There is such a huge slew of doomsday news in this compilation (over 120 pages, 45,400 words and 296 links, my largest ever) that I'm hesitant to submit you all to this barrage of stuff. Yet, just reading what, to me, looks like the biggest news of the week (which BTW barely registered in the controlled mainstream newsmedia...) indicates to me that it would be foolish to ignore what is happening - as if we could anyway! See for yourself...
Save the planet? It's now or never, warns landmark UN report (25/10/2007) http://www.afp.com/english/news/stories/071025154020.bbqhb66q.html
NAIROBI (AFP) - Humanity is changing Earth's climate so fast and devouring resources so voraciously that it is poised to bequeath a ravaged planet to future generations, the UN warned Thursday in its most comprehensive survey of the environment. The fourth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-4), published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is compiled by 390 experts from observations, studies and data garnered over two decades. The 570-page report -- which caps a year that saw climate change dominate the news -- says world leaders must propel the environment "to the core of decision-making" to tackle a daily worsening crisis." The need couldn't be more urgent and the time couldn't be more opportune, with our enhanced understanding of the challenges we face, to act now to safeguard our own survival and that of future generations," GEO-4 said. The UNEP report offers the broadest and most detailed tableau of environmental change since the Brundtland Report, "Our Common Future," was issued in 1987 and put the environment on the world political map. "There have been enough wake-up calls since Brundtland. I sincerely hope GEO-4 is the final one," said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner." The systematic destruction of the Earth's natural and nature-based resources has reached a point where the economic viability of economies is being challenged -- and where the bill we hand on to our children may prove impossible to pay," he added. Earth has experienced five mass extinctions in 450 million years, the latest of which occurred 65 million years ago, says GEO-4. "A sixth major extinction is under way, this time caused by human behaviour," it says. Over the past two decades, growing prosperity has tremendously strengthened the capacity to understand and confront the environmental challenges ahead. Despite this, the global response has been "woefully inadequate," the report said. The report listed environmental issues by continent and by sector, offering dizzying and often ominous statistics about the future. Climate is changing faster than at any time in the past 500,000 years. CLIP
Of course I've tried, as best as I could, to balance out the doomsday stuff with Light-filled hope-stirring material, a delicate balancing act for sure.
We are really right in the middle of a major moment of truth and the ante has been upped once again...
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"I don't want to be alarmist, I have no evidence there's a coup brewing. But I think the American people and their congressional reps deserve some say in how they will be ruled when the ordinary rules go out the window in a national emergency. For one thing, what will happen to the Bill of Rights' guarantees of individual liberty and the courts that are supposed to enforce them? If you ask me, setting aside any paranoid fantasies, it is clear on the most basic levelread it yourselfthat NSPD-51 is the creation of irresponsible incompetents, bulls in the china shop of our constitutional framework. It is a recipe for disaster. For a catastrophe of governance that would match whatever physical catastrophe it followed and threaten the re-establishment of constitutional democracy. It would make the partisan warfare over the 2000 election in Florida seem like child's play. We might recover from a disaster but we might never recover from the "continuity coordination" that followed, "coordination" that could forever undermine any faith in the actual continuity of constitutional liberty in America since it would put it at the mercy of any president who wants to "coordinate continuity" rather than govern legally."
"I suggest that what is needed is A CAMPAIGN OF COORDINATED GLOBAL CIVIC DISOBEDIENCE. This does not need to take the form of anything that might be construed as 'civil unrest' - as these acts would result in a coordinated and abrupt response by local civil defense forces (i.e. police - whose actions are controlled by those about whom we would protest) and ensuing negative action against those protesting. What would happen if everyone or anyone worldwide who disagrees with the policies implemented by the Global Elite via their political puppets in all our countries, would use the horn on their vehicle, a hand-held distress device, a trumpet, or banging on pots and pans to make noise for ONE FULL MINUTE at 0800 hours every morning? The impact of this simple action could be wildly contagious. If, as we are told, 70% of the adult population agrees about the disastrous, genocidal, and destructive nature of the current global situation (Iraq, Afghanistan, depleted uranium poisoning, the 9/11 sham, recession caused by Central Banking, etc.), this kind of coordinated response would have a much larger 'voice' than any number of unreported vigils. These actions of CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE would also spread quickly as those who agree would add 'voice' to the increasing global clamor."
"Jean, all I can say is thank you for your amazing work - it is an absolute life blood for me to find out, along with the referred sites, what is really going on in the world. The whole awareness of these issues is so huge and constantly challenges me to work out what I can do just to increase people's awareness of what we are really doing to this world and how we, as individuals, can change it through awareness, caring, intention and action. Thank you for your dedication - I have been a silent addict for some years!!"
- Diana Grosser (email@example.com) from Australia -- Message found in the ERN guestbook
"I believe that we in the United States may be in for a number of cataclysmic events such as 9/11, Katrina, and the California fires as this nation -- for the first time in its long history -- begins to experience that it is no more impervious to disaster (natural or man-made) than any other nation. The century of American dominance (and, some might say, American "luck" -- when virtually no major misfortune touched the land) is over. And there may very well be a collective will on the part of Humanity (and not only that portion living outside of the United States) to bring this nation as close to an awareness of its own fragility as every other nation on the earth. Fragility produces humility, and few would argue that America could benefit from a dose of humility right now. Humanity might also right now be teaching itself about its own need to create community -- helping and healing communities, some temporary and some more permanent -- to face the predictably extraordinary challenges of the 21st Century. For the past dozen decades (and increasingly in the last five or six) we have seen a break up of the Community Human as families have disunited and cultures have homogenized and the people of the earth have increasingly become more and more freed by modern technologies and less dependent on each other -- or seemed to have done so. In reality, an experience of our Oneness and our Interdependence is more needed now than ever before, as we march seemingly obliviously toward the brink of our own self-destruction. Only an awareness of our Oneness and Interdependence can save us now, me thinks. Only a complete clarity that we ARE all one can turn the tide of events in favor of sustainability on the earth."
"By far the most devastating effect is on unborn children. Nothing can prepare anyone for the sight of hundreds of preserved fetuses, scarcely human in appearance. Iraq is now seeing babies with terribly foreshortened limbs, with their intestines outside their bodies, with huge bulging tumors where their eyes should be, or with a single eye-like Cyclops, or without eyes, or without limbs, and even without heads. Significantly, some of the defects are almost unknown outside textbooks showing the babies born near A-bomb test sites in the Pacific. (...) Dr. Durakovic's UMRC research team also conducted a three-week field trip to Iraq in October of 2003. It collected about 100 samples of substances such as soil, civilian urine and the tissue from the corpses of Iraqi soldiers in 10 cities, including Baghdad, Basra and Najaf. Durakovic said preliminary tests show that the air, soil and water samples contained "hundreds to thousands of times" the normal levels of radiation."
"Evolution is all about uplifting your Light through your own efforts, although help is given once you elect to take a path to the higher realms. It is normally a gradual process, but once it gathers speed it increases exponentially. At present you stand on the verge of a wonderful surge forward. It can be credited to the awakening that has taken place, and you have now reached a very important phase. Much work is still to be carried out, but the plan for fully enlightened Man is well advanced. All will be uplifted if they can accept the Light that is being beamed to Earth. As many of you now understand, all is moving according to Universal Law and it is orderly even if at first it does not seem to be so. (...) Regardless of all the events occurring on Earth, you can be sure that they will be of no consequence where Ascension is concerned. It will bring this cycle to completion, and nothing will prevent or delay it manifesting. I ask that you give no strength to the dark and their fearsome activities, but instead send out your love. It is a simple thing to do, and will hasten the changes that will bring the beginning of the end allowing a new beginning to fully emerge."
- St. Germain -- 24 October 2007 Message (included at the end of this compilation)
"Dear Ones everything that we have foreseen is taking place, in a way that spells the end of this cycle. Certain events of which we are bound to keep the details secret are gaining momentum. We will give no clues as to the time scale, except to tell you that the changes are coming up very quickly. There is now an impatience noted amongst those who lead the dark forces, and they are extremely anxious to mount an assault on Mankind. Many earlier attempts to build on the fear created by 9/11 have been prevented by us, and they are aware of our many interventions. These are times when the dark will resort to every opportunity to build up a scenario to justify extending the war in the Middle East. It is not something that is hidden from your view, in fact rather the opposite. Their tactics are to continue creating more reasons to continue their programme of self- gratification and aggrandizement. In their naïve and defiant response to our presence, they are planning the very acts that will lead to their downfall. We await with pleasure the outcome, although it gives us heartache to see the continued death and destruction. For those who are aware of the inner happenings and covert actions of both us and the dark, it has called for a great degree of patience. However, you are guaranteed the victory that has been promised from the very first time of our contact with you. Our plan was conceived eons of time ago, in readiness for the first signs that Man was turning his back on the influences of the dark. It was made knowing that regardless of what happened, there would always be a certain percentage of you sufficiently prepared to step up into Ascension."
The greatest survivors of Earth's nature: Water bears (Click on "next photo" to view them all!) AMAZING!! http://english.pravda.ru/photo/report/water_bears-2685/2/
These small, segmented animals were discovered by Johann August Ephraim Goeze, an aquatic zoologist, in 1773. Over 900 species of water bears have been found everywhere around the world - from the Himalayan mountains (at elevations of over 6000 meters) to deep ocean areas (4000 meters below sea level). They are most often discovered on mosses, lichens, and various types of sediments. An easy way to observe them is to soak a piece of moss in spring water. Freeze them, boil them, dry them, expose them to open space & radiation - after 200 years they'll still be alive! The amazing thing about these tiny, 1mm creatures is just how resilient they are to about everything. You can put them in space, in hot sea vents, and freeze them - no matter what you do, they'll survive... Tardigrades can survive in: Extreme cold (at -272 degrees Celsius for a couple of minutes, or at -200 degrees Celsius for days on end)!!! Extreme heat (being heated to 181 degrees Celsius for a couple of minutes)!!! Extreme radiation (easily surviving 5,700 grays of radiation. A gray is about as much radiation as 5,000 chest x-rays. 10-20 grays can easily kill a human and most animals.) Extreme dehydration (A tardigrade can survive for a decade with no water). In a vacuum (A water bear can survive in space!) These tiny organisms can be found everywhere - in fact, there are probably hundreds just a few meters from where you are standing. They aren't as publicized as they should be, but these creatures are truly fascinating. It's amazing that these minuscule beings can survive for so long when others will die out.
QUESTION: Dr. Boylan, How did the Cabalistas get to the moon bases? There are some more parts to this [Cabal craft skimming above the Moon video] story that are untold, and imply that somebody has somehow gone to the moon with other than NASA's well-publicized launches. This is intriguing. REPLY: The Cabal have access to a wide and versatile fleet of U.S. antigravity craft. See: http://www.drboylan.com/xplanes2.html Only the "chump" astronauts at Kennedy Space Center, FL ride those dangerous buckets full of explosives into space, in a public spectacle designed to keep the ignorant public convinced that's as far as "our" technology has gotten us. The "real" astronauts (secret, military) train at the Special Air Force Academy inside a mountain just west of the "official" Air Force Academy, then fly antigravity craft into space on undeclared missions to the secret "other" Space Station, to the Moon, and to Mars. And have been for years. -- Taken from http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/DrRichBoylanReports/message/2095
Here is an excerpt from http://www.drboylan.com/xplanes2.html that gives a good idea of the exotic (to most people) war technology the US could use in an attack against Iran... in the unlikely case ET monitoring groups don't intervene to prevent this...
7) the TR3-B 'Astra" , is a large triangular anti-gravity craft within the U.S. fleet. Black projects defense industry insider Edgar Rothschild Fouche wrote about the existence of the TR3-B in his book, Alien Rapture (10). My ex-NSA informant, 'Z', also confirmed that the TR3-B is operational. 'Z' had this to say about the TR3-B triangular antigravity craft. "TR3-B. This is the code name for what everyone on Earth has seen. It is a very large triangular-shaped re-entry vehicle with anti-gravity. It is what the November  issue of Popular Mechanics identified as the Lenticular Reentry Vehicle, a nuclear-powered flying saucer, the first version of which went operational in 1962, [the version which Popular Mechanics illustrated.] 'It was used in Gulf War's early hours with electromagnetic-pulse/laser cannons. It literally sat mid-air, firing long-, medium-, short-range to take out antennas, towers, communications, air traffic control towers, TV dishes and centers, etc. For three hours, these three triangles [TR3-Bs] just sat there blowing up everything in sight. Then the Stealth fighters had fun for the rest of the day into the early evening next night. Then [followed] carpet bombings from high altitude B-52 Strato-Fortresses. They dumped all the old, aged Vietnam-era crap [munitions]; a third blew up and the rest [were] duds. Anyways, the TR3B has been in testing since the '60s. But it has only been perfected for the last 8 years [since 1992]. CLIP
Make sure to read about the 10) The amazing and extremely lethal TAW-50 - a hypersonic, antigravity space fighter-bomber which "has speed capabilities well in excess of Mach 50, a number the contractor calls 'a very conservative estimate'. Its actual speed is classified. Since Mach-1 is 1,225 kilometers per hour, (approximately 748 mph), this means that the TAW-50 is capable of moving considerably faster than 38,000 mph." (...) "The performance of the TAW-50 makes it virtually impossible to defend against. It can hide in orbit many hundreds of miles into space, orbiting at times at 22,000 mph. Then, without warning, it can dive straight down through the atmosphere at over 38,000 miles per hour on an 80-degree attack vector, reverse direction within 150 feet of the ground with very little loss of motion and without a glide turn, and almost instantly go vertically straight up at over 38,000 mph until long after it leaves the atmosphere and resumes orbiting in space. " CLIP
Depleted Uranium - The Ultimate Dirty Bomb - How the US is using nuclear weapons today http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/15.html
Depleted uranium is considered a weapon of mass destruction and is banned for use in warfare by international law, yet the US and Israel use it routinely.The US military has used thousands of tons of depleted uranium in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq sickening civilians and its own soldiers by the tens of thousands.Depleted uranium contaminates the food, water, air and land it comes into contact with forever. It's the ultimate "dirty bomb." For more information about this video go to: http://www.beyondtreason.com MANY more through http://www.brasschecktv.com/ - AND MUCH MORE ON GLOBAL DEPLETED URANIUM CONTAMINATION IN THIS COMPILATION!
Torture: The Bush Legacy (This video is no longer available) http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/127.html
What is waterboarding? This is one of the "interrogation" methods favored by the Bush administration for use on *suspected* terrorists. Note the word "suspected." It's possible for a person who is entirely innocent and has no information whatsoever to be subjected to this form of torture. People can and do die in the course of waterboarding. The practice is essentially to bring the victim to the edge of drowning, over and over again. Bush and his henchmen pointedly continue to refuse to ban this practice explicitly. Theoretically, thanks to George Bush "the Decider", anyone, anywhere, any time, who is suspected of having information related to "terrorism" can be snatched off the street and tortured in this way. This perhaps more than his lying the US into an illegal, immoral and pointless war and ruining the US economy (a work in progress) may be his ultimate legacy.
Panel Pushes for Mukasey to Denounce Technique http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102407O.shtml
Philip Shenon reports for The New York Times, "All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee pressed Michael B. Mukasey, President Bush's nominee for attorney general, on Tuesday for a clear-cut statement that the interrogation technique known as waterboarding, which simulates drowning and has been used by the CIA against terrorism suspects, is illegal."
Cochrane Mural - Cochrane Alberta Canada - FASCINATING ARTWORK!! http://www.muralmosaic.com/Cochrane.html
This mural was unveiled last week at the Cochrane ranch House. Each tile is 1 foot square, is it's own individual picture and each is by a different artist. All of them together form this huge mural. You can click on each of the tiles to see them in detail. Check out the horse's eye first and then you'll be hooked. Cowboys lips and cheeks also.
Surviving 2012 and Planet X http://planetxforecast.com/videos/survivng/index.shtml
This 5-part video series offers a straightforward view of this coming human event. Produced and hosted by Marshall Masters, a former CNN science feature field producer, it is an ideal Planet X / 2012 primer for those new to this vital topic. As the co-author and publisher of Planet X Forecast and 2012 Survival Guide, Marshall believes that 2012 will be a survivable, evolutionary event. ---- I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO MAKE OF THIS... I'M UTTERLY SKEPTICAL IN FACT... Comments anyone??
Date: 24 Oct 2007
From: Robert Greenwald (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: What can we do to end the war?
Dear activists, colleagues and friends,
It has been over 4 and a half years since the invasion of Iraq. 3,835 U.S. soldiers and over 1 million Iraqi citizens have lost their lives. U.S. taxpayers have spent over $600 billion on this war with no end in sight.
This Saturday, October 27th, you can take a stand. United for Peace and Justice is coordinating over 150 peace groups across the country for demonstrations in 11 cities.
Please come! Four years ago this month we documented the lies that led us into this war in "Uncovered: The War on Iraq," and last year we took on the mercenaries, cost-plus contracts, Blackwater and Halliburton in "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers." Both of these stories are now widely known in the broader media thanks to your efforts in screening the films and organizing with them.
This new video is about getting people into the streets and DOING SOMETHING.
See you on Saturday!
Robert Greenwald, Jim Miller, and the Brave New Foundation team
HERE IS AN INITIAL REPORT
Thousands "die" in anti-war protest on Market St. in SF (October 27, 2007) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/10/27/MNJHT0ULT.DTL&tsp=1
SAN FRANCISCO -- On cue from a bullhorn's blast, thousands of protesters fell to the pavement on Market Street today in a symbolic "die-in" as part of a nationwide protest staged in 11 cites against the war in Iraq. For about three minutes the demonstrators lay on the ground, representing what organizers said were more than 1 million Iraqis killed since the war began in 2003. Then the marchers got up and resumed their march from San Francisco's Civic Center to Dolores Park for a rally. March organizers put their number at 30,000 - old, young, workers, students, religious leaders. Police declined to give a formal estimate, but onlookers said the demonstrators definitely numbered far more than 10,000. They filled up Market Street for several blocks, shouting that U.S. troops should be brought home and carrying banners decrying the war. At the head of the marchers was a band of Native American drummers who pounded a steady beat as protesters chanted, "No more war!" Before the march began, demonstrators gathered in front of City Hall to hear speakers berate the Bush administration and call on Americans to stand up against the war. "Silence shows compliance," Nicole Davis, a leader of the Campus Anti-War Network group, told the crowd at the San Francisco event, which was organized by the Oct. 27th Coalition of several groups, including ANSWER - Act Now To Stop War and End Racism. "If you disagree with this war," she added, "it is your duty to stand up and let the world know." CLIP
Go at http://www.wizardwerksstudio.com/ and then click on "Videos" and then on "Enough is Enough by Knight After" to watch this musical video with a clear-cut Peace message. Recommended by ERN subscriber Joy Frink (email@example.com)
Cheney: US Will Not Let Iran Go Nuclear http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102207J.shtml
The Associated Press reports, "The United States and other nations will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon, Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday."
We can attack Iran, says US commander (20/10/2007) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/10/20/wiran120.xml
America's top military officer said the country does have the resources to attack Iran, despite the strain of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Adm Michael Mullen, who took over as chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff three weeks ago, said diplomacy remained the priority in dealing with Iran's suspected plans to develop a nuclear weapon and its support for anti-US insurgents in Iraq.But at a press conference he said: "there is more than enough reserve to respond (militarily) if that, in fact, is what the national leadership wanted to do". Defence Secretary Robert Gates warned that Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons could set off an arms race in the Middle East. "The risk of an accident or a miscalculation or of those weapons or materials falling into the hands of terrorists seem to me to be substantially increased," he added. The two leaders appeared together just days after George W Bush raised the spectre of "World War Three" if Iran went nuclear. Adm Mullen did not elaborate on what size of assault would be feasible, but earlier reports have said the Pentagon had laid out contingency plans for a major aerial campaign against suspected nuclear targets in Iran. CLIP
George Bush warns Putin over 'World War III' (20/10/2007) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/10/18/wiran118.xml
President George W Bush has raised the spectre of "World War Three" breaking out if Iran was allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. (...) Mr Bush's remarks are likely to inflame a delicate situation, which has seen intense speculation about possible US air strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities and other targets. The Pentagon is known to have drawn up attack plans and Mr Bush's close advisers are divided between those who think Teheran needs to be taught a lesson and those who think bombing raids would hand Mr Ahmadinejad a propaganda victory. Publicly, the president has repeatedly said that "all options are on the table" regarding Iran. Critics will view Mr Bush's choice of words, which were delivered off the cuff, as typically injudicious, reminiscent of his early description of the war on terror as a "crusade". "I am sure people around the world will be terrified by these comments," said Peter Beinart, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. "There is clearly an apocalyptic streak in his rhetoric, but his historical understanding is very limited. "Even if, God forbid, we went to war with Iran it wouldn't be World War Three because Iran is not a major power. It would be more of a colonial style war."Earlier in the White House press conference, Mr Bush refused to answer repeated questions about an Israeli air strike inside Syria last month that US officials has said obliterated a nascent nuclear reactor built with North Korean assistance. "This is not my first rodeo," the president said. Robert Gates, the American defence secretary, underlined the importance of space yesterday, saying that a Chinese anti-satellite test earlier this year exposed US vulnerability. Mr Gates called on the military to protect "unfettered" US access to space, tying it to efforts to prevent weapons of mass destruction from falling into the hands of extremists. "It is through space we monitor the weapons we already know exist," he said. "It is through space that our troops and our leadership monitor the battlefield and communicate with each other. Therefore, it is space we must protect, especially as we expand its use."
Straitjacket Bush (Los Angeles Times - October 25, 2007) http://tinyurl.com/39fa3y
The president's warmongering remarks on the Iranian threat suggest he is psychotic. Really. -- Forget impeachment. Liberals, put it behind you. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney shouldn't be treated like criminals who deserve punishment. They should be treated like psychotics who need treatment. Because they've clearly gone mad. Exhibit A: We're in the middle of a disastrous war in Iraq, the military and political situation in Afghanistan is steadily worsening, and the administration's interrogation and detention tactics have inflamed anti-Americanism and fueled extremist movements around the globe. Sane people, confronting such a situation, do their best to tamp down tensions, rebuild shattered alliances, find common ground with hostile parties and give our military a little breathing space. But crazy people? They look around and decide it's a great time to start another war. That would be with Iran, and you'd have to be deaf not to hear the war drums. Last week, Bush remarked that "if you're interested in avoiding World War III . . . you ought to be interested in preventing [Iran] from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon." On Sunday, Cheney warned of "the Iranian regime's efforts to destabilize the Middle East and to gain hegemonic power . . . [we] cannot stand by as a terror-supporting state fulfills its most aggressive ambitions." On Tuesday, Bush insisted on the need "to defend Europe against the emerging Iranian threat." (...) The problem with Bush is that he is the president -- and he gives instructions to the CIA and military, without having to go through his dental fillings. Impeachment's not the solution to psychosis, no matter how flagrant. But despite their impressive foresight in other areas, the framers unaccountably neglected to include an involuntary civil commitment procedure in the Constitution.Still, don't lose hope. By enlisting the aid of mental health professionals and the court system, Congress can act to remedy that constitutional oversight. The goal: Get Bush and Cheney committed to an appropriate inpatient facility, where they can get the treatment they so desperately need. In Washington, the appropriate statutory law is already in place: If a "court or jury finds that [a] person is mentally ill and . . . is likely to injure himself or other persons if allowed to remain at liberty, the court may order his hospitalization." I'll even serve on the jury. When it comes to averting World War III, it's really the least I can do.
Antiwar Radio: Scott Horton Interviews Chris Hedges http://www.antiwar.com/blog/2007/10/19/chris-hedges-3/
Chris Hedges, veteran war reporter and author of War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning and many other books, discusses the convergence of the Egyptian and American national security states as their puppet military dictatorship kidnaps and tortures people at the best of the U.S. government, the incompatibility of the rule of law and a republican form of government with empire and oligarchy, the ghost prisons and ghost detainees, held by the U.S. government around the world, the tortured (and false) testimony of Ibn-al Shaykh al-Libi which was used by Colin Powell in his UN speech to justify aggressive war against Iraq, how Mamdah Habib was threatened with rape by an animal, the perhaps thousands of victims of these crimes, his article about American war crimes in Iraq (soon to become a book), the Egyptian war against domestic dissidents, the long term consequences of abandoning law and the American populations preference for Amusing Ourselves to Death. MP3 HERE - Especially listen from 11 minute into the audio record...
More Than 755,000 on US Terrorist Watch List http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102507A.shtml
Agence France-Presse reports: "The US terrorist watch list includes more than 755,000 names and continues to grow, the US Government Accountability Office said Wednesday. The list exploded from fewer than 20 entries before the September 11, 2001 attacks to more than 150,000 just a few months later, after the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) was created in December 2003 to keep tabs on terrorist suspects, according to the GAO, the non-partisan investigative arm of Congress."
