MAY LOVE PREVAIL ON EARTH
April 9, 2005
The Empire of Darkness Series #24: Largest Compilation Ever
I've just spent 4 hours adding various excerpts to this gargantuan 75 pages compilation which has been in the work for the past 10 days andwould you believe it! there is much, much more which I've decided not to include or could not get to review in the amazing amount of material streaming my way every day. Of course, you'll probably have 5 or 6 days to review it before you receive another big one like this from me. So let's hope you don't get discouraged by the time this one will require from you.
Once again I'm at a loss to properly qualify the abysmal litany of horror stories generated by the American Empire's crimes against humanity, the planet and Life itself. Israel's inhumane actions also featured at the very end of this compilation are also worth mentioning and much much more.
And yet, despite all odds I still remain rock solid confident that beyond these hereby exposed realities which the mainstream media do their utmost to cover up, there lies a shining future in which violence, hatred and misery will be no more.
Of course to get there will require some "undoing" of very bad choices as well as the common adoption of true love and peace-based priorities and values, something we are all here to help foster - because criticizing is evidently not enough...
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"If it were proved to me that in making war, my ideal had a chance of being realized, I would still say "No" to war. For one does not create human society on mounds of corpses."
- Louis Levoin
(Sent by "Stan Penner" email@example.com> in response to the Meditation Focus #128: Shifting The World From War-Making To Planet-Healing)
"Today more than ever before life must be characterised by a sense of universal responsibility not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life."
- The Dalai Lama -Taken from http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/science/nature/4415929.stm
"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty and democracy?"
- Mohandas Gandhi
"We have full faith in the essential goodness and the conscience of the American people, and if these images were shown in America's living-rooms every night, the war would be over in a week."
- Taken from Bringing The War Back Home: Eugene Resisters Shut Down Recruitment Center - Recommended by "Suzy Star" firstname.lastname@example.org> who wrote: "This is heartening news about how dedicated consciously devoted groups can show the world our objections to the atrocities that are being committed by the current regime."
Worthy of Your Attention
The Zoomquilt - a collaborative art project
Recommended by "Ginger Gibson" email@example.com> who wrote: THIS IS REALLY WILD!!!!!! THE ARTWORK IS AMAZING!" I absolutely concur. This is the most astounding piece of art I've ever seen! Make sure to read and understand the instructions before clicking "start" and make sure to zoom back entirely - if you can... - after zooming in.
Revealing Major Cover-ups & Working Together for the Good of All
Coop Radio: Gail Davidson & Leuren Moret: Are Bush & Co. War Criminals?
(...) The Defendant Mr. George Walker Bush, President of the United States is:
1) Guilty for crime of aggression; 2) Guilty for war crimes in regard to military attacks against civilians, including indiscriminate bombings, use of cluster bombs, daisy cutter bombs, use of depleted uranium weaponry; guilty for war crimes in regard to attacks against civilian objects; guilty for war crimes in regard to treatments of prisoners of war and civil detainees including abuses against prisoners of war in Qara-i-Jhangi, inhuman and degrading treatments against prisoner of war in transfer to Guantanamo Military Base, inhuman and degrading treatments of prisoner of war as well as civil detainees in Guantanamo Base, while charges of war crimes in terms with transfer of prisoners of war and civil detainees in containers as well as inhuman and degrading treatments in Sheberghan Prison Camp have not been proved beyond reasonable doubt to a point that the Defendant himself committed such crimes. 3) Guilty for crimes against humanity in regard to refugees, use of depleted uranium weaponry, and in observance of legal duty to announce the noxious effects of depleted uranium weaponry as well as negligence of safety measures for US military personnel. CLIP
Global Ecosystems Again Shown to Be Perilously Imperiled, Now Is Time for Action!
Let World Leaders Know We Need Urgent International Measures to Ensure Global Ecological Sustainability and Equitable Development. (...) Somehow world governments must be made to understand that what is at stake is life itself - for humanity, every Earthly species, and the Earth as a whole.
The Last Porto Alegre: Discerning the State of the World Social Forum After Five Years
Good analysis on this recent event attended by 155,000 people from around the world.
1. Letter to the Editor on conscientious objectors
2. Sleepwalking to disaster in Iran
3. Plans by U.S. to Dominate Space Raising Concerns
4. If You Build It, They Will Kill
5. Revelations from an Insider
6. The Epic Struggle for World Hegemony
7. THE MOTHER OF ALL SCANDALS
8. Why Our Food is So Dependent on Oil
9. THE FIRE IS NO LONGER ON ITS WAY - IT HAS BEGUN
10. The Anti-War Pope
11. The next Pope may be the last
12. Israel: A Call for Divestment
In Tsunami Area, Relief Is Very Slow in Coming (April 6) http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/040705F.shtml
Three months after a tsunami devastated the Aceh Province, almost nothing seems to have been done to begin repairs and rebuilding. - Banda Aceh, Indonesia - Three months after a tsunami devastated this city, vast areas remain a flatland of rubble, mud and stagnant water where only palm trees and the stumps of broken buildings break the low horizon. Tens of thousands of bodies from among more than 126,000 reported dead in Aceh Province have been cleared away and nearly half a million homeless people have found other places to live. But among the ruins here, and for many miles along the coastline of barren fishing villages, almost nothing seems to have been done to begin repairs and rebuilding. There is little sign in Aceh of the billions of dollars in donations from governments, aid organizations, civic groups and individual people who reached out to help from around the world. (...) Indeed the government faces a huge and complex task. It cannot simply throw up a few new dwellings; it must rebuild entire neighborhoods and towns, entire economic and social environments. "It is very difficult to rebuild, especially permanent structures, if you don't have a clear idea who the land belongs to and how many people are going to be living there," Ms. Wall said. To begin with, a clear tally of the dead and living must be made, and with more than 100,000 people still listed as missing, the final death toll in Aceh alone is likely to be well above 200,000. The complications of rebuilding come in many forms. For one thing, this disaster may not yet be over. Seismologists predict more earthquakes, perhaps even stronger than the aftershock that devastated several small islands last week. Aid groups are already stockpiling more relief materials. "This is going to happen again," Ms. Wall said. For another, there is a war going on: For more than a decade, Aceh has been the scene of a Muslim separatist rebellion and brutal military repression. There are reports that violence from both sides has continued since the tsunami. CLIP
Scott Ritter: Neocons as Parasites (April 1, 2005) http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/040105J.shtml
(...) So you believe the neocons are elitist parasites? Yes, elitism is the perfect term. Do you consider it localized or global elitism? The neocons believe in what they think is a noble truth, power of the few, the select few. These are godless people who want power, nothing more. They do not have a country or an allegiance, they have an agenda. These people might hold American passports, but they are not Americans because they do not believe in the Constitution. They believe in the power of the few, not a government for or by the people. They are a few and their agenda is global. (...) No plan survives initial contact with the enemy. The neocon ideology was always hypothetical in its pure application until now. What we are seeing today is what happens when theory (bad theory at that) makes contact with reality. You get chaos, through which the neocons are now trying to navigate. Is Karl Rove a neocon? Karl Rove is not part of the neo-conservative master group; he is a host. Then who is steering the ship? An oligarchy of 'public servant' classes who are drawn from business, and serve naked economic interests. This is true whether you are Democrat or Republican. CLIP
UN Votes to Send Any Sudan War Crime Suspects to World Court (01 April 2005)
United Nations - The Security Council voted Thursday night to send any war crimes suspects from the Darfur region of Sudan to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, after the United States obtained amendments to exempt Americans from the tribunal's jurisdiction. The vote of the 15-member Council was 11 in favor, with four abstentions- Algeria, Brazil, China and the United States. (...) It was the third Sudan resolution in the Council in a week after two months of delay that had raised a clamor of criticism against the panel over its inaction. On March 24, the Council unanimously passed a measure establishing a 10, 715-member force to shore up a peace agreement in the south of the country and lend assistance to the 2,000 African Union troops in Darfur. On Tuesday, the panel voted 12 to 0 with three abstentions to impose a travel ban and asset freeze on individuals who commit atrocities or break cease-fire agreements. The conflict in Darfur is estimated to have displaced 2.4 million people and cost the lives of up to 300,000 black African villagers. Pro-government Arab militias, including those known as janjaweed, have been blamed for most of the violence, including rape, murder and arson. Though the United States has been in the forefront of calling for action in Darfur, it balked over the judicial issue when a United Nations commission returned from Sudan in January with a recommendation that suspects be sent to the international court. CLIP
Attacks and Theft Seriously Threaten UN Ability to Feed Millions in Sudan's Darfur (1 April)
Shootings, attacks on drivers and thefts of contracted trucks carrying critically needed food aid in Sudan's war-ravaged western Darfur region are seriously threatening the ability of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to assist millions of people at a time when needs are increasing daily, the agency said today. "The security situation is so bad that many drivers are now refusing to move through sections of the road corridors to the three Darfur states," WFP country director Ramiro Lopes da Silva said of the region, where fighting between the Government, allied militias and rebels has killed tens of thousands of people and driven nearly 2 million from their homes in the past two years. "These attacks are completely unconscionable. They create a climate of fear that together with truck seizures pose a real threat to our ability to deliver food," he added of the banditry which has also affected other humanitarian organizations. CLIP
Scientific Analysis Suggests Presidential Vote Counts May Have Been Altered - Group of University Professors Urges Investigation of 2004 Election (March 31st , 2005)
Officially, President Bush won November's election by 2.5%, yet exit polls showed Kerry winning by 3%  . According to a report to be released today by a group of university statisticians, the odds of a discrepancy this large between the national exit poll and election results happening by accident are close to 1 in a million.In other words, by random chance alone, it could not have happened.But it did.Two alternatives remain. Either something was wrong with the exit polling, or something was wrong with the vote count. Exit polls have been used to verify the integrity of elections in the Ukraine, in Latin America, in Germany, and elsewhere. Yet in November 2004, the U.S. exit poll discrepancy was much more than normal exit poll error (and similar to that of the invalid Ukraine election. ) (...) A state-by-state analysis of the discrepancy between exit polls and official election results shows highly improbable skewing of the election results, overwhelmingly biased towards the President. The report concludes, We believe that the absence of any statistically-plausible explanation for the discrepancy between Edison/Mitofskys exit poll data and the official presidential vote tally is an unanswered question of vital national importance that needs thorough investigation.Ph.D. statisticians in America who have seen this group's preliminary exit poll study have not refuted it. This new study is a much more comprehensive an analysis of the exit poll discrepancies. The report is available on-line at http://electionarchive.org/ucvAnalysis/US/Exit_Polls_2004_Edison-Mitofsky.pdf
An executive summary of the report by is available a http://electionarchive.org/ucvAnalysis/US/Exit_Polls_summary.pdf
Why the U.S. Media Is a Whore (April 6, 2005)
Bush and his stable of journalistic whores seems unfazed by the current scandal; they happily concoct lies everyday as normal policy. For no other reason than this, the Gannon affair proves William Colby right. The mainstream media is owned--bought and paid for. CLIP
Peter Jennings Defrauding: Inside The ABC News UFO Documentary Hoax By Steven M. Greer MD Director, The Disclosure Project (29 March 2005)
(...) Instead, the final ABC News show was weaker in evidence than most tabloid cable channel pieces on the UFO subject with the bulk of the documentary being interviews with UFO personalities, debunkers and the carnival atmosphere of UFO hotspots like Roswell. They fraudulently appeared to be balanced by having both skeptics and believers with the clear implication that the skeptics were real scientists and the believers were misguided flakes. Using the ruse of media objectivity, ABC News would asymmetrically show, say, a Harvard scientist skeptic juxtaposed against a civilian who thought he had been sexually assaulted by aliens! The few, very brief interviews with pilots and military people were overwhelmed by the spurious, carnival-like pseudo-ethnography of the UFO subculture mixed in with long segments of scientists pooh-poohing the entire matter. While appearing objective and balanced to the general viewer, the project was, rather, a disinformation piece, carefully crafted to give the mere appearance of objectivity. Otherwise, why spend so much air time interviewing UFO personalities, media figures and the like while completely leaving out ALL high-ranking military, government and scientific witnesses and evidence given directly by us to them? In light of the range and scope of material that we personally gave them, it is incomprehensible why ALL of it would be omitted unless it was their intent from the beginning to do a disinformation and cover-up piece. (...) Those who know me know that I like to stay positive, present the affirmative facts and present the promise of an advanced, sustainable civilization on Earth benefiting from the knowledge of these new technologies. But it is time for the American people to wake up to the fact that the Big Media and their corporate masters are the central problem blocking the truth from coming out. As a former board member of Time Warner told me, the Big Media has become scribes taking dictation from the right hand of the king and the fourth estate is essentially dead. A CALL TO ACTION The American people must demand that ABC News correct its fraudulent assertions and do a real investigative report on the serious evidence, government documents and courageous military whistle-blower testimony that The Disclosure Project and others have identified. The reader may obtain much of this evidence from http://www.DisclosureProject.org CLIP
2% INFLATION AND OTHER OFFICIAL LIES (03-21-05)
According to official government statistics, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) the mostly widely used measure of inflation is running a very low 2.2% a year. But if inflation is so low, why is the price of everything you buy going up so fast? How do you reconcile 2% inflation with 10% to 20% annual increases in housing prices . . . 25% to 40% increases in heating bills during the past winter . . . and double-digit increases in the price of nearly everything you consume, from gasoline, to food, to movie tickets? The simple answer is that the official inflation rate is virtually pure fiction, and has been for decades. (...) Williams estimates the current real consumer inflation rate is closer to 6% than 2%. Other research services, like free market Agora Research, now put the real inflation rate at 7%-8%. There are many reasons why it is in the government's interest to make the inflation seem lower than it actually is: First and foremost, it saves them billions of dollars. For instance, cost of living adjustments in Social Security, welfare payments, Medicare and other entitlements are based on changes in the CPI. Similarly, keeping the official CPI rate low, keeps salary and pension adjustments for government employees and retirees much lower than they would otherwise be. A low official CPI also helps keep down interest payments on the national debt (which now consumes over 20% of all government expenditures). It also keeps down the cost of government borrowing, which is now over $1 trillion a year a lot of money even for the federal government. CLIP
Budgets: Bad And Badder (April 06, 2005)
There's the House budget, and there's the Senate budget. Both include more than $100 billion in program cuts, mostly hurting working people, and large increases in tax cuts, mostly benefiting a small percentage of wealthy people. Sharon Parrott and Jonh Springer of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explain how the tax cuts and defense spending increases contained in both budgets would cost more than the cuts in domestic programs would save. So much for deficit reduction. CLIP
U.S. dollar facing collapse, warns Malaysia's Mahathir (March 30)
KUALA LUMPUR, (AFP) - The US dollar is facing an imminent collapse and the global economy will suffer a "catastrohpe" when it is rejected as the currency for trade, former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said. Mahathir, who famously ignored International Monetary Fund (IMF) advice and instead chose to peg his country's ringgit to the US dollar during the Asian financial crisis, said a standard gold currency was now the best alternative for world trade. The dollar was retaining some value because of fears of a global economic catastrophe if it was rejected, he told a conference of some 650 chief executives from 30 countries at a conference in Kota Kinabalu on Borneo island Tuesday, The Star newspaper reported. "But the catastrophe will come one day because even the most powerful country in the world cannot repay loans amounting to seven trillion dollars," Mahathir said. The former premier, who was also finance minister, said he believed central banks worldwide were reducing their US dollar reserves and he suspected that Malaysia was also switching to other currencies. Telling reporters that he was giving his personal views, he warned that "unless (the Americans) change their president and have a more responsible president who will try to reduce the deficit, they will have serious trouble with the US currency."CLIP
International Campaign to Stop Smallpox Genetic Engineering Announced (4 April 2005)
Non-Governmental Organizations Urge the World Health Organization to Put Smallpox in the History Books Instead of the Genetic Engineering Lab An international alliance of non-governmental organizations has launched a campaign to urge the World Health Organization to reject a proposal that would permit the genetic engineering of smallpox and to instead ensure that all remaining stocks of the virus are destroyed within two years. Debate on the proposal will take place at the World Health Assembly (WHA), which meets in Geneva, Switzerland beginning on May 16th. The NGOs, led by Third World Network and The Sunshine Project, have opened a website http://www.smallpoxbiosafety.org/, where organizations and individuals can send letters to the WHO Director General. The website provides links to health ministries, so that people can also contact their governments representatives to the WHA. The website is available in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The proposal to genetically engineer smallpox, which would also permit smallpox genes to be inserted into related poxviruses and the unlimited distribution of small segments of smallpox DNA, poses a large number of public health, biosafety, and biological weapons risks. It was prompted by the United States, and has been recommended to the WHA through an imbalanced advisory committee. (...) The World Health Organization (WHO) is justly proud of the global effort that brought about the eradication of smallpox in 1977; but the truth of the matter is that the job was never finished. The United States and Russia still retain stocks of the smallpox virus (Variola major), an easily transmitted disease and ancient scourge of humanity that is a potent biological weapons agent. Smallpox kills one quarter or more of the people it infects and leaves many that do not die disfigured and blind. In 1999, the remaining stocks of smallpox virus were slated for imminent destruction. But Russia and the US balked at the World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution calling upon them to destroy the virus. Instead, the US has accelerated smallpox research. Now, it wants to open the Pandoras Box of genetically-engineered smallpox. A plan to genetically engineer the virus could be approved by the World Health Assembly in May 2005. The plan also includes the expression of smallpox genes in related poxviruses, and unlimited distribution of segments of smallpox DNA. If implemented, this plan would pose serious biosafety risks and open the road to an artificial reconstruction of the virus for biowarfare purpose. Fewer and fewer people, and their leaders, have personal memories of the horror of smallpox, or even the scars left by vaccination, which had ended in most countries by the late 1970s. CLIP
