MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH


February 4, 2007

The Moment of Truth Series #7: Bush & Co... Careening in Dangerous Waters

Hello everyone!

I took me a while longer than usual to prepare this one for you. There is just so much to review and so much going on. I think you'll find the material in this compilation is a good recap of the latest. You will also find a copy of some rather interesting correspondence I had this past week with some ERN subscribers... (in item #1 and item #6 below). Lots of good stuff in the "WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION" section!

There are several alarming news excerpts about the risks of an imminent US/Israel attack against Iran, but thank God, according to Matthew it won't happen: "(...) it may be that some troops are ordered to make incursions into Iran, but their full-scale war will not happen. On the contrary, this year will see the winding down of international warfare in the Mideast and the withdrawal of combat and occupational troops."

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

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THE QUOTES

"Dear Jean, I just have to let you know how deeply touched I was reading the excerpt from the Christ Letter and you own following excerpt from "Pathways to Unity." You so clearly explain our separation and the struggle to regain Unity. Reading the "Declaration of Unity" from Chief Seattle moved me profoundly. What a great soul he was and our ignorance called our Indian brothers heathens and savages. It is so strange I was hoping you would enclose a portion of another Christ's Letter again after I read your last compilation and here it is. You have such a large and aware audience, it will greatly facilitate the knowledge of the Letters existence and the message. I have told you once before, I will be forever grateful to you for introducing them to me."

- Rosemarie (Rmhjean@wmconnect.com)


"Dear Jean, as always I'm filled with great appreciation, in fact, overwhelming appreciation, for what you are doing and how much you are helping all of us. Today my Internet session began with a recently channelled "take action" message from John Lennon, then a guided and wonderfully inspiring one form Karen Bishop of www.whatsuponplanetearth.com in which she talks about this being the time to create our new destiny. I felt the power and imagined everything I could to create for peace, harmony and abundance, and then I read your inspiring message in your Meditation Focus and felt myself totally in this powerful and loving place I was just creating. By this time the Light and power were very strong, and I know those of us doing this today are having a great effect on our future. Thank you again for what you are doing for the planet!"

- Lillian Akersborg (lillakers@yahoo.com)


"What a remarkable year 2006 turned out to be and 2007 has the potential to be even more amazing as we return to love on this beautiful planet we call home. From our vantage point, we can easily see how much change is currently underway in every corner of the globe that signifies this wondrous transformation unfolding in the hearts of everyone. Remember: what begins in our heart manifests in our outer experience of reality.One by one and after many eons of allowing the illusion of separation to influence us, we are quickly recalling and embracing the oneness of humanity.  Whether through our recognition of our interdependent relationship with the environment, the necessity of honest, visionary leadership in business and government, acknowledging the needs of our neighbors in distant lands, or just simply accepting our individual selves without limitation or condition, we are finally standing in our truth and light. This is all happening by your personal efforts to change and evolve your thoughts and feelings.  This change is not one of outer effort, instead it is the constant recognition and release of outdated and limiting beliefs that no longer serve.  By acknowledging and letting go of the old worn out journeys of yesterday, each of us is creating a new reality based on love.  This release is commonly known as forgiveness and together we are manifesting it as a new paradigm and opportunity to live in harmony."

- Harold W. Becker (hwbecker@thelovefoundation.com) -- Taken from 2007: A Powerful Year Of Change


"Life is a shining. And if you're not shining, then you're not in your life. When you are a shining, then you can communicate that and even transport it to others around you. Then you don't have to worry about persuading them with words to a new point of view, you need not be concerned with changing their hearts and the way that they experience life. You contribute to the awakening in them of their source, and once that has happened then nobody needs to have any influence on that person ever again. Then they are so deeply rooted in themselves, and in life and in truth, that nothing will disturb them."

-  Michael Barnett (michaelbarnett.net) from "By the Way" -- Recommended by Dana Stockar (dana.stockar@bluewin.ch)


Imagine The Future Now

Imagine for a moment that you are several years ahead in the future and the Earth and all her inhabitants have profoundly changed. What seemed impossible and totally utopian in the eyes of many has come to pass. Imagine that a new existence, devoid of any of the perils and torments of the past, is now possible for all souls dwelling on this New Earth. Imagine, if you will, that every human being is now recognized as a full-fledged member of the wonderful human family, and that no one goes lacking in the essential material elements that make a fulfilling, happy life possible. Every child is cared for and not a single one goes hungry or in dire poverty. The level of Love and Harmony between all humans and with all of Nature is simply astounding... No one has to do any activity that is detrimental to the vital commons on which all Life depends. The kindness and compassion that is shown and experienced by every single soul is simply awe-inspiring. No one tries to dominate or take advantage of anyone. Everyone is passionate about helping others, experiencing all the wonders of Life and being the best possible _expression_ of the profound wisdom and Light emanating from their soul.

Now, holding this vision in your soul's eye, try to imagine how you feel, living in such a pristine, vibrant environment, knowing that Love, Peace and Harmony prevail, sensing your Oneness with all your brothers and sisters, viewing in their eyes the sparkling _expression_ of the living, radiant soul each human is... Allow this feeling of sheer happiness to grow in your heart and embrace your entire being... Let ecstasy tingles in everyone of your cells... Let Love shine through you... And KNOW that what you are feeling now is ABSOLUTELY real...

As you are joining in this globally synchronized communion with thousands and thousands of other souls feeling the very same experience, enable the sense of Oneness pervading your soul to expand and encompass every other form of Life, every other soul, every other atom of this Great, Magnificent Being of Love that You Are... as One... with All That is... And from that place of sublime, blissful Omniversal Awareness, further expand your sense of Self to integrate the very perception of your Universal Beingness, as One Within the Creator... Do not press ahead for more thoughts. Just Be! You have arrived... Let it BE... And as you ARE blissfully aware of this magnificent future that, by virtue of your contemplation of its existence, is now immanently manifested, you co-create, and will continue to co-create, by the very essence of your radiant Presence, what is soon to fully manifest, for the Highest Good of All.

This whole Meditation Focus has been archived for your convenience at
http://www.aei.ca/~cep/MeditationFocus165.htm

The last opportunity to join in this one is this Sunday February 4... Check you local time at the URL above.


CONTENTS

1. Spiritual assistance requested
2. New Message from Matthew
3. LFA - A choir sings on behalf of cetaceans & Alert: Navy Exempted from Marine Mammal Protection Act
4. 'Bluejay' Spreads His Wing
5. "A little child (and some wide awake teenage activists) shall lead them"
6. Feedback from Suzy Ward and more from Lea
7. Ag-agria -- 29-January-2007
8. Cheap, safe drug kills most cancer
9. Some experts blast latest climate report
10. Apocalypse never? Science could yet save the day
11. Nuclear Terrorism
12. DU Radioactive Poison Explosions Inside US Affects Canada & Mexico too
13. Stop This Man Before He Kills Again!
14. A concentration camp in Texas??
15. FAMILY
16. Speak Out For a Peaceful Resolution


WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION

IS IMPEACHMENT STILL OFF THE TABLE? TIM ROBBINS DC PEACE RALLY - Rousing Speech!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzsfnBTmfkA&mode=related&search=

Why We Must Have Impeachment By Dave Lindorff
http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/131/2/
When impeachment hearings began for President Richard Nixon, a scant one in four Americans thought he should be impeached. During the Clinton impeachment farce, support for the president's removal from office never topped 36 percent. Yet a Newsweek poll taken last fall found that a remarkable 51 percent of the American public felt this president should face impeachment .

Anti-War Marches Draw Hundreds of Thousands
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/0s13007A.shtml
In this video, Truthout's Scott Galindez reports that "hundreds of thousands" marched on Saturday. That estimate is gleaned from estimates by the event organizers - United for Peace and Justice - Truthout reporters on the scene, and crowd photographs by other news agencies. Our best estimate now is that there were between 310,000 and 500,000 marchers.