Clinton Rakes In Cash From The US Weapons Industry (19 October 2007) http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article3075691.ece
The US arms industry is backing Hillary Clinton for President and has all but abandoned its traditional allies in the Republican party. Mrs Clinton has also emerged as Wall Street's favourite. Investment bankers have opened their wallets in unprecedented numbers for the New York senator over the past three months and, in the process, dumped their earlier favourite, Barack Obama. Mrs Clinton's wooing of the defence industry is all the more remarkable given the frosty relations between Bill Clinton and the military during his presidency. An analysis of campaign contributions shows senior defence industry employees are pouring money into her war chest in the belief that their generosity will be repaid many times over with future defence contracts. (...) This week, she said that, if elected president, she would not rule out military strikes to destroy Tehran's nuclear weapons facilities. While on the armed services committee, Mrs Clinton has befriended key generals and has won the endorsement of General Wesley Clarke, who ran Nato's war in Kosovo. A former presidential candidate himself, he is spoken of as a potential vice-presidential running mate. Mrs Clinton has been a regular visitor to Iraq and Afghanistan and is careful to focus her criticisms of the Iraq war on President Bush, rather than the military. The arms industry has duly taken note. (...) "Arms industry profits are so heavily dependent on government contracts that companies in this field want to be sure they do not have hostile relations with the White House," added Mr Edsall.The industry's strong support for Mrs Clinton indicates that she is their firm favourite to win the Democratic nomination in the spring and the presidential election in November 2008. CLIP
West won't win Afghan war: former UN envoy http://www.dawn.com/2007/10/19/int14.htm
International forces are unlikely to win their battle against the Taliban in Afghanistan, risking a regional conflict that could match the magnitude of previous world wars, a former top UN envoy said. (...) I think we are losing in Afghanistan now, we have lost I think and success is now unlikely, he said in an interview. I believe losing in Afghanistan is worse than losing in Iraq. It will mean that Pakistan will fall and it will have serious implications internally for the security of our own countries and will instigate a wider Shia, Sunni regional war on a grand scale. Some people refer to the First and Second World Wars as European civil wars and I think a similar regional civil war could be initiated by this (failure) to match this magnitude, Ashdown added. The number of Taliban suicide attacks in Afghanistan -- more than 100 so far this year -- is set to top last years record of 123, the United Nations says, and most victims are civilians. The Taliban have increased the number of suicide attacks after suffering heavy casualties in conventional clashes with foreign forces and the Afghan army, security analysts say. While Western forces, alongside the Afghan army, have claimed victories against Taliban in the south, many remote areas and some towns remain under the militants control and attacks have also spread north to regions previously considered safe. Frustration with the government over the slow pace of development, official corruption and the lack of law and order have all played into rebel hands. CLIP
Blackwater to Be Phased Out of Iraq http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102007Z.shtml
Warren P. Strobel, reporting for McClatchy Newspapers, says Blackwater mercenaries will likely be "eased out of its role of guarding U.S. diplomats in Iraq in the aftermath of a shooting last month that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead." Blackwater's current work order under a State Department contract worth $834 million reportedly runs out in May 2008.
Helicopter Gunfire Kills Iraqi Civilians, Days After Sadr City Battle http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102407J.shtml
Andrew E. Kramer reports for The New York Times: "Gunfire from an American helicopter killed 11 people, including women and children, after it came under fire north of Baghdad on Tuesday, according to a statement by the military. The episode was the second this week in which multiple Iraqi deaths resulted from a United States combat action."
War Supplemental Makes Room for Iran http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102407A.shtml
Maya Schenwar, reporting for Truthout, writes: "The Bush administration's $196.4 billion war supplemental spending request, released Monday, has Democrats reeling. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd called the supplemental 'short-sighted at best,' while House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey remarked in a statement, 'It's amazing to me that the president expects to be taken seriously.' Yet beyond the request's mind-boggling size, its open-ended aims point to the potentially vast scope of the 'war on terror' for years to come - including an undiminished presence in Iraq and the possibility of action against Iran."
The Secret History of the Impending War With Iran http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102407B.shtml
John H. Richardson, reporting for Esquire, writes: "Two former high-ranking policy experts from the Bush Administration say the US has been gearing up for a war with Iran for years, despite claiming otherwise. It'll be Iraq all over again."
Risks of US-Iran War Through Misunderstanding Grow http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102407G.shtml
Le Figaro's Renaud Girard, French Ambassador Jacques Andreani and Marc Ullmann, writing for Le Monde, and Mohamed ElBaradei in an interview with Natalie Nougayrede at Le Monde all fear the rush to use force with Iran and argue it would be extremely premature.
NUCLEAR WAR-FEAR: U.S. to strike Iran' if diplomacy fails (26 Oct 2007) http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58350
Intel official says Washington promoting Palestinian state to pay for Arab support - JERUSALEM A senior Palestinian intelligence official said that based on meetings with American diplomats he "understood" the U.S. plans to target Iran's suspected nuclear installations in two to three months if negotiations with Tehran don't generate a major breakthrough.The official, speaking to WND yesterday on condition of anonymity, said according to what he "understood," the U.S. will "pay" for Arab support for a U.S. strike against Iran by creating a temporary Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and most of the West Bank by next summer.The official met last week with U.S. secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during her trip here earlier this month to prepare for a U.S.-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian summit slated for next month in which Israel is expected to outline a future Palestinian state in most of the West Bank.Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, in recent weeks hinted at willingness to give away sections of Jerusalem.The Palestinian intelligence official would not say if he was basing his information on any specific statements by U.S. officials that a military operation against Iran was in the works."It's based on what I understood from the Americans," he told WND.His statements come as the Bush administration today imposed a series of new sanctions on Iran, accusing the country of an illicit nuclear program and supporting terrorism throughout the Middle East. CLIP
4 colonels relieved of command over nuclear-armed flight - Boston Globe/Washington Post (Oct. 20, 2007) http://tinyurl.com/2ah4tb
Four Air Force colonels have been relieved of their commands and more than 65 lower-ranking officers and airmen have been disciplined over a series of errors that led to a B-52 flight from North Dakota to Louisiana with six nuclear-armed cruise missiles that no one realized were under the wing. CLIP - IS THIS REALLY THE WHOLE TRUTH ABOUT THIS EVENT?
Afghanistan and Iraq Set to Cost More Than Vietnam and Korea http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102407D.shtml
Leonard Doyle, reporting for The Independent, writes, "President George Bush will have spent more than $1 trillion on military adventures by the time he leaves office at the end of next year, more than the entire amount spent on the Korean and Vietnam wars combined."
Government Short Money to Help Poor Pay Heating Bills http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102107Y.shtml
Tom Dogget, reporting for Reuters, says "about 30 million low-income American households who will need help paying heating bills this winter from a US government program will be left in the cold because of a lack of funding for the program."
United States National Debt (1938 to Present) -- An Analysis of the Presidents Who Are Responsible for the Borrowing (24 Oct 2007) http://www.cedarcomm.com/~stevelm1/usdebt.htm
(...) In 1993 President Clinton inherited the deficit spending problem and did more than just talk about it; he fixed it. In his first two years and with a cooperative Democratic Congress he set the course for the best economy this country has ever experienced. Then he worked with what could be characterized as the most hostile Congress in history, led by Republicans for the last six years of his administration. Yet, under constant personal attacks from the right, he still managed to get the growth of the debt down to 0.32% (one third of one percent) his last year in office. Had his policies been followed for one more year the debt would have been reduced for the first time since the Kennedy administration. When President Bush II came into office in 2001 he quickly turned all that progress around. With the help of a Republican controlled Congress he immediately gave a massive tax cut based on a failed economic policy; perhaps an economic fantasy describes it better. The last year Mr. Clinton was in office the nation borrowed 18 billion dollars. The first year Mr. Bush II was in office he had to borrow 133 billion. The first tax cut Bush pushed through a willing Republican Congress caused an upswing in government borrowing that was supposed to stimulate the economy, but two years later Bush had to push through yet another tax cut. The second tax cut was needed because it was clear that the first one did not work. Economic history tells us the second did not work either. As a result of all his tax cutting with no cutting in spending, in 2003 President Bush set a record for the biggest single yearly dollar increase in debt in the nation's history. He did it again in 2004, increasing the debt more than half a trillion dollars. Since 2003 total borrowing has exceeded $500,000,000,000 per year. Even Mr. Reagan never increased the debt that much in a single year; Mr. Reagan's biggest increase was only 282 billion, half of GWB's outrageous spending. As a result of the fact that the debt was already pretty high when Bush II entered office, his annual rate of increase is only averaging 7% per year so far. In 2006 he was holding press conferences bragging that the debt was increasing at the rate of only 300 billion dollars a year, yet in reality it was twice that. Again the facts do not match Neo-Con rhetoric. CLIP - IN SHORT: 75% of the 9 trillion US debt was accrued under three Republican presidents...
Bush lobbies for more Iraq, Afghan funds (Oct 22, 2007) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21422707/
President Bush asked Congress on Monday for another $46 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and finance other national security needs. CLIP -- IN SHORT: Bush lobbies Congress to have the funds saved from his veto of children's health care to be spent in Iraq and Afghanistan. The $45.9-billion emergency request would push the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over $600 billion.
Plame: White House Likely To 'Twist Intelligence' On Iran http://thinkprogress.org/2007/10/22/plame-iran/
This morning, former CIA agent Valerie Plame appeared on NBC's Today Show and spoke about whether the Bush administration is on a path to war with Iran. She told host Meredith Vieria that she believes the administration is "capable" of again misleading the American public "into a disastrous war based on twisted intelligence." Watch it (at the URL above) Plame's comments come one day after Vice President Cheney issued "his sternest warning to date on Iran," stating that "the international community is prepared to impose serious consequences." Norman Podhoretz recently met privately with the President for 45 minutes, advocating war with Iran. In a CSPAN interview earlier this month, Podhoretz stated, "I believe President Bush is going to order airstrikes [on Iran] before he leaves office."While the right wing continues to bolster Cheney's war-mongering, members of the intelligence community are reportedly trying to "slow down what the president, most particularly the vice president, want to do in Iran."Before Bush administration officials blew her cover as a covert CIA agent, Plame was involved in preventing Iran from building a nuclear weapon. She was "involved in one highly classified mission to deliver fake nuclear weapons blueprints to Tehran."
Loose Change Final Cut Release Date Announced (October 22, 2007)
Internet phenomenon to arrive November 11th, features all-new material and interviews http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/october2007/221007_loose_change.htm
After many months of anticipation, a release date has finally been announced for Loose Change Final Cut, the pre-eminent 9/11 truth documentary. The film, which features all-new material and interviews, will hit the web on November 11th and also be available to order on DVD that same day.
Kurds Also Fighting on Iran Border http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102307A.shtml
Richard A. Oppel Jr., reporting for The New York Times, writes: "Deadly raids into Turkey by Kurdish militants holed up in northern Iraq are the focus of urgent diplomacy, with Turkey threatening invasion of Iraq and the United States begging for restraint while expressing solidarity with Turkish anger. Yet out of the public eye, a chillingly similar battle has been under way on the Iraqi border with Iran."
Turkey Sends More Troops to Iraq Border http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102307D.shtml
Volkan Sarisakal and Christopher Torchia, reporting for The Associated Press, write, "Dozens of Turkish military vehicles streamed toward the Iraqi border with heavy artillery and ammunition Monday after Kurdish guerrillas killed a dozen soldiers and claimed to have captured eight in an intensifying crisis threatening to spill into Iraq."
Turkish Prime Minister warns US: we will attack Kurdish rebels in Iraq (October 22, 2007) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article2710139.ece
Turkey will launch military action against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq despite frantic appeals for restraint from America and Nato, its Prime Minister has told The Times. Speaking hours before the PKK, the Kurdish Workers' Party, killed at least 17 more Turkish soldiers yesterday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey had urged the US and Iraqi governments repeatedly to expel the separatists but they had done nothing. Turkey's patience was running out and the country had every right to defend itself, he said. "Whatever is necessary will be done," he declared in an interview. "We don't have to get permission from anybody."Mr Erdogan, who begins a two-day visit to Britain today, also offered a bleak assessment of relations between the US and Turkey, a country of huge strategic importance to Washington. He said that a "serious wave of anti-Americanism" was sweeping Turkey, called America's war in Iraq a failure, and served warning that if the US Congress approved a Bill accusing the Ottoman Turks of genocide against Armenians during the First World War, the US "might lose a very important friend". CLIP
In Laos, new bloodshed from long-ago war (Oct 21) http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/ny-wolaos145426212oct21,0,4392163.story
(...) During the Vietnam War, U.S. warplanes carried out as many as 500 airstrikes a day on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, already denuded by Agent Orange sprayed by the Americans. Bitterness from that time lingers for thousands of Laotians living with its lethal legacy. "They are suffering from this problem today because of Americans, so they are still angry toward the Americans," Sayasenh said. Unexploded ordnance is a hazard in more than one-third of Laos. Sappers have collected more than 800,000 items since 1996, everything from small bomblets to 3,000-pound bombs. Sayasenh has about 900 staffers in the field, with an annual budget of $4.3 million, but much of his equipment is outdated and it is expected to take 50 to 100 more years to finish the job.Deaths on the riseTo was one of at least 76 people injured in the first half of this year, according to the Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Program. Of the 76, at least 25 have died. Forty percent of the casualties have been children.Last year's total of 16 dead and 33 injured was a sharp drop of 70 percent from 2005, but the number is climbing now because poverty is forcing villagers to seek new farmland in areas that haven't been cleared of ordnance, Sayasenh said. CLIP - IN SHORT: Since 1975, 13,000 dead and countless injured in Laos by remaining US ordnance that Washington won't help to clean-up.
Why is the 911 "fringe" movement so...mainstream? (October 25, 2007) http://www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd317.htm
Bill O'Reilly and his stable of regular commentators always refer to those seeking the truth about 911 as conspiracy wackos; the "fringe element" that no one takes seriously. He is particularly nasty and often hysterical in his tirades. They all pull out Rosie O'Donnell as the poster child to bolster their rants. Following along with the rest of these mindless robots comes Glen Beck. Uh, who?(...) Those Americans are just a tiny number of not only family members, but fire fighters, first responders, professionals such as engineers, pilots, former military, aviation experts and demolitions experts from every walk of life, every race, religions and different political parties. Are they all part of a fringe element out of their minds by asking questions? How about seven veteran CIA personnel who call the official version of 911 a joke, monstrous lies and a cover up? You can read the statements of 190 Americans who ARE mainstream folks and this includes the spontaneous statements of fire fighters who heard bombs go off in the underground (basement) of the World Trade Towers by clicking here: http://patriotsquestion911.com/survivors.html
A Life Saver Called "Plumpynut" (Oct. 21, 2007) http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/19/60minutes/main3386661.shtml
You've probably never heard a good news story about malnutrition, but youre about to. Every year, malnutrition kills five million children -- that's one child every six seconds. But now, the Nobel Prize-winning relief group "Doctors Without Borders" says it finally has something that can save millions of these children. It's cheap, easy to make and even easier to use. What is this miraculous cure? As CNN's Anderson Cooper reports, it's a ready-to-eat, vitamin-enriched concoction called "Plumpynut," an unusual name for a food that may just be the most important advance ever to cure and prevent malnutrition. "It's a revolution in nutritional affairs," says Dr. Milton Tectonidis, the chief nutritionist for Doctors Without Borders. "Now we have something. It is like an essential medicine. In three weeks, we can cure a kid that is looked like they're half dead. We can cure them just like an antibiotic. Its just, boom! It's a spectacular response," Dr. Tectonidis says. "It's the equivalent of penicillin, youre saying?" Cooper asks. "For these kids, for sure," the doctor says. No kids need it more than a group of children 60 Minutes saw in Niger, a desperately poor country in West Africa, where child malnutrition is so widespread that most mothers have watched at least one of their children die. Why are so many kids dying? Because they can't get the milk, vitamins and minerals their young bodies need. Mothers in these villages can't produce enough milk themselves and can't afford to buy it. Even if they could, they can't store it -- theres no electricity, so no refrigeration. Powdered milk is useless because most villagers don't have clean water. Plumpynut was designed to overcome all these obstacles. Plumpynut is a remarkably simple concoction: it is basically made of peanut butter, powdered milk, powdered sugar, and enriched with vitamins and minerals. It tastes like a peanut butter paste. It is very sweet, and because of that kids cannot get enough of it. The formula was developed by a nutritionist. It doesn't need refrigeration, water, or cooking; mothers simply squeeze out the paste. Many children can even feed themselves. Each serving is the equivalent of a glass of milk and a multivitamin. CLIP - Recommended by Bonnie Mandell-Rice (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Shirley MacLaine claims Kucinich had UFO encounter (October 23, 2007) http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1193128634148360.xml&coll=2
Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has claimed to have seen a UFO, according to Shirley MacLaine in her new book, "Sage-Ing While Age-Ing."Kucinich "had a close sighting over my home in Graham, Washington, when I lived there," the actress, a close Kucinich friend, wrote. "Dennis found his encounter extremely moving. The smell of roses drew him out to my balcony where, when he looked up, he saw a gigantic triangular craft, silent, and observing him."It hovered, soundless, for 10 minutes or so, and sped away with a speed he couldn't comprehend. He said he felt a connection in his heart and heard directions in his mind." CLIP
Military Experiments Target the Van Allen Belts (24 October 2007) http://spectrum.ieee.org/oct07/5660
Satellite and Alaskan array will test whether RF injections into the ionosphere could halt geomagnetic storms. -- Ever since the Van Allen radiation belts were discovered, the U.S. armed forces have been interested in understandingand maybe even controllinghow the belts influence wireless communication. For example, the U.S. Air Force, wanting to keep in touch with airborne fighter pilots at all times, would like to understand exactly how geomagnetic storms in the atmosphere will cause disruptions. Today, the armed forces are sponsoring two big experiments to gain more knowledge about the Earth's ionosphere.The first of them is the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), located in Gakona, Alaska, about 300 kilometers from Fairbanks. CLIP
Autism Incidence And EMF (Oct 24. 2007) INTRIGUING HYPOTHESIS http://www.rense.com/general78/aut.htm
(...) Mothers of Maryland, Kentucky, Indiana, Nebraska, Nevada, and Oregon be wary your children may be unwitting subjects of the largest mind control experiment ever witnessed on this planet.
American kids, dumber than dirt -- Warning: The next generation might just be the biggest pile of idiots in U.S. history By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist (October 24, 2007) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/gate/a/2007/10/24/notes102407.DTL
I have this ongoing discussion with a longtime reader who also just so happens to be a longtime Oakland high school teacher, a wonderful guy who's seen generations of teens come and generations go and who has a delightful poetic sensibility and quirky outlook on his life and his family and his beloved teaching career. And he often writes to me in response to something I might've written about the youth of today, anything where I comment on the various nefarious factors shaping their minds and their perspectives and whether or not, say, EMFs and junk food and cell phones are melting their brains and what can be done and just how bad it might all be. His response: It is not bad at all. It's absolutely horrifying.My friend often summarizes for me what he sees, firsthand, every day and every month, year in and year out, in his classroom. He speaks not merely of the sad decline in overall intellectual acumen among students over the years, not merely of the astonishing spread of lazy slackerhood, or the fact that cell phones and iPods and excess TV exposure are, absolutely and without reservation, short-circuiting the minds of the upcoming generations. Of this, he says, there is zero doubt.Nor does he speak merely of the notion that kids these days are overprotected and wussified and don't spend enough time outdoors and don't get any real exercise and therefore can't, say, identify basic plants, or handle a tool, or build, well, anything at all. Again, these things are a given. Widely reported, tragically ignored, nothing new. No, my friend takes it all a full step or rather, leap further. It is not merely a sad slide. It is not just a general dumbing down. It is far uglier than that. We are, as far as urban public education is concerned, essentially at rock bottom. We are now at a point where we are essentially churning out ignorant teens who are becoming ignorant adults and society as a whole will pay dearly, very soon, and if you think the hordes of easily terrified, mindless fundamentalist evangelical Christian lemmings have been bad for the soul of this country, just wait. It's gotten so bad that, as my friend nears retirement, he says he is very seriously considering moving out of the country so as to escape what he sees will be the surefire collapse of functioning American society in the next handful of years due to the absolutely irrefutable destruction, the shocking and nearly hopeless dumb-ification of the American brain. It is just that bad. CLIP
Dying For A Diet Coke? (8,356 words!) DON'T MISS THIS ONE! http://www.iraq-war.ru/article/145552
(...) Consider for a moment how many cities around New Zealand and Australia are opening new hospitals and setting up increased facilities especially for treating children who in ever-increasing numbers are going down with what used to be relatively rare adult diseases like diabetes, leukaemia, brain tumours and weird new diseases like autism and hyper-activity that turn tiny kids into monsters. Generations who had children before the 1950s would wonder why we so nonchalantly accept the huge toll of chronic disease in children that now exists, with so little comment and such apparent acceptance of the inevitable. Meanwhile we carry on feeding ourselves and our children with the thousands of new convenience foods laden with a witchs cauldron of chemical preservatives and additives, convinced by TV advertising and our faith in a vague common social mythology that neither our politicians, our health regulatory bureaucrats nor our complaisant food and beverage industries would deliberately poison us. Worst of all, many of us are now feeding a new generation of human beings - our babies, our children and our pregnant selves - with a popular synthetic sweetener poison, aspartame/Additive 951 (also known as Nutrasweet, Equal, Spoonful, Benevia, Equal Measure, Canderel, etc), which has been reported in a long series of scientific, peer-reviewed studies as carrying the ability to maim, distort and disable intellectual and physical development from the foetal stage to adolescence. In fact over the 26 years that have passed since aspartame's introduction into the world food chain we are now moving into generations of human beings whose parents and parent's parents have been continuously exposed from breakfast to dinner-time to aspartame, monosodium glutamate and a baneful assemblage of human nervous system toxins that American neurosurgeon Dr Russell Blaylock has termed excitotoxins, chemical poisons that can over-excite the neural pathways to the point of nerve death. (1) What is more, while we have finally accepted in our law courts and at a Government level that substances like Agent Orange, lead, and blue asbestos can medically disable particularly where long-term exposures are involved, we seem quite unable to extend that logic to the artificial dietary chemicals that we consume every day, year after year. Little wonder then, that ill health and classrooms full of medicated children are part of normal, daily life and lunatic murders, road-rage, air-rage, depression and a steady media reportage of odd and irrational behaviour in people of all ages is just put down to modern living. Unknown to most of us, and apparently ignored by the authorities we trust, aspartame use has been associated in the scientific literature with a huge list of medical and psychological disorders including irrational rage, headaches, numbness, fatigue, blurred vision and blindness, heart palpitations, brain lesions and tumours, memory loss, dizziness, muscle spasms, choking spasms, miscarriages, sexual dysfunction, irritability, anxiety attacks, vertigo, epileptic seizures, rashes, tachycardia, tinnitus, joint pain, nausea, mood alterations and depression, hearing loss, slurred speech, loss of taste, and insomnia, as well as eroding intelligence and short-term memory. It also helps trigger multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Epstein Barr, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, diabetes, mental retardation, lymphoma, and birth defects. CLIP Recommended by Betty Martini (email@example.com) who wrote: "Hang on to your hats for one of the strongest articles on aspartame by the courageous, incredible journalist, Chris Wheeler, the New Zealand arm of Mission Possible."
NOTE FROM JEAN: I wrote to Chris Wheeler to inform him that I was going to quote his article above:
Congratulations Chris for this excellent article. Incidentally, I've also written an article on this issue (in French - check Aspartame : Le mal caché du siècle at http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/AspartaMalcache.htm) in the form of a Question and Answer format as a result of a request by a health magazine journalist from France. They featured this article in the magazine "Bonne Santé" (circulation 200,000) several years ago. I've also extensively (128 times!) covered this issue over the years both in French and in English in my compilations networked to thousands of subscribers worldwide (check http://tinyurl.com/2fke2k to locate all the relevant files in my archives) and I've been interviewed on a mainstream radio station in Quebec City (with several hundred thousands listeners) several years ago. While on the air the radio host phoned Danone's pr representative whom I faced with the fact they were poisoning their customers with aspartame in the yogurt products. Partly as a result - I'd like to believe - Danone no longer uses Aspartame (their products in America all have in large letters the notice "No Aspartame" and has shifted its emphasis on truly healthy products. Check ...
