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"The world is in a situation of urgency on many levels, but we still have a window of opportunity around which we can rally to enable great transformational changes. The situation in Iraq is salvageable with the right leadership and a change in approach. The damage to our global climate can be repaired, if we are willing to pursue new directions, new technologies and a renewed commitment to individual action to protect our air, our water, our land. Let us, in this annual celebration of our humanity, call forth the buoyant, expectant energies of the New Year and harness them to quicken the impulse toward positive change. The economic stability of our communities and the physical and spiritual health of our nation depend upon our commitment to practical paths toward renewal. That is the power which stands behind all New Year's resolutions. Let us resolve, then, to join in a collective effort to create a new world. The Presidency becomes the catalyst for powerful, transformative change, a new American evolution, spiraling upward along paths of clarity, strength, vision, determination and action. Let us collectively have a bright encounter with the energies of the New Year and make 2007 the year of which future generations will say: "That is when the change began. That is when we began to create with courage a new nation and a new world."
"Thank you very much dear Jean. You're doing such a great job. It is difficult for me to make a choice among the many articles I receive through you. Of course I prefer the positive ones, the channelings, which give me hope for a better future, and I also use the Ho'oponopono therapy and found out that I feel more confident and able to cope with this violent world we have chosen to live in. I desperately need this confidence, because here people are not yet open for all these ideas, while we feel very comfortable with them, as they confirm our deepest source of information. Sometimes I think, we must be crazy, we are living in such a different world view. Sometimes we feel like marginal people, trying to communicate with infinitesimal doses this wonderful world that is evolving. I would like to shout it from the roofs so that people would stop despairing many are so unhappy and miserable. Thank you again. Surely things will go on moving into the right direction and your work is helping lots of us to go on with more determination, confidence. Light and love in abundance, thank you, peace will prevail."
"Jean, my Beloved Brother, you have no idea how wonderful it is to start the new year by reading your compilation... I go through the many pages one at a time, highlight what I want and then print so as to go lie in my quiet place and just read, absorb and enjoy. I get an infinite amount of inspiration for my radio programs and all the many emails of gratitude I send could never be enough. You are a blessing to so many of us and I love you. Again my gratitude for your wonderful labor of love. May 2007 bless you with LOVE, LIGHT, PROSPERITY IN ALL FORMS AND AN INFINITE AMOUNT OF JOY... we need joy to see beyond the sad events and remember that in the end LIGHT ALWAYS PENETRATES DARKNESS and NEVER THE OTHER WAY AROUND."
Lou Bognon - your Light Sister in Johannesburg email@example.com"> NOTE from Jean: Lou has received from Spirit another wonderful book entitled The Divine Laws which I recommend to your attention at http://www.loubognon.com/book3.htm - You'll find many insightful and inspiring offerings on her lovely website, including a link to listen to her inspirational radio program "The Inner Voice".
"The coming months are to be a bit of a crazy time, when one moment you will seem to reach new heights, and in the next one you will be brought back down to Earth. Whatever happens always keep your eye on the greater goal, and know that this way you cannot be deterred or deflected from your path. You will feel day-to-day changes, but overall you will be moving up into the higher vibrations. Everything is changing, and look to your younger generations for the wisdom and love they have brought with them. They are also here for a special purpose, and they will come into their own as the months roll by and people will understand that many are extremely evolved souls. Already you have become aware of some who have started their mission, and they will help immensely when the time comes to change the world. You just do not realize the number of masters who are already with you, and they do not advertise their presence but get on with their work with unparalleled dedication. Heaven has not allowed matters to completely take their own course, and freewill is tempered by the need to ensure that the path ahead is clearly defined, and lit up so that you may find your way. If you could but see the marvelous interplay of energies that are upon Earth and also reaching it from the higher dimensions, you would be greatly uplifted. Large pockets of light continue to grow exponentially, and a glorious show of many colors permeates the darkest of regions."
St. Germain 03-January-2007
1. Message from Matthew - January 7, 2007
2. Message from Diane - 01 January 2007
3. The Executioner's Face is Always Well Hidden
4. The Voice of the White House
5. Saddam is Hanged for His Crimes: Who will Hang Bush/Blair for Theirs?
6. When War Business Rules The World
7. Revealed: Israel Plans Nuclear Strike on Iran
8. Israeli General urges US-Israel strike against Iran
9. Santa Claus is Chinese or, Why China is Rising and the US is Declining
10. The Rich Stand Accused: Capitalism is the source of social and environmental crises
11. WORLD FACES HOTTEST YEAR EVER, AS EL NIÑO COMBINES WITH GLOBAL WARMING
12. The Food We Eat - Dangers of Genetically Engineered Foods
13. World May Be Facing Highest Grain Prices in History
14. The U.S. Navy is proposing to use mid-frequency active sonar off the California Coast
15. Explore Planet Earth In Near-Real Time
16. DO I STAND ALONE?
THIS IS A MUST LISTEN - How to handle a telemarketer http://howtoprankatelemarketer.ytmnd.com/
Absolutely hilarious. Warning! You may piss in your pants... No kidding! :-)
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The Big Picture: An economic forecast for coming times (Running time: 46 min) http://www.consciousmedianetwork.com/members/ggreen.htm
A previously well connected expert - George Green - explains why a bigger depression than in 1929 may very well happen in 2007, the plans to depopulate the earth, the prison camps around the US, the new global currency and much more. Worth your time, BUT YOU NEED TO USE YOUR DISCERNMENT as some claims he makes are no longer current since he has been out of the loop of insider info for a long while...
Bush's Rush to Armageddon (8 January 2007) http://www.consortiumnews.com/2007/010807.html
George W. Bush has purged senior military and intelligence officials who were obstacles to a wider war in the Middle East, broadening his options for both escalating the conflict inside Iraq and expanding the fighting to Iran and Syria with Israel's help. On Jan. 4, Bush ousted the top two commanders in the Middle East, Generals John Abizaid and George Casey, who had opposed a military escalation in Iraq, and removed Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, who had stood by intelligence estimates downplaying the near-term threat from Iran's nuclear program. Most Washington observers have treated Bush's shake-up as either routine or part of his desire for a new team to handle his planned "surge" of U.S. troops in Iraq. But intelligence sources say the personnel changes also fit with a scenario for attacking Iran's nuclear facilities and seeking violent regime change in Syria. (...) Whatever Iran's intent, Negroponte has said U.S. intelligence does not believe Iran could produce a nuclear weapon until next decade. Negroponte's assessment in April 2006 infuriated neoconservative hardliners who wanted a worst-case scenario on Iran's nuclear capabilities, much as they pressed for an alarmist view on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction before the U.S. invasion in 2003. Unlike former CIA Director George Tenet, who bent to Bush's political needs on Iraq, Negroponte stood behind the position of intelligence analysts who cited Iran's limited progress in refining uranium. Negroponte's departure should give Bush a freer hand if he decides to support attacks on Iran's nuclear facilities. Bush's neocon advisers fear that if Bush doesn't act decisively in his remaining two years in office, his successor may lack the political will to launch a preemptive strike against Iran. Bush reportedly has been weighing his military options for bombing Iran's nuclear facilities since early 2006. But he has encountered resistance from the top U.S. military brass, much as he has with his plans to escalate U.S. troop levels in Iraq. (...) An Israeli assault on Iran could put the region's remaining pro-American dictators in jeopardy, too. In Pakistan, for instance, Islamic militants with ties to al-Qaeda have been gaining strength and might try to overthrow Gen. Pervez Musharraf, conceivably giving Islamic terrorists control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. For some U.S. foreign policy experts, this potential for disaster from a U.S.-backed Israeli air strike on Iran is so terrifying that they ultimately don't believe Bush and Olmert would dare implement such the plan. But Bush's actions in the past two months - reaffirming his determination to achieve "victory" in Iraq - suggest that he wants nothing of the "graceful exit" that might come from a de-escalation of the war. (...) Sources say the three leaders are frantically seeking options for turning around their political fortunes as they face harsh judgments from history for their bloody and risky adventures in the Middle East. But there is also a clock ticking. Blair, who now stands to go down in the annals of British history as "Bush's poodle," is nearing the end of his tenure, having agreed under pressure from his Labour Party to step down in spring 2007. So, if the Bush-Blair-Olmert triumvirate has any hope of accomplishing the neoconservative remaking of the Middle East, time is running out. Something dramatic must happen soon. That something looks like it may include a rush to Armageddon.
Managing Escalation: Negroponte and Bush's New Iraq Team (January 8, 2007) http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/3877
As part of a massive staff shakeup of Bush's Iraq team last week, it was announced that John Negroponte, the current U.S. National Intelligence Director who has also conveniently served as the U.S. ambassador to Iraq from June 2004 to April 2005 is being tapped as the new Deputy Secretary of State.(...) Planned or not, these death squads promptly spiraled out of control to become the leading cause of death in Iraq. Intentional or not, the scores of tortured, mutilated bodies which turn up on the streets of Baghdad each day are generated by the death squads whose impetus was John Negroponte. And it is this U.S.-backed sectarian violence which largely led to the hell-disaster that Iraq is today.Under Reagan, Negroponte was the U.S. ambassador to Honduras in the early 1980's where he played a major role in U.S. efforts to topple the Nicaraguan government. The political history of John Negroponte shows a man who has had a career bent toward generating civilian death and widespread human rights abuses, and promoting sectarian and ethnic violence. In Honduras he earned the distinction of being accused of widespread human rights violations by the Honduras Commission on Human Rights while he worked as "a tough cold warrior who enthusiastically carried out President Ronald Reagan's strategy," according to cables sent between Negroponte and Washington during his tenure there. The human rights violations carried out by Negroponte were described as "systematic." (...) Negroponte's appointment signals that Bush hopes to tap into his experiences from the medium-intensity war in Central America to do the same once again in Iraq. Coupled with the changes in the military and diplomatic team in Iraq it is a clear signal that the Administration is ready, willing and able, to head down the course of massive and indiscriminant escalation. It must be stopped.
Future of Iraq: The spoils of war How the West will make a killing on Iraqi oil riches (07 January 2007) http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2132569.ece
Iraq's massive oil reserves, the third-largest in the world, are about to be thrown open for large-scale exploitation by Western oil companies under a controversial law which is expected to come before the Iraqi parliament within days. The US government has been involved in drawing up the law, a draft of which has been seen by The Independent on Sunday. It would give big oil companies such as BP, Shell and Exxon 30-year contracts to extract Iraqi crude and allow the first large-scale operation of foreign oil interests in the country since the industry was nationalised in 1972. The huge potential prizes for Western firms will give ammunition to critics who say the Iraq war was fought for oil. They point to statements such as one from Vice-President Dick Cheney, who said in 1999, while he was still chief executive of the oil services company Halliburton, that the world would need an additional 50 million barrels of oil a day by 2010. "So where is the oil going to come from?... The Middle East, with two-thirds of the world's oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize ultimately lies," he said. Oil industry executives and analysts say the law, which would permit Western companies to pocket up to three-quarters of profits in the early years, is the only way to get Iraq's oil industry back on its feet after years of sanctions, war and loss of expertise. But it will operate through "production-sharing agreements" (or PSAs) which are highly unusual in the Middle East, where the oil industry in Saudi Arabia and Iran, the world's two largest producers, is state controlled. Opponents say Iraq, where oil accounts for 95 per cent of the economy, is being forced to surrender an unacceptable degree of sovereignty. CLIP
New Oil Law Means Victory in Iraq for Bush http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010807A.shtml
Chris Floyd reports: "The reason that George W. Bush insists that 'victory' is achievable in Iraq is not that he is deluded or isolated or ignorant or detached from reality or ill-advised. No, it's that his definition of 'victory' is different from those bruited about in his own rhetoric and in the ever-earnest disquisitions of the chattering classes in print and online. For Bush, victory is indeed at hand."
ExxonMobil tried to mislead, scientists say (January 4, 2007) http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2007/01/04/exxonmobil_tried_to_mislead_scientists_say
ExxonMobil Corp. gave $16 million to 43 ideological groups between 1998 and 2005 in an effort to mislead the public by discrediting the science behind global warming, the Union of Concerned Scientists asserted yesterday. The report by the advocacy group mirrors similar claims by Britain's leading scientific academy. Last September, The Royal Society wrote the oil company asking it to halt support for groups that "misrepresented the science of climate change." Alden Meyer, the Union of Concerned Scientists' strategy and policy director, said in a teleconference that ExxonMobil based its tactics on those of tobacco companies, spreading uncertainty by misrepresenting peer-reviewed scientific studies or emphasizing only selected facts. James McCarthy, a professor at Harvard University, said the company has sought to "create the illusion of a vigorous debate" about global warming.
War's Toll on Iraqis Put at 22,950 in '06 http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010807D.shtml
More than 17,000 Iraqi civilians and police officers died violently in the latter half of 2006, according to Iraqi Health Ministry statistics - a sharp increase that coincided with rising sectarian strife since the February bombing of a landmark Shiite shrine.
Leading Academic: Neo-Nazis Have Signed Us Onto WWIII (January 5, 2007) http://www.infowars.net/articles/january2007/050107Boyle.htm
Destroying World Order: Analyzing the war In Iraq and the middle east with Dr Franics A Boyle.
Alex Jones was joined on air this week by eminent American Professor, Dr Francis A Boyle, to discuss the current situation in Iraq, the wider implications for International Relations and the ruthless mentality of the Straussian neoconservatives that have seized global power in the twenty first century. (...) The professor believes that what we are seeing now is the endgame, the 'go for broke' strategy. These neo-nazis, the neocons from Chicago, and President Bush, who at one point publicly bragged that he had appointed at least twenty Straussian neocons to his administration, are going for world domination and control. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were pre-planned for quite some time, by the Israelis and by the Pentagon. They have been executed to seize and steal at least two thirds of the world's energy resources, which the power elite plan to hold on to. According to Dr Boyle, this is the future of the world economy, they are not going to give it up.They understood that if they made this major grab for world power, by launching brutal aggression against Iraq and Afghanistan and perhaps now Iran, if we don't stop them, and Syria, that there would be massive resistance by the American people. Dr Boyle compared the current situation to that of the Vietnam war, encouraging peaceful non-violent civil resistance in order to expose the criminals that wish to escalate war purely to make money and gain more power to do as they will. CLIP
Bush Claims Right to Open Mail (January 4, 2007) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2007/01/04/BL2007010400803.html
The New York Daily News today reports on a signing statement President Bush quietly issued two weeks ago, in which he asserts his right to open mail without a warrant. Signing statements have historically been used by presidents mostly to explain how they intend to enforce the laws passed by Congress; Bush has used them to quietly assert his right to ignore those laws. The President asserted his new authority when he signed a postal reform bill into law on Dec. 20. Bush then issued a 'signing statement' that declared his right to open people's mail under emergency conditions. That claim is contrary to existing law and contradicted the bill he had just signed, say experts who have reviewed it. The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act ... explicitly reinforced protections of first-class mail from searches without a court's approval. Here is the signing statement in question. Here is information on the bill in question. Are these signing statements just a bunch of ideological bluster from overenthusiastic White House lawyers -- or are they actually emboldening administration officials to flout the laws passed by Congress? If the latter, Bush's unprecedented use of these statements constitutes a genuine Constitutional crisis.
Feds Want Your Internet Records http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010807O.shtml
The federal government wants your Internet provider to keep track of every web site you visit. For more than a year, the US Justice Department has been in discussions with Internet companies and privacy rights advocates, trying to come up with a plan that would make it easier for investigators to check records of web traffic.
WIKILEAKS AND UNTRACEABLE DOCUMENT DISCLOSURE - Federation of American Scientists (January 03, 2007) http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/
A new internet initiative called Wikileaks (http://www.wikileaks.org/) seeks to promote good government and democratization by enabling anonymous disclosure and publication of confidential government records. "WikiLeaks is developing an uncensorable version of WikiPedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis," according to the project web site. "Our primary targets are highly oppressive regimes in China, Russia, central eurasia, the middle east and sub-saharan Africa, but we also expect to be of assistance to those in the west who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their own governments and corporations." "A system [that] enables everyone to leak safely to a ready audience is the most cost effective means of promoting good government -- in health and medicine, in food supply, in human rights, in arms control and democratic institutions." Wikileaks says that it has already acquired over one million documents that it is now preparing for publication. CLIP
Daddy Bush Attacks JFK "Conspiracy Theorists" (January 3, 2007) http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/january2007/030107daddybush.htm
During his speech at yesterday's funeral service for Gerald Ford, former President George H.W. Bush bashed JFK "conspiracy theorists" and defended the Warren Commission report, another odd public outburst indicative of a crime family whose decades of misdeeds may finally be catching up with them.
