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February, 2, 2006

The Big Scoop Series #10: Clear And Present Dangers Exposed

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You are the grains of sand kissed by the ocean waves on the beach.
You are the stars, sparkling like diamonds upon the black velvet sky.
You are the wind beneath the wings of the great eagle as it flies.
You are the rays of the sun as it warms the earth,
And kisses the face of the snow covered mountains.
You are the Gifted One.

You are the birds, the trees, the flowers,
the animals and the fish in the sea.
You are the cotton candy clouds floating in the blue sky.
You are the lightning, the thunder, the rain, the snow.
You are your brothers keeper, because you are your brother.
You are One with all there is you see.
For you are the gifted One.
In this dream called "life."

— "Isis" ladyisis@verizon.net">
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"In your mind’s eye, see all the people of the earth getting along in harmony. Imagine that we live in a world where PEACE is every society’s top priority. Picture a world in which all people consider not only what is best for themselves, but what is also best for their neighbors. Focus your imagination on a world where hostility no longer exists, because all people seek harmonious win-win solutions whenever there is a difference of opinion. One great way to visualize this kind of world is to picture people all over the earth smiling at each other and hugging each other. Spend as much time as you like picturing a world where people get along in harmony. Remember, your thoughts are very powerful, and you are helping to CREATE peace simply by focusing your mind on it."

P.M.H. Atwater - Taken from http://www.MetamorphosisMagazine.com/PlanetaryPeaceGathering.html#focus


Worthy of Your Attention

Adopt a Rat Today
http://www.herorat.org/
Amazing story! Rats save lives through smelling out land mines as part of de-mining teams in Africa. Check this site!

THE SECOND COMING OF THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN REVOLUTION: LET US COUNT THE WAYS
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/01/332897.shtml
The year 2005 was a historical one of epic proportions for the grand future that lays ahead for the people of the united States of America and the world. So much SIGNIFICANT progress has been made in terms of gaining ground on the New World Order's evil agenda, that there is much to look forward to now than ever before. 2006 is promised to be, without question, even more momentous, if not revolutionary! CLIP Recommended by Star Light andromedan01@yahoo.com"> VERY UPBEAT!

What is NakedFor911Truth.com?
http://nakedfor911truth.com/faq.html
NakedFor911Truth.com is a website calling for an emergency, nation-wide campaign to raise public 9/11 awareness via coordinated acts of non-violent civil disobedience.

Internet Sacred Text Archive
http://www.sacred-texts.com/index.htm
A comprehensive site where sacred texts, poetry and myths of the world's religions can be viewed -- not just the major ones, but also those of the ancient near east, native Americans, neopaganism, the tarot, Greek, Roman and Norse mythology, Baha'i, Nostradamus, and more. Another useful feature is the hyperlinked timeline of sacred texts
Recommended by Mark Gilliland mg@markg.org">.

Lots of articles on Global Warming
http://www.global-warming.net/

FOR UK SUBSCRIBERS! Costly though! Solartwin
http://www.solartwin.com/
Solar Grants expire March 31st 2006! Solartwin the solar panel water heating system which is reliable, quickly fitted and surprisingly affordable. Solartwin gives you the satisfaction of knowing that your solar hot water is produced environmentally. How have we done this? We have eliminated the ecological contradiction inherent in conventional solar heating, which used to burn up mains electricity in order to deliver solar energy. Instead, Solartwin uses a clever 100% solar powered solar electric pump! Based on a Scottish engineer's award-winning invention, Solartwin also avoids the problem of frozen pipes bursting in winter - by just letting them freeze - flexibly! Solartwin + house = eco-home!


LAST MINUTE ADDITION

Kama Sutra Worm Set for Attack on Feb. 3
http://news.yahoo.com/fc/tech/computer_security
Security analysts are warning computer users about a new and potentially destructive Internet worm that can obliterate important documents. The worm, called Kama Sutra, is making the rounds now, but is scheduled to execute its first massive attack on February 3. The malicious worm targets computers running Windows and spreads primarily by copying itself to shared network locations and then sending itself to e-mail addresses found on afflicted computers. With subject lines that read "the best videoclip ever," "give me a kiss," and "school girl fantasies gone bad," the worm entices computer users to open the attached file.

CONTENTS

1. Full Page Impeachment Ad in the New York Times
2. Top 10 Censored Stories of 2005
3. The Next 90 Days ... Could Bring Nuclear War And A US Financial Collapse
4. All Signposts Lead To Imminent Nuclear Attack In America: Intel Army Capt. Eric May
5. Scene Set for the Clash of Civilizations
6. Voice of the White House
7. Urgent call for solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka and request for assistance
8. Global Warming Approaching Point Of No Return, Warns Leading Climate Expert
9. Dramatic Change In West Antarctic Ice Could Produce 16ft Rise In Sea Levels
10. Ready for $262/barrel oil?
11. Comic Video Exposing Exxon
12. Response to the Global Emergency
13. Bathroom Talk


See also:

The State of the Union
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/013106Y.shtml
William Rivers Pitt: In the interests of truth, the actual state of this union deserves to be displayed for all to see. This is the deal. This is how it is.

A Night of Fear Mongering, Big Time
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020106J.shtml
Jason Leopold writes: "Get ready for three more years of bloody hell. That's the message President Bush seems to have sent Congress and the rest of the world in his State of the Union address Tuesday night."

Angry, skeptical Americans unimpressed with State of the Union speech (Feb 1)
http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_8088.shtml
Americans reacted with skepticism and anger at President Bush's fifth State of the Union address Tuesday night, reflecting a national mood that reflects serious reservations about the controversial war in Iraq, revelations about the administration's secret domestic spying program, and missteps following Hurricane Katrina. CLIP

What Isolationism? (Feb 2)
http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0202-27.htm
In his speech, the president presented a fiction to avoid a debate on tough policy questions - In his state of the Union address on Tuesday, President Bush worked himself into a lather about the dangers of "retreating within our borders." His speech bulged with ominous references to ostensibly resurgent isolationists hankering to "tie our hands" and leave "an assaulted world to fend for itself." Turning inward, the president cautioned, would provide "false comfort" because isolationism inevitably "ends in danger and decline." But who exactly are these isolationists eager to pull up the drawbridges? What party do they control? What influential journals of opinion do they publish? Who are their leaders? Which foundations bankroll this isolationist cause? The president provided no such details, and for good reason: They do not exist. Indeed, in present-day American politics, isolationism does not exist. It is a fiction, a fabrication and a smear imported from another era. Isolationism survives in contemporary American political discourse because it retains utility as a cheap device employed to impose discipline. Think of it as akin to red-baiting — conjuring up bogus fears to enforce conformity in the realm of foreign policy. In that regard, the beleaguered Bush, his standing in public opinion polls tumbling, is by no means the first president to sound the alarm about supposed isolationists subverting American statecraft. CLIP

Cindy Sheehan | What Really Happened
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020106Z.shtml
Cindy Sheehan: As most of you have probably heard, I was arrested before the State of the Union address last night. I am speechless with fury at what happened and with grief over what we have lost in our country. There have been lies from the police and distortions by the press (Shocker). So this is what really happened. (...) I had just sat down and I was warm from climbing 3 flights of stairs back up from the bathroom so I unzipped my jacket. I turned to the right to take my left arm out, when the same officer saw my shirt and yelled; "Protester." He then ran over to me, hauled me out of my seat and roughly (with my hands behind my back) shoved me up the stairs. I said something like "I'm going, do you have to be so rough?" By the way, his name is Mike Weight. The officer ran with me to the elevators yelling at everyone to move out of the way. When we got to the elevators, he cuffed me and took me outside to await a squad car. On the way out, someone behind me said, "That's Cindy Sheehan." At which point the officer who arrested me said: "Take these steps slowly." I said, "You didn't care about being careful when you were dragging me up the other steps." He said, "That's because you were protesting."  Wow, I get hauled out of the People's House because I was, "Protesting."I was never told that I couldn't wear that shirt into the Congress. I was never asked to take it off or zip my jacket back up. If I had been asked to do any of those things...I would have, and written about the suppression of my freedom of speech later. I was immediately, and roughly (I have the bruises and muscle spasms to prove it) hauled off and arrested for "unlawful conduct." (...) I have some lawyers looking into filing a First Amendment lawsuit against the government for what happened tonight. I will file it. It is time to take our freedoms and our country back. I don't want to live in a country that prohibits any person, whether he/she has paid the ultimate price for that country, from wearing, saying, writing, or telephoning any negative statements about the government. That's why I am going to take my freedoms and liberties back. That's why I am not going to let Bushco take anything else away from me... or you. I am so appreciative of the couple of hundred of protesters who came to the jail while I was locked up to show their support.... we have so much potential for good... there is so much good in so many people.Four hours and two jails after I was arrested, I was let out. Again, I am so upset and sore it is hard to think straight. Keep up the struggle... I promise you I will too. (More on this in item #12 below)

Statement regarding Cindy Sheehan
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020106R.shtml
In response to Cindy Sheehan's arrest in the gallery of the House of Representatives before the State of the Union address, Representative Lynn Woolsey asks, "Since when is free speech conditional on whether you agree with the President?"

Capitol Police Apologize to Cindy Sheehan
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020206Z.shtml
The US Capitol Police dropped charges against activist Cindy Sheehan on Wednesday and apologized for arresting her in the House of Representatives chamber shortly before President Bush's State of the Union address.

Bush's War on T-Shirts (Feb 2)
http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0202-25.htm
(...) Sheehan, who caused no ruckus, was arrested not because she engaged in "unlawful conduct." Rather, by all accounts, she was arrested because of what her T-shirt said and, by extension, because of what she believes. That makes this a most serious matter. Rep. Pete Stark, the California Democrat who is one of the senior members of the House, is right when he said that Sheehan's arrest by officers he refers to as "the president's Gestapo" tells us a lot more about George Bush and the sorry state of our basic liberties in the midst of the president's open-ended "war on terror" than anything that was said in the State of the Union address. "It shows he still has a thin skin," Stark said. CLIP

Sheehan Calls Bush a 'Terrorist' as Social Forum Wraps Up in Caracas
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/013006M.shtml
The six-day World Social Forum wrapped up in Caracas with US anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan calling President George W. Bush a "terrorist" during an event hosted by Venezuela's leftist leader. (Check also http://truthout.org/worldsocialforum2006.shtml)

Video Exclusive: Cindy Sheehan on Running for Senate
Interview by Chris Hume and Sari Gelzer
http://www.truthout.org/multimedia.htm
Cindy Sheehan sat down with Chris Hume on Saturday and discussed why she is considering a run for the Senate. Sheehan cited examples of Diane Feinstein's votes that, in her opinion, did not represent Californians.

Impeach or Indict Bush and Cheney
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012806Z.shtml
The Constitution is silent on whether a seated President and Vice President can be indicted, while in office, for crimes committed while they have held those offices. Constitutional lawyers are congenitally prone to announcing that this cannot be done because it would disrupt the ongoing business of the government. According to Ronnie Drugger it is time to do it, if necessary absent impeachment, for exactly that reason - to disrupt the continuation of THIS government.

Scholars Repudiate Official Version of 9/11 (Jan 27) http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2006/1/emw338782.htm
An influential group of prominent experts and scholars have joined together alleging that senior government officials have covered up crucial facts about what really happened on 9/11. The members of this new non-partisan association, "Scholars for 9/11 Truth" (S9/11T), are convinced their research proves the current administration has been dishonest with the nation about events in New York and Washington, D.C. These experts contend that books and articles by members and associates have established that the World Trade Center was almost certainly brought down by controlled demolitions and that the available relevant evidence casts grave doubt on the official story about the attack on the Pentagon. They believe that the government not only permitted 9/11 to occur but may even have orchestrated these events to facilitate its political agenda. The society includes U.S. and international faculty and students of history, science, military affairs, psychology, and even philosophy. According to its spokesmen, S9/11T represents a concerted effort to uphold the standards of truth and justice and to strengthen democracy in this nation, which has taken a terrible hit in the aftermath of 9/11, when "everything changed." Its function is to bring scientific rigor to the study of 9/11 phenomena. The members of this group are dedicated to exposing falsehoods and to revealing truths behind 9/11, "letting the chips fall where they may." The evidence has become sufficiently strong that they are speaking out. They are actively devoting themselves to reporting the results of their research to the public by means of lectures, articles, and other venues. The society includes numerous notable professors and scholars, including: (...) A major conference is being planned for this fall to further inform the American public about the group's most recent findings. Studies by the society's founders and by prominent theologian David Ray Griffin, who has taken a leading role in exposing false claims about 9/11, are accessible from the association's home page, http://www.ScholarsFor911Truth.org

BYU professor's group accuses U.S. officials of lying about 9/11 (Jan 28)
http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,635179751,00.html
Last fall, Brigham Young University physics professor Steven E. Jones made headlines when he charged that the World Trade Center collapsed because of "pre-positioned explosives." Now, along with a group that calls itself "Scholars for 9/11 Truth," he's upping the ante."We believe that senior government officials have covered up crucial facts about what really happened on 9/11," the group says in a statement released Friday announcing its formation. "We believe these events may have been orchestrated by the administration in order to manipulate the American people into supporting policies at home and abroad." CLIP

Bush Ignored 9/11 Warnings
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/013106J.shtml
The Bush administration ignored hard evidence from its top intelligence officials between April and September of 2001 about an impending attack by al-Qaeda on US soil. There's no chance that the National Security Agency's domestic wiretapping initiative would have saved the lives of 3,000 American citizens if an intelligence memo titled "Bin Laden determined to attack inside US" that President Bush received a month before 9/11 couldn't move Bush to take such threats seriously.

Break the Spell! Polls Show Many Americans are Simply Dumber Than Bush: Blind Ignorance
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11696.htm
Two recent polls, a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll and a New York Times/CBS News poll, indicate why Bush is getting away with impeachable offenses. Half of the US population is incapable of acquiring, processing and understanding information.Much of the problem is the media itself, which serves as a disinformation agency for the Bush administration. Fox "News" and right-wing talk radio are the worst, but with propagandistic outlets setting the standard for truth and patriotism, all of the media is affected to some degree.Despite the media's failure, about half the population has managed to discern that the US invasion of Iraq has not made them safer and that the Bush administration's assault on civil liberties is not a necessary component of the war on terror. The problem, thus, lies with the absence of due diligence on the part of the other half of the population. Consider the New York Times/CBS poll. Sixty-four percent of the respondents have concerns about losing civil liberties as a result of anti-terrorism measures put in place by President Bush. Yet, 53 percent approve of spying without obtaining court warrants "in order to reduce the threat of terrorism." (...) According to news reports, the Bush administration is stunned by the election victory of the radical Islamist Hamas Party, which swept the US-financed Fatah Party from office. Why is the Bush administration astonished?The Bush administration is astonished because it stupidly believes that hundreds of millions of Muslims should be grateful that the US has interfered in their internal affairs for 60 years, setting up colonies and puppet rulers to suppress their aspirations and to achieve, instead, purposes of the US government. Americans need desperately to understand that 95 percent of all Muslim terrorists in the world were created in the past three years by Bush's invasion of Iraq. Americans need desperately to comprehend that if Bush attacks Iran and Syria, as he intends, terrorism will explode, and American civil liberties will disappear into a thirty year war that will bankrupt the United States. The total lack of rationality and competence in the White House and the inability of half of the US population to acquire and understand information are far larger threats to Americans than terrorism. America has become a rogue nation, flying blind, guided only by ignorance and hubris. A terrible catastrophe awaits.