Danone Cuts Out the Cookies (Oct. 18, 2007) http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1673282,00.html
(...) Danone, which had $19.6 billion in sales last year, is the world leader in yogurt and fresh-dairy sales and, with bottled-water brands like Evian and Volvic, No. 2 in the packaged-water industry, behind Nestlé. (...) With the new Danone, I think we can say that 98% of total sales will be functional health and nutrition. It's very different from the competitors," says Riboud, 51, a skier and windsurfer. (...) Danone has been one of the few companies to create "active" foods like yogurt touted as having health benefits thanks to the addition of patented probiotic bacteria. Activia, a yogurt with a strain of Bifidus bacteria, marketed as aiding digestion and eliminating bloating, accounts for $1.8 billion in sales worldwide.The yogurt, on the European market since 1987, sold $130 million in its first year on the U.S. market, 2006--a breakout hit in a country where people don't eat that much yogurt and are more accustomed to treating health problems by popping a pill than changing their diet. Actimel, sold in the U.S. as DanActive, which claims to strengthen the body's natural defense system with Lactobacillus casei, has sales of more than $1.4 billion. Danone is tailoring the active blueprint by mapping diet deficiencies by region and designing products accordingly. Danonino, a yogurt product for children, is enriched with vitamin A and zinc in Brazil, calcium and vitamin D in Poland, and iron and vitamin C in Mexico. "People are ready to pay a bit more" for a product that does something for their health, says Sacchi, who contends that the active health brands still carry mainstream prices. (...) Danone also insists its health claims are based on hard science. The company has founded 16 "Danone Institutes" to study nutrition. It filed 30 health-related patents last year and maintains a "bio bank" with 3,000 strains of bacteria for research. CLIP
I'd recommend this kind of strategy - confronting on the air the pr people from offending companies (Coke and Pepsi for instance) - and encouraging them all to get into health promoting products instead of disease-fostering lines of products. That's where the truly lucrative future markets are..."
Lloyd's preparing for personal injury related to cell phone use (October 22, 2007) http://www.canadianunderwriter.ca/issues/ISArticle.asp?id=75336&issue=10222007
Lloyds of London is preparing for the next big liability action for personal injury damages based on the use of cell phone technology.Mobile phones are now so ingrained in our daily lives that the thought of living without them is impossible, Lloyds notes in a posting on its Web site. Commercially and personally, mobile technology has revolutionized the way in which we live. So what would happen if, say in 20 years time, the link between the electromagnetic fields (EMF) generated by mobiles is proven to be linked with a higher susceptibility to illness? How are Londons underwriters protecting themselves from opening the floodgates to future claims without prejudicing policyholders?Lloyds says the number of reports on mobile telecommunications and its impact on health is immense, and the study findings are often conflicting. CLIP
Cell phone/cancer verdict (October 25, 2007) http://groups.google.com/group/mobilfunk_newsletter/browse_thread/thread/a63d2992ab447048
(...) Its a wonderful, indispensable little tool, and were not prepared to go through life without it. But thats also potentially a problem: if a technology is used so ubiquitously and intimately by so many people (over two billion world-wide), many of them children, we need to be absolutely sure its safe. And were not at all sure.
Dect Phone Radiation: NONSTOP PULSED 2.4 GHZ RADIATION INSIDE US HOMES http://groups.google.de/group/mobilfunk_newsletter/browse_thread/thread/d8856b9539831b9b
DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telephones) cordless phones may be the most dangerous devices found in many homes today. This is because they emit strong microwave emissions twenty four hours a day. The attached scientific document is very informative. The document is five years old, but this is the first time that I have seen it. Governments are still allowing DECT phones to be sold and they are still failing to warn users of the extreme danger they face. CLIP
Blessings to you Jean for your continuing front-line battle to awaken the masses !!!
May we all...
Urgently remember... for there to be Justice, Peace, and Freedom in this world, all "Initiatory" Physical Force by governments, as well as Individuals, must cease! Cooperation yes, Compulsion no.
The world's Brightest Future is in cooperatively Protecting and Balancing the Inherent, Innate, Ingrained, Instinctive, Intuitive, and Inalienable Natural Freewill Rights of each member of our One Human Family, including the Right to dissociate from any Principle, Policy, Program, Practice, or Person. As your Natural Rights are Protected, so is all Life and the Planet Protected.
From: Kathleen Beatty (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: 19 Oct 2007
It's been a while since i've written to you. I'm living in the Boulder CO area now, where Naomi Wolf spoke recently.
Boulder is the home of the Left Hand Bookstore, a non-profit cooperative political and cultural bookstore staffed by volunteers. I'm volunteering there.
I figure any LHB volunteer stands a good chance of getting on "the list" if they're not already on it. But i refuse to live my life in fear. We're all going to die anyway. And i can't be at peace with myself if i don't speak out against what is happening to my country, and to the world.
The challenge is to stay connected to the energies of Light and Love while also being aware of the insanity and darkness going on. I of course meet politically aware and active people on my shift at Left Hand Books. These folks are by and large way happier than those who choose willful ignorance.
Edgar Cayce, in one of his readings, said that in the (then) future, the darkness and corruption in high places in the USA would come to light, and that eventually the US American people would rise up and take the government back in to our own hands.--No prophecy is 100% assured. But i'm for sure going to do my part.
God is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.
"There is no anti-depressant that will cure a depression that's spiritually based, for the malaise doesn't originate from brain dysfunction, but from an accurate response to the desecration of life."
David R. Hawkins, Power Vs. Force
There is ALWAYS hope.
All shall be well
And all shall be well
And all manner of things shall be well.
Date: 20 Oct 2007
From: David Creighton (email@example.com)
What a stimulating dialogue, even have me replying!
I've been an ERN subscriber for a long time and ought to share my experiences, in partial answer to Jean's rant. Every issue I receive I read, and dissect into smaller messages, that I forward to a number of specific-interest lists. I am grateful that Jean already does most of that sorting in advance. Anyway, there will be several hundred messages go out each issue, regularly with the invitation to subscribe directly. And I encounter a wide range of people in person, and pass on tidbits. So there is a multiplier effect. Sometimes people will quote back to me a story they heard from me 'originally.' Then I am content the light is spreading. And so should you be.
Most of my correspondents also have circles of friends with whom they share the news, although they may not see the whole picture as yet. Who does? Some of my correspondents are fundamentalist xians, some libertarians, some republican/conservative, and of course some anarchist, hindu, buddhist, monetarist and so on. Even though most still watch tv or listen to the radio, the 'alternative' illumination tends to brighten their perspectives. And so it goes.
Please don't worry if you don't often hear from people like me. We are here anyway and growing brighter all the time. With great thanks to all like you.
Keep up the Great Work!
P.S. "6 billion candles" would be awfully bright, eh? Besides, then there wouldn't be any more news!
Sam Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Oaxaca, Mexico wrote: "I saw that, in the current Meditation Focus, it said that big changes could be coming in the next weeks or months, a "battle of the forces of light and darkness". But I saw that this material is dated 1999. What I'm wondering if the situation being talked is for the immediate future or was about then?"
And my reply was: "I felt that much of the content of this text I "received" in 1999 still applies to today's situation, perhaps even more so. As to what was referred to in "In the coming weeks and months, a great battle will be waged between those of the Shadow and those of the Light. "... I should have edited this to "In the coming weeks, months and years, a great battle will be waged between those of the Shadow and those of the Light. " This battle is still going on but, according to Matthew and from what I gather, in the overall balance of things, the Forces of Light have mostly succeeded in tipping the scale in the right direction. Now what is left is for this to play out entirely in the "real" world."
STARK WARNING - ONE MORE! PLAYING OSTRICH IS NO LONGER AN OPTION... BUT WHO REALLY CARES?... I DO! YOU TOO I'M SURE! BUT MOST POLITICIANS DON'T... TIME TO BRING IN SOME WHO DO!...
The speed at which mankind is using and abusing the Earths resources is putting humanitys survival at risk, scientists have said.
The bleak assessment of the state of the environment globally was issued as an urgent call for action amid growing concerns of worldwide waste, neglect and governmental inertia.
Fundamental changes in political policy and individual lifestyles were demanded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as it gave warning that the point of no return for the environment is fast being approached.
The damage being done was regarded by the UN programme as so serious that it said the time had come for the environment to be a central theme of policy-making instead of just a fringe issue, even though it would damage the vested interests of powerful industries.
Marion Cheatle, of the environment programme, said that damage sustained by the environment was of fundamental economic concern and, if left unchecked, would affect growth.
The report provides incontrovertible evidence of unprecedented environmental change over the last 20 years that, unless checked, will fundamentally undermine economic development for current and future generations, she said as the report was released in London.
The report, the fourth Global Environment Outlook: environment for development (GEO-4), assessed the impact on the environment since 1987.
It was drafted on the basis of reports by almost 400 scientists, all experts in their fields, whose findings were subjected to review by another 1,000 scientists.
Climate change was identified as one of the most pressing problems but the condition of freshwater supplies, agricultural land and biodiversity were considered to be of equal concern.
It came 20 years after the publication Our Common Future by the Brundtland Commission, the first attempt by the UN to provide a comprehensive review of Mans impact on the environment.
The authors of the latest report said there had been progress on some environmental problems in the past two decades, most notably the international agreement to protect the ozone layer. But while maintaining that they wanted to avoid presenting a dark and gloomy scneario, they concluded: There are no major issues raised in Our Common Future for which the foreseeable trends are favourable.
They said the scale of the challenge was huge and highlighted a series of problems that need to be faced and tackled by people and governments around the world before damage to the environment becomes irreversible.
Increases in the world population, which has risen almost 34 per cent from 5 billion in 1987 to 6.7 billion today, have caused many of the challenges because of the demands on the Earths natural resources.
Demand, heightened by a three-fold increase in trade since 1987, means that more is now being produced than can be sustained in the long term. On average, each person needs 21.9 hectares of the Earths surface to supply their needs whereas, it was calculated, the Earths biological capacity is 15.7 hectares per person.
The report was critical of the lack of action by governments in protecting the environment. The response to climate change was described as woefully inadequate but it was regarded as one of several significant problems that need to be addressed effectively.
We appear to be living in an era in which the severity of environmental problems is increasing faster than our policy responses, it said. To avoid the threat of catastrophic consequences in the future, we need new policy approaches to change the direction and magnitude of drivers of environmental change.
The need couldnt be more urgent and the time couldnt be more opportune, with our enhanced understanding of the challenges we face, to act now to safeguard our own survival and that of future generations.
Overfishing was singled out as an issue that needed to be tackled as a priority. Measures to protect biodiversity, with species being forced into extinction at a rate 100 times faster than any in fossil records, were regarded as equally urgent.
Achim Steiner, executive director of UNEP, said that the international communitys response to environmental issues was at times courageous and inspiring, but all too often was inadequate.
The systematic destruction of the Earths natural and nature-based resources has reached a point where the economic viability of economies is being challenged - and where the bill we hand to our children may prove impossible to pay, he said.
Mike Childs, of the environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth, said: The steady degradation of the worlds environment threatens the well-being of everybody on the planet.
John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK, said the report illustrated the importance of living sustainably: It is the only way to improve global life expectancy and income inequality, beat climate change, reduce deforestation and protect biodiversity.
The Acid Threat http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/2007-11/marine-miniatures/acid-threat-text.html
If carbon dioxide continues to rise unchecked, computer models show that acidification will deplete carbonate ions in much of the ocean by 2100, turning the waters corrosive for many shell-building animals.Tiny creatures near the base of the marine food chain lead perilous lives at best. Now they face a man-made threat. No, not global warming this time, though the root cause is the same. As the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) rises, it is not only heating the globe but also dissolving in ocean waters, turning them more acidic. For shell-building animals that can mean a corrosive, even deadly environment. Oceans are a natural sink for CO2, already soaking up more than a quarter of what's released into the atmosphere. Today we're pumping out massive quantitiesa surge that began more than a century ago as factories, power plants, and cars began devouring fossil fuels. By now the oceans are taking in 25 million tons a day of excess CO2, and it is starting to show. Already scientists have measured a rise in acidity of some 30 percent in surface waters, and they predict a 100 to 150 percent increase by the end of the century. No ill effects have been documented so far in the open ocean, but the threat is clear. Absorbed by seawater, CO2 reacts to form carbonic acid, which turns the normally alkaline water more acidic. In the process, fewer carbonate ions are left floating aroundand many marine organisms, including mollusks and corals, rely on carbonate from seawater to build their shells and other hard parts. Eventually, vital species will no longer be able to build or maintain their shells and skeletons. Users of the mineral aragonitea very soluble type of calcium carbonateare especially vulnerable. They include tiny pteropod snails, which help feed commercially vital fish like salmon. Computer models predict that polar waters will turn hostile for pteropods within 50 years (cold water holds the most CO2, so it is already less shell-friendly). By 2100, habitat for many shelled species could shrink drastically, with impacts up the food chain. And as the acidification reaches the tropics, "it's a doomsday scenario for coral reefs," says Carnegie Institution oceanographer Ken Caldeira. If current trends continue, he predicts, reefs will one day survive only in walled-off, acid-controlled refuges. Massive outbursts of CO2 and other greenhouse gases have acidified the oceans in the geologic past, but equilibrium returned as the oceans stored away excess CO2 in minerals on the seafloor. This time nature may be slow to heal. "Our emissions are huge compared with natural fluxes," Caldeira says. "If you could stop emissions and wait 10,000 years, natural processes would probably take care of most of it." These days we're simply dishing it out faster than the oceans can mop it up.
Acid Oceans Increasing Rapidly (10/17/07) http://www.motherjones.com/blue_marble_blog/archives/2007/10/5834_acid_oceans_inc.html
We've known for a while that ocean acidification is a bad bad thing. Now new research into corals using boron isotopes indicates the world-ocean has become about one third of a pH unit more acid over the past fifty years, reports the Australian Research Council. The acidity is caused by a CO2 buildup in the atmosphere, which then dissolves into the oceansa development likely to be lethal for animals with chalky skeletons, who just happen to comprise more than a third of the planets marine life. Apparently this acidification is now taking place over decades, rather than centuries, as originally predicted, and is happening even faster in the cooler waters of the Southern Ocean than in the tropics. Corals and plankton with chalky skeletons rely on sea water saturated with calcium carbonate to form their skeletons. As acidity intensifies, it becomes harder to form their skeletons. According to Ove Hoegh-Guldberg of the University of Queensland: "Analysis of coral cores shows a steady drop in calcification over the last 20 years. . . When CO2 levels in the atmosphere reach about 500 parts per million, you put calcification out of business in the oceans." Atmospheric CO2 is presently 385 ppm, up from 305 in 1960. "It isnt just the coral reefs which are affecteda large part of the plankton in the Southern Ocean, the coccolithophorids, are also affected. These drive ocean productivity and are the base of the food web which supports krill, whales, tuna and our fisheries. They also play a vital role in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which could break down."More alarmingly, recent experiments along Australia's Great Barrier Reef show that red calcareous algaethe glue that binds reefs together in turbulent watersactually begin to dissolve at higher CO2 levels. "The risk is that this may begin to erode the Great Barrier Reef at a grand scale," says Hoegh-Guldberg. So exactly where are our leaders, those slackers? What the hell is more important to attend to than this?
At the Poles, Melting Occurring at Alarming Rate (October 22, 2007) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/21/AR2007102100761.html
(...) The scenario is not new. What is most alarming to the scientists is the speed at which it is unfolding. A decade ago, melting at the poles was predicted to play out over 100 years. Instead, it is happening on a scale scientists describe as overnight. When the Larsen B, an Antarctic ice shelf the size of Rhode Island, collapsed in 2002, "it was a big glaring clue that something not natural was happening," said Hugh Ducklow, director of ecosystems for MBL Laboratories in Woods Hole, Mass. "The geological evidence suggested that was stable for at least 10,000 years, back to the last ice age. And it literally disintegrated in three weeks."The scientists say the coming scenes in the movie, as described by the historic melding of research assembled by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will be even more disturbing: CLIP
Rising Seas Will Swamp America's Shores, Study Says (22 Oct 2007) http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/102307EB.shtml
Several scientists agree one meter rise will happen as soon as 50 years from now. Ultimately, rising seas will likely swamp the first American settlement in Jamestown, Va., as well as the Florida launch pad that sent the first American into orbit, many climate scientists are predicting. In about a century, some of the places that make America what it is may be slowly erased. Global warming - through a combination of melting glaciers, disappearing ice sheets and warmer waters expanding - is expected to cause oceans to rise by 1 meter, or about 39 inches. It will happen regardless of any future actions to curb greenhouse gases, several leading scientists say. And it will reshape the nation. Rising waters will lap at the foundations of old money Wall Street and the new money towers of Silicon Valley. They will swamp the locations of big-city airports and major interstate highways. Storm surges worsened by sea level rise will flood the waterfront getaways of rich politicians - the Bushes' Kennebunkport and John Edwards' place on the Outer Banks. And gone will be many of the beaches in Texas and Florida favored by budget-conscious students on spring break. That's the troubling outlook projected by coastal maps reviewed recently by the Associated Press. The maps, created by scientists at the University of Arizona, are based on data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Few of the more than two dozen climate experts interviewed disagree with the 1-meter projection. Some say they believe it could happen in 50 years, others say 100 and still others say 150. Sea level rise is "the thing that I'm most concerned about as a scientist," said Benjamin Santer, a climate physicist at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. "We're going to get a meter and there's nothing we can do about it," said University of Victoria climatologist Andrew Weaver, a lead author of the February report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Paris. "It's going to happen no matter what - the question is when." CLIP
Flames Force Nearly 1 Million Evacuations (Oct. 24, 2007) http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/24/national/main3401265.shtml
On the fourth day of a vicious firestorm, exhausted firefighters and weary residents looked forward Wednesday to a break - an expected slackening of the fierce wind that has fanned the state's explosive wildland blazes. San Diego County officials say the property damage from this week's wildfires has reached at least $1 billion countywide. (...) With nearly 1 million people ordered out, it marks one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history, reports CBS' The Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith. The fires have burned 410,000 acres, or about 640 square miles. Forecasters said the Santa Ana wind whipping across Southern California will begin to weaken late Wednesday afternoon, followed by cooling sea breezes. The 16 wind-fed wildfires have destroyed nearly 1,500 homes. CLIP
South struggles to cope with drought (October 22, 2007) http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1022/p02s01-ussc.html
JEFFERSON, Ga. - Kids in Jefferson, Ga., are shutting the tap off as they brush their teeth. Adults are doing bigger, but fewer, laundry loads. And just about everybody is glancing nervously at the puddle passing for the town's reservoir.Like many in the South, the people of this farm town turned Atlanta suburb have not given much thought to water consumption in the past. But with their well literally running dry, residents have curtailed water consumption by 25 percent. Now they just hope it's enough. "We can't say we're surprised," says Bill Lawrence, an owner of a video-game shop here. "We knew it was coming." The historic drought gripping the South forced Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to declare a state of emergency on Saturday in 85 counties, and to ask President Bush to declare them a major disaster area.In some areas, "snitch patrols" have formed and local officials have imposed $500 fines to stop midnight lawn watering. In at least one South Carolina town, full-soak baptisms have been curtailed.For popular residential and industrial destinations like Georgia and North Carolina, the drought is a lesson in moderation and humility for a region that owes much of its success to easy availability of resources especially water, experts say. CLIP
Creating Our Own Hell on Earth (October 26, 2007) http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=56&ItemID=14138
Climate Warming Causes Drought Fueled Mega-Fires (...) With water supplies rapidly shrinking, Governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia declared a state of emergency for 85 counties and asked President Bush to declare it a major disaster area on October 20, 2007. A drought of historic proportions is affecting Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia, as well as parts of North and South Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia. Meanwhile, drought is feeding a fiery fiasco in California. In the past five days, parts of southern California have become out-of-control, raging infernos as another hot dry summer turns dehydrated forests into combustible tinder-boxes. On October 21, 2007, CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley reported that recently there has been an enormous change in Western fires. In truth, we've never seen anything like them in recorded history. It appears we're living in a new age of mega-fires -- forest infernos ten times bigger than the fires we're used to seeing. According to the number of acres burned, 7 of the 10 busiest forest fire seasons in the United States have occurred since 1999 based on records going back 47 fire seasons to 1960. Pelley said last years was the worst in recorded history, and this year is already a close second, with two months to go. More than eight million acres have already burned this year. (...) When the US Senate tried unsuccessfully to amend the most recent energy bill to require utilities to produce 15 % of their energy from renewable resources like wind, solar and biomass, South Carolinas Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint voted against it. Ms. Veno says South Carolina politicians have become dependent on campaign contributions from utilities and the coal industry. Such compromised politicians across our country are ignoring the facts: that CO2 producing fossil fuels such as coal are the primary cause of climate warming; that global warming is occurring at a much faster rate than scientists predicted; that one consequence of global warming is drought; that the US is the primary contributor to the crisis. To save this planet we must each do our part and we must demand that our leaders lead. As we watch the fires in the west, cant we see that we are destroying our beautiful country by our own hand and creating a fiery hell on earth?
Expert: Warming Climate Fuels Mega-Fires (21 October 2007) http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/102307EC.shtml
Scott Pelley reports from the American West's fire lines on the rising number of mega-fires. Every year you can count on forest fires in the West like hurricanes in the East, but recently there has been an enormous change in Western fires. In truth, we've never seen anything like them in recorded history. It appears we're living in a new age of mega-fires - forest infernos ten times bigger than the fires we're used to seeing. CLIP
Power Plant Rejected Over Carbon Dioxide for First Time http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/101907EA.shtml
Steven Mufson, reporting for The Washington Post, writes: "The Kansas Department of Health and Environment yesterday became the first government agency in the United States to cite carbon dioxide emissions as the reason for rejecting an air permit for a proposed coal-fired electricity generating plant, saying that the greenhouse gas threatens public health and the environment."
Global Warming "Is Happening Faster" (23 October 2007) http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/102407EB.shtml
A weakening in the Earth's ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere means that global warming is happening faster than we thought, scientists said yesterday. Scientists thought that concentrations of carbon dioxide, the most important greenhouse gas, in the atmosphere would grow in line with the world economy. The latest figures show, however, that over the past seven years CO2 concentrations have grown 35 per cent faster, partly because the ability of the Southern Ocean and other carbon "sinks" such as vegetation and forests to take it up has been reduced. It is a development which has alarmed scientists from the Global Carbon Project, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) who compared the period 1970-2000 with the past seven years. They found that increasing use of coal-fired power stations rather than cleaner alternatives, had increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere by 17 per cent above anticipated levels, based on economic projections. At the same time there had been a decline in the ability of ocean and land 'sinks' to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere which resulted in an 18 per cent increase. Over half the decline of the carbon sink efficiency was the result of intensifying winds in Antarctica's Southern Ocean disrupting the sea's ability to store carbon, the scientists said. If the oceans soak up less of the greenhouse gas there are fears that global warming leading to climate change will get worse. CLIP
New CO2 evidence means climate change predictions are 'too optimistic (October 23, 2007) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2719627.ece
Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are increasing much faster and will be harder to control than scientists have predicted, a study has found. An international team of researchers has found that, since 2000, the rate at which CO2 has been pumped into the atmosphere is 35 per cent greater than most climate change models have allowed for. The conclusions have serious implications for forecasts of how much and how quickly the worlds temperature will rise and mean that global warming will be harder and more expensive to control than feared. The results also mean that international efforts to bring CO2 emissions under control will need to be more far-reaching. CLIP
Historic Bill in Senate to Fight Warming http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/101907EB.shtml
Zachary Coile of The San Francisco Chronicle reports: "A bipartisan group of senators, borrowing heavily from California's efforts to fight climate change, fired the starting gun on what's expected to be a long global-warming debate in Congress with a proposal for limits on greenhouse gases affecting every major segment of the nation's economy."
White House Cut Warming Impact Testimony http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102407L.shtml
H. Josef Herbert reports for The Associated Press, "The White House severely edited congressional testimony given Tuesday by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the impact of climate change on health, removing specific scientific references to potential health risks, according to two sources familiar with the documents."
Bush Aide Rejects Climate Goal http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/101907EC.shtml
Juliet Eilperin, reporting for The Washington Post, writes: "The president's top science adviser said yesterday there is no solid scientific evidence that the widely cited goal of limiting future global temperature rises to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels is necessary to avert dangerous climate change, an assertion that runs counter to that of many scientists as well as the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change."
