MAY LOVE PREVAIL ON EARTH


January 25, 2007

The Big Scoop Series #16: Black Clouds on The Horizon

Hello everyone!

Although there is much in this compilation that would deserve a special introductory comment here, there is one thing I need to bring to your attention. It is the fact that we are just about to reach the 10th anniversary mark of the foundation of the Earth Rainbow Network (ERN), something which I feel is worth celebrating. The initial decision to create this network indeed stemmed from discussions carried through emails between a small group of a dozen people, mostly from the United States, in February 1997. I will soon search through copies of emails from that period on an old computer where I hope to find them, but I'm sure it was at that time it occurred. As a result of this consensus made through numerous emails about creating the Earth Rainbow Network, we have created the Mission Statement and decided to organize the First International Meeting of this network in December 1997, in California. If you go at http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/IntroInfo.htm you will be able to read about this meeting and about how this unique network came into existence, as well as see a couple pictures from it. Here is a brief excerpt:

(...) The first international meeting of the Earth Rainbow Network (ERN) took place at La Casa de Maria, in Santa Barbara, California, from December 12 to 14, 1997. Almost a year after forming this group, 20 participants from the Earth Rainbow Network met in person for the first time, some coming from as far away as Quebec, Miami, Washington D.C. and the States of Washington and Pennsylvania. They came together to find a way to manifest the vision expressed by the Earth Proclamation, which calls for the worldwide manifestation of Peace on Earth and the expression of compassion, generosity and unconditional love in all fields of human activities. Their main goal: "Co-creating a common vision of our millennial actions and projects as well as a strategy to implement this vision."

Soon after this exciting meeting, I set up the initial ERN website on 02/13/1998 with the help of a friend and at a time when the Internet was still relatively new. Over the years, I've fine-tuned my role as the coordinator for this network and done my best to sustain the spirit at the origin of this initiative, with the help of countless people who, to this day, continue to play an active role in providing me with material worthy of everyone's attention and with vital opinions and comments that contribute to ensure the relevancy and life pulse of this worldwide group of Light Servers.

In addition to this network, I've also been actively involved in the creation in April 2000 of the Global Meditation Focus Group (you will find the History of the Co-creation of the Focus Group at the bottom of http://www.aei.ca/~cep/home.htm if you are interested to know more on this) for the regular issuance of Meditation Focuses which I consider to be an essential complement to the dispatching of information I do through the ERN list.

Since, such key moments in the life of a group, however loosely connected its "members" may be, are usually a good time to reassess what we are doing and where we are headed, I would very much welcome to hear from anyone of you who would like to offer a vision, a suggestion or any kind of comment about how this networking service could evolve and also about how we may all celebrate this 10th anniversary.

I thought that if anyone has a virtual meeting place where we could all "gather" to celebrate together, it would be pretty neat and fun...

I look forward to read your emails on this and wish you all a good experience when reading this new compilation below ;-)

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com

P.S. There will be a new Meditation Focus issued next Saturday evening...

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SOME USEFUL WEB RESOURCES

Note from Jean: If you have a website and would like to add highly useful webtools to it, I recommend to your attention the following ones, which are all entirely free:

http://www.statcounter.com/

http://www.google.com/analytics/

http://www.geovisite.com/



THE QUOTES

"Jean!!! How magnificent! You are a very creative and intuitive photographer - not to mention a lucky duck for living in such a beautiful part of this wonderful world. :-) Thank you so much for sharing these with us - you have allowed us to journey with you on your travels; let us share in the fresh air and sunshine and given a lift to our souls."

— Cathy Brockway (nimros@comcast.net) NOTE from Jean: I replied to Cathy (in part): "I've received more feedbacks on this than on any other thing I've ever networked in the past 10 years. Amazing! Perhaps I should dedicate my time to photography instead... Just joking!" AND THERE IS MORE! I've also just added an amazing picture of an actual faery that was taken where I live a couple months ago... http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/Faery.htm


"Well, it -- it's pretty obvious the whole situation in Iraq is a colossal failure. America has to take a new direction. And that direction is out. Now, I have indicated to the president today I'm willing to help him. I have put a 12-point plan together that calls for the following, that the United States has to declare to the world community that we are going to end the occupation, and we're going to close our bases, bring our troops home. Simultaneous with that, we need peacekeepers and security force to help provide security for the Iraqi people. We need a program of reconciliation and -- and reconstruction and reparations, and give the Iraqi people control of their oil again. This -- only this is going to help lessen the insurgency. It's our occupation that is fueling the insurgency. The world is waiting for an American president to come forward who is going to take a new direction, embrace the world community, talk to people, negotiate with Iran and Syria. We need a regional solution. And we need to do this, so the region doesn't become unstable. Larry, the president tonight was setting the stage for an attack on Iran. We have to take a new direction in Iraq. And we have to reconcile with the world community and stop this cycling of war."

— Dennis Kucinich on CNN Larry King Live last night - Taken from http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0701/24/lkl.01.html


"We look around us at the madness so prevalent in the world today, the hate and violence, the greed. Feeling overwhelmed, our egos erect walls to hide behind. But rather than offering security, these walls separate and fragment, creating fear and more insecurity. We see evil on all sides, not realizing that the way we see the world is a reflection of what we are inside.What is the answer? How can we break this vicious cycle which threatens to blow the world apart? Love is the way. Love is the only way to true peace! Love is unifying. Love opens our hearts and our souls, showing us the way to live in peace and harmony with our fellow human beings throughout the world. Love reveals the fact that in truth we are one. We are one being. Therefore, what we do to any member of the human race, we do to ourselves. The injunction to "Love thy neighbor as thyself" commands us to love everyone, without distinction of race, religion, etc. - without moral judgment. This tenet is central to all great religions. We do not have to agree with our neighbor, but we must love. Love is the Only Way."

— Raphael Egger (raphael@WeAreOne-Love.net) - Taken from http://weareone-love.net/
ERN subscriber Raphael has created T-shirt with the word "Love" in 35 languages on it to "promote the awareness around the world that we are truly one in spirit manifesting in many bodies."



CONTENTS

1. Is channeling really what we think it is?
2. Protesters Will Urge Congress to Stand Up to Bush
3. Kucinich: State of the Union is war and neglect
4. Off the Rails: Big Oil, Big Brother Win Big in the State of the Union
5. Pentagon Sees US War Cost in Iraq Rising
6. Bloggers Who Criticize Government May Face Prison
7. ISRAELI NUCLEAR STRIKE ON IRAN TURNED BACK
8. How Congress Can Stop the Iran Attack or be Complicit in Nuclear War Crimes
9. Cheap, safe drug kills most cancers
10. Slow Poisoning of US and Canada with MSG
11. Human guinea pigs eat “ape diet” for 12 days, experience remarkable health improvements
12. PLANETARY ALERT
13. Fake "Alien Abductions" Conducted by Shadow-Government Para-Military Operatives
14. DIANE: The Mass Awakening on Earth Is Quite Astounding
15. Appreciation
16. THE GREAT TURNING: FROM EMPIRE TO EARTH COMMUNITY
17. Create wonderful lives
18. Dissolving the Illusion of Separation
19. One hundred years ago.......



WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION

Akiane - Child Prodigy
http://tinyurl.com/yxewot
Recommended by Robert Breault (robertbreault@prodigy.net) who wrote: "This young girl is absolutely a true master of the Arts!!! Take a deep breath and get ready to be amazed."

Perceptual Experiment
http://www.nhne.com/misc/perceptual_experiement.html
Recommended by Bill Cain (bpcain@comcast.net) who wrote: "This is to a short video which aims to demonstrate our perceptual limitations. Although it was intended for the scientific community, it can be applied to all of us. I thought you might find it interesting." HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! AMAZING!

MSNBC Online Poll - 87% Want Bush Impeached (out of over 400,000 responses!)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10562904/from/ET/

911 Mysteries: Part 1 - Demolitions (1 hour 30 minutes) with French subtitles!
http://video.google.fr/videoplay?docid=-4049590380102614532

Help us put an end to whaling
http://www.whalesrevenge.com
Whales Revenge is trying to get a million people to sign a petition to stop whaling.

Update on the Chicago Airport UFO Sighting
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAP1Wcip9qw&mode=related&search
Recommended by Richard Boylan (drboylan@sbcglobal.net) who wrote: "Here is a most arresting brief (8 min.) videotape of two Chicago Tribune Television reporters talking candidly off-camera and then on-camera about the UFO which hovered over O'Hare International Airport's United Airlines Concourse, specifically, 700 feet above Gate C-17 for several minutes. The Incident happened November 7, but the Chicago Tribune inexplicably only broke the story New Year's Day. Definitely worth watching this new era in telling-it-like-it-is news reporting, including mocking the government's unsatisfactory cover story. And if you missed CNN television's straight-up and acceptingreportage of the UFO over O'Hare Airport, including an interview with anairport mechanic witness, then watch it (2-1/2 mins.) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoRr05yAGFk&mode=related&search (Good old YouTube, the people's go-around to long-standing government muzzling of UFO reportage.)

'Perestroika in the West' by Palden Jenkins (15 January 2007)
http://glastongog.blogspot.com
It's all about the need for change in the West, and the way our failure to change earlier holds back progress in the Middle East. (...) Restructuring in the West didn't happen, and now we are paying a rising price. We cannot just wring our hands and rue lost opportunities. But we do need to take note of what we in the West already know. And, like the visionaries of the 1960s, who were driven by a homegrown perception while co-opting ideas and methods from other cultures, times and peoples, we might do well to look at the essence of what the 'majority world' is saying and doing today. CLIP

This Modern World: The very bad idea, part II
http://www.workingforchange.com/comic.cfm?itemid=21878

Comet McNaught photo Gallery - MOST BEAUTIFUL!
http://www.spaceweather.com/comets/gallery_mcnaught_page12.htm
Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) swung by the sun on Jan 12th - 14th, and now it is emerging into the skies of the southern hemisphere. During its close encounter with the sun, McNaught became a naked-eye object in broad daylight. Recommended by Jeff Wefferson therockist@yahoo.com">

Mysterious Smoke Rings or When is a Cloud not a Cloud? http://www.cassiopaea.org/cass/Laura-Knight-Jadczyk/article-lkj-16-07-03.htm
(...) French UFO investigator, Aime Michel - in his 1954 survey of French UFO cases - called these types of UFOs "cloud-cigars." They have been observed in Great Britain, South America, Poland,the US, and the former Soviet Union. (...) Pretty interesting, eh? Particularly when you note the "ribbing" effect that was also present in the 1957 "smoke ring UFO" photos. Notice also the "vortex" that is clearly evident as a sort of "tornado" extending down out of the "hole in the sky," not to mention the very specific "shape" of the thing - a giant "mothership" that is partly hyperdimensional? CLIP

Apollo 11 mission was followed by a UFO
http://www.planetvids.com/html/Buzz-Talks-About-UFO.html
Apollo 11 Moon Mission astronaut Buzz Aldrin acknowledges in this video interview that Apollo 11 was followed in deep space by a UFO on its way to its historic first Moon Landing. Buzz died six years ago. In this tell-it-like-it-is video, he describes the UFO and how NASA told them to keep it quiet.

Anomalous Orbic "Spirit" Photographs? A Conventional Optical Explanation
http://www.scientificexploration.org/jse/abstracts/v19n3a1.php
With the development of reliable and inexpensive digital cameras, numerous individuals have reported capturing anomalous round-shaped (orbic) objects in photographs. These seemingly anomalous orbic images (AOIs) have sometimes been interpreted as reflecting "spirits," "angels," "light beings," "aliens," and/or "UFOs." We decided to determine whether we could (1) replicate capturing AOIs, and (2) investigate their possible mechanism(s). Approximately one thousand photographs were taken with five different digital cameras over multiple sessions under conditions that would purportedly increase the chance of observing AOIs. This included two "spiritual energy healers" performing various diagnostic and treatment procedures in a semi-dark room. More than two hundred photographs contained AOIs. Careful examination of the photographs revealed a plausible conventional optical mechanism that could explain most of the AOIs observed. The most common mechanisms involved are (1) stray reflections (often from the flash) from various shiny objects in the environment (mirrors, glass windows, doorknobs, furniture, metal art work) that are then doubly re-reflected off of lens surfaces and (2) diffraction from the flash reflecting off of dust and dirt particles near but not on the lens. Spiritual or other-worldly interpretations of "orbs" in photographs should only be considered under conditions in which all sources of stray reflection and diffraction have been eliminated from the environment.

Meatrix truth
http://www.themeatrix.com/



ALSO RECOMMENDED

The Unthinkable: The US- Israeli Nuclear War on Iran By Michel Chossudovsky (January 22, 2007)
http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/60/1/
The World is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The US has embarked on a military adventure, "a long war", which threatens the future of humanity. At no point since the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, has humanity been closer to the unthinkable, a nuclear holocaust which could potentially spread, in terms of radioactive fallout, over a large part of the Middle East. There is mounting evidence that the Bush Administration in liaison with Israel and NATO is planning the launching of a nuclear war against Iran, ironically, in retaliation for its nonexistent nuclear weapons program. The US-Israeli military operation is said to be in "an advanced state of readiness". If such a plan were to be launched, the war would escalate and eventually engulf the entire Middle-East Central Asian region. The war could extend beyond the region, as some analystshave suggested, ultimately leading us into a World War III scenario. In this regard, the structure of military alliances is crucial. China and Russia have entered into farreaching military cooperation agreements with Iran. The latter have a direct bearing on the conflict. Iran possesses an advanced air defense system as well as capabilities to target US and allied positions in Iraq and the Gulf States, as demonstrated in recent military exercises. The US-led naval deployment (involving a massive deployment of military hardware) is taking place in two distinct theaters:the Persian Gulf and the Eastern Mediterranean. CLIP

US Plans Envision Broad Attack on Iran: Analyst (19 January 2007)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012007B.shtml
Reuters - Washington - U.S. contingency planning for military action against Iran's nuclear program goes beyond limited strikes and would effectively unleash a war against the country, a former U.S. intelligence analyst said on Friday. "I've seen some of the planning ... You're not talking about a surgical strike," said Wayne White, who was a top Middle East analyst for the State Department's bureau of intelligence and research until March 2005. "You're talking about a war against Iran" that likely would destabilize the Middle East for years, White told the Middle East Policy Council, a Washington think tank. "We're not talking about just surgical strikes against an array of targets inside Iran. We're talking about clearing a path to the targets" by taking out much of the Iranian Air Force, Kilo submarines, anti-ship missiles that could target commerce or U.S. warships in the Gulf, and maybe even Iran's ballistic missile capability, White said. "I'm much more worried about the consequences of a U.S. or Israeli attack against Iran's nuclear infrastructure," which would prompt vigorous Iranian retaliation, he said, than civil war in Iraq, which could be confined to that country. President George W. Bush has stressed he is seeking a diplomatic solution to the dispute over Iran's nuclear program. But he has not taken the military option off the table and his recent rhetoric, plus tougher financial sanctions and actions against Iranian involvement in Iraq, has revived talk in Washington about a possible U.S. attack on Iran. The Bush administration and many of its Gulf allies have expressed growing concern about Iran's rising influence in the region and the prospect of it acquiring a nuclear weapon. Middle East expert Kenneth Katzman argued "Iran's ascendancy is not only manageable but reversible" if one understands the Islamic republic's many vulnerabilities. Tehran's leaders have convinced many experts Iran is a great nation verging on "superpower" status, but the country is "very weak ... (and) meets almost no known criteria to be considered a great nation," said Katzman of the Library of Congress' Congressional Research Service. The economy is mismanaged and "quite primitive," exporting almost nothing except oil, he said. Also, Iran's oil production capacity is fast declining and in terms of conventional military power, "Iran is a virtual non-entity," Katzman added. The administration, therefore, should not go out of its way to accommodate Iran because the country is in no position to hurt the United States, and at some point "it might be useful to call that bluff," he said. But Katzman cautioned against early confrontation with Iran and said if there is a "grand bargain" that meets both countries' interests, that should be pursued. - Read also ISRAELI NUCLEAR STRIKE ON IRAN TURNED BACK below...

Leading Senator Assails President Over Iran Stance (Jan 20) )
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012007Z.shtml
Washington - The new chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday sharply criticized the Bush administration's increasingly combative stance toward Iran, saying that White House efforts to portray it as a growing threat are uncomfortably reminiscent of rhetoric about Iraq before the American invasion of 2003. Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, the West Virginia Democrat who took control of the committee this month, said that the administration was building a case against Tehran even as American intelligence agencies still know little about either Iran's internal dynamics or its intentions in the Middle East. "To be quite honest, I'm a little concerned that it's Iraq again," Senator Rockefeller said during an interview in his office. "This whole concept of moving against Iran is bizarre." (...) "I don't think that policy makers in this administration particularly understand Iran," he said. The comments of Mr. Rockefeller reflect the mounting concerns being voiced by other influential Democrats, including the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, and Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, about the Bush administration's approach to Iran. The Democrats have warned that the administration is moving toward a confrontation with Iran when the United States has neither the military resources nor the support among American allies and members of Congress to carry out such a move. Because Mr. Rockefeller is one of only a handful of lawmakers with access to the most classified intelligence about the threat from Tehran, his views carry particular weight. He has also historically been more tempered in his criticism of the White House on national security issues than some of his Democratic colleagues. CLIP

Reporter Claims Israeli Nuke Strike On Iran Averted By U.S. Fighters (Jan 19)
http://www.infowars.com/articles/ww3/iran_israeli_nuke_strike_averted_by_us_fighters.htm
Reporter Claims Israeli Nuke Strike On Iran Averted By U.S. Fighters - Sources say F16 suicide mission armed with 20-kiloton bomb recalled by Israelis under threat of U.S. Sidewinder missile shootdown

IRAN SHOOTS DOWN U.S. SPY DRONE AMID GROWING U.S. MILITARY PRESSURE (January 17, 2007)
http://htdaw.blogsource.com/post.mhtml?post_id=422182
Iranian troops have shot down a U.S. pilotless spy plane recently, an Iranian lawmaker announced on Tuesday as the Islamic Republic was facing increasing military pressure from its arch rival --the United States.The aircraft was brought down when it was trying to cross the borders "during the last few days," Seyed Nezam Mola Hoveizeh, a member of the parliament, was quoted by the local Fars News Agency as saying.The lawmaker gave no exact date of the shooting-down or any other details about the incident, but he said that "the United States sent such spy drones to the region every now and then." CLIP

Iran receives Russian air defense missiles, defense minister says (January 24, 2007)
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/01/24/africa/ME-GEN-Iran-Russia-Weapons.php
TEHRAN, Iran: Iran has received a Russian air defense missile system, the Iranian defense minister said Wednesday.Iran's announcement came as it launched three days of military maneuvers — its first since the U.N. Security Council approved sanctions against Iran on Dec. 23."We have had constructive defense transactions with Russia and we purchased Tor M-1 missiles that were recently delivered to us," the official Web site of Iranian state television quoted Minister of Defense Mostafa Mohammad Najjar as saying. (...) Previously Moscow said it would supply 29 of the sophisticated missile systems to Iran under a US$700 million contract signed in December 2005, Russian media has reported. CLIP

Presidential Candidate Fears "Gulf Of Tonkin" To Provoke Iran War (January 15, 2007)
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/january2007/150107gulfoftonkin.htm
Developments converge to signify inevitable conflict despite ongoing chaos in Iraq - Republican Congressman and 2008 Presidential candidate Ron Paul fears a staged Gulf of Tonkin style incident may be used to provoke air strikes on Iran as numerous factors collide to heighten expectations that America may soon be embroiled in its third war in six years.Writing in his syndicated weekly column, the representative of Texas' 14th district warns of "a contrived Gulf of Tonkin-type incident (that) may occur to gain popular support for an attack on Iran."The August 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, where US warships were apparently attacked by North Vietnamese PT Boats, was cited by President Johnson as a legitimate provocation mandating U.S. escalation in Vietnam, yet Tonkin was a staged charade that never took place. Declassified LBJ presidential tapes discuss how to spin the non-event to escalate it as justification for air strikes and the NSA faked intelligence data to make it appear as if two US ships had been lost.Should a staged provocation take place in an attempt to justify striking Iran it would not be the first time the current administration has considered such a ploy.(...) Commentators largely agree that the furore surrounding President Bush's speech in which he ordered the deployment of a further 20,000 troops to Iraq is a manufactured distraction to divert attention away from alarming developments that grease the skids for an inevitable conflict with Iran.

