The Big Scoop Series #16: Black Clouds on The Horizon
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
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
I thought that if anyone has a virtual meeting place where we could
all "gather" to celebrate together, it would be pretty neat
I look forward to read your emails on this and wish you all a good
experience when reading this new compilation below ;-)
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:
"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 (email@example.com) 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
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."
"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
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
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
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
14. DIANE: The Mass Awakening on Earth Is Quite Astounding
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) 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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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: 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
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
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
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
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
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 forums
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
years World Economic Forum will be the bosses of more than 70
of the worlds 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.
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com">
Date: 24 Jan 2007
Subject: Is channeling really what we think it is?
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
THIS LOOKS LIKE IT IS GOING TO BE A REALLY MASSIVE PEACE MARCH AND IS
A HISTORIC EVENT IN THE MAKING!
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
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.
Date: 23 Jan 2007
From: "Ricken Patel - 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!
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
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:
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!
Ricken, Paul, Tom, Rachel, Galit, Lee-Sean and the rest of the Ceasefire
Campaign (now Avaaz.org! ) Team
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.
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."
"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
Diplomacy is the only way to avoid a widening war. If we follow the
President's path of war, we will get more war.
"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.
"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
"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
"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
"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.
"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."
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 hes got this weird nervous tick: He sticks the
tip of his tongue out between his lips. Like a little boy who knows
hes 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 wasnt all rat-licking lies.
Most pundits concentrated on Iraq and wacky health insurance stuff.
But thats 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
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.
Theres a problem with that idea. Its 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 didnt 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
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 youre
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 Reserves spigots, has refused to
release the oil into the market.
Instead of unleashing the Reserve and busting Big Oils 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
Presidents 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 didnt even bother polite applause
for the reserve purchase plan, theres 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
Presidents 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
While the President properly acknowledged Autreys 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.
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
Palast's excellent article skips another big funding initiative for
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.
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
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
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.
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
Democrats have promised tougher oversight of defense spending, while
challenging Bush's plans to broaden the American war effort in
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, its one of the least expensive conflicts in our
nations history. Critics of the war in Iraq often complain
about the escalating cost of the war. Listening to them,
youd 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
years 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 years 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
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
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
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
Bill would allow rounding up and imprisoning of non-registered
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,
"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.
Make no mistake, the internet, one of the greatest outposts of free
speech ever created is under constant attack by powerful people who
cannot operate within a society where information flows freely and
unhindered. All these moves mimic stories we hear every week out of
State Controlled Communist China, where the internet is strictly
regulated and virtually exists as its own entity away from the rest
of the web.
The phrases "Chinese government" and "Mao Zedong"
have even been censored on China's official Web sites because they
are "Sensitive phrases". Are we to allow our supposedly
Democratic governments to implement the same type of restrictive
Under section 220 of the lobbying reform bill, Infowars.net could be
required to seek a license in order to bring this information to you.
IF we were granted a license we would then have to report our
activities to the government four times per year in order to bring
you this information. Does that sound more like free speech or more
As well as calling the Senate you should go to GrassrootsFreedom.com
which has a petition that you can sign against Section 220 of S. 1,
the lobbying reform bill.
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" firstname.lastname@example.org">
Subject: ISRAELI NUCLEAR STRIKE ON IRAN TURNED BACK by William Thomas
Date: 18 Jan 2007
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
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
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
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
The atomic detonation that razed the city of Hiroshima and killed
140,000 people outright was a 13-kiloton blast. [Agence France-Presse
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
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
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
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."
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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
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."
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]
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
"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
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.
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
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
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
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."
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]
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
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'".
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
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]
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
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.
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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.
From: "Rebeca Davis" (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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!
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
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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
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 Kings 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
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
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
The main lesson that they took away was to eat more fruit and
veg, said Garton.
-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
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 -35C and -55C (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!
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
Alzheimer and upper respiratory deaths are increasing at a staggering rate!
Many widespread water test's are showing high spikes of aluminum and
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?
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!
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You may sign up below to receive our report that will be released on
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It is of global importance that we join together as a team, at this
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Fake "Alien Abductions" Conducted by Shadow-Government
Para-Military Operatives (MILABS)
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
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
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
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
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
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
And in other operations Cabal operatives use this technology, plus
hand-held lasers, to lift up livestock, core out the livestocks
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
It appears that the Cabal may be trying to imitate, and misuse, Star
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.
From: Ricardo email@example.com">
Subject: DIANE: THE MASS AWAKENING ON EARTH Is Quite Astounding
Date: 19 Jan 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
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 peoples 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
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.
From: "Al Farthing" firstname.lastname@example.org">
Date: 17 Jan 2007
Hi From Nova Scotia Jean,
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
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
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
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
Thanks again, and many blessings,
Recommended by Al Farthing email@example.com">
David Kortens 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
dominationwith 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 worlds people and eloquently articulated in the
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 natureincluding our capacities for compassion,
cooperation, responsible self-direction, and self-organizing
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
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,
Frances Moore Lappé, author Hope's Edge and Democracy's Edge
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 functioningincluding their efficiency in
When you encounter opposition, your human ego stands up bristling in
self-defense. Your Egos 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
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
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 peoples 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
partners 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
partners 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 worldwhich you
call solid, but is really CONSCIOUSNESS energyis 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
CONSCIOUSNESSLOVE/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
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 CHRISTS
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.
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. Christs vibrant answer to this
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
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
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.
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
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
Nothing is separated from anything. All is ONE!...
Date: 22 Jan 2007
From: "John T. linnell" firstname.lastname@example.org">
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:
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
4. Heart disease
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
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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