A clear and present danger to America (Jan 27) http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_8065.shtml
George W. Bush, the out-of-control despot who thinks the Presidency of the United States is a license to lie at will, wage war on a whim and break the law without recrimination, put on his “I am in charge” face Thursday and, for all practical purposes, told anyone who thinks his powers should be subject to review or oversight to go screw themselves.Bush told reporters that he will assert his “presidential prerogatives” any damn way he pleases and will do so without apology, without question and without concern for the law, the Constitution or the rights of Americans.His press conference was a frightening study of a madman on a tear, an insane, power-mad tyrant who believes he is above the law and cannot be questioned. Sadly, it appears no one has the balls to questions his lunacy. (...) After too many years watching this man destroy what once was a great nation, I can only conclude that Bush is insane and his insanity is protected by a brain-dead populace and a power-mad political party that can’t possibly accept the sad fact that they helped put a madman in charge of our government and have kept him there. I believe with all my soul that George W. Bush and the Republicans who rubber-stamp his actions represent a clear and present danger to the peace and security of the United States and all must be removed from office immediately if this nation is to survive. And those are words I never, ever, thought I’d write about a President or other elected officials of this country. And I wish, with all my heart that I did not have to write them now. But those who love this country and put patriotism above politics must act. America, if it wishes to remain America, must remove the cancer that threatens to destroy it.

Most Iraqis Doubt US Will Ever Leave
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/013106T.shtml
Large majorities of Iraqis believe that the United States has no intention of ever withdrawing all its military forces from their country and that Washington's reconstruction efforts have been incompetent at best, according to a new survey released Tuesday.

Out of Jail, into the Army
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020206F.shtml
Facing an enlistment crisis, the Army is granting "waivers" to an increasingly high percentage of recruits with criminal records - and trying to hide it.

IAEA Chief Says Iran Dispute Is Not 'Crisis Situation'
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020206K.shtml
Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, on Thursday told a meeting of the nuclear watchdog that the dispute between Iran and the west was "at a critical stage," but was "in no way a crisis situation."

Mark Crispin Miller: Election Theft Emergency
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012706E.shtml
Mark Crispin Miller talks about how the right stole the 2004 presidential election - and how they'll do it again unless we stop them.

Voting Systems Lawsuit Reaches U.S. Supreme Court
http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_lynn_lan_060201_voting_systems_lawsu.htm
Washington DC, Jan 30 - A little-noticed voting rights lawsuit has made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court (Docket No. 05-930). It constitutes the first legal challenge to the widespread use of nontransparent voting systems. Specifically, the lawsuit challenges the use of voting machines and absentee voting in elections for public office. CLIP

Voting system examiners blocked from telling what they know? (Feb 1)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bitflippingelections/message/50
Voting system examiners in several states have reportedly been prohibited from revealing voting system flaws to the public due to nondisclosure agreements they signed with the vendors.

CIA Broadens Assassination Program
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012906G.shtml
Despite protests from other countries, the United States is expanding a top-secret effort to kill suspected terrorists with drone-fired missiles as it pursues an increasingly decentralized al Qaeda.

EPA's Latest Human Pesticide Testing Rule Called Illegal, Immoral
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/012706HC.shtml
Three US legislators are asking the EPA to withdraw a planned rule to permit pesticide experimentation on humans, including pregnant and nursing mothers and children. The EPA final draft rule introduces new loopholes that will allow for ethical abuse, the legislators warn.

Documents Show Army Seized Wives as Tactic
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012706Q.shtml
The US Army in Iraq has at least twice seized and jailed the wives of suspected insurgents in hopes of "leveraging" their husbands into surrender, US military documents show. In one case, a secretive task force locked up the young mother of a nursing baby.

Hunger Strikers Close to Death
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012806X.shtml
Despite force feeding by the American military, several hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay may be close to death.

ACLU Accuses FBI, DHS of Spying on Citizens
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012706A.shtml
The ACLU of Georgia released copies of government files on Wednesday that illustrate the extent to which the FBI, the DeKalb County Division of Homeland Security and other government agencies have gone to compile information on Georgians suspected of being threats simply for expressing controversial opinions.

Presidential signing statements are more than just executive branch lunacy (Jan 30)
http://www.slate.com/id/2134919/
There are two ways President Bush likes to wage war on your civil liberties: He either asks you to surrender your rights directly-as he does when he strengthens and broadens provisions of the Patriot Act. Or he simply hoovers up new powers and hopes you won't find out-as he did when he granted himself authority to order warrant-less wiretapping of American citizens. The former category seems more benign, and it's tempting to lump Bush's affinity for "presidential signing statements" in that camp. It's tempting to believe that with these statements he is merely asking that the courts take his legal views into account. But President Bush never asks anything of the courts; he doesn't think he has to. His signing statements are not aimed at persuading the courts, but at reinforcing his claim that both courts and Congress are irrelevant. (...) It's so tempting to laugh off Bush's signing statements as puffed-up, groundless claims that he is all-powerful, all-knowing, and also devastatingly handsome. But this is the president talking and instructing his subordinates-and also outlining a broad legal regime that may not technically be constitutional, but that hardly makes it laughable. These declarations promote a view of the law that may have no merit in the courts but may never have the chance to be resolved there in the first place.

New Patriot Act Provision Creates Tighter Barrier to Officials at Public Events
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020106H.shtml
A new provision tucked into the Patriot Act bill now before Congress would allow authorities to haul demonstrators at any "special event of national significance" away to jail on felony charges if they are caught breaching a security perimeter.

What's Our National Identity? (12.06.01)
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Oracle's Larry Ellison and Harvard's Allen Dershowitz have been all over the media recently pitching a National ID Card. One poll indicates 70% public support for the notion. Most critics of a National Identity Card mention Hitler, police stops, and personal privacy to argue against the proposal. Those are good reasons to oppose a National ID Card, but they miss the idea's worst features.Proponents of a National ID Card have a responsibility to tell us exactly what the system will do to day-to-day life in America. They are unlikely to do so because most thoughtful Americans would be alarmed at the prospect. A National ID card is *not* really about identity. It is about authorization. A modern National ID System will:* Require Americans to obtain federal government authorization to travel, work, rent or buy housing, obtain medical care, use financial services, and make many purchases.* This federal authorization could be denied for many reasons including database errors, a suspicious transaction profile, being a deadbeat parent, failure to pay taxes or fines, and any other social control measures Congress wishes to hang on the system.* The system will almost certainly create an outlaw class - as large as 10 to 20% of the population - cut off from "normal" life in America. This class will include political refuseniks as well as those whose behavior has caused the system's software to deny their transactions. This outlaw class will sustain the underground economy for the use of future terrorists (and ordinary criminals).These effects are easy to predict because they've already happened on a lesser scale. CLIP

Women of Gaza Fear for Their Freedoms under New Religious Regime
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/013006WB.shtml
Naila Ayesh, a secular married woman who frequently goes about Gaza in Western clothes, has already noticed a subtle change since Hamas's election victory last Wednesday. "You will hear even kids saying to you, 'your head isn't covered now but it will be. You can drive now but you won't be able to later.'"

Torture School Protesters Face Six Months in Prison
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012706S.shtml
On Monday, January 30, thirty-two people ranging in age from 19 to 81 will begin federal trials for peacefully walking onto a military base in protest of a controversial Army training school. Each person faces up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine for this act of nonviolent civil disobedience.

Spychips make Orwell's Big Brother seem relatively harmless (Jan 17)
http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_424.shtml
(…) the tagging of everything, and thus of everyone, can be stopped dead in its tracks with massive consumer action reflecting the very high level of consumer opposition to RFID. CLIP

VERICHIP RFID IMPLANT HACKED! (January 27, 2006)
http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/verichip-hacked.html
Will Security Problems Quash IPO Plans for Controversial Company? (...) "If you look at the VeriChip purely from the business angle, it's a ridiculously flawed product," says McIntyre. She notes that security researcher Jonathan Westhues has shown how easy it is to clone a VeriChip implanted in a person's arm and program a new chip with the same number. (...) "For a life or death medical device, that's unbelievable," says McIntyre. "I wouldn't buy toilet paper that required that kind of a disclaimer, never mind a product that's supposed to serve as a lifeline in an emergency." CLIP

Bio-electromagnetic Weapons (24 January 2006)
http://www.i-sis.org.uk/BW.php
The ultimate weapon - Electromagnetic weapons operate at the speed of light; they can kill, torture and enslave; but the public are largely unaware that they exist, because these weapons operate by stealth and leave no physical evidence. Electromagnetic weapons have been tested on human beings since 1976. By widely dispersing the involuntary human test-subjects, and vehemently attacking their credibility, it has been possible for the United States to proceed with these human experiments unhindered by discussions or criticisms, let alone opposition. This ultimate weapon system is currently being deployed in Iraq. The US Air Force and the Marine Corps refer to it as “active denial technology”, as if it were used purely for defense, but it is not (see Box 1). (...) On 1 March 2001, the Marine Corps announced a new non-lethal weapon, “active denial technology”. It produces enormous pain by allegedly boiling the molecules of water in the human skin without damaging the skin itself. As described in an article published in New Scientist, it employs pulsed electromagnetic radiation at a frequency of 95 GHz with a range of about 600 meters [10]. There have been several new reports in the magazine in 2005, including one published in July [11], describing volunteers taking part in tests to determine how safe the Active Denial System (ADS) weapon would be if used in real crowd-control. The ADS weapon’s beam was reported to cause pain within 2 to 3 seconds, and becomes “intolerable after less than 5 seconds”. (...) Since completing this article in mid-June 2005, it has come to my attention that the Israelis are deploying a device called “The Scream”, which sends out bursts of audible, but not loud sound at intervals of about 10 seconds. A photographer at the scene of a demonstration said that he continued to hear the sound ringing in his head even after he covered his ears. This suggests to me that the active agent is electromagnetic rather than acoustic. In other words, the Israelis have come up with a device that is far cleverer than our “active denial technology”. It not only deters rioters, but also issues an audible warning that it has been turned on, which the US device does not, leaving it entirely to the enlisted men operating it to determine how much burning pain their adversaries receive. The margin for error with the US device is unconscionable. It may as well be called a lethal weapon because in practice it very frequently will be

Francoise Chipaux | Afghanistan: From Insurrection to War of Terror
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012706H.shtml
"We've gone from an insurrection to a war of terror, with a level of atrocities not seen in the last four years." Francoise Chipaux reports from Afghanistan.

Army Forces 50,000 Soldiers into Extended Duty
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/013006A.shtml
The US Army has forced about 50,000 soldiers to continue serving after their voluntary stints ended under a policy called "stop-loss," but while some dispute its fairness, court challenges have fallen flat.

Haliburton Awarded $385 Million Contract to Build Immigrant Detention
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/013106D.shtml
KBR announced Friday that the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) component has awarded KBR an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contingency contract to support ICE facilities in the event of an emergency. KBR is the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton.

US Savings Rate Sinks to Lowest since Great Depression
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/013106N.shtml
The US savings ratio fell to minus 0.5 per cent last year, meaning Americans not only spent all of their after-tax income but also had to increase their borrowings or plunder their savings. This is the first time the ratio has gone negative for an entire year since 1932 and 1933, when the US was struggling to cope with the Great Depression.

Take a Drink Every Time He Says "Nucular" (GRIST SUMMARY)
Bush will talk up nuclear, hydrogen, and ethanol in State of the Union"We've got to wean ourselves off hydrocarbons, oil," said President Bush on Friday. Yup, you read that right. In an interview aired on CBS, the president said he would use tonight's State of the Union address to decry "foreign oil" and offer up initiatives on alternate energy sources and fuel-saving technologies. (Global warming? Didn't come up.) "I want to see different kinds of cars on our road that don't require upon crude oil from overseas," he said with his trademark folksy charm. He was quick to add, however, that he opposes a gas tax. Bush and his aides forecast a speech that would push for expanded nuclear power (a boon to the nuclear industry), expanded use of corn-based ethanol (a boon to the agribusiness industry), and expanded hydrogen fuel-cell research, which should produce a marketable car in, oh, about 15 years. Details at http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/13743740.htm

Ukraine cold claims 589 lives in two weeks (Jan 31)
http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/01/31/060131165419.abmapppv.html
Cold weather has killed 589 people in Ukraine since January 16 as temperatures dropped below minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 Fahrenheit), the health ministry said.The latest figures show 220 people died from cold between January 21 and 27. Across the country, 6,700 people have sought medical help since mid-January of whom more than 3,870 were hospitalised, the ministry said in a news release.In the past few days temperatures have risen to as high as one degree Celsius (34 Fahrenheit) in places.

Babies born with defects on the rise - report (January 31 2006)
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=117&art_id=qw1138640401875B251
Washington - About eight million children worldwide are born every year with a serious birth defect - many of whom die or are disabled - a stunning and largely hidden toll, says research released on Monday by the March of Dimes.(...) While birth defects are under-appreciated globally, most occur in poor countries, where babies can languish with problems easily fixed or even prevented in wealthier nations, the report found. CLIP

Birth defects affect one in 17, study finds (January 31, 2006)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20060131/BIRTH31/TPHealth/
Doctor says simple public health measures could prevent 70 per cent of conditions - One in every 17 babies born in the world has a serious birth defect, a hidden epidemic of global proportions, according to a revealing new study. Almost eight million children annually suffer from a birth defect, including 3.3 million who die and another 3.2 million who live with severe mental and physical disabilities that often condemn them to a life of poverty and suffering. "This is a serious, vastly unappreciated and underfunded public health problem," said Jennifer Howse, president of the March of Dimes, which commissioned the report .Birth defects principally involve deformities of the heart and spine, and blood disorders, but as many as 70 per cent of the conditions are preventable with simple public-health measures and basic medical technologies, Dr. Howse said. CLIP

Google adheres to Chinese censorship (Jan 26 2006)
http://www.geek.com/news/geeknews/2006Jan/gee20060126034435.htm
Search engine will be censored for info deemed objectionable - Bowing to the censorship requirements of the Chinese Government, Google decided that it will follow the guidelines that will allow its services to be available in China. The acquiescence will see both Chinese versions of the main Google search site and Google News offered to the Chinese, but with certain content deemed objectionable by the Chinese Government filtered out.Senior Policy Counsel for Google, Andrew McLaughlin, stated that the decision to comply with the Chinese regulations is because Google must "respond to local conditions" while increasing "access to information." Human rights groups have jumped on Google for making the concession, stating that this makes it a lot easier for the Chinese Government to control information access over the Internet. The human rights group Reporters Without Borders has accused the search giant of hypocrisy, calling Google's decision " a black day for freedom of expression in China" and saying that without a search reference subjects such as Tibet, democracy, and human rights will never be found.

