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January 21, 2006

Veracity Series #12: Nailing It Down Nicely

Hello everyone!

Exceptionally I'm sending you a second compilation this week because of a new and very enlightening message from Matthew which I feel needs immediate networking. I've also included some of the latest things that came to my attention as there are several new important developments worth considering as well.

If you can join the Meditation Focus tomorrow (Sunday January 21 - 11 am East Coast time, 4 pm in London), as well as the two following Sundays, it would certainly help assist in beaming ever more Light in the Middle East — and for all humanity as you may be spontaneously guided to do during this 30 minute globally synchronized meditation.

To review the summary of this Meditation Focus #145: Making Sure Peace Prevail In Iran, please go at http://www.aei.ca/~cep/MeditationFocus145.htm

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"People are sick and tired of being pitted against each other when there's already so much suffering and the Earth itself is under assault. They're ready to reconnect and honor the life we share. That is the great adventure of our time."

— Joanna Macy, systems thinker, author and spiritual social change agent


"Only recently have we awakened to see not only that 'regular' citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement."

— Frances Moore Lappé, food policy and democracy activist and author


"If diverse ordinary people are given adequate information and a chance to deeply hear each other and reflect together about public affairs...there is a natural tendency to come to see a larger picture together, through each others' eyes, and to then wrestle in good faith with the implications of that larger picture...so that in the end they find that their diversity is a resource, stimulating each other into remarkable creativity. Suddenly options that make sense to all or most of them emerge -- possibilities often unseen by any of them when they began talking."

— Tom Atlee, co-intelligence advocate


"The time has finally come to shift our focus and creative force towards the creation of conditions that will ensure the necessary dynamic and powerful solutions we must have in order to face the challenges to our survival. We will then not only survive, but experience a shimmering and bright personal and planetary future."

— Cody Johnson, convenor of transformational conferences and concerts


"There are moments in history when the fabric of everyday life unravels, and there is this unstable dynamism that allows for incredible social change in short periods of time. People and the world they're living in can be utterly transformed."

— Tony Kushner, playwright


"Life is too precious to be a spectator sport. We are no longer merely fans, rooting for the winning team. We are the team. We are the grown-ups. Whatever you believe is true, now is the time to give your respectful, inquisitive and compassionate self to it."

— Vicki Robin, author and transformational agent


Worthy of Your Attention

An Amazing story and lots of magnificent dolphin pictures
http://www.journeyinspirit.com


CONTENTS

1. Latest Message from Matthew
2. Anti-War Group Touts 'Indictments' Against Bush
3. Latest Bin Laden Tape: Another of the NeoCons' "Greatest Hits"
4. How to Approach General Public re. Truth of 911
5. Report: IAF Trained for Iran Attack
6. 'Green' Measures Key to Earth's Future, Report Says
7. Warmer seas will wipe out plankton, source of ocean life
8. The Earth is about to catch a morbid fever that may last as long as 100,000 years
9. THE RULES FOR BEING HUMAN


See also:

The Chemtrail Smoking Gun: Proof of global atmospheric geoengineering
http://www.lightwatcher.com/chemtrails/smoking_gun.html
[This colossal study recalls the scope, expense and secrecy of the Manhattan Project, yet the goals and eventual impacts of it are far greater.] Five years ago I founded the Chemtrails Hall of Shame web site to document and investigate the elusive Chemtrail spraying operations in the skies above my home in the Pacific NW. The site can be found at: http://www.lightwatcher.com - During this time I have had the opportunity to work with and befriend several of the luminaries within this field of investigation: Diane Harvey, Brian Holmes and a very special investigator who chooses to remain anonymous in this article. Each of these individuals has contributed greatly to the subject, keeping this topic alive within the alternative media . These chemtrail spraying programs, which are apparently being conducted on a worldwide basis, are evident to anyone who has the desire to look up and perceive the evidence. Yet, definitive proof has remained elusive.Total denial by governmental authorities, the shunning of this topic by mainstream media, the systematic discreditation of researchers, ongoing coverups by the scientific establishment, and a coordinated systematic policy of disinformation has relegated this topic to the realm of fantasy and paranoid delusion. Regardless, it continues to go on above our heads, and has now grown to become the largest coordinated global engineering project in the history of our species. How can I make such a preposterous claim? CLIP

Omega-News Collection 21. January 2005
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1446476/

And in case you did not review it yet...

The Writing on the Wall Series #47: The Orwellian Imperial Empire
http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/Archives2006/WritingWall47.htm




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From: "Suzanne Ward" suzy@matthewbooks.com>
Subject: Message from Matthew
Date: 19 Jan 2006

January 19, 2006

S: Hi, dear!

MATTHEW: Loving greetings, Mother, and my thanks for delaying your planned work to receive my message. As I told you, I shall start because there are significant developments as a result of the intense collective energy being directed back to the serious world concerns, which, after holidays‚ hiatus, once again are getting focused attention. Some happenings are well known, such as women being elected presidents of their nations, and corporate and political figures‚ testimony that firms up convictions of others, but I'm speaking primarily of happenings behind the scenes and some that are noted in Internet reports, but not in your mainstream news sources.

Indictments against President Bush and some of his cabinet and other principals in his administration were served. This is a most significant step in what has been a long process of researching and organizing irrefutable evidence to justify this legal means of removing these people from their positions. They will make every effort to avoid prosecution, so please do not expect immediate results, but be encouraged by knowing that the energy momentum during the preparation period was given a gigantic leap forward by the documents' delivery.

Have you wondered why, in the face of world opinion growing ever more vocal against the war in Iraq and internal turmoil in that country expanding in large part because of US occupation, this administration isn't withdrawing its military force there? Bush needs this volatile situation to continue so he can justify what he claims are his rights as a "wartime president," and many of those upheavals in Iraq are instigated by the Illuminati-controlled CIA members to support his contention.

But, just like his time left in office, that situation also will see its end much sooner than appears possible in this moment. Other lawsuits have been and are being filed to show this administration's complicity in the terrorist event "9/11"; waging war without facts to support the declared need for it; the illegalities of holding prisoners without charge or legal defense and unauthorized surveillance of citizens; sanctioned torture; deliberate lack of rescue efforts for survivors of hurricanes; and legislated erosion of constitutional rights. What less than five years ago were only questions in the minds of people who saw that official explanations did not ring true, has grown into a mountain of documented evidence and testimony that will unseat President Bush and many others who are guilty of deceit and betrayal. The amassed energy racing toward this justice is unstoppable. 

I have mentioned in previous messages that some people in influential positions who formerly were participants in the dark agenda have left and eagerly joined with the light-worker force on the planet. Their numbers are growing daily and extend from governments through leaders in religions, banking institutions, the medical establishment, legal and justice systems, international corporations, military and intelligence-gathering forces, educational and cultural fields, and foundations formed to hide massive fortunes. Again, you will not see many of these "defections" to the light being reported publicly, but the effects are having worldwide impact. This is being reflected not only within those major bodies of interests, but also the greater light is reaching people who formerly were totally unaware consciously and spiritually of Earth's transition from the era of lies and ignorance to the era of love and enlightenment.

Nevertheless, sufficient Illuminati power remains in your major media so that the "news" is focused on topics that generate fearful emotions, including the saber-rattling against Iran and North Korea. Earth has declared that she will not abide a third world war and its devastation to her souls in any life form, so please do not aid the dark ones by fueling their desperate need for your fearful feelings—they flourish and expand their potency through the energy of fear, and by their choosing, cannot abide the energy of light. Their only hope of keeping the vestiges of their former empire of captured souls, so to speak, is through fear. Earth's course is set—yours is not. Earth is moving at an accelerated tempo into the plane of vibrations she has chosen, but each of you must choose your course; if you are filled with fear, you will block the light from lifting you spiritually and also changing you at cellular level so that you can travel physically with Earth. 

These media outlets bombard you with the worst in humankind: senseless violence, brutality and killings, rapes and robberies wherever they occur; and to death tolls in transportation crashes, wherever they happen—the kind of information that distresses compassionate souls and also stirs the fearful thought: "This could happen to me or someone I love." Each time a person succumbs to avian flu, it is widely reported to keep alive your concerns that the relentless warnings of a potential endemic may be right, and what now that the vaccines have been found worthless? Reports of legislation in any country that reduces civil and human rights is not for edification so that you can rally to oppose it, but to make you fear that you or your loved ones may be caught in their long tentacles. Please be aware of how purposefully these kinds of "news" events are selected and do not let your emotions be pulled into the fear that is intended! 

I am mentioning these examples of fear-mongering for another reason as well, to assure you that the more diligently you replace fear with light, the more swiftly all of those kinds of situations will end. Yes, sometimes I feel like a "broken record" in so often emphasizing this universal truth, but I do so because we see that our reassurance and encouragement is welcomed by you who believe our words and even more so, by the new soul-searchers who are looking for reasons to validate their hopes that someday violence and hatred will be replaced by peace and cooperation—they need to know how they can stop contributing to the problem and become part of the solution.  

Now then, Mother, I'd like to continue with another matter of great importance, the many questions you have received about a channeled message stating that a widespread power failure will announce the arrival of a fleet of ET ships and Salt Lake City has been designated as one landing site. This is supposed to happen in a few days.

