MAY LOVE PREVAIL ON EARTH
March 3, 2006
The Big Scoop Series #11: The End of Bushevism in Sight?... Let's Hope So!
It has been 11 days since I emailed you a compilation, hence the GARGANTUAN size of this one... Over 100 pages, the largest one ever! I feel like I should apologize to all of you for committing such an act of mass information.
I feel we are fast approaching a critical juncture in our collective unfolding history as many signs indicate we are close to boiling point in many areas. Public support for the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld triumvirat is melting away. The Earth Vital signs are headed in the red zone. And the US public outrage over the litany of colossal blunders and outright lies of the Corporate plutocracy that masquerades as a democratic government is heating up quickly. Much of all of this is chronicled below...
Please note also that following a brief power outage here a couple weeks ago, I had to reset the date and time on my computer and I mistakenly clicked the year to 2008 instead of 2006. A couple people mentioned this to me because my emails from the "future" messed up their InBox sorting. Of course, this is now corrected.
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"Humans are putting about 6 billion or 7 billion metric tons of carbon in the atmosphere a year. And we are standing on 200 billion tons here. If any significant portion came out, that dwarfs the current human injection into the atmosphere. And once that runaway release occurred, there'd be no way to stop it."
Walter Oechel - Taken from Could Global Warming Become a Runaway Train?
"On its face, the Army's labor program refers to inmates housed in federal, state and local jails. The Army also cites various federal laws that govern the use of civilian labor and provide for the establishment of prison camps in the United States, including a federal statute that authorizes the Attorney General to "establish, equip, and maintain camps upon sites selected by him" and "make available ... the services of United States prisoners" to various government departments, including the Department of Defense. Though the timing of the document's posting - within the past few weeks - may just be a coincidence, the reference to a "rapid action revision" and the KBR contract's contemplation of "rapid development of new programs" have raised eyebrows about why this sudden need for urgency. These developments also are drawing more attention now because of earlier Bush administration policies to involve the Pentagon in "counter-terrorism" operations inside the United States. (...) Given Bush's now open assertions that he is using his "plenary" - or unlimited - powers as Commander in Chief for the duration of the indefinite War on Terror, Americans can no longer trust that their constitutional rights protect them from government actions. As former Vice President Al Gore asked after recounting a litany of sweeping powers that Bush has asserted to fight the War on Terror, "Can it be true that any President really has such powers under our Constitution? If the answer is 'yes,' then under the theory by which these acts are committed, are there any acts that can on their face be prohibited?" In such extraordinary circumstances, the American people might legitimately ask exactly what the Bush administration means by the "rapid development of new programs," which might require the construction of a new network of detention camps."
Taken from Bush's Mysterious 'New Programs' Below
"Iraq is awash with rumours about the collusion of the occupation forces and their Iraqi clients with sectarian attacks and death squads: the US is widely seen as fostering sectarian division to prevent the emergence of a united national resistance. Evidence of their involvement in Wednesday's anti-Sunni reprisals was picked up in the Times, which reported that after an armed attack on the al-Quds Sunni mosque in Baghdad the gunmen climbed back into six cars and were ushered from the scene by cheering soldiers of the US-controlled Iraqi National Guard."
Taken from Exit without a strategy
"If we broaden our mind and open up to new mental resources, the present globalisation of violence can be overcome through a globalisation of peace. New potential of intelligence and humanity will become available by concentrating on accessing previously unused information from the cosmic databank. The corresponding possibilities are lodged in the neural structures of the brain and in the molecular structures of the genetic codes. They also lie in a new (intellectual and spiritual) connection to the functioning logic of cosmic (divine) life, as well as in a new frequency of consciousness."
Dieter Duhm, Theory of Global Healing, 2006 - Taken from info about the 12th International Summer University in Tamera, Portugal July 31st August 10th 2006 - details at http://www.tamera.org
"The Prophecy of the Fifth World is yet to manifest. But when the ancients ones looked ahead, this is what they can share that we can understand at this time. The Four Worlds, that we are moving from, were all on the same level of time, space and dimension. The Fifth world is a step above previous worlds and marks an enormous transformation that we have ever experienced in the first four worlds. The Fifth World will be a blending and harmonization of all four worlds, but taken to a different level. These four worlds together, in a cosmic equality, will bring about a new kind of life. Mineral, plant, animal and human will be looked at as being equally alive. There will be a type of intelligent communication between each world. The ancient ones know that it is hard for us to imagine this right now."
Aluna Joy and the Ancient Ones from San Bartolo - March 2006 Taken from THE PROPHECY OF THE FIFTH WORLD
"Dear Jean, Thank you again for all of the work you do in making these compilations available freely to all. My son studies and works at one of our states universities. He was home this weekend and we were talking about world events. He said that one student where he worked was commenting on the emotional upset of the Muslims over the bombing of the Shiíte al-Askari Shrine in comparison to destructive happenings elsewhere in the world and that this student felt that all the upset was not warranted. At that point, a young man was walking near by in tears because as a Muslim he was feeling the import of this destruction in a personal way. My son said that it is really interesting to have seen the criticism on the one hand and the tears on the other and knowing that no matter where in the world strife and hate filled actions are taken, someone will feel the pain and shed the tears. I said that perhaps there is a positive note to all of this in that we can realise that we are not separate from one another, but that we are all part of a greater whole and that in seeing someone else's grief, perhaps we can grow in compassion and from that grow to realise that all of the hatred and destructive actions on this Earth are hurting ALL OF US and perhaps our hearts will open to the LOVE which is the only way we can continue to live as we perceive ourselves as individuals and also as the collective that we truly are. We can never achieve the positive by acting out the negative, but perhaps if we have eyes to see and ears to hear our hearts will have only LOVE to give and thus to receive. Perhaps our universities are truly the gateways to a higher way of educating ourselves!"
Suzanne Sjogren email@example.com> Message left in the ERN guestbook on 2006-02-26
Worthy of Your Attention
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The REAL 911
Recommended by "Sandra and Richard" firstname.lastname@example.org> who wrote: "It's a long one (about an hour), but irreplaceably educational ... once you start, you won't be able to tear yourself away - even when the tears of rage start."
WTC Buildings blow out and collapse resembles a micro-nuke blast - Telling pictures!
Action Alert: Oil Palm Threatens Indonesia's Rainforests and Orangutans
Chinese funded development a ploy to access rainforest timbers; will devastate Borneo's biodiversity, regional sustainability and largest remaining wild orangutan population.
(If you have not taken action yet on this issue, it is still urgent and vital to do so...)
Storm the White House
Multi-Day Event, Beginning March 15, come when you can and stay as long as you can - we are taking over the White House until they leave.Wednesday, March 15th 2006 12:00 AMWashington, DC USATAKE THE WHITE HOUSE BY STORM - Stop Genocide, Torture and OccupationU.N. SOS - We need your help to end the reign of international criminals.It is our duty and the duty of the United Nations to rescue the people of the world from the U.S. dictators. Murder for occupation and theft of land is illegal. Murder of journalists is criminal. Remove the traitors who have stolen the U.S. budget and used it to commit international crimes against humanity.If we were being bombed and our journalists were being murdered here in the U.S. by a foreign country's military, we would hope that the people of that country would stop what they are doing and go to their president's office and demand that it was stopped. If we were the ones burying thousands and thousands of our family members and watching the destruction of the homes, schools, churches and offices that we had worked for decades to build, we would hope that someone, somewhere would care enough to do something for us. We must stop the criminals in our government NOW. There is no meeting with Congress that is going to change what they are doing. We must put the power of the people into action and stay there until they leave!Inviting everyone to the White House for a protest rally to show that we do not accept the criminal government, illegal wars and the permanent occupation planned for Iraq and Afghanistan.
Major Mobilization Set For April 29th
March For Peace, Justice And Democracy End The War In Iraq - Bring All Our Troops Home Now Saturday, April 29, 2006, New York City
LOTS of essential headlines
Congress Poised To Pass Bill Taking Away Your Right To Know What's In Your Food
Tell Your Congressman or Congresswoman To Vote "No" On House of Representatives Bill H.R. 4167, The "National Uniformity For Food Act," Coming To A Vote In Washington, D.C This Thursday, March 2nd
Standing Ovations for New Film: "America: From Freedom to Fascism"
I went to see the prescreening of Aaron Russo's latest movie, America: From Freedom to Fascism, at the Hilton Phoenix Airport last night. It was a powerful and engaging film that received a well-deserved standing ovation from the group of about 120 adults in attendance, most of who were over 30. The two major topics were the federal income tax and the Federal Reserve. Minor topics were the New World Order, vote fraud, education, government lies, and the police state. The ending contained a call to action that Russo promised will be significantly enhanced in the final edition.A couple of members of the audience mentioned in the subsequent Q&A session that they were not aware of most of what was presented. (...) Russos DVD is a dramatic wake-up call that stirs the full range of emotions. It presents, in an absorbing, credible, and fact-filled fashion, Americas chief domestic problems The film begins by documenting the dual frauds of 1913--the federal income tax and the Federal Reserve system--and covers topics such as the national ID card, human chip implants, vote fraud, government lying and spying, and the New World Order. CLIP - Recommended by "Kathleen Roberts" email@example.com>
1. The whale/plankton connection
2. Paradoxman Speaks The Truth to Power
3. 27 Members of the House Now Support Impeachment Inquiry
4. Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and Stifling of Democracy
5. Secret Service agents say Cheney was drunk when he shot lawyer
6. The Port Sell-Out and the Dismantling of America
7. Chinese try mobile death vans
8. Overview of the death penalty during 2005
9. Israel considers Palestinian PM legitimate assassination target
10. Bush's Mysterious 'New Programs'
11. Miami Herald on "Scholars for 911 Truth" - 9/11 ATTACKS: Avoiding the hard questions
12. Australian Clinician to Speak on Star Kids
13. Acid Seas Kill Off Coral Reefs
14. Climate Change: There is still time to avoid disaster but not much!
15. Journey Through the Light and Back
16. Did you know that ...
17. Psychic Daughter
Video: Bush, Chertoff Warned before Katrina
Newly released video footage shows how, in dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his Homeland Security Chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans' Superdome and overwhelm rescuers. Bush did not ask a single question during this final briefing before Katrina struck. Four days later Bush declared "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees" that gushed deadly floodwaters into New Orleans.
'No One Could Have Anticipated ...'
William Rivers Pitt writes: No one anticipated the breach of the levees except the Director of the National Hurricane Center, the Director of FEMA, and a half-dozen other experts who implored Mr. Bush to take this storm seriously a full day before the hammer dropped. We are forced to get into some very large numbers today to accurately assess the body count from all the things the Bush administration would have us believe no one could have anticipated.
Is George H. W. Bush Really Prescott Bush's Son?
Or Is He The Son Of Inventor Nikola Tesla's German-Born Accountant, George H. Scherff, Sr.? (...) Going back to the stolen Tesla technology and the CIA's role, he added: "The CIA uses stolen Tesla technology, according to Skorzeny, to spy on Americans and manipulate the weather. There are thousands of satellites orbiting the earth that project high intensity positively charged laser beams to certain areas on the earth. These positively charged laser beams enable the New Word Order Nazis/C.I.A. to use their stolen Tesla Technology to manipulate the weather & to transmit extremely low frequency "elf" waves with subliminal messages for mind control purposes."When HAARP is active, giant space based lasers simultaneously aim their beams to a central "spot" on earth. That "spot" will then experience severe droughts, hurricanes, tornados or earthquakes. Spontaneous Human Combustion or "SHC" occurs when these lasers are pointed directly at human beings." Hurricane Katrina was allegedly a man-made disaster. Bush was quick to mention that it was a "natural disaster." It was created to distract America's attention away from Bush's latest unqualified fascist neo-con, Supreme Court of Injustice appointees." Eyewitnesses allegedly saw the levees in New Orleans being blown up by US soldiers after they had survived the storm intact. Katrina was a low, Category 3 storm. Not a CAT 4 or 5 as initially claimed! The levees were intentionally blown up to help Bush's neo-con insurance company cronies. Most homes are covered by wind damage insurance only. Not flooding. If the houses were damaged by flooding instead of wind damage then the insurance companies do not have to pay out any claims."This man-made diversion allowed Bush & OPEC the opportunity to "rape" the American tax payers once again by increasing the price of gas for no legitimate reason other than to make billions of dollars of profit at their expense!"
What Bush Was Told About Iraq
Two highly classified intelligence reports delivered directly to President Bush before the Iraq war cast doubt on key public assertions made by the president, Vice President Cheney, and other administration officials as justifications for invading Iraq and toppling Saddam Hussein, according to records and knowledgeable sources.
White House Had Prior Knowledge Of Cheney Threat (February 20, 2006) SEROUS STIFF!
WASHINGTON, DCGovernment documents declassified today reveal that President Bush was briefed last summer of "a substantial risk" that Vice President Dick Cheney would shoot an elderly male in the face sometime in the next several months. Reports indicate that the White House had this photo of Cheney hunting senior citizens as early as 2001.In a Presidential Daily Briefing given to Bush in August 2005, the CIA warned that the vice president was a potent threat to the senior population at large, and in particular "possessed the capabilities and intentions to spray a senior citizen with projectiles fired from a shotgun or other weapon." A second brief identified the population at risk as those "between 70 and 80 years of age," and warned that the vice president posed the greatest threat to "seniors in close proximity to the vice president when he is armed." The brief, which urged the White House to take "the most thorough possible precautions to disable this threat to the faces, necks, and chests of the nation's elderly," was issued a full six months before the events of Feb. 11. The emergence of the document is causing many to question whether Bush and his staff adequately understood or appreciated the the risk posed by Cheney. "To learn that the president's own people advised him in advance of the strong likelihood that Cheney might spray a helpless geriatric victim with bird shot, and still he did nothing, brings to light very serious concerns about this administration's Cheney-containment policies," said Victor Steinberg, director of the Froman Institute, a D.C.-based organization that monitors vice-presidential violence. Further investigation revealed that reports of potential Cheney violence have surfaced since the early '90s, but were given higher priority in the Clinton Administration. In January 2001, outgoing Clinton Administration officials made specific warnings to Colin Powell, emphasizing the vice-presidential threat. In a statement released Monday, White House press secretary Scott McClellan pointed to the number of times that random Cheney attacks have been prevented or stopped by the administration. "The president routinely deals with any number of reports concerning the vice president's assaults on our nation's elderly, such as ear-biting, clubbing, or in one case, the hurtling of a photocopier," McClellan said. "In each case, the president has seen that appropriate steps are taken, whether that means close monitoring of the vice president, adjustments in his medication, or the removal of heavy equipment from his offices, to ensure the safety of those around him." "We assure you that protecting senior citizens from vice-presidential shotgun blasts was, is, and will remain the highest priority of this administration," he added.
A deluded king and his court lickspittles (Mar. 02, 2006) http://www.salon.com/opinion/blumenthal/2006/03/02/bush_flattery/
Cut off from reality and surrounded by flatterers like Rice and Cheney, Bush clings to grandiose illusions of heroism. (...) Bush's immovability was previously perceived as the determination of a man of simple but clear convictions. But as his policies have unfolded as disastrous, his image has been turned inside out. Instead of being perceived as secure, he is seen as out of touch; instead of being acknowledged as a colossus striding events, he is viewed as driftwood carried away by the flood.Within the sanctum of the White House, his aides often handle him with flattery. They tell him that he is among the greatest presidents, that his difficulties are testimony to his greatness, that his refusal to change is also a sign of his greatness. The more is he flattered, the more he approves of the flatterer. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has risen along with her current of flattery. She is expert at the handwritten little note extolling his historical radiance. Karen Hughes, now undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, was a pioneer of the flatterer's method. White House legal counsel Harriet Miers is also adept. But it is Vice President Dick Cheney who has sought and gained the most through flattery. While Bush is constantly and lavishly complimented as supreme leader, Cheney runs the show. Through his chief of staff, David Addington, he controls most of the flow of information, especially on national security, that reaches the incurious president. Bush seeks no contrary information or independent sources. He does not delve into the recesses of government himself, as Presidents Kennedy and Clinton did. He never demands worst-case scenarios. Cheney and his team oversee the writing of key decision memos before Bush finally gets to check the box indicating approval. Addington also dominates much of the bureaucracy through a network of conservative lawyers placed in key departments and agencies. The Justice Department regularly produces memos to justify the latest wrinkle in the doctrine of the "unitary executive," whether on domestic surveillance or torture. At the Defense Department, the counsel's office takes direction from Addington and acts at his behest to suppress dissent from the senior military on matters such as detainees or the "global war on terror."Tightly regulated by Cheney and Bush's own aides (who live in fear of Cheney), the president hears what he wishes to hear. They also know what particular flattery he wants to receive, and they ensure that he receives it. CLIP
Toll in Iraq's Deadly Surge: 1,300
Grisly attacks and other sectarian violence unleashed by last week's bombing of a Shiite Muslim shrine have killed more than 1,300 Iraqis, making the past few days the deadliest of the war outside of major US offensives, according to Baghdad's main morgue. The toll was more than three times higher than the figure previously reported by the US military and the news media.
Ex-Official: Iraq Abuses Growing Worse
John Pace, who last month left his post as director of the human rights office at the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, said the level of extra-judicial executions and torture is soaring, and morgue workers are being threatened by both government-backed militia and insurgents not to properly investigate deaths.
Iraq's Death Squads: On the Brink of Civil War
Hundreds of Iraqis are being tortured to death or summarily executed every month in Baghdad alone by death squads working from the Ministry of the Interior, the United Nations' outgoing human rights chief in Iraq has revealed.
Bush administration drags Iraq towards the abyss of civil war (March 1)
Since the destruction of the Al-Askariya mosque last Wednesday in Samarra, Iraq has been convulsed by sectarian violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslim militias. A vicious cycle of reprisals and counter-reprisals has claimed hundreds of lives, including dozens of men from both denominations who have been dragged from their homes and executed in the street. As the third anniversary of the US invasion approaches, there is talk of civil war.The Bush administration and the American media have expressed shock and dismay at this turn of events. Fridays editorial in the New York Times was a case in point. Iraqi leaders from all religious groups and communities need to exert a calming influence, it pontificated, concluding: Creating a new Iraq that is at once democratic, unified and stable was never going to be easy. Now it has become a lot harder.No small amount of cynicism and deceit was required to write such lines. In the face of the sectarian clashes, mouthpieces of the US ruling elite such as the Times expect people to forget that in March 2003 the Bush administration launched an illegal and unprovoked war against Iraq. The prospect of fratricidal conflict stems directly from this brutal and reckless crime.The invasion was not carried out to bring democracy, unity or stability to Iraq, but to impose a US puppet state and create conditions for the US corporate plunder of the second largest oil reserves in the world. The military devastation of what the Pentagon knew was a defenceless country was also intended as a warning to all potential rivals to the US, from the European powers to China, of the consequences of challenging American interests.Among the key planners of the war, the invasion of Iraq was viewed as only the first in a series of interventions in the Middle East to establish US dominance over the region where a large proportion of the worlds oil and gas is derived. Iran is now the subject of threats by the Bush administration over its alleged nuclear programs that are ominously reminiscent of the build-up to the attack on Iraq. Syria is also the target of repeated provocations. (...) A civil war in Iraq would potentially produce greater horrors than communal fighting in countries such as Lebanon or the former Yugoslavia. Baghdad, a highly integrated city with a population of six million, is almost evenly divided between adherents of both branches of Islam. Any conflict in Iraq would also inevitably spill over its borders, drawing in neighbouring states such as Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia and Jordan, and Shiite Iran.The American ruling elite was not only aware that the overthrow of the Baathist regime would plunge Iraq into sectarian conflicts and the broader Middle East into instability, its most consistent advocatesthe so-called neo-conservativesbased their strategy for the region on precisely such an outcome. CLIP - This is a most interesting article for those who want to better understand the background of the current situation in Iraq.
Curfew Fails to Quell Iraq Civil War
At least 36 people have died in violence across Iraq as the authorities fight to contain sectarian killing in which at least 165 have died this week, increasing fears of an impending Iraqi civil war.
Sunni-Shia Schism 'Threatening to Tear Iraq Apart'
Iraq is on the verge of breaking up along religious, ethnic and tribal lines - a process bloodily amplified by the Shia versus Sunni violence in the wake of last week's bomb attack on the gold-domed shrine in Samarra, the International Crisis Group says in a report out today.