Check out China's Google search results for "falun gong"
http://www.google.cn/search?hl=zh-CN&q=falun+gong&meta=
The new self-censored Google search engine - dedicated to China only - produces a load of lies and disinformation on Falun Gong. To find out the truth, try this search with the Canadian Google... http://www.google.ca/search?hl=fr&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=%22Falun+Gong%22&meta=

Google fixes China search bugs (Jan 27)
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6032118.html
A day after Google's buggy censorship of sites for Chinese-users was revealed, the search giant has responded by fixing its filters so topics such as beer and jokes are no longer deleted. An investigation published Thursday by CNET News.com showed that Google's new China search engine not only censored criticisms of the Chinese government, but went further than similar services from Microsoft and Yahoo by targeting sites related to teen pregnancy, alcohol, dating and homosexuality. On Friday morning, however, those previously verboten sites became available through Google.cn. That brings Google's filtering in line with blacklists used by Microsoft and Yahoo. CLIP

The End of the Internet? (Feb 2)
http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0202-26.htm
The nation's largest telephone and cable companies are crafting an alarming set of strategies that would transform the free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online. CLIP

US Plans to 'Fight the Net' Revealed (January 27, 2006)
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0127-04.htm
WASHINGTON - A newly declassified document gives a fascinating glimpse into the US military's plans for "information operations" - from psychological operations, to attacks on hostile computer networks.Bloggers beware. As the world turns networked, the Pentagon is calculating the military opportunities that computer networks, wireless technologies and the modern media offer. From influencing public opinion through new media to designing "computer network attack" weapons, the US military is learning to fight an electronic war. The declassified document is called "Information Operations Roadmap". It was obtained by the National Security Archive at George Washington University using the Freedom of Information Act. Officials in the Pentagon wrote it in 2003. The Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, signed it. The "roadmap" calls for a far-reaching overhaul of the military's ability to conduct information operations and electronic warfare. And, in some detail, it makes recommendations for how the US armed forces should think about this new, virtual warfare.(...) US digital ambition: And, in a grand finale, the document recommends that the United States should seek the ability to "provide maximum control of the entire electromagnetic spectrum". US forces should be able to "disrupt or destroy the full spectrum of globally emerging communications systems, sensors, and weapons systems dependent on the electromagnetic spectrum". Consider that for a moment. The US military seeks the capability to knock out every telephone, every networked computer, every radar system on the planet. Are these plans the pipe dreams of self-aggrandising bureaucrats? Or are they real? The fact that the "Information Operations Roadmap" is approved by the Secretary of Defense suggests that these plans are taken very seriously indeed in the Pentagon. And that the scale and grandeur of the digital revolution is matched only by the US military's ambitions for it.

Pentagon to Families: Go Ahead, Laugh! Ha-ha, hee-hee, ho-ho
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-01-12-pentagon-laughter_x.htm

Movie Pulled from Discovery Channel: Child Sex/Bush Administration
http://www.propagandamatrix.com/141003conspiracyofsilence.html

Yale study: Not enough metals in earth to meet global demand (25-Jan-2006)
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-01/yu-ysn012506.php
Researchers studying supplies of copper, zinc and other metals have determined that these finite resources, even if recycled, may not meet the needs of the global population forever, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.According to the study, even the full extraction of metals from the Earth's crust and extensive recycling programs may not meet future demand if all nations begin to use the same services enjoyed in developed nations. (...) According to the study, titled "Metal Stocks and Sustainability," all of the copper in ore, plus all of the copper currently in use, would be required to bring the world to the level of the developed nations for power transmission, construction and other services and products that depend on copper. For the entire globe, the researchers estimate that 26 percent of extractable copper in the Earth's crust is now lost in non-recycled wastes; for zinc, it is 19 percent. Current prices do not reflect those losses because supplies are still large enough to meet demand, and new methods have helped mines produce material more efficiently. The study suggests these metals are not at risk of depletion in the immediate future. However, the researchers believe scarce metals, such as platinum, risk depletion in this century because there is no suitable substitute for use in devices such as catalytic converters and hydrogen fuel cells. They also found that, for many metals, the average rate of use per person continues to rise. As a result, the report says, even the more plentiful metals may face similar depletion risks in the future. CLIP

White Slopes, Green Practices
http://www.gvnr.com/107/3.htm
Every winter thousands flock to the ski slopes, from Switzerland to Colorado skiing is a pastime enjoyed by many but until recently has been extremely polluting. The combined effect of the daily use of ski lifts as well as transporting goods up to the often remote locations uses large amounts of fossil fuels and electricity. Fortunately many winter sports resorts are reacting to climate change in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and take better care of their natural surroundings.

First People’s Peace Summit
http://www.gvnr.com/106/1.htm
Following a two-day summit at the Houses of Parliament, the first People’s Peace Summit launched an international initiative for the creation of Departments of Peace in governments throughout the world. The Declaration was presented to a packed public meeting in the Grand Committee Room and hosted by John McDonnel MP.There is a rapidly growing international movement to establish Departments or Ministries of Peace everywhere. The idea is to support the emergence of a culture of peace, where non-violence would become one of the organising principles of society. The meeting was attended by people from 11 countries and opened with video greetings from US Congressman, Dennis Kucinich, the originator of the concept. He said that more than 60 members of Congress have now signed on to co-sponsor his Bill, which is calling for a Department of Peace in the House of Representatives. “We can conceive of peace as not simply the absence of violence but the active presence of the capacity for a higher evolution of human awareness. We may all tap the infinite capabilities of humanity to transform, not only consciousness, but the conditions that impel violence at a personal or national level, and instead create understanding, compassion and love.” CLIP - More such good news at http://www.gvnr.com/106/index.htm

Omega-News Collection 28. January 2006
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1478988/

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NOTE from Trevor Osborne worldharmony@westnet.com.au">

A couple of weeks ago I sent out an email (see details HERE - near the bottom) about Servas International and said its hosts offered free accommodation in exchange for spending some time together sharing thoughts and ideas about creating world peace and harmony, etc. Apparently, by doing so I breached their rules as they do not wish their service to be promoted as a free service and as such have received an email pointing this out to me by one of Servas's unpaid helpers. Accordingly, I'd like to point out that Servas is NOT a free travel organisation. Sure once you pay to join, money does not change hands between host and traveller unless the traveller is paying for phone calls etc. It is also appreciated if the traveller arrive with some food and perhaps a gift. A traveller needs to be appreciative of accommodation and contribute by joining the host's activities if suitable, eg helping to plant a vegetable garden. I'm sorry if I gave the wrong impression in my enthusiasm."




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Subject: Top 10 Censored Stories of 2005
Date: 26 Jan 2006

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A brief summary of last year's top 10 censored news stories provided below proves quite revealing and most informative. The headline of each news story contains a link for those who want to read the entire article. Links to sources are also provided for verification. Thanks to the Internet and wonderful, committed groups like Project Censored, the news is getting out to those who want to know. By revealing these censored news stories, we can stop the excessive secrecy and work together to build a brighter future. Please help to spread the word, and have a great day!

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Top 25 Project Censored news stories
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1. White House Erodes Open Government

While the White House has expanded its ability to keep tabs on civilians, it's been working to curtail the ability of the public—and even Congress—to find out what the government is doing. One year ago, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., released an 81-page analysis of how the administration has administered the country's major open government laws. The report found that the feds consistently "narrowed the scope and application" of the Freedom of Information Act, the Presidential Records Act and other key public-information legislation, while expanding laws blocking access to certain records—even creating new categories of "protected" information and exempting entire departments from public scrutiny. When those methods haven't been enough, the administration has simply refused to release records—even when requested by a congressional subcommittee or the Government Accountability Office. Given the news media's interest in safeguarding open government laws, one wonders why these findings weren't publicized far and wide.

Source: "New Report Details Bush Administration Secrecy" press release, Karen Lightfoot, Government Reform Minority Office, posted on www.commondreams.org, Sept. 14, 2004.


2. Media Coverage on Iraq: Fallujah and the Civilian Death Toll

The civilized world may well look back on the assaults on Fallujah in 2004 as examples of utter disregard for the most basic wartime rules of engagement. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour called for an investigation into whether the Americans and their allies had engaged in "the deliberate targeting of civilians, indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks, the killing of injured persons, and the use of human shields," among other possible "grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions" considered war crimes under federal law. More than 83 percent of Fallujah's 300,000 residents fled the city. Men between the ages of 15 and 45 were refused safe passage, and all who remained—about 50,000—were treated as enemy combatants. Numerous sources reported that coalition forces cut off water and electricity, shot at anyone who ventured out into the open, executed families waving white flags while trying to swim across the Euphrates, shot at ambulances, and allowed corpses to rot in the streets and be eaten by dogs. Medical staff reported seeing people with melted faces and limbs, injuries consistent with the use of phosphorous bombs. But you likely know little of this as the media hardly mentioned it.

Sources: "The Invasion of Fallujah," Mary Trotochaud and Rick McDowell, Peacework, Dec. 2004-Jan. 2005; "Fallujah Refugees Tell of Life and Death in the Kill Zone," Dahr Jamail, New Standard, "The War in Iraq: Civilian Casualties, Political Responsibilities," Richard Horton, Lancet, Oct. 29, 2004; Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, April 15, 2004.


3. Distorted Election Coverage

The mainstream media largely ignored evidence that electronic voting machines were susceptible to tampering and downplayed
political alliances between the machines' manufacturers and the Bush administration. Then came Nov. 2, 2004. President Bush prevailed by 3 million votes—despite exit polls that projected John Kerry winning by a margin of 5 million. "Exit polls are highly accurate," wrote Professor Steve Freeman of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Organizational Dynamics in an article co-authored with statistician Josh Mitteldorf of Temple University. "They remove most of the sources of potential polling error by identifying actual voters and asking them immediately afterward who they had voted for." The discrepancy of 8 million votes was well beyond the poll's recognized margin of error of less than one percent. The official result deviated by more than five percent, which is considered a statistical impossibility. Freeman and Mitteldorf analyzed the data and found that "only in precincts that used old-fashioned, hand-counted paper ballots did the official count and the exit polls fall within the normal sampling margin of error." The discrepancy between the exit polls and the official count was considerably greater in the critical swing states.

Sources: "A Corrupted Election," Steve Freeman, Josh Mitteldorf, In These Times, Feb. 15, 2005; "Jim Crow Returns to the Voting Booth, Greg Palast and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Jan. 26, 2005.


4. Surveillance Society Quietly Moves In

It's a well-known dirty trick in the halls of government: If you want to pass unpopular legislation that you know won't stand up to scrutiny, just wait until the public isn't looking. That's precisely what the White House did Dec. 13, 2003, the day American troops captured Saddam Hussein. President Bush celebrated the occasion by privately signing into law the Intelligence Authorization Act—a controversial expansion of the PATRIOT Act that included items culled from the "Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003," a draft proposal that had been shelved due to a public outcry after being leaked. Specifically, the IAA allows the government to obtain an individual's financial records without a court order. The law also makes it illegal for institutions to inform anyone that the government has requested those records, or that information has been shared with the authorities. The law also broadens the definition of "financial institution" to include insurance companies, travel and real estate agencies, stockbrokers, the U.S. Postal Service, jewelry stores, casinos, airlines, car dealerships, and any other business "whose cash transactions have a high degree of usefulness in criminal, tax or regulatory matters." In one fell swoop, this act has decimated our rights to privacy, due process, and freedom of speech.

Sources: "PATRIOT Act's Reach Expanded Despite Part Being Struck Down," Nikki Swartz, Information Management Journal, March/April 2004; "Grave New World," Anna Samson Miranda, LiP, Winter 2004; "Where Big Brother Snoops on Americans 24/7," Teresa Hampton, www.capitolhillblue.com, June 7, 2004.


5. U.S. Uses Tsunami to Military Advantage in Southeast Asia

The American people reacted to the tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean last December with an outpouring of compassion and private donations. Across the nation, neighbors got together to collect food, clothing, medicine and financial contributions. The White House initially offered an embarrassingly low $15 million in aid. More importantly, the government exploited the catastrophe to its own strategic advantage. Establishing a stronger military presence in the area could help the United States keep closer tabs on China. It could also fortify an important military launching ground and help consolidate control over potentially lucrative trade routes. The United States currently operates a base out of Diego Garcia˜a former British mandate about halfway between Africa and Indonesia, but the lease runs out in 2016. Consequently, in the name of relief, the U.S. revived the Utapao military base in Thailand it had used during the Vietnam War and reactivated its military cooperation agreements with Thailand and the Visiting Forces Agreement with the Philippines.

Sources: "US Turns Tsunami into Military Strategy," Jane's Foreign Report, Feb. 15, 2005; "US Has Used Tsunami to Boost Aims in Stricken Area," Rahul Bedi, Irish Times, Feb. 8, 2005; "Bush Uses Tsunami Aid to Regain Foothold in Indonesia," Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service, Jan. 18, 2005.


6. The Real Oil for Food Scam

The United Nations allegedly allowed Saddam Hussein to rake in $10 billion in illegal cash through the Oil for Food program. New York Times columnist William Safire referred to the alleged U.N. con game as "the richest rip-off in world history." According to the GAO, Hussein smuggled $6 billion worth of oil out of Iraq˜most of it through the Persian Gulf. Yet most of the oil that left Iraq by land did so through Jordan and Turkey—with the approval of the United States. The first Bush administration informally exempted Jordan from the ban on purchasing Iraqi oil—an arrangement that provided Hussein with $4.4 billion over 10 years, according to the CIA's own findings. The U.S. later allowed Iraq to leak another $710 million worth of oil through Turkey, all while U.S. planes enforcing no-fly zones flew overhead. Scott Ritter, a U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq during the first six years of economic sanctions against the country, unearthed yet another scam: The United States allegedly allowed an oil company run by Russian foreign minister Yevgeny Primakov's sister to purchase cheap oil from Iraq and resell it to U.S. companies at market value˜purportedly earning Hussein "hundreds of millions" more.

Sources: "The UN Is Us: Exposing Saddam Hussein's Silent Partner," Joy Gordon, Harper's, December 2004; "The Oil for Food 'Scandal' Is a Cynical Smokescreen," Scott Ritter, UK Independent, Dec. 12, 2004.


