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August 8, 2007
The Big Scoop Series #18: It is Now or Never!
In case you wonder, this compilation has been delayed both because I've been unable to get on line for several days due to a modem failure following a lightning strike here and because I'm focusing most of my time to install new steel roof sheetings, a complex and time-consuming job. So I've certainly missed out on a number of issues that I could not find time to cover below. Still you have over 75 pages of material to review, which should be plenty enough for those who want to catch up with some of the latest developments around and beyond! the world.
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"The presence of divinity became almost palpable. I knew that life in the universe wasnt just an accident based on random processes... the knowledge came to me directly."
Dr Edgar Mitchell (astronaut) -- On the trip home from the moon, sitting in the cramped cabin of his space capsule, he saw Planet Earth floating freely in the vastness of space. He says he was engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness an epiphany. -- Taken from Evidence of a World Transforming
"With a simple shift of perception, with an easy shift into a sense of connection, with a smidgeon of imagination, you would understand why the wars being fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and the practice of holding prisoners indefinitely without any resort to legal process and torturing them must be stopped. I call on the spiritual beings who work with me to assist in opening your heart NOW! I am now blessing you with these spiritual gifts. Never again may you be indifferent or passively accept actions of a government that harms other beings without feeling their pain. You are now being gifted with a sense of connectivity to the actions of what your country does that harms others. No longer can you pursue your daily life as though the wars and torture carried out by the U.S. have nothing to do with you. You are now entering a greater field of consciousness. This can often be a very painful place to be until we take steps to make each other happy all over the world. Then we will know an abundantly loving field that will go on blessing everyone for all our days to come"
Ariel Ky (email@example.com)
We Are One
I am in you and you in me
I am the flower blooming
And the wind blowing, and the bird soaring
And the earth spinning
We are all one
I see in you what I see in me
We are mirrors for each other
In this moment I have no face, no race
We are souls walking a human path together
We have been together forever it seems
I can be me because you are you
When I let my light shine
I give you permission to do the same
And together we can fly
Beyond our wildest expectations
We are one, connected on many levels
Bonded by our common humanity
Living in a spirited earth
The joy of life washes over us
Where you and I are one
"August 25 is the day that many great ETs will be presenting the beginning of a series of contacts to uplift this planet to again be a member of the Intergalactic Civilization. Here is some information about preparing for August 25. There are 3 steps which can now be taken: 1. Grounding the higher frequency space forces into the Earth. Getting as many groups of people together as possible with this intent and then letting these higher frequencies of space life come through into the planet. 2. People who are so inclined should go to certain places (they will get guidance on where to go) to do more focused grounding of these energies in certain places, such as places near Mount Shasta and other ET locations around the planet. They will guide us when we are ready to go, to the most optimal places 3. Aligning with various star frequencies such as Arcturus, the Pleiades , Ursa Major, Intergalactic Space Life Centers throughout the universe, so that these forces can be made more readily available to those throughout the planet who are about to become liaisons with various advanced ET races. There will be further information soon."
Adi Gaia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. Asia floods show climate change risks ahead-UN
2. South Asia on Brink of 'Health Crisis' After Floods
3. Bush's Martial Law Plan Is So Shocking, Even Congress Can't See it
4. Your Voice Can Make Impeachment Happen Now
5. The Threat Of Martial Law Is Real
6. We know things are bad. Worse than bad. Theyre crazy
7. Call-To-Action from G. Edward Griffin & Aaron Russo
8. Is Cheney Preparing For a New 9/11 Incident?
9. Peter DeFazio and the Portland Nuke
10. Americans Move Into Canada As Canada Becomes Part of the USA (United States of Amnesia)
11. The Hidden Agenda behind the Bush Administration's Bio-Fuel Plan
12. Disclosure - Why Now?
13. Von Braun Was At Roswell
14. Huge Dust Plumes From China Cause Changes in Climate
15. Getting Credit for Saving Trees
16. Cabal gets told off
17. Message from Atmos
WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION
Message from Matthew (August 1, 2007) http://www.matthewbooks.com/mm/anmviewer.asp?a=79&z=2
Presidential order re: Iraq war dissenters; "Fire the Grid" and "7-7-7" effects. SPECIAL - Message from God
(...) The FACT is that Jesus was never put on a cross, so there was no crucifixion or resurrection. That rather blows the whole foundation of Christian dogma, doesn't it? For how, then, could it be that "he gave his life to save sinners"? Sinners means the whole lot of you, according to those who came up with the idea that everyone is "born into sin." Oh dear me! The only "sin," if you will, is interfering with the growth of a soul, your own or anyone else's, and the result is DEvolution with as many more chances as needed NOT to do that. CLIP
Lammas 2007 Newsletter: Honoring Our Mother and Her Harvest (August 2, 2007) http://www.satyacenter.com/lammas-2007
(...) Today we are on the brink of monumental climate change, brought about by the excesses of our industrial civilization and our excessive reliance upon a rational materialistic view of the Universe. We no longer act as humble caretakers of the Earthly garden. We have set ourselves up as Lords of creation. We seek to control, dominate and subdue nature and measure our success by our ability to transform humanitys shared environmental resources into wealth we seek to utterly consume in our own lifetimes without regard for the well-being of future generations. We know that the sources of energy we use to fuel our global human civilization are destroying the environmental resources our children and grandchildren will depend upon for their survival. We know that we are rapidly depleting the most valuable of those resources in a global consumption binge that can only be compared in its severity and toxicity to the terminal stages of drug addiction. We are depleting the soil, poisoning the air, polluting the oceans, and exterminating animal, bird and plant species by the thousands. CLIP
Fleet of one hundred UFOs hovers above Sacramento (USA) http://alcuinbramerton.blogspot.com/2007/07/fleet-of-one-hundred-ufos-hovers-above.html
On Sunday 22nd July 2007, in broad daylight at 1.58pm Pacific Daylight Time, a fleet of one hundred UFOs was observed to be hovering at an altitude of two thousand feet above Roseville, Sacramento, California (USA). The fleet was in an ordered formation of two lines. They were close enough to the ground to be seen reflecting the sunlight. The initial report came from Dr Richard Boylan and Army Sergeant Justin Johnson. It was posted on several reliable alternative news sites around the web - for example here and here. Why isn't this 100-craft sighting being reported by the local Californian media? It would seem to be the most important UFO manifestation in America since the Phoenix lights in 1997.
UFO Sightings Bring Town of Stratford, England to a Standstill http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=470579&in_page_id=1770
A crowd of 100 stunned stargazers brought a town centre to a standstill when five mysterious UFOs were spotted hovering in the sky. Drinkers spilled out of pubs, motorists stopped to gawp and camera phones were aimed upwards as the five orbs, in a seeming formation, hovered above Stratford-Upon-Avon for half an hour. The unidentified flying objects lit up the otherwise clear night sky above Shakespeare's birthplace in Warwickshire on Saturday. Hillary Potter from The British Earth Aerial Mystery Society (BEAMS) said they were being inundated with similar calls from across the country but said it was rare for such phenomena to be witnessed by so many people. She said: "Such incidents have been on the increase recently. There are reports at the moment coming in from all over the country. "We've had many reports of people seeing quite large unidentified objects in the skies. It's not going away, It seems these incidents are becoming more bold. "People don't know what to do when they witness such sights and that's what we're here for. We take the reports very seriously."
The crop circle mystery http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/headlines/display.var.1559662.0.the_crop_circle_mystery.php The strongest evidence so far that some crop circles are not manmade was presented to a choice gathering at the Coronation Hallin Alton Barnes yesterday. Norwegian film maker Terje Toftenes presented the DVD he has made of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the creation of a massive crop formation in East Field, Alton Barnes, on July 7, 2007.Most formations are discovered the morning after and some have even been created in fields with observers sitting on overlooking hills. But on the morning in question, dedicated UFO hunter Winston Keech had a battery of cameras, from CCTV to state-of-the-art digicams, trained on the field on the off chance that something might happen. (...) At around 1.35 am on July 7 Mr Keech, helped by Mr King, completed the last sweep of the area using a camera equipped with night vision. No formation was visible in the field. Then it became intensely dark and nothing was seen. But at 3.13 am there was a flash of what Mr Keech described as sheet lightning. It appeared on the video footage and lasted four microseconds. Twenty minutes later, at 3.20 am, there was enough light to make out the formation in the field below. It was one of the largest ever seen. It measured 1,033 feet long and consisted of 150 circles, the largest of which was 164 ft across. CLIP see picture at following link: http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2007/eastfield2/eastfield2007aa.html
The Sun - as you've never seen it before http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/technology/technology.html?in_article_id=470726&in_page_id=1965
A stunning new image of the Sun has been released by NASA which shows it as an almost perfect sphere, glowing a fiery red and orange in the pitch-black of space.It is almost spotless, a sign that the Sun may have reached solar minimum. Scientists are now watching for the first spot of the new solar cycle to appear. The 11 year long solar cycle is marked by two extremes, solar minimum and solar maximum. Solar minimum is the period of least solar activity in the solar cycle of the Sun.During this time the sun becomes much calmer, with sunspot and solar flare activity dying down. CLIP
Dreaming Peace: Your Thoughts Can Change the World by Nori Muster http://surrealist.org/writing/dreamingpeace.html
Nori started to research positive thinking in response to Sept. 11, 2001, to bring the American tradition of optimism into the post-9/11 era. Very comprehensive, well written and entirely available online. More on Nori's other writings and artistic creations through http://surrealist.org/
Dynamite Suzy Ward DVD http://www.eceti.org/books.htm
"For all fans of Matthew Ward, I highly recommend a DVD of Suzy Ward's 2 1/2 hour speech to ECETI's 2007 World Transformation Conference. She goes well beyond what we've read in the Matthew books and messages! They gave her an additional hour to talk because no one really wanted her to stop." --- Recommended by Kathleen Roberts (email@example.com)
Rainbow Warriors - A MUST SEE VIDEO!! http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=6625296
The story and legend from the Native Americans about the Tribe of people that will rise to save the Earth
(Make sure to click on the little square with the 4 arrows in the bottom right corner of the small video screen to enlarge the video to full screen viewing) Recommended by Adi Gaia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
House Approves Record $460B Pentagon Budget http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/080507Y.shtml
Andrew Taylor, writing for the Associated Press, reports that a record $460 billion Pentagon budget approved by lawmakers late Saturday night "would add money for equipment for the National Guard and Reserve" but "does not include Bush's 2008 funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Democrats say they want to consider that money in separate legislation in September."
B-2s being fitted for Bunker Buster Bomb http://www.bitsofnews.com/content/view/5880/
Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) reveals that the company is undertaking the task of refitting a number of the US Air Force's B-2 Stealth Bombers with new bomb racks able to hold and deliver the Boeing produced 30,000 pound (13,600 kg) Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) bunker busting bomb.
Comment Prospects of Armageddon (August 7, 2007) http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2142921,00.html
The logic that defends past nuclear atrocities is now used to support a strike against Iran -- It is appalling, if unsurprising, to read the neoconservative cheerleader Oliver Kamm arguing in these pages that the atomic bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki 62 years ago saved lives and ended suffering. The subtext is plain. The same camp whose vocal endorsement led to the present catastrophe in Iraq are now hawkishly gazing at Iran. The same absurd and dangerous logic that defends the nuclear atrocities of 1945 can now be used to support the pre-emptive use of nuclear weapons against Iran - the threat of which in turn makes the idea of a conventional attack appear more palatable. Now, more than ever, we should be unequivocal in our moral position: as Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has said, the mere possession of nuclear weapons today should be viewed with the same condemnation and horror as we have regarded slavery and genocide in our modern civilized world. CLIP
Britain is protecting the biggest heroin crop of all time http://tinyurl.com/37euy3
There has been too easy an acceptance of the lazy notion that the war in Afghanistan is the 'good' war, while the war in Iraq is the 'bad' war, the blunder. The origins of this view are not irrational. There was a logic to attacking Afghanistan after 9/11.
US uneasy as Britain plans for early Iraq withdrawal http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,2143879,00.html
The Bush administration is becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of an imminent British withdrawal from southern Iraq and would prefer UK troops to remain for another year or two.
Baghdad - 6 Million People, 117 Degrees And No Water (8-3-7) http://www.rense.com/general77/bagag.htm
A heinous crime against humanity committed by the occupying power. - For the past 24 hours, Baghdad has had virtually no running water. Major parts of the city of six million people have lacked running water for six days, while daily high temperatures have ranged from 115 to 120 degrees. The tiny amount of water dripping through the pipes is causing many of those who must drink it to suffer acute intestinal illness. According to reports, not enough electricity is available to run Baghdad's water pumps. This in a country with vast energy resources. Corporate media outlets-to the extent they have reported this horrific and mind-boggling story at all-have treated it as a failure on the part of Iraqis. In reality, it is an appalling war crime committed by the occupying power, the U.S. military. It threatens the lives of tens of thousands of people in the short term and unthinkable numbers of people unless it is rectified immediately. CLIP
Iraq's National Power Grid Nearing Collapse http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/080507B.shtml
Ryan Lenz, The Associated Press, writes: "Iraq's power grid is on the brink of collapse because of insurgent sabotage, rising demand, fuel shortages and provinces that are unplugging local power stations from the national grid, officials said Saturday."
Disaster looms as 'Saddam dam' struggles to hold back the Tigris (8 August 2007) http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2843961.ece
As world attention focuses on the daily slaughter in Iraq, a devastating disaster is impending in the north of the country, where the wall of a dam holding back the Tigris river north of Mosul city is in danger of imminent collapse."It could go at any minute," says a senior aid worker who has knowledge of the struggle by US and Iraqi engineers to save the dam. "The potential for disaster is very great."If the dam does fail, a wall of water will sweep into Mosul, Iraq's third largest city with a population of 1.7 million, 20 miles to the south. Experts say the flood waters could destroy 70 per cent of Mosul and inflict heavy damage 190 miles downstream along the Tigris.The dam was built between 1980 and 1984 and has long been known to be in a dangerous condition because of unstable bedrock. "The dam was constructed on a foundation of marls, soluble gypsum, anhydrite, and karstic limestone that are continuously dissolving," said specialists at the US embassy in a statement. "The dissolution creates an increased risk for dam failure."In fact the state of the two-mile long earthfill dam, which holds back some eight billion cubic metres of water in Iraq's largest reservoir, has recently been deteriorating at ever-increasing speed. According to one source, the chance of a total and immediate failure of the dam is now believed to be "reasonably high" at current water levels and "most certain" within the next few years. CLIP
US forced to import bullets from Israel as troops use 250,000 for every rebel killed : http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article314944.ece
A government report says that US forces are now using 1.8 billion rounds of small-arms ammunition a year. The total has more than doubled in five years, largely as a result of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as changes in military doctrine.
Report Finds Dire Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/073007C.shtml
"Poverty, hunger and public health continue to worsen in Iraq, according to a report released today from Oxfam International, which demands more humanitarian aid from abroad and calls on the Iraqi government to immediately decentralize the distribution of food and medical supplies," reports Damien Cave for The New York Times.
US Troop Levels in Iraq Reach All-Time High http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/080807S.shtml
Agence France-Presse writes: "US troop levels in Iraq have hit an all-time high with overlapping unit rotations pushing the total number up to nearly 162,000, the Pentagon said on Tuesday."