The Future Is Drying Up (October 21, 2007) http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/21/magazine/21water-t.html
Scientists sometimes refer to the effect a hotter world will have on this countrys fresh water as the other water problem, because global warming more commonly evokes the specter of rising oceans submerging our great coastal cities. By comparison, the steady decrease in mountain snowpack the loss of the deep accumulation of high-altitude winter snow that melts each spring to provide the American West with most of its water seems to be a more modest worry. But not all researchers agree with this ranking of dangers. Last May, for instance, Steven Chu, a Nobel laureate and the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, one of the United States governments pre-eminent research facilities, remarked that diminished supplies of fresh water might prove a far more serious problem than slowly rising seas. When I met with Chu last summer in Berkeley, the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, which provides most of the water for Northern California, was at its lowest level in 20 years. Chu noted that even the most optimistic climate models for the second half of this century suggest that 30 to 70 percent of the snowpack will disappear. Theres a two-thirds chance there will be a disaster, Chu said, and thats in the best scenario. In the Southwest this past summer, the outlook was equally sobering. A catastrophic reduction in the flow of the Colorado River which mostly consists of snowmelt from the Rocky Mountains has always served as a kind of thought experiment for water engineers, a risk situation from the outer edge of their practical imaginations. Some 30 million people depend on that water. A greatly reduced river would wreak chaos in seven states: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California. CLIP
Warming could wipe out half of all species (October 24 2007) http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2007/oct/24/climatechange.scienceofclimatechange
Rising global temperatures caused by climate change could trigger a huge extinction of plants and animals, according to a study. Though humans would probably survive such an event, half of the world's species could be wiped out. Scientists at the University of York and the Universit of Leeds examined the relationship between climate and biodiversity over the past 520m years - almost the entire fossil record - and uncovered an association between the two for the first time. When the Earth' temperatures are in a "greenhouse" climate phase, the found that extinctions rates were relatively high Conversely, during cooler "icehouse" conditions biodiversity increased. The results, published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, suggest that the predictions of a rapid rise in the Earth's temperature due to man-made climate change could have a similar effect on biodiversity. Peter Mayhew, a population ecologist at the University of York and one of the authors of the research paper, said: "Our results provide the first clear evidence that global climate may explain substantial variation in the fossil record in a simple and consistent manner. If our results hold for current warming - the magnitude of which is comparable with the long-term fluctuations in Earth climate - they suggest that extinctions will increase."According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global temperatures could increase by as much as 6C by the end of the century. Dr Mayhew found that of the five mass extinction events in the Earth's history, four were linked to greenhouse climates where the Earth was covered in heat-trapping carbon dioxide or methane gases. CLIP
Ingredients of Systemic Change: The Environmental Keynesian Alternative (September 14, 2007) http://www.globalnetwork4justice.org/story.php?c_id=313
The only feasible way out of the ecological crisis is a new, environmental Keynesianism, bringing together government, corporations and citizens. The problem is to convince politicians that ecological transformation and environmental practices can pay off politically, argues Susan George. (...) My premise is that local solutions are insufficient so let me devote the rest of my time to the twin problems of governments and of the capitalist corporate production and financial system. The question I wrestle with is: Can we save the planet while international capitalism remains the dominant system, with its focus on so-called share-holder value and with ubiquitous, no-holds-barred finance capital making more and more decisions world-wide? Most days I answer : No: there is no way we can reverse the ecological and climate crises under capitalism, but that is a despairing answer and if true, it means there is virtually no hope. No hope, because I do not see how even the most convinced, most determined people could replace, much less overthrow capitalism fast enough to carry out the necessary systemic change before a runaway climate effect takes hold. (...) Im not an economist but the only new tool I can think of to pull the United States out of the economic doldrums is a new Keynesianism, not military this time, but environmental; a push for massive investment in eco-friendly industry, in alternative energy, in the manufacture of lightweight materials for use in new vehicles; in clean, efficient public transport; in the green construction industry, etc. How could one finance such an effort which would involve targeted government spending in the traditional Keynesian sense? By levying carbon taxes, taxes on movements of finance capital and purchases of shares, unitary profits taxes on transnational corporations and in order to encourage more local consumption taxes on the miles travelled by the food that we eat and the clothes we wear. We also need safeguards to prevent delocalising all the ecological activity once more to China and other low-wage countries. In other words, we need some form of protectionism - but let the Indians invest in Indiana and the Chinese in Chicago if they want to pay American level wages and respect American laws and standards. They too should be allowed to site here to sell here. All these new, eco-friendly industries and products would have huge export value and could quickly become the world standard.
VICTORY! Uganda Government Finally Scraps Mabira Rainforest Giveaway (October 17, 2007) http://www.rainforestportal.org/issues/2007/10/victory_uganda_government_fina.asp
In a major victory for Uganda's people, rainforests, environment and ecologically sustainable development aspirations; the Ugandan government has finally scrapped controversial plans to allow Mabira rainforest, one of the country's largest and most important protected area, to be partially cleared for sugar production for biofuels. This may sound slightly familiar, as on a previous occasion it was reported the plan was dead but it came back to haunt us. Statements by the government this time are from the Minister of Finance, other numerous sources and are more firm. Mabira rainforest will remain protected, and a precedent has been set that protected rainforests must not be cleared for biofuel production. This is huge! CLIP
Butterflies disappear as habitat shrinks, temperatures rise (October 22, 2007) http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071022/A_NEWS/710220310
(...) Shapiro, a professor at the University of California, Davis, believes butterflies are disappearing from California as new construction paves over and cuts through their habitat, and climate change forces them to higher elevations. Results from more than 20 years of butterfly counts in San Joaquin County seem to support his theory. Where as many as 30 species once were counted, recent years have yielded no more than 18 and as few as 11."The butterflies are leaving us," said Kathy Schick of Stockton, an entomologist who heads the annual count each July. Assessing the health of butterfly species isn't easy. Changes in the weather can dramatically affect populations. CLIP
Continent-size toxic stew of plastic trash fouling swath of Pacific Ocean (October 19, 2007) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/10/19/SS6JS8RH0.DTL
At the start of the Academy Award-winning movie "American Beauty," a character videotapes a plastic grocery bag as it drifts into the air, an event he casts as a symbol of life's unpredictable currents, and declares the romantic moment as a "most beautiful thing." To the eyes of an oceanographer, the image is pure catastrophe. In reality, the rogue bag would float into a sewer, follow the storm drain to the ocean, then make its way to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch - a heap of debris floating in the Pacific that's twice the size of Texas, according to marine biologists. The enormous stew of trash - which consists of 80 percent plastics and weighs some 3.5 million tons, say oceanographers - floats where few people ever travel, in a no-man's land between San Francisco and Hawaii. Marcus Eriksen, director of research and education at the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in Long Beach, said his group has been monitoring the Garbage Patch for 10 years."With the winds blowing in and the currents in the gyre going circular, it's the perfect environment for trapping," Eriksen said. "There's nothing we can do about it now, except do no more harm." The patch has been growing, along with ocean debris worldwide, tenfold every decade since the 1950s, said Chris Parry, public education program manager with the California Coastal Commission in San Francisco. (...) The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is particularly dangerous for birds and marine life, said Warner Chabot, vice president of the Ocean Conservancy, an environmental group. Sea turtles mistake clear plastic bags for jellyfish. Birds swoop down and swallow indigestible shards of plastic. The petroleum-based plastics take decades to break down, and as long as they float on the ocean's surface, they can appear as feeding grounds."These animals die because the plastic eventually fills their stomachs," Chabot said. "It doesn't pass, and they literally starve to death."The Greenpeace report found that at least 267 marine species had suffered from some kind of ingestion or entanglement with marine debris. Chabot said if environmentalists wanted to remove the ocean dump site, it would take a massive international effort that would cost billions.But that is unlikely, he added, because no one country is likely to step forward and claim the issue as its own responsibility. Instead, cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is left to the landlubbers."What we can do is ban plastic fast food packaging," Chabot said, "or require the substitution of biodegradable materials, increase recycling programs and improve enforcement of litter laws."Otherwise, this ever-growing floating continent of trash will be with us for the foreseeable future." CLIP
Food prices to treble in five years (12 October 2007) http://sj.farmonline.com.au/news_daily.asp?ag_id=46138
Food prices will treble in the next three to five years as world grain stocks decline to their lowest levels in history, CBH chief executive, Imre Mencshelyi, has warned. Mr Mencshelyi says world grain stocks are starting to run out while supplies are shrinking, creating the greatest crisis in 50 years and threatening to curtail the emerging biofuels industry. "On the one hand you've got the biofuels industry pushing grain prices higher, but on the other, questions are being asked about where the focus should be energy or feeding the populations?" he said. "There is evidence in North America that there will be reduced corn plantings for biofuels to be replaced by mainstream food crops." But the questions need answering because declining food stocks and higher prices also will affect meat and dairy." CLIP
Steep decline in oil production brings risk of war and unrest, says new study
· Output peaked in 2006 and will fall 7% a year
· Decline in gas, coal and uranium also predicted
October 22, 2007
World oil production has already peaked and will fall by half as soon as 2030, according to a report which also warns that extreme shortages of fossil fuels will lead to wars and social breakdown.
The German-based Energy Watch Group will release its study in London today saying that global oil production peaked in 2006 - much earlier than most experts had expected. The report, which predicts that production will now fall by 7% a year, comes after oil prices set new records almost every day last week, on Friday hitting more than $90 (£44) a barrel.
"The world soon will not be able to produce all the oil it needs as demand is rising while supply is falling. This is a huge problem for the world economy," said Hans-Josef Fell, EWG's founder and the German MP behind the country's successful support system for renewable energy.
The report's author, Joerg Schindler, said its most alarming finding was the steep decline in oil production after its peak, which he says is now behind us.
The results are in contrast to projections from the International Energy Agency, which says there is little reason to worry about oil supplies at the moment.
However, the EWG study relies more on actual oil production data which, it says, are more reliable than estimates of reserves still in the ground. The group says official industry estimates put global reserves at about 1.255 gigabarrels - equivalent to 42 years' supply at current consumption rates. But it thinks the figure is only about two thirds of that.
Global oil production is currently about 81m barrels a day - EWG expects that to fall to 39m by 2030. It also predicts significant falls in gas, coal and uranium production as those energy sources are used up.
Britain's oil production peaked in 1999 and has already dropped by half to about 1.6 million barrels a day.
The report presents a bleak view of the future unless a radically different approach is adopted. It quotes the British energy economist David Fleming as saying: "Anticipated supply shortages could lead easily to disturbing scenes of mass unrest as witnessed in Burma this month. For government, industry and the wider public, just muddling through is not an option any more as this situation could spin out of control and turn into a complete meltdown of society."
Mr Schindler comes to a similar conclusion. "The world is at the beginning of a structural change of its economic system. This change will be triggered by declining fossil fuel supplies and will influence almost all aspects of our daily life."
Jeremy Leggett, one of Britain's leading environmentalists and the author of Half Gone, a book about "peak oil" - defined as the moment when maximum production is reached, said that both the UK government and the energy industry were in "institutionalised denial" and that action should have been taken sooner.
"When I was an adviser to government, I proposed that we set up a taskforce to look at how fast the UK could mobilise alternative energy technologies in extremis, come the peak," he said. "Other industry advisers supported that. But the government prefers to sleep on without even doing a contingency study. For those of us who know that premature peak oil is a clear and present danger, it is impossible to understand such complacency."
Mr Fell said that the world had to move quickly towards the massive deployment of renewable energy and to a dramatic increase in energy efficiency, both as a way to combat climate change and to ensure that the lights stayed on. "If we did all this we may not have an energy crisis."
He accused the British government of hypocrisy. "Tony Blair and Gordon Brown have talked a lot about climate change but have not brought in proper policies to drive up the use of renewables," he said. "This is why they are left talking about nuclear and carbon capture and storage. "
Yesterday, a spokesman for the Department of Business and Enterprise said: "Over the next few years global oil production and refining capacity is expected to increase faster than demand. The world's oil resources are sufficient to sustain economic growth for the foreseeable future. The challenge will be to bring these resources to market in a way that ensures sustainable, timely, reliable and affordable supplies of energy."
The German policy, which guarantees above-market payments to producers of renewable power, is being adopted in many countries - but not Britain, where renewables generate about 4% of the country's electricity and 2% of its overall energy needs.
Peak Universe (22 October 2007) http://energybulletin.net/36065.html and http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/102307H.shtml
(...) So, while the price of oil ratcheted up hour by hour, the ASPO conference members heard from an impressive range of experts who have been leading the public conversation on the Peak Oil story - with no help from the mainstream media or the political sector. Among them were Robert Hirsch, co-author of the now-famous 2005 Hirsch Report, commissioned by the US Department of Energy, which, much to the consternation of its sponsor, first told the nation in no uncertain terms that it was heading for a catastrophic set of disruptions in "normal" American life if we heedlessly continued energy business-as-usual. Hirsch went a little further now, two years on, than he had in his famous report, predicting a future of "oil export withholding," panicked markets, and allocation disturbances that would make the 1973 OPEC embargo look like a golden age. Matt Simmons, the leading investment banker to the oil industry, who has worked tirelessly to lift public awareness of Peak Oil, also raised the specter of shortages, telling the audience that market allocation problems in the near future would almost certainly induce "hoarding behavior" among the public that would cripple the economy, lead to enforced rationing, and shock the nation. Simmons compared the current public mood over energy issues to a "fog of war." He also repeated his oft-stated opinion that the drilling rigs and other equipment used around the world to pump oil out of the ground are so uniformly old and decrepit that they pose a problem every bit as dire as peak oil itself. In the meantime, he said, to offset climbing prices, the developed nations have lately dipped so deeply into their accumulated stocks of crude and "refined product" that some countries may breach what is called their "minimum operating levels." Offstage, he told me, "We're too preoccupied trying to figure out the exact date of the peak. Meanwhile, we'll drain the gasoline pool and it will be gone forever." The other most significant contribution came from Texas geologist Jeffrey Brown who presented a full-blown version of his theory that world export rates from the countries with oil to sell are liable to decline so much more sharply than their actual production decline rates that the world would be thrust into an oil export crisis within the next five years - and that this export crisis would turn out to be the defining condition of the Peak Oil story. (...) If there were reporters from the mainstream media present at this event, I didnt run into of them. They are apparently uninterested in the fate of industrial economies CLIP
Raging bull: Oil prices punch through $90 per barrel http://snipurl.com/1sech
Oil prices soared to another record high above $90 per barrel on Friday amid global supply jitters and tensions between Turkey and crude producer Iraq, dealers said. New York's main futures contract, light sweet crude for delivery in November, touched $90.07 per barrel in early afternoon deals.
Oil breaches $92 a barrel http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2007/10/oil-breaches-92.html
Oil prices passed $92 a barrel today, setting a new record in electronic trading at the New York Mercantile Exchange. Experts blame the spike on the prospect of more turmoil in the Middle East, according to the Associated Press. "The door is open to $100," Kevin Norrish, an energy analyst at Barclays Capital Inc. in London, tells Bloomberg News. Bloomberg says electricity prices and futures were up in Europe on the news that oil will cost more for the foreseeable future.
On the other side of the mountain (Oct 27, 2007) http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/news/2007/10/on_the_other_side_of_the_mount_1.html
Is the British government doing enough to prepare for a future of diminishing oil production both internationally and in the North Sea? It seems a timely question as oil reached another record price of $92 yesterday, creeping closer to $100 a barrel. This week, German-based researchers claimed that global oil production peaked last year and that it could fall by half as soon as 2030. The British government says there is no reason to panic and that global oil supply is sufficient for the foreseeable future. But critics point to the fact that renewables in the UK generate only about 4% of the country's electricity and 2% of its overall energy needs. (...) Some dismiss the "peak oil" theorists as doom mongers and conspiracy theorists, while those anxious about oil running out fear governments are burying their heads in the sand and making poor progress on developing alternative energy strategies. A future collapse of living standards to pre-industrial revolution levels and wars for vanishing resources form some of the warnings of those worried at how we will live after peak - on the other side of the mountain. Personally, I have been slightly terrified of the fallout from peak oil - and its possible calamitous effects in several decades' time, just as climate change could be wreaking devastation - ever since watching the documentary A Crude Awakening last year. It is chilling when you realise that some very clever people who are thinking about alternatives to oil are quite pessimistic about any of the contending technologies. And that governments just don't seem worried enough about this.
Peak Oil Has Arrived: Report Warns of Social Meltdown
Posted October 26th, 2007
Peak Oil is here and was reached in 2006, announced the Energy Watch Group in London on October 22, 2007. This simple statement will progressively affect our whole society, particularly our food production, energy and transportation systems. Our politicians, John Howard and Kevin Rudd, have both offered major taxcuts to buy our vote and extensive funding for road projects. But before you take up the offer by either of these politicians reflect on that peak oil news. Demand for oil is already outstripping supply with the industrialization of India and China. Oil production is at capacity and will soon start to decline at an increasing rate. Crude oil hit $80 a barrel recently and is set to rise even further once the decline in production becomes apparent.
"The most alarming finding is the steep decline of the oil supply after peak", warns Jörg Schindler from the Energy Watch Group. This result, together with the timing of the peak, is obviously in sharp contrast to the projections by the International Energy Agency (IEA). "Since crude oil is the most important energy carrier at a global scale and since all kinds of transport rely heavily on oil, the future oil availability is of paramount importance as it entails completely different actions by politics, business and individuals.", says Schindler.
Until recently the International Energy Agency has denied that a fundamental change of energy supply is likely to happen in the near or medium term future. Hans-Josef Fell MP, a prominent Green Party member of the German Parliament said "The message by the IEA, namely that business as usual will also be possible in future, sends a diffusing signal to the markets and blocks investments in already available renewable energy technologies."
The Energy Watch Group was initiated by Hans-Josef Fell, Member of the German Parliament (deutscher Bundestag) since 1998, Speaker for the Energy and Technology Policy of the Parliamentary Party Alliance 90/The Green Party and Chairman of the Environment Committee, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Parliamentarians from other countries have since become involved in the organisation which is supported by the Ludwig-Bölkow-Foundation. Funding by the foundation allows project scientists to work on studies independently of Government and company interests concerning the shortage of fossil and atomic energy resources, development scenarios for regenerative energy sources as well as strategies deriving from these for a long-term secure energy supply at affordable prices.
The report says that remaining world oil reserves are estimated to be 1,255 Gb (Giga barrel) according to the industry database HIS (2006). But the Energy Watch Group (EWG) contradict this figure and say that there are sound reasons to modify these figures for some regions and key countries, leading to an estimate of 854 Gb. The EWG analysis is based primarily on production data which is more transparent and thus more reliable than reserves data which in the past have been frequently "adjusted".
Peak Oil is now, the report says, and it signals that human society is at the beginning of a structural change of its economic system. A sharp decline of fossil fuel supplies will influence almost all aspects of daily life according to the report. Climate change will also force mankind to change energy consumption patterns by significantly reducing the burning of fossil fuels.
The report warns that supply shortages could easily lead to disturbing scenes of mass unrest and a meltdown of society. "My experience of debating the peak oil issue with the oil industry, and trying to alert Whitehall to it, is that there is a culture of institutionalised denial in government and the energy industry. As the evidence of an early peak in production unfolds, this becomes increasingly impossible to understand", says Jeremy Leggett, the Solarcentury CEO and former member of the British Governments Renewables Advisory Board.
Here in Australia there have been calls for research and development of renewable technologies going back at least 30 years (the 1970s). Justice Fox in his wide-ranging First Report of the Ranger Uranium Enquiry made a number of recommendations that as far as I can see have never been carried out by the Fraser, Hawke, Keating or Howard Governments. Justice Fox was very perceptive and he recommended that the Australian Government should: develop a national energy policy and review it regularly; take immediate steps for instituting programs of research and development into liquid fuels to replace petroleum, and energy sources other than fossil fuels and nuclear energy; institute a national program of energy conservation; and take into account the energy needs and resources of developing countries.
If any Federal Government had taken all of Justice Fox's recommendations seriously we would be well along with dealing with peak oil and with responding to climate change with minimal effort. We would probably be world leaders in energy conservation programs, solar thermal power systems, geothermal power, solar photo-voltaic power and wind energy systems and exporting all these technologies to the rest of the world, as well as having reduced carbon emissions.
Instead, succeeding Governments, both Labor and Liberal, have continued to fund the Australia Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation while a pittance in comparison has been devoted to the development of alternative energy systems. In fact, according to Greenpeace in a report produced in early September, Hung out to Dry: Federal Government guts renewable energy research, the Howard Government have been actively sabotaging research and development into alternative energy systems and investing large amounts with their buddies in the coal industry in developing "clean coal" technologies that are probably 15 -20 years away from large scale commercial use. Now the crunch is upon us with both peak oil and climate change. Time is fast running out for making structural changes in our energy and transport systems to cushion the impact of peak oil.
But both major parties this federal election are committing funding to expensive road expansion projects when the prospects for road transport are looking particularly bleak with the projected increase in fuel prices as oil demand and prices skyrockets. Neither major party are pledging large scale expansion of the public transport system which may soften the social impact of peak oil and reduce greenhouse emissions. Most food production is now highly capital intensive and relies on oil as a fuel. When oil is too expensive to use, our farming techniques will need to adjust to smaller scale agriculture more dependent on human labour. Are you ready to become a farmer?
Neither major party has set firm greenhouse gas emission targets to combat climate change. Both major parties continue with a business as usual scenario that can only hurt many people down the track.
If you want to see an example of a society forced to experience peak oil, the Soviet withdrawal of support to Cuba after 1989 precipitated an oil crisis which forced food rationing, a major shakeup of public transport and agricultural systems. "The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil" is a documentary about how Cuba faced this crisis. Soon it will be our turn for the crisis. How ready are you? How ready are our governments? Do we really need expanded roads and taxcuts with a peak oil crisis looming?
The executive summary conclusions of the report say that:
Production will start to decline at a rate of several percent per year. By 2020, and even more by 2030, global oil supply will be dramatically lower. This will create a supply gap which can hardly be closed by growing contributions from other fossil, nuclear or alternative energy sources in this time frame.
The world is at the beginning of a structural change of its economic system. This change will be triggered by declining fossil fuel supplies and will influence almost all aspects of our daily life.
Climate change will also force humankind to change energy consumption patterns by reducing significantly the burning of fossil fuels.
The now beginning transition period probably has its own rules which are valid only during this phase. Things might happen which we never experienced before and which we may never experience again once this transition period has ended. Our way of dealing with energy issues probably will have to change fundamentally.
The International Energy Agency denies that a fundamental change of our energy supply is likely to happen in the near or medium term future. This sends a false signal to politicians, industry and consumers.
...the best "short history of Peak Oil" that I have seen anywhere! Reviewed by Marc Franke http://www.powerofcommunity.org/cm/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=40&Itemid=49 This film is highly recommended! It shows what is possible. Will the U.S. go back to horses and oxen for farming? It seems unlikely and hopefully our transition away from oil will be more gradual with more planning than Cuba could afford at the time. There are important lessons from Cuba for the rest of the world.In the early 1990's Cuba experienced a sudden and dramatic loss of petroleum much worse than the developed world has seen so far from Peak Oil. The Soviet Union collapsed and suddenly ceased shipments of oil, food, goods, spare parts, fertilizers, etc. Shortly after the collapse, in 1992, the U.S. tightened the embargo against Cuba by stating that any ship found to be delivering goods to Cuba would be prohibited from entering a U.S. port for 6 months. Even more goods and capital were choked off from the small, island nation just 90 miles off of the coast of Florida. What happened? People would have starved were it not for quick action by the government to ration food (calorie amounts were established based on United Nations research). The government encouraged food to be planted anywhere there was vacant land. Havana now produces over 50% of their food from within the city. Less densely populated towns are producing from 80-100% of their own food. Since chemical fertilizers were no longer used, Cuba sought guidance from organic farming experts from Australia and now they have re-built once depleted soils. The country's infrastructure for hospitals and schools has been de-centralized to reduce transportation and mass transit is highly used. People are much healthier now from all of the walking and biking that is now the norm. This film is highly recommended! It shows what is possible. Will the U.S. go back to horses and oxen for farming? It seems unlikely and hopefully our transition away from oil will be more gradual with more planning than Cuba could afford at the time. There are important lessons from Cuba for the rest of the world. The film has the best "short history of Peak Oil" that I have seen anywhere! (taken from http://www.itsgood4.us/RecommendedVideo.htm) Watch a 2 min trailer at http://www.powerofcommunity.org/cm/index.php (MUST WATCH)
The heat or eat dilemma http://peakoil.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=32112
BOSTON - The all-too-thin baby on the pediatric exam table does not know that oil prices recently topped $80 a barrel. With almost no fat on his malnourished body, he is unable to tolerate for even a brief period being undressed by his doctor.His mother wonders how she will keep the house warm, food cooked, and lights on through the coming winter for the boy and his sister, while making sure that they have enough to eat. She is not alone in her anxiety. The price of heating oil is projected to exceed $3 per gallon this winter, and electricity and natural gas costs remain high. Last week, heating oil prices in Massachusetts reached their highest levels ever at $2.72 per gallon, according to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. Between March and May, 1.2 million households had their electricity shut off due to last winter's overdue energy bills.A new report by the Children's Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program demonstrates that this "heat or eat dilemma" was depressingly familiar to America's poor and near-poor families and their doctors. CLIP
Iran and Japan have taken another step in making the dollar's dominance a thing of the past.
Japanese oil refiners Cosmo Oil Co. and Japan Energy Corp. have started paying for Iranian crude oil in yen instead of dollars, announced company spokesmen on October 9. Both companies are following in the footsteps of Nippon Oil Corp.-Japan's largest oil refiner-which made the same announcement in September.
How significant is it that more and more nations are ceasing to use the dollar as a reserve currency?