Lying Like It's 2003
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012107B.shtml
"Those who forget history may be doomed to repeat it, but who could imagine we'd already be in danger of replaying that rotten year 2003?" asks Frank Rich.

Who will stop the US from attacking Iran?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16230.htm
HARD AS IT IS TO IMAGINE, it is likely that another major war is being planned by the US, this time against Iran. And the arguments being marshalled by the Bush administration are exactly identical to what was being said against Iraq in the build-up to that war in 2003.

Iran's President Did Not Say "Israel must be wiped off the map" (01/18/07)
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16218.htm
Across the world, a dangerous rumor has spread that could have catastrophic implications. According to legend, Iran's President has threatened to destroy Israel, or, to quote the misquote, "Israel must be wiped off the map". Contrary to popular belief, this statement was never made, as this article will prove. BACKGROUND: On Tuesday, October 25th, 2005 at the Ministry of Interior conference hall in Tehran, newly elected Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a speech at a program, reportedly attended by thousands, titled "The World Without Zionism". Large posters surrounding him displayed this title prominently in English, obviously for the benefit of the international press. Below the poster's title was a slick graphic depicting an hour glass containing planet Earth at its top. Two small round orbs representing the United States and Israel are shown falling through the hour glass' narrow neck and crashing to the bottom. Before we get to the infamous remark, it's important to note that the "quote" in question was itself a quote— they are the words of the late Ayatollah Khomeini, the father of the Islamic Revolution. Although he quoted Khomeini to affirm his own position on Zionism, the actual words belong to Khomeini and not Ahmadinejad. Thus, Ahmadinejad has essentially been credited (or blamed) for a quote that is not only unoriginal, but represents a viewpoint already in place well before he ever took office. (...) The full quote translated directly to English:"The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time". (...) While the false "wiped off the map" extract has been repeated infinitely without verification, Ahmadinejad's actual speech itself has been almost entirely ignored. Given the importance placed on the "map" comment, it would be sensible to present his words in their full context to get a fuller understanding of his position. In fact, by looking at the entire speech, there is a clear, logical trajectory leading up to his call for a "world without Zionism". One may disagree with his reasoning, but critical appraisals are infeasible without first knowing what that reasoning is.In his speech, Ahmadinejad declares that Zionism is the West's apparatus of political oppression against Muslims. He says the "Zionist regime" was imposed on the Islamic world as a strategic bridgehead to ensure domination of the region and its assets. Palestine, he insists, is the frontline of the Islamic world's struggle with American hegemony, and its fate will have repercussions for the entire Middle East. CLIP

Sanctions Could Escalate With Iran
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/011807F.shtml
The head of the UN nuclear watchdog agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, said Thursday he was concerned that UN sanctions on Iran could escalate the country's standoff with Western powers over its suspected weapons program.

US plans envision broad attack on Iran -analyst
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16233.htm
U.S. contingency planning for military action against Iran's nuclear program goes beyond limited strikes and would effectively unleash a war against the country, a former U.S. intelligence analyst said on Friday.

Iran masses troops along borders with Iraq
http://www.kuna.net.kw/home/Story.aspx?Language=en&DSNO=944040
A Pishmerga source said that Iran has beefed up its troops stationed along the main border crossing (Pashmakh), midway between the Kurdish Penjavin city and the Iranian Miriwan city.

International Mobilization To Stop U.S. Attack on Iran (January 26, 2007 )
http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2007/3404mobe_v_iranwar.html
(...) Internationally, initiatives have been taken by French President Jacques Chirac, who is sending a special envoy to Iran, and by Russian officials, who are blowing the whistle on U.S. plans. As for the Arab states in the region, who are being wooed to support the plan, they have coolly recommended to the Administration that it carry out talks with Iran. They have been rebuffed. Overall, a certain degree of fatalism pervades the capitals of Europe and Asia, vis-à-vis being able to stop the British-crafted, but Bush/Cheney initiated plans to hit Iran. They rightly look to the United States for the decisive action. For that to be effective, the timetable will have to be moved rapidly indeed, but the aggressive intention to prevent such a disaster is palpable on Capital Hill.War Preparations OngoingCol. San Gardiner (USAF ret.), who has an excellent track record regarding military operations in the Southwest Asia theater, issued a new warning on Jan. 16, entitled "Escalation Against Iran." After noting the fact that a second carrier strike group was leaving the U.S. on Jan. 16, Gardner listed a number of steps he expects the U.S. will take, if indeed it is on the warpath. First, he said to expect a barrage of articles in the media, planted by a National Security Council staff-led group, commissioned to produce "outrage" against Iran. Then, he wrote, expect some European-based missile defense assets to be deployedto Israel, plus additional U.S. Air Force fighters deployed into Iraq and perhaps Afghanistan. He wrote that some of the "surge" troops sent into Iraq will be sent to the Iranian border. Then, "As one of the last steps before a strike, we'll see the USAF tankers moved to unusual places, like Bulgaria. These will be used," Gardiner writes, "to refuel the U.S.-based B-2 bombers on their strike missions into Iran. When that happens, we'll be only days away from a strike." Gardiner's forecast of a massive media campaign has already been confirmed. CLIP - Proof of this media campaign in the next 2 excerpts...

North Korea helping Iran with nuclear testing (according to the Daily Telegraph in London!... Manufacturing consent for war!)
http://tinyurl.com/yq7wwe
North Korea is helping Iran to prepare an underground nuclear test similar to the one Pyongyang carried out last year.

Israel faces nuclear Holocaust warns Gingrich
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3356103,00.html
Gingrich, who addressed the conference via satellite from the United States, said he thought Israel's existence was under threat again for the first time in 40 years.

Bush's War Strategy Shifts to Iran, Christian Zionists Gear Up for the Apocalypse
http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/46753/
Christian Zionists are dancing the hora in San Antonio. Armageddon appears to be at hand.

Israeli billionaire Saban biggest donor to US politicians
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3355786,00.html
Communications tycoon has donated at least USD 13 million to American politicians. As a close friend of the Clintons he contributed to the Democrats, but President Bush has not been deprived either

Michael T. Klare : Petro-Power and the Nuclear Renaissance
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16212.htm
Not "Islamo-fascism" but "Energo-fascism" -- the heavily militarized global struggle over diminishing supplies of energy -- will dominate world affairs (and darken the lives of ordinary citizens) in the decades to come

Rogers Says Oil Will Rise to $100 After `Correction'
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=azQIiqfEPt8g&refer=exclusive#
Oil will resume its march toward $100 a barrel after a ``correction,'' said Jim Rogers, who predicted the start of the commodities rally in 1999.

Iraq War Costs Going Through Stratosphere
http://www.btimes.com/News/article/article.asp?NewsID=75516&sID=35
The cost of the Iraq War in addition to costing thousands of American and Iraqi lives is bleeding the American treasury at dangerous levels.

US general sees $70 billion bill to expand Army
http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=N23271247
The Bush administration's plan to permanently increase the size of the U.S. Army, strained by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will cost $70 billion over five years, a U.S. Army general said on Tuesday.

Russian defense minister bristles at U.S. missile defense plans
http://tinyurl.com/2evcvm
Russia's defense minister on Wednesday harshly criticized U.S. plans to deploy missile defense sites in central Europe, saying that Moscow doesn't trust American claims that they are intended to counter missile threats posed by Iran and North Korea. (...) Asked about how Russia could respond to the U.S. move, Ivanov said Wednesday that there was no need for any quick retaliation. “Our strategic nuclear forces ensure national security under any scenario,” he said. Russia's criticism of the U.S. move comes just days after the United States and other allies raised concerns over the rising militarization of space after a successful test by China of an anti-satellite weapon. China confirmed the test on Tuesday, but didn't provide details. Aviation Week, which first reported the test, said the satellite was hit by a kinetic kill vehicle launched from a ballistic missile.Analysts said the test represented an indirect threat to U.S. defense systems by raising the possibility that its spy satellites could be shot down. The threat wouldn't affect the anti-missile system, which relies only on ground-based radar. The U.S. military has had the capability to shoot down satellites since the 1980s. In October, President Bush signed an order asserting the United States' right to deny adversaries access to space for hostile purposes.

China Tests Anti-Satellite Weapon, Unnerving US
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/011907P.shtml
China successfully carried out its first test of an anti-satellite weapon last week, signaling its resolve to play a major role in military space activities and bringing expressions of concern from Washington and other capitals, the Bush administration said Thursday. Only two nations - Russia and the United States - have previously destroyed spacecraft in anti-satellite tests, most recently the United States in the mid 1980s.

Beijing secretly fires lasers to disable US satellites
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/09/26/wchina226.xml
China has secretly fired powerful laser weapons designed to disable American spy satellites by "blinding" their sensitive surveillance devices, it was reported yesterday.

1,000 US Troops Present Petition for Iraq Withdrawal to Kucinich
http://kucinich.us/node/2015
WASHINGTON, Jan.16, 2007 -- Congressman Kucinich today received petitions from over 1,000 active duty members of the armed services who are calling for an end to the war in Iraq. They are using a little known procedure called an appeal for redress which is provided for in the rules of the Department of Defense. The Appeal for Redress from the war in Iraq reads: 'As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq. Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for the US troops to come home.'These active duty ,active reserve, and guard soldiers have signed this appeal at http://www.appealforredress.org"Today on behalf of these men and women who proudly serve America, I will proudly present their appeal for redress to the Clerk of the House for referral to committee" said Kucinich. "It is important to remember that many of these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines have seen combat in Iraq. They did not refuse to serve. They did not challenge any of their commanders orders, but they do have rights under the constitution and within the military code to present their grievances to the US Congress." "We should pay careful attention to these brave men and women and I am determined that we should continue to support our troops by bringing them home."

U.N. warns Iraq sliding to abyss
http://tinyurl.com/3xpz9p
A U.N. envoy said on Tuesday Iraq was sliding "into the abyss of sectarianism" and urged Iraqi political and religious leaders to halt the violence after two car bombs in a Baghdad market killed 88 people.

Congress Takes First Steps Toward Curbing Cheney
http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2007/3404curbing_cheney.html
As Republicans are increasingly joining with their Democratic counterparts to challenge the permanent war dogmas of Bush-Cheney, the words "double impeachment" are being heard around the Capitol. (...) According to one military commentator, Col. Patrick Lang, former head of Defense Intelligence for the Middle East, if the Bush-Cheney White House goes ahead with the deployment of additional military forces in defiance of the will of the Congress, the President and the Vice President will be walking into an "impeachment trap." Such a trap is exactly what Lyndon LaRouche demanded in his Jan. 11 webcast. LaRouche warned that the only way to avoid an expanded war, likely to last for generations, is to dump Cheney from the Bush Administration immediately. CLIP

Hillary for President?
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012207A.shtml
Cindy Sheehan writes: "This occupation of Iraq can't be won by being smarter - it was lost before we went in. The US, again, was a big loser in a capricious military expedition, with the support of Senator Clinton. She is an amazingly brilliant person, and she cannot say that she was fooled by George. We, the American public, can be brilliant too, and we can't buy that baloney."

Obama? Yomama! by Edgar J. Steele
http://www.conspiracypenpal.com/rants/obama.htm
Note from Jean: I've been suspicious for a while now as to why the Jewish/elite cabal controlled US media have been so relentlessly supportive of Barack Obama, based on his alleged popularity with ordinary people. In his rant above Edgar Steele makes the argument that "their" plan would be to ensure that either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama becomes the Democratic presidential candidate, then ensuring in "their" view that the next Republican candidate will have a fighting chance to win the next presidential elections based on the fact - in "their" view - that American white men are less likely to vote for a woman or for a black man. I believe there is some merit to this argument, and it could partly explain the media's positive attitude towards Barack Obama.

Obama: The Democratic Messiah?
http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/64/1/
Is Obama just another example of how our corrupt political system ingeniously creates candidates to keep hope alive? Is the self-professed progressive Obama the real thing? Is he something other than a conventional politician?

Bush's Oil Stockpile Plan Could Raise Prices
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012407T.shtml
George W. Bush's decision to double the emergency oil stockpile in the US may help to stem a six-month slide in prices as China, India and South Korea also add to the demand by bolstering their defenses against shortages.

Terror and starvation in Gaza
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16210.htm
Pilger on the genocide that is engulfing Palestine as bystanders silently look on.

Genocide in Gaza, Ethnic Cleansing in the West Bank
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16216.htm
A creeping transfer in the West Bank and a measured genocidal policy in the Gaza Strip are the two strategies Israel employs today. From an electoral point of view, the one in Gaza is problematic as it does not reap any tangible results; the West Bank under Abu Mazen is yielding to Israeli pressure and there is no significant force that arrests the Israeli strategy of annexation and dispossession.

Israel's 'invisible hand' in Gaza
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6270331.stm
Although Israel withdrew from Gaza more than a year ago, its control over the lives of Palestinians there is in some ways even tighter than before, a new report by an Israeli human rights organisation says.

Webster Tarpley Interview (18 Jan 2007)
http://www.kpfa.org/archives/index.php?show=13
January 17 excellent radio interview with Webster Tarpley by Bonnie Faulkner, "Widening the War". 13 min. in Tarpley mentions that our new Director of National Intelligence, Mike McConnell, "spent the last several years at Booz Allen Hamilton" and states "This is very ominous. If you wanted to do an investigation of the events of September 11th an indispensable component would be to go to Booz Allen Hamilton and demand to have the activities of all components of that corporation on or about September 11th accounted for. And that would be the line of questioning that one would have to pursue with McConnell if he were ever brought before the Senate for confirmation hearings, which should happen fairly soon. 'Where were you on September 11th? What were you doing and prove it?'...There were private military firms, consulting firms, involved." 49 min. in Tarpley remarks, "There is no global war on terrorism. It's all a fraud and the biggest fraud is the 9/11 story, which is the basis of all this stuff."

Do new Ohio recount prosecutions indicate unraveling of 2004 election theft cover-up? (January 19, 2007)
http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2007/2362
Three criminal prosecutions in Ohio's biggest county have opened with strong indications that the cover-up of the theft of the 2004 presidential election is starting to unravel. Prosecutors say these cases involve "rigging" the recount in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), where tens of thousands of votes were shifted from John Kerry to George W. Bush, or else never counted. Meanwhile, corroborating evidence continues to surface throughout Ohio illuminating the GOP's theft of the presidency. According to the AP, County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter opened the Cuyahoga trial by charging that "the evidence will show that this recount was rigged, maybe not for political reasons, but rigged nonetheless." Baxter said the three election workers "did this so they could spend a day rather than weeks or months" on the recount. CLIP

World Social Forum focuses on Africa's economic struggles (January 21, 2007)
http://tinyurl.com/38z5gu
More than 80,000 people gathered for an annual anticapitalism conference yesterday in Kenya's capital and marched on Nairobi's largest slum to protest globalization policies they say hurt the poor.

World Social Forum in Nairobi (Jan 22)
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/01/22/18350707.php
The 7th Annual World Social Forum meets from January 20 thru January 27, 2007. This year's gathering will emphasize the exploitation of African nations. Nairobi, Kenya, January 20, 2007 The 7th Annual World Social Forum opened Saturday in Nairobi with a march from Kibera, one of the largest ghettos in Nairobi to the Moi International Sports Center Kararani. Organizers estimate that more than 80,000 marchers participated in a show of solidarity of all African nations against globalization and colonization. More than 150,000 participants are expected to attend the Forum which lasts from Saturday through Friday, January 25th. The World Social Forum(WSF) was first held in Porto Aligre, Brazil in 2001 as an alternative to the World Economic Forum. Activists, social movements, networks, coalitions and other progressive forces from Asia, Latin America, the Carribbean, North America, Europe and all corners of Africa have converged of Nairobi will participate in making presentations in the areas of science, social policy, the environment and human rights. The 7th WSF will focus on Africa and its non-stop history of struggle against foreign domination, colonialism and neo-colonialism. Kenneth Kaunda, ex-President of Zambia opened the Forum by emphasizing that all the active forces of the world's societies must join forces "to struggle together against poverty". CLIP - For more information go at the World Social Forum website: http://wsf2007.org/frontpage/view?set_language=en

Debt burden hindering development (22 January)
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IRIN/754c4b07bb2fa5dc0cebd7404240c33f.htm
NAIROBI (IRIN) - Efforts to alleviate poverty in developing countries continue to be hampered by the burden of debts owed to rich nations, Kenyan Nobel laureate, Wangari Maathai, said on Monday, adding that most of the loans had been incurred illegitimately by irresponsible governments."The debt burden continues to make it impossible for many governments to give services to the people," Maathai said at a seminar organised by churches in Africa to campaign for debt relief at the World Social Forum, under way in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. She described the debts as having been "poorly transacted and illegitimate. In many African countries we were being governed by dictatorial, unaccountable governments," Maathai said, urging the churches to continue spearheading the debt relief movement."Indeed, the loans were used to oppress the people, strengthen the ruling and co-operating elites, and exploit resources at the expense of the health of the environment and the welfare of the people," she said.Maathai said people in developing countries continue to die because of the dearth of social services, noting that an estimated eight million people in Africa died every year because they could not access medicine for treatable diseases, yet their governments continued to service debt.She challenged the poor and civil society in Africa, Asia and Latin America to raise their voice against the debt burden and not wait for their governments to champion their cause because governments were often made up of rich politicians who did not feel burdened by the loans. CLIP

Davos 2007 - It's Showtime In Switzerland (Jan 22, 2007)
http://www.forbes.com/corporatecitizenship/2007/01/23/leadership-davos07-davos-lead-citizen-cx_hc_0123walkup.html
Davos, Switzerland - From Tony Blair to Bono, anyone who has an opinion and can afford the hefty price tag is gathering in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum this week, Jan. 24-28.As climate change damages the tourism industry in the Swiss Alps, heavy hitters from around the world will be discussing global warming, energy security and developing economies. The 2,400 attendees include the wildly wealthy and the merely powerful. Angelina Jolie showed up last year; she's not expected this time around, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be among the most honored guests.What will come out of this year's meeting? The theme is "The Shifting Power Equation," though the guest list doesn't reflect any shifting of power at all: One-third of the 2,400 attendees will be CEOs or chairmen. The theme is intentionally broad; according to the World Economic Forum's Web site, it could encompass "the empowering of users through new Web applications or the shift of economic power to Asia." The rise of India and the rise of YouTube--both are clearly issues that shape the world today.Founded by Swiss business professor Klaus Schwab in 1971, the World Economic Forum and its annual Davos meeting have been targeted by anti-globalization protesters, who say the tycoons who attend are part of the world's problems, not its solutions. Recently, some of those critics have launched the rival World Social Forum, which holds its massive annual meeting around the same time of year, usually in the developing world. CLIP

Green agenda for global leaders at the World Economic Forum (Jan 25, 2007)
http://www.lexpress.mu/display_article.php?news_id=79710
Climate change, the rise of Asia and the next web revolution will dominate the agenda as the World Economic Forum gets on the way in Davos. (...) Participants can expect a daily reminder of what global warming could mean: usually the Davos valley is buried under a metre or two of snow at this time of year, but until recently the mild winter left the hills mostly green. There has been some snow, but it compares poorly to the huge amount of snow that participants have come to expect. Big politics, big business Many of the forum’s key events will focus on big politics, like the war in Iraq and the fight against terrorism. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is currently holding both the chair of the G8 group of top industrialised nations and the presidency of the European Union, is expected to outline her international agenda. Most of the sessions, however, cater to the needs of company bosses, who will tackle topics like activist investment funds, the recent commodities boom and the rise of new internet technologies. Among the business leaders at this year’s World Economic Forum will be the bosses of more than 70 of the world’s 100 largest companies. CLIP