Planet Ark : Oil Super-Spike Could Sink Stocks, Economy - Analysts (April 1, 2005)
NEW YORK - If oil were to hit $105 per barrel, as suggested by a leading broker, it would spread ruin through the stock market and could spell disaster for everything from airlines to retailers to mining companies, analysts said on Thursday.Since the start of the year, oil has risen more than 25 percent to near $56 a barrel. On Thursday, Goldman Sachs issued research saying oil markets have entered a "super-spike" period that could see prices go as high as $105. Goldman also raised its 2005 and 2006 New York Mercantile Exchange crude price forecasts to $50 and $55, respectively, from $41 and $40. A Reuters poll showed that analysts on average expected a mean price for 2005 of $45.49 a barrel. The analysts revised their super-spike range to $50-$105 per barrel from $50-$80 previously, noting demand and economic growth in the United States and China especially. While oil companies benefit from rising crude prices, a diverse mix of companies including Delta Airlines, Continental Airlines, trash company Allied Waste, rail operator Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. and Kellogg Co. have all warned of fuel costs. Airline industry analyst Robert Mann said the consequences of oil reaching $105 would be so disastrous to the US economy that it is difficult to isolate the airline industry within that scenario."It's bigger than that," he said. "I think it would ruin the economy. It would be catastrophic."However, Tom Bentz, an analyst at BNP Paribas Commodity Futures Inc., said $100 oil "is possible, but anything is possible."With OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) capacity only a million (barrels per day) away from their limits and demand rising, add a major outage somewhere and sure it's possible," he said. CLIP
Giving Hybrids A Real Jolt (April 1, 2005
A plug-in gas-electric vehicle may be key in saving fuel and cutting pollution - Is there a car that can cut America's oil imports to a trickle, dramatically reduce pollution, and do it all with currently available technology? Greg Hanssen thinks so. His company has already built one such car -- a converted Toyota Prius that gets 100 to 180 mpg in a typical commute. Andrew A. Frank thinks so, too. The University of California at Davis professor has constructed a handful of such vehicles. His latest: a converted 325-horsepower Ford Explorer that goes 50 miles using no gas at all, then gets 30 mpg. "It goes like a rocket," he says. These vehicles are quickly becoming the darlings of strange bedfellows: both conservative hawks and environmentalists, who see such fuel efficiency as key to ensuring national security and fighting climate change. Reducing dependence on the turbulent Middle East "is a war issue," says former CIA Chief R. James Woolsey, who calls the cars' potential "phenomenal."What's the secret? It's as simple as adding more batteries and a plug to hybrids such as the Prius. That way, the batteries can be charged up at any electrical outlet -- letting this so-called plug-in hybrid travel 20 to 60 miles under electric power alone. Since most Americans drive fewer than 30 miles a day, such a car could go months without visiting the filling station. "The only time you would have to gas up is when you go out of town," says Felix Kramer, who founded the nonprofit California Cars Initiative to promote plug-ins. Run the internal combustion engine on a blend of gasoline and biofuels like ethanol, and it would use almost no oil products at all. "That changes the world," says Frank J. Gaffney Jr., president of the Center for Security Policy. CLIP
Laura Bush, Women and Realities of Afghanistan
Kolhatkar, based in Los Angeles, is co-director of the Afghan Women's Mission and has recently returned from a trip to Afghanistan. She said today: "Mrs. Bush said yesterday that 'American women stand in solidarity with the women of Afghanistan.' But most Afghan women disapprove of U.S. policy. Women are overwhelmingly disappointed with the re-emergence of warlords, a direct result of U.S. policy. These warlords are ideologically similar to the Taliban and many have horrific war crimes in their past. Unfortunately the Bush administration and Mrs. Bush refuse to apply the same standards of women's rights to their warlord allies." Kolhatkar added: "Laura Bush is taking $21.2 million in school grants to Afghanistan. Afghanistan's education was recently called the 'worst education system in the world' by the UN, and unfortunately Mrs. Bush's donation will barely make a dent in the needs -- the United Nations, the Asia Development Bank and the World Bank estimate the need in Afghanistan to be at about $15 billion over a period of 10 years. Afghan Finance Minister Hedayat Arsala predicts the needs to be around $22 billion for the first five years. Mrs. Bush's small donation (hugely outweighed by the U.S.military budget for Afghanistan) is clearly aimed at promoting a perception of U.S. generosity, rather than achieving real progress for Afghanistan. If Mrs. Bush was really interested in Afghan women's rights, she should back an immediate disarmament of warlords, disbarment from government positions,and a war crimes tribunal to demand justice for past crimes. The warlords hinder Afghan women's development, democratic freedoms and access to education." CLIP
The Terrorism of War, By Ron Jacobs (04/06/05)
Since US planes first started bombing the mountains and plains of Afghanistan back in October 2001, we have heard and read plenty about the US "war on terrorism." As has become quite apparent to those who aren't blinded by the rulers' propaganda, this war has very little to do with defeating terrorism and much to do with attempting to establish permanent US domination of the world and its resources. Like the Athenian, Roman, and British empires before it, the US government and the interests it serves need easy and unchallenged access to resources, labor and markets to maintain not only a certain margin of growth (which means profit), but to continue to exist. CLIP
Gas Pains (06 Apr 2005)
One of the U.S. military's greatest vulnerabilities in Iraq is its enormous appetite for fuel. The insurgents have figured this out. (...) In short, the American GI is the most energy-consuming soldier ever seen on the field of war. For computers and GPS units, Humvees and helicopters, the modern soldier is in constant need of energy: battery power, electric power, and petroleum. The U.S. military now uses about 1.7 million gallons of fuel a day in Iraq. Some of that fuel goes to naval vessels and aircraft, but even factoring out JP-5 fuel (which is what the Navy primarily uses), each of the 150,000 soldiers on the ground consumes roughly nine gallons of fuel a day. And that figure has been rising. CLIP
Draft May Be Needed in a Year, Military Analysts Warn (30 March 2005)
Washington - If American forces aren't pulling out of Iraq in a year, a draft will be needed to meet manpower requirements, military analysts warned Wednesday. With recruitment lagging and no end in sight for U.S. forces in Iraq, the "breaking point" for the nation's all-volunteer military will be mid-2006, agreed Lawrence Korb, a draft opponent and assistant defense secretary in the Reagan administration, and Phillip Carter, a conscription advocate and former Army captain. "America's all-volunteer military simply cannot deploy and sustain enough troops to succeed in places like Iraq while still deterring threats elsewhere in the world," CLIP
Venezuela - is a deadly threat to the Washington Consensus! (April 05, 2005)
Here in Washington, both the reactionary Project for a New American Century and the "progressive" Center for American Progress sponsored a symposium on the needs of the military services. Venezolanos will rejoice to hear that both called for an increase in the strength of the US Army by at least 100,000 troops. And then just on Sunday, in a radio talk, the prominent economic journalist Robert Kaplan described Venezuela as "destabilizing its neighbors." You do not have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing in the the imperial capital. And of course, a Bolivarian Venezuela, committed alike to political democracy as it is to socialdemocracy is indeed, for real, profoundly destabilizing -- not only to its neighbors like Colombia, but to the imperial homeland itself. Consider. The job being done by the 10,000 Cuban physicians in Venezuela -- the free medical care for your poor -- is an amazingly serious challenge to the privatized medical system in place right here in the USA. Here we spend near 20% of the largest gross national product of any nation on this planet on health care. And the morbidity statistics of our citizens are inferior to those of the Republic of Cuba! And now another country in what we would like to think of as our colonial hinterland wants to follow in Castro's medical footsteps. Can you possibly imagine anything more outrageous? CLIP - recommended by Alicia AliciaAlltruth@centurytel.net>
Other Blood on Their Hands, by John Pilger (March 18, 2005)
(...) The Colombia military and police have the worst human rights record in the Western hemisphere. That the government of "Oxford-educated" Uribe is any better than his predecessors and that drugs alone are the cause of more than 20,000 murders every year is a fiction promoted in Washington and London. No one doubts that FARC, the peasant-based guerrilla group, has trafficked in cocaine, but the overwhelming majority of the drugs trade and the violence in Colombia are the responsibility of the state, its military and paramilitaries, funded and trained, directly and indirectly, by the American and British governments. Moreover, the issue of cocaine is a distraction: the fuel of the conflict, not the cause. The victims are the likes of Luis Eduardo Guerra and his family, and trade-union activists, teachers, land-reformers, indigenous and peasant leaders who work to promote social and economic justice and human rights. In his study of British foreign policy, Unpeople, the historian Mark Curtis wrote: "The war in Colombia is essentially over the control of resources in a deeply unequal society: the elite, especially the large landowners, control most of the wealth while the majority of the population lives in poverty. The basic role of the state is to marginalize the popular forces and ensure that Colombia's resources notably oil remain in the correct hands. [U.S. and British] strategy is to support this. · The 'war on drugs' is a cover." Death squads linked to Colombian governments have been so successful in driving people off their farms that 76 percent of the land is now controlled by an elite of less than 3 percent of the population. Given the close links between the military and the paramilitaries, says Douglas Stokes, of Aberystwyth University, "U.S. military aid is going directly to the major terrorist networks throughout Colombia, who traffic cocaine into U.S. markets to fund their activities." (...) In Uribe's first year as president, there were nearly 7,000 political killings and "disappearances," worse than the average during the four years of Pastrana. CLIP
Black holes 'do not exist' (31 March 2005)
These mysterious objects are dark-energy stars, physicist claims. Black holes are staples of science fiction and many think astronomers have observed them indirectly. But according to a physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, these awesome breaches in space-time do not and indeed cannot exist.Over the past few years, observations of the motions of galaxies have shown that some 70% the Universe seems to be composed of a strange 'dark energy' that is driving the Universe's accelerating expansion. George Chapline thinks that the collapse of the massive stars, which was long believed to generate black holes, actually leads to the formation of stars that contain dark energy. "It's a near certainty that black holes don't exist," he claims. Black holes are one of the most celebrated predictions of Einstein's general theory of relativity, which explains gravity as the warping of space-time caused by massive objects. (...) Outside the 'surface' of a dark-energy star, it behaves much like a black hole, producing a strong gravitational tug. But inside, the 'negative' gravity of dark energy may cause matter to bounce back out again.If the dark-energy star is big enough, Chapline predicts, any electrons bounced out will have been converted to positrons, which then annihilate other electrons in a burst of high-energy radiation. Chapline says that this could explain the radiation observed from the centre of our galaxy, previously interpreted as the signature of a huge black hole.He also thinks that the Universe could be filled with 'primordial' dark-energy stars. These are formed not by stellar collapse but by fluctuations of space-time itself, like blobs of liquid condensing spontaneously out of a cooling gas. These, he suggests, could be stuff that has the same gravitational effect as normal matter, but cannot be seen: the elusive substance known as dark matter.
Pandemic bug returns as community MRSA strain (1 April 2005)
A virulent type of community-acquired MRSA "superbug" that attacks healthy, young people has been found to be the descendent of a penicillin-resistant strain that caused serious infections worldwide 50 years ago.Scientists fear that this offspring superbug strain - which causes serious boils and abscesses and can lead to a severe pneumonia - could pose a major public health threat in the future.Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) is genetically distinct from the strains prevalent in hospitals, and can cause infections in young people with no connection to healthcare environments.Sickness ranges from relatively minor skin and soft tissue infections to a necrotizing pneumonia which destroys the lungs so rapidly that it can kill just 24 hours after infection. This is because most CA-MRSA strains carry a particularly vicious cytotoxin called Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) toxin which destroys leukocytes.Cases are still relatively rare but have been reported throughout the world, though this form of MRSA is a particular problem in the United States, where in some areas it accounts for 70% of all reported MRSA infections. While these bacteria are not multi-drug resistant - and can still succumb to the antibiotic vancomycin - treatment can be complicated. (...) Mark Enright at the University of Bath, who led the study, says the results are alarming. "I have no doubt that this is going to cause serious public health problems in the UK and elsewhere in coming years. This is a very aggressive pathogen and it's spreading rapidly."
Anarchist Websites And Forums Under Attack (01 Apr 2005)
The FBI has recently sent two subpoenas to the website administrator of the flag.blackened.net webserver. Recently there have been rumours circulating in anarchist circles the flag's webmaster had been contacted by the FBI, he has released this press release to notify the wider activist community on what has been going on. The Flag server hosts many of anarchism's most widely viewed websites and the removal of this sever would be a major blow to anarchist organising worldwide. CLIP
FBI seeks expanded search powers (April 5, 2005)
Justice Dept. also wants expiring Patriot Act provisions renewed. WASHINGTON - FBI Director Robert Mueller on Tuesday asked lawmakers to expand the bureau's ability to obtain records without first asking a judge, and he joined Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in seeking that every temporary provision of the anti-terrorism Patriot Act be renewed. CLIP
Sun, Wind, Fuel Cells Power Cargo Ship of the Future (April 6, 2005)
AICHI, Japan (ENS) - A cargo ship designed to run exclusively on renewable energy is making its debut in the Nordic Pavilion at the World Expo 2005. It harnesses the power of the sun, wind and water and releases zero emissions into the environment. A concept model of the E/S Orcelle, a cargo ship designed by the Scandinavian shipping company, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, is on display in the Nordic Pavilion. E/S stands for Environmentally sound Ship. Designed for a future with declining supplies of fossil fuels and increasing environmental responsibility, the concept vessel would have a capacity of 10,000 standard cars and would use only renewable energy sources and naturally-charged fuel cells for power. CLIP
Dalai Lama campaigns for wildlife (2005/04/06)
The Dalai Lama has called for an end to illegal wildlife trafficking between Nepal, Tibet, India and China.He is appealing to exiled Tibetans, who are increasingly involved in the bloody trade, to remember their dedication to Buddhist non-violence.Last year, Tibetan officials intercepted 32 tiger, 579 leopard and 665 otter skins in one single shipment.This prompted the Dalai Lama and a pair of wildlife charities to launch an awareness drive around the Himalayas."We Tibetans are basically Buddhists, we preach love and compassion towards all other living beings on Earth," said the exiled Tibetan leader. "Therefore it is the responsibility of all of us to realise the importance of wildlife conservation."The Dalai Lama is working with the charities Care for the Wild International (CWI), from the UK, and the Wildlife Trust of India, to promote an understanding of the damage illegal trading can cause.The team plan to make videos and leaflets which they will take to Tibetan refugee settlements around India. They also hope to broadcast anti-poaching messages over the TV and radio. (...) CWI claims that the illegal wildlife trade is devastating populations of endangered Himalayan and sub-Himalayan wildlife such as tigers, leopards, snow leopards, rhinos, otters and bears.Many of these animal body parts head for China, where they find their way into the traditional medicine market.Wildlife organisations have long worried about this sad pilgrimage, but few have appealed to people's religious sensibilities to prevent it.The Dalai Lama carries enormous weight, especially with Tibetans living in exile, so his voice is likely to be heard."It is in the Pali and Sanskrit tradition to show love and compassion for all living beings," he said at a press conference in New Delhi, India. "It is a shame that we kill these poor creatures to satisfy our own aggrandisement."We must realise that because of our follies a large number of our animals are getting killed and we must stop this." CLIP
Google plans to double Gmail capacity and keep adding (March 31)
Google plans to offer a bottomless cup of storage with its Gmail Web-based e-mail service, dramatically raising the bar for rivals in the sharply competitive business for the second time in a year. The Mountain View, Calif.-based Web giant on Friday plans to double the free storage on Gmail from 1GB to 2GB, said Georges Harik, Gmail product management director. After that, Google will add a yet-to-be-determined amount of extra storage daily, with no plans to stop. The move highlights the seemingly inexhaustible storage needs of a small group of heavy e-mail users, and the sharply falling costs of online storage. CLIP
News that the 'Rapture' Has Come and Gone Alarms Many Christians (March 29, 2005)
What if the 'Rapture' happened but you were left behind? That's what millions of Christians are wondering amid mounting evidence that the Rapture, the much-anticipated event in which God summons his faithful to the heavens, may have happened earlier this month. Among the startled 'still here': House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, just one of the political leaders who had expected to be making the trek skyward. CLIP
EMF-Omega-News 2. April 2005
Omega-News Collection 2. April 2005
From: "Stan Penner" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Letter to the Editor on conscientious objectors
Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2005
Letter to the Editor
I was sorry to read that an American soldier, Jeremy Hintzman, who fled the U.S. military because he believed the invasion of Iraq was wrong, has lost his bid for refugee status in Canada (Winnipeg Sun, March 25, 2005). Our Immigration and Refugee Board, according to the article, has also denied asylum for Hinzmans wife and pre-school son. Apparently there will be an appeal and I hope and pray that Hintzman, and family, will yet be allowed to stay in Canada. During the Vietnam War (which I remember all too well) many young American men finally had had enough of all that suffering and bloodshed and fled to other countries, possibly as many as 125 000 to Canada. I dont know of any that were sent back. They were later pardoned and could go home if they wanted to (Im sure many are with us still.). And, speaking of the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara, Defence Secretary under both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and one of the most relentless advocates and chief architect of that war, after what can be called a change of heart, put it this way, The picture of the worlds greatest superpower killing or seriously injuring 1000 non-combatants a week, while trying to pound a tiny backward nation into submission on an issue whose merits are hotly disputed is not a pretty one. He further states, "We of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations who participated in the decisions on Vietnam acted according to what we thought were the principles and traditions of this nation. We made our decisions in light of those values. Yet we were wrong, terribly wrong. We owe it to future generations to explain why." I understand that American Vietnam vets have gone to Vietnam after the war and have apologized to Viet Cong soldiers and vice versa so that healing could begin in their tortured minds and souls. I tend to think that the same may yet happen in regard to the Iraq War and one could say that Hintzman is trying to take a noble and compassionate shortcut. I close with two quotes; the first one is by a veteran (Macleans, March 3, 2003): I concluded, after the war, that the conscientious objector who calmly endured public scorn was as brave as any veteran. The second is by the late President John F. Kennedy: War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige as the warrior does today.