A Bridge Collapses http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/080507G.shtml
The New York Times editors write: "The nation's physical foundations seem to be crumbling beneath us. Last week, a 40-year-old interstate highway bridge collapsed in Minneapolis, plunging rush-hour traffic into the Mississippi River 60 feet below. Two weeks earlier, an 83-year-old steam pipe under the streets of Manhattan exploded in a volcano-like blast, showering asbestos-laden debris. And two years before that, substandard levees gave way in New Orleans, opening the way for the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina."
Bridge collapse notes: Engineers are baffled! (02 Aug 2007) http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/8/2/34957/73182
An inspection OK'd the I-35W Bridge until 2020... 'From what I heard, engineers were working on the surface of that bridge - nothing to do with the infrastructure.' Homeland Security, rescue teams were at the scene within minutes. Quoting an MSNBC eyewitness: "It certainly looks like a bomb has gone off." Incidentally, there is a major thoroughfare in and out of Minneapolis and St. Paul -- cities now prone to a Bush bin Laden attack. - These tragedies typically arrive on the heels of a big day of Bush regime embarrassments. Wednesday's Bush woes: 50 people killed in a fuel tanker explosion in western Baghdad (142 lives lost nationwide) followed by the largest Sunni Arab bloc quitting the government; six more US soldiers killed in Iraq; the CBO analysis that the Iraq war could cost over $1 trillion; hearings on the Tillman execution and cover-up; Rumsfeld rearing his ugly, lying head; Gonzales forced to explain the rearing of his, ugly lying head; a bill calling for a Gonzales impeachment inquiry; Bush seeking authorization to conduct warrantless spying authority from Congress; doctors condemning the forced-feedings at Guantanamo Bay in the Journal of the American Medical Association; controversy over Bush's $63B arms deal. And, all media coverage of these 'embarrassments' - each an impeachable offense unto itself - is now 'water under the bridge!' -- Lori Price
U.S. to sell advanced weapons to Saudi Arabia and others (July 27, 2007) http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/18457.html
WASHINGTON The Bush administration has decided to supply billions of dollars in advanced new weapons to Saudi Arabia, other Arab allies of the United States and to Israel, senior State Department officials and congressional aides said Friday. The arms and aid package, which the officials said is to be announced on Monday, is part of a U.S. initiative to reassure worried allies in the Middle East that despite its troubles in Iraq, the United States remains committed to the region. It also is meant to send a signal of resolve to Iran's increasingly confident leaders. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates leave for the Middle East on Monday on a rare joint mission to deliver those messages in person to the region's leaders. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the package has not yet been announced, said it would include selling Saudi Arabia advanced weapons known as Joint Direct Attack Munitions, or JDAMs. JDAMs convert simple gravity bombs into accurate "smart" weapons. Israel protested the proposed sale when word of it first leaked in April.The package also will include new weapons for the United Arab Emirates, another U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf, and both military and economic support to Egypt. Other details of the proposed arms sales weren't immediately available Friday. Although it's likely to be controversial, the administration has decided to proceed with the sale and will compensate Israel which seeks to maintain a "qualitative military edge" over its Arab neighbors with military upgrades of its own, the officials said."All that has been sorted out," said a senior State Department official. Israel has asked for access to the Air Force's most advanced fighter jet, the F-22 Raptor, and its stealth technology, which makes the aircraft more difficult to see on radar. CLIP
US to fund defense systems for Israel http://tinyurl.com/2wlgs3
Congress to vote on DoD budget proposal asking for tens of millions of dollars for development, purchase of new systems to defend Israeli skies against ballistic missiles.
US Set to Offer Huge Arms Deal to Saudi Arabia http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/072807Z.shtml
David S. Cloud of the The New York Times reports that the Bush administration will seek Congressional approval for a $20 billion arms deal for Saudi Arabia and its neighbors in the Middle East "at a time when some United States officials contend that the Saudis are playing a counterproductive role in Iraq."
Substantial numbers of foreign fighters flowing into Iraq via Syria http://tinyurl.com/2r5wy3
A substantial number of the foreign fighters flowing into Iraq via Syria have come from Saudi Arabia, and others from Yemen and the Gulf States, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said on Friday during a department briefing.
New Law Gives Government Six Months to Turn Internet and Phone Systems into Permanent Spying Architecture http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2007/08/analysis-new-la.html
A new law expanding the government's spying powers gives the Bush Administration a six-month window to install possibly permanent back doors in the nation's communication networks. The legislation was passed hurriedly by Congress over the weekend and signed into law Sunday by President Bush.
Pentagon to implant microchips in soldiers brains http://rinf.com/alt-news/sicence-technology/pentagon-to-implant-microchips-in-soldiers-brains/888/
The Department of Defense is planning to implant microchips in soldiers brains for monitoring their health information, and has already awarded a $1.6 million contract to the ">Center for Bioelectronics, Biosensors and Biochips (C3B) at Clemson University for the development of an implantable "biochip". Soldiers fear that the biochip, about the size of a grain of rice, which measures and relays information on soldiers vital signs 24 hours a day, can be used to put them under surveillance even when they are off duty. CLIP
Movie creator charged (7-25-2007) http://www.thedailystar.com/news/stories/2007/07/25/jprowearrest0722.html
ONEONTA - An Oneonta man who helped produce a 9/11 conspiracy documentary that became an Internet hit was arrested Monday for allegedly deserting the Army. Korey Rowe, 24, a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, was picked up by deputies at about 10:45 p.m. Monday, Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. said.Rowe, along with Dylan Avery and Jason Bermas, are members of Louder Than Words, a production company that is working on a third edition of the movie "Loose Change," which contends the U.S. government was involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. That edition is intended to be a theatrical release.Rowe and the other members of Louder Than Words have appeared on radio shows including The Alex Jones Show and have been mentioned in Time magazine. Vanity Fair magazine published a feature story on the group last August.Since 2002, Rowe was interviewed by The Daily Star several times about "Loose Change" and his experiences in the military. CLIP More on this through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loose_Change_(2007_film)
Michael Moore says he's been served (July 26, 2007) http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Entertainment/2007/07/26/michael_moore_says_hes_been_served/8497/
BURBANK, Calif., July 26 (UPI) -- Michael Thursday said the Bush administration has served him with a subpoena regarding his trip to Cuba during the making of his new film, "Sicko." The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who appeared Thursday on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," said he was notified about the subpoena at the network's studios in Burbank, Calif. "I haven't even told my own family yet," Moore said. "I was just informed when I was back there with Jay that the Bush administration has now issued a subpoena for me."Moore filmed the trip as part of his film comparing the U.S. healthcare system with government healthcare systems in other countries.He took three Sept. 11, 2001, emergency rescue workers to Guantanamo Bay "because I heard the al-Qaida terrorists we have in the camps there, detained, are receiving free dental, medical, eye care, the whole deal, and our own (Sept. 11) rescue workers can't get that in New York City."Moore said the film's distributor, the Weinstein Co., will donate 11 percent of "Sicko's" box-office receipts Aug. 11 to "help these workers and the other workers who need help."
Scientists Hack Voting Machines to Prove Tech Weaknesses http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/072807Y.shtml
"Computer scientists from California universities have hacked into three electronic voting systems used in California and elsewhere in the nation and found several ways in which vote totals could potentially be altered, according to reports released yesterday by the state," reports Christopher Drew in Saturday's edition of the New York Times.
Talk of Impeachment Is in the Air http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/080807V.shtml
Bill Moyers Journal is rebroadcasting the show with constitutional scholar Bruce Fein, who wrote the first article of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, and The Nation's John Nichols, author of "The Genius of Impeachment."
Indian Tibetans march to shame Olympics host China http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/DEL182053.htm
NEW DELHI, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Thousands of Tibetans marched through New Delhi on Wednesday, shouting slogans and waving flags in protest against China's actions in Tibet at the start of the one-year countdown to the Beijing Olympics. In one of the biggest rallies by Tibetans in India, about 10,000 Tibetans, including maroon-robed Buddhist monks and women in traditional costumes, bellowed their demands, asking China to prove it was upholding the rights of people living in Tibet. "The essence of the Olympics is equality, but we do not have equality in Tibet," said Kalsang Godrukpa, president of the Tibetan Youth Congress, the main organiser of the rally. "China doesn't deserve the Olympics until Tibet is free," he told reporters, as protesters marched by wearing yellow baseball caps and waving Tibetan flags and giant posters of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader. Chinese troops marched into Tibet in 1950 and Beijing has since ruled the Himalayan region. About 120,000 Tibetans are exiled in India, including the Dalai Lama who fled after a failed uprising in 1959.Amnesty International and other rights groups say China is severely restricting the freedom of Tibetan people and suppressing their culture. China says it is helping a historically poor region develop. China is trying to look its best as it comes under increasing international scrutiny in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, and protesters hope they can get enough attention to embarrass its leaders into meeting their demands. CLIP
China frees Canadian protesters (August 8, 2007) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070808.w2chinatibet0808/BNStory/International/home
Three Canadians detained in China for protesting the Communist government's rule in Tibet have been released and deported from the country, a New-York-based pro-Tibet group said Wednesday. Right now what we confirm is that they have been released and that they have been put on a plane, Nick Gulotta of the group Students for a Free Tibet said in a telephone interview from New York. The group's executive director, Lhadon Tethon, of Victoria, was the third Canadian detained when she was taken into custody earlier Wednesday. She had been visiting Beijing and writing on her blog and posting videos and photos online about what the group calls China's propaganda campaign in the year leading up to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Two other Canadians Melanie Raoul, 25, and Sam Price, 32, both of Vancouver were detained on Tuesday. They were among six protesters who unfurled a 42-square-metre banner from the Great Wall of China reading One World, One Dream, Free Tibet 2008 the slogan used by the group to focus attention on Tibet during the countdown to the Olympics. CLIP
Mugabe's economics of despair (26/07/2007) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=BSRR2RU3DDG4HQFIQMGCFF4AVCBQUIV0?xml=/news/2007/07/24/wzim124.xml
The lone box of washing powder on a Zimbabwean supermarket shelf was an object lesson in economics. President Robert Mugabe's government has set prices for sugar, flour, cooking oil and meat below the cost of production. So there are gaping spaces under the signs for those goods."Everything is stopping," said an illegal money changer, explaining the sudden fall in demand for foreign currency and the rising value of the Zimbabwean dollar. While Mr Mugabe seems to be ignorant of the basics of economy, the regime appears to be preparing to seize firms in the same way that it destroyed the country's commercial agriculture by confiscating White-owned farms. Businessmen describe the price-control policy as "organised looting" and say the ruling Zanu-PF party has embarked on a "scorched earth" programme. The prospects for almost all ordinary Zimbabweans - those not connected to Zanu-PF - are dire. Basic commodities are available only after queueing for hours, and life expectancy is the lowest on earth. Despite their desperation, the overwhelming sentiment, is one of resignation and resentment, expressed with quiet dignity. The opposition is divided and there is no expectation of an uprising. The washing powder in the Bulawayo store exposed the effects of the government's measures against hyperinflation, last said to be 4,530 per cent before publication of the figures was stopped. CLIP
Mugabe says he will print more money (July 28, 2007) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070728/ap_on_re_af/zimbabwe_economy_3
HARARE, Zimbabwe - President Robert Mugabe has promised to print more money to fund municipal projects, a government newspaper reported Saturday. The pledge came despite hyperinflation that has created severe shortages of cornmeal, meat, milk and other staples. Meanwhile, water shortages worsened due to pump breakdowns, and a senior government official said kidney patients were dying for lack of dialysis machines. The offical Herald newspaper reported that Mugabe told a meeting of local councilors they should put more pressure on government ministers to improve services."Where money for projects has not been found, we will print it," Mugabe was quoted as saying.The printing of money is generally regarded as a recipe for inflation which is officially at 4,500 percent in Zimbabwe, though private economists estimate it to be least twice as high. The government last month ordered sweeping price cuts of around 50 percent, accusing store owners and businesses of fueling the inflation.Zimbabwe is in the grips of its worst crisis since independence from Britain in 1980. Power, water, health and communications systems are collapsing, and there are acute shortages of staple foods and gasoline. Unemployment is around 80 percent, and political unrest is high. Mugabe blames Western sanctions and rejects criticism that the meltdown is the result of mismanagement and the often-violent seizures of thousands of white-owned farms he ordered beginning in 2000. (...) The government-ordered price controls have denuded stores across the country, with businesses saying they can't afford to sell at the new prices. Some 5,000 managers and gas station and store owners have been arrested and fined for defying the price controls since the order was issued June 26. Daily power outages are forcing Zimbabweans to light fires for cooking and heating water. State radio reported Friday that a woodlands park used for conservation classes faced collapse because wood poachers had stripped nearly 500 acres of its indigenous msasa trees and other long-burning hardwoods.
Depleted Uranium: A Crime Against Wisdom By Gabriel Cousens, M.D. http://www.perdana4peace.org/blog/?p=233
The Issue of Depleted Uranium (DU) is extraordinarily important.Though it represents a clear threat to the health of all humanity,and all life forms on planet Earth, it also represents a clear debasement and loss of any moral or ethical standards by the U.S.and by the rest of the world in allowing DU to be used in warfare.Scientists, medical professionals, war veterans, active duty personnel, international lawyers and the global human community are calling for an awareness of this crisis and simply to stop the use of Depleted Uranium, in order to preserve life on the planet.It is a crisis that is clearly greater than even cancer or HIV/AIDS. It is contributing to an awesome increase in all types of cancers, birth defects, and disease in people and plant and wildlife all over the world.According to Geophysisist Leuren Moret, the equivalent of atomic bombs released by the use of DU in Iraq in 2003 is 400,000 Hiroshima bombs. We need to be clear that these DU particles have a half-life of 4.5 billion years. In other words, its effects will not blow away in a few years.(...) A study of 251 Gulf War Veterans from Mississippi conducted by the Veterans Administration showed that 67% of veterans had children with severe illnesses, missing eyes, blood infections, respiratory problems, and fused fingers. This is very significant data. Their babies were born after the war they were deemed to have severe defects. The newborns had missing: brains, arms, eyes, organs. . . they had blood diseases. The Gulf War Veterans came back with DU in their clothing, bodies, and semen. These were people who had normal babies before they went over there now they are running 67% birth defects. The DU is in their semen, and when they have intercourse they are infecting their mates, as well. There is a tremendous amount of research throughout the world. It took us 30 years to prove that lung cancers were related to smoking, we seem to have the same kind of denial going on with the use of DU. The Army is in a difficult place because DU is an incredible weapon it is a superior weapon for destroying an enemys tanks and society. DU is the most devastating weapon we have. Unfortunately, it is another form of nuclear warfare. According to Dr. Caldell from Australia, Leuren Moret, a Geoscientist who works almost around the clock educating citizens about this issue, has one of the best bio- physics and humanitarian understanding of the issue. She is talking about the genetic future of humanity, which is at risk from the use of DU. She points out that vast regions around the world, as well as in our atmosphere are contaminated with DU. She makes the point that within four days, DU is already in the United States, carried by the winds and dust storms from the Sahara Desert, coming across in the hurricanes, dropping more intensively in Florida, Texas, and the East Coast of the US, but impacts the entire planet. Moret is an expert in atmospheric dust. These dust storms are millions of square miles and transport millions of tons of sand dust around the world. There is a creeping awareness that something ANTI-HUMAN AND POWERFULLY DELETERIOUS TO ALL LIFE ON THE PLANET is going on. Even the World Health Organization in 2003 said that they expect the global cancer rates to increase 50% by the year 2020. The infant mortality, which began to go down when they had a nuclear test ban in 1963, is now rising around the world. This is an indicator of radioactive pollution. CLIP Recommended by Judith Iam (email@example.com) who wrote: "Lengthy but worth it, with information at the end as to what one can do about this." -- such as... Action Guide: http://traprockpeace.org/award_winning_du_film.html#actions and The Trojan Horses of Nuclear War http://www.traprockpeace.org/depleted_uranium_hamburg03.html
Nuclear energy's dirty secrets (August 8, 2007) http://tinyurl.com/yomun2
It's astonishing that the Canadian Nuclear Association is allowed to falsely advertise nuclear energy as "clean." Pro-nukes want us to believe nuclear energy, in contrast to coal, doesn't produce greenhouse gases (GHGs). This is nonsense. From mining to milling to enrichment, from reactor construction to decommissioning, nuclear uses vast amounts of fossil fuels. Expansion of nuclear power would involve mining lower-grade ore; this would require even more fossil fuels. And consider this: all Saskatchewan uranium exported to its biggest customer -- the U.S. -- is enriched by two dirty coal plants in Kentucky. That nuclear energy is being promoted for the production of Alberta's heavy oil should put to rest the nonsensical view it is a magic bullet for solving global warming. And there is nothing "clean" about the radiation -- of which there is no safe level -- that nuclear spreads, from uranium tailings to reactor wastes. Plutonium remains toxic for 800 generations. Then, there is the undeniable weapons connection. Depleted uranium from enriched Saskatchewan uranium is raw material for the U.S. military. DU bullets have been used in several war zones since 1991 and are responsible for escalating birth deformities and childhood cancers in Iraq. CLIP
HBO Airs A-Bomb Footage Kept From Media for Decades http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/080707P.shtml
Greg Mitchell reports for Editor and Publisher: "On the 62nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima - widely ignored elsewhere in the media Monday - HBO aired a documentary by Steven Okazaki titled 'White Light/Black Rain.' It mainly focuses on a few survivors of the attack in 1945, which took at least 150,000 lives.... Here is a full report on how the footage came to exist - and was then hidden from all."
