unwillingness to search for the truth; we see them as guilty of being party to this dreadful execution. Fie upon such liars as Judith Miller and others at the NY Times, at the Washington Post, at the International Herald Tribune, fie upon the cowardly reporters on CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox who turn a blind eye on the torture, destruction of Fallujah and other Iraqi cities and who don't have the good moral sense to condemn this American bestiality or to search for the real truth behind the brutal killing of Margaret Hassan.
In the name of God, the almighty, those who did this deed will suffer on the earth and on the Day of Judgement with eternal hellfire and suffering.
Dr. Sam Hamod is the editor of http://www.todaysalternativenews.com and an expert on the Middle East and Islam; he is also the former Director of The Islamic Center in Washington, DC; also, editor of 3rd World News in D.C. He may be reached at email@example.com
From: "Doreen Agostino" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: LAW - Letter to PM Martin to declare President Bush persona non grata in Canada
Date: 19 Nov 2004
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LAW - Letter to PM Martin to declare President Bush persona non grata in Canada
Michael Mandel and Gail Davidson
on behalf of Lawyers against the War (LAW) a Canada-based committee of jurists and others with members in thirteen countries.
Friday, November 19, 2004
The Right Honourable Paul Martin
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Canada K1A 0A2
Tel: 613 6868
Dear Prime Minister Martin:
It was with absolute dismay that we learned of the planned visit of President Bush to Canada on November 30th 2004.
Surely you are aware of the many grave crimes against humanity and war crimes for which President Bush stands properly accused by the world, starting with the Nuremberg Tribunals supreme international crime of waging an aggressive war against Iraq in defiance of international law and the Charter of the United Nations, and including systematic and massive violations of the Geneva Conventions Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War and Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, as well as the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. As recently as November 16, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and former war crimes prosecutor Louise Arbour called for an investigation into crimes against the Geneva Conventions in the assault by US forces on the densely populated city of Fallujah.
The terrible toll in life and limb of these crimes was documented in a study carried out by the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in Baltimore and published in the October 29, 2004 issue of the British Medical Journal The Lancet which conservatively estimated that the war had taken 100,000 Iraqi lives, mostly women and children. This was well within the range predicted before the war, for example by a British affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War who, in November 2002, assessed the probable death toll at a minimum of 48,000 deaths, mostly civilians, and predicted that post-war conditions would cost an additional 200,000 lives.
The Presidents responsibility for these offences derives not only from his command responsibility' as Commander in Chief of US forces, for crimes that he knew were being committed, or ignored through willful blindness, but did nothing to prevent; it also comes from his direct involvement in the formulation of policy. This includes his personal involvement not only in the devising and waging of an aggressive, illegal war, but also of the unlawful refusal to grant prisoner of war status to prisoners of war, contrary to specific provisions of the Geneva Conventions, an act repudiated in the US Courts. It also includes the approval of techniques of interrogation by his direct subordinate, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, that legally and morally constitute torture and that led directly to the disgraceful violence against Iraqi prisoners, for example at the prison at Abu Ghraib.
As you know, not only are these acts criminal under international law, but many of them are also criminal under Canadian law, under laws enacted in pursuance of our international obligations, most importantly the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act, put in place just four years ago under a Liberal government. They also violate the provisions on torture in the Canadian Criminal Code.
By these laws, Canadians and non-Canadians alike are liable to prosecution in Canada, no matter where in the world they have committed their crimes. Furthermore, as the Attorney General can advise, the fact that these crimes have been committed by Mr. Bush while President of the United States is absolutely irrelevant to his personal liability to prosecution in Canada, according to principles established at Nuremberg and universally recognized since then, including by the British House of Lords in the Pinochet case in 1999. And if President Bush were to visit Canada after leaving office, we would be seeking the Attorney Generals permission under section 9 of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act and section 7 of the Criminal Code to commence proceedings against him.
However, as you also know, should President Bush come to Canada now, while still President, he would be clothed with both diplomatic and head of state immunity from our laws and we would be powerless to bring him to justice.
Your invitation in these circumstances, therefore, shows contempt for both Canadian and international law and is a grievous insult to the literally hundreds of thousands of victims of President Bushs international crimes. It is also our belief that the invitation endangers Canadians security at home and abroad, because it is a departure from our steadfast refusal to this point to participate in this criminal war of the Bush administration. In fact, it is our belief that this invitation can only act as an encouragement to President Bush in his continuing criminal activity, providing him with an important platform in this, his first post re-election foreign visit, to defend illegal US actions in Iraq and to improve his international standing despite them, all this against the wishes of the majority of Canadians.
Indeed, we feel bound to point out that your invitation to President Bush may thus constitute an abetting of the crimes he and his administration and military continue to commit. As such you and your colleagues could be personally liable to prosecution under the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Act by virtue of section 21 of the Canadian Criminal Code, for crimes so serious that they are punishable in Canada by up to life imprisonment. Abetting a crime, as the Attorney General will advise, is regarded as equally criminal to actually committing it and is complete when one intentionally, knowingly, or with willful blindness encourages the commission of a crime by another.
Nor would President Bushs immunity be capable of shielding you and your colleagues from prosecution, because, as the Attorney General will advise, the immunity applies only to foreign officials visiting Canada and not to members of the Canadian government itself. Nor does the inability to prosecute a criminal affect the criminal liability of an abettor.
It is for all these reasons we urgently request a meeting with you, the Foreign Minister, the Attorney General or your representatives in Ottawa, so that we might have the opportunity to elaborate on these matters and to persuade you to declare President Bush persona non grata in Canada, or at least to rescind this invitation, and thus to avoid implicating yourselves and Canada in the most serious of international crimes.
Michael Mandel and Gail Davidson
on behalf of Lawyers against the War (LAW) a Canada-based committee of jurists and others with members in thirteen countries.
Michael Mandel, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3. Tel: 416 736-5039, Fax: 416-736-5736,
Gail Davidson, Tel: 604 738 0338; Fax: 604 736 1175, Email: email@example.com
 Reuters, U.N. Rights Boss Urges Fallujah 'Abuses' Probe
 Les Roberts, Riyadh Lafta, Richard Garfield, Jamal Khudhairi, Gilbert Burnham, Mortality before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, published online 29 October 2004.http://image.thelanct.com/extras04art10342web.pdf
 Collateral Damage: the Health and Environmental Costs of War on Iraq, 12 November 2002. http://www.ippnw.org/CollateralDamage.pdf
 For example Hamdan v. Rumsfeld et al, (United States District Court for the District of Columbia, November 7, 2004).
cc: The Honourable Bill Graham P.C. Q.C. M.P.