Since the 1944 Bretton Woods Agreement, the US dollar has been the world's primary reserve currency. This has been especially true regarding the crude oil trade, in which the majority of nations pay for crude oil in dollars. The resulting massive demand for dollars has allowed the United States to accumulate trade deficits and fiscal debts without experiencing the negative economic impacts that such imbalances normally cause.
This past July, the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) general manager of crude oil marketing and exports, Ali Arshi, sent a letter to Japanese oil refineries requesting that all future crude oil shipments be paid for in yen. Three major Japanese oil refiners have already complied. Will other Asian oil refiners follow suit and move away from the US dollar?
As the largest overseas holder of US treasuries, Japan is a key supporter of the US dollar. Yet Iran is the third-largest supplier of Japanese oil. As one Tokyo investment securities analyst said, "What else can Japan do but accept the [Iranian] request, once the oil producer sent its wish?"
The switch to yen should have little negative impact on the Japanese economy. As the purchasing power of the dollar has decreased, the price of oil has skyrocketed to $80 a barrel. Any increase in value of the yen, due to increased oil-yen demand, will only make oil imports less expensive for a nation that is highly dependent on oil imports.
The Iranians are also optimistic about the switch. Hojjatollah Ghanimifard, the International Affairs Director of NIOC, stated that "With the arrangements we've made with our Asian customers, hopefully by the end of October we will have around 80 percent of our export revenues in currencies other than the dollar."
Already, approximately 65 percent of Iran's crude oil exports are based on the euro and another 20 percent on the yen. Iran is casting off the dollar and doing all it can to persuade the oil refineries of Japan to do the same.
Central banks in South Korea, China, Taiwan, Russia, Syria and Italy have announced plans to reduce their dollar holdings. As nations and corporations turn their back on the greenback, the decreasing demand for America's currency may cause its already weakening value to plunge to new depths.
Japan and China flee from US dollars (18.10.2007) http://english.pravda.ru/business/finance/18-10-2007/99059-japan_china_dollars%20-0
Japan and China led a record withdrawal of foreign funds from the United States in August, heightening fears of a fresh slide in the dollar and a spike in US bond yields. Data from the US Treasury showed outflows of $163bn from all forms of US investments. "These numbers are absolutely stunning," said Marc Ostwald, an economist at Insinger de Beaufort. Asian investors dumped $52bn worth of US Treasury bonds alone, led by Japan ($23bn), China ($14.2bn) and Taiwan ($5bn). It is the first time since 1998 that foreigners have, on balance, sold Treasuries. Mr Ostwald warned that US bond yields could start to rise again unless the outflows reverse quickly. "Woe betide US Treasuries if inflation does not remain benign," he said. The release comes a day after the IMF warned that the dollar was still overvalued and likely to face "some depreciation in the medium term".
U.S. Stocks Fall Most in 2 Months; Banks, Energy Shares Tumble http://snipurl.com/1secj
U.S. stocks tumbled the most in two months after earnings reports from banks, manufacturers and industrial companies heightened concern about the health of the financial markets and the economy.
David Walker of the General Accounting Office (GAO) brings extremely bad tidings http://www.grandich.com/video/60min.162mb.wmv
Recommended by Antares (email@example.com) who wrote: "This segment from CBS's /60 Minutes /is a sober wake-up call to anybody who has investments in the U.S. or in U.S. dollars. The massive fiscal irresponsibility of the Bush regime is about to implode the global economy. Whilst the politicos in Washington, D.C. and their economic stooges seem to be in denial mode, David Walker and his associates are dead serious about their mission to warn Americans about what's been going on so they can do something NOW to rescue their own future from total ruin."
Top US Air Force official 'suicided' as Iran war nears
Russian Intelligence Analysts are reporting today that American War Leaders have 'suicided' one of their Top US Air Force Officials Charles D. Riechers as the rift growing between the US War Leaders and their Top Military Officers over a nuclear attack on Iran appears to be nearing open warfare.
According to Western propaganda media sources, Charles D. Riechers was 'found dead of apparent suicide' after coming under the scrutiny of the United States Senate for alleged payments being made to him by the Commonwealth Research Institute, whose parent company is Concurrent Technologies, and which is headed by the secretive Neocon financier of America's top War Leaders, Daniel R. DeVos. [Note: Daniel R. DeVos frequently refers to himself by his middle name Richard and is not to be confused with the American billionaire Dick DeVos]
These reports to the Kremlin, however, state that Mr. Riechers' 'suicide' was, most likely, due to his involvement in the American Neocon plot to secret US nuclear missiles outside of the control of the
US Air Force to be used for an attack upon Iran, and which we had previously reported on in our September 20th report titled "American Spy Satellite Downed In Peru As US Nuclear Attack On Iran Thwarted".
Such is the chaos in the American Military Establishment over their War Leaders plans to attack Iran the US Military is said to be close to 'open revolt', according to these reports and as we can read as verified by German media sources:
"In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, the Amsterdam-based military historian Gabriel Kolko talks about the prospect of war with Iran and argues that many in the US military now view the White House as being 'out of control.'
So concerned with the American military calling their own War Leaders 'out of control', President Putin, currently on an official state visit to Iran, has ordered Russia's Strategic Nuclear Bombers on 'full alert' and ordered them to begin World-Wide 'exercises' for the rest of the month of October.
To the depths of depravity that the United States has fallen to, no less than Americas most 'trusted' news source, The New York Times, this week compared themselves to last centuries Nazi Empire, and as we can read:
"Our humanity has been compromised by those who use Gestapo tactics in our war. The longer we stand idly by while they do so, the more we resemble those "good Germans" who professed ignorance of their own Gestapo. It's up to us to wake up our somnambulant Congress to challenge administration policy every day. Let the war's last supporters filibuster all night if they want to. There is nothing left to lose except whatever remains of our country's good name."
In the madness of war and horrific destruction being visited upon the Muslim peoples of the World by the United States, and its dwindling allies, it is interesting, but sad, to note how far these once free people fallen in barely 100 years from their truest ideas as a new war with Iran looms before them , and as we can read:
"As President Theodore Roosevelt said in his 1906 State of the Union address, "No man can take part in the torture of a human being without having his own moral nature permanently lowered."
Now the Saudis tool up for war (February 15, 2007) http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/index.php?menuID=1&subID=1147
The White House line that Iraqs extremists are all backed by Iran is a myth, writes robert fox. This weekend, buyers from across the Gulf states and the Middle East will descend on a huge arms fair in Dubai. Sheikhs, emirs, princes and kings will be buying anything from specialised sniper ammunition by the ton, to the highest-tech surveillance gear and even the odd British Aerospace gunboat or Eurofighter. The Arab world will use the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX), to tool up for a coming confrontation with Iran, and to arm Sunni insurgents to fight Iran's allies in Iraq, the Shia militias.Even the Bush administration will now admit, under its collective breath of course, that Iraq is in the throes of a full-blown civil war between armed groups of its Sunni and Shia Arab communities, triggered a year ago by the destruction of the al-Laskar mosque in Samara, a revered Shia shrine. What the American authorities are reluctant to admit, however, is that there are signs that the Sunnis of Saudi Arabia and their allies - including Jordan - have been equipping and training Sunni extremists in Iraq for some time now. Critically, not all the weaponry and munitions have been used against the militants' Shia and Kurdish Iraqi enemies. Some of them - including lethal roadside bombs - have been aimed at US forces. "The growth of the official and unofficial Saudi and Jordanian support for the militants is one of the most worrying developments," a senior British officer has told me privately after a visit to Iraq. The Bush administration has kept mum about this while it tries to concentrate the minds of America and the world on their new public enemy number one, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the region's chief sponsor of terrorism and nuclear proliferation. CLIP
Is war in the script for Iran? (January 5, 2007) http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/index.php?menuID=1&subID=1019
The British media appears to be softening us up for an attack on Iran, says robert foxSuddenly the smell of Britons being prepared for an attack on Iran is all pervasive. On Radio 4 this week, the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson hosted a bizarre 45-minute round-table on how Britain would react if America and Israel went ahead and bombed Iran. Broadcast on Wednesday and repeated tomorrow, it was pitched as a discussion of hypothetical 'what ifs'. The next morning, Anatole Kaletsky, of the Times, wrote a column about Blair and US-Israeli-Saudi plans to trash Iran. Yesterday's Spectator went further. In its cover story, it states that Israel is planning to use nuclear strikes to stop the Iranian nuclear industry. It is not a question of if but when Israel will launch its missiles and bombers, we are told. What is going on? The facts as far as we know them - based on inquiry, investigation and real sources - are these: The Israelis, according to the strategic think tank at Tel Aviv University, stated last month that the only way to stop Iran getting operational nuclear weapons was by military strike. There are only four or five months left in which this might be done successfully, and if the US won't help Israel to do it, Israel will go it alone. US Vice-President Dick Cheney is signed up to this, and is trying to persuade George Bush. The US military has drawn up the war plans for a strike on Iran, according to British intelligence sources. However, the chiefs of all three US armed services have told Bush not to do it. "The Americans have no serious human intelligence on the ground in Iran," a senior British commander told me recently. As I reported on November 1, the British Army Board looked at intelligence assessments of Israeli proposals to attack nuclear sites in Iran. The briefing paper estimated this would "cause hundreds of thousands of casualties".
The Reality Of Nspd-51 Is Almost As Bad As The Paranoia
By Ron Rosenbaum
Oh, god. I'm reluctant to write this particular column. I've been scarred by this kind of story before. I've learned that it's difficult to write about the sources of paranoia without spreading paranoia.
But the subject, NSPD-51that's National Security Presidential Directive 51and the attendant explosion of blogospheric paranoia about it deserve attention. Even if you don't believe, as I don't, that NSPD-51 is a blueprint for a coup in the guise of plans for "continuity of government" in the event of a national emergency (such as a terrorist attack during an election campaign). Even if you don't believe, as I don't, that it will be used as a pretext for canceling the upcoming presidential election and preserving "continuity" of this administration in office.
Nonetheless, the specifics of the directive are a matter of legitimate concern that has not been given the urgent and sustained attention it deserves by Congress or the mainstream media.
I first became aware of the extent of the paranoia when I read the following comment, which was appended to an essay Naomi Wolf wrote for the Huffington Post:
Scenario for 2008: Sometime in middle to late summer, perhaps early fall, a "terrorist attack," or a natural disaster occurs, allowing Bush to suspend the elections in the name of "national security," and take the control of the government via the "National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD 51" and "Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-20," released by the WH May 9th of this year. He could remain in control as long as he wanted. Now, wouldn't THAT be an interesting nightmare?
Crazy, right? Well after I read it I Googled "NSPD-51" and got something like 36,000 hits. (HSPD-20 is essentially the same directive under a different title.) Most of the ones I sampled elaborated on the "nightmare" coup scenario above. Of course, Google hits are not evidence of the facts, only of the temper of the times, and the times are seething with paranoia.
But that doesn't mean NSPD-51 doesn't deserve careful scrutiny. Consider that an election-eve al-Qaida attack, for instance, is not inconceivable. What if a nuclear device goes off in New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles the weekend before the election and a warning is issued that the other two cities will be hit on Election Day?
Who will decide whether the elections in those heavily Democratic states should be put off or whether the entire election should be postponed until ... when? Until the bodies are cleared, the gamma radiation has subsided? Just how wise and fairand constitutionalare the brand-new mechanisms for "continuity of government" that NSPD-51 has put into effect with almost no prior and little subsequent discussion last May?
And there's another paranoia-inducing element of the story: The existence of "classified continuity annexes" whose content has been kept secret even from the House Committee on Homeland Security. A troubling aspect of the story that, so far as I know, only one mainstream media reporter, Jeff Kosseff of the Portland Oregonian, has pursued.
As it happens, I had a troubling experience in the past writing about paranoid fears that an unpopular president will cancel a presidential election. The experience helped turn me into a conspiracy theory skeptic, so let me briefly recount that incidentwhich, curiously enough, also involved the Portland Oregonianso you'll understand the perspective I bring to the question.
Return with me to 1970, another moment of seething paranoia two years before Richard Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign, before Watergate was even a gleam in Gordon Liddy's eyes. A time of war and of an increasingly frustrated and suspicious anti-war movement. It was my first year as a reporter, and the whole episode started with a cab driver from Staten Island.
As historian and frequent Slate contributor David Greenberg recounts it in his thoughtful book Nixon's Shadow, "the rumor [that Nixon had a secret plan to cancel the '72 presidential election] first appeared in print on April 5 in the Portland Oregonian, the Staten Island Advance and other Newhouse-owned newspapers. According to the item, the administration had asked the RAND Corporation ... to study whether 'rebellious factions using force or bomb threats would make it unsafe to conduct an election' and how the president might respond. Ron Rosenbaum, a reporter from the Village Voice, heard about the article from a Staten Island cab driver and investigated. He reported in The Voice on April 16 that RAND and the administration denied that any such study existed, but then playfully pointed out that they would surely deny it if it were true. Rosenbaum added that the country would just have to wait until 1972 to see."
Lesson here: Don't get too "playful" when writing about conspiracy theories. The problem with being "playful" back then was that much of the anti-war movement read the Voice at the time, and my story ignited a firestorm of paranoia. Soon there were "documents" of dubious authenticity circulating that purported to be RAND memos outlining plans to round up and lock up leaders of the anti-war movement. Eventually Pat Moynihan, then a Nixon consigliere, thundered against the rumor as an example of the intrusion of irrationality into politics.
The thing is, there's nothing wrong with planning for "continuity of government," especially in the nuclear age. Planning for continuity doesn't necessarily mean plotting a coup, although that's the way my story was read and spread. (Of course, meanwhileproving that reality can outrun paranoiathe Nixon administration was planning to subvert the election, anyway, with the assortment of illegal actions and dirty tricks that became known as Watergate.)
Still, there's nothing I feel the need to apologize about for pursuing that story then (or this one now). Indeed, it was marginally possible back then, when the anti-war movement had become massive and some were turning to violence, that the RAND Corp. might have been involved in planning how to maintain "continuity" in the face of violent disruptions.
But the fact that the extreme worst-case scenario didn't happen in 1972 (no coup attempt) left one big question unansweredand NSPD-51 illustrates it still hasn't been settled in any satisfactory way: What are the contingency plans for holding or postponing a national election in the midst of a traumatic national emergency?
I've studied the actual presidential directive, which you can find here.
In many respects, it's innocuous. It doesn't, for instance, tamper with the procedures for presidential succession in case, say, the chief executive and vice president are killed. And there's a value to requiring that every government agency prepare a plan to deal with a catastrophe.
But consider provision 2E of the directive:
"Enduring Constitutional Government," or "ECG," means a cooperative effort among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Federal Government, coordinated by the President, as a matter of comity with respect to the legislative and judicial branches and with proper respect for the constitutional separation of powers among the branches, to preserve the constitutional framework under which the Nation is governed and the capability of all three branches of government to execute constitutional responsibilities and provide for orderly succession, appropriate transition of leadership, and interoperability and support of the National Essential Functions during a catastrophic emergency. (Italics mine.)
Do you see those five weasel words "as a matter of comity"? Just what elements of the legislative and judicial branches will be allowed to participate in "executing constitutional responsibilities" and "providing for orderly succession [and] appropriate transfer of leadership"?
In other words, who gets to call the shots? What does comity mean in this context? Informally, it means good-natured, good-faith camaraderie. In its jurisprudential sense, the American Heritage Dictionary defines it as "the principle by which the courts of one jurisdiction may accede or give effect to the laws or decisions of another."
In other words, in the weasel-speak of NSPD-51, it implies that one or more branches of the government will have to cede power to another. And since everything is to be "coordinated by the president," I'm guessing that the members of the Supreme Court left alive and some congressional leaders left alive (How chosen? What party balance?) will in effect have to sit around a big conference table and do a lot of "ceding" to the executive.
And given the current state of relations between Congress and the executive, such comity will not necessarily translate into camaraderie.
If it comes down to whether to pull the nuclear trigger, who will get to vote, and how large a majority will be required to launch?
Comitythat innocent-sounding wordcould well turn out to be the excuse for junking those pesky checks and balances the Founding Fathers seemed so obsessed with. For an indeterminate period of time.
The document is also hazy on when our new continuity policies will be set in motion. The directive tells us that they'll kick in whenever the nation faces a "catastrophic emergency." But look how vaguely "catastrophic emergency" is first defined:
"Catastrophic Emergency" means any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions.
These are profoundly, potentially calamitously, broad terms. Who defines what is extraordinary? Who defines how severe severely is? Is there any procedure to challenge the junking of constitutional government?
Worse, "catastrophic emergency"woefully vague to start out withis later expanded to include even "localized acts of nature and accidents" as well as "technological or attack-related" emergencies.
In other words, even if you don't believe the most sinister paranoid coup theories, the document does nothing to allay one's fears that it could be used in a sinister way.
I wish I did, but I see nothing in the document to prevent even a "localized" forest fire or hurricane from giving the president the right to throw long-established constitutional government out the window, institute a number of unspecified continuity policies, and run the country with the guidance of the "National Continuity Coordinator" and with the "Continuity Policy Coordination Committee" for as long as the president sees fit.
This order has been issued by executive fiat and has not been subjected to any public examination by the other two branches, which have behaved in a supine way that suggests how they'll behave when comity time arrives and urgent decisions on the fate of the nation and perhaps the world (nuclear retaliation being what it is) need to be made immediately.
The fact that Congress has not scrutinized and challenged the potential here for an emergency-situation power grab is scandalous, unacceptable.
Let Congress pass a law posthaste nullifying the directive, and then when the executive nullifies the nullification, challenge it in the courts. I can't believe even this Supreme Court, with its deference to executive power, could take this clownishly drafted document seriously.
It's not that others haven't noticed the problem. The Wikipedia entry on NSPD-51, for instance, cites rational warnings against it from both right and left:
Conservative activist Jerome Corsi and Marjorie Cohn of the [left wing] National Lawyers Guild have interpreted this as a break from Constitutional law in that the three branches of government are equal, with no single branch coordinating the others. The directive does not specify whose responsibility it would be to either declare a catastrophic emergency or declare it over.
Good point. And then there are the final two provisions of the NSPD, which mysteriously refer to unseen secret "annexes" to the directive. Needless to say, if what they've made public is so shameless in its disregard for the Constitution, the following two sections on secret provisions don't allay suspicion:
(23) Annex A and the classified Continuity Annexes, attached hereto, are hereby incorporated into and made a part of this directive.
(24) Security. This directive and the information contained herein shall be protected from unauthorized disclosure, provided that, except for Annex A, the Annexes attached to this directive are classified and shall be accorded appropriate handling, consistent with applicable Executive Orders.
So, how many secret annexes are there in addition to "annex A," and what kinds of things do they say that even the paranoia-inducing public document can't include?
Here's where Jeff Kosseff of the Portland Oregonian comes in. In an e-mail to me, he said he believed he was the first mainstream media reporter to pursue the classified annex issue (although Charles Savage reported on the disturbing public aspects of the directive itself in the Boston Globe in May).
Kosseff told me he got onto the story when Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio expressed puzzlement that he was having trouble seeing what was in the classified "annexes." DeFazio was a member of the homeland security committee and cleared to read classified material in a supersecure "bubble room" designed to prevent any kind of surveillance. But DeFazio's initial request was, as Kosseff reported, "denied" by the White House, which cited "national security concerns."
DeFazio said this was the first time he had been denied access to classified documents. He brought in the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Bennie Thompson, and the chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Management, Investigation and Oversight, Chris Carney, to back his request for access to the classified annexes.
In a phone conversation, Jeff Kosseff told me the latest development. In August, these requests were denied as well. On grounds of "national security."
I don't want to be alarmist, I have no evidence there's a coup brewing. But I think the American people and their congressional reps deserve some say in how they will be ruled when the ordinary rules go out the window in a national emergency. For one thing, what will happen to the Bill of Rights' guarantees of individual liberty and the courts that are supposed to enforce them?
If you ask me, setting aside any paranoid fantasies, it is clear on the most basic levelread it yourselfthat NSPD-51 is the creation of irresponsible incompetents, bulls in the china shop of our constitutional framework. It is a recipe for disaster. For a catastrophe of governance that would match whatever physical catastrophe it followed and threaten the re-establishment of constitutional democracy. It would make the partisan warfare over the 2000 election in Florida seem like child's play. We might recover from a disaster but we might never recover from the "continuity coordination" that followed, "coordination" that could forever undermine any faith in the actual continuity of constitutional liberty in America since it would put it at the mercy of any president who wants to "coordinate continuity" rather than govern legally.
I think it's urgent that we bring these questions out of the shadows of phony comity. I'd urge readers to call or e-mail their members of Congress and senators now. Call for an emergency joint congressional hearing to end this farce, give us some transparency about what our government will do if we suffer another 9/11. Let all branches of government participate in the attempt to reach some consensus on rational and effective continuity planning. Something more specific and sophisticated than the clumsy but dangerously Orwellian "Continuity Coordination Committee."
Here are two of the 31 comments on this article:
Has the administration ever come out with policies and directives that they don't intend on using? Their plans are carefully crafted and executed... and they've been very successful so far.
The neocon fascists don't even try to hide their maleficence anymore. There WILL be a "National Emergency" in the near future and they WILL suspend normal government activities... It's the Reichstag fire all over again...
A government that DOESN'T plan for all eventualities is not doing its job.
Plans probably exist for how to handle an invasion by left-handed Martians.
Having said that, I must add that NSPD-51 is a document vague enough to interpret in a number of ways. In that regard, the paranoia generated by this directive is understandable.
But emergency preparedness is not secret by nature. People need to know what to do, what to expect, and from whom and when.
The admission of secret annexes to this document is suspicious, and should be examined by Congress. (Why oh why do I still expect ANYTHING from the American Congress??)
Given Bush's Presidential performance to date, I would be suspicious, paranoid even, about this document.
And yet more mystery. USC 5 104(1) refers to other non-governmental agencies. Does this mean Blackwater? Or Haliburton? Just who are these non-governmental agencies the document refers to?
The Pentagons Power to Arrest, Torture, and Execute Americans (March 1, 2007) http://www.lewrockwell.com/hornberger/hornberger117.html
The president and the Pentagon now wield the omnipotent power to arrest, torture, and execute any American they label an enemy combatant. It is impossible to overstate the significance of this power. It has totally upended the relationship of the military and civilian in the United States. The assumption of this particular power easily constitutes one of the most monumental revolutions of liberty and power in history. It is a revolution that every American must confront now, not later. If people wait until later to confront the expanded use of this power, it will be too late, because by that time it will be too dangerous to do so.As long as this particular power is permitted to stand, there is no possibility for Americans to be considered a free people. A necessary prerequisite for restoring freedom to our land is the removal of this power from the arsenal of government officials. Everyone needs to understand the nature of this power and its enormous significance. Historically, the U.S. military has lacked the power to arrest, incarcerate, or inflict harm on American civilians. If Americans committed a federal crime, they were subject to being indicted by a federal grand jury and then prosecuted in U.S. District Court. The Bill of Rights guaranteed that the accused would be accorded certain rights of due process of law, such as the right to defend himself with the assistance of an attorney, to confront the witnesses whose testimony the prosecutors were relying on, to summon witnesses in his behalf, to remain silent, and to have a trial by jury. Everyone was presumed to be innocent and the government had to prove the defendants guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Those constitutional protections and guarantees were upended on 9/11, without even the semblance of a constitutional amendment. On 9/11 the president and the Pentagon assumed to themselves the power to take any American into custody and inflict violence on him, without according him any of the protections provided by the Bill of Rights. Today, the Pentagon has the authority, on orders of its commander in chief, to send American soldiers into any neighborhood in the country and take into custody any American citizen and inflict harm on him simply by labeling him an enemy combatant in the war on terror. CLIP
Where is Congress? It's way past time for members to stand up. Historic matters are at stake. The Constitution is being trampled, the very form of our government is being perverted, and nothing less than American democracy itself is endangered -- a presidential coup is taking place. I think of Barbara Jordan, the late congresswoman from Houston. On July 25, 1974, this powerful thinker and member of the House Judiciary Committee took her turn to speak during the Nixon impeachment inquiry."My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total," she declared in her thundering voice. "And I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction, of the Constitution."Where are the likes of Barbara Jordan in today's Congress? While the BushCheney regime continues to establish a supreme, arrogant, autocratic presidency in flagrant violation of the Constitution, members of Congress largely sit there as idle spectators -- or worse, as abettors of Bush's usurpation of their own congressional authority.
That's us. And now is that time.
What can we do? We can do what millions have been doing-only more of it, more insistently, more loudly, more creatively. Our friend Molly Ivins, just before she died this year, urged us to start "banging pots and pans" to make the bastards hear us. Raise a ruckus through street demonstrations, peace actions, visits (and/or confrontations) with lawmakers, political campaigns, alliances with military families, religious ceremonies, coalitions with constitutional conservatives, outreach to young people, and grassroots media action, including blogs, email blasts, call-in radio, letters to editors, op-eds, bumperstickers, and whatever you've got. Make a mighty noise.