Global warming: the final verdict (January 21, 2007)
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1995348,00.html
A study by the world's leading experts says global warming will happen faster and be more devastating than previously thought - Global warming is destined to have a far more destructive and earlier impact than previously estimated, the most authoritative report yet produced on climate change will warn next week. A draft copy of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, obtained by The Observer, shows the frequency of devastating storms - like the ones that battered Britain last week - will increase dramatically. Sea levels will rise over the century by around half a metre; snow will disappear from all but the highest mountains; deserts will spread; oceans become acidic, leading to the destruction of coral reefs and atolls; and deadly heatwaves will become more prevalent. The impact will be catastrophic, forcing hundreds of millions of people to flee their devastated homelands, particularly in tropical, low-lying areas, while creating waves of immigrants whose movements will strain the economies of even the most affluent countries. 'The really chilling thing about the IPCC report is that it is the work of several thousand climate experts who have widely differing views about how greenhouse gases will have their effect. Some think they will have a major impact, others a lesser role. Each paragraph of this report was therefore argued over and scrutinised intensely. Only points that were considered indisputable survived this process. This is a very conservative document - that's what makes it so scary,' said one senior UK climate expert. (...) And in a specific rebuff to sceptics who still argue natural variation in the Sun's output is the real cause of climate change, the panel says mankind's industrial emissions have had five times more effect on the climate than any fluctuations in solar radiation. We are the masters of our own destruction, in short. CLIP

World Faces Megafire Threat
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/011907EA.shtml
They burn like fire hurricanes on fronts stretching sometimes thousands of kilometres and with a ferocity that explodes trees and makes them impossible to extinguish short of rain or divine intervention. Bushfires like those that had raged through Australia's southeast for two months and struck Europe, Canada and the western US in 2003 were a new type of "megafire" not seen until recently, a top Australian fire expert said today. "They basically burn until there is a substantial break in the weather, or they hit a coastline," Kevin O'Loughlin, chief executive of Australia's government-backed Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre, said. "These fires can't be controlled by any suppression resources that we have available anywhere in the world." Wildfires have struck five of Australia's six states since November, blackening more than 1.2 million hectares of bushland, killing two people and gutting dozens of homes. An army of 15,000 volunteers is being assisted by firefighters from Canada and New Zealand, with more teams from the US expected to arrive next week. Mr O'Loughlin said international experience pointed to megafires becoming usual in many parts of the world, driven in part by global warming and by laws protecting national parks, which provided a source of fuel to megafire fronts. Huge fires devastated large parts of Portugal, Spain and France in 2003, and also struck Canada and the US as well as Australia, which is the world's most fire-prone country. "Even in the US, which has quite substantial suppression resources - helicopters, the army, fleets of planes - they still cannot control them," Mr O'Loughlin said. Megafires are created when separate fires link and create one "super-front". Some of Australia's fires this summer have borders stretching thousands of kilometres, although authorities have been fortunate in that most have been in remote mountain ranges. The fires are so fierce they create their own weather and winds, sucking in air from all directions. "Once you get to a certain size the fire takes on a life of its own and, for example in Canberra in 2003, you got fire tornadoes," Mr O'Loughlin said, referring to blazes which swallowed entire suburbs in Australia's capital four years ago. CLIP

Meteorologists Disagree on Human Role in Warming
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/011907EB.shtml
A leading meteorologist on the Weather Channel in the United States has caused a squall in the industry by arguing that any weather forecaster who dares publicly to question the notion that global warming is a man-made phenomenon should be stripped of professional certification.

Experts: Alps Glaciers Will Melt by 2050
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/012307EA.shtml
Glaciers will all but disappear from the Alps by 2050, scientists warned Monday, basing their bleak outlook on mounting evidence of slow but steady melting of the continental ice sheets.

World Is Running Out of Water, Says UN Adviser
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/012307EC.shtml
The world is running out of water and needs a radical plan to tackle shortages that threaten the ability of humanity to feed itself, according to Jeffrey Sachs, director of the UN's Millennium Project.

Waterbirds Pay Price of Global Warming
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/012307ED.shtml
Nearly half the world's waterbird species are in decline, mostly due to rapid economic development and the effects of climate change, according to a global survey released today.

Japan Meeting Seeks to Save Tuna From Extinction
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/012407EB.shtml
Illegal fishing has depleted global stocks of tuna, and governments need to take bold action to save some critically endangered species, the WWF conservation group said. Japan's insatiable appetite for tuna has been a key factor behind the threat to stocks, and now increasing demand from other countries is adding to the pressure.

The EPA Closes Its Libraries, Destroys Documents
http://ucsaction.org/campaign/1_17_07epalibraryclosures
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun closing its nationwide network of scientific libraries, effectively preventing EPA scientists and the public from accessing vast amounts of data and information on issues from toxicology to pollution.

The Death of Abbe Pierre
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012407G.shtml
Abbe Pierre, a wildly popular French Catholic priest who was a member of the Resistance and fought his whole life for social justice, died at age 94 yesterday. Jean-Marcel Bouguereau reflects on the message of his life.

Montréal downtown transportation management center - INNOVATIVE CONCEPTS AND SOLUTIONS - An example that should be emulated around the world!
http://www.voyagezfute.ca/infobulletin.asp?lng=1
Voyagez Futé Montréal is the downtown transportation management center, a one-stop service for companies wishing to improve their employees' transportation habits. Voyagez Futé Montréal offers information and support to develop and sustain alternate means of transportation such as carpooling programs, Self-Serve Bike programs, and much much more!

Communauto - the care-free automobile
http://www.communauto.com/index_ENG.html
Communauto's vehicles are for the exclusive use of its members. By becoming a member of Communauto, you gain access to a fleet of vehicles which may be rented by the hour -even by the half-hour- by the day or for longer periods, as needed. Just call to reserve a car. Vehicles are conveniently located near members, right in their neighborhoods, and are available without delay, day or night. Note from Jean: This innovative cost-cutting service is available in 4 major cities in Quebec and should also be emulated worldwide...

Dr. Carlo reviews the Danish cohort study. (December 13, 2006)
http://www.safewireless.org/Portals/2/Documents/danishrev.pdf
After a number of prominent, peer-reviewed studies indicating that cell phone radiation can cause genetic damage, brain and blood cell dysfunction and a host of health problems including cancer, now comes a Danish study that appears to say there is no danger at all.And, that is exactly what cell phone users want to hear – if it is true. The problem is that the new Danish cohort study does not support the reassurances that have been ascribed to it. It is a ruse based upon a program initiated by the telecommunications industry more than a decade ago to control the global scientific research agenda concerning cell phones and health effects. The industry strategy has been to fund low-risk studies that will assure a positive result – and then use it to convince the news media and the public that it is proof that cell phones are safe. Even though the actual science proved nothing of the sort.It is against this backdrop that the Danish study provides an illustrative case history. CLIP

Health risks of Wi-Fi and WLAN on our health - LOTS of resources on this critical issue!
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1122031/

Omega-News Collection 20. January 2007
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3210028/




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Note from Jean: I happen to think Lea raises some very valid concerns below which are worth considering and keeping in mind. Learning and practicing true discernment is something we all need to do. We should always be attentive to how we really feel deep within whenever we read so-called channeled material, to sense if it does resonate with what our soul knows is genuinely real. To me, a reliable sign that something is indeed true is when I feel sudden body-wide tinglings and a positive sense of inner resonance with the tone and substance of the material or information I'm reviewing. If it remains flat on my "inner veracity scale", I've learned to heed that soul assessment and consequently move my attention elsewhere. Ego flattery in channelings is also for me a red flag, unless it is positive encouragements and stimulation to keep forging ahead. But contrary to Lea, who displays a hint of doubts at the end of her letter as to whether things will indeed turn out to be positive on Earth in the end, I prefer to believe in the power of Light and Love in all of us to achieve seemingly unattainable "miracles" and turn around what may sometime seems so despairingly discouraging into wonderful accomplishments for the highest good of all. If I did not sincerely believe in that, I would not be doing what I do, and be who I am. And I suspect most of you would not stick around on this list... P.S. As for the "electronic harassment" mentioned in the quoted article below, this is a whole different issue that is not directly related to what Lea writes about, but it makes for an interesting read on a rather weird topic.

From: Lea Rothrock lrothrock@yahoo.com">
Date: 24 Jan 2007
Subject: Is channeling really what we think it is?

Dear Jean,

You may have mixed feelings about posting this letter, but I hope you do. I've avoided writing it for many months, because I told myself that at the very least people were getting reasons to stay positive and be hopeful. But it wouldn't let me go. Then, after I'd mostly finished, I "coincidentally" received an article from a friend that I thought was quite relevant. Quoted below:

MIND GAMES (January 14, 2007)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/10/AR2007011001399_pf.html
New on the Internet: a community of people who believe the government is beaming voices into their minds. They may be crazy, but the Pentagon has pursued a weapon that can do just that. (...) Until recently, people who believe the government is beaming voices into their heads would have added social isolation to their catalogue of woes. But now, many have discovered hundreds, possibly thousands, of others just like them all over the world. Web sites dedicated to electronic harassment and gang stalking have popped up in India, China, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Russia and elsewhere. Victims have begun to host support meetings in major cities, including Washington. (CLIP)

Despite the typical mainstream media tactic of eventually discrediting the subject, I felt this information added another dimension to my concerns, which before included only the disembodied. At any rate, I send this to you with a sincere and earnest heart, and leave it in your hands.

Lea Rothrock

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Dear Fellow Travelers,

I love the spirit I find here. It pours out of letter after letter, and illuminates Jean's tireless efforts to keep us informed and connected. (Thank you, Jean.) I think this network is ultimately about hope, and is a bright stubborn flame in the face of the grim, the horrific, and the unbelievable in our current crazy world.

I'm writing this letter because I'm concerned about a trend that many of us have gotten caught up in - channeling. It seems so benign, and really quite beautiful and helpful, why would I object to it? Because I think it opens a dangerous door, and please let me tell you why.

The happy news we've been told is that we're preparing for a Golden Age. That's not too hard to believe, especially since Christianity has been telling us that for a couple of thousand years. Peace will reign, the Earth will be healed, and humankind will live harmoniously in the ways of the Spirit. Sounds great, we're ready. Yet, when I look around me, I don't see that humankind is really ready at all. Most of us are still struggling with the basics, like kindness, honesty, perseverance and selflessness. We don't stand a chance of sustaining a better world until we master ourselves.

Of course, there's the dimensional shift. Those of us who are advanced enough will be able to stay with the planet, and all the others will have to go start over somewhere else. That's sort of a reverse Rapture, in which the Christians think the deserving will be taken up to heaven with Jesus, and the rest of everybody will have to stay down here to face torment at the hands of Satan. Except, I don't believe in the Rapture. That and the dimensional shift idea both have an exclusivistic, I'm-right-you're-wrong quality that I don't see anywhere in nature but in humans.

Hm. Now let's take a look at the unhappy news. Remember NESARA? National Economic Security and Reformation Act. Channeled information said it was supposedly passed in secret, before Bush came into office, and would be revealed when.... Many of us here in the US supported it, we believed in it - but if you think hard about it, it really isn't very believable. The chances that a Republican-majority Congress would pass anything even remotely like it are virtually zero. Truly.

We've also been told that our "negative mindsets" create our negative situations, the message being that if we could just be positive enough, we could live happy, healthy, perfect lives. But what about the innocent children who suffer starvation or sickness, or who are sexually and/or physically abused, even by their parents? It certainly wasn't their "negative mindsets" that created those situations, so there must be a different explanation.

I won't go into the countless promises of mass first contact, or indictments of high criminals that haven't really materialized. I will say that if St. Germain ever set up a trust, it's not likely that the Illuminati bankers wouldn't have looted it. All that aside, we're told that White Knights are in place to do their parts, and we, the amazing courageous Lightworkers, need to be ready to guide our brothers and sisters through the turmoil when the depth of the darkness is finally brought to the light.

First, you can't trust a flatterer. All that business about how incredible, and special and amazing - and Right - we are is flattery. Second, you don't get something for nothing. A better world isn't going to be handed to us just because we're fed up with the old one. Third, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. These old sayings may sound too earth-bound to apply to our cosmic sensibilities, but let's not forget that we are actually still on the Earth. The 3D rules apply. They are the Natural Laws, and it does not do well to try to forget them.

We know that spiritual progress must be earned. When we can walk the talk, and make the right choices in the worst situations, then we can move to the next level. The Earth is our school. It provides us with the worst situations, and has for countless thousands or millions of years. Hopefully, overall we're making some progress, though when I look around me I can't be sure.

Still, we have to respect the process. Why, then, would we want to turn our school into a playground? What if our thoughts and fervent prayers do have an effect on the nature of our school? Who would that really benefit? I'm reminded of the island in Pinocchio where the boys were promised all the fun they wanted, only to find themselves donkey slaves in the end. As lofty as our ideas of a just and equitable world are, is what we're pushing for really spiritually the best thing, or just what we want?

Encouraging the pleasure principle is one reason I think channeling is dangerous. Another is that, as uplifting and inspiring as it can be, the truth is we don't know who's on the other end of the line. Deception can be just as sophisticated as it needs to be, from telling us what we want to hear, to hiding a small lie inside some big truths, even to urging us to be discerning about channeling. Proof of identity is dubious, too, because according to many who have had near-death experiences, knowledge is freely available outside of body.

Then the proof is in the pudding, as they say. False hope (NESARA, etc.) isn't still hope. It's a gateway to misdirection. It's an opportunity for entrapment. Channeling could easily be like inviting the vampire into the house. That's why I'm concerned. I see all these beautiful spirits who want so badly for the world to be a better place that they become susceptible to exactly the kind of con that channeling would permit.

What if the world doesn't become a haven of peace and sustainability in the next five, ten, or even fifty or a hundred years? Or ever? What if we go to school here over lifetimes, and when we're ready to graduate, we stop coming back? Instead of wishing away the hardships that teach us so much, we can prove our mettle by how we treat each other in our suffering, and the steps we take to build a better way.

I bring to your attention a different kind of hope. A hope grounded in the premise that things really do happen for a reason. A hope that believes we had the good sense to plan what is right for us before we came down here, while we still had knowledge and perspective. I offer hope in our outcomes, after painful growth, hard choices, and debts paid.

And hope that when we get back up there, we can high-five and say "Man! I'm glad I don't have to do that again!"

See you at graduation,

Lea



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THIS LOOKS LIKE IT IS GOING TO BE A REALLY MASSIVE PEACE MARCH AND IS A HISTORIC EVENT IN THE MAKING!

From: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012007Y.shtml

Protesters Will Urge Congress to Stand Up to Bush

t r u t h o u t | Press Release , from: United For Peace and Justice (UFPJ) 

January 20, 2007

Peace march expected to be among largest since war began.

New York, New York - Americans angered by Bush's plans to escalate the Iraq war will flood the streets of Washington on Saturday, January 27, in a massive national peace march organized by United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ). Marchers will call on Congress to listen to the voters, not Bush, by using its power to end Bush's war and bring the troops home. The last three national marches organized by UFPJ each attracted between 300,000 and 500,000 people.

MoveOn.org has called upon its 3.2 million members to join UFPJ, describing the march as potentially a "turning point for the war" comparable to how "Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington in 1963 was a turning point in the fight for equality and civil rights." The National Organization for Women (NOW) is mobilizing its chapters to participate. Local anti-war groups in cities and towns across the nation are mobilizing.

On Monday, United for Peace and Justice's web site received more than 700,000 hits. District Council 37 in NYC, AFSCME's largest district council, and New York's United Federation of Teachers, the largest teachers union local in the country, are sending busloads of their members to Washington. Car caravans and peace trains are heading to Washington, DC, from all over the East Coast, Midwest and Southeast. Buses and vans are coming from more than 30 states and 111 cities, including from as far away as Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

Judith LeBlanc, UFPJ Co-Chairperson, said, "Bush's announcement of plans to escalate the war has backfired. Every day people call or send email to say they will be marching in Washington with United for Peace and Justice on January 27th to call for an end to this war. They are demanding that Congress stand up to Bush. There is no doubt: This is the right action at the right time."

Among those slated to speak at the pre-march rally are Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson, who last year led an anti-war march of thousands, the largest protest in Salt Lake City history; Reverend Jesse Jackson Jr.; Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio); Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.); Bob Watada, father of Lt. Watada, the first military officer to refuse deployment to Iraq and currently facing court-martial; and active-duty service people.

On Monday, January 29th, UFPJ is sponsoring a Grassroots Lobby Day, in which hundreds will press the case for withdrawal from Iraq directly with their Congressional representatives and senators. The weekend's activities will include a Saturday morning interfaith peace service and organizing workshops on Sunday.

On Thursday, January 11, United for Peace and Justice member groups and allies staged more than 1,000 local protests of Bush's escalation of the Iraq war. UFPJ's March on Washington is the next step in the anti-war movement's national surge of opposition to Bush's escalation of the war.

Much more on this through http://www.unitedforpeace.org/

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RELATED EMAIL:

Date: 23 Jan 2007
From: "Ricken Patel - CeasefireCampaign.org" team@ceasefirecampaign.org">
Subject: Join Saturday's Global Peace March...Without Leaving Your House

This Saturday, hundreds of thousands of Americans will march on WashingtonDC to demand peace and justice in Iraq and the Middle East. We can be there too, raising a global voice of solidarity -- through our own worldwide virtual march. Time is short, so add your voice and join the march today!

http://www.avaaz.org/en/global_peace_march/act.php

Avaaz supporters in Washington have offered to carry real banners and placards at the US demonstration - showing how many internet marchers from all round the world are joining in. We will carry the flag of each country that generates more than 500 internet marchers, so tell your friends!

With American opposition to this war mounting, 45,000 of us from over 100 countries have already joined the call to oppose Bush's military escalation and demand a real plan to end this war.

Can we get 75,000 - even 100,000 people from round the world to join the march before Saturday? Click here to join the march:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/global_peace_march/act.php

This could signal the rebirth of the US peace movement. We need to show them the world is on their side. Let's bring our call for peace to the streets of power in Washington. Join the global peace march and tell your friends today!

With hope,

Ricken, Paul, Tom, Rachel, Galit, Lee-Sean and the rest of the Ceasefire
Campaign (now Avaaz.org! ) Team

Check also http://www.avaaz.org/en/global_peace_march/now.php

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Related article:

Five Reasons Why I'll March on January 27
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012307D.shtml
Saif Rahman writes: "Even if you, like most Americans, oppose this war, why march? Why protest? Why hold up signs in the middle of winter and walk around in a big circle? And how is that going to end the war? For me, a protest is not only one of the various means that activists can use to achieve a political end. It's also is something deeply and sincerely personal."

ACLU Report Shows Widespread Pentagon Surveillance of Peace Activists
http://www.aclu.org/safefree/spyfiles/28024prs20070117.html
The American Civil Liberties Union today released a new report revealing that the Pentagon monitored at least 186 anti-military protests in the United States and collected more than 2,800 reports involving Americans in an anti-terrorist threat database.




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From: http://kucinich.us/node/2256

Kucinich: State of the Union is war and neglect

2007-01-24

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman and Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich called President Bush's State of the Union address a series of unfulfilled promises.

"President Bush is using a broad brush to colorfully portray the State of this Union as bright and optimistic while thousands of our service men and women are dying in the President's misadventure in Iraq. The true state of this union is war and the neglect of an urban agenda," Kucinich said.

"The truth is the President's domestic agenda is being swept aside as the Administration focuses solely on escalating the war. We must focus on America's most basic needs: decent housing, healthcare for all, quality education, securing good paying jobs and providing retirement security," said Kucinich. "Our whole domestic agenda is being sacrificed to pay for this war."
Iraq

"The President knows his Iraq plan is failing. The American people, Democrats and even Republicans know the President's plan to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq is the wrong direction. The President refuses to admit that he has failed in Iraq.