Evictions May Foreshadow Iraq Civil War (March 1, 2006)
Shiites and Sunnis Being Kicked Out of Homes in Iraq May Be Possible Precursor to Civil War - Many Iraqi Shiites Muslim families living in a Sunni dominated areas have fled and taken refuge in a safer places, fearing sectarian tensions on the rise, a dangerous precursor to civil war in Iraq. BAGHDAD (AP) The sectarian cleansing that drove 68-year-old Abbas al-Saiedi from his home may be as alarming a sign of a country on the brink of civil war as the killings that have swept Iraq in the past week. Masked gunmen carrying rocket-propelled grenade launchers and automatic rifles kicked down the gate at his house, fired into the air and told the Shiite he had 48 hours to get his family out of the predominantly Sunni neighborhood in west Baghdad. Al-Saiedi's story, a tale of fear and desperation told to The Associated Press on Wednesday, represents a growing phenomenon of religious cleansing in which members of each Muslim sect are driving the others from neighborhoods where they have long lived side by side. The practice, which has been going on for some time in neighborhoods south of Baghdad, is a barometer of the degree to which the Shiites and Sunnis have moved on the path to civil war. The number of incidents cannot be fully gauged, but is not yet at the level of mass expulsions of the kind that took place in the Balkans during the civil war there in the 1990s. For their part, Sunnis have long-standing claims of attacks by Shiite-dominated and, some say, government-linked death squads and eviction from homes in the very neighborhoods now being occupied by Shiites displaced from Sunni areas. Abdul-Salam al-Kubaisi, a spokesman for the powerful Sunni clerical Association of Muslim Scholars, urged both communities to stop reprisal attacks and end evictions. CLIP
Exit without a strategy (February 24, 2006) THE US IS BEHIND ALL THE CARNAGE!!
The popular response to Iraq's latest atrocities has been to blame the occupation, not rival sects -- The shattered golden dome of Samarra is yet another milestone in George Bush's "long war" - in which a civil war in Iraq shows every sign of being a devastating feature. But what sort of civil war? I am convinced it is not the type of war that politicians in Washington and London, and much of the western media, have been anticipating.The past few days' events have strengthened this conviction. It has not been Sunni religious symbols that hundreds of thousands of angry marchers protesting at the bombing of the shrine have targeted, but US flags. The slogan that united them on Wednesday was: "Kalla, kalla Amrica, kalla kalla lill-irhab" - no to America, no to terrorism. The Shia clerics most listened to by young militants swiftly blamed the occupation for the bombing. They included Moqtada al-Sadr; Nasrallah, leader of Hizbullah in Lebanon; Ayatollah Khalisi, leader of the Iraqi National Foundation Congress; and Grand Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's spiritual leader. Along with Grand Ayatollah Sistani, they also declared it a grave "sin" to attack Sunnis - as did all the Sunni clerics about attacks on Shias. Sadr was reported by the BBC as calling for revenge on Sunnis - in fact, he said "no Sunni would do this" and called for revenge on the occupation. None of the mostly spontaneous protest marches were directed at Sunni mosques. Near the bombed shrine itself, local Sunnis joined the city's minority Shias to denounce the occupation and accuse it of sharing responsibility for the outrage. In Kut, a march led by Sadr's Mahdi army burned US and Israeli flags. In Baghdad's Sadr City, the anti-occupation march was massive.There was a string of armed attacks on Sunni mosques in the wake of the bombing but none of them was carried out by the protesters. Reports suggest that they were the work of masked gunmen. Since then there has been an escalation of well-organised murders, some sectarian, some targeting mixed groups, such as yesterday's killing of 47 workers near Baquba.But as live coverage of Wednesday's demonstrations on Iraqi and Arab satellite TV stations clearly showed, the popular mood has been anti-occupation rather than sectarian. CLIP
Iraq Violence Surges Anew, 75 Dead
At least 75 Iraqis were killed in a maelstrom of violence as insurgents carried out one of their deadliest offensives in weeks. The vast majority of the victims died in five powerful bombings in Baghdad that threatened to heighten tensions as Iraqis were still struggling to recover from the worst sectarian bloodletting of the war.
Burying the Lancet Report
Over a year ago an international team of epidemiologists completed a "cluster sample survey" of civilian casualties in Iraq. Its findings contradicted central elements of what politicians and journalists had presented to the US public and the world. Soon after the study was published, US and British officials launched a concerted campaign to discredit its authors and marginalize their findings without seriously addressing the validity of their methods or presenting any evidence to challenge their conclusions. Today the continuing aerial bombardment of Iraq is still a dark secret to most Americans and the media present the same general picture of the war, focusing on secondary sources of violence.
TV Ads Push Iraq War Support
In an early sign of the imagery that may flood the nation's television screens as congressional elections approach this fall, a conservative political group closely aligned with the Bush administration has launched a blitz of television ads to shore up sagging public support for the war in Iraq.
Analysts See Lebanon-ization of Iraq in Crystal Ball
The outlines of a future Iraq are emerging: a nation where power is scattered among clerics turned warlords; control over schools, hospitals, railroads and roads is divided along sectarian lines; graft and corruption subvert good governance; and foreign powers exert influence only over a weak central government. It's far too early to write Iraq off as a quagmire, analysts say, but the threat of contagious and continuous instability - like in Lebanon - looms.
Death of a professor (February 28, 2006)
There is now a systematic campaign to assassinate Iraqis who speak out against the occupation. In a letter to a friend in Europe, Abdul Razaq al-Na'as, a Baghdad university professor in his 50s, grieved for his killed friends and colleagues. His letter concluded: "I wonder who is next!" He was. On January 28 al-Na'as drove from his office at Baghdad University. Two cars blocked his, and gunmen opened fire, killing him instantly.Al-Na'as is not the first academic to be killed in the mayhem of the "new Iraq". Hundreds of academics and scientists have met this fate since the March 2003 invasion. Baghdad universities alone have mourned the killing of over 80 members of staff. The minister of education stated recently that during 2005, 296 members of education staff were killed and 133 wounded. Not one of these crimes has been investigated by the occupation forces or the interim governments. They leave that to international humanitarian groups and anti-war organisations. Among them is the Brussels Tribunal on Iraq, which has compiled a list to persuade the UN special rapporteur on summary executions to investigate the issue; they do so with the help of Iraqi academics, who risk their lives in the process. Their research shows that the victims have been men and women from all over Iraq, from different ethnic, religious and political backgrounds. Most were vocally opposed to the occupation. For the most part, they were killed in a fashion that suggests cold-blooded assassination. No one has claimed responsibility. Like many Iraqis, I believe these killings are politically motivated and connected to the occupying forces' failure to gain any significant social support in the country. For the occupation's aims to be fulfilled, independent minds have to be eradicated. We feel that we are witnessing a deliberate attempt to destroy intellectual life in Iraq. CLIP
US Troops in Iraq: 72% Say End War in 2006
An overwhelming majority of 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the US should exit the country within the next year, and nearly one in four say the troops should leave immediately, a new Le Moyne College/Zogby International survey shows. A BBC poll reveals that people across the world overwhelmingly believe the war in Iraq has increased the likelihood of terrorist attacks worldwide.
In Iraq "Reconstruction" Means New Prisons
The US State Department is winding down its $20 billion reconstruction program in Iraq and the only new rebuilding money in its latest budget request is for prisons, officials said on Tuesday.
DOD secretly continued intel program
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A controversial counter-terrorism program has quietly continued despite being theoretically ended two years ago.The Department of Defense's Total Awareness Information program was halted by lawmakers more than two years ago amid outcries from privacy advocates. However, it was stopped in name only and has quietly continued within the intelligence agency now fending off charges that it has violated the privacy of U.S. citizens, the National journal reported Thursday. The TIA program developed technologies to predict terrorist attacks by mining government databases and the personal records of people in the United States. Its research was moved from the Pentagon's research-and-development agency to another group that builds technologies primarily for the National Security Agency, the National Journal said. The publication cited documents it had obtained and intelligence sources. The names of key projects were changed, apparently to conceal their identities, but their funding remained intact, often under the same contracts, the Journal said. Two of the most important components of the TIA program were moved to the Advanced Research and Development Activity, housed at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Md., the National Journal said. These included the Information Awareness Prototype System, the core architecture that tied together numerous information extraction, analysis, and dissemination tools developed under TIA, it said. The prototype system included privacy-protection technologies that may have been discontinued or scaled back following the move to ARDA.
Restoring the Public Trust
Bill Moyers speaks on the issue of money and politics: Watching these people work is a study of the inner circle at the top of American politics. It is a Dick Cheney world out there - a world where politicians and lobbyists hunt together, dine together, drink together, play together, pray together and prey together, all the while carving up the world according to their own interests. It is time to fight again. It's not their government, it's your government.
Lies, Damn Lies and Poverty Statistics
Census data released this past August suggests that the number of Americans living in poverty has risen to 12.7 percent. But use of an outdated method to determine poverty level (based solely on food prices) has distorted the real figure, which may be as high as 25 percent of all Americans living in poverty.
Prisons Often Shackle Pregnant Inmates in Labor
Shawanna Nelson, a prisoner at the McPherson Unit in Newport, Arkansas, had been in labor for more than 12 hours when she arrived at Newport Hospital on September 20, 2003. Ms. Nelson, whose legs were shackled together and who had been given nothing stronger than Tylenol all day, begged, according to court papers, to have the shackles removed. Though her doctor and two nurses joined in the request, her lawsuit says, the guard in charge of her refused.
Gonzales to Reveal Much Larger Domestic Spying Operation
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales appeared to suggest yesterday that the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance operations may extend beyond the outlines that the president acknowledged in mid-December.
Audited voting machines shows votes were made 2 weeks before `04 election (February 23, 2006)
The internal logs of at least 40 Sequoia touch-screen voting machines reveal that votes were time and date-stamped as cast two weeks before the election, sometimes in the middle of the night. Black Box Voting successfully sued former Palm Beach County (FL) Supervisor of Elections Theresa LePore to get the audit records for the 2004 presidential election. After investing over $7,000 and waiting nine months for the records, Black Box Voting discovered that the voting machine logs contained approximately 100,000 errors. According to voting machine assignment logs, Palm Beach County used 4,313 machines in the Nov. 2004 election. During election day, 1,475 voting system calibrations were performed while the polls were open, providing documentation to substantiate reports from citizens indicating the wrong candidate was selected when they tried to vote.Another disturbing find was several dozen voting machines with votes for the Nov. 2, 2004 election cast on dates like Oct. 16, 15, 19, 13, 25, 28 2004 and one tape dated in 2010. These machines did not contain any votes date-stamped on Nov. 2, 2004.You can find the complete set of raw voting machine event logs for Palm Beach County here: http://www.bbvforums.org/forums/messages/2197/6628.html CLIP
Did 308,000 cancelled Ohio voter registrations put Bush back in the White House? (February 28, 2006) THIS IS ENOUGH TO WARRANT A NATIONAL OUTCRY AND MASS PROTESTS IN THE STREETS - MUST READ AND PASS ON!
While life goes on during the Bush2 nightmare, so does the research on what really happened here in 2004 to give George W. Bush a second term. Pundits throughout the state and nation---many of them alleged Democrats---continue to tell those of us who question Bush's second coming that we should "get over it," that the election is old news. But things get curiouser and curiouser. In our 2005 compendium HOW THE GOP STOLE OHIO'S 2004 ELECTION & IS RIGGING 2008 (www.freepress.org), we list more than a hundred different ways the Republican Party denied the democratic process in the Buckeye State. (...) Therefore, to put it simply: at least 308,000 voters, most of them likely Democrats, were eliminated from the registration rolls prior to an election allegedly won by less than 119,000 votes, where more than 106,000 votes still remain uncounted, and where the GOP Secretary of State continues to successfully fight off a meaningful recount. There are more than 80 other Ohio counties where additional pre-November, 2004 mass eliminations by GOP-controlled boards of elections may have occurred. Further "anomalies" in the Ohio 2004 vote count continue to surface. In addition, it seems evident that the Democratic Party will now enter Ohio's 2006 gubernatorial and US Senate races, and its 2008 presidential contest, with close to a half-million voters having been eliminated from the registration rolls, the vast majority of them from traditional Democratic strongholds, and with serious legislative barriers having been erected against new voter registration drives. Stay tuned.
Diebold Covertly Re-certified in California
Why do Diebold's Touch-Screen Voting Machines Have Built-In Wireless Infrared Data Transfer Ports? (2/22/2006)
IrDA Protocol Can 'Totally Compromise System' Without Detection, Warns Federal Voting Standards Website. (...) This from TrueVoteMD: Diebold AccuVote TS electronic voting machines have an infrared (IrDA) port installed. This is a remote communication port through which another remote device could communicate with the touch screen and change either its data or its software or both. If your county uses Diebold touch screens, let your county officials and election judges know that it is crucial to cover the IR port with opaque tape. (...) As mentioned, since touch-screen machines have been stored at poll workers' houses and other unsecured locations prior to Election Day, and since data can be transferred to the machines and their memory cards via Infrared -- even without removing the cards or breaking their protective seals -- the IrDA ports would seem to be a tremendous concern. CLIP
Congressman Ron Paul Admits Conspiracy to Create Tyrannical World Government http://911exposed.com/
Eric Rainbolt - audience member asking question of Congressman Paul at event near Austin, Texas on August 30th, 2003: "Congressman Paul, I have a question..."Moderator: "Over here." (pointing to Eric Rainbolt.) Eric Rainbolt: "Great! If we can take a look at the big picture, could you tell us, the people in this room, any information that you may have of an international and deceptive conspiracy to overthrow the American Republic and its Constitution & Bill Of Rights in order to set up and usher in a totalitarian World Government likely espoused under the UN also.."? Congressman Paul: " He asked if there was an international conspiracy to overthrow our government. The answer is "Yes". I think there are 25,000 individuals that have used offices of powers, and they are in our Universities and they are in our Congresses, and they believe in One World Government. And if you believe in One World Goverment, then you are talking about undermining National Sovereignty and you are talking about setting up something that you could well call a Dictatorship - and those plans are there!..." CLIP Find more info about Congressman Ron Paul at http://www.house.gov/paul/ - A list of articles published by the Congressman is at his government website http://www.house.gov/paul/tst/welcome.htm
White House 'Discovers 250 Emails Related to Plame Leak
Jason Leopold has learned that 250 emails from Dick Cheney's office, relating to the outing of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame-Wilson, that the White House claimed did not exist, in fact do. Those newly re-discovered emails have been turned over to Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald and are said to be explosive.
Bush Visit Brings South Asia a New Nuclear Threat
George W. Bush arrives in India late Wednesday evening, but much has preceded him. Like the media hype over the "historic visit," for example. More notable than this advance party, however, is the shadow of a nuclear militarism preceding the presidential visit. The Bush mission, it is already and abundantly clear, bodes ill indeed for South Asia, besides the entire neighborhood, warns J. Sri Raman.
Protests as Bush starts India visit (01 March 2006)
Tens of thousands of Indians have joined demonstrations across the country against the visit by US President George Bush.Groups representing Muslims, communists and survivors of the Bhopal disaster in 1984 held protests hours before Bush's arrival in New Delhi on Wednesday. Bush's three-day visit to the world's largest democracy, which is also Asia's third-largest economy, has raised expectations in India as it sheds its socialist baggage and turns to the West to help it become a regional power. But it has also drawn the ire of leftist and Muslim groups who staged large protests in several cities across the country against Bush's policies. CLIP
Norman Solomon writes: The White House announced plans for George W. Bush to lay a wreath at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial in New Delhi this week. While audacious in its shameless and extreme hypocrisy, this PR gambit is in character for the world's only superpower. One of the main purposes of the Bush regime's media spin is to depict reality as its opposite.
Arundhati Roy | Bush in India: Just Not Welcome
Arundhati Roy writes that in his triumphalist tour of India and Pakistan, where he hopes to wave imperiously at people he considers potential subjects, President Bush has an itinerary that's getting curiouser and curiouser.
Poll: Bush Ratings At All-Time Low
The Latest CBS News Poll Finds Bush's Approval Rating Has Fallen To An All-Time Low Of 34 Percent
Pentagon Told to Release Guantanamo Transcripts
A federal judge ordered the Pentagon on Thursday to release the identities of hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to The Associated Press, a move which would force the government to break its secrecy and reveal the most comprehensive list yet of those who have been imprisoned there.
American gulag (February 26 2006)
Torture, force-feeding and darkness at noon -- this is Guantanamo, a lawyer for prisoners says. (...) The files include only the flimsiest accusations or hearsay that would never stand up in court. The file on one prisoner indicated that he had been seen talking to two suspected Al Qaeda members on the same day at places thousands of miles apart. The primary "evidence" against another was that he was captured wearing a particular Casio watch, "which many terrorists wear." Oddly, the same watch was being worn by the U.S. military chaplain, a Muslim, at Guantanamo. When I first met my clients, they had not seen or spoken with their families for more than three years, and they had been questioned hundreds of times. Several were suspicious of us; they told me that they had been interrogated by people who claimed to be their lawyers but who turned out not to be. So we had DVDs made, on which members of their families told them who we were and that we could be trusted. Several cried on seeing their families for the first time in years. One had become a father since he was detained and had never before seen his child. One noticed his father was not on the DVD, and we had to tell him that his father had died.Most prisoners are kept apart, although some can communicate through the steel mesh or concrete walls that separate their cells. They exercise alone, some only at night. They had not seen sunlight for months an especially cruel tactic in a tropical climate. One prisoner told me, "I have spent almost every moment of the last three years, and eaten every meal, here in this small cell which is my bathroom." Other than the Koran, prisoners had nothing to read. As a result of our protests, some have been given books.Every prisoner I've interviewed claims to have been badly beaten and subjected to treatment that only could be called torture, by Americans, from the first day of U.S. captivity in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They said they were hung by their wrists and beaten, hung by their ankles and beaten, stripped naked and paraded before female guards, and given electric shocks. At least three claimed to have been beaten again upon arrival in Guantanamo. One of my clients, Fayiz Al Kandari, now 27, said his ribs were broken during an interrogation in Pakistan. I felt the indentation in his ribs. "Beat me all you want, just give me a hearing," he said he told his interrogators. CLIP
Guantanamo, Fortress of the Absurd
Philippe Gelie returns to the looking-glass world of Guantanamo after a little over two years and describes the changes - and the absence of changes - he observes.
Horrors of Camp Delta Are Exposed by British Victims
An award-winning film director, who reconstructed scenes of torture and abuse at Guantanamo Bay, has called for the immediate closure of the US-run camp. Michael Winterbottom's film shows prisoners beaten, manacled to floors and subjected to deafening music in solitary confinement.
William Fisher: Son of Gitmo
Legal, diplomatic, religious and human rights authorities are struggling to be heard on what many consider to be the "Son of Guantanamo" - a secret prison in Afghanistan where the US military is said to have been holding some 500 "enemy combatants" for as long as three or four years without access to lawyers.
Gulags For American Citizens In Final Planning Stages (March 1 2006)
Halliburton sex slave trade criminals prepare camps for political dissidents - Bush administration and US army preparations to target American citizens and intern them in forced labor camps has vastly accelerated in the past month and commentators from all over the political spectrum are sounding the alarm bells that the round-ups may begin soon.Once the bane of the media's stereotypical 'tin foil hat wearing' caricatures, concentration camps in America are now serious news and no one is laughing.Following the news first given wide attention by this website, that Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root had been awarded a $385 million dollar contract by Homeland Security to construct detention and processing facilities in the event of a national emergency, the Alternet website put together an alarming report that collated all the latest information on plans to initiate internment of political subversives and Muslims after the next major terror attack in the US.The article highlighted the disturbing comments of Sen. Lindsey Graham, who encouraged torture supporting Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to target, "Fifth Columnists" Americans who show disloyalty and sympathize with "the enemy," whoever that enemy may be. CLIP
Human Rights Hypocrisy
Marjorie Cohn writes: Bolton stated last month, "Membership on the Commission by some of the world's most notorious human rights abusers mocks the legitimacy of the Commission and the United Nations itself." But Bolton was not referring to the United States, which invaded Iraq in violation of the UN Charter, killed thousands of innocent Iraqis, and tortured and abused prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay.
Put Out More Flags: The Making of Another America
John Pilger: Hicks was a drifter. In the 1990s, Hicks became a Muslim and drifted through Kosovo, then on to Afghanistan, where he was kidnapped by the Americans and sent to their concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay. Not a shred of evidence exists that Hicks fought for al-Qaeda, or is a terrorist. Yet he is to face one of Bush's "military commissions," for which torture is used to extract confessions, and there is no right to cross-examine witnesses, no presumption of innocence and no standard of proof "beyond a reasonable doubt." The Howard government has said, in so many words, that David Hicks can rot. He is a no-hoper, un-American, unaspirational. Put out more flags.
New Paths to Stop Human Rights Violations in US
Congress member Barbara Lee gave the House of Representatives in early February reports of 30 types of human rights violations by the US Government since 9/11.
CIA Using Canadian Airstrips
CIA planes have landed in Canada 74 times since the 9/11 terror attacks, underscoring fears that the United States is ferrying suspected terrorists through its neighboring country en route to foreign prisons for torture, according to newly declassified government documents.