From: "Pamela Wyeth" email@example.com>
Subject: Sleepwalking to Disaster in Iran, by Scott Ritter
Date: 2 Apr 2005
First, you are a blessing in our lives, those of us held captive by U.S. news media. If it weren't for your tireless work to reveal truths we need to know, both the dreadful and the uplifting, we would be kept in utter ignorance. While it's often hard to remain in the Light, your constant reminders that the only salvation for our beloved Mother Earth is to focus on our jobs as Lightworkers, the temptation to fall into despair would prevail.
That said, I've just come across an excellent article by Scott Ritter in Aljazeera.net (an excellent site for news) on, among other things, why John Bolton's nomination as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations is yet another Bush administration scandal. The link is:
Thank you again, Jean, for all your efforts on behalf of humanity's future.
Light and Love,
Sleepwalking to disaster in Iran
By Scott Ritter
30 March 2005
Late last year, in the aftermath of the 2004 Presidential election, I was contacted by someone close to the Bush administration about the situation in Iraq.
There was a growing concern inside the Bush administration, this source said, about the direction the occupation was going. The Bush administration was keen on achieving some semblance of stability in Iraq before June 2005, I was told.
When I asked why that date, the source dropped the bombshell: because that was when the Pentagon was told to be prepared to launch a massive aerial attack against Iran, Iraq's neighbour to the east, in order to destroy the Iranian nuclear programme.
Why June 2005?, I asked. "The Israelis are concerned that if the Iranians get their nuclear enrichment programme up and running, then there will be no way to stop the Iranians from getting a nuclear weapon. June 2005 is seen as the decisive date." To be clear, the source did not say that President Bush had approved plans to bomb Iran in June 2005, as has been widely reported. The president had reviewed plans being prepared by the Pentagon to have the military capability in place by June 2005 for such an attack, if the president ordered.
But when Secretary of State Condi Rice told America's European allies in February 2005, in response to press reports about a pending June 2005 American attack against Iran, she said that "the question [of a military strike] is simply not on the agenda at this point - we have diplomatic means to do this".
President Bush himself followed up on Rice's statement by stating that "this notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous". He quickly added: "Having said that, all options are on the table."
There is always the unspoken 'twist': what if the United States does not fully support European diplomatic initiatives, has no interest in letting IAEA inspections work...
In short, both the president and the secretary of state were being honest, and disingenuous, at the same time. Truth to be told, there is no American military strike on the agenda; that is, until June 2005.
It was curious that no one in the American media took it upon themselves to confront the president or his secretary of state about the June 2005 date, or for that matter the October 2004 review by the president of military plans to attack Iran in June 2005.
The American media today is sleepwalking towards an American war with Iran with all of the incompetence and lack of integrity that it displayed during a similar path trodden during the buildup to our current war with Iraq.
On the surface, there is nothing extraordinary about the news that the president of the United States would order the Pentagon to be prepared to launch military strikes on Iran in June 2005.
That Iran has been a target of the Bush administration's ideologues is no secret: the president himself placed Iran in the "axis of evil" back in 2002, and has said that the world would be a better place with the current Iranian government relegated to the trash bin of history.
The Bush administration has also expressed its concern about Iran's nuclear programmes - concerns shared by Israel and the European Union, although to different degrees.
In September 2004, Iran rejected the International Atomic Energy Agency's call for closing down its nuclear fuel production programme (which many in the United States and Israel believe to be linked to a covert nuclear weapons programme).
Iran then test fired a ballistic missile with sufficient range to hit targets in Israel as well as US military installations in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. The Iranian response triggered a serious re-examination of policy by both Israel and the United States. The Israeli policy review was driven in part by the Iranian actions, and in part by Israel's own intelligence assessment regarding the Iranian nuclear programme, made in August 2004.
This assessment held that Iran was "less than a year" away from completing its uranium enrichment programme. If Iran was allowed to reach this benchmark, the assessment went on to say, then it had reached the "point of no return" for a nuclear weapons programme. The date set for this "point of no return" was June 2005.
Israel's Defence Minister, Shaul Mofaz, declared that "under no circumstances would Israel be able to tolerate nuclear weapons in Iranian possession".
Since October 2003 Israel had a plan in place for a pre-emptive strike against Iran's major nuclear facilities, including the nuclear reactor facility in Busher (scheduled to become active in 2005). These plans were constantly being updated, something that did not escape the attention of the Bush White House.
The Israeli policy toward Iran, when it comes to stopping the Iranian nuclear programme, has always been for the US to lead the way. "The way to stop Iran", a senior Israeli official has said, "is by the leadership of the US, supported by European countries and taking this issue to the UN, and using the diplomatic channel with sanctions as a tool and a very deep inspection regime and full transparency".
It seems that Tel Aviv and Washington, DC aren't too far removed on their Iranian policy objectives, except that there is always the unspoken "twist": what if the United States does not fully support European diplomatic initiatives, has no interest in letting IAEA inspections work, and envisions UN sanctions as a permanent means of containment until regime change is accomplished in Tehran, as opposed to a tool designed to compel Iran to cooperate on eliminating its nuclear programme?
Because the fact is, despite recent warm remarks by President Bush and Condi Rice, the US does not fully embrace the EU's Iran diplomacy, viewing it as a programme "doomed to fail".
The IAEA has come out with an official report, after extensive inspections of declared Iranian nuclear facilities in November 2004, that says there is no evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons programme; the Bush administration responded by trying to oust the IAEA's lead inspector, Muhammad al-Baradai.
And the Bush administration's push for UN sanctions shows every intention of making such sanctions deep, painful and long-lasting.
Curiously, the date for the Bush administration's move to call for UN sanctions against Iran is June 2005.
According to a US position paper circulated in Vienna at the end of last month, the US will give the EU-Iran discussions until June 2005 to resolve the Iranian standoff.
"Ultimately only the full cessation and dismantling of Iran's fissile material production efforts can give us any confidence that Iran has abandoned its nuclear weapons ambitions," the US draft position paper said. Iran has called such thinking "hallucinations" on the part of the Bush administration.
The American media today is sleepwalking towards an American war with Iran
Economic sanctions and military attacks are not one and the same. Unless, of course, the architect of America's Iran policy never intends to give sanctions a chance.
Enter John Bolton, who, as the former US undersecretary of state for arms control and international security for the Bush administration, is responsible for drafting the current US policy towards Iran.
In February 2004, Bolton threw down the gauntlet by stating that Iran had a "secret nuclear weapons programme" that was unknown to the IAEA. "There is no doubt that Iran has a secret nuclear weapons production programme," Bolton said, without providing any source to back up his assertions.
This is the same John Bolton who had in the past accused Cuba of having an offensive biological weapons programme, a claim even Bush administration hardliners had to distance themselves from. John Bolton is the Bush official who declared the European Union's engagement with Iran "doomed to fail". He is the Bush administration official who led the charge to remove al-Baradai from the IAEA.
And he is the one who, in drafting the US strategy to get the UN Security Council to impose economic sanctions against Iran, asked the Pentagon to be prepared to launch "robust" military attacks against Iran should the UN fail to agree on sanctions.
Bolton understands better than most the slim chances any US-brokered sanctions regime against Iran has in getting through the Security Council. The main obstacle is Russia, a permanent member of the Security Council who not only possesses a veto, but also is Iran's main supporter (and supplier) when it comes to its nuclear power programme.
Since October 2003 Israel had a plan in place for a pre-emptive strike against Iran's major nuclear facilities
Bolton has made a career out of alienating the Russians. He was one of the key figures who helped negotiate a May 2002 arms reduction treaty signed by Presidents George Bush and Vladimir Putin in Moscow. This treaty was designed to reduce the nuclear arsenals of both America and Russia by two-thirds over a 10 year period.
But that treaty - to Russia's immense displeasure - now appears to have been made mute thanks to a Bolton-inspired legal loophole that the Bush administration had built into the treaty language. Bolton knows Russia will not go along with UN sanctions against Iran, which makes the military planning being conducted by the Pentagon all the more relevant.
Bolton's nomination as the next US Ambassador to the United Nations is as curious as it is worrying. This is the man who, before a panel discussion sponsored by the World Federalist Association in 1994, said: "There is no such thing as the United Nations."
For the United States to submit to the will of the Security Council, Bolton wrote in a 1999 Weekly Standard article, would mean that "its discretion in using force to advance its national interests is likely to be inhibited in the future."
But Bolton doesn't let treaty obligations, such as those incurred by the United States when it signed and ratified the UN Charter, get in the way. "Treaties are law only for US domestic purposes", he wrote in a 17 November 1997 Wall Street Journal Op Ed. "In their international operation, treaties are simply political obligations."
Bolton believes that Iran should be isolated by United Nations sanctions and, if Iran will not back down from its nuclear programme, confronted with the threat of military action.
And as the Bush administration has noted in the past, particularly in the case of Iraq, such threat must be real and meaningful, and backed by the will and determination to use it.
And the Bush administration's push for UN sanctions shows every intention of making such sanctions deep, painful and long-lasting.
Bolton and others in the Bush administration contend that, despite the lack of proof, Iran's nuclear intentions are obvious. In response, the IAEA's al-Baradai has pointed out the lack of a "smoking gun" which would prove Iran's involvement in a nuclear weapons programme. "We are not God," he said. "We cannot read intentions." But, based upon history, precedent, and personalities, the intent of the United States regarding Iran is crystal clear: the Bush administration intends to bomb Iran.
Whether this attack takes place in June 2005, when the Pentagon has been instructed to be ready, or at a later date, once all other preparations have been made, is really the only question that remains to be answered.
That, and whether the journalists who populate the mainstream American media will continue to sleepwalk on their way to facilitating yet another disaster in the Middle East.
Scott Ritter is the former UN Chief Weapons Inspector in Iraq, 1991-1998 and author of Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of America's Intelligence Conspiracy, published by IB.
Boltons Baggage (March 11)
Bolton Nomination Faces Many Hurdles
Bolton's UN Nomination Could Be Blocked
Bolton Nominated to Destroy UN
Bolton Faces Stiff Fight Over UN Nomination
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Plans by U.S. to Dominate Space Raising Concerns
Arms Experts Worried at Pentagon Push for Superiority
By Walter Pincus - Washington Post Staff Writer
March 29, 2005
Arms control advocates in the United States and abroad are expressing concern with the Bush administration's push for military superiority in space.
A series of Pentagon doctrinal papers, released over the past year, have emphasized that the U.S. military is increasingly dependent on space satellites for offensive and defensive operations, and must be able to protect them in times of war.
The Air Force in August put forward a Counterspace Operations Doctrine, which described "ways and means by which the Air Force achieves and maintains space superiority" and has worked to develop weapons to accomplish such missions.
On March 1, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signed a new National Defense Strategy paper that said the use of space "enables us to project power anywhere in the world from secure bases of operation." A key goal of Rumsfeld's new strategy is "to ensure our access to and use of space and to deny hostile exploitation of space to adversaries."
The Pentagon is developing a suborbital space capsule that could hit targets anywhere in the world within two hours of being launched from U.S. bases. It also is developing systems that could attack potential enemy satellites, destroying them or temporarily preventing them from sending signals.
Michael Krepon, president emeritus of the Henry L. Stimson Center and an arms control official in the Clinton administration, said the United States is moving toward a national space doctrine that is "preemptive and proactive." He expects the Bush administration to produce a new National Space Policy statement soon that will contrast with the one adopted in 1996 by President Bill Clinton.
"We adopted the traditional U.S. position of being a reluctant space warrior," Krepon said of the Clinton position. "Space was to be used for peaceful purposes, but if someone messed with us, we couldn't allow that to happen. But it was not our space policy preference."
Krepon last week attended a conference in Geneva organized by the Chinese and Russian governments on preventing an arms race in outer space. Moscow and Beijing have for years promoted a new treaty to govern arms in space, since the current international agreement prohibits only nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction in space.
One of those attending last week's session was Hu Xiaodi, the Chinese ambassador to the United Nations Disarmament Conference. At a U.N. disarmament meeting last year, Hu criticized efforts to achieve "control of outer space," as well as research into weapons that can be used there. "It is no exaggeration to say that outer space would become the fourth battlefield after land, sea and air should we sit on our hands," he said.
Krepon said a new treaty is needed because "if the U.S. proceeds to weaponize space, anyone can compete, and that makes sure everyone loses."
Theresa Hitchens, vice president of the Center for Defense Information, also attended the Geneva session and said a low-ranking U.S. diplomat attended as an observer but did not speak. She said experts there discussed where the issues stood and how one could verify a treaty for space security. "That included a code of conduct and even just banning kinetic anti-satellite weapons," she said.
Analyzing the proposed Pentagon fiscal 2006 budget just sent to Congress, Hitchens and her colleagues pointed to $60.9 million for an experimental XXS spacecraft whose "microsatellite payloads" could attack enemy satellites.
Another $68 million is earmarked for a Near Field Infrared Experiment that would use infrared technology to disable enemy satellite transmissions.
Pentagon officials make no secret that they are working on new defensive systems to protect the nation's satellites.
"I think everybody that I know in the United States military and the Department of Defense understands the important role that our space assets play in our national security," Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former head of the Space Command, told the House Armed Services Committee March 10. "One of the biggest issues that we had to deal with was trying to figure out what was happening to a particular capability if the function was interrupted."
One system under development would be able to identify a ground station or satellite interfering with U.S. satellites, so that it could be destroyed.
As another defensive measure, the United States last October announced deployment of its first mobile, ground-based system that can temporarily disrupt communications from an enemy satellite. The Counter Communications System uses electromagnetic radio frequency energy to silence transmissions from a satellite in a way that is reversible. Two more units are due later this year.
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Note from Jean: Go at the URL below to access LOTS of links within this disgustingly revealing article. This is a real MUST read and MUST network. If ordinary people who deeply care for their loved ones and who cherish life in all its wonderful forms - which is the case for most ordinary people - were to finally open their eyes and truly grasp the ignominious extent of the infinitely evil deeds perpetrated by the barbaric people who hypocritically profess to be pro-life and who portray themselves as good leaders trying to spread freedom on Earth and all the fake blah, blah they blather for the gullible ones, perhaps the People would finally rise to rid the world of all those who conceived of and ordered weapons and wars of such ultimate cruelty - wherever they are!
If You Build It, They Will Kill
By Nick Turse
02 April 2005
US military weaponry of the near future.
Lets face it, making war is fast superceding sports as the American national pastime. Since 1980, overtly or covertly, the United States has been involved in military actions in Grenada, Libya, Nicaragua, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Haiti, Somalia, Yugoslavia, Liberia, Sudan, the Philippines, Colombia, Haiti (again), Afghanistan (again) and Iraq (again) and that's not even the full list. It stands to reason when the voracious appetites of the military-corporate complex are in constant need of feeding.
As representatives of a superpower devoted to (and enamored with) war, it's hardly surprising that the Pentagon and allied corporations are forever planning more effective ways to kill, maim, and inflict pain - or that they plan to keep it that way. Whatever the wars of the present, elaborate weapons systems for future wars are already on the drawing boards. Planning for the projected fighter-bombers and laser weapons of the decades from 2030 to 2050 is underway. Meanwhile, at the Department of Defense's (DoD's) blue-skies research outfit, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), even wilder projects - from futuristic exoskeletons to Brain/Machine Interface initiatives - are being explored.
Such projects, as flashy as they are frightening, are magnets for reporters (and writers like yours truly), but it's important not to lose sight of the many more mundane weapons currently being produced that will be pressed into service in the nearer term in Iraq, Afghanistan, or some other locale the U.S. decides to add to the list of nations where it will turn people into casualties or "collateral damage" in the next few years. These projects aren't as sexy as building future robotic warriors, but they're at least as dangerous and deadly, so lets take a quick look at a few of the weapons our tax dollars are supporting today, before they hurt, maim, and kill tomorrow.