US Electromagnetic Weapons and Human Rights (Jan 5, 2007) http://www.omeganews.bravehost.com/electromagnetic_weapons_and_human_rights.htm
Project Censored Releases a New study on the History of US Intelligence Community Human Rights Violations and Continuing Research in Electromagnetic Weapons This research explores the current capabilities of the US military to use electromagnetic (EMF) devices to harass, intimidate, and kill individuals and the continuing possibilities of violations of human rights by the testing and deployment of these weapons. To establish historical precedent in the US for such acts, we document long-term human rights and freedom of thought violations by US military/intelligence organizations. Additionally, we explore contemporary evidence of on-going government research in EMF weapons technologies and examine the potentialities of continuing human rights abuses. (...) The circumstance may soon arrive in which anti-war or human rights protesters suddenly feel a burning sensation akin to touching a hot skillet over their entire body. Simultaneously they may hear terrifying nauseating screaming, which while not produced externally, fills their brains with overwhelming disruption. Not only are both phenomena currently possible, but designs for more powerful EMF technologies receive continuous funding from the US Government. For the US Government to unilaterally declare that our country will not comply with international human rights laws, nor uphold the core values of our nations foundation is an indication of extremism that supersedes the values and beliefs of the American people. When such extremism exists we need to take seriously the founders declaration that, to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. (Declaration of Independence 1776)
The Mossad in the CIA (January 3, 2007) http://tbrnews.org/Archives/a2608.htm#005
It might be of public interest to know that a significant number of Israeli Mossad agents are now working in the United States as employees of the Central Intelligence Agency. These agents, some of whom are listed below, are initially paid by the Israeli Embassy in Washington but Israel then bills the U.S. Government for the salaries and is reimbursed in full on a monthly basis. Here is a partial listing of identified Mossad agents (as of 1 January, 2007) along with their dates of birth and salaries. They do not have American Social Security numbers and do not pay American taxes. (...) Most of these U.S.-subsidized spies live in Potomac, McLean, Georgetown and Arlington. I have their addresses and these will be published in a follow-up article. These are Israeli citizens but many of the middle level CIA officials are American-born Jews and not included in this list but we do know who they are. All of them, without exception, work for Israel and Israeli interests, not American interests and more than a few are known to be friendly with a number of the so-called Neocons, a significant number of whom are also Israeli citizens.
BAY AREA / Officers won't let protesters cross bridge /Traffic snarled as 10 CodePink members are arrested during vigil for slain GIs -- all bikes and pedestrians barred for hours (2 Jan 2007) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/01/02/BAGVRNBD3H1.DTL
Golden Gate bridge disrupted for hours by CHP stormtroopers to prevent peaceful anti-war protestors from crossing. "Police at the scene said they were concerned about what the protesters might do once they were on the bridge."If you disagree with the military industrial complex, you can be arrested for what some wing-nut thug thinks you might do.
FBI to store arrivals' full fingerprints http://tinyurl.com/uxt6j
AUSTRALIANS face having the fingerprints of both hands scanned on arrival in the United States and the details stored on an FBI database, under a reported security crackdown in the country's airports. Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Britain and other European nations would be subject to the new requirement, the report suggests.
Killer germ set to 'emerge in force' - Calgary doctor says superbug spreading in Canada (Jan 2) http://www.canada.com/globaltv/national/story.html?id=5cb8cfd3-dacd-4c56-aea0-22bda6f1cf91
A superbug that causes infections from large, boil-like lesions to hemorrhagic pneumonia and, in rare cases, flesh-eating disease is poised to "emerge in force" across Canada, a new report warns.While the prospect of a flu pandemic has governments scrambling to develop emergency plans, an epidemic of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or CA-MRSA, is raging in the U.S. and beginning to entrench itself here, infectious disease experts report today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.In the U.S., clusters have been reported in groups from NFL players to toddlers in day care.In Canada, outbreaks have occurred in Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. The Calgary Health Region sees between 40 and 70 cases per month. Infections are also being reported in Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City. (...) The germ killed a healthy 30-year-old Calgary man and a three-month-old baby in Toronto in 2005. Both died of necrotizing pneumonia, or lung abscesses. The infection begins with what looks like a spider bite, a red, very tender area that rises up and comes to a head just like a small boil. If not treated promptly, the lesions can develop into large, spreading abscesses in the soft tissues that can grow to the size of a baseball "or even a grapefruit in some settings," Conly said in an interview.People develop fever and flu-like symptoms. In some cases, MRSA can cause bleeding in the lungs. "For some reason, there are people who are predisposed to develop what looks like standard pneumonia and very quickly they begin to cough up blood," Conly said.Previously confined to hospital patients, the staph infection is now occurring in healthy people. The community strain "doesn't carry as much genetic baggage" as the hospital strain and is sensitive to other antibiotics, Conly says."But it seems to have a propensity to cause very large abscesses in the soft tissues with copious drainage, and seems to spread much more readily than the hospital strain has done." CLIP
In the sky! A bird? A plane? A ... UFO? (January 1, 2007 ) http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/columnists/chi-0701010141jan01,0,5874175.column?page=2&coll=chi-newsnationworldiraq-hed
Video: UFO over O'Hare Airport? (...) All the witnesses to the O'Hare event, who included at least several pilots, said they are certain based on the disc's appearance and flight characteristics that it was not an airplane, helicopter, weather balloon or any other craft known to man. (...) The pilots of the United plane being directed back from Gate C17 also were notified by United personnel of the sighting, and one of the pilots reportedly opened a windscreen in the cockpit to get a better view of the object estimated to be hovering 1,500 feet above the ground.The object was seen to suddenly accelerate straight up through the solid overcast skies, which the FAA reported had 1,900-foot cloud ceilings at the time. "It was like somebody punched a hole in the sky," said one United employee. Witnesses said they had a hard time visually tracking the object as it streaked through the dense clouds.It left behind an open hole of clear air in the cloud layer, the witnesses said, adding that the hole disappeared within a few minutes. The United employees interviewed by the Tribune spoke on condition of anonymity. Some said they were interviewed by United officials and instructed to write reports and draw pictures of what they observed, and that they were advised by United officials to refrain from speaking about what they saw. CLIP
UFOS IN THE CLOUDS (January 02, 2007) http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/01/02/25212.aspx
More than 3,000 reports of unidentified flying objects were sent to the National UFO Reporting Center over the past year - but not one has generated as much buzz as November's sighting at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Was it a metallic-looking, saucer-shaped object rising through the clouds, or nothing more than a meteorological oddity? It's hard to figure out whether the truth is really out there, but one thing is for sure: Clouds can do some positively alien-looking things.Peter Davenport, the UFO center's director, says the buzz over the O'Hare sighting is fully justified. "In my opinion, because I know the quality of the witnesses, and because I know the nature of the documents that were generated, it is one of the most dramatic cases of the year 2006 that this center has handled," Davenport told me today from the center's headquarters in Washington state.On the other side, NBC News space analyst James Oberg - a longtime UFO skeptic - says the evidence that's come to light so far isn't all that compelling. CLIP
Glenn Beck covers the O'hare UFO (4 Jan 2007) http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0701/03/gb.01.html
BECK: OK, illegal aliens may be a serious problem on our southern border and on the northern border, but what about the aliens who may be crossing another border? Oh, yes, the border above. That's right. We're talking about outer space, aliens, extraterrestrials, Latoya Jackson, you know, you know, they're here, they're among us. More and more people believe that space aliens may be coming. Now listen to this story, because this is an actual news story. This isn't like out of the "Weekly World News." Chicago O`Hare's airport recently -- the United Airlines employees claim they observed a flying saucer-like object hovering low over the terminal for several minutes before bolting through the thick clouds with such ferocity that it actually left like a creepy hole in the cloudy skies overhead. So what was it? A hoax? An alien attack? Were they observing us? Is this a military operation? What was it? Joining us now is UFO historian Richard Dolan and the guy who actually broke the story. His name is John Hilkevitch. He is from Chicago and the "Chicago Tribune."John, let me start with you. The UFO witnesses in Chicago, they're not nuts, are they? They are like really fine, upstanding people? JON HILKEVITCH, "CHICAGO TRIBUNE": And they're very serious about this. They're all United Airlines employees, ranging from pilots to supervisors, who heard chatter about this on the radio and raced out and saw it in the sky, aircraft mechanics, veterans of O`Hare who have been there for a long time, know how lights can play tricks in the sky, and they say this wasn't that. This was a real, metallic, gray object, low in the sky, and they want answers. CLIP
THOSE TUNNELS TO THE HEAVENS... (28 October 2006) http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=95046
In Response To: IS THE WAR IN IRAQ ABOUT ETs ... AND STARGATES? (Ladyhawke) For many years I have been a student and teacher of the topics referred to here. I have heard and read von Danniken and Childress, and studied and traveled with Sitchin. More recently I heard and read the amazing William Henry. He calls stargates by their modern scientific name, "wormholes" and offers many ancient Egyptian and Sumerian illustrations clearly depicting those. Henry's explanation of space/time travel tallies with that of time traveler Al Bielek who long ago described a sort of "folding" of time/space, that allows spacecraft a journey through many light years in a matter of (earth) days or weeks. When we first invaded Iraq I remember intuiting at the time that the "oil grab" was a cover story and that we were really there to control at least one ancient stargate---the ancient entrypoint(s) of the Anunnaki whose descendants are Illuminati. Our prompt cleanout of the antiquities museum in Baghdad was a supporting clue. There may be more such stargates in present day Iran (!!!) as well as at Baalbek in eastern Lebanon near the Syrian (!!) border. To this day I believe that our troops are there to control the stargate(s), and that we will not withdraw until the completion of whatever has to be done there... CLIP
SUMMARY: New energy momentum for peace; Illuminati influence, control waning; energy that delays progress of change; young and older leaders appearing; power of words; importance of monoatomic gold in bodies; de-evolution of DNA; origin of Earths spirit world; soul contract possible reason for illness; future potential for people in health care fields; this lifetime is last opportunity to complete third density karma on Earth; outlook for world economic changes; souls name identification beyond current lifetime; some incorrect claims about future events; helpful visualization technique
Message from Matthew - January 7, 2007
S: Happy new year again, now at the computer, sweetheart!
MATTHEW: And I say the same to you electronically, dear soul! Let us start with my answer when you asked me on New Year's Eve, will the energy from all the celebrations around the world have any lasting effect? Always there is reverberation from the high spirits of crowds welcoming a new year, and some of it remains via action on good intentions; but never before in Earth's history has the energy of that annual occasion given such forceful momentum toward peace. Hearts and minds are filled with hope, with encouragement, that the time of peace is nearing, and the energy of those emotions sparkles magnificently. You can think of this graphically as the collective fireworks that briefly but spectacularly lit up the skies in a wave around your world as a global beacon guiding peace and spiritual enlightenment ashore.
Your world is war-weary. Even those who are committed to the war that is blazoned on newspaper front pages and dominates newscasts are weary, but it comes from their ongoing failure to achieve the victory they had expected to come easily. Indicators of the frenzy in the administration and the fatigue in the military are the individuals being repositioned or replaced to create the appearance of a new strategy in Iraq. Principal players who formerly supported the war have abandoned ship either by disillusionment that policies proven futile nevertheless were continued or by seeing the light and embracing it. A great deal is fomenting behind the scenes and some results that could be considered complete are not being made public. Incrementally they will be, because the ultimate reason for the tumult in the Mideast cannot stay cloaked much longer in the spin of a democratic Iraq or Israel's national security. With the ever-growing demands for troop withdrawal from Iraq and for attention to be given to stopping genocide, starvation, disease, poverty and new weapons development, the light is shifting the power from the dark perpetrators to the enlightened populace.
If I had to choose only one word to describe what is happening in Earth's energy field of potential, it would be turmoil, and turmoil is to be heartily welcomed as the forerunner of the masses' desire for peace being manifested. Reformation, or transformation, comes only when enough energy is put forth to move any situation from status quo into betterment. This is what you are doing, and we praise and admire your steadfastness in holding the light throughout the years when little change was evident. We know that you have been longing for tangible evidence of the light's progress beyond our assurance that we see it, and your patience and perseverance will be well rewarded this year.
But please do not anticipate totally smooth sailing during the process of energy adjustments. We do not see the tenacity of darkest ones flagging and we do see their desperation growingthe combination indicates that they intend to keep the pressure on. There will be more geophysical events to transmute the negativity stored as kinetic energy; weather anomalies leading to a more moderate climate globally will continue for a while longer; and disease, impoverishment and ignorance cannot be eradicated overnight. Yes, indeed you have our space family's incalculable assistance, but it is vital to keep foremost in your thoughts that each of you has the power to speed the day when Earth is radiant in the vibrations of love and peace. Focused thoughts and feelings on what you want for yourself and your world is prayer, and the power of prayer is immeasurable!
Understandably, many readers from countries other than the United States are asking about their leaders and when situations such as their unjust laws, denial of human rights, oppression of women, and civil wars will end. So again I tell you that everything that applies to the US applies globally insofar as the light initiating changes from bad to good in all conceivable ways. Because the US government seemingly is the bully regarding world events, it gets the most publicity even though it is the worldwide cabal often called the Illuminati that wields the power via the purse strings that have controlled many governments, provoked wars, and kept deceit, violence and oppression thriving. Through a stream of defectors from lower level ranks and efforts moving forward to remove the vast illegal fortunes of the Illuminati, their control is being consistently battered. Although it is becoming apparent that new political figures with promising ideas and intentions are rising in prominence in some countries, the beneficial changes underway are not coming from political systemsthe changes so sorely needed are coming from the increased light in people worldwide. It is the collective light on the planet that is ushering your world into the Golden Age!
S: Matthew, I think light workers understand this, but the yardstick for most people is change in national leadership, and all that seems to be happening in our government is talk and musical chairs. When will we see unmistakable evidence of BIG changes?
MATTHEW: I don't know exactly when, Mother. Change comes according to the energy put into it, and there are more factors affecting the momentum of change than the people who are determined to stay the course toward world domination with conquest of the Mideast as a necessary step. The lack of truthful information in mainstream media remains a contributor, because many still believe whatever rhetoric is put forth, and the energy of their thoughts is stuck in that information. But there are other influencing sources, too, mostly fear or apathy in people who do not have light workers' understanding of what is transpiring. People who are barely eking out a living wage are fearful of losing that income, and those who have no jobs or homes or health care and no hope of ever improving their living standards are fearful about what will happen to them. Parents and grandparents despair about the world their families will inherit. These many millions of souls, plus all who are besieged with their own or loved ones' debilitating illness or are grieving from loss of their dear folks, are preoccupied with their everyday lives that leave no emotional margin or interest in thinking beyond that. Many people have become inured to war as a way of life and just go about their daily affairs; employees of companies that supply the war machine are interested in their jobs continuing; young adults who see no sense in making long-term plans escape into drugs or immersion in violent computer games; feelings of the religiously devout who believe their religion is the only true one range from despising the Muslim enemy to accepting that their death and destruction of their country is God's will; and believers in Armageddon are simply waiting to be saved. All in these population groupings could be considered passive supporters of the status quo by either creating more negativity for Earth to deal with or by putting forth no energy toward change.
And there is another group supporting the status quo by the energy of their thoughts and feelings. The troops in the trenches need to feel that they are serving a valuable purpose and so do their anxious families. The many thousands who have sustained life-changing physical and psychological wounds and their families need to feel the same. And certainly the families of the women and men who have died on the war front need to feel the deaths were for something meaningful or they would be inconsolable. The combined energy attachments of all those souls who need to believe what they do also slows the process of change in the government that approved of waging the war and wants it to continue.
All of those many, many millions of souls need light to fill their hearts and open their eyes, and the light being sent to each and every one is letting Earth feel more hopeful that most of her humankind will travel with her. She knows that as the vibrations increase along her ascension path, so does the communication between the soul and the consciousness, and sparks are flying, so to say, as her slumbering residents are awakening. This is what I referred to as the continuance of spectacular fireworks being a beacon, like lighting the way to safety for the new soul-searchers.
Another reason for Earth's rejoicing: Among the children who have come during the past two decades are those with extraordinary capabilities and ancient wisdom and the mission to solidify the reforms that are being initiated by older generations who came with the purpose to do that. Some of these highly evolved souls know who they are and exactly why they are there, and others are discovering this about themselves. You will know these new leaders by their demeanor and actionstrust your intuition about them!and if you are in close proximity, you will feel uplifted and energized by the energy emanating from them. When these souls are in leadership roles and the light-filled multitudes are cheering them on, you and Earth will know that she is in good hands!
Mother, I want to add one thing more before going to your question list. Quite some time ago I told you to sign your correspondence LOVE and PEACE, and I want to tell readers why. Simply writing, typing or reading those words evokes a higher vibration within you, and the spoken words create even greater impact. Imagine the massive power you are generating by feeling love and working for peace!
And now let us start on the list.
S: OK, dear, and thank you for answering my question and more! Someone who read that the Illuminati want us to ingest monoatomic gold because it prevents an increase in DNA strands and also primes us for mind control programming, wants your opinion of this.