"The President is giving us more war, while we need a new direction-and that direction is out of Iraq. It's time to end the occupation, to withdraw our troops, to close the bases and work with the international community on an international peace plan. I have introduced a 12-point plan to the Congress to close military bases and bring our troops home.

"President Bush is continuing down the road toward a failed policy in Iraq. It is imperative that Congress step up to its constitutional responsibility to restrain this abuse of executive authority by notifying the President that we will no longer agree to fund the war in Iraq. Members simply cannot say they oppose the war and vote to continue to fund it.

"The supplemental budget request of up to $100 billion, which is due to be voted on this spring, would enable the President to continue the war against Iraq through the end of his term. It would also give him the resources to attack Iran, in the name of defending Iraq and the region.

"Congress needs to challenge the position of the President and take the necessary steps to bring our troops home. We need to begin talks with Iran and Syria -- and not blame them for our misguided war in Iraq.
Diplomacy is the only way to avoid a widening war. If we follow the President's path of war, we will get more war.

Health Care

"The President is off the mark with his health care reform plan, proposing a new tax deduction for purchasing health insurance. The President should not be looking to the tax code to fix the lack of affordable health care. Both employers and labor unions oppose the President's health care plan.

"This proposal would impose a new tax on the middle class and turn the employment-based health insurance system into chaos. It will not help the uninsured buy health insurance: the people who don't buy health insurance usually cannot afford to do so and they therefore won't benefit from a deduction.

"This week, along with Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), I plan to introduce a real plan for health care for all Americans. This bill was envisioned by America's doctors and nurses on the front lines of our nation's health care crisis-not by business interests or politicians. My proposal will provide health care coverage for every American. It would provide coverage for all medically necessary procedures including dental care, mental health care, long-term care and prescription drug coverage. There would be no co-pays, no premiums and no deductibles.

Energy

"While the President's belated acknowledgement of the need for action on global warming is welcome, his proposals fall far short of what is needed. The best science tells us that we need to reduce global warming pollution by 80% by 2050. The President's proposal merely changes the way we calculate the efficiency of cars and to make gas burn slightly cleaner. Addressing global warming will take more than token subsidies and spin.

"Like most environmental problems, the effects of global warming will be disproportionately felt by those least responsible for the problem: the poor and future generations. We have an obligation to take the lead, consistent with our disproportionate contribution. With only 5% of the world's population we produce 20% of the emissions.

"We can increase CAFE standards from 24 miles per gallon to 40 miles per gallon for starters. We can derive our ethanol from renewable resources, not those that exacerbate world hunger by driving up food prices and exact environmental damage of their own. We can reduce our dependence on hydrocarbon fuels, unsafe nuclear power, and our dependence on foreign energy sources.

"The best path forward is a combination of multiple renewable energy technologies that when combined holistically can achieve these goals.

Economy

"President Bush's claims that his tax cuts have fueled robust economic growth and record revenues, is wrong. The U.S. has not had strong growth since this President took office. Continuing with Bush's economic policies would do little to stimulate growth and would weaken the country's financial resources.

"In 2005, 37 million people were living in poverty, making the official poverty rate 12.6%. The unemployment rate in December 2006 was 4.5%.

"The President's tax cuts are the leading contributor to federal budget deficits. The Congressional Budget Office reports that tax cuts enacted from 2001 to 2006 were responsible for 51% of the deterioration in the budget. Obviously, economic growth was insufficient to make up for reduced tax levels.

"The President turned a budget surplus into budget deficits. He has never proposed a balanced budget since it went into deficit, never vetoed a spending bill when Republicans controlled Congress and offered little sustained objection to earmarks until the issue gained political traction last year.

Education

"America's students represent the future of our nation, and it is vitally important that all children have full and equal access to a quality public education. As a member of the Committee on Education and Labor, I am dedicated to ensuring that schools have the resources and flexibility needed to teach every child.

"The President's call for the extension of his No Child Left Behind education program, with modifications to make it more flexible is more empty rhetoric with no fulfilled promises.

"Our schools must be fully funded and given chances to improve where they might fall short, as identified by new testing mandates. Local schools have continuously had to make up for a shortfall left by the No Child Left Behind and also live up to new mandated contained in NCLB."




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From: http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/95/2/

Off the Rails: Big Oil, Big Brother Win Big in the State of the Union

24 January 2007

By Greg Palast

01/24/07 "ICHBlog" -- There was that tongue again. When the President lies he’s got this weird nervous tick: He sticks the tip of his tongue out between his lips. Like a little boy who knows he’s fibbing. Like a snake licking a rat. In his State of the Union tonight the President did his tongue thing 124 times — my kids kept count. But it wasn’t all rat-licking lies.

Most pundits concentrated on Iraq and wacky health insurance stuff. But that’s just bubbles and blather. The real agenda is in the small stuff. The little razors in the policy apple, the nasty little pieces of policy shrapnel that whiz by between the appearances of the Presidential tongue.

First, there was the announcement the regime will, “give employers the tools to verify the legal status of their workers.” In case you missed that one, the President is talking about creating a federal citizen profile database.

There’s a problem with that idea. It’s against the law. The law in question is the United States Constitution. The Founding Fathers thought the government had no right to keep track on a citizen unless there is evidence they have committed, or planned to commit, a crime.

But the Founding Fathers didn’t imagine there were millions and billions of dollars to be made by private contractors ready to perform this KGB operation for the Department of Homeland Security, tracking each and every one of us to keep tabs on our “status.”

These work databases will tie into “voter verification” databases required by the Help America Vote Act. And these will tie to the databases on citizenship and so on.

Will Big Brother abuse these snoop lists? The biggest purveyor of such hit lists is Choice Point, Inc. – those characters who, before the 2000 election, helped Jeb Bush purge innocent voters as “felons” from Florida voter rolls. Will they abuse the new super-lists? Does Dick Cheney shoot in the woods?

There were several other little IEDs (improvised execrable policy devices) planted in the State of the Union. Did you catch the one about doubling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve? If you’re unfamiliar with the SPR, it is supposed to be the stash of oil we keep in case the price of crude gets too high.

Well, the price of oil has been horribly high but Dick Cheney, the official who sits on the Reserve’s spigots, has refused to release the oil into the market.

Instead of unleashing the Reserve and busting Big Oil’s price gouging Bush will double the Reserve, which will require buying three-quarters of a billion barrels of oil. This is a nice $40 billion pay-out to Big Oil from the US Treasury. Compare this to the President’s health insurance plan which will be “revenue neutral” — that is, have a net investment of zero.

But the $40 billion in loot the oilmen will get from us taxpayers for doubling the Reserve is nothing compared to the boost in the worldwide price of crude caused by this massive, mad purchase. While the Congressional audience didn’t even bother polite applause for the reserve purchase plan, there’s no doubt they were whooping it up in Saudi Arabia. Clearly, the state of the Saudi-Bush union is still pretty good.

But why end on a cynical note? I must admit I was moved by the President’s praise of Wesley Autrey, a New Yorker who, last month, threw himself on top of a man who had fallen on subway tracks — and held him between the track rails as the train passed over them.

While the President properly acknowledged Autrey’s courage in saving the man who fell on the subway tracks, Mr. Bush still did not explain why Dick Cheney pushed the man in the first place.

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Some of the comments to this article:

The SPR wass last tapped after Katrina and Rita knocked out Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production, with about 300K bbls disrtibuted, but as of yet not replaced. So adding another 1Bbbls would mean 1.3Bbbls needs to be purchased to fill the new and old SPRs. Further, about 70% of the crude in the SPR is what's known as heavy, for which there's little refining capacity in the US. This info and much more can be found at http://www.mms.gov/ while additional discussion can be found at http://www.theoildrum.com

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Palast's excellent article skips another big funding initiative for the military:
Tonight I ask the Congress to authorize an increase in the size of our active Army and Marine Corps by 92,000 in the next 5 years. A second task we can take on together is to design and establish a volunteer Civilian Reserve Corps. Such a corps would function much like our military reserve. It would ease the burden on the Armed Forces by allowing us to hire civilians with critical skills to serve on missions abroad when America needs them.

This "volunteer Civilian Reserve Corps" idea sounds pretty scary too, IMHO. An armed and trained domestic army of wingnuts, eager for "a chance to serve in the defining struggle of our time"? Sounds like the first step towards a Republican militia. And that's ON TOP OF his plans to expand the military and throw more money at Iraq.

Bush is a war president all right. And Bush's USA is a dangerously war-loving nation, with an economy that is dangerously dependent on the war machine, and a foreign policy dangerously dependent on sticks, not carrots.

This man must be removed from office. The USA must plot a new course and show the world a new face.

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Related article:

The Tiniest President
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012407A.shtml
William Rivers Pitt writes: "There was, to be sure, keen public interest directed at Bush's audience for the speech, mostly focused on the woman sitting behind and above him. The mere presence of Nancy Pelosi in that high place, along with the majority crowd of Democrats arrayed across the floor below, at least partially explained the lemon-pucker grimace worn by Vice President Cheney throughout the evening."




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From: http://tinyurl.com/ypzuw6

Also from: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012007A.shtml">ttp://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012007A.shtml

Pentagon Sees US War Cost in Iraq Rising

By Richard Cowan - Reuters

19 January 2007

Washington - The steadily rising Iraq war price tag will reach about $8.4 billion a month this year, Pentagon spokesmen said on Thursday, as heavy replacement costs for lost, destroyed and aging equipment mount.

The Pentagon has been estimating last year's costs for the increasingly unpopular war at about $8 billion a month, having increased from a monthly "burn rate" of around $4.4 billion during the first year of fighting in fiscal 2003.

During testimony at a House Budget Committee hearing, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said that nearly four years into the war, the Pentagon's war costs were rising because it was having to replace big-ticket items such as helicopters, airplanes and armored vehicles that are wearing out or were lost in combat.

"We have a backlog and are seeing an increase," England told the panel.

When factoring in U.S. combat costs in Afghanistan, the Pentagon will spend about $9.7 billion a month during the fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30, according to Pentagon spokesmen.

Early next month, the administration is expected to ask Congress for a further $100 billion in "emergency" war money, on top of the $70 billion already approved for this year. The request comes as President George W. Bush has sketched out an increase of 21,500 U.S. troops in Iraq that could cost about $5.6 billion.

House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt, a South Carolina Democrat, said he hoped Congress could avoid recurring emergency funding bills for the war. "We would like to get a better grasp of the cost of the Iraq war and the global war on terrorism - a way of accounting of costs to date and projecting costs to come."

Since fiscal 2001, Congress has approved $503 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other aspects of the U.S. "global war on terrorism," according to Congressional Budget Office testimony. Of that, $344 billion has gone for military, diplomatic and other security costs in Iraq, the CBO said.

Most of the funds have been provided on an emergency basis, outside regular budget procedures. Critics say that obscures the true cost of the war and results in less congressional oversight.

"Residual Tail"

Democrats won control of Congress in elections last November due largely to the Iraq war's unpopularity. England said the financial burden of the conflict would persist for some time.

He said even after the war ends, and he did not estimate when that would be, there would be two years of a "residual tail" of costs for rebuilding the military.

Democrats and Republicans on the budget panel grilled England on whether the Pentagon was slipping money for expensive, nonemergency projects into the emergency war funds requests.

Specifically, they inquired about reports Bush would ask for money to pay for two "Joint Strike Fighter" airplanes that are several years from being ready for combat, along with money for ballistic missiles and Navy aircraft repairs and procurement that is unrelated to Iraq combat.

England would not comment specifically on the upcoming request for emergency war money. But he said that when equipment was lost in Iraq, it was not replaced with "something old," but with new equipment.

Democrats have promised tougher oversight of defense spending, while challenging Bush's plans to broaden the American war effort in Iraq.

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Related articles:

Pentagon Changes War Funding http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070119/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/iraq_budgeting
(...) With the cost of the wars spiraling, the committee chairman said it is critical to account for them in long-term budget plans if Bush and majority Democrats are going to try to make good on promises to balance the budget. "The costs of our operations in Iraq and the global war on terrorism increased from $96 billion in 2004 to $122 billion in 2006. Reports indicate that 2007 war costs could increase further to as high as $170 billion," said Rep. John Spratt (news, bio, voting record) Jr. D-S.C. "We have to account for the impact of these operations on the budgets bottom line. "The day-to-day cost of Pentagon operations in Iraq and Afghanistan has reached almost $10 billion a month, according to Tina Jonas, the Pentagon's top budget officer. That is up from an average of $8 billion per month for 2006, Jonas told the committee.

Iraq War Not Breaking the Bank (January 23, 2006) http://www.nationalreview.com/nrof_buzzcharts/buzzcharts200601230854.asp
In fact, it’s one of the least expensive conflicts in our nation’s history. Critics of the war in Iraq often complain about the “escalating cost of the war.” Listening to them, you’d never know that the war is one of the least expensive in American history. Robert Whaples, professor of economics at Wake Forest University, has measured the cost of each major American war up through the first Gulf War. We took these costs and compared them to the cost of the Iraq war and found that the Iraq experience has consumed a smaller percentage of GDP (just 2 percent of one year’s wealth creation) than every other American war except the first Gulf War (which measured just 1 percent of GDP). This stands in stark contrast to the Vietnam experience, which opponents have often attempted to liken to the Iraq war. Vietnam comprised a much heartier 12 percent of GDP at thetime. Other conflicts, such as World War II, took a remarkable 130 percent of a year’s GDP to see through to success.The work is not done in Iraq, and the financial costs will grow beyond the $251 billion we have spent so far. The real cost, of course, is in human lives, manifested in the debate about whether it is worth losing a few thousand American lives in order to liberate 23 million people. But the data are clear; any attempt to discredit this war based on its effect on the U.S. economy is an unnecessary distraction.

Bush readies State of the Union speech (Jan 20)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070120/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_state_of_union
WASHINGTON - President Bush's State of the Union address on Tuesday gives him a second chance to defend his new Iraq strategy to a nation soured on the war and a Congress poised to vote against the plan. It will be the president's last major opportunity to shape America's legislative agenda before the fast-moving 2008 presidential campaign begins to drown out his message.Bush is expected to strike a conciliatory tone on some domestic issues where he believes he can work with the first Democratic Congress in 12 years. On Iraq, he is expected to stand firm.The nationally televised speech typically offers great political theater. This year, however, it comes just 13 days after the president's prime-time announcement of his decision to send 21,500 more U.S. troops to Iraq.Since then, Capitol Hill — the forum for the State of the Union address — has grown more hostile.Democratic support is building around a nonbinding resolution opposing Bush's plan for more troops. Some Republicans already critical of the White House's Iraq policy have embraced the idea and others are looking for ways to sign on.Despite the political tensions, House Democrats invited Bush to speak at their annual retreat in Williamsburg, Va., on Feb. 3 and the president accepted."The elephant in the room is Iraq," said Ken Khachigian, a former speechwriter for Presidents Reagan and Nixon who thinks Bush should use forceful, blunt — even combative — rhetoric to rebut Democrats and others who criticize his war strategy. (...) The White House said Bush also will lay out his policy on global warming, but will not propose a mandate to cut greenhouse gases.CLIP

Whither all the war protesters? (Jan 19)
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0119/p01s03-ussc.html
As the Iraq war heads toward 'surge,' the antiwar movement, now mostly online, nears a crucial moment. - On a beach in US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district the other day, about 1,000 war protesters formed up to spell out the word "IMPEACH." The aerial photo quickly spread to China and Europe.Still, there were no political harangues, no civil disobedience. The quiet turnout was mostly "old hippies, and even older hippies," jokes event organizer Brad Newsham. In Boston, a peaceful rally to protest the planned "surge" in US troops drew no more than a few hundred people.Nearly four years into US combat in Iraq, the antiwar movement has yet to generate the kind of mass protest seen during the Vietnam War. There's no shutting down universities or blocking traffic at military bases – no tense face-offs with police.But with the new Congress, the Bush administration's surge strategy (which critics deem an "escalation" of the conflict), and increasingly negative public opinion polls on the war, this may be a critical moment for the antiwar movement.Now, it is organizing and most active in cyberspace. And while that "public space" is not as visible as the town square and university grounds nearly four decades ago, it no doubt feeds the growing public opposition to the Iraq war. (Seventy percent of Americans oppose sending more troops to Iraq, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll last week.)One key reason that opposition to the war has been less overt, organizers recognize, is the lack of a military draft. Also, the scale of the war is different. There were four times as many troops involved and 10 times as many American casualties over a comparable period in Vietnam.Third, only a handful of Americans are directly affected by the war or asked to sacrifice for it. For many, "it feels removed," says Tressa Jones of Needham, Mass., who joined the recent rally in Boston. "It's easy to forget because there hasn't been a draft. It's not wartime in the way we are living.... People aren't collecting scrap metal or growing victory gardens."Yet scholars of recent controversial wars say that though the Iraq War is far different from Vietnam in many ways, opposition, in fact, developed much sooner. (...) On Tuesday, two active duty servicemen – Navy Petty Officer Jonathan Hutto and Marine Corps Sergeant Liam Madden, who served in two tours in Iraq – presented to Congress more than 1,000 signatures from active duty and Reserve troops in support of "the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq." The day before, about a dozen of those troops held a press conference at a Unitarian Church in Norfolk, Va., to voice their opposition to the war.Those are relatively small numbers compared with the 140,000 US troops currently in Iraq. But it's the kind of act that gets public and political notice. And it echoes 1969, when 1,366 active duty troops signed a full-page ad in The New York Times opposing the war in Vietnam.Around the country next week, Veterans for Peace will launch an antiwar effort based on a constitutional argument. Organizers will target Democratic lawmakers – especially those in leadership positions like House Speaker Pelosi."The Constitution is being violated," says Vietnam veteran Lee Thorn of San Francisco, referring to allegations that the US has tortured prisoners as well as what he calls infringements of civil liberties. "It's our duty as those who've taken an oath to defend the Constitution to continue."Later in the week, a large "mobilization" of antiwar groups is planned in Washington.

Pelosi, White House clash on Iraq (January 20, 2007)
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-pelosi20jan20,1,2659669.story?coll=la-headlines-nation
A Bush spokeswoman lashes back after the House speaker suggests the president is moving fast to put more troops in harm's way so Congress won't block funding. - WASHINGTON — With barely a nod to the bipartisan civility they have saluted since the last election, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a White House spokeswoman traded sharp language Friday over President Bush's Iraq policy."He has to answer for his war. He has dug a hole so deep he can't even see the light on this. It's a tragedy. It's a stark blunder," said Pelosi, a Democrat from San Francisco."The president knows that because the troops are in harm's way, that we won't cut off the resources. That's why he's moving so quickly to put them in harm's way," she said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America."Bush has said he will put additional forces in Iraq, an effort largely aimed at stopping the sectarian violence in Baghdad. Some Democrats have said Congress should block Bush's plan by eliminating funding for the troop increase. CLIP

Full Coverage: Iraq
http://news.yahoo.com/fc/world/iraq




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TOTALLY MIND-BOGGLING! MUST BE OPPOSED TOOTH AND NAIL!

Recommended by "Kathleen Roberts" weerkhr@pacbell.net">

From: http://www.infowars.net/articles/january2007/180107Bloggers_Prison.htm

Bloggers Who Criticize Government May Face Prison

Bill would allow rounding up and imprisoning of non-registered political writers

Steve Watson

January 18, 2007

You'd be forgiven for thinking that it was some new restriction on free speech in Communist China. But it isn't. The U.S. Government wants to force bloggers and online grassroots activists to register and regularly report their activities to Congress in the latest astounding attack on the internet and the First Amendment.
Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of GrassrootsFreedom.com, a website dedicated to fighting efforts to silence grassroots movements, states:

"Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill currently before the Senate, would require grassroots causes, even bloggers, who communicate to 500 or more members of the public on policy matters, to register and report quarterly to Congress the same as the big K Street lobbyists. Section 220 would amend existing lobbying reporting law by creating the most expansive intrusion on First Amendment rights ever. For the first time in history, critics of Congress will need to register and report with Congress itself."

