October 8, 2005
The Writing on the Wall Series #44: Shifting Up From The Fear-Mongerers' Grasp
Once again the harvest of important news to consider has been plentiful and current trends indicate that swift positive changes in the U.S. are a growing probability, while at the same time the list of abjectly sordid horrors perpetrated by this Cabal-controlled government is more than enough to make any sensible human feel deeply sick. Not that I wish to make anyone feels like that by exposing this information to your attention, but as we know all too well, such misguided actions thrive in the darkness of secrecy and only through exposing them to the full light of public awareness and spiritually enlightened, unconditionally loving rectifying Light ministration could they become positively countered and eventually corrected to harmless, benevolent behaviors, cut from their deep darkness sources of driving power. I know it sounds like an abstruse explanation, but it is meant more for the soul's cognizance that for the mental grasp of the intellectual mind.
In short, let us continue taking the steam off their fright train and soon enough the whole world will be free from all fears, free to Love to our souls' contentment and shine all the Light That We Are.
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
P.S. There will be a new Meditation Focus issued late this Saturday night.
Please note also that if you are receiving bouncing email warnings when emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org you should try instead to email me to my other email account at email@example.com - this applies particularly to holders of hotmail accounts because they have been blacklisted a couple weeks ago by a major Anti-spam agency and many Internet service providers, including mine, are relying on this company to block unwanted emails, and so they cannot do anything about this problem until hotmail and other such services have been deblacklisted which should happen shortly - if not done already.
You are welcomed to network anything from this compilation, but please also include the following:
Free subscription to such compilations by sending a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This compilation is archived at http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/Archives2005/WritingWall44.htm
STATS for this compilation: Over 17,200 words and 100 links provided.
To unsubscribe from the Earth Rainbow Network automated listserver, or change your listing on it when you have a new email address, the simplest way is to do it yourself by sending a blank email at email@example.com -- IMPORTANT: You MUST do it from the email account you wish to unsubscribe otherwise the system won't recognize your request.
The Bush administration, driven by the twin horses of the Apocalypse, the Evangelical Christian Zionists and Neo-Con Zealots, pulls America ever closer to the brink of disaster by wielding whips of righteous prophecy and self-serving lies.
- Dr. William A. Cook, in his new book "Tracking Deception: Bush Mid-East Policy"
"From the heart of the Dolphin Mind, may we be united and in peace.
From the heart of the Dolphin Mind, may we all be enlightened and live in harmony together.
From the heart of the Oceanic Mother, may all beings, all species, all life honor and support each other in peace.
From the heart of Mother Earth, may we awaken to our highest fulfillment in love with all beings.
From the heart of Dolphin, Whale, Ocean, Earth and the deepest heart of our own life, may we live as One."
- Suggested prayer, chant, song to unite with. It came to Penelope Smith (check her site at http://www.animaltalk.net ) from uniting with the dolphins near Japan and all over the world. She wrote: "I can feel the positive energies building up as we unite in the upcoming demonstration and prayer circle on October 8 around the world for the Japanese dolphins and for the enlightenment of all concerned. Forwarded by Judith Iam firstname.lastname@example.org> See all the details at as to why this prayer was proposed at http://www.earthisland.org/saveTaijiDolphins/ (Every year from September through April some Japanese fishermen ---in some few remote villages -- eradicate about 20,000 dolphins and other whales in the most brutal way imaginable. This is the largest deliberate massacre of dolphins anywhere in the world. The fishermen have said they kill the dolphins primarily as a form of "pest control." They say the dolphins eat too many fish and they need to eradicate the competition. CLIP) Check also at http://www.bluevoice.org/sections/dolphins/save.shtml
Recommended to Your Attention
Cindy Sheehan - Our Imploding President : Katrina Will Be Bush's Monica
Recommended by Ed Elkin EdElkin@aol.com>
August 2005 "Mayan Clock" Crop Formation and Related Formations
(...) The Silbury Mayan 2004 finale said in simple graphical terms: "There are only 52 / 6 years remaining until the End of the Fourth Sun in late 2012". The ancient Mayans used 52 years as their "century", proceeding in our case from late 1960 to late 2012. (...) "In summary, all three crop patterns (2004 Silbury Hill; Waylands Smithy; Woolstone Hill) are some of the most intricate ever created and seem to focus on the near-future dates of mid-August 2007, after mid-summer 2009, and late 2012 (December 22, 2012 ends Mayan Grand Calendar) as a significant time indeed. According to Mayan legend, it will be the time of a great worldwide earthquake, also prophesied in other ancient cultures including Judaism, Christianity or the Muslim faith. CLIP
Amazingly well carved pumpkins
Cool sand sculptures
LOTS OF INTERESTING NEWS HEADLINES!
November 2nd, 2005: A MASS OUTPOURING OF RESISTANCE TO THE BUSH REGIME
If people in the 60s had limited themselves to only voting, lobbying, and volunteering, Black people would still sit on the back of the bus and women would still die from back-alley abortions. Hurricane Katrina, the Roberts nomination, and the war on Iraq cannot be stopped with politics as usual. That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn or be forced to accept. "Wednesday 11-2-05: A massive day of repudiation of the Bush Regime, launching a movement to drive Bush himself from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is reversed." CLIP
1. Cheney: Prepare for Decades of Mass Murder
2. Bush Criminal Cabal to be Indicted!
3. New York fireman forced to resign for questioning 9/11 official story
4. Urgent Appeal: Closures of the Gaza Strip
5. Wall Mart already selling clothes with chips: Corporations, government to track your every move
6. None Dare Call it Genocide
7. Report on the Formal Hearing on Reported Cabal Violations of Universal Laws
8. Organic food standards threatened in the US
9. We Won! New Mexico EIB To Hold Hearings on Banning Aspartame in July
10. Gentle reminder
11. Breast cancer awareness month - October
12. The World is in our Hands
George Bushs Major Speech Resets the Terror Trap! Will America Take the Bait?