Minister of National Defence
General George Pearkes Building
101 Colonel By Drive 13th Floor
Ottawa Ontario K1A 0K2
Tel: 613 992 5234
Fax: 613 996 8607
The Honourable Irwin Cotler
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
312 West Block
House of Commons
Ottawa Ontario K1A 0A6
Tel: 613 992 4621
Fax: 613 990 7255
Bush Confronts New Challenge on Issue of Iran
By STEVEN R. WEISMAN
SANTIAGO, Chile, Nov. 18 - While assembling a new national security team, President Bush is confronting what could become the biggest challenge of his second term: how to contain Iran's nuclear program and what some in the administration believe to be Tehran's support of violence in Israel and insurgents in Iraq.
In an eerie repetition of the prelude to the Iraq war, hawks in the administration and Congress are trumpeting ominous disclosures about Iran's nuclear capacities to make the case that Iran is a threat that must be confronted, either by economic sanctions, military action, or "regime change."
But Britain, France and Germany are urging diplomacy, placing their hopes in a deal they brokered last week in which Iran agreed to suspend its uranium enrichment program in return for discussions about future economic benefits. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell thrust himself into the debate on Wednesday by commenting to reporters that fresh intelligence showed that Iran was "actively working" on a program to enable its missiles to carry nuclear bombs, a development he said "should be of concern to all parties." The disclosures alluded to by Mr. Powell were seen by hard-liners in the administration as another sign of Iranian perfidy, and by Europeans as little new.
Although Mr. Powell has praised the negotiations between the Europeans and Iran, one administration official said that his comment suggested that there was "a steady tightening of outlook between hawks and doves" that Iran will use the negotiations as a pretext to continue its nuclear program in private.
Leading the charge for a tough line on Iran has been John R. Bolton, under secretary of state for arms control and international security. At the moment, administration officials say there are no prominent members of Mr. Bush's inner circle enthusiastic about the European approach of negotiating with Iran; most of the moderates are lower-level areas specialists in the State Department. But only last week Prime Minister Tony Blair persuaded Mr. Bush to endorse the European approach.
Though Mr. Powell will soon leave Mr. Bush's administration, he is about to face a tough choice on Iran - whether to have an extensive conversation with the Iranian foreign minister, Kamal Kharrazi, or to avoid any contact when the two men attend a conference in Egypt next week.
"The simple fact is the secretary doesn't want to meet with Kharrazi," said an administration official, adding that he saw little opportunity for dialogue and that Mr. Powell may have been signaling his pessimism when he made the disclosure about Iran's missile capability.
The possible Powell-Kharrazi meeting could occur Tuesday at Sharm el Sheik, Egypt, where European, Middle Eastern and other envoys are attending a conference on the future of Iraq. A top aide to Mr. Powell said the secretary would go with talking points to discuss ways to improve Iranian-American relations, but that it was up to the Iranians whether the conversation would take place.
A European diplomat familiar with the British-French-German initiative said they were also pessimistic that Iran would back off its nuclear ambitions, but that they had no choice but to engage Iran because military options were distasteful or impractical after the troubled invasion and occupation of Iraq.
"America clearly understands that Iran will be one of its greatest threats in the second administration," this diplomat said. "But the Europeans understand that even the greatest threats also present a great opportunity to resolve problems."
Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former policy and planning director under Secretary Powell, said he favored a major effort to offer incentives to moderate Iran's behavior, combined with threats of tough action if it does not.
European leaders say they want the United States to join with them in offering economic incentives to Iran, such as working to get Tehran to join the World Trade Organization - a step that could not occur without active American support.
Mr. Haass said it made no sense for the Europeans to offer incentives and for the United States to make threats. Both must be done together, he said. The Iranian issue has vexed the Bush administration for so long that plans to produce a major policy paper within the administration simply ground to a halt last year and have not been revived. American contacts with Iran were cut off last May, when Iran was linked to groups that carried out bombings in Saudi Arabia.
Administration officials said there was fresh evidence that Iran supported insurgents in Iraq and had stepped up its support of the militant organization Hezbollah, which Israel now says is helping to subsidize organizations like Hamas and Islamic Jihad who have carried out suicide bombings there. Indeed, an administration official said that Americans believed that Iran was supporting suicide bombers and insurgents in response to the pressure over its nuclear program - and specifically to warn Israel not to consider the kind of airstrike on a nuclear reactor that it carried out in Iraq more than two decades ago.
Officially, administration officials say that a military option like the one employed by Israel in 1981 against Iraq, when it bombed a reactor near Baghdad, is unrealistic because the Iranians have buried their most important nuclear facilities and can rebuild anything that is destroyed. But an administration official said that a military strike or sabotage was not out of the question - "you never take the military option off the table," he said - and that in any case it was "money in the bank" for Iran to be concerned about such an option, because it might be goaded into a more conciliatory approach to the United States.
On the other hand, many in the administration say that Iran is not likely to enter into talks with the United States, as the Europeans want, because the revolutionary clerics who control the government are unalterably opposed to engaging with a country it considers the enemy. "You can't call yourself a revolutionary regime and also negotiate with the Great Satan," said an administration official.
For months the United States's position has been not to threaten war but to force the issue to the United Nations Security Council, where sanctions - including a ban on oil imports and technology transfers - could be considered. But the European initiative has brought such talk to a halt. But the thinking among many administration officials is that if the European deal to get Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment activities falls apart in coming months - if, for example, inspectors are unable to verify compliance - administration hawks will surely enlist others in a campaign to confront Iran with threats.
The decision, said European and American diplomats, will be made by Mr. Bush with his new secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, who is said by aides to be of two minds about the problem just as Mr. Powell is - willing to try diplomacy, not sure that it will work and ready to look at other possibilities if it does not.
The article below was recommended by Jaiia Earthschild firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jaiia also recommended to watch the most explicit and very accurate flash movie produced by the Kucinich campaign which opens with Dennis explaining the reasons why the use of depleted uranium in all recent US wars around the world is insanely wrong, and why war must be permanently banned worldwide, and continues in the second segment - which you must have the courage to see and face - depicts some of the apocalyptic horrors that are and will eternally remain as the lethal omnicide legacy of the US government of devilish war maniacs.