MATTHEW: I'll be happy to speak about this, but it is MUCH more than my opinion! The truth is exactly the opposite of that claim, and while that false information may have been passed on innocently, you can be sure that its originator knows gold's place in human evolutionin highly evolved civilizations, gold is naturally an ingredient of their bodies because it is one of the most beneficial elements in the universe. As the microcosm of the universe that each of you is, this is how it applies to you: Gold enhances brain functioning and contributes to physiological stability through cellular regeneration. Throughout the eons of deterioration of human intelligence and the loss of knowledge that each life form started in the pure love essence of Creator and is a part of the Supreme Ruler of this universe, the use of gold went from health to wealth. It spiraled downward from its vital role in spiritual clarity and physical well being to its use as jewelry and other objects of opulence and eventually became the foundation for some economic systems. Gold also is an important part of higher civilizations' technology. The earliest visitors to your planet went there precisely to look for gold, and upon discovering it, kept this a secret so they didn't have to share their find with any other civilizations.
S: I didn't know all of that before, but I did know the information about gold couldn't be right or you wouldn't have told me years ago to start taking it.
MATTHEW: Mother, we were talking about so many important topics then that what mattered was that you followed my advice, and since you did so without questioning, I didn't think to say more about gold.
S: Does taking gold have a bearing on age-reversal or a much longer lifespan than we have now?
MATTHEW: It can contribute, but just as in all other facets of your lives, free will reigns supreme, and even in Earth's Golden Age, not everyone will choose to de-age or remain there indefinitely. In the beginning of physical forms, no disease, old age or death were in the DNA, and the ending of a physical lifetime was by the soul's choice to move on to different experiencing in either another form or in spirit. However, when darkness entered the universe and warring between the dark and the light forces started, physical death began from lethal injuries in combat. That is when the world you call Heaven and whose proper name is Nirvana was established, as the fatigued and wounded light warriors needed a safe haven to rest and recover. After the warring moved farther away from your part of the universe, Nirvana became the spirit sanctuary for your planet. As more dark influence came into play, human DNA was manipulated downward from the crystalline-based structure that accommodates many strands to the carbon-based with only two strands in third density beings; and the most de-volved life forms were reduced to only primordial instinct. Throughout the ages of this de-evolution, love energythe most powerful force in the cosmoshas been beamed as light rays to every soul in those low stations, and all who absorbed it have slowly made their way back along the scale of spiritual clarity and intelligence.
S: Like we're doing now, moving out of third density.
MATTHEW: Yes, but most of you are much farther along on the way back than the souls deeply mired in the lowest aspects of third density worlds.
S: Thankfully we're beyond that! So many people are asking what we can do about health issues and what today's practitioners will do when there's no more illness on the planet, that I'm hoping you can comment extensively enough to cover everything. Or do you want me to type all the questions?
MATTHEW: That won't be necessary, Mother. I know that some questions are about individuals' personal situations, and I'm not qualified to diagnose and prescribe therapies, so I can say only what I have before in messages: Along with providing guidelines for coping with mental, emotional and physical anomalies that may be the effects of new frequencies, I recommended consulting a trusted specialist in alternative health care methods and prayer. But we are aware of the general concerns and interests about this subject, and I will speak about those.
To begin at the beginning, bodies are not solid. Like everything else in the universe, bodies are energy fluctuating at one frequency or another, and blockages in the energy flow at bodies' most vulnerable points are the cause of illness, pain, debility and ultimately physical death. The vulnerable points may be vestiges of ancient wounds carried forth in cellular memory or areas weakened by some trauma in this lifetime. When those conditions are provisions of soul contracts to balance or complete other lifetime experiencing, a body's energy field blocks the healing energy being directed and health practitioners' efforts cannot be successful. When that is not the case, treatments can be effective in activating the body's self-healing mechanisms when the patient has this belief and the intention to be healed.
You need to understand also that everything negative on Earth pertaining to health and well being, such as endemic disease, malnourishment and impoverishment, viruses and pollutionall devised by the darkness in humankindis there to provide what souls need to complete third density karmic experiencing and move into higher densities where no form of darkness can exist. What happened is that far longer than originally thought, most souls inhabiting Earth only partially completed their chosen experiencing or, through their free will choices, kept incurring more karma that needed to be balanced by reincarnating in the same kinds of circumstances. Earth was depleting her own light by giving it to her residents time after time as still one more opportunity to complete the
third density experiencing cycle, and because of this, sixty-some years ago her planetary body was near death. Rather than let her body die and her soul ascend, she chose to give her humankind one last chance to wind up their karmic lessons. That is when she cried out for help and God authorized our space family to intervene with the infusion of light that kept Earth's body alive. She has had her fill of living in third density where darkness thrives, and during her ascension out of that station, her residents have the opportunity to accompany her. Many who are experiencing painful mental, emotional or physical conditions are completing the balancing needed to make that journey with Earth. We know the suffering this is causing, and how we wish we could do more for you, whom we love beyond your comprehension. But all that is within our province to do is send intense light to relieve the anguish and sorrow and provide spiritual guidance for this lifetime and the next, in spirit.
Looking ahead, when Earth reaches still higher frequencies, Western medicine's procedures will become history while the use of alternative health care more slowly diminishes, and all of you who are employed in any aspects of these current endeavors will welcome the changes. Along your journey with Earth you will remember abilities and talents that in this moment still elude your consciousness, and when you remember the gratification they once gave, you may choose to enter those fields again. If you wish to keep working in health care, you can use your knowledge, skills and experience to treat or teach souls in other civilizationsastral travel will be safe and commonplace in this part of the universe and miles will not be a deterrent. Either way, you will be adding to the storehouse from whence all your knowledge camethe universal mind, where it can be tapped into by inspired souls just as you did yourselves.
While these developments will be greeted joyously, we do understand that it doesn't satisfy your longing to relieve pain and suffering right now. We encourage you to follow your inner voice, whether the message is to forsake entirely the traditional methods or you are guided to add to your therapy reservoir the various forms of natural healing. If your intuition tells you that patients would be receptive to hearing about soul contract choices and the purpose, tell them; and if not, tell them that science is discovering the body's self-healing mechanisms and about the power of belief and healing intention. And you keep in mind that your efforts can be successful only if it is the patients' soul level choice.
S: Thank you. The next most numerous questions are about the world economy. Basically people are asking about the new foundation for monetary systems, how national resources can be reallocated, how the debts of poor nations will be handled, what will happen if the United States can't pay off its national debt, is the US economy collapsing, is bartering on an international scale part of the plan, and can worldwide economic collapse be avoided?
MATTHEW: We also see that these are primary concerns. They are natural and logical because it is difficult for you to imagine any system other than what you are accustomed to, and only a comparative handful of people know how corrupt that system is or that international trade, banking and stock markets are manipulated by the Illuminati. Although I cannot give you finite details of the changeover process, I can give you an overview and assure you that the honest, knowledgeable people who will manage the process intend to minimize disruption as they fairly distribute the world's wealth. The new foundation for currencies will be a return to an old one, where there actually was a set standard for exchange; now there is only a vague appearance of value as transactions are from computer to computer and the total worth of daily transactions far exceeds the money available to back them. Because the debts of the poorest nations were incurred by desperation and the loans were not used to benefit the citizens, those debts will be annulled. As for economic collapse in the United States, that country's coffers have been empty for some time, and its citizens can only benefit from new economic management. The US national debt is due to the Illuminati's skullduggery in calculating it, and when their Federal Reserve System and its collection arm, the IRS, are dissolved, the actual debt will be manageable.
The unspeakable fortunes illegally amassed by the top Illuminati will be returned to circulation, and since those fortunes enabled them to control governments, banking and multinational corporations, that control will end. Bartering can be an excellent way for nations to conduct some business, just as in small communities, and outright assistance will be given to impoverished countries. Many national borders have been set by the victors in war who wanted the natural resources, and that created have-nots who formerly were haves. With the light in souls ending all conflicts, borders no longer will be cause for dispute because all peoples will be haves. Not only will the Illuminati money be distributed wherever the need is greatest, but their control of natural resources will too, as will the wanton destruction of the environment through oil and gas extraction, mining, logging and pollution. Technologies now suppressed and the more advanced technologies that will be introduced by your universal brothers and sisters will clear the pollution and provide renewable energy and building materials.
Mother, that is as much economic insight as I can offer at this time, so please type the next question.
S: Thank you for that information. Matthew, I'm hearing from people who read articles or channeled messages with various claims: Armageddon is here and the saved souls will physically go to a different world; the planet will be taken over by malevolent ETs; the planet will be destroyed by natural disasters or nuclear war; lighted souls will be evacuated in spacecraft and when they return, they will have to live underground; the shift will take 100 more years; only a few million people will survive the planetary cleansing; there will be 3 days of darkness followed by 7 years of famine; future life will be in gigantic spaceships. What are your comments on this? MATTHEW: Mother, if you asked Hatonn for his comments, I believe he would just say Hogwashnot because of his responsibilities in aid of Earth that are monumental in scope and require constant attention, but because that word says it all.
HATONN: Matthew, my friend, you are correct! Now use my reply and get on with factual topics!
S: Well, thank you both. Matthew, I'm really eager to know your answer to this question: With our multiple lifetimes, what determines our name identification after this life?
MATTHEW: Mother, when we first started communicating, you asked what the souls in Nirvana call me, and you were surprised when I told you, Matthewthat's my name! Each experiencing lifetime of the soul is an independent, inviolate god/goddess selfI call that the personageand the name given to the personage at birth is the same when he or she enters the spirit world. A new personage is born for each experiencing lifetime in physicality; and although in the spirit lifetime every personage has access to the knowledge and talents within the total experiencing pool of what I call the cumulative soul, each personage remains its Self and is known by the birth name. Some parents get the name that the soul has chosen, like you did when I was born. However, the cumulative soul usually is called a different name in the higher stations, where the collective experiencing of all that soul's personages is known.
MATTHEW: It is more appropriateand necessary. Putting this into the continuum where it actually is, a cumulative soul may have 100s or 1000s of personages living simultaneously in many civilizations and stages of evolution, and in different genders, cultures, races and physical forms, or in spirit worlds. So you can see that one name for the cumulative soul is certainly easier than referring to it by all the names of its personages!
S: OK, but each personage is its own complete soul and a part of God, and not just a part of the cumulative soul that is a bigger part of Godis that right? Matthew, I've never understood this, that one soul has many lifetimes and each life is a completely independent new soul, and all are living simultaneously. I don't understand how you can be in a distant galaxy and still be so close to our family here that you know our thoughts and feelings. Or how Hatonn could jump in the way he did. You have tried to explain these things, but I just don't understand. MATTHEW: Mother, dearest soul to me, this isn't understandable at the level of comprehension prevailing on Earth. Until that level rises as your planet travels into the higher densities where the reality is far less complex than any explanation sounds, think of this simply as the Oneness of All, which it IS!
I'm feeling your edginess about space limitations, and I shall end this message quickly, with a request to readers. Envision yourself laughing, your eyes sparkling with excitement and joy, and FEEL the lightheartedness and thankfulness as you see your exuberant self. Now superimpose that vision on an image of a pristine Earth glowing in golden health, inhale the expanding lightness you are feeling, and let that energy remain within even as it radiates so far beyond you that you cannot even begin to imagine the light you are beaming out to the world!
LOVE and PEACE
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Note from Jean: Since it was the first time I read anything about "monoatomic gold", I was curious to see what I'd find on the web about this. The following article had the answers I was looking for...
The beginning of every New Year brings much speculation as to what may be in store. Fortunately most people view it as one of opportunity for positive and beneficial changes. Hopes are high, and that creates energies that can bring about their fulfillment. On behalf of the Galactic Federation I will give you an idea of the likely outcome, as this year is one full of exciting possibilities.
Firstly, the U.S. Government will come under increasing pressure from the people, because of their refusal to name a realistic date for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. It will help give additional power to those who are preparing ways to remove Bush and his Administration who will be faced with no way out, but will be reluctant to resign. It is therefore difficult to see them lasting the full year out, regardless of any attempts they make to hold onto power. These changes have every possibility of occurring by the autumn, thus leading to the end of the war in Iraq.
Around the end of the summer, the first real signs of dissent will be shown by the people of Israel, over the lack of efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Palestinian problem. It will wake up the authorities to the mounting changes around the world, against allowing the continuation of war. It will result in the laying down of a lasting foundation for peace, and the people will be quick to respond and put their differences behind them.
Gradually the rising demands for peaceful co-existence, will lead to people all around the world putting pressure upon their respective governments and other organizations such as the United Nations. In fact there will be worldwide demonstrations until peace is not only declared, but also seen to be brought into being. The people will not be fooled or accept false promises or hopes, and there will have to be positive moves that can be openly seen to bring peace about.
It is likely that legal wrangling may prolong the outcome of events to bring official world peace. In that case the first major projects of the Galactic Federation may not commence until early 2008. However, we will if necessary be prepared as authorized to enforce peace treaties, to ensure that rebel forces do not break them. We can provide non-violent technology, and ways that can permanently disable electronic and conventional weapons, should attempts be made to use them.
Mother Earth will soon have to release some of the pressures upon her from the build up of negative energies. However, if it is likely to result in any serious threat to the people, they will be moved to safe areas for the duration of the changes. No one will suffer in these circumstances, and any losses will be made good immediately.
After peace is declared, First Contact projects to restore the environment will proceed with all haste. People of the Earth will join the Galactic Federation in operating schemes that will raise living standards very quickly. Initial emphasis will be on the Third World countries in respect of water, food and shelter. However our resources are massive and as such, no one area will be overlooked at the expense of another.
The Masters will return when it is safe to do so and peace has been established. This event might not occur until 2008, as it is by no means easy to bring the various countries together in a common peaceful agreement. Their return thereby brings an important issue into the open, regarding the truth of your creation and connection to the Source. It will be fully explained, along with the purpose of your journey through duality within the lower vibrations. They will also end once and for all, the dissension and disputes that have divided the various religious groups. Those who cannot readily accept the truth and remain attached to their old beliefs, will be honored for their freewill choice. However, they will inevitably delay their growth and opportunity to move onto the path leading to Ascension.
We simply ask you to allow events to proceed while you concentrate on a positive outcome. Your visualization and accompanying energy will help it manifest all the sooner. Ultimately all will work out as foreseen and intended, however remember that predictions rely on the outworking of many different factors. They are affected by people's thoughts, actions, and energies that are pervading Earth at all times, along with those from the higher dimensions. Also in the background are actions that we take, that are calculated to bring the needed changes into fruition. Then again there are the edicts from the High Councils that oversee your evolution, interpreting the Creator's desire to see Man at last emerge from the dark. All of these factors have a bearing on the timing of events, so perhaps you can now understand our reluctance to try and be too precise in our predictions. One that you can however be assured of is that the end of this cycle will come soon, and absolutely no action taken by Man can prevent it.
I am Diane of the Galactic Federation, and my message is one of encouragement to see you move happily into the last few years of what has been a monumental journey for you all. Look to the future and hold your vision always in your heart, and know that the precise details of the final part of your journey are not as important just now as you may think. Just know that you have chosen the pathway out of duality, one that is brightly lit by your growth in consciousness and increase in your vibrations. You are coming together with all others, who have also made their choice to follow it through to Ascension. Your Light illuminates the path that others will follow, you are truly the Wayshowers.
We see a wonderful Light that is blossoming all over the World. Its power is attracting more people who are also opening their minds up to new possibilities, that will lead them away from the old entrenched ideas and attitudes. The year 2007 will be seen as the one when the people took back their power, to mould events to bring fulfillment of THEIR desires. Often we have told you of the hitherto untapped power of your consciousness, but we can see it growing and coming into its own very rapidly.
Time is still speeding up, and it shall result in a quicker response to your wishes for change. We for out part welcome opportunities that will come our way, allowing us to appear more frequently to you. Our presence can be taken as your assurance that everything is under our safe control. Be joyous and walk in the vibration of love, and you will not be touched by the darkness that prevails. It is soon to start disappearing from your midst forever, then truly your Golden Age will appear over the horizon, to lift you up.
May your Love and Light shine out, and ensure that 2007 is one of happiness through your consolidation and the fulfillment of your highest desires.
12/31/06 "Information Clearing House" -- -- The government of France announced early today that former US President George Walker Bush was executed for crimes against humanity, after all his legal appeals had been thoroughly exhausted.
French liberation forces, the very same who invaded the US back in 2003 to bring democracy to the American people, handed the former President George W. Bush over to a newly elected, Vichy-style American administration.
Shrouded in ski masks to conceal their identity, the American executioners, who would later identify themselves only as Northeast liberals, immediately transported their prisoner, a defiant George W. Bush, from his damp, dirty prison cell in the walled-off enclave in Washington, DC, to the gallows at an undisclosed location.
In his hand clutching the same Bible that he had used for his inauguration back in January 2001, Bush remained defiant to the end, declaring the French invasion of the US illegal and those Americans who had collaborated with the hated French "traitors." He called on all his supporters and opponents, Black and White, Christian and Jewish, rich and poor, to unite and expel the French invaders from the North American continent.
After a lengthy trial by a series of judges, approved by Paris, George W. Bush was convicted for crimes committed against his own people while he reigned as governor of the State of Texas in the 1990s.