OneVoice Movement: Eye-Opener! WATCH THIS JUST RELEASED 5 MIN VIDEO. YOU'LL BE MOVED TO TEARS!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34bVcLMrcRs
OneVoice Movement mobilizes citizens from across Israel, West Bank and Gaza to say 'Enough!' OneVoice aims to amplify the voice of the overwhelming but heretofore silent majority of moderates who wish for peace and prosperity, empowering them to demand accountability from elected representatives and ensure that the agenda is not hijacked by forces of militant absolutism.
Website: http://onevoicemovement.org/

Brazil Approves Deforestation of Important Amazon Reserve (January 25, 2007)
The strength and permanence of protected status for ancient rainforests under Brazilian law is at stake
http://www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.asp?id=brazil_reserve
The State Government of Mato Grosso, Brazil, has voted to drastically reduce one of the Amazon's most biodiverse reserves. What is at stake is the strength and permanence of protected status for ancient rainforests under Brazilian law. The Cristalino State Park is a world-renowned ecotourism destination, whose 184,000 hectares are home to over 550 species of birds, and protects endangered species like the white-whiskered spider monkey. Some 27,000 hectares of its forest will now lose protected status; becoming vulnerable to logging, cattle ranching and agribusiness. State Governor Blairo Maggi initially vetoed the reduction of the park on the grounds that it would "be seen as endorsing illegal occupancy and deforestation of public lands", and that it would suggest Brazilian environmental law can be flouted. The veto was short-lived, however, as members of the Mato Grosso House of Representatives immediately overturned it. Mato Grosso has suffered the highest rate of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and yet it looks like the State Government is manipulating this particular situation for political gain. Please contact key players in Brazil's Federal and State governments, and let them know that removal of protected status so easily from preserved Amazonian ancient rainforests is simply unacceptable. TAKE ACTION NOW at: http://www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.asp?id=brazil_reserve

Sand Fantasy AMAZING ART CREATING WITH SAND!
http://www.sandfantasy.com/videoclips/videoclips.htm

Plants With Eyes  - Just completely mesmerizing! you'll feel like you are on another planet...
http://www.mercola.com/2007/feb/1/plants-with-eyes.htm
Recommended by Joyce Z. Meyers (jzmeyers@mac.com)

Microscopic Art - Amazing Wonderment!!
http://www.willard-wigan.com/art.html
Willard Wigan was born in Birmingham, England in 1957 and is the creator of the smallest works of art on earth. From being a traumatised and unrecognised dyslexic child, he is now emerging as the most globally celebrated micro-miniaturist of all time and is literally capable of turning a spec of dust into a vision of true beauty. His work has been described as "The eight wonder of the world" and "Truly a gift from God"  Even he is sometimes at a loss for an explanation as to exactly how he is able to create such treasures. He just gratefully acknowledges that he's been blessed with a God-given talent. Willard can create a masterpiece within the eye of a tiny sewing needle, on the head of a pin, the tip of an eyelash or a grain of sand. Some are many times smaller than the fullstop at the end of this sentence. Many are even smaller still, with some being completely invisible to the naked eye yet, when viewed through high power magnification, the effect on the viewer is truly mesmerising. Willard, who is completely self-taught has baffled medical science and been the subject of discussions among micro-surgeons, nano-technologists and at universities worldwide. His work is ground-breaking - partly because of the astounding beauty of vision which challenges the belief system of the mind and partly because it demonstrates that if one person can create the impossible, we all have the potential to transcend our own limiting beliefs about what we are capable of. He works in total solitude at a quiet retreat in Jersey mainly at night when there is a greater sense of peace in the world and less static electricity to interfere with the immeasurable precision and tolerances required to create the pieces.The smallest sculptures can only be measured in thousandths of an inch which is why they can sit, very delicately, on a human hair three thousandths of an inch thick. When working on this scale he slows his heartbeat and his breathing dramatically through meditation and attempts to harmonise his mind, body and soul with the Creator. He then sculpts or paints at the centrepoint between heartbeats for total stillness of hand. He likens this process to "trying to pass a pin through a bubble without bursting it." His concentration is intense when working like this and he feels mentally and physically drained at the end of it.

When helmets make no sense - MUST see pics!
http://www.sportbikes.ws/showthread.php?p=1120271

Amazing team: the guy is 25 and the lady 84 years old doing acrobatics on "The hardest part" by Coldplay
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKRZv6NGjdc

Laughing Baby :-)  :-)  :-)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1098259204041420273

Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers - Video: 9 min. 29 sec. Deliriously imaginative!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2bcPIXl8kc
Recommended by Kathleen Roberts (weerkhr@pacbell.net)

Peace Pilgrim II: A Life So Well Lived - The story of his Life - Peace Pilgrim II is a co-founder of ERN
http://www.intouchmag.com/peacepilgrim.html

HILARIOUS! The NEW Gilligan's Island: Dubya's Island for the WEALTHY only!
http://www.oldamericancentury.org/dubyas_island.jpg

ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS: "BLINK OFF' BETWEEN NANCY PELOSI vs DICK CHENEY!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0O0wl_UaU8

12 of the Most Revealing Major Media Articles Ever Published - One-paragraph Excerpts
http://www.weboflove.org/070128bestmediaarticles

George Galloway's speech to Parliament, January 2007 - 10 minutes - He becomes increasingly fiery hot as he speaks againt the current criminal British government. Must Watch!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWR0tavb-zo
Recommended by Mark R. Elsis (mark@lovearth.net)

Photo of UFO Over O'Hare on Coast To Coast
http://www.coasttocoastam.com/gen/page1852.html

Being Peace - meditation
http://www.beliefnet.com/index/index_1031.html
We invite you to spend a few minutes experiencing our peace meditation, inspired by monk, author, and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. The Vietnamese Buddhist Zen master worked tirelessly for peace, especially during the Vietnam War. In 1967, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize. Thich Nhat Hanh argues that unless and until individuals are peaceful within themselves, they cannot work for peace among nations. Recommended by Monica Wilson (alian@foxinternet.net)

The 5th Annual WORLD SOUND HEALING DAY FEB. 14, 2007 http://www.healingsounds.com/sounds/worlddayinfo.asp
Sounding an "AH" for planetary peace! For five minutes, sound healers, meditators, peace activists and lovers of all humanity and sentient consciousness will send a Sonic Valentine to the Earth with the heart sound "AH". We will simply sound an "AH" filled with the intention of Peace and Love for 5 minutes at our local noon time. - Recommended by "Susan R. Jason" (susieq@mcn.org)

Stand Up and Be Counted!
http://www.gvnr.com/119/2.htm
On 15-16th October 2006, a protest entered the Guinness Book of World Records, when over 23.5 million people stood up against poverty. Organised as part of the United Nations Millennium Campaign, the big                     Stand Up was intended as a way of reminding the governments of the world, that they made a commitment to eradicate world poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. This worldwide protest was part of a month of mobilisation, surrounding the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, held on October 17th. CLIP

Planet 3000 - A large New Age movement based in Russia in activity since 1996
http://planet3000.site.voila.fr/planet_3000_home_eng.html
We live on the verge of the worlds. Our planet and humanity is going through an unprecedented transitional process. The epoch of barbarity based on unlimited consumption, conflicts, competition and wars is transforming into the era of conscious evolution for creation, cooperation and peace. All our problems are rooted in ignorance, and we have our task - to create conditions for all to look within and become aware of who we are, where we are from, why we are here, where we are going. We need tools for effective actions so as to integrate humanity as one and create collective consciousness for this transition process. We would like to present such a model - an experiment of collective actions of the Planet 3000 project. It is based on effectively awakening inner potential and creating collective consciousness as a way to take the "giant leap" from the old civilization into a new, never seen before world. Planet 3000 - is the symbol of this future planet. What kind of future do we want to create? It depends on everybody and all of us together. We invite you to enter a New World - a world of our dreams, happiness and responsibility, living in everybody's heart. We are to awaken ourselves and unite as one for taking part in an unbelievable legend - transformation of our planet into one with new qualities. It is time for us to meet. We welcome you to Planet 3000 project where there is a place for everybody. Children, youth, grown ups together focus on creating a collective image of the future of our planet and realize projects created by them. The profound question is: "HOW can we create this transition process from wars to peace, from conflicts to consent, from competition to cooperation, from ignorance to conscious evolution?" This is the question to be answered by Planet 3000 project, as it has been growing for 10 years as a living example of creating a united planetary community, able to influence life by taking total responsibility for itself and for the Earth. NOTE from Jean: This website and Planet 3000 are in large part the result of the sustained commitment of Claude Veziau (cveziau@yahoo.ca), from Quebec, a long-time ERN subscriber, who is now deeply involved in this project with Nina Goncharova from Russia. To find out more I recommend you explore http://planet3000.site.voila.fr/ and check also the Planetary Consciousness Awakening Tour they are planning through http://happypeopleplanet.site.voila.fr/

"May You Be Blessed" Movie
http://www.mayyoubeblessedmovie.com/

Wonderful songs by the Gettin' Higher Choir In Concert - Try "Gaia/Another World Is Possible" and "Be Thou"
http://www.crucible.ca/ghc/3/links.htm
Recommended by Sharon Alder (shekinahoneness@yahoo.ca) who sings in this magnificent choir. "'One Voice" is very good too!