To see this flash movie go at http://www.kucinich.us/dkdu.html - as for the conclusion of this movie, it is in our own hearts and souls that it should take place for this is only there that we can find the resolve and courage to mount the battle that will end all depleted uranium use and all wars forever on the face of this planet. Otherwise it is humanity that could soon be terminated.
Depleted Uranium: The Trojan Horse of Nuclear War
by Leuren Moret
8 July 2004
Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
The use of depleted uranium weaponry by the United States, defying all international treaties, will slowly annihilate all species on earth including the human species, and yet this country continues to do so with full knowledge of its destructive potential.
Since 1991, the United States has staged four wars using depleted uranium weaponry, illegal under all international treaties, conventions and agreements, as well as under the US military law. The continued use of this illegal radioactive weaponry, which has already contaminated vast regions with low level radiation and will contaminate other parts of the world over time, is indeed a world affair and an international issue. The deeper purpose is revealed by comparing regions now contaminated with depleted uranium from Egypt, the Middle East, Central Asia and the northern half of India to the US geostrategic imperatives described in Zbigniew Brzezinskis 1997 book The Grand Chessboard.
The fact is that the United States and its military partners have staged four nuclear wars, "slipping nukes under the wire" by using dirty bombs and dirty weapons in countries the US needs to control. Depleted uranium aerosols will permanently contaminate vast regions and slowly destroy the genetic future of populations living in those regions, where there are resources which the US must control, in order to establish and maintain American primacy.
Described as the Trojan Horse of nuclear war, depleted uranium is the weapon that keeps killing. The half-life of Uranium-238 is 4.5 billion years, the age of the earth. And, as Uranium-238 decays into daughter radioactive products, in four steps before turning into lead, it continues to release more radiation at each step. There is no way to turn it off, and there is no way to clean it up. It meets the US Governments own definition of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
After forming microscopic and submicroscopic insoluble Uranium oxide particles on the battlefield, they remain suspended in air and travel around the earth as a radioactive component of atmospheric dust, contaminating the environment, indiscriminately killing, maiming and causing disease in all living things where rain, snow and moisture remove it from the atmosphere. Global radioactive contamination from atmospheric testing was the equivalent of 40,000 Hiroshima bombs, and still contaminates the atmosphere and lower orbital space today. The amount of low level radioactive pollution from depleted uranium released since 1991, is many times more (deposited internally in the body), than was released from atmospheric testing fallout.
A 2003 independent report for the European Parliament by the European Committee on Radiation Risk (ECRR), reports that based on Chernobyl studies, low level radiation risk is 100 to 1000 times greater than the International Committee for Radiation Protection models estimate which are based on the flawed Atomic and Hydrogen Bomb Studies conducted by the US Government. Referring to the extreme killing effects of radiation on biological systems, Dr. Rosalie Bertell, one of the 46 international radiation expert authors of the ECRR report, describes it as:
"The concept of species annihilation means a relatively swift, deliberately induced end to history, culture, science, biological reproduction and memory. It is the ultimate human rejection of the gift of life, an act which requires a new word to describe it: omnicide."
1943 MANHATTAN PROJECT BLUEPRINT FOR DEPLETED URANIUM
In a declassified memo to General Leslie R. Groves, dated October 30, 1943, three of the top physicists in the Manhattan Project, Dr James B Conant, A H Compton, and H C Urey, made their recommendation, as members of the Subcommittee of the S-1 Executive Committee, on the Use of Radioactive Materials as a Military Weapon:
"As a gas warfare instrument the material would be ground into particles of microscopic size to form dust and smoke and distributed by a ground-fired projectile, land vehicles, or aerial bombs. In this form it would be inhaled by personnel. The amount necessary to cause death to a person inhaling the material is extremely small
There are no known methods of treatment for such a casualty
it will permeate a standard gas mask filter in quantities large enough to be extremely damaging."
As a Terrain Contaminant:
"To be used in this manner, the radioactive materials would be spread on the ground either from the air or from the ground if in enemy controlled territory. In order to deny terrain to either side except at the expense of exposing personnel to harmful radiations
Areas so contaminated by radioactive material would be dangerous until the slow natural decay of the material took place
for average terrain no decontaminating methods are known. No effective protective clothing for personnel seems possible of development.
Reservoirs or wells would be contaminated or food poisoned with an effect similar to that resulting from inhalation of dust or smoke."
Particles smaller than 1µ [micron] are more likely to be deposited in the alveoli where they will either remain indefinitely or be absorbed into the lymphatics or blood.
could get into the gastro-intestinal tract from polluted water, or food, or air.
may be absorbed from the lungs or G-I tract into the blood and so distributed throughout the body."
Extensive carpet bombing, grid bombing, and the frequent use of missiles and depleted uranium bullets on buildings in densely populated areas has occurred in Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan. The discovery that bomb craters in Yugoslavia in 1999 were radioactive, and that an unexploded missile in 1999 contained a depleted uranium warhead, implies that the total amount of depleted uranium used since 1991 has been greatly underestimated. Of even greater concern, is that 100 per cent of the depleted uranium in bombs and missiles is aerosolized upon impact and immediately released into the atmosphere. This amount can be as much as 1.5 tons in the large bombs. In bullets and cannon shells, the amount aerosolized is 40-70 per cent, leaving pieces and unexploded shells in the environment, to provide new sources of radioactive dust and contamination of the groundwater from dissolved depleted uranium metal long after the battles are over, as reported in a 2003 report by the UN Environmental Program on Yugoslavia. Considering that the US has admitted using 34 tons of depleted uranium from bullets and cannon shells in Yugoslavia, and the fact that 35,000 NATO bombing missions occurred there in 1999, potentially the amount of depleted uranium contaminating Yugoslavia and transboundary drift into surrounding countries is staggering.
Because of mysterious illnesses and post-war birth defects reported among Gulf War veterans and civilians in southern Iraq, and radiation related illnesses in UN Peacekeepers serving in Yugoslavia, growing concerns about radiation effects and environmental damage has stirred up international outrage about the use of radioactive weapons by the US after 1991. At the 2003 meeting of parties to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, discussing the U.S. desire to maintain its nuclear weapons stockpile, the Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi AKIBA stated, "It is incumbent upon the rest of the world ... to stand up now and tell all of our military leaders that we refuse to be threatened or protected by nuclear weapons. We refuse to live in a world of continually recycled fear and hatred".