Don't forget our friends in office. Such Democrats as John Conyers, Henry Waxman, Barbara Lee, Lynn Woolsey, Russ Feingold, Pat Leahy, and Dennis Kucinich are all over Bush and Cheney with investigations, subpoenas, censure motions, impeachment bills, and exposes -- not only on the war, but most emphatically on constitutional abuses. Thank them, find out what you can do to help them, demand that your own Congress critter join them.
And here's a creative idea from Garret Keizer. I have no idea who he is, but he wrote a punchy piece in the October issue of Harper's Magazine (read it here) that I like and that Lowdowners might want to embrace. He's calling for a general strike. Not by unions, but by us-you and me. As a symbolically appropriate day, he suggests the first Tuesday of November, the traditional date for our elections -- this year, Nov. 6. He dubs it "The Feast of the Hanging Chads."
A general strike means that We The People, as many of us as possible, would disobey the inept, corrupt, undemocratic (add your own adjective here) system by withholding our presence at for least one day. Don't go to work. Stay home. Better yet, take some political action. Also, don't go to the mall, the supermarket, or the bank; don't use your credit card or make any commercial transaction. This would be the ultimate affront to the corporate president who so pathetically told us after 9/11 that our highest patriotic response to the attack was to "go shopping." So don't fly, use your cell phone (hard, I know), watch TV, or otherwise participate. Sometimes, silence is the loudest sound of all. As Keizer says, "As long as we're willing to go on with our business, Bush and Cheney will feel free to go on with their coup."
On one level, the strike is against the war, against Bush thumbing his nose at the American majority that has already emphatically said -- OUT! -- and against the Democratic leadership that can't seem to muster the will to rein in the Bush administration. On another level, however, this is a strike for the Constitution, a strike against the betrayal of the rule of law and our democratic ideals. It's a strike for the America we thought this was. It's an affirmation that the people are the only "larger force" that can stop the BushCheney coup and make America whole again.
America's Empire of Bases http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0115-08.htm
As distinct from other peoples, most Americans do not recognize -- or do not want to recognize -- that the United States dominates the world through its military power. Due to government secrecy, our citizens are often ignorant of the fact that our garrisons encircle the planet. This vast network of American bases on every continent except Antarctica actually constitutes a new form of empire -- an empire of bases with its own geography not likely to be taught in any high school geography class. Without grasping the dimensions of this globe-girdling Baseworld, one can't begin to understand the size and nature of our imperial aspirations or the degree to which a new kind of militarism is undermining our constitutional order. Our military deploys well over half a million soldiers, spies, technicians, teachers, dependents, and civilian contractors in other nations. To dominate the oceans and seas of the world, we are creating some thirteen naval task forces built around aircraft carriers whose names sum up our martial heritage -- Kitty Hawk, Constellation, Enterprise, John F. Kennedy, Nimitz, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Carl Vinson, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, John C. Stennis, Harry S. Truman, and Ronald Reagan. We operate numerous secret bases outside our territory to monitor what the people of the world, including our own citizens, are saying, faxing, or e-mailing to one another. (...) It's not easy to assess the size or exact value of our empire of bases. Official records on these subjects are misleading, although instructive. According to the Defense Department's annual "Base Structure Report" for fiscal year 2003, which itemizes foreign and domestic U.S. military real estate, the Pentagon currently owns or rents 702 overseas bases in about 130 countries and HAS another 6,000 bases in the United States and its territories. Pentagon bureaucrats calculate that it would require at least $113.2 billion to replace just the foreign bases -- surely far too low a figure but still larger than the gross domestic product of most countries -- and an estimated $591,519.8 million to replace all of them. The military high command deploys to our overseas bases some 253,288 uniformed personnel, plus an equal number of dependents and Department of Defense civilian officials, and employs an additional 44,446 locally hired foreigners. The Pentagon claims that these bases contain 44,870 barracks, hangars, hospitals, and other buildings, which it owns, and that it leases 4,844 more. These numbers, although staggeringly large, do not begin to cover all the actual bases we occupy globally. (...) In his notorious "long, hard slog" memo on Iraq of October 16, 2003, Defense secretary Rumsfeld wrote, "Today, we lack metrics to know if we are winning or losing the global war on terror." Correlli-Barnett's "metrics" indicate otherwise. But the "war on terrorism" is at best only a small part of the reason for all our military strategizing. The real reason for constructing this new ring of American bases along the equator is to expand our empire and reinforce our military domination of the world.
THIS ULTIMATE CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY AND VIRTUALLY ALL FUTURE GENERATIONS GETS ANOTHER SOUL-TEARING, EYE-OPENING SHOT OF HARD-TO-FATHOM TRUTHS IN THIS EXCELLENT ARTICLE - A MUST READ AND MUST NETWORK! IT IS JUST UNBELIEVABLE THAT YEARS AFTER THIS PROBLEM HAS BEEN DISCOVERED, IT IS STILL BEING WIDELY COVERED UP BY THE BLATANTLY IRRESPONSIBLE AND TIGHTLY CONTROLLED MAINSTREAM MEDIA WORLDWIDE... MUCH MORE ON THIS THROUGH http://tinyurl.com/25n9p9
Date: 22 Oct 2007
From: Rudolf Schneider (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: What the Pentagon doesn't want you to know
Here is a well-researched article giving the whole story of the Depleted Uranium poisoning that is going on of US troops and Iraqi civilians that is truly a crime against humanity.
It is difficult reading, but we should know what is being done, and seek to expose this atrocity in whatever ways we can. Please be strong and read it to the very end!!
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Depleted Uranium Dust - Public Health Disaster For The People Of Iraq and Afghanistan
by Doug Westerman - May 3, 2006
In 1979, depleted uranium (DU) particles escaped from the National Lead Industries factory near Albany, N.Y.,which was manufacturing DU weapons for the U.S military. The particles traveled 26 miles and were discovered in a laboratory filter by Dr. Leonard Dietz, a nuclear physicist. This discovery led to a shut down of the factory in 1980, for releasing more than 0.85 pounds of DU dust into the atmosphere every month, and involved a cleanup of contaminated properties costing over 100 million dollars.
Imagine a far worse scenario. Terrorists acquire a million pounds of the deadly dust and scatter it in populated areas throughout the U.S. Hundreds of children report symptoms. Many acquire cancer and leukemia, suffering an early and painful death. Huge increases in severe birth defects are reported. Oncologists are overwhelmed. Soccer fields, sand lots and parks, traditional play areas for kids, are no longer safe. People lose their most basic freedom, the ability to go outside and safely breathe. Sounds worse than 9/11? Welcome to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dr. Jawad Al-Ali (55), director of the Oncology Center at the largest hospital in Basra, Iraq stated, at a recent (2003) conference in Japan:
"Two strange phenomena have come about in Basra which I have never seen before. The first is double and triple cancers in one patient. For example, leukemia and cancer of the stomach. We had one patient with 2 cancers - one in his stomach and kidney. Months later, primary cancer was developing in his other kidney--he had three different cancer types. The second is the clustering of cancer in families. We have 58 families here with more than one person affected by cancer. Dr Yasin, a general Surgeon here has two uncles, a sister and cousin affected with cancer. Dr Mazen, another specialist, has six family members suffering from cancer. My wife has nine members of her family with cancer".
"Children in particular are susceptible to DU poisoning. They have a much higher absorption rate as their blood is being used to build and nourish their bones and they have a lot of soft tissues. Bone cancer and leukemia used to be diseases affecting them the most, however, cancer of the lymph system which can develop anywhere on the body, and has rarely been seen before the age of 12 is now also common."
"We were accused of spreading propaganda for Saddam before the war. When I have gone to do talks I have had people accuse me of being pro-Saddam. Sometimes I feel afraid to even talk. Regime people have been stealing my data and calling it their own, and using it for their own agendas. The Kuwaitis banned me from entering Kuwait - we were accused of being Saddam supporters."
The arrogance of the Pentagon people is incredible
John Hanchette, a journalism professor at St. Bonaventure University, and one of the founding editors of USA Today related the following to DU researcher Leuren Moret. He stated that he had prepared news breaking stories about the effects of DU on Gulf War soldiers and Iraqi citizens, but that each time he was ready to publish, he received a phone call from the Pentagon asking him not to print the story. He has since been replaced as editor of USA Today.
Dr. Keith Baverstock, The World Health Organization's chief expert on radiation and health for 11 years and author of an unpublished study has charged that his report "on the cancer risk to civilians in Iraq from breathing uranium contaminated dust was also deliberately suppressed.
The information released by the U.S. Dept. of Defense is not reliable, according to some sources even within the military.
In 1997, while citing experiments, by others, in which 84 percent of dogs exposed to inhaled uranium died of cancer of the lungs, Dr. Asaf Durakovic, then Professor of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Georgetown University in Washington was quoted as saying, "The [US government's] Veterans Administration asked me to lie about the risks of incorporating depleted uranium in the human body."
At that time Dr. Durakovic was a colonel in the U.S. Army. He has since left the military, to found the Uranium Medical Research Center, a privately funded organization with headquarters in Canada.
PFC Stuart Grainger of 23 Army Division, 34th Platoon, (names and numbers have been changed) was diagnosed with cancer after returning from Iraq. Seven other men in the Platoon also have malignancies.
The Pentagon's "dirty" bomb
Doug Rokke, U.S. Army contractor who headed a clean-up of depleted uranium after the first Gulf War states:
"Depleted uranium is a crime against God and humanity."
Rokke's own crew, a hundred employees, was devastated by exposure to the fine dust. He stated: "When we went to the Gulf, we were all really healthy." After performing clean-up operations in the desert (mistakenly without protective gear), 30 members of his staff died, and most others, "including Rokke himself", developed serious health problems. Rokke now has reactive airway disease, neurological damage, cataracts, and kidney problems.
"We warned the Department of Defense in 1991 after the Gulf War. Their arrogance is beyond comprehension. Yet the D.O.D still insists such ingestion is "not sufficient to make troops seriously ill in most cases."
Then why did it make the clean up crew seriously or terminally ill in nearly all cases?
Particles one-tenth of a micron are dispersed into the atmosphere
Marion Falk, a retired chemical physicist who built nuclear bombs for more than 20 years at Lawrence Livermore Lab, was asked if he thought that DU weapons operate in a similar manner as a dirty bomb.
"That's exactly what they are. They fit the description of a dirty bomb in every way."
According to Falk, more than 30 percent of the DU fired from the cannons of U.S. tanks is reduced to particles one-tenth of a micron (one millionth of a meter) in size or smaller on impact. "The larger the bang" the greater the amount of DU that is dispersed into the atmosphere, Falk said. With the larger missiles and bombs, nearly 100 percent of the DU is reduced to radioactive dust particles of the "micron size" or smaller, he said.
Bombs with DU are the perfect weapons for killing lots of people
When asked if the main purpose for using it was for destroying things and killing people, Falk was more specific:
"I would say that it is the perfect weapon for killing lots of people."
When a DU round or bomb strikes a hard target, most of its kinetic energy is converted to heat " sufficient heat to ignite the DU. From 40% to 70% of the DU is converted to extremely fine dust particles of ceramic uranium oxide (primarily dioxide, though other formulations also occur). Over 60% of these particles are smaller than 5 microns in diameter, about the same size as the cigarette ash particles in cigarette smoke and therefore respirable.
Because conditions are so chaotic in Iraq, the medical infrastructure has been greatly compromised. In terms of both cancer and birth defects due to DU, only a small fraction of the cases are being reported.
Birth defects are now commonplace
Doctors in southern Iraq are making comparisons to the birth defects that followed the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII. They have numerous photos of infants born without brains, with their internal organs outside their bodies, without sexual organs, without spines, and the list of deformities goes on an on. Such birth defects were extremely rare in Iraq prior to the large scale use of DU. Weapons. Now they are commonplace. In hospitals across Iraq, the mothers are no longer asking, "Doctor, is it a boy or girl?" but rather, "Doctor, is it normal?" The photos are horrendous. They can be viewed on the website http://www.xs4all.nl/~stgvisie/VISIE/extremedeformities.html
Ross B. Mirkarimi, a spokesman at The Arms Control Research Centre stated: "Unborn children of the region are being asked to pay the highest price, the integrity of their DNA."
Prior to her death from leukemia in Sept. 2004, Nuha Al Radi , an accomplished Iraqi artist and author of the "Baghdad Diaries" wrote:
"Everyone seems to be dying of cancer. Every day one hears about another acquaintance or friend of a friend dying. How many more die in hospitals that one does not know? Apparently, over thirty percent of Iraqis have cancer, and there are lots of kids with leukemia."
"The depleted uranium left by the U.S. bombing campaign has turned Iraq into a cancer-infested country. For hundreds of years to come, the effects of the uranium will continue to wreak havoc on Iraq and its surrounding areas."
This excerpt in her diary was written in 1993, after Gulf War I (approximately 300 tons of DU ordinance, mostly in desert areas) but before Operation Iraqi Freedom, (est. 1700 tons with much more near major population centers). So, it's 5/6 times worse now than it was when she wrote that diary entry!!
Over one million pounds of dust scattered throughout Iraq
Estimates of the percentage of D.U. which was 'aerosolized' into fine uranium oxide dust are approximately 30/40%. That works out to over one million pounds of dust scattered throughout Iraq.
As a special advisor to the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and the Iraqi Ministry of Health, Dr. Ahmad Hardan has documented the effects of DU in Iraq between 1991 and 2002.
"American forces admit to using over 300 tons of DU weapons in 1991. The actual figure is closer to 800. This has caused a health crisis that has affected almost a third of a million people. As if that was not enough, America went on and used 200 tons more in Bagdad alone during the recent invasion.
I don't know about other parts of Iraq, it will take me years to document that.
"In Basra, it took us two years to obtain conclusive proof of what DU does, but we now know what to look for and the results are terrifying."
By far the most devastating effect is on unborn children. Nothing can prepare anyone for the sight of hundreds of preserved fetuses, scarcely human in appearance. Iraq is now seeing babies with terribly foreshortened limbs, with their intestines outside their bodies, with huge bulging tumors where their eyes should be, or with a single eye-like Cyclops, or without eyes, or without limbs, and even without heads. Significantly, some of the defects are almost unknown outside textbooks showing the babies born near A-bomb test sites in the Pacific.
US prevent scientific exchange
Dr. Hardan also states:
"I arranged for a delegation from Japan's Hiroshima Hospital to come and share their expertise in the radiological diseases we are likely to face over time. The delegation told me the Americans had objected and they decided not to come. Similarly, a world famous German cancer specialist agreed to come, only to be told later that he would not be given permission to enter Iraq."
Not only are we poisoning the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, but we are making a concerted effort to keep out specialists from other countries who can help. The U.S. Military doesn't want the rest of the world to find out what we have done.
Such relatively swift development of cancers has been reported by doctors in hospitals treating civilians following NATO bombing with DU in Yugoslavia in 1998/1999 and the US military invasion of Iraq using DU for the first time in 1991. Medical experts report that this phenomenon of multiple malignancies from unrelated causes has been unknown until now and is a new syndrome associated with internal DU exposure.
Just 467 US personnel were wounded in the three-week Persian Gulf War in 1990/1991. Out of 580,400 soldiers who served in Gulf War I, 11,000 are dead, and by 2000 there were 325,000 on permanent medical disability. This astounding number of disabled vets means that a decade later, 56 percent of those soldiers who served in the first Gulf War now have medical problems.
Tokyo tribunal, guided by the principles of International Criminal Law and International Humanitarian Law, found Bush guilty of war crimes
Although not reported in the mainstream American press, a recent Tokyo tribunal, guided by the principles of International Criminal Law and International Humanitarian Law, found President George W. Bush guilty of war crimes. On March 14, 2004, Nao Shimoyachi, reported in "The Japan Times" that President Bush was found guilty "for attacking civilians with indiscriminate weapons and other arms," and the "tribunal also issued recommendations for banning Depleted Uranium shells and other weapons that indiscriminately harm people." Although this was a "Citizen's Court" having no legal authority, the participants were sincere in their determination that international laws have been violated and a war crimes conviction is warranted.
Troops involved in actual combat are not the only servicemen reporting symptoms. Four soldiers from a New York Army National Guard company serving in Iraq are among several members of the same company, the 442nd Military Police, who say they have been battling persistent physical ailments that began last summer in the Iraqi town of Samawah.
"I got sick instantly in June," said Staff Sgt. Ray Ramos, a Brooklyn housing cop. "My health kept going downhill with daily headaches, constant numbness in my hands and rashes on my stomach."
Uran Medical Research Center: Air, soil and water samples contained "hundreds to thousands of times" the normal levels of radiation
Dr. Asaf Durakovic, UMRC founder, and nuclear medicine expert examined and tested nine soldiers from the company says that four "almost certainly" inhaled radioactive dust from exploded American shells manufactured with depleted uranium. Laboratory tests revealed traces of two manmade forms of uranium in urine samples from four of the soldiers.
If so, the men - Sgt. Hector Vega, Sgt. Ray Ramos, Sgt. Agustin Matos and Cpl. Anthony Yonnone - are the first confirmed cases of inhaled depleted uranium exposure from the current Iraq conflict.
The 442nd, made up for the most part of New York cops, firefighters and correction officers, is based in Orangeburg, Rockland County. Dispatched to Iraq in Easter of 2003, the unit's members had been providing guard duty for convoys, running jails and training Iraqi police. The entire company is due to return home later this month.
"These are amazing results, especially since these soldiers were military police not exposed to the heat of battle," said Dr. Asaf Duracovic, who examined the G.I.s and performed the testing.
In a group of eight U.S. led Coalition servicemen whose babies were born without eyes, seven are known to have been directly exposed to DU dust. In a group (250 soldiers) exposed during the first Gulf war, 67% of the children conceived after the war had birth defects.
Dr. Durakovic's UMRC research team also conducted a three-week field trip to Iraq in October of 2003. It collected about 100 samples of substances such as soil, civilian urine and the tissue from the corpses of Iraqi soldiers in 10 cities, including Baghdad, Basra and Najaf. Durakovic said preliminary tests show that the air, soil and water samples contained "hundreds to thousands of times" the normal levels of radiation.
"This high level of contamination is because much more depleted uranium was used this year than in (the Gulf War of) 1991," Durakovic told The Japan Times.
"They are hampering efforts to prove the connection between Depleted Uranium and the illness," Durakovic said.
"They do not want to admit that they committed war crimes" by using weapons that kill indiscriminately, which are banned under international law."
(Note about Dr. Durakovic; First, he was warned to stop his work, then he was fired from his position, then his house was ransacked, and he has also reported receiving death threats. Evidently the U.S. D.O.D is very keen on censoring DU whistle-blowers!)
Diagnostic distinction between natural uranium and DU using the technique of TIMS
Dr. Durakovic, UMRC research associates Patricia Horan and Leonard Dietz, published a unique study in the August 2002 issue of Military Medicine Medical Journal. The study is believed to be the first to look at inhaled DU among Gulf War veterans, using the ultrasensitive technique of thermal ionization mass spectrometry, which enabled them to easily distinguish between natural uranium and DU. The study, which examined British, Canadian and U.S. veterans, all suffering typical Gulf War Syndrome ailments, found that, nine years after the war, 14 of 27 veterans studied had DU in their urine. DU also was found in the lung and bone of a deceased Gulf War veteran. That no governmental study has been done on inhaled DU "amounts to a massive malpractice," Dietz said in an interview.
Small particle size and crystalline structure
The Japanese began studying DU effects in the southern Iraq in the summer of 2003. They had a Geiger counter which they watched go off the scale on many occasions. During their visit, a local hospital was treating upwards of 600 children per day, many of which suffered symptoms of internal poisoning by radiation. 600 children per day? How many of these children will get cancer and suffer an early and painful death?
"Ingested DU particles can cause up to 1000 times the damage of an X-ray", said Mary Olson, a nuclear waste specialist and biologist at the Nuclear Information and Resource Service in Washington D.C.
It is this difference in particle size as well as the dust's crystalline structure that make the presence of DU dust in the environment such an extreme hazard, and which differentiates its properties from that of the natural uranium dust that is ubiquitous and to which we all are exposed every day, which seldom reaches such a small size. This point is being stressed, as comparing DU particles to much larger natural ones is misleading.
The U.S. Military and its supporters regularly quote a Rand Corp. Study which uses the natural uranium inhaled by miners.
Particles smaller than 10 microns can access the innermost recesses of lung tissue where they become permanently lodged. Furthermore, if the substance is relatively insoluble, such as the ceramic DU-oxide dust produced from burning DU, it will remain in place for decades, dissolving very slowly into the bloodstream and lymphatic fluids through the course of time. Studies have identified DU in the urine of Gulf War veterans nine years after that conflict, testifying to the permanence of ceramic DU-oxide in the lungs. Thus the effects are far different from natural uranium dust, whose coarse particles are almost entirely excreted by the body within 24 hours.
Over 10 trillion doses at 0.34 milligrams per dose are floating around Iraq and Afghanistan
The military is aware of DU's harmful effects on the human genetic code. A 2001 study of DU's effect on DNA done by Dr. Alexandra C. Miller for the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Bethesda, Md., indicates that DU's chemical instability causes 1 million times more genetic damage than would be expected from its radiation effect alone.
Studies have shown that inhaled nano-particles are far more toxic than micro-sized particles of the same basic chemical composition. British toxicopathologist Vyvyan Howard has reported that the increased toxicity of the nano-particle is due to its size.
For example, when mice were exposed to virus-size particles of Teflon (0.13 microns) in a University of Rochester study, there were no ill effects. But when mice were exposed to nano-particles of Teflon for 15 minutes, nearly all the mice died within 4 hours.
"Exposure pathways for depleted uranium can be through the skin, by inhalation, and ingestion," writes Lauren Moret, another DU researcher. "Nano-particles have high mobility and can easily enter the body. Inhalation of nano-particles of depleted uranium is the most hazardous exposure, because the particles pass through the lung-blood barrier directly into the blood."
"When inhaled through the nose, nano-particles can cross the olfactory bulb directly into the brain through the blood brain barrier, where they migrate all through the brain," she wrote. "Many Gulf era soldiers exposed to depleted uranium have been diagnosed with brain tumors, brain damage and impaired thought processes. Uranium can interfere with the mitochondria, which provide energy for the nerve processes, and transmittal of the nerve signal across synapses in the brain."
Based on dissolution and excretion rate data, it is possible to approximate the amount of DU initially inhaled by these veterans. For the handful of veterans studied, this amount averaged 0.34 milligrams. Knowing the specific activity (radiation rate) for DU allows one to determine that the total radiation (alpha, beta and gamma) occurring from DU and its radioactive decay products within their bodies comes to about 26 radiation events every second, or 800 million events each year. At .34 milligrams per dose, there are over 10 trillion doses floating around Iraq and Afghanistan.
How many additional deaths are we talking about? In the aftermath of the first Gulf War, the UK Atomic Energy Authority came up with estimates for the potential effects of the DU contamination left by the conflict. It calculated that "this could cause 500,000 potential deaths". This was "a theoretical figure", it stressed, that indicated "a significant problem".
The AEA's calculation was made in a confidential memo to the privatized munitions company, Royal Ordnance, dated 30 April 1991. The high number of potential deaths was dismissed as "very far from realistic" by a British defense minister, Lord Gilbert. "Since the rounds were fired in the desert, many miles from the nearest village, it is highly unlikely that the local population would have been exposed to any significant amount of respirable oxide," he said. These remarks were made prior to the more recent invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq, where DU munitions were used on a larger scale in and near many of the most populated areas. If the amount of DU ordinance used in the first Gulf War was sufficient to cause 500,000 potential deaths, (had it been used near the populated areas), then what of the nearly six times that amount used in operation Iraqi Freedom, which was used in and near the major towns and cities? Extrapolating the U.K. AEA estimate with this amount gives a figure of potentially 3 million extra deaths from inhaling DU dust in Iraq alone, not including Afghanistan. This is about 11% of Iraq's total population of 27 million. Dan Bishop, Ph.d chemist for IDUST feels that this estimate may be low, if the long life of DU dust is considered. In Afghanistan, the concentration in some areas is greater than Iraq.
The suffering of the veterans
What can an otherwise healthy person expect when inhaling the deadly dust? Captain Terry Riordon was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces serving in Gulf War I. He passed away in April 1999 at age 45. Terry left Canada a very fit man who did cross-country skiing and ran in marathons. On his return only two months later he could barely walk.
He returned to Canada in February 1991 with documented loss of motor control, chronic fatigue, respiratory difficulties, chest pain, difficulty breathing, sleep problems, short-term memory loss, testicle pain, body pains, aching bones, diarrhea, and depression. After his death, depleted uranium contamination was discovered in his lungs and bones. For eight years he suffered his innumerable ailments and struggled with the military bureaucracy and the system to get proper diagnosis and treatment. He had arranged, upon his death, to bequeath his body to the UMRC. Through his gift, the UMRC was able to obtain conclusive evidence that inhaling fine particles of depleted uranium dust completely destroyed his heath. How many Terry Riordans are out there among the troops being exposed, not to mention Iraqi and Afghan civilians?