Divine Humanity
http://www.soulprogress.com/html/ArticlesFolder/Articles/DivineHumanity.shtml
SUMMARY: Human beings are the least understood species on the planet. We may believe that we are children of God, endowed with an eternal soul, but we often dislike aspects of our physical appearance and our individual personality. We also also feel deeply ambivalent about the characteristics we share with all humankind. Is it acceptable to have weaknesses? Is it safe to feel desires? Is it okay to want to serve? Is it right to be dependent on others? If we judge such qualities as bad and dangerous, we hold back on living our full humanity, and never experience the joy, the empowerment, and the tremendous benefits our humanity would bring to our lives and to the planet as a whole. Now more than ever we and the planet need the fruits of our beautiful Divine humanity. Please allow this article to initiate you into the wonderful and truly spiritual experience of being human. Recommended by Sara (mail@livinglovefellowship.org)

The Alcatraz Conversion Project
http://globalpeacefoundation.org/AlcatrazConversion.html
The Global Peace Foundation in association with One Earth One People Peace Vision invites you to participate in a sacred and majestic project...The transformation of Alcatraz Island into The Global Peace Center... Majestic in its Simplicity, Revolutionary as a Political Metaphor, The Global Peace Center Proclaims Global Renaissance! A New Epoch! A Time of Enduring Peace for All Humanity... CLIP Note from Jean: Recommended by Da Vid (Lightparty@aol.com) who has been campaigning for many years (since 1978) to implement this outstanding vision. The time is right for its manifestation! Please help support this project whichever way you can. I've asked Da Vid, on behalf of us all, to add the Earth Rainbow Network on his website as part of the growing coalition supporting the Alcatraz Conversion Project.

Kepler's Supernova Remnant in X-Rays  - AMAZING PICTURE!
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070116.html
More such pictures through http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html

When God Paints
http://my.opera.com/wickedlizard/blog/2007/01/17/when-god-paints

Less than 90 Days until Global Love Day next May 1, 2007
http://www.thelovefoundation.com/
Inspiring People to Love Unconditionally!

FIRING THE EARTH GRID -- GLOBAL HEALING MEDITATION July 17, 2007 (Less than 163 days remaining!)
http://www.firethegrid.com

Harmonic Convergence - interesting trivia on Wikipedia about this famous event in 1987
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonic_Convergence
Check also Jose Arguelles' main website today at http://www.tortuga.com/
I tried to find out if anyone is organizing/promoting something for the 20th anniversary of Harmonic Convergence next August 17 2007, but could not find anything. Has anyone heard something about this?

Revealing News: Potential Cancer Cures, Manipulation of Fuel Economy Standards, & More
http://www.WantToKnow.info/070201cancercures

NOTE from Jean: Someone brought to my attention the transcript of a 2005 speech by Richard Lamm on Multiculturalism, archived at http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/lamm.asp

After reading this I wrote the following comment:

"Canada and Quebec are both multicultural societies and both use 2 languages and this is not the end of the world. And if Canada and Quebec part ways it won't be the end of the world either.

I think this speech profoundly reeks of jingoism.

On the other hand, if the United States "monster" is dismantled from within, it could very well be a blessing in disguise.

This country (because its government is under the control of elite Illuminatis bent of dominating the whole planet) is directly responsible for the premature death of well over 20 million people in the past 3 decades (see the 2 comments to Bill Moyers' video below). Its imperialistic drive with military bases in over 130 countries is definitely NOT a force for good and only Americans - I mean the average self-centered Americans - seem to fail to understand this.

My vision of the future is not that of large oppressive, militarized countries. My vision of the future is that of a world without border, thus without countries but with some sort of democratically elected global governance system, regional administrations working under the authority of the global entity and a galaxy of local decentralized administrations, each of these levels of governance wielding the power relevant to their respective sizes and mandates but all geared to serve the real needs of the people, not of any secret elite or of any transnational corporation. Their prime directive will be to make sure to never do harm to any life form, all Life being sacred, to maintain the long term balance of all ecosystems and to ensure the continuance of a worldwide and galaxy-wide culture of Peace, Love and Harmony for and with All That Is.

I'm waiting for the equivalent of the Fall of the Berlin Wall for all supersized dinosaur-like countries..."

Bill Moyers: The Secret Government - The Constitution in Crisis - This is a must watch Video
http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/299/59/
This documentary gives a fascinating overview of what has actually happened in the last 50 years regarding the CIA and the Cold War (including Iran, Guatamala, Cuba, Vietnam and Chile).  Bill Moyers, the respected TV journalist, analyzes the threats to constitutional government posed by an illegitimate network operating from within the government but using secrecy to set itself up outside of the government / peoples oversight. All this back in 1987. This documentary gives a fascinating overview of what has actually happened in the last 50 years regarding the CIA and the Cold War (including Iran, Guatamala, Cuba, Vietnam and Chile). The foundation for the massive push towards greater secrecy in government going on today. HERE ARE 2 OF THE NUMEROUS COMMENTS POSTED AT http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/299/59/

American empire and the rape of nations. There are several other who have spoken out and are available in the ICH archives or elsewhere. Some of them are John Stockwell (NSA, NSC, CFR, CIA), Phil Agee (NSA, CIA, black ops), Ralph McGeehee (CIA, black ops), Church Commission after Nixon resignation, There is a list of interventions at http://johnmccarthy90066.tripod.com/id392.html , http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/CIA Hits/CIA_GreatestHits.html , http://www.ahealedplanet.net/mcgehee.htm , http://www.namebase.org/foia.html , http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB4/ , http://www.apfn.org/thewinds/arc_features/government/cia6-97.html, or there are several books by former agents of the NSA, CIA, DEA, FBI and others on US economic subversion, regime change and war for money and power such as Stephen Kinser's "Overthrow". The US has been living well from the blood money it has taken from countries that can't protect themselves and big money interests primarily since the inception of the National Security Act which has nothing to do with national security and everything to do with raping nations of their resources and wealth.

I've seen the video before, and it is a great start in researching our real history. Moyers is excellent in this PBS publication. The same year, John Stockwell came out and talked about the 6 million killed by covert operations by the NSA/CIA. Information is available at http://www.totse.com/en/politics/central_intelligence_agency/ciawars.html or here at ICH at http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4068.htm . Documentation of the elite and the attempt (and possible success) of creating a dictatorship has been documented by Smedly Butler which was never followed up by FDR as he knew who was in charge. Woodrow Wilson admitted that he had destroyed the US by giving the country to the ownership of the Central Banking System run out of the Bank of International Settlements which has funded wars since WW I and gain power and wealth no matter what the outcome is.


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Cheney's Handwritten Notes Implicate Bush in Plame Affair
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/013107Z.shtml
Copies of handwritten notes by Vice President Dick Cheney, introduced at trial by defense attorneys for former White House staffer I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, would appear to implicate George W. Bush in the Plame CIA Leak case.

Impeachment by the People
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020107N.shtml
"Courage is in short supply in Washington, DC. The realities of the Iraq War cry out for the overthrow of a government that is criminally responsible for death, mutilation, torture, humiliation, chaos. But all we hear in the nation's capital, which is the source of those catastrophes, is a whimper from the Democratic Party, muttering and nattering about 'unity' and 'bipartisanship,' in a situation that calls for bold action to immediately reverse the present course," writes Howard Zinn.