CLIP - Read the rest at http://globalresearch.ca/articles/MOR407A.html
From: "Meria Heller" email@example.com>
Subject: Meria With Clifford Carnicom - Chemtrails
Date: 18 Nov 2004
Meria -- Your show with Clifford was excellent, excellent, excellent! Maybe five years from now, the TV show 60 Minutes will cover this material. We got to hear it today. Thank-you for everything you do, and please have Clifford back again as a guest. -- Mark
11/18/04 "Meria With Clifford Carnicom - Chemtrails"
Show opens with Endangered Species by Ed McDade http://www.cdbaby.com/McD
Clifford Carnicom http://www.Carnicom.com joins me today to discuss his excellent work on chemtrails. Cliff has a FREE documentary available on chemtrails (show & tell) at his website. Make sure you get your copy and spread it around. "What goes up, must come down" but just exactly WHAT is going up? See those criss cross patterns in the skies? They AREN'T clouds. What are they? Perhaps: calcium, magnesium, mercury, aluminum, barium, titanium and strontium? What do chemtrails do to your immune system? Clifford sees surveillance as a normal part of life now. Why have so many govt agencies including the Pentagon and State Dept watched his site? We have been DUPED into believing these are normal contrails. They can't be according to science as Clifford explains VERY well. Chronic respiratory disease is the #3 killer in America, this "stuff" is getting into our lungs, air, water, soil; His latest article on his site http://www.Carnicom.com "Brazen Propaganda From NASA" is a must read. Our entire biosphere is suffering, while the secret is kept right before our eyes. Remember the color BLUE and look up. Our children are being indoctrinated to accept these white skies and man made "clouds". Soylent Green is more than a movie. This is an excellent interview, not to be missed.
The Meria Heller Show
5th year on the net
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The Power of Nightmares
For those who live in constant fear of terrorists, The Power of Nightmares is a must-watch BBC video documentary. This thoroughly researched film is available for free viewing on the informative news website -http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/ - Information Clearing House. The excellent BBC team takes us on an expedition into the very roots of terror, only to find that a significant part of it has been fabricated by those in power for their own selfish interests. They show how fear is being used to manipulate the public into giving up their civil liberties and turning over ever more power to elite groups with their hidden agendas.
An example presented is the 664 people arrested in the US under anti-terrorism laws since 9/11. Not one of these 664 has been proven to be linked to Al Qaeda. In addition, many claims of the existence of terrorist sleeper cells are, in BBC's own language, "absurd," when anyone takes the time to look at the facts. Dirty bombs with their supposed terrorizing nuclear radiation effects are shown by experts to be "completely ineffective." The danger from fear-induced panic is far greater than the danger of this "weapon."
The Power of Nightmares exposes the Neo-con's agenda of creating a pervasive atmosphere of fear among the citizenry in order to manipulate them into pouring ever more money and power into the rapidly growing military-industrial complex.
I have long felt that fear is a key which can give unbridled power to the leaders who would use and abuse it. Besides watching this refreshing documentary, I invite you to take a look at our two-page summary http://www.WantToKnow.info/brighterfuture which exposes the deeper agenda of the power elite. Even more important, it gives inspiring ideas on how we can move away from fear and into our own power.
Please help to educate and inspire your friends and colleagues by spreading the word, and by inviting them to watch this eye-opening documentary. You take care and have a good day.
With very best wishes,
Fred Burks for the WantToKnow.info team
Below is a brief description of The Power of Nightmares taken from the Information Clearing House webpage - http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/ - where the film is available for free viewing:
In the wake of the shock and panic created by the devastating attack on the World Trade Center on 11 September, 2001, the neo-conservatives reconstructed the radical Islamists in the image of their last evil enemy, the Soviet Union - a sinister web of terror run from the centre by Osama Bin Laden in his lair in Afghanistan.
There are dangerous and fanatical individuals and groups around the world who have been inspired by extreme Islamist ideas, and who will use the techniques of mass terror - the attacks on America and Madrid make this only too clear.
But the nightmare vision of a uniquely powerful hidden organisation waiting to strike our societies is an illusion.
Wherever one looks for this al-Qaeda organisation, from the mountains of Afghanistan to the "sleeper cells" in America, the British and Americans are chasing a phantom enemy.
But the reason that no-one questions the illusion is because this nightmare enemy gives so many groups new power and influence in a cynical age - and not just politicians.
Those with the darkest imaginations have now become the most powerful.
Book: "America 2014: An Orwellian Tale"
by Dawn Blair
This book starts where 1984 left off, and is a chilling tale that seems all too real. Frankly, this Orwellian story ends with Bush in his Fourth term, and if you don't think that is a possibility, then you are a naive member of the DLC or DNC (of which there are far too many).
Fascism creeps in on cat's feet sometimes, as it has been encroaching upon our Constitution and civil liberties under four years of the Bush administration. Now, as Bush begins the next four, we will move from Torquemada Ashcroft to the Torturer's Apprentice Gonzales as our head of the Department of (In)Justice. It just gets worse with each passing day.
This is a novel by a largely unknown author who has accomplished the most difficult task for a novelist: writing a sequel, with skill and verisimilitude, of another person's work. As the website for "America 2014: An Orwellian Tale" notes:
Picture a totalitarian United States just ten years from now: With no end in sight to the War on Terror, a fourth-term President George Blush rules without restraint. The Constitution has been replaced with a "Patriotic Citizen's Bill of Rights and Responsibilities" and America has been renamed "God's United States." The Blush Administration has finally "freed" America of its "treasonous" opposition party, "subversive" media and "obstructionist" judges.
In this starkly terrifying political thriller, Winston Smith is a young, successful producer of patriotic commercials for the Department of Homeland Security.
While working to fulfill his dream of making a contemporary film version of "1984," he runs afoul of government censors, is forced to stand trial in a nightmarish courtroom, and faces brutal execution in a privatized prison. Rescued by a mysterious, powerful young woman and a band of teenaged computer hackers, he joins the Resistance and becomes swept up in a deadly struggle to undermine his government's stranglehold on power and information.