The best political weapon is the weapon of terror. Heinrich HimmlerOn the morning of October 6th, George W. Bush made a not-for-prime time major speech before a select group of supporters. For those unfamiliar with the National Endowment for Democracy, rest assured that it is a highly controversial, tax-supported group that tries to influence elections in foreign countries. What a perfect audience for the President!The speech was redundant and unremarkable, despite being hyped as significant and highly important. There was little new rhetoric and not an iota of comfort for a nation consumed with concern about the morass and turmoil in Iraq. There was, however a concerted effort to capitalize on a strategy that worked so well in the Presidents rush to war in 2003: make them afraid. The speech this morning was carefully constructed to prey upon the innermost fears triggered by the attacks of 9/11. It pulled out every available stop in an effort to use those alarms to gain support for staying the course in Iraq. The speech this morning was designed to once again lure Americans into the insidious and sinister Bushco Terror Trap. In case you missed it, the tactics started early in the week. George Bush and Dick Cheney both got the word out last Monday: Without provocation, Bushs senior aides warned that a quick exit for US troops could sow a deadly harvest of future terror attacks on US soil. At almost the same time, Cheney cautioned that Iraq could become a staging area for large-scale terrorist attacks on the United States if troops are withdrawn too early. They had tossed the public some food for future thought.The next opportunity came at Tuesdays press conference. The President was asked only ONE question about the war, yet he managed to repeat terror or terrorist SEVEN times during his exchange with reporters. We also got [sic] to continue to make sure we meet our obligations to prevent further terrorist attacks, Mr. Bush reminded us. Iraq is a part of a global war on terror, he insisted, without challenge or explanation, as usual.The stage was set, subtly and craftily to try to win back waning support for the war. The main performance would be on Thursday, when the President would give his significant speech to the nation. It would be the latest shot in a volley of addresses on Iraq by top administration figures ahead of a referendum on Iraq's draft constitution on October 15. With little fanfare, but with calculated measure, the Trap was being put into place. It was oiled and refurbished and ready to go. CLIP
Cheney warns of 'decades of war' (October 6) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4314234.stm
Mr Cheney made a direct appeal to the American people - US Vice-President Dick Cheney has said that the US must be prepared to fight the war on terror for decades. Addressing US military personnel, he said that the only way terrorists would win was if the US lost its nerve and abandoned Iraq and the Middle East. Mr Cheney is the latest senior member of the US administration trying to bolster support for the war in Iraq. CLIP - READ "Cheney: Prepare for Decades of Mass Murder" BELOW...
Washington Insider: Subway Alert Is Fake Terror To Distract From Indictments (October 7)
After it was reported that Karl Rove had agreed to give further testimony to the Grand Jury investigating the CIA leak, Rove's attorney Robert Luskin denied his client had received a target letter from special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, a formal "heads up" sent to individuals who are about to be indicted. However, it is being reported from well-informed sources throughout Washington that 1) target letters have been sent to Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, and Ari Fleischer; 2) Rove has agreed to testify and possibly agree to a plea bargain agreement in return for his testimony against other targets of the criminal probe; 3) Cheney and Bush may be named as unindicted co-conspirators; 4) Bush's "war speech" before the National Endowment for Democracy and a late Thursday afternoon report that "19 operatives" have arrived in New York City to place bombs on subway trains are blatant attempts by the White House to divert attention from the impending indictments against the Bush White House. The main stream media is just beginning to take notice that a "Watergate-level event" is about to occur in Washington. Question: if Bloomberg really thought there was a credible threat against the subway, would he be riding it?
President Bush's Major Speech
According to the New York Times, the president's inability to grow beyond his big moment in 2001 is unnerving. But the fact that his handlers continue to encourage him to milk 9/11 is infuriating.
Rove backs off grand jury testifying; Fears indictments
Karl Rove's going back to the grand jury--but not today. "A source close to Rove said Bush's chief political adviser and his legal team are now genuinely concerned he could face charges" write Leonnig and Vandenhei in the WashPost. "As recently as a week ago, people familiar with Rove's role in the affair said they believed he was in the clear because, after Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper testified in July about his conversation with Rove, Rove had not heard back from Fitzgerald."
Fall of the Rovean Empire?
Sidney Blumenthal writes that drunk on power, the Republican oligarchs overreached. Now their entire project could be doomed.
28 Percent Think Country Is Headed in Right Direction
President Bush's job approval is mired at the lowest level of his presidency, and public feelings about the nation's direction have sunk to new depths in an Associated Press-Ipsos poll.