Iran Clock Is Ticking (31 January 2007) MUST READ!!!!
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2007/013107.html
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020107C.shtml
While congressional Democrats test how far they should go in challenging George W. Bush's war powers, the time may be running out to stop Bush from ordering a major escalation of the Middle East conflict by attacking Iran. Military and intelligence sources continue to tell me that preparations are advancing for a war with Iran starting possibly as early as mid-to-late February. The sources offer some differences of opinion over whether Bush might cite a provocation from Iran or whether Israel will take the lead in launching air strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities. But there is growing alarm among military and intelligence experts that Bush already has decided to attack and simply is waiting for a second aircraft carrier strike force to arrive in the region - and for a propaganda blitz to stir up some pro-war sentiment at home. One well-informed U.S. military source called me in a fury after consulting with Pentagon associates and discovering how far along the war preparations are. He said the plans call for extensive aerial attacks on Iran, including use of powerful bunker-busting ordnance. Another source with a pipeline into Israeli thinking said the Iran war plan has expanded over the past several weeks. Earlier thinking had been that Israeli warplanes would hit Iranian nuclear targets with U.S. forces in reserve in case of Iranian retaliation, but now the strategy anticipates a major U.S. military follow-up to an Israeli attack, the source said. Both sources used the same word "crazy" in describing the plan to expand the war to Iran. The two sources, like others I have interviewed, said that attacking Iran could touch off a regional - and possibly global - conflagration. "It will be like the TV show '24'," the American military source said, citing the likelihood of Islamic retaliation reaching directly into the United States. Though Bush insists that no decision has been made on attacking Iran, he offered similar assurances of his commitment to peace in the months before invading Iraq in 2003. Yet leaked documents from London made clear that he had set a course for war nine months to a year before the Iraq invasion. In other words, Bush's statements that he has no plans to "invade" Iran and that he's still committed to settle differences with Iran over its nuclear program diplomatically should be taken with a grain of salt. There is, of course, the possibility that the war preparations are a game of chicken to pressure Iran to accept outside controls on its nuclear program and to trim back its regional ambitions. But sometimes such high-stakes gambles lead to miscalculations or set in motion dynamics that can't be controlled. "You Will Die" The rapidly deteriorating situation in Iraq is seen as another factor pressing on Bush to act quickly against Iran. Other sources with first-hand knowledge of conditions in Iraq have told me that the U.S. position is even more precarious than generally understood. Westerners can't even move around Baghdad and many other Iraqi cities except in armed convoys. "In some countries, if you want to get out of the car and go to the market, they'll tell you that it might be dangerous," one experienced American cameraman told me. "In Iraq, you will be killed. Not that you might be killed, but you will be killed. The first Iraqi with a gun will shoot you, and if no one has a gun, they'll stone you."  CLIP - Read the rest at http://www.consortiumnews.com/2007/013107.html

America "Poised to Strike at Iran's Nuclear Sites" From Bases in Bulgaria and Romania (28 January 2007)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/012907C.shtml
Reports suggest that "US defensive ring" may be new front in war on terror. President Bush is preparing to attack Iran's nuclear facilities before the end of April and the US Air Force's new bases in Bulgaria and Romania would be used as back-up in the onslaught, according to an official report from Sofia.    "American forces could be using their two USAF bases in Bulgaria and one at Romania's Black Sea coast to launch an attack on Iran in April," the Bulgarian news agency Novinite said. The American build-up along the Black Sea, coupled with the recent positioning of two US aircraft carrier battle groups off the Straits of Hormuz, appears to indicate president Bush has run out of patience with Tehran's nuclear misrepresentation and non-compliance with the UN Security Council's resolution. President Ahmeninejad of Iran has further ratcheted up tension in the region by putting on show his newly purchased state of the art Russian TOR-Ml anti-missile defence system. Whether the Bulgarian news report is a tactical feint or a strategic event is hard to gauge at this stage. But, in conjunction with the beefing up of America's Italian bases and the acquisition of anti-missile defence bases in the Czech Republic and Poland, the Balkan developments seem to indicate a new phase in Bush's global war on terror. Sofia's news of advanced war preparations along the Black Sea is backed up by some chilling details. One is the setting up of new refuelling places for US Stealth bombers, which would spearhead an attack on Iran. "The USAF's positioning of vital refuelling facilities for its B-2 bombers in unusual places, including Bulgaria, falls within the perspective of such an attack." Novinite named colonel Sam Gardiner, "a US secret service officer stationed in Bulgaria", as the source of this revelation. CLIP

Prominent U.S. Physicists Ask Congress Forbid Use of Nuclear Weapons Against Non-Nuclear States (Feb 1)
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-02/uoc--pup020107.php
Twenty two of the nation's most prominent physicists asked Congress today to restrict the authority of President Bush to order nuclear strikes against non-nuclear-weapon states.The physicists include twelve Nobel laureates, the current and three past presidents of the American Physical Society, the nation's preeminent professional society for physicists, and the chair of the Union of Concerned Scientists.The physicists said their letter was prompted by "the rising tensions with Iran and the potential for military confrontation, as well as the public statement by President Bush on April 18, 2006, that a nuclear strike against Iran is an option 'on the table'."It was initiated by Jorge Hirsch, a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego, who last year put together a petition signed by more than 2,000 physicists that repudiated new U.S. nuclear weapons policies that include preemptive use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear adversaries (http://physics.ucsd.edu/petition/)."The very fact that nuclear weapon use is not being ruled out as an option-against a state that does not have nuclear weapons and does not represent a direct or imminent threat to the United States-illustrates the extent to which the Bush administration has changed U.S. nuclear weapons policy," said Kurt Gottfried, chair of the Union of Concerned Scientists. "The use of such a weapon against deeply buried targets would create massive clouds of radioactive fallout that could spread far from the site of the attack, including to other nations."The physicists said in their letter that they "are firmly convinced that Congress should have a say on which course of action would best serve the American people on the use of the terrible weapons our profession helped create.""Under present law, the President has sole authority to order the use of nuclear weapons," said Hirsch. "We could wake up tomorrow to learn that he has ordered preemptive tactical nuclear strikes against Iran's underground facilities. By not legislating on this issue, Congress is implicitly condoning and even abetting such a potential action by the Executive." CLIP

Against pre-emptive holocaust in Iran (February 3, 2007) EXCELLENT VIEWPOINT!
http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/articles/2007/02/01/news/israel/commentary0201.txt
Almost imperceptibly, the debate in Israel over what to do about Iran's nuclear development has gone over the edge. The unthinkable is now not only thinkable, it's speakable, writeable, doable. In the last few weeks or so, it has become acceptable, legitimate, to argue for an Israeli nuclear first strike to knock out Iran's nuclear facilities.This ultimate escalation in the debate happened mainly, I think, because it came to be widely understood that Iran's nuclear operations are probably too well buried, hidden, defended and widespread to take out with conventional weapons. Destroying them the "normal" way might also require a ground invasion which, after what's happened in Iraq, doesn't appeal to many people. Moreover, in another outgrowth of the debacle in Iraq, it now seems unlikely that President Bush, or his successor, will be politically able to go to war against Iran. So, as most Israelis seem convinced that Iran will inevitably nuke Israel once it gets the capability, which is expected to happen sometime within the next decade, the Israeli nuclear option has made its public debut. (...) My own view is that while a nuclear Iran is obviously a danger, and something that should be strongly resisted by diplomatic means, I don't think Iran is going to nuke Israel. I think Iran's leaders understand what the price would be - the certain annihilation of Iran and the deaths of many, most, or all of its 69 million people - and neither Ahmadinejad nor the mullahs are willing to pay it. Stalin and Mao had hydrogen bombs that could have blown up the world, and they were far, far more bloodthirsty than the Iranians. They weren't only ideologically insane but maybe clinically insane as well, yet they never pushed the button. As crazy as they were, they weren't that crazy. The Iranians, for all their genocidal talk, have never by their deeds shown anything remotely approaching the fanatic will to actual genocide that Stalin and Mao demonstrated. The Iranians have weapons of mass destruction - chemical and possibly biological, too. They also have missiles that can reach anywhere in Israel. If they are so bent on wiping us out, why haven't they showered tiny little Israel with WMD-armed missiles? The answer, again, is that while the Iranians are crazy, they're not that crazy. I believe that even if they think they could take out Israel with a first strike before Israel could retaliate, they realize that the U.S. would immediately nuke Iran to rubble, and would have the backing of the world's other nuclear powers.Conversely, by nuking Israel, Iran would become, in the world's eyes, the rabid killer dog that has to be shot before it kills again. The risk of living with a nuclear Iran is much, much, much smaller than the risk involved in nuking Iran first. If Israel uses its nuclear weapons against Iran, which is nearly 80 times Israel's size, the very least that would likely happen is that Israel would immediately be showered by Iranian missiles carrying chemical and possibly biological weapons. What's not just a possibility but a very strong probability, though, is that since some of Iran's nuclear facilities "are in or near major cities," Morris is absolutely right: millions of Iranians would be killed.What would such an act by Israel be? It would be genocide. It would be a holocaust.Those who think they can see into the future might try to call it a "pre-emptive holocaust." But a holocaust it would be.

Build-up of U.S. naval power in the Middle East
http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2007/01/ntbataan070131/
The amphibious assault ship Bataan and its expeditionary strike group passed through the Suez Canal and into the 5th Fleet area of operations Tuesday. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group which left its homeport in Bremerton, Wash., on Jan. 16, will join Bataan in the region as quickly as it can get there.

Bush 'spoiling for a fight' with Iran
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldbriefing/story/0,,2002232,00.html
US officials in Baghdad and Washington are expected to unveil a secret intelligence "dossier" this week detailing evidence of Iran's alleged complicity in attacks on American troops in Iraq. The move, uncomfortably echoing Downing Street's dossier debacle in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, is one more sign that the Bush administration is building a case for war.