Bush was condemned to the gallows for executing 152 Texas prisoners using lethal chemicals concealed in hypodermic needles. All 151 men and one woman (Karla Faye Tucker) had proclaimed their innocence and referred to the Texas legal system as old-West, cowboy-style, kangaroo justice.
Bush, however, cheated history and never stood trial for his alleged international crimes, which stemmed from his illegal invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Those actions defied international law and resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, said a spokesman for the French government.
On vacation at his villa in Nice, French President Jacques Chirac issued a brief statement, declaring that justice had been served to the brutal tyrant who enslaved the American people during his long reign of terror: "This is an important milestone in America becoming a democracy that can govern itself." Chirac rejoiced at the collective will of the American people and concluded his brief statement with his customary "Vive la France" patriotic boast.
It was French president Chirac's decision, back in March 2003, to invade the US in order to abolish America's weapons of mass destruction, sever links to terrorist groups-such as Britain's MI6 and Israel's Mossad-and bring peace and security to the special people of French Quebec.
Chirac often likened the US, along with Israel and Britain, as part of an "axis of evil."
Bush, you'll recall, was captured in a spider hole a few miles from his ranch in Crawford, Texas, back in December 2003. Long-haired, bearded and wearing his trademark cowboy hat, the former US President was shaking and begging for mercy, according to the corporate French media. French troops arrested Bush and mocked the 43rd president of the US with a sarcastic French greeting: "Le Président Chirac envoie ses égards" (President Chirac sends his regards).
Bush supporters, however, dispute this version, and witnesses claim that Bush was brandishing his defiant smirk and, in the spirit of Davy Crockett, resisted the French troops and bravely fought them in hand-to-hand combat as he repeatedly shouted, "God bless America" at the overwhelming French forces.
Soon the French called special elections in America, citing the illegitimacy of the Bush regime that, they claim, had seized power in 2000 in a fraudulent election. The newly formed US government, modeled on the French parliamentary system, ended years of tyranny inflicted on the American people who, proclaimed Chirac, are now free to enjoy the freedoms that the French people have always enjoyed.
To date the French have spent over 300 billion euros and lost 3,000 soldiers, along with nearly 25,000 wounded, in their special sacrifice to guarantee security for France, bring peace and democracy to the good and well-deserving American people, and free them from the tyranny of the Bush regime and his cabal of neo-Con terrorists.
Some skeptics, however, claim that the invasion of America had nothing to do with French security, freeing the American people or eliminating 10,000 nuclear weapons the US possessed at the time of the invasion. Rather it was to extend French hegemony on the North American continent; control the vast American natural resources; replace the Petrodollar with the PetroEuro as the world's reserve currency, and provide security and prosperity for the newly formed, break-away nation of French Quebec. Having seceded from Canada after years of persecution through Anglo-American racism and bigotry, the democratic French nation of Quebec emerged as the only democracy on the entire North American continent, claimed Chirac.
On the streets of American cities, the reaction to the execution of the former American president was mixed.
While many traditional liberal Democrats despised the 43rd president, they remained perplexed and conflicted at the seemingly illegitimate trial, which defied international law and had all the earmarks of French manipulation. The former American system, wherein all men are presumed innocent, has been replaced by a newly inspired French system, modeled more on Robespierre than on Madison, noted one American, who wanted to remain anonymous.
To most of the American people, the sight of their former president, hanged by a puppet-like government whose strings are pulled in Paris, was both troubling and humiliating. True, according to recent opinion polls, 71% of Americans despised the tyrant Bush, but 90% of Americans, despite being "liberated" by the French from the illegal, illegitimate and dangerous Bush neo-Con regime, hate the French so much more.
The devout Christian supporters vowed to intensify their resistance to the French occupation and praised Bush as a martyr. The hanging of Bush, like the hanging of John Brown back in 1859, said one, will serve as a lightning rod for war. A spokesman for Chirac chuckled at the remark, suggesting that John Brown was a terrorist who, like Bush, had been brought to justice with a rope around his neck. He referred to the American Civil War, which took place from 1860 to 1865, as well as to the chaos caused by the 2003 French invasion as simply "sectarian strife." Stuff happens, he quipped.
The French corporate media appeared gleeful as it rolled macabre, grainy video footage of the final minutes of the former US President's life. French politicians declared another corner has been turned in their divinely inspired mission to free the American people from the tyranny of the Bush regime, the British collaborators and all those Judeo-Christian fascists.
On the streets of Paris, though, it was still Paris Hilton's exploits rather than George Bush's execution that remained the most important news of the day. This, of course, was only eclipsed by the recent decrease in the price of petrol and the record stock market close of the French CAC 40.
The citizens of France cannot grasp the ingratitude of the American people for the sacrifices made by the French in blood and treasure on their behalf. They claim the Americans are not worthy of democratic self-rule, citing hundreds of years of their savagery towards Native Americans, African Americans, a bloody civil war, internment of Japanese Americans and countless race riots throughout America's turbulent history.
"Can't these people just get along?" noted one French pundit.
George W. Bush has received the justice he denied to his victims, said a determined Jacques Chirac. When asked if the execution of the former US president was manipulated by Paris rather than being the will of the American people, Chirac dodged the question by reciting the lyrics from a song by Bob Dylan.
"Remember," he said, "the executioner's face is always well hidden."
Yes, "and it's a hard rain that's gonna fall."
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Washington, D.C., January 5, 2007: Working in the White House is like working in the monkey house in a zoo when all the primates are loaded with uppers.
A number of lower staffers have abruptly quit, Harriet Myers has quit and others are going the same way. Now why is this? Because it is now very obvious that Bush has lost his marbles, if he ever had any, and we are headed into a major governmental crisis.
Bush has absolutely no intention of leaving Iraq. Any general officer who disagrees with his stupid surge is promptly fired and others warned that Bush will fire them if they open their mouths. The brass at the Pentagon and the troops in the field are approaching open mutiny.
There are very serious rumors that National Guard and reserve units will not show up for shipment to the slaughterhouse. Bush has told Congress that they will do what he tells them and if they do not, he will refuse to sign any of their bills he does not approve of and refuse to implement anything they try to pass over his head.
He has deliberately antagonized the new Congress and when he is told that the people want an end to the Iraq horrors, he claims the public still want him to stay the course.
Hate mail and death threats are pouring in here in unprecedented numbers and the Secret Service cant begin to keep up with them. There is no question that very soon, there will be a major confrontation between Bush on one side and the military and Congress on the other. And be sure Bush will lose.
No one seems to know what to do about Bush. He will listen to no one and could care less what the American public wants. What he wants is to hang the remaining Saddam crew, launch a huge military attack in Baghdad, level parts of that city that he personally feels should be leveled, kill off anything that moves, replace the current Iraqi government with a pliable military dictator like Saddam and then come home in what he considers will be a great triumph.
A Republican Senator recently said that what Bush was doing was criminal. It is and now both Congress, the military and a growing segment of the American public are beginning to realize that Bush has to be removed, by force if necessary, from his high office.
I have talked with some of the staff members who are in his presence on a regular basis and all of them say, without reservation, that he has gone around the bend. The Pentagon brass have nicknamed him Caligula and there is a very strong possibility of open revolt from that sector. Troops in the field are seriously talking about mutiny but if Bush knows about this, he could care less.
The plain and simple truth, children, is that our President is a fanatic nut and has absolutely no business running a war. Whatever happens to him will be entirely his fault and I am looking for another job starting this afternoon.
Israel's Bad Influence (January 6, 2007) http://www.antiwar.com/reese/?articleid=10276
Scott Ritter, a former U.N. arms inspector in Iraq, has written a book, Target Iran, in which he accuses the Israeli government and its American lobby of pushing the U.S. into attacking Iran. Ritter writes, "Let there be no doubt: If there is an American war with Iran, it is a war that was made in Israel." He accuses some members of the lobby of dual loyalty and urges that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee be required to register as a foreign agent. He also blasts the Israeli lobby for its use of the Holocaust and for crying anti-Semite every time Israel is criticized. "This is a sickening trend that must be ended," he writes. By coincidence, an Israeli general has verified everything Ritter says. According to an article published in Today.az on Jan. 2, Israeli Brig. Gen. Oded Tira published a statement urging an all-out effort by Israel and its lobby to push a U.S. attack on Iran. CLIP
Bush could send up to 40,000 more US troops to Iraq (Jan 4) http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070104/pl_afp/usiraqmilitarybush&linkid=28494
WASHINGTON (AFP) - President George W. Bush could send up to 40,000 more US troops to Iraq when he unveils his revised Iraq policy, US media said as it cautioned that a final figure has not been determined.ADVERTISEMENTVarious news reports agree there will be an increase of US forces in Iraq, giving estimates of between 9,000 and 40,000 extra troops.The move could be controversial as the Iraq war is increasingly unpopular with the US public amid a mounting death toll that now stands at around 3,000 US troops.It is also likely to be opposed by the US Congress, now in the hands of opposition Democrats.The reports however caution that the numbers may vary, and that no final decision has been made.There are currently 132,000 US troops in Iraq as well as 17,000 members of the US-led coalition from 25 other countries, the Pentagon said Thursday.CNN television said Bush is looking at sending 20,000-40,000 additional troops and that the announcement could come early next week. CLIP
"Surge in US Forces" without Congressional Approval Violates US Constitution (January 6, 2007) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=BOY20070106&articleId=4356
Concerning the proposed 'surge' by the Bush administration of 20,000-plus U.S. troops into Iraq, this requires further authorization by the U.S. Congress under the terms of the War Powers Resolution. Section 4(a)(3) makes it quite clear that the War Powers Resolution is triggered ... 'In the absence of a declaration of war [which we do not have for Iraq], in any case in which United States Armed Forces are introduced ... (3) in numbers which substantially enlarge United States Armed Forces equipped for combat already located in a foreign nation....'We currently have about 140,000 troops in Iraq. Sending in an additional 20,000-plus would 'substantially enlarge' those forces. Therefore, the Bush administration would require further authorization from Congress for this euphemistic 'surge,' which is really a substantial escalation. Failure to obtain additional authorization from Congress for this substantial enlargement of U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq would constitute an impeachable offense under the terms of the United States Constitution for violating the Constitution's War Powers Clause.
Pelosi Hints at Denying Bush Iraq Funds http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010707A.shtml
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said newly empowered Democrats will not give President Bush a blank check to wage war in Iraq, hinting they could deny funding if he seeks additional troops. "If the president chooses to escalate the war, in his budget request, we want to see a distinction between what is there to support the troops who are there now."
In Iraq New General, New Escalation (January 7, 2007) http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010607Z.shtml
As a supporter of increased forces in Iraq, General David Petraeus, President Bush's new commander for Iraq, is expected to back a rapid five-brigade expansion, in sharp contrast to his predecessor, General George W. Casey Jr., who has been openly skeptical that additional troops would help stabilize the country.
Saddam is Hanged for His Crimes: Who will Hang Bush/Blair for Theirs?
by Dr. Elias Akleh
Global Research, January 2, 2007
A kangaroo court (the so-called High Iraqi Tribunal) had sentenced Saddam Hussein, his half-brother Barzan Ibrahim, and the former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court Awad Hamed Al-Bandar to be hanged within 30 days. Yet the US administration, in a rash decision, pressured the Al-Maliki government to hang Saddam on Saturday the 30th of December, the first day of Islamic religious Addha holiday, in a blatant violation of the religious beliefs and laws of all Islamic countries, which ban the execution of any criminal during this holiday. The hanging also violated the Christian spirit of Christmas, and the Iraqi constitution penned down by Bremer. It exhibited spirit of vengeance. Sparing the life of Ibrahim and Al-Bandar clearly shows that Saddam's hanging was intent on demonizing Muslims in Iraq and around the World as well as inciting increased sectarian violence within Iraq.
Saddam's death sentence was decided a long time ago, in the late 1980's when he refused to open up Iraqi assets (and oil reserves) to Western corporations, when he invaded Kuwait, and when he subsequently took the decision to convert Iraq's reserve funds from Dollars into Euros.
Several assassination attempts had been planned, but failed miserably. The failed Dujail assassination attempt was one of such attempts, which resulted in the execution of 148 Shiites. Finally under the lies of alleged possession of WMD, "the freeing of Iraqis", and the "spreading of American democracy" British and American forces invaded Iraq in 2003.
Saddam was originally a CIA asset, recruited to assassinate the previous Iraqi president Abdel-Karim Qassem, who started taxing British and US oil companies as a first step in an attempt to nationalize Iraq's oil resources. After failing to assassinate Qassem, and being wounded in the process, Saddam escaped to Egypt, where he routinely visited the US embassy in Cairo.
Later when the CIA was able to topple Qassam's presidency, Saddam was sent back to Iraq to take on the position of Head of National Security. He later became president with the backing of the US. Saddam installed as head of State to prevent the nationalization of Iraq's oil industry as well as to quell the Arab Nationalist Movement in Iraq, integrated by Shi'a, Kurdish and Sunni Iraqis.
In the wake of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Saddam was pressured by Washington to wage war on Iran. Kissinger's famous statement "let them kill each other" describes the real nature of this eight years' war. The US administration supported both sides. It provided Saddam with weapons and intelligence, while also covertly supporting Iran. The US military industrial complex profited tremendously from the Iraq-Iran war.
The Arab Gulf rulers supported Saddam and handed him the necessary money to pay for his war against Iran. When the war was over Kuwait refused to forgive Saddam's wartime debt. It also opposed to increase the price of oil, as Saddam had proposed in OPEC with a view to financing Iraq's war debts. This confrontation ultimately led to the invasion of Kuwait and the 1991 Gulf War I carpet bombing of withdrawing Iraqi troops. Although it was possible to topple Saddam's regime at that time, the US adminstration feared this would break their alliance with the frontline Arab states.
There is no question that Saddam was a ruthless dictator, like most of the Arab rulers, who were handed their political positions after WWII to keep the Arab World divided and separated, and to subdue their people. Yet with all his ruthlessness and despotic rule he enjoyed public support for the political positions he took. He built Iraq into the most technologically advanced Arab country. Next to the Palestinians, Iraqis were the most educated in the Arab world. Primary education was compulsory, higher education was free. Women's rights progressed in the context of secular Muslim state. Unlike the rest of the Arab rulers, the Iraqi government provided real homes rather than dirty refugee camps for Palestinian refugees. He also sent money to Palestinian fighters resisting Israeli occupation. Besides his support to Palestinians, Saddam stood defiant towards Israel, the US and Iran; he dispatched Iraqi tanks to protect Syria from Israeli attacks, gave Jordan support in the form of monetary and oil grants, resisted US demands in the wake of the Gulf War.
Although Saddam was ruthless towards any form of political opposition, much like most Arab rulers, whose crimes and tortures have not yet been exposed, his government, nonetheless, provided for the average Iraqi citizen.
The Hussein regime formally provided "security and safety" where people could walk the streets without fear of crimes.
The government also provided food rations while under the US sponsored sanctions regime following Gulf War I. Within a few months after the end of the first Gulf War, the Hussein government started rebuilding Iraq's civilian infrastructure, which had been destroyed by US bombings. This included roads and bridges, power stations, water desalination facilities, educational centers, and governmental services.
Saddam was tried by a kangaroo Iraqi Special Tribunal, whose judges had been specially assigned by the US military authorities. Its judges had been changed few times, and several of Saddam's lawyers were assassinated. This Tribunal convicted Saddam for crimes allegedly perpetrated in Dujail against 148 Iraqis, who were originally tried and sentenced to death by a legal Iraqi court for their alleged assassination attempt against president Saddam. The Tribunal overlooked Saddam's other more severe crimes, often perpetrated in cooperation with successive US administrations, which supplied his regime with weapons and intelligence.
Bush/Blair War Crimes
There can be no double standards in assessing war crimes. Hanging should also be the sentence for Bush and Blair, for:
1. causing the death of almost 700 thousands mostly civilian Iraqis during the last three years of US occupation, the destruction of all Iraqi civilian infrastructures,
2. the collapse of all civilian services,
3. triggering the departure into several hundred thousand Iraqis, fleeing Iraq and becoming refugees in foreign countries,
4. the bombings of various religious shrines,
5. the tearing of the Iraqi social fabric and the incitement of civil war,
6. the theft of Iraqi's oil national resources,
7. the looting of cultural treasures,
8. the massacre of civilians including women and children,
9. the use of illegal weapons, such as depleted uranium and phosphorus bombs, against whole cities and the burying thousands of victims in massive graveyards,
10. the nightly raids against civilian homes and the kidnapping of people including women and children,
11. the spreading of terror, insecurity and chaos within cities,
12. the imprisonment of thousands of innocent people in massive encampments, torturing, humiliating, raping, and murdering of innocent civilian prisoners, and many other war crimes.
The invasion of Iraq, in itself, is a war crime. The invasion was based on lies and fabrications; Iraq did not have WMD, did not support terrorists, and did not pose any threat to its neighboring countries or to the Western world as claimed by the US administration.