Bin Laden to surface after new attack on US soil: ex-CIA expert (Oct 05) http://www.breitbart.com/news/2005/10/05/051006013432.k4e6rfb7.html
Bush Considers Military Role in Flu Fight (Oct 4)
WASHINGTON - President Bush, stirring debate on the worrisome possibility of a bird flu pandemic, suggested dispatching American troops to enforce quarantines in any areas with outbreaks of the killer virus. Bush asserted aggressive action could be needed to prevent a potentially crippling U.S. outbreak of a bird flu strain that is sweeping through Asian poultry and causing experts to fear it could become the next deadly pandemic. Citing concern that state and local authorities might be unable to contain and deal with such an outbreak, Bush asked Congress to give him the authority to call in the military.The president has already indicated he wants to give the armed forces the lead responsibility for conducting search-and-rescue operations and sending in supplies after massive natural disasters and terrorist attacks a notion that could require a change in law and that even some in the Pentagon have reacted to skeptically. The idea raised the startling-to-some image of soldiers cordoning off communities hit by disease."The president ought to have all ... assets on the table to be able to deal with something this significant," Bush said during a 55 minute question-and-answer session with reporters in the sun-splashed Rose Garden. Dr. Irwin Redlener, associate dean of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and director of its National Center for Disaster Preparedness, called the president's suggestion an "extraordinarily draconian measure" that would be unnecessary if the nation had built the capability for rapid vaccine production, ensured a large supply of anti-virals like Tamiflu, and not allowed the degradation of the public health system. "The translation of this is martial law in the United States," Redlener said. It was the president's first full-fledged news conference in over four months, as the White House hopes to regain momentum lost amid sky-high gasoline prices, a rising death roll in Iraq, and a flawed response to Hurricane Katrina. Bush has seen a small rise in his approval ratings, but they remain near the lowest of his presidency. Despite the polls and recent grumbling about his performance from some Republicans, Bush insisted he still had "plenty" of political capital that he would spend getting lawmakers to go along with his proposed budget cuts, Iraq strategy, proposals to add to U.S. oil refining capacity and desire for a reauthorization of the anti-terror Patriot Act. CLIP More on this at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/gen-info/pandemics.htm and at FULL COVERAGE: Bird Flu http://news.yahoo.com/fc/health/bird_flu;_ylt=A86.I0a5zUZDY.MAdCla24cA;_ylu=X3oDMTA2ZGZwam4yBHNlYwNmYw-- and FLU 'ODDITIES' BREAKING NEWS http://www.legitgov.org/flu_oddities.html
Martial law and the Avian Flu Pandemic by Michel Chossudovsky (October 4, 2005)
The threat of the avian flu pandemic is real. Until recently, national governments and the WHO have dismissed the seriousness of the crisis. The public has been misinformed. The issue has been barely mentioned by the media.Why all of a sudden is avian flu on the presidential agenda?The issue was placed on the agenda of the President's White House Press Conference (October 4, 2005). There was nothing spontaneous in the White House journalist's question to President Bush, which explicitly pointed to a role for the country's "defense assets" in the case of a pandemic. We are not dealing with an off-the-cuff statement. Both the question as well as Bush's response calling for a greater role of the Military, had been prepared in advance: CLIP
Experts Unlock Clues to Spread of 1918 Flu Virus
The 1918 influenza virus, the cause of one of history's most deadly epidemics, has been reconstructed, and found to be a bird flu that jumped directly to humans, two teams of federal and university scientists announced yesterday.
Senate Democrats Seek $4 Billion to Fight Bird Flu
Senate Democrats want to add nearly $4 billion to the US fight against the deadly avian flu, with most of the money to be used to stock up on an anti-viral drug. But Republican Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska said he would try to kill the effort because the money is needed for troops in Iraq.
Al-Qaeda cleric exposed as an MI5 double agent http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-3-1050175,00.html
Cars stolen in US used in suicide attacks (October 4, 2005)
The FBI's counterterrorism unit has launched a broad investigation of US-based theft rings after discovering some vehicles used in deadly car bombings in Iraq, including attacks that killed US troops and Iraqi civilians, were probably stolen in the United States, according to senior US Government officials.
US Forces 'Out of Control', Says Reuters Chief
Reuters has told the US government that American forces' conduct towards journalists in Iraq is "spiraling out of control" and preventing full coverage of the war reaching the public.
Senate to Give Bush $50B More for War
The Senate is ready to give President Bush $50 billion more for wars, even as public support for the Iraq fighting slips, US casualties climb and Congress grows increasingly frustrated with the direction of the conflict.
"Not One More Death, Not One More Dollar
Soon we'll be reaching another horrific milestone in the war in Iraq - the death of the 2,000th U.S. service member. AFSC, Military Families Speak Out, and Gold Star Families for Peace are calling for people across the U.S. to stand up and say that the needless killing of U.S. troops and Iraqis must stop and that the resources funding this war are needed for other things. On the day after the 2,000th reported U.S. military casualty, people will gather in communities across the U.S. to show that the country's pro-peace majority wants Congress to take action to stop the deaths in Iraq by stopping the dollars that are funding the war.