Sen. Robert Byrd: Bush Wants War with Iran (Jan 30)
http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2007/1/30/110352.shtml?s=ic
Top Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd is warning that the Bush administration is preparing to go to war with Iran. In a e-mail message sent to activist Democrats, the West Virginia lawmaker - who is now President pro tempore of the Senate and third in line for the presidency after Dick Cheney and Nancy Pelosi - rails against President Bush's plans for a troop surge in Iraq and declares: "Not only does Mr. Bush intend to plunge us deeper into what is now clearly a civil war in Iraq, but he is now increasing his belligerence towards Iran and Syria. In his State of the Union address, Mr. Bush called out Iran no less than seven times. "I fear that what we are seeing now is an administration intent on laying the groundwork for a wider war in the Middle East.

Bush Is About To Attack Iran - Why Can't Americans See it?
http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/132/2/
"Within weeks from now, we will see the informational warfare machine start working. The public opinion is already under pressure. There will be a growing anti-Iranian militaristic hysteria, new information leaks, disinformation, etc. . . . The probability of a US aggression against Iran is extremely high"

Manufacturing consent for war with Iran
http://kurtnimmo.com/?p=739
Arrest Madman Dershowitz - Before It's Too Late: In this video, Alan Dershowitz threatens to unleash World War Four under false pretense.

Justifications for Attacking Iran on Shaky Ground
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020307E.shtml
The Bush administration is stepping up its confrontation with Iran, accusing the Islamic regime in Tehran of supplying arms to Shiite Muslim militias in Iraq for attacks on US forces. But the White House's failure to document its case, its acute credibility deficit, and a new US intelligence finding that outside meddling is "not likely" a major cause of the bloodshed are raising questions about President Bush's intentions.

BEAUTIFUL IRAN: THE IMAGES THEY WON'T SHOW YOU ON AMERICAN TV!
http://www.lucasgray.com/video/peacetrain.html
http://www.canadafreepress.com/2007/judi012807.htm

Iran, Israel, The Big Lie and The Real Threat
http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/206/52/
"Attempting to portray Iran as a nuclear menace to Israel and the world, in that order, even though it has no nuclear weapons and Israel has hundreds, is not merely a sign of dementia. It is indication of near idiocy in a society that can be repeatedly manipulated into believing such totally crackpot notions that have no foundation in the material world but exist only in a world of superstitious psycho-fantasy."

The War on Iran
http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/261/52/
The war has already begun and it has nothing to do with nuclear weapons and threats against Israel and everything to do with who rules America.

U.S. Delays Report on Iranian Role in Iraq
http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/265/52/
The Bush administration has postponed plans to offer public details of its charges of Iranian meddling inside Iraq amid internal divisions over the strength of the evidence, U.S. officials said.

Bush's Trash Talk About Iran
http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/257/52/
The Bush administration's charges against Iran are, for the most part, scare talk and nothing more. Iran has virtually nothing to do with the Iraqi resistance movement, which is commanded and staffed by Sunni Arab military officers and Baathists.


Bush To Request 700 Billion Dollars Plus For Wars, Defence (February 3rd 2007)
http://www.playfuls.com/news_10_12073-Bush-To-Request-700-Billion-Dollars-Plus-For-Wars-Defence.html
US President George Bush plans to ask Congress for more than 700 billion dollars for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for the regular defence budget, the Washington Post reported Saturday. The amount includes 245 billion dollars for fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and 481 billion dollars to cover a 10 per cent increase in regular Pentagon spending for 2008. Bush has been criticized for funding the wars through special requests to Congress in an effort to keep the appearance of the budget smaller. But the war funding is being included in the new budget request, senior administration officials were quoted as saying. If approved by the new Democratic Congress, the war spending would bring to 745 billion dollars the amount of money the US has spent on the two wars since the terrorist attacks of September 2001, the Post said.  CLIP

Bush Seeks $250 Billion to Continue Fighting Iraq War
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020307Z.shtml
Keeping troops in Iraq for another year and a half will cost nearly a quarter-trillion dollars - about $800 for every man, woman and child in the US - under the budget President Bush will submit to Congress Monday.

US must abandon Iraqi cities or face nightmare scenario, say experts (30 January 2007)
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2198418.ece
The US must draw up plans to deal with an all-out Iraqi civil war that would kill hundreds of thousands, create millions of refugees, and could spill over into a regional catastrophe, disrupting oil supplies and setting up a direct confrontation between Washington and Iran. This is the central recommendation of a study by the Brookings Institution here, based on the assumption that President Bush's last-ditch troop increase fails to stabilise the country - but also on the reality that Washington cannot simply walk away from the growing disaster unleashed by the 2003 invasion.Even the US staying to try to contain the fighting, said Kenneth Pollack, one of the report's authors, "would consign Iraqis to a terrible fate. Even if it works, we will have failed to provide the Iraqis with the better future we promised." But it was the "least bad option" open to the US to protect its national interests in the event of full-scale civil war. US troops, says the study, should withdraw from Iraqi cities. This was "the only rational course of action, horrific though it will be", as America refocused its efforts from preventing civil war to containing its effects. The unremittingly bleak document, drawing on the experience of civil wars in Lebanon, the former Yugoslavia, Congo and Afghanistan, also offers a remarkably stark assessment of Iraq's "spill-over" potential across the Persian Gulf region. It warns of radicalisation and possible secession movements in adjacent countries, an upsurge in terrorism, and of intervention by Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Ending an all-out civil war, the report says, would require a force of 450,000 - three times the present US deployment even after the 21,500 "surge" ordered by President Bush this month.Everywhere looms the shadow of Iran. In a "war game" testing US options, the Saban Centre for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution found that, as the descent into civil war gathered pace, confrontation between the US and Iran intensified, and Washington's leverage on Tehran diminished. Civil war in Iraq would turn Iran into "the unambiguous adversary" of the US.Indeed, everything indicates that that is already happening. The study appeared on the same day as the Iranian ambassador in Iraq told The New York Times that Tehran intended to expand its influence in Iraq. US commanders now claim that thousands of Iranian advisers are arming and training Shia militias. Nonetheless, the Brookings report urges the creation of a regional group to help contain a civil war. That would see exactly the contacts with Iran and Syria that the Bush administration steadfastly refuses. An alternative in the report would be "red lines" which, if crossed by Tehran, could lead to a military attack by the US on Iran.

Congress can halt Iraq war, experts tell lawmakers
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N30355085.htm
WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress has the power to end the war in Iraq, a former Bush administration attorney and other high-powered legal experts told a Senate hearing on Tuesday.Facing mounting opposition over his Iraq troop increase plan, President George W. Bush insisted it would be "too extreme" if lawmakers pass a resolution condemning his Iraq policy.Four out of five experts called before the Senate Judiciary Committee said Congress could go even further and restrict or stop U.S. involvement in Iraq if it chose."I think the constitutional scheme does give Congress broad authority to terminate a war," said Bradford Berenson, a Washington lawyer who was a White House associate counsel under Bush from 2001 to 2003."It is ultimately Congress that decides the size, scope and duration of the use of military force," said Walter Dellinger, former acting solicitor general, the government's chief advocate before the Supreme Court, in 1996-97.The hearing was frequently punctuated by outbursts from more than a dozen anti-war protesters, who were asked several times to be quiet but not thrown out.A subcommittee chairman who ran the hearing, Sen. Russ Feingold, said he would introduce a bill prohibiting the use of funds for the war six months after enactment."Today we've heard convincing testimony and analysis that Congress has the power to stop the war if it wants to," said Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat.The Senate is poised to take up a resolution opposing Bush's recent decision to add 21,500 troops in Iraq. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said this debate would take place next week.

Iraq Surge Could Total 50,000
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020207J.shtml
A new Congressional report says the increase of 21,500 combat troops for Iraq proposed by the Bush administration could result in up to 50,000 troops actually being deployed to the region.

Iraq War Protesters Step Up Pressure to Bring US Troops Home
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020107S.shtml
US anti-Iraq War activists, after a massive demonstration Saturday in Washington, are mobilizing this week to pressure lawmakers to stop the deployment of additional troops to Iraq.