We receive many books that are not bestsellers, and we try to give them all a chance. But we only offer three premiums a week. So we only occasionally get a chance to promote such books.
This book, however, we couldn't put down. It is just too close to the truth, just a couple of turns of the screw away from what America is becoming.
Tom DeLay, Grover Norquist, Antonin Scalia, John Ashcroft, and countless others of the Busheviks have been unabashed in saying their goal is one-party rule of the self-described (albeit Uber hypocritical) "morally righteous" Republican Party.
Dominance of the communication media is the tool by which they are achieving their goal, along with stolen elections, a federal court stacked with pre-enlightenment creationist loyalists to the Bush Cartel, and gerrymandered congressional districts.
But at the heart of their control on the psyche of America is their near complete ability to disseminate propaganda through a docile, corporate media, at a time when the entertainment, news and political worlds have nearly merged into a single entity.
Winston Smith created lies for the Ministry of Truth, visual images and ads that were narcotics for the misled citizens of America. This is his story in the age of the Orwellian Bush Cabal.
At the end of the book, you will find a "The Revised Constitution of the United States of America," ratified by the one-party Republican state in 2009. We are almost there in content and in years. Indeed, it may arrive ahead of schedule.
For those who consider such talk alarmist, read this book. It's a little gift from a patriot who penned a fitting counterpart to Robert Kane Pappas'"Orwell Rolls" (DVD).
The party that controls the means of mass communication controls the nation. And the Busheviks believe they rule by divine decree, not by the choice of the voters. As Orwell predicted, such rulers will use endless wars against personified enemies to keep the masseslobotomized.
It is the end of the American revolution. These are not patriots who control our government. They are pre-enlightenment fascists.
And if the "F" work makes you shutter because it sounds so extreme, then you haven't yet understood what is happening here.
"This is a hell of a story, deftly-written, with a wacky, delicious sense of humor...a clever and imaginative understatement of the crazy world in which we now live."
-Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes
"The Bush Administration's relentless assault on civil liberties lends a haunting realism to this gripping fiction. It is a frightening tale of where this government's erosion of our Constitution might take us if allowed to continue"
-Professor Linn Washington Jr., civil rights columnist for the Philadelphia Tribune
Melting Glaciers Threaten World Water Supply
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Mountain glaciers, which act as the world's water towers, are shrinking at ever faster rates, threatening the livelihoods of millions of people and the future of countless species, a scientist said Thursday.
Around 75 percent of the world's fresh water is stored in glacial ice, much of it in mountain areas, allowing for heavy winter rain and snow-falls to be released gradually into river networks throughout summer or dry months.
"For some species and some people there are going to be big problems because mountain areas feed not just rural people but big cities, especially in Latin America," said Martin Price of the UK-based Center for Mountain Studies.
In dry countries, mountain glaciers can account for as much as 95 percent of water in river networks, while even in lowland areas of temperate countries such as Germany, around 40 percent of water comes from mountain ice-fields, Price said.
"It's a huge issue in the long run because once the glaciers go, you're down to whatever happens to fall out of the sky and come downstream," Price told Reuters on the sidelines of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in the Thai capital.
Due to factors such as global warming and air pollution, glaciers, like the polar ice caps, are getting smaller.
Studies show that Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, may lose its ice-cap by 2020, while the Glacier National Park in the northern United States could well be looking for a new name by 2030.
As well as threatening consistent, year-round water flows, climate change in mountains is threatening the vast variety of species.
Animals and plants in mountain areas, which officially cover 25 percent of the earth's surface, are under threat from the gradually changing climate, as well as loss of habitat on lower reaches which is pushing species to ever higher altitudes.
Eventually, they will run out of places to go.
"What can you do about it? You just have to try and adapt as things go along. You have to be as flexible as possible, but a lot of species are going to go extinct. In mountain areas many already have," Price said.
Editorial by Arol
I come from a long line of humans--I trace my ancestry to Africa and the journey out of Africa into the Middle East and on into Asia and Europe--I trace myself back to Cro-Magnon and Homo sapiens. My ancestors painted images--beautiful images on rock faces in Africa and in caves in Europe 13,000 years ago and more. We began to bury our dead and decorate our bodies and make beads and tools and weapons and lived and prayed and sang and danced together. And, yes, sickness killed us and animals killed us and sometimes cold and famine killed us and we suffered pain both emotional and physical, but we had words and we spoke to one another and told each other of our visions and dreams and where to hunt and where to find other foods and medicines and we prevailed and went everywhere--across seas to continents and islands and we began to control the planet with our clear objective minds and our belief in the Spirit of the earth and heavens and other creatures and plants.
Then, as our control grew, we got into agriculture and ownership and our control extended to other animals and men over women and children. Civilizations, supposedly great ones such as the Aztec and Mayan and Egyptian and Greek and Roman grew, and the killing became earnest then as these "great" civilizations were built on the backs of slaves and sacrifices of little children and beheadings and mutilating began so that those who grabbed power through our spiritual beliefs, our religions and those who grabbed power through material possessions could rule the people through fear and Bibles were written beautiful stories full of blood and lust for power and these were held to be true and righteous and used against us to justify and verify the power of the few while we grew poorer as our rich heritage was taken from us and our slavery became more and more abject. Now we have malls and skyscrapers and large powerful means of transportation and electricity which causes light to happen anytime--day or night--and with light comes pollution, killing everything. And we cry, "Yes, but where is the Light?" and some say they have it and others say it doesn't exist.
And as the grip of the powerful grabbers tightens around our collective necks, we are now choking and gasping and we're finally getting angry and we want out--not into more wealth, but we want to reach out again and with our words talk of our visions and dreams and hopes and we begin to whisper to each other that there must be a different Way and we begin to mail notes to each other through our invention--our computers and what we've come to call the World Wide Web--the place where all the greedy ones have infiltrated with their ads for stuff and pornography and weapons and their negative news--their media that re-confirms we are trapped and caught in the misery and no way out--in spite of all that, through the "Web" we speak to one another and we are telling each other there must be a revolution.