Hatonn and I have agreed that because this is his area of activity and not mine, he will reply to questions of this nature, and he did so when you read the first report sent to you. In paraphrasing his response, I say that there will be no landings until there is assured safety both for the space family visitors and all people in the area, and that time has not come. Nothing that could evoke fear, such as a massive power failure, will herald the public arrival of any ETs. "First Contact" is a misnomer because small ships regularly land and take off from areas in the Himalayans and South America, not to mention the many ETs who are living among you. However innocently intended by the people who pass this message around, the effect of this information is a rise in excited anticipation, which will be followed by the much lower energy vibration of disappointment, disillusionment, confusion, and possibly to many, the discrediting of all channeled information. It is vital that you learn discernment in evaluating all information from all sources, including channeled!

I acknowledge that I have embellished Hatonn's words to you, and the last two statements are my considerable elaboration on his comment that was simply, now he had still more disinformation to deal with. For readers who may not know, another area of this powerful soul's responsibility is communication between Earth and all other places in the universe during this unprecedented time on your planet.

S:  Definitely you two have different speaking styles! Do you want to continue choosing topics on my list?

MATTHEW: If I may, yes, I'd next like to address what is to you, a surprising number of questions about chemtrails. You are inured to these because they fill the local area skies whenever weather permits, and you often hear of the same from people in many other states and countries. But we know that the majority of the world's population does not distinguish these from contrails, the lines of condensation naturally formed by airplanes in the higher elevations. Chemtrails are solutions with toxic ingredients, including biological agents and minute particles of metals and chemicals that are dangerous to your bodies, and they are intended by the dark ones with authority to order these flights and their deadly payloads, to cause illness and death.

I see that one questioning reader asked why the people behind the chemtrails would do this unless they had antidotes to the toxins. The peak of darkness on the planet is exactly in that "space" because they lack the capacity to love selves or others, and their hunger for achieving their goals contains an arrogance that they are indomitable and their target masses are expendable. They do not order the aerial contaminants released over areas where they, their families or other primary Illuminati parties reside or are visiting, and if ones who are serving them happen to fall victim to the toxins, they are replaced. They also have products, which they do not wish to be known publicly, that protect against or ameliorate the harmful effects of the toxins.

On a much lighter note, the most dangerous effects of the chemtrails are being greatly reduced by the technology of the extraterrestrial civilizations that are helping you and Earth in numerous ways. Without their continuous neutralization or alleviation assistance in this regard, most bodies would be irreparably damaged and die. As it is, though, you who have strong immune systems may become sick, but you will survive. Those whose immune systems have been severely weakened by illness, nutritional deficiencies, or long-time stress, very likely cannot.

Please do not ask for my recommendations of the products I mentioned—endorsement of any is not within my province. Information about them is available on the Internet, and in your comparisons, I urge you to ask your godself for guidance in choosing the best for you. And there many simple things you can do to enhance your immune systems, such as replacing your regular salt with sea salt; cutting down on sugary foods and cutting out foods with artificial sweeteners; drinking a lot of the purest water available; and instead of buying chemical drugs produced by pharmaceutical companies, discussing with pharmacists at health food stores the best natural remedies and nutritional supplements for your personal needs. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to care for your body with the same conscientiousness that you care for yourself in mind and spirit.

And now, Mother, please take over with your choice of questions. 

S: OK, but first, I think people would like to know how they can detect chemtrails from contrails, so will you please tell them.

MATTHEW: I'll be happy to do this. A contrail is the white "heated" sky path created by a departing airliner when it reaches colder air in the higher elevations, and the condensed vapor spreads uniformly like a veil until it is so thin that it disappears in whatever configuration the high winds have shifted it. A chemtrail, which is created by the emission of the solution from specially designed outlets in the planes used for this purpose, does look much the same, but it appears at a lower altitude and is denser in appearance, with the dissolving effect almost "clumpily" uneven but within a more confined line; and despite its heavier than air composition, it is evident somewhat longer than a contrail even though its toxic particles are falling to Earth. Also, instead of climbing as airliners normally do until reaching cruising altitude, at times the pilots of planes that release chemtrail solutions fly one way, then backtrack to make Xs or other sky lines that no legitimate flight would travel. The residue from the ejected solution, which is evident as tiny particles sticking to dry surfaces, has been analyzed and information is available on the Internet.

S: Thank you. This question pertains to the bodies of light-receptive individuals when Earth reaches fourth density—what happens to those that are diseased or paralyzed or missing limbs?

MATTHEW: Excellent question! It is not within your pragmatic view of third density "solids" to recognize your bodies as energy vibrating at different frequencies, yet that is what they and everything else in universal existence are. The frequencies in lighter planes will enable the cells of bodies currently afflicted with the noted conditions to be reorganized, regenerated or rejuvenated so that fullness of form and health is restored in individuals whose soul contracts call for this. If the contracts call for physical death prior to Earth reaching the higher planes, it is by those souls‚ choice. Within these two categories of possibilities I can add traumatized psyches caused by whatever experiencing the individuals endured. In most cases, the healing or growth of new limbs will not be instantaneous, but rather a self-initiated process aided by therapists trained in the techniques used by advanced civilizations. 

S: Thank you. Another reader would like you to comment on AIDS and the future of people with this disease; also, has a cure been developed but withheld from public use and knowledge?

MATTHEW: In addition to stating that the people who have AIDS fall into the two categories I just mentioned, I can say that this laboratory-designed disease is the most successful of the dark forces' methods within the past half century to reduce the world's population. Of course the virus did not come from monkeys on a different continent from the one where the first AIDS patients were diagnosed not long after being infected with the virus. There was no provision for extraterrestrial intervention, which could have neutralized the AIDS virus as was recently done with the SARS virus and also the avian flu virus, to prevent its intended mutation into a contagion situation for humankind. Many souls, aware of AIDS' devastating course, chose to experience it as a concentrated karmic lesson that would complete their third density learning and permit evolution to fourth. 

Always a cure is developed along with these manmade diseases. The peak of darkness considers the scientists expendable, but the scientists do not see themselves that way, nor anyone they care about, so the means to stop the viral damage is known to them. Furthermore, HIV diagnoses do not mean AIDS follows, but the prescribed treatment is fairly certain to bring on AIDS, just as the drugs for treating the symptoms of AIDS are fairly certain to cause physical death. I say "fairly certain" because some individuals who have opted to depart from the established medical regimen have returned to sound health through alternative means. When this occurs, it is a matter of the pre-birth agreement, with those individuals listening carefully and heeding the messages of their souls to take that alternate therapeutic route and recover.

Yes, AIDS has affected millions who did not "sign up" for this experiencing, and like the many thousands who perish in manmade floods or earthquakes prior to completing their agreement provisions, they are given full karmic credit so that they can evolve to their next higher station for spiritual growth. Still another factor in this disease's prevalence is the light generated by the outpouring of compassion, financial contributions to research and direct aid, the medical teams who care for AIDS patients, and the caretakers of the children who are orphaned, many with the disease themselves. Your world still is affected by polarity, with darkness and light in opposition, but the dark influence in all areas is rapidly diminishing as the light continuously increases in its intensity.

S: Please explain how "full karmic credit" is given.

MATTHEW: Very good point, Mother! It is like a sunburst emerging from behind a cloud and beaming through a window in the mind. It is a bestowing of knowledge of universal truths to the extent that the person's consciousness is able to grasp. In these instances of divine grace, the discoveries of universal truth come swiftly instead of over however many lifetimes the soul might have required to "get it."

S: I see. Thank you. The next question intrigues me: What is the spiritual meaning of the incredible weight increase/obesity in the developed world?

MATTHEW: First I say, that has come from a deep thinker, because there is more to this than variations in diet and body chemistry, and it is indeed the spiritual aspect. The current obesity in countries of plenty vs. emaciation in countries where the masses live at bare subsistence level is another example of third density polarity that will disappear in the higher energy planes. Unlike many circumstances or conditions that appear to derive from situations totally beyond one's control, obesity seems to you to be a matter of choice. And at soul level it is—it balances a lifetime or perhaps many lifetimes of deprivation that usually were ended by starvation or diseases due to malnourishment.

S: That's certainly a different perspective. But Matthew, since there are so many hardships for obese people that thin people don't have, I don't understand why they would choose a large-sized body instead of just eating well to make up for those other lifetimes.

MATTHEW: That's because you aren't thinking as deeply here as you might, Mother. All of the inconveniences and discomforts and maladies and yes, social scorn, are other lessons chosen in this time of concentrated karmic opportunities to achieve the balance in third density experiencing so these souls can move into the next stage of their spiritual evolution.

S: I guess absolutely everything, no matter how mundane it seems, counts on a spiritual level. 

MATTHEW: Everything mundane, meaning of the world, is exactly what you're there to experience for the purpose of gaining wisdom and spiritual growth—or not, according to your free will choices.

S: Moving on, what was the higher purpose of John Lennon's sudden passing for his karma and his family's and also for the world?

MATTHEW: Now and then a soul is recognized for the spiritual value he or she has given to the world, and John Lennon is one such. His lyrics and music reflected his light, which viewed from higher stations was a brilliant sun whose rays streamed around the globe, touching people who hadn't ever heard of him—that is how powerfully his energy of peace and love impacted Earth. No, I'm not equating him with the master messengers whose teachings became the basis—the intentionally distorted basis—for religions; I am saying that when that rare intensity of love energy, which can come only from a very highly evolved soul, is incarnate, the effects are that impacting and memorable. 

Since the question about Martin Luther King's influence on humanity is similar, let me continue by including him in the tiny circle of people whose mission was to advocate peace and love with such profoundness that the world could only move forward in the light-leap their lives imparted to all of Earth.