The Permanent Energy Crisis (February 13, 2006)
(...) In addition to this danger, we face the entire range of environmental perils associated with our continuing reliance on fossil fuels. Consider this: The DoE predicted in July 2005 that worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide (the principal source of the "greenhouse gases" responsible for global warming) will rise by nearly 60 percent between 2002 and 2025with virtually all of this increase, about 15 billion metric tons of CO2, coming from the consumption of oil, gas, and coal. If this projection proves accurate, the world will probably pass the threshold at which it will be possible to avert significant global heating, a substantial rise in sea-levels, and all the resulting environmental damage.The surest way to slow the increase in global carbon emissions is to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels and accelerate the transition to alternative forms of energy. But because such alternatives are not currently capable of replacing oil, gas, and coal on a significant scale (and won't be, at present rates of investment, for another few decades), the temptation to increase reliance on fossil fuels is likely to remain strong. We are, in fact, caught in a conundrum: the world needs more energy to satisfy rising global demand, and the only way to accomplish this at present is to squeeze out more oil, gas, and coal from the Earth, thereby hastening the onset of catastrophic climate change. In turn, the only way to avert such change is to consume less oil, gas, and coal, which would involve severe economic costs of a sort that most national leaders would be reluctant to consider. Hence, we will be trapped in a permanent crisis brought on by our collective addiction to cheap energy. The sole way out of this trap is to bite the bullet and adopt heroic measures to curb our fossil-fuel consumption while embarking upon a massive program to develop alternative energy systems an effort comparable to, and in some sense a reversal of, the coal-and-oil-fueled industrial revolution of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In the United States, this would, at an utter minimum, entail the imposition of a hefty tax on gasoline consumption, with the resulting proceeds used to fund the rapid development of renewable energy systems. All funds now slated for highway construction should instead be devoted to public transit and high-speed inter-city rail lines and all new cars sold in America after 2010 should have minimum average fuel efficiencies of 50 MPG or higher. This will prove costly and disruptivebut what other choice is there if we want to have some hope of exiting the permanent global energy crisis before the global economy collapses or the planet becomes uninhabitable by humans.
Wi-fi rots your brain - Canadian university bans wireless (Feb 23, 2006)
LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY in Canada has canned a big wi-fi project out of fears that it could cause cancer and rot its students' brains.The Ontario University President Fred Gilbert refuses to sign off on a campus-wide installation after reading a a California Public Utilities Commission study. The study said that there was a possible risk of tumours and other diseases due to exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs). The Consumer and Clinical Radiation Protection at Health Canada is expect to release a report later this year that will say that there are "no identified risks" at normal exposure levels. But Gilbert said that would not be good enough for him, as some of the effects of these things, do not show up for 30 to 40 years after exposure. CLIP
University takes pass on wireless Internet (Feb 23) http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/story.html?id=76ac123e-17e0-4b8e-afc4-7675973f4f15&k=36686
Looking for a hot spot? You wont find one at Lakehead University.University president Fred Gilbert said hes unwilling to introduce wireless Internet access to the Thunder Bay, Ont., school until hes certain no health risk exists from electric and magnetic fields (EMFs). In a recent interview with the website itbusiness.ca, Gilbert said his decision was based on "scientific literature that indicates the potential for some fairly significant health consequences." Gilbert could not be reached for comment on Thursday, but the university issued a statement saying its decision to not install wireless technology was made for "health and security reasons." CLIP
Factory Farms Blamed for Spread of Bird Flu
Factory farming and the international poultry trade are largely responsible for the spread of bird flu, and wild birds are being unfairly blamed for the disease, a new report says. The deadly H5N1 virus has proliferated through exports of live birds and the use of chicken droppings as fertilizer.
Infection Is Growing in Scope, Resistance
A virulent staph germ once largely confined to hospitals is emerging in jails, gyms and schools.
Soft drinks found to have high levels of cancer chemical
It turns out you can't trust Monsanto. Warned of devastating consequences to farmers, the company made a landmark public promise in 1999 not to commercialize "Terminator Technology" - plants that are genetically engineered to produce sterile seeds. Now, seven years later, Monsanto seems to have changed its mind.
McCartney, Wife to Protest Seal Hunt (February 28, 2006)
TORONTO -- Paul McCartney and his wife will travel to the ice floes off the Canadian Maritimes this week to observe seal pups before the country's annual hunt opens, the Humane Society of the United States said. The former Beatle and Heather Mills McCartney, both longtime animal-rights activists, will head out to the frigid ice floes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Thursday and Friday in their bid to prompt Ottawa to end the annual hunt of seals. Paul McCartney and his wife Heather watch from backstage at the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park, London, on July 2, 2005. The couple will travel to the ice floes off the Canadian Maritimes this week to observe seal pups before the country's annual hunt opens, the Humane Society of the United States said Tuesday. "Heather and Paul's visit to the seal pups will shine a global media spotlight on this cruel and needless slaughter," Rebecca Aldworth, the society's director of Canadian wildlife issues, said Tuesday. The timing of this year's hunt is uncertain. Generally the hunt runs from mid-March through mid-April, but the unseasonably mild winter has put the hunt date on hold.Twenty years ago, the centuries-old industry appeared doomed. Celebrities such as Brigitte Bardot and Martin Sheen pushed to ban the hunt amid a worldwide campaign that featured graphic photos of doe-eyed whitecoats, or baby harp seals, being bludgeoned on the ice floes.The protests worked. The United States moved to ban the import of seal products in 1972, and the European Union instituted a partial ban in 1983. Prices plummeted to as low as $5 per seal pelt, and in 1987 Canada banned the killing of whitecoats.But by the mid-1990s, new markets opened up in China and Russia, the price for pelts started to rise, and the sealing industry's efforts to encourage humane harvesting practices limited the impact of renewed protests. As a result, both the industry and the seal population bounced back.The full 325,000 seals allowed under the country's quota were killed last year, giving some 15,000 fishermen and their families $16.5 million in revenue.
Memory Against Forgetting- An Open Letter on the "Green Scare"
This is an excellent essay from Portland Indymedia on the current "Green Scare" arrests of eco-activists. (...) The U.S. government excels at dropping down on people's lives like a ton of bricks, and of course that's what it has done with this witch hunt. In the last couple months, it has incarcerated or otherwise hammered many amazing radicals, thereby traumatizing them, their friends, families, and movements. Federal prosecutors have also set a new standard for potential sabotage penalties: life in jail plus, oh, say, about 300 years. The personal reality for the people and their loved ones facing this repression is sad enough. But to make matters worse is the apparent success with which the government has isolated the accused from their comrades and movements. We need to look at how the state has succeeded, to a large degree, in cutting off each of these people from communicating with one another or their political allies. This isolation has surely caused some of them to break their solidarity with each other and cooperate with the prosecution. CLIP Recommended by Ethan X firstname.lastname@example.org>
Marine Mammals Suffer Human Diseases (Feb 25)
ST. LOUISParasites from cat feces are causing deadly brain damage in California sea otters. A combination of toxic chemicals and herpes virus is killing off California sea lions. And toxic algae blooms are contributing to record manatee deaths in Florida. All of these animals live near coastlines, spending a majority of their lives in the same waters people swim and surf in. Their daily cuisines consist of the same foods we serve up in clam shacks and fine seafood restaurants.The difference between humans and these animals, says NOAA spokesperson Paul Sandifer, is that the animals deal with the ocean conditions, good or bad, full time. People can pick and choose when to go into the water and what to eat. As a result, marine animals, particularly mammals, play an important role as sentinel species. When one of these species gets sick or dies from something in the water, it is often a warning to humans of disease to come. CLIP
The Fate of the Ocean
The oceans as we have known them are ceasing to exist, says the author of this lengthy investigative piece. Oceanic problems once encountered on a local scale have gone pandemic, and these pandemics now merge to birth new monsters. - Our oceans are under attack, and approaching a point of no return. Can we survive if the seas go silent? (...) The 25 years I've spent at sea filming nature documentaries have provided a brief yet definitive window into these changes. Oceanic problems once encountered on a local scale have gone pandemic, and these pandemics now merge to birth new monsters. Tinkering with the atmosphere, we change the ocean's chemistry radically enough to threaten life on earth as we know it. Making tens of thousands of chemical compounds each year, we poison marine creatures who sponge up plastics and PCBs, becoming toxic waste dumps in the process. Carrying everything from nuclear waste to running shoes across the world ocean, shipping fleets spew as much greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as the entire profligate United States. Protecting strawberry farmers and their pesticide methyl bromide, we guarantee that the ozone hole will persist at least until 2065, threatening the larval life of the sea. Fishing harder, faster, and more ruthlessly than ever before, we drive large predatory fish toward global extinction, even though fish is the primary source of protein for one in six people on earth. Filling, dredging, and polluting the coastal nurseries of the sea, we decimate coral reefs and kelp forests, while fostering dead zones. (...) Fishing fleets kill an estimated 100 million sharks per year across the globe. In the Gulf of Mexico, the number of oceanic whitetip sharks has plunged 99 percent since the 1950s, driving this once common pelagic species into virtual extinction. A study of the North Atlantic found that overall shark populations have declined more than 50 percent since 1986. Sadly, sharks are slow breeders, with most delivering small litters (some only twins) after reaching a late sexual maturity (some at 25 years old), after which they typically deliver litters at three-year intervals. The results of such slow reproduction make recovery from overfishing notoriously difficult. (...) Close to 50 hypoxic zones fester on the coasts of the continental United States, affecting half of all our estuaries. The situation is worse in Europe, with 14 persistent dead zones that never go away, and almost 40 others occurring annually, the biggest and worst being the 27,000-square-mile persistent dead zone in the Baltic Sea, which is nearly the size of South Carolina. CLIP
Enemies of the Ocean
A list of companies, politicians, and countries who do the most damage to the world's oceans. (...) Japan offers multimillion-dollar grants to poor countries in exchange for pro-whaling votes on the International Whaling Commission. In a famous example, both St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines changed their antiwhaling position two weeks after their prime ministers took trips to Tokyo. The two countries then received $20 million in aid from Japan. Generations of U.S. consumers have been told to Trust the Gortons Fisherman, but its Japanese parent company, Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd., has killed some 2,700 whales under the guise of scientific research since buying Gortons in 2001. McDonalds gets its Filet-O-Fish from Gortons. Chemicals used in Midwestern farms flow down the Mississippi toward the Gulf of Mexico, where the largest dead zone in America waits. The industries are such strong backers of Rep. Pombo that he let them write a bill undoing the Food Quality Protection Act and introduced it into Congress. Cruise ships can produce 30,000 gallons of sewage and 19 tons of garbage a day, most of which is dumped into the ocean, often in brazen defiance of federal laws. Add to that diesel exhaust equal to 12,240 cars, and youve got what the Bluewater Network calls an emerging crisis. CLIP
Collateral Damage (March 1, 2006)
Navy sonar exercises could be to blame for whale strandings. - -The pilot whales began coming ashore last January, on North Carolinas Cape Hatteras National Seashore, not far from Whalebone Junction, where fishermen make the turn toward the marina at Oregon Inlet. Short-finned with distinctly rounded heads and long, stocky dark bodies, some were almost 20 feet long, weighing up to three tons. By the time they were discovered in the surf near a lonely five-mile stretch of beach, 15 pilot whales6 of them pregnantwere dead. Seven more had to be euthanized by veterinarians. During the next two days, a newborn minke whale and two dwarf sperm whales also died in one of the largest beaching events ever documented along this coastline.Scientists arrived to gather tissue; after the necropsies, the whales were buried on the beach. Its curious to have three different kinds of whales strand, and a number of possible causes are being examined. Sonar is certainly one of them, said Connie Barclay, spokeswoman for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.On the day the strandings began, several Navy ships conducted submarine-hunting exercises off North Carolinas Outer Banks, using loudspeakers to send mid-frequency sonar sound waves across ten or even a hundred miles of ocean. Sonar devices can locate an enemys sophisticated, almost-silent diesel submarines by, ironically, making a deafening noisesometimes above 230 decibels, as loud as a Saturn V rocket blasting off. (Underwater noise of only 120 decibelsa level billions of times less intensehas been known to disrupt whale behavior.) CLIP
US Not Doing Its Share to Stop the Population Explosion
Andrea Doll says it is obvious that Earth's projected population increase of 50 percent within the next 50 years will have an enormous impact on the Earth's already strained ability to sustain us. So why doesn't the United States fund programs whose mission it is to help individuals and families make sound decisions on family planning?
HOPI PROPHESIES & THE GREAT SHIFT OF THE AGES
We are in the midst of a confluence of events and forces that make this a truly unique age, with the potential for unprecedented transformation. Many refer to this as The Great Shift of the Ages, in which the Earth is entering an exceedingly rare geophysical and astrophysical age that was prophesized thousands of years ago by cultures spanning the globe, including the Egyptians, the Essenes, the Mayans, the Hopis, and others. It is seen as a once in a millennia opportunity to change from an old decadent paradigm,which is collapsing around us, to a new paradigm, where life on this planet will be very different. Others believe the end of the world is upon us, and that this is the end-times that were prophesized in the Bible. One thing is fairly certain, and that is we could be in for a very bumpy ride in the not so distant future. This week's article is by Robert Ghost Wolf, a Hopi Native American, in which he passes along these prophesies as passed down from his elders. He confirms that there are chaotic times ahead, but also that the direction this takes depends entirely upon us. We have the capability to survive and rebuild the planet, depending on remembering "the ancient, sacred teachings," and keeping our connection with the Spirit. The choice is ours, and it's not too late to change. Click here for the article:
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In Hot Water
Last year's record hurricane season may have been just the beginning. Forecasters predict the Atlantic seaboard could be in for decades of relentless pounding. (...) That debate will continue, but many scientists agree that the present hurricane surge is likely part of a 60-to-70-year cycle that changes the strength of ocean currents distributing heat around the globe. Researchers have used tree rings and ice cores to track this variability back hundreds of years. We're now in a fast-flowing mode of this up-and-down cycle, named the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO), during which Atlantic sea-surface temperatures and wind conditions favor hurricane generation. Ten years from now, or perhaps thirty (the timetable is difficult to predict), the cycle should reverse, tending to suppress major hurricanes. Why the variation? "Frankly, no one can say with 100 percent certainty, but it appears to be a natural effect," CLIP
Norway Firm Plans World's Biggest Wind Park With Total Capacity Of 1,500 Megawatts
Sweden Aims For Oil-Free Economy
Sweden Says It Aims To Completely Wean Itself Off Oil Within 15 Years - Without Building New Nuclear Plants
US Led World In New Wind Power Installs In 2005
The United States Installed About 2,400 Megawatts Of Wind Power Last Year
Plan Unveiled For Hydrogen Power Plant
Oil Giant BP And Edison Say They Will Spend $1 Billion To Build A Non-polluting Facility In Carson [CA]. It Is Expected To Be Completed In 2011
The Greenest Vehicles Of 2006
Corn at the Right Time - Ethanol is suddenly all the rage in D.C. and Detroit http://www.grist.org/news/muck/2006/02/24/griscom-little/index.html?source=weekly
GM's pervasive new "Live Green, Go Yellow" campaign is hyping ethanol everywhere from billboards to airwaves to T-shirts. President Bush has been talking up the biofuel too; last week, which he dubbed "energy week," Bush and top cabinet officials fanned out across the country to tout energy initiatives intended to curb America's oil addiction. But is ethanol actually a boon for the environment, and what are its prospects for becoming more than a niche fuel propped up by big subsidies? Muckraker digs around for answers.
Flying Is Dying
Monbiot warns: There is no way to halt global warming and continue traveling long distances at high speeds. The only solution is to stop flying in airplanes.
Omega-News Collection 25. February 2006
Note from Jean: Long-time ERN subscriber, Tim Strachan [firstname.lastname@example.org> or email@example.com>] sent me an article he just wrote, entitled "Travels with my Laptop", which I found quite interesting. In it he explains his plan to write an ebook giving all the necessary tips on that subject (How to run a business through your laptop computer while travelling, how to do internet phoning, Wifi hotspots around the world, etc.) I found the following excerpt most interesting...
(...) Skype is the one! In the end, the simplest and the best for the single traveller is Skype. Skype is free to download, register and use between two (or more: you can conference too) skype users. This encourages rapid spread of the technology and uses web psychology in the best way give something useful away for free and get people in. You even find some internet cafes let you use Skype on their computers (though not often they like to charge for phone calls at much higher rates). Once you have skype working on your computer, you can get more serious you can buy credit (using PayPal, or credit card) which allows you to use SkypeOut, that is, you can call any phone number anywhere (except some emergency numbers), be it a landline (1 or 2 cents per minute) or a cellphone (10 cents per minute approximately). I use this constantly for business and friends who dont have Skype-to-Skype installed yet. Skype claims that $13 credit will give you 10 hours speaking to landlines round the world. You can go further and get SkypeIn, meaning that you can pay about $10 for your own phone number (for 3 months) in any of about 10 countries currently available. I (an Australian in Mexico) have a California phone number which appears on all my websites as if I have an office in the US, and which any American can call at US rates these calls go to my computer and are answered by Skype, whether Im there or not. Either I take the call, or redirect it to other numbers (at Skype costs, very low) or take a voicemail. I could also have a number in the UK, and numerous other countries round the world.
I have been using all these features for months and I can tell you that it works well. It is even something you should have on your computer at home, whether you travel or not you can save a lot of money in phone bills. I know, because I have saved plenty in Australia.
See SkypeZones below for more capabilities. CLIP - To get the whole article, please go at http://www.writer-4-hire.com/index_files/laptoptravel.htm
From: "Benton Productions" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: The whale/plankton connection RE: The Writing on the Wall Series #48: Vital Knowledge - LOTS of it!
Date: 22 Feb 2006
Thanks Jean. Glad I could help.
Just one small extra on the subject, which demonstrates the important species conservation. The more whaling that takes place, the more we remove from the food chain a species that I think may play a vital role in keeping plankton at their present level, and thus preventing major rain events that also add to sea level rise. From what I understand (and my reference is Sidney Liebes, Elisabeth Sahtouris and Brian Swimme A Walk through Time), the plankton that cover the world oceans produce Hydrogen Sulfide gas which seeds cloud with rain. The baleen whales (most of the larger species of whales) feed on large quantities of plankton. If we remove the whales in large enough numbers, who knows what might happen to the incidence of major rain events? I am already receiving information from Malaysia that their rain patterns have changed, with major rain events causing the flooding of outlying villages. We can see how, when we combine the removal of trees (sometimes through illegal logging ) with torrential rain, the earth is unable to hold, and major landslips can occur Take the Philippines for instant, after torrential rain the mountainside bulged and the landslide buried a village and all its inhabitants.
This is not information to scare people. Being afraid often results in an inability to act. Right now, I believe the challenge is to hold the fear at bay and for each of us to act out of love for this planet, for this wonderful nurturing system which has sustained our species for so long. Its that beat of the butterfly wing that causes winds elsewhere thing; everyone of us has a wonderful chance to become part of the solution, to truly take our place as a light creature. Nature is our Mother, and right now it is our challenge to find a way of working with her to solve this problem once and for all. The energy of fear will hold us back from meeting this challenge unless we are strong enough to hold out against it. I think that everyone who regularly reads your newsletters have that kind of courage deep within. There has never been a time more potent than right now to step into the light and hold your courage high.
Thanks for being there for all of us, Jean
Love and light
AND MY REPLY WAS
Thanks again Viv for this important additional comment! No one else, that I'm aware of, has expressed a similar concern about a possible connection between the plankton and the whales. It would be interesting to submit this issue to the international whaling commission and to the whaler killers in Norway, Japan and Iceland. Perhaps it would help awaken the whalers to their blind folly...
I've added your comment to my next compilation and I'd be curious to hear from you if anyone else had anything to add on this.
Your point on not allowing fear to disempower us is also of vital importance and I'm sure everyone on this list, who I also see as rather courageous indeed to accept to face straight on the difficult aspects of today's challenges, will agree with you.
Love and Light will prevail...
THEN IN ANOTHER EMAIL VIV ADDED ON THIS: "I guess my comment about courage was not meant for you or the majority of your readers, but for those who feel that these issues are all too frightening and retreat into powerlessness. You and most of your readers and contributors show an enormous amount of courage in continuing the valuable work you are doing. "
NOTE: People who would like to take action on this important whaling issue can go at...
This year, over 1,500 whales will be slaughtered in the worlds oceans. Despite a ban on commercial whaling nearly 20 years ago, Norway, Japan and Iceland continue to kill whales using methods that date back to the 19 th Century. Whalewatch is the campaign initiative of over 140 animal welfare organisations representing more than 55 countries worldwide which focuses on the inherent cruelty associated with killing whales.