And now I see that we have come to the current ruling civilization: The American one which has stretched its might, its power through finance and has conquered most of the world and made them financial partners to rule us together. They come from Asia and the Middle East and Africa and Europe and the American continent and they all look alike, though their skin colors and costumes may be different, and they are transported about as kings and emperors of old were transported in their litters borne on the shoulders of slaves; only now the litters, the vehicles, are run on wheels and are called limos and are bulletproofed against us and they have slave chauffeurs and slave bodyguards and they speak the same financial lies and support armies everywhere on the planet, our Earth, causing pain and havoc, and the people feel their slavery more than ever as they are bound and gagged into the financial rulership. And the American slaves are bought daily with titillating pornographic and violent films and games and toys and usurious interest to keep buying and listening to the words of their rulers and now the power circle is complete and the democracy has gone away to the few who manipulate, lying and buying their way to power using words to divide and conquer us rather than unite us.
And, now, I, who trace my ancestry back 50,000 years and more, am contacted by those of my fellow humans--unhappy, angry, frightened by the pervasive and obvious corruption unto pain and I am told there must be a revolution and I agree and we ask each other how? because we know it must be a revolution of conscience and consciousness, one without killing. They tell me that God can't save us and I say, ah, but yes, the God-Force, the God energy can and will save us and we must align ourselves with that Force, with that Energy that is in Everything including ourselves and move forward and change everything: our Constitution, our way of doing business and the way we live our lives in order to save our children and grandchildren's lives.
And the promise of my ancestry will once again be alive and bright, shining back and forth through the eons--shining, from rocks and caves onto computer screens and new churches which will once again share our visions, dream s and most of all our precious words--so once again we will talk with one another and need no interveners between ourselves and what is Divine. No more priests, kings, emperors or presidents to manipulate our Divine dialog. We will become powerful at last and prevail.
Love to you,
Recommended by Keila email@example.com> on 17 Nov 2004
NOTE from Jean: To find out more about the soul who wrote this text above, I recommend you give a look at http://www.zendik.org/Arol_Zendik/contentA.html
- Pictures and bio included.
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From: Dr. Glen Barry email@example.com>
Dear Red State Cousin - Keep Your God Off My Country, Body and Earth
Earth Meanders http://www.environmentalsustainability.info/
By Dr. Glen Barry
November 21, 2004
The following essay is a response to the recent American Presidential election, in which differences in moral values between the liberal "blue states" and conservative "red states" were widely perceived as decisive. I argue below in an imaginary letter to my "red state cousin" that environmental conservation is the ultimate moral issue, and insist that born again christians keep their god off my country, body and Earth.
Dear Red State Cousin,
I have read with interest your emails full of christian wit and patriotic passion. This must be a time of heady optimism for the far right faithful, as Christian crusaders are on a roll in America and throughout the world.
I thought it time to respond. Please forgive me for using this as an opportunity to clarify my own thoughts on god, the Earth, humanity's place in the universe and moral values in politics. And to take exception with christian extremism.
Firstly, let me state I do not believe in your god. I feel the passion of your belief in Christ and know this is so very important to your philosophical foundation and well-being. But not all share this believe, nor should we be required too. Diversity in all things is a virtue.
Religious self-righteousness, self-proclaimed omnipotence and blind self-assuredness are but a wee distance from nationalism, totalitarianism, and despotism. Instinctively I am leery of those who are certain in matters of faith. I note you and your president are so very sure of yourselves and your moral footing.
Oh that I could feel such sanctimonious certainty but once in my lifetime. Oh how I long to be sure of anything. The closest I have come is to be sure that we need the Earth to live. We come from the Earth, are nourished by her fruits, her waters slack our thirst, and her atmosphere constantly replenishes our lungs.
No human endeavor - be it economic, political, cultural, social, or religious - is possible without Mother Earth being healthy and stable. I can think of no more self-evident truth. I am also as certain as a human can be that religion indeed is the opiate of the masses, as conflicts over gays and prayer obscures the demise of humanity's habitat.
I would not deny anyone comfort found in acts of blind faith, but it should not free its practitioners from critical thinking. In turbulent and changing times, I would suggest decisions are best based upon scientific knowledge, humanism and ecological intuition. Not based upon what some Middle Eastern people may or may not have said and done two millennia ago.
Both muslim and christian fanatics want us to live based upon centuries old rules and an understanding of reality that no longer applies. Humanity desperately needs a new vision free of the dogmas of the past, and based upon concrete logical analysis of human and ecological necessity.
Religion should be a deeply personal experience, not something forced upon others. Too many people have died fighting for something that can never be known. My faith comes from knowing that the sun shines each day, that the seasons pass on schedule and that all types of life abound (however, the actions of your faithful president threaten the latter two).
I recently saw The Passion of The Christ. I would have been nice to see a bit more on Jesus' teachings, and a little less of him getting beaten up. In seeing Jesus' non-violence, I am at a loss to explain how much war and suffering has been and continues to be carried out in his name. I do not think Jesus would have bombed anybody, nor given tax cuts to the wealthy at the expense of the poor.
I would never presume to demand that you worship my God. But under our nation's laws I will insist that you not force me to worship yours - nor to live under laws based upon your religion's tenets.
Regarding moral values: how about a little consistency - do we stop caring about unborn children after their birth? Thousands of children die a day from bad water and hunger, where is the outrage? Many, many innocent children have died in our unprovoked invasion of Iraq. Is it moral that a few children have so much while most have so little?
Do you grasp the violence and un-ethicalness of grinding poverty and hopelessness which is the norm for most of the world's children?
One of the primary reasons I take exception to christianity is that the focus on the afterlife has, for some, become a reason not to be concerned about the condition of the Earth and all her peoples now. The demise of the Earth and the presence of grotesque poverty becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy, as the faithful wait to be whisked off to paradise after their death.
Climate change, forest loss, water scarcity are all moral issues. All are various expressions of global ecological un-sustainability that threaten us all. People are dying from ecosystem collapse every day, and our species and many more are threatened with extinction.
The collapse of human civilization (such as it is) into barbarism and anarchy is a near certainty if the dominant culture - based largely upon christian traditions - continues to view rapid diminishment of the Earth's riches as a desirable norm. But if I accept Jesus as my savior, then everything is all right?
Yes I am a liberal, a free thinker, a bit of a bohemian, and a worshipper of the Earth. This is what I believe: there have been, are, and will be many prophets, a spiritual force that is good exists, and humans are on their own to live their worldly lives without divine interventions or a mystical afterlife. I find inspiration in christian values, as well as those of buddhism, islam and multitudes of pagan faiths based upon intimate knowledge of the Earth.