US 'victory' against cult leader was 'massacre' (31 January 2007)
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2201103.ece
There are growing suspicions in Iraq that the official story of the battle outside Najaf between a messianic Iraqi cult and the Iraqi security forces supported by the US, in which 263 people were killed and 210 wounded, is a fabrication. The heavy casualties may be evidence of an unpremeditated massacre. (...) This account cannot be substantiated and is drawn from the Healing Iraq website and the authoritative Baghdad daily Azzaman. But it would explain the disparity between the government casualties - less than 25 by one account - and the great number of their opponents killed and wounded. The Iraqi authorities have sealed the site and are not letting reporters talk to the wounded. Sectarian killings across Iraq also marred the celebration of the Shia ritual of Ashura. A suicide bomber killed 23 worshippers and wounded 57 others in a Shia mosque in Balad Ruz. Not far away in Khanaqin, in Diyala, a bomb killed 13 people, including three women, and wounded 29 others. In east Baghdad mortar bombs killed 17 people.

Official Lies Over Najaf Battle Exposed
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020107R.shtml
Iraqi government lies over the killing of hundreds of Shias in an attack on Sunday stand exposed by independent investigations carried out by IPS in Iraq.

French report: Former U.N. envoy Bolton says U.S. has 'no strategic interest' in united Iraq (January 29, 2007)
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/01/29/europe/EU-GEN-France-US-Iraq.php
PARIS: Former U.S. envoy to the United Nations John Bolton said in an interview published in France that the United States has "no strategic interest" in a united Iraq.Bolton, who resigned last month from his temporary appointment as U.N. ambassador, also told the French daily Le Monde that U.S. President George W. Bush's administration acted too slowly to hand power over to Iraqis after toppling Saddam Hussein in 2003. (...)  "The United States has no strategic interest in the fact that there's one Iraq, or three Iraqs," he was quoted as saying. "We have a strategic interest in the fact of ensuring that what emerges is not a state in complete collapse, which could become a refuge for terrorists or a terrorist state."Today in Europe Paris fights the 'banalization' of the Champs-Élysées A 'wooden version' of Stonehenge has been discovered Expended surveillance program stirs controversy in SwedenThe comments marked the second time in less than a week that Bolton had criticized the Bush administration's policy. On Fox News last week, he said the United States may not be able to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons because it was following a flawed diplomatic strategy.

While you were sleeping Bush took over the Government (2007-01-26)
http://pressesc.com/01169810826_bush_takes_over_government
United States President stealthily took over the Federal Government last week through a new executive order last week that takes away all autonomy from Agencies, according to public interest organizations.The order amends a series of previous executive orders that culminated in Executive Order No. 12,866, which the White House has used to give itself the power to review regulations before they can be officially published in the Federal Register. The new order applies the review power not just to regulations but also to what it calls "significant guidance documents." "This order is just the latest in a series of unacceptable power grabs by the Bush administration," said Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen. "President Bush is asserting the right to change the law by executive fiat."The group identified three major problems with the new executive order: CLIP

An Iron Curtain is Descending: And Most Americans Don't Know
http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/202/52/
"Why are you travelling so often to Canada?" the tough U.S. border guard barked. I was on Amtrak, going from New York to Montreal, as I'd done dozen of times before over several decades. This was my first experience (summer 2006) of the increasingly standard and intrusive "U.S. Exit Interviews" on trains crossing the border.

Gaza gun-battles rage (Feb 4, 2007)
http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/411749/977906
Gunbattles raged in Gaza on Sunday as senior officials from the rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas met to try to curb an intensifying power struggle which has killed 23 people in three days.The internecine conflict has brought the coastal strip to a near-standstill and increased pressure on the "quartet" of peace brokers -- the United States, UN, EU and Russia -- to make a fresh effort to revive Middle East peace talks. (...) More than 80 Palestinians have been killed in infighting since talks to form a Palestinian unity government broke down in December and Abbas called for early elections, a step the governing Islamist Hamas movement condemned as a coup.Neither side has implemented Saturday's agreement to pull gunmen off the streets and dismantle checkpoints across the narrow coastal strip, home to 1.5 million Palestinians. An earlier ceasefire broke down on Friday.Senior Hamas and Fatah officials met at a heavily guarded compound in Gaza to try to revive the truce. Outside, more than 60 Palestinian protesters called for an end to the fighting. (...) The United States has pledged US$86 million to bolster thousands of Abbas's security forces. Documents obtained by Reuters show the assistance programme could cover at least 13,500 troops loyal to Abbas.Hamas accuses Washington of fuelling the fighting to bring down the government.At least 23 Palestinians have been killed and more than 200 wounded since Hamas fighters ambushed a convoy they said was carrying military equipment to Abbas's forces on Friday. CLIP

The American proxy war in Gaza (3 February 2007)
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/printer6494.shtml
In recent days the unremitting, murderous brutality of the Israeli occupation has been eclipsed by the carnage in Gaza as dozens of Palestinians have been killed in what is commonly referred to as "interfactional fighting" between forces loyal to Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah faction on the one hand, and the Hamas-led government on the other. The airwaves have been filled with anguished calls from every sector of Palestinian society -- political parties, nongovermental organizations, and Christian and Muslim religious leaders -- for the fighting to cease and for a return to dialogue. Perhaps for fear of exacerbating the already bitter situation, few of these voices have directly confronted the engine of this violence. In the fevered minds of Bush administration ideologues, Palestine has become another front in what they conceive of as a new Cold War against "Islamofascism." They see Iran as the central target and proxy battles are being waged against a phantom enemy from Afghanistan and Pakistan, through Iraq into Palestine, Lebanon, Somalia and ever onwards wherever Arabs and Muslims are to be found. In every case, local conflicts with specific histories are being escalated and marshalled into this grand narrative. Mahmoud Abbas and Gaza warlord Muhammad Dahlan have become the willing proxies for the Palestine franchise of this wider project, as their tactics and loyalists' statements reveal.

Scientists allege White House pressure (Jan 30)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070130/pl_nm/bush_warming_dc_3
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. scientists felt pressured to tailor their writings on global warming to fit the Bush administration's skepticism, in some cases at the behest of an ex-oil industry lobbyist, a congressional committee heard on Tuesday. "Our investigations found high-quality science struggling to get out," Francesca Grifo of the watchdog group Union of Concerned Scientists told members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.A survey by the group found that 150 climate scientists personally experienced political interference in the past five years, for a total of at least 435 incidents. "Nearly half of all respondents perceived or personally experienced pressure to eliminate the words 'climate change,' 'global warming' or other similar terms from a variety of communications," Grifo said.Rick Piltz, a former U.S. government scientist who said he resigned in 2005 after pressure to soft-pedal findings on global warming, told the committee in prepared testimony that former White House official Phil Cooney took an active role in casting doubt on the consequences of global climate change.Cooney, who was a lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute before becoming chief of staff at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, resigned in 2005 to work for oil giant ExxonMobil. Documents on global climate change required Cooney's review and approval, Piltz said."His edits of program reports, which had been drafted and approved by career science program managers, had the cumulative effect of adding an enhanced sense of scientific uncertainty about global warming and minimizing its likely consequences," Piltz said. CLIP

Bush's approval sags to record low in new poll (January 29, 20)
http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS/blogs/politicalticker/2007/01/bushs-approval-sags-to-record-low-in.html
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush's approval rating stands at 30 percent in the latest Newsweek poll, the lowest approval rating recorded for the president in that poll's history. In the first poll conducted for Newsweek since the State of the Union last Tuesday, 58 percent of respondents said "they wish the Bush presidency was simply over." Nearly 86 percent of Democrats shared that sentiment, compared to 59 percent of Independents, and 21 percent of Republicans. The poll also indicates Bush's sagging approval rating may seriously impact the race for his replacement. Nearly half -- 49 percent -- of all registered voters would rather see a Democrat elected president in 2008 while just 28 percent want a Republican. The poll, conducted between January 24 and 25, has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

$10.5M apology (Jan 27)
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Canada/2007/01/27/3459635-sun.html
Feds say they're sorry to torture victim with eight-figure payoff OTTAWA -- In what was called a "triumph of innocence," torture victim Maher Arar received a long-awaited apology and $10.5-million legal settlement from the government of Canada yesterday.Arar's young family and soaring career as a computer software engineer were ripped apart in 2002 when he was wrongly tagged a terrorist and shipped to prison in Syria. He hasn't yet considered what he will do with the millions in compensation, but said it will help him rebuild his life, reputation and family. "I really wish I could buy with this money my life back. If there was a way I could buy my life back, that's my biggest wish," he said.Arar said the apology and financial award delivered by Prime Minister Stephen Harper formally establishes his innocence, but he criticized the U.S. and Canadian officials who left a cloud of lingering suspicion over his head. He paid tribute to supportive Canadians who stood by him through his long struggle for justice."I am very proud to be a Canadian and very proud of what we have been able to achieve together - all of us," he said.Calling it a "historic settlement for an exceptional case," Arar's lawyer Julian Falconer warned the multi-million-dollar award should not be seen as a windfall.No rational person would choose to be tortured and held captive in a tiny cell not knowing whether he would live or die, he said. CLIP

Guantanamo conditions 'like a Nazi camp'
http://tinyurl.com/26fncm
David Hicks' US lawyer has described conditions at Guantanamo Bay, where he has been held for five years, as "like a Nazi concentration camp".