"Freeing Iraqis" and "spreading American democracy" were the underlying falsehoods used to justify a terrorist war against Iraq. and its population. The UN Secretary Kofi Annan, in his resignation speech, called the war on Iraq an "illegal act that contravened the UN charter", thus making the war a supreme international crime. Annan also declared that Iraq under the rule of dictator Saddam was much better off than under the American democracy.
Bush and Blair. waged an illegal war, with a view to steeling Iraqis natural resources including its extensive oil reserves. They, and their administrations, caused the deaths of almost a million people within a period of three years.
They had caused the destruction of a whole country. They spread terror not only in Iraq but in the entire Middle Eastern region. They legalized torture, rape, and murder of prisoners.
They kidnapped citizens of other nations and sent them to be tortured in prisons scattered around the world.
They not only terrorized and caused the deaths of citizens of other nations, they also terrorized their own citizens,
They derogated their human and civil rights through imposing draconian laws such as the Patriot Act,
They legalized surveillance and ethnic profiling, the imprisoned their own citizens, based on ethnic on religious background labeling them "foreign combatants', trying them with undisclosed evidence, terrorizing their citizens with imaginary enemies.
They sent their young men and women to fight an illegal war in Iraq and Afghanistan..
They dramatically curtailed all types of social services, while channelling tax dollars to the military industrial complex.
Billions of dollars from the public purse, financed by tax payers, allegedly designated to financing "postwar reconstruction" and "spreading American democracy", were channelled into the bank accounts of large corporations such as Halliburton and Bechtel.
Saddam Hussein was hanged on the orders of a US sponsored Kangaroo court. Who has the authority to hang Bush, Blair and company for their crimes?
Dr. Elias Akleh is an Arab writer of Palestinian descent, born in the town of Beit-Jala. Currently he lives in the US.
The Barbaric Lynching of President Saddam Hussein (Jan 1, 07) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=MOH20070101&articleId=4273
On the Holy day of Eid, the world watched in horror at the barbaric lynching of President Saddam Hussein of Iraq, allegedly for crimes against humanity. This public murder was sanctioned by the War Criminals, President Bush and Prime Minister Blair. This sadistic act broadcasted to the whole world is a travesty of justice, and was meant to demonstrate the imperial power of the United States and serves as a warning to peace loving peoples that we must either bow to the dictates of the Bush regime or face the consequences of a public lynching. The lynching was also an insult to all Muslims, as it occurred on the Holy Day of Eid, whereby Muslims devote themselves to prayer and forgiveness. It is all too clear that the war criminal Bush has no sensitivities whatsoever for Muslims on their pilgrimage to Mecca. This barbaric act is a sacrilege! The entire trial process was a mockery of justice, no less a Kangaroo Court. Defence counsels were brutally murdered, witnesses threatened and judges removed for being impartial and replaced by puppet judges. Yet, we are told that Iraq was invaded to promote democracy, freedom and justice.A peaceful country has now been turned into a war zone. Over 500,000 children died as a result of the criminal economic sanctions, and the latest findings by the medical journal, Lancet reveals that over 650,000 Iraqis have died since the illegal invasion of 2003. The War Criminal Bush has killed more Iraqis than President Saddam ever did, if in fact he was guilty of any crime. If President Saddam Hussein is guilty of war crimes, then the world must find Bush, Blair and Howard equally guilty and the International Criminal Court cannot but prosecute these war criminals. The inaction thus far by the International Criminal Court against Bush, Blair and Howard exposes the double standard of the said Court, when it does not hesitate to prosecute war crimes committed in Dalfur, Rwanda and Kosovo. f we support human rights and justice, we must condemn this barbaric lynching of President Saddam Hussein. There can be no excuse whatsoever for this injustice under any circumstances. War Criminal Bush and the puppet regime in Iraq have made a mockery of the Rule of Law.
-- Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is Former Prime Minister of Malaysia and Member of the International Committee, For the Defence of President Saddam Hussein.
The Unmentionable Hypocrisy: Hussein Hanged, Bush and Blair Remain in Power http://tinyurl.com/y2k2cf
Saddam Hussein was hanged a week ago, today, for executing 148 people. Yet, even by conservative estimates, George W. Bush and Tony Blair are responsible for hundreds, or thousands, of times more deaths due to their war of aggression the supreme international crime in Iraq.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.
President Eisenhower - From a speech before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 16, 1953
It's been over thirty-three years since Eisenhower's powerful message and yet the obscenity of the war business continues stronger than ever. Take a recent decision by the Bush Administration to sell F-16 Fighter Jets to Pakistan while at the same time offering to sell the same jet fighters to India, always a potential adversary. Moreover, selling weapons to both sides of a conflict has become standard policy. Data compiled by the Federation of American Scientists shows that since1992, the U.S. exported well over $150 billion worth of weapons to states around the world.
The data also reveals the macabre world arms market is dominated by the U.S., followed by Russia, China, United Kingdom, and scores of other nations wanting their share of this death for profit business.
The truly astronomical money comes from the annual military budgets with the U.S. far in the lead, actually spending nearly as much as all other countries combined. For 2006 the U.S. military (defense) budget came to $426 billion, including $17.5 billion for nuclear weapons, and this does not count the cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cost of modern weapons is staggering and immensely profitable. The largest weapons company, Lockheed-Martin, had sales in 2005 amounting to $37.2 billion (this 50 percent higher than the annual United Nations budget for all of its programs). And just think of all the missiles, bombs, etc., that will be replaced for
profit by the armament industry after the U.S. military assault on Iraq. This conflict is longer than U.S. involvement in World War II, and has transformed Iraq into a nightmare of violence.
There's no business like war business!
The Department of Defense announced plans to spend $1.4 trillion, yes trillion, on 70 new weapon systems over the coming years. Moreover, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that between 2012 and 2014 the Pentagon budget will have to grow between 18 and 34 percent over the 2006 budget.
No Business Like War Business - A few examples:
Cruise missiles cost over $500,000 each. The CVN-21 aircraft carrier will cost an estimated $13.7 billion. A smaller George H.W. Bush Nimitz-class aircraft carrier will cost $6.1 billion. The new Virginia-class submarine is estimated to cost $2.5 billion each, and a new guided missile destroyer, Arleigh Burke class will cost over $1 billion each. The new F-22 jet fighter, manufactured by Lockheed-Martin, will cost $335 million each, and the Pentagon plan is to purchase 183 F-22s. The FIM-92A Stinger, which is an individual shoulder fired lightweight guided missile, costs $6 million each. The U.S. armament industry is the second most subsidized industry after agriculture.
Profits are up; ethics are down as war business goes into orbit
The next frontier for the war business is space with the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Space Command, General Joseph Ashy, concisely stating its overall purpose: "It's politically sensitive, but it's going to happen. Some people don't want to hear this and it sure isn't in vogue, but-absolutely-we're going to fight in space. We're going to fight from space and we're going to fight into space. That's why the U.S. has development programs in directed energy and hit-to-kill mechanisms. We will engage terrestrial targets someday-ships, airplanes, and land targets from space." (From Aviation Week and Space Technology).
Today, scientists and engineers in the weapons industry are working with Pentagon contracts to develop space-based weapons scheduled for deployment10 and more years from now. The Rand think tank reports weapons under development include space-based lasers, microwave guns, particle beam weapons, and kinetic-energy weapons.
Another weapon is Space Rods, sometimes called "Rods of God" that would be delivered to targets on the earth from orbiting space platforms. Jack Kelly, Post-Gazette National Security Writer, reports the rods would be made of tungsten around 20 feet in length and a foot in diameter. The rods could be guided by satellite to targets on Earth, striking at speeds of around 12,000 feet per second that would destroy hardened bunkers several stories beneath the surface.
Just imagine our world with weapons orbiting the planet 24-hours every day blocking our last frontier. Is this the end of freedom and human dignity as we gaze to the stars and mystery of the universe, and at the same time, see orbiting lights that are platforms loaded with weapons?
If civilization is to survive and progress, the militarization of space must be stopped, the nuclear weapons industry abolished in every country, and world's largest criminal activity, the war business with its economic, political, and cultural manifestations put permanently out of business.
There is no alternative to stop our planet from becoming a final arsenal of mass destruction.
With apologies to Irving Berlin's Broadway hit, 'There's No Business Like Show Business," we should collectively sing this grim refrain--without restrain--in Ethel
Merman style--but without the smile:
There's no business like war business-- like no business so low
Everything about it is appalling-- everything that greed will allow
Nowhere do you get that sickening feeling-- as when their selling arms like now
There's no people like war people-- they smile as they make dough
Whether selling guns or tanks-- its adds money in their banks
That pays politicians in their ranks--so they can go on with the show
To the worldwide audience: We must pull down the curtain on the war business show. It has lasted far too long and we can no longer tolerate, nor can civilization long endure, the show's merchants of death and architects of destruction. Together we must be the bright light of hope and resolve that obliterates the black business of war by creating conditions where future disputes between peoples and nations (and dealing with terrorists) are settled through the framework of world law.
There is no alternative if we are to survive and move forward to create a better and just world, and a new civilization based on respect for life, respect for each other, and respect for the environment.
Douglas Mattern is president of the Association of World Citizens and author of Looking for Square Two - Moving from War & Violence to Global Community.
Iraq war could cost US over $2 trillion, says Nobel prize-winning economist http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1681119,00.html
The real cost to the US of the Iraq war is likely to be between $1 trillion and $2 trillion (£1.1 trillion), up to 10 times more than previously thought, according to a report written by a Nobel prize-winning economist and a Harvard budget expert.
By Uzi Mahnaimi, New York and Sarah Baxter, Washington
The Sunday Times
Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran's uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.
Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear "bunker-busters", according to several Israeli military sources.
The attack would be the first with nuclear weapons since 1945, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Israeli weapons would each have a force equivalent to one-fifteenth of the Hiroshima bomb.
Under the plans, conventional laser-guided bombs would open "tunnels" into the targets. "Mini-nukes" would then immediately be fired into a plant at Natanz, exploding deep underground to reduce the risk of radioactive fallout.
"As soon as the green light is given, it will be one mission, one strike and the Iranian nuclear project will be demolished," said one of the sources.
The plans, disclosed to The Sunday Times last week, have been prompted in part by the Israeli intelligence service Mossad's assessment that Iran is on the verge of producing enough enriched uranium to make nuclear weapons within two years.
Israeli military commanders believe conventional strikes may no longer be enough to annihilate increasingly well-defended enrichment facilities. Several have been built beneath at least 70ft of concrete and rock. However, the nuclear-tipped bunker-busters would be used only if a conventional attack was ruled out and if the United States declined to intervene, senior sources said.
Israeli and American officials have met several times to consider military action. Military analysts said the disclosure of the plans could be intended to put pressure on Tehran to halt enrichment, cajole America into action or soften up world opinion in advance of an Israeli attack.
Some analysts warned that Iranian retaliation for such a strike could range from disruption of oil supplies to the West to terrorist attacks against Jewish targets around the world.
Israel has identified three prime targets south of Tehran which are believed to be involved in Iran's nuclear programme:
Natanz, where thousands of centrifuges are being installed for uranium enrichment
A uranium conversion facility near Isfahan where, according to a statement by an Iranian vice-president last week, 250 tons of gas for the enrichment process have been stored in tunnels
A heavy water reactor at Arak, which may in future produce enough plutonium for a bomb Israeli officials believe that destroying all three sites would delay Iran's nuclear programme indefinitely and prevent them from having to live in fear of a "second Holocaust".
The Israeli government has warned repeatedly that it will never allow nuclear weapons to be made in Iran, whose president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has declared that "Israel must be wiped off the map".
Robert Gates, the new US defence secretary, has described military action against Iran as a "last resort", leading Israeli officials to conclude that it will be left to them to strike.
Israeli pilots have flown to Gibraltar in recent weeks to train for the 2,000-mile round trip to the Iranian targets. Three possible routes have been mapped out, including one over Turkey.
Air force squadrons based at Hatzerim in the Negev desert and Tel Nof, south of Tel Aviv, have trained to use Israel's tactical nuclear weapons on the mission. The preparations have been overseen by Major General Eliezer Shkedi, commander of the Israeli air force.
Sources close to the Pentagon said the United States was highly unlikely to give approval for tactical nuclear weapons to be used. One source said Israel would have to seek approval "after the event", as it did when it crippled Iraq's nuclear reactor at Osirak with airstrikes in 1981.
Scientists have calculated that although contamination from the bunker-busters could be limited, tons of radioactive uranium compounds would be released.
The Israelis believe that Iran's retaliation would be constrained by fear of a second strike if it were to launch its Shehab-3 ballistic missiles at Israel.
However, American experts warned of repercussions, including widespread protests that could destabilise parts of the Islamic world friendly to the West.
Colonel Sam Gardiner, a Pentagon adviser, said Iran could try to close the Strait of Hormuz, the route for 20% of the world's oil.
Some sources in Washington said they doubted if Israel would have the nerve to attack Iran. However, Dr Ephraim Sneh, the deputy Israeli defence minister, said last month: "The time is approaching when Israel and the international community will have to decide whether to take military action against Iran."
Nuclear War: US or Israeli Attack on Iran could contaminate Middle East (January 6, 2007) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=ROS20070106&articleId=4354
If the U.S. or Israel attack Iranian nuclear power facilities "huge amounts of radioactive material will be lofted into the air to contaminate the people of Iran and surrounding countries," an eminent international authority on nuclear weapons warns. "This fallout will induce cancers, leukemia, and genetic disease in these populations for years to come, both a medical catastrophe and a war crime of immense proportions," Dr. Helen Caldicott writes in her new book, "Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer," published by The New Press. Dr. Caldicott said the Pentagon has met with its Israeli counterparts "to discuss the participation of Israel in plans to attack Iran" even though President Bush said "this notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous." CLIP
Bush Moves to Completely Revamp US Nuclear Arsenal http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/010707G.shtml
The Bush administration is expected to announce next week a major step forward in the building of the country's first new nuclear warhead in nearly two decades. It will propose combining elements of competing designs from two weapons laboratories in an approach that some experts argue is untested and risky. The new weapon would not add to but replace the nation's existing arsenal of aging warheads, with a new generation meant to be sturdier, more reliable, safer from accidental detonation and more secure from theft by terrorists.
Pentagon Exaggerates China's Nuclear Capability http://fas.org/main/content.jsp?formAction=297&contentId=568
The U.S. military, intelligence agencies, and conservative think tanks and news organizations are exaggerating China's nuclear weapons capability to justify developing a new generation of nuclear and conventional weapons, according to a report issued today by the Federation of American Scientists
Where the Bombs Are: Ever wondered where all those U.S. nukes are stored? http://tinyurl.com/y9zzqw
A new review published in the November/December issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists shows that the United States stores its nearly 10,000 nuclear warheads at 18 locations in 12 states and six European countries
The Bush administrations committee for regime change in Iran (January 7, 2007) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=SYM20070107&articleId=4366
An article published in the Boston Globe on January 2 has provided a glimpse into the preparations of the Bush administration for political provocations and a military attack against Iran. While the White House continues to maintain that it intends to resolve the ongoing confrontation with Iran diplomatically, a team of top officials from the Pentagon, State Department, Treasury, CIA and National Security Council has been working to strengthen US military alliances against Tehran, covertly finance Iranian dissidents and oppositional groups, and isolate Iran economically. (...) Iran is clearly at the top of the list of the Bush administrations targets for the final two years of its second term. In 2002, Bush branded Iran, along with Iraq and North Korea, as part of an axis of evil. Since 2003, the US has cynically set the stage for confrontation with Iran by pressing for UN action over its nuclear programs. At the end of last year, the White House rejected the suggestion made by the top-level Iraq Study Group to seek the assistance of Iran and Syria in bolstering the US occupation of Iraq and pressured the UN Security Council into voting for a resolution to impose sanctions on Iran.The US targetting of Iran has nothing to do with its alleged nuclear weapons programs, for which no positive evidence has been offered, nor with bringing about democracy. Rather the aim of regime change in Tehran is to extend US domination over the resource-rich regions of the Middle East and Central Asia at the expense of its European and Asian rivals. Not only does Iran have huge oil and gas reserves of its own, but the country is a pivotal strategic bridge between the two regions, adjacent to US-occupied Iraq and Afghanistan. CLIP
Israeli Foreign Ministry rejects newspaper claim it plans to use nuclear weapons against Iran http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/01/07/europe/EU-GEN-Britain-Israel.php
A British newspaper reported Sunday that Israel has drafted plans to strike as many as three targets in Iran with low-yield nuclear weapons, aiming to halt Tehran's uranium enrichment program. The Israeli Foreign Ministry denied the report.
2007: Decisive Year for the Israeli-Neocon Attack Iran Plan http://kurtnimmo.com/?p=708
As if to kick off the New Year, and usher in the required political mindset, the Israelis are switching the attack Iran mantra into hyperdrive.