As for the karma, both of these men chose their missions that are of nearly inestimable benefit to Earth, and they fulfilled them to the very letter of their soul contracts. In the pre-birth agreements, their families agreed to their missions that called for the sudden departures of their beloved members. The day is coming when drama and trauma won't be needed for all on Earth to understand that desire for peace and love of life in all of its forms are birthed with the immortal soul. 

S: I wish you had said "coming soon." 

MATTHEW: Mother, when I do, you want me to give a specific time instead, so let me say that in "future Earth," the day has arrived.

S: OK, dear. The next question is: What happens when we're sleeping; where do we go and what do we do; who are we able to visit; and anything else of interest to us all?

MATTHEW: Ah! A comprehensive explanation can range far beyond what most of you would imagine, but it is necessary for understanding my answers to those questions, and it does fit under the "anything else of interest to us all." So first I shall paraphrase slightly something that very likely you have heard: You are not a physical being with a soul; you are a soul having a chosen physical experience. And not only one physical experience, but a multitude of them simultaneously in both physical and discarnate, or spirit, realms; and depending upon your soul's evolutionary status, those other lifetimes can be in any number of places and civilizations in the universe.

But let us confine this to the "you" person who is the only one you consciously know. You chose your body via your choice of parents for genetic inheritance as well as environmental influences, so your form, features and coloring, along with health; intelligence; social and financial status; and education that developed talents and skills for your jobs are by your selection.

Now I shall explain the difference between the aspects of a soul and aspects of the "personage"—the "you" who is distinctive in personality, interests, interactions, attitudes, habits, manners, and so forth—all of the acquired behavior and results of free will choices. The soul is where character lies, and depending upon the amount of light in the soul, it imparts to its personage a sense of honor and trustworthiness; boundless capacity for loving; intuition; instinct; aspiration; radiant goodness, or godliness; conscience; inspiration; and absolute knowingness that it is a part of God. Working in tandem, your soul and your consciousness are the "you" of your self-image and others' perceptions of you. Those may be widely divergent views, but that doesn't alter the fact that there is no separation between "conscious you" and your soul and all of your soul's other experiencing selves. Possibly through past life regression sessions or even conscious knowledge, some of you are familiar with other personages of your soul.

Because you can perceive life only as past, present and future, we speak of your multiple lives in those linear terms, but in the continuum, ALL of your soul's chosen experiencing is happening in a series of events that reflect other eras of your recorded history and eons before the first records that you know of. The déjà vu sensations, the inexplicable phobias, the sense of "belonging somewhere else," the ingrained characteristics that are such challenges for you to control—these are links to other personages of your soul and theirs to you through cellular memory that all of you share. And the linkage doesn't stop with the multiple personages; it connects you with all other souls because all are God parts. This inseparable collective can be called innate knowingness, mass consciousness, universal consciousness or the Totality, the Oneness of All.

Now then, with that background, I can speak of the soul's myriad choices when the body is in sleep state. The soul can remain with the body if there is any risk that, due to very frail condition, the body could not survive on its own life force if that were not reinforced by the soul's energy. It also could choose to remain in the body when there is a risk that a determined base soul could enter and attempt to dominate the personality—remember, the personality that is considered "you," is part of the body, not part of the soul—or even prevent the original soul from re-entering.

It is possible for two souls, or even soul fragments, to inhabit the same body. In such cases, when the second soul or soul fragment enters, usually there is an abrupt change in behavior; or, if the "double occupancy" happens when a body is very young, this would be seen as the child's "abnormal" behavior. Either case can cause medical labels to be attached, but erroneously, because these situations are not the same as a mental illness that a soul may choose to experience. The term "possession" is much more accurate because invader entities are of low vibration and possession of any body for incarnate experiencing is exactly their aim; never are these occurrences a part of soul contracts.   

The invasion is tied into fear, which is a magnified energy force and a wide open door for tenacious low entities to enter and remain until a more powerful energy force evicts them. At the request of the original soul, powerful lighted souls assist in the eviction process, always with the intent to transmute the invader's "dark" energy into the light and thereby return it to its initial light status—the state of ALL souls' origination. You may remember that in prior messages I have stated that the battle between the light forces and the dark forces is for SOULS. The dark intent is to capture them; the light intent is to enlighten and liberate them.

Yes, Mother, I see that space limitations are upon me, and I shall wrap up quickly as the other points can be stated briefly, yet with clarity.

Far more numerous and, for light beings, infinitely more joyous are a soul's journeys into any other plane of energy to which its evolutionary status entitles it. The soul can visit loved ones, including its other personages, in Nirvana or in other worlds where experiencing is in physical or spirit. In those worlds a soul can attend or teach classes in every imaginable area of universal truths, or receive tutorial instruction to aid in its evolvement. Experienced warriors can join in the light vs. dark battles raging in force fields in space. And, oftentimes what you think are dreams actually are your memories of these kinds of occasions or the eviction of invader souls, which have been translated by third density minds into scenarios that may be confusing but can be accepted more readily than the reality.

Now I hurriedly close by saying that your soul chose to be the "you" that you consciously know because, with full knowledge of this momentous time in the universe, it knew that your uniqueness is needed to assist Earth in her ascension. With the divine love of the universe, and reminding you of the host of light beings at your side, this is Matthew in loving farewell.

LOVE and PEACE

Suzanne Ward

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From: http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewNation.asp?Page=%5CNation%5Carchive%5C200601%5CNAT20060110a.html

Anti-War Group Touts 'Indictments' Against Bush

By Monisha Bansal - CNSNews.com Correspondent

January 10, 2006

(CNSNews.com) - A liberal coalition of anti-war groups -- long-time critics of the Bush administration -- claims to have indictments in hand charging President Bush and his administration with war crimes. But while the mock indictments might have been generated at first by the coalition's opposition to the war in Iraq, they have evolved into an all-inclusive complaint about Bush's assorted policies and actions.

Calling itself The International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration, the group plans to try to deliver the pseudo-indictments to the White House on Tuesday.

Five crimes are alleged: wars of aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq; the torture of prisoners; global warming policies; an "abstinence only" policy of reproductive education to determine international aid (commonly referenced as the global gag rule); and the "fatal response to Hurricane Katrina."

The coalition includes Code Pink, the group that sparked a controversy last summer by conducting anti-war picketing outside the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where military members who had served in Iraq were recovering from their wounds. Among the signs that members of Code Pink held within the view of the wounded servicemen was the one reading, "Maimed for a Lie."

Following Cybercast News Service's exclusive coverage of the picketing, Code Pink eventually toned down the protests.

In its latest rhetorical assault, the anti-war coalition Monday charged that "the Bush government seeks to impose a narrow, intolerant and political form of Christian fundamentalism as government policy.

"No longer on the margins of power, this extremist movement aims to strip women of their reproductive rights, to stoke hatred of gays and lesbians, and to drive a wedge between spiritual experience and scientific truth," the group stated in a release.

Larry Everest, one of coalition's organizers, told Cybercast News Service that the Bush administration continues to "avoid these issues and refuse to come clean about them.

"We feel that the actions of the Bush administration do rise to the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity. People of conscience have the obligation to investigate this and bring it to light," Everest said. He also defended the group's decision to expand the reach of its "indictments."

"All of these are towering crimes, and all may -- we need to investigate this to determine whether it is true -- may rise to the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity," said Everest. The group plans to conduct what it calls "hearings" relative to the "indictments" in New York City from Jan. 20 to 22.

A spokesman in the Bush White House Tuesday indicated that there would be "no comment" on the latest criticism from the anti-war coalition.

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See also:

Yes Or No..? (1.19.2006)
http://patrickjfitzgerald.blogspot.com/2006/01/yes-or-no.html#links
"Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely"
An observation that a person’s sense of morality lessens as his or her power increases. The statement was made by Lord Acton, a British historian of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Patrick J. Fitzgerald's profile
http://www.blogger.com/profile/3972880
Check also his personal blog at http://patrickjfitzgerald.blogspot.com/ where I found this:
Brass Ones... or Supergirl? (1.12.2006) Pelosi Wants Probe of 'Corrupt Congress'
You go, girl! House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Republicans had created "one of the most closed, corrupt congresses in history" and urged the House ethics committee to investigate GOP lawmakers linked to lobbyist Jack Abramoff. "It's hard for the American people to understand how corrupt it is here," the California Democrat said at a news conference. Nancy, I understand, we all understand. Let's get busy.
posted by Patrick J. Fitzgerald at 4:09 PM 34 comments

Check also http://patrickjfitzgerald.blogspot.com/2006/01/rogue-administration.html#links where I found: 1.21.2006 "Rogue Administration... might be a good title for the voluminous book I have been penning...any suggestions? posted by Patrick J. Fitzgerald at 9:55 AM   
9 Comments: 6 Miles from the Epicenter said... Well to put it succinctly, you certainly don't lack material. Looking forward to bringing a Rogue Administration to Justice! Merry Fitzmas!"

Check also http://patrickjfitzgerald.blogspot.com/2006/01/word-up.html#links where I found: "Special Procecutor Biloxi said... We were all waiting for you to nail Rove....Let the games begin...." AND "Patrick J. Fitzgerald said... This is not a game, but may the best man win, me!" AND "GrandmaNuk said... Patience is a virtue. Apparently, one of the few virtues left in Washington. Though I'm sure you must know that your loyal following is champing at the bit. And, indeed, may the best man win!" AND "Pablo Escobar, Jr. said... Radio Free America from Cuba reports that Senor Bush and Rove are requesting permanent residence visas from Saudi Arabia and Hawaii!" AND "Israel is updating plans for a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities which could be launched as soon as the end of March, according to military and intelligence sources. America is holding our breath and hoping you get these guys BEFORE we get dragged into WWIII and they do away with planet earth. The largest manufacturing industry in the world? OIL Number 2? Munitions manufacturing - Look it up, it's sadly true."