Greenpeace Save the whales Campaign http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/save-our-seas-2/save-the-whales
Japan and Norway Whaling Actions & News
Thames whale highlights plight of species (January 23, 2006)
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A BRIGHT, SHINING EXAMPLE OF COURAGE WHICH OUGHT TO BE EMULATED WIDELY. ONLY WITH SUCH FORTHRIGHT FORTITUDE SHALL THIS CORRUPT AND TERMINALLY ILLEGAL U.S. GOVERNMENT BE DISPLACED FROM POWER AND THE JUST AND RIGHTFUL HEIRS OF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION FOUNDERS' IDEALS BE RETURNED TO THE HELM OF THIS NATION, SO IT NO LONGER LIVE UNDER THE PERPETUAL LIES OF THESE DELUSIONARY PURVEYORS OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION.
Date: 21 Feb 2006
From: Ron Van Dyke email@example.com>
Subject: A note from the paradoxman
I continue to appreciate your efforts in informing so many. Thank you so much for all you do for all of us. You are loved.
For me, I continue to move ahead as best I can. Today, I sent several national officials the following letter. You may use it if you are so moved. Perhaps others can join me in putting pressure on our "leaders". If he doesn't chicken out, I may also me on the Investigative Journal with Greg Szymansky tomorrow afternoon. All programs are archived on the Republic Broadcasting Network out of Texas: http://www.rbnlive.net/. Anyway, here's the letter...
Dear Senator ______:
I write because it is time to take a stand, time to speak the Truth to Power.
I wanted to let you know how sad I feel to see our country being squandered at the hands of criminals at the highest levels of our own government. As a veteran who swore to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, it infuriates me to see the Bill of Rights being gutted more and more since the 9/11 plot. When that first occurred, I was outraged at those radical Muslims I believed responsible. However, as realities and inconsistencies came to light, I realized the horrendous truth. 9/11 was preplanned, the twin towers (and other buildings in the complex) were brought down by controlled demolition taking weeks or months to prepare, and no airplane hit the Pentagon. There are scores or even hundreds of inconsistencies in the official story propagated by our controlled media! Outsiders could not have pulled it off; its just not possible. It makes me sick to see this great nation sinking so fast; and to know that there are still millions who believe the lies we are being sold and told.
Yes, I realize there was a conspiracy; but it was not the conspiracy of angry fanatics from the other side of the world plotting to destroy our freedom. Rather, it was a neo-convict conspiracy implemented from within the highest levels of our own government with the complicity of so many within various institutions right here in America. This wasnt the Shadow Government at work; it was the visible government fulfilling the principles laid out in The Project for a New American Century. They got their New Pearl Harbor so that they could take away our freedoms. They are the true haters of freedom and liberty; and they conspire day and night to expand their ability to control and enslave others through a legal framework that undermines the very foundation of our nation.
I urge you to stop the renewal of the falsely so-called Patriot Act due to expire in March. It is actually an anti-patriot act, one that makes patriotism a crime so that the real criminals can feed their greed for unlimited power and resources. Please vote to repeal it, not to renew it.
I also urge you to support impeachment of the entire Executive Branch of our government, and nearly all of Congress and the Senate as well. Most are guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors
and certainly of high treason. So is the Supreme Court. A top-to-bottom purge is long overdue! While we are at it, lets get rid of the illegal and unconstitutional Federal Reserve Bank and the Internal Revenue Service. Thats where the source of the corruption lies, where the worst conspiracies are hatched.
I guess I should be thankful in a strange sort of way, thankful that blatant acts of the current administrationwhich is rapidly selling our country down the drain, our ports to foreign interests, as well as illegally spying on Americans with impunityare having the effect of waking people up to the sad reality that our government has been bought and paid for by the criminal elite in multinational corporations, the military-industrial complex, big banks, educational bureaucracies, dishonest religions, our scandalous medical establishment, and the many corrupt institutions that pervade our society. So many of these leaders also need to be brought to justice, impeached, as it were, and imprisoned. Let them reap for themselves what they have sown for others.
Yes, we are waking up
exponentially. What will their planned police state do: kill us all? Or will we be interred in concentration camps? Either way, we are murdered; but death is preferred over living in what appears to be a rapidly rising fascist tyranny.
If you personally support what is happening, how can you even look into a mirror? Ok, so they may be blackmailing you because of mistakes you made giving in to your lust and greed. Most of our leaders are controlled that way; and to save face, they march to the perverted drumbeat of their controllers. If that is your choice, may God have mercy on your soul for what you are doing to America and the World! You are responsible; and you will be held accountable.
Heres an alternative choice. I urge you to come clean. Tell the truth. People will ultimately support those who have the courage to tell it like it is; and especially to admit they were wrong. Please stand with us. Help us take our great country back from these charlatans (including yourself, if the shoe fits). Be the leader God called you to be.
I send you (and all in this nation and world) the Light of Truth, seeking Justice with Mercy, along with Love and Compassion for all men and women of good will in all cultures and all faiths. May we beat our swords into plowshares, and may Peace prevail, finally, on Earth.
Ron Van Dyke
Note from Jean: If you are interested to find out more about Ron, you may also read...
"A Call for Divine Assistance" available near the top of "Heroes of Our Times Series #6: Leading the Way to a Brighter Future" archived at
"You Are So Blessed!" available in "Rising Phoenix Series #27: Jumping Headlong Into a New Year of Mutually Empowering Sharing and Learning" archived at
I also networked in 2000 an amazing story entitled "Seeing Sparkies" excerpted from his Paradox Magazine and now archived at http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/AmazingFeedbacks.htm
And from another source...
RON VAN DYKE: THE PARADOX MAN ON SEX & SPIRITUALITY (30 March 1998)
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As Grassroots Impeachment Movement Continues to Grow
27 Members of the House Now Support Impeachment Inquiry
As a result of the the full-page impeachment ads in newspapers, the mass demonstrations, rallies in Congressional districts, and the more than 650,000 people that have joined the impeachment campaign at ImpeachBush.org, the political climate in the United States has changed.
We want to place the next big ad in a major newspaper and need your help to do so.
There are now 27 members of the House of Representatives, including John Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee who are supporting a bill, H. Res 635, calling for "a select committee to investigate the Administration's intent to go to war before Congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture, retaliating against critics, and to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment."
"Our principles are enshrined in our Constitution and a system of duly enacted laws, and in a government where all are accountable and no one is above the law," stated Rep. Barbara Lee of California, one of the co-sponsors of the impeachment inquiry. "Our Constitution gives us a system of checks and balances and divided power because our founders were bitterly familiar with dealing with an unaccountable executive and were determined that our nation should not have a king," said Congresswoman Lee.
At the same time the Congressional inquiry moves forward, recent polls reveal that the majority of the country now favors impeachment if the President either lied about the reasons for going to war or broke federal law with his illegal wire-tapping program. This is a clear-cut sign that the impeachment movement is becoming a decisive factor in U.S. politics.
Help place the next major impeachment ad by clicking here.
We have exciting new opportunities for the impeachment movement to grow to new heights. It would be a monumental mistake to sit back and assume that Congressional representatives or other politicians will proceed with the impeachment campaign without grassroots pressure and community support. Impeachment will only become a reality if the people lead this movement.
We now must step up the pressure by:
Placing the ImpeachBush ad in additional newspapers and spreading the word in the mass media. Impeachment supporters are taking the ad and placing it in small and medium sized papers around the country. For example, we just received word that the ad has been republished in Butte, Montana. The impeachment movement has received initial support to place a full-page in the San Francisco Chronicle which reaches throughout northern California, but we need additional donations to make the placement of that ad in the next few weeks. Click here to help place that ad.
Call and write Congress. The next People's Impeachment Lobby will take place from February 28 - March 1. ImpeachBush.org will set up another easy-to-use mechanism so that impeachment campaign members and supporters can write directly to their representatives insisting that they support the call for a congressional inquiry to investigate grounds for impeachment. Be sure to tell your friends and family to participate.
Organize local impeachment events and teach-ins in your community to discuss the grounds for impeachment. Take the impeachment petition, available at ImpeachBush.org and circulate it among your friends, co-workers and neighbors.
Spread the word any way you can - and display the clear message to Impeach Bush with your own lawn signs, bumper stickers, baseball caps, t-shirts and sweat-shirts which you can get at the Impeach Bush resource center.
It is up to us in this movement to bring this administration to justice and to defend and save the Constitution. Your help is needed today, so please donate to support this important effort.
--All of us at ImpeachBush / VotetoImpeach.org
THIS IS RELATED
From: "Bill Goodman, Legal Director, the Center for Constitutional Rights" email@example.com>
Date: 27 Feb
Subject: Action Alert: New CCR Book on Impeachment Out Today, Write Your Representatives
We know George Bush has lied to us, spied on us, broken the law and sent Americans to fight an illegal war. The time for just debate and protest is over. We need real action to save our country and our Constitution Congress must consider the impeachment of George W. Bush. Click here to take action: www.ccr-ny.org/impeachment
We outline the legal case for impeaching Bush in an important new book, Articles of Impeachment Again George W. Bush, published by Melville House this week. We want to share special information about the book with our supporters click here to learn more.
Legal experts from the Center for Constitutional Rights propose four articles of impeachment in the book, explaining the case clearly and precisely. This is essential reading for all Americans. The book is part of our campaign to demand Congress show the President he is not above the law please join us in urging Congress consider impeachment today: www.ccr-ny.org/impeachment
Why now? The President's illegal domestic spying program has been exposed - CCR is currently fighting it in federal court and a majority of Americans now say Bush lied about the war in Iraq and it is a mistake. A growing number of U.S. Representatives now support a resolution to investigate impeachment. Take a moment to act today and encourage even more representatives to join the fight click here to act.
Together, we can beat back Bush's illegal actions through Congress and the courts.
The Case for Impeachment
Lewis H. Laphaman explains why we can no longer afford George W. Bush. "Conspiracy to commit fraud would seem reason enough to warrant the President's impeachment. Before reading the Conyers report, I wouldn't have expected to find myself thinking that such a course of action was either likely or possible; after reading the report, I don't know why we would run the risk of not impeaching the man."
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Editor of Harper's mag for 30 yrs calls for impeachment
Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and Stifling of Democracy
by Lewis Lapham
BUZZFLASH REVIEW - September 21, 2006
Lewis Lapham has been the Editor of "Harper's" magazine for 30 years (retiring as Editor Emeritus this spring). In the March issue (not available online), Lapham calls for the impeachment of George W. Bush in that venerable publication. Have we got your attention yet?
Lapham concludes his impeachment call with these trenchant words: "It is the business of the Congress to prevent the President from doing more damage than he's already done to the people, interests, health, well-being, safety, good name, and reputation of the United States--to cauterize the wound and stem the flows of money, stupidity and blood."
"Gag Rule" is a book Lapham wrote during these dark hours of Bushevism, a book that details his scorn for how the Republican Party has laid waste to democracy.
As one reviewer noted of "Gag Rule": If "dissent is Democracy. [Then] Democracy is in Trouble. Never before, Lewis Lapham argues, have voices of protest been so locked out of the mainstream conversation, so marginalized and muted by a government that recklessly disregards civil liberties, and by an ever more concentrated and profit-driven media in which the safe and the salable sweep all uncomfortable truths from view.
"In the midst of the 'war on terror' - which makes the hunt for Communists in the 1950s look, in its clarity of aim and purpose, like the Normandy landings on D-Day - we face a crisis of democracy as serious as any in our history. The Bush administration makes no secret of its contempt for a cowed and largely silenced electorate, and without bothering to conceal its purpose the government coordinates 'not the defense of the American citizenry against a foreign enemy but the protection of the American plutocracy from the American democracy.'
"Gag Rule is a rousing and necessary call to action in defense of one of our most important liberties, the right to raise our voices in dissent and have those voices heard."
A review awhile back in "The Nation" notes of "Gag Rule": "One hundred years ago, in the wake of England's ruinous victory in the Boer War, a young Liberal politician excoriated the ruling Conservative Party and its imperial scam: 'A party of great vested interests, banded together in a formidable confederation, corruption at home, aggression to cover it up abroad ... sentiment by the bucketful, patriotism by the imperial pint, the open hand at the public exchequer, the open door at the public house, dear food for the millions, cheap labor for the millionaire.' As Lewis Lapham points out in Gag Rule, where this and a great many other nuggets of historically apposite and rhetorically scintillating prose are marshaled, these words of Winston Churchill fairly describe the Bush II Administration as well. (Substitute "church" for 'public house,' of course.) If only a few Democratic voices could find the young Churchill's register.
"...the Congress have joined the attack on democratic accountability and popular sovereignty. Executive-branch decision-making is increasingly insulated from public scrutiny and comment; more and more important documents are unavailable or unaffordable; the prerogatives of law-enforcement agencies are steadily expanded in the national-security area, though narrowed in respect of tax and securities fraud, air and water pollution, violations of labor law and occupational safety rules, and other constraints on profitability. Harper's has done stellar work in showing how the claims of the Reagan and Gingrich revolutions to "get government off the backs of the American people" merely camouflaged their sustained effort to keep the American people off the backs of the government and its corporate principals."
Lapham is an erudite writer and superb stylist of the old school, capable of penning sentences that are witheringly sardonic and painfully prophetic. He is a practitioner of the art of literacy and the power of the words to illuminate and lead us back to a civil society.
The challenge we face is that the Lewis Laphams of the world have been replaced by plasma television screens everywhere from supermarkets, to restaurants, to airports -- and, of course, to our homes.
America is increasingly a nation of people who develop their beliefs based on the passing images and advertising/news soundbites of the most mind-altering narcotic of our time: TV.
In "Gag Rule," Lapham rages valiantly against the dumbing down of our civil discourse into the sloganeering of demagoguery aided and abetted by the merger of entertainment and news. Is Lapham a supernumerary, a phantom reminder of the golden hope of democracy?
Or do we yet have time to drive the barbarians who betray our Constitution and our American heritage of justice and inclusiveness out of the White House, Congress, and off of the Supreme Court?
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Secret Service agents say Cheney was drunk when he shot lawyer
By DOUG THOMPSON
Feb 22, 2006
Secret Service agents guarding Vice President Dick Cheney when he shot Texas lawyer Harry Whittington on a hunting outing two weeks ago say Cheney was "clearly inebriated" at the time of the shooting.
Agents observed several members of the hunting party, including the Vice President, consuming alcohol before and during the hunting expedition, the report notes, and Cheney exhibited "visible signs" of impairment, including slurred speech and erratic actions.
According to those who have talked with the agents and others present at the outing, Cheney was drunk when he gunned down his friend and the day-and-a-half delay in allowing Texas law enforcement officials on the ranch where the shooting occurred gave all members of the hunting party time to sober up.
We talked with a number of administration officials who are privy to inside information on the Vice President's shooting "accident" and all admit Secret Service agents and others say they saw Cheney consume far more than the "one beer' he claimed he drank at lunch earlier that day.
"This was a South Texas hunt," says one White House aide. "Of course there was drinking. There's always drinking. Lots of it."
One agent at the scene has been placed on administrative leave and another requested reassignment this week. A memo reportedly written by one agent has been destroyed, sources said Wednesday afternoon.
Cheney has a long history of alcohol abuse, including two convictions of driving under the influence when he was younger. Doctors tell me that someone like Cheney, who is taking blood thinners because of his history of heart attacks, could get legally drunk now after consuming just one drink.
If Cheney was legally drunk at the time of the shooting, he could be guilty of a felony under Texas law and the shooting, ruled an accident by a compliant Kenedy County Sheriff, would be a prosecutable offense.
But we will never know for sure because the owners of the Armstrong Ranch, where the shooting occurred, barred the sheriff's department from the property on the day of the shooting and Kenedy County Sheriff Ramon Salinas III agreed to wait until the next day to send deputies in to talk to those involved.
Sheriff's Captain Charles Kirk says he went to the Armstrong Ranch immediately after the shooting was reported on Saturday, February 11 but both he and a game warden were not allowed on the 50,000-acre property. He called Salinas who told him to forget about it and return to the station.
"I told him don't worry about it. I'll make a call," Salinas said. The sheriff claims he called another deputy who moonlights at the Armstrong ranch, said he was told it was "just an accident" and made the decision to wait until Sunday to investigate.
"We've known these people for years. They are honest and wouldn't call us, telling us a lie," Salinas said.
Like all elected officials in Kenedy County, Salinas owes his job to the backing and financial support of Katherine Armstrong, owner of the ranch and the county's largest employer.
"The Armstrongs rule Kenedy County like a fiefdom," says a former employee.
Secret Service officials also took possession of all tests on Whittington's blood at the hospitals where he was treated for his wounds. When asked if a blood alcohol test had been performed on Whittington, the doctors who treated him at Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial in Corpus Christi or the hospital in Kingsville refused to answer. One admits privately he was ordered by the Secret Service to "never discuss the case with the press."
It's a sure bet that is a private doctor who treated the victim of Cheney's reckless and drunken actions can't talk to the public then any evidence that shows the Vice President drunk as a skunk will never see the light of day.
Cheney's Canned Kill, and Other Hunting Excesses of the Bush Administration
In 2003, Cheney shot 70 pheasants released from a net at an exclusive club. The VP's participation in unsporting "canned hunts" is bad enough, says the Humane Society, but now the Bush Administration is changing the rules to let hunters import endangered animal trophies they have shot in other countries.
Dick and Harry's awful adventure
Cheney's Got a Gun
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The Port Sell-Out and the Dismantling of America
Globalists swallowing US sovereignty through front countries like UAE but China threat ignored
Alex Jones & Paul Joseph Watson/Prison Planet.com | February 23 2006
It is a stated goal of the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission and the CFR to promote what they call 'interdependence' and to lobby governments to sell off key infrastructure such as roads, lakes, ports, and highways to international corporations so that corporations can grow to be bigger in size than government.
44 of the world's 100 biggest economies are not countries, they are corporations. There is no vote, there is no access to shareholder or CEO records. These corporations take over governmental functions by paying off politicians to hand over assets and then declare there to be no means of oversight of their activities.
In 1997 the Communist Chinese government took over the Long Beach Naval Air Base, the only major deep water port that can take large ships on the west coast. In 2000, the Communist Chinese, Hutchinson Whampoa which is run by the PLA, took over the Panama Canal and has stationed between 15,000 and 30,000 troops at the facility.
May we remind our readers that top Chinese generals continue to threaten nuclear attacks on America. There is absolutely no mention of the Chinese takeover of these facilities amidst the media merry-go-round of the UAE ports debate and the same people that now criticize the UAE deal, like Chuckie Schumer, supported the ports sell-out to the Communist Chinese under Bill Clinton.
Alex Jones' first documentary film America: Destroyed By Design, made in 1997, warned Americans that the sell-out to the Chinese was the first step on the road to the sacking of the American economy and pulling the plug on key US infrastructure.
Click here to view a segment where Alex Jones discusses the Chinese sell-out.
Why are people so concerned about the United Arab Emirates when the fastest growing military on the planet and a superpower that continually threatens to annihilate the US has been metaphorically handed the keys to the kingdom and is encircling the country?
During the Chinese sell-out it was Republican politicians that would bash Bill Clinton for making the deal yet it was yesterday's Republicans and today's Neo-Cons who were affiliated with the companies making millions from the transfer. This is why we are less than confident that Democrats have any real agenda to stop the UAE deal.
Just as now claims of 'Islamophobia' are raised to attack critics of the UAE deal, in 1997 and 2000 it was 'Asianphobia'. This has nothing to do with race, it is a matter of national sovereignty. If American corporations tried to buy up key Chinese infrastructure they would be firmly rebuffed.
As a country we are not just being robbed of our ability to create wealth, we are being robbed of our infrastructure, our land and our capacity to work the land. Your currency, your future and your sovereignty is systematically being dismantled, looted and sold to the highest bidder. The taxpayer pays for and builds the infrastructure only for foreign lobbyists to pay off corrupt politicians who 'lease' the infrastructure or outright sell it to the foreign lobbyists for 50, 60, 70 years.
The continued weakness of the dollar allows foreign entities to step in and buy more and more infrastructure while American families work three or four jobs just to get by.
The United Arab Emirates is a British holding and the British empire is simply re-shuffling some of its marbles. Claims that the UAE has links to terrorism are a distraction. The fact is that the UAE is in the pocket of the Globalists and is simply a front for the Internationalists to swallow up more of American sovereignty.
What we have is an 'oligopoly'. What is an oligopoly? It is where, similar to the Italian mafia, cartels and different corporate owners meet to affect the same thing as a monopoly. They decide which countries will control which interests and that is how the New World Order works.
When Americans No Longer Own America
Thom Hartmann writes: The Dubai Ports World deal is waking Americans up to a painful reality: So-called "conservatives" and "flat world" globalists have bankrupted our nation for their own bag of silver, and in the process are selling off America.
Bush 34% Job Rating Is at All-Time Low
President George W. Bush's job rating has fallen to an all-time low of 34 percent, amid strong opposition to the Dubai Ports World deal and increasing pessimism over the war in Iraq, according to a CBS News poll released on Monday.
Coast Guard Worries Reanimate Ports Debate
The US Coast Guard had raised concerns weeks ago that, because of US intelligence gaps, it could not determine whether the UAE company, DP World, might support terrorist operations.