Is Bush's War Winding Down or Heating Up? - The Coming Attack on Iran http://tinyurl.com/w7xve
The US media is totally unreliable. It cannot go against Israel, and it will wrap itself in the flag just as it did for the invasion of Iraq. The American public has been deceived (again) and believes that Iran is on the verge of possessing nuclear armaments to be used to wipe Israel off the map.
Democrats: Nuclear Iran unacceptable http://tinyurl.com/ycfdcv
Iran with nuclear weapons is unacceptable, new House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told The Jerusalem Post hours after entering the party leadership position. - He also said that the use of force against Teheran remained an option.
Date: 7 Jan 2007
From: Rudolf Schneider firstname.lastname@example.org">
Subject: Israeli General Urges US Strike vs Iran
This gives a picture of the impact the pro Israel lobby has in the US, and how it thinks. Worth being aware of. These 'decision makers' seem to have problems to find intelligent solutions for their self-made problems, so they always fall back into medieval attitudes. Life would be happier for the people in the world and especially in the near East if the general could retire and become 'normal' as a human being.
Israeli General urges US-Israel strike against Iran
by Michael Carmichael
Global Research, January 1, 2007
In a stark statement published on Saturday Brigadier General Oded Tira observed, "President Bush lacks the political power to attack Iran. As an American strike in Iran is essential for our existence, we must help him pave the way by lobbying the Democratic Party (which is conducting itself foolishly) and US newspaper editors. We need to do this in order to turn the Iranian issue to a bipartisan one and unrelated to the Iraq failure."
Because of the dramatic loss of political power of the Bush-Cheney administration, General Tira urges the Israel Lobby to, "turn to Hillary Clinton and other potential presidential candidates in the Democratic Party so that they support immediate action by Bush against Iran."
In another move designed to strengthen Bush politically, General Tira urges the Israel Lobby to exert its influence on European countries so that, "Bush will not be isolated in the international arena again."
As if all of that Israel-lobbying in America and Europe were not enough, General Tira proposes an even more aggressive political tactic, "We must clandestinely cooperate with Saudi Arabia so that it also persuades the US to strike Iran. For our part, we must prepare an independent military strike by coordinating flights in Iraqi airspace with the US. We should also coordinate with Azerbaijan the use of airbases in its territory and also enlist the support of the Azeri minority in Iran. In addition, we must immediately start preparing for an Iranian response to an attack."
Based on the urgency of General Tira's extraordinary pleas, it is immediately apparent that he has been shocked by the turn of political events inside America. By this time, he has learned from official US sources that the long-anticipated attack against Iran has been shelved because of tectonic shifts in American politics.
Apparently, General Tira did not realize that President Bush has become the most deeply unpopular president in American history and that it was his subservience to the dictates of the Israel Lobby and its demands for wars against Iraq and Iran that led him into the political prison where he now finds himself isolated and impotent.
Neither does General Tira realize that the Republican Party is no longer unified in its support of President Bush's deeply unpopular war in Iraq or his plans for expanding the war by a sustained bombing campaign against Iran. Since General Tira did not publish any remarks about the Iraq Study Group headed by former US Secretary of State, James Baker, he may be oblivious to the political facts now in place in 2007 America.
Instead of the bipartisan commitment to broaden Bush's unpopular war as General Tira proposes, there is now a broadening bipartisan movement to reign in the US losses in Iraq. No major American politician has voiced any enthusiasm for broadening Bush's war into Iran as General Tira beseeches the US to do.
General Tira's outburst suggests that the official channels for news and the analysis of public affairs in Israel are not working as efficiently as they should in the 21st century. Perhaps, someone should provide the General with a subscription to Ha'aretz and the International Herald Tribune for starters.
Michael Carmichael is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, The Planetary Movement, Oxford, United Kingdom
I know Santa Claus is Chinese because each Christmas morning after all the gifts are unwrapped and things settle down I systematically go through the presents to see where they are made. The results are almost always the same: roughly 70 percent are from China. After some research, it seems that my one-family survey is representative of the country as a whole.
Lets start with toys. Some 80 percent of the toys sold in the United Statesfrom Barbie dolls to video gamesare made in China. Talking toys that speak English learned the language from Chinese workers. Electronic goodsfrom Apples iPod to Microsofts Xboxare made in China. Clothingfrom the latest cashmere sweaters to gym suitsis also likely to have a Made in China label.
The Christmas tree itself may come from China. While real Christmas trees are grown in every state in the United States and are marketed locally, many families now gather around artificial Christmas trees. Eight out of every 10 artificial Christmas trees sold in the United States are made in China. Last year Americans spent over $130 million on plastic Christmas trees from China.
This year Americans will spend over $1 billion on Christmas ornaments from China. And in perhaps the greatest irony of all, even nativity scenes are made in China. Last year Americans spent more than $39 million buying nativity scenes shipped in from the East. Chinas success in attracting foreign investment capital and mobilizing this huge workforce has made it the workshop of the world.
That the U.S. Christmas is made in China is a metaphor for a far deeper set of economic issues affecting the United States. Today Christmas is celebrated in both the United States and Chinabut for different reasons and with far different economic consequences. For the Chinese, the manufacturing bonanza means record profits, rising incomes, and, in a society where people save some 40 percent of their income, a sharp jump in savings. In the United States, Christmas shopping expenditures, headed for another record high this year, contribute to rising credit card debt and a soaring trade deficit.
Underneath the American Christmas spirit and good cheer is a debt-laden society that appears to have lost its way, marred in the quicksand of consumerism. As a society, we seem to have forgotten how to save so we can invest in a better future. Instead of leaving our children a promising economic future, we are bequeathing them the largest debt burden of any generation in history.
At the personal level, credit card debt just keeps climbing, and at the government level, we have the largest deficit in history. At the international level, we have a trade deficit that moves to a new high month after month.
Its not the fact that our Christmas is made in China, but rather the mindset that has led to it that is most disturbing. We want to consume no matter what. We want to spend now and let our children pay. It is this same mindset that introduces tax cuts while waging a costly war. Economic sacrifice is no longer part of our vocabulary. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt banned the sale of private cars in order to mobilize the manufacturing capacity and engineering skills of the U.S. automobile industry to build tanks and planes. In contrast, after 9/11, President Bush urged us to go shopping.
In the United States we are so intent on consuming that personal savings have virtually disappeared. We have an average of five credit cards for every man, woman, and child. Of the 145 million cardholders, only 55 million clear their accounts each month. The other 90 million cannot seem to catch up and are paying steep interest rates on their remaining balance. Millions of people are so deeply in debt that they may remain indebted for life.
The official national debt, the product of years of fiscal deficits, now totals $8.5 trillionsome $64,000 per taxpayer. (See data at http://www.earth-policy.org/Updates/2006/Update62_data.htm.) By the end of the Bush administration in 2008, this figure is projected to reach a staggering $9.4 trillion. We are digging a fiscal black hole and sinking deeper and deeper into it.
Each month the Treasury covers the fiscal deficit by auctioning off securities. The two leading international buyers of U.S. Treasury securities are Japan and China. In this role, China is now also becoming our banker. This developing country, where income levels are one sixth those of the United States, is financing the excesses of an affluent industrial society. Whats wrong with this picture?
In times past, when our fiscal deficits were covered largely by U.S. lenders, interest payments on the debt were reinvested in the United States. Now they are flowing abroad to Japan, China, and other foreign holders of U.S. debt.
While the U.S. fiscal deficit, driven partly by the war in Iraq, soars to stratospheric levels, the country is facing an unprecedented fiscal challenge as the baby boomer generation retires, pushing up the costs of social security, Medicaid, and Medicare. This, combined with the growing interest payments on our debt to China and other countries, will put a nearly impossible tax burden on the next generationsomething for which they may never forgive us.
The U.S. trade deficit is growing by leaps and bounds, nearly doubling from $452 billion in 2000 to an estimated $850 billion in 2006. Rising oil imports and the trade deficit with China account for over half of it.
National policy failures such as not adequately supporting the use of renewable energy technologies have contributed to the growing U.S. trade deficit. For example, the United States should be a leading manufacturer and exporter of solar cells and wind turbines, but it has fallen behind both Europe and Japan. The solar cell, invented at Bell Labs in 1954, is an American technology. But the U.S. effort to develop solar energy was so weak and sporadic that both Germany and Japan forged ahead and developed robust solar cell manufacturing and export industries.
The situation is similar with wind. Although the modern wind industry was born in California at the beginning of the 1980s, the U.S. failure to sustain support for wind resource development allowed European countries to largely take over this industry.
Even though rising oil imports are widening our trade deficit, we consume oil with abandon, weakening the economy and undermining our political independence.
We have lost influence in world financial markets simply because of our mounting debt, much of it held by other countries. If Chinas leaders ever become convinced that the dollar is headed continuously downward and they decide to dump their dollar holdings, the dollar could collapse.
Beholden to other countries for oil and to finance our debt, the United States is fast losing its leadership role in the world. The question we are facing is not simply whether our Christmas is made in China, but more fundamentally whether we can restore the discipline and values that made us a great nationa nation the world admired, respected, and emulated. This is not something that Santa Claus can deliver, not even a Chinese Santa Claus. This is something only we can do.
The Rich Stand Accused: Capitalism is the source of social and environmental crises
By Louis-Gilles Francoeur
Le Devoir - 06 January
What do global warming, pollution of the atmosphere, streams, rivers and oceans, the exhaustion of natural resources, the accelerated extinctions of species, deforestation, the liberation of GMO into the environment, and - coming soon - the infinitely small and practically undetectable pollution of nano-materials have in common? Capitalism and the oligarchy that profits from it, as first cause, answers Hervé Kempf in a bombshell book published in Paris by éditions du Seuil.
A journalist who specializes in the environment for Le Monde, Hervé Kempf has taken his work to the four corners of the planet and frequented - as is the privilege of an environmental chronicler - the cream of the scientific community, "people who tend to be rather calm and steady." Yet, from these contacts and the issues patiently compiled for the newspaper where he works, he retains two observations, he writes at the outset of Comment les riches détruisent la planète [How the Rich Destroy the Planet], which will be available in Québec February 6th.
First, he explained in a telephone interview yesterday, the planet's ecological situation is worsening at a rate that neutralizes all the efforts of millions of citizens and ecological militants, to the point that the planet is in danger of crossing a threshold of irreversibility "within the next 10 years," he believes, on the basis of the speed at which negative outcomes are piling up.
The second observation of this attempt to provide a veritably comprehensive explanation of the environmental crisis is that "the social system that presently governs human society - capitalism - blindly, doggedly rejects the changes necessary if we want to preserve the dignity and promise of human existence."
In the same way that the different aspects of the global environmental crisis react with more and more synergy - warming accelerates the rate of species extinction, as use of fossil fuel gives rise to pollution, and consumption to the exhaustion of resources - the planetary ecological and social crises are two mutually bound-up facets of the same problem.
"We cannot understand the simultaneity of the ecological and social crises if we do not analyze them as two facets of the same disaster. This disaster derives from a system piloted by a dominant social stratum that today has no drive but greed, no ideal but conservatism, no dream but technology. This predatory oligarchy is the principal agent of the global crisis," writes Kempf. "The present form of capitalism," he adds in an interview, "has lost its former historic ends, that is to say the creation of wealth and innovation, because it has become a financial capitalism, disparaged even by capitalist economists. This capitalism, which destroys jobs by rationalizations, new technologies and globalizations, overall and everywhere increases the disparities between rich and poor within each country and between different countries," the journalist observes.
This oligarchy he targets is not satisfied with blindly consuming and wasting the planet's material resources with its big cars, its airplane trips, its unbridled consumption of living products, its uselessly vast houses, its unrestrained energy wastage. It has also, adds Hervé Kempf, spawned a model of hyper-consumption that the lower and especially the middle classes now attempt to imitate, just as developing countries try to imitate Western countries - even though, whether instinctively or rationally, everyone clearly knows that "this ideology of waste" and its drain on planetary resources will inevitably come to an abrupt end.
This course places before the human species the unprecedented fact that it has reached or soon will reach the planet's limits, which could, through feedback effects, threaten the species' own existence. But this course is all the more difficult to arrest, Hervé Kempf deems, because it depends on a semi-authoritarian regime ever more institutionalized at the planetary level. It even depends, he says, on crises like that of September 11 in order to appreciably reduce those human rights that had been acquired through elevated struggle and to neutralize, even cause to disappear, those democratic mechanisms that allow free public debate on the choice of plans, the social choices that the workings of the economy repeatedly raise.
Hervé Kempf rejects all accusations of attempting to take the planetary ecological debate from green to red.
"I am no Marxist," he says, "and have never been, because that ideology does not respect human rights. But the Marxists do not have a monopoly over the social debate and we cannot, all the same, close our eyes to the documented, measured phenomena right in front of us. I note the existence of two crises, one ecological, the other social. And I observe that they act in synergy. I observe that a minority of people benefit from them. And I draw conclusions from these observations."
But he also observes that a large part of the European Left has not seen the depth of the links between the two problems, just as many ecologists - who restrict themselves to an environmental approach - miss half the problem, if not its first cause.
"If you want to be an ecologist," he writes, condemningly, "you have to stop being half-witted," for "the social given remains ecology's blind spot" as long as no one dares analyze it from the angle of power, domination and wealth relationships.
"We must," he writes, "get past this hiatus. Understand that the ecological crisis and social crisis are two facets of the same disaster. And that this disaster is set in motion by a system of power that has no other end than the maintenance of the ruling classes' privileges."
Although he does not address the impact of unchecked demography on the decline of the planet's "biological services" in his essay, Hervé Kempf immediately acknowledges that this factor certainly has an impact that is greater overall than any hyper-consumption by this oligarchy, composed of several hundred thousand millionaires and billionaires who control the bulk of income and of financial capital. However, he explains, it's this oligarchy that creates an unsustainable model for the planet, the indirect impact of which on other social groups exceeds its direct consumption. "And," he says dryly, "not all humans have the same impact on the planet at birth: a Westerner carries more weight in the planet's fate than a baby from Niger or from India."
It's to put an end to this ostentatious consumption that he advocates radical control of wealth through "a ceiling on maximum salaries and on the accumulation of wealth," a sort of matching piece for the minimum wage, but on the upper side.
"Everyone," Kempf comments, "knows that China will never be able to reach a level of consumption per inhabitant comparable to that of the Americans, with two cars per family, three televisions, four computers and cell phones, a house three times too big for its inhabitants, which generates energy consumption that would be sufficient to the needs of ten, even twenty people on other continents." The environmental chronicler proposes that a reduction of its consumption be imposed on this oligarchy that has globalized poverty, so that it no longer feeds this unsustainable dream, which numbs the critical faculties of the entire planet to the point that it closes its eyes to the wall into which it is careening full speed ahead.
And the reporter, known for his rigor and level-headedness, nevertheless concludes: "It is still necessary for ecological concerns to be based on a radical political analysis of present relationships of domination. We will not be able to reduce global material consumption if the powerful are not brought down and if inequality is not combated. To the ecological principle so useful at the dawning of awareness - "Think globally, act locally" - we must add the principle that the present situation imposes: "Consume less, share better."
Ecologists, he adds, have not often conducted an inquiry into the "ecological misery" that parks the poor next to industrial neighborhoods, polluted and at risk, next to highways or noisy activities, in the most insalubrious houses and in sectors generally the least well-served by public services, including public transportation. It is wrong, he says, to act as though the economic system must grow more to bring these people out of poverty or to allow more poor people to attain greater wealth. The economic system works in the other direction, by monopolizing wealth and power at the expense of those who have the least, and of the middle classes that dream - ever more vainly - of hoisting themselves into the cocoon of the present financial oligarchy, Kempf maintains.
That's why, he says, we must "bring down the rich" rather than pull up the poor, in order to begin to respect the thresholds of irreversible deterioration of the planet's resources.
He takes aim, moreover, at the concept of sustainable development and the alibi it now constitutes for governments and companies that use it to justify other drains on resources in the name of this new rationale that is supposedly harmless for the planet. Sustainable development, he writes, has become "a semantic weapon to remove the dirty word, 'ecology.' Moreover, is there any need to still develop France, Germany, or the United States? The concept has meaning, he concluded in an interview yesterday, but only in developing countries, because it can help them to avoid a development as brutal and lawless as the one we have effected in the West. But in the West, he says, the first of our environmental responsibilities "consists of reducing our consumption of material goods" to attain a level of well-being based rather on values, knowledge, in sum on immaterial, but nonetheless very real, riches.
WORLD FACES HOTTEST YEAR EVER, AS EL NIÑO COMBINES WITH GLOBAL WARMING
By Cahal Milmo -- The Independent
January 1, 2007
A combination of global warming and the El Niño weather system is set to make 2007 the warmest year on record with far-reaching consequences for the planet, one of Britain's leading climate experts has warned.
As the new year was ushered in with stormy conditions across the UK, the forecast for the next 12 months is of extreme global weather patterns which could bring drought to Indonesia and leave California under a deluge.