In an Eastern Congo Oasis, Blood Amid the Greenery (July 22, 2007) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/21/AR2007072101358_pf.html
In Africa's Oldest National Park, Gorillas Are Being Killed and Their Guardians Are Endangered, Too (...) More gorillas have been killed during the past year in Virunga National Park than are known to have been killed during the worst years of the war. With only around 700 mountain gorillas left in the world -- more than half of them in Virunga National Park -- each death equates to something like a massacre. The hippo population in the park has declined from 28,000 to fewer than 350, according to conservation groups. "These killings are part of a worrying trend," said Emmanuel de Merode, who co-founded WildlifeDirect with the paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey. "We are not sure exactly why, but we are extremely concerned the situation is getting worse." Even so, the rangers keep working with the hope that if the fighting ever stops, the park might again attract tourists; in neighboring Rwanda, gorilla-viewing is a multimillion-dollar-a-year business. "It's like being an apostle," Ngobobo said. "You have to believe in the job first. You have to have an altruistic mind. . . . It is this chaotic situation that tells me I don't have the right to become discouraged or tired. Why am I going to get tired when there is so much to be done?"
OUR DEAD AND DYING TREES (July 22, 2007) An effect of the chemtrails?? http://www.newswithviews.com/Peterson/rosalind4.htm
Many trees have died or are in the process of dying in large areas across the United States and in Alaska. What is triggering such abroad decline and die-off response to entire suites of plant and tree communities? Whether in forest lands, in public parks, along rivers and streams,in watered areas, golf courses or on private property, our trees are showing signs of major health problems or dying in record numbers. In some areas the majority of trees have died and left entire watersheds in jeopardy. Allan Buckman, a former Associate Wildlife Biologist, Central Coast Region, California Department of Fish & Game, has been seeing vegetation changes and climate shifts over wide areas of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties, in California, for several years, that are not normal to this area. As a wildlife biologist, recently retired from assignment in Sonoma and Lake Counties, Mr. Buckman completed field reviews of projects, land acquisition, and animal census over wide areas within these counties, and has had over 35 years of field experience here and in the North Bay areas of California. Mr. Buckman noted: " In the past I have seen localized die-off of plant communities from a myriad of sources, and there tends to be a trend toward one to several problems at a time, and it varies year to year. But I have never seen the present condition of wide spread impact to almost all special in all areas from a wide assortment of insects, fungus, molds, mildews, bacteria and virus. I have seen areas where every tree and shrub in a drainage area has some form of health problem "Mr. Buckman took vegetation samples from one such area in Lake County, from chamise, ceanothus (buck brush), red bud, laurel,yellow willow, black willow, elderberry, leather oak, black oak, blue oak, interior live oak, walnut, Yerba Santa, Manzanita, and toyon.Mr. Buckman, " found similar sites in Sonoma County that included live oak, valley oaks, ceanothus, chamise, pears, apples,plums, roses and a number of ornamentals. The " larger question of just exactly why they are all infected, and what it is that could trigger such a broad response to an entire suite of plant communities " remains unanswered. (...) Trees are being cut down in record numbers across the United States without anyone doing the studies to determine why these trees are dying and what is causing this problem. Fires are burning hotter and are more devastating since the late 1980s, and the dying of the trees is certainly aggravating this situation. Mr. Buckman noted: "I think we are in for big changes, and I think we should be on this 'like a duck on a June bug'. I think this is as serious as it gets, and we need to act quickly to document the facts and take corrective actions " (...) What is the common dominator for deteriorating tree health in so many areas of the United States? Air pollution, white haze, climate change, increasing UV radiation, higher humidity caused persistent jet contrails, jet fuel emissions, lack of sunlight from persistent aging contrails or climate change produced by persistent jet contrails? There are over 50+ weather modification programs ongoing, according to NOAA records, in the United States. What impact does this chemical manipulation of our weather have on the regional micro-climates that are needed for tree, plant, and agricultural crop health? Artificial weather modification through the use of chemicals can impact all of us by reducing water supplies, changing agricultural crop production cycles, reducing crop production, and water availability. Since most experimental weather modification programs use chemicals released into the atmosphere the public could be subjected increasingly toxic or unknown substances that could adversely impact agricultural crops and trees. Global dimming and the persistent contrails, that produce man-made clouds, may have serious impacts on crop production. A recent corn crop study in Illinois shows that cloud cover reduces corn crop production while direct sunlight increases production. The dead and dying trees, dead branches, impacted shrubs and bushes is turning some of our forests into torches when touched by fire. Why are our public officials ignoring this problem not taking tree ring and soil samples to find out why are trees are stressed and dying? What has caused this ecological imbalance and what steps are being taken to determine what is stressing our trees? CLIP
Smog May Speed Up Global Warming (26 July 2007) http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/072607EA.shtml
Ozone in smog will accentuate global warming this century as it will damage plants and trees that help soak up carbon emissions, a study says. Its authors fear a major factor in the climate-change equation has been badly overlooked. They say ozone at ground level is damaging the ability of plants to absorb the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) and so limiting their ability to act as carbon sinks. As a result, more CO2 will build in the atmosphere instead of being taken up by the land, which in turn will stoke global warming and thus worsen climate change, the researchers report today online in the journal Nature. In the stratosphere, a thin, naturally-occurring level of ozone is a vital shield for life on earth, providing a shield against DNA-damaging ultraviolet. But at ground level, it is a pollutant, brewed in a reaction between fossil-fuel gases and sunlight. Ozone has long been known to be a risk to health by damaging the airways, but recent research has also highlighted its damaging effect on vegetation. The gas enters plants through respiratory pores, called stomata, in the leaves. It then produces by-products that crimp efficiency in photosynthesis, leaving a plant that is weak and undersized. Efforts to figure out how fast-rising levels of ozone will affect forests have been hampered by a nasty confounding factor. (...) Unlike CO2, which spreads around the planet's atmosphere, ground-level ozone pools nearer to its source, with North America, Europe, China and India high on the list of polluted regions. In pre-industrial times, ozone was 17 parts per billion. Today, it is 35 parts per billion and is on course for 54 parts per billion by the end of the century, says Sitch.
A 21st century catastrophe (24 July 2007) http://environment.independent.co.uk/climate_change/article2795635.ece
Flood-ravaged Britain is suffering from a wholly new type of civil emergency, it is clear today: a disaster caused by 21st-century weather.This weather is different from anything that has gone before. The floods it has caused, which have left more than a third of a million people without drinking water, nearly 50,000 people without power, thousands more people homeless and caused more than £2bn worth of damage - and are still not over - have no precedent in modern British history.Nothing in the past hundred years, in terms of flooding caused by rainfall, has been as bad. According to the Environment Agency, even the previous worst case, the extensive floods of spring 1947, which were aggravated by the vast snow melt that followed an exceptionally hard winter, has been surpassed."We have not seen flooding of this magnitude before," said the agency yesterday. "The benchmark was 1947, and this has already exceeded it." And the 1947 floods were said to have been the worst for 200 years.Most remarkable of all is the fact that the astonishing picture the nation is now witnessing - whole towns cut off, gigantic areas underwater, mass evacuations, infrastructure paralysed and grotesquely swollen rivers, from the Severn and the Thames downwards not even at their peaks yet - has all been caused by a single day's rainfall. A month's worth and more in an hour. It is obvious that the Government and the civil powers, from Gordon Brown down to the emergency services, are struggling to cope, not only with the sheer physical scale of the disaster itself, but with the very concept of it. It is entirely unfamiliar. It is new. Yet it is exactly what has been forecast for the past decade and more. CLIP
Coral Reefs Dying Faster Than Expected http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/080807EB.shtml
The Associated Press reports, "Coral reefs in much of the Pacific Ocean are dying faster than previously thought, according to a study released Wednesday, with the decline driven by climate change, disease and coastal development."
England under water: scientists confirm global warming link to increased rain (23 July 2007) http://environment.independent.co.uk/climate_change/article2793067.ece
It's official: the heavier rainfall in Britain is being caused by climate change, a major new scientific study will reveal this week, as the country reels from summer downpours of unprecedented ferocity.More intense rainstorms across parts of the northern hemisphere are being generated by man-made global warming, the study has established for the first time an effect which has long been predicted but never before proved. CLIP
Warnings Sounded as Mediterranean Melts in Heat (23 July 2007) http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/072307EC.shtml
Athens - Greece is now on a war footing against weather phenomena "the likes of which we have never seen", warns the country's Public Order Minister Byron Polydoras. Polydoras was speaking as countries around the Mediterranean roasted, with temperatures soaring to "furnace levels", as one meteorologist described it. Temperatures are likely to reach 43C in the shade this week, making this the hottest summer on record for Greece in the past century. Macedonia has declared a state of emergency. Spain, Italy and France are experiencing droughts that are measuring up to become the worst on record. According to the most recent bulletin from the French Government, the situation remains "preoccupying", with recent rain in the north failing to replenish subterranean reservoirs. Many politicians now fear the Mediterranean coast may soon become too hot to sustain a viable tourist industry. (...) In France, weeks of searing weather have brought climate change back on to the agenda. This year's report from the Government's climate change experts predicted temperatures rising between two and four degrees before the end of the century. According to Meteo-France, the national meteorologists, winters may be five degrees warmer with summers three degrees hotter. "The projections lead us to believe that global warming will affect the Mediterranean more than the rest of the planet," said Laurent Li, of the national Centre for Scientific Research. "The Mediterranean is a transition zone between a mild, wet climate to the north and a dry, hot climate in the south. The steep difference makes the Med particularly sensitive and vulnerable to changes." CLIP
Bee Slums and Turkeys: The Case for Resilience http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/073007F.shtml
"Our focus on efficiency in building manmade systems has been short-sighted because it fails to anticipate change over the long run. Resiliency is eliminated at each turn by owners, managers, and planners steeped in the cult of efficiency and trained to cut out profit-reducing redundancy whenever it appears. In organizations, this usually works well - at least for a while. But our attempt to maximize the use of natural systems has, in this regard, been an unmitigated disaster," writes Chip Ward for TomDispatch.com.
As bees vanish, crops endangered (July 23, 2007) http://www.bucyrustelegraphforum.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070723/LIFESTYLE/707230312/1024
LEXINGTON -- If Peter, Paul and Mary were still composing music, they might consider a classic ballad remake and call it "Where Have All the Honeybees Gone?"In 27 states, millions of honeybees -- which seemed healthy days earlier -- abandoned their hives and vanished. Gone without a trace or decipherable reason. Losses are ranging from 30 to 60 percent on the West Coast. Some beekeepers lost more than 70 percent on the East Coast and in Texas. David Bradshaw, a beekeeper in Visalia, Calif., was shocked this spring when he opened his boxes and found half of his 100 million bees missing."I've never seen anything like it," Bradshaw, 50, said from an almond orchard that was just beginning to bloom. "Box after box after box are just empty. There's nobody home."Honeybees do more than make honey. They're responsible for pollinating approximately a third of the nation's crops, including apples, peaches, pears, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, cranberries, watermelons, cantaloupes, kiwis, avocados, cucumbers and soybeans.A Cornell University study estimated honeybees annually pollinate more than $14 billion worth of seeds and crops in the United States -- mostly fruits, vegetables and nuts."The almond tree is the only nut-bearing tree that needs pollination," explained local beekeeper Ken Lightle, who also works at Garden Gate Farm Market & Greenhouse in Lexington."People don't realize it, but every third bite we eat is directly related to the pollination of bees," he said. (...) "Beekeepers that have been most affected so far have been close to corn, cotton, soybeans, canola, sunflowers, apples, vine crops and pumpkins," said David Hackenberg, former president of the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF).Other massive -- though localized -- bee die-offs occurred before the introduction of GM crops. Bees have disappeared in areas in Europe and Canada, where there are no GM crops grown at all. Other speculations on the causes of CCD include global warming, the electromagnetic radiation of cell phones and thermal radiation, said Lightle.If the CCD outbreak continues to spread at today's alarming rate, food supplies and retail prices could be greatly affected. CLIP
Coming Up - World's First 'Zero-Carbon' City http://www.ipsnews.org/news.asp?idnews=38187
DUBAI, Jun 15 (IPS) - A city free of cars, pedestrian-friendly, powered by renewable energy and surrounded by wind and photovoltaic farms -- all in the middle of a petroleum-rich desert. This five billion US dollar plan, which might do credit to a sci-fi film set, is envisaged for Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). When complete, in 2009, it will be the nearest thing yet to a zero-carbon, zero-waste city. Using the traditional planning principles of a walled city, together with existing technologies to achieve sustainable development, this six sq km expanse will house an energy, science and technology community. (...) It is expected to house at least 50,000 people initially and as many as 100,000 eventually. We are creating a synergetic environment; it is a true alternative energy cluster with researchers, students, scientists, business investment professionals, and policy makers in the same community. It will combine the talent, expertise and resources to enable the required technological breakthroughs,'' Jaber explained to IPS. To encourage people to be a part of this setup amid harsh weather conditions that witness temperatures soaring up to nearly 50 degrees Celsius during July and August, a pedestrian-friendly environment has been planned with narrow streets and shaded walkways. The maximum distance to the nearest transport link and amenities is likely to be no more than 200 m and will be complemented by a rapid personal transport system. This self-sustaining city is expected to provide up to 1,500 companies with an attractive incentives package, including a one-stop shop programme for government services, transparent laws, 100 percent foreign ownership, tax-free environment, intellectual property protection and proximity to nearby manufactures, suppliers and markets. (...) By attempting the first carbon neutral city in the world, Masdar is demonstrating its commitment to change the way the world understands energy and sustainable resource utilisation. One day all cities will be built like this,'' Jaber added.