Set Phasers on Extreme Pain
Recently, the Air Force Research Laboratory called for "research in support of the Directed Energy Bioeffects Division of the Human Effectiveness Directorate." The researchers were to "conduct innovative research on the effects of directed energy technologies" on people and animals. What types of innovative research? One area involved identifying "biological tissue thresholds (minimum visible lesion) and damage mechanisms from laser and non-laser sources." In other words, how excruciating can you make it without leaving telltale thermal burns? And a prime area of study? "Pain thresholds." Further, there was a call for work to: "Determine the effects of electromagnetic and biomechanical insults on the human-body." Sounds like something out of Star Trek, right? Weaponry of the distant future? Think again.
In a TomDispatch piece last spring, I mentioned a "painful energy beam" weapon, the Active Denial System, that was about to be field-tested by the military. Recent reports indicate that military Humvees will be outfitted with exactly this weapon by the end of the year.
I'm sad to report that the Active Denial System isn't the only futuristic weapon set to be deployed in the near-term. Pulsed Energy Projectiles (PEPs) are also barreling down the weaponry-testing turnpike. They are part of a whole new generation of weapons systems that the Pentagon promotes under the label "non-lethal." The term conveniently obscures the fact that such weapons are meant to cause intense physical agony without any of the normal physical signs of trauma. (This, by the way, should make them - or their miniaturized descendents - excellent devices for clandestine torture).
PEPs utilize bursts of electrically charged gas (plasma) that yield an electromagnetic pulse on impact with a solid object. Such pulses affect nerve cells in humans (and animals) causing searing pain. PEPs are designed to inflict "excruciating pain from up to 2 kilometers away" No one knows the long-term physical or psychological effects of this weapon, which is set to roll-out in 2007 and is designed specifically to be employed against unruly civilians. But let's remember, the Pentagon isn't the Food and Drug Administration. No need to test for future effects when it comes to weapons aimed at someone else.
20th Century Weaponry for 21st Century Killing
Just recently the Department of Defense's Defense Contracting Command-Washington put out a call for various technologies capable of "near-immediate transition to operations/production at the completion of evaluation." In other words, make it snappy.
In addition to a plethora of high-tech devices, from laser-sights for weapons to battlefield computers, the US Special Operations Forces had a special request: 40mm rifle-launched flechette grenades. For the uninitiated, flechettes are razor-sharp deadly darts with fins at their blunt ends. During the Vietnam War, flechette weaponry was praised for its ability to shred people alive and virtually nail them to trees. The question is, where will those Special Ops forces use the grenades and which people will be torn to bits by a new generation of American flechettes. Only time will tell, but one thing is certain - it will happen.
The Special Ops troops aren't the only ones with special requests. The Army has also put out a call to arms. While Army officials recently hailed the M240B 7.62mm Medium Machine Gun as providing "significantly improved reliability and more lethal medium support fire to ground units," they just issued a contract to FN Manufacturing Inc. produce a lighter-weight, hybrid titanium/steel variant of the weapon (known as the M240E6). And these are just a few of the new and improved weapons systems being readied to be rushed onto near-future American battlefields.
Obviously, the military is purchasing guns and other weapons for a reason: to injure, maim, and kill. But the extent of the killing being planned for can only be grasped if one examines the amounts of ammunition being purchased. Let's look at recent DoD contracts awarded to just one firm - Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Company, L.L.C., a subsidiary of weapons-industry giant Alliant Techsystems (ATK):
Awarded Nov. 24, 2004: "a delivery order amount of $231,663,020 as part of a $303,040,883 firm-fixed-price contract for various Cal .22, Cal .30, 5.56mm, and 7.62mm small caliber ammunition cartridges." Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2006.
Awarded February 7, 2005: "a delivery order amount of $20,689,101 as part of a $363,844,808 firm-fixed-price contract for various 5.56mm and 7.62mm Small Caliber Ammunition Cartridges." Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2006.
Awarded March 4, 2005: "a delivery order amount of $8,236,906 as part of a $372,586,618 firm-fixed-price contract for 5.56mm, 7.62mm, and .50 caliber ammunition cartridges." Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2006.
You and I can buy 400 rounds of 7.62mm rifle ammunition for less than $40. Imagine, then, what federal purchasing power and hundreds of millions of dollars can buy!
Alliant Ammunition and Powder Co. is also making certain that, as the years go by, ammo-capacity won't be lacking. In February 2005, Alliant was awarded "a delivery order amount of $19,400,000 as part of a $69,733,068 firm-fixed-price contract for Services to Modernize Equipment at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant" - a government-owned facility operated by ATK. Alliant notes that this year it is churning out 1.2 billion rounds of small-caliber ammunition at its Lake City plant alone. But that, it seems, isn't enough when future war planning is taken into account. As it happens, ATK and the Army are aiming to increase the plant's "annual capacity to support the anticipated Department of Defense demand of between 1.5 billion and 1.8 billion rounds by 2006." Think about it. In this year, alone, one single ATK plant will produce enough ammunition, at one bullet each, to execute every man, woman, and child in the world's most populous nation - and next year they're upping the ante.
The Military-Corporate Complex's Merchants of Death
Once upon a time, a company like ATK would have been classified as one of the world's "Merchants of Death." Then again, once upon a time - we're talking about the 1930s here- the Senate was a place where America's representatives were willing to launch probing inquiries into the ways in which arms manufacturers and their huge profits as well as their influences on international conflicts were linked to the dead of various lands. Back then, simple partisanship was set aside as the Senate's Democratic majority appointed North Dakota's Republican Senator Gerald P. Nye to head the "Senate Munitions Committee."
While today's fawning House members can barely get aging baseball heroes to talk to them, the 1930s inquiry hauled some of the most powerful men in the world like J.P. Morgan, Jr. and Pierre du Pont before the committee. Even back in the 1930s, however, the nascent military-industrial complex was just too powerful and so the Senate Munitions Committee was eventually thwarted in its investigations. As a result, the committee's goal of nationalizing the American arms industry went down in flames.
Today, the very idea of such a committee even attempting such an investigation is simply beyond the pale. The planning for futuristic war of various horrific sorts, not to speak of the production and purchase of weapons and ammunition by the military-corporate complex, is now beyond reproach, accepted without question as necessary for national (now homeland) security - a concept which long ago trumped the notion of national defense.
The Future Is Now
While the military-academic complex and DARPA scientists are hard at work creating the sort of killing machines that a generation back were the stuff of unbelievable sci-fi novels, old-fashioned firearms and even new energy weapons are being readied for use by the American imperial army tomorrow or just a few short years in the future. In February 2005, Day & Zimmerman Inc., a mega-company with its corporate fingers dipped in everything from nuclear security and munitions production to cryogenics and travel services, inked a deal to deliver 445,288 M67 fragmentation hand grenades (which produce casualties within an effective range of 15 meters) to the Army in 2006. In which country will a civilian will lose an eye, a leg, or a life as a result? Weapons made to kill are made to be used. This year ATK's Lake City Army Ammunition Plant will produce 1.2 billion rounds of ammunition at the DoD's behest and the company proudly proclaims, "Approximately 75% of the ammunition produced annually is consumed."
With all those exotic pain rays, flechettes, super-efficient machine guns, and rounds and rounds of ammunition readied for action - and they represent only a small part of the spectrum of weaponry and munitions being produced for war, American-style - more people are sure to die, while others assumedly will experience "intense pain" from PEPs weapons and the like. Back in October of last year, a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, and Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, knocking on thousands of doors throughout Iraq, demonstrated that an estimated 100,000 civilians had already died violently as the direct or indirect consequence of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. The main cause of these deaths: attacks by coalition (read as "U.S.") forces. The future promises more of the same.
No one should be surprised by these figures - though many were (and many also continue to deny the validity of these numbers). It's obvious that, if you build them; they will kill. And you thought that we were supposed to "err on the side of life"?
Nick Turse is a doctoral candidate at the Center for the History & Ethics of Public Health in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He writes for the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice and regularly for Tomdispatch on the military-corporate complex and the homeland security state.
A Fierce Debate on Atom Bombs from Cold War (03 April 2005) http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/040305D.shtml
(...) The government is readying a plan to spend more than $2 billion on a routine 10-year overhaul to extend the life of the aging warheads. At the same time, some weapons scientists say the warheads have a fundamental design flaw that could cause them to explode with far less force than intended. Although the government has denied that assertion, officials have disclosed that Washington is nevertheless considering replacing the W-76 altogether. "This is the one we worry about the most," said Everet H. Beckner, who oversees the arsenal as director of defense programs at the National Nuclear Security Administration. Some arms-control advocates oppose the 10-year overhaul program, saying it could produce not only refurbishments but also deadly new innovations. They like the replacement option even less, saying it could prompt the government to conduct underground detonations that would undo the global ban on nuclear testing and start a new arms race. Moreover, some argue that nuclear weapons are dinosaurs that have little use in American military strategy and that it makes no real difference if the W-76 is ineffective. (...) The W-76, developed in the early 1970's for destroying large targets like military bases, now sits packed in clusters of up to eight atop hundreds of missiles in a dozen nuclear submarines. While the exact figures are secret, federal officials and private weapons experts agree that it is the nation's leading weapon by virtue of sheer numbers. The experts say that of 5,000 active warheads in the arsenal, 1,500 are W-76's. Each is meant to be about seven times as powerful as the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. CLIP
Revelations from an Insider
By Mira Ptacin
29 March 2005
Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg on the Bush administration, civil disobedience and the eternal fires of hell.
The sound of Daniel Ellsberg's voice could falsely identify him as a softy. It's delicate and cottony, but the Pentagon insider-turned-peace activist has wit cut sharp as a razor and insight that hasn't faded with age.
At 73 he is out of the limelight but still trying to shake up our nation. Ellsberg recently finished a US "Truth-Telling" tour, spoke in Israel and will soon be traveling to Hiroshima. And after publishing his first memoir Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, he's polishing off his second book about America's fatal attraction to nuclear threats.
Ellsberg publicized the Pentagon Papers 30 years ago, helping tip public opinion against our last major attempt at imperial democracy. And on this day in 1973, the last American combat troops left Vietnam, ending the direct involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War. Now Ellsberg is talking again. Shouldn't we be listening?
Where do you see the US relationship with Iran heading in the next 6 months?
Well, every sign is that they're still on course on the program that some of these people laid out on The Project for the New American Century, going back to when they all worked under Dick Cheney back in '91-92. Enforcing regime change in Iraq was at the head of the list. In general it was a remaking of the Middle East. I noticed former weapons inspector Scott Ritter says June is the likely time [to strike Iran] and I think Ritter's predictions are to be taken very seriously.
The question is: Will it be Israel as Cheney prepared us for recently who makes the attack, or will it be us? It could well be that the game here is that Israel is making such strong noises in doing it, knowing that it would entirely set the Middle East on flame. That the US will give an excuse for a strike - that we had to forestall the Israelis - it would've been even worse, and we had to do it because otherwise the Israelis would do it, better that we did. One theory that is even worse in the Middle East is the Israelis taking action like that before we do. That's just a conjecture. The Israelis have used their influence before in that fashion. They've even threatened before at various times that if we didn't act forcefully they would have to use nuclear weapons.
That's so frightening, because it seems when we went into Iraq, Bush was confident that we were going to be greeted with flowers, etc. etc., and now it's a mess. Where would we get troops and the resources that the US would need if we were to go head to head with Iran and Syria?
They would probably have to shy away from ground actions, so what are they thinking of doing? They're not actually directly threatening use of nuclear weapons and I don't think they'd be quick to do that, but they very well refuse to rule that out. First use is on the table. There's no reason to think their intelligence is good enough to actually knock out whatever it is the Iranians have. How can they be thinking of doing such a radical and reckless step without even being sure of succeeding? The answer seems to be, and I've heard this now from two people who are very good sources in the administration, that this administration actually believes they will achieve regime change by an air attack. They think the mullahs there, the theocracy, is so unpopular that a demonstration of their vulnerability and the fact that they can't protect their people would topple them and would leave to people overthrowing them.
Do you think they really believe what they're saying or do you think they just don't care?
Well, we could've asked that three years ago when they were talking about what was going to happen in Iraq and say "Could they really believe that?" and that's a fair question. But you can't really believe from what they say. That's true of all politicians - Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative - you cannot tell what they really believe from what they tell us. But, on the other hand, we now know of this group we can't say "Well, they can't believe that because it's crazy." That's not sound either because they've proven that one. They can believe what's crazy. I think there's a passage somewhere in Alice in Wonderland when Alice says to the king, "I can't believe that," and the king says "I dare say you haven't had enough practice. Every day I make it a point to believe six impossible things before breakfast." These guys have had a lot of practice.
... Let me move ahead for a minute to what I think lies ahead. Can I?
I think our democracy is going to be tested to the breaking point by some very dark days ahead and before long. I do expect there to be another major terrorist event. Ports, the nuclear power plants and the chemical factories are extremely vulnerable to an attack. To a considerable event, the war against terrorism has been a hoax because the president has not only spent so much money on the war in Iraq, but because the war in Iraq virtually subverts the war on terror. You cannot reduce the appeal and the strength of Al Qaeda while we occupy Iraq. You can only strengthen it, and strengthening it is what we've been doing steadily for the last couple of years. This is the worst public policy decision making, most antidemocratic and most inclined to be authoritarian, I would say, since the Nixon administration, but Nixon was confronting a Democratic House and Senate and a relatively liberal population in media 40 years ago. John Mitchell and John Connolly and Nixon himself had quite authoritarian instincts, but they weren't allowed to act on them, and to the extent that they did act on them - it brought them down.
Virtually all the things Nixon did against me that were illegal to keep me from exposing his secret policy are now legal under the Patriot Act. Going into my doctor's office to get information to blackmail me with, wiretaps without warrants, overhearing me - all legal now. The CIA supplied the burglars in my doctor's office with disguises and with cameras and they did a psychological profile on me. That was illegal then, legal now.
I would have said that one thing that Nixon did against me was not yet legal and that was to bring a squad of a dozen Cuban-American assets of the CIA up from Miami to beat me up or kill me on May 3rd, 1973 on the steps of the Capitol. Right now there's at least one Special Forces team under control of the White House operating in this country to take "extra legal actions." Now, that sounds to me like a White House-controlled death squad. And that is what the White House sent against me. It's not clear whether the intention was to kill me then, the words were to "incapacitate Daniel Ellsberg totally." When I asked their prosecutor, "does that mean to kill me?" he said, "The words were 'to incapacitate you totally.' " But he said, "You have to understand these guys that were CIA assets never use the words 'kill.' "
I think that's the kind of thing we do have in our future, especially when there's another terrorist attack. In that case, I think we'll see enacted very quickly a new Patriot Act, which I'm sure has already been drafted which will make the first Patriot Act look like the Bill of Rights, and the Bill of Rights will be a historical memory.
Before we spoke, I asked some of my close friends and family if they could ask you any question, what would it be. And most of the responses I received from good friends of mine, younger ones, were "What can we do?!" We're reading about things we don't stand for. We're part of the peace movement or we just don't stand for the war. What could the little peons like us do to stop an administration that doesn't seem to be listening to its people?
We as citizens - young or old - are irresponsible if we lie back and say, "Well, it's a difficult and dangerous problem, I guess we'll have to let them to do best." We know, by now, that they are not going to do best. It is a very serious problem and we have to take a very active concern and if we don't, not only does our security get worse and worse, but our democracy goes way down the drain.
I haven't said anything about the unusual case that this administration relies on a constituency of right-wing Christian fundamentalist who entertain ideas as crazy as any that can be found, and who believe, for instance, that nuclear war will be God's Will and a necessary precursor for the return of the Messiah in their lifetime. Therefore they're not very concerned about nuclear arms control but more seriously who believe that Israel must be in control of a greater Israel, from the Nile to the Euphrates, as promised in the bible, in order for their Messiah to return. And therefore, that Likud's policy and Sharon's policy of holding on to the West Bank is absolutely essential and has to be expanded. That's a disastrous influence on our foreign policy and it's a very big influence.
I'd like to see the president directly asked (I believe he holds this, by the way, as does Tom Delay and other top republican leaders ... John Ashcroft and others in Congress) "Do you, Mr. President, believe that a Palestinian state in the West Bank would postpone the return of the Messiah?" I think he'd find it hard to say that he doesn't believe that, because he's supposed to witness for what he believes in his religious faith and he'd lose a lot of support if he denied that.
The kind of activity that I think is potentially helpful in our situation is revelations from insiders as to what has been done in our name and what is being planned. In other words, whistle blowing, unauthorized disclosures. We've had more of that than probably ever before but in very small dribbles here and there, and without much in the way of documents. What I really hope to see is somebody putting something out on the scale of the Pentagon Papers, thousands of pages of classified documents - which sounds like a lot, by the way, but it really just means a whole file drawer. They could show comprehensively what the real policy is, where it's going and what the cost of those are to be, in a way that we just haven't seen at all. Nobody's really done that.