New Rulers of the World - A documentary film by John Pilger
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14517.htm
'Global economy' is a modern Orwellian term. On the surface, it is instant financial trading, mobile phones, McDonald's, Starbucks, holidays booked on the net. Beneath this gloss, it is the globalisation of poverty, a world where most human beings never make a phone call and live on less than two dollars a day, where 6,000 children die every day from diarrhea because most have no access to clean water.

THE 14 POINTS OF FASCISM ... IS THIS WHAT THE NEW AMERIKA HAS BECOME UNDER BUSH's NUTTY NEOCONS?!
http://www.oldamericancentury.org/14pts.htm

THE IRAQ WAR: LOOK AT WHO's ENJOYING ALL OF THE $$$ PROFITS and BENEFITS FROM THIS QUAGMIRE!
http://www.oldamericancentury.org/images3/warprofiteers.jpg

ONLINE BOOK REVIEW OF "GIDEON's SPIES: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE MOSSAD"
By Gordon Thomas, St Martin's Griffin - Reviewed by: Canada Free Press founding editor Judi McLeod
http://www.canadafreepress.com/2007/judi012807.htm

EU lawmakers urge global death penalty ban (1 Feb 2007) http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L01923174.htm
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Parliament backed moves on Thursday for a U.N. moratorium on the death penalty across the world and condemned December's execution of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.Lawmakers voted 591 to 45 to urge the European Union to press for a worldwide moratorium on executions "immediately and unconditionally through a relevant resolution of the current United Nations General Assembly".

DAVOS-Bono wants cheques cashed for Africa (27 Jan 2007) http://today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=L26877873
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Governments in rich countries that promised to help Africa fight poverty and disease should come good on their offers of cash, rock star and activist Bono said.Bono is a regular on the world business and aid circuit, campaigning for richer countries to forgive African nations' debt and help fund their future.Meeting political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, he said late on Friday it was time for rich countries to come good on promises they made to cancel the debt."There were some serious promises made. The cheques were signed but as you know, politicians like signing cheques but they don't like cashing them," Bono told reporters in Davos.At a meeting in 2005, the G8 group of industrialised nations agreed to cancel the debts of 18 low-income countries and pledged to double African aid to about $47 billion by 2010."Two years on, it's time to take the temperature," Bono said. "If those promises are not kept ... it will make a generation of cynics. I don't believe that's going to happen, I am optimistic we're going to get through this."Bono said debt cancellation programmes had already opened the way for 20 million African children to go to school but there was still "lots, lots, lots to do".He pointed to the situation in Liberia, where President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is working to attract aid and get relief for the country's $3.7 billion debt, racked up during years of conflict fuelled by money from the sale of diamonds."She is trying quell civil unrest and she's got this ridiculous debt hanging over her head because of two corrupt leaders before and that is just not right," Bono said.Liberia's ratio debt to gross domestic product is among the highest in the world, equivalent to 30 times the country's annual exports and eight times GDP -- a crippling level for what was once one of West Africa's more prosperous countries.

Gore Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020107A.shtml
Former vice president Al Gore has been nominated for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his wide-reaching efforts to draw the world's attention to the dangers of global warming, a Norwegian lawmaker said Thursday. "A prerequisite for winning the Nobel Peace Prize is making a difference, and Al Gore has made a difference," Conservative member of Parliament Boerge Brende, a former minister of environment and then of trade, told the Associated Press.

Canada Worried by Plunging Caribou Population
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/013107EC.shtml
The caribou population in Canada's vast Northwest Territories is falling rapidly, and the increasingly warm climate could slow the animals' chances of recovery, a wildlife specialist said Friday. Herds of barren-ground caribou have dropped by between 40 and 86 percent over the last 10 years. The largest single herd fell from 472,000 animals in 1986 to 128,000 in 2006 and is still declining.

Bush declares disaster in storm-ravaged Florida counties (February 3, 2007)
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/02/03/florida.storm/ADY
LAKE, Florida (CNN) -- President Bush declared four Florida counties a disaster area on Saturday as Gov. Charlie Crist toured the gash of devastation left by thunderstorms that killed 20 people. (...) A preliminary weather service report states that "five long-tracked supercell thunderstorms" struck east-central Florida before sunrise Friday, but one 70-mile-long storm packing at least one tornado caused the majority of the damage."The time of day was the most lethal aspect of the tornadoes," the weather service said in a written statement.Although tornado warnings were issued that would have given residents nine to 16 minutes to seek shelter, most people were asleep. The region lacks tornado sirens."We have complete devastation of homes, businesses, religious institutions. It was unlike perhaps even the hurricanes of 2004," said Christopher Patton of the Lake County Emergency Operations Center. CLIP

White House Refuses to Take Action Against Global Warming
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020307Y.shtml
Despite a strongly worded global warming report from the world's top climate scientists, the Bush administration expressed continued opposition Friday to mandatory reductions in heat-trapping "greenhouse" gases.

Bush Backers Offer Payoffs to Undercut Global Warming By Chris Floyd (3 February 2007)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020307C.shtml
The new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)has just been released, and it looks like bad news for the home team,i.e., the entire human race. Things are going to get hotter,coastlines are going to go under, deserts are going to get wider, and millions if not billions of people are going to be on the move. In need, in conflict, in increasingly desperate straits - and it's all our own fault. What's more, the effects set in motion by our epic debauch with fossil fuels are going to keep on keeping on - although the worst outcomes can still be avoided, if the leaders of the world can bestir themselves to take action to slow the poisoning of theplanet.This is the consensus of more than 2,500 leading scientists from more than 30 countries - including the United States. But not to worry: That nattering nest of neo-cons, the American Enterprise Institute -which also functions as an employment agency for the Bush White House,sending innumerable nabobs into the higher reaches and greasy guts of the administration - has come up with a perfect solution to this threat to the life of the world: bribing scientists to say it ain't so. As the Guardian reports, the good folks at AEI - whose members were instrumental in bringing us the "splendid little war" in Iraq and are now agitating for an even more glorious bloodletting in Iran - are offering scientists and economists $10,000 each (plus extras) to teardown the IPCC report and snowjob the hoi polloi into believing that the crack pipe of the Carbon Era will never be empty. (...) Then again, maybe it's just the cold, hard cash from the black gold boys that trips their triggers. For behind almost every "scholarly"and "scientific" objection to global warming, you will find an ooze of oil bigger than the Exxon Valdez slick, which, as the Guardian also reported this week, is still fouling the waters of Alaska. (A new US government study "found more than 26,600 gallons of oil remaining at Prince William Sound. Researchers say it is declining at a rate of only 4% a year and even slower in the Gulf of Alaska" - 18 years after the tanker ran aground, the paper notes.) No industry will be more affected by efforts to contain and reduce the use of fossil fuels than the corporate oil empires, whose might and worth surpasses that of many, if not most, nations. Just last week, Exxon Mobil - the munificent benefactors of AEI - recorded the largest annual corporate profit in history: $39.5 billion. Surely the protection of such a nest egg is worth a little bending of reality by a few bribed nabobs in labcoats.But the sucker punch doesn't stop there. Last week, Bush took another great leap forward in his relentless construction of a presidential dictatorship by signing an executive order that will place a political commissar in every government agency to ensure that the party line is obeyed. Thus, no matter what noble-sounding rhetorical positions the administration adopts publicly on global warming, the devil will be in the details as the Bush commissars twist, thwart, block and gut any fact-based findings and regulations that might be displeasing to the White House and its radical base. The IPCC report on global warming is, ironically, most chilling. Thanks to the many years of obstruction by the well-funded apologists for corporate power, it is now too late to arrest the process. The effects,not only on weather patterns and sea levels but also on the food chain that sustains life on the planet, will be - are already - dire and profound. The only thing we can do now is to take urgent action to begin to mitigate the worst effects, to prepare for and soften the unavoidable economic, political and social upheaval that is coming.CLIP

Climate Changes; Hypocrisy Continues
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020107H.shtml
While climate change dominates the news, Jean-Marcel Bouguereau suggests that it's not just business leaders at Davos, but also French citizens who are not yet prepared to do anything concrete about it. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, although "Conservative" Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has begun to make green noises, a recently publicized letter he wrote in 2002 describing Kyoto as a "Socialist plot" undermines his environmental credibility.