Chertoff, And Fellow Neocons, Are Behind Arab Port Deal
What Is Going On?A British company, Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co., who runs major commercial operations at shipping ports in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, Miami, New Orleans and Philadelphia, has been sold to a UAE company. The UAE Company, Dubai Port World, is state-owned, and now inherits their businesses. Who Is involved? Lord Sterling of Plaistow, CEO of Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co., consummated the swindle, which will reward his Zionist investors with $7 billion. Head Of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff , who is a dual-citizen Israeli/American, ok's the deal. Bob DoleDole, the 85 yr old ex-speaker, was a lobbyist for Dubai in this deal. What Is The Scheme?The core of the deal is a stock swindle. A group of Zionist stockholders inflated the stock price 300%, then sold it to the citizens of the UAE for $6.8 billion. Basically all the Arabs get are Port Service Contracts, and some marginal loading equipment P&O the British comp Actual Value P & O's profit from their port operation was $ 153 million pounds. PE's run between 5 and 15, so Dubai should have paid $ 765 million to $ 2.2 billion. CLIP
The Dirty Little Secret behind the UAE Port Security Scandal
Politicians and the media are loudly decrying the Bush Administration's proposal to turn over port security to a firm owned by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - a country with ties to terrorists. They are talking tough about national security - but almost no one is talking about what may have fueled the administration's decision to push forward with this deal: the desire to move forward Big Money's "free" trade agenda. How much does "free" trade have to do with this? How about a lot, writes David Sirota. --- The thesis: This Port deal is important to the architects of a global one world corporate government: the WTO, the World Bank and the IMF. If the "UAE Port Deal" does not go through they are worried that it could cause a cascading crescendo against the destructive move towards a one world corporate theocracy. Yes, the blind faith in laissez-faire Capitalism is also a presumptuous faith based religion, of which we should also be extremely circumspect. In this case the American public's rejection, of UAE controlled ports, could jeopardize the MEFTA (Mideast Free Trade Agreement), the latest tentacle in the evolving set of FTA's (Free Trade Agreements). It could also call into question the entire globalization strategy that is already crumbling in Central and SouthAmerica. Of course we have already seen the destruction of millions of jobs from the earlier tentacles of these FTA's: NAFTA, CAFTA etc. Now, not only are these Multinational Corporate Traitors (GE, Microsoft, Ford Motor, etc.) willing to sacrifice more US jobs . . . now they are willing to jeopardize our National Security as well. CLIP Also available at http://www.commondreams.org/cgi-bin/print.cgi?file=/views06/0222-28.htm
UAE terminal takeover extends to 21 ports
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A United Arab Emirates government-owned company is poised to take over port terminal operations in 21 American ports, far more than the six widely reported.The Bush administration has approved the takeover of British-owned Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. to DP World, a deal set to go forward March 2 unless Congress intervenes. P&O is the parent company of P&O Ports North America, which leases terminals for the import and export and loading and unloading and security of cargo in 21 ports, 11 on the East Coast, ranging from Portland, Maine to Miami, Florida, and 10 on the Gulf Coast, from Gulfport, Miss., to Corpus Christi, Texas, according to the company's Web site.President George W. Bush on Tuesday threatened to veto any legislation designed to stall the handover.Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. said after the briefing she expects swift, bi-partisan approval for a bill to require a national security review before it is allowed to go forward.At issue is a 1992 amendment to a law that requires a 45-day review if the foreign takeover of a U.S. company "could affect national security." Many members of Congress see that review as mandatory in this case.
Lawsuits Filed to Block Ports Takeover (February 24 2006)
The White House on Friday praised as helpful the offer by a United Arab Emirates company to postpone indefinitely its takeover of significant operations at six major U.S. seaports. The delay gives President Bush time to convince skeptical lawmakers the deal poses no increased risks from terrorism. Lawsuits to upset the $6.8 billion transaction were filed Friday in New Jersey and London. The White House said it still supports the agreement and said that Bush will continue to oppose any effort by lawmakers to block it. The company's surprise concession, offered late Thursday, cools the standoff building between the Congress and the president over his administration's previous approval of the deal. In early reaction, lawmakers praised the temporary hold. But some critics pressed anew for an intensive examination of the deal's risks. (...) The White House noted the United Arab Emirates contributed $100 million to help victims of Hurricane Katrina just weeks before Dubai Ports sought approval for its business deal. It said the money was nearly four times as much as the administration received from all other countries combined, and said there was no connection between the money and the pending deal. CLIP
Bush all at sea in Arab port storm (February 25, 2006)
THE torrent of criticism has been extraordinary. For most of the week, on virtually every radio station, Americans have heaped scorn on the Bush Administration.Conservative shock-jocks have talked about demonstrating outside the White House. On the ubiquitous cable news networks, even on Fox Cable News, the outpouring of alarm has not let up. Indeed, it only increased after a clearly shaken George Bush told Americans they had nothing to worry about. What has come together in the furore over the approval by the Administration's Committee for Foreign Investments of the takeover by an Arab company of terminals at six US ports is a potent mix of latent anti-Arab sentiment, growing concern that the Bush Administration is dysfunctional and politically inept, and a sense that the President can no longer be trusted with national security. CLIP
William Rivers Pitt writes that the flap over the United Arab Emirates taking control of several American ports, the subject of much hot talk over the last several days, is born of several factors. It is only partially about global economics. America's trade relationship with the UAE is the third largest in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia and Israel, so the gospel of "free trade" is definitely in play.
Free Trade Accord With UAE Behind Port Deal
Chinese try mobile death vans
March 13 2003
By Hamish McDonald - Beijing
A woman is taken away for execution after being sentenced to death in Beijing in 2001.
China is equipping its courts with mobile execution vans as it shifts away from the communist system's traditional bullet in the head, towards a more "civilised" use of lethal injection.
Intermediate Courts of the southern province of Yunnan were issued with 18 new execution vans on February 28 and a court official said some have already been used.
"We cannot tell you how many executions so far, otherwise you could work out from the daily rate how many we carry out," the official said.
Chinese authorities keep execution numbers a secret, but Western human rights monitors believe it is about 15,000 a year, more than the rest of the world's judicial executions combined.
The death penalty can apply for serious crimes against the person, armed robbery, drug trafficking, major cases of corruption and political violence.
Many public executions have been held in football stadiums so traditional execution methods are no secret. The condemned criminal is taken by open truck to the execution ground and made to kneel with hands cuffed and head bowed, before being shot in the head. Families who want to reclaim the body are charged for the bullet.
China's legal system allows only one appeal and lawyers say that less than 20 per cent of defendants have professional legal representation. When appeals against the death penalty are rejected, the sentence is carried out immediately, sometimes within hours.
In Yunnan, as well as in the cities of Harbin and Shanghai, death on the road has replaced death row. The execution vans are converted 24-seater buses. The windowless execution chamber at the back contains a metal bed on which the prisoner is strapped down. A police officer presses a button and an automatic syringe plunges a lethal drug into the prisoner's vein. The execution can be watched on a video monitor next to the driver's seat and be recorded if required. Court officials say the lethal drug was devised by researchers at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences to meet two criteria: that it causes no sharp pain or emotional upset for the prisoner and that it works within 30 to 60 seconds.
Although the vans cost about 500,000 yuan ($A100,000) each, officials say the method is cheaper and requires less manpower than traditional executions, because land for traditional execution grounds is not cheap. But the main impetus was a law passed in 1995, making lethal injection an alternative to the bullet.
Yunnan officials say most prisoners and their families prefer the injection.
"When they know they can't be pardoned, they accept this method calmly, and have less fear," one official told the Chinese Life Weekly.
China questions death penalty (2005-01-27)
Powerful arguments over the possibility of abolishing the death penalty in China have been voiced following the academic conference "the International Symposium on the Death Pnalty" held last month at Xiangtan in Hunan province. Legal experts at the conference argued that China would need to limit the use of capital punishment when it ratifies the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and that abolition was the mark of a "civilized society." Professor Qiu Xinglong, the dean of the law faculty in Xiangtan University, Hunan Province and a leading advocate for reforming the current death penalty in China, claimed that as long as the law recognized that criminals were humans, the criminals were entitled to live and the state and the law could not deprive them of their right to life. He also recalled why he decided to speak up for the abolition of the death penalty by recalling spending time seeing a condemned 18-year-old in prison. "At seven on the last morning, he was eating with me. An hour later, he was on the execution field," said. "From that moment on, I have been haunted by this question: why must we cruelly kill a fellow human being?"In response, Zhang Jun, the deputy Minister of Justice, said the key issue in China regarding the death penalty is to reform the punishment system. He said the goal of the reform is to set up more long-term prison sentences of 20 to 30 years and thereby to reduce the use of the death penalty. China uses the death penalty for a wide range of crimes, from murder to economic crimes such as corruption. In 2001, Amnesty International recorded more than 4,000 death sentences and nearly 2,500 executions in China. Execution in China is usually carried out by a bullet to the head, and some provinces are experimenting with using lethal injections. Since Beijing News published details of the conference on Monday, a wide and heated debate on whether to abolish capital punishment in China has taken place. CLIP
China - Amnesty International (December 2004)
There was progress towards reform in some areas, but this failed to have a significant impact on serious and widespread human rights violations perpetrated across the country. Tens of thousands of people continued to be detained or imprisoned in violation of their fundamental human rights and were at high risk of torture or ill-treatment. Thousands of people were sentenced to death or executed, many after unfair trials. Public protests increased against forcible evictions and land requisition without adequate compensation. China continued to use the global war on terrorism to justify its crackdown on the Uighur community in Xinjiang. Freedom of expression and religion continued to be severely restricted in Tibet and other Tibetan areas of China. (...) Political crackdowns continued on specific groups, including the Falun Gong spiritual movement, unofficial Christian groups, and so-called separatists and religious extremists in Xinjiang and Tibet. CLIP
Google Imposes Worldwide Ban On China Critical Website (February 24 2006)
For the first time in what some fear will signal a growing trend, Google Inc. has banned and removed a mainstream news website from all its worldwide search engines, seemingly due to the website's reports on China's geopolitical affairs and military technology. Google came under fire last month for agreeing to install government search filters on its Chinese based search engine. The company that was founded on the motto "don't be evil," claimed that some censorship was acceptable because in the long term the Internet would be opened up to a wider audience and freedom of speech would expand. That excuse can today be put to bed because Google has banned its users inside the US and the rest of the world from accessing the Space War website from its search engine. Space War is a reasonably tame mainstream website that focuses on geopolitical affairs and satellite and military technology advancements. It is based in Australia and carries articles from AFP and United Press International. In a statement posted on its website today, the President and Publisher of Space.TV Corporation Simon Mansfield released the following comments, "Google Inc. has banned SPACEWAR.COM, a news site covering military space. Reasons for the ban by Google are unclear. The company did not communicate with Space.TV Corp., the owner of SPACEWAR.COM, prior to its action, and Google representatives did not respond to requests for comment.""Google Inc.'s preferred method of banning a site is to delist its primary domain URL - http://www.spacewar.com - from the Google search index. Google also can reduce a site's page rank, or eliminate it entirely, as it has done to SpaceWar.com.""Google Inc in the wake of pressure from the Chinese government has begun blocking access to various websites deemed unfriendly to the "Boys From Beijing" (TM)." (...) It is important to stress that Space War is not even outright hostile to the Chinese government, it simply reports on publicly available information about its military progression and relations with other countries. This sets the precedent for Google to ban any website that is even mildly critical of the Communist dictatorship in China. Much to our surprise, the website you are reading now is still accessible in most areas of China but we don't expect it to remain that way for very much longer. The Chinese government is held aloft by the UN and others as the model of the New World Order. The country is no less totalitarian than it was when the PLA massacred as many as 2600 protesters and injured 10,000 more at Tiananmen Square on June 4th 1989. Political dissidents and peaceful practitioners of the Falun Gong religion and even the lawyers who defend them are subject to mobile execution vans or if they're lucky, hauled off to permanent detention camps. US companies like Microsoft and Yahoo have been complicit in helping the Chinese government locate and arrest Chinese bloggers who post even mild criticism of the government. Space War is inviting its readers to complain to their political representative. We urge you to support them by following this link and ensuring that the practice of worldwide censorship of websites critical of the ChiComs ends now. NOTE: I just found this at http://www.spacewar.com/Google_Bans_Australian_Based_Military_Space_News_Website.html
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Yahoos data contributes to arrests in China: free Shi Tao from prison in China!
Shi Tao, a Chinese journalist, is serving a ten-year prison sentence in China for sending an email. Writing about a Communist Party decision, Shi Tao sent the email to the USA using his Yahoo account. The Chinese authorities accused him of illegally providing state secrets to foreign entities. According to the Court transcript, the evidence that led to Shi Taos sentencing included account-holder information provided by US internet company Yahoo. Disturbingly, it has recently come to light that Yahoo may have also released data which could have contributed to the arrest of another dissident, Li Zhi.Shi Tao was accused of sending an email summarizing an internal Communist Party directive to a foreign source. The Communist Party directive had warned Chinese journalists of possible social unrest during the anniversary of the June 4 Movement (in memory of the Tiananmen crackdown), and directed them not to fuel it via media reports.Imprisoned for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression, a right entrenched in international law and the Chinese Constitution, Amnesty International considers Shi Tao a prisoner of conscience.Companies must respect human rights, wherever they operate. Yahoos actions are not justifiable: the company unconditionally met the Chinese governments request for information on Shi Tao, and allegedly contributed to Li Zhis detention. CLIP to Take Action go at the URL above
Overview of the death penalty during 2005
The use of the death penalty declined somewhat during 2005. I recorded 419 executions in 19 countries (down from 526 in 18 countries during 2004).
These are reported and verified executions, but will almost certainly have been many more in China (see below) and there may have been unreported ones in Singapore, which nowadays seldom publicises the names of those executed. In a parliamentary answer it emerged that 22 were hanged there in 2001, at least 17 during 2002 and 19 in 2003. Figures for executions are very hard to verify in some countries because of the official secrecy surrounding them. At least 9 women were put to death in 4 countries during 2004.
Executions by shooting were carried out in Indonesia, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen. Shooting is used by 60 or so countries and is the sole method in around 40 of them. It is probable that China used shooting during this year. Chinese and Uzbekistan shootings are carried out by a single bullet to the back of the head. Indonesia, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine and Vietnam use conventional firing squads and had a total of 28 executions. It is assumed that North Korea also uses the firing squad. Yemen lays the prisoner on the ground and a single executioner shoots them with an automatic rifle.
Hanging is still widely used - at very least 144 men and 2 women were hanged in 8 countries. These being, Bangladesh, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Palestine and Singapore. Singapore does not report executions and the figure above represents only the 2 known ones.
Public and private hangings took place in Iran and semi-public ones in Kuwait, all the rest being in private.
47 hangings used the measured drop method. The rest were carried out using either a short drop or by hoisting the prisoner into the air (used by Iran at least for public hangings). It is unclear which method Jordan uses.
Hanging is a lawful method of execution in 58 countries and the sole method in 33 of those.
Saudi Arabia publicly beheaded 88 men and 2 women for murder and drug offences. Saudi Arabia is the only country that normally uses this method.
Lethal injection was used for 60 executions in America, (59 men & 1 woman) and is increasingly used in China, although no figures are available and where executions are reported, the method used generally is not. Taiwan carried out 3 executions in 2005 and it is thought that they were by lethal injection.
Guatemala, the Philippines and Thailand, the other three countries that use lethal injection, carried out no executions in 2005.
No executions by electrocution, gassing or stoning were reported in 2005.
It is reported that eight male juveniles were hanged in Iran during 2005 for offences they committed before the age of 18. America now specifically bans the execution of a person under 18 at the time the crime was committed.
Death penalty developments during 2005
Worldwide, 77 countries retain the death penalty, although only 18 actually carried out executions during the year.
83 countries , including almost all European countries, have abolished the death penalty completely, 14 have abolished it for civilian crimes and Russia has pledged to abolish it, while six countries are currently observing moratoriums. Mexico abolished the death penalty in December. Sri Lanka was planning to resume executions in 2005 but none were carried out. In December Kyrgyzstan's president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, ended the use of capital punishment by extending a 1998 moratorium on the punishment until its planned abolition.
Capital punishment (under Sharia law) is practised in most Moslem countries, for murder, drug trafficking, adultery, rape, sodomy and apostasy. In the rest of the world it is normal only in cases of murder and drug trafficking (except in China where it is available for some 60 crimes including economic offences). Murder accounted for more than three quarters of all recorded executions in 2005, with drug offences being the second most common type of crime.
38 states of America have death penalty statutes, although only 16 of them actually carried out executions in 2005. Texas, as usual, carried out the most, with 19 of the 60 recorded.
Israel considers Palestinian PM legitimate assassination target
February 25, 2006
JERUSALEM: Ismail Haniyah, chosen by the militant group Hamas to serve as Palestinian prime minister, could be a target for assassination if Hamas carries out suicide bombings, a former Israeli security chief said on Friday.
Avi Dichter, the former head of the Shin Bet internal security service and a possible future defence minister, also told the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper that Haniyeh would be arrested if he ever fell into the hands of the Israeli army.
Haniyeh brushed aside the comments as not worthy of a response. We do not fear threats, he said. Dichter told the Israeli daily that he does not see a situation where Haniyeh will have immunity just because he is prime minister.
If there will be a terror attack in which Israel decides to respond with a preventive step, then Haniyeh would be a legitimate target because Hamas could not carry out a terror attack without Haniyehs authorisation, he said.
Dichter, the architect of Israels policy of assassinating Palestinian militants, no longer holds a policy-making position but he wields clout within the centrist Kadima party which is expected to win a March 28 general election. (Haniyeh) was and remains a man of terror, Dichter said. If Haniyeh turns up at a military checkpoint I believe that he would be arrested, interrogated and put on trial for being involved in terror attacks.
Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has vowed to press on with a campaign of attacks against armed Palestinian groups after the deadliest day of violence since the Hamas election victory.
Olmert, who is seeking re-election next month, told a group of Russian immigrant voters late Thursday that he had no intention of easing off operations against militant groups on the day that soldiers killed five Palestinians in a refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus.
Today we have hit Nablus, last week we struck at Gaza and before that in Jenin and we will continue to do so in every place, with all our forces and without compromise, Olmert said during an address in the upper Nazareth region, excerpts of which were broadcast on Israeli radio Friday.
Olmert, whose Kadima party is well ahead in the polls despite a spurt in popularity for a far-right Russian-speaking party, added that at the same time Israel will not stint in its efforts to advance the peace process. But he reiterated that the Islamist movement Hamas, poised to form the next Palestinian government, was not a partner for peace.
The victory of Hamas in the Palestinian elections in January struck like a political earthquake in the Middle East. Hamas has been on America's black list of terrorist organizations since 1997 and on the European Union list since 2003, along with al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and various jihads. Today Hamas green flags wave triumphantly throughout Palestinian territories. With Israeli leader Sharon sidelined, hardliners in power in Tehran and Damascus, the three-year old war still raging in Iraq, and Lebanon in turmoil, the dreaded Hamas on the threshold of power in Palestine would seem to be the last straw for Israel, the United States and Europe. (...) A few nights ago I heard an interview conducted by an Italian journalist with a newly elected Hamas parliamentary deputy. Mahmoud Ramahi who studied medicine in Rome from 1980-89 pointed out that Hamas has maintained the truce with Israel for over a year while Israel has continued killing Palestinian civilians. Hamas, he said, is not a terrorist organization and does not belong to Al Qaeda. It is a resistance movement against foreign occupation. Hamas has never engaged in activities outside its lands and Israel. Its political goal is a government of national unity in Palestine and it has no plans for instituting the Shariah, the fundamentalist Islamic law. Asked if Hamas would recognize the state of Israel, Ramahi responded that Israel has not yet recognized the Palestinian state, implying that mutual recognition is a possibility. The Italian journalist asked about the Hamas position on the violence throughout the Islamic world in response to the "blasphemous" cartoons published by a far rightwing newspaper in Denmark and in other European newspapers. Ramahi said that Hamas has tried to calm the violence. One final word: The leader of Hamas, Khaled Meeshal, has spoken from his Damascus exile of the formation of a Palestinian army to unite the various militias, including that of al-Fatah. Al-Fatah answered, not on your life, and is reportedly piling up arms in its military depots. The implication is that al-Fatah is preparing for armed conflict with Hamas. One should hope that the USA, Europe and Middle Eastern countries will not be tempted to support any such machinations. Civil War would be a brutal nightmare within the nightmare. - Recommended by Palden Jenkins email@example.com>
Saudis Reject US Request to Cut Off Aid to Hamas
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday joined the list of Arab countries that said they were unwilling to cut off money to Hamas, as the United States has requested.