The warning, from Professor Phil Jones, director of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, was one of four sobering predictions from senior scientists and forecasters that 2007 will be a crucial year for determining the response to global warming and its effect on humanity.
Professor Jones said the long-term trend of global warming -- already blamed for bringing drought to the Horn of Africa and melting the Arctic ice shelf -- is set to be exacerbated by the arrival of El Niño, the phenomenon caused by above-average sea temperatures in the Pacific.
Combined, they are set to bring extreme conditions across the globe and make 2007 warmer than 1998, the hottest year on record. It is likely temperatures will also exceed 2006, which was declared in December the hottest in Britain since 1659 and the sixth warmest in global records.
Professor Jones said: "El Niño makes the world warmer and we already have a warming trend that is increasing global temperatures by one to two tenths of a degrees celsius per decade. Together, they should make 2007 warmer than last year and it may even make the next 12 months the warmest year on record."
The warning of the escalating impact of global warming was echoed by Jim Hansen, the American scientist who, in 1988, was one of the first to warn of climate change.
In an interview with The Independent, Dr Hansen predicted that global warming would run out of control and change the planet for ever unless rapid action is taken to reverse the rise in carbon emissions.
Dr Hansen said: "We just cannot burn all the fossil fuels in the ground. If we do, we will end up with a different planet.
"I mean a planet with no ice in the Arctic, and a planet where warming is so large that it's going to have a large effect in terms of sea level rises and the extinction of species."
His call for action is shared by Sir David King, the Government's chief scientific adviser, who said that 2006 had shown that the "discussion is now over" on whether climate change is happening. Writing in today's Independent, Sir David says progress has been made in the past year but it is "essential" that a global agreement on emissions is struck quickly. He writes: "Ultimately, only heads of state, working together, can provide the new level of global leadership we need to steer the world on a path towards a sustainable and prosperous future. We need to remember: action is affordable - inaction is not."
The demands came as the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the United Nations agency that deals with climate prediction, issued a warning that El Niño is already established over the tropical Pacific basin. It is set to bring extreme weather across a swath of the planet from the Americas and south-east Asia to the Horn of Africa for at least the first four months of 2007.
El Niño, or "the Christ child" because it is usually noticed around Christmas, is a weather pattern occurring every two to seven years. The last severe El Niño, in 1997 and 1998, caused more than 2,000 deaths and a worldwide damage bill of more than £20bn.
The WMO said its latest readings showed that a "moderate" El Niño, with sea temperatures 1.5C above average, was taking place which, in the worst case scenario, could develop into an extreme weather pattern lasting up to 18 months, as in 1997-98. The UN agency noted that the weather pattern was already having "early and intense" effects, including drought in Australia and dramatically warm seas in the Indian Ocean, which could affect the monsoons. It warned the El Niño could also bring extreme rainfall to parts of east Africa which were last year hit by a cycle of drought and floods.
Its effect on the British climate is difficult to predict, according to experts. But it will probably add to the likelihood of record-breaking temperatures in the UK.
The return of El Niño
Aside from the seasons, El Niño and its twin, La Niña, are the two largest single causes of variability in the world's climate from year to year.
Both are dictated by shifts in temperature of the water in the tropical Pacific basin between Australia and South America. Named from the Spanish words for "Christ child" and "the girl" because of their proximity to Christmas, they lead to dramatic shifts in the entire system of oceanic and atmospheric factors from air pressure to currents.
A significant rise in sea temperature leads to an El Niño event whereas a fall in temperature leads to La Niña.
The cause of the phenomenon is not fully understood but in an El Niño "event" the pool of warm surface water is forced eastwards by the loss of the westerly trade winds. The sea water evaporates, resulting in drenching rains over South America, particularly Peru and Ecuador, as well as western parts of the United States such as California.
Parts of the western Pacific, including Indonesia and Australia, suffer drought. The effects can last for anything from a few weeks to 18 months, causing extreme weather as far afield as India and east Africa.
The co-relation with global warming is as yet unclear. Archaeological evidence shows El Niños and La Niñas have been occurring for 15,000 years. But scientists are investigating whether climate change is leading to an increase in their intensity or duration.
Date: 3 Jan 2007
Subject: The Food We Eat - Dangers of Genetically Engineered Foods
From: Phyllis Montague email@example.com">
This is a very important article. We seem to be so complacent about what they are doing to the food we eat. Our choices are important and we vote with our pocketbooks! GM foods are scary!
The Food We Eat http://www.foodandwine.net/food/food005.htm
Would you choose to eat tomato paste that contained fly eggs? What about genetically modified pop-corn with a few rodent droppings and hairs in it? How about a cucumber that contains animal genes? Eggs with salmonella? Cheese with listeria? Meat with antibiotic-resistant bacteria? Perhaps you'd rather not, but the chances are you've already been eating some of them. It wasn't that long ago that the only problem we had to contend with when it came to food was simply to find enough of it to sustain ourselves. And for many people all over the globe that remains the only source of anxiety, but here in the developed world, we now have concerns other than with supply. We have very good reasons to be wary of the food we eat.Nothing that has to do with our food supply, production and regulation makes much sense without an understanding of the market forces that underpin them. The European Union is second in size only to the United States in its market for imported food-stuffs. The projected value for 1999 is close to 150 billion US dollars, which makes it a huge and lucrative market for the participants. More than half of this total is made up of consumer-ready products that are produced ultimately by large multi-national corporations, and it's a growing trend. The economic power of these corporations is staggering: out of the 100 biggest economies on the planet only 49 are sovereign states - 51 are multinationals. CLIP
...and here is a good shopping guide and more explanation of the dangers
The True Food Shopping Guide http://www.truefoodnow.org/shoppersguide/
Go behind the label and get the facts on genetically engineered foods - What's going on 'behind the label' of the food on our supermarket shelves in the United States? A secret genetic experiment... and you should know that just because it's not listed on labels, doesn't mean it's not there. So what's an American consumer to do? Go behind the label!A guide to the listThe True Food Shopping List was compiled because you have the right to know what's in your food! Today, thousands of products on supermarket shelves are made with ingredients from genetically engineered (GE) crops. But GE foods are not labeled in the U.S., despite warnings from doctors and scientists that these foods may not be safe in the diet or the environment.The list focuses on foods made with ingredients that are commonly derived from GE crops. The most widely grown GE crops, accounting for nearly 99% of the GE crop acreage in North America, are corn, soy, canola and cotton. The list does not include foods that are not yet genetically engineered, such as most fruits and vegetables, olive oils, whole wheat or rice products, or other foods that do not contain GE ingredients on the market. Additionally, as GE ingredients are NOT allowed in organic food production, they are not included in full in this list. Click on the Shop Organic link on the right to find out more about organic products. CLIP
(Footnotes refer to pages in the book Seeds of Deception by Jeffrey M. Smith.)
The following presents some of the dangers of genetically engineered foods and reasons why avoiding them is an important step to safeguard our health. The footnotes refer to page references in the book Seeds of Deception; there you can find meticulously documented evidence that leaves no doubt that GM food should never have been approved.
For more information, see also these articles:
Genetically Modified Foods Are Inherently Unsafe
Genetically Engineered Foods Pose Higher Risk for Children
Case Study on Industry Research: Soy Study by Monsanto
Inhaled GM Maize Pollen May Cause Disease
GM Food Promoter Transfers to Rat Cells
GM Vaccines Recombine into Unpredictable Hybrid Viruses in Human and Animal Cells
A Deadly Epidemic and the Attempt to Hide its Link to Genetic Engineering
55.6% Mortality in Rats Whose Mothers Were Fed GM Soy
Terje Traavik, PhD, responds to criticism about his studies
Article update linking health problems in the Philippines with Bt corn
The biotech industry claims that the FDA has thoroughly evaluated GM foods and found them safe. This is untrue. Internal FDA documents made public from a lawsuit, reveal that agency scientists warned that GM foods might create toxins, allergies, nutritional problems, and new diseases that might be difficult to identify.131-140 Although they urged their superiors to require long-term tests on each GM variety prior to approval, the political appointees at the agency, including a former attorney for Monsanto, ignored the scientists. Official policy claims that the foods are no different 130 and do NOT require safety testing. A manufacturer can introduce a GM food without even informing the government or consumers.146 A January 2001 report from an expert panel of the Royal Society of Canada said it was "scientifically unjustifiable"136 to presume that GM foods are safe. Likewise, a 2002 report by the UK's Royal Society said that genetic modification "could lead to unpredicted harmful changes in the nutritional state of foods," and recommended that potential health effects of GM foods be rigorously researched before being fed to pregnant or breast-feeding women, elderly people, those suffering from chronic disease, and babies.263
How could the government approve dangerous foods? A close examination reveals that industry manipulation and political collusion-not sound science-was the driving force.
Government employees who complained were harassed, stripped of responsibilities, or fired.77-83
Scientists were threatened. Evidence was stolen. Data was omitted or distorted. Some regulators even claimed they were offered bribes to approve a GM product.
There are only about two dozen published, peer-reviewed animal feeding studies on the health effects of GM foods.
One study showed evidence of damage to the immune system and vital organs, and a potentially pre-cancerous condition.12-13 When the scientist tried to alert the public about these alarming discoveries, he lost his job and was silenced with threats of a lawsuit.18-20
Two other studies also showed evidence of a potentially pre-cancerous condition. The other seven studies, which were superficial in their design, were not designed to identify these details.37
In an unpublished study, laboratory rats fed a GM crop developed stomach lesions and seven of the forty died within two weeks. The crop was approved without further tests.37, 137-140
Many industry studies appear to be rigged to find no problems. In the case of a genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH), for example, researchers injected cows with only one forty-seventh the normal dosage before reporting hormone residues in milk.91-92 They heated the milk 120 times longer than standard, to report that pasteurization destroys the hormone.93-94 They added cows to their study that were pregnant before treatment, to claim that rbGH didn't impede fertility.89 Cows that fell sick were dropped from studies altogether.80-81
With soybeans, serious nutritional differences between GM and natural soy were omitted from a published paper.35-36 Feeding studies masked any problems by using mature animals instead of developing ones and by diluting their GM soy 10 to 1 with non-GM protein.34
There are no adequate tests to verify that GM food will not create dangerous allergic reactions. While an international organization developed testing standards to minimize the possibility of allowing allergenic GM varieties on the market, GM corn currently sold in the U.S. has not been subjected to those tests and would most certainly fail them. One of these tests, for example, uses a test tube simulation to evaluate how long a potential GM allergen can last inside the digestive system before being broken down. Compared to the recommended international standards, however, one biotech company used a far stronger acid concentration and more than 1,250 times the recommended amount of a digestive enzyme to make the claim that their protein degrades too quickly to cause a reaction.179
The only human feeding trial ever conducted confirmed that genetically engineered genes from soy transferred to the bacteria inside the digestive tract. (The biotech industry had previously said that such a transfer was impossible.) The World Health Organization, the British and American Medical Associations, and several other groups have expressed concern that if the "antibiotic resistant marker genes" used in GM foods got transferred to bacteria, it could create super-diseases that are immune to antibiotics.59-60 More worrisome is that the "promoter" used inside GM foods could get transferred to bacteria or internal organs. Promoters act like a light switches, permanently turning on genes that might otherwise be switched off. Scientists believe that this might create unpredictable health effects, including the potentially pre-cancerous cell growth found in the animal feeding studies mentioned above.37
The biotech industry says that millions have been eating GM foods without ill effect.This is misleading.
About 100 people died and 5-10,000 to fell seriously ill when they consumed the food supplement L-tryptophan. Only those who consumed the variety that was genetically modified became ill. That brand had minute, but deadly contaminants that would easily pass through current regulations today. If the disease it created had not been rare and acute, with crippling and deadly symptoms, the GM supplement might never have been traced as the cause. Once discovered, however, industry and government covered up facts and diverted the blame. Even the FDA testimony before Congress withheld vital information.107-125
For a summary of the L-tryptophan issue, click here. For an in-depth presentation of the issue, see Toxic L-tryptophan: Shedding Light on a Mysterious Epidemic, by William E. Crist.
Milk from rbGH-treated cows contains an increased amount of the hormone IGF-1, which is one of the highest risk factors associated with
Soy allergies skyrocketed by 50% in the UK, coinciding with the introduction of GM soy imports from the U.S.160-161
According to a March 2001 report, the Center for Disease Control says that food is responsible for twice the number of illnesses in the U.S. compared to estimates just seven years earlier. This increase roughly corresponds to the period when Americans have been eating GM food. Could that be contributing to the 5,000 deaths, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 76 million illnesses related to food each year? Might it play in role in our national epidemic of obesity or the rise in diabetes or lymphatic cancers? We have no way of knowing if there is a connection because no one has looked for one.
One of the most dangerous aspects of genetic engineering is the closed thinking and consistent effort to silence those with contrary evidence or concerns. Just before stepping down from office, former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman admitted the following:
"What I saw generically on the pro-biotech side was the attitude that the technology was good, and that it was almost immoral to say that it wasn't good, because it was going to solve the problems of the human race and feed the hungry and clothe the naked... And there was a lot of money that had been invested in this, and if you're against it, you're Luddites, you're stupid. That, frankly, was the side our government was on... You felt like you were almost an alien, disloyal, by trying to present an open-minded view"152-153
Contrast this with the warning by the editors of Nature Biotechnology: "The risks in biotechnology are undeniable, and they stem from the unknowable in science and commerce. It is prudent to recognize and address those risks, not compound them by overly optimistic or foolhardy behavior." 137
The biotech industry and the government have been foolhardy indeed. Blinded, perhaps by the baseless myth that GM foods are needed to feed the world,250-251 they gamble with our health and support their safety claims on obsolete or unproven assumptions. Accepting their vacuous assurances by eating these dangerous foods or serving them to your customers may likewise be overly optimistic or foolhardy.
Please read the evidence amassed in the book Seeds of Deception by Jeffrey M. Smith. The meticulously documented facts leave no doubt about a massive injustice. The topic is too important to put this off until tomorrow.
Related FRENCH video
Excellente émission diffusée sur Canal+ (en France) il y à quelques jours, sur 2 études qui montrent que les OGM modifient les organes des animaux qui en mangent : études "confidentielles". Et aussi un témoignage très intéressant sur la transparence des comités d'experts. http://video.google.fr/videoplay?docid=-8996055986353195886&q=og
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Artificial Sweetener Explodes Internally - Avoid it in 2007 http://www.canadianmalcontent.net/view_topic.php?id=6167&forum_id=52&jump_to=48444
If there were a contest for the best example of total disregard for human life the victor would be McNeil Nutritionals - makers of SplendaTM. Manufacturers of VioxxTM and LipitorTM would tie for a very distant second. McNeil Nutritionals is the undisputed drug-pushing champion for disguising their drug SplendaTM as a sweetener. Regardless of its drug qualities and potential for side-effects, McNeil is dead set on putting it on every kitchen table in America. (...) Unlike ionic bonds, covalently bound chlorines are a big no-no for the human body. They yield insecticides, pesticides, and herbicides - not something you want in the lunch box of your precious child. It's therefore no surprise that the originators of sucralose, chemists Hough and Phadnis, were attempting to design new insecticides when they discovered it! It wasn't until the young Phadnis accidentally tasted his new "insecticide" that he learned it was sweet. And because sugars are more profitable than insecticides, the whole insecticide idea got canned and a new sweetener called Splenda got packaged. To hide its' origin, SplendaTM pushers assert that sucralose is "made from sugar so it tastes like sugar." Sucralose is as close to sugar as WindexTM is to ocean water. The RNFOC poses a real and present danger to all SplendaTM users. It is risky because the RNFOC confers a molecule with a set of super powers that wreak havoc on the human body. For example, Agent Orange, used in the U.S Army's he rbicidal warfare program, is a RNFOC. Exposure can lead to Hodgkin's lymphoma and non-Hodgkins lymphoma as well as diabetes and various forms of cancer! Other shocking examples are the war gas phosgene, chlordane and lindane. (2) The RNFOC is lethal because it allows poisons to be fat soluble while rendering the natural defense mechanisms of the body helpless. A poison that is fat soluble is akin to a bomb exploding internally. It invades every nook and cranny of the body. Cell walls and DNA - the genetic map of human life - become nothing more than potential casualties of war when exposed. Sucralose is only 25% water soluble. (3) Which means a vast majority of it may explode internally. In general, this results in weakened immune function, irregular heart beat, agitation, shortness of breath, skin rashes, headaches, liver and kidney damage, birth defects, cancer, cancer and more cancer - for generations! CLIP
EPA to Regulate a Form of Nanotechnology for the First Time (November 23, 2006) http://www.enn.com/today.html?id=11714
WASHINGTON Consumer products using extremely small particles of silver to kill germs will need Environmental Protection Agency approval, part of the government's first move to regulate the burgeoning nanotechnology industry. The EPA said Wednesday it was changing federal policy to require that manufacturers provide scientific evidence that their use of nanosilver won't harm waterways or public health. Environmentalists and others are concerned that after the material is discarded and enters the environment, it may be killing helpful bacteria and aquatic organisms or even pose a risk to humans. Nanosilver is used to kill germs in shoe liners, food-storage containers, air fresheners, washing machines and other products. Silver is among the most common type of nanomaterials marketed to consumers, of which more than 200 now exist, according to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, which is funded by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Pew Charitable Trusts. But the EPA doesn't plan to oversee most nanomaterials, which can be as small as one-millionth the width of a head of a pin. The Washington Post reported the EPA's decision in Thursday editions. The Washington-based Daily Environment Report published the first story on the decision Tuesday. The aim of nanotechnology, in the commercial world, is to develop new products and materials by changing or creating materials at the atomic and molecular level. But much of the impacts from those developments remains unknown, particularly with regard to possible environmental and health problems. The Food and Drug Administration also is considering whether to regulate nanotech products. EPA officials decided a year ago that a major pesticide law, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, should not apply to washing machines because they were considered devices. But after re-examining its decision and regulations, agency officials reversed course and decided "that the release of silver ions in the washing machines is a pesticide, because it is a substance released into the laundry for the purpose of killing pests," EPA spokeswoman Jennifer Wood said in an interview with The Associated Press. "This is now being considered a pesticide," Wood said. "So it does have to be regulated under FIFRA."