Goss refuses to give Fitzgerald CIA leak damage assessment (November 26, 2005)
http://www.fourwinds10.com/news/05-government/K-judicial-courts/2005/05K-12-12-05-goss-refuses-to-give-fitzgerald-CIA-leak-assessment.html
Pentagon’s Wolfowitz and Feith espionage evidence before grand juryGeorge Tenet granted partial immunity to testify against White HouseCIA: Plame outed to disrupt probe into Israeli attempt to plant WMD Probe of 10+ legislators, high officials tied to drugs and 9-11 finance before jury - WASHINGTON—CIA Director Porter Goss is refusing to give special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald a subpoenaed damage assessment report written by former CIA Director George Tenet detailing how many American operatives were murdered and the full extent of harm to U.S. national security which resulted from the Bush administration leak exposing Valerie Plame Wilson as a deep cover operative, according to intelligence officials.U.S. intelligence agents say Goss and the White House are obstructing justice by failing to cooperate with Fitzgerald’s grand jury while claiming that Americans are not entitled to see the contents of Tenet’s report for “national security” reasons. In an interview with TomFlocco.com, national security expert Thomas Heneghan said American intelligence officials have evidence that Tenet took a $38 million dollar bribe to resign so the White House could blame the 9-11 attacks on faulty CIA intelligence. Heneghan said Tenet and his family are currently being protected by U.S. intelligence, while also revealing that Fitzgerald has granted the former CIA Director transactional immunity in exchange for his testimony against the White House. The evidence of Tenet’s bribe was discovered by federal investigators who said the money was laundered through Volksbank in Basel, Switzerland which also has links to deceased Bush family associate Leonard Millman and his former controversial partner, “Indian Casino” Jack Abramoff, according to Heneghan. The intelligence whistleblower told us that evidence implicating former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and Under-Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith for violations of the Federal Espionage Act under U.S. Code Title 18, Section 793 is currently before Fitzgerald’s grand jury. “Wolfowitz and Feith are agents of a foreign government, operating in the Bush administration to create spin as members of the secret White House Iraq Group,” said Heneghan, adding “they violated elements of the Espionage Act and bypassed the CIA in passing national security information to Israel.” The assertions raise serious questions as to why the House and Senate are continuing to fail the American people by permitting spies to operate in the Pentagon, why President Bush would appoint agents of a foreign government to the Defense Department with access to military secrets, mission planning and technology—but also whether Congress is obstructing justice and condoning treason by the White House. (...) In a related issue, intelligence sources say a probe of about 10 federal legislators and high government officials linked to drug money laundering through the Middle and Far East and the finance of the September 11 attacks is currently before the Patrick Fitzgerald grand jury. The investigation of well-known American public officials is also reportedly tied to a Washington appeals court cover-up by three Republican judges and Justice Department attorneys involved in the obstruction of justice and gagging of former FBI contract linguist Sibel Edmonds. CLIP




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From: "Kathleen Roberts" weerkhr@pacbell.net>
Subject: The Phony bin Laden Tape
Date: 20 Jan 2006

(NOTE: if you go at any of these 2 URLs below, you'll have access to several links to related material)

From: http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/january2006/200106Bin_Laden_Tape.htm

Also from: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/infowarsnews/message/675

Latest Bin Laden Tape: Another of the NeoCons' "Greatest Hits"

Experts already begin to come forward with revelations that Latest tape just another CIA fake

Steve Watson | January 20 2006

Spying? Torture? Illegal airstrikes? SHUT UP and hate Bin Laden.

The NeoCon use of Osama Bin Laden as a tool of fear and control is a tried and tested method whenever the going gets tough. It's predictable and it's tiresome, but the masses buy it every time and that's why he has reappeared once again.

Just as the NSA spying tidal wave gathers increasing momentum, as the media demand more answers on rendition and torture and days after the bizarre airstrike on innocent women and children in Pakistan, we all magically get a timely reminder of just why the government is spying on its own citizens and torturing and killing anyone it likes anywhere in the world.

Just like Orwell's ubiquitous Emmanuel Goldstein, Bin Laden always seems to pop up right on cue so we can disengage our minds from reality and join in the two minutes hate.

We are reliably informed by the mainstream media that this is because he is a very clever man and has an impeccable sense of timing. Yet if this is the case, why can he not work out that EVERYTIME he has released a video or a tape it has HELPED Bush and the NeoCon agenda tenfold?

Even the BBC lays this out in the open with the headline Bin Laden threats may boost Bush:

The commander-in-chief has been under intense pressure in recent weeks, accused of trampling on civil liberties in pursuit of terror suspects. His defence has been that America is a nation at war. So Bin Laden's latest threats to launch new attacks on the US will only serve to underline this argument.

The White House will also cite the tape when trying to convince allies abroad that the use of tough tactics is justified - even when civilians are killed, as in last week's air raid in Pakistan.

That just says it all really.

Bin Laden was created by US intelligence , worked with US intelligence in the late 70s and 80s, was used as a patsy by US intelligence before and after 911 and is now being used as a manipulative tool of fear by the criminal elite faction currently in power in the US.

The last time Bin Laden appeared was October 2004, exactly three days before the election.

The same headline "Boost for Bush" appeared and some, including Walter Cronkite went as far as to suggest that the whole thing was manufactured by Karl rove in order to secure the election for Bush.

The Tehran Times suggested that Bin Laden was "dancing to Bush's tune" and a "premeditated plan devised by Bush administration neoconservatives is unfolding". The report also noted that the CIA immediately confirmed the tape to be the voice of Bin Laden, something they had never previously done. They have also done this this time around too.

Bin Laden personally criticized Bush's reaction on the day of 911, a move that undoubtedly instilled a rejuvenated support for the President amongst the American sheeple.

If Bin Laden is so clever and so calculated and determined to justify himself to the American people, why can he not fathom that a personal attack could only ever help Bush? I thought it was common knowledge that you always steer clear of personal attacks in debates and arguments.

Bush immediately took a six point lead and subsequently won the election.

Of course, we shouldn't find it surprising that Bin Laden consistently helps Bush, after all it was the Bush Administration that allowed all members of the Bin Laden family to fly out of America immediately after 911 whilst all other air traffic was grounded.

It was Bush himself who signed document W199I, ordering the FBI to back off investigating the Bin Ladens before 911.

It was George W Bush who went into business with Bin laden's brother in the 1970s.

It is George W Bush's father who is STILL DOING business with the Bin Ladens via the Carlyle Group, an international consulting firm.

FBI Special agent Robert Wright broke down when testifying that he had been gagged and could not reveal the true extent of what he knew about the Bush-Bin Laden connection and 911. his lawyer stepped up and said live on C-Span that "The Bush Family vacations with the Bin Ladens".

The ties run deep and all lead to money, huge amounts of money. This is how the Bushes do business, this is how they have always done business, they own the best enemies money can buy.

Previous to the 2004 election, Bin Laden surfaced on a video on the eve of the two year anniversary of 911. Once again impeccable timing to deliver a video, given that he was reported to be hiding in the mountains of Pakistan.

However, the video was quickly recognized by experts as simply a re-hash of old material cobbled together quickly and so amateurish that it could not have fooled anyone.

Previous to the beginning of the Iraq war, Bin Laden appeared in February 2003 on an audio tape that was touted as proof positive of Al Qaeda links with Saddam Hussein.

In another amazing timing coincidence, the tape came barely a week after Colin powell's attempts to link Al Qaeda and Saddam in his botched presentation of lies and exaggerations before the UN Security Council.

In an even more bizarre twist, just hours before the tape was found and aired by AlJazeera, Colin Powell announced in the US Senate that a "Bin Laden tape is coming proving Iraq's links with Al-Qaeda."

How does Colin Powell know what AlJazeera are going to broadcast before they do?

The tape voiced support for Iraq, but did not prove any link between al-Qaeda and the Iraqi leadership. It was described as dubious at best and at worst as an outright fake.

Previous to this tape a poor quality release in November 2002, deemed to be completely authentic by US Experts, was determined to be a total fake by the Dalle Molle Institute for Perceptual Artificial Intelligence in Switzerland.

This time Bin Laden was said to be admitting to recent small scale terror attacks. Yet the voice on the tape was different to around twenty previous recordings of Bin Laden.

And of course, then there is the all time classic Bin Laden video, the number one hit from december 2001. The one we like to call the "Fat nosed" Bin Laden video.

This one was magically found in a house in Jalalabad after anti-Taliban forces moved in. It featured a fat Osama laughing and joking about how he'd carried out 9/11. The video was also mistranslated in order to manipulate viewer opinion and featured "Bin Laden" praising two of the hijackers, only he got their names wrong.

This Osama also uses the wrong hand to write with and wears gold rings, a practice totally in opposition to the Muslim faith.

Despite the fact that the man in the video looks nothing like Bin Laden, the CIA stood by the video whilst many have declared it an outright fake.

And so we come back to this week's tape, Osama's "latest release". Already experts are coming forward to suggest that yet again this is a fake that has been put out at a very convenient time to divert attention away from important events.

Professor Bruce Lawrence has described the tape as "like a voice from the grave".