7. Journalists Face Unprecedented Dangers to Life and Livelihood

Last year was the deadliest year for reporters since the International Federation of Journalists began keeping tabs in 1984. A total of 129 media workers lost their lives, and 49 of them—more than a third—were killed in Iraq. As far as anyone has yet proved, no commanding officer ever ordered a subordinate to fire on journalists. But what can be shown is a pattern of tacit complicity, side by side with a heavy-handed campaign to curb journalists' right to roam freely. The Pentagon has refused to implement basic safeguards to protect journalists who aren't embedded with coalition forces, despite repeated requests by Reuters and media-advocacy organizations. To date, U.S. authorities have not disciplined a single officer or soldier involved in the killing of a journalist. Meanwhile, the interim government the United States installed in Iraq raided and closed down Al-Jazeera's Baghdad offices almost as soon as it took power and banned the network from doing any reporting in the country. In November, the interim government ordered news organizations to "stick to the government line on the U.S.-led offensive in Fallujah or face legal action," in an official command sent out on interim prime minister Eyad Allawi's letterhead.

Sources: "Dead Messengers: How the US Military Threatens Journalists," Steve Weissman, www.truthout.org, Feb. 28, 2005; "Media Repression in 'Liberated' Land," Dahr Jamail, Inter Press Service, Nov. 18, 2004.


8. Iraqi Farmers Threatened By US Mandates

Historians believe it was in the "fertile crescent" where Iraq now lies, that humans first learned to farm. "It is here...that mankind first domesticated wheat," wrote Jeremy Smith in the Ecologist. "The U.S., however, has decided that Iraqis don't know what wheat works best in their own conditions." Smith was referring to Order 81, penned by Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator in Iraq, and left as a legacy by the American government when it transferred operations to interim Iraqi authorities. The regulation sets criteria for the patenting of seeds that can only be met by multinational companies like Monsanto or Syngenta, and it grants the patent holder exclusive rights over every aspect of all plant products yielded by those seeds. The new scheme effectively launches a process whereby Iraqi farmers will soon have to purchase their seeds rather than using seeds saved from their own crops or bought at the local market. Native varieties will be replaced by foreign—and genetically engineered—seeds. Order 81 fit nicely into the outlines of a U.S. "Economy Plan," a 101-page blueprint for the economic makeover of Iraq, formulated with ample help from corporate lobbyists. BBC journalist Greg Palast reported that someone inside the State Department leaked the plan to him a month prior to the invasion. Smith put it simply: "The people whose forefathers first mastered the domestication of wheat will now have to pay for the privilege of growing it for someone else. And with that, the world's oldest farming heritage will become just another subsidiary link in the vast American supply chain."

Sources: "Iraq's New Patent Law: A Declaration of War Against Farmers,"Grain, October 2004; "Adventure Capitalism," Greg Palast, www.tompaine.com, Oct. 26, 2004; "US Seeking to Totally Re-Engineer Iraqi Traditional Farming System into a US Style Corporate Agribusiness," Jeremy Smith, Ecologist, Feb. 4, 2005.


9. Iran's New Oil Trade System Challenges U.S. Currency

The Bush administration has been paying a lot more attention to Iran recently. Part of that interest is clearly Iran's nuclear program—but there may be more to the story. One bit of news that hasn't received the public attention it merits is Iran's declared intent to open an international oil exchange market, or "bourse." Not only would the new entity compete against the New York Mercantile Exchange and London's International Petroleum Exchange (both owned by American corporations), but it would also ignite international oil trading in euros. A shift away from U.S. dollars to euros in the oil market would cause the demand for petrodollars to drop, perhaps causing the value of the dollar to plummet. Russia, Venezuela and some members of OPEC have expressed interest in moving towards a petroeuro system. And it isn't entirely implausible that China, which is the world's second largest holder of U.S. currency reserves, might eventually follow suit. Barring a U.S. attack, it appears imminent that Iran's euro-dominated oil bourse will open in March 2006. Logically, the most appropriate U.S. strategy is compromise with the EU and OPEC towards a dual-currency system for international oil trades. But you won't hear any discussion of that alternative on the 6 o'clock news.

Source: "Iran Next US Target," William Clark, www.globalresearch.ca, Oct. 27, 2004.


10. Mountaintop Removal Threatens Ecosystem and Economy

On Aug. 15, environmental activists created a human blockade by locking themselves to drilling equipment, obstructing the National Coal Corp.'s access to a strip mine in the Appalachian Mountains 40 miles north of Knoxville, Tenn. It was just the latest in a protracted campaign that environmentalists say has national implications, but that's been ignored by the media outside the immediate area. Under contention is a technique wherein entire mountaintops are removed to access the coal underneath˜a practice that is nothing short of devastating for the local ecosystem, but which could become much more widespread. As it stands, 93 new coal plants are in the works nationwide. Areas incredibly rich in biodiversity are being turned into the biological equivalent of parking lots. Is this the final solution for 200-million-year-old mountains?

Source: "See You in the Mountains: Katúah Earth First! Confronts Mountaintop Removal," John Conner, Earth First!, November-December 2004.


Below are the headlines and links to Project Censored news stories 11 to 25

11. Universal Mental Screening Program Usurps Parental Rights

12. Military in Iraq Contracts Human Rights Violators

13. Rich Countries Fail to Live up to Global Pledges

14. Corporations Win Big on Tort Reform, Justice Suffers

15. Plan to Override Academic Freedom in the Classroom

16. U.S. Plans for Hemispheric Integration Include Canada

17. U.S. Uses South American Military Bases to Expand Control of the Region

18. Little Known Stock Fraud Could Weaken U.S. Economy

19. Child Wards of the State Used in AIDS Experiments

20. American Indians Sue for Resources; Compensation Provided to Others

21. New Immigration Plan Favors Business Over People

22. Nanotechnology Offers Exciting Possibilities, Health Effects Need Scrutiny

23. Plight of Palestinian Child Detainees Highlights Global Problem

24. Ethiopian Indigenous Victims of Corporate, Government Resource Aspirations

25. Homeland Security Was Designed to Fail

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The Next 90 Days ... Could Bring Nuclear War And A US Financial Collapse

George Green, Former Washington Insider, Once Asked To Be President Carter's Campaign Finance Chairman, who once rubbed shoulders with the neocon 'movers and shakers,' has now changed teams, trying to spread the truth in order to stop the New World Order.

22 Jan 2006

By Greg Szymanski

In an extended conversation from his Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, home, he says he has taken refuge from the neo-con power brokers he once rubbed shoulders and walked with arm-in-arm.

Two years before Jimmy Carter became President, at an Aspen ski lodge, Green was invited by the "movers and shakers" to talk over money strategy and how to fill the coffers of the corrupt Democratic Party.

Back then Green, who has since gone on the attack against government corruption, was just like the people who invited him to the affluent Aspen ski lodge: rich, egotistical, power-hungry and liable to do anything for money.

In fact, Green became so good at making money, besides the blood sucking politicians who invited him to Aspen, even the most powerful U.S. bankers wined and dined him, trying to get him to play ball on their "money team."

Green was considered one of the big time players who knew how to raise money - lots of money -- something politicians are attracted to like bees on honey or, more appropriately like "flies on you know what."

So, two years before Carter was elected, he found himself sitting in a lounge at an Aspen ski lodge with the big shots like Kennedy and Paul A. Volcker, former chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System and North American chairman of The Trilateral Commission.

"I remember being flown to Aspen in a private jet and then being asked to be the Democratic Finance Chairman for the Carter election," said Green last week on Greg Szymanski's radio show, The Investigative Journal. "I remember then saying I was a Republican and then Paul Volcker, leaned over and said "That's OK, kid. It doesn't matter, we control them both."

But besides the political talk, Green said he was privy to listening to initial chatter about the infamous Armageddon plan called Global Report 2000, a mass genocidal plan to drastically reduce to the world's population, eventually endorsed as official U.S. policy during the Carter administration.

And the Aspen global rumblings, overheard by Green, turned out to be more than just idle parlor talk by a group of drunken politicians. It turned out, according to Green, to be "the God-awful truth."

"Kissinger loved to refer to the American public as 'useless eaters' and back then all the men in that room in Aspen, including Kennedy, Volcker and the others were endorsing this Armageddon-type plan, which is now being played out right before our very eyes in Iraq and soon in Iran," warned Green, adding the next 90 days may prove to be the beginning of the end of America as we know it.

"I worry about the next 90 days. All the signs are leading to nuclear war and an economic collapse."

Since the Aspen meeting, Green's made a complete about-face, snubbing his nose on the neo-cons and trying in the 1980's to expose their genocidal plans. Although his efforts to use his millions never materialized in a corrupt, neocon controlled Hollywood, he began publishing anti-establishment books in what he considered to be "the only viable outlet left to get out the truth" in a country headed in the direction of fascism and martial law.

Asked why the power brokers and war mongers haven't tried to stamp out him or his anti-neocon message, he added:

"They really don't care any more because I think the powers that be feel they have already won."

And Green's ominous message of a devastating financial collapse in America in the next 90 days has been verified by reports circulating that the neocon's long plan of world domination and collapsing the U.S. economy are imminent.

Other financial analysts, along with Green, have been sounding the "red warning signal," saying 2006 will spell the end for America based on five major signs as listed on the Italian web site BellaCiao:

• Sign 1: The U.S., Great Britain and Israel are preparing to attack Iran. As it appears the main reason for invading Iraq was to stop it from selling oil in Euros, likewise Iran has plans to dump the dollar come March 2006.

• Sign 2: U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow issued a warning recently that the U.S. Government is on the verge of collapse - as the statutory debt limit imposed by Congress of $8.184 trillion dollars would be reached in mid-February - the government would then be unable to continue its normal operations. Considering the current total U.S. debt stands at $8.162 trillion dollars, once the official debt ceiling ($8.184 trillion) is reached, the U.S. government's credit abroad (its borrowing power) is gone. Those countries (mainly China) who presently keep America afloat by holding U.S. Treasury Notes, will most likely no longer continue doing so.

• Sign 3: Bank Of America and Compass Bank managers (probably all other U.S. banks too) have been instructing their employees in the last few weeks on how to respond to customer demands in the event of a collapse of the U.S. economy - specifically telling the employees that only agents from the Department Of Homeland Security will have authority to decide what belongings customers may have from their safe deposit boxes - and that precious metals and other valuables will not be released to U.S. citizens. The bank employees have been strictly prohibited from revealing the banks' new "guidelines" to anyone. (however, employees have been talking to friends and family)

• Sign 4: FEMA has activated and is currently staffing its vast network of empty internment camps with armed military personnel - unknown to most Americans, these large federal facilities are strategically positioned across the U.S. landscape to "manage" the population in the event of a "terrorist" attack, a civilian uprising, large-scale dissent ,or an insurrection against the government. Some of these razor-wired facilities have the capacity of detaining a million people.

• Sign 5: The Patriot Act and the US Senate's vote to ban habeas corpus (Nov 14th) - along with George W. Bush having signed executive orders giving him sole authority to impose martial law, suspend habeas corpus and ignore the Posse Comitatus Act, have together pretty much destroyed any notions of freedom and justice for Americans."

To back up the gloomy forecast and the fact the destruction of America has been on the neocon agenda for years, Green has outlined a quick history of Global Report 2000 on his web site, complete with statistics and quotes from American politicians, going all the way back to former Secretary of State, Edmund Muskie, calling for the elimination of 2 billion people by the year 2000.

"I might add," said Green. "There's a lot to worry about because the neocons are actually behind schedule."

On his web site the following points regarding Global Report 2000 should be seriously considered when looking at the present situation around the world, the devaluation of the dollar and the declining condition of the U.S. economy.

"In July of 1980, Secretary of State endorsed as official Carter administration policy the Global 2000 report, which according to then Secretary of State Edmund Muskie's own words "THE ELIMINATION OF 2 billion human beings by the year...2000. The Office of Population Affairs of the U.S. State Department from the National Security Council's Ad Hoc Group on Population policy, U.S. Foreign Polity is being planned and implemented on the basis of its effectiveness in murdering human beings.

"Unprecedented Population growth as spelled out in the ECO summit Meeting in 1992 in Brazil has required the examination of the statistics provided in the studies of "Human Environment" (1972), "Population" (1974), "Human Settlements" (1976), "Water" (1977) and others has shown the MOST growth of Human species in the last 40 years. The first Billion of population occurred on the planet around 1800, the next century ended with about two Billion, the 3rd Billion around 1960, the 4th Billion in approximately 1974 and reach 5 Billion in 1987. We currently exceed 6 Billion on the Planet and the Technicians of Genocide are now stepping up their programs.

"Thomas Ferguson was the head of the Latin America desk at the U.S. State Department's Office of Population Affairs. "Every hot spot in the Third World is in fact a result of failed population policy. There is a single theme behind all of our work - we must reduce population levels. Either governments do it our way, through nice clean methods, or they will get the kinds of mess that we have in Iran or Beirut. Population is a political problem. Once population is out of control, it requires authoritarian government, even FASCISM, to reduce it. To really reduce population quickly, you have to put all the males into fighting and you have to kill significant numbers of fertile females.

"At present 250 million Africans are threatened with death by starvation and AIDS, nearly twenty million in the coming months. The immediate cause is a collapse in food production in most areas of the continent. In truth, the collapse of African agriculture is due to the 'Global 2000' policies of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and like agencies of the NWO.

"The lending policies of the World Bank, under Global 2000 supporter, Robert McNamara, have been designed to force African nations NOT to develop irrigation or any advance farming techniques but to rely on labour intensive low technologies."

"Henry Kissinger, National Security Memorandum #200.

The U.S. economy will require large and increasing amounts of mineral from abroad, especially from less-developed countries. That fact gives US enhanced interests in the political, economic and social stability of the supplying countries. Wherever a lessening of population can increase the prospects for such stability, population policy becomes relevant to resources, supplies and to economic interests of the United States."

"President George Bush: "Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective - a new world order - can emerge. We are now in sight of a United Nations that performs as envisioned by its founders." September 11, 1990.

More Bush quotes:

"(The Gulf Crisis) has to do with a new world order. And that world order is only going to be enhanced if this newly activated peacekeeping function of the United Nations proves to be effective." January 9, 1991.

"When we are successful, and WE WILL BE, we have real chance at this new world order, an order in which a credible United Nations can use its peacekeeping role to fulfill the promise and vision of the UN's founders." January 16, 1991.