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Confirms the report on your latest compilation. Biodiesel from vegetable wastes would be a much better option. It's still limited in how much gasoline it can replace, though. We need wind-produced hydrogen asap.
Happy New Year, Jean. I have a feeling good things will be coming some how. I'm thinking about working with Habitat For Humanity a bit as a volunteer, with a mind to try to move them towards sustainable housing construction for the poor. Wish me success.
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Subject: Earth Policy News -- Distillery Demand for Grain To Fuel Cars Vastly Understated
Date: 4 Jan 2007
DISTILLERY DEMAND FOR GRAIN TO FUEL CARS VASTLY UNDERSTATED
World May Be Facing Highest Grain Prices in History
Lester R. Brown
Investment in fuel ethanol distilleries has soared since the late-2005 oil price hikes, but data collection in this fast-changing sector has fallen behind. Because of inadequate data collection on the number of new plants under construction, the quantity of grain that will be needed for fuel ethanol distilleries has been vastly understated. Farmers, feeders, food processors, ethanol investors, and grain-importing countries are basing decisions on incomplete data.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) projects that distilleries will require only 60 million tons of corn from the 2008 harvest. But here at the Earth Policy Institute (EPI), we estimate that distilleries will need 139 million tons--more than twice as much. If the EPI estimate is at all close to the mark, the emerging competition between cars and people for grain will likely drive world grain prices to levels never seen before. he key questions are: How high will grain prices rise? When will the crunch come? And what will be the worldwide effect of rising food prices?
One reason for the low USDA projection is that it was released in February 2006, well before the effect of surging oil prices on investment in fuel ethanol distilleries was fully apparent. Beyond this, USDA relies heavily on the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), a trade group, for data on ethanol distilleries under construction, but the RFA data have lagged behind movement in the industry.
We drew on four firms that collect and publish data on U.S. ethanol distilleries under construction. RFA is the one most frequently cited. The other three firms are Europe-based F.O. Licht, the publisher of World Ethanol and Biofuels Report; BBI International, which publishes Ethanol Producer Magazine; and the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), publisher of Ethanol Today.
Unfortunately, the lists of plants under construction maintained by RFA, BBI, and ACE are not complete. Each contains some plants that are not on the other lists. Drawing on these three lists and on biweekly reports from F.O. Licht, EPI has compiled a more complete master list. For example, while we show 79 plants under construction, RFA lists 62 plants. (We welcome any information that will improve this list, which can be viewed at www.earthpolicy.org/Updates/2007/Update63_data.htm.)
According to the EPI compilation, the 116 plants in production on December 31, 2006, were using 53 million tons of grain per year, while the 79 plants under construction--mostly larger facilities--will use 51 million tons of grain when they come online. Expansions of 11 existing plants will use another 8 million tons of grain (1 ton of corn = 39.4 bushels = 110 gallons of ethanol).
In addition, easily 200 ethanol plants were in the planning stage at the end of 2006. If these translate into construction starts between January 1 and June 30, 2007, at the same rate that plants did during the final six months of 2006, then an additional 3 billion gallons of capacity requiring 27 million more tons of grain will likely come online by September 1, 2008, the start of the 2008 harvest year. This raises the corn needed for distilleries to 139 million tons, half the 2008 harvest projected by USDA. This would yield nearly 15 billion gallons of ethanol, satisfying 6 percent of U.S. auto fuel needs. (And this estimate does not include any plants started after June 30, 2007, that would be finished in time to draw on the 2008 harvest.)
This unprecedented diversion of the worlds leading grain crop to the production of fuel will affect food prices everywhere. As the world corn price rises, so too do those of wheat and rice, both because of consumer substitution among grains and because the crops compete for land. Both corn and wheat futures were already trading at 10-year highs in late 2006.
The U.S. corn crop, accounting for 40 percent of the global harvest and supplying 70 percent of the worlds corn exports, looms large in the world food economy. Annual U.S. corn exports of some 55 million tons account for nearly one fourth of world grain exports. The corn harvest of Iowa alone, which edges out Illinois as the leading producer, exceeds the entire grain harvest of Canada. Substantially reducing this export flow would send shock waves throughout the world economy.
Robert Wisner, Iowa State University economist, reports that Iowas demand for corn from processing plants that were on line, expanding, under construction, or being planned as of late 2006 totaled 2.7 billion bushels. Yet even in a good year the state harvests only 2.2 billion bushels. As distilleries compete with feeders for grain, Iowa could become a corn importer.
With corn supplies tightening fast, rising prices will affect not only products made directly from corn, such as breakfast cereals, but also those produced using corn, including milk, eggs, cheese, butter, poultry, pork, beef, yogurt, and ice cream. The risk is that soaring food prices could generate a consumer backlash against the fuel ethanol industry.
Fuel ethanol proponents point out, and rightly so, that the use of corn to produce ethanol is not a total loss to the food economy because 30 percent of the corn is recovered in distillers dried grains that can be fed to beef and dairy cattle, pigs, and chickens, though only in limited amounts. They also argue that the U.S. distillery demand for corn can be met by expanding land in corn, mostly at the expense of soybeans, and by raising yields. While it is true that the corn crop can be expanded, there is no precedent for growth on the scale needed. And this soaring demand for corn comes when world grain production has fallen below consumption in six of the last seven years, dropping grain stocks to their lowest level in 34 years.
From an agricultural vantage point, the automotive demand for fuel is insatiable. The grain it takes to fill a 25-gallon tank with ethanol just once will feed one person for a whole year. Converting the entire U.S. grain harvest to ethanol would satisfy only 16 percent of U.S. auto fuel needs.
The competition for grain between the worlds 800 million motorists who want to maintain their mobility and its 2 billion poorest people who are simply trying to survive is emerging as an epic issue. Soaring food prices could lead to urban food riots in scores of lower-income countries that rely on grain imports, such as Indonesia, Egypt, Algeria, Nigeria, and Mexico. The resulting political instability could in turn disrupt global economic progress, directly affecting all countries. It is not only food prices that are at stake, but trends in the Nikkei Index and the Dow Jones 500 as well.
There are alternatives to creating a crop-based automotive fuel economy. The equivalent of the 2 percent of U.S. automotive fuel supplies now coming from ethanol could be achieved several times over, and at a fraction of the cost, by raising auto fuel efficiency standards by 20 percent.
If we shift to gas-electric hybrid plug-in cars over the next decade, we could be doing short-distance driving, such as the daily commute or grocery shopping, with electricity. If we then invested in thousands of wind farms to feed cheap electricity into the grid, U.S. cars could run primarily on wind energy--and at the gasoline equivalent of less than $1 a gallon. The stage is set for a crash program to help Detroit switch to gas-electric hybrid plug-in cars.
It is time for a moratorium on the licensing of new distilleries, a time-out, while we catch our breath and decide how much corn can be used for ethanol without dramatically raising food prices. The policy goal should be to use just enough fuel ethanol to support corn prices and farm incomes but not so much that it disrupts the world food economy. Meanwhile, a much greater effort is needed to produce ethanol from cellulosic sources such as switchgrass, a feedstock that is not used for food.
The world desperately needs a strategy to deal with the emerging food-fuel battle. As the leading grain producer, grain exporter, and ethanol producer, the United States is in the drivers seat. We need to make sure that in trying to solve one problem--our dependence on imported oil--we do not create a far more serious one: chaos in the world food economy.
# # #
Lester R. Brown is President of the Earth Policy Institute and author of Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble.
Industrial biofuels threaten Rainforests and European land sustainability http://www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.asp?id=europe_biofuel
There exist serious concerns regarding the production of plantation crops on lands cleared of ancient rainforests for production of biodiesel in Europe in particular. For example, remaining natural orangutan habitat and their rainforest ecosystems in Southeast Asia are threatened by the unsustainable harvesting of palm oil for the use of biofuels. The campaign to stop Europe's "Deforestation Biofuel" Energy Policy is now at an important decision point, as the European Commission is expected to finalize the "Biomass Action Plan" policy by January 10th for biofuels sourced from plantations cleared from ancient rainforests. Earlier the European Parliament voted for rapid market expansion before safeguards are put in place. Please tell the European Commission now that they must prevent biofuels from causing ever greater deforestation, biodiversity losses, and evictions and impoverishment of local communities both in tropical rainforests and Europe. Unrestrained industrial biofuel expansion will accelerate, not slow down, climate change; as peatlands, rainforests, forests and croplands across the world are converted to energy crop monocultures and release their carbon in the process. TAKE ACTION NOW at: http://www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.asp?id=europe_biofuel
From: "Cheryl Magill" firstname.lastname@example.org">
Subject: The U.S. Navy is proposing to use mid-frequency active sonar off the California Coast - Concern and a Prompt to Action
Date: 1 Jan 2007
STOP THE NAVY NOISE!
Activist E-Mail Alert for Navy LFA Sonar Campaign
International Marine Mammal Project, Earth Island Institute
Dear LFA Activists:
The California Coastal Commission (CCC) will reconsider the Navy's request for a consistency determination for the Navy's offshore training exercises, which includes the use of mid-frequency active sonars offshore of southern California. These kind of trainings have coincided with mass strandings of whales and dolphins in other areas of the world. The reconsideration will take place at the next CCC meeting in Long Beach, CA, on Wednesday, January 10th, 2007; Item
10b on the agenda.
WRITTEN COMMENTS ARE NEEDED AS WELL AS BODIES AT THE HEARING!
As you know, the CCC put off a consistency determination (a finding by the CCC that the Navy's exercises are consistent with the California Coastal Plan, under provisions of the federal Coastal Zone Management Act) at their December 15th meeting in San Francisco. The CCC is now asking the Navy for additional information, more protection for whales, and more monitoring of the training exercises. We expect a report from the CCC for the Navy to be made public next week, with details of what the CCC is asking the Navy to do. (More on this next week.)
One of the most important issues is the level of noise "acceptable" to whales and other marine mammals. Over the past few years, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has bowed to pressure from the Navy and the oil industry to adopt a level of 180 dB as "acceptable" to whales and other marine mammals. In fact, whales have been known to react to noises as low as 90 dB (as the decibel system is logarithmic, 90 dB is 100 MILLION times less energy than 180 dB!). The CCC has adopted, instead, a level of 154 dB for California coastal waters, as that is the highest level deemed "safe" for divers by the Navy. As any whales killed or injured by the Navy with sonars will seriously hurt the California coastal zone (within the 3 mile limit), the CCC is asking the Navy to adopt the 154 dB maximum level for whales and dolphins. This is clearly NOT what the Navy wants, and they are expected to fight it strongly.
Other protective measures the CCC is asking for include better monitoring of the use of mid-frequency active sonars to make sure marine mammals are not disturbed, special protection for gray whales during the migration season, and no testing of sonars at night when marine mammals cannot be spotted by observers.
Written comments can be sent to:
The California Coastal Commission 45 Fremont Street Suite 2000 San Francisco, CA 94105-2219 FAX (415) 904-5400
10b. CD-086-06 (Navy, Southern California) Consistency Determination by U.S. Navy for U.S. Pacific Fleet's Composite Training Unit Exercises (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercises (JTFEX) in southern California offshore waters, from Santa Barbara County to Baja California, in the San Clemente Island Range Complex, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, and at Navy bases on the Silver Strand peninsula. (MPD-SF).
URGE THE COMMISSION:
(1) To ensure the Navy's training exercises will not harm any whales or marine mammals before approving a consistency determination. The Commission should not cave in to the Navy's unacceptable intransigence in protecting California's ocean resources.
(2) To ensure the Navy uses no more than 154 dB as the maximum noise level around any whales and other marine mammals. Even 154 dB is high enough to harass and interfere with communications by cetaceans that use the California coastal zone.
(3) To ensure that the Navy increases monitoring for effects of the use of mid-frequency sonars on marine mammals, halts use of mid-frequency active sonars at night, and further provides protection to the entire population of gray whales which migrates through Southern California waters each year.
Please, if you can, plan to attend and speak at this important hearing:
WEDNESDAY, January 10, 2007, beginning at 10 AM
Hyatt Regency Long Beach 200 S. Pine Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 491-1234
Hearing begins at 10 AM; the Navy is item 10b on the schedule (probably late morning or afternoon, I would expect).
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP, AND MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL! (even the Navy...)
-- Mark J. Palmer
"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it." --Voltaire
Mark J. Palmer
International Marine Mammal Project
Earth Island Institute
300 Broadway, Suite 28
San Francisco, CA 94133
ESA PR 43-2006. Have you ever wanted to track natural events in progress, such as fires, floods and volcanic eruptions, or simply explore the planet through the eyes of a satellite? ESA has created a website, MIRAVI, which gives access to the most recently acquired images from the world's largest Earth Observation satellite, Envisat.
MIRAVI, short for MERIS Images RApid VIsualisation, tracks Envisat around the globe, generates images from the raw data collected by Envisat's optical instrument, MERIS, and provides them online within two hours. MIRAVI is free and requires no registration.
"ESA designed MIRAVI so that the public could have access to daily views of Earth. Naturally, scientists are already familiar with these data, but we thought these images would be interesting to everyone. Seeing the most recently acquired images of the planet will allow people to witness the magnificent beauty of Earth and become more knowledgeable about the environment," ESA's Director of Earth Observation Programmes Volker Liebig said.
To enjoy the service, simply visit the MIRAVI website at http://www.esa.int/miravi and either browse the very latest images by clicking on the snapshots to the left, or view a specific location by either selecting an area on the world map or entering its geographic coordinates. MIRAVI also provides archived images since May 2006, searchable by date.
Although the images are fascinating and provide the marvellous feeling that users are 'onboard the satellite', they are not suitable for scientific use. Scientists use MERIS products that exploit the instrument's 15 spectral bands and are generated with sophisticated algorithms. MIRAVI images use only a few spectral bands processed to appear the way the naked eye would see them.
ESA's Envisat Mission Manager Henri Laur said: "The Envisat mission is a great success for Europe as a major source of information on the Earth system, including insights into factors contributing to climate change. Since its launch in 2002, Envisat continuously monitors the Earth's land, atmosphere, oceans and ice caps, thanks to its ten sophisticated instruments."
Envisat circles the Earth in a polar orbit at an 800-km altitude, allowing MERIS to acquire global coverage every three days. MERIS measures the solar radiation reflected by the Earth, which means the sun must be present for MERIS to produce an image. Because the sun is low over Nordic areas during winter, images of Scandinavia, for example, are not currently available, except through the archive. The situation will reverse, however, from March onwards, and images of the area will be acquired daily. In contrast, Antarctica is visible for the next two months.
More than 50 million hectares of forest are burnt annually, and these fires have a significant impact on global atmospheric pollution, with biomass burning contributing to the global budgets of greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide. For a decade now, ESA satellites have been continuously surveying fires burning across the Earth's surface. Worldwide fire maps based on this data are now available online in near-real time through ESA's ATSR World Fire Atlas. In addition to maps, the time, date, longitude and latitude of the hot spots are provided.
Date: 7 Jan 2007
Subject: DO I STAND ALONE?
Do I stand alone against the "immorality" of Covert Aggression by the U.S. CIA?
Do I stand alone against the "immorality" of Overt U.S. Aggression from the Indian Wars to Iraq?
Do I stand alone against the "immorality" of all governments denying an Individuals Right of Conscience to Dissociate from its actions?
Do I stand alone against the "immorality" of Initiatory Physical Force which holds people captive to governments everywhere?
Do I stand alone against the "immorality" of Involuntary Subjugation of the entire Human Family by the world's Controllers and Manipulators?
Goodwill to you,
"The world's Brightest Future is in Protecting and Balancing the Freewill Rights of each member of the One Human Family."
FOR THERE TO BE JUSTICE IN THIS WORLD, ALL INITIATORY PHYSICAL FORCE OF HUMAN-UPON-HUMAN MUST CEASE!
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