He thinks bin Laden is dead and has doubts about the tape. Lawrence recently analyzed more than 20 complete speeches and interviews of the al Qaida leader for his book. He says the new message is missing several key elements.

We have previously highlighted the evidence to suggest that Bin Laden is dead. More and more experts are now coming forward with the same opinion. Every time a new tape is released it seems to become shorter and more vague as if whoever is making them is running out of material to work with .

If it is conceivable that there is one group of fundamentalist individuals who wish to change the way we live because "they hate our freedom", then it is equally as conceivable that there is another group of richer, more sophisticated fundamentalists that wish to do the same thing themselves and will use the first group as a cover for what they do.

They have groomed Bin Laden for their own ends and will continue to use his image (whether he is dead or not) until they no longer have a cause to, this is simply another example of his usefulness in the fake war on terror.

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See also:

Bin Laden threats may boost Bush (20 January 2006) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4630054.stm

Robert Fisk: Osama, Is It Him?
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012006Y.shtml
Robert Fisk asks: So why only on audio? Why no video tape? Is he sick? Yes, say the usual American "intelligence sources." It's the same old story: Osama bin Laden talks to us from the mouth of a cave, from within a cave, from a basement perhaps, from a tape almost certainly recorded down a telephone line from far away.

Bin Laden Tape Won't Raise Security Level (January 20 2006)
http://prisonplanet.com/articles/january2006/200106BinLaden.htm
Comment: Magically, just as the spying scandal hits an all time high and the torture debate rages on Goldstein pops up AGAIN and reminds everyone that the government is right about everything. WASHINGTON - The United States has no plans to raise the security threat level because of a new tape of Osama bin Laden saying al-Qaida is planning attacks, counterterrorism officials said Thursday. The White House firmly rejected bin Laden's suggestion of a negotiated truce. "We don't negotiate with terrorists," Vice President Dick Cheney said in a television interview. "I think you have to destroy them." (...) The national terror threat level currently stands at yellow, the middle of five grades, signifying an elevated risk of attack. The government has raised the alert level to orange, signaling a high threat risk, seven times since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (...) Cheney said the tape showed that al-Qaida has been hobbled, because "they didn't have the ability to do anything on video" and because it had been so long since bin Laden had been heard from. Still, "I think we have to assume that the threat is going to continue for a considerable period of time." the vice president said in an interview with Fox News Channel. CLIP




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From: "Kathleen Roberts" weerkhr@pacbell.net>
Subject: How to Approach General Public re. Truth of 911
Date: 20 Jan 2006

Approaching 9/11 - User Submission

From Damien Haining

From: http://www.911blogger.com/2006/01/approaching-911-user-submission-from.html

Main URL: http://911blogger.com/

The challenge of 9/11 is to penetrate public consciousness. It's all very well for aficionados to speak about Cleveland Airport, Flight 11 passenger gates and radar blind spots but the challenge is to express the legitimate concerns that arise over 9/11 to a public that has 'swallowed the blue pill' and finds it easier to remain disengaged. We need to give people reasons why they should open their minds to consider the matters of 9/11.

When a disheveled maniac pounces on you in the street and breathlessly asks you "Has Jesus saved you?" you're instinct is to walk. Particularly if you can be ostracized or lose your job just for being seen with them. It's the same with 9/11. It has to be made approachable for people - because they are frightened and don't understand the evidence. And that means 9/11 skeptics have to meet members of the public at their level and lead them to modify those beliefs in a reasonable way rather than beat them about the head with their own judgments.

Many members of the public are aware that 9/11 conspiracy claims exist. They are less aware of the evidence contradictions of 9/11 and so have trouble seeing how they can assess the conspiracy claims.


(1) We need to remind them that 9/11 was a crime - with no investigation! Before we tell people our pet theories we need them to understand that the whole deal has been swept under the rug. We need to convey to people that they have been betrayed in their reasonable expectation that their government would conduct a proper investigation.

Here we could mention some features of the 9/11 Commission:

• It was forbidden to investigate 9/11 - only to investigate how to forestall a repeat of it.
• It was forbidden to examine anything about the war games that paralyzed military responses.
• It was forbidden to examine the plane 'black boxes' - their existence was concealed from them.
• It was forbidden to examine any intelligence agency reports to the Bush Administration made prior to 9/11.
• It was forbidden to examine any aspect of the financing of the 9/11 terrorists.
• It was forbidden to examine 9/11 terrorists support networks within the US (a la Huffman Aviation)
• The 9/11 Commissioners were specifically chosen because of conflicts of interest that would limit their investigative zeal.

We need to get this through to people first: You have never had a proper 9/11 Inquiry. Your belief that you have had a real 9/11 Inquiry is a deception foisted on you by your own government. You deserve better. If this principle is accepted then members of the public may feel more comfortable in dealing with the evidence itself.


(2) We need to remind people that what they know of 9/11 has come to them from their government in a debased setting of which the 9/11 Commission mandate was only one small part:

• Evidence concealed: flight recorders
• Evidence embargoed: various videos of the Pentagon attack kept from the 9/11 Commission and the public
• Evidence discarded: the hurried removal of the steel at the WTC.
• Evidence unreported: the testimony of Sibel Edmonds on terrorist financing.
• Evidence downplayed: fire chiefs who did not believe the fires were sufficient to bring down the towers.
• Witnesses intimidated: ordered by FBI and Intelligence officials not to discuss their experiences publicly.
• Standard FAA and military investigations that should have taken place following 9/11 but did not.
• Public discussion stifled by the Bush administration on alleged security grounds.
• Uncritical and compliant media reporting: on the identity of the hijackers and the official 9/11 explanation.


(3) It may help people feel more comfortable about examining 9/11 if strong evidence contradictions can be placed before them at this stage:

• The Osama bin Laden fake confession video (have the comparative photos and a link to the original CNN website)
• Mahommed Atta, Islamic suicide warrior, had a stripper girlfriend, used cocaine and liked pork chops (Hopsicker)
• He stayed at a drug-trafficking flight centre whose activities were never examined by the 9/11 Commission.
• The evidence is more in favor of controlled demolitions at the WTC than collapses (Prof. Steven Jones)
• The penetration of six walls [3 rings] at the Pentagon was consistent with a missile, not the nosecone of a Boeing.
• Fighters that normally intercepted wayward aircraft after June 2001 needed Secretary Rumsfeld's approval.
• The debris of Flight 93 was spread over six miles supporting claims its was shot down.
• Senator Bob Graham, on The Lehrer Hour, admitted another nation was involved (Pakistan)
• Why did Gen. Ahmad, Head of Pakistani Military Intelligence, pay $100,000 into Mohammed Atta's account?

The above list is not meant to be exhaustive, merely a means of arousing doubt about the official explanation. I believe people should steer clear of more contentious evidence contradictions (eg. pods attacked to the planes) not because these things may not be true, but because they distract from more obvious contradictions that are (a) generally easier to assess, and (b) don't rely on complex conspiracies involving high technology or extensive, active military participation in 9/11. Again, these aspects may well be completely true. They are just harder to prove and hence more easily dismissed. In the same spirit I believe the Pentagon attack is not an ideal issue for promoting 9/11 awareness because of the conflict between the physical evidence and the witness statements. The fact that the alleged 9/11 terrorists got visas they shouldn't have, or stayed at a drug trafficking flight school, is more appealing to me. Others would disagree. [See Pentagon Witnesses below]


(4) Having aroused the person's interest it is important they have access to the key issues of 911: evidence issues, people, terminology. They should not have to wade through sites about lizards, extra-terrestrials and illuminati. If you have sold them on the idea that they deserve a decent investigation of 9/11 then it's an insult to them to present reports from psychics, or highly politicized web sites (The Israelis appear to have been aware of 9/11 going down; they may have even had a hand in it. That's no reason why unsuspecting Joe Public should have to be forced to adopt that theory in order to make their own assessment of 9/11 discrepancies).

Really, what's going on here is that Joe Public wants to get their head around the 9/11 issues. We should make it easy for them to do so by presenting materials in the following hierarchy:

• 9/11 For Dummies: a simple explanation of the 9/11 events from an evidentiary point of view, with no theories attached, just present the known evidence.
• a data base of key video downloads about 9/11 (This really is the way to open up public awareness).
• key terminology listing (War Games, Mascal, Put Trades, Hufmann Aviation, Sibel Edmonds, Kean Commission, etc). I estimate about 60- 120 items in this list. Some of these would have a simple explanation (MASCAL), others (Sibel Edmonds) having associated with them 10 or so good web article summaries about that topic together with associated web links to the original articles. This is important because people need to get a background on key 9/11 issues in an easy way.
• a brief listing of various explanations of 9/11 - conspiracy theories - with links to their proponent web sites.
• further 911 web links
• further 911 video/audio resources.
(The hierarchy of information I have just outlined is in respect of website development. But I believe there is considerable merit in developing a video along the lines of points (1) - (4)).


(5) Encourage Joe Public to promote 9/11 awareness by various means as a natural entitlement, pursuing accountability from government where crimes have been committed.


In summarizing these steps we should be using the following marketing strategy:

(1) 9/11 was a crime - with no proper investigation.

(2) What investigation of 9/11 did take place was conducted in a debased political setting, ignoring established criminal investigation procedures.

(3) In the light of this people should feel comfortable examining strong evidence contradictions regarding the events of 9/11 (give examples of these)

(4) With an increased interest in 9/11, members of the public should be able to access background briefings on 9/11 issues in an approachable format according to the hierarchy of materials outlined above. Particular emphasis should be placed on video resources.