To presume that all human knowledge regarding what is and ought to be is tied to one rather insignificant messianic cult from way before the middle ages is dangerous and cult like thinking that will not meet the challenges of the coming millennia.
Further, I believe women are the only legitimate authority over their body. In a world rife with hate, loving relationships between adults should be supported wherever found. It is obscene that some have so much while most struggle to meet basic needs. The world will not long survive such gross economic imbalances.
Equity, justice and sustainability are universal values that must be embraced now for the world and our children to have a chance.
There are some people very angry with America - including those that terrorize innocent people. Such anger results from our opulence and arrogance, and we had best understand this fury is more than just islamic fundamentalism.
Personally, I would certainly fight to protect my family and our Earth, and perhaps even my country, but not for your or anyone else's god. Unilateral war = state sponsored terrorism, and while I feel pity for the plight of American soldiers (and their victims) overseas, there is little heroism in their brutal occupation.
Given our utter dependence upon the Earth for our every physical need, clearly we would be wise to realize that the Earth is the best representation of the father figure found throughout religious faiths.
I believe the Earth is alive and is godlike. We come from and are one with the Earth. Gaia heals our wounds, provides for our needs, and we return to her upon death.
I am writing to ask that you keep your God off my country, body and Earth.
May Gaia bless you and yours.
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The Relative "importance" of Moral Values
(...) the most remarkable read of the day is probably the item buried on __page A5 of The Washington Post. There, Charles Babington and Brian Faler take the wind out of the primary post-election grist for the yak-fests of radio and television: the overwhelming relevance of Moral Values to 2004s presidential voters.You will recall that the Exit Polling on November 2^nd ranked the most important issues as follows:
1. Moral Values, 22%
2. Economy and Jobs, 20%
3. Terrorism, 19%
4. Iraq, 15%
The authors point out that those results came when pollsters offered voters a list of which issues factored most into their decision to vote. They note that last week, Pew Research went back and surveyed voters again, and took their temperatures in two ways with a list (as was offered on election day), and without one (in other words, voters had to remember their issues; it ceased to be multiple choice). Those working off the checklist responded similarly to the election day exit pollees:
1. Moral Values, 27%
2. Iraq, 22%
3. Economy and Jobs, 21%
4. Terrorism, 14%
But the free-form Pew survey produced entirely different data. Given nothing to work with, simply asked to name the deciding factor in their vote, moral values shrunk back to human size:
1. Other, 31%
2. Iraq, 25%
3. Moral Values, 14%
4. Economy and Jobs, 12%
5. Terrorism, 9%
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The Voice of the White House
November 17, 2004: "The domestic situation is more or less quiet, aside from continuing noise about stolen votes. This will go nowhere because while there was indeed fraud on the part of the Rove people, it is difficult and very expensive to prove and believe me, even if it is proven, Bush will stay in the White House.
More interesting, and important, is the foreign situation.
Bush and his friends are completely determined to attack Iran as soon as possible.
What these fanatical dimbulbs do not seem to realize, although there is plenty of evidence available, is that the Iranians are expecting such attacks and are now putting the final touches on their own program to neutralize US/Israeli aggressive intentions.
Both US intelligence (via side-angle and overhead satellites) and foreign intelligence reports indicate that the Iranians have received at least several Russian-made long distance rockets with nuclear warheads included and these rockets have the ability to easily reach domestic US targets, at least on the East Coast.
A number of ex-Russian Israeli citizens are in the Israeli defense program and have been leaking information back to Russia with the results that this new defense/offense program has been rapidly accelerated.
No one but Tony Blair and the neocon nuts want to see an escalation of war in the Middle East.
There are several reasons why the Bush people want to take out Iran.
Iran has the nerve to sell oil to the now-feared Chinese;
Iran supplies money and weapons to the insurgents in Iraq and are arming and training anti-Saud Saudi-Arabians thus threatening the US oil connection there,
Iran dares to sell oil to the Asians, thus depriving the US of said oil;
Iran has been and is counterfeiting American money and if and when this ever gets pubic, there is a serious chance the dollar will collapse as international currency; and most important,
Iran has dared to defy the wishes of our new Emperor.
As an aside, the Chinese, clever as always, have been heavily supporting the US economy by buying up Treasury Bills. Why? Because the US has become heavily dependant on this financial support and when the Chinese decide to cut off this aid, (which there is every indication that they will do) there will be a very quick economic collapse here. This is a very clever ploy and it is a bargaining chip for Beijing to play if and when it gets a good offer from other enemies of the US.
Our people are putting stories out about a fictional "super missile" that is speed-of-light fast and cannot be interdicted. This is pure PR bullshit. The concept has been studied but is not feasible and almost everyone else knows it. The newly-sycophantic press is eagerly putting this one out all over the place but outside the US, it is considered almost as big a joke as the fictional "Star Wars" program was.
Bush no longer wants, nor will have, any independent thought around the Monkey Palace. He replaced the very reluctant and, from his point of view, obstructionist, Powell with the ferociously butt-kissing Condi Rice. She has spent the first imperial term running all over the Beltway doing everything she can to support Bush, even though she lies through her teeth and is well aware of it. Also, it is repulsive to hear her suck up to Bush. She lavishly praises him in front of others, claiming that he is a brilliant man, which he certainly is not, and a fount of wisdom. Her favorite phrase is "Oh, you are right as usual, Mr. President!" and her conduct is very dangerous. Bush sucks up flattery and loves flatterers with an abiding passion. No one who wants to keep his or her job dares to give him information that is contrary to his beliefs or who dares to cross Fat Karl Rove in any way. One of Roves super-gay , joy-boy loving friends has now been elevated by Bush to a very important position but there is trouble brewing in that quarter and look for leaks to cause more rage in the Oval Office.
Queers, Likudists, Jesus Freaks and neo-fascists are all we see around here these days and the suction around the Imperial fundament sounds like a vacuum convention in full swing."
Forwarded by Ed Elkin EdElkin@aol.com> on Nov 18, 2004
GET OUT THE REAL VOTE: Boycott Christmas
by Felicity Artemis
These days I wake up each morning in a state of quandry: Should I just surrender to the devastating weirdness of it all or stand up and be counted as one of the movers and shakers and igniters of new vision. Is my passion to inspire and be inspired by the possibilities of new and wholly other ways to be human just an excercise in futility, or am I part of a tidal wave of change?