Curtains For 'Rachel Corrie'
The play My Name Is Rachel Corrie, directed in London by actor Alan Rickman and due to open in New York City in March, has been canceled for fear of controversy. The play adapts the diaries of the 23-year-old woman from Seattle who was murdered in Rafah in 2003, when she was deliberately run down by an Israeli Defense Forces bulldozer. Rachel had traveled to the Gaza Strip during the last intifada as an activist for the International Solidarity Movement. My Name Is Rachel Corrie has enjoyed two sell-out runs in London at the Royal Court Theatre and great critical acclaim; it was due to open at the New York Theatre Workshop in the East Village. In private conversations with those who staged the play in London, the Theatre Workshop cited the election of Hamas in Palestine, Ariel Sharon's medical condition and the furor over the Danish cartoons as reasons for refusing to stage the play. "The decision is incredibly frustrating," said one of the people closely associated with the play. "It underestimates the intelligence and compassion of the American people."During a period of such intense reflection about freedom of speech and the so-called "clash of civilizations," the play's cancellation is a useful reminder of the forces at work in constructing and limiting America's freedom to access the views and experiences even of other Americans.How is the American public supposed to develop a civilized understanding of what their government is bankrolling in Israel and Palestine when plays like this cannot be shown?
Israel's Murder Of Rachel Corrie Articles, Photos And Writings
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Bush's Mysterious 'New Programs'
By Nat Parry - Consortium News
21 February 2006
Not that George W. Bush needs much encouragement, but Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales a new target for the administration's domestic operations - Fifth Columnists, supposedly disloyal Americans who sympathize and collaborate with the enemy.
"The administration has not only the right, but the duty, in my opinion, to pursue Fifth Column movements," Graham, R-S.C., told Gonzales during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Feb. 6.
"I stand by this President's ability, inherent to being Commander in Chief, to find out about Fifth Column movements, and I don't think you need a warrant to do that," Graham added, volunteering to work with the administration to draft guidelines for how best to neutralize this alleged threat.
"Senator," a smiling Gonzales responded, "the President already said we'd be happy to listen to your ideas."
In less paranoid times, Graham's comments might be viewed by many Americans as a Republican trying to have it both ways - ingratiating himself to an administration of his own party while seeking some credit from Washington centrists for suggesting Congress should have at least a tiny say in how Bush runs the War on Terror.
But recent developments suggest that the Bush administration may already be contemplating what to do with Americans who are deemed insufficiently loyal or who disseminate information that may be considered helpful to the enemy.
Top US officials have cited the need to challenge news that undercuts Bush's actions as a key front in defeating the terrorists, who are aided by "news informers" in the words of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Plus, there was that curious development in January when the Army Corps of Engineers awarded Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root a $385 million contract to construct detention centers somewhere in the United States, to deal with "an emergency influx of immigrants into the US, or to support the rapid development of new programs," KBR said. [Market Watch, Jan. 26, 2006]
Later, the New York Times reported that "KBR would build the centers for the Homeland Security Department for an unexpected influx of immigrants, to house people in the event of a natural disaster or for new programs that require additional detention space." [Feb. 4, 2006]
Like most news stories on the KBR contract, the Times focused on concerns about Halliburton's reputation for bilking US taxpayers by overcharging for sub-par services.
"It's hard to believe that the administration has decided to entrust Halliburton with even more taxpayer dollars," remarked Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California.
Less attention centered on the phrase "rapid development of new programs" and what kind of programs would require a major expansion of detention centers, each capable of holding 5,000 people. Jamie Zuieback, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, declined to elaborate on what these "new programs" might be.
Only a few independent journalists, such as Peter Dale Scott and Maureen Farrell, have pursued what the Bush administration might actually be thinking.
Scott speculated that the "detention centers could be used to detain American citizens if the Bush administration were to declare martial law." He recalled that during the Reagan administration, National Security Council aide Oliver North organized Rex-84 "readiness exercise," which contemplated the Federal Emergency Management Agency rounding up and detaining 400,000 "refugees," in the event of "uncontrolled population movements" over the Mexican border into the United States.
Farrell pointed out that because "another terror attack is all but certain, it seems far more likely that the centers would be used for post-911-type detentions of immigrants rather than a sudden deluge" of immigrants flooding across the border.
Vietnam-era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg said, "Almost certainly this is preparation for a roundup after the next 9/11 for Mid-Easterners, Muslims and possibly dissenters. They've already done this on a smaller scale, with the 'special registration' detentions of immigrant men from Muslim countries, and with Guantanamo."
There also was another little-noticed item posted at the US Army Web site, about the Pentagon's Civilian Inmate Labor Program. This program "provides Army policy and guidance for establishing civilian inmate labor programs and civilian prison camps on Army installations."
The Army document, first drafted in 1997, underwent a "rapid action revision" on Jan. 14, 2005. The revision provides a "template for developing agreements" between the Army and corrections facilities for the use of civilian inmate labor on Army installations.
On its face, the Army's labor program refers to inmates housed in federal, state and local jails. The Army also cites various federal laws that govern the use of civilian labor and provide for the establishment of prison camps in the United States, including a federal statute that authorizes the Attorney General to "establish, equip, and maintain camps upon sites selected by him" and "make available ... the services of United States prisoners" to various government departments, including the Department of Defense.
Though the timing of the document's posting - within the past few weeks - may just be a coincidence, the reference to a "rapid action revision" and the KBR contract's contemplation of "rapid development of new programs" have raised eyebrows about why this sudden need for urgency.
These developments also are drawing more attention now because of earlier Bush administration policies to involve the Pentagon in "counter-terrorism" operations inside the United States.
Despite the Posse Comitatus Act's prohibitions against US military personnel engaging in domestic law enforcement, the Pentagon has expanded its operations beyond previous boundaries, such as its role in domestic surveillance activities.
The Washington Post has reported that since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, the Defense Department has been creating new agencies that gather and analyze intelligence within the United States. [Washington Post, Nov. 27, 2005]
The White House also is moving to expand the power of the Pentagon's Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA), created three years ago to consolidate counterintelligence operations. The White House proposal would transform CIFA into an office that has authority to investigate crimes such as treason, terrorist sabotage or economic espionage.
The Pentagon also has pushed legislation in Congress that would create an intelligence exception to the Privacy Act, allowing the FBI and others to share information about US citizens with the Pentagon, CIA and other intelligence agencies. But some in the Pentagon don't seem to think that new laws are even necessary.
In a 2001 Defense Department memo that surfaced in January 2006, the US Army's top intelligence officer wrote, "Contrary to popular belief, there is no absolute ban on [military] intelligence components collecting US person information."
Drawing a distinction between "collecting" information and "receiving" information on US citizens, the memo argued that "MI [military intelligence] may receive information from anyone, anytime." [See CQ.com, Jan. 31, 2005]
This receipt of information presumably would include data from the National Security Agency, which has been engaging in surveillance of US citizens without court-approved warrants in apparent violation of the Foreign Intelligence Security Act. Bush approved the program of warrantless wiretaps shortly after 9/11.
There also may be an even more extensive surveillance program. Former NSA employee Russell D. Tice told a congressional committee on Feb. 14 that such a top-secret surveillance program existed, but he said he couldn't discuss the details without breaking classification laws.
Tice added that the "special access" surveillance program may be violating the constitutional rights of millions of Americans. [UPI, Feb. 14, 2006]
With this expanded surveillance, the government's list of terrorist suspects is rapidly swelling.
The Washington Post reported on Feb. 15 that the National Counterterrorism Center's central repository now holds the names of 325,000 terrorist suspects, a four-fold increase since the fall of 2003.
Asked whether the names in the repository were collected through the NSA's domestic surveillance program, an NCTC official told the Post, "Our database includes names of known and suspected international terrorists provided by all intelligence community organizations, including NSA."
As the administration scoops up more and more names, members of Congress also have questioned the elasticity of Bush's definitions for words like terrorist "affiliates," used to justify wiretapping Americans allegedly in contact with such people or entities.
During the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on the wiretap program, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, complained that the House and Senate Intelligence Committees "have not been briefed on the scope and nature of the program."
Feinstein added that, therefore, the committees "have not been able to explore what is a link or an affiliate to al-Qaeda or what minimization procedures (for purging the names of innocent people) are in place."
The combination of the Bush administration's expansive reading of its own power and its insistence on extraordinary secrecy has raised the alarm of civil libertarians when contemplating how far the Pentagon might go in involving itself in domestic matters.
A Defense Department document, entitled the "Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support," has set out a military strategy against terrorism that envisions an "active, layered defense" both inside and outside US territory. In the document, the Pentagon pledges to "transform US military forces to execute homeland defense missions in the ... US homeland."
The Pentagon strategy paper calls for increased military reconnaissance and surveillance to "defeat potential challengers before they threaten the United States." The plan "maximizes threat awareness and seizes the initiative from those who would harm us."
But there are concerns over how the Pentagon judges "threats" and who falls under the category "those who would harm us." A Pentagon official said the Counterintelligence Field Activity's TALON program has amassed files on antiwar protesters.
In December 2005, NBC News revealed the existence of a secret 400-page Pentagon document listing 1,500 "suspicious incidents" over a 10-month period, including dozens of small antiwar demonstrations that were classified as a "threat."
The Defense Department also might be moving toward legitimizing the use of propaganda domestically, as part of its overall war strategy.
A secret Pentagon "Information Operations Roadmap," approved by Rumsfeld in October 2003, calls for "full spectrum" information operations and notes that "information intended for foreign audiences, including public diplomacy and PSYOP, increasingly is consumed by our domestic audience and vice-versa."
"PSYOPS messages will often be replayed by the news media for much larger audiences, including the American public," the document states. The Pentagon argues, however, that "the distinction between foreign and domestic audiences becomes more a question of USG [US government] intent rather than information dissemination practices."
It calls for "boundaries" between information operations abroad and the news media at home, but does not outline any corresponding limits on PSYOP campaigns.
Similar to the distinction the Pentagon draws between "collecting" and "receiving" intelligence on US citizens, the Information Operations Roadmap argues that as long as the American public is not intentionally "targeted," any PSYOP propaganda consumed by the American public is acceptable.
The Pentagon plan also includes a strategy for taking over the Internet and controlling the flow of information, viewing the Web as a potential military adversary. The "roadmap" speaks of "fighting the net," and implies that the Internet is the equivalent of "an enemy weapons system."
In a speech on Feb. 17 to the Council on Foreign Relations, Rumsfeld elaborated on the administration's perception that the battle over information would be a crucial front in the War on Terror, or as Rumsfeld calls it, the Long War.
"Let there be no doubt, the longer it takes to put a strategic communication framework into place, the more we can be certain that the vacuum will be filled by the enemy and by news informers that most assuredly will not paint an accurate picture of what is actually taking place," Rumsfeld said.
The Department of Homeland Security also has demonstrated a tendency to deploy military operatives to deal with domestic crises.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the department dispatched "heavily armed paramilitary mercenaries from the Blackwater private security firm, infamous for their work in Iraq, (and had them) openly patrolling the streets of New Orleans," reported journalists Jeremy Scahill and Daniela Crespo on Sept. 10, 2005.
Noting the reputation of the Blackwater mercenaries as "some of the most feared professional killers in the world," Scahill and Crespo said Blackwater's presence in New Orleans "raises alarming questions about why the government would allow men trained to kill with impunity in places like Iraq and Afghanistan to operate here."
In the view of some civil libertarians, a form of martial law already exists in the United States and has been in place since shortly after the 9/11 attacks when Bush issued Military Order No. 1 which empowered him to detain any non-citizen as an international terrorist or enemy combatant.
"The President decided that he was no longer running the country as a civilian President," wrote civil rights attorney Michael Ratner in the book Guantanamo: What the World Should Know. "He issued a military order giving himself the power to run the country as a general."
For any American citizen suspected of collaborating with terrorists, Bush also revealed what's in store. In May 2002, the FBI arrested US citizen Jose Padilla in Chicago on suspicion that he might be an al-Qaeda operative planning an attack.
Rather than bring criminal charges, Bush designated Padilla an "enemy combatant" and had him imprisoned indefinitely without benefit of due process. After three years, the administration finally brought charges against Padilla, in order to avoid a Supreme Court showdown the White House might have lost.
But since the Court was not able to rule on the Padilla case, the administration's arguments have not been formally repudiated. Indeed, despite filing charges against Padilla, the White House still asserts the right to detain US citizens without charges as enemy combatants.
This claimed authority is based on the assertion that the United States is at war and the American homeland is part of the battlefield.
"In the war against terrorists of global reach, as the Nation learned all too well on Sept. 11, 2001, the territory of the United States is part of the battlefield," Bush's lawyers argued in briefs to the federal courts. [Washington Post, July 19, 2005]
Given Bush's now open assertions that he is using his "plenary" - or unlimited - powers as Commander in Chief for the duration of the indefinite War on Terror, Americans can no longer trust that their constitutional rights protect them from government actions.
As former Vice President Al Gore asked after recounting a litany of sweeping powers that Bush has asserted to fight the War on Terror, "Can it be true that any President really has such powers under our Constitution? If the answer is 'yes,' then under the theory by which these acts are committed, are there any acts that can on their face be prohibited?"
In such extraordinary circumstances, the American people might legitimately ask exactly what the Bush administration means by the "rapid development of new programs," which might require the construction of a new network of detention camps.
Army Regulation 210-35 dated Jan 14, 2005
Military responsibilities for creating/operating slave labor camps within USA "11. Purpose --This regulation provides Army policy and guidance for establishing civilian inmate labor programs and civilian prison camps on Army installations. Sources of civilian inmate labor are limited to on and offpost Federal corrections facilities, State and/or local corrections facilities operating from onpost prison camps pursuant to leases under Section 2667, Title 10, United States Code (10 USC 2667), and offpost State corrections facilities participating in the demonstration project authorized under Section 1065, Public Law (PL) 103337. Otherwise, State and/or local inmate labor from offpost corrections facilities is currently excluded from this program."
U.S. to create a bird flu virus mutation
Atlanta, GA, Mar. 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has begun a series of experiments to see how likely the bird flu virus could result in a human pandemic. The six-month series of experiments seeks to simulate the mixing and matching of genes from the H5N1 avian flu virus that has plagued Asia and a common human flu virus that public-health experts fear could turn avian flu into a pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.CDC scientists inside an ultra-secure laboratory have started swapping the genes of the H5N1 avian virus with the genes of an H3N2 virus, the strain behind most recent human flu outbreaks.The goal is to substitute the eight genes of each virus, one by one, with the eight genes from the other virus to see which of more than 250 possible combinations create flu viruses that could spread easily among humans.The work responds to fears by global public health experts that the bird flu virus could mutate to form one that could spawn a global outbreak of the disease.
DoD Officials Prepare for Possible Pandemic
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, March 1, 2006 Defense Department officials are working to create a pandemic influenza plan in time for the Department of Homeland Defense's end-of-March deadline, a DoD medical official said Feb. 27. CLIP........
Reigniting Spanish flu (5 Oct 2005)
The influenza strain that killed up to 50 million people in the 1918 pandemic has been recreated by scientists. That may be safe, but other research shows close similarities between the 1918 Spanish Flu virus and the H5N1 bird flu strain that is threatening the world with a new pandemic. Researchers in the United States described how they used a "reverse engineering" technique to re-construct Spanish Flu. They said the move was justified, despite the risks, because it could help prevent millions more deaths from a bird flu outbreak which many experts believe is inevitable. Other research published today from a second team of scientists revealed close similarities between Spanish Flu and the H5N1 bird flu strain that has emerged in eastern Asia.
From: "Kathleen Roberts" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Miami Herald on "Scholars for 911 Truth"
Date: 25 Feb 2006
Posted on Feb. 01, 2006
9/11 ATTACKS: Avoiding the hard questions
I was 8 years old when President John Kennedy was shot to death in Dallas in 1963. If grace favors me, I'll be 62 when documents related to the assassination are released to the public, and 84 when the Warren Commission's investigative files into the tragedy are finally opened.
That's a long time to wait for a chance to evaluate the purported truth.
It's a blot on the presumed sophistication of the people of the United States that any aspect of an event so dramatic and shocking should be kept from us. Perhaps it's true, to abuse the line from A Few Good Men yet again, that we can't handle the truth. But there cannot be genuine resolution as long as such critical information remains concealed.
Transformed by 9/11
Since Kennedy's assassination, Americans have lurched between demanding to know and plugging their ears: The Pentagon Papers, My Lai, the King assassination, Watergate, Iran-contra, the savings-and-loan debacle, Monicagate. Lately, however, it would seem the public's verdict is in: Don't tell us. Keep us in the dark. We don't want to know.
This is the worst possible time for probe-ophobia to grip us. Our nation was irretrievably transformed by 9/11 -- and yet there remain troubling questions about what really happened before, during and after that day. Rather than demanding a full and fearless vetting to hone in on the truth and silence the conjecture about 9/11, many Americans remain unwilling to peer into the microscope.
An online cottage industry of theorists, theory debunkers and debunker debunkers has flourished since 9/11. Sometimes the flimsy theories are easy to spot -- come on, if the four passenger jets didn't crash where it appears they did, where did they go? More often, though, the cases aren't so obvious.
A group of experts and academicians 'devoted to applying the principles of scientific reasoning to the available evidence, `letting the chips fall where they may,' '' last week accused the government of covering up evidence that the three destroyed New York City buildings were brought down that day by controlled demolition rather than structural failure. The group, called Scholars for 9/11 Truth, has a website, http://www.st911.org/
The reflexive first reaction is incredulity -- how, one asks, could anyone even contemplate, never mind actually do such a barbaric thing? But before you shut your mind, check the resumés -- these aren't Generation X geeks subsisting on potato chips and PlayStation. Then look at the case they present.
''I am a professional philosopher who has spent 35 years teaching logic, critical thinking and scientific reasoning,'' group co-founder and University of Minnesota professor James H. Fetzer told me. ``When I come to 9/11, it's not hard for me to determine what is going on. This is a scientific question. And it is so elementary that I don't think you can find a single physicist who could disagree with the idea that this was a controlled demolition.''
The group asks, for example,
- How did a fire fed by jet fuel, which at most burns at 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit, cause the collapse of the Twin Towers, built of steel that melts at 2,800 degrees? (Most experts agree that the impact of airliners, made mostly of lightweight aluminum, should not have been enough alone to cause structural failure.) How could a single planeload of burning jet fuel -- most of which flared off in the initial fireball -- cause the South World Trade Center tower to collapse in just 56 minutes?
- Why did building WTC-7 fall, though no aircraft struck it? Fire alone had never before caused a steel skyscraper to collapse.
- Why did all three buildings collapse largely into their own footprints -- in the style of a controlled demolition?
- Why did no U.S. military jet intercept the wayward aircraft?
- Why has there been no investigation of BBC reports that five of the alleged 9/11 hijackers were alive and accounted for after the event?
Our current probe-ophobia is due in part to the political landscape: When one party holds all the cards, any call to investigate an alleged abuse of power or cover-up -- no matter how valid -- will look like a partisan vendetta. Those in power never want to investigate themselves.
Maybe that's politics; he who holds the hammer drives the nails. But the outrage of 9/11 transcends party affiliation.
We need all the outstanding questions answered -- wherever the chips may fall.
From: "Kathleen Roberts" email@example.com>
Subject: Australian Clinician to Speak on Star Kids
Date: 22 Feb 2006
Evidence of Childrens UFO and Extraterrestrial Encounters to be Presented at a United Nations Affiliated Conference in Montreal
After being involved with over 1000 experiencers (alien abductees), a former registered nurse, who is now a professional counselor and clinical hypnotherapist, has concluded that alien "abductions" are not only real encounters, but that they are about spiritual awakening and galactic contact. Mary Rodwell is not alone, as a growing number of academics, scientists and politicians, such as the former Canadian Minister of Defense Hon. Paul Hellyer, are starting to support the core of her paradigm shifting views about life in the Universe and that some UFOs are extraterrestrial spaceships.
Perth, Australia (PRWEB) February 22, 2006 -- A former registered nurse who has worked with hundreds of clients, including many children, will be revealing evidence of their encounters with extraterrestrial beings at an upcoming conference in Montreal, Canada.
After a decade of research as a professional counselor and clinical hypnotherapist, Australia's Mary Rodwell says that there is now enough evidence to conclude that these "beings" appear to come from other planets and other dimensions parallel to our own.
She will be making her presentation at the 31st annual conference of the International Institute of Integral Human Sciences (IIIHS) taking place in Montreal May 5th to 14th, 2006.
The IIIHS is a non-profit organization affiliated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. It serves over 10,000 general members and students from many nations towards the convergence of new sciences with spirituality and universal human values, creating inter-religious and inter-cultural understanding for world peace.
Rodwell will be one of more than 60 speakers to address the IIIHS, with other distinguished professionals such as medical doctors, psychiatrists, physicists, scientists, psychologists, spiritual leaders, and even a former NASA astronaut (>www.iiihs.org).