Bush claimed God told him to invade Iraq, Afghanistan (Oct 6)
LONDON (AFP) - US President George W. Bush allegedly said God told him to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, a new BBC documentary will reveal, according to details. ADVERTISEMENTBush made the claim when he met Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and then foreign minister Nabil Shaath in June 2003, the ministers told the documentary series to be broadcast in Britain later this month. The US leader also told them he had been ordered by God to create a Palestinian state, the ministers said. Shaath, now the Palestinian information minister, said: "President Bush said to all of us: 'I'm driven with a mission from God.'God would tell me, 'George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan'.' "And I did, and then God would tell me, 'George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq...' And I did." 'And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, 'Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East.' And by God I'm gonna do it'," said Shaath.Abbas, who was also at the meeting in the Egyptian resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, recalled how the president told him: "I have a moral and religious obligation."So I will get you a Palestinian state." CLIP
Huge change in Iraq (Oct 6th, 2005)
Baghdad - US-led forces have bombed eight bridges on the Euphrates River in western Iraq to stop insurgents using them, US military spokesperson Major General Rick Lynch said Thursday. "We have been taking out portions of bridges with precision strikes," he told a news conference. Of 12 bridges between the Syrian border and Ramadi, 110km west Baghdad, "four remain under control of the coalition forces and Iraqi forces after precision strikes on the others," he said." One of the vulnerabilities of this insurgency is freedom of movement," he added. "We took out portions of these bridges to deny terrorists, foreign fighters and insurgents the capability to cross north to south or south to north across the Euphrates River." Why is this a big deal? Because we are actually destroying infrastructure in a country we occupy. We are saying that the military value of the bridges to the insurgency is greater than the value to us in either a military or economic/social way. This can be compared to the use of chemicals to destroy the jungle in Vietnam. Not because it caused cancer but because it was the long term destruction of some portion of the country. CLIP
Iran warns Israel against attacking nuclear sites (October 2)
DAMASCUS (AFP) - Iran's parliament speaker warned Israel against any attempt to attack its nuclear facilities, and promised to "teach it a lesson" if it did. ADVERTISEMENT"If Israel does something stupid and attacks our nuclear facilities like it did in Iraq, we promise to teach it a lesson it will never forget," Gholam Ali Hadad-Adel said after talks with his Syrian counterpart in Damascus. He was referring to a 1981 strike by Israel against the Osiraq nuclear reactor in Iraq, which the Jewish state suspected of developing atomic weapons. "We will not give in," Hadad Adel said, citing the "right" of all countries to use nuclear energy for civilian energy purposes under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).In an escalating crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions, Tehran has rejected proposals that it abandon fuel cycle technology in return for incentives and has resumed uranium conversion work in defiance of a suspension agreement with Britain, France and Germany. Iran insists its activities are peaceful but faces accusations it is developing nuclear energy as a cover for a weapons programme. The International Atomic Energy Agency last month adopted a resolution that found Iran in "non-compliance" with nuclear proliferation safeguards -- an automatic trigger for taking the matter to the Security Council.Iran threatened Tuesday to retaliate by blocking tough inspections of its nuclear sites and resuming uranium enrichment activities.Israel, which has long warned against Iran's nuclear ambitions, has not signed the NPT and is believed to be the only nuclear power in the Middle East, though it neither confirms nor denies reports that it has about 200 nuclear warheads. Since Saddam Hussein's regime was ousted from Iraq in April 2003, Israel has viewed Iran as it prime enemy in the region.
Hardball diplomacy goes public (October 5) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4314032.stm
The British accusation that Iranian elements are behind lethal attacks on British troops in southern Iraq came out after months of frustration. (British denouncement of Iran is a sign diplomacy is failing...)
Al Gore | The Threat to American Democracy
Al Gore gives an address on the importance and failings of the media in our democracy. Gore: It is no longer possible to ignore the strangeness of our public discourse. I know that I am not the only one who feels that something has gone basically and badly wrong in the way America's fabled "marketplace of ideas" now functions.
Senate Defies Bush on Torture (05 October 2005)
Washington - The Republican-controlled Senate voted Wednesday to impose restrictions on the treatment of terrorism suspects, delivering a rare wartime rebuke to President Bush. Defying the White House, senators voted 90-9 to approve an amendment that would prohibit the use of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" against anyone in US government custody, regardless of where they are held. The amendment was added to a $440 billion military spending bill for the budget year that began Oct. 1. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. John McCain, also requires all service members to follow procedures in the Army Field Manual when they detain and interrogate terrorism suspects. Bush administration officials say the legislation would limit the president's authority and flexibility in war. But lawmakers from each party have said Congress must provide US troops with clear standards for detaining, interrogating and prosecuting terrorism suspects in light of allegations of mistreatment at Guantánamo Bay and the abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. CLIP
Don't Veto America's Values
Wednesday night, the Senate overwhelmingly passed an amendment put forth by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) spelling out that the United States and its soldiers will not subject prisoners to "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment." It's hard to believe that it even needs to be said and even harder to believe that President Bush has threatened to veto the bill because it prohibits torture. Senator McCain, who was himself subjected to torture as a prisoner during the Vietnam War, is not alone. No fewer than twenty-five retired generals and admirals signed a letter supporting his stand. The McCain amendment would make it clear that torture is not allowed. Tell President Bush to sign it. To read McCain's statement on the amendments, click here. Send this petition to President George W. Bush - Sending a clear message to our troops and the world that torture will not be tolerated is essential to restoring America's image abroad. It is also an increasingly urgent requirement in order to ensure the safety of our troops and promote the security interests of our nation. Senator John McCain's amendments to the Defense Authorization Bill would do that. To fulfill its commitment to human rights and the rule of law, the White House should support these amendments.
When Will Rumsfeld Face the Music?
Matthew Rothschild: Lynndie England just got three years and a dishonorable discharge. When is Donald Rumsfeld going to face the music and get canned or indicted for his part in the torture scandal?
Gitmo's Hunger Strikers
From its inception, Guantanamo has relied on a soldier-speak that is replete with half-truths and distortions. Clive Stafford Smith states that in 2002 there was a ripple of concern at the number of Guantánamo detainees trying to take their own lives. The military then announced that suicide attempts had radically declined. It took a foreign journalist to expose the truth: The very word "suicide" had been replaced by the authorities with the term Manipulative Self-Injurious Behavior (SIB) - and there were still plenty of SIBs. The military was lying by semantics.
Bush Moves to Block Torture Probe
Torture of Iraqis Was for 'Stress Relief,' Say US Soldiers
For the first time, American soldiers who personally tortured Iraqi prisoners have come forward to give testimony to human rights organisations about crimes they committed.
Chaplain: 'Military Created Atmosphere for Torture'
James J. Yee, a former Muslim chaplain at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, says in a new book that military authorities knowingly created an atmosphere in which guards would feel free to abuse prisoners.