In this context there needs to be a clear distinction drawn between known facts and attempted explanations of those facts (so people get to choose the theory that best fits their personal judgment on the facts available).

(5) Lastly, the presentation of the materials should be so intellectually coherent and non-judgmental that the person will feel comfortable recommending the website and its resources to their friends.


It's one thing to hold strong views on 9/11. It's another matter altogether to convince people to hear your views. For that to take place there has to be a demonstrated commitment to the good sense of the other person and a confidence that we can place the facts before them in such a way that they will form fair-minded conclusions of their own - and spread those ideas to others.

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Pentagon Witnesses
Bobby Eberle gave the most definitive "eyewitness account" of an American Airlines Boeing jetliner hitting the Pentagon on 9/11, despite voluminous physical evidence to the contrary. And who is Bobby Eberle? http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Former_Jeff_Gannon_publisher_running_for_1222.html
http://911review.org/Wiki/PentagonAttackWitnessesBlast.shtml
[Be sure to read to the end, where you will find that Gannett owns USA Today and Navy Times]

Having established that, let's now take a look at who our group of mystery witnesses are
(or who they were at the time of the Pentagon attack):

Bob Dubill was the executive editor for USA Today.
Mary Ann Owens was a journalist for Gannett.
Richard Benedetto was a reporter for USA Today.
Christopher Munsey was a reporter for Navy Times.
Vin Narayanan was a reporter for USA Today.
Joel Sucherman was a multimedia editor for USA Today.
Mike Walter was a reporter for USA Today.
Steve Anderson was the director of communications for USA Today.
Fred Gaskins was the national editor for USA Today.
Mark Faram was a reporter for Navy Times.

Is it just me, or does anyone else detect a pattern here?

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Brainwashing America
http://www.new-enlightenment.com/brainwash1.htm
[A must-read by every American]

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See also:

Loose Change on Tour(January 19, 2006)
http://www.911blogger.com/2006/01/loose-change-on-tour.html
Special New York 9/11 Event February 11th - Thanks to the hard work and personal efforts of James Richards we will be holding a special public screening of Loose Change 2. This documentary about the events of 9/11 will surely convince you that the official conspiracy theory of 9/11 as told to us by the Bush/PNAC administration is nothing more than a series of lies and deceptions.NYC police and Firefighters are encouraged to attend as well as members of the media and the NYC Department of Justice. The screening will be in New York City at the Pioneer Theater on February 11th at 9:00 PM. A screening and discussion will be held. CLIP

Liars present 'Loose Change 911' (In London UK)
http://www.timeout.com/film/news/866.html
New York band Liars are to present a very special screening of 'Loose Change 911' at the Curzon Soho cinema as part of Time Out's 'My Favourite Film' series. The experimental Brooklyn rockers will kick off by playing a selection of songs from their forthcoming album 'Drums Not Dead'. They will then introduce the thought-provoking film, a grass-roots documentary about 9/11 and the failure of US government and media to answer the real questions surrounding the tragedy. This very special event will take place at 1pm on Sunday, February 26. CLIP




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From: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/011906Q.shtml

Originally from http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1136361083662&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Report: IAF Trained for Iran Attack

The Jerusalem Post

15 January 2006

IAF pilots have completed their mission training and fighter jets have been prepared for an Israeli attack on Iran, the British Sunday Times reported.

The article reported that "the elite 69 strategic F-15 I squadron" had been equipped with weapons that will be tested in combat for the first time, and that two missile submarines were on standby: one in the Persian Gulf and the second in Haifa Bay.

The Times also said that special IDF forces would be helicoptered into Iran to take out targets that could not be destroyed in an air strike.

Iran's nuclear facilities, according to the newspaper report, are widely dispersed at some 40 underground sites throughout Iran, which would make any attack by Israel - or any other nation - exponentially more difficult that Israel's successful attack on Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981.

Col. [res] Ze'ev Raz, the former IAF pilot who led the Osirak mission, was quoted by the Times as saying, "What we now have is a lot of targets, which makes the operation much more difficult."

Raz believes an aerial assault on Iran's nuclear facilities is possible. There are many things that the IAF has done over the past few years that the public is not aware of, and it has made many important advances in mid-air refueling. Israel can strike the Iranian nuclear program, Raz said on Israel's Channel 1 TV's Politika program last week.

Former IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Uzi Dayan said last week that if Iran gets nuclear weapons, then so would terror organizations, like Hizbullah. "Israel needs to be ready to act on a military option," Dayan said. "Without getting into details, Israel is capable of doing these things."

When Dayan was head of the National Security Agency, he advised the government not to allow a situation in which Israel, and the world now finds itself, with a radical regime in Tehran on the verge of attaining nuclear weapons. Dayan laid much of the blame on the United States, which allowed this to happen. "The military option does exist, but only if the international community works together. The government that arises in Israel after the elections will have to deal with this issue," he said.

Shabtai Shoval, a former operative in the Israeli intelligence community, who wrote a book that Iran will reach nuclear weapons capability by 2009, says that covert action, for example by the Mossad, is the most interesting option, but would still not stop Tehran's push for nuclear weapons.

Dr. Reuven Pedatzur, a senior lecturer at the Strategic Studies Program at Tel Aviv University, believes Israel would be making a "disastrous strategic error" if it embarked on a full-scale attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. "The military option is not relevant, we simply don't have the right amount of intelligence and information; many of the targets are buried deep under ground.

Only if the Americans decide to do it, then that option is possible," Pedatzur said last week. Pedatzur added that the day Iran gets a nuclear weapon, Israel will have no choice but to abandon its policy of nuclear ambiguity.

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See also:

IAF: Osirak attack shows partial feasibility enough for Iran strike (Jan 12, 2006)
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1136361084399&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
(...) According to intelligence, Iran has beefed up its air defenses around various nuclear sites as a precaution against a possible pre-emptive strike by US or Israeli forces. The source described the present Iranian air defenses as 'good.' It is known that Iran has deployed Soviet-origin anti-aircraft systems around the 1000-megawatt Bushehr nuclear reactor. Iran's air defense contains Russian SA-2, SA-5, SA-6 as well as shoulder-launched SA-7 missiles, according to The Military Balance published by the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies. They also have aged US-made Hawk missiles and have been seeking to purchase the sophisticated S-300P from Russia. One war game scenario played out by the IAF was an American attack on Iranian nuclear sites. In this case, it was believed the US would give Israel a prior warning of 'perhaps a day, nothing significant.' "There is no way the Iranians would believe that it was the Americans and [they] will seek to retaliate against Israel," a senior officer said. CLIP

Israelis plan pre-emptive strike on Iran (Jan 10)
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/53948.html

US Army raises enlistment age to 40 (January 20, 2006)
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,17868893%255E23109,00.html
THE US Army has raised its maximum enlistment age from 35 to 40 years old and is doubling signing up bonuses to a high of $US40,000 ($53,510). The measures are the latest in a series of steps the army has taken in the past year to offset a slump in recruiting as it faces ongoing campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. The army failed to hit its recruiting goal of 80,000 new recruits in fiscal 2005. CLIP




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From: http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/012006EA.shtml

'Green' Measures Key to Earth's Future, Report Says

By Usha Lee McFarling - The Los Angeles Times

20 January 2006

By 2050, the planet's population will increase to 9 billion, with most people migrating to massive cities. Better vaccines will lessen the epidemic of HIV and offset flu pandemics. The global economy will quadruple. Demand for food, fresh water and raw materials for construction and heat will stretch natural resources to their limits, according to an analysis released Thursday.

If major changes are not made in the way humans consume natural resources, there will be widespread famine, severe shortages of clean water and huge impacts from natural disasters such as hurricanes. Cities will be beset by vast amounts of wastewater and sewage. Sea levels will rise, fisheries will collapse, emerging disease epidemics will sweep across the globe and coral reefs will die off, said authors of the new report, "The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment." Commissioned by the United Nations, the work is a four-year effort by 1,300 scientists from 95 countries.

This grim scenario, however, can be avoided through policy decisions that emphasize environmental technology, poverty reduction and investments in education and health, the report's authors said.

"Despite what looks like steady decline, this is a story of hope," said Stephen Carpenter, a lead author of the report and expert on ecosystem management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "The good news is that we can make a very positive difference by 2050."

During the last 50 years, living conditions have improved for a majority of the planet's population: People live longer, are better nourished and wealthier and are able to participate more in government, said Walter Reid, a professor at Stanford University's Institute for the Environment and director of the assessment. That progress, though, has come at a heavy cost to natural resources. The continued degradation of resources such as forests and fresh water will severely affect quality of life, particularly for the poor, he said.

"There's an unbreakable link between human well-being and the health of the planet," Reid said at a news briefing in Washington to release the report.

One way to improve the future of both the planet and its residents, Reid said, is through "green" technology, such as the construction of energy-efficient homes and offices.

"The number of buildings that will be built in the 21st century is on the order of the number of buildings built in the entirety of human history," Carpenter said.

Agricultural practices will also have to improve because farming is the most extensive modification of the Earth's surface caused by humans and is the largest user of fresh water, he said.

The report also calls for natural resources such as water to be priced to reflect their true value and not as though they were infinite.

Countries also need to start curtailing the use of fossil fuels to limit the effects of climate change, which could raise temperatures by 3.5 degrees by 2050 and increase sea levels by several inches, the report says. Although climate change could bring more rain and fresh water to some areas, it also could cause flooding and increase vulnerability to hurricanes in others.