For more informative articles, go to http://www.arcticbeacon.com

Greg Szymanski

Greg also has his own daily show on the Republic Broadcast Network Greg Szymanski is an independent investigative journalist.. He also writes for American Free Press and has his own site http://www.arcticbeacon.com

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See also:

Houston PD Running Nuclear Disaster Drills As Build-Up Of Numerous Law Enforcement Agencies Seen In Nearby Texas City
http://www.arcticbeacon.com/26-Jan-2006b.html
Army Intel Capt. Eric May warns Bush cabal days away from a nuclear strike. Texas City resident "opens up a hornet's nest" as he warns local law enforcement about the possibility of nuclear strike. Sources inside the Houston Police Department (HPD) have confirmed officers in recent weeks have been taking part in nuclear disaster drills, adding more fuel to the fire that the city is being targeted by the "enemies within" the Bush administration for a nuclear attack. "In the last week I have multi-checked with sources of mine in the Houston Police Department and confirmed that HPD has been running nuclear disaster drills," said former Army Intel Capt. Eric May, who is trying to alert Americans of a possible nuclear strike in the upcoming days, possibly to take place in the Texas City or Houston metro area. CLIP




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Forwarded by "Kathleen Roberts" weerkhr@pacbell.net"> on 27 Jan 2006

From: http://www.arcticbeacon.com/26-Jan-2006b.html

All Signposts Lead To Imminent Nuclear Attack In America: Intel Army Capt. Eric May

Please click on the link and open the web interview with Capt. Eric May

Listen to the ex-military expert turned American patriot here:

http://mp3.rbnlive.com/Greg06.html

25 Jan 2006

By Greg Szymanski

The January air is again filled with rumblings about an imminent nuclear attack on American soil, as ominous signs are popping up all over the place indicating the "dropping of the real potato" is right around the corner.

Sources inside the military and close to the action this week warned areas of "nuclear concern" within the next 10 to 90 days include Texas City, Tex., the Houston metro area, Charleston, S.C., Los Angeles, Ca., and Kansas City, Ka.

"I am worried," said Jon Watkins of Texas City. "My family is right in the middle of it. I have asked two police officers to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity during the next 10 days.

"I also am sending a copy to the FBI of the interview I heard today on Greg Szymanski's, Investigative Journal, where his guest, Army Capt. Eric May, presented compelling evidence that a nuclear attack, created by the Bush Cabal, could very well take place on or near Jan. 31, 2006, right here in Texas City."

And From east coast to west, people like Watkins from all walks of life, including military and civilian, are coming forward with stories about "an impending disaster," most of them linking the insidious Bush Cabal pushing the "nuke buttons," not the fictitious and Illuminati-created Al Qaeda terrorists.

Going back to last August, the signs were already obvious that the Bush administration, through Cheney's direct orders to Strategic Command (STRATCOM), had specific plans to nuke Iran "if a nuclear blast occurred on American soil."

At that time, sources in the military stationed at Ft. Monroe, VA, warned how a planned nuclear test exercise scheduled for the waters around Charleston, S.C., "may go live," the leak in the military saying this probably led to the strange firing of Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes, who may have gotten wind of the backdoor military nuclear plan.

Other sources since have come forward, saying Gen. Byrnes, head of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), was actually fired for not keeping "a better lid" on the nuclear plans, since the leaked information circulated heavily on the internet and other places drew too much attention for the Bush administration plans to go ahead with scheduled plans to "nuke its own country.

Gen. Byrnes, one of the few military four star generals ever to be fired, was replaced Oct. 13, 2005, with Gen. William S. Wallace, now heading TRADOC and any future nuclear exercises at FT. Monroe.

Regarding the Gen. Byrnes firing and the nuclear training exercises, still more sources during July and August were saying the east coast training session was not the key target area, but only a diversion for the actual nuclear attack to be carried out at the British Petroleum plant in Texas City located about 40 miles from Houston.

Although the attacks never occurred, Capt. May, who claims to have broken the Bush Cabal's complicated Illuminati "embedded code" said his infowars cyber-fighters actually may have put the "clamps" on the Texas City attack, scheduled for last July 28, due to "some quick thinking" and media alerts put out by the group he heads to take called the Ghost Troop.

"By breaking their embedded code, which uses numbers as signposts going back to 911, we predicted the timing of such a nuclear attacks to take place last year at Texas City " said Capt. May on Szymanski's Tuesday morning edition of The Investigative Journal, adding he felt the Bush administration was scared-off from pushing "the nuke button" by successfully alerting media groups, federal agencies and others in places of interest.

"I believe we thwarted the attack but they are now coming back again. The next nine days are going to be very important and Texas City could be the target and look for a Jan. 31 as the target date."

Although the breaking of the Illuminati's embedded code is rather complex, it centers around the importance of numbers 1, 3 and 9 as well as inversions and other uses of certain symbols and other number combinations and variations only known by the Illuminists themselves.

"These people in our government communicate this way and through my training as a military intelligence officer I feel I have broken their code. We have to fight back and stop them from the next nuclear attack and this is one way to beat them at their own game," said Capt. May, who once believed hook, line and sinker in the government's war on terrorism but changed his mind several years ago after events around the world, including the Spain and London bombings, convinced him they were actually being orchestrated by "the enemy within," the Bush Cabal.

"Then there was the all-important contact I had with a 911 witness, USMC Captain Jeff Cross, who opened my mind enough that I had my epiphany upon the 3/11/2004 Madrid "911," and almost overnight cracked the "embedded code."

"I'll give examples to any American who wants to learn. All they have to do is Google "Ghost Troop Bibliography" to find out just how the Bush Cabal is telling us when the next event will occur. They like to play with people's minds, feel superior when doing so and they are going to hit America with a nuclear attack. That's certain.

"The only question is when and where and if my calculations are correct, the event is not too far away. But, without question, I am prepared to die for my country in an effort to stop them and will do everything in my power to do so."

And what adds to the suspense and credibility of Capt. May's warning is another nuclear training exercise is now being planned by the Department of Defense between Jan. 31 and Feb. 2 in the Charleston, S.C. area.

The military's Joint Task Force-Civil Support, headquartered at Ft. Monroe, Va., the same unit headed by Gen. Byrnes who was fired in August, will hold a three-day drill involved in managing the consequences of a 10-megaton nuclear blast, enough to inflict mass causalities and devastation on an American city.

And just like the last August exercise, this drill focuses on a hypothetical blast that affects nearly half a million people across a 900-square mile section of tidewater South Carolina. The scenario assumes 10,000 fatalities and more than 30,000 injuries. As officials from the Department of Homeland Security, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency and senior Coast Guard brass will be in attendance.

Besides Capt. May who is sounding the "red alert" for the next 10 days for the Charleston and Texas City areas, the war drums in Iran are again pounding, as STRATCOM is still under Cheney's orders to "nuke Iran" in the event of a "terrorist attack" at home.

Not only is the nuclear attack here imminent, according to Capt. May and others, the recent Osama bin Laden tape, threatening a huge American attack, considered by many to be a fraud and orchestrated by the Bush Cabal, is another sign the American people are being psychologically prepped for a nuclear strike.

"Remember how the Bush Cabal works," added Capt. May. "Every attack has to be greater than first like sequels in a horror movie. Also remember the way they use names. First Oklahoma City, Okla., next New York City, N.Y. and what's next Texas City, Tex.?"

Besides Capt. May, the military source from Charleston, who talked last August anonymously, again when contacted this week, said "to watch out for something big in the weeks to come in the Houston, LA or Charleston area."

One other more obscure sign of an "impending disaster" is the alarming notice being put out by Bank of America officials, who in recent weeks have been secretly instructing bank managers and employees how to deal with customers in the case of a "national emergency."

And to verify this claim as well as LA being a feasible target, a Bank of America manager from Irvine, Ca., reported two weeks ago that her bank held a "workshop" where the last two days were dedicated to discussing new security measures.

According to the branch manager, the workshop included members from the Homeland Security Office who instructed employees how to field calls from customers and what they are to tell them in the event of a national disaster.

Apparently, the manager was told how only agents from Homeland Security, during such a disaster, would be in charge of opening safe deposit boxes and determining what items would be given to bank customers.

The manager then reported that she was instructed that no weapons, cash, gold, or silver will be allowed to leave the bank and only various paperwork will be given to its owners. After discussing the matter with them at length, she and the other employees were then told "not to discuss the subject with anyone."

Since speaking anonymously for fear of Homeland Security reprisals, the bank manager has recently given notice she is leaving Bank of America.

And to verify this claim, another Houston resident alerted about the California case, decided to recently question a local bank employee about any Homeland Security visits in Houston.

"I found the news alarming and decided to find out more myself," said the Houston resident wishing to remain anonymous. "On a trip to my bank here in Houston, I remarked to a young bank employee "well I guess you've been told all that stuff by the manager and the Homeland Security about what to tell your customers."

"And to my amazement, the young woman came right out and said yes she'd been through all that, then whispered to me across the counter, "But we're not supposed to talk about - I could lose my job."

For more informative articles, go to http://www.arcticbeacon.com

Greg Szymanski

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From: "Mark Graffis" mgraffis@gmail.com">
Subject: "Nuke 911" update
Date: 28 Jan 2006

From: Eric May mailto:captainmay@prodigy.net">captainmay@prodigy.net
Date: January 27, 2006

American Citizens:

I attach an article by cyber-journalist Greg Szymanski to catch you up on the Ghost Troop activities of yesterday, as we try to head off an anticipated fake terror attack of Texas City, Texas:

Greg Szymanski Story, "Signposts Lead To Imminent Nuclear Attack"
http://www.arcticbeacon.com/26-Jan-2006b.html

Here's my most recent radio update:

The Byte Show interview with GeorgeAnn Hughes: "Texas City Nuke Card" http://www.thebyteshow.com/Library.html

Finally, I include a just-received cyberscout report from one of my Ghost Troops who is working for British Petroleum, a report that adds more weight to our red alert for a pending fake terror attack on Texas City, Texas. Regards, CPTMAY

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A Ghost Troop at Texas City, British Petroleum wrote:

From: Ghost Troop xxxx
Date: 27 Jan 2006
To: captainmay@prodigy.net
Subject: BP Update

Hello Captain,

I just wanted to let you know whats going on at BP. When they moved 400+ people out of the plant and into the new office building a couple of months ago, they appointed me and some others as Building Monitors. We had our first meeting this afternoon all of a sudden. We are supposed to be in charge of our appointed groups during an emergency evacuation, fire, explosion, etc. At our meeting today, they told us that there will be a practice drill for the building next week sometime (our first). Before we left the meeting, they told us to get our ducks in a row before we leave work this week. It sounded to me like it might take place Monday morning. After reading your email about Texas City on January 30th, Im starting to wonder if this drill and your date of Monday is a coincidence. They are supposed to start up some units next week, but I cant get a definite day out of anybody.




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Forwarded by "Stephanie Sutton" ssutton@phisciences.com"> on 31 Jan 2006 who wrote: “Dear Friends, I am honored to send you this communication that just came in on this most auspicious day. What a brilliant mind and master over-seer {JOHN LEONARD} to help us all get a clear view of the world and it's current predicaments, in order that "a miracle" might intercede. Please read this amazing historical piece and share it widely where there is presence of mind.”

From: President, USA Exile Govt. prez@usa-exile.org">

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

John Leonard has provided us below with a strikingly lucid summary of where we are. The situation is now so stark that my hopefulness is approximately as slender as John's when he says "All we need is a miracle, and those still do happen." That's about the same as saying that from a mathematical-physics viewpoint it has become extremely unlikely that we can achieve a last-minute avoidance of a Homo-sapiens die-back. And John is probably right that the die-back will occur in the form of a clash-of-civilizations.

Yours for all species,

Keith Lampe, Ro-Non-So-Te, Ponderosa Pine Transition Prez

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From: John Leonard jpleonard@verizon.net">
Date: January 30, 2006
Subject: Scene Set for the Clash of Civilizations

Summary: Late-breaking and long-term developments in Iran, Palestine and the United States seem to point to a present risk of catastrophic nuclear war. Islamic nations goaded into position to be attacked again. Will terror provocations be used to invoke a police state? What price will be exacted for centuries of ignoring how war pretexts are fabricated?

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Scene Set for the Clash of Civilizations

I've never been the Chicken Little type to panic about things like Y2K, yet I seem to see deadly deadlines drawn in the sand now.

Take the following mixture. Will it explode?

1. Iran elects extremist leader Ahmedinajad who drops a triple gauntlet: denying Israel's right to exist, taking the seals off the nuclear genie, and opening an oil market in euros to undercut the dominance of the beleaguered American dollar.

2. Palestine elects Hamas, just as hardline on the illegality of the Zionist project, and committed by charter to an Islamic state over the entire territory of Palestine.

3. Sharon in a coma, next war criminal Netanyahu in the wings, Israelis are itching for a nuclear attack on Iran.

4. Russia on the verge of selling modern anti-aircraft missiles to Iran that might protect it from US bombers, but may pull back now because of the nuclear issue. Russia unveils its Topol missile that can penetrate any US anti-missile defense for the foreseeable future.

5. The world's presiding figurehead George Bush is a scion of the arch-fascist dynasty that launched Adolf Hitler. Last time his poll ratings suffered, he was saved by 9/11 terror and wars of aggression. The Senate is poised to vote on his candidate Alito for the Supreme Court who favors dictatorial executive powers.

6. Bin Laden's ghostly voice breaks a long silence to endorse the doctrine of justified revenge against the empire.

7. Rumors swirl on the Internet that the faction inside the US milinplex that scenarized 9/11 will fake a nuke attack on a US city this week, under cover of an anti-terror drill.

Does it all fit together? Big or little chicken, to me it does, yes. All these are aspects of the divide-and-conquer intrigue that has kept the Anglo Axis on top of the heap for centuries.

The main tricks in the bag are few and simple enough: - Fostering ethnic and religious minorities and fanatics to destabilize rival empires, especially right-wing extremists who are destroyed when their dirty work is done; - Countergang tactics, the secret sponsoring of atrocities in the name of a rival.

What's mind-boggling is the world-historical scope of their application.

The rise and fall of German Nazism and Russian Communism in the last century, as well as the trend to Islamic fundamentalism over the last two centuries - as seen in this year's elections in Iran and Palestine - have been fruits of the tactic of injecting extremism to incapacitate potential rivals.

This flies flat in the face of orthodox accidentalism, but it has been documented by historians. Anthony Sutton showed how Wall Street intervened on behalf of the Bolsheviks. Webster Tarpley chronicled the financing of Hitler by US-UK plutocrats in his "George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography," and the invention of Islamic fundamentalism by psychological warfare experts in the British Arab Bureau in the 19th century, in order to hobble and isolate the Arab world, in "9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA," ch. 14.

The creation of the "state of Israel" was the empire's master stroke that combines all these tricks: a perfect example of sponsoring a minority to destabilize an empire, even a potential one like the Arab world; of dividing and conquering, splitting the Asian and African halves of the Muslim world from each other; of fostering right-wing extremism and theocracy, both among the Arab population and the Ashkenazi colonists; and a full-time field laboratory for synthetic terrorism.