Government Accused of Death Squads in Iraq
22 bodies, lined up in coffins in a mosque courtyard on Friday, appeared as shriveled as ancient mummies after lying for one month in the desert where they were dumped, bound and bullet-ridden. They were Sunni Arabs, rounded up from their Baghdad homes one night by men in police uniforms.
Italy Issues 22 Warrants for CIA Agents Arrests
The latest warrants came after Italian investigators reconstructed the contents of a computer hard-disk belonging to one of the accused, according to the Italian Corriere della Sera newspaper. Prosecutors believe the operation was part of a US anti-terror policy called "extraordinary rendition". The policy involves seizing suspects and taking them to third countries for questioning without court approval. The US has previously acknowledged it sends terror suspects to third countries for questioning, but denies it condones torture. Mr Hassan, 42, is believed to have been abducted on 17 February 2003, and flown out of the country from a US base in Aviano, north of Venice. After his release last year, he called his family telling them he had been tortured with electric shocks during his detention. The CIA has refused to comment on the case and the Italian government has said it had no prior knowledge of the kidnap plot. CLIP
Italy Seeks Former US Diplomat in Kidnapping
Italian authorities have ordered the arrests of a former US Embassy official here and two other people in connection with a "rendition" case in which CIA operatives allegedly kidnapped a radical Muslim cleric from Milan and flew him to Egypt, where, he has said, he was tortured.
'Frog-Marching' Bush to the Hague
Robert Parry states that while Private Lynndie England's punishment fits with George W. Bush's pledge to prosecute military personnel for wrongdoing in Iraq, a larger question is whether low-ranking soldiers are becoming scapegoats for the bloody fiasco that Bush created when he ordered the invasion in defiance of international law.
Pentagon Plans New Landmine Production
The Pentagon has requested $1.3 billion for two new antipersonnel landmines, the first of which could roll out as early as 2007. The United States has not used antipersonnel landmines since the first Gulf War when 100,000 mines were scattered by plane across Iraq and Kuwait. This move would end a moratorium on landmine use signed into law by George H.W. Bush in 1992 and would call into question the United States' previous intention to join the 145 country 1997 Mine-Ban treaty. There have been reports of U.S. use of landmines in the war in Iraq, but the Pentagon has yet to either confirm or deny this claim. Human Rights Watch (HRW) has estimated that such weapons kill and maim 500 people, mostly civilians, per week.
Dems Fight Efforts to Cut Food Stamps
Democrats are fighting attempts to make cuts in food stamps and conservation programs at a time when people are coping with hurricanes and drought.
GOP Plans Cuts in Food Programs, Conservation
Under orders to cut agriculture spending by $3 billion, Republicans in Congress have proposed reducing food programs for the poor by $574 million and conservation programs by $1 billion.
GOP Senators Cut Critical Aid To Children, Poor, Elderly (October 06, 2005) http://bobgeiger.blogspot.com/2005/10/gop-senators-cut-critical-aid-to.html
American Companies Repatriate Massive Sums Earned Abroad
American companies may repatriate as much as 350 billion dollars of foreign earning this year, virtually free of taxes, thanks to a law approved to counter outsourcing and create jobs. It's not certain that the hundreds of billions of repatriated dollars will create many jobs. On the other hand, they have already had two unexpected effects (...) It's not certain that the hundreds of billions of repatriated dollars will create many jobs. On the other hand, they have already had two unexpected effects: they are feeding the wave of mergers and acquisitions on Wall Street and are supporting the American currency. The 350 billion dollars represent over half the American trade deficit and facilitate its financing. (...) American companies pay very little taxes. According to the latest figures available, revenues from taxes on corporate earnings represented barely 7.4% of Federal tax revenues in 2003, compared to a peak of 52% in 1952. Between 1995 and 2003, they went down by 16%. In theory, corporations are taxed at 35% of their earnings. In reality, by taking advantage of very complex legislation that contains many hidden loopholes, of a system of favorable provisions and tax havens, they pay much less. According to a study by the General Accounting Office - Congress's investigatory arm - 45% of companies with more than 250 million dollars of capital did not pay a cent in taxes between 1996 and 2000. During the same period, according to Citizens for Tax Justice, the ten companies with the highest profits (Microsoft, General Electric, IBM, General Motors ... ) paid on average only 8.9% of earnings in taxes.