The End Of Cheap Food (04 August, 2007) http://www.countercurrents.org/james040807.htm
It looks like the era of cheap food is over. The price of maize has doubled in a year, and wheat futures are at their highest in a decade. The food price index in India has risen 11%, and in Mexico in January there were riots after the price of corn flour went up fourfold. The floods in England and India have devastated crops. In nearly every country food prices are going up, and they are probably not going to come down again. CLIP
Stop the World http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-krLqPvI1erHnhQNZ8KT.dCnbXQ--?cq=1
Climate change has wrought disaster after disaster, bringing disease in its wake. Our government has seen fit not to attempt to make any changes to help this dying world. It is therefore, up to us, as Citizens of the World, to make the changes that desperately need to be made at this time. Towards that end, I want to propose that we join together and "Stop the World". What is Stopping the World? On 9/11, everyone stops what they are doing, and shuts down every energy-sucking outlet they own. This includes automobiles, electricity, natural gas, water...all of it. Turn it all off. Also, do not purchase anything at all on this day, in that way we stop consumerism for the day to send a message to big business, the utility companies, and government alike. Shut the government down for a day. Take the day off. Do nothing this day except talk about how we can use less to save the planet. CLIP - Proposed by ERN subscriber Stormy "DawnEagle" Summers (firstname.lastname@example.org) who created this "to bring attention to climate change, and our own excesses that contribute to it."
TruthBurn Given Final Approval For Burning Man 2007 http://911truthburn.blogspot.com/2007/07/burning-man-says-yes-to-truthburn.html
(...) The sculpture will be destroyed by about 40 lbs of remotely ignited thermite towards the end of the festival. With help from Ken Jenkins, audio and video from the 911 truth movement will be shown in the evenings on a screen suspended from the sculpture. (...) About 40,000 people attend Burning Man. A considerable number of national and international press attend as well. A video of the TruthBurn event will be made available after the festival.
Are Your Cell Phone and Laptop Bad for Your Health? http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/080107HA.shtml
On AlterNet.org, Stan Cox says, "For decades, concerns have been raised about the health effects of 'extremely low frequency' fields that are produced by electrical equipment or power lines. People living close to large power lines or working next to heavy electrical equipment are spending a lot of time in electromagnetic fields generated by those sources. Others of us can be exposed briefly to very strong fields each day."
Fla. Man Invents Machine To Turn Water Into Fire http://www.wpbf.com/news/13383827/detail.html
A Florida man may have accidentally invented a machine that could solve the gasoline and energy crisis plaguing the U.S.. [John] Kanzius, 63, invented a machine that emits radio waves in an attempt to kill cancerous cells while leaving normal cells intact. While testing his machine, he noticed that his invention had other unexpected abilities. Filling a test tube with salt water from a canal in his back yard, Kanzius placed the tube and a paper towel in the machine and turned it on. Suddenly, the paper towel ignited. Kanzius performed the experiment without the paper towel and got the same result -- the saltwater was actually burning. [He] said he showed the experiment to a handful of scientists across the country who claim they are baffled at watching salt water ignite. Kanzius said the flame created from his machine reaches a temperature of around 3,000 [°F]. He said a chemist told him that the immense heat created from the machine breaks down the hydrogen-oxygen bond in the water, igniting the hydrogen. "You could take plain salt water out of the sea, put it in containers and produce a violent flame that could heat generators that make electricity, or provide other forms of energy," Kanzius said. He said engineers are currently experimenting with him in Erie, Pa. in an attempt to harness the energy. They've built an engine that, when placed on top of the flame, chugged along for two minutes. Kanzius admits all the excitement surrounding a new possible energy source was a stroke of luck. Someone who witnessed his work on the cancer front asked him if perhaps the machine could be used for desalinization."This was an experiment to see if I could heat salt water, and instead of heat, I got fire," Kanzius said.
COLOMBO, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Climate change threatens to bring further flooding, droughts, fires and landslides and the world must invest now to mitigate damage from natural disasters, the UN's top aid official said on Wednesday.
With tens of millions of people displaced in India and Bangladesh after severe flooding, nations should examine ways to protect vulnerable populations, John Holmes, UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs said in an interview.
"It's the worst we've seen for 50, 60, 70 years and we're beginning to see a pattern of flooding around the world," Holmes told Reuters during a visit to war-torn Sri Lanka. "There is an enormous problem because climate change is a reality already... We need to anticipate it and not just respond to it."
"Floods, droughts, fires, landslides, these are already happening in larger numbers than ever before, and I think the link with climate change is well proven."
Sri Lanka has escaped the floodwaters choking its South Asian neighbours, but is grappling with its own aid problems. Renewed civil war between the state and Tamil Tiger rebels is hindering delivery of aid to tens of thousands displaced by the conflict and 2004 tsunami.
The latest bout of monsoon flooding in India, which began about three weeks ago, is said to be the worst in living memory in parts of the impoverished state of Bihar, where around 10 million people have been affected alone.
About 545 people have been killed in the floods, mostly by drowning, disease and snakebites. More than 50,000 people are suffering from diarrhoea in the flood-hit districts of Bangladesh, authorities said.
The United Nations is encouraging governments to set up disaster management authorities as well as education campaigns to ensure measures are in place for future disasters.
"I think if you invest in disaster risk reduction, and what that means is not building on flood plains, having shelters for people to go to, recognising the problems before they happen and anticipating them, that investment is one of the best investments you can make," he added.
Holmes fears that climate change-related natural disasters will pile increasing pressure on a world already short of funding to cope with existing humanitarian disasters.
"I think there will be a problem in the future about the scale of the resources," he said. "We never have enough money for the humanitarian crises we have already."
South Asia on Brink of 'Health Crisis' After Floods
By Ed Johnson
Aug. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Millions of villagers hit by monsoon floods across northern India, Bangladesh and Nepal are "days away from a health crisis,'' as stagnant waters become a breeding ground for disease, the United Nations said.
About 30 million people have lost their homes or livelihoods after monsoon rains and melting Himalayan snow caused rivers to burst their banks, the UN Children's Fund, Unicef, said in a statement yesterday.
Floodwaters "are a lethal breeding ground for diarrheal and waterborne diseases at potentially epidemic levels,'' Marzio Babille, Unicef's health chief in India, said in the statement, adding malaria and dengue fever are among the threats. "Children, who make up 40 percent of South Asia's population, are particularly susceptible.''
Monsoon rains between June and September are essential for agriculture in South Asia and cause annual flooding. This year's monsoon rains have been of a "startling magnitude and intensity'' and caused the region's worst floods in living memory, Unicef said.
Almost 20 million people have been affected in the Indian states of Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the agency said. Hundreds of thousands of people are camping on highways, railway tracks and rooftops to escape the floods, many without clean drinking water.
Indian Death Toll
The floods have killed 1,428 people in India since the monsoon season began in June, the country's national disaster management agency said yesterday, Agence France-Presse reported.
Sonia Gandhi, president of the ruling Indian National Congress party, and Home Minister Shivraj Patil visited Bihar yesterday where floods have inundated 2.7 million acres (1.1 million hectares) of farmland, AFP said. The state has asked the government for 2 million metric tons of wheat and rice to feed people affected by the floods, the news agency added.
In Bangladesh, a low-lying delta nation, 8 million people have been affected, according to Unicef. Twenty-six rivers are flowing above danger levels and 1.2 million acres of cropland have been damaged. Diarrhea, cholera and skin diseases are spreading.
At least 328 people have died in Bangladesh because of floods and landslides since the monsoon season began, AFP reported, citing the government.
In the past eight days, at least 18,300 people were admitted to hospital with diarrhea, the news agency said, citing health spokesman Aisha Akhter.
Flooding across Nepal has affected more than 300,000 people, mostly in rural areas of the Terai along the southern border with India, Unicef said. Floods, landslides and disease have killed 95 people in the Himalayan kingdom, the agency said yesterday.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is "deeply saddened by the hundreds of lives lost'' and "concerned by the economic devastation faced by the survivors,'' his office said in a statement yesterday.
Flash floods kill at least 14 in central Nigeria (August 7, 2007) http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L07628021.htm
JOS, Nigeria, Aug 7 (Reuters) - At least 14 people have been killed and thousands of families forced to leave their homes by flash floods sweeping the central Nigerian state of Plateau, the Red Cross said on Tuesday. The flooding, which began on Sunday, followed a heavy downpour which made a river break its banks, washing away buildings, livestock and crops in the remote farming districts of Kanam, Wase and Langtang North, officials said. (...) Heavy rain has caused flooding in several parts of Africa's most populous country, but the disaster in Plateau is the worst. CLIP
SUDAN: More flooding predicted as death toll exceeds 70 http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/IRIN/fef46aaac9d7ad3dea39d222bddf6ff1.htm
KHARTOUM, 8 August 2007 (IRIN) - Sudanese authorities have said forecasts show the level of the Blue Nile River will continue to rise and the situation remains critical in many of the country's states after weeks of torrential rains and flooding that have left more than 70 people dead.The level of the river, which runs through eastern and southeastern Sudan, has been rising steadily over the past weeks, forcing hundreds of families living along its path to abandon their homes. (...) The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has said the floods could affect 2.4 million people across 16 states.
Bush's Martial Law Plan Is So Shocking, Even Congress Can't See it Executive über alles as member of Homeland Security Committee barred from viewing post-terror attack provisions
Paul Joseph Watson
July 23, 2007
President Bush's post-terror ["False Flag Operation - ED.] attack martial law plan is so shocking that even sitting members of Congress and Homeland Security officials are barred from viewing it, another example of executive über alles and a chilling portent of what is to come as constant reminders of the inevitability of terror attacks reverberate.
Congressman Peter DeFazio (D - OR) was asked by his constituents to see what was contained within the classified portion of the White House's plan for operating the government after a terrorist attack.
Since DeFazio also sits on the Homeland Security Committee and has clearance to view classified material, the request would have appeared to be routine, but the Congressman was unceremoniously denied all access to view the documents, and the White House wouldn't even give an excuse as to why he was barred. "I just can't believe they're going to deny a member of Congress the right of reviewing how they plan to conduct the government of the United States after a significant terrorist attack," DeFazio told the Oregonian on Friday.
"We're talking about the continuity of the government of the United States of America," DeFazio says. "I would think that would be relevant to any member of Congress, let alone a member of the Homeland Security Committee."
"Maybe the people who think there's a conspiracy out there are right," DeFazio concluded.
The article also quotes Norm Ornstein, a legal scholar who studies government continuity at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, who told the paper he "cannot think of one good reason" to deny access to a member of Congress who serves on the Homeland Security Committee.
"I find it inexplicable and probably reflective of the usual, knee-jerk overextension of executive power that we see from this White House," Ornstein said.
The only plausible reason DeFazio was barred access to the documents is that the plans for a post-terror attack continuity of government scenario are so abhorrent that to reveal their true nature would cause a public outcry and lead to a major repeal of what is contained in the documents.
What we already about Bush's recent spate of executive orders, and in particular PDD 51, is bad enough - the provisions outline preparations for the implementation of open martial law in the event of a declared national emergency.
New legislation signed on May 9, 2007, declares that in the event of a "catastrophic event", the President can take total control over the government and the country, bypassing all other levels of government at the state, federal, local, territorial and tribal levels, and thus ensuring total unprecedented dictatorial power.
It is important to understand that, although these powers have been on the books for previous presidents, Bush is the first to openly brag of the fact that he will utilize them and officially become the supreme emperor of the United States in the aftermath of a catastrophe that the government itself has said will happen on innumerable occasions.
According to columnist and author Jerome Corsi, the power grab assures that "The president can declare to the office of the presidency powers usually assumed by dictators to direct any and all government and business activities until the emergency is declared over."
Also in May,it was reportedthat a high-level group of government and military officials has been quietly preparing an emergency survival program named "The Day After," which would effectively end civil liberties and implement a system of martial law in the event of a catastrophic attack on a U.S. city.
The documents that Congressman DeFazio was blocked from seeing likely interlock with both these programs and detail the overarching agenda to effectively nullify what's left of the U.S. Constitution and firmly ensconce George W. Bush as a supreme dictator.
Only by putting enough pressure on the media and in turn the White House to be transparent about what the secret martial law provisions are can we lead an effort to repeal them before the next terror attack, whether real or manufactured, takes place.
From: Stephanie Sutton (email@example.com)
Subject: Your Voice Can Make Impeachment Happen Now
Date: 22 Jul 2007
WE ARE THREE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AWAY FROM IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS
We all know the bad news, which is that the Cheney administration is determined to commit even more gross and outrageous abuses of power until finally Congress stands up and confronts them. But the good news
is that the mounting public pressure is having an effect and John Conyers confided that if three more members of Congress sign on to the call for impeachment he will initiate proceedings. That's all they are waiting on . . . for enough of us to speak out to make it happen.
More on the police state
Subject: The Police State Has Been Operationalized: The Cheney/Bush Junta Has Installed Dictatorship - everything is in readiness....
By unilateral action, unannounced to the media and the public, Bush has declared an exceptional "State of Emergency" in both Iraq and the U.S. and has enabled the military and all police forces in the U.S. with extraordinary "martial law" powers, including the ability of Bush's marshals and agents to seize all property and assets of anybody (in the world) they decide is obstructing the war and pacification programs, is sympathizing with programs to oppose the war policies, or is undermining the management and administration of the programs. ANYBODY IN THE WORLD ANYWHERE.
That means, there is no law anywhere except our rule. Hail Caesar.
These measures are not aimed at fighters and armed insurgents.
They are aimed at PEOPLE EVERYWHERE in the world, most definitely including here, to "terrorize' people into quiet acquiescence with the wars that are being waged by government designated, zionist controlled or manipulated mobs.
In essence, the Jackboots are firmly in control. The political system failed, corrupted out by plutocrat money. The Republic is now completely gone, the constitution completely ignored by a lawyering class which refuses to enforce its provisions. The laws mean nothing. The courts mean nothing. The Congress means nothing, The police state can do what ever it wants to do with you under this seizure of power.
Essentially, all is institutionally in place for a vast expansion of the war programs and a national program of terror which "chills" the majority of the population into quiet acquiescence to the product of Diebold's magical "voting" machines. They don't even have to arrest your arse. They do not have to charge you with a crime. They put your name on a list". You have heard of the "no-fly list"? Now they have the "no exist list". Then they just surgically remove you from your cards, your bank accounts, your cars, and your home and leave you floundering in the street.
Your voice can make a real difference right now, by letting your own representatives in Congress know that you expect them to do their constitutional duty and put an end to the crimes of the White House. And there are so many impeachable crimes, they commit new ones day by day. To try to hide their wrongdoing they are obstructing justice in every possible way, ordering their cronies to refuse to testify, defying Congressional subpoenas, which would be impeachable offenses standing alone.
The action page above is a voting page, with already over 90,000 submissions Would it surprise you to know that 99.19 percent of the vote so far have been Yes to impeach? Unless Congress acts now, we shudder to think what unimaginable further damage the White House dictatorship will inflict on our democracy in the next 18 months. They are desperately clutching power and it is not too far-fetch to ask if they will stage a terrorist attack (or do NOTHING to stop one) for the purpose of imposing martial law and gutting our Constitution altogether.