Inhaling the dust will not kill large numbers of Iraqi and Afghan civilians right away, any more than it did Captain Riordan. Rather, what we will see is vast numbers of people who are chronically and severely ill, having their life spans drastically shortened, many with multiple cancers.
Melissa Sterry, another sick veteran, served for six months at a supply base in Kuwait during the winter of 1991-92. Part of her job with the National Guard's Combat Equipment Company "A" was to clean out tanks and other armored vehicles that had been used during the war, preparing them for storage.
She said she swept out the armored vehicles, cleaning up dust, sand and debris, sometimes being ordered to help bury contaminated parts. In a telephone interview, she stated that after researching depleted uranium she chose not to take the military's test because she could not trust the results. It is alarming that Melissa was stationed in Kuwait, not Iraq. Cleaning out tanks with DU dust was enough to make her ill.
US-UK war alliance: war criminals
In, 2003, the Christian Science Monitor sent reporters to Iraq to investigate long-term effects of depleted uranium. Staff writer Scott Peterson saw children playing on top of a burnt-out tank near a vegetable stand on the outskirts of Baghdad, a tank that had been destroyed by armor-piercing shells coated with depleted uranium. Wearing his mask and protective clothing, he pointed his Geiger counter toward the tank. It registered 1000 times the normal background radiation. If the troops were on a mission of mercy to bring democracy to Iraq, wouldn't keeping children away from such dangers be the top priority?
The laws of war prohibit the use of weapons that have deadly and inhumane effects beyond the field of battle. Nor can weapons be legally deployed in war when they are known to remain active, or cause harm after the war concludes. It is no surprise that the Japanese Court found President Bush guilty of war crimes.
Dr. Alim Yacoub of Basra University conducted an epidemiological study into incidences of malignancies in children under fifteen years old, in the Basra area (an area bombed with DU during the first Gulf War). They found over the 1990 to 1999 period, there was a 242% rise. That was before the recent invasion.
In Kosovo, similar spikes in cancer and birth defects were noticed by numerous international experts, although the quantity of DU weapons used was only a small fraction of what was used in Iraq.
Field study results from Afghanistan
Verifiable statistics for Iraq will remain elusive for some time, but widespread field studies in Afghanistan point to the existence of a large scale public health disaster. In May of 2002, the UMRC (Uranium Medical Research Center) sent a field team to interview and examine residents and internally displaced people in Afghanistan. The UMRC field team began by first identifying several hundred people suffering from illnesses and medical conditions displaying clinical symptoms which are considered to be characteristic of radiation exposure. To investigate the possibility that the symptoms were due to radiation sickness, the UMRC team collected urine specimens and soil samples, transporting them to an independent research lab in England.
UMRC's Field Team found Afghan civilians with acute symptoms of radiation poisoning, along with chronic symptoms of internal uranium contamination, including congenital problems in newborns. Local civilians reported large, dense dust clouds and smoke plumes rising from the point of impact, an acrid smell, followed by burning of the nasal passages, throat and upper respiratory tract. Subjects in all locations presented identical symptom profiles and chronologies. The victims reported symptoms including pain in the cervical column, upper shoulders and basal area of the skull, lower back/kidney pain, joint and muscle weakness, sleeping difficulties, headaches, memory problems and disorientation.
Two additional scientific study teams were sent to Afghanistan. The first arrived in June 2002, concentrating on the Jalalabad region. The second arrived four months later, broadening the study to include the capital Kabul, which has a population of nearly 3.5 million people. The city itself contains the highest recorded number of fixed targets during Operation Enduring Freedom. For the study's purposes, the vicinity of three major bomb sites were examined. It was predicted that signatures of depleted or enriched uranium would be found in the urine and soil samples taken during the research. The team was unprepared for the shock of its findings, which indicated in both Jalalabad and Kabul, DU was causing the high levels of illness. Tests taken from a number of Jalalabad subjects showed concentrations 400% to 2000% above that for normal populations, amounts which have not been recorded in civilian studies before.
Those in Kabul who were directly exposed to US-British precision bombing showed extreme signs of contamination, consistent with uranium exposure. These included pains in joints, back/kidney pain, muscle weakness, memory problems and confusion and disorientation. Those exposed to the bombing report symptoms of flu-type illnesses, bleeding, runny noses and blood-stained mucous. How many of these people will suffer a painful and early death from cancer? Even the study team itself complained of similar symptoms during their stay. Most of these symptoms last for days or months.
In August of 2002, UMRC completed its preliminary analysis of the results from Nangarhar. Without exception, every person donating urine specimens tested positive for uranium contamination. The specific results indicated an astoundingly high level of contamination; concentrations were 100 to 400 times greater than those of the Gulf War Veterans tested in 1999. A researcher reported. "We took both soil and biological samples, and found considerable presence in urine samples of radioactivity; the heavy concentration astonished us. They were beyond our wildest imagination."
Fall 2002: 30% of those interviewed in Afghanistan display symptoms of radiation sickness
In the fall of 2002, the UMRC field team went back to Afghanistan for a broader survey, and revealed a potentially larger exposure than initially anticipated. Approximately 30% of those interviewed in the affected areas displayed symptoms of radiation sickness. New born babies were among those displaying symptoms, with village elders reporting that over 25% of the infants were inexplicably ill.
How widespread and extensive is the exposure? A quote from the UMRC field report reads:
"The UMRC field team was shocked by the breadth of public health impacts coincident with the bombing. Without exception, at every bombsite investigated, people are ill. A significant portion of the civilian population presents symptoms consistent with internal contamination by uranium."
In Afghanistan, unlike Iraq, UMRC lab results indicated high concentrations of Non-depleted Uranium, with the concentrations being much higher than in DU victims from Iraq. Afghanistan was used as a testing ground for a new generation of "bunker buster" bombs containing high concentrations of other uranium alloys.
"A significant portion of the civilian population"? It appears that by going after a handful of terrorists in Afghanistan we have poisoned a huge number of innocent civilians, with a disproportionate number of them being children.
The military has found depleted uranium in the urine of some soldiers but contends it was not enough to make them seriously ill in most cases. Critics have asked for more sensitive, more expensive testing.
According to an October 2004 Dispatch from the Italian Military Health Observatory, a total of 109 Italian soldiers have died thus far due to exposure to depleted uranium. A spokesman at the Military Health Observatory, Domenico Leggiero, states "The total of 109 casualties exceeds the total number of persons dying as a consequence of road accidents. Anyone denying the significance of such data is purely acting out of ill faith, and the truth is that our soldiers are dying out there due to a lack of adequate protection against depleted uranium". Members of the Observatory have petitioned for an urgent hearing "in order to study effective prevention and safeguard measures aimed at reducing the death-toll amongst our serving soldiers".
There were only 3000 Italian soldiers sent to Iraq, and they were there for a short time. The number of 109 represents about 3.6% of the total. If the same percentage of Iraqis get a similar exposure, that would amount to 936,000. As Iraqis are permanently living in the same contaminated environment, their percentage will be higher.
The Pentagon and its misinformation machine: They lie and denigrate
The Pentagon/DoD have interfered with UMRC's ability to have its studies published by managing, a progressive and persistent misinformation program in the press against UMRC, and through the use of its control of science research grants to refute UMRC's scientific findings and destroy the reputation of UMRC's scientific staff, physicians and laboratories. UMRC is the first independent research organization to find Depleted Uranium in the bodies of US, UK and Canadian Gulf War I veterans and has subsequently, following Operation Iraqi Freedom, found Depleted Uranium in the water, soils and atmosphere of Iraq as well as biological samples donated by Iraqi civilians. Yet the first thing that comes up on Internet searches are these supposed "studies repeatedly showing DU to be harmless." The technique is to approach the story as a debate between government and independent experts in which public interest is stimulated by polarizing the issues rather than telling the scientific and medical truth. The issues are systematically confused and misinformed by government, UN regulatory agencies (WHO, UNEP, IAEA, CDC, DOE, etc) and defense sector (military and the weapons developers and manufacturers).
Dr. Yuko Fujita, an assistant professor at Keio University, Japan who examined the effects of radioactivity in Iraq from May to June, 2003, said : "I doubt that Iraq is fabricating data because in fact there are many children suffering from leukemia in hospitals," Fujita said. "As a result of the Iraq war, the situation will be desperate in some five to 10 years."
The March 14, 2004 Tokyo Citizen's Tribunal that "convicted" President Bush gave the following summation regarding DU weapons: (This court was a citizen's court with no binding legal authority)
1. Their use has indiscriminate effects;
2. Their use is out of proportion with the pursuit of military objectives;
3. Their use adversely affects the environment in a widespread, long term and severe manner;
4. Their use causes superfluous injury and unnecessary suffering.
Two years ago, President Bush withdrew the United States as a signatory to the International Criminal Court's statute, which has been ratified by all other Western democracies. The White House actually seeks to immunize U.S. leaders from war crimes prosecutions entirely. It has also demanded express immunity from ICC prosecution for American nationals.
If terrorists succeeded in spreading something throughout the U.S. that ended up causing hundreds of thousands of cancer cases and birth defects over a period of many years, they would be guilty of a crime against humanity that far surpasses the Sept. 11th attacks in scope and severity. Although not deliberate, with our military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have done just that. If the physical environment is so unsafe and unhealthy that one cannot safely breath, then the outer trappings of democracy have little meaning. At least under Saddam, the Iraqi people could stay healthy and conceive normal children. Few Americans are aware that in getting rid of Saddam, we left something much worse in his place.
Contamination From Depleted Uranium Found In Urine 20 Years Later http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071024083640.htm
ScienceDaily (Oct. 24, 2007) Inhaled depleted uranium (DU) oxide aerosols are recognised as a distinct human health hazard and DU has been suggested to be responsible in part for illness in both military and civilian populations that may have been exposed. University of Leicester geologist, Professor Randall R Parrish will be giving this message to the 119th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America at the Colorado Convention Center in Philadelphia on 28 October 2007.In his talk entitled: Depleted uranium (DU): its environmental dispersion and human uptake he will outline his research findings on a new method of tracing DU.
U.S. does not use Depleted Uranium in Iraq : Gates (14 October 2007) http://www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s3i25737
BAGHDAD - The United States army never uses any weapons containing Depleted Uranium in Iraq, the United States' Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said here on Saturday at the sidelines of his visit to Baghdad, Iraq.The United States uses candies and Quality Street(R) chocolates to promote democracy in Iraq, he went on to say to the Iraqi people who were gathered to welcome Robert Gates in Baghdad Airport.He also denied the attempt by Campaign for Invading America (CIA) to block some "foolish" websites. A few weeks ago CIA has been accused of blocking some websites related to so-called DU depopulation project in Iraq. A CIA agent speaking on condition of anonymity told Monday Times on Friday that despite the accusations the many of the sites are still accessible." The websites were suspected to publicize the fake photos of DU babies born both in Iraq and U.S. by the enemies of our great fast food nation," he observed. "These photos are all fake and manipulated by Adobe Photoshop ver 3.141592654 to propagandize a brutal face of U.S. salvation army but let'em be, who the fuck cares about the shit?" Gates asked an Iraqi mother who was carrying her faked defaced and dead DU baby which had at least three heads and a big open mouth. After his arrival to Baghdad, the U.S. secretary of defense took part in a press conference and answered a question." Motherfucker asshole," he said in response to a reporter who asked him of use of DU in Hawaii. Last week a high-level delegation of candy producers leading by Robert Gates left U.S. for Baghdad to invest more than 600 billion dollars in candy industry in Iraq. "These candies will help us promote democracy and peace in Iran and Russia too," the defense minister added. The candy industry is the most powerful industry of the United States and is trusted by African and Asian children since rebuilding of Hiroshima during the World War II period by U.S. army. IMPORTANT NOTICE: The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.
Six years ago this past Sunday, the U.S. government launched a war against the government of Afghanistan.
Air power was the key. Two B-2 Stealth bombers flew from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, each carrying sixteen 2,000-lb satellite-directed bombs. Five B-1B and 10 B-52 heavy bombers flew from Diego Garcia, the U.S. island base guarding the Persian Gulf. Twenty-five strike aircraft attacked from two U.S. aircraft carriers in the Arabian Sea. U.S. Navy F-18 Hornets and F-14 Tomcats dropped 500-lb guided bombs and 2,000-lb earth penetrators. Fifty Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from U.S. and British ships and submarines. The targets for the first few days were military facilities, both those of the Taliban government and those used by Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda.
For the Tora Bora bunkers, the U.S. Air Force allotted 32 individual GBU-31, 2,000-lb bombs, carried by the B-1 Lancer bombers, launched from the U.S.A. and from Diego Garcia. A single aircraft can carry up to 24 tons of bombs. The 5,000-lb bunker busters and the earth penetrator weapons were dropped by B-2 bombers. Within a few days, the U.S. government announced that they had destroyed the main targets.
By Oct. 29, 70 per cent of U.S. air strikes were in support of the Northern Alliance armed forces, most guided by the U.S. Special Forces on the ground. The MQ-1 Predator drone with Hellfire missiles was operating over Taliban forces, directing air attacks and launching missiles.
By Nov. 5 the number of individual air missions was up to 120 per day, adding F-16 and
F-15 fighter-bombers out of U.S. bases in Kuwait.
The turning point in the war to oust the Taliban government came on Nov. 6 at Mazar-e Sharif, a key city in the northern plains. Attack aircraft rained down hundreds of MK82 500-lb bombs. B-52 bombers used carpet bombing to kill thousands of Taliban forces. It was here that U.S. forces dropped the first BLU-82 Daisy Cutter bomb, each weighing 15,000 lbs, producing devastation over a 600-yard radius. All the weapons used by the U.S. air attack included depleted uranium shielding.
Depleted uranium (DU) is produced during the uranium enrichment process. The U-235 used to produce fuel for reactors generating electricity is removed, leaving the U-238 isotope. The material is extremely dense and increases the penetration ability of weapons; it is used to coat shells and warheads on missiles and bombs. On impact, the shell, with its uranium and traces of americium and plutonium, vaporizes and becomes very tiny particles of radioactive dust. When it is inhaled it can stay in the body, emitting radiation.
The DU used in U.S. weapons comes from the uranium mines in Saskatchewan.
In the 1991 Gulf war, DU was delivered almost exclusively with shells from tanks and ammunition used by aircraft. It is used in all armour-piercing ordnance. In the wars in Bosnia in 1995 and Kosovo in 1999, NATO allies added DU missiles and bunker busting bombs. Thousands of DU bombs and missiles have been used by U.S. forces in the Afghan and Iraq wars. A typical bunker bomb contains 1.5 tonnes of depleted uranium.
In August 2003 Scott Peterson of the Christian Science Monitor used a Geiger counter to test several sites in Baghdad near where bunker-buster bombs and missiles had fallen. He found radiation readings that were between 1,000 and 1,900 times higher than normal background radiation readings. DU weapons are still being extensively used in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After the 1991 Gulf War, birth defects and leukemia rose dramatically in the areas around Basra where these weapons were used. By 2003, the U.S. Defense Department admitted that over 200,000 Gulf War veterans had filed for compensation for death, illness or disabilities.
The veterans refer to this as "Gulf War Syndrome." In the first Gulf War, the U.S.-led coalition suffered 148 deaths.
Since then 8,000 veterans of this war have experienced early death.
In 1996 the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring that DU weapons were illegal "weapons of mass destruction." In 2002, the U.N. Human Rights Convention passed a resolution urging a ban on the use of any DU weapons. We will have to wait to find out the impact of these weapons on the people of Afghanistan and the men and women in the U.S., Canadian and NATO armed forces.
- Warnock is a Regina political economist and author.
This is an extract from his forthcoming book Afghanistan: The Creation of a Failed State, to be published by Fernwood in 2008.
CATHY IS A LONG-TIME ERN SUBSCRIBERS AND HER HEROIC AND MAGNIFICENT CRUSADE AGAINST DU DESERVES OUR COMPLETE SUPPORT!
How can we, dear friends, allow the use of "Depleted" Uranium inside the US (or anywhere, for that matter) to continue? Ballistic "Depleted" Uranium is weakening, sickening, and killing our own citizens right here at home.
As we speak, DU is being blasted, burned, fired, and spewed all over our indigenous peoples, suburbanites, and city dwellers alike. It is being dispersed -in nanoparticle form - all over our wild lands, harming innocent people as well as animals, birds, fish, and plants.
So-called "Depleted" Uranium is making us sick, radioactively contaminating our air, water, and soil. DU mutates our genetic material forevermore. To get a concept of the permanency of DU use, please consider for a moment that in 4.5 Billion years, one-half of the daughter products of "Depleted" Uranium that have decayed and are even *more* radioactive that the US government (Dept. of Defense and Dept. of Energy) has been using since the 1940s will still remain in our environment!
What can we do, you may ask? We must each take a stand now and help to stop this radiation poisoning madness via the weaponized ballistic Uranium that is not Depleted of radiation - despite what the Military Spin-Masters want us to believe!
It matters not whether you choose to help those being "dosed" by Ballistic "Depleted" Uranium in: Los Alamos, New Mexico, or in Hawaii, or near San Francisco, or in other areas, such as Arizona, Nevada, Alaska, off the California Coast, and in Aberdeen, outside Baltimore, Maryland, too.
And - this is important to know - Ballistic "Depleted" Uranium oxide does not stay neatly in one area, but, rather has been show to travel in the winds from Iraq to England - a total of 2,400 miles - within only nine (9) days.
The important thing is that each and every one of us learn more about this - and decide to take a stand today and get busy! We must educate and inform all those who do not know. We must also take a stand to help Hawaiian Islanders now - before October 30 - to stop the Stryker Brigade from further contaminating Hawaiian Paradise!
If you were not previously aware of this... please know you are in good company. Less than three years ago I had no idea whatsoever that any of this was going on, either! It is Uncle Sam's most insidious, "hot" and "dirty" secret - hidden well from public awareness. The practice of using "Depleted" Uranium on many of our military facilities and national nuclear weapons "laboratories" is, in effect, the "nuking" of our very own citizens... yes, America itself.
So many people have written to ask me, "Since when did WE, the American People, become our own enemy?!" The answer seems to be sometime in the 1940s, although many argue that this all started way, way back, even before then...
Won't you please read the following information and join me in taking a stand against what is truly the radiation aerosol/gas poisoning of Americans - by use of ceramic Uranium oxide, a poison gas - by our very own government?
Volunteers are needed now to help keep DU out of Hawaii. To become involved in volunteering to help keep the Stryker Brigade out of Hawaii (they would greatly appreciate even a small amount of your time!) please write to them at: NoDUHawaii [at] yahoo.com .
If all you can do is forward this along to everyone you know and take 5 minutes of your time to write a public comment against the Stryker Brigade being permanently stationed in Hawaii, http://www.sbct-seis.org/ please know that would mean a whole lot to a great number of people who want nothing more for themselves and their children than to simply breathe clean air and drink clean water and eat healthy food that has not been radiologically contaminated.
Really, if you think about it, isn't the right not to be radioactively poisoned by one's own government a basic human right that has been persistently violated inside the United States for the past 60-plus years?
Laura Paskus for Women's eNews reports on a gathering of women from six native communities near Los Alamos National Laboratory to discuss their concerns about nuclear contamination, type-II diabetes and the near-extinction of traditional midwifery.
Kona Coast has Highest Cancer Rates in Hawaii! by Lindafaye Kroll (Oct 23rd, 2007) http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2007/10/23/18455523.php
Residents are alarmed by high cancer rates on the Kona Coast of Hawaii. One resident Shannon Rudolph lives downwind from the U.S. Armys Pohakuloa Training Area, which is just over the hill. In August 2007 military officials confirms Ms. Rudolphs worse fears, PTA IS CONTAMINATED WITH DEPLETED URANIUM. Please help us Protect Hawaii. Pass this information forward. U.S. Army DEIS comment deadline is Oct. 30, 2007. Send comments to PublicComments [at] aec.apgea.army.mil and cc a copy to tenfingers10toes [at] http://protecthawaii.ws CLIP
POIGNANT STORY ABOUT THE FATE MANY IRAQIS REFUGEES FACE TODAY
Syria is a beautiful country- at least I think it is. I say "I think" because while I perceive it to be beautiful, I sometimes wonder if I mistake safety, security and normalcy for 'beauty'. In so many ways, Damascus is like Baghdad before the war- bustling streets, occasional traffic jams, markets seemingly always full of shoppers And in so many ways it's different. The buildings are higher, the streets are generally narrower and there's a mountain, Qasiyoun, that looms in the distance.
The mountain distracts me, as it does many Iraqis- especially those from Baghdad. Northern Iraq is full of mountains, but the rest of Iraq is quite flat. At night, Qasiyoun blends into the black sky and the only indication of its presence is a multitude of little, glimmering spots of light- houses and restaurants built right up there on the mountain. Every time I take a picture, I try to work Qasiyoun into it- I try to position the person so that Qasiyoun is in the background.
The first weeks here were something of a cultural shock. It has taken me these last three months to work away certain habits I'd acquired in Iraq after the war. It's funny how you learn to act a certain way and don't even know you're doing strange things- like avoiding people's eyes in the street or crazily murmuring prayers to yourself when stuck in traffic. It took me at least three weeks to teach myself to walk properly again- with head lifted, not constantly looking behind me.
It is estimated that there are at least 1.5 million Iraqis in Syria today. I believe it. Walking down the streets of Damascus, you can hear the Iraqi accent everywhere. There are areas like Geramana and Qudsiya that are packed full of Iraqi refugees. Syrians are few and far between in these areas. Even the public schools in the areas are full of Iraqi children. A cousin of mine is now attending a school in Qudsiya and his class is composed of 26 Iraqi children, and 5 Syrian children. It's beyond belief sometimes. Most of the families have nothing to live on beyond their savings which are quickly being depleted with rent and the costs of living.
Within a month of our being here, we began hearing talk about Syria requiring visas from Iraqis, like most other countries. Apparently, our esteemed puppets in power met with Syrian and Jordanian authorities and decided they wanted to take away the last two safe havens remaining for Iraqis- Damascus and Amman. The talk began in late August and was only talk until recently- early October. Iraqis entering Syria now need a visa from the Syrian consulate or embassy in the country they are currently in. In the case of Iraqis still in Iraq, it is said that an approval from the Ministry of Interior is also required (which kind of makes it difficult for people running away from militias OF the Ministry of Interior ). Today, there's talk of a possible fifty dollar visa at the border.
Iraqis who entered Syria before the visa was implemented were getting a one month visitation visa at the border. As soon as that month was over, you could take your passport and visit the local immigration bureau. If you were lucky, they would give you an additional month or two. When talk about visas from the Syrian embassy began, they stopped giving an extension on the initial border visa. We, as a family, had a brilliant idea. Before the commotion of visas began, and before we started needing a renewal, we decided to go to one of the border crossings, cross into Iraq, and come back into Syria- everyone was doing it. It would buy us some time- at least 2 months.
We chose a hot day in early September and drove the six hours to Kameshli, a border town in northern Syria. My aunt and her son came with us- they also needed an extension on their visa. There is a border crossing in Kameshli called Yaarubiya. It's one of the simpler crossings because the Iraqi and Syrian borders are only a matter of several meters. You walk out of Syrian territory and then walk into Iraqi territory- simple and safe.
When we got to the Yaarubiya border patrol, it hit us that thousands of Iraqis had had our brilliant idea simultaneously- the lines to the border patrol office were endless. Hundreds of Iraqis stood in a long line waiting to have their passports stamped with an exit visa. We joined the line of people and waited. And waited. And waited
It took four hours to leave the Syrian border after which came the lines of the Iraqi border post. Those were even longer. We joined one of the lines of weary, impatient Iraqis. "It's looking like a gasoline line " My younger cousin joked. That was the beginning of another four hours of waiting under the sun, taking baby steps, moving forward ever so slowly. The line kept getting longer. At one point, we could see neither the beginning of the line, where passports were being stamped to enter Iraq, nor the end. Running up and down the line were little boys selling glasses of water, chewing gum and cigarettes. My aunt caught one of them by the arm as he zipped past us, "How many people are in front of us?" He whistled and took a few steps back to assess the situation, "A hundred! A thousand!". He was almost gleeful as he ran off to make business.
I had such mixed feelings standing in that line. I was caught between a feeling of yearning, a certain homesickness that sometimes catches me at the oddest moments, and a heavy feeling of dread. What if they didn't agree to let us out again? It wasn't really possible, but what if it happened? What if this was the last time I'd see the Iraqi border? What if we were no longer allowed to enter Iraq for some reason? What if we were never allowed to leave?