But the alternative is to be silent and not do what you could to end war that involves 100,000 Iraqi lives so far and almost 1500 American lives at this point and more to come. So it really is at this point for people to consider sacrificing their own freedom to have a chance to end a war. We need to take risks and we need to protest. People are capable but don't think of being called on for it. We are a rogue superpower and this is not a time to postpone and save ourselves for another time. Nonviolence and truthfulness is essential.
For more information on Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, go to Ellsberg.net
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The Epic Struggle for World Hegemony
By Nigel H Maund
The war for commodities is central to the scramble for political hegemony and economic survival of the US as the sole world hyperpower and determinant of the world to come according to its own model, rather than face a world where this cultural, economic and political hegemony is not only challenged but eclipsed by the growing industrial and geopolitical might of Asia.
As a consumer of 25% of the world's annual oil output, and the world's largest importer of oil, the US is absolutely central to oil economics. Furthermore, given the geography and structure of the US transportation and logistics system, no country's economy is more vulnerable than the US to any serious dislocation in supplies or sustained rise in price. Hydrogen or electric powered vehicles and atomic fusion are years from becoming a commercial and technologically viable alterative to oil, despite the increasing sums spent on R & D.
Oil is only a part, albeit a big part, of the scramble for resources. Other strategic minerals are also central to this great economic power game such as: platinum, nickel, copper, cobalt, uranium, vanadium, chromium, manganese, iron, molybdenum, tungsten and even such rust belt metals as lead and zinc. Several vital elements the US has to import. These are: platinum, nickel, vanadium, uranium, chromium and iron and manganese. Three are vital for steel making: iron, nickel and manganese. Vanadium can be added as an also ran to this mix.
China, with a population equal to 4 times that of the US, at 1.2 billion, has a potential demand that will put immense upward pressure on the prices and demand for all commodities, to feed its unstoppable growth. India, with a population of 1 billion people, is slowly joining this race for development. SE Asian nations are already well advanced along this path with Singapore (4 million); Taiwan (22 million) and Korea (47 million) leading the way, followed by Thailand (61 million); Malaysia (20 million) and Vietnam (78 million) with the Philippines (85 million) and Indonesia (220 million) as the economic laggards. However, all these nations come within China's growing economic gravitational pull and influence, and all have significant Chinese expatriate populations, which dominate their local economies. Japan is beginning to rethink where it future lies. The post war world has significantly changed, and, with it old paradigms. The future is most assuredly China and greater Asia. The US has, to a large degree, had its day. The "War on Terror" is nothing other than a massive, albeit obviously transparent, smokescreen for the real war: "THE WAR FOR RESOURCES AND THE ECONOMIC SURVIVAL OF THE UNITED STATES AS A GLOBAL POWER".
The hegemony of the United States Dollar as a global reserve currency, in which the world's commodities are traded, is fundamental to this story. Given the massive indebtedness of the US at every conceivable level, this currency is under huge potential threat, with massive Asian influence in the form of dollar surpluses held as US T bonds. If the dollar fails, so too will the United States, with all that this means. Right at the root of the US's survival strategy is control of the world's oil reserves. Without this, the dollar and the US are assuredly in serious decline. No price, however vast in terms of blood and treasure, is too high in this game of truly gigantic stakes. Because of its failure to: adapt and reduce the massive over-consumption of and dependence upon resources; develop its rail and alternative infrastructure to roads; and the lopsided structure of its car and truck driven economy, the US has quite literally no other option. Sadly, to achieve its objectives, it has lost the moral high ground and mortgaged the real meaning of Democracy, with unforeseen consequences for the world and its own citizens.
The US and Israel have inspired terrorism by 55 years of their own policies in the Middle East, rather than tackle the root causes of such dissension, which they have no intention of doing as this will go against their interests. Until Israel and its puppet states, the US and UK, are brought to book by the world community the causes of world terror will go unaddressed and continue into the distant future. However, they all know this, and care little for the consequences for ordinary people, as they invoke police state legislation and practices to tackle a problem entirely of their own creation. Besides, its role as a suitable smokescreen to enact global war could not be more fortuitous, given their long term objectives of control of the world's oil reserves and Israeli "control by proxy" of a completely neutered and divided Middle East.
CLIP - To read the missing part, go at http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8411.htm
The Significant Other Factors
A further factor underpinning the US's internal and global policies, has been the increasing awareness of several very dangerous economic developments for which it only has itself to blame. These largely centre on poor US economic planning over the last 50 years, and the greatest expansion of credit the world has ever seen. Unless the US becomes a dictatorship, which is possible, this writer expects to see the US suddenly remember one of its greater Presidents: Mr. Andrew Jackson, who acted in the public interest and abolished the central bank, putting America firmly back on the gold standard. When the denouement of the epic debt bubble of Mr. Alan Greenspan finally bursts, the US public will have a very rude awakening, and the Federal Reserve Bank will be abolished by a furious public once and for all. The name Federal Reserve Bank could not be more misleading. It is not Federal. It is not a Reserve Bank. It was established following a meeting of John Pierpont Morgan, Vanderbilt and Nelson Aldrich on Jekyll Island in 1913 with the joint connivance of Woodrow Wilson's "advisor" (controller) Colonel House. The bank has a Board of Governors appointed by its principal shareholders, who are plutocratic merchant bankers, but now includes the Rothschild's, Citibank (Rockefeller is also head of the Council on Foreign Relations CFR - whose staff are present and dominate all US administrations; e.g. Henry Kissinger), Bank of America and Salomon Brothers, etc. This is a giant private bank, which not only issues all money in the US, but underpins currency used for all international settlements and trading all commodities; i.e., the US dollar. Notably, the Fed also handles all US Tax receipts - corporate, government and private.
The boom and bust economic cycle is a function of how this institution exercises its policies. Until 1982, the Fed exerted a modicum of control, keeping money supply and credit issuance within some degree of reason. However, under the Carter and then Reagan administrations debt took off at a sprint to fund, amongst other things, Reagan's huge increase in the defence budget. Paul Volcker, then Chairman of the Fed, put the brakes on by raising interest rates in a clear signal to markets that enough was enough. However, under the kindly and very accommodating Mr. Greenspan, the rate of debt issuance has moved into overdrive, pumping up the stock market bubble of all time, and the largest technical "head and shoulders" formation ever seen, by an entire order of magnitude. This let the floodgates open to mergers and acquisitions mania near the bubble top in 1997 to 2000 when corporate piracy and malpractice were on an unprecedented scale. Valuations of stocks lost all common sense financial reason. ENRON and WORLDCOM MCI were but the tip of a huge iceberg of corporate crime which was rapidly covered up by the nervous markets hiding their immense basket of dirty linen. Heaven forbid the public should find out that corporate crime was systemic in the upper echelons of US society.
The most bizarre market was the NASDAQ where PE's for many stocks such as Amazon.com and Ebay.com were at mathematical infinity, the perfect example of Greenspan's "irrational exuberance" quote. When the bubble burst in 2000 to 2001, the kindly Greenspan dropped interest rates like a stone channelling the world's trillions into Real Estate and commodities markets and providing the basis to generate equity bubble's son, baby bubble which we are now about to see come apart. This was great because the ever accommodative money lenders concocted new derivatives variants, hedge funds "with whistles, bells and dancing gals", mortgage schemes that would turn any old style banker white as a ghost. In the world of junk finance, junk food, junk beverages, junk rap music, where junk status stocks are OK, we now had junk mortgages. Junk, Junk, Junk, Junk and more Junk, in the land where accountability and financial prudence no longer exists. Clearly, the Government of the US is so corrupt and venal that no one cares a damn any more. Certainly protecting the rights and assets of one's citizens is an idea that died with the Founding Fathers.
The entire post 2001 stock, bond market and real estate market boom has been funded by an even greater expansion of FIAT credit that is mind boggling in its audacity. This time Greenspan has really gone to town. Not satisfied with his humongous equity bubble, he's gone one better to create the bond market (the carry trade gravy train) and real estate bubble of all time. People trading properties have hit the bonanza gold seam. Whilst real incomes have remained largely static, amidst this vast asset inflation, everyone who "owns" Mc Mansion ATM machine has the ability to generate cash out of space to keep on spending and piling up more debt. All this is of course funded by the Fed's vast issuance of T Bonds, largely to Japan and China. This happy little virtuous circle, where we buy your goods and you buy our junk paper and take profits on the carry trade is just fine and dandy so long as the spreads offset the massive currency losses in US denominated paper. However, whereas the spreads between the short and long duration bonds was 250 basis points, it has now narrowed to 50 to 70 basis points. If the happy little symbiotic relationship in the markets suddenly unwinds, as seems likely, and the Mc Mansion funded US consumer runs out of Mc Mansion funds to keep the tills ringing, what then?
Just what is going to underpin the United States Dollar when all else fails, a rapid rise in rates is not really palatable given the horrendous consequences of rates at say 6% to 7 %, or more, needed to support the dollar, so what else is there: OIL. Or, is the US just going to go broke and declare all debts owed by it as defunct? Except of course the banks will want your properties or other assets back if you can't repay the loans.
Nigel H Maund. BSc(Hons)Lond., MSc, DIC, MBA, MIMMM, SEG (Email - firstname.lastname@example.org)
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THE MOTHER OF ALL SCANDALS
Once again, Israel has been caught with spies at the highest levels of the US Government.
Once again Israel denies wrongdoing, or faced with incontrovertible evidence (in this case one of the spies has reportedly cooperated with the FBI) dismisses the spying with the claim that such spying is harmless, because Israel and the United States are such good friends.
Well, let us take a closer look at that idea of "harmless espionage" by recalling Israel's most famous failed spy, Jonathan Pollard.
Jonathan Pollard is an American of Jewish descent, born in Galveston Texas, who established a career as an intelligence analyst for the US Navy. There have been many theories offered as to why Pollard decided to betray his country of birth to the Jewish state, but that Pollard did betray his country of birth to Israel is beyond all doubt. Pollard's defense was that he did not spy so much against the United States, only that he spied for Israel, sending them documents that in his opinion the US should have shared with Israel anyway.
That it was never Pollards job to decide what documents Israel should have was apparently irrelevant. Pollard arrogated that authority to himself. From his position of trust within the US Navy, Pollard delivered over 1000 classified documents to Israel for which he was well paid. Included in those documents were the names of over 150 US agents in the Mideast, who were eventually "turned" into agents for Israel.
But by far the most egregious damage done by Pollard was to steal classified documents relating to the US Nuclear Deterrent relative to the USSR and send them to Israel. According to sources in the US State Department, Israel then turned around and traded those stolen nuclear secrets to the USSR in exchange for increased emigration quotas from the USSR to Israel. Other information that found its way from the US to Israel to the USSR resulted in the loss of American agents operating inside the USSR. Casper Weinberger, in his affidavit opposing a reduced sentence for Pollard, described the damage done to the United States thus, "[It is] difficult to conceive of a greater harm to national security than that caused by... Pollard's treasonous behavior."
This should end the suggestion that Israel's spies are harmless. They are not. The United States nuclear deterrent cost an estimated five trillion taxpayer dollars during the 50s and 60s to build and maintain, and less than $100,000 for Pollard to undermine. Israel waited 13 years to admit Pollard had been spying for them, and now lobbies for his release, having granted him Israeli citizenship.
Pollard is hardly the only Israeli spy operating in the United States. He just had the misfortune to get caught. Here are just a few examples of the Israeli spy operations that have been detected.
CLIP - to read the loooong list of instances of Israeli spying in the US go at http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/motherofallscandals.html
(...) 2001 It is discovered that US drug agents communications have been penetrated. Suspicion falls on two companies, AMDOCS and Comverse Infosys, both owned by Israelis. AMDOCS generates billing data for most US phone companies and is able to provide detailed logs of who is talking to whom. Comverse Infosys builds the tapping equipment used by law enforcement to eavesdrop on all American telephone calls, but suspicion forms that Comverse, which gets half of its research and development budget from the Israeli government, has built a back door into the system that is being exploited by Israeli intelligence and that the information gleaned on US drug interdiction efforts is finding its way to drug smugglers. The investigation by the FBI leads to the exposure of the largest foreign spy ring ever uncovered inside the United States, operated by Israel. Half of the suspected spies have been arrested when 9-11 happens. On 9-11, 5 Israelis are arrested for dancing and cheering while the World Trade Towers collapse. Supposedly employed by Urban Moving Systems, the Israelis are caught with multiple passports and a lot of cash. Two of them are later revealed to be Mossad. As witness reports track the activity of the Israelis, it emerges that they were seen at Liberty Park at the time of the first impact, suggesting a foreknowledge of what was to come. The Israelis are interrogated, and then eventually sent back to Israel. The owner of the moving company used as a cover by the Mossad agents abandons his business and flees to Israel. The United States Government then classifies all of the evidence related to the Israeli agents and their connections to 9-11. All of this is reported to the public via a four part story on Fox News by Carl Cameron. Pressure from Jewish groups, primarily AIPAC, forces Fox News to remove the story from their website. Two hours prior to the 9-11 attacks, Odigo, an Israeli company with offices just a few blocks from the World Trade Towers, receives an advance warning via the internet. The manager of the New York Office provides the FBI with the IP address of the sender of the message, but the FBI does not follow up.
2001 The FBI is investigating 5 Israeli moving companies as possible fronts for Israeli intelligence.
2001 JDL's Irv Rubin arrested for planning to bomb a US Congressman. He dies before he can be brought to trial.
2002 The DEA issues a report that Israeli spies, posing as art students, have been trying to penetrate US Government offices.
2002 police near the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in southern Washington State stop a suspicious truck and detain two Israelis, one of whom is illegally in the United States. The two men were driving at high speed in a Ryder rental truck, which they claimed had been used to "deliver furniture." The next day, police discovered traces of TNT and RDX military-grade plastic explosives inside the passenger cabin and on the steering wheel of the vehicle. The FBI then announces that the tests that showed explosives were "false positived" by cigarette smoke, a claim test experts say is ridiculous. Based on an alibi provided by a woman, the case is closed and the Israelis are handed over to INS to be sent back to Israel. One week later, the woman who provided the alibi vanishes.
2003 The Police Chief of Cloudcroft stops a truck speeding through a school zone. The drivers turn out to be Israelis with expired passports. Claiming to be movers, the truck contains junk furniture and several boxes. The Israelis are handed over to immigration. The contents of the boxers are not revealed to the public.
2003 Israel deploys assassination squads into other countries, including the United States. The US Government does not protest.
2004 Police near the Nuclear Fuel Services plant in Tennessee stop a truck after a three mile chase, during which the driver throws a bottle containing a strange liquid from the cab. The drivers turn out to be Israelis using fake Ids. The FBI refuses to investigate and the Israelis are released.
2004 Two Israelis try to enter Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, home to eight Trident submarines. The truck tests positive for explosives.
This brings us to the present scandal. Two years into an investigation of AIPAC s possible role as a spy front for Israel, Larry Franklin, a mid-level Pentagon Analyst is observed by the FBI giving classified information to two officials of AIPAC suspected of being Israeli spies. AIPAC hires lawyer Nathan Lewin to handle their legal defense, the same lawyer who defended suspected Israeli spy Stephen Bryen in 1978.
Larry Franklin worked in the Pentagon Office of Special Plans, run by Richard Perle, at the time Perle (who was caught giving classified information to Israel back in 1970) was insisting that Iraq was crawling with weapons of mass destruction requiring the United States to invade and conquer Iraq. There were no WMDs, of course, and Perle has dumped the blame for the "bad intelligence" on George Tenet. But what is known is that the Pentagon Office of Special Plans was coordinating with a similar group in Israel, in Ariel Sharon's office.
With two suspected Israeli spies (at least) inside the office from which the lies that launched the war in Iraq originated, it appears that the people of the United States are the victims of a deadly hoax, a hoax that started a war.
The leaking of the investigation of AIPAC to the media on August 28th, 2004 gave advance warning to other spies working with Franklin. The damage to the FBI's investigation was completed when United States Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered the FBI to stop all arrests in the case. Like the Stephen Bryen case and the hunt for "Mega", this latest spy scandal seems destined by officials who have their own secret allegiances to protect, barring a massive public outcry.
The organization at the heart of the latest spy investigation, AIPAC, wields tremendous influence over the US Congress. Through its members and affiliated PACs, AIPAC directs a huge flow of campaign cash in favor of, and occasionally against, Senators and Representatives solely on the basis of their willingness to support Israel. As an example, in 2002, U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham received so much help from pro-Israeli pacs that 76% of his campaign budget came from OUTSIDE the state of Alabama, mostly from New York.
Let me repeat that. A Congressman AIPAC wanted elected received more money from pro-Israel groups outside his state than from his own constituents inside his state. Who is that Congressman going to be thinking of when he votes in Congress?
So here is the mother of all scandals.
For two years, the FBI has suspected AIPAC of spying for a foreign country, and for those two years (and for decades before) that group suspected of spying for Israel has been reshaping the US Congress for the benefit of a foreign government.
And THAT is the mother of all scandals.
Think about that as billions of your tax dollars flow to Israel while your roads and schools crumble and decay and services are cut.
Think about that as the coffins come home with your loved ones inside.
Think about that when you and a million of your fellow citizens march down the streets of America opposing wars built on lies and deceptions and wonder why the government just doesn't want to listen to you any more.
What Really Happened
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Why Our Food is So Dependent on Oil
Contributed by Norman Church
01 April 2005
"Concentrate on what cannot lie. The evidence..."