We have seen an endless stream of executive orders in the last couple months that purport to grant the president unlimited powers in just such an event. These orders are so broad and ambiguous that any disruption anywhere in the world might be used as a pretext for the Constitutionally unthinkable. They literally presume to write sweeping legislation in the form of administrative directives, a further expression of their inherent contempt for the role of Congress.
The courts will not save us. This was demonstrated again this week when a loyal Bushie threw out the civil law suit of Valerie Plame without even a hearing on the merits. There is only one thing that can save us. Your voice. If and only if YOU will click a mouse one time to send your vote to Congress on the question of impeachment, then and only them can we get the additional three members of Congress to take action, and once the process begins there will be no stopping it.
Some have asked why take action against Cheney first. It is not just that he is the least popular, he is also the most guilty. Already a majority of the American people support his impeachment, by even the most conservative pollsters. And of course once Cheney impeachment reaches critical mass, his puppet Bush will be pulled in by the same trail of evidence. But if you would rather call for both of them to be impeached at once, there is an action page for that too. IMPEACH BOTH: http://www.usalone.com/impeach_both.php
Take action now. Raise your voice. Join the hundreds of thousands who are starting to speak out in this time of great Constitutional peril, perhaps the most sinister threat our democracy has ever faced.
TELL DENNIS KUCINICH HOW PROUD YOU ARE OF HIM
And please also consider making a donation to Dennis Kucinich, without whose leadership on the issues none of this might have been able to happen. He is the one who put forward H.Res. 333 when nobody else even had the Constitutional integrity to even raise their hand.
Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know. If you would like to get alerts like these, you can do so at http://www.usalone.com/in.htm
John Nichols : Censure and Impeachment http://tinyurl.com/2lm5v9
As the movement to impeach Bush and Cheney attracts more support with each passing day, Feingold's resolutions should be seen as evidence that the essential American principle of presidential accountability is finally being put back on the table by responsible members of Congress.
07/27/07 "ICH" -- -- The looming collapse of the US military in Iraq, of which a number of generals and former generals, including former Chief of Staff Colin Powell, have warned, is happening none too soon, as it my be the best hope for preventing military rule here at home.
From the looks of things, the Bush/Cheney regime has been working assiduously to pave the way for a declaration of military rule, such that at this point it really lacks only the pretext to trigger a suspension of Constitutional government. They have done this with the active support of Democrats in Congress, though most of the heavy lifting was done by the last, Republican-led Congress.
The first step, or course, was the first Authorization for Use of Military Force, passed in September 2001, which the president has subsequently used to claim-improperly, but so what? -that the whole world, including the US, is a battlefield in a so-called "War" on Terror, and that he has extra-Constitutional unitary executive powers to ignore laws passed by Congress. As constitutional scholar and former Reagan-era associate deputy attorney general Bruce Fein observes, that one claim, that the US is itself a battlefield, is enough to allow this or some future president to declare martial law, "since you can always declare martial law on a battlefield. All he'd need would be a pretext, like another terrorist attack inside the U.S."
The 2001 AUMF was followed by the PATRIOT Act, passed in October 2001, which undermined much of the Bill of Rights. Around the same time, the president began a campaign of massive spying on Americans by the National Security Agency, conducted without any warrants or other judicial review. It was and remains a program that is clearly aimed at American dissidents and at the administration's political opponents, since the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court would never have raised no objections to spying on potential terrorists. (And it, and other government spying programs, have resulted in the government's having a list now of some 325,000 "suspected terrorists"!)
The other thing we saw early on was the establishment of an underground government-within-a-government, though the activation, following 9-11, of the so-called "Continuity of Government" protocol, which saw heads of federal agencies moved secretly to an underground bunker where, working under the direction of Vice President Dick Cheney, the "government" functioned out of sight of Congress and the public for critical months.
It was also during the first year following 9-11 that the Bush/Cheney regime began its programs of arrest and detention without charge-mostly of resident aliens, but also of American citizens-and of kidnapping and torture in a chain of gulag prisons overseas and at the Navy base at Guantanamo Bay.
The following year, Attorney General John Ashcroft began his program to develop a mass network of tens of millions of citizen spies-Operation TIPS. That program, which had considerable support from key Democrats (notably Sen. Joe Lieberman), was curtailed by Congress when key conservatives got wind of the scale of the thing, but the concept survives without a name, and is reportedly being expanded today.
Meanwhile, last October Bush and Cheney, with the help of a compliant Congress, put in place some key elements needed for a military putsch. There was the overturning of the venerable Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which barred the use of active duty military inside the United States for police-type functions, and the revision of the Insurrection Act, so as to empower the president to take control of National Guard units in the 50 states even over the objections of the governors of those states.
Put this together with the wholly secret construction now under way--courtesy of a $385-million grant by the US Army Corps of Engineers to Halliburton subsidiary KBR Inc--of detention camps reportedly capable of confining as many as 400,000 people, and a recent report that the Pentagon has a document, dated June 1, 2007, classified Top Secret, which declares there to be a developing "insurgency" within the U.S, and which lays out a whole martial law counterinsurgency campaign against legal dissent, and you have all the ingredients for a military takeover of the United States.
As we go about our daily lives--our shopping, our escapist movie watching, and even our protesting and political organizing-we need to be aware that there is a real risk that it could all blow up, and that we could find ourselves facing armed, uniformed troops at our doors.
Bruce Fein isn't an alarmist. He says he doesn't see martial law coming tomorrow. But he is also realistic. "Really, by declaring the US to be a battlefield, Bush already made it possible for himself to declare martial law, because you can always declare martial law on a battlefield," he says. "All he would need would be a pretext, like another terrorist attack on the U.S."
Indeed, the revised Insurrection Act (10. USC 331-335) approved by Congress and signed into law by Bush last October, specifically says that the president can federalize the National Guard to "suppress public disorder" in the event of "national disorder, epidemic, other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident." That determination, the act states, is solely the president's to make. Congress is not involved.
Fein says, "This is all sitting around like a loaded gun waiting to go off. I think the risk of martial law is trivial right now, but the minute there is a terrorist attack, then it is real. And it stays with us after Bush and Cheney are gone, because terrorism stays with us forever." (It may be significant that Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate for president, has called for the revocation of the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq, but not of the earlier 2001 AUMF which Bush claims makes him commander in chief of a borderless, endless war on terror.)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has added an amendment to the upcoming Defense bill, restoring the Insurrection Act to its former version-a move that has the endorsement of all 50 governors--but Fein argues that would not solve the problem, since Bush still claims that the U.S. is a battlefield. Besides, a Leahy aide concedes that Bush could sign the next Defense Appropriations bill and then use a signing statement to invalidate the Insurrection Act rider.
Fein argues that the only real defense against the looming disaster of a martial law declaration would be for Congress to vote for a resolution determining that there is no "War" on terror. "But they are such cowards they will never do that," he says.
That leaves us with the military.
If ordered to turn their guns and bayonets on their fellow Americans, would our "heroes" in uniform follow their consciences, and their oaths to "uphold and defend" the Constitution of the United States? Or would they follow the orders of their Commander in Chief?
It has to be a plus that National Guard and Reserve units are on their third and sometimes fourth deployments to Iraq, and are fuming at the abuse. It has to be a plus that active duty troops are refusing to re-enlist in droves-especially mid-level officers.
If we are headed for martial law, better that it be with a broken military. Maybe if it's broken badly enough, the administration will be afraid to test the idea.
Dave Lindorff is the author of Killing Time: an Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. His n book of CounterPunch columns titled "This Can't be Happening!" is published by Common Courage Press. Lindorff's newest book is "The Case for Impeachment", co-authored by Barbara Olshansky.
He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Dan Stafford (email@example.com)
Date: 28 Jul 2007
Subject: Re: Bush and Cheney's ist of impeachable offenses: Add building a private army.
Why don't we add "Forming a private army" to this list.
WHY is the contingent of Blackwater mercenaries in Iraq so large and well-armed, why are they operating in the USA while the majority of our constitutionally provided military are deployed on foreign soil in the middle of a civil war our President started?
What loyalties do Blackwater mercenaries have in the event of a civil emergency per Bush's qualifications (whims) and the imposition of martial law under his foul executive order? It's not bloody likely they've sworn to uphold the US Constitution, now, is it?
Why exactly is the back of the US ground forces being broken over there? Is it really oil and defense contracting, or is that just the icing on the cake in the oven?
We know things are bad. Worse than bad. Theyre crazy
By Mike Whitney
07/23/07 "ICH" --- Americans dont believe in revolution anymore. It has become a meaningless event in the distant past. But we need a revolution and we need it now. We need to remove the present administration and restore the peoples confidence in government.
The Bush administration is not a government at all. We all know that. It is a crime familyan oligarchy of racketeers. They have no moral authority, no legitimacy, no right to govern. Theyre criminals.
Who doesnt know this?
And, yet, our congressmen and senators refuse to do their jobs. Theyve taken impeachment off the table. They have agreed that Bush is above the law. Fine. Then well have to persuade them that theyre wrong or find another way. But Bush has to go. How else can we re-establish democracy in America? How else can we reinstate the legitimate power of congress?
Were not asleep. We know whats going on. We know they wont stop until someone stops them. Why would they? They love power.
Look at Iraq. The millions of protestors in the streets had absolutely no effect. The congress had no effect. World opinion had no effect. The United Nations had no effect.
So what happened?
They were stopped in Iraq by men with guns. End of story.
Will it be different at home? I hope so, but who knows?
Leftists, liberals and Libertarians are great at pointing out the details of Bushs attack on the Bill of Rights---but to what end? For more recriminations and hand-wringing?
We don't need that. We know the problem and we know the solution---Bush must go.
I could be wrong, but I think that revolution is coming---and its coming sooner than you think. The American people have been hoodwinked and intimidated for a long time, but were reaching a tipping point where public outrage will overpower fear. And thats what revolution is---organized rage directed at the government. Thats why they want to keep us apart, and spy on us, and follow our every movement. They want absolute power. Its their dream. It is the dream of evil men everywhere. But it will fail---because everything theyve tried so far has failed. And because the culture of freedom is stronger than the cynical schemes of demagogues.
We need to see were not alone. We need to understand that 70% of the American people feel just like us. Theyre mad. Mad at the war, mad at congress, mad at Bush. And we need to stay mad---mad as hell until things change. And theyll only change if we work together.
Just What the Founders Feared: An Imperial President Goes to War (07/23/07) http://tinyurl.com/2nzq9c
The nation is heading toward a constitutional showdown over the Iraq war. Congress is moving closer to passing a bill to limit or end the war, but President Bush insists Congress doesnt have the power to do it. I dont think Congress ought to be running the war, he said at a recent press conference. I think they ought to be funding the troops. He added magnanimously: Im certainly interested in their opinion.The war is hardly the only area where the Bush administration is trying to expand its powers beyond all legal justification. But the danger of an imperial presidency is particularly great when a president takes the nation to war, something the founders understood well. In the looming showdown, the founders and the Constitution are firmly on Congresss side.Given how intent the president is on expanding his authority, it is startling to recall how the Constitutions framers viewed presidential power. They were revolutionaries who detested kings, and their great concern when they established the United States was that they not accidentally create a kingdom. To guard against it, they sharply limited presidential authority, which Edmund Randolph, a Constitutional Convention delegate and the first attorney general, called the fetus of monarchy. The founders were particularly wary of giving the president power over war. They were haunted by Europes history of conflicts started by self-aggrandizing kings. John Jay, the first chief justice of the United States, noted in Federalist No. 4 that absolute monarchs will often make war when their nations are to get nothing by it, but for the purposes and objects merely personal. (...) The Constitution cannot enforce itself. It is, as the constitutional scholar Edwin Corwin famously observed, an invitation to struggle among the branches, but the founders wisely bequeathed to Congress some powerful tools for engaging in the struggle. It is no surprise that the current debate over a deeply unpopular war is arising in the context of a Congressional spending bill. That is precisely what the founders intended. Members of Congress should not be intimidated into thinking that they are overstepping their constitutional bounds. If the founders were looking on now, it is not Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi who would strike them as out of line, but George W. Bush, who would seem less like a president than a king.
Dangers of a Cornered George Bush - Applied Psychoanalysis http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18081.htm
As we watched the pressure build on President Bush, looked toward the additional challenges we expect him to face over the next 18 months, and pondered his tendency to disregard the law and the Constitution, we felt very much in need of professional help in trying to estimate what kinds of decisions he is likely to make.
From: Phyllis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: 24 July, 2007
Subject: Call-To-Action from G. Edward Griffin & Aaron Russo
Call-to-Action Very Important!
From: G. Edward Griffin and Aaron Russo
On July 17, President Bush signed an Executive order that authorized blocking the use of any property held by anyone he says is a threat to the "stabilization" of Iraq. That means anyone who opposes his Middle East foreign policy now is subject to loss of home, automobiles, savings, investments, and anything else considered as property. Read the document here:
This is about as serious as it gets. There have been many assaults on our freedom in the last few years, but none with such totality and finality as this. We must draw the line in the sand on this issue. The American people must re-discover their indignation, get off their couches, and send a tsunami of protest to Washington. Here are three things you can do:
1. If you don't already know the name and contact information of your Congressman and Senator, look it up in Google. Send them a short but explicit message to the effect that you expect them to (1) introduce or support fast-track legislation to rescind the Executive Order issued July 17 relating to blocking property of those who disagree with President Bush's policy in Iraq and (2) call for impeachment of the President NOW.
2. Make a list of every organization, publication, journalist, web site, talk-show host, and community leader who understands the significance of this Executive Order and send it to us at email@example.com so we can build a coalition of activists on this issue. Also send them a note or call them in person to urge them to align with the coalition and take action.
3. Send this message to everyone you know.
That's it. There is no need to explain why this is important, and there is nothing that can be said that would be more motivating than the stark possibility of a police state in which citizens lose their property if they disagree with der Fuhrer (the Leader).
July 20, 2007 (LPAC)--As the leading politicians in Washington continue to "fake it," day by day the danger of the imposition of a full dictatorship in the United States, linked to an expanded World War IV, grows greater. Already, Cheney (and Bush) have made it clear that they consider themselves the law, as Hitler did, and will not comply with any Congressional oversight, or instruction, demonstrating that it's a total waste of time for the Congress to debate and pass resolutions on war policies. Only a full-fledged impeachment drive, which will, in the best case, lead rapidly to Cheney's resignation, can be effective in saving the Constitution, and the nation.
However, as the LaRouche Youth Movement and LaRouche PAC have found in their organizing, especially where they have turned Congressmen around to sign on to the impeachment bill, there is a full-scale revolt in the population against the failure of Congress to act. Out in the boondocks, the majority wants the impeachment of Cheney. Instead of screaming about the inactivity of the Congress, effective organizers should be focussing on and mobilizing in the boondocks. When the Congressmen return home in August, they will be confronted by a population in revolt, and right where we want them -- susceptible to pressure. Organizing in the boondocks is crucial in this period. But if we know this, we have to assume that Cheney and his controllers do as well. Thus the question posed by former Reagan Administration official Paul Craig Roberts in his recent interviews and columns, which has also been picked up in the Russian press, is relevant: Is Cheney preparing for a new 9/11 incident, in order to try to whip the American people back into malleability? We don't know that that's what they're planning, but the danger is clearly there. The first 9/11 almost worked to get a full-fledged dictatorship, but not quite. The question is, will they try again?