In other words Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats may redefine the meaning of lobbying in order that political communications to and even between citizens falls under the same legislation.

Under current law any 'lobbyist" who 'knowingly and willingly fails to file or report." quarterly to the government faces criminal charges including a possible jail term of up to one year.
The amendment is currently on hold.

This latest attack on bloggers comes hot on the heels of Republican Senator John McCain's proposal to introduce legislation that would fine blogs up to $300,000 for offensive statements, photos and videos posted by visitors on comment boards.

McCain's proposal is presented under the banner of saving children from sexual predators and encourages informants to shop website owners to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who then pass the information on to the relevant police authorities.

Despite a total lack of any evidence that children are being victimized en mass by bloggers or people who leave comments on blog sites, it seems likely that the proposal will become legislation in some form. It is well known that McCain has a distaste for his blogosphere critics, causing a definite conflict of interest where any proposal to restrict blogs on his part is concerned.

In recent months, a chorus of propaganda intended to demonize the Internet and further lead it down a path of strict control has spewed forth from numerous establishment organs:

During an appearance with his wife Barbara on Fox News last November, George Bush senior slammed Internet bloggers for creating an "adversarial and ugly climate."

- The White House's own recently de-classified strategy for "winning the war on terror" targets Internet conspiracy theories as a recruiting ground for terrorists and threatens to "diminish" their influence.

- The Pentagon recently announced its effort to infiltrate the Internet and propagandize for the war on terror.
- In a speech last month, Homeland Security director Michael Chertoff identified the web as a "terror training camp," through which "disaffected people living in the United States" are developing "radical ideologies and potentially violent skills." Chertoff pledged to dispatch Homeland Security agents to local police departments in order to aid in the apprehension of domestic terrorists who use the Internet as a political tool.
- A landmark legal case on behalf of the Recording Industry Association of America and other global trade organizations seeks to criminalize all Internet file sharing of any kind as copyright infringement, effectively shutting down the world wide web - and their argument is supported by the U.S. government.

- A landmark legal ruling in Sydney goes further than ever before in setting the trap door for the destruction of the Internet as we know it and the end of alternative news websites and blogs by creating the precedent that simply linking to other websites is breach of copyright and piracy.

- The European Union, led by former Stalinist and potential future British Prime Minister John Reid, has also vowed to shut down "terrorists" who use the Internet to spread propaganda.

- The EU also recently proposed legislation that would prevent users from uploading any form of video without a license.

- We have also previously exposed how moves are afoot to clamp down on internet neutrality and even to designate a highly restricted new form of the internet known as Internet 2.

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AN EXCELLENT RECAPITULATION OF MANY INFO ALREADY NETWORKED BUT WITH SOME VERY DISTURBING CLAIMS FROM UNIDENTIFIED SOURCES. TO ME PARTS OF THIS IS SPECULATIVE BUT THE SCENARIOS DESCRIBED ARE WITHIN THE RANGE OF POSSIBILITIES. A LONG READ BUT MOST INFORMATIVE.

From: "Will" rwt@telus.net">
Subject: ISRAELI NUCLEAR STRIKE ON IRAN TURNED BACK by William Thomas
Date: 18 Jan 2007

From: http://www.willthomas.net/Convergence/Weekly/Israeli_Nuclear_Strike_On_Iran.htm

ISRAELI NUCLEAR STRIKE ON IRAN TURNED BACK

By William Thomas - http://www.willthomas.net exclusive


A recent strike by nuclear-armed Israeli Air Force fighter-bombers bound for targets in Iran was turned back after being intercepted by U.S. fighters over Iraq, this reporter has learned.

Two sources have independently confirmed the encounter, which took place on January 7, 2007. Though the first informant offered few details beyond an initial tip, a second source long-known by this reporter to have well-placed U.S. and "non-U.S." military and government contacts provided specific information regarding the raid, which was aimed at the radical religious ayatollahs holding ultimate power in Iran.

Israeli nuclear strikes are not unprecedented. Soon after Desert Storm, U.S. Navy pilots told this reporter in Kuwait how in late 1990 Israel made good on its pledge to respond in kind to WMD attacks by launching nuclear-armed aircraft against Baghdad following a lethal assault on Tel Aviv by Scud missiles tipped with chemical warheads. That air strike was called off when the Americans refused to provide the vital IFF codes needed to fly through U.S.-controlled airspace.

When questioned concerning the "Identification Friend or Foe" transponder codes needed to overfly Iraq today, this source said that allied Israeli aircraft are routinely provided "squawk codes" when flying missions aimed at acquiring the characteristics of air defence radars triggered by their approach to Syrian, Jordanian, Iranian and U.S.-controlled Iraqi airspace.

This source added that visiting IAF warplanes are routinely "topped off" by American aerial refueling tankers, but only on condition that the Israeli jets fly a "racetrack" holding pattern-and do not continue "downtown" toward Iran.

The designated turn back point is the "160 station"-a clearly charted tapline road located 160 kilometers from Baghdad. Any aircraft proceeding beyond this point must declare its intentions. Otherwise, a USAF F-15 will take position off its wingtip. After waggling its own wings to attract attention, if the interloper fails to turn back, the American Eagle "drops behind and gets tone" by locking a Sidewinder anti-aircraft missile onto the offending plane.

According to this very reliable source, on two previous occasions Israeli fighter-bombers armed with nuclear bombs have headed "downtown" before being turned back over Iraq.

The January 7th mission, which trespassed beyond 160 station before being recalled by Israeli authorities, comprised three IAF F-16s. Each carried conventional munitions-as well as a single 20-kiloton nuclear bomb.

The atomic detonation that razed the city of Hiroshima and killed 140,000 people outright was a 13-kiloton blast. [Agence France-Presse Aug 6/05]


DEADLY DEFENCES
This report of an attempted nuclear strike contradicts military analysts who have long maintained that Israel would deploy as many as 25 I-model F-15 fighter-bombers from the 69th Squadron based at Hatzerim Air Base in the northern Negev, about 50 miles south of Tel Aviv. Any Israeli Air Force attack, it is believed, must first suppress Iranian air defenses, while ensuring that enough conventionally-armed F-15s get through to set back that country's widely dispersed nuclear program for many years.

The latest model F-15 can carry as much ordnance as a neighborhood-flattening World War II B-17 heavy bomber. As the independent think tank Strategic Forecasting points out, the IAF "has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to conduct long-range strikes"-including the 1976 raid on Entebbe, 2,600 miles from Israel, and a 1985 attack on the PLO headquarters in Tunis, 1,500 miles away. [www.stratfor.com]

But Iran's air defenses are far more formidable than any the Israeli Air Force has yet faced. Manufactured at the KBM factory near Moscow, Russian-supplied SA-18 Igla-S mobile missile batteries are said to be highly effective against low-flying jets. According to Russian intelligence sources known as DEBKA, the Igla's mobility "makes them difficult to target and limits the maneuverability of Israeli planes."

DEBKA has also revealed that Russian advisers from the Raduga OKB engineering group based in Dubna near Moscow have completed installing two advanced radar systems around the Bushehr nuclear reactor on the Persian Gulf. Codenamed "Tin Shield", the mobile 36D6 systems are modified to protect Iran's Russian-supplied nuclear facilities from American or Israeli aircraft, stand-off missiles, and cruise missile attacks. On January 12, 2006, Tin Shields also went operational around the uranium enrichment plants at Isfahan in central Iran.

Other air defenses supplied by Moscow to Syria-and most likely Iran-include advanced mobile SS-26 Iskander-E surface to surface missiles carrying a 1,000-pound multiple warhead capable of dodging air defense radars and electronic jamming, as well as surface-to-air SA-10 "Grumble" missiles capable of engaging several targets simultaneously at various altitudes, and SA-18 "Grouse" shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles fitted with a 4.5-pound high-explosive warhead. The SA-18 has a maximum range of 5.2 kilometers and a maximum altitude of 3.5 kilometers.

Another major worry for Israeli pilots is Iran's first satellite. Carried into orbit by a Russian booster in October 2005, the Sinah-1 can provide a "look down" capability to spot low-flying aircraft long before they intrude Iranian airspace.

"The Iranians' space programme is a matter of deep concern to us," said an Israeli defence source at the time. "If and when we launch an attack on several Iranian targets, the last thing we need is Iranian early warning received by satellite."

Moscow has also supplied an estimated $1 billion worth of advanced Tor-M1 anti-missile systems capable of destroying guided missiles and laser-guided bombs dropped from high-flying aircraft. "Once the Iranians get the Tor-M1, it will make our life much more difficult," worried an Israeli air force source. "We can't waste time on this one." [www.envirosagainstwar.org; Sunday Times Dec 11/05; WorldNetDaily.com Dec 11/05]


OSIRIK, THE SEQUEL
According to DEBKA, Moscow intends to secure its investment at Bushehr "against the fate of the Saddam Hussein's French-built Tamuz nuclear center, which the Israeli air force bombed out existence 24 years ago."

Fitted with modified drop tanks to extend their range, a trio of smaller, more agile F-16s presents a much more difficult challenge to Iran's defenders than a larger force of twin-engine F-15s. Renowned for their ability to "tweak" American-supplied weapons, the Israelis have, according to my inside source, managed to reduce the F-16's radar profile "to the size of a kid's tricycle."

As he described it, "We fuel 'em up and they go off the reservation, hit afterburners, hit the deck, and vanish..."

Demonstrating his insider knowledge, he further noted that the Israelis have modified the original drop tanks supplied by the Americans to simultaneously feed the F-16's single engine, thereby avoiding the fuel management distractions required to keep the fighter in balance using the one-tank-at-a-time U.S. system.

Also unlike their USAF counterparts, Israeli F-16s can simultaneously jettison their spent underwing fuel tanks without the risk of a tumbling drop tank striking live ordnance suspended under the fighter's wings.


ONE-WAY MISSION
But even fitted with drop-tanks, unless assisted by USAF tankers or allowed to land in Iraq, low-flying F-16's will burn too much fuel to return. Unless they receive a message in flight to turn back, this source said, Israeli pilots "have already been told before they get into the plane they are not coming back." He added that volunteer pilots are prepared to fly their nuclear bombs "into their targets" if necessary.

On January 7, after crossing into Iranian airspace, the three ground-hugging nuclear-armed Israeli F-16s would have turned north. Using conventional munitions, the jets would have attacked the 3rd Tactical Air Base at Hamadan to preclude pursuit by the obsolete Iranian air force F-4s stationed there.

Because the small Israeli strike force was expected to be flying a one-way mission, more modern Iranian F-5s and MiG-29s based at the 2nd Tactical Air Base at Tabriz would not have presented a problem on egress. [www.stratfor.com]

This source further stated that the crowded Iranian capitol and the "huge" Revolutionary Guard training facility at Hamadan are "defined targets." He added that Hamadan is also the Revolutionary Guard's "central depository for WMD."


IRAN'S WMD
Late in 1990, as a Desert Storm gathered on Iraq's western border, a convoy of six blacked out transport trucks departed a heavily guarded al-Jesira factory loading dock just outside Mosul. The vehicles included a 1983 red and white Scania transport van, a 1985 Scania with white cab and red box, an orange 1975 MAC truck, an orange 1986 Scania, a brown and white Volvo truck of unknown vintage, and another Scania transport sporting an orange cab and red box.

Already targeted by allied war planners, the al-Jesira Factory produced the uranium hexaflouride used in the difficult technical task of turning low-grade uranium into highly enriched uranium for weapons purposes.

License plates obscured with mud, and traveling only at night, the trucks drove south to a second loading stop in Baghdad, before turning east into Iran. According to a declassified U.S. military intelligence report, the containers sent to Shiite Teheran by Saddam's dissident Shiite generals were clearly labeled: "Tularemia," "Anthrax," "Botulinum" and "Plague".

Their gift package also included an advanced Hewlett Packard computer, and a Linatron X-ray machine marked "pbg". Both were shipped from Iraq's nuclear weapons facility at Mosul, along with sealed containers of uranium hexafluoride. Details of these WMD transfers were contained in a September 30, 2004 U.S. Department of Defence intelligence report widely distributed among U.S. government and military leaders: Filename:22010744.91r, PATHFINDER RECORD NUMBER: 11224; SUBJ: TRANSFER OF NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL, AND CHEMICAL (NBC) MATERIEL DURING DESERT STORM [original text: www.gulfwarvets.com/gulflink/95071920.txt]


DECAPITATION
Also contradicting military aviation experts and IAF cover stories, this source revealed that the intended targets on July 7th were not aimed at turning Iran's five heavily defended nuclear reactors into as many Chernobyls. Nor could the Israeli attackers expect to hit Iran's hundreds of widely dispersed nuclear research facilities. Instead, the January 7 mission objective was to pre-empt Teheran's ability to attack Israel by eliminating Iran's "Command and Control"-the religious leadership holding the "go codes" required to launch an Iranian attack on Israel.

"This cuts off the head of the snake and makes response impossible," my source said. "Decapitating" the country's top leaders is possible, he went on, because they tend to feel safer by congregating. "Iranians are so untrusting of the communications networks and methodologies most other people use, they don't use the Internet," he asserted. "They use the 'sneaker net' to walk the message over."

According to a London newspaper, a "massive" Israeli intelligence operation has been underway in Iran since that country was designated the "top priority for 2005." [Sunday Times Dec 11/05]

But my source described "years" of insertions of Israeli agents into Iran. Besides locating that country's underground nuclear installations, Israeli "moles" are principally charged with "pinpointing individuals that would have to be taken out," he said. "To assure that the government is nonfunctional, you have to go at least 10 people back" from Iran's top religious and political leaders.

"It's like a fatwa," he continued. Acting as "target designators," Israeli agents equipped with miniaturized homing beacons "stay glued" to Iranian leaders." Because Iran's religious and civil leadership often holds meetings on trains, a single well-timed Israeli strike "can take them all out," he affirmed. "Going downtown, goin' for the black robes, they have on the ground confirmation."

Unlike a conventional high-explosive bomb, detonation of a hydrogen bomb ensures "success" in aborting a perceived Iranian attack by frying all of that country's computers, phones, radio and other electronic equipment in a massive Electromagnetic Pulse. Because Iranian military electronics are not "hardened" against EMP, and because Iranian war-fighting doctrine stipulates that commanders "use everything they have and hold nothing in reserve," this source pointed out that if an Israeli air raid is suspected, "all their stuff will be lit up." As a consequence, after an EMP from an atomic air burst, "Everything on will now be permanently off."

So will everyone caught in the initial blast wave and firestorm extending more than a dozen miles from the mushrooming blast's epicenter, as well as all those caught in the radioactive fallout that follows. Ensuring regional radiation sickness, the sharkay day wind blows from NW to SE over Iran and surrounding countries, before shifting 180 degrees during the nighttime shamal.


CROSSING THE RED LINE
With Iranian missiles able to hit Tel Aviv and the Israeli nuclear plant and atom bomb dump at Dimona, and major powers pledged to Teheran's defense, how Israel and the world expects to escape the moral, military and political consequences of another Hiroshima was not explained.

According to my informant, the three "warning" nuclear strikes launched against Iran and aborted by Israel came in response to threatening military moves that accompanied belligerent public statements by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"When they start to deploy, you decapitate so they can't issue a go order," he said. "What would you do if your country was as small and vulnerable as Florida? If someone keeps saying they are going to punch you in the face, and then they start to get up out of their chair, what are you going to do? When it's the survival of your family, the survival of your [race], there are no rules."


Though this source would not confirm the other two dates, one Israeli nuclear strike might have been launched shortly after December 14, 2005, when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the Holocaust a "myth" and suggested that Israel's Jews be relocated to Europe or Alaska.

Dubbing Ahmadinejad, "Admin-job", this source dismissingly described the Iranian President's role as "tech support" for the radical ayatollahs, whose national constitution calls for unremitting terror attacks against Israel and the United States-despite near unanimous opposition by Iran's predominantly younger demographic.

Because Ahmadinejad "does what the black robes tell him," the Iranian president's pre-approved public utterances are taken seriously by Israelis, who reportedly became alarmed just prior to
January 7 when the Iranian political leader made a short radio statement to his nation saying that a "consolidated" response was required to Bush "and the Zionists". That the Iranian president issued his address over more publicly accessible shortwave radio, instead of making his usual televised announcement was apparently considered especially menacing by Israeli intelligence.

Likening Israel to a tiny white desert scorpion that is "utterly fearless" in its own defense, this source emphasized that its leaders are "more than deadly serious" in defending their UN-imposed homeland. Determining the point where Iran becomes "a mortal threat" to Israel's security by crossing the so-called red line "is a minute by minute decision," he said.

That red line was said to be breached in March 2006, when an Israeli army assessment warned that Iran was capable of enriching enough uranium to start producing nuclear weapons within three years. The previous December, Israeli President Ariel Sharon had declared, "Israel-and not only Israel-cannot accept a nuclear Iran. We have the ability to deal with this, and we're making all the necessary preparations to be ready for such a situation." [www.stratfor.com]

Israel's military intelligence chief Aharon Zeevi Farkash also warned the Knesset, "If by the end of March the internationalcommunity is unable to refer the Iranian issue to the United Nations Security Council, then we can say the international effort has run its course." [www.envirosagainstwar.org; Sunday Times Dec 11/05; WorldNetDaily.com Dec 11/05]

DESPERATION IN THREE ALLIED CAPITALS
Writing for Newsweek and the Associated Press, Mideast journalist Robert Parry observes, "Bush is looking for ways to 'double-down' his gamble in Iraq by joining with Olmert-and possibly outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair-" in a desperate roll of violent dice.

Despite Israeli President Ehud Olmert's misadventure in Lebanon, which has inflamed public sentiments against Israel and vastly strengthened Hammas-as well as Tony Blair's deepening disgrace, and the resounding defeat of Bush's war policies in the November 7, 2006 congressional elections-the three leaders have recently conducted private discussions: Olmert meeting with Bush on November 13, Blair visiting the White House on December 7, and Blair conferring with Olmert in Israel on December 18.

Sources close to Parry say "the three leaders are frantically seeking options for turning around their political fortunes as they face harsh judgments from history for their bloody and risky adventures in the Middle East."

But the veteran correspondent adds, "There is a clock ticking. If the Bush-Blair-Olmert triumvirate has any hope of accomplishing the neoconservative remaking of the Middle East, time is running out. Something dramatic must happen soon."

Parry refers to that "something" as "Armageddon."

"I would expect an attack in the next six months," concurred Larry Johnson, a former deputy director in the State Department's counter-terrorism office, earlier this month. "This is not just planning for possible military contingencies. There is real planning underway for carrying out a military strike against Iran"-a strike the Israeli military has reportedly already attempted three times. [Consortium News Jan 8/07]


SAY WHAT?
Faced with rising clamor for his own ouster among the American populace, and outright refusal by his top generals to carry out a previously ordered ground attack against Iran using B61-11 nuclear bombs, George Bush continues to defy nearly everyone, while claiming to receive his apocalyptic instructions directly from God. [New Yorker, Apr 17/06]

According to DEBKA, after stating in April 2006 that U.S. intelligence does not believe Iran could produce a nuclear weapon within a decade, then Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte "infuriated neoconservative hardliners who wanted a worst-case scenario on Iran's nuclear capabilities, much as they pressed for an alarmist view on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction before the U.S. invasion in 2003."

As DEBKA sees it, "Bush's neocon advisers fear that if Bush doesn't act decisively in his remaining two years in office, his successor may lack the political will to launch a preemptive strike against Iran.