Americans Target Of Largest Media Brainwashing Campaign In History
Recommended by Phyllis Montague email@example.com>
Is the US developing psychotropic weapons? (02 October 2005)
This intriguing article was posted on Sept. 29 on the web site GlobalResearch.ca, a Montreal-based site for critical research. -- It is interesting chiefly for the material to which it calls attention, indicating that highly classified research is under way within the U.S. military establishment on advanced technologies capable of affecting the human brain and nervous system and human behavior, with an aim to their use in warfare. (...) The Russian Federation  and the European Parliament (Resolution on the Environment, Security and Foreign Policy [of] January 28, 1999, Nr.A4-005/99) have already proposed [an] international ban of the use of such means, and it seems rather evident that the major obstacle on the road toward the international ban of [the] influencing of functioning of [the] human organism is the government of the United States of America which, so far, made no effort at the international [level] toward the ban of remote manipulation, health impairment, or [the] killing of human beings. Dennis J. Kucinich, the author of the bill proposing the ban of deployment of "mind control" weapons in the U.S. Congress in October 2001, was quoted [asserting] that those weapons actually exist and "those people who control them are deadly serious and intend to use them, if we don't stop the weaponization of space" . V. Lopatin proposed, in his book [The] Psychotronic Weapon and the Security of Russia , a State Defense Initiative [as a] fundamental [principle when] he suggested "[admitting the] actual feasibility of informational psychotronic war (as a matter of fact it is already taking place without declaration of war) and the feasibility of exerting violence by means of the use of PSW" (psychotronic weapons) . Apparently, without [the] intervention of international organizations against remote manipulation of human organisms the secret arms race among the world governments may continue until the information war actually breaks out. In this way the human world may sink into some kind of virtual reality where the independence of human thinking, feeling, and decision making will be destroyed as a part of an "information war," or, in the worst case, large masses of people may be killed and unlike [the case] with nuclear weapons, the world will still remain inhabitable for the winners. After the warning of the Russian government that the U.S. invasion of Iran could have "grave and unpredictable consequences," President Bush stopped talking about military action in Iran. Probably the U.S. military preeminence in the world is no [longer] overwhelming, as the Russian daily Segodnya wrote in the year 2000. With the [impending] oil crisis and [the] ensuing new divide of the world along the lines of competition for access to the world oil reserves, as is [demonstrated] by [the] U.S. invasion of Iraq and [the] development of [the] Shanghai Cooperation Organization, world war could [break out]. Will people accept [the] irresponsibility of their governments, or will they engage in the ban of classified means of remote control of functioning of human organisms and brains?
MANUFACTURERS CAUGHT INSTALLING HARD-WIRED KEYSTROKE LOGGERS (October 2, 2005)
Devices capture everything you ever type, then can send it via your ethernet card to the Dept. of Homeland Security without your knowledge, consent or a search warrant each time you log onto the internet! Freedom Of Information Act Requests For Explanation From DHS, refused. (...) The real life implications of this are plain: Computer manufacturers appear to be cooperating with the Department of Homeland Security to make every person who buys a new computer subject to immediate, unrestricted government recording of everything they do on those computers! EVERYTHING! This information can be sent to DHS, online, without your knowledge or consent, without a search warrant or even probable cause! That's why this device is hard-wired directly into the ethernet card, which communicates over the internet! CLIP
Clean-Air Advocates Criticize GOP Gas Bill
A House bill ostensibly aimed at easing the nation's energy crisis would dramatically weaken pollution laws by relaxing environmental standards on both oil refineries and aging power plants, several clean-air experts said.
Energy Hog Lessons
Kelpie Wilson writes that Bush and the Republicans have a well-known agenda of removing all regulatory restrictions on industry. They have already suspended labor and contracting laws to "speed" Gulf Coast reconstruction. Now they are using the disaster-spawned energy crunch to break down environmental laws and restrictions that they failed to destroy with last summer's energy bill.
Louisiana Ecological Harm Called Unprecedented
The environmental damage from hurricanes Katrina and Rita is unparalleled in its scope and variety, scientists say, with massive oil spills blanketing marshes, sediment smothering vast fishing grounds, and millions of gallons of raw sewage scattered in New Orleans and along the 400-mile Louisiana coast.
Senate Republicans, led by Environment and Public Works Committee chairman James Inhofe - who has declared that global warming is a hoax - have introduced a bill that would allow the EPA to waive clean water and air laws during cleanup. The EPA itself is drafting a plan that would allow the agency to waive state regulations on smog emissions or pollutants pouring out of coal plants.
The Erosion of Environmental Policy
The Bush administration and Congress have been chipping away at the National Environmental Policy Act ... Now the House is about to consider how to "modernize" the act, but based on what the White House and Congress have already done, it's clear that the agenda isn't so much updating the law as gutting it.
Sacrificial Sham: Bush asks Americans to avoid unnecessary car trips and save energy
GRIST SUMMARY: President Bush last week called on Americans to drive less and conserve gas. "We can all pitch in," he said. Of course, "all" is relative: Though the president directed federal agencies to reduce energy use, Republican congressional leaders were meeting even as he spoke to push for more energy-industry subsidies and weaker environmental laws governing fuel production and distribution. This has activists gearing up for a fight. Republican leaders are "racing faster than a hurricane to smash through alleged environmental barriers before anyone realizes what they are up to," said Frank O'Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch. Still, the unfamiliar call to sacrifice from Bush points out how much Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have rattled confidence in domestic oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico. Also last week, Bush took his seventh tour of the Gulf Coast since Katrina hit; no word on whether he scaled back the size of his fuel-intensive motorcade, which typically consists of more than a dozen SUVs, vans, and limos. Details at http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2005/09/27/ap2246609.html
'Caribou People' Wage Last Stand in the Arctic
Later this month, Congress is set to decide, after almost 30 years of contentious debate, whether to allow oil exploration to proceed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. If this passes, oil rigs in the refuge will decrease the already-dwindling herd of caribou by drilling in their calving ground. It will also herald the slow death of the Gwich'in Indian tribe's 13,000-year-old subsistence culture, the last of its kind in North America.
Hit the Streets to Demand Action on Global Warming
Climate change is not just another "issue." It threatens every aspect of life as we know it. Climate change activists have issued a call for mass action on this December 3rd to protest the US government's blockage of global action against climate change.
Our Melting Planet
Species are dying out faster than we have dared recognize, scientists will warn this week. The erosion of polar ice is the first break in a fragile chain of life extending across the planet, from bears in the north to penguins in the far south.