Roberts is also right on in identifying the stupidity of the Democrats who think that keeping Cheney in place will "help'' them in the 2008 elections. As LaRouche asked before, what makes them think there will be elections? Roberts puts it well: The Cheney faction in power has "no belief in the people or anything like that.... The Constitution is in the way.... Americans need to comprehend and look at how ruthless Cheney is.... A person like that would do anything." In fact, LPAC has written the book on that.
In the face of such a proven fascist, it looks like Congress has had surgery, and lost their guts in the process.
In organizing to prevent the "Guns of August," it is important to inoculate the American population against such a 9/11 scenario, which Roberts has called a "false-flag" terrorist attack, which could be used as a pretext, and which LaRouche has also warned against in connection with the BAE scandal. The best way to prevent a new 9/11? Lock Cheney up, put him in prison -- maybe Guantanamo.
Clearly, history hangs in the balance over these next few weeks. Get out LaRouche's webcast invitation ("The Politicians are Faking") far and wide, and build the July 25th webcast. FDR Democrat LaRouche is going to issue orders to the so-called leading political figures of our nation--and the troops have to be at the ready, to ensure that they are carried out.
"Maybe the people who think there's a conspiracy out there are right."
Congressman Peter DeFazio, 7/20/07
About a quarter hour into my half hour interview with her Wednesday, Penny Dodge, chief of staff for Oregon's Congressman Peter DeFazio, asked me what a "false flag" attack was. I explained it in a few words.
A false flag attack is one in which you attack your own people, then blame it on a group of people you want to attack. It's a radical stratagem for instantly creating hatred, and it's common, historically speaking, all the way from ancient to modern times. For example:
*The Roman Emperor Nero burned Rome, then blamed it on emerging Christianity.
*The German Fuhrer Hitler burned the Reichstag, then blamed it on communist Jewry.
*The American President Bush demolished the World Trade Center, then blamed it on radical Islam.
At present, "false flag" is a highly relevant term, as Ms. Dodge and her boss Rep. DeFazio have learned from their constituents back home in Oregon. Folks in the Pacific Northwest, especially around Portland, believe that they may be the victims of a false flag attack by the Bush Administration under cover of an upcoming government terror exercise, Operation Noble Resolve.
As I pointed out in my column last week, Next 9/11, Summer 2007?, Operation Noble Resolve, to be conducted in August, will involve extensive mobilization of Homeland Security and U.S. military forces to simulate a wide range of catastrophic terror events in Oregon. The grand finale will be the simulation of a ten kiloton atomic bomb in Portland.
But what if they decide to use a real bomb rather than simulate it?
No doubt 99 percent of the participants in Noble Resolve believe it is a mere readiness exercise, but what if one percent -- inserted by Bush cronies -- believe it is the perfect cover for setting off a real nuke? This is, after all, what happened on 9/11/01, when U.S. military commands were simulating terror airline strikes on U.S. skyscrapers -- which is exactly what happened. It's also what happened on 7/7/05, when London police were simulating terror subway strikes -- which is exactly what happened. The criminal one percent effectively hijacked those exercises while the 99 percent of honest participants were as shocked as the general public, and simply carried on with the scenario they had been practicing, which had now become "live."
When the horrific events that government exercises are supposed to be practicing against turn out to be the exact events that occur, then it is insanity to continue to put blind faith in the motives of the government. On the other hand, it is highest sanity to document, organize, and protest against a possible false flag attack, as the constituents and congressional folk of Oregon are now doing.
Prayers for Portland
An effective grassroots movement is growing in Oregon, and it has pushed Congressman DeFazio in the right direction. Early summer anxiety by his constituents concerned him little, as he then issued assurances that all was on the level with pending federal terror exercises, and the recently enacted National Security Presidential Directive 51, which allows Bush to establish a dictatorship if there is a catastrophic natural event or terror attack.
DeFazio's assurances didn't convince his constituents, though, and soon they didn't even convince him. Just to make sure that everything was on the level with NSPD-51, he asked to see the secret annexes of the document. This was his right as a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, and in his 20 years in Congress he had never been refused access to classified documents.
There's a first time for everything, though. After initially granting DeFazio permission to check into NSPD-51, the White House reversed itself on 7/18/07, and refused to let him take a look. Friday, DeFazio, along with House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bernie Thompson and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Chris Carney, sent a letter to the White House. In it, they demand the access so far denied DeFazio -- or a written explanation as to why access has been refused -- by Thursday. This is the day before Congress -- and Congressman DeFazio -- recess and return to their home districts to answer emphatic questions.
Portland has more than a prayer if it and the rest of Oregon keep up the pressure on their local, state and national leaders. At this stage of the Bush regime and its terror-driven global war, there's no shame in conspiracy theory, since it's the only theory that offers consistent, coherent answers to our growing secret government and its terror policies.
Forwarded by Alfred Webre (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Americans Move Into Canada As Canada Becomes Part of the USA (United States of Amnesia)
August 1, 2007 - Exopolitics Toronto
The North American Union (NAU), on the good authority of Connie Fogal, leader of the Canadian Action Party, is virtually a 'fait accompli' - the third stage of global unification under a central bank, augmented towards a common global currency, military and government.
Having met with Connie Fogal several weeks ago Victor Viggiani Director of Media Relations - Exopolitics Toronto is aware she is very concerned about the prospect of the NAU. The patterns are all there. It is up to Canadians to connect the dots to see the picture.
AMERICA MOVES IN Bush is set to meet with Harper and Calderon (Pres of Mexico) this Aug 20 and 21 in Montebello Quebec to solidify the pact. In fact the AMERICAN Army has/will be cordoning off a 25 km zone around the town of Montebello to keep out Canadians who want to protest the meeting. A local group that wished to hold a town hall meeting was told they could not use their own town hall. Americans keeping us out of our own cities and buildings!!
Most people you know have not heard of this hushed-up meeting.
See article by Steve Watson below...
This is only the tip of the iceberg and the sad part is - Canadians are going to swallow it politely... just like always unless we act now. Someone in the White House does not want us talking about this until it's too late.
Several Questions Arise Why has the media not been analyzing an issue that will have such immense implications for Canada? Why has no politician - Layton, Dion, Ignatieff or provincial Premier voiced ANY concerns? Why has M. Duceppe - an acknowledge separatist - been silent about the onslaught of the Amero and Quebec's special status in this union? (Me thinks he protests too little!) Have you heard about the Montebello meeting from any major media outlet? Why not? How will this NAU affect OUR water - the Alberta Tar Sands - The Arctic.
And these are but a few...
Exopolitics Toronto is engaging this issue.
If you wish to act - ask your MP why there has been NO public debate about this issue in Parliament and why MPs have not voted on this in OUR Parliament, you can go to http://www.exopoliticstoronto.com and click on Contact your MP. Phone - write fax - e-mail.
It is rather coincidental that all of this is occurring when MPs are not sitting and possibly on vacation - however this must not dissuade us from acting.
We live in a world where opinion trumps fact. Most people have done NO investigation of the facts but rely on their personal feelings or what the news, TV, radio and papers tell us. If this be the case we will all be very upset when it's too late.
Exopolitics Toronto seeks to change this - to educate as well as inform. You are urged to look at some of the resources here pass the word along to friends, organizations of which you may be part and politicians about your commitment to Canada.
Journalists where are you when we need you?
Finally - It would be interesting to be at the border crossing point the night the US Army convoy crosses into Canada to the tune of the Star Spangled Banner - the War of 1812 all for naught now we give them FREE entry. Shall we all stand there helpless as did the Poles, the Dutch, the Czechs and the Austrians?
What song does George sing and does he want us to memorize the lyrics so we can conveniently remember to forget we became part of the United States of Amnesia without lifting a finger?
Canada - wake up!
Regards Victor Viggiani Director of Media Relations Exopolitics Toronto
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Military To Crackdown On North American Union Protesters Secretive SPP confab to be protected by 25km military cordon, forums blocked
Steve Watson, July 25, 2007
The US army is to enforce a huge security perimeter around the upcoming North American Union meeting in Canada this August as well as cracking down on expected protests, having already shut down a public forum due to take place close to the event.
The Security and Prosperity Partnership meeting in Montebello, Quebec on August 20 and 21 is to be policed by American forces, who along with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) have already refused to allow the Municipality of Papineauville, which is about six kilometres from Montebello, to rent a community centre to the Council of Canadians action group who were planning to hold a public forum the night before the confab to express their concerns about the meeting and the issues being discussed.
"It is deplorable that we are being prevented from bringing together a panel of writers, academics and parliamentarians to share their concerns about the Security and Prosperity Partnership with Canadians," said Brent Patterson, director of organizing with the Council of Canadians. "Meanwhile, six kilometres away, corporate leaders from the United States, Mexico and Canada will have unimpeded access to our political leaders."
The Council of Canadians has also been told that in addition to the 25km perimeter in Montebello, there will be checkpoints in nearby areas, and vehicles carrying more than five people will be turned back.
A whole host of other Canadian activist groups are scheduling protests despite the military cordon. According to journalist and NAU researcher Jerome R. Corsi, the protesters believe that as many as 10,000 people could assemble in Quebec to demonstrate.
One particular activist group, Canadian Action Party, has taken issue with US troops coordinating operations for the confab on Canadian soil while denying access to Canadian citizens.
CAP's leader said,"Bad enough that our RCMP and the Quebec provincial police force would apply offensive Canadian law to prevent a legitimate meeting of dissenting citizens. Totally untenable that a foreign army assumes jurisdiction on our land. But this we knew from the Binational Planning Agreement begun in 2002 that saw Canada crawl on its belly and permit the USA military to enter our land whenever it deems necessary. "
"Does anyone still believe that our federal leaders have not thrown away our sovereignty ? That from Chretien (Liberal) to Martin (Liberal) to Harper (Conservative), the Prime Ministers of our land have not been committing treason behind closed doors? How otherwise would it be possible that a proud, sovereign, and free nation would see a foreign army on its soil interfering with the right of Canadians to assemble and to speak?"
Elite lobbying group the Council on Foreign Relations seeded the plan for a "North American Advisory Council" which eventually became the SPP.
It comes as no surprise to NAU researchers that the latest SPP meeting will be a highly secretive and guarded affair given that CFR documents have revealed that the group wants to "establish private bodies that would meet regularly or annually to buttress North American relationships, along the lines of the Bilderberg conferences."
Internal SPP documents released under the FOIA have also shown that a wide range of US administrative law is being re-written in stealth under this program to "integrate" and "harmonize" with administrative law in Mexico and Canada, in a similar fashion to moves that have become commonplace within the EU.
The documents contain references to upwards of 13 working groups within an entire organized infrastructure that has drawn from officials within most areas of administrative government including U.S. departments of State, Homeland Security, Commerce, Treasury, Agriculture, Transportation, Energy, Health and Human Services, and the office of the US Trade Representative.
During the upcoming SPP meeting an advisory Council created last year known as the North American Competitiveness Council will meet on issues including border regulation and competitiveness in the automotive, transportation, manufacturing and services sectors. The council is expected to meet annually with security and prosperity ministers and will engage with senior government officials on an ongoing basis.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is scheduled to host the Quebec summit which Mexican President Felipe Calderon and US President George W. Bush also planning to attend.
The highest elected officials within the US, Canadian and Mexican governments are meeting together with advisory bodies staffed by senior private sector representatives yet the public are being forcibly denied any access to the event in addition to a pathetic blackout on behalf of the corporate media which still ridicules anyone who suggests the North American Union plan even exists.
A REMINDER OF THE SHEER ABSURDITY OF USING FOOD AS FUEL... THIS COULD PROVE TO BE THE UNDOING OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW IT (Perhaps not such a bad thing after all, considering how much environmental havoc it has created...)
The Hidden Agenda behind the Bush Administration's Bio-Fuel Plan
Buy Feed Corn: Theyre about to stop making it
by F. William Engdahl
Global Research, July 25, 2007
That bowl of Kelloggs Cornflakes on the breakfast table, or the portion of pasta or corn tortillas, cheese or meat on the table is going to rise in price over the coming months as sure as the sun rises in the East. Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the new world food price shock, conveniently timed to accompany our current world oil price shock.
Curiously its ominously similar in many respects to the early 1970s when prices for oil and food both exploded by several hundred percent in a matter of months. That mid-1970s price explosion led President Nixon to ask his old pal, Arthur Burns, then Chairman of the Fed, to find a way to alter the CPI inflation data to take attention away from the rising prices. The result then was the now-commonplace publication of the absurd "core inflation" CPI numbers--sans oil and food. Stephen Roche was the young Fed economist who was assigned the statistical manipulation job by Burns.
The late American satirist, Mark Twain once quipped, "Buy land: Theyve stopped making it " Today we can say almost the same about corn or all grains worldwide. The world is in the early months of the greatest sustained rise in grain prices, for all major grains including maize, wheat, rice that we have seen in three decades. Those three crops constitute almost 90% of all grains cultivated in the world.
Washingtons calculated, absurd plan
Whats driving this extraordinary change? Here things get pretty interesting. The Bush Administration is making a major public relations push to convince the world it has turned into a "better steward of the environment." The problem is that many have fallen for the hype.
The center of his program, announced in his January State of the Union Address is called 20 in 10, cutting US gasoline use 20% by 2010. The official reason is to "reduce dependency on imported oil," as well as cutting unwanted "greenhouse gas" emissions. That isnt the case, but it makes good PR. Repeat it often enough and maybe most people will believe it. Maybe they wont realize their taxpayer subsidies to grow ethanol corn instead of feed corn are also driving the price of their daily bread through the roof.
The heart of the plan is a huge, taxpayer subsidized expansion of use of bio-ethanol for transport fuel. The Presidents plan requires production of 35 billion gallons (about 133 billion liters) of ethanol a year by 2017. Congress already mandated with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that corn ethanol for fuel must rise from 4 billion gallons in 2006 to 7.5 billion in 2012. To make certain it will happen, farmers and big agribusiness giants like ADM or David Rockefeller get generous taxpayer subsidies to grow corn for fuel instead of food. Currently ethanol producers get a subsidy in the US of 51 cents per gallon ethanol paid to the blender, usually an oil company that blends it with gasoline for sale.
As a result of the beautiful US Government subsidies to produce bio-ethanol fuels, and the new legislative mandate, the US refinery industry is investing big time in building new special ethanol distilleries, similar to oil refineries, except they produce ethanol fuel. The number currently under construction exceeds the total number of oil refineries built in the US over the past 25 years. When finished in the next 2-3 years the demand for corn and other grain to make ethanol for car fuel will double from present levels.
Not just USA bio-ethanol. In March Bush met with Brazils President to sign a bilateral "Ethanol Pact" to cooperate in R&D of "next generation" bio-fuel technologies like cellulosic ethanol from wood, and joint cooperation in "stimulating" expansion of bio-fuels use in developing countries, especially in Central America, and creating a "bio-fuels OPEC-like" cartel market with rules that allows formation of a Western Hemisphere ethanol market.
In short, the use of farmland worldwide for bio-ethanol and other bio-fuelsburning the food product rather than using it for human or animal foodis being treated in Washington, Brazil and other major centers, including the EU, as a major new growth industry.