So the stage is set. It was well documented by the October Surprise and Iran-Contra scandals that the Ayatollahs of the last generation were right-wing tools of the Bush cabal behind Reagan (Tarpley). The election of the dupe Ahmedinajad is their latest trump. His timing on the nuclear issue was perfect to give the Russians a pretext to pull out from supplying the anti-aircraft weapons that could have protected them, and of course, the Americans get a pretext to smash Teheran before the new oil bourse can knock the pins out from under the global hegemony of the Useless Elite.

Ahmedinajad and Hamas have each drawn a huge X on the map of their own countries to be targeted for further punishment. Hamas, of course, got its start with funding from Sharon's Israel as "a counterweight to the PLO." They always do all they can to undermine any secular, modern political movement in target countries.

The cunning of the Anglos is extraordinary. Imposing their language and culture on the world has helped these wolves in sheep's clothing convince the world of their national cuddly nature. Through their stooges Hitler and Stalin, the German and Russian peoples acquired the recognized reputation for genocide - camouflaging the fact that the feat of liquidating and replacing the native populations of two continents, North America and Australia, is unique in the history of the world, to the true genocidalists extraordinaire: the Anglos.

Are they dangerous? History has amply revealed the intentions of the folk who set up a little beachhead 400 years ago on Cape Cod, the same nation that infiltrated colonists into Haifa and Jaffa because two continents are not Lebensraum enough. As for the American cousins, Bush Sr. was a leader of the eugenics and sterilization movement, Bush Jr. holds the record for executions, and their vizier Kissinger coined the genocidalist's motto - eliminate the useless eaters.

Mind you, that includes you, me and most of the planet.

It's exactly 400 years since the Anglos launched their empire with a war against Spain on the trumped-up pretext of the Guy Fawkes plot of 1605, which the Lord Chancellor himself had covertly arranged, just as 9/11 was an inside job - "the secret sponsoring of atrocities in the name of a rival." All this works on a paradoxical principle we could call reverse impact: the radical psychological warfighting method of covertly impersonating the rival or "enemy."

Most of humanity remains much too firmly wedded to simplistic thinking to even conceive of such a threat - implausibility becomes the perfect cover for the unthinkable. Our hapless human race is stuck at the toddler stage, oscillating between teddy-bear naïveté and mindless destructiveness. And the babysitter is Caligula, assisted by TV and schools which the vicious owners of our world control to keep the mental cage tight.

Only children and romantics still believe in the supreme power of nature in the modern world. This is Animal Farm, and we humans, like almost all other surviving large mammals, are farm animals on it. A few men are the masters, and even the seemingly spontaneous trends of current events is largely under their control.

Humanity is almost totally paralyzed in facing this challenge and seeing the hand of the herder and butcher. It lags light years behind in the kinds of knowledge that would remove this cancer, in near total ignorance of reverse impact tactics, or of the two types of conditioning that automate its existence, the repetitious and the traumatic. It stubbornly clings to simplistic and transactional thinking in a narrow scope. On this, our race doesn't make it to first base. It strikes out again and again on the same old tricks.

So on to # 6. Bin Laden was and always will be the creation of Brzezinski and the tool of the CIA and MI-6. He is probably dead, as Robert Fisk noted, wondering why no video, only audio? Only his master's voice remains, produced at will on a voice synthesizer. So why does the synthetic voice of synthetic terror endorse William Blum, the Marxist critic, and his catalogue of American war crimes all over the planet?

For one, this fakery outwardly appears to validate the flagging authenticity of the Bin Laden myth, as it outwardly seems too implausible that the CIA would give a boost to a book like "Rogue State." However, those who read such a work on "bin Laden's" endorsement are already hostile to that state anyway. Blum will reinforce them, as Tarpley points out, in the "blowback" notion, that 9/11 was an act of terror in revenge. This can only poison and confuse leftist minds, since no oppression justifies an attack on innocent victims, and bin Laden had nothing to do with 9/11 anyway.

Terror began as and always remained primarily a reverse impact tool of the state, a raw material for propaganda. The "bin Laden" message is crafted to play to useful effect on different publics. Mainstream opinion is repulsed by it, and if bin Laden embraces Blum, that serves to absolve Uncle Sam of the sins Blum accused him of. Rightwing fools rejoice. The Arab world is plunged even further into confusion. Since Muslims feel their grievances against the Anglo-American-Ashkenazi Axis so acutely, the message makes it all too tempting to believe the "Arab rage" scenario, rather than joining in the effort to unmask 9/11 as the work of Western secret services, an effort which holds perhaps the only key to getting the monkey of war off the back of Islam.

And so to # 7, drills and chills. In the 2006 edition of "9/11 Synthetic Terror," Tarpley underscores how "anti-terror drills" were used as props to set up false-flag terror exploits like 9/11 and London 7/7. He calls on activists to identify such drills, to agitate and demonstrate against them, to broadcast the threat that the drill may be a cover for the state terror faction to carry out the real thing, to mobilize the local community against the drill and embarrass the terrorists out of business. And recently some activists are doing exactly that - warning against the "anti-nuclear terror drill" scheduled for Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 in Charleston, SC. Each time, more people learn the facts about false flag terror.

The Feb. 2 date is intriguing indeed - 2/2/2006 is all too reminiscent of the pseudo-illuminist numerology game our state terror boffins love to play. London's July 7, 2005 date works out to 7/7/7: 2005 adds up to 7. As for twice triple two, The Skull and Bones Club lodge number is 322, and Charleston is the most ancient site of the Scottish Rite in North America - as well as of the Ft. Sumter provocation, that sparked the British-inspired civil war bid to set up a troglodytic arch-fascist slave state. We will see if Bush's speechwriters offer anything other than the terror trump card in his State of the Union message on January 31.

Hitler got away with his 9/11 without too many questions, and Bush has gotten away with his Reichstag fire in spite of the tiny minority in the know. The laws and the bench are all in readiness for a police state, fastidiously legalistic, just the way the Nazi stooges did it. One little false-flag nuke attack, and there will be no looking back. No more questions asked, no more querulous Congress. The juggernaut of war and totalitarianism will have the way open for it, broad and smooth as the Autobahn. Once the Blitzkrieg is underway, they don't bother with pretexts.

They, whoever They are, the oligarchy, plutocracy, the super-rich, Rothschild, Rockefeller and Royal Family, the billionaire club, the useless elite, the purveyors of war, and their scurrying aides, have worked for a long time on their project of destroying the planet in order to possess it. Sometime during the 1890's the plot was hatched in its present, concrete form. Neutralize Eurasia: Germany, France, Russia and Japan, implant the cancer of strife in Palestine, promote the Wahhabi fundamentalists and destroy the Turkish empire, blow up the Maine and knock out Spain. Came the Great War, and 1917 the big wedding - Versailles, the ruinous reparations, the installation of the Bolsheviks, and the Balfour Declaration. Followed in the forties by the Holocaust, the most hideous covert sponsoring of atrocities of all time, with the biggest payoff - Palestine, keystone of Pangea, and a permanent talisman against all criticism. Any rival that dares challenge the nuclear supremacy of their strategic asset must be nuked.

Can we stop them now?

With such momentum matched by such massive ignorance, I don't know how, but we have to try. All we need is a miracle, and those still do happen.

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See also:

Analysis: Hamas history tied to Israel http://www.upi.com/inc/view.php?StoryID=18062002-051845-8272r
(...) Israel and Hamas may currently be locked in deadly combat, but, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years. Israel "aided Hamas directly -- the Israelis wanted to use it as a counterbalance to the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization)," said Tony Cordesman, Middle East analyst for the Center for Strategic Studies. Israel's support for Hamas "was a direct attempt to divide and dilute support for a strong, secular PLO by using a competing religious alternative," said a former senior CIA official. (...) One U.S. intelligence source who asked not to be named said that not only was Hamas being funded as a "counterweight" to the PLO, Israeli aid had another purpose: "To help identify and channel towards Israeli agents Hamas members who were dangerous terrorists." In addition, by infiltrating Hamas, Israeli informers could only listen to debates on policy and identify Hamas members who "were dangerous hard-liners," the official said. In the end, as Hamas set up a very comprehensive counterintelligence system, many collaborators with Israel were weeded out and shot. Violent acts of terrorism became the central tenet, and Hamas, unlike the PLO, was unwilling to compromise in any way with Israel, refusing to acquiesce in its very existence. But even then, some in Israel saw some benefits to be had in trying to continue to give Hamas support: "The thinking on the part of some of the right-wing Israeli establishment was that Hamas and the others, if they gained control, would refuse to have any part of the peace process and would torpedo any agreements put in place," said a U.S. government official who asked not to be named. "Israel would still be the only democracy in the region for the United States to deal with," he said. All of which disgusts some former U.S. intelligence officials. CLIP




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From: http://www.tbrnews.org/Archives/a2106.htm

Voice of the White House

1-28-6

"I know from the private Republican polls (the ones you never see and never get into the media) that they are in serious danger of losing control of the government come November. The problem is that although the rank and file, and the leadership, know this, they cannot communicate to Bush that sea changes have to be made, at least cosmetic ones, or public anger will get to the point that impeachment is a probability.

Frankly, our President is a nut. He won't listen to anyone and does what he wants. The stupid twit actually believes he is some kind of God and can do anything he likes whenever he likes it. Thank God Bush doesn't get the urge to shoot a hunting rifle at passing tourists. His bizarre and distasteful sex life coupled with his binge drinking makes him a true menace. People thought a lecherous Clinton was bad but this one makes Clinton look like St. Vincent DePaul by comparison.

The leadership has more or less decided that since Bush will not change, he will simply have to go to save the rest of them or, if they are ideologues, for the common good. For themselves, not necessarily for the American people.

Although Bush stubbornly refuses to release any document which he feels might make him look bad, others are doing just that. Tens of thousands of pages of memos, reports, notes, tapes, and all kinds of priceless milestones on George W. Bush's journey to the underworld are being assembled and studied for possible "leaks."

I have seen some of these and am now going to do my frightened friends a huge favor by publishing some of the more awful ones.

For example: According to in-house memos now circulating, the DHS has issued orders to banks across America which announce to them that "under the Patriot Act" (whatever that crap means) the DHS has the absolute right to seize, without any warrant whatsoever, any and all customer bank accounts, to make "periodic and unannounced" visits to any bank to open and inspect the contents of "selected safe deposit boxes." Further, these boxes, taken from a DHS list of people who are considered "hostile to the present government, citizens who have visited outside the United States before or after 9/11 to countries now considered to be hostile to this country: "Russia, Peoples Republic of China, Mexico, Guatemala, Spain, Italy, Egypt, France, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Turkey or the Sudan" or any citizen who has a bank account in any of those listed countries are considered to be of legitimate interest in the "ongoing investigations into foreign and domestic terrorism."

Further, the DHA "shall, at the discretion of the agent supervising the search, remove, photograph or seize as evidence" any of the following items: "bar gold, gold coins, firearms of any kind unless manufactured prior to 1878, documents such as passports or foreign bank account records, pornography or any material that, in the opinion of the agent, shall be deemed of to be of a contraband nature."

DHS memos also state that banks are informed that any bank employee, on any level, that releases "improper" "classified DHS Security information" to any member of the public, to include the customers whose boxes have been clandestinely opened and inspected and "any other party, to include members of the media" and further "that the posting of any such information on the internet will be grounds for the immediate termination of the said employee or employees and their prosecution under the Patriot Act."

Currently, the two major targets of these completely illegal and warrantless searches and seizures, are the California-based Bank of America and the Compass Bank. The former is one of the largest banks in the United States and Compass Bank (Compass Bancshares, Inc). is a $30.1 billion Southwestern financial holding company which operates 385 full-service banking centers including 139 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 73 in Arizona, 42 in Florida, 32 in Colorado and 10 in New Mexico.

Of extraordinary interest to the DHS are Bank of America records relating to their Bank Of America 'SafeSend Money to Mexico' program.

It should be noted that the DHS states that "in the event that the owners of these confiscated objects do not file an administrative complaint within three (3) months subsequent to said confiscation, the aforesaid items shall pass to the permanent custody of the DHS"

Isn't that wonderful? You and your wife are visiting relatives in France, Uncle Einar's $100,000 collection of gold coins is lifted out of your box and you don't get back to the United States for two months and don't check your looted box for another four months. My, some nice DHS person, or maybe two, has a nice new BMW to show off to his neighbors. Tough luck, Uncle Einar!

Oh, and you might like to know that the spate of "robberies" of bank credit card and personal data that took place in and around February of 2005, were not robberies at all. The DHS, using its muscle, simply went off with trucks full of data to mine at their leisure. The banks involved said nothing, and will say nothing. If they do, their people will be at a nice Federal country club, making shoes for the Army while the DHS bosses, to include the FEMA thieves, will be buying property on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills or Palm Desert. Or some nice marina like Marine del Ray to keep their nice new 150' yacht.

To date, in California alone (the only report I have seen) over 1,500 banks have been "visited" and boxes rifled between January, 2005 and January, 2006.
Next time, something about DARPA to amuse and entertain you all."

NOTE FROM JEAN: I've been considering the situation in Sri Lanka as a possible Meditation Focus topic recently but the situation in Iran took precedence. Still if you feel inspired to do so, please include this situation as a focus for peace and harmony whenever you meditate until this situation is peacefully resolved - as happened in Aceh, Indonesia following the tsunami.




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Subject: current situation in Sri Lanka
Date: 26 Jan 2006
From: Nonviolent Peaceforce MelDuncan@NonviolentPeaceforce.org">

Colombo January 21st 2006

Urgent call for solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka and request for assistance

Dear Members and Affiliates of the Nonviolence Peaceforce Network:

We wish to inform you about the current situation in Sri Lanka and to ask your immediate assistance in support of the people we serve to protect. You may ask yourself why we are sending you this message and why now. Here is our answer.

After twenty years of war, Sri Lanka started a process of return to normalcy with the signing of a Cease-Fire Agreement in 2002. Now, four years later, the weakness of the ceasefire has become evident and the situation in the country looks very grim. Once again the beautiful island of Sri Lanka is affected by serious violence. The possibility of a return to war has become a reality today. In fact, over the last several months Nonviolent Peaceforce Sri Lanka (NPSL) has witnessed an increase in military preparations for a renewed war including the militarization of the communities in the East and North where NPSL operates. Even in the South tensions are on the rise and the fear of the Sri Lankan people can be felt throughout the island.

At the moment, hundreds of families have been displaced or have fled to places away from the hostilities. Some are finding refuge in India. Thousands of people seek shelter in schools and places of worship at night. Each day, field team members of NPSL are experiencing more (political) killings and further harassment and assault including disappearances of civilians. On several occasions, NPSL has had the unfortunate opportunity to assist in the delivery of food and medical aid to those people in need of humanitarian assistance which could only be delivered with the protection of our teams. Such lack of access to humanitarian assistance raises deep concern but is most likely to get worse in the near future. Moreover, the United Nations World Food Programme stated recently that a return to war would have a greater impact on hunger in the country, especially among children, than the effects of the 2004 Tsunami from which Sri Lanka is still recovering.