"Attacks on Iran and Syria also would fit with Bush's desire to counter the growing Shiite influence across the Middle East, which was given a boost by Bush's ouster of the Sunni-dominated government of Saddam Hussein in Iraq." [www.debkafile.com Jan 24/05]

The Washington Post agrees, reporting how "Bush began pondering how best to throttle Shiite expansionism" after the neocon fantasy "of a U.S.-orchestrated transformation of the Middle East had turned into a nightmare of rising Shiite radicalism." [Washington Post, July 16/06]

Bush's closest advisers also blame Syria and Iran for supporting Iraq's defenders. "Lacking the military and political capacity to expand the conflict beyond Iraq, the Bush administration turned to Israel and its new Prime Minister Ehud Olmert," DEBKA says.

By summer 2006, Israeli sources were describing Bush's obsessive interest in finding a pretext to take down Syria and Iran. Toward this end, he removed the American Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad when that moderate Muslim objected to Bush's decision to hang Saddam Hussein. (While governor of Texas, Bush set an all-time record for hangings there.)

Parry also notes that on November 8, two days after Donald Rumsfeld's memo urging a "minimalist" U.S. presence in Iraq, and the day after American voters threw the Republican majority out of the House and Senate, Bush fired his Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld "for going wobbly on the war." [Consortium News Jan 8/07]

On January 4, 2007 Bush replaced his two top Middle East commanders after Generals John Abizaid and George Casey opposed his military escalation in Iraq. Alluding to upcoming attacks on Iran and Syria, Bush stated, "I'm not predicting any particular theater, but I am predicting that it's going to take a while for the ideology of liberty to finally triumph." [Consortium News Jan 8/07]

By then, he had already dispatched U.S. marines and two carrier task forces to the coast of Iran.


STRIKING POWER
Working for the Canadian think tank, Global Research, Ottawa-based Middle East analyst Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya has pieced together Bush's personal war fleet.

Now on station in the Persian Gulf, "Expeditionary Strike Group 5" includes more than 2,000 marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Equipped with landing craft and 38 helicopters, the marines are not going to bolster U.S. forces inside Iraq. Instead, they are prepared to "rapidly deploy" on orders received from either of two-men comprising the National Command Authority-the President, or the Secretary of Defense.

The Expeditionary Strike Group's flagship, the marine assault vessel USS Boxer is accompanied by the massive dock landing vessel, USS Dubuque, the troop ship USS Comstock, battle cruiser USS Bunker Hill, guided-missile destroyers USS Benford and USS Howard, and HMCS Ottawa. Though ostensibly joining its American ally to prosecute the "War on Terror," prior to steaming for Iran the Canadian frigate took part in Strike Group 5's anti-submarine drills off Hawaii aimed at countering Iran's diesel-electric submarines.

Leading this attack armada is the nuclear carrier USS Enterprise escorted by the destroyer USS McFaul, the frigate USS Nicholas, the battle cruiser USS Leyte Gulf, the attack submarine USS Alexandria, and the fast combat support ship USNS Supply.

A second powerful Strike Group comprises the similarly escorted nuclear aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower. One of these naval strike groups is steaming in the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea; the second is bottled up in the Persian Gulf.

As Nazemroaya narrates, "The Persian Gulf could be closed off and turned into a shooting gallery" by Iranian forces deploying advanced Chinese and Russian anti-ship missiles, as well as 225 miles-per-hour torpedoes.

In addition, Iran's huge hovercraft fleet is augmented by missile-firing drones and helicopter squadrons, silent submarines, and new "Joshan" PT boats capable of speeds in excess of 45 knots. Equipped with a variety of missiles striking beyond 62 miles, the Joshans' rapid-firing 76-mm shells can shred sea and air targets within 19 kilometers at altitudes up to 23,000 feet.

While such a pornographic catalogue of costly killing machines reads like a Tom Clancy thriller, the results of war in the Persian Gulf will be widespread death and chaos ashore, major casualties for the U.S. and Canadian navies, and worldwide economic and political spasm following the closing of major oil tanker routes through the Strait of Hormuz

Anticipating heavy losses, overall command and control of both Carrier Air Groups has for the first time been transferred onshore. The U.S. Coast Guard vessel USS Midgett has also been dispatched to assist U.S. and Canadian naval vessels wrecked by the Iranian armed forces.

Retired Colonel Gardiner, who once taught military strategy at the U.S. National War College, declares that the U.S. carrier deployments are "very important evidence" of Bush's intentions to wage war against Iran. "It's a very significant order, and it's not done as a training exercise," Gardiner noted. "You cannot issue a PTDO and then stay ready for very long,"

A PTDO requires all crews to be onboard, and all ships and aircraft ready to deploy by a certain date-in this case, October 1, 2006. "I think the plan's been picked: bomb the nuclear sites in Iran," says Gardiner. "It's a terrible idea. It's against U.S. law and it's against international law, but I think they've decided to do it."


ZIONIST ADMIRAL
Toward this end, Bush has appointed Admiral William Fallon as the new head of Central Command (CENTCOM) for the entire Middle East Theater of Operations. The former Navy pilot will oversee two ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as any American involvement following Israel's proxy attacks on Iran.

According to DEBKA, "Though not considered a Middle East expert, Fallon has moved in neoconservative circles. attending a 2001 awards ceremony at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs." JINSA lobbyists dominate U.S. Middle East policy by encouraging the White House to directly link "American defense policy and the security of Israel." [DEBKAfile Jan 24/05]

Award-winning Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk also links "Vice-President Dick Cheney, the arch-hawk in the U.S. administration" to the powerful JINSA. "Richard Perle, chairman of the Pentagon's Defence Policy Board, is still an adviser on the institute, as is the former CIA director James Woolsey," Fisk adds. "Perle advises the Defence Secretary."

As Jeff Halper, an Israeli professor of anthropology and Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions points out, "Israel is a center of neocon ideology and mobilization. Many of the founders of neo-conservatism in the 1970s and most of its prominent advocates today are [Zionists]. This is not an irrelevant fact, nor is it 'anti-Semitic' to say so."

Though opposed by many Jewish people, Zionists believe "every inch of the Holy Land should belong to Israel, and that there should never be a Palestinian state," explains The Guardian's Matthew Engel. [Days of Deception by William Thomas]


GO NAVY
Robert Parry worriedly observes that U.S. naval strike forces currently steaming off Iran offers "perhaps a last chance at achieving the regional transformation that has been at the heart of Bush's strategy of 'democratizing' the Middle East through [more] violence if necessary."

Another source familiar with high-level thinking in Washington and Tel Aviv believes that an unstated reason for Bush's troop surge is to bolster Baghdad's Green Zone in anticipation of a mass uprising among Iraqi Shiites following attacks on Iran by Israeli and American forces. In addition to appointing a known "technocrat" to head CENTCOM, Bush has also replaced America's top spy chief, John Negroponte with retired Vice Admiral John McConnell.

"Navy, Navy, Navy," my source noted. "Do you see a pattern? The Gulf of Tonkin was started by the Navy. Admiral Crowe covered-up the shootdown of the Iranian Airbus" (by USS Vincennes), and the electromagnetic-beaming "poppers" used to interfere with the minds and moods of Iraq's populace and national leadership were "a U.S. Navy invention put in place by the Office of Naval Intelligence."

As for George Bush Senior-the man who gave the world the first Gulf War, more than 740,000 Iraqi deaths, and a thousand burning oil wells-"Navy," he added. Regarding his son, this source pointed out, "He gets rid of everyone who's telling him 'no'. That to me is dangerous because there's no fail-safe."


ISRAEL VS THE UNITED STATES?
Providing a "fail safe" for pressing home the January 7 nuclear strike were three IAF F-16s. "Only one needs to reach the target," this source explained. "Of the other two, one is to take out resistance or hold hostage, the third is backup."

He meant American "resistance".

In order to defend its national interest, if ordered to prosecute their attack on Iran, Israeli warplanes are prepared to take on their American sponsors, my source stated. But instead of dog-fighting over Baghdad, he described how altimeter-armed nuclear bombs set to go off at a specific altitude would prevent American fighters from shooting down the Israeli jets.

"Which way will the surge surge?" I asked.

My source laughed grimly. "We need a surge protector," he declared. On January 7, the Israeli nuclear strike was turned back over al-Samawah, "a hair away from an-Nasiriyah. That was not the first time. It's not going to be the last time. But every time it happens, it goes further and gets closer. There is no way to turn this off. This is not an 'if' - it's a 'when'".

PUTIN RESPONDS
In a move that must have sent chills through wintertime Europe, a pugnacious Putin has reportedly informed EU leaders that he will "pull the plug" on Russian oil and natural gas shipments if Israel attacks Iran.

Heightening tensions, military exercises involving Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan forces were held in late August 2006. At the same time, China and Kazakhstan held joint "anti-terrorism" drills. That same month, war games coordinating Russian, Chinese, CSTO and Iranian forces took place throughout Iran.

In September 2006, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan also held joint "anti-terrorism drills" aimed at blocking U.S. and NATO "interference". During this time, China and Tajikistan also conducted their first joint military exercise.

"Roughly 12,000 mostly American troops in Afghanistan will begin to integrate with NATO in October 2006," Nazemroaya further notes. Following attacks on Iran and Syria, NATO and the U.S. anticipate intervening in Pakistan, where the collapse of General Musharraf's government could place Pakistan's nuclear arsenal in the hands of that country's al-Qaeda and Taliban opposition-and perhaps Osama bin Laden. [Global Research Oct 1/06; Navy Times Sept 12/06; Time; CNN Sept 17/06 Nation Sept 28/06]


RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
Seeking further provocation with Teheran, on January 11, 2007, U.S. forces stormed the Iranian consulate in the northern Iraqi town of Irbil, seizing six staff members, computers and classified papers. Bush presaged the embassy raid by pledging to take a hard line towards Iran and Syria, whom he accused of "destabilizing" a country plunged into anarchy by the American occupation.

The U.S. also accuses Iran of seeking nuclear arms to counter the American and Israeli nuclear arsenals. Denying both charges, Tehran recently warned the U.N. General Assembly that escalating U.S. military involvement in the Middle East "threatens to drag the world into war." [BBC Jan 11/07]


WHAT CAN WE DO?
"These war plans must be taken very seriously," warns Global Research director Michel Chossudovsky. "The world is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The U.S. has embarked on a military adventure, a long war, which threatens the future of humanity. In the weeks ahead, it is essential that citizens' movements around the world act consistently to confront their respective governments and reverse and dismantle this military agenda."

This Canadian analyst further urges, "What is needed is to break the conspiracy of silence, expose the media lies and distortions, and confront the criminal nature of the U.S. Administration and of those governments which support it."

As a Democratic Congress moves to block Bush's latest military escalation, spontaneous street protests calling for his immediate impeachment have broken out in Santa Cruz, California and other U.S. cities. These demonstrations are expected to grow. Calling by cell phone from the raucous streets of Santa Cruz, resident Rich Valles said, "I'm getting the strong feeling that the American people are soon going to be taking this to Washington-where they will be joined by the army."

In the end, it may be even more important to impeach Washington's militaristic mindset than the man it personifies.

William Thomas

http://www.willthomas.net



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From: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20070120&articleId=4525

How Congress Can Stop the Iran Attack or be Complicit in Nuclear War Crimes

by Prof. Jorge Hirsch Global Research, January 20, 2007

President Bush is invoking his "commander in chief" authority to escalate the war in Iraq, and he will likely also invoke it to launch an aerial attack against Iran. Congress has long ago abdicated and delegated to the President its constitutional responsibility to initiate wars. Yet Congress still has one surefire way to influence events: it has the constitutional authority to make the "nuclear option" against Iran illegal. In so doing, it would stop the relentless drive to war against Iran dead in its tracks.

Notwithstanding Joe Biden's threat of a "constitutional confrontation" if Bush attacks Iran without Congressional authorization, the fact is that such an attack would be perfectly legal: the War Powers Act gives the US President legal authority to wage war against any country for 60 days. It would also be legal for Bush to order nuclear strikes against Iran: under NSC-30 of 1948, "the decision as to the employment of atomic weapons in the event of war is to be made by the Chief Executive". Neither Congressional "resolutions" nor votes to withold funding will have any effect on preventing such events.

However, Congress could pass a law making a nuclear attack on a non-nuclear nation in the absence of Congressional authorization illegal. In so doing, Congress would effectively be preventing Bush from launching any attack against Iran without its authorization, thus reclaiming its broader constitutionally assigned duties. Because Bush will not dare putting 150,000 American lives in Iraq at risk of Iranian retaliation without having the nuclear option on the table. By removing the nuclear option from the Bush toolkit, Congress would be forcefully imposing its will and that of the American people on an administration gone mad.

If Congress chooses not to face the fact that US military action against Iran is likely to lead to the first US use of nuclear weapons since Nagasaki, each one of its members will share responsibility for the nefarious chain of events that is likely to follow, and should be preparing to face his/her very own nuclear Nuremberg trial.

Preparations for the Iran attack

The following recent events have led to widespread suspicions that a US/ Israeli attack on Iran is imminent:

* Additional aircraft carriers deployed to the Persian Gulf.
* US Patriot missiles just deployed to the Persian Gulf.
* F16 fighter planes just deployed to the Incirlik base in Turkey.
* Increased number of US nuclear submarines in Persian Gulf.
* Admiral Fallon named Centcom commander.
* Israeli pilots training for Iran bombing mission.
* Increased rethoric and provocations against Iran.

The F-16's can deliver B61-11 nuclear bunker busters, and there may be such bombs at Incirlik.

A conventional aerial attack against Iran will not destroy the underground facilities that Israel and the US have settheir sight on. And it will provoke a violent Iranian response, with missiles targeting US forces in Iraq and Israeli cities. The US administration will argue that these missiles could potentially carry chemical or biological warheads as "justification" for nuclear strikes on Iran, as anticipated in the new US nuclear weapons policies, to achieve "rapid and favorable war termination on US terms".

How Congress can act

CLIP - Read the rest at http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20070120&articleId=452




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THIS HAS BEEN ALL OVER THE NEWS HERE IN CANADA. I BELIEVE THIS IS AN AMAZING BREAKTHROUGH! IT SHOULD BECOME AVAILABLE - AND VERY CHEAPLY! - IN ABOUT A YEAR FROM NOW PROVIDED THE FUNDING FOR CLINICAL TESTS ON PATIENTS WITH CANCER IS FOUND SOON.

Forwarded by Daniel Stafford aqmstaffo@mailbag.com">

From: http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/dn10971-cheap-safe-drug-kills-most-cancers.html

Cheap, safe drug kills most cancers

17 January 2007

Andy Coghlan

What makes cancer cells different - and how to kill them
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Enlarge image - http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/dn10971/dn10971-1_550.jpg

What makes cancer cells different - and how to kill them

It sounds almost too good to be true: a cheap and simple drug that kills almost all cancers by switching off their "immortality". The drug, dichloroacetate (DCA), has already been used for years to treat rare metabolic disorders and so is known to be relatively safe.

It also has no patent, meaning it could be manufactured for a fraction of the cost of newly developed drugs.

Evangelos Michelakis of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and his colleagues tested DCA on human cells cultured outside the body and found that it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells, but not healthy cells. Tumours in rats deliberately infected with human cancer also shrank drastically when they were fed DCA-laced water for several weeks.

DCA attacks a unique feature of cancer cells: the fact that they make their energy throughout the main body of the cell, rather than in distinct organelles called mitochondria. This process, called glycolysis, is inefficient and uses up vast amounts of sugar.

Until now it had been assumed that cancer cells used glycolysis because their mitochondria were irreparably damaged. However, Michelakis's experiments prove this is not the case, because DCA reawakened the mitochondria in cancer cells. The cells then withered and died (Cancer Cell, DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2006.10.020).

Michelakis suggests that the switch to glycolysis as an energy source occurs when cells in the middle of an abnormal but benign lump don't get enough oxygen for their mitochondria to work properly (see diagram). In order to survive, they switch off their mitochondria and start producing energy through glycolysis.

Crucially, though, mitochondria do another job in cells: they activate apoptosis, the process by which abnormal cells self-destruct. When cells switch mitochondria off, they become "immortal", outliving other cells in the tumour and so becoming dominant. Once reawakened by DCA, mitochondria reactivate apoptosis and order the abnormal cells to die.

"The results are intriguing because they point to a critical role that mitochondria play: they impart a unique trait to cancer cells that can be exploited for cancer therapy," says Dario Altieri, director of the University of Massachusetts Cancer Center in Worcester.

The phenomenon might also explain how secondary cancers form. Glycolysis generates lactic acid, which can break down the collagen matrix holding cells together. This means abnormal cells can be released and float to other parts of the body, where they seed new tumours.

DCA can cause pain, numbness and gait disturbances in some patients, but this may be a price worth paying if it turns out to be effective against all cancers. The next step is to run clinical trials of DCA in people with cancer. These may have to be funded by charities, universities and governments: pharmaceutical companies are unlikely to pay because they can't make money on unpatented medicines. The pay-off is that if DCA does work, it will be easy to manufacture and dirt cheap.

Paul Clarke, a cancer cell biologist at the University of Dundee in the UK, says the findings challenge the current assumption that mutations, not metabolism, spark off cancers. "The question is: which comes first?" he says.




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From: "Rebeca Davis" (rdavis21@satx.rr.com)
Subject: Slow Poisoning of US and Canada with MSG
Date: 24 Jan 2007

I wondered if there could be an actual chemical causing the massive obesity epidemic, so did a friend of mine, John Erb.

He was a research assistant at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and spent years working for the government.

He made an amazing discovery while going through scientific journals for a book he was writing called The Slow Poisoning of America. In hundreds of studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet or diabetes test studies.

No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so the scientists have to create them. They make these morbidly obese creatures by injecting them with MSG when they are first born. The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing rats (and humans?) to become obese they even have a title for the race of fat rodents they create: "MSG- Treated Rats" MSG?

I was shocked too. I went to my kitchen, checking the cupboards and the fridge. MSG was in everything! The Campbell's soups, the Hostess Doritos, the Lays flavored potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinz canned gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals, Kraft salad dressings, especially the 'healthy low fat' ones. The items that didn't have MSG had something called Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, which is just another name for Monosodium Glutamate. It was shocking to see just how many of the foods we feed our children everyday are filled with this stuff. They hide MSG under many different names in order to fool those who catch on.

But it didn't stop there. When our family went out to eat, we started asking at the restaurants what menu items had MSG. Many employees, even the managers, swore they didn't use MSG. But when we ask for the ingredient list which they grudgingly provided, sure enough MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein were everywhere. Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy's, Taco Bell, every restaurant, even the sit down ones like TGIF, Chilis', Applebees and Denny's use MSG in abundance. Kentucky Fried Chicken seemed to be the WORST offender: MSG as in every chicken dish, salad dressing and gravy. No wonder I loved to eat that coating on the skin, their secret spice was MSG!

So why is MSG in so may of the foods we eat? Is it a preservative or a vitamin? Not according to my friend John. In the book he wrote, an expose of the food additive industry called The Slow Poisoning of America, http://www.spofamerica.com/ , he said that MSG is added to food for the addictive effect it has on the human body. Even the propaganda website sponsored by the food manufacturers lobby group supporting MSG at: http://www.msgfacts.com/facts/msgfact12.html explains that the reason they add it to food is to make people eat more.

A study of elderly people showed that people eat more of the foods that it is added to. The Glutamate Association lobby group says eating more benefits the elderly, but what does it do to the rest of us?

'Betcha can't eat just one', takes on a whole new meaning where MSG is concerned! And we wonder why the nation is overweight?

The MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it addicts people to their products. It makes people choose their product over others, and makes people eat more of it than they would if MSG wasn't added. Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive substance!

Since its introduction into the American food supply fifty years ago, MSG has been added in larger and larger doses to the prepackaged meals, soups, snacks and fast foods we are tempted to eat everyday.

The FDA has set no limits on how much of it can be added to food. They claim it's safe to eat in any amount. How can they claim it is safe when there are hundreds of scientific studies with titles like these?