Phony green arguments
Bio-fuelgasoline or fuel produced from refining food productsis being hyped as a solution to the controversial Global Warming problem. Leaving aside the faked science and the political interests behind the sudden hype about dangers of global warming, bio-fuels offer no net positive benefits over oil even under best conditions. Its advocates claim that present first generation bio-fuels "save up to 60% of carbon emission." As well, amid rising oil prices at $75 per barrel for Brent marker grades, governments such as Brazils are frantic to substitute homegrown bio-fuels for imported gasoline. In Brazil today 70% of all cars have "flexi-fuel" engines able to switch from conventional gasoline to 100% bio-fuel or any mix. Bio-fuel production has become one of Brazils major export industries as well.
The green claims for bio-fuel as a friendly and better fuel than gasoline are at best dubious, if not outright fraudulent. Depending on who runs the tests, ethanol has little if any effect on exhaust-pipe emissions in current car models. It has significant emission, however, of some toxins including formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, a suspected neurotoxin which has been banned as carcinogenic in California.
Ethanol is not some benign substance as we are led to think from the industry propaganda. It is highly corrosive to pipelines as well as to seals and fuel systems of existing car or other gasoline engines. It requires special new gas pumps. All that conversion costs money.
But the killer-diller about ethanol is that it holds at least 30% less energy per gallon than normal gasoline, translating into a loss in fuel economy per gallon of at least 25% over gasoline for an Ethanol E-85% blend. No advocate of the ethanol boondoggle addresses the huge social cost which is beginning to hit the dining room tables across the US, Europe and the rest of the world. Food prices are exploding as corn, soybeans and all cereal grain prices are going through the roof because of the astronomicalCongress-drivendemand for corn to burn for bio-fuel.
This year the Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued a report concluding that using corn-based ethanol instead of gasoline will have no impact on greenhouse gas emissions, and would even expand fossil fuel use due to increased demand for fertilizer and irrigation to expand acreage of ethanol crops. And according to MIT "natural gas consumption is 66% of total corn ethanol production energy," meaning huge new strains on natural gas supply, pushing prices there higher.
The idea that the world can "grow" out of oil dependency with bio-fuels is the PR hype being used to sell what is shaping up to be the mist dangerous threat to the planets food supply since creation of patented genetically manipulated corn and crops.
US farms become bio-fuel factories
The main reason US and world grain prices are soaring in the past two years and now pre-programmed to continue rising at a major pace, is the conversion of US farmland to become de facto bio-fuel factories. In 2006 US farmland devoted to bio-fuel crops increased by 48%. None of that land was replaced for food crop cultivation. The tax subsidies make it far too profitable to produce ethanol fuel.
Since 2001 the amount of maize used to produce bio-ethanol in the USA has risen 300%, trend increasing going forward. In fact, in 2006 US maize or corn crops for bio-fuel equaled the tonnage of corn used for export. In 2007 it is estimated it will exceed the corn for export by a hefty amount. The US is the worlds leading corn exporter, most going for animal feed to EU and other countries. The traditional USDA statistics on acreage planted to corn is no longer a useful metric of food prices as all marginal acreage is going for bio-fuel growing. The amount available for animal and human feed is actually declining.
Brazil and China are similarly switching from food to bio-fuels with large swatches of land.
A result of the bio-fuel revolution in agriculture is that world carryover or reserve stocks of grains have been plunging for six of the past seven years. Carryover reserve stocks of all grains fell at the end of 2006 to 57 days of consumption, the lowest level since 1972. Little wonder that world grain prices rose 100% over the past 12 months. This is just the start.
That decline in grain reserves, the measure of food security in event of drought or harvest failurean increasingly common event in recent yearsis pre-programmed to continue going as far ahead as the eye can see. Assuming modest world population increase annually of some 70 million people over the coming decade, especially in the Indian subcontinent and Africa, the stagnation or even decline in the tonnages of feed corn or other feed grains including rice that is harvested annually as growing amounts of bio-ethanol and other bio-fuels displaces food grain, in fact means we are just getting started on the greatest transformation of global agriculture since the introduction of the agribusiness revolution with fertilizers and mechanized farming after World War II. The difference is that this revolution is at the expense of food production. That preprograms exploding global grain prices, increased poverty and malnutrition. And the effect on gasoline import demand will be minimal.
Prof. M.A. Altieri of Berkeley University estimates that dedicating all USA corn and soybean production acreage to bio-fuels would only meet 12% of gasoline and 6% of diesel needs. He notes that though one-fifth of last years corn harvest went to bio-ethanol, it met a mere 3% of energy needs. But the farmland is converting at a record pace. In 2006 more than 50% of Iowa and South Dakota corn went to ethanol refineries. Farmers across the Midwest, desperate for more income after years of depressed corn prices, are abandoning traditional crop rotation to grow exclusively soybeans or corn with dramatic added impact on soil erosion and needs for added chemical pesticides. In the US some 41% of all herbicides used are already applied to corn. Monsanto and other makers of glyphosate herbicides like Roundup are clearly smiling on the way to the bank.
Going global with bio-fuels
The Bush-Lula pact is just the start of a growing global rush to plant crops for bio-fuel. Huge sugarcane, palm oil and soy plantations for bio-fuel refining are taking over forests and grasslands in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Paraguay. Soy cultivation has already caused the deforestation of 21 million hectares in Brazil and 14 million ha in Argentina, with no end in sight, as world grain prices continue to rise. Soya is used for bio-diesel fuel.
China, desperate for energy sources, is a major player in bio-fuel cultivation, reducing food crop acreage there as well. In the EU most bio-diesel fuel is produced using rapeseed plants, a popular animal feed. The result? Meat prices around the globe are rising and set to continue rising as far ahead as the eye can see. The EU has a target requiring minimum bio-fuel content of 10%, a foolish demand that will set aside 18% of EU farmland to cultivate crops to be burned as bio-fuel.
Big oil is also driving the bio-fuels bandwagon. Prof. David Pimentel of Cornell University and other scientists claim that net energy output from bio-ethanol fuel is less than the fossil fuel energy used to produce the ethanol. Measuring all energy inputs to produce ethanol from production of nitrogen fertilizer to energy needed to clean the considerable waste from bio-fuel refineries, Pimintels research showed a net energy loss of 22% for bio-fuelthey use more energy than they produce. That translates into little threat to oil demand and huge profit for clever oil giants that re-profile themselves as "green energy" producers.
So its little wonder that ExxonMobil, Chevron and BP are all into bio-fuels. This past May, BP announced the largest ever R&D grant to a university, $500 million to the University of California-Berkeley to fund BP-dictated R&D into alternative energy including bio-fuels. Stanfords Global Climate and Energy Program got $100 million from ExxonMobil; University of California-Davis got $25 million from Chevron for its Bio-energy Research Group. Princeton Universitys Carbon Mitigation Initiative takes $15 million from BP.
Lord Browne, the disgraced former CEO of BP declared in 2006, "The world needs new technologies to maintain adequate supplies of energy for the future. We believe bioscience can bring immense benefits to the energy sector." The bio-fuel market is booming like few others today. This all is a paradise for global agribusiness industrial companies like Cargill, ADM and Monsanto, Syngenta.
All this, combined with severe weather problems in China, Australia, Ukraine and large parts of the EU growing areas this harvest season, guarantee that grain prices are set to explode further in coming months and years. Some are gleefully reporting the end of the era of "cheap food." With disappearing food security reserves and disappearing acreage going to plant corn and grains for food, the bio-fuel transformation will impact global food prices massively in coming years.
Another agenda behind Ethanol?
Uh Huh. The dramatic embrace of bio-fuels by the Bush Administration since 2005 has clearly been the global driver for soaring grain and food prices in the past 18 months. The evidence suggests this is no accident of sloppy legislative preparation. The US Government has been researching and developing bio-fuels since the 1970s. The bio-ethanol architects did their homework we can be assured. Its increasingly clear that the same people who brought us oil price inflation are now deliberately creating parallel food price inflation. We have had a rise in average oil prices of some 300% since the end of 2000 when George W. Bush and Dick Halliburton Cheney made oil the central preoccupation of US foreign policy.
Last year, as bio-ethanol production first became a major market factor, corn prices rose by some 130% on the Chicago in 14 months. It was more than known when Congress and the Bush Administration made their heavy push for bio-ethanol in 2005 that world grain reserves had been declining at alarming levels for several years at a time when global demand, driven especially by growing wealth And increasing meat consumption in China, was rising.
As a result of the diversion of record acreages of US and Brazilian corn and soybeans to bio-fuel production, food reserves are literally disappearing. Global food security, according to FAO data, is at its lowest since 1972. Curiously that was just the time that Henry Kissinger and the Nixon Administration engineered, in cahoots with Cargill and ADMthe major backers of the ethanol scam todaywhat was called The Great Grain Robbery, sale of huge volumes of US grain to the Soviet Union in exchange for sales of record volumes of Russian oil to the West. Both oil and corn prices rose by 1975 some 300-400% as a result. Just how that worked, I treated in detail in: A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics.
Today a new element has replaced USSR grain demand and harvest shortfalls. Bio-fuel demand, fed by US government subsidies is literally linking food prices to oil prices. The scale of the subsidized bio-fuel consumption has exploded so dramatically since the beginning of 2006 when the US Energy Policy Act of 2005 first began to impact crop planting decisions, not only in the USA, that there is emerging a de facto competition between people and cars for the same grains. Lester Brown recently noted, "Were looking at competition in the global market between 800 million automobiles and the worlds two billion poorest people for the same commodity, the same grains. We are now in a new economic era where oil and food are interchangeable commodities because we can convert grain, sugar cane, soybeansanythinginto fuel for cars. In effect the price of oil is beginning to set the price of food."
In the mid-1970s Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a protégé of the Rockefeller family and of its institutions stated, "Control the oil and you control entire nations; control the food and you control the people." The same cast of characters who brought the world the Iraq war, the global scramble to control oil, who brought us patented genetically manipulated seeds and now Terminator suicide seeds, and who cry about the "problem of world over-population," are now backing conversion of global grain production to burn as fuel at a time of declining global grain reserves. That alone should give pause for thought. As the popular saying goes, "Just because youre paranoid doesnt mean they arent out to get you."
F. William Engdahl is author of the forthcoming book, Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation, Global Research Publishing, and author of A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order, Pluto Press. He may be reached via his website, www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net.
F. William Engdahl is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global Research Articles by F. William Engdahl
The scientific canon of 20th century science held that all intelligent life ends at Earth's geostationary orbit. The penalty for any professional not toeing this scientific line was probable loss of professional status and potential harassment by government authorities.
However, one bright spot marks the beginning of change in official terrestrial attitudes toward other species of intelligent life. In 1978, the UN General Assembly approved a revolutionary decision, inviting "interested member states to take appropriate steps to coordinate on a national level scientific research and investigation into extraterrestrial life."
In 2007, countries are now making public formerly secret information about their records of extraterrestrial craft visiting Earth. The big question is: Why now?
What Americans Believe about ETs
According to a 2002 Roper poll, most Americans appear comfortable with and even excited about the thought of the discovery of extraterrestrial life:
* 67% believe in the existence of intelligent life in the universe.
* 48% believe that intelligent off-planet cultures are now visiting Earth.
* 72% believe the U.S. government is not telling all it knows about extraterrestrial craft visiting Earth.
* 14% say they have had a close encounter.
On March 22, the French Space Agency announced it was making public its secret files on possible extraterrestrial sightings. The New Scientist reported that among the 1,600 cases registered since 1954, nearly 25 percent are classified as "type D," meaning that despite good or very good data and credible witnesses, experts have been confronted with something they can't explain.
On May 2, the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense announced it was releasing up to 7,200 secret extraterrestrial sightings files going back to 1967, collected by DI55, a secret unit within the ministry. Other countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Chile also have released classified extraterrestrial reports.
Since 2000, former government officials also have given public evidence to the presence of extraterrestrial civilizations on Earth. In 2001, more than 100 high-level governmental, political and military-intelligence witnesses gave testimonies to the presence of extraterrestrial civilizations during a Disclosure Project press conference in Washington, DC.
In 2005, Hon. Paul Hellyer, former Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, declared that "UFOs are as real as the planes over your head." Hellyer also states he would like "to see what (extraterrestrial) technology there might be that could eliminate the burning of fossil fuels within a generation ... that could be a way to save our planet."
After the tenth anniversary of the Phoenix Lights, former Arizona governor Fyfe Symington admitted on national television that he had witnessed a two-mile wide extraterrestrial spacecraft, sighted by over 10,000 witnesses as it glided silently over Phoenix in 1997.
Exopolitics: A New Vision of the Universe
Intelligent life exists beyond Earth's orbit. We are part of a populated cosmos and our neighbors are reaching out to us at this time.
Exopolitics is the new political science of outer space, and is the science of relations between our human civilization and advanced civilizations in the universe.
The Exopolitics model holds that we live in a highly populated universe, filled with intelligent, evolving civilizations operating under universal law, with governance systems and mediated by universe politics. We on Earth are just becoming aware that we live in a populated universe.
According to Thomas Kuhn, author of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, scientific revolutions happen through paradigm shifts, in sea-changes about the way humanity chooses to see its reality. No amount of scientific data will change any individual's mind about life beyond Earth, and how it's filled with diverse advanced civilizations seeking to engage us now. Each person has to want to change his or her own mind, on the basis of available data and context.
The Exopolitics scientific revolution is interactive and participatory. The more we interact and consciously participate with advanced, ethical extraterrestrial societies that are reaching out to us at this time, the faster our reality paradigm may shift.
Von Braun Was At Roswell
By Clark C. McClelland
Former ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet
Kennedy Space Center, FL 1958-1992
Fromit has come to be known, remains the paramount case in UFO crash/retrieval history. In addition to the claims of a downed alien ship, alien bodies were said to have been recovered from the debris.
The USAF and Federal Government have kept a steadfast opinion that the object in question was a high altitude balloon project, code named: Mogul. The project was designed to detect nuclear blasts in the USSR. The bodies that were recovered, according to the USAF, were parachute test dummies that had been released high above the desert, and had eventually drifted into the "balloon" crash area. The USAF finally settled on this fabricated version of events and passed it off to the American public as truth.
During my long years of service in our national space program, I was very fortunate to come to know and exchange some very exciting data with former German scientists, who had been brought to the USA under Operation Paper Clip following WW II. These men were the elite of the German rocket programs controlled by Adolph Hitler. On many occasions I had the distinct privilege of speaking with Dr. Wernher von Braun, the leader of the elite group, and several other scientists who were assigned to the ABMA (Army Ballistics Missile Agency) launch crews at the Cape Canaveral launch sites. Eventually, these same men were incorporated into the new National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) organization. During the periodic MFA (Manned Flight Awareness) meetings that were held at Cocoa Beach, I was able to talk freely and briefly with such scientists, particularly Dr. von Braun.
On one such occasion, he and I had taken a break and stepped out of the Cocoa Beach Ramada Inn into the back patio. I admitted that I was aware that he and his German Scientific team were located not too far from the crash site at that time. They were launching captured V-2 rockets from the White Sands Testing Range. On this night, I asked him a question concerning the Roswell Incident that caused his eyebrows to raise.
Did the Roswell Incident in fact happen, was an alien craft recovered along with alien bodies? Did you have a chance to go to the crash site?"
Dr von Braun was a cigarette smoker and he lit one up. He thought for a second, then proceeded to talk freely about his inspection of the crashed craft.
He trusted me to hear such astonishing events because I vowed to not report it to newspapers, magazines, television, etc. I never broke that vow. Since he is deceased, and the incident happened over fifty years ago, I am now disclosing what I heard. I have a right to speak about anything - even things that, according to certain agencies, "do not exist."