All of the technologies and policy changes needed to improve the planet's future outlook are available today, Carpenter said, but they are not in widespread use and face political hurdles. "Substantial changes would have to be made," he said.

One suggestion calls for ending the subsidies that many rich nations give to farmers. These policies keep food prices artificially low and discourage crop production in poorer countries that could use the economic boost that can accompany agricultural production. Ending subsidies would also encourage the reversion of much farmland now under cultivation to more natural states - forests or meadows - that could improve the environment, said Prabhu Pingali, a director of the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization and one of the report's authors. Pingali, an economist, said the world's poorest people had the most to lose if improvements were not made. Economic policy changes could improve the environment, which in turn could boost economies, he added. "Ecology and economics can work together," he said.

The authors said that reaction to the report was favorable, with some countries, including China and the Netherlands, already implementing some suggestions or planning national assessments. Many developing countries said they were not embracing the report as readily because they lacked the resources to implement many of the changes. The US Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Agriculture's Forest Service are studying the report and may implement some suggestions, Reid said.

"The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment" is the first analysis that includes natural resources and land use in projections of how population and the economy will change over the long term, its authors said.




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http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article339596.ece

Warmer seas will wipe out plankton, source of ocean life

By Steve Connor, Science Editor

19 January 2006

The microscopic plants that underpin all life in the oceans are likely to be destroyed by global warming, a study has found.

Scientists have discovered a way that the vital plankton of the oceans can be starved of nutrients as a result of the seas getting warmer. They believe the findings have catastrophic implications for the entire marine habitat, which ultimately relies on plankton at the base of the food chain.

The study is also potentially devastating because it has thrown up a new "positive feedback" mechanism that could result in more carbon dioxide ending up in the atmosphere to cause a runaway greenhouse effect.

Scientists led by Jef Huisman of the University of Amsterdam have calculated that global warming, which is causing the temperature of the sea surface to rise, will also interfere with the vital upward movement of nutrients from the deep sea.

These nutrients, containing nitrogen, phosphorus and iron, are vital food for phytoplankton. If the supply is interrupted the plants die off, which prevents them from absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

"Global warming of the surface layers of the oceans reduces the upward transport of nutrients into the surface layers. This generates chaos among the plankton," the professor said.

The sea is one of nature's "carbon sinks", which removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and deposits the carbon in a long-term store - dissolved in the ocean or deposited as organic waste on the seabed. The vast quantities of phytoplankton in the oceans absorb huge amounts of carbon dioxide. When the organisms die they fall to the seabed, carrying their store of carbon with them, where it stays for many thousands of years - thereby helping to counter global warming.

"Plankton... forms the basis of the marine food web. Moreover, phytoplankton consumes the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide during photosynthesis," Professor Huisman said. "Uptake of carbon dioxide by phytoplankton across the vast expanses of the oceans reduces the rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere."

Warmer surface water caused by global warming causes greater temperature stratification, with warm surface layers sitting on deeper, colder layers, to prevent mixing of nutrients.

Professor Huisman shows in a study published in Nature that warmer sea surfaces will deliver a potentially devastating blow to the supply of deep-sea nutrients for phytoplankton.

His computer model of the impact was tested on real measurements made in the Pacific Ocean, where sea surface temperatures tend to be higher than in other parts of the world. He found that his computer predictions of how nutrient movement would be interrupted were accurate.

"A larger temperature difference between two water layers implies less mixing of chemicals between these water layers," he said. "Global warming of the surface layers of the oceans, owing to climate change, strengthens the stratification and thereby reduces the upward mixing of nutrients."

Scientists had believed phytoplankton, which survives best at depths of about 100 metres, is largely stable and immune from the impact of global warming. "This model prediction was rather unexpected," Professor Huisman said.

"Reduced stability of the plankton, caused by global warming of the oceans, may result in a decline of oceanic production and reduced sequestration of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the oceans."

Vital link in the food chain

Microscopic plankton comes in animal and plant forms. The plants are known as phytoplankton. They lie at the base of the marine food chain because they convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into organic carbon - food for everything else.

Smaller animals such as shrimp-like krill feed on plankton and are themselves eaten by larger organisms, from small fish to the biggest whales. Without phytoplankton, the oceans would soon because marine deserts. Phytoplankton are also important because of the role they play in the carbon cycle, which determines how much carbon dioxide - the most important greenhouse gas - ends up in the atmosphere to cause global warming. Huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which dissolves in the oceans, are absorbed by phytoplankton and converted to organic carbon. When the phytoplankton die, their shells and bodies sink to the seabed, carrying this carbon with them.

Phytoplankton therefore acts as a carbon "sink" which takes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and deposits the carbon in long-term stores that can remain undisturbed for thousands of years. If the growth of phytoplankton is interrupted by global warming, this ability to act as a buffer against global warming is also affected - leading to a much-feared positive feedback.




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A VERY BLEAK ASSESSMENT OF EARTH'S FAILING HEALTH BY THE GAIA HYPOTHESIS' FATHER. COLLECTIVELY LEARNING TO THINK AND SEE OURSELVES AS A LIVING PLANET, REALIZING THAT OUR GLOBAL CONSUMPTION BINGE AND HEEDLESS POLLUTION IS JEOPARDIZING OUR VERY SURVIVAL AND PULLING OURSELVES OUT OF THIS DEADLY TRAP THROUGH GLOBAL SPIRITUAL AWAKENING AND MASSIVE CHANGES AT ALL LEVELS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE NOW GOING TO DO...

From: http://comment.independent.co.uk/commentators/article338830.ece

Also from http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1424981/

The Earth is about to catch a morbid fever that may last as long as 100,000 years

James Lovelock

Each nation must find the best use of its resources to sustain civilisation for as long as they can

16 January 2006

Imagine a young policewoman delighted in the fulfilment of her vocation; then imagine her having to tell a family whose child had strayed that he had been found dead, murdered in a nearby wood. Or think of a young physician newly appointed who has to tell you that the biopsy revealed invasion by an aggressive metastasising tumour. Doctors and the police know that many accept the simple awful truth with dignity but others try in vain to deny it.

Whatever the response, the bringers of such bad news rarely become hardened to their task and some dread it. We have relieved judges of the awesome responsibility of passing the death sentence, but at least they had some comfort from its frequent moral justification. Physicians and the police have no escape from their duty.

This article is the most difficult I have written and for the same reasons. My Gaia theory sees the Earth behaving as if it were alive, and clearly anything alive can enjoy good health, or suffer disease. Gaia has made me a planetary physician and I take my profession seriously, and now I, too, have to bring bad news.

The climate centres around the world, which are the equivalent of the pathology lab of a hospital, have reported the Earth's physical condition, and the climate specialists see it as seriously ill, and soon to pass into a morbid fever that may last as long as 100,000 years. I have to tell you, as members of the Earth's family and an intimate part of it, that you and especially civilisation are in grave danger.

Our planet has kept itself healthy and fit for life, just like an animal does, for most of the more than three billion years of its existence. It was ill luck that we started polluting at a time when the sun is too hot for comfort. We have given Gaia a fever and soon her condition will worsen to a state like a coma. She has been there before and recovered, but it took more than 100,000 years. We are responsible and will suffer the consequences: as the century progresses, the temperature will rise 8 degrees centigrade in temperate regions and 5 degrees in the tropics.

Much of the tropical land mass will become scrub and desert, and will no longer serve for regulation; this adds to the 40 per cent of the Earth's surface we have depleted to feed ourselves.

Curiously, aerosol pollution of the northern hemisphere reduces global warming by reflecting sunlight back to space. This "global dimming" is transient and could disappear in a few days like the smoke that it is, leaving us fully exposed to the heat of the global greenhouse. We are in a fool's climate, accidentally kept cool by smoke, and before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable.

By failing to see that the Earth regulates its climate and composition, we have blundered into trying to do it ourselves, acting as if we were in charge. By doing this, we condemn ourselves to the worst form of slavery. If we chose to be the stewards of the Earth, then we are responsible for keeping the atmosphere, the ocean and the land surface right for life. A task we would soon find impossible - and something before we treated Gaia so badly, she had freely done for us.

To understand how impossible it is, think about how you would regulate your own temperature or the composition of your blood. Those with failing kidneys know the never-ending daily difficulty of adjusting water, salt and protein intake. The technological fix of dialysis helps, but is no replacement for living healthy kidneys.

My new book The Revenge of Gaia expands these thoughts, but you still may ask why science took so long to recognise the true nature of the Earth. I think it is because Darwin's vision was so good and clear that it has taken until now to digest it. In his time, little was known about the chemistry of the atmosphere and oceans, and there would have been little reason for him to wonder if organisms changed their environment as well as adapting to it.

Had it been known then that life and the environment are closely coupled, Darwin would have seen that evolution involved not just the organisms, but the whole planetary surface. We might then have looked upon the Earth as if it were alive, and known that we cannot pollute the air or use the Earth's skin - its forest and ocean ecosystems - as a mere source of products to feed ourselves and furnish our homes. We would have felt instinctively that those ecosystems must be left untouched because they were part of the living Earth.

So what should we do? First, we have to keep in mind the awesome pace of change and realise how little time is left to act; and then each community and nation must find the best use of the resources they have to sustain civilisation for as long as they can. Civilisation is energy-intensive and we cannot turn it off without crashing, so we need the security of a powered descent. On these British Isles, we are used to thinking of all humanity and not just ourselves; environmental change is global, but we have to deal with the consequences here in the UK.