-- Gil Grissom
Eating Oil was the title of a book which was published in 1978 following the first oil crisis in 1973 (1). The aim of the book was to investigate the extent to which food supply in industrialised countries relied on fossil fuels. In the summer of 2000 the degree of dependence on oil in the UK food system was demonstrated once again when protestors blockaded oil refineries and fuel distribution depots. The fuel crises disrupted the distribution of food and industry leaders warned that their stores would be out of food within days. The lessons of 1973 have not been heeded.
Today the food system is even more reliant on cheap crude oil. Virtually all of the processes in the modern food system are now dependent upon this finite resource, which is nearing its depletion phase.
Moreover, at a time when we should be making massive cuts in the emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in order to reduce the threat posed by climate change, the food system is lengthening its supply chains and increasing emissions to the point where it is a significant contributor to global warming.
The organic sector could be leading the development of a sustainable food system. Direct environmental and ecological impacts of agriculture on the farmare certainly reduced in organic systems. However, global trade and distribution of organic products fritter away those benefits and undermine its leadership role. Not only is the contemporary food system inherently unsustainable, increasingly, it is damaging the environment.
The systems that produce the world's food supply are heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Vast amounts of oil and gas are used as raw materials and energy in the manufacture of fertilisers and pesticides, and as cheap and readily available energy at all stages of food production: from planting, irrigation, feeding and harvesting, through to processing, distribution and packaging. In addition, fossil fuels are essential in the construction and the repair of equipment and infrastructure needed to facilitate this industry, including farm machinery, processing facilities, storage, ships, trucks and roads. The industrial food supply system is one of the biggest consumers of fossil fuels and one of the greatest producers of greenhouse gases.
Ironically, the food industry is at serious risk from global warming caused by these greenhouse gases, through the disruption of the predictable climactic cycles on which agriculture depends. But global warming can have the more pronounced and immediate effect of exacerbating existing environmental threats to agriculture, many of which are caused by industrial agriculture itself. Environmental degradation, water shortages, salination, soil erosion, pests, disease and desertification all pose serious threats to our food supply, and are made worse by climate change. But many of the conventional ways used to overcome these environmental problems further increase the consumption of finite oil and gas reserves. Thus the cycle of oil dependence and environmental degradation continues.
Industrial agriculture and the systems of food supply are also responsible for the erosion of communities throughout the world. This social degradation is compounded by trade rules and policies, by the profit driven mindset of the industry, and by the lack of knowledge of the faults of the current systems and the possibilities of alternatives. But the globalisation and corporate control that seriously threaten society and the stability of our environment are only possible because cheap energy is used to replace labour and allows the distance between producer and consumer to be extended.
However, this is set to change. Oil output is expected to peak in the next few years and steadily decline thereafter. We have a very poor understanding of how the extreme fluctuations in the availability and cost of both oil and natural gas will affect the global food supply systems, and how they will be able to adapt to the decreasing availability of energy. In the near future, environmental threats will combine with energy scarcity to cause significant food shortages and sharp increases in prices - at the very least. We are about to enter an era where we will have to once again feed the world with limited use of fossil fuels. But do we have enough time, knowledge, money, energy and political power to make this massive transformation to our food systems when they are already threatened by significant environmental stresses and increasing corporate control?
The modern, commercial agricultural miracle that feeds all of us, and much of the rest of the world, is completely dependent on the flow, processing and distribution of oil, and technology is critical to maintaining that flow.
Oil refined for gasoline and diesel is critical to run the tractors, combines and other farm vehicles and equipment that plant, spray the herbicides and pesticides, and harvest/transport food and seed. Food processors rely on the just-in-time (gasoline-based) delivery of fresh or refrigerated food
Food processors rely on the production and delivery of food additives, including vitamins and minerals, emulsifiers, preservatives, colouring agents, etc. Many are oil-based.
Delivery is oil-based. Food processors rely on the production and delivery of boxes, metal cans, printed paper labels, plastic trays, cellophane for microwave/convenience foods, glass jars, plastic and metal lids with sealing compounds. Many of these are essentially oil-based. Delivery of finished food products to distribution centres in refrigerated trucks. Oil-based, daily, just-in-time shipment of food to grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, schools, etc., all oil-based; customer drives to grocery store to shop for supplies, often several times a week
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In other words, we wont have to run completely out of oil to be rudely awakened. The panic starts once the world needs more oil than it gets.
To understand why, youve got to fathom how totally addicted to oil we have become. We know that petroleum is drawn from deep wells and distilled into gasoline, jet fuel, and countless other products that form the lifeblood of industry and the adrenaline of military might. Its less well known that the worlds food is now nourished by oil; petroleum and natural gas are crucial at every step of modern agriculture, from forming fertiliser to shipping crops. The implications are grim. For millions, the difference between an energy famine and a biblical famine could well be academic.
Independent policy analyst David Fleming writes in the British magazine Prospect (Nov. 2000),
With a global oil crisis looming like the Doomsday Rock, why do so few political leaders seem to care? Many experts refuse to take the problem seriously because it "falls outside the mind-set of market economics." Thanks to the triumph of global capitalism, the free-market model now reigns almost everywhere. The trouble is, its principles "tend to break down when applied to natural resources like oil." The result is both potentially catastrophic and all too human. Our high priests, the market economists, are blind to a reality that in their cosmology cannot exist.
There are many benefits to organic farming, including reduced fossil fuel energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. However, these are often overshadowed by the environmental damage of long distance transport. Organic products that are transported long distances, particularly when distribution is by plane, are almost as damaging as their conventional air freighted counterparts. Highly processed and packaged organic foodstuffs have an added adverse environmental impact.
The priority must be the development of local and regional food systems, preferably organically based, in which a large percentage of demand is met within the locality or region. This approach, combined with fair trade, will ensure secure food supplies, minimise fossil fuel consumption and reduce the vulnerability associated with a dependency on food exports (as well as imports). Localising the food system will require significant diversification, research, investment and support that have, so far, not been forthcoming. But it is achievable and we have little choice.
Current food production system due for collapse
World grain yield fell for four successive years from 2000 to 2003, bringing reserves to the lowest in thirty years. The situation has not improved despite a 'bumper' harvest in 2004, which was just enough to satisfy world consumption. In too many food production regions of the world, conventional farming practices have severely depleted the underground water to the point where rivers and lakes have dried out, topsoil has been eroded away, and wild life decimated. At the same time, world oil production may have passed its peak; oil price hit a record high of US$58 a barrel on 4 April 2005, and is expected to top US$100 within two years. This spells looming disaster for conventional industrial agriculture, which is heavily dependent on both oil and water. The true costs of our current food production system are becoming all too clear.
True costs of industrial food production system
* 1 000 tonnes of water are consumed to produce one tonne of grain
* 10 energy units are spent for every energy unit of food on our dinner table
* 1 000 energy units are used for every energy unit of processed food
* 17% of the total energy use in the United States goes into food production & distribution, accounting for more than 20% of all transport within the country; this excludes energy used in import & export
* 12.5 energy units are wasted for every energy unit of food transported per thousand air-miles
* 20% of all greenhouse gases in the world come from current agriculture
* US$318 billion of taxpayer's money was spent to subsidize agriculture in OECD countries in 2002, while more than 2 billion subsistence farmers in developing countries tried to survive on $2 a day
* 90% of the agricultural subsidies benefit corporations and big farmers growing food for export; while 500 family farms close down every week in the United States
* Subsidized surplus food dumped on developing countries creates poverty, hunger and homelessness on a massive scale CLIP
Mad Max future? CRASH COMING AS OIL PRICES PEAK: ANALYSTS (April 6, 2005)
IF YOU LIKE scary reading, go to http://www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net. There, doomsayers called "peak-oil analysts" -- once considered kooks by energy experts -- warn we're at the precipice of an energy crisis that will bring our global, industrialized world to ruin. After scanning the website's bone-chilling predictions of what's ahead for a world addicted to oil, I finally got a clue as to what that weird futuristic movie, Mad Max, was all about.Tell me it can't happen. But here we are: Oil hitting a new record of $58 US a barrel, self-serve regular gas at 91 cents a litre in Ontario (higher elsewhere) -- and yesterday the economists at CIBC World Markets warning oil will hit $100 a barrel by 2010.Others say we'll be there sooner than that, and even a $200 US barrel is possible. If true, forget worrying about $1 a litre gas ... $2, here we come. CLIP
Oil Prices Race to All-Time Peak
OPEC Running Out of Spare Production Capacity (April 5)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is running out of spare production capacity, Venezuelan Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said Tuesday. "OPEC's production capacity is reaching its limit," Ramirez told reporters, adding that it is too early for OPEC to decide on a possible half-million barrel per day production increase. CLIP
The Great Phase Transition: The Post-Oil Era (3 APRIL 2005)
Mankind seems on the verge of stepping into a gigantic phase of transition. This means that the world as we know it today will cease to exist. I am not referring to the possible collapse of the capitalist system, for which one cannot, so to speak, schedule a date. I am referring to another phenomenon, of a physical nature and for which we can predict reasonably accurate dates. It has to do with another collapse: the already announced "death of oil". This event marks the end of an era. (...) There is another consequence at the geopolitical level, which is obvious, despite the disinformation campaign led by the international organizations and by the corporate media. The beginning of the end of oil contributes to exacerbating imperialist drive and underlying rivalries, to lay hands upon the remaining oil resources of the planet. The war of conquest presently ongoing in Afghanistan and Iraq, the threat of other wars (Iran, Colombia, Central Asia, etc), the control over other countries resources (Africa, Latin America), etc, the rivalry between American imperialism and the European sub-imperialism, the relative weight of OPECs production versus non-OPECs, etc, all of this is happening right now before our eyes. The lack of an understanding of these processes by millions of people all over the world is largely attributable to the disinformation of the corporate media). Nonetheless, the geopolitical dimension of this problem is now known and understood, by a sizeable sector of public opinion.There is another broad implication, with even more profound and not immediately perceivable impacts. I an referring to the present worldwide model of production and distribution of commodities. CLIP
US Oil Drillers' Strategy: Today ANWR, Tomorrow the Coastlines?
Overview: The Great Energy War - US & Allies Neutralized, World War III Ends (April 4, 2005) Frightening fiction except the quote below...
(...) In 2005, the National Victims Center reported that there were 11.4 million violent crimes committed in the US in 2003. Of those, there were 223,390 rapes and sexual assaults and 4.6 million physical assaults. 16,503 Americans were murdered in 2003. Children and teenagers are increasingly the subject of violent crime: 12 percent of the homicides in the US were in the 13-19 age groups. Highway fatalities alone would cost 42,643 their lives in 2003.The US was not a nation that cared about its own people, unless they happened to die in military service. Then again, in 2005 the National Coalition of Homeless Vets reported that the US Veteran's Administration estimates that more than 299,321 veterans are homeless on any given night, with an increasing amount of those coming from the Iraq War of 2003. CLIP
THE FIRE IS NO LONGER ON ITS WAY - IT HAS BEGUN
An Important Announcement by Michael C. Ruppert From The Wilderness Publications, http://www.fromthewilderness.com
(...) Oil has topped $54 a barrel. It's gone up more than 25% in less than three months and fifty per cent over the last year; 400% since 1999. This amid strong signs that global oil production may have already peaked, as declines around the world are not being offset by new production. New fields may come online but the respite will be very short-lived. There may be a few "mega" projects (about a six-day supply for the planet in each) which may produce momentary price declines but the trend is irreversible. Official bodies like the International Energy Administration (IEA) are openly wishing that demand growth might slow in 2005, when actual figures already prove this wish utterly fanciful. China's oil demand is expected to grow by 33% this year. Industrialized and developing nations are expanding their economies as fast as possible to generate cash and liquidity as a means of securing more oil.
The vicious cycle is in full swing. And yet, according to economist Andrew McKillop:
We then move on to actual declines in production. For the majority of non-OPEC producers - (in fact nearly all except Russia and some Central Asian producers) rates of decline are stubbornly high, despite vaunted technology improvements.
One of the biggest problems facing the IEA [a UN sponsored agency], the EIA [a US government agency] and a host of analysts and 'experts' who claim that 'high prices cut demand', either directly or through damping oil economic growth, is that this does not happen in the real world. Since early 1999 oil prices have risen about 400%. Oil demand growth in 2004 at nearly 4% was the highest in 25 years. In each year since 1999 world oil demand growth has been higher than the previous year - as prices rise.2
McKillop's analysis, which essentially says that rising oil prices are either good or of no consequence, falls way short for two reasons. Energy investment banker Matt Simmons a year ago in Berlin stated that he saw the actual point at which price would curb demand at around $180 per barrel. The consumers are bearing most of the costs of these increases. Is this the consumers' choice, or is it simply the point beyond which "the American way of life" will become impossible, regardless of how many incremental cuts people accept.
Go ahead; try to choose to use less oil of your own volition. What reductions are available to you are minimal because the world in which you must make your house payments, feed your family, drive to work and pay your bills is leaving you little choice but to consume more and get less for your money. Only at around $180 a barrel will the consumer no longer be able to subsidize the corporate and economic superstructure on his/her shoulders. This is essentially what Simmons was saying.
The poor will be the first to suffer and they will suffer the most. They will be the first to die.
Secondly, McKillop assumes a "trickle down" benefit to consumers from high prices. International capital flows and your own checkbook should be enough to dispel this belief. Need I say more? Didn't we hear enough about trickle-down from Ronald Reagan?
Oil industry guru Jan Lundberg - who seems to be getting a lot less air time than he used to - recently wrote the following brilliant assessment for (ironically of all places) Electric Vehicle (EV) Magazine. Lundberg got it right.
The end of abundant, affordable oil is in sight, and the implications are colossal. About now in our hydrocarbon phase of human history, we have pulled out of the Earth approximately half of the available petroleum (crude oil and natural gas). The other half still in the ground is harder to extract and may not - as assumed - fuel the global economy or even provide a transition to another phase.
This means that the next tough oil shortage, even if it is not acknowledged as a post-peak oil extraction phenomenon of diminishing supply, will cripple the globalized economy. Understanding of both the economics and social dynamics of collapse is rare, and even when it is present there is an absence of taking into account the "market factor" in ushering in collapse.
Despite the need to be prepared for imminent, final energy shortage - which could happen now or in several years at the latest - people persist in focusing too much on the likely date of the passing of the peak. It is already clear that the oil industry and OPEC numbers on oil reserves are suspect.
The scenario I foresee is that market-based panic will, within a few days, drive prices up skyward. And as supplies can no longer slake daily world demand of over 80 million barrels a day, the market will become paralyzed at prices too high for the wheels of commerce and even daily living in "advanced" societies. There may be an event that appears to trigger this final energy crash, but the overall cause will be the huge consumption on a finite planet.
The trucks will no longer pull into Wal-Mart. Or Safeway or other food stores. The freighters bringing packaged techno-toys and whatnot from China will have no fuel. There will be fuel in many places, but hoarding and uncertainty will trigger outages, violence and chaos. For only a short time will the police and military be able to maintain order, if at all. The damage that several days' oil shortage and outage will do will soon wreak permanent damage that starts with companies and consumers not paying their bills and not going to work.
After an almost instant depression seizes the modern industrialized world, and nation-states break down, the frantic attempts of people to feed themselves, stay warm and obtain fresh water (pumped presently via petroleum to a great extent), there will be no rescue. Die-off begins. The least petroleum-dependent communities will survive best. These "backward" nations will be emulated by the scrounging survivors of the U.S. and the rest of the "developed" world, as far as local food production will be tried - in a paved-over, toxic landscape by people who have lost touch with the land...
The prospects of mitigating peak oil or avoiding collapse are almost nil. U.S. petroleum demand in 2004 grew at its strongest rate in five years. In December the daily consumption of refined oil was 21 million barrels in the U.S, a quarter of world use. The U.S. leads the industrialized world in population growth, part of a domestic policy to assure more car and oil sales.
The Earth cannot, as of the world oil peak in extraction, give up ever greater quantities of black gold. Most of the world exporting companies are now reducing extraction rates due to fewer discoveries and depleted fields. Oil production in 18 producer countries has passed its peak and is declining faster than previously thought: at about 1.14 million barrels a day.
"International Energy Agency figures put the total spare capacity of all 11 countries in OPEC at just 330,000 bpd (down from 6 million bpd in 2002). Conventional Saudi spare capacity is zero... An IEA report from August 2004 indicates Saudi Arabia needs up to 800,000 bpd of newly discovered oil each year just to offset declining fields and maintain its current production level." [Al-jazeera] - This can't happen, so watch for the ensuing energy crisis.
The world needs to produce another 2,723,530.2 barrels per day by the end of 2005 just in order to stand still.
Petroleum is the Great Leveler, in the sense of "leveling" or flattening oil civilization. But petroleum will also be the Great Leveler in terms of equalizing everyone: People will go through a final, grasping petroleum grab with whatever funds and connections they have, before the attempt fails for good. Then all people will have no choice but to work together or perish. Until then, we have skewed values: for example, when a kindly old lady drives to a shop and has her charitable concerns, the use of oil makes her a killer of the planet and she is not pursuing a sustainable form of transportation. Meanwhile, a mean old man who scowls at little children who walks to the shop might be a much more valuable citizen in a practical fashion that matters to the world.