The Growing Cost of Growing Wheat (September 24, 2005)
Nobody's called it a "perfect storm," yet. But between rocketing costs for fuel and fertilizer, low prices for their crop, increased shipping surcharges and worries over whether this will be another dry winter, local wheat farmers say the future is looking pretty grim these days. "I'm not sure anyone is aware of it, but energy prices are quickly making the continuation of wheat farming questionable unless something begins to change soon,' said Walla Walla County farmer Nat Webb. Over a relatively short period of time, fuel prices have tripled and the cost of fertilizer has doubled, Webb and others said. At the same time, the price for soft white wheat, the type which accounts for 88 percent of the wheat grown in Washington state, is hovering slightly above $3 a bushel, "a 20-year low," CLIP
Eastern Canada Bakes in Extreme High Temperatures (October 06, 2005)
OTTAWA Much of eastern Canada is baking in dramatically high temperatures, a fact which underlines how climate change is set to affect the giant country, a leading environmental expert said Wednesday.The temperature in the capital Ottawa hit 27.7 degrees Celsius (81.9 degrees) Tuesday, a full 12 degrees Celsius above the average for the time of year and 1.5 degrees above the previous record set in 1951.The unusual heat affected much of the central province of Ontario, as well as Quebec to the east and the Atlantic provinces. Temperatures in the New Brunswick capital of Fredericton were set to hit 25 degrees Celsius Thursday, some 10 degrees warmer than normal."It takes a lot for me to shake my head about the weather, but the thing that stands out most in my mind about this, is the relentlessness of it. It started in June and it is here in October," said David Phillips, senior climatologist at Canada's federal environment ministry. CLIP
Earth Headed for Global Warming Catastrophe
A leading worldwide climate research institute in Hamburg, Germany predicted last week that the Earth is heading for a climate catastrophe in the next 100 years, with sea ice in the North Pole region predicted to completely melt in summer and extreme weather events increasing in both frequency and strength. The study is being followed up this week by the release of a report from the UK's Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to the presidency of the European Union, on the impact of climate change on migratory species. The report details and predicts major losses in many of the world's animal populations with continued global warming. The releases come on the heels of another release issued by National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), a part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, which has reported that summer Arctic sea ice fell far below average for the fourth year, with winter ice seeing sharp declines, and spring melts beginning much earlier that even 10 years ago. Meanwhile, the U.S. mainstream media and government continue to abdicate their responsibility to appropriately inform and alert Americans to the growing threat of global warming, as well as the need for timely and responsive change to slow global warming through massive reductions in fuel burning and other greenhouse gas releasing sources. CLIP
Asia-Pacific 'to Face More Disease' as Planet Warms
A report on climate change warns that rising world temperatures could increase the incidence of malaria, dengue fever and cholera.
Melting Planet: Species are Dying Out Faster Than We Have Dared Recognize, Scientists Will Warn This Week (October 2)
The erosion of polar ice is the first break in a fragile chain of life extending across the planet, from bears in the north to penguins in the far south.
Climate Change and Pollution are Killing Millions, Says Study (October 6)
Poor sanitation to blame, says World Bank reportEconomic growth stalled by environmental factors - Almost a fifth of all ill health in poor countries and millions of deaths can be attributed to environmental factors, including climate change and pollution, according to a report from the World Bank. Unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene as well as indoor and outdoor air pollution are all said to be killing people and preventing economic development. In addition, says the bank, increasing soil pollution, pesticides, hazardous waste and chemicals in food are significantly affecting health and economies.More controversially, the report, released yesterday in New York, links cancers to environmental conditions and says global warming has a major impact on health. "For almost all forms of cancer, the risk of contracting this disease can be reduced if physical environments are safe for human habitation and food items are safe for consumption," says the report.It also cites the spread of malaria and dengue fever as climate change intensifies. Global warming, says the report, is leading to lower yields of some crops and the salination of coastal areas. "In 2000 more than 150,000 premature deaths were attributed to various climate change impacts, according to the World Health Organisation," it says. (...) Millions of people who have moved to cities to find work have swapped indoor for outdoor air pollution, suggests the report. Urban air pollution is estimated to cause about 800,000 premature deaths, it says, approaching the number of people affected by indoor air pollution from wood fires in poorly ventilated homes in rural areas. CLIP
Kimberly-Clark is clear-cutting ancient forests to make Kleenex and toilet paper
November 3rd is the International Day of Action for the Boreal Forest Ð start organizing now!
On November 3rd, people around the world will stand together to tell governments and corporations to stop destroying our great northern forest. Join the growing global movement to save the Boreal. CLIP
Amazon dries out as worst ever drought hits rainforest (October 1)
Drop in water level affects towns dependent on river - Crisis blamed on Gulf coast hurricanes - Large parts of the Amazon rainforest are at their driest in living memory, a direct consequence, scientists say, of the severe hurricane season off the US Gulf coast. CLIP
Experts: Spanish Fishing Devastates Sharks (October 4, 2005)
DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -- Spanish fishermen are devastating stocks of deep-water sharks in the northeast Atlantic, using wasteful and unregulated methods that leave more than half of their catch to rot, according to an investigation by Irish, Norwegian and British marine experts.In two reports produced this year they found that the trawlers frequently leave nets unattended for weeks, even months, in hopes of maximizing profits. They estimate that the practice may have wiped out four-fifths of two threatened species: the leafscale gulper shark and the siki shark, also known as the Portuguese dogfish. ''What they're doing is not illegal, and that's the problem,'' said Dominic Rihan, fishing gear technologist for the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, who helped produce the report. ''The European Union needs to restrict and regulate the fishery properly,'' Rihan told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. ''Proper regulation would mean that these vessels must deploy a reasonable amount of (netting) gear that can be removed within three days. What they're doing now -- the waste is incredible.''Since 1991, up to 50 Spanish-owned trawlers have been anchoring nets on the Continental Shelf, some 2,600 to 4,600 feet deep off the coasts of England, Ireland and Scotland. The experts' most recent report, presented to a marine conservation conference in Aberdeen, Scotland, last month, cited what it called ''an unwritten code of silence'' being observed by most of those in the deep-sea shark trade. (...) Often, he said, the trawlers also flout EU regulations by abandoning damaged nets, which can ensnare sealife at the ocean bottom for years.Last month, Rihan said, an Irish Sea Fisheries Board vessel went trawling for dumped or broken deep-sea shark nets in just one section of Irish territorial waters -- and pulled up more than 25 miles of nets, which average about 100 yards in length each.