Dr. von Braun explained how he and his (unnamed, for now) associates had been taken to the crash site after most of the military were pulled back. They did a quick analysis of what they found. He told me the craft did not appear to be made of metal as we know metal on earth. He said it seemed to be created from something biological, like skin. I was lost as to what he indicated, other than thinking perhaps the craft was "alive." The recovered bodies were temporarily being kept in a nearby medical tent. They were small, very frail and had large heads. Their eyes were large. Their skin was grayish and reptilian in texture. He said it looked similar to the skin texture of rattle snakes he'd seen several times at White Sands. His inspection of the debris had even him puzzled: very thin, aluminum colored, like silvery chewing gum wrappers. Very light and extremely strong. The interior of the craft was nearly bare of equipment, as if the creatures and craft were part of a single unit.
That's when I became lost in the moment. We returned to the awards ceremony, in which he participated, later bidding farewell. I went home with my head spinning from all I had heard. Keeping this quiet for many years was very difficult, especially with the temptations of having many friends and associates who believe in UFOs, ETs, etc. I never released this amazing data to Major Keyhoe and NICAP, or the public, until now. I considered my honor sacred when a vow was made.
This amazing interview with Dr. von Braun is only one of many events that I personally experienced as a space flight pioneer at Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, from 1958 to 1992.
Huge Dust Plumes From China Cause Changes in Climate
July 20, 2007
One tainted export from China can't be avoided in North America -- air.
An outpouring of dust layered with man-made sulfates, smog, industrial fumes, carbon grit and nitrates is crossing the Pacific Ocean on prevailing winds from booming Asian economies in plumes so vast they alter the climate. These rivers of polluted air can be wider than the Amazon and deeper than the Grand Canyon.
"There are times when it covers the entire Pacific Ocean basin like a ribbon bent back and forth," said atmospheric physicist V. Ramanathan at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif.
A GLOBAL POLLUTION PROBLEM
On some days, almost a third of the air over Los Angeles and San Francisco can be traced directly to Asia. With it comes up to three-quarters of the black carbon particulate pollution that reaches the West Coast, Dr. Ramanathan and his colleagues recently reported in the Journal of Geophysical Research.
This transcontinental pollution is part of a growing global traffic in dust and aerosol particles made worse by drought and deforestation, said Steven Cliff, who studies the problem at the University of California at Davis.
Aerosols -- airborne microscopic particles -- are produced naturally every time a breeze catches sea salt from ocean spray, or a volcano erupts, or a forest burns, or a windstorm kicks up dust, for example. They also are released in exhaust fumes, factory vapors and coal-fired power plant emissions.
A satellite view from 2001 shows dust arriving in California from Asian deserts. Concentrations of dust are visible to the south, near the coastline (lower right); To the west the dust is mixed with clouds over open ocean. This dust event caused a persistent haze in places like Death Valley, California, where skies are usually crystal clear.
Over the Pacific itself, the plumes are seeding ocean clouds and spawning fiercer thunderstorms, researchers at Texas A&M University reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in March.
The influence of these plumes on climate is complex because they can have both a cooling and a warming effect, the scientists said. Scientists are convinced these plumes contain so many cooling sulfate particles that they may be masking half of the effect of global warming. The plumes may block more than 10% of the sunlight over the Pacific.
But while the sulfates they carry lower temperatures by reflecting sunlight, the soot they contain absorbs solar heat, thus warming the planet.
Asia is the world's largest source of aerosols, man-made and natural. Every spring and summer, storms whip up silt from the Gobi desert of Mongolia and the hardpan of the Taklamakan desert of western China, where, for centuries, dust has shaped a way of life. From the dunes of Dunhuang, where vendors hawk gauze face masks alongside braided leather camel whips, to the oasis of Kashgar at the feet of the Tian Shan Mountains 1,500 miles to the west, there is no escaping it.
The Taklamakan is a natural engine of evaporation and erosion. Rare among the world's continental basins, no river that enters the Taklamakan ever reaches the sea. Fed by melting highland glaciers and gorged with silt, these freshwater torrents all vanish in the arid desert heat, like so many Silk Road caravans. Only the dust escapes.
In an instant, billows of grit can envelope the landscape in a mist so fine that it never completely settles. Moving east, the dust sweeps up pollutants from heavily industrialized regions that turn the yellow plumes a bruised brown. In Beijing, where authorities estimate a million tons of this dust settles every year, the level of microscopic aerosols is seven times the public-health standard set by the World Health Organization.
Once aloft, the plumes can circle the world in three weeks. "In a very real and immediate sense, you can look at a dust event you are breathing in China and look at this same dust as it tracks across the Pacific and reaches the United States," said climate analyst Jeff Stith at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado. "It is a remarkable mix of natural and man-made particles."
This spring, Dr. Ramanathan and Dr. Stith led an international research team in a $1 million National Science Foundation project to track systematically the plumes across the Pacific. NASA satellites have monitored the clouds from orbit for several years, but this was the first effort to analyze them in detail.
For six weeks, the researchers cruised the Pacific aboard a specially instrumented Gulfstream V jet to sample these exotic airstreams. Their findings, to be released this year, involved NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and nine U.S. universities, as well as the National Institute for Environmental Studies in Japan, Seoul National University in Korea, and Lanzhou University and Peking University in China.
The team detected a new high-altitude plume every three or four days. Each one was up to 300 miles wide and six miles deep, a vaporous layer cake of pollutants. The higher the plumes, the longer they lasted, the faster they traveled and the more pronounced their effect, the researchers said.
Until now, the pollution choking so many communities in Asia may have tempered the pace of global warming. As China and other countries eliminate their sulfate emissions, however, world temperatures may heat up even faster than predicted.
Pop quiz for all you global-warming experts: After China and the U.S., which country emits the greatest quantity of greenhouse gases per year? Answer high-tech Japan or industrial Germany, and you flunk. A holographic Al Gore will be beamed over to give you remedial lessons. It's rural Indonesia, which emits 3.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide annually--almost entirely from deforestation. Living trees absorb CO2, and as they are cut down or burned, they release their stored carbon into the air. Trees also absorb sunlight, warming the earth, but in the tropics their ability to absorb CO2 and promote cloud formation has a net cooling effect. In addition, thinning forests mean fewer trees to soak up the carbon emitted by industry and transport. Deforestation is responsible for about 20% of global carbon emissions, more than from all the cars, boats and planes in the world. Plenty of programs plant trees to offset emissions, but it is even more important to save the trees we already have. "You've got to deal with forests if you're going to make any progress on climate change," says Carter Roberts, president of the World Wildlife Fund.
Despite the high emissions rate, the Kyoto Protocol gives tropical countries no incentives for protecting their forests, a process called "avoided deforestation." But that's beginning to change. The World Bank is raising $250 million for a pilot fund to support projects that would encourage governments and companies in the developed world to pay for preserving trees in the tropics in exchange for carbon credits that grant the right to emit CO2. It is a small step, but it represents one of the first attempts to use the tools of carbon finance to save the 32 million acres of forest destroyed each year. Existing carbon-credit programs focus on industrial emissions; this initiative extends carbon trading to the big chunk of CO2 emissions caused by deforestation. "If deforestation is 20% of the problem, it should be 20% of the solution," says Benoit Bosquet, a biocarbon specialist with the bank who is setting up the fund.
To reach that level, however, proponents of avoided deforestation must satisfy the skeptics who kept such projects off the Kyoto Protocol when the environmental treaty's carbon-trading program was set up in 2001. Negotiators at the time worried that the carbon released by cut or burned timber was too difficult to track accurately--just try counting the trees in the Amazon basin--so countries could have ended up receiving credit for preserving nonexistent forests. But since then, scientists have vastly improved their ability to monitor deforestation through satellite technology.
If avoided deforestation takes off, the benefits will go well beyond reducing CO2 emissions. Tropical forests are rich in biodiversity, but there's been no way to make money from keeping them pristine--until now. Giving tropical countries carbon credits for the greenhouse gases saved when trees are preserved puts a market price on maintaining forests as forests. And that allows conservation to compete economically with destructive logging and ranching. Instead of clearing trees, the rural poor could earn a living from the sale of carbon credits for preserving forests. "You can address poverty reduction [and] biodiversity cultivation and deal with huge carbon losses," says Marcel Silvius, senior program manager for Wetlands International.
Not every critic is convinced. Jutta Kill of the forest advocacy group FERN worries that rich countries will use forestry credits as an excuse to avoid reducing industrial emissions. What's certain is that avoided deforestation gives tropical nations a vital stake in the efforts to slow climate change by not forcing them to choose between development and the environment. Indonesia is already pushing for deforestation to be included in any post-Kyoto deal at the climate- change talks this winter. Let's hope it succeeds. It's time to save the trees, so they can save us.
Recently a talented remote-viewer friend of mine acquired the following important information. Because it represents a further demoralization of the Cabal leadership, I especially wish to share this news with you. The remote viewer was brought by her Star Visitor Guide to a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Cabal. ("Cabal" is a term coined by my late friend, Dr. Michael Wolf, consultant scientist with the National Security Council's Special Studies Group, the clandestine organization that oversees UFO matters.) (There would be considerable overlap between the upper-echelon membership of the Cabal, a geoplutocratic dominance-and-control conspiracy organization, and the Executive Committee of the Bilderberg Council, group that makes future plans for the world.) (The Cabal control and operate the Bilderberg Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs, their various future-planning bodies.)
The remote viewer was taken to a window-less round building in some part of Europe, where a meeting was taking place. The all-male group was in discussion when the remote viewer saw that "millions of beings surrounded that building from all Earth realms and beyond." In other words, the consciousness-presences of millions of Star Visitors, and of Humans and other Earth species who have been harmed by the Cabal's henchmen's vile deeds and by their multinational corporations' environmental damage, gathered to give a message to the Cabal leadership. The magnitude of that encounter made clear that something very definitive was happening.
Communication took place telepathically but effectively, because the Cabal-Conviction message had to be delivered formally to the Cabal, and clearly reached the minds of the gathered Cabal.
When the millions of Star and Earth beings present at that meeting "handed a Mandate [to the Cabal] that their time was over," that set into firm place the beginning of a formal accountability period for the Cabal to start paying off the karmic debt they have earned from their long train of misdeeds.
The remote viewer further noted,"Ever since then, I have seen the squirming of the [Cabal] group, trying to get out of the Mandate, but it has been set, and they can't escape it."
Did the Cabal really think that they could evade the (11:11) Spiritual Law of Karma?
The remote viewer concluded with, "It was an incredible event, and I have had hope ever since witnessing this."
The remote-viewer did not determine the date of this Mandate Delivery, but it obviously took place not too long after the September 29, 2005 Trial and Conviction of the Cabal.
You may be sure that that Cabal leadership did not inform their underlings about how they had gotten the word that the Cabal organization's time is over. The Cabal needs their subordinates dumb and happy, so that they will not desert the organization.
But now this news message, which is being intercepted by many Cabal operatives on the Internet and passed around to their associates, will leave them less dumb and definitely not happy.
My word to these disaffected Cabalistas: it's not too late to desert the dark side and come over to the light. Sincere repentance and reparations will be necessary, of course. But there is definitely no future in the course you have been on.
As you have noticed, politics can be a dirty game and with few exceptions power has corrupted those at the top. What should have been an establishment that truly reflected the wishes of the people, has become a power base for those who further their own agendas. Decisions are taken with little reference to the people who are often lied to, as in the instance of the reasons for starting the war against Iraq.
Just for the last century we could run up a never-ending list of violations against the people. What has changed in these latter years is the awakening to the real power behind political movements, realizing the motivation of the big corporations and their financial muscle to dictate the path of Humanity. Now you are exerting people power and the politicians have to take note, even if they try to ignore your protestations. Knowledge is power and through outlets such as the Internet, you are finding out the truth of how you have been manipulated.
The old guard no longer represent your wishes, and this is particularly apparent in their use of war to satisfy power hungry leaders. Enforced laws are used to send your young people to fight, kill, and maim your enemy and destroy their homes and infrastructure. Now you can clearly see the truth behind these false fronts, and demand that instead of war there are moves made to bring peace to the world. That of course is ignored and the old ways maintained through the contrived threat of terrorism.
There is a power far greater than any that is derived from upon Earth. It is the energy of Light, and it is rapidly being drawn to Earth and changing the balance of power. The mass consciousness is lifting up and it is reaching out for another level of understanding, so that peace can be achieved. Out of it your intent for change is gaining power, and once it reaches an optimum level no force on Earth can stop it manifesting. You are at such a stage now and the outward battle has begun. It will be quite lively as the dark forces are such, that to get them removed they will have to be totally ousted. We do not mean that we condone or advocate violence, as that is their way not ours.
The dark cannot succeed against the Light, and as its intensity grows so their authority diminishes. They will try with all of their might to cling onto their power, but it is waning and their support even from within is declining. What you are witnessing is their break up, and the collapse is likely to be sudden. Already its ability to hold sway over you is weakening, and as the truth reaches more people so the odds are being stacked up against them.
When you consider the support you are getting from the Heavenly realms, and the pathway created to allow for change, your task appears a lot easier. With the backing from the Galactic Federation, you represent a mighty force that has the potential to change everything in the twinkling of an eye. Enforcement is an option but only when the dictates of the people and the Spiritual Brotherhood are defied. There is an end date decreed for such action, but events are proceeding well, allowing for a more satisfactory outcome.
It is far better that you instigate the changes largely through your own actions. That way it will be seen as the Will of the people, and our support will not appear as interference but one of creating the opportunity for change. We have kept the balance of power for you, whilst at the same time introducing you to our members and revealing our part in your evolution. We have acted without any desire to influence you against your wishes. However, where you have desired knowledge of our association with you, we have been pleased to provide it.
You are coming out of a very materialistic era that has served its purpose well. Such an experience was necessary for your understanding, so that you could find a balance between Spirituality and Materialism. The Great Spiritual Age was eons of time ago and when it started to break up, you descended into the lower vibrations and have since reached an absolute low point. Now you are experiencing a rapid rise out of them with the promise of the Golden Age, and return to your rightful place in the higher dimensions. This was always the Great Plan for Man, and you were never going to remain in the lower vibrations indefinitely.
At all times you must remember, that you willingly accepted the challenge of experiencing your detachment from the higher energies. As highly evolved Spiritual Beings you knew that you would always have the Light with you, and the support of a multitude of other Beings from the higher realms. You have lived in the illusion of separateness for so long, that some of you still find it difficult to accept that you are all One. However, this realization is growing in strength, and the establishments and societies that have promoted different ideas are beginning to awaken to the truth.
The truth is simple and not embroidered in mysteries, and our coming will allow for the clarification of your beliefs. The myths and misunderstanding related to your history will be removed, and you will see that the truth is much easier to accept. We come to you because we are One, and understand that all creations have resulted from the Creators desire to experience itself. We are part of each other, and will remain linked forever on our journey through the never-ending realms that stretch into Infinity. Even we cannot know everything and are still learning about creation. It is so vast and full of life in the different expressions conceived by the mind of the Creator.
Your opportunity to travel the Universe and beyond, will come your way once you have ascended. As one with a restored Super Consciousness, you will have earnt your right to take your place in the highest realms. Life is a never-ending experience that is gradually directing you on the path back to the Source. Through your journey many Beings of Love and Light have accompanied you and it will always be so, and you too are destined to serve others in the same way. Your potential to give freely of your love will truly manifest with the re-uniting of your Higher Self with your lower Self.
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