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The Anti-War Pope
By John Nichols
07 April 2005
Expect to see a lot of George W. Bush over the next day or so, as he attends the funeral of Pope John Paul II. The White House is going out of its way to hype the fact that Bush is the first U.S. president ever to attend the funeral of a pope. And don't be so naive as to think that White House political czar Karl Rove and his minions - all of whom are deeply concerned about the president's declining poll numbers - have failed to calculate the political advantage that might be gained by associating the president with a pontiff whose passing has drawn unprecedented attention in the U.S. and around the world.
As Bush and other global leaders pay their final respects to John Paul II on Friday, however, it is important to remember that the Catholic pontiff was not a fan of this American president's warmaking.
John Paul II was an early, consistent, passionate and always outspoken critic of the president's scheming to invade Iraq. The Pope went so far as to meet with world leaders who were close to Bush, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in a high-profile attempt to prevent the war. Finally, the Pope sent a special envoy to Washington - Cardinal Pio Laghi, who has long been close to the Bush family - to try and derail the administration's rush to war.
When the war began, aides said that the Pope was "very disappointed and very sad" that Bush had ignored appeals to give peace a chance.
The Pope remained a critic of U.S. actions in Iraq, especially after it was revealed in May, 2004, Iraqi prisoners had been abused by US soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison.
"From all continents come endless, disturbing information about the human rights situation, revealing that men, women and children are being tortured and their dignity being made a mockery of.... It is all of humanity which has been wounded and ridiculed," John Paul II said.
Those who are honoring the Pope's memory this week frequently refer to him as a man of peace. They would do well to recall that this is more than just a phrase. While the Pope was not a pacifist, he was an ardent foe of unjust and unwise wars. And his opposition to the war in Iraq - and to all forms of preemptive war - is at the very heart of the legacy he has left with regard to international relations.
John Paul II's Economic Ethics (April 5, 2005)
A steady feature in Pope John Paul II's obituaries has been mention of his unwaveringly conservative stances on issues such as abortion, birth control, gay rights, and the ordination of women. While these positions were sources of consternation for many American Catholics, they far from represent the whole of John Paul's ethical beliefs. Particularly in his teachings about the global economy, the Pope advanced a vision of social justice that challenges narrow political debate about "moral values." Many commentators have highlighted the Pope extensive travels throughout the world and his use of advanced telecommunications to spread his message. Less noted is the fact John Paul's vision of globalization sharply countered the pro-corporate triumphalism spread by "free trade" boosters. Reflecting on the process of globalization during his 1998 visit to Cuba, the Pope contended that world is "witnessing the resurgence of a certain capitalist neoliberalism which subordinates the human person to blind market forces." He claimed that "[f]rom its centers of power, such neoliberalism often places unbearable burdens upon less favored countries." And he remarked with concern that "at times, unsustainable economic programs are imposed on nations as a condition for further assistance." Coming at a moment when protests against the type of "structural adjustment" mandated by the U.S.-dominated World Bank and International Monetary Fund were beginning to make headlines, the targets of John Paul's condemnation were not mysterious. Because of such economic policies, the Pope argued, we "see a small number of countries growing exceedingly rich at the cost of the increasing impoverishment of a great number of other countries; as a result the wealthy grow ever wealthier, while the poor grow ever poorer." CLIP
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Date: Apr 5, 2005
Subject: The next Pope may be the last
The next Pope may be the last
by Hector Carreon La Voz de Aztlan
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"And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. ... And she bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and to His throne."
Description of "La Virgen de Guadalupe (Queen of Mexico and Empress of the Americas)" in Revelation 12:1
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4 Ahau 3 Kankin December 21, 2012 (126.96.36.199.0)
End of the Great Cycle (Fin de los Tiempos) in the Mayan Long Calendar and the Popol Vuh
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Los Angeles, Alta California - April 4, 2005 - (ACN) The coming Vatican Conclave to select the next "Vicar of Christ" may be the last according to religious sources knowledgeable in Biblical Prophecy, in Roman Catholic Church history and in the Indigenous traditions of the Americas. Information synthesised from Revelation and the Gospels in the New Testament, from Daniel in the Old Testament and from the Mayan Popol Vuh points to a coming cataclysmic event and the beginning of a totally new Era for mankind. This cataclysmic event (Fin de los Tiempos) will occur, according to the Mayan Long Calendar, on December 21, 2012 when the Earth and Sun align with the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
Biblical prophets as well as Catholic and other Christians scholars have for a long time written about the "End Times" and the second coming of Jesus Christ to establish the New Jerusalem. What is not generally known is that many of the Old and New Testament Biblical prophecies of the "End Times" correlate amazingly with the religious beliefs of the Mayas and other Indigenous civilizations of the Western Hemisphere. These similarities are more apparent when one analyses the "End Times" account of St. John in the last chapter of the Bible called Revelation and the account of the "Fin de los Tiempos" in the Popol Vuh which is considered to be the Mayan (as well as the Mexica/Aztec) Bible.
One of the best known Catholic prophets to predict that the Pope after John Paul II would be the last was Irishman Maelmhaedhoc O'Morgair who is better known as simply St. Malachy. According to the prophecies of St. Malachy, who was born in 1094, the line of Pontiffs has come to an end. St. Malachy, canonized by by Pope Clement III on July 6, 1199, undertook to list in advance the proper succession of Roman pontiffs from Celestine II to "the end of the world". St. Malachy prophesied that there would be 112 Popes after Celestine II. John Paul II, who just died, is number 110. Pope number 111 would be the "False Prophet" mentioned in St. John's Revelation and who will deliver the Roman Catholic Church to Satan. Number 112 will NOT be a legitimate Pope. It will but the "Grand Anti-Pope" or the Anti-Christ who is also known as the "Abomination that Causes Desolation" mentioned in Daniel 9:27, 11:31, 12:11 and Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14. The Prophecies of St. Malachy conclude thusly: "In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock among many tribulations; after which the seven hilled city (Rome) will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people".
Among other Catholic prophets and scholars that have written on the end of the Roman Catholic Church and its Popes are Jesuit priests Malachi Martin and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Another scholar is Fr. John F. O'Connor. Fr. O'Connor has articulated a series of speeches, very much worth listening to as the College of Cardinals elect the next pope, that perfectly outlines the final onslaught on the Roman Catholic Church by "Judeo-Masonic Conspirators" that culminates in the "end of this world" as prophesied in the Bible. Among the most enlightening of Fr. John F. O'Connor's speeches on the subject is one tilted "Reign of the False Prophet" that refers to the next Pope.
Fr. Malachi Martin was an eminent theologian and expert in the Catholic Church who wrote that the apostasy of the Roman Catholic Church is a precondition for the end of time, as we presently know it, and for the second coming of Jesus Christ. Fr. Malachi Martin served in the Vatican from 1958 to 1964 where he was a close associate of Pope John XXIII. In 1990, Fr, Martin wrote, "The cultic acts of Satanic pedophilia in the Catholic Church are considered by professionals to be the culmination of the rites of 'The Enthronement of the Fallen Archangel Lucifer' in the Vatican". Fr. Martin believed that the Vatican had finally been, after centuries long efforts, infiltrated, at the highest levels, by Satanists in league with Zionists and what he called the Universal Assembly that consists of a Masonic group of Western plutocrats and the Illuminati.
Fr. Malachi Martin wrote six years before the shameful pedophilia and homosexual scandal among the Catholic Clergy became widely known, "Suddenly it became unarguable that now during this papacy (1996), the Roman Catholic organization carried a permanent presence of clerics who worshipped Satan and liked it; of bishops and priests who sodomized boys and each other; of nuns who performed the "Black Rites" of Wicca, and who lived in lesbian relationships . . . every day, including Sundays and Holy Days, acts of heresy and blasphemy and outrage and indifference were committed and permitted at holy Altars by men who had been called to be priests. Sacrilegious actions and rites were not only performed on Christ's Altars, but had the connivance or at least the tacit permission of certain Cardinals, archbishops, and bishops. . . ".
Satanism, pedophilia and homosexuality now permeates every Catholic Parish and especially in the USA. Many a Bishop and Cardinal has either joined or has protected the "Luciferians" in their midst. The USA Catholic Church has now paid out billions of dollars to legally settle court cases involving child sexual abuse by sodomite priests. Tens of thousands of children have been raped at the altars and inside "confessional rooms". In the Boston Archdiocese alone 65 parishes had to close in order to raise the money necessary to pay court settlements resulting from the homosexual abuse of children by scores of perverted "Luciferian" sodomite Catholic priests. One case alone involved more than 500 child victims and a mandated court settlement of over $85 million dollars.
Just before his death, that occurred under very suspicious circumstances, Fr. Martin said that soon after the installation of Pope Paul VI in 1963, Vatican Satanists clandestinely installed "Lucifer" in a secret ceremony called "The Enthronement of the Fallen Archangel Lucifer". The ceremony was conducted at the St. Paul's Chapel located within the Vatican. Pope Paul VI later wrote that the smoke of Satan has entered the Sanctuary". As the red robed Cardinals arrive in Rome to elect Pope John Paul II's successor, one can only wonder how many of these are Luciferians and who among them they will choose to be "The False Prophet" who will deceive and deliver many in the "Catholic flock" into the jaws of "The Beast".
Fr. John F. O'Connor is another of the few within the Catholic clergy that has spoken out against the Luciferian Judeo-Masonic conspiracy to destroy the Roman Catholic Church from within. Still alive, he often speaks on the Last Days, The False Prophet and on the Anti-Christ. Fr. O'Connor speaks principally on Lucifer and how he has waged war against the "Kingdom of God" and the Catholic Church for 2,000 years and how his disciples through membership in Masonry, Freemasonry and the Illuminati devised a plan called "Alta Vendetta" that is designed to take control of the Papacy.
Fr. O'Connor also spoke (prophesied?) about how these Luciferians would send missiles to destroy the U.S. (911) in the coming Third World War and about the Federal Reserve Bank and has questioned where the money goes that is paid for the interest on the USA national debt. He has also spoken extensively on how "The False Prophet" ( the next Pope) will deceive Catholics into worshiping the Anti-Christ. Fr. O'Connor says that Lucifer will even double-cross and fool nations and his own agents, dupes, stooges and lackeys. He has outlined the many things that Lucifer has already in place including the control of many Catholic seminaries and how he gives greater power to those who commit greater sins.
Fr. John F. O'Connor says that every day the news media carries stories of homosexuals and lesbians attempting to change America through indoctrination, legislation, infiltration and intimidation. Fr. O'Connor begins his speeches by telling us that the signs that will precede the second coming of Christ will be identified by unprecedented war, revolution, drought, famine, pestilence, plagues of the most hideous kinds, earthquakes, tsunamis, violence, death and especially crime and sin unparalleled in human history, and that Christ warned us that in those days sin and evil will abound in the world and that the love of truth will grow cold. In the mid-fifties, Pope Pius XII said that there was more sin being committed then than at any other time in human history, even before the Great Flood. This statement was made before today's rampant homosexuality and child abuse.
This second coming of Christ is at the end of the world after the reign of the Anti-Christ, and if the end of the world is near, the reign of the Anti-Christ is even nearer ( not long after the election of this next Pope). Scripture tells us that the Anti-Christ will be accepted by the Talmudic Jews as their Messiah. The Talmudic Jews (mostly Kazhars) are "Lucifer's Chosen People" as opposed to the Torah Jews who are the ancient Hebrews and followers of Moses. According to St. John, author of Revelation, there is to be a final battle with Lucifer in a confrontation with a "Woman Clothed with the Sun and with the Moon under Feet" that perfectly fits the description of the "Santisima Virgen de Guadalupe, La Reina de Mexico y Emperatriz de las Americas" as she appeared to Juan Diego at Tepeyac.
As we witness the election of the next Pope by the College of Cardinals in Rome, we should contemplate who the Luciferian Judeo-Masonic infiltrators may be. There is no doubt among enlighten people in the world and in the USA that there is a certain malignant force controlling the U.S. and that is casting its shadow across the world. La Voz de Aztlan proposes that this same sinister force or power is the same one responsible for the Crucifixion of the "True Messiah" Jesus Christ. It is the same force that emanated from the Pharisees over 200 years ago. If Jesus Christ was ministering today, no doubt he would be crucified again!
Who are these modern day Pharisees? They are of course the haters of God, haters of what is good and moral and most of all they are the haters of truth. They are the followers of the "Great Deceiver" and the greatest liar of them all . . . Lucifer. You can spot them easily by their actions which most of the time have no correlation to what they preach. They are those in high places who justify murderous international wars for profit with lies and deception. They are the international money lenders that "suck the life" of poor nations. They are those who profit from pornography on the Internet and sale of useless and many times dangerous and addictive drugs and pharmaceuticals. Today these modern day Pharisees are organized in groups like the Illuminati and Skull and Bones. The Illuminati and Freemasons were funded by the Jewish Rothschild Banking Dynasty for the sole purpose of undermining Christianity.
Jesus Christ himself reviled the Pharisees as "hypocrites" and a "generation of vipers." Jesus accused the Pharisees of worshipping the devil. He said to the Pharisees "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do." (John 8:44). This is the reason why today the Talmudic Jews promote the sodomite agenda, lesbianism and the removal of God from the Pledge of Allegiance. Their master plan to take over the world and install Lucifer as their King is outlined in a diabolical document known as "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" and which was explained by the great USA automobile industrialist Henry Ford in his book titled, "The International Jew".
Christians must be careful not to condemn all Jews for certain sinister activities that have brought so much suffering and misery to the world. There are essentially two types of Jews, "those who follow the Torah" and "those who follow the Luciferian Talmud". Babylonian Talmudic Pharisaism is paganism, pantheistic atheism, and a conglomeration of all the forms of idolatry concocted through the centuries. It is essentially pure Satanism. The Talmud is characterized by obscenity. It sets laws for the purpose of inventing circumventions and evasions and delights in sadistic cruelty. In reality it reverses most Biblical (Mosaic) moral teachings on theft, murder, sodomy, perjury, treatment of children, parents and teaches a hatred of Christ, Christians and every aspect of Christianity. Phariseeism is based on the Luciferian Talmud, which consists of the interpretations of so called sages during the Babylonian exile of the Jews that occurred between 586 BC to 1040 AD. Generally, the Talmudists contradict the spirit of Moses and take precedence over the Torah and is one of the causes of antisemitism. The Talmudic Jews worship the god Mammon. Mammon is the god of "money", greed" and "usury" and one of the many manifestation of Lucifer. Lucifer was enthroned through a Black Mass inside the Vatican in 1963 by modern day Pharisees or Judeo-Masonic infiltrators according to Jesuit Priest Malachi Martin. Lucifer today waits in the defiled halls and chambers of the Vatican to preside over the Final Conclave that will elect the "False Prophet" who in turn will prepare the ground for the Anti-Christ.
There are parallels to the above scenario in the Mayan Popol Vuh and in certain Indigenous religious beliefs. It seems that the "Fin de los Tiempos" as outlined in the Mayan Long Calendar and the "End Times" outlined in Revelation of the Bible are converging on a certain date. This date is December 21, 2012 when, according to the Mayas, time as we know it ends and mankind enters into a totally different Era of elevated consciousness. Will enlightened human beings enter the "New Jerusalem" on December 21, 2012 as promised in the New Testament? Current world events, the state of moral decadence and decay in the world and especially in the USA, increasing earthquakes and tempestuous weather changes as well as horrific pestilences such as AIDS and Mad Cow Disease certainly qualify as the preconditions that the New Testament sets for the end to occur. The year 2012 is less than 7 years away. Seven years is a reasonable time for the "False Prophet" in the Vatican to prepare the ground for the Anti-Christ.
The Mayas were a mysterious and much advanced people who were superb mathematicians and astronomers. They devised one of the most accurate calendars known to man, far more accurate than the Gregorian calendar. Their calendar was created through extremely accurate observations of the sun, the planets, the stars and our own Milky Way galaxy. They knew, through unknown methods, the exact location of the center of the Milky Way and attached great significance to the birth and death of stars at this center. They also possessed extensive knowledge concerning the Precession of the Equinoxes and their periodicity which was necessary to create an accurate calendar and other time keeping devices. The Mayas viewed time differently than western man. Their magnificent pyramids were perfectly aligned to the sun and were constructed in such a way that during the equinoxes, the setting sun casts a shadow of a serpent (Kukulcan/Quetzalcoatl) descending on the northern steps of the pyramid. This effect could only be obtained by precise architectural and astronomical measurements and is most evident at the pyramid in Chichenitza.
The Maya's astronomical knowledge was inherited from even an older and more mysterious civilization at Teotihuacan which contains the famous Pyramid of the Sun and of the Moon. The Pyramid of the Sun is perfectly aligned with the star cluster called the Pleiades which the Egyptians also took into account in building their pyramids at Giza. There is a connection between the ancient religious beliefs of the Sumerians, the Egyptians and the Mayas, especially as they relate to the creation of the universe, of the human race and of the future.