Greenpeace wants solar thermal power developed (OCTOBER 7, 2005)
CAIRO, Egypt - The solar thermal power industry could be worth 16.4 billion Euros and create 54,000 jobs worldwide by 2025, according to a report launched today in Egypt by Greenpeace, the European Solar Thermal Power Industry Association (ESTIA) and IEA SolarPaces.The report, "Concentrated Solar Thermal Power - Now", is a practical blueprint, which proves that in two decades solar thermal power could supply clean electricity to more than 100 million people living in the sunniest parts of the world (1). Greenpeace and ESTIA are encouraging politicians and policymakers to support this new sustainable industry by taking the necessary steps laid out in the report, which provides a detailed action plan for Governments who want to invest in this new technology. It also illustrates how the Middle East and North Africa could become the main centre for solar power with the potential of also exporting electricity to Europe (2). CLIP
The Other Hurricane: Has the Age of Chaos Begun? (October 7, 2005)
The genesis of two category-five hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) in a row over the Gulf of Mexico is an unprecedented and troubling occurrence. But for most tropical meteorologists the truly astonishing "storm of the decade" took place in March 2004. Hurricane Catarina -- so named because it made landfall in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina -- was the first recorded south Atlantic hurricane in history. Textbook orthodoxy had long excluded the possibility of such an event; sea temperatures, experts claimed, were too low and wind shear too powerful to allow tropical depressions to evolve into cyclones south of the Atlantic Equator. Indeed, forecasters rubbed their eyes in disbelief as weather satellites down-linked the first images of a classical whirling disc with a well-formed eye in these forbidden latitudes. (...) As I flew toward Louisiana and the carnage of Katrina three weeks ago, I found myself reading the August 23rd issue of EOS, the newsletter of the American Geophysical Union. I was pole-axed by an article entitled "Arctic System on Trajectory to New, Seasonally Ice-Free State," co-authored by 21 scientists from almost as many universities and research institutes. Even two days later, walking among the ruins of the Lower Ninth Ward, I found myself worrying more about the EOS article than the disaster surrounding me.The article begins with a recounting of trends familiar to any reader of the Tuesday science section of the New York Times: For almost 30 years, Arctic sea ice has been thinning and shrinking so dramatically that "a summer ice-free Arctic Ocean within a century is a real possibility." The scientists, however, add a new observation -- that this process is probably irreversible. "Surprisingly, it is difficult to identify a single feedback mechanism within the Arctic that has the potency or speed to alter the system's present course."An ice-free Arctic Ocean has not existed for at least one million years and the authors warn that the Earth is inexorably headed toward a "super-interglacial" state "outside the envelope of glacial-interglacial fluctuations that prevailed during recent Earth history." They emphasize that within a century global warming will probably exceed the Eemian temperature maximum and thus obviate all the models that have made this their essential scenario. They also suggest that the total or partial collapse of the Greenland Ice Sheet is a real possibility -- an event that would definitely throw a Younger Dryas wrench into the Gulf Stream.If they are right, then we are living on the climate equivalent of a runaway train that is picking up speed as it passes the stations marked "Altithermal" and "Eemian." "Outside the envelope," moreover, means that we are not only leaving behind the serendipitous climatic parameters of the Holocene -- the last 10,000 years of mild, warm weather that have favored the explosive growth of agriculture and urban civilization -- but also those of the late Pleistocene that fostered the evolution of Homo sapiens in eastern Africa. CLIP
Study: Euthanizing Right-wing Pundits would Solve Global Warming (Humor!)
Study Suggests Most in US Will Be Fat
A new study that followed 4,000 people for three decades suggests that over the long haul, 9 out of 10 men and 7 out of 10 women will become overweight. Obesity raises the risk of heart disease, some cancers, diabetes and arthritis.
Swedish Eco-Friendly Funeral: Turn Bodies into Tree Mulch
Half a Million Hurricane Victims Still without Housing
Five weeks after the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, about half a million people are still without permanent housing, the acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday.
Pat Robertson Cashes in on Katrina
Pat Robertson, Founder and Chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, has used his influence with the Republican Party to cash in on the Katrina disaster. The Bush Administration has approved the inclusion of his relief organization on FEMA's list of key donation organizations. Operation Blessing has funneled millions of dollars into Robertson's coffers. Of the organizations listed on FEMA's website, only two are non-"faith-based."
U.S. Representative McKinney Censored in Congress
Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) used the word "impeachment" on the House floor but, she said, it was not reflected in the official transcript of her September 8 description of "high crimes and misdemeanors visited on the American people." In a speech entitled Tremendous Challenges that Face our Country, McKinney recounted the incompetence of the Bush Administration in addressing the needs of hurricane Katrina victims and the policies of Republican elites responsible for rampant poverty and an increased racial divide. Questioning everything from the lack of action on Katrina to rewarding the rich, the congresswoman later promised to use the word repeatedly on the House Floor until she sees it reflected in the Congressional Record.
Omega-News Collection 8. October 2005