We spent the four hours standing, crouching, sitting and leaning in the line. The sun beat down on everyone equally- Sunnis, Shia and Kurds alike. E. tried to convince the aunt to faint so it would speed the process up for the family, but she just gave us a withering look and stood straighter. People just stood there, chatting, cursing or silent. It was yet another gathering of Iraqis - the perfect opportunity to swap sad stories and ask about distant relations or acquaintances.
We met two families we knew while waiting for our turn. We greeted each other like long lost friends and exchanged phone numbers and addresses in Damascus, promising to visit. I noticed the 23-year-old son, K., from one of the families was missing. I beat down my curiosity and refused to ask where he was. The mother was looking older than I remembered and the father looked constantly lost in thought, or maybe it was grief. I didn't want to know if K. was dead or alive. I'd just have to believe he was alive and thriving somewhere, not worrying about borders or visas. Ignorance really is bliss sometimes...
Back at the Syrian border, we waited in a large group, tired and hungry, having handed over our passports for a stamp. The Syrian immigration man sifting through dozens of passports called out names and looked at faces as he handed over the passports patiently, "Stand back please- stand back". There was a general cry towards the back of the crowded hall where we were standing as someone collapsed- as they lifted him I recognized an old man who was there with his family being chaperoned by his sons, leaning on a walking stick.
By the time we had reentered the Syrian border and were headed back to the cab ready to take us into Kameshli, I had resigned myself to the fact that we were refugees. I read about refugees on the Internet daily in the newspapers hear about them on TV. I hear about the estimated 1.5 million plus Iraqi refugees in Syria and shake my head, never really considering myself or my family as one of them. After all, refugees are people who sleep in tents and have no potable water or plumbing, right? Refugees carry their belongings in bags instead of suitcases and they don't have cell phones or Internet access, right? Grasping my passport in my hand like my life depended on it, with two extra months in Syria stamped inside, it hit me how wrong I was. We were all refugees. I was suddenly a number. No matter how wealthy or educated or comfortable, a refugee is a refugee. A refugee is someone who isn't really welcome in any country- including their own... especially their own.
We live in an apartment building where two other Iraqis are renting. The people in the floor above us are a Christian family from northern Iraq who got chased out of their village by Peshmerga and the family on our floor is a Kurdish family who lost their home in Baghdad to militias and were waiting for immigration to Sweden or Switzerland or some such European refugee haven.
The first evening we arrived, exhausted, dragging suitcases behind us, morale a little bit bruised, the Kurdish family sent over their representative - a 9 year old boy missing two front teeth, holding a lopsided cake, "We're Abu Mohammed's house- across from you- mama says if you need anything, just ask- this is our number. Abu Dalia's family live upstairs, this is their number. We're all Iraqi too... Welcome to the building."
I cried that night because for the first time in a long time, so far away from home, I felt the unity that had been stolen from us in 2003.
As we crossed the border and saw the last of the Iraqi flags, the tears began again. The car was silent except for the prattling of the driver who was telling us stories of escapades he had while crossing the border. I sneaked a look at my mother sitting beside me and her tears were flowing as well. There was simply nothing to say as we left Iraq. I wanted to sob, but I didn't want to seem like a baby. I didn't want the driver to think I was ungrateful for the chance to leave what had become a hellish place over the last four and a half years.The Syrian border was almost equally packed, but the environment was more relaxed. People were getting out of their cars and stretching. Some of them recognized each other and waved or shared woeful stories or comments through the windows of the cars. Most importantly, we were all equal. Sunnis and Shia, Arabs and Kurds we were all equal in front of the Syrian border personnel.We were all refugees- rich or poor. And refugees all look the same- there's a unique expression you'll find on their faces- relief, mixed with sorrow, tinged with apprehension. The faces almost all look the same.The first minutes after passing the border were overwhelming. Overwhelming relief and overwhelming sadness How is it that only a stretch of several kilometers and maybe twenty minutes, so firmly segregates life from death?How is it that a border no one can see or touch stands between car bombs, militias, death squads and peace, safety? It's difficult to believe - even now. I sit here and write this and wonder why I can't hear the explosions.I wonder at how the windows don't rattle as the planes pass overhead. I'm trying to rid myself of the expectation that armed people in black will break through the door and into our lives. I'm trying to let my eyes grow accustomed to streets free of road blocks, hummers and pictures of Muqtada and the rest How is it that all of this lies a short car ride away?
U.S. military steps up war-zone airstrikes (Oct 23) http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2007-10-21-airstrikes_N.htm?csp=34
The U.S. military has increased airstrikes in Iraq four-fold this year, reflecting a steep escalation in combat operations aimed at al-Qaeda and other militants.Coalition forces launched 1,140 airstrikes in the first nine months of this year compared with 229 in all of last year, according to military statistics.Airstrikes are up in Afghanistan, too. Coalition planes have made 2,764 bombing runs this year, up from 1,770 last year. The figures don't include strikes by helicopter gunships.The increasing use of air power also stems from improved accuracy and smaller munitions that allow commanders to launch airstrikes against insurgents who travel in small groups and sometimes hide among civilians. CLIP
US says Iraq air strike kills 11, mostly civilians http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L23266364.htm
BAGHDAD, Oct 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it killed 11 people in a helicopter attack on a group of men seen planting a roadside bomb north of Baghdad on Tuesday, but police and residents said the dead were farmers, women and children.The U.S. military acknowledged that five women and one child were among those killed but blamed militants for using their home as a safe haven to escape attack by U.S. forces. It said a known member of a roadside bomb cell was also killed.The air strike was the third resulting in civilian deaths in two weeks and comes as the U.S. military's reliance on airpower to target militants is under increased scrutiny from the Iraqi government and the United Nations mission in Iraq.U.N. officials have expressed concern at the number of civilians killed in air strikes and said more care must be taken in military operations to protect them. CLIP
Maliki urges U.S. military restraint (Oct 22) http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2007/10/22/maliki_urges_us_military_restraint/1398/
BAGHDAD, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called for U.S. military restraint after a major bombardment of a Baghdad suburb killed 49 people.Maliki's statement referred to a raid Sunday in the predominantly Shiite area of Sadr City, a New York Times correspondent reported Monday.U.S. forces staged a raid searching for a suspect in an allegedly Iranian-backed kidnapping ring and, in three locations, were met with heavy fire from insurgents.The military said in a statement at least 33 people were killed by ground fire in the initial engagement and six others by air attacks, followed by 10 others as U.S. troops withdrew.Counter to Iraqi witnesses' claims, the military said only insurgents were killed."Ground forces reported they were unaware of any innocent civilians being killed as a result of this operation," the military statement said.Area hospitals said 40 people were being treated for injuries and a number of children were among the victims, the report said.
Note from Jean: I received a long comment from Ariel Ky (email@example.com) which prompted me to search for some update on this, hence this article below. But first here is an excerpt from her letter on this: "I have just started reading your last compilation and watched the video of Andrew Meyer getting arrested,the student at the University of Florida in Gainesville who was questioning Kerry about whether he was also a Skull and Bones member like Bush. Yes, he resisted arrest, but it's the duty of a citizen to resist false arrest. It's still assault and battery and this was definitely a case of police brutality. He was armed with a book! Give me a break. There was no reason to arrest him that I could see, let alone take him down as though he were threatening people. He kept asking, "What did I do?", "What did I do?" His pleas were met with total silence, just continued use of force to subdue him. Since when does someone get arrested because they overstay their time at the mike in an open forum? Or because they're obstreperous? I'm still shaking from seeing Andrew being taken down this way and tortured with a taser. I can still hear him scream."
Andrew Meyer, the student who begged: 'Dont Tase me bro!', becomes internet star
The tactics of police in Florida who Tasered a cheeky student as he tried to question former presidential candidate Senator John Kerry have been called into question after a video of the incident was posted on the internet.
The officers responsible have been suspended on full pay while the debate rages over whether the student was a victim of police brutality or an attention-seeking prankster who got what he deserved.
The student, Andrew Meyer, who was well-known on campus for his practical jokes, was Tasered after jumping the queue to ask Mr Kerry a series of questions in a Florida University lecture hall on Monday.
Event organisers were unhappy with his line of questioning and switched off the microphone as police officers moved in to escort him out of the hall.
Mr Meyer refused to leave quietly, and as police officers grabbed him, he repeatedly tried to wriggle free while shouting: What did I do?
After a scuffle, the police fired several thousand volts into Mr Meyer, but not before he coined a new slogan for the YouTube generation: Dont Tase me, bro!
Video of the incident was posted on websites, attracting student laughter, right-wing fulmination and, of course, T-shirt merchandise. Half a million people have watched the original post and the footage was replayed by television channels around the world.
Mr Kerry has criticised the arrest of Mr Meyer, suggesting that he could have dealt with the heckler himself.
"In 37 years of public appearances, through wars, protests and highly emotional events, I have never had a dialogue end this way. I believe I could have handled the situation without interruption, he said.
Mr Meyer was released yesterday after a night in the cells, while students protested outside the police station claiming police brutality had been used.
He was arrested on charges of resisting an officer and disturbing the peace but the State Attorneys Office has yet to make the formal charging decision.
Mr Meyers lawyer, Robert Griscti, said it appeared his client had been shocked after handcuffs had been put on him.
Bernie Machen, the University of Florida president, said that the episode was regretful. He placed the campus officers involved on leave and asked for a state probe of police actions.
Students at the university organised a protest yesterday and marched on the police station shouting Dont Tase me, bro and demanding that stun guns were banned from campus.
Benjamin Dictor, an arts student, called for the officers to be disciplined and the charges against Mr Meyer to be dropped.
For a question to be met with arrest, not to mention physical violence, is completely unacceptable in the United States, especially in the halls of education, Mr Dictor said.
Not everyone has sided with Mr Meyer. Critics have suggested that the entire incident was a planned attempt to win attention for a student who has already posted dozens of videos of himself on his website www.theandrewmeyer.com.
Indeed the video of the arrest was taken on his own camera, which he had brought to the John Kerry Q&A session.
Police claimed that Mr Meyers behaviour was very different when the camera was no longer rolling. One officer told the Associated Press that Mr Meyer asked, Are you taping this? Do you have this? You ready? before beginning his questions.
US Government disinformation fails again - Syrian UFO - 6th Sept 2007
High-level USA Government disinformation has failed to cover up the Syrian UFO incident on the 6th September 2007. The attempt to portray this as an Israeli air strike on a Syrian nuclear facility is unravelling.
But something real did happen in the early morning of Thursday 6th September 2007. An American Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft patrolling along the Syrian-Iraqi border alerted the Israeli Air Force to the entry of a suspected non-terrestrial aircraft into Syrian airspace near the ancient city of Aleppo, 350 km north of the capital Damascus.
Upon receipt of this information, an Israeli Air Force Patrol squadron flying off the coast of Lebanon went into supersonic speed, entered Turkish airspace and in less than 20 minutes were over the target area. Here they engaged an unknown type of aircraft. The UFO, upon being fired on by the Israelis, ascended rapidly into the stratosphere and disappeared.
Questioned by a journalist, Mossad veteran Uzi Arad told the American Newsweek News Service: "I do know what happened, and when it comes out it will stun everyone."
Local villagers in the Aleppo region of Syria have reported regular UFO activity in the vicinity for centuries. They call the UFOs "The Ships of the Giants". There is an ET underground base in the locality associated with what terrestrial archaeologists refer to as the ancient burial grounds of the giants. It is said that the grave of Abel, the second son of Adam and Eve, is part of the complex here. The Aleppo Citadel is Chalcolithic and dates from at least the 4th millennium BCE.
The Syrian UFO incident has resonances with a close encounter which took place over Lakenheath, Eastern England, on the 12th January 2007. In this case, British military air traffic control contacted American fighter planes to intercept a UFO. The UFO was described by one of the military pilots who saw it as looking like a flying black rock. A communications intercept of American military pilots talking to London Military Air Traffic control can be heard here.
The evidence suggests that the Lakenheath black rock UFO was tracked on radar and US Air Force F-15s (call-sign "Gator") from the base were scrambled to investigate. The pilots located the UFO, got a radar lock on it, flew close to it twice, once at 17,000 feet and then again at 17,700 feet, and made visual contact. The pilots said that the UFO was not a bird and was unlike any aircraft they had ever seen. One pilot was heard to say to another: 'Did you see that?' And the other replied: 'Yes, but I don't want to talk about it." It is reported that every now and again the UFO appeared to come to a complete halt in mid air. Subsequently, an informed source confirmed that the UFO was Martian and was engaged on routine analysis work.
Elsewhere in England, particularly in Wiltshire, UFO activity associated with the manifestation of agriglyphs quite commonly takes place in the vicinity of what orthodox archaeology regards as ancient burial sites.
Strange egg-shaped skulls uncovered all over the world mystify scientists (06.10.2005) http://english.pravda.ru/science/19/94/377/16262_skulls.html
Archeologists discover strange elongated skulls in different parts of the world - Russian media outlets have recently covered a story about yet another mystery of the ancient period of human civilization, when archaeologists discovered plates with drawings in South America. The plates or the so-called Iki stones are about 70 million years old. The drawings show people with disproportionately large heads. There are skulls of the same shape in the local museums. But archeologists find the elongated skulls in Russia too, in the North Caucasus. The Pyatigorsk museum of regional studies has them on display. Do those skulls have anything in common? And who started the fashion? (...) Still, it is very strange that the deformed skulls are found in European countries including Norway and France. They are also found in Central Asia, in Central and South America. Taking into account huge distances and oceans separating different nations, how could people pass around the weird fashion? (...) I did research on one of those skulls found near the town of Chihuahua in Mexico in the 1930s, says the well-known archeologist Lloyd Pye, the author of the book "Everything You Know is Wrong." When the appearance of the owner was restored using Professor Gerasimovs method, it became obvious that the guy resembled aliens the way they are portrayed by eyewitnesses. I ran a DNA test of his bones in two laboratories. His DNA links in some sections differed from the human ones. The skull should have contained around 2 liter of brain. The skull of present-day man can hold only 1.5 liters of brain, says Mr. Pye.Some specimens indicate that the fashion for elongated skulls is al least 20 thousand years old. It could have originated earlier on. I can not tell you exactly when. I can only assume that ancient people wanted to imitate somebody else. Maybe they wanted to look like those beings who were more perfect in terms of evolution. They could also imitate the aliens whose skulls probably had different dimensions, says Mr. Pye.
Whatever your role upon Earth, you are contributing to the evolution of the whole. In your own way you are equally important in creating a reality that reflects the mass consciousness of Mankind. You can therefore help to increase the Light on Earth by never losing sight of your goals. It should be one of bringing peace and harmony to it, and by living by it in whatever you do. It may be hard to comprehend, but you wield much more power through your thoughts than you can imagine.
Once you reach a certain level of understanding, you will find it easy to create around you the reality that is your desire. You will carry that energy with you and in so doing create peace and harmony everywhere you go. Recall how powerful it is when people of like minds get together, and you can actually feel it. You can help change the destiny of Mankind from day to day, and in so doing as a Lightworker you will increase its power. Live in the faith of your convictions that you carry such abilities with you, and use them to help map out a path that will release you from the dark.
Over Millennia of time, Man has had very little idea of his power of creation, and he has promoted separateness and isolated himself from the Light. Consequently, the vibrations have been consistently lowered, and encouraged negativity to abound. However, a small percentage of people working for the Light, can bring changes much more greater than their relative numbers. The Light is so much more powerful than any other energy, and is at the core of all life. Light is constant, but filtered through the great Beings that hold the Universe within their Consciousness. You cannot exist outside of the present level of Light you currently live within, until you lift up your vibrations.
Evolution is all about uplifting your Light through your own efforts, although help is given once you elect to take a path to the higher realms. It is normally a gradual process, but once it gathers speed it increases exponentially. At present you stand on the verge of a wonderful surge forward. It can be credited to the awakening that has taken place, and you have now reached a very important phase. Much work is still to be carried out, but the plan for fully enlightened Man is well advanced. All will be uplifted if they can accept the Light that is being beamed to Earth. As many of you now understand, all is moving according to Universal Law and it is orderly even if at first it does not seem to be so.
The chaos and confusion will begin to clear once First Contact takes place. Then you will have a specific direction to follow, and it will quickly reveal the meticulous planning that has been put in place. Events will go speeding ahead along with a great upliftment amongst the people. Those who have misused their power will have an opportunity to cross to the other side, but their true intentions will be known. No longer will they get away with deceit or treachery, and their intentions will have to be pure. Even now we know each of you for what you really are, but there is no judgement on our part. The manner of your evolution is your decision, and it is you who have chosen the path you have taken.
Your ultimate destination is a return to the Godhead, but that is far, far away as you have only just started that journey. Hitherto you have plunged to extremely low levels of vibration, and in consequence virtually lost contact with your Higher Self. You have floundered in the darkness of your limited consciousness, but your spark of Light has always remained. Suddenly after millennia of time experiencing separateness, you have begun to understand the Oneness of All That Is. You have never lost your memories of your experiences in Oneness, and they have lain dormant within your subconsciousness. Now you seek that harmony with all life that existed before you dropped down into the darkness of the lower dimensions.
Duality is designated to your Universe, and many civilisations have risen above it. This has resulted in the forming of the different organisations such as the Galactic Federation, who serve others such as yourselves who are on the verge of leaving it behind. Duality is nothing more than an experience, arising from the Creators mind that has created a Universe where freewill has been given to every soul taking part. Once it has served its purpose, it will be re-absorbed and all life forms that were within it will move to the higher realms. Nothing remains static and all is continually changing and moving upwards.
Behind everything is the power of the Creator, and Light and Love is the driving force that binds all together. When the time comes for meeting your family from Space, see them as no different from yourselves inasmuch that you all come from the same source. They are not alien at all, and are yet another expression of creation amongst the vast numbers that exist. There are Universes without number that are all part of the grand tapestry of life. These will become part of your future experiences, because as enlightened Beings all is open to you.
Life is one adventure after another, and once you move out of duality it will take on a new look. You will no longer be bound by the containment and limitations of being within it, and your freedom will be a gift from the Creator. By this time you will have understood the reason for all life that you will fully respect. You will also have reached a level of being where you are able to express Universal Love, that is a natural step upwards as you evolve.
I am St. Germain and very much a part of your lives. I have been with you for eons of time, and spent many incarnations upon Earth guiding and leading Man into the Light. Our association shall continue for the time being, as the cycle has to be finished and I will accompany you through Ascension. Regardless of all the events occurring on Earth, you can be sure that they will be of no consequence where Ascension is concerned. It will bring this cycle to completion, and nothing will prevent or delay it manifesting. I ask that you give no strength to the dark and their fearsome activities, but instead send out your love. It is a simple thing to do, and will hasten the changes that will bring the beginning of the end allowing a new beginning to fully emerge.
Note from Jean: I asked Alcuin Bramerton (Alcuin@btinternet.com) the author of this piece below (and an ERN subscriber) what were his sources for so many bold claims, and he replied: "Jean, Thank you for the courtesy of your email and for your care in checking sources. The information in the piece to which you refer has been common currency among alternative news buffs for a few weeks now - people like Christopher Story, Patrick Bellringer, Jeff Rense, Sheldan Nidle, Mike Quinsey etc have been publishing this kind of thing on their sites in little bits and pieces as it emerges. All I have done is to select, compile and rewrite the material into narrative coherence. On the following two pages on my blog there are scores of links to the sources:
We live in exciting and challenging times. World affairs are likely to change in unimaginable ways very quickly, one after the other. One of the signifiers of this end-time, it seems to me, is the way in which there is an almost complete divide, now, between the mainstream corporate media (the old controlled media) and the new free, independent media (bloggers, discussion forums etc). It is as if they inhabit parallel realities in terms of the information they choose to purvey and consider. Only one topic seems to straddle both camps: The Iraq war and its provenance. I suggest that all this is about to change, and that this change will be the result of the higher vibrations of light illuminating that which is veridical and that which is disinformative. In the meantime, discernment is the thing. Good luck with your work."
... So I'll let you use your own best discernment as to the reliability of what he suggests below... (Go at this URL below to access the various links offered.)
The Bush White House is in turmoil. Barbara Bush, the President's mother has accused George Bush Jnr, the President, of destroying the Bush family name. The President himself is drunk much of the time, and important meetings have had to be cancelled or postponed on "medical grounds" because of this. Laura Bush, the President's wife, has had divorce papers prepared and has said that she will only continue to present publicly as George's wife until he leaves office. She has demanded a ten million dollar honorarium for providing this photo shoot service. Laura Bush did not accompany George to the APEC meeting in Sydney in September 2007.
George Bush Jnr and George Bush Snr are at loggerheads on nearly every substantive issue. One by one the Bush family bank and brokerage accounts are being closed down or blocked, and soon George Bush Jnr will find it difficult to pay his staff down home at Crawford, Texas, where he owns the Prairie Chapel Ranch.
The President is beginning to be openly ridiculed. On Thursday 18th Oct 2007, at a televised press conference at the White House, George Bush was attacked by reporters on camera. The reporter for the once-supportive Washington Times said that Bush was now viewed as trivial. The President stammered, glared and then responded that he was not. During this press conference he was angry and spiteful towards the press and threw out hints that if the Russians and Iranians didnt knuckle under, World War III was certainly coming. It was a PR fiasco created by a President who was visibly out of control.
George Bush Jnr, the 43rd President of the United States of America, is a sick, exhausted and broken man. He wants out before the end of his presidential term, and he is looking for an exit strategy which can be presented as an honorable retirement. So are many of his senior White House conspirators. Karl Rove led the way. The sheep are looking to follow.
The Vice President, Dick Cheney, is popping pills like Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight. He is as close to dead, physically, as a zombie can be. He is being propped-up by medics like a Soviet-era dictator. Dick Cheney has had at least four heart attacks since 1978. He has contractile dysfunction of the left ventricle. He underwent four-vessel coronary artery bypass grafting in 1988, a coronary artery stenting in November 2000, and urgent coronary balloon angioplasty in March 2001. In 2001, a Holter monitor disclosed episodes of asymptomatic ectopy. An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator has been implanted in his chest. In September 2005, Dick Cheney underwent an endovascular procedure to repair popliteal artery aneurysms. His atherosclerotic disease is progressing despite aggressive treatment. He experiences cardiac-related breathing difficulties. More about Dick Cheney's health can be found here. One of Dick Cheney's silent clone lookalikes appears occasionally for the cameras to maintain an illusion of normality. Look carefully and notice the plastic smile. George Bush Jnr has a nodding mind-controlled clone lookalike, too. It attends some conferences on his behalf.
Behind the scenes, elements of civil war are becoming evident within the White House. On the eve of the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings at the end of October 2007, Dick Cheney attempted to steal $45 billion from George Bush Jnr. A long-serving banker of Pakistani origin based at the New York office of Credit Suisse diverted $45 billion for a secret personal account held by Halliburton in Dubai for Vice President Richard B Cheney. The $45 billion represented stolen money held in trust for the President of the United States, George Bush Jnr.
This illegal transaction was frustrated by a covert fail-safe mechanism. The Credit Suisse banker was arrested and shortly afterwards, under interrogation, suffered a mysterious heart attack. At about 2.30pm Eastern Daylight Time on Friday 19th October 2007, Credit Suisse domestic banking in the USA collapsed and was taken over by Union Bank of Switzerland. This story has yet to be covered by the mainline media in the USA. More details here, here and here.
On the 25th October 2007, Patrick Bellringer reported that on several occasions recently The Higher Evolution have stopped the Bush-Cheney White House from nuking major USA cities, nuking the major oil depot in Texas City, and creating artificial earthquakes in California. Should such a 911-style homegrown terrorist attack be accomplished again, the USA government would blame the attack on Iranian terrorists, and the long-planned Iran war would be launched. More details here.
The World Court has lodged ten charges of Treason against George Bush Jnr, the 43rd President of the United States of America. These will shortly be served on him by the Adjutant General for the USA accompanied by the Provost Marshall for the USA (Brigadier General Rodney Johnson). More details can be found in a Casper Update of the 21st September 2007 here. It is said that the President is using Patriot Act emergency powers to prevent news of these Treason charges reaching the mainstream media in the USA.
With the NESARA announcements imminent, and Karl Rove gone, the Bush White House is in terminal panic.
Forwarded by Mark Graffis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A conversation with Jesus
Many times when I am troubled or confused, I find comfort in sitting in my back yard and having a nice cup of coffee along with a quiet conversation with Jesus. This happened to me again after a particularly difficult day. I said 'Jesus, why do I work so hard?' And I heard the reply: 'Men find many ways to demonstrate the love they have for their family. You work hard to have a peaceful, beautiful place for your friends and family to gather.' I said: 'I thought that money was the root of all evil.' And the reply was: 'No, the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Money is a tool; it can be used for good or bad'. I was starting to feel better, but I still had that one burning question, so I asked it. 'Jesus,' I said, 'what is the meaning of life? Why am I here?' He replied: 'That is a question many men ask. The answer is in your heart and is different for everyone. I would love to chat with you some more, Señor, but for now, I have to finish your lawn.'
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