The Mayas approached "prophecy" by deeply studying the periodicity of cycles, especially astronomical ones. They were also deeply spiritual and very aware of the role that human consciousness plays in extracting information from nature. They knew that ingesting certain plants, religiously and with reverence, would open the doors of perception and lift the veil that keeps mankind from seeing certain realities and communicating with God. This knowledge must explain how they were able to ascertain what will happen on October 21, 2012. Incredibly, they knew, over a thousand years ago, that on this date there will be an astronomical alignment of our sun and the center of the Milky Way. This impending alignment of the sun at that very point, according to Mayan calculations, culminates at the winter solstice of December 21, 2012. Just recently astronomers have discovered that at this precise point there exists an immense "Black Hole" that is radiating high-energy gamma rays. The Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics states that the observations were carried out using the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.) which is an array of four telescopes, in Namibia, Africa. "The Galactic Centre harbours a number of potential gamma-ray sources, including a supermassive black hole, remnants of supernova explosions and possibly an accumulation of exotic 'dark matter' particles" the journal states.
The Mayas had a glyph that represented a "black hole" in the center of our galaxy. How they were able to know this, no one knows. The Mayas tied their philosophy entirely on what they observed in the heavens. They thought that the center of our galaxy was a "Cosmic Mother Womb" and that it gave birth to our world. They believed that our world went through cycles of birth, death and rebirth. October 21, 2012 will end the cycle and our world will end by fire but will be reborn in a new, different and more evolved form, possibly in the form of a "New Jerusalem" that is described in Revelation. This will be the beginning of a new sun or the "Sixth Sun" according to the Mexicas (Aztecs).
Pope John Paul II will be buried on Friday. Soon after the burial, the College of Cardinals will convene in what is believed to be the "Last Conclave". Which Cardinal will become the "False Prophet" that will usher in the Anti-Christ? We will know in about 20 days or less after which we will be in for a tumultuous seven years!
Related La Voz de Aztlan articles:
Pedophilia and Satanism in the Vatican
Sodomites force the closure of 65 Catholic parishes in Boston http://aztlan.net/65_parishes_close.htm
Vigilante Justice Against Homosexual Pedophile Priests Feared
What You Didnt Know About the Popes of Rome (April 5, 2005)
(...) Very brief mention should be made of the staggering scale of the Inquisition. In his History of the Inquisition, Canon Llorente, who was Secretary of the Inquisition in Madrid from 1790-92 estimated the number of condemned in Spain alone to have exceeded 3 million, with 300,000 burned at the stake. A Catholic historian comments on the events leading up to the suppression of the Spanish Inquisition: When Napoleon conquered Spain in 1808, a Polish officer in his army, Col. Lemanouski, reported that the Dominicans (in charge of the Inquisition) blockaded themselves in their monastery in Madrid. When Lemanouskis troops forced an entry, the inquisitors denied the existence of any torture chambers. The soldiers searched the monastery and discovered them under the floors. The chambers were full of prisoners, all naked, many insane. The French troops, used to cruelty and blood, could not stomach the sight. They emptied the torture chambers, laid gunpowder to the monastery and blew the place up
Rome was truly drunk with the Martyrs blood. And the Papacy isnt fairing much better in our modern age, and would appear to be in serious decline, if not in outright defeat. In November 2000 Italian headlines screamed, Devil Defeats Pope! Il Messaggero reported that the Pope had been confronted by a teenage girl in the Vatican who screamed insults in a cavernous voice during an audience. John Paul attempted an exorcism but his ministrations had no effect on the girl. Devils in the Vatican would come as no surprise to Msgr. Luigi Marinelli. His book Gone With the Wind at the Vatican fairly flew off the shelves in Italy, revealing as it did stories of money-laundering prelates, sex abuse and Satanic rituals performed within the walls of the Holy See.Marinellis comments echo those of the late Fr. Malachi Martin, a former Jesuit and exorcist, whose 1990 book The Keys of this Blood contains the following disturbing information:Most frighteningly for John Paul, he had come up against the irremovable presence of a malign strength in his own Vatican and in certain bishops chanceries. It was what knowledgeable Churchmen called the superforce. Rumors, difficult to verify, tied its installation to the beginning of Paul VIs reign in 1963. Indeed, Paul had alluded somberly to the smoke of Satan which has entered the Sanctuaryan oblique reference to an enthronement ceremony performed by Satanists in the Vatican. Besides, the incidence of Satanic pedophiliarites and practiceswas already documented among certain bishops and priests as widely dispersed as Turin in Italy and South Carolina in the United States. The cultic acts of Satanic pedophilia are considered by professionals to be the culmination of the Fallen Archangels rites. CLIP
THIS IS GREATLY OVERDUE!
Israel: A Call for Divestment
by Shamai Leibowitz
March 15, 2005
The assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has led to an explosion of "people power" in the streets of Beirut, in which hundreds of thousands of Lebanese citizens have called for an end to Syria's occupation of their land. These calls have been celebrated and echoed in other capitals, and nowhere more so than in Washington. However, there is another area in the Middle East where a struggle to end foreign occupation has brought the natives only death and destruction. For decades, Israel has crushed the 3.5 million Palestinians living under military domination, beating them into submission while taking away their civil rights and their land.
As an Israeli Jew committed to peace for Israel and our neighbors, I was shocked and disgusted by the recent terror attack in Tel Aviv, which took the lives of innocent Jews. Such acts of terror have made headlines and been rightfully condemned by the international community. However, deadly Israeli attacks against Palestinian civilians have not received significant press attention in the West or led to appropriate, decisive international action. For decades the Israeli army, equipped with US arms and technology, has killed, maimed, beaten and tortured tens of thousands of Palestinian civilians. Evidently, in the eyes of the West the people power of Palestinians does not count.
From 1986 to 1991 I served in the Israeli army in the occupied territories. During this period I was shocked and disgusted at what my comrades and I were repeatedly ordered to do to Palestinian civilians. To crush the uprising for independence and statehood, we were ordered to brutalize them. In one of our army bases in the West Bank, there was a mysterious room. Every day we watched Palestinians being led into it. After a couple of days our commanders would lead the Palestinians out, black and blue from bruises and their faces swollen. They resembled sacks of potatoes more than human beings.
We later realized this room was a torture chamber. On some days, we could hear screams coming from the room. It was a sickening experience. However, we continued participating in the occupation because Israeli politicians persuaded us that we were in the midst of a "peace process." So effusive were they in their lectures on how Israel "only wants peace" that we were blinded from seeing the reality of how the state is brutally oppressing, subjugating and dehumanizing the Palestinian people.
As many Israelis realize today, when Israeli governments talked about the peace process during the Oslo period, they were pulling the wool over the world's eyes. Israel continued colonizing the West Bank and Gaza with its Jewish-only settlements and, at the same time, entrenching a cruel military regime over Palestinians. The same is true today with Ariel Sharon's "disengagement" plan, which is being marketed by Israeli propaganda as a "painful concession" toward peace. Many of us who live in Israel and visit or serve in the occupied territories recognize the truth: Israel is continuously intensifying its military rule in the West Bank while stealing more Palestinian land and building more illegal Jewish-only settlements.
For years, American taxpayer money has funded the occupation--the torture chambers, the military apparatus, the bulldozers used in house demolitions, the building of settlements and now the construction of the West Bank wall, declared illegal by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Americans should be held accountable for where their money is going.
After years of failed political efforts by the Israeli and international human rights community aimed at ending the occupation, it is clear that new approaches must be implemented. It is time for American civic institutions to support a multi-tiered campaign of strategic, selective sanctions against Israel until the occupation ends. Since the Israeli government is flagrantly disobeying the ICJ decision, international law mandates the use of sanctions to force Israel to comply with UN resolutions and human rights treaties.
The first step for American institutions is to engage in selective divestment--withdrawal of their investments from companies that are, directly or indirectly, funding the occupation. First and foremost, states, cities, universities, churches, unions, banks and pension funds should divest from Israel Bonds, which finance the occupation, and from any company that sells arms, ammunition or other military equipment to Israel. This should include companies like Caterpillar, which manufactures and sells the bulldozers that have flattened thousands of Palestinian homes, and General Dynamics, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Northrop-Grumman, Raytheon and other corporations, because these companies play an active role in enabling Israeli forces to engage in practices that violate international humanitarian law.
Second, the West should hold Israeli military personnel and political leaders personally accountable for human rights violations, including trial before international courts and bans on travel to other countries. This strategy has been implemented in other conflicts (Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo and South Africa, for example), proving its deterrent value and effectiveness.
Prohibiting the sale of arms and military equipment to Israel is, in fact, called for by existing US law. According to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 USC §2304), "No security assistance may be provided to any country the government of which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights."
The current hypocritical American Administration is not enforcing this law with regard to Israel. It is, therefore, up to American civil society to uphold the law and prevent the sale of any military equipment to Israel by pressuring the government, filing complaints against companies that violate this law and withdrawing all investments from such companies.
The Presbyterian Church took a positive step in this direction when in July 2004 its General Assembly passed a resolution calling for selective divestment from companies that profit from the occupation. This past February the World Council of Churches, which brings together more than 340 churches worldwide, issued a similar resolution. While criticizing the severe human rights abuses inherent in the occupation and the construction of the illegal West Bank wall, these resolutions also affirm the right of the State of Israel to exist securely and peacefully, and they categorically reject the tragic cycle of indiscriminate violence perpetrated by both sides against innocent civilian populations.
Sanctions are a powerful and nonviolent means to insure that the Israeli government abides by international law and ends its appalling human rights violations in the occupied territories. Divestment resolutions are long overdue. We have witnessed the power of worldwide economic pressure in the collapse of the South African apartheid regime. If American civic institutions follow the same strategy, we could see the end of the Israeli occupation in our lifetime. Americans should stand up for human rights and justice, follow their own law and take the most productive step toward peace and security in the Middle East.
About Shamai Leibowitz
Shamai Leibowitz is a human rights lawyer from Tel Aviv who has represented asylum seekers, migrant workers, Palestinians and human rights activists in the Israeli courts. He is a reserve tank gunner with the rank of staff sergeant in the Israeli army, and part of a group of more than 1,400 soldiers who have refused to serve in the occupied Palestinian territories (http://www.refusersolidarity.net)
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
ICAHD is a non-violent, direct-action group originally established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories.As our activists gained direct knowledge of the brutalities of the Occupation, we expanded our resistance activities to other areas - land expropriation, settlement expansion, by-pass road construction, policies of "closure" and "separation," the wholesale uprooting of fruit and olive trees and more. The fierce repression of Palestinian efforts to "shake off" the Occupation following the latest Intifada has only added urgency to our efforts.As a direct-action group, ICAHD is comprised of members of many Israeli peace and human rights organizations. All of our work in the Occupied Territories is closely co-ordinated with local Palestinian organizations.
THE KEY TO PEACE: DISMANTLING THE MATRIX OF CONTROL
This is a MUST read and review also their amazingly detailed map at http://www.icahd.org/eng/articles.asp?menu=6&submenu=3&map=yes
NOTE from Jean: Perverse, inhumane, brutally Kafkaesque are some of the epithets that come to mind when reading this precise, factual description of the Israeli matrix of domination forcefully imposed upon an entire people, something no sane human being anywhere else on Earth would accept living under for more than 5 minutes. And yet Palestinians, thanks to massive financing and military abetting from Uncle Sam and a complicit cover up by the entire free world (so-called!) press, have been living under since 1967 - 38 years!!!
Jewish settlers poison Palestinian fields in Hebron (4/6/2005) http://www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/news_service/middle_east_full_story.asp?service_id=7608
Palestinian farmers say that Jewish settlers poison their fields near the West Bank city of Hebron - Palestinian farmers say that Jewish settlers dropped wheat pellets laced
with a deadly chemical on grazing land near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, killing 20 of their sheep. The governor of Hebron, Arif al-Jabari, said that the poisoning was part ofa "systematic attempt" by Israeli settlers to force the Palestinians to leave their lands in the West Bank. CLIP
Israel to start dumping its rubbish in West Bank (April 04, 2005)
JERUSALEM (AFP) Israel is to start dumping 10,000 tonnes of rubbish in the West Bank every month in a move which poses a serious threat to the main Palestinian water sources, the Haaretz daily reported Monday. The move contravenes the Fourth Geneva Convention and other international treaties which prohibit Israel, as an occupying power, from making use of the territory unless it benefits the local population, it said. But dumping the waste in the northern West Bank looks set to do just the opposite, with environmental experts telling Haaretz the dump will compromise one of the largest freshwater sources in the region, the Mountain Aquifer. CLIP
Sharon Defies International Objections by Allowing 3,500 New Homes on West Bank (April 5)
Ariel Sharon, Israel's Prime Minister, has defied international and Palestinian objections to go ahead with a bitterly controversial plan to expand the largest Jewish settlement on the West Bank by 3,500 homes. The leak of Mr Sharon's remarks yesterday to an Israeli parliamentary committee came as he prepared to visit President George Bush next week in the US for talks at which he is expected to seek a green light for the expansion, which would join up the settlement of Ma'ale Adumim with Jerusalem. CLIP
Sharon Vows to Pursue Settlement Expansion (04 April 2005)
Jeruslaem - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon vowed Monday to press ahead with expansion of a Jewish settlement near Jerusalem despite U.S. concerns and Palestinian protests the project would cut them off from the city. CLIP
Peres Seeks US Financial Aid (05 April 2005)
Peres is to ask Washington for financial aid for withdrawal. Israeli Vice-Premier Shimon Peres has said he is going to Washington to seek US financial aid for Tel Aviv's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Peres told Israel's Army Radio on Tuesday he will meet US Vice-President Dick Cheney and other administration officials, and ask them to assist with the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements. Peres refused to say how much money Israel was seeking, but said the money would also be used to develop the Galil and Negev desert. Israel wants to relocate Jewish settlers earmarked for evacuation to these areas, and is offering extra compensation to those who agree to move to the peripheral regions. (...) One official close to the Bush administration said officials in Washington estimated Israel would request $500 million in aid. The official said it was expected that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon would raise the issue during an upcoming meeting with US President George Bush at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. Israel has budgeted about $1 billion for the pullout. But the withdrawal could cost a great deal more once Israel finishes compensating the 9000 evacuated settlers, moves its military installations and completes construction of the new fences and surveillance equipment it is putting along its border with Gaza, a government official said on condition of anonymity.
A flashing red light from Malaysia (April 4) http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/Printer&cid=1112581160717&p=1006953079865
(...) The conference aims at the creation of an international campaign for divestment, sanctions and economic boycotts against Israel. The representatives of the 34 countries here believe that Israel must be treated today as apartheid South Africa was treated. They believe this is the only way today to bring about the end of the occupation. They support Palestinian resistance to occupation, excluding violence against civilians. The most moderate voices at the conference were those of most of the Palestinians from the occupied territories. They accept Israel as a Jewish state and they are willing to find workable solutions for the refugee problem. They are supporting Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and his attempts to get the peace process moving again. They voiced grave concerns about the lack of progress since Sharm e-Sheikh. They are very doubtful that Abbas will be able to continue, losing his legitimacy daily, while the Israeli transference of authority and territory back to the Palestinians is taking place at a snail's pace. They presented very dramatic and graphic presentations about Israel's settlement drive and the disastrous humanitarian effects that the Israeli wall is having on Palestinians throughout the occupied territories. These presentations were not merely more "Israel bashing," but a real cry for help to anyone who was willing to listen. They fear that a failure of the current process will lead to another round of senseless violence. I share their assessment that the pace of progress is frighteningly slow. Negotiating over every checkpoint, while Israel continues to announce plans for thousands of more housing units in settlements, is completely unacceptable and dangerous. CLIP - more related articles at http://www.peacemalaysia.com/
The Other Israel -Billboard April 8, 2005 - A flashing red light
Dozens of articles on recent developments. Worth checking!
The Witchhunts Continue: Columbia University and the New Anti-Semitism (7 Apr 2005)
Rape, massacre, theft, torture, ethnic cleansing: these are not crimes which nations can defend with ease - especially when unearthed by their own historians. Israel recently faced this most troubling predicament. Combing through declassified state archives, Israeli scholars of the past twenty years have discovered their nation was founded upon the mass expulsion and deliberate destruction of the native Palestinian people. Israel, it turned out, was far more Goliath than David. Since this presented somewhat of a public relations problem for a state still engaged in brutalizing Palestinians and stealing their land, a new self-justifying rationale needed to be authored. Enter the "new anti-Semitism." This doctrine turns reality on its head, declaring criticism of Israel's racist behavior to be itself racist - "anti-Semitic." Empathy for Palestinians being beaten, bullied, and bulldozed out of existence, the doctrine goes, is nothing but some disguised expression of Jew-hatred. Goose-stepping Germans and uprooted Palestinians are portrayed as part of the same unbroken line of anti-Semitism, even though those inhabiting concentration camps today - "the largest ever to exist," says Israeli historian Baruch Kimmerling - are the Palestinians themselves. But no matter. Abusing the memory of Holocaust victims to shut down criticism of Israeli crimes - crimes unearthed mostly by Jewish historians - may be obscene, but it is also effective. Wielding this new ideological weapon, Israel's champions aim to cut down pro-Palestinian voices inside America with the same ruthlessness Israeli soldiers employ to shoot up Palestinian children outside their homes. CLIP
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