She is a co-founder of the Australian Close Encounter Resource Network (ACERN), vice-President of Star Kids Project Ltd., founded by Dr. Richard Boylan, and the author of "Awakening: How Extraterrestrial Contact can Transform Your Life".
Rodwell says that after being involved with over 1,000 "experiencers" (alien abductees) nothing had prepared her for what she discovered.
"My clients include both adults and children who exhibit transformative changes such as telepathy, clairvoyance and healing as they become more spiritually aware and begin to operate on a multi-dimensional band of reality", says Rodwell. "In the last 10 years, clients have come to me from the U.K, North America, Europe, Russia, Japan and South America".
Rodwell also explains that part of her client's contact experiences seems to inspire them to draw complex artwork, scripts, symbols and sometimes speaking strange languages.
"An eight year old has called her downloading of information knowledge bombs, as complex data conveyed through mental images and concepts seem to create a heightened consciousness level", says Rodwell. "These Star Children exhibit a maturity and wisdom beyond their years and often describe their connection to spirit and angelic realms".
This former registered nurse is not the only one to have noticed a change with today's children. A May 2005 USA Today article quotes James Twyman, producer of films on "Indigo Children", as saying that a new generation of special children are among us who have increased telepathic abilities and are spiritually awakened.
The name "Indigo Children" comes from a blue indigo colored aura that some people say they can see around these children, as per a January 2006 New York Times article.
ABC News Diane Sawyers has also explored the issue of these extraordinary children in a November 2005 interview with an entire family of "Indigo Children". Sawyers said that this phenomenon was "fascinating" and was "across the country".
Rodwell explains that while many "Star Children" and "Indigo Children" have telepathic abilities, are spiritually awakened and often describe seeing "Beings of Light" (angels), the main difference is that "Star Children" have recollections of having had encounters with extraterrestrial beings and of sometimes having been on alien spaceships.
Though many medical professionals are still skeptical, in November 2003, Rodwell's work was featured in the Australian Doctor Focus Magazine, a prestigious Australian medical journal.
Rodwell is not alone with her views as a growing number of professionals in the medical community share her conclusions and have spoken publicly.
Such people include the late world-renowned Harvard Medical School professor of psychiatry, Dr. John E. Mack, author of "Passport to the Cosmos". and Dr. Janet Colli, author of "Sacred Encounters Spiritual Awakenings During Close Encounters". Dr. Colli will also speak at Montreal's IIIHS conference.
Rodwell's work continues to raise serious questions that were raised in February 2005 on ABC News by the late Peter Jennings in his two hour Primetime Special: "UFOs Seeing is Believing".
Jennings millions of viewers were presented with a small portion of the 150 interviews conducted by ABC in regards to the controversial and enigmatic issue of UFOs and extraterrestrial encounters. Jennings concluded that many UFOs were indeed unidentified and that questions about their origin remained unanswered.
To Rodwell, the answer is that we are being visited by extraterrestrial civilizations. Her conclusion is echoed by the former Canadian Minister of National Defense Hon. Paul Hellyer, who, in September of 2005, went public saying that UFOs were as real as the airplanes that fly over our heads, and were indeed extraterrestrial vehicles.
During a December 2005 NBC News interview with Tucker Carlson, Hellyer quoted former high level Pentagon officials as the source of his information. One of his sources includes an unnamed retired US Air Force General who spoke with him directly and confirmed that some UFOs were indeed "identified" and were piloted by extraterrestrial intelligences.
Hellyer is not the only politician who has raised the issue of UFOs. A CNN November 2002 article quoted President Clinton's former White House Chief of Staff, John Podesta, asking for the Pentagon to come clean and to declassify their UFO files.
Podesta currently supports a Coalition for Freedom of Information lawsuit against NASA asking for the declassification of their top secret files in relations to the 1965 UFO crash in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania.
Though her evidence does not include an actual UFO, Rodwell says that she has evidence from a scientific, medical, psychological, and historical perspective to support her paradigm shifting conclusion that children are being evolved and transformed on many levels through extraterrestrial encounters.
This evidence will be presented in her first Canadian presentation in Montreal May 5th-14th, 2006 at the IIIHS conference. Rodwell is available for media interviews.
CONTACTS FOR MEDIA INTERVIEWS:
Australian Close Encounter Resource Network (ACERN)
Contact: Mary Rodwell
Tel: 001-618-9454 3702
Her book is available in print through http://birthtime.info/spirit2-b/free.php?in=us&asin=0973844205
Interesting drawings at http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2006/2/prweb349025.htm
Book Review: Awakenings: How Extraterrestrial Contact can Transform Your Life
What if our fear prevents us from seeing the truth? What if alien abductions are not about experimentation and probing but about spiritual awakening and galactic contact? Up until now, the phenomenon of alien abduction has been presented in a bleak, oppressive, threatening, and fear filled fashion. As we all "know", abductees are victims and counsellers help them cope. But what if its not like that at all? What if its only our fear that makes us see this way? What if its our fear prevents us from seeing the truth? What if alien "abductions" are not about experimentation and probing but about spiritual awakening and galactic contact? Sound fantastic? This is just what Mary Rodwell, counsellor, registered nurse, and midwife, suggests in Awakenings. After working with over 900 experiencer (abductees), Mary concludes that it is our fear that prevents us from seeing the truth and our fear that creates our terror. Once we overcome our fear, we see the phenomenon for what it really is. It is past time that we shrugged off our fear of this amazing spiritual phenomenon. Let Mary help you overcome the fear and conditioning that prevents you from seeing the profound and beautiful truth. (...) Most clients exhibit transformative changes such as heightened psi abilities, telepathy, clairvoyance and healing. Also complex artwork, scripts, symbols and strange languages, as part of their Contact experiences, with a "down-loading" of information" an eight year old called "knowledge bombs." Complex data conveyed through mental images and concepts, energy signatures or "wave forms at this heightened consciousness level. Children whose families have a history of Contact often display this multi-dimensional awareness. "Star Children." or as Mary calls them " the new kids on the block, exhibit a maturity and wisdom beyond their years, past life memories and dual consciousness sharing and often connect to spirit and angelic realms. Mary shares personal testimony of Star children and their families. Explore the fascinating range of visual, and vocal phenomenon that Marys clients have displayed, and learn what they have to say about it. What data supports this growing phenomenon from a medical, psychological, scientific, and historical perspective? What is the purpose of such transformative changes and what do "experiencers" believe this all means? Is it true that our children are being changed on many levels through contact? What is our relationship with our Extraterrestrial visitors? These questions and more will be explored in Marys presentation of "Awakening." This book includes chapters on, Is contact real? Are You Having Contact Experiences? Who Can I Trust to Help Me? and much more. This eBook is 246 pages and illustrated. CLIP
DIRE WARNING THAT MUST BE HEEDED! ONE MORE REASON TO URGENTLY STOP DUMPING CO2 IN THE ATMOSPHERE
Also from: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0226-06.htm
Acid Seas Kill Off Coral Reefs
by Jonathan Leake
February 26, 2006
THE world's coral reefs could disappear within a few decades along with hundreds of species of plankton and shellfish, according to new studies into man's impact on the oceans.
Researchers have found that carbon dioxide, the gas already blamed for causing global warming, is also raising the acid levels in the sea. The shells of coral and other marine life dissolve in acid. The process is happening so fast that many such species, including coral, crabs, oysters and mussels, may become unable to build and repair their shells and will die out, say the researchers.
"Increased carbon dioxide emissions are making the world's oceans more acidic and could cause a mass extinction of marine life similar to the one that occurred on land when the dinosaurs disappeared," said Professor Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution's global ecology department.
When CO2 produced by burning fossil fuels dissolves in the ocean, it forms carbonic acid. A little of this can benefit marine life by providing carbonate ions a vital constituent in the biochemical process by which sea creatures such as corals and molluscs build their shells.
Caldeira found, however, that the huge volumes of carbon dioxide being released by humans are dissolving into the oceans so fast that sea creatures can no longer absorb it. Consequently, the levels of carbonic acid are rising and the oceans are "turning sour".
Speaking at the American Geophysical Union's ocean sciences conference in Hawaii last week, Caldeira said: "The current rate of carbon dioxide input is nearly 50 times higher than normal. In less than 100 years, the pH (measure of alkalinity) of the oceans could drop by as much as half a unit from its natural 8.2 to about 7.7."
This would mark a huge change in ocean chemistry. The shells of marine creatures are made of calcium carbonate, the same substance as chalk, which is vulnerable to acidity. Even a slight increase in acidity would mean many creatures would dissolve. Others might be able to rebuild their shells but would be unable to reproduce.
Nature, the scientific journal, recently published a study by Jim Orr, of the Laboratory for Science of the Climate and Environment, Paris. It said that by 2050 the Southern Ocean and subarctic regions of the Pacific might be so acidic that the shells of smaller marine creatures would start eroding.
Such a loss would have disastrous consequences for larger marine animals such as salmon, mackerel, herring, cod and baleen whales. These all feed on pteropods, or sea butterflies, one of the species most threatened by rising acidity.
Last week another warning was issued about the threat of acidity to sea life at the annual meeting in St Louis of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Katherine Richardson, professor of biological oceanography at Aarhus University in Denmark, said: "These marine creatures do humanity a great service by absorbing half the carbon dioxide we create. If we wipe them out, that process will stop. We are altering the entire chemistry of the oceans without any idea of the consequences."
The Case of Missing Carbon
Hooked on fossil fuels, humans pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Fortunately, plants and ocean waters gather it in. But what happens when the planet's great carbon recycling system goes awry? (...) The coal, oil, and natural gas that drive the industrial world's economy all contain carbon inhaled by plants hundreds of millions of years agocarbon that now is returning to the atmosphere through smokestacks and exhaust pipes, joining emissions from forest burned to clear land in poorer countries. Carbon dioxide is foremost in an array of gases from human activity that increase the atmosphere's ability to trap heat. (Methane from cattle, rice fields, and landfills, and the chlorofluorocarbons in some refrigerators and air conditioners are others.) Few scientists doubt that this greenhouse warming of the atmosphere is already taking hold. Melting glaciers, earlier springs, and a steady rise in global average temperature are just some of its harbingers. By rights it should be worse. Each year humanity dumps roughly 8 billion metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere, 6.5 billion tons from fossil fuels and 1.5 billion from deforestation. But less than half that total, 3.2 billion tons, remains in the atmosphere to warm the planet. Where is the missing carbon? "It's a really major mystery, if you think about it," says Wofsy, an atmospheric scientist at Harvard University. His research site in the Harvard Forest is apparently not the only place where nature is breathing deep and helping save us from ourselves. Forests, grasslands, and the waters of the oceans must be acting as carbon sinks. They steal back roughly half of the carbon dioxide we emit, slowing its buildup in the atmosphere and delaying the effects on climate. Who can complain? No one, for now. But the problem is that scientists can't be sure that this blessing will last, or whether, as the globe continues to warm, it might even change to a curse if forests and other ecosystems change from carbon sinks to sources, releasing more carbon into the atmosphere than they absorb. The doubts have sent researchers into forests and rangelands, out to the tundra and to sea, to track down and understand the missing carbon. CLIP - Read the entire story at http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0402/feature5/online_extra.html
Could Global Warming Become a Runaway Train? (Feb. 18, 2006)
Scientists: 'Feedback Loops' Are the Single-Biggest Threat to Civilization From Global Warming - POINT BARROW, Alaska Recently, it was another beautiful, sunny day out on the Arctic tundra.It may sound nicer that way but it's a big problem for the Earth. Scientists say the warm weather adds to global warming because of "feedback loops."In a feedback loop, the rising temperature on the Earth changes the environment in ways that then create even more heat. Scientists consider feedback loops the single-biggest threat to civilization from global warming. Past a certain point the tipping point, they say there may be no stopping the changes. Scientists working in the Arctic report that feedback loops are already under way. As the frozen sea surface of the Arctic Ocean melts back, there's less white to reflect the sun's heat back into space and more dark, open water to absorb that heat, which then melts the floating sea ice even faster. More than a third of summer sea ice disappeared in the past 30 years. In the ground next to the ocean, scientists say, warming has also awakened another enormous danger billions of tons of carbon locked up for eons by what was once frozen ground. "I feel very uncomfortable about it," says Walter Oechel, a scientist studying the problem. "I mean, it's not the way the Arctic should be." Oechel discovered that as global warming thaws and dries out the vast tundra, old decayed vegetation releases carbon dioxide. That's the same greenhouse gas that comes from car and plane exhausts, and power-plant chimneys and the tundra releasing carbon dioxide warms the atmosphere even more. It's a slow-motion time bomb that's speeding up and could become self-generating, Oechel says. "Humans are putting about 6 billion or 7 billion metric tons of carbon in the atmosphere a year," he adds. "And we are standing on 200 billion tons here. If any significant portion came out, that dwarfs the current human injection into the atmosphere. And once that runaway release occurred, there'd be no way to stop it." CLIP
From: "Teresa Perez" firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 23 Feb 2006
Subject: Excerpt from WORLD RAINFOREST MOVEMENT Bulletin 103
Climate Change: There is still time to avoid disaster but not much!
For many years people have been hearing about climate change and the terrible impacts it would entail. In spite of warnings of the pending disaster, a group of scientists in the service of corporate interests has been trying to cast doubts on the scientific evidence. At the same time, another group of academics and technocrats has been inventing absurd mechanisms to "compensate" for carbon emissions in order to allow fossil fuel use to continue. Among these mechanisms are large-scale plantations of fast growing trees - located in the South, of course.
Against this background, it is encouraging to see scientists challenging power from within. Such is the case of Jim Hansen, the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, who, despite a history of early outspokenness on climate change, is President George Bush's top climate modeller. On 17 February, Hansen published an article in the British newspaper The Independent noting that "a satellite study of the Greenland ice cap shows that it is melting far faster than scientists had feared --- twice as much ice is going into the sea as it was five years ago. The implications for rising sea levels -- and climate change -- could be dramatic."
Hansen poses the question: "How fast can this go?" and his answer is: "Right now, I think our best measure is what happened in the past. We know that, for instance, 14,000 years ago sea levels rose by 20m in 400 years -- that is, five metres in a century. This was towards the end of the last ice age, so there was more ice around. But, on the other hand, temperatures were not warming as fast as today."
Hansen explains that "The last time the world was three degrees warmer than today - -which is what we expect later this century -- sea levels were 25m higher. So that is what we can look forward to if we don't act soon. None of the current climate and ice models predict this. But I prefer the evidence from the Earth's history and my own eyes. I think sea-level rise is going to be the big issue soon, more even than warming itself."
Hansen's statement suggests that we are on the edge of a major climatic catastrophe - imagine a 25m rise in sea level! -- and that urgent and drastic measures need to be taken to avoid it. He obviously wanted to make the public aware about the danger. "Yet," Hansen cautions, "a few weeks ago, when I -- a NASA climate scientist -- tried to talk to the media about these issues following a lecture I had given calling for prompt reductions in the emission of greenhouse gases, the NASA public affairs team -- staffed by political appointees from the Bush administration -- tried to stop me doing so. I was not happy with that, and I ignored the restrictions. The first line of NASA's mission is to understand and protect the planet."
That should be the mission of all governments: to understand and protect the planet, as a means of ensuring the survival of humanity. At present, the main threat to the planet is global climate change and urgent action needs to be taken. Hansen asks the crucial question: "How long have we got?" His answer is: "We have to stabilise emissions of carbon dioxide within a decade, or temperatures will warm by more than one degree. That will be warmer than it has been for half a million years, and many things could become unstoppable. If we are to stop that, we cannot wait for new technologies like capturing emissions from burning coal. We have to act with what we have. This decade, that means focusing on energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy that do not burn carbon. We don't have much time left."
None of the above, of course, is news. What is news is Hansen's breach in the wall of the corporate establishment and his example encouraging those within the scientific community to speak out and join the struggle to avert climate change. We really don't have much time left!
Note: Jim Hansen's article is available at: http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article345926.ece
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Too hot to handle (February 5, 2006)
Recent efforts to censor Jim Hansen, NASA's top climate scientist, are only the latest. As his message grows more urgent, we ignore him at our peril. - JIM HANSEN, the director of NASA'S Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is a dangerous man. Not a brash man or a rebel-I remember interviewing him many years ago, and when I asked him what he did to relax, he replied, ''mow my lawn." He's spent his whole career on the NASA payroll, but never looked up at the beckoning stars, at least professionally. Instead, from a floor of offices above Tom's Diner, of ''Seinfeld" fame, on New York's Upper West Side, he's fixed an unwavering gaze on our home planet and the narrow envelope of atmosphere that surrounds it. It's in that process that he's acquired the data, including one of the most comprehensive and accurate temperature records for the entire globe, that makes him so unsafe-data he's repeatedly tried to spread to the world, but always against resistance, mostly from politicians but also from scientists. The latest dust-up came last week, when The New York Times reported that the public affairs staff at NASA was trying to censor Hansen's contacts with journalists-not to mention postings on his website, his lectures, and his future papers-after he told the American Geophysical Union, in a speech on Dec. 6, that 2005 had been the warmest year on record. Not that they acted out of any untoward motive, NASA officials insist, just to make sure that he wasn't misquoted. Hansen has had to deliver unpopular news before, and he's always persisted-and this time, as usual, he managed to turn the gag order into a megaphone. In fact, if you follow the thread of the controversies that have marked Hansen's career, you can understand how the idea of global warming first came to light, how it's been resisted, and why we seem now to be entering into the most dangerous era of all, when theory turns ever more quickly into reality. (...) And that's what makes him so dangerous now. He's not just saying that the world is warming. He's not just saying we're the cause. He's saying: We have to stop it now. Not wait a few decades while Exxon Mobil keeps making record profits. Not wait a few decades until there's some painless new technology like hydrogen cars that lets us drive blithely into the future. Not even wait a few years until the current administration can cut and run from Washington. The president, just this week, said that we've become ''addicted to oil," which is a little as though Abe Lincoln suddenly noticed the South had slaves. Bush's package of fixes-a little money for nuclear, for clean coal, for wind power-goes in the right direction, but so slowly as to be a gesture, not a policy. If we want to keep a semblance of the planet we were born on to, we have to act decisively, expensively, quickly, and now. You can argue with Hansen if you want. But you better bring a pretty big data set with you. He's been right so far.
Shell told to pay Nigerians $1.5bn pollution damages (February 25, 2006)
· Oil giant will appeal against court decision
· Kidnap and sabotage cripple production
(...) Communities have repeatedly accused Shell of letting its oil spill into the rivers of the Niger delta, degrading the environment, spoiling crops and poisoning fish. Shell says most spills are caused by saboteurs trying to steal the oil for sale by international criminal syndicates on the world market.As well as the court ruling and the kidnapping, this week has also seen militants blowing up pipelines and storming a loading platform, crippling Shell's output. CLIP
Climate Scientists Issue Dire Warning (February 28, 2006) http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,1719608,00.html
The Earth's temperature could rise under the impact of global warming to levels far higher than previously predicted, according to the United Nations' team of climate experts.A draft of the next influential Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report will tell politicians that scientists are now unable to place a reliable upper limit on how quickly the atmosphere will warm as carbon dioxide levels increase. The report draws together research over the past five years and will be presented to national governments in April and made public next year. It raises the possibility of the Earth's temperature rising well above the ceiling quoted in earlier accounts. Such an outcome would have severe consequences, such as the collapse of the Greenland ice sheet and disruption of the Gulf Stream ocean current.The shift in position comes as Tony Blair is expected to pledge today to work towards a date for stabilising international greenhouse gas emissions when he meets Stop Climate Chaos, the climate change equivalent of Make Poverty History. The group is campaigning for a target date of 2015 for stabilisation, saying a later date would endanger the planet. The new IPCC report will underpin international talks on how to cut greenhouse gas emissions when the first phase of the Kyoto protocol expires in 2012. (...) If we continue to burn fossil fuels at current rates, levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will reach 550 ppm (parts per million) - double pre-industrial levels - by around 2050. CLIP
Coastal Cities Could Disappear As Glaciers Melt Faster Than Predicted (February 17, 2006)
THE quantity of ice dumped into the ocean by Greenlands glaciers has doubled over the past five years, suggesting that global warming will cause sea levels to swell more quickly than predicted. A significant study of the glaciers that drain the Greenland ice sheet the worlds largest has revealed dramatic increases in their speed of advance, linked to rising temperatures in the region. The findings indicate that the contribution of Greenlands melting ice to rising sea levels has been underestimated, and will increase in a warming world. They offer the first signs that the melting of the ice sheet, which covers an area slightly smaller than that of Mexico, could take place more rapidly than thought. Although the sheet will still take hundreds, if not thousands, of years to disappear, it contains enough water to increase global sea levels by 7 metres (23ft). It covers an area of 1.7million sq km (660,000 sq miles), and is up to 3 km (1.9 miles) thick. (...) Scientists predict that a 2.7C (4.9F) increase in temperatures from present levels could destabilise the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets irreversibly, condemning the world to inexorable sea-level rises. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that temperatures will rise by 1.4C to 5.8C by the year 2100.