While most International Non-Government Organizations have restricted their operations and many are closing their offices, the NPSL field staff is determined to stay, to be available for the people, including the women and children, to provide them with protection through its presence. NPSL also continues to stand together with those local partners committed to seeking a non-violent peaceful resolution. However, time is running out fast. The country is faced with such a critical situation that it requires an intervention that goes far beyond our work at the community level and must involve international pressure from, among many, the wider NP network.

If there is a glimmer of hope to prevent a return to war, greater efforts will need to come from the international community. Various foreign governments have already offered their good offices and also put a great deal of pressure on both the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the two main stakeholders in the conflict, to arrest the spate of killings and human rights violations. Only a serious commitment from the parties involved can actually stop the spread of violence but this will require a drastic change in their current conduct. The upcoming talks between the Government and the LTTE in Geneva in February could be an opportunity to take such fundamental steps but it will require a drastic change in their current conduct.

On behalf of the NPSL staff working in the South, East and North and all of our local partners in Sri Lanka, we urge you to help us amplify the voices of the people of Sri Lanka by demonstrating your immediate support to them. Because of the sensitivity of the conflict and because we wish to refrain from political statements, which may make us seem to be partisan for one side (everything foreigners do is observed with a lot of suspicion at the moment here in Sri Lanka), we propose an indirect approach. Instead of appealing to the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam directly, we suggest that you address the Diaspora groups outside Sri Lanka as well as foreign governments to do everything they can to mediate and further peace, hence implement the use of non-violent approaches and do everything possible to protect the people of Sri Lanka from any further suffering.

Your compassionate support is needed during this critical moment. More specifically, please consider taking the following actions:

1.
Mail or E-mail the attached letter of concern (see below) to your nation's Embassy in Sri Lanka; in it you, as a member, Member Organization or affiliate of the Nonviolence Peaceforce network, demonstrate your concern and press for your government to get more involved. You may include a copy of this letter. We urge you to refrain from making any additional (political) comments which would jeopardize our nonpartisan approach here in Sri Lanka.

2.
Forward this letter/email to your Sri Lankan friends in your home country. Request that they get in touch with concerned Diaspora groups to make use of their influence in favor of peace in their home country. If you are part of the Diaspora, you may take the necessary steps yourself.

3.
Write a letter to your local newspaper urging attention and responsiveness from your government to the crisis in Sri Lanka.

Thank you.

Marcel Smits and the NP Sri Lanka Team
26A Ediriweera Mawatha
Dehiwela, Sri Lanka
NPLanka@nonviolentpeaceforce.org

Date/Place

RE: Expression of concern regarding the situation in Sri Lanka and request for support from my/our government.

Honorable Ambassador/High Commissioner,

I/We (member(s) of the Nonviolent Peaceforce Network), wish to express my/our deepest concern about the current situation in Sri Lanka. I/We would like to demonstrate our heartfelt sympathy and support to the people in Sri Lanka and appeal to you.

As my/our representative on the island, I/we kindly but strongly request that you will take the necessary action to pass on this message to the designated authorities and demonstrate my/our concern by becoming fully involved in ensuring that the Sri Lankan people are being protected and not being put any further in harm's way.

Thank you kindly for your consideration and support.

Cordially,
Name
Country




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From: http://www.Global-Warming.net/pointofnoreturn.htm

Global Warming Approaching Point Of No Return, Warns Leading Climate Expert

by Geoffrey Lean, January 23, 2005

Global warning has already hit the danger point that international attempts to curb it are designed to avoid, according to the world's top climate watchdog.

Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the official Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC http://www.ipcc.ch), told an international conference attended by 114 governments in Mauritius this month that he personally believes that the world has "already reached the level of dangerous concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere" and called for immediate and "very deep" cuts in the pollution if humanity is to "survive".

His comments rocked the Bush administration - which immediately tried to slap him down - not least because it put him in his post after Exxon, the major oil company most opposed to international action on global warming, complained that his predecessor was too "aggressive" on the issue.

A memorandum from Exxon to the White House in early 2001 specifically asked it to get the previous chairman, Dr. Robert Watson, the chief scientist of the World Bank, "replaced at the request of the US". The Bush administration then lobbied other countries in favour of Dr. Pachauri - whom the former vice-president Al Gore called the "let's drag our feet" candidate, and got him elected to replace Dr. Watson, a British-born naturalised American, who had repeatedly called for urgent action.

But this month, at a conference of Small Island Developing States on the Indian Ocean island, the new chairman, a former head of India's Tata Energy Research Institute, himself issued what top United Nations officials described as a "very courageous" challenge.

He told delegates: "Climate change is for real. We have just a small window of opportunity and it is closing rather rapidly. There is not a moment to lose."

Afterwards he told The Independent on Sunday that widespread dying of coral reefs, and rapid melting of ice in the Arctic, had driven him to the conclusion that the danger point the IPCC had been set up to avoid had already been reached.

Reefs throughout the world are perishing as the seas warm up: as water temperatures rise, they lose their colours and turn a ghostly white. Partly as a result, up to a quarter of the world's corals have been destroyed.

And in November, a multi-year study by 300 scientists concluded that the Arctic was warming twice as fast as the rest of the world and that its ice-cap had shrunk by up to 20 per cent in the past three decades.

The ice is also 40 per cent thinner than it was in the 1970s and is expected to disappear altogether by 2070. And while Dr. Pachauri was speaking, parts of the Arctic were having a January "heatwave", with temperatures eight to nine degrees centigrade higher than normal.

He also cited alarming measurements, first reported in The Independent on Sunday, showing that levels of carbon dioxide (the main cause of global warming) have leapt abruptly over the past two years, suggesting that climate change may be accelerating out of control.

He added that, because of inertia built into the Earth's natural systems, the world was now only experiencing the result of pollution emitted in the 1960s, and much greater effects would occur as the increased pollution of later decades worked its way through. He concluded: "We are risking the ability of the human race to survive."

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See also:

Climate Expert Says NASA Tried to Silence Him (January 29, 2006)
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/29/science/earth/29climate.html?_r=1
The top climate scientist at NASA says the Bush administration has tried to stop him from speaking out since he gave a lecture last month calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming.The scientist, James E. Hansen, longtime director of the agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said in an interview that officials at NASA headquarters had ordered the public affairs staff to review his coming lectures, papers, postings on the Goddard Web site and requests for interviews from journalists. Dr. Hansen said he would ignore the restrictions. "They feel their job is to be this censor of information going out to the public," he said. (...) But Dr. Hansen said that nothing in 30 years equaled the push made since early December to keep him from publicly discussing what he says are clear-cut dangers from further delay in curbing carbon dioxide. In several interviews with The New York Times in recent days, Dr. Hansen said it would be irresponsible not to speak out, particularly because NASA's mission statement includes the phrase "to understand and protect our home planet."He said he was particularly incensed that the directives affecting his statements had come through informal telephone conversations and not through formal channels, leaving no significant trails of documents. CLIPs

Global Warming: Methane Could Be Far Worse Than Carbon Dioxide
http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/sepp/2005/02/01/global_warming_methane_could_be_far_worse_than_carbon_dioxide.htm
Once triggered, this cycle could result in runaway global warming the likes of which even the most pessimistic doomsayers aren't talking about. Methane gas, abundantly trapped as a half frozen slush in the northern hemisphere's tundra permafrost regions and at the bottom of the sea may well be a ticking time bomb, says geologist John Atcheson in an article published by the Baltimore Sun in December last year. Methane is about twenty times stronger as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Since arctic warming seems to procede faster than expected, there is a real danger that deposits of methane and similar gases trapped in normally frozen ground, may thaw out and "belch" into the atmosphere, wreaking havoc with our computer simulations of global warming. According to Gregory Ryskin, associate professor of chemical engineering at Northwestern University, "explosive clouds of methane gas, initially trapped in stagnant bodies of water and suddenly released, could have killed off the majority of marine life and land animals and plants at the end of the Permian era" — long before dinosaurs lived and died. Ruskin believes that methane may have been the driving force in previous catastrophic changes of the earth's climate, where 95 percent of marine species and 70 percent of land species were lost in - geologically speaking - the blink of an eye. CLIP

Climate Change: Countdown to Global Catastrophe
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0124-11.htm
Report warns point of no return may be reached in 10 years, leading to droughts, agricultural failure and water shortages - The global warming danger threshold for the world is clearly marked for the first time in an international report to be published tomorrow - and the bad news is, the world has nearly reached it already.The countdown to climate-change catastrophe is spelt out by a task force of senior politicians, business leaders and academics from around the world - and it is remarkably brief. In as little as 10 years, or even less, their report indicates, the point of no return with global warming may have been reached. CLIP

Earth could warm up fast (January 26, 2006)
http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0126/p16s01-stss.html
Recent studies of some of nature's environmental "records" show that global warming can penetrate deep into the ocean faster than scientists have realized. In fact, some such penetration may have already begun. (..) Commenting on this in the Scripps announcement, Nunes said that the key finding is that "the Earth is a system that can change very rapidly." The climate change involved a substantial rise in greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane. Although there was no human input, this is another example of the important role such gases play in climate change.There does seem to have been a massive release of methane from the sea bed when warming thawed out frozen methane reservoirs there. This is a hazard in our own time."What this tells us is that the changes that we make to the Earth today (such as anthropogenic induced global warming) could lead to dramatic changes to our planet," Nunes explained.

New cloud formations blocking more sun (28 January 2006)
http://www.newscientist.com/channel/earth/mg18925363.500
Sunshine just isn't what it used to be. Since 2000 less sunlight has been reaching the Earth's surface, say solar physicists. But paradoxically this drop in radiation hasn't cooled our planet. Philip Goode's team at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark measured the amount of sunlight reflected by the Earth's atmosphere onto the moon and back again. They found that the Earth is reflecting 3 per cent more sunlight than it did between 1985 and 2000 (Eos, vol 87, p 37). The effect could be caused by increasing cloud cover, says Goode. Recent data from the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) shows that the total cloud cover grew in this period. But most sunlight hitting clouds bounces off and never reaches the Earth's surface, so the question troubling climate scientists is why global temperatures are still rising.The answer may lie in a curious rearrangement of cloud cover during the past five years, says Goode. The ISCCP study shows that the proportion of high-level cloud to low cloud has been climbing. Low-lying clouds help cool the Earth by reflecting sunlight, while high clouds act predominantly as blankets, trapping heat. So although the total cover has increased, the change in the type of cover has compensated, allowing temperatures to rise, says Goode. "This is a reminder that climate change is subtle, and what seems obvious - that less sunlight means cooling - may not be right," he says.

Baffled Scientists Say Less Sunlight Reaching Earth (Jan 24) http://www.livescience.com/forcesofnature/060124_earth_albedo.html
After dropping for about 15 years, the amount of sunlight Earth reflects back into space, called albedo, has increased since 2000, a new study concludes. That means less energy is reaching the surface. Yet global temperatures have not cooled during the period. Increasing cloud cover seems to be the reason, but there must also be some other change in the clouds that's not yet understood. "The data also reveal that from 2000 to now the clouds have changed so that the Earth may continue warming, even with declining sunlight," said study leader Philip R. Goode of the New Jersey Institute of Technology. "These large and peculiar variabilities of the clouds, coupled with a resulting increasing albedo, presents a fundamental, unmet challenge for all scientists who wish to understand and predict the Earth's climate."

Global Warming Demands Urgent Solutions
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/013106EA.shtml
The world must halt greenhouse gas emissions and reverse them within two decades or watch the planet spiraling towards destruction, scientists said on Monday.

The Amazon is Drying: Catastrophically (Jan 18, 2006)
http://freepage.twoday.net/stories/1458166/
Is It Warm in Here? We Could Be Ignoring the Biggest Story in Our History (...) Lovejoy fears that changes in the Amazon's ecosystem may be irreversible. Scientists reported last month that there is an Amazonian drought apparently caused by new patterns in Atlantic currents that, in turn, are similar to projected climate change. With less rainfall, the tropical forests are beginning to dry out. They burn more easily, and, in the continuous feedback loops of their ecosystem, these drier forests return less moisture to the atmosphere, which means even less rain. When the forest trees are deprived of rain, their mortality can increase by a factor of six, and similar devastation affects other species, too. "When do you wreck it as a system?" Lovejoy wonders. "It's like going up to the edge of a cliff, not really knowing where it is. Common sense says you shouldn't discover where the edge is by passing over it, but that's what we're doing with deforestation and climate change." Lovejoy first went to the Amazon 40 years ago as a young scientist of 23. It was a boundless wilderness, the size of the continental United States, but at that time it had just 2 million people and one main road. He has returned more than a hundred times, assembling over the years a mental time-lapse photograph of how this forest primeval has been affected by man. The population has increased tenfold, and the wilderness is now laced with roads, new settlements and economic progress. The forest itself, impossibly rich and lush when Lovejoy first saw it, is changing. For Lovejoy, who co-edited a pioneering 1992 book, "Global Warming and Biological Diversity," there is a deep sense of frustration. A crisis he and other scientists first sensed more than two decades ago is drifting toward us in what seems like slow motion, but fast enough that it may be impossible to mitigate the damage. CLIP




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From: http://www.global-warming.net/

Dramatic Change In West Antarctic Ice Could Produce 16ft Rise In Sea Levels

by Michael McCarthy, February 2, 2005

British scientists have discovered a new threat to the world which may be a result of global warming. Researchers from the Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have discovered that a massive Antarctic ice sheet previously assumed to be stable may be starting to disintegrate, a conference on climate change heard yesterday. Its collapse would raise sea levels around the earth by more than 16 feet.

BAS staff are carrying out urgent measurements of the remote points in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) where they have found ice to be flowing into the sea at the enormous rate of 250 cubic kilometres a year, a discharge alone that is raising global sea levels by a fifth of a millimetre a year.

Professor Chris Rapley, the BAS director, told the conference at the UK Meteorological Office in Exeter, which was attended by scientists from all over the world, that their discovery had reactivated worries about the ice sheet's collapse.

Only four years ago, in the last report of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), worries that the ice sheet was disintegrating were firmly dismissed.

Professor Rapley said: "The last IPCC report characterised Antarctica as a slumbering giant in terms of climate change. I would say it is now an awakened giant. There is real concern."

He added: "The previous view was that WAIS would not collapse before the year 2100. We now have to revise that judgement. We cannot be so sanguine." Collapse of the WAIS would be a disaster, putting enormous chunks of low-lying, desperately poor countries such as Bangladesh under water - not to mention much of southern England.

The conference has been called by Tony Blair as part of Britain's efforts to increase the pace of international action on climate change, in a year when the UK is heading the G8 group of industrialised nations and the European Union.

Mr Blair has asked it to explore the question of how much climate change the world can take before the consequences are catastrophic for human society and ecosystems.