The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model for the study of exercise in obesity. Gobatto CA, Mello MA, Souza CT, Ribeiro IA. Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2002 Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic serotonin release in both normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats. Guimaraes RB, Telles MM, Coelho VB, Mori RC, Nascimento CM, Ribeiro Brain Res Bull. 2002 Aug

Obesity induced monosodium glutamate treatment in spontaneously hypertensive rats: an animal model of multiple risk factors. Yamamoto M, Iino K, Ichikawa K, Shinohara N, Yoshinari Fujishima Hypertens Res. 1998 Mar Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium glutamate in suckling period and subsequent development of obesity. Tanaka K, Shimada M, Nakao K, Kusunoki Exp Neurol. 1978 Oct

Yes, that last study was not a typo, it WAS written in 1978.

Both the medical research community and food "manufacturers" have known MSG's side effects for decades! Many more studies mentioned in John Erb's book link MSG to Diabetes, Migraines and headaches, Autism, ADHD and even Alzheimer's. But what can we do to stop the food manufactures from dumping fattening and addictive MSG into our food supply and causing the obesity epidemic we now see? Even as you read this, George W. Bush and his corporate supporters are pushing a Bill through Congress. Called the "Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act" also known as the "Cheeseburger Bill "this sweeping law bans anyone from suing food manufacturers, sellers and distributors. Even if it comes out that they purposely added an addictive chemical to their foods." Read about it for yourself at: http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/8458081.htm

"Last month the House of Representatives passed the "Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act" to protect the food and beverage industry from civil lawsuits. Under the measure, known as the "Cheeseburger Bill," people who buy food or drinks couldn't sue the companies that made them, the stores that sold them or the restaurants that served them if they got fat from the products, so long as the products met existing laws. The Senate is expected to take up a similar bill later this year."

The Bill has already been rushed through the House of Representatives, and is due for the same rubber stamp at Senate level. It is important that Bush and his corporate supporters get it through before the media lets everyone know about MSG, the intentional Nicotine for food.

Several months ago, John Erb took his book and his concerns to one of the highest government health officials in Canada. While sitting in the Government office, the official told him "Sure I know how bad MSG is, I wouldn't touch the stuff!" But this top-level government official refused to tell the public what he knew. The big media doesn't want to tell the public either, fearing legal issues with their advertisers. It seems that the fallout on the fast food industry may hurt their profit margin.

So what do we do? The food producers and restaurants have been addicting us to their products for years, and now we are paying the price for it. Our children should not be cursed with obesity caused by an addictive food additive. But what can I do about it? I'm just one voice, what can I do to stop the poisoning of our children, while guys like Bush are insuring financial protection for the industry that is poisoning us.

I for one am doing something about it. I am sending this email out to everyone I know in an attempt to show you the truth that the corporate owned politicians and media won't tell you. The best way you can help save yourself and your children from this drug-induced epidemic, is to forward this email to everyone. With any luck, it will circle the globe before Bush can pass the Bill protecting those who poisoned us. The food industry learned a lot from the tobacco industry. Imagine if big tobacco had a bill like this in place before someone blew the whistle on Nicotine? Blow the whistle on MSG. If you are one of the few who can still believe that MSG is good for us, and you don't believe what John Erb has to say, see for yourself. Go to the National Library of Medicine, at http://www.pubmed.com/. Type in the words "MSG Obese", and read a few of the 115 medical studies that appear.

We do not want to be rats in one giant experiment, and we do not approve of food that makes us into a nation of obese, lethargic, addicted sheep, waiting for the slaughter. With your help we can put an end to this, and stop the Slow Poisoning of America.

Let's save our children says (John Erb) ...

Have a Balanced Day!

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Related article:

Free Documentary Reveals Government and Industry Collusion to Hide Dangers in Our Food
http://www.WantToKnow.info/healthvideodocumentaryfutureoffood
The food you eat may not be what you think it is. The Future of Food is an excellent documentary which shows large-scale collusion between government regulatory agencies and corporations producing genetically modified foods. The result is that the majority of the corn and soy supply in the United States is genetically modified (GM), yet the public is not even aware of this, much less of the dangers of GM food. Engaging interviews with farmers, scientists, and industry insiders reveal the great extent to which the manufacture of the food on your plate is being patented and controlled by corporations with little regard to the health implications for us or for future generations. To view this excellent health documentary on Google Video (90 minutes): http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3643830908060069005- If the above link fails, click here. For an abundance of reliable, verifiable information suggesting a major cover-up by government health agencies and powerful business interests and what you can do about it, visit our Health Information Center. For an eye-opening summary with detailed footnotes from reliable sources on the dangers of genetically modified foods, click here. By each of us choosing to educate ourselves and to spread the word to our friends and colleagues, we can play a key role in building a brighter future for ourselves and for future generations. Recommended by Fred Burks (fredburks@earthlink.net)




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From: http://watersidesyndication.com/healthnews/?p=116">ttp://watersidesyndication.com/healthnews/?p=116

Human guinea pigs eat “ape diet” for 12 days, experience remarkable health improvements

January 12th, 2007

Nine human beings in Devon, England, aged 36 to 49, agreed to be treated like animals for their health by living in a tent next to the ape house at Paignton Zoo and eating a strict diet akin to what our ancestors consumed.

The experiment, which was filmed for television, was intended to show what happens when people abandon a modern diet filled with processed foods, according to organizer Jill Fullerton-Smith.

The structure of the diet, dubbed the “Evo Diet,” was the brainchild of Lynne Garton, a nutritionist and registered dietician at King’s College Hospital in London. Garton devised the menu based on the diet of apes — the animals biologically closest to humans — inspired by research that showed their plant-based diet is one human bodies have evolved to process over the millennia and can have beneficial effects on cholesterol and blood pressure.

In the first week of the 12-day study, the nine volunteers sat down to a daily meal of water and about 11 pounds — or about 2,300 calories — of honey, hazelnuts and fresh fruits and vegetables like watercress, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, radishes, strawberries, melons, mangoes, apricots, bananas, plums, figs and Satsuma mandarins. The foods were chosen because they were safe to eat in raw form, they sufficiently fulfilled the daily nutritional requirements of a human body, and they provided a calorie count in between the daily recommended values for men and women; 2,500 and 2,000 respectively. During the second week, the diet was adapted to mimic that of hunter-gatherers with portions of cooked, oily fish.

“There is no question that if more humans followed the diets of plant-eating animals, we would wipe out the disease epidemics now sweeping the globe,” said Mike Adams, a holistic nutritionist who eats a partial raw vegetarian diet, and who is the author of “The Seven Laws of Nutrition.” “When people who have been consuming cooked, processed foods make the switch to raw, vegetarian or vegan lifestyles, they rapidly see remarkable improvements in health and even reversals of conditions like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.”

One participant, 36-year-old Jon Thornton, began the study weighing in at nearly 265 pounds, but by the end of the experiment had lowered his blood pressure, dropped 12.5 pounds, and reduced his bad cholesterol by 20 percent. Thornton admitted that his diet prior to the trial was quite poor — consisting of things like bacon, sausage and egg sandwiches and deep-fried fish and chips — and nearly left the experiment when the fruit and vegetables first arrived, but he eventually decided to stick with it and reported no adverse effects from the change.

Since the experiment ended, Thornton reported that his knees do not hurt like they used to when he plays soccer, and he has taken up bicycling. Even at Christmas, he managed to remember the healthy habits he had learned.

“For the first time in 36 years this year I had vegetables with my Christmas dinner,” he said. “Usually, I say no to them and have a few extra roast potatoes instead.”

Despite not being the portions of processed fare the participants were used to, the Evo Diet still turned out to be plentiful. Most of the tent dwellers did not finish their entire daily food ration. The only failure in the experiment was the part where the TV cameras were set up to record the “moments of unhappiness and grumpiness” that were supposed to occur while the subjects overcame their addictions to processed foods. However, once withdrawal symptoms of certain foods and caffeinated beverages passed, the participants were generally happy and energetic. There was some discomfort in the tent, but it all came from the gassy side effects of such a fiber-rich diet.

The participants used to consume saturated fat from 13 percent of their calories on average, but the cholesterol-making fat only accounted for 5 percent of calories by the end. The overall cholesterol drop for the entire group was 23 percent, which is a number that scientists have only attained through use of statin drugs in the past. The average blood pressure level of the group bordered on hypertension at 140/83 at the beginning of the trial, but it had been reduced to 122/76 after the 12 days were up. The average salt intake was double the recommended 6 grams per day, but ended up at 1 gram when the trial had finished. The group lost an average total of 9.7 pounds, despite the fact that weight loss was not a goal for the experiment.

“The main lesson that they took away was to eat more fruit and veg,” said Garton.

Story by Ben Kage for NewsTarget

More on the "Ape Diet" through http://www.google.com/search?hl=fr&client=safari&rls=fr&q=%22ape+diet&btnG=Rechercher&lr=lang_en




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Recommended by Irene Haughey (reenie@sti.net) and several others!

From: http://www.planetaryalert.com/

PLANETARY ALERT

Please read this page several times:

The purpose of this web site is:

-To inform billions of our fellow humans on planet earth about an aerosol spray program that is currently taking place overhead.

-To create a global network sharing accurate information on what each of us can do to best protect ourselves and loved ones from the ongoing fallout of particulates that are being sprayed into the earths troposphere every day!

We are a group consisting of researchers, medical doctors, a scientist, biologist, and a film maker! We have spent the past two years researching and tracking down reliable sources and information on this spray program. We have had many meetings and dozens of (off the record) interviews with top people in the know, bringing out valuable information that needs to be shared! ...Many of these people put a lot on the line in sharing this information with us and now with the world!

As an awakening human collective, we must not go into an' Us and Them' mentality,
nor create a fear based perspective!

This is a serious global matter and we are ALL in it together!

Fact: Contrail formation typically occurs in the upper Troposphere between nine and twelve kilometers in height with temperatures ranging between -35ƒC and -55ƒC (Jensen e. al. 1998, Schrader 1997). Most contrails last on the order of seconds to a few minutes before dissipating.
(SEE THE PICTURES AT http://www.planetaryalert.com/)
The (Shield) spray operations form milky white clouds that expand and stay visible for hours!
Watch cloudless blue skies change right before your eyes!
If you haven't really noticed them before, you will now! Look familiar?

Photos from http://www.carnicom.com/
It does not matter where you are on the planet, you can witness this global operation firsthand!

What is this spray operation all about?

The one we are speaking of here is a program that is creating a UV shield due to the mass depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer!

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=17436

There are many different spray programs at any given point in time, all with different agendas, which we will speak about in our newsletter on March 18th 2007.

How serious is this?

Extremely, in September 2005 the Antarctic ozone hole covered an area of about 24 million sq km - more than twice the size of Europe. The 2005 Antarctic ozone hole was one of the largest ever recorded.

The magnitude of global warming and UV poisoning is way beyond anything that has been publicly reported!

If the current trends continue, reports are showing the ability of Earth's ecosystems to support life will be reduced significantly to a time frame of possibly 20-30 years maybe less!

What is being sprayed by these planes ?

Polymers are part of the mixture, combined with aluminum, barium and in some cases biological material.
Every living being on this planet is breathing in and drinking these particulates!
Alzheimer and upper respiratory deaths are increasing at a staggering rate!
Many widespread water test's are showing high spikes of aluminum and barium!

What can I do to right now counteract these toxins?

Essential fatty acids such as Flax seed oil will help the blood brain barrier move the aluminum into your hair follicles, also taking organic Reishi or Maitake mushroom extracts will help.. Our immune system is being strained and our potassium levels are also being depleted by these particulates.....

We will share much more detail in our newsletter that will be sent out on the 18th of March, 2007
What can I do to help?

Look up!... Be aware...Don't take our word for it!... If you are skeptical , please do a bit of research yourself!
http://www.rense.com/politics6/chemdatapage.html

There are many sites on what most call Chemtrails.
Once you look up in the sky and see for yourself.
Once you do a small bit of research on your own, you will see this happening around the whole planet!
Once you realize that what you are seeing are not normal contrails, you will know this is REAL

Stand up and make a difference ... Show others.
Remember: PlanetaryAlert.com - Spread the word!
Send this web site to every group and person you know!

This is not a science fiction movie!

This is real and this is happening right now, every day, and at least 2 days a week right above you!

E-mail this link to everyone you know, it may be the most important forward of your life!
This is a Planetary Alert!

You may sign up below to receive our report that will be released on March 18th 2007 that will answer many of your questions and will have the most up to date accurate information on the Shield, as well as links to documentation and advice from top medical doctors on what we can expect as this global event continues !
It is of global importance that we join together as a team, at this point WE are the media!

Please sign up below and join the team.

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Forwarded by "Kathleen Roberts" weerkhr@pacbell.net"> on January 23, 2007

From: http://www.drboylan.com/milabs.html

Fake "Alien Abductions" Conducted by Shadow-Government Para-Military Operatives (MILABS)

by

Richard Boylan, Ph.D.

It should be noted that virtually all of the lurid reports being palmed off on the public as examples of "alien misbehavior" are actually secret psychological warfare operations by human rogue military-intelligence units.

These renegade military-intelligence units kidnap civilians without legal authorization or justification. These units then drug those they kidnap, (often experiencers of previous genuine Star Visitor encounters). These renegades deliberately intimidate, interrogate, physically abuse, and even gang-rape the civilians they kidnap. These covert-operations military-intelligence units then use brainwashing techniques to make the civilians they kidnap forget about the military kidnapping, while these renegades narco- hypnotically implant a false memory about the horrific experience as an "alien abduction".

The Councillor For the Watchers, (a member of the High Council of the Star Nations), has passed on the information that the Cabal have appropriated advanced false-image 3-D solid- holographic technology, and applied it to their vile MILABS ( faked "alien abductions") purposes.

The U.S. military originally developed advanced holographic image-projection technology to permit them to create three-dimensional life-like images of, for example, rows of soldiers advancing forward for battle. These images are 3-D true-to-life, not like those cheesy holographic images in the earlier Star Wars movies, glowing with a bluish-white light. This new advanced technology allows the Army to create fake "battalions" on the march, for Saddam Hussein or whomever to waste their battalions and tank columns on responding to, while the real U.S. military are actually conducting battle somewhere else.

True to their duplicitous style, the Cabal let the U.S. taxpayer foot the enormous bill for DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and the Department of Defense to develop this exotic, classified war technology. Then the Cabal stole this technology.

The Cabal have applied this technology to several dark purposes.

For one, the Cabal conduct psychological warfare operations on innocent civilians by projecting and having a realistic-looking 3-D fake "extraterrestrial" visit a human person. This image can be blended with psychotronic thought-projections into the head of the civilian victim, so she thinks the "extraterrestrial" is communicating with her. This "visit" is misused to give the victim menacing messages. And the Cabal can even beam false emotion-generating waves at the victim to make her think that the "extraterrestrial" is emitting cold or menacing vibes.

If an even more intense terrifying experience is desired, the Cabal can render the victim unconscious by either psychotronics or sleeper gas, etc.. And then Cabal special operatives invade his/her bedroom, haul him/her aboard one of the XH-75D Stealth antigravity "Shark" helicopters, whisk him/her away to a secure (usually underground) facility, where s/he may be interrogated, threatened, abused, terrorized, gang-raped or sodomized, drugged, and hypnotically programmed to mis-remember his/her ordeal as an "alien abduction". S/he is then returned home to let the sleeper drug wear off.

Voila! Another duped "victim of alien abductions" to go around spreading the word of how terrible "those aliens" are. This new unwitting propaganda "agent" costs the Cabal nothing more, and can go around mislead the public for years.

For additional impact in their MILABS, Cabal operatives use high technology, including antigravity "tractor beams" (to draw persons up into disguised, silent, hovering antigravity helicopters masked as "UFOs", which then take the victim to an installation made to seem like a UFO base, so that the victim will become confused and blame "the aliens" for Cabal kidnapping and abuse.

The Cabal have made use of information they have gathered on the identity of every single experiencer and Star Seed on Earth to selectively visit or remotely attack them with one or more of these techniques to instill confusion, fear and distrust of the Star Visitors.

And in other operations Cabal operatives use this technology, plus hand-held lasers, to lift up livestock, core out the livestock‚s organs, and drop them back on the pasture to create the negative propaganda impression that "heartless aliens" had been engaged in "cattle mutilations".

The Cabal are working on perfecting this holographic technology further. This involves not only projecting high-grade 3-D holography but also the stimulation of particles in thearea of the image to give "weight" or "substance" to the images being projected. This is extremely difficult technology, and the Cabal are currently stuck at this phase of development, and trying to figure out how to do that.

There is yet another Cabal purpose to MILABS. Revelations by the late rocket scientist Werner Von Braun make clear that the Cabal wish to create 3-D holographic fake images of "alien spacecraft" which are solid enough to actually show up on radar and appear convincingly "real". Von Braun indicated that the Cabal plan to stage a fake "alien invasion". This would involve myriad fake "UFOs" in the skies, potentially coupled with destructive energy rays hitting Earth targets. These energy blasts would actually originate from offensive weapons systems emplaced in orbit, and which the Cabal would control or commandeer.

It appears that the Cabal may be trying to imitate, and misuse, Star Visitor technology.

The Councillor For the Watchers said that some of the Star Nations' starcraft utilize a much more advanced form of such technology to create false "UFO" images, which throw off missiles fired at them by the military or Cabal rogue units. While the missile is headed for the holographic "UFO", the real starcraft can go to invisibility and escape. Once the real starcraft has made its exit, the illusory "UFO" is turned off and disappears from sight or radar screen.

It should be noticed that Star Visitors use such holography only as a defensive measure if attacked.

This is in sharp contrast to the Cabal, who use their primitive version of such technology offensively, to create fear, falsehood, terrorizing incidents, real victims of fake MILABS, and eventually, faked "alien invasions".

The ultimate Cabal objective is to place Earth under martial law, with Cabal operatives gaining power as the "only ones who can save humanity", once they haul out of the closet their advanced energy weapons. These weapons systems are built from non-offensive scientific Star Visitor technology, stolen from government labs, and weaponized at Cabal labs.

But of course even such advanced Cabal weapons would be neutralized by the real Star Visitors, who have no intention of invading Earth, but who have instead watched nurturantly over us since before our inception as an intelligent species.

You can help by spreading awareness of this Cabal duplicity and treachery, which has wreaked much harm and disinformation amid the UFO community, and the general public. And which threatens to try to stampede humanity towards hysteria and a panic which can be manipulated to support a literal Star Wars..

Forewarned is forearmed. And information is power.




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From: Ricardo ricardos@auroville.org.in">
Subject: DIANE: THE MASS AWAKENING ON EARTH Is Quite Astounding
Date: 19 Jan 2007

From: http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/mike_quinsey/channeled%20messages/January2007/MQ_01_17_07Diane.htm

Diane 17-January-2007 

The mass awakening on Earth is quite astounding and beyond our expectations. Not that we did not think that you were capable of such expansion of consciousness. It is the sudden increase of vibrations, as more of you are finding the way to empower yourselves. The dark can do nothing at all to stop such development, and they know that it is a sign that you are taking back your power to create what you desire. You do not have to wait for others to concede to your demands; you create your future through your will and intent.

Can you imagine what changes may take place in the course of this year. There are really no limits, and it is down to you and your confidence to trust in Humanity to lift everyone up out of the gloom and darkness. Powerful centres of Light are springing up all over the world, and they are creating the very energies you need to bring about the positive changes you seek. It is so wonderful to see what you doing as a matter of faith, and you will soon reap the full benefits.

We have helped you along, but all credit must go to those of you who have steadfastly stuck to your tasks. Every contribution helps, and in the long term everyone will benefit. The dark are no match for you warriors of Light, and it is your determination to take back your freedom and sovereignty that will win the battle. Instead of waiting to be saved, you have taken the initiative and are creating your own salvation. What joy we experience at your success, and this allows us and the legions of heaven to come closer to you than ever before. Feel our presence around you, and know we can guide you if you allow us near enough.