Unfortunately our nation is now so urbanised as to be like a large city and we have only a small acreage of agriculture and forestry. We are dependent on the trading world for sustenance; climate change will deny us regular supplies of food and fuel from overseas.

We could grow enough to feed ourselves on the diet of the Second World War, but the notion that there is land to spare to grow biofuels, or be the site of wind farms, is ludicrous. We will do our best to survive, but sadly I cannot see the United States or the emerging economies of China and India cutting back in time, and they are the main source of emissions. The worst will happen and survivors will have to adapt to a hell of a climate.

Perhaps the saddest thing is that Gaia will lose as much or more than we do. Not only will wildlife and whole ecosystems go extinct, but in human civilisation the planet has a precious resource. We are not merely a disease; we are, through our intelligence and communication, the nervous system of the planet. Through us, Gaia has seen herself from space, and begins to know her place in the universe.

We should be the heart and mind of the Earth, not its malady. So let us be brave and cease thinking of human needs and rights alone, and see that we have harmed the living Earth and need to make our peace with Gaia. We must do it while we are still strong enough to negotiate, and not a broken rabble led by brutal war lords. Most of all, we should remember that we are a part of it, and it is indeed our home.


The writer is an independent environmental scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society. 'The Revenge of Gaia' is published by Penguin on 2 February


"All our lauded technological progress--our very civilization--is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal."

~ Albert Einstein

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See also:

Global warming: Is it too late to save our planet? (17 Jan 2006)
http://news.scotsman.com/features.cfm?id=76062006
GLOBAL warming is irreversible and billions of people will die over the next century, one of the world's leading climate change scientists claimed yesterday. Professor James Lovelock, the scientist who developed the Gaia principle (that Earth is a self-regulating, interconnected system), claimed that by the year 2100 the only place where humans will be able to survive will be the Arctic. In a forthcoming book, The Revenge of Gaia, Lovelock warns that attempts to reduce levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere may already be too late. CLIP
NOTE: There are several interesting comments to Loveloch's alarming article at this webpage above. Here are 3 of them:

'The collapse of the Gulf Stream appears unlikely
'DR RICHARD BETTS
Climate modeller at the Met Office's Hadley Centre, Devon
I'VE always liked Jim Lovelock's holistic approach. He was a pioneer of this kind of thinking, seeing how things interact and the big picture. That's been more of an inspiration than people would let on in modern climate-change science. We have moved on from not just doing meteorology but also the whole Earth system. Jim is obviously very concerned about climate change and I think he's taken this opportunity to send out his warning. I think Jim's sort of going for the worst-case scenario. In terms of billions of dead, I don't know that anyone really knows what the cost of climate change is going to be in terms of lives. He's thinking of the possibility of very sudden, rapid climate change. I'm not sure whether he really meant to paint a picture of everyone squashed into the South Pole or something like that. That seems unlikely to me, he's just trying to make the point. I would agree we are committed to a certain amount of climate change already. We cannot stop what's happening, all we can do is slow it down. But it's an extremely open question and there are several layers of uncertainty: such as how much the population of the world will increase and how we will develop in terms of economy and technology. There's also uncertainty as to what these emissions do to the climate itself. There's a whole range of possibilities, really. I don't think anyone could put any sort of figure on how many people will survive. There are a lot of physically possible mechanisms for major climate change, but the flip side of that is a lot of these things are unlikely. The collapse of the Gulf Stream appears to be unlikely to happen at least in the next 100 years, but it's theoretically possible it could happen. It's low probability, but would have a high impact.

'This is meant as a wake-up call'
PROFESSOR JOHN SCHELLNHUBER
Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Research
I KNOW James Lovelock and respect him tremendously. He's been one of the most influential scientists on the environment for many years now. Everything he's writing has to be taken very seriously. It's not just some 'Doomsday' prediction. I think this is really meant as a wake-up call - among the many scenarios about the future of the planet. If we do not really fight global warming, then this is certainly in the upper range of catastrophe, the worst-case scenario. The probability of the scenario is pretty low, but it cannot be completely ruled out. Many human lives are at stake if we don't do anything about global warming. If there was five or six degrees Celsius of warming over the century, that would be a different world. It is a very extreme scenario he is using, but we are at least on the road towards disaster.

'Things will get worse'
RICHARD DIXON
Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), Scotland
IT'S helpful every so often to have a 'Cassandra' who sounds a really extreme warning. It contributes to the debate about how far climate change will go and how bad it will get. If Lovelock is right and we are too late, then we are in deep trouble. But the middle-ground predictions say it is not too late. Things will get worse, but we can stop it at a stage where human life is still possible, human society continues to exist and life isn't too bad. That's the view most environmental groups take. There are many people who say this is very, very urgent and we really need to act in 20, ten or five years. I've heard people saying we might be beyond the point of no return. Lovelock could be right, but let's hope not. There are a series of crucial systems that support life as it is at the moment and if they go wrong they will start very serious changes. For Scotland, the chief one is the circulation of the oceans. If the Gulf Stream was to shut off, that would reduce the temperature by about 10 per cent.

Green Campaigners Support Lovelock for Sparking Fresh Debate on Global Warming (17 January 2006)
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/011706EB.shtml
Leading British greens have taken a divided view of the prediction by the environmental scientist James Lovelock, featured in The Independent yesterday, that the Earth has passed the point of no return for global warming.Some fully shared his concern for the speed at which global warming appears to be proceeding, and gave credit to his scientific expertise, while finding themselves unable - or unwilling - to agree with the awesome proposition that it may already be too late to stop it. CLIP

Sea-level rise is quickening pace (19 January 2006)
http://www.nature.com/news/2006/060116/full/060116-11.html
Data crunch confirms model predictions of flooding coastlines. - The sea is creeping upwards ever faster. The rate of global sea-level rise has sped up during the twentieth century, Australian researchers have confirmed.This disturbing acceleration is predicted by climate models, but has been difficult to spot in real data; natural variations in sea level have masked long-term trends. Now researchers have managed to tease out the acceleration from tide-gauge data, by cleaning up the information using satellite measurements. Both these databases come with their own problems for spotting such trends: the first is too noisy; the second doesn't go far enough back in time. But by melding them together, John Church and Neil White of the Australian governmental science organization CSIRO's Marine and Atmospheric Research centre in Hobart, Tasmania, have managed to chart the sea's rise.They say the acceleration they have detected since 1870 matches up nicely with model predictions: if the acceleration continues as expected, by 2100 the seas will lap the shore about 31 centimetres higher, on average, than they did in 1990. That matches what has been forecast by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Teasing out sea level change is a daunting challenge. Kenneth MillerRutgers University, Piscataway. This will push back typical beach shorelines by around 300 metres. "That's a real concern," says marine geologist Kenneth Miller of Rutgers University in New Jersey. CLIP

A deluge of weird weather in '05 (Dec 31, 2005)
http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/living/health/13520225.htm
Floods and drought. Extreme heat and cold. Arlene and Zeta. Worst, Katrina. As records fell, the U.S. saw them all.

Overpopulation 'is main threat to planet' (January 7, 2006)
http://www.climateark.org/articles/reader.asp?linkid=50345
Climate change and global pollution cannot be adequately tackled without addressing the neglected issue of the world's booming population, according to two leading scientists. Professor Chris Rapley, director of the British Antarctic Survey, and Professor John Guillebaud, vented their frustration yesterday at the fact that overpopulation had fallen off the agenda of the many organisations dedicated to saving the planet. The scientists said dealing with the burgeoning human population of the planet was vital if real progress was to be made on the other enormous problems facing the world."It is the elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about" Professor Guillebaud said. "Unless we reduce the human population humanely through family planning, nature will do it for us through violence, epidemics or starvation." Professor Guillebaud said he decided to study the field of human reproduction more than 40 years ago specifically because of the problems he envisaged through overpopulation. His concerns were echoed by Professor Rapley, an expert on the effects of climate change on the Antarctic, who pointed out that this year an extra 76 million people would be added to the 6.5 billion already living on Earth, which is twice as many as in 1960. By the middle of the century, the United Nations estimates that the world population is likely to increase to more than nine billion, which is equivalent to an extra 200,000 people each day. Professor Rapley said the extra resources needed to sustain this growth in population would put immense strains on the planet's life-support system even if pollution emissions per head could be dramatically reduced. CLIP




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THE RULES FOR BEING HUMAN

1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s the only thing you are sure to keep for the rest of your life.

2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called life on planet earth. Every person or incident you encounter is the Universal Teacher.

3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of experimentation . “Failures” are as much a part of the process as “success.”

4. A lesson is repeated until it is learned. It is presented to you in various forms until you learn it.

5. External problems are a precise reflection of your internal state.

6. “There” is no better than “here”. When your “there” becomes a “here” you will simply obtain another “there” that again looks better than “here.”

7. Others are only mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another unless it reflects something you love or hate in yourself.

8. Your life is up to you. Life provides the canvas: you do the painting.

9. You always get what you want. Your subconscious rightly determines what energies, experiences and people you attract--therefore, the only foolproof way to know what you want is to see what you have.

10. There is no right or wrong, but there are consequences. Moralizing doesn’t help -- judgments only hold the patterns in place. Just do your best.

11. Your answers lie inside you. At first we need guidance from others, but as we mature we learn to trust our hearts, where Laws of Spirit are written.

13. You forgot all of this.

14. You can remember any time you wish.




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