Okay, so the people seem to know that the election was fraudulent... Duh! Surprise surprise, that the purveyors of warcrimes based on unequivocal, pure deception would have orchestrated a second presidential coup? But this time, looks like we're figuring out that we're living under an oligarchal dictatorship, that there was no real election...and American democracy is pure illusion, and our fantasy of a virtuous national heritage is simply a denial of reality.
What we crave is integrity, right? If voting is bogus then is there some other way to have our voices be heard by the designers and crafters of worst-case scenarios, and to hear our own voices and each others and make sense, somehow, out of civilization's disheartening mess? Find the exit route? Re-vamp the situation?
Since the government and the military are branches of Corporate America, they are merely doing our dirty work so we can consume the spoils of their overt and covert invasions and occupations of the lands and resources of the peoples of the third world, and the exploited labor of the working poor everywhere. We all do it, including yours truly. Therefore all of our railing against the government or Bush or whatever is futile and ridiculous bordering on comical. Want freedom? Ya! So I figure, create a real election...
Hmmmm I thought ...what a perfect time of year for a boycott! Yeah, let's boycott...... Christmas!
Yeah! If all the Kerry people (and those who just voted against Bush) just put their money where their hearts are and created an alternative to the Christmas buying frenzy, our voices would be heard. Our votes would be truly cast and counted.
However, I've been informed by my many spiritually correct informants that it's important to stay positive while accelerating human evolution, and that the subject of BOYCOTT is focusing on the negative. I've done some soul-searching and I thought that since Christmas is Jesus' birthday and everything, maybe we should just ask Jesus what he thinks of an economic boycott of Christmas, and so I meditated and prayed for his guidance. I asked him what he thought, and he spoke to me thus:
"I am of woman born. I came to this world through her glorious grace as she swelled and opened and brought me forth from the womb of her. I was bathed in the blood and the body of the Mother of Life as I came in. She is the first I will ever know and I am blessed to the heavens for this gift, this life. Red is the blood of Creation. All my blessed life I squirmed and walked and danced naked upon the fertile green wonder beneath my feet, this place, this home, this belly warm. Green is the blood of the plants that sustain all Life.
Quite honestly, I love the red and the green, but I don't like Christmas, even though I'm Jesus and it's my birthday and everything. I know you all mean well, but it really bothers me...
For one thing, no one ever asks me what I want for Christmas. Don't you even want to know what I want? Okay, I'm gonna tell you. Maybe if I do then finally I might get my Christmas wish. Here it is: I want people to stop dropping bombs on each other in my name. Do you hear me? I want the warmongering profiteers to stop pillaging and sucking the lifeblood out of earth-based, indigenous peoples, turning them into fodder for corporate machinery to continue to produce more and more things that are designed to be thrown away. I pray thee, not in my name! I never gave my blessings upon these acts. It makes me sad and sick.
Speaking of sadness and sickness, another thing I want for Christmas is: I want off this fucking cross, okay? Jesus! Isn't it enough already? Don't you want to move on? How can you affix your gaze upon the symbol of my ghastly torture and think you can just go off and have a nice day. Don't you see that you create from that upon which you focus? If you can get rid of this ghoulish necrophilic visual, you can finally free my immortal soul from this perpetual torture, and then maybe you can see my true nature and hear what it is I really came here to say. Hello! No seriously, if you love me, you will take me down off of this thing. It's what I want for Christmas, for god's sake, it's the holidays, I feel like dancing, wanna drink some eggnog...
This Christmas I want the people of the Earth to celebrate Birth, the birth of life itself and of every being as all are the children of God. I am but one sacred son, with a big reputation for telling the truth. Then may it be known that all prayers lead me to you, for you are my reflection. Behold the Kingdom of God is within you. Haven't I said that already? What part of the kingdom of God is within you don't you understand?
Your power, today, my sistren and brethren, is in the almighty dollar. If you are politically and spiritually in opposition to the heinous killing spree conducted to advance the values of corporate capitalism, blood for oil, the spread of western monoculture, a McDonald's in every village, all must now buy seeds from Monsanto that are engineered so they cannot turn a second crop... If you are strong enough to hold yourselves accountable for your part upholding the system that is essentially a suicide pact, then this Christmas you will use the almighty dollar as a tool of conscious evolution.
For Christmas, I, the Lord Jesus Christ, wish to see an economic boycott of Christmas. I pray thee, stop shopping! Make my Christmas wish come true by not buying presents, withdraw your support of the economic system that is holding you and me and the whole world hostage. Don't use gas to drive around shopping, chill at home with your tribe.Don't travel far and wide to visit family, just this Christmas, don't fly, just stay put for the Love of God, and redefine the family unit as those with whom you share an affinity and proximity. So that we can demonstrate to ourselves our real power to vote. Then we can sit back and watch shit come to a screeching halt.Yes! (I love upheaval... it's so full of possibility)
And now, a holiday message for you and your family from the lord Jesus Christ:
Put Your Money where your Heart is...
Stop Shopping! for the love of God, for one full week...On December 25th, celebrate Birth Day, the day the people of the earth remembered that they were all the divine children of God.
And then, on January 1st at 12:00 Midnight, Celebrate the New Year 2005 as the year Americans learned how to truly vote."
Well, there you have it. It may seem farfetched, but as some of my best friends say,
"It's a tall order, but we're taller...
So let's push things forward..."
Uncle Tom Powell
Uncle Tom Powell was Bush's pal!
He stood up in front of the world.
Lied thru his teeth and tasted defeat.
His son got a big job in the government
Working for a Big Media Conglomerate
Selling Freedom for his slave master!
He has stepped aside because things are getting worst.
The end is near.
All rationalization must disappear!
The warrior stands by and watches his men being blown to bits.
Raping and pillaging!
For the Corporate grit.
Sent to kill and steal!
To protect the companys investment.
All for Some CEO youll never know!
Who will never shed a tear for you!
Never drink a beer!
Never be sent to kill!
Never cry on your grave!
Never wonder wheres my leg?
Hes been Educated at the finest schools
To use you as a Dirty Tool!
You can find them all cozily hiding?
Under the dirt!
- William Eon -- Taken from http://nyc.indymedia.org/newswire/display_any/132706 where 3 pictures are also posted - give them a look!...
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