Yesterday, it heard several alarming new warnings of possible climate-related catastrophic events, including the failure of the Gulf Stream, which keeps the British Isles warm, and the melting of the ice sheet covering Greenland.

But it was the revelations of Professor Rapley, head of one of the world's most respected scientific bodies, which were the most dramatic, as they reopened a concern many scientists assumed had been laid to rest.

Antarctica as a whole is a land covered by very thick ice, but the ice sheet covering the eastern half of the continent is very stable as it sits on rocks that are well above sea level.

Worries about the ice covering the western half first surfaced more than 25 years ago when it was realised that the base rocks are actually well below the level of the sea.

In some circumstances, it was feared, such as a melting of the edge of the ice sheet from rising temperatures, sea water could get under it and eventually lead to its collapse.

Yet the 2001 IPCC report, the principal consensus view of the international community of climate scientists, thought that very unlikely, and said such a collapse was improbable before the end of the current century, or even for 1,000 years.

What puts a very big question mark over this, Professor Rapley said, was the recent discovery of the extremely rapid discharge of ice into the Amundsen sea from the WAIS at three remote ice streams, Pine Island, Thwaites, and another unnamed site.

"There is a very dramatic discharge from this region which, five years ago when the IPCC report was written, we just didn't know about," he said. "What we have found completely opens up the whole debate." It had only been recently discovered, he said, because the area was so remote. But BAS scientists, with US help, had established a base in the area to investigate. Professor Rapley said there was some evidence that the discharge was a relatively recent phenomenon and it might be caused by rising ocean temperatures.

Margaret Beckett, the Environment Secretary, who opened the conference, added another ominous prediction when she said that major global warming impacts on the world in the next 20 to 30 years could not be avoided. Whatever we do, potentially disastrous world temperature rises will take place because they are already "built into the system," she said.

Her forecast that we are powerless to prevent major damage from climate change is accepted by scientists but it is rare for such a frank admission from a politician. It reflects the concern at a high level.

It was amplified by senior climate researchers, who said the amount of future warming to which the world is firmly committed, because of greenhouse gases that have already been put into the atmosphere, will be enough to threaten the survival of many ecosystems and wildlife species such as polar bears and penguins.

"I believe that most of the warming we are expecting over the next few decades is now virtually inevitable, and even in this time frame we may expect a significant impact," Mrs Beckett said.




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From: http://money.cnn.com/2006/01/27/news/international/pluggedin_fortune/index.htm?cnn=yes

Ready for $262/barrel oil?

Two of the world's most successful investors say oil will be in short supply in the coming months.

By Nelson Schwartz, FORTUNE senior writer

January 27, 2006

DAVOS, Switzerland (FORTUNE) - Be afraid. Be very afraid.

That's the message from two of the world's most successful investors on the topic of high oil prices. One of them, Hermitage Capital's Bill Browder, has outlined six scenarios that could take oil up to a downright terrifying $262 a barrel.

The other, billionaire investor George Soros, wouldn't make any specific predictions about prices. But as a legendary commodities player, it's worth paying heed to the words of the man who once took on the Bank of England -- and won. "I'm very worried about the supply-demand balance, which is very tight," Soros says.

"U.S. power and influence has declined precipitously because of Iraq and the war on terror and that creates an incentive for anyone who wants to make trouble to go ahead and make it." As an example, Soros pointed to the regime in Iran, which is heading towards a confrontation with the West over its nuclear power program and doesn't show any signs of compromising. "Iran is on a collision course and I have a difficulty seeing how such a collision can be avoided," he says.

Another emboldened troublemaker is Russian president Vladimir Putin, Soros said, citing Putin's recent decision to briefly shut the supply of natural gas to Ukraine. The only bit of optimism Soros could offer was that the next 12 months would be most dangerous in terms of any price shocks, because beginning in 2007 he predicts new oil supplies will come online.

Hermitage's Bill Browder doesn't yet have the stature of George Soros. But his $4 billion Moscow-based Hermitage fund rose 81.5 percent last year and is up a whopping 1780 percent since its inception a decade ago. A veteran of Salomon Bros. and Boston Consulting Group, the 41-year old Browder has been especially successful because of his contrarian take; for example, he continued to invest in Russia when others fled following the Kremlin's assault on Yukos.

Doomsdays 1 through 6

To come up with some likely scenarios in the event of an international crisis, his team performed what's known as a regression analysis, extrapolating the numbers from past oil shocks and then using them to calculate what might happen when the supply from an oil-producing country was cut off in six different situations. The fall of the House of Saud seems the most far-fetched of the six possibilities, and it's the one that generates that $262 a barrel.

More realistic -- and therefore more chilling -- would be the scenario where Iran declares an oil embargo a la OPEC in 1973, which Browder thinks could cause oil to double to $131 a barrel. Other outcomes include an embargo by Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez ($111 a barrel), civil war in Nigeria ($98 a barrel), unrest and violence in Algeria ($79 a barrel) and major attacks on infrastructure by the insurgency in Iraq ($88 a barrel).

Regressions analysis may be mathematical but it's an art, not a science. And some of these scenarios are quite dubious, like Venezuela shutting the spigot. (For more on Chavez and Venezuela, click here.)

Energy chiefs at the World Economic Forum in Davos downplayed the likelihood of a serious oil shortage. In a statement Friday, Shell's CEO Jeroen Van der Veer declared, "There is no reason for pessimism." OPEC Acting Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo said "OPEC will step in at any time there is a shortage in the market." But then no one in the industry, including Van der Veer, foresaw an extended run of $65 oil -- or even $55 oil -- like we've been having.

It's clear that there is very, very little wiggle room, and that most consumers, including those in the United States, have acceded so far to the new reality of $60 or even $70 oil. And as Soros points out, the White House has its hands full in Iraq and elsewhere.

Although there are long-term answers like ethanol, what's needed is a crash conservation effort in the United States. This doesn't have to be command-and-control style. Moral suasion counts for a lot, and if the president suggested staying home with family every other Sunday or otherwise cutting back on unnecessary drives, he could please the family values crowd while also changing the psychology of the oil market by showing that the U.S. government is serious about easing any potential bottlenecks.

Similarly, he could finally get the government to tighten fuel-efficiency standards and encourage both Detroit and drivers to end decades of steadily increasing gas consumption. These kinds of steps would create a little headroom until new supplies do become available or threats like Iran's current leadership or the Iraqi insurgency fade.

It's been done it before. For all the cracks about Jimmy Carter in a cardigan and his malaise speech, America did reduce its use of oil following the price shocks of the 1970s, and laid the groundwork for low energy prices in the 1980s and 1990s. But it would require spending political capital, and offending traditional White House allies, and that's something this president doesn't seem to want to do.

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See also:

Skyrocketing Oil Costs Feared In Nuke Standoff (Jan 24)
http://www.copvcia.com/free/ww3/012706_world_stories.shtml#5
GENEVA -- The price of crude oil could reach $131 a barrel if Iran stopped production amid the standoff over Tehran's decision to resume uranium enrichment, a global market study predicts.Oil prices topped $69 a barrel yesterday on supply fears over the nuclear standoff. CLIP

Real Oil Crisis
http://www.copvcia.com/free/ww3/012706_world_stories.shtml#6
What would happen if the world were to start running out of oil? Conventional wisdom says we’ve got 30 years, but there’s a growing fear amongst petroleum experts it’s happening much sooner than we thought – that we are hitting the beginning of the end of oil now. So how soon will the oil run out, and can we stop our economy collapsing when it does? How prepared are we for the real oil crisis?

What they don't want you to know about the coming oil crisis (20 January 2006)
http://www.copvcia.com/free/ww3/012306_world_stories.shtml#1
In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.Soaring fuel prices, rumours of winter power cuts, panic over the gas supply from Russia, abrupt changes to forecasts of crude output... Is something sinister going on? Yes, says former oil man Jeremy Leggett, and it's time to face the fact that the supplies we so depend on are going to run outA spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of an acute, civilisation-changing energy crisis. The latest wobble over disruptions to gas supplies from Russia is merely the latest in a series of reminders of how dependent our economies are on growing supplies of oil and gas. On Wednesday, Gazprom's deputy chairman was in London reassuring Britain that there would be no risk of disruption to British gas supplies in the fall-out from the ongoing spat between Russia and Ukraine over pricing. The very next day, temperatures in Moscow broke a 50-year record, plunging to minus 30C. Gas normally exported was diverted to the home front. Supplies to the West fell. In December, Sir Digby Jones, director-general of the CBI, warned that any shortfall in gas could cause disaster for British industry. The problem, he said, was the likelihood - as forecast by the Met Office - of a particularly cold British winter. This would mean more gas burning in homes and power plants than our liberalised energy market - or its infrastructure - might be able to supply. There aren't enough pipelines from the continent to carry the imported gas that we need now that our North Sea production is dropping. Tankers that are supposed to be bringing liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the UK are instead following market forces and going to the US, where gas prices have rocketed even higher than they have here. Meanwhile, not enough gas has been stockpiled, because market forces don't favour that kind of thing in relatively warm years. CLIP

Is the White House Sending World on a Path of Doom?
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/013006EB.shtml
While most Americans remain preoccupied with war, terrorism, high gas prices - or the coming Pitt-Jolie baby - an issue that may dwarf all of those concerns receives major attention in the Sunday editions of the New York Times and the Washington Post. One story raises a nightmare scenario for the end of the world, at least as we know it, while the other suggests that the Bush administration doesn't want anyone to know about that.




11.

From: "Kathleen Roberts" weerkhr@pacbell.net">
Subject: Comic Video Exposing Exxon
Date: 30 Jan 2006

http://www.exxposeexxon.com/movie/

ONCE YOU’VE SEEN THE MOVIE, THIS IS WHAT YOU DISCOVER...

Tell New ExxonMobil CEO To Change Course

On January 30, 2006, ExxonMobil announced yet another record-breaking profit -- $36.13 billion in 2005! Outrageously, despite its enormous profits, ExxonMobil still refuses to invest in developing cleaner, safer energy solutions or to pay the money it owes to fishermen hurt by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

The good news is that there's a brand new CEO over at ExxonMobil -- Rex Tillerson. Rex may be more responsive and environmentally-conscious than the old CEO. That's why you need to let him know your views on energy and the environment as a consumer and a citizen now. 

Fill out the form to send an email asking new ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to change the company's course before it's too late!

Chart a new course for ExxonMobil

Dear Mr. Tillerson,

Our country remains overly dependent on oil, which has serious consequences ranging from rising gasoline prices that burden every American to global warming that threatens current and future generations.

This addiction to oil represents a failed energy strategy, one that your company not only supports but has helped to develop. I am most disturbed by:

* ExxonMobil's active support of drilling in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge;

* ExxonMobil's efforts to block meaningful action to cut global warming pollution and its funding of junk science to hide the real facts about global warming;

* ExxonMobil's conscious decision to forgo investment in clean energy solutions - despite your record profits at a time of rising gasoline prices;     

* ExxonMobil's failure to pay all of the punitive damages awarded to fishermen and others injured by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

ExxonMobil represents yesterday's energy policy; I would rather spend my money and time moving forward, not backward.

That's why I will NOT purchase ExxonMobil's gas or products, invest in ExxonMobil stock, or work for the company.

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See also:

For ExxonMobil Record Profits, for Consumers Soaring Costs
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/013006T.shtml
ExxonMobil Corporation said today that its 2005 earnings totaled $36.13 billion, an increase of 42 percent from the previous year. The amount is the largest annual profit ever for an American company. The earnings come at a time of high gasoline and heating fuel prices that have prompted some political leaders to call for a windfall profits tax on oil companies.




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From: http://www.gvnr.com/106/9.htm

Response to the Global Emergency

By David Wasdell director of the meridian programme
Recently presented these ideas to the club of Rome

For every ‘positive’ story, there is of course a ‘negative’ downside - so we will get that out of the way first! The current debate on climate change has seriously under-estimated the problem facing us as a planet. Greenhouse gases have been altering the climate for a great many years, and the effects of those prior emissions have still to work their way through the system into their ‘final’ form. Even if we are able to curtail our current rate of greenhouse gas emissions (the current strategy proposed by Kyoto), the amount of greenhouse gas concentration actually already in the system will still mean that the temperature of our planet increases. However, inherent in the so-called ‘Global Warming’ are feedback loops which can be triggered and which would then lead to effects independent of any efforts to curtail carbon dioxide emissions - in fact it is likely that current strategies could lead to runaway global heating, rendering our planet uninhabitable (for further information on feedback loops see: http://www.meridian.org.uk - article on ‘Feedback Crisis in Climate Change’ and article on ‘Global Warning’ both accessible from the home page).

The positive side of this is, of course, that it is becoming increasingly impossible for politicians, and indeed the general public, to ignore this looming catastrophe. Today we recognise that those in possession of the most accurate information share the greatest responsibility for ensuring its most effective application. So it is now imperative to recognise that there now exists a state of global emergency in which we should declare that excessive greenhouse gases are an eco-toxin with potentially catastrophic impact on the global biosphere. We must now develop an emergency strategy to move our global society towards a zero or negative carbon economy within the shortest possible time-scale and develop the most effective institutional instruments to manage the transition.

Politicians do not ‘lead’ in democracies. They follow courses of action that are socially sanctioned by their people. We therefore have the most tremendous opportunity to influence our decision-makers. Lobbying plays its part, but the most effective intervention we can make is to take responsibility for change in our own lifestyle. We need a groundswell of people acting with their friends and neighbours to lead by example, reforming energy use, waste production etc. - in short moving from the consumer society to the conserver society. Lifestyle change must be matched with change in values, in beliefs, and in those deep unconscious drivers of the ‘enough is not enough’ syndrome. Local neighbourhood action - people working together in replicating small cells and clusters - has the power to change our society amazingly fast. Fast enough, in fact, to be able to reach critical mass in time to avert the worst effects of the ‘global emergency’.

Now is the time for all people to come to the aid of the planet.The fu ture of the world is now in our hands.




13.

From: "Sandra and Richard" srkeber@msn.com">
Subject: Bathroom Talk
Date: 30 Jan 2006

This could happen to you - and probably will sometime soon...

I was barely sitting down when I heard a voice from the other stall saying: "Hi, how are you?"

I'm not the type to start a conversation in the restroom but I don't know what got into me, so I answered, somewhat embarrassed, "Doin' just fine!"

And the other person says: "So what are you up to?"

What kind of question is that? At that point, I'm thinking this is too bizarre so I say: "Uhhh, I'm like you, just traveling!"

At this point I am just trying to get out as fast as I can when I hear another question. "Can I come over?"

Ok, this question is just too weird for me but I figured I could just be polite and end the conversation. I tell them "No........I'm a little busy right now!!!"

Then I hear the person say nervously...

"Listen, I'll have to call you back. There's an idiot in the other stall who keeps answering all my questions.




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