In the midst of your daily lives you find sufficient time to address the matters most important to your future. It is not egotistical to think of self and set out the way towards the fruition of your dreams. You cannot sit around waiting for things to happen and must be active at a mental level. Allow your vision to see the manifestation of your desires. The greater power comes from joint efforts and a focus on the outcome. It will be yours in accordance with Universal Law, as the Law of Attraction is immutable. It has directed your path through many lifetimes, when you were unaware that you were the driving force.

A new Man is being born, one who has recognised his divinity and taken it back to be a co-creator with God. Your thoughts and prayers are magnificently creating the power that is bringing the changes into being. It creates chaos for a period for a time but the outcome is assured, and as the dark are removed from the picture so the Light will come streaming forth. It is waiting to burst out in a glorious show of unity and love, and it will have a lasting effect that will carry forward into the final years.

We have long passed these markers that show you the way to Ascension. However we are not without feeling and understanding of the tremendous sacrifice you are all making to ensure this cycle ends with victory for the Light. It is to some people’s minds a mysterious time that exceeds their present ability to comprehend it, and they wonder how in the midst of turmoil a path to lasting peace is being created. Help these people when they come to you, and they will benefit from your positive outlook and you will be able to lift them up. You are all together in this final thrust to bring an end to the cycle of duality. No one here at this time will fail to benefit from these experiences, and those who cannot lift up for Ascension will still take knowledge of these times with them. It will remain in their subconsciousness until another cycle presents the opportunity to ascend once more.

When we meet you will feel our higher vibrations as pleasant, and exuding a peaceful yet powerful energy that will uplift you. You will experience the energy of love that is our countenance, and you will know beyond doubt that we come in Love and Light. You will see the perfection in our very being and everything that we have created. You too shall reach these levels before this cycle is completed, and it is a most natural development as you return to your normal state that you enjoyed before you dropped down into duality.

Throw off the self-image that you have created through millennia of time as it is not the real you, you are magnificent Beings of a higher station in life amongst the stars. Accept that you are greatly loved for leaving the delights and wonderful perfection of the higher realms, to experience for the advancement of others who will follow. Because you were veiled from the truth of your true selves, you have thrown yourselves wholeheartedly into your roles. It would have been a more painful experience had you known who you really were.

We treat you all equally, and help every bit as much as those who are still unawake, indeed in some ways they need help more than any others. Have compassion for these people and rather than condemn them, see beyond their outer self and see the soul that struggles to get back into the Light. You will all get there eventually, and at all times are given guidance although it often seems a lonely journey.

Dear Ones, your journey is nearly over and we are ready to celebrate your success with you. A wonderful new feeling is about to spread over the Earth, and it will come from a sense of the impending release from the dark. Your expectations are high and you are right to consider this year as one of great importance and fulfilment. Go forward with full confidence, knowing that your path has already been mapped out to a successful completion.

I am Diane of the Galactic Federation, and I tell you of a great feeling of joy amongst us, and excitement as we see how events are rapidly moving along upon Earth. You cannot imagine how important your completion is to you, to Mother Earth and the Solar System as a whole. It is not that you could have held progress up, as many paths were open that would have seen completion. However, the one that has been activated will enable many more to achieve Ascension. We love you and your dedication to your tasks. 

Thank You, Diane.

Mike Quinsey




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From: "Al Farthing" alfarthing@ns.sympatico.ca">
Date: 17 Jan 2007
Subject: Appreciation

Hi From Nova Scotia Jean,

Your pictures are truly wonderful. My wife and I have travelled, toured and camped up in that region a number of times, and you have really captured the essence of its beauty and majesty. I especially like your work with the footprints in the sand. Touched off a range of thoughts and feelings.

Thanks so much,

Al Farthing
Website: http://www.projectionsfromsoul.com

AND MY REPLY WAS:

Dear Al

Thanks for your appreciation and comments. I'm glad that, as a connoisseur of our beautiful region, you felt I "really captured the essence of its beauty and majesty". I always bring my camera when I go in nature and always keep an eye on such magical moments and places as those I've photographed. What you saw is a tiny sample of the 1800+ pictures I took in the last 2 years, not to mention the video which can also convey the beauty and sounds of nature - and the marvelous people I've been with in my little expeditions in every seasons - wintery scenes can be quite wonderful too.

But to me what's most important is the contemplative state of mind that allows you to sometimes go much beyond the outer aspects of things and merge with your entire soul as One with All Life. I especially love those loooong moments of awe when I'm alone in the middle of the majestic Saguenay river, taking it all in and radiating it all back to the universe.

I checked your website and look at many of your sculptures. You are quite an accomplished artist! Bravo!

Love and blessings to you and Laurel

Jean

AND AL REPLIED (in part):

Good morning Jean --- thank you for your warm and gracious words. Speaking of wintery weather, we finally have a bit of it here.

Yes --- winter scenes can be most lovely. Our home looks out on a beautiful ocean inlet, and across the water there is a power generating station some five miles distant. The sun was just rising, and the (coal) power station was sending up four plumes of smoke, going up like the mushroom cloud from a nuclear blast, and spreading out at the top.

Watching it I was really split in awareness --- on the one hand my aesthetic, artistic self observes that the scene has an eerie beauty, combining water, light, sky, and the fascinating pattern of smoke a thousand feet or more high, and several miles wide.

And on the other hand, my ecological self is very sad, knowing that the pollution from the station is degrading the air quality of the whole area, indeed the planet, and that all the life-forms of the earth are breathing in minute particles of fallout which becomes part of a chain leading to illness and reduced quality of breathing.

And of course --- since I am one of the consumers of this electrical genie, I too am a contributor to the planetary degradation. Ouch!

An interesting symbol of the contradictions and polarities that we humans create with our inventiveness, and the task that we collectively face as we look for ways to live more lightly as planetary citizens.

But to me what's most important is the contemplative state of mind that allows you to sometimes go much beyond the outer aspects of things and merge with your entire soul as One with All Life. I especially love those loooong moments of awe when I'm alone in the middle of the majestic Saguenay river, taking it all in and radiating it all back to the universe.

Al - So beautifully expressed! As I have studied and lived my spiritual journey, both personal experience and academic questing created a still-growing awareness that what you describe is the heart and soul of our quest for ultimate reality. Those times when we are drawn, sometimes thrust, into a living presence
that defies naming, logical explanation, sometimes even expression --- be it by words or artistic expression--- surely this is the reason that we exist at all!

How dry and empty formal creeds, rituals, and belief systems appear when compared to this. Yet even they may be transformed for some people, when a fresh breath of spirit brushes past.

More usually however, most formal religions manage to create more walls to keep such "brushes of spirit" out, than they do doors to usher it in. Nature in contrast, is all door!

I checked your website and look at many of your sculptures. You are quite an accomplished artist! Bravo!

Al - Thank you. Most all of my artwork is an attempt to reflect something of the wonder, beauty, majesty , power, and sheer delight of this world which is our home. How small and pathetic that reflection is, measured by the real thing! No one knows that better than the artist I suppose --- but still it is good to try capturing a tiny fragment of the "shattering presence" in its fullness.

Thanks again, and many blessings,

Al Farthing




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Recommended by Al Farthing alfarthing@ns.sympatico.ca">

From: http://www.davidkorten.org/Books/greatturning.htm

THE GREAT TURNING: FROM EMPIRE TO EARTH COMMUNITY

David Korten’s classic bestseller, When Corporations Rule the World, was one of the first books to articulate the destructive and oppressive nature of the global corporate economy. Now, ten years later, Korten shows that the problem runs deeper than corporate domination—with far greater consequences.

In The Great Turning, Korten argues that corporate consolidation of power is merely a contemporary manifestation of what he calls “Empire”: the organization of society by hierarchies of domination grounded in violent chauvinisms of race, gender, religion, nationality, language, and class. The result has been the same for 5,000 years, fortune for the few and misery for the many. Increasingly destructive of children, family, community, and nature, the way of Empire is leading to environmental and social collapse.

The Great Turning makes the case that we humans are a choicemaking species that at this defining moment faces both the opportunity and the imperative to choose our future as a conscious collective act. We can no longer deny the need nor delay our response. A mounting perfect economic storm is fast approaching. A convergence of climate change, peak oil, and the financial instability inherent in an unbalanced global trading system will bring an unraveling of the corporate-led global economy and a dramatic restructuring of every aspect of modern life.

We cannot avoid the unraveling. We can, however, turn a potentially terminal crisis into an epic opportunity to bring forth a new era of Earth Community grounded in the life-affirming cultural values shared by most all the world’s people and eloquently articulated in the Earth Charter.

The Great Turning is an essential resource for those who understand this need and are prepared to engage what Thomas Berry calls the Great Work. It cuts through the complexity of our time to illuminate a simple, but elegant truth. We humans live by stories. We are held captive to the ways of Empire by a cultural trance of our own creation maintained by stories that deny the higher possibilities of our human nature—including our capacities for compassion, cooperation, responsible self-direction, and self-organizing partnership.

Changing our future begins with changing our stories. A work already underway, it ultimately calls out for the participation of every person on the planet. The Great Turning points the way to the inspiring outcome within our reach.

---

"The Great Turning is a work of amazing scope and depth. This is a wise and much needed book that shows we can create cultures where our enormous human capacities for joy, caring, and cooperation are realized."

—Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade

"I love this book! David Korten has done it again - created a masterpiece of big-thinking to help us find our way in this death-or-life historical moment. With fascinating analogies, intriguing stories and eloquent analysis, Korten draws in the reader. He then emboldens us to believe that we can trust and cultivate the best in the best in ourselves and, despite the lateness of the hour, choose life."

— Frances Moore Lappé, author Hope's Edge and Democracy's Edge

Much more at http://www.davidkorten.org/Books/greatturning.htm




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From: http://www.christsway.co.za/blog/walking-in-love-2

Create wonderful lives

‘Create beautiful lives, wonderful sex.’

CHRIST SAYS:

“I have come again to talk, colloquially, about your lives and the way you approach your daily living. You get up in the mornings and have absolutely no idea of what really lies ahead. You plunge into your routine and speak sentences and say words without a second thought of their likely impact on your environment or of what they may do to your listeners or of what you are laying up for yourselves in the future.

You believe you are in control of your life but, in fact, you are all acting heedlessly and in total ignorance of what, minute by minute, you are creating for yourselves.

Just as importantly, you carry around an emotional burden which no amount of interesting events or exciting experiences can wipe from your heart and consciousness. Everywhere you go, the emotional burden lowers your consciousness vibrations and moves down into your nervous system and then into your physical cells, reducing the life force in them and their mode of functioning—including their efficiency in self-repair.

When you encounter opposition, your human ego stands up bristling in self-defense. Your Ego’s job as ‘Custodian of your Individuality’ is to ensure your survival. Therefore, it springs to your defense and you feel that opposition in any form, is intolerable and not to be borne.

As a result, you find your minds and emotions becoming agitated, resentful and heated, and you want to hit back, to make the opposition go away, whether it is justified or not.

This is something that people must understand about the Ego: it is absolutely lacking in insight, objectivity or spontaneous sense of justice.

When you are controlled by the Ego Impulses, the consciousness vibrations you are now emitting are so off balance, so devoid of good sense, that they adversely affect the people around you and create consciousness blueprints of so much disharmony that they begin to affect your future experiences, activities and situations.

It is vitally important to your future welfare and lives that you wake up to the fact that you are not victims of your circumstances and the experiences in your lives, but the CREATOR of them.

For instance, if, during the day, you create a rumpus or argument with work mates or boss, when you return home from your work to your nearest and dearest in the evenings, you may be still controlled by your resentful Ego. If so, you no longer speak from the quietness of your truth or from any spiritual values you may possess, for these will now be discoloured and distorted by the run-away emotions you created for yourself at work earlier in the day.

Equally, in the morning, you may emerge from your home (which should be a place where your spirit is renewed and your heart uplifted in warmth), but you walk through your front door swathed with the disquiet of early morning grumpy reactions to and from your partner.

Perhaps you had a row with your partner over one grievance or another and tried to heal it with sex, only to find that whilst the sex seemed to bring you emotionally closer again, it did not really satisfy, and it did not heal the resentment. You must understand that when you have unprotected sex, you exchange not only your body fluids but also your consciousness.

Many people’s consciousness is constantly so reactive, even hostile, towards mankind and life generally, that it not only reduces the physical health of the individual but also adversely affects the partner’s physical and emotional well-being.

When, after a hurtful row you have sex to ‘make-up the quarrel, you are then also infused with the consciousness of your partner’s bad feelings. All unknowingly, you take those to work with you as well as your own.

I am explaining to you exactly how your earthly world—which you call solid, but is really CONSCIOUSNESS energy—is fashioned out of bad temper consciousness forms, or out those of love and good humour, affecting your health and performance in life for good or ill. Whatever kind of consciousness you are creating, you leave your energy imprint on everything you encounter… including your car, your computer and anything else you may be using during the day.

“How can this be?” You will probably ask?

Because the entire universe with all its galaxies, is only CONSCIOUSNESS—LOVE/INTELLIGENCE in Its highest form working through the inter-actions of electromagnetism.

ELECTROMAGNETISM is really the ‘stuff’ of human mind power and emotional impulses, as they are seen within the field of earthly life.

Read Letters 4A and 4B until you fully understand that nothing is solid. All you see, feel, touch, are really CONSCIOUSNESS IMPULSES made visible through the interplay of electromagnetism.

When you have fully understood this and have seen the true place you occupy in creating good health or non-health, happiness or non-happiness FOR YOURSELF AND OTHER PEOPLE, you may then be persuaded that the only sensible way forward is to WALK CHRIST’S WAY ……. the WAY of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.

How can you begin to change your normal thought patterns and master your unruly emotions?

You can do it by exercising will-power. But when you rely on your will-power, you are leaning on the same ego consciousness that causes you to lose your sense of emotional balance. This is like using treacle to wipe away a mess of treacle.

Or you can learn to control your Ego by seeking to know and make contact with the SOURCE of your BEING,
Which I termed the ‘Father’.

Read Letters 5 and 6.

You are not alone. With consistent prayer and meditation, eventually you will make contact with THAT which will prove to be your greatest source of good and comfort in the world.

No doubt, many people will be writing in to as whether Christ approves of or condemns condoms. Christ’s vibrant answer to this is:

No new, creative ideas ever come from the human brain cells. People who invent and create something new, receive the new idea from the Universal. Whatever comes from the Universal can be used to benefit Creation.
The creation of the condom was one of the most loving and wonderful gifts and blessings to appear on Earth both outside and within the bonds of marriage. It has brought relief to women sorely burdened by the demands of importunate men. It has been the means of sparing unwanted children the misery of an unloved existence. Countless children may have been born into poverty and died early deaths. With the arrival of AIDS, the condom is certainly a means of protecting a partner.

But, it must be understood, there are facets of existence where MORALITY should be exercised. Letter 7 is very clear on what is TRUE sexual morality, true SPIRITUAL and blessed sex, which the Church knows nothing about.

This entry was posted on Saturday, October 29th, 2005.

Much more such wisdom from Christ at http://christsway.co.za




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The following is an excerpt from a longer text, Pathways to Unity, which you can read in its entirety at http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/Pathways.htm

Dissolving the Illusion of Separation

by Jean Hudon

June 2 - 2002

From the moment of our birth till the last breath of Life pulsating in the body of flesh given to us for this short period of evolution in the realm of matter, we live under the shadow of the Supreme Illusion, the most formidable obstacle to our awakening that has ever existed: the Illusion of Separation. Separation from the maternal womb, separation from other people, separation from the things we see around us. Later during our life, we learn to disconnect ourselves from our emotions, to develop a rational mind, to cast a cold and distant glance at the miseries and sufferings of this world. And we may even finally cut ourselves from the most important part of our being, from our soul, and, often pushed by an hostile environment, create a rigid and dogmatic set of mind perpetually striving to protect the selfish interests of this hard core of pre-set ideas and opinions we call "ego".

Then, most of the rest of our life is a struggle to find again a balance between the inner aspiration to Peace and harmony we continually feel and the endless contradictions of a lifestyle and behavior patterns dictated by the intransigent domination of this self-created ego. This ingrained system of protection of our self-identity in the face of a "hostile" world has all sorts of hidden mechanisms that are triggered by the slightest direct finger-pointing to vigorously assert its domination over the entire conduct of our life. Even thinking about such things as "ego domination" is enough to trigger a strong resistance reaction so as to protect its integrity, which, in a sense, is a normal reaction given the nature of the ego, camouflaged as it is inside the very fabric of our awareness.

This built-in system of self-protection is a common occurrence resulting from the present nature of our entire social paradigm which fosters the individualistic values of personal achievement through diplomas, wealth and fame over the spiritual values of Self-development, sharing and humility. In times past, when the human civilization was less developed and complex, the aboriginal societies, living in close harmony with the land and other life forms were much more connected with the Web of Life and thus less entrapped within the Illusion of Separation as we are today. The following excerpt of a declaration made by the Chief Seattle in 1854 is a good example of this awareness of Unity with all Life shared by the American Indians of this time...

"Every part of this Earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sanding shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people. The sap which courses through the trees carries the memories of the red man. We are part of the Earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters; the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers.

The rocky crests, the juices in the meadows, the body heat on the pony, and man -- all belong to the same Family. (...) Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves. This we know, the Earth, does not belong to man; man belongs to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. Man did not weave the web of Life: he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."

As we go on today, collectively devastating the Earth on an unparralled scale, we are proving by the absurd the validity of this ancient perception of our place and role in the community of Life. We are destroying the fragile balance, established after billions of years of slow progress, between the unrelenting efforts of Life to take hold on this once barren planet and the sheer forces of entropy counteracting permanently to bring things back to their simplest mineral and chemical expressions. We are simply killing ourselves... This is the ultimate result of a civilization dominated by the Illusion of Separation.

Fortunately, in the late sixties we began to see the emergence of a movement calling for a return to simpler values, more in harmony with the natural rhythms and laws of Life, and eventually leading to the ecological movement of the 80's and 90's. Yet, the old dominant paradigm still exerts a considerable influence and threatens, if not quickly changed, to create a traumatic setback to the evolution of Life on planet Earth. And the key of this change... is in each one of us.

Dissolving this Illusion of Separation is our greatest challenge and our best opportunity to shift from a world of violent competition, war, pollution and despair, to a world of gentle cooperation, peace, harmony and hope.

And again, Love is the only force that can change the world... and ourselves. Love within us first, for if we cannot feel Love within us, we cannot feel Love for others. Then Love for all the other human beings, no matter how different they are, for what really matters is not the outside but the inside: the same human body, the same feelings, the same desire to love and be loved. And above all, the same Life animating all our cells... and the cells of all the other Life forms on this planet and everywhere in the universe. This sacred bond of Love is what makes the Illusion of Separation just that... an illusion.

Nothing is separated from anything. All is ONE!...




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Date: 22 Jan 2007
From: "John T. linnell" integrity1@simantha.com">
Subject: One hundred years ago.......

The Year Is 1906

Show this to your children and grandchildren ...

?? THE YEAR 1906 ??

This will boggle your mind!

The year is 1906

One hundred years ago.

What a difference a century makes!

Here are some statistics for the Year 1906:

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The average life expectancy was 47 years.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!

The average wage in 1906 was 22 cents per hour.

The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year .

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME .

Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard." Not much difference now 100 years later. Patients were safer then than now.

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

Five leading causes of death were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza

2. Tuberculosis

3. Diarrhea

4. Heart disease

5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.

The population of Las Vegas , Nevada , was only 30!!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.

Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school..

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health." ( Shocking? DUH! )

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE ! U.S.A.

Now I forwarded this from someone else without typing it myself, and sent it to you and others all over the United States ,& Canada possibly the world, in a matter of seconds!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

IT BOGGLES THE MIND, EH ?




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