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Journey Through the Light and Back
After suffering from a terminal illness, in 1982 Mellen-Thomas died and for an hour and a half he was monitored showing no vital signs. Miraculously he returned to his body with a complete remission of the disease.
While on the other side Mellen journeyed through several realms of consciousness and beyond the light at the end of the tunnel. He was shown, in holographic detail, Earths past and a beautiful vision of mankinds future for the next 400 years. He experienced the cosmology of our souls connection to mother earth (Gaia), our role in the Universe, and was gifted with access to Universal Intelligence.
Since his near-death experience, Mellen-Thomas has maintained his direct access to Universal Intelligence, and returns to the light at will, enabling him to be a bridge between science and spirit. He has been involved in research programs and has developed new technologies for health and wellness. With humility, insight, and depth of feeling he shares his experience and insights.
He brings back with him a message of hope and inspiration for humanity, delivered with a joy and clarity that is refreshing. His depth of feeling and passion for life is a gift to be shared.
Journey Through the Light and Back
By Mellen-Thomas Benedict
In 1982 I died from terminal cancer. The condition I had was inoperable, and any kind of chemotherapy they could give me would just have made me more of a vegetable. I was given six to eight months to live. I had been an information freak in the1970s, and I had become increasingly despondent over the nuclear crisis, the ecology crisis, and so forth. So, since I did not have a spiritual basis, I began to believe that nature had made a mistake, and that we were probably a cancerous organism on the planet. I saw no way that we could get out from all the problems we had created for ourselves and the planet. I perceived all humans as cancer, and that is what I got. That is what killed me. Be careful what your world view is. It can feed back on you, especially if it is a negative world view. I had a seriously negative one. That is what led me into my death. I tried all sorts of alternative healing methods, but nothing helped.
So I determined that this was really just between me and God. I had never really faced God before, or even dealt with God. I was not into any kind of spirituality at the time, but I began a journey into learning about spirituality and alternative healing. I set out to do all the reading I could and bone up on the subject, because I did not want to be surprised on the other side. So I started reading on various religions and philosophies. They were all very interesting, and gave hope that there was something on the other side. I ended up in hospice care.
I remember waking up one morning at home about 4:30 AM, and I just knew that this was it. This was the day I was going to die. So I called a few friends and said goodbye. I woke up my hospice caretaker and told her. I had a private agreement with her that she would leave my dead body alone for six hours, since I had read that all kinds of interesting things happen when you die. I went back to sleep. The next thing I remember is the beginning of a typical near death experience. Suddenly I was fully aware and I was standing up, but my body was in the bed. There was this darkness around me. Being out of my body was even more vivid than ordinary experience. It was so vivid that I could see every room in the house, I could see the top of the house, I could see around the house, I could see under the house.
There was this Light shining. I turned toward the Light. The Light was very similar to what many other people have described in their near death experiences. It was so magnificent. It is tangible; you can feel it. It is alluring; you want to go to it like you would want to go to your ideal mothers or fathers arms. As I began to move toward the Light, I knew intuitively that if I went to the Light, I would be dead. So as I was moving toward the Light I said, Please wait a minute, just hold on a second here. I want to think about this; I would like to talk to you before I go. To my surprise, the entire experience halted at that point. You are indeed in control of your near death experience. You are not on a roller coaster ride. So my request was honored and I had some conversations with the Light. The Light kept changing into different figures, like Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, mandalas, archetypal images and signs. I asked the Light, What is going on here? Please, Light, clarify yourself for me. I really want to know the reality of the situation. I cannot really say the exact words, because it was sort of telepathy. The Light responded. The information transferred to me was that your beliefs shape the kind of feedback you are getting before the Light. If you were a Buddhist or Catholic or Fundamentalist, you get a feedback loop of your own stuff. You have a chance to look at it and examine it, but most people do not. As the Light revealed itself to me, I became aware that what I was really seeing was our higher Self matrix. We all have a higher Self, or an oversoul part of our being. It revealed itself to me in its truest energy form. The only way I can really describe it is that the being of the higher Self is more like a conduit. It did not look like that, but it is a direct connection to the Source that each and every one of us has. We are directly connected to the Source. So the Light was showing me the higher Self matrix. I was not committed to one particular religion. So that is what was being fed back to me.
As I asked the Light to keep clearing for me, to keep explaining, I understood what the higher Self matrix is. We have a grid around the planet where all the higher Selves are connected. This is like a great company, a next subtle level of energy around us, the spirit level, you might say. Then, after a couple of minutes, I asked for more clarification. I really wanted to know what the universe is about, and I was ready to go at that time. I said I am ready, take me. Then the Light turned into the most beautiful thing that I have ever seen: a mandala of human souls on this planet. Now I came to this with my negative view of what was happening on the planet. So as I asked the Light to keep clarifying for me, I saw in this magnificent mandala how beautiful we all are in our essence, our core. We are the most beautiful creations. The human soul, the human matrix that we all make together is absolutely fantastic, elegant, exotic, everything. I just cannot say enough about how it changed my opinion of human beings in that instant. I said, Oh, God, I did not know how beautiful we are. At any level, high or low, in whatever shape you are in, you are the most beautiful creation, you are.
The revelations coming from the Light seemed to go on and on, then I asked the Light, Does this mean that Mankind will be saved? Then, like a trumpet blast with a shower of spiraling lights, the Great Light spoke, saying, Remember this and never forget; you save, redeem and heal yourself. You always have. You always will. You were created with the power to do so from before the beginning of the world.
In that instant I realized even more. I realized that WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN SAVED, and we saved ourselves because we were designed to self-correct like the rest of Gods universe. This is what the second coming is about. I thanked the Light of God with all my heart. The best thing I could come up with was these simple words of total appreciation: Oh dear God, dear Universe, dear Great Self, I Love My Life. The Light seemed to breathe me in even more deeply. It was as if the Light was completely absorbing me. The Love Light is, to this day, indescribable. I entered into another realm, more profound than the last, and became aware of something more, much more. It was an enormous stream of Light, vast and full, deep in the Heart of Life. I asked what this was.
The Light responded, This is the RIVER OF LIFE. Drink of this manna water to your hearts content. So I did. I took one big drink and then another. To drink of Life Itself! I was in ecstasy.
Then the Light said, You have a desire. The Light knew all about me, everything past, present and future.
Yes! I whispered.
I asked to see the rest of the Universe; beyond our solar system, beyond all human illusion. The Light then told me that I could go with the Stream. I did, and was carried Through the Light at the End of the Tunnel. I felt and heard a series of very soft sonic booms. What a rush!
Suddenly I seemed to be rocketing away from the planet on this stream of Life. I saw the earth fly away. The solar system, in all its splendor, whizzed by and disappeared. At faster than light speed, I flew through the center of the galaxy, absorbing more knowledge as I went. I learned that this galaxy, and all of the Universe, is bursting with many different varieties of LIFE. I saw many worlds. The good news is that we are not alone in this Universe! As I rode this stream of consciousness through the center of the galaxy, the stream was expanding in awesome fractal waves of energy. The super clusters of galaxies with all their ancient wisdom flew by. At first I thought I was going somewhere; actually traveling. But then I realized that, as the stream was expanding, my own consciousness was also expanding to take in everything in the Universe! All creation passed by me. It was an unimaginable wonder! I truly was a Wonder Child; a babe in Wonderland!
I found myself in a profound stillness, beyond all silence. I could see or perceive FOREVER, beyond Infinity.
I was in the Void.
I was in pre creation, before the Big Bang. I had crossed over the beginning of time/the First Word/the First vibration. I was in the Eye of Creation. I felt as if I was touching the Face of God. It was not a religious feeling. Simply I was at one with Absolute Life and Consciousness.
When I say that I could see or perceive forever, I mean that I could experience all of creation generating itself. It was without beginning and without end. Thats a mind expanding thought, isnt it? Scientists perceive the Big Bang as a single event which created the Universe. I saw that the Big Bang is only one of an infinite number of Big Bangs creating Universes endlessly and simultaneously. The only images that even come close in human terms would be those created by super computers using fractal geometry equations.
The ancients knew of this. They said Godhead periodically created new Universes by breathing out, and de created other Universes by breathing in. These epochs were called Yugas. Modern science called this the Big Bang. I was in absolute, pure consciousness. I could see or perceive all the Big Bangs or Yugas creating and de creating themselves. Instantly I entered into them all simultaneously. I saw that each and every little piece of creation has the power to create. It is very difficult to try to explain this. I am still speechless about this.
It took me years after I returned to assimilate any words at all for the Void experience. I can tell you this now: the Void is less than nothing, yet more than everything that is! The Void is absolute zero; chaos forming all possibilities. It is Absolute Consciousness; much more than even Universal Intelligence.
The Void is the vacuum or nothingness between all physical manifestations. The SPACE between atoms and their components. Modern science has begun to study this space between everything. They call it Zero point. Whenever they try to measure it, their instruments go off the scale, or to infinity, so to speak. They have no way, as of yet, to measure infinity accurately. There is more of the 0 space in your own body and the Universe than anything else!
What mystics call the Void is not a void. It is so full of energy, a different kind of energy that has created everything that we are. Everything since the Big Bang is vibration, from the first Word, which is the first vibration. The biblical I am really has a question mark after it. I amWhat am I? So creation is God exploring Gods Self through every way imaginable, in an ongoing, infinite exploration through every one of us. I began to see that everything that is, is the Self, literally, your Self, my Self. Everything is the great Self. That is why God knows even when a leaf falls. That is possible because wherever you are is the center of the universe. Wherever any atom is, that is the center of the universe. There is God in that, and God in the Void.
As I was exploring the Void and all the Yugas or creations, I was completely out of time and space as we know it. In this expanded state, I discovered that creation is about Absolute Pure Consciousness, or God, coming into the Experience of Life as we know it. The Void itself is devoid of experience. It is pre life, before the first vibration. Godhead is about more than Life and Death. Therefore there is even more than Life and Death to experience in the Universe!
When I realized this, I was finished with the Void, and wanted to return to this creation, or Yuga. It just seemed like the natural thing to do. Then I suddenly came back through the second Light, or the Big Bang, hearing several more velvet booms. I rode the stream of consciousness back through all of creation, and what a ride it was! The super clusters of galaxies came through me with even more insights. I passed through the center of our galaxy, which is a black hole. Black holes are the great processors or recyclers of the Universe. Do you know what is on the other side of a Black Hole? We are; our galaxy, which has been reprocessed from another Universe. In its total energy configuration, the galaxy looked like a fantastic city of lights. All energy this side of the Big Bang is light. Every sub atom, atom, star, planet, even consciousness itself is made of light and has a frequency and/or particle. Light is living stuff. Everything is made of light, even stones. So everything is alive. Everything is made from the Light of God; everything is very intelligent.
As I rode the stream on and on, I could eventually see a huge Light coming. I knew it was the First Light; the higher Self Light Matrix of our solar system. Then the entire solar system appeared in the Light, accompanied by one of those velvet booms.
I could see all the energy that this solar system generates, and it is an incredible light show! I could hear the Music of the Spheres. Our solar system, as do all celestial bodies, generates a unique matrix of light, sound and vibratory energies. Advanced civilizations from other star systems can spot life as we know it in the universe by the vibratory or energy matrix imprint. It is childs play. The earths Wonder child (human beings) make an abundance of sound right now, like children playing in the backyard of the universe.
The Light explained to me that there is no death; we are immortal beings. We have already been alive forever! I realized that we are part of a natural living system that recycles itself endlessly. I was never told that I had to come back. I just knew that I would. It was only natural, from what I had seen.
I dont know how long I was with the Light, in human time. But there came a moment when I realized that all my questions had been answered and my return was near. When I say that all my questions were answered on the other side, I mean to say just that. All my questions have been answered. Every human has a different life and set of questions to explore. Some of our questions are Universal, but each of us is exploring this thing we call Life in our own unique way. So is every other form of life, from mountains to every leaf on every tree.
And that is very important to the rest of us in this Universe. Because it all contributes to the Big Picture, the fullness of Life. We are literally God exploring Gods self in an infinite Dance of Life. Your uniqueness enhances all of Life.
As I began my return to the life cycle, it never crossed my mind, nor was I told, that I would return to the same body. It just did not matter. I had complete trust in the Light and the Life process. As the stream merged with the great Light, I asked never to forget the revelations and the feelings of what I had learned on the other side.
There was a Yes. It felt like a kiss to my soul.
Then I was taken back through the Light into the vibratory realm again. The whole process reversed, with even more information being given to me. I came back home, and I was given lessons on the mechanics of reincarnation. I was given answers to all those little questions I had: How does this work? How does that work? I knew that I would be reincarnated. The earth is a great processor of energy, and individual consciousness evolves out of that into each one of us. I thought of myself as a human for the first time, and I was happy to be that. From what I have seen, I would be happy to be an atom in this universe. An atom. So to be the human part of God ... this is the most fantastic blessing. It is a blessing beyond our wildest estimation of what blessing can be. For each and every one of us to be the human part of this experience is awesome, and magnificent. Each and every one of us, no matter where we are, screwed up or not, is a blessing to the planet, right where we are.
I went through the reincarnation process expecting to be a baby somewhere. But I was given a lesson on how individual identity and consciousness evolve. I was so surprised when I opened my eyes. I do not know why, because I understood it, but it was still such a surprise to be back in this body, back in my room with someone looking over me crying her eyes out. It was my hospice caretaker. She had given up an hour and a half after finding me dead. My body was stiff and inflexible. She went into the other room. Then I awakened and saw the light outside. I tried to get up to go to it, but I fell out of the bed. She heard a loud clunk, ran in and found me on the floor.
When I recovered, I was very surprised and yet very awed about what had happened to me. At first all the memory of the trip that I have now was not there. I kept slipping out of this world and kept asking, Am I alive? This world seemed more like a dream than that one. Within three days I was feeling normal again, clearer, yet different than I had ever felt in my life. My memory of the journey came back later. I could see nothing wrong with any human being I had ever seen. Before that I was really judgmental. I thought a lot of people were really screwed up, in fact I thought that everybody was screwed up but me. But I got clear on all that.
About three months later a friend said I should get tested, so I went and got the scans and so forth. I really felt good, so I was afraid of getting bad news. I remember the doctor at the clinic looking at the before and after scans, saying, Well, there is nothing here now. I said, Really, it must be a miracle He said No, these things happen; they are called spontaneous remission. He acted very unimpressed. But here was a miracle, and I was impressed, even if no one else was.
I had a descent into what you might call Hell, and it was very surprising. I did not see Satan or evil. My descent into Hell was a descent into each persons customized human misery, ignorance, and darkness of not knowing. It seemed like a miserable eternity. But each of the millions of souls around me had a little star of light always available. But no one seemed to pay attention to it. They were so consumed with their own grief, trauma and misery. But, after what seemed an eternity, I started calling out to that Light, like a child calling to a parent for help. Then the Light opened up and formed a tunnel that came right to me and insulated me from all that fear and pain, That is what Hell really is. So what we are doing is learning to hold hands, to come together. The doors of Hell are open now. We are going to link up, hold hands, and walk out of Hell together. The Light came to me and turned into a huge golden angel. I said, Are you the angel of death? It expressed to me that it was my oversoul, my higher Self matrix, a super ancient part of ourselves. Then I was taken to the Light.
Soon our science will quantify spirit. Isnt that going to be wonderful? We are coming up with devices now that are sensitive to subtle energy or spirit energy. Physicists use these atomic colliders to smash atoms to see what they are made of. They have got it down to quarks and charm, and all that. Well, one day they are going to come down to the little thing that holds it all together, and they are going to have to call that ... God. We are just beginning to understand that we are creating too, as we go along. As I saw forever, I came to a realm in which there is a point where we pass all knowledge and begin creating the next fractal, the next level. We have that power to create as we explore. And that is God expanding itself through us.
Since my return I have experienced the Light spontaneously, and I have learned how to get to that space almost any time in my meditation. Each one of you can do this. You do not have to die to do this. It is within your equipment; you are wired for it already. The body is the most magnificent Light being there is. The body is a universe of incredible Light. Spirit is not pushing us to dissolve this body. That is not what is happening. Stop trying to become God; God is becoming you. Here.
I asked God: What is the best religion on the planet? Which one is right? And Godhead said, with great love: I dont care. That was incredible grace. When Godhead said, I dont care, I immediately understood that it is for us to care about. It is important, because we are the caring beings. It matters to us and that is where it is important. What you have is the energy equation in spirituality. Ultimate Godhead does not care if you are Protestant, Buddhist, or whatever. It is all a blooming facet of the whole. I wish that all religions would realize it and let each other be. It is not the end of each religion, but we are talking about the same God. Live and let live. Each has a different view. And it all adds up to the big picture; it is all important.
I went over to the other side with a lot of fears about toxic waste, nuclear missiles, the population explosion, the rainforest. I came back loving every single problem. I love nuclear waste. I love the mushroom cloud; this is the holiest mandala that we have manifested to date, as an archetype. It, more than any religion or philosophy on earth, brought us together all of a sudden, to a new level of consciousness. Knowing that maybe we can blow up the planet fifty times, or 500 times, we finally realize that maybe we are all here together now. For a period they had to keep setting off more bombs to get it in to us. Then we started saying, we do not need this any more. Now we are actually in a safer world than we have ever been in, and it is going to get safer. So I came back loving toxic waste, because it brought us together. These things are so big. As Peter Russell might say, these problems are now soul size. Do we have soul size answers YES!
The clearing of the rain forest will slow down, and in fifty years there will be more trees on the planet than in a long time. If you are into ecology, go for it; you are that part of the system that is becoming aware. Go for it with all your might, but do not be depressed. It is part of a larger thing. Earth is in the process of domesticating itself. It is never again going to be as wild a place as it once was. There will be great wild places, reserves where nature thrives. Gardening and reserves will be the thing in the future. Population increase is getting very close to the optimal range of energy to cause a shift in consciousness. That shift in consciousness will change politics, money, energy.
After dying and coming back, I really respect life and death. In our DNA experiments we may have opened the door to a great secret. Soon we will be able to live as long as we want to live in this body. After living 150 years or so, there will be an intuitive soul sense that you will want to change channels. Living forever in one body is not as creative as reincarnation, as transferring energy in this fantastic vortex of energy that we are in. We are actually going to see the wisdom of life and death, and enjoy it. As it is now, we have already been alive forever. This body, that you are in, has been alive forever. It comes from an unending stream of life, going back to the Big Bang and beyond. This body gives life to the next life, in dense and subtle energy. This body has been alive forever already.
Mellen Thomas Benedict is writing a book and currently has available a series of audio CDs, beginning with Journey Through the Light and Back! He is also available for lectures and workshops.
(More details though http://www.mellen-thomas.com/)
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Did you know that ...
It is impossible to lick your elbow.
A crocodile can't stick its tongue out.
A shrimp's heart is in their head.
When you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.
In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand or attempted to do so.
In the United States alone, there is a lawsuit every 30 seconds.
It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.
Rats and horses can't vomit.
The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out.
Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.
Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
If the U.S. government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969, make it illegal for US citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?
Forty percent of all people who come to a party in your home snoop in your medicine cabinet.
The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
100% of all lottery winners gain weight.
Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their buttocks.
In the course of an average lifetime you will, while sleeping, eat 70 assorted insects and 10 spiders.
160 cars can drive side by side on the Monumental Axis in Brazil, the world's widest road.
Most lipstick contains fish scales.
Cat's urine glows under a black-light.
A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
and last but not least...
Over 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbows!
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A father put his three year old daughter to bed, told her a story and listened to
her prayers which she ended by saying:
"God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, God bless Grandma and good-bye Grandpa."
The father asked, "Why did you say good-bye grandpa?"
The little girl said, "I don't know daddy, it just seemed like the thing to do."
The next day grandpa died. The father thought it was a strange coincidence. A few months later the father put the girl to bed and listened to her prayers which went like this:
"God bless Mommy, God Bless Daddy and good-bye Grandma"
The next day the grandmother died. Oh my gosh, thought the father, this kid is in contact with the other side. Several weeks later when the girl was going to bed the dad heard her say:
"God bless Mommy and good-bye Daddy."
He practically went into shock. He couldn't sleep all night and got up at the crack of dawn to go to his office. He was nervous as a cat all day, had lunch sent in and watched the clock. He figured if he could get by until midnight he would be okay.
He felt safe in the office, so instead of going home at the end of the day he stayed there, drinking coffee, looking at his watch and jumping at every sound. Finally midnight arrived, he breathed a sigh of relief and went home.
When he got home his wife said "I've never seen you work so late, what's the matter?"
He said "I don't want to talk about it, I've just spent the worst day of my life."
She said "You think you had a bad day, you'll never believe what happened to me. This morning the milkman dropped dead on our porch."
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