The science of climate change: Heating up (Feb 2nd 2007)
http://www.economist.com/world/international/displaystory.cfm?story_id=8649748
A gloomy UN-backed report is published - THE fourth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published in Paris on Friday February 2nd, is important, unsurprising and will probably be uncontroversial. It is important because the IPCC is the body set up under the auspices of the United Nations so that governments should have an agreed view of the science on which to base policy. It is unsurprising because, while some of the figures differ from those in the third assessment report published in 2001, the changes are minimal and its broad conclusion, that something serious is happening and man is in part responsible, remains the same (though the authors now say that man is "very likely" responsible, rather than just "likely"). It will probably be uncontroversial because the few remaining climate-change sceptics prepared to speak out against the consensus argue not so much about the climate science as about its consequences. Those arguments will take place mostly around the IPCC's two follow-up reports, to be published later this year, on the impact of climate change and on what to do about it.Part of the report's job is to consider studies of the speed of change so far. Warming seems to be accelerating somewhat. Eleven out of the dozen years from 1995-2006 were among the 12 hottest years since 1850, when temperatures were first widely recorded. So the estimate for the average increase in global temperature for the past century, which the third assessment report put at 0.6C, has now risen to 0.74C.The sea level, which rose on average by 1.8mm a year in 1961-2003, went up by an average of 3.1mm a year between 1993-2003. The numbers are still small, but the shape of the curve is worrying. And because the deadline for scientific papers to be included in the IPCC's report was some time ago, its deliberations have excluded some alarming recent studies on the acceleration of glacier melt in Greenland.Some trends now seem clear. North and South America and northern Europe are getting wetter; the Mediterranean and southern Africa drier. Westerly winds have strengthened since the 1960s. Droughts have got more intense and longer since the 1970s. Heavy rainfall, and thus flooding, has increased. Arctic summertime sea ice is decreasing by just over 7% a decade. CLIP Get the report through http://www.ipcc.ch/ -- MUCH MORE ON THIS THROUGH http://tinyurl.com/ytvfoc and check a simplified summary on this at http://www.grist.org/news/maindish/2007/02/02/ipccI/

10 years to save the planet (January 30, 2007)
http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007050028,00.html
A NEW worldwide movement backed by celebrities, musicians, politicians and business leaders is aiming to reverse the effects of global warming over the next decade.Global Cool launched in London and LA today and is calling on one billion people to reduce their carbon emissions by just one tonne a year, for the next 10 years. Boffins have found the climatic tipping point - when the climate becomes irreversibly damaged - can be turned back if global CO2 emissions are reduced by one billion tonnes a year.Campaigners then hope cleaner, renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, water and hydrogen would have been developed.Big names including Leonardo Di Caprio, Orlando Bloom, KT Tunstall, Pink, The Killers, Razorlight and Josh Hartnett have thrown their weight behind the worldwide effort to beat climate change. A website has been set up, http://www.global-cool.com, with advice on how to go green by reducing energy consumption through doing simple things such as sharing a shower with a mate. Big business have donated £120m to support the campaign while MySpace will push the message out to its millions of subscribers. (...) Dan Morrell, Founder of Global Cool said: "Over the next 10 years Global Cool will give everyone the tools and knowledge to actively decrease their own CO2 emissions and show them how to encourage others to do the same."Together we can actively create a global movement committed to pushing back the climatic tipping point, delivering a sustained long term, benign future without the worst effects of climate change."Tomorrow Global Cool founders will meet the Prime Minister at Downing Street and 50 of the world's top business leaders to push their cause.

Mobile phone use 'linked to tumour (26/01/2007)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/01/25/nmobile25.xml
Long-term users of mobile phones are significantly more likely to develop a certain type of brain tumour on the side of the head where they hold their handsets, according to new research. The results seem to suggest health risks in people who have regularly used mobiles for over 10 yearsA large-scale study found that those who had regularly used mobiles for longer than 10 years were almost 40 per cent more likely to develop nervous system tumours called gliomas near to where they hold their phones.The new research, to be published later this year in the International Journal of Cancer, is the second study to suggest increased risks of specific types of brain tumours in regions close to where mobile phone emissions enter the head. CLIP

Could these be the cigarettes of the 21st century? . . . 'Absolutely' (January 20, 2007)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2556550,00.html
It's right to have worries, says expert - 'Don't buy phones for primary pupils' (..) The number of mobiles in Britain has doubled to 50 million since 2000, and the number of children aged between 5 and 9 using mobiles has increased fivefold. If, as Professor Challis fears, mobile phone risks could be slow to show up, then what about today's children? CLIP

Time to Remember: Cell Phone Companies Patent Cancer Shields h
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3232825/
The world's largest mobile telephone manufacturers have been patenting devices to reduce the risk of brain tumors among users while rejecting claims of any health hazards. Engineers for the "Big Three" - Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola - have all invented new components to shield users from radiation emissions from the handsets. One application that Nokia has lodged with the United States Patent Office in Washington, and which has been seen by The Times, notes that "it has been suggested that" continuous exposure to radio frequency irradiation could lead "to a development of malignant tumor". The patents show that the manufacturers have been working on radiation-reducing components for at least eight years. The companies maintain that there is no contradiction between their public stance and the existence of the patents.  (...) However, the discovery that manufacturers have apparently "hedged their bets" by applying for patents on irradiation-reducing components has alarmed consumers' groups and some scientists. The patents are now to be used in evidence in a series of US lawsuits launched this year against businesses including the British market leader Vodafone. Some 25 US patents were unearthed by Carl Hilliard, of the Wireless Consumer Alliance, last month. Alasdair Philips, of the British consumer watchdog Powerwatch, said: "This is confirmation that the phone companies take the possibility of health problems far more seriously than they say in public."  The patents also alarmed Dr Alan Preece, a medical physicist at Bristol University, who demonstrated in a government-funded study two years ago that mobile-phone radiation affected brain activity in ways unconnected with its heating properties.  He said: "I think they are hedging their bets by doing this so that if the evidence does emerge, they have products up their sleeves." Christopher Newman, a 42-year-old neurologist, is bringing a £500 million lawsuit against companies including Motorola and Verizon Communications at the US federal court in Baltimore, claiming they are responsible for his malignant brain tumour. CLIP

Omega-News Collection 27. January 2007
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3242812/

Omega-News Collection 3. February 2007
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3274573/



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NOTE from Jean. I received the following email from an ERN subscriber who prefers to remains anonymous:

Spiritual assistance requested...

"A good and spiritual friend agrees that I have been under unrelenting spiritual attack for some time now. I ask for your prayers, as you are the most pure soul I know, and as I am working hard to change the ways I have allowed these things to happen. The despair has been instrumental, as despair shuts out the Light. And also, every true medicine man and woman I have crossed paths with in my life has told me I am gifted and with shamanic abilities. The dark side wants to keep such souls incapacitated in particular. I am calling this time in my life "Better Late than Never," as I am finding my path again, and knowing that all I have seen and endured of the darkness in the world these past 20 years can and will be used for the good and the Light now. I most sincerely ask for your prayers, even if only one time."

AND MY REPLY WAS:

Dear xxxxx

Thanks for sharing a bit more with me about your current experiences. I'm happy to hold you in my thoughts as a pure, vibrant and self-assured soul who is able to master the many challenges you-as a divine soul-have selected for this lifetime. I envision your success in mastering with great honor and fortitude what is undoubtedly the necessary ferment for your progress on your uniquely precious spiritual path towards ever greater awakening to the majestic Being of Love you are.

In addition to holding this vision which I encourage you to likewise hold for yourself, I'd like to suggest that you relentlessly cultivate in you a complete self-identification with your true nature as an immortal soul. The challenge for each soul, especially at this critical juncture in our global planetary ascension process, is often amplified by the need to catalyze and foster a clearing of many more required learning experiences-as part of the divinely guided life choices we each make before incarnation to clear residual karmic blockages-than what was usually the case in previous more slow-paced lifetimes.

It is impossible for me to outline in great details the inner working of the various self-empowerment steps you need to take, as you are precisely doing by opening yourself for assistance and through continuously rededicating yourself to ever greater spiritual awakening, and I trust your still small voice within will provide you with these necessary incremental steps towards ever greater spiritual freedom and ever more serene imperturbability.

But the gist of what I sense you need to tackle is to assiduously nurture your connection to your soul guidance and resilient innate sense of Oneness with the Universal One while teaching your mind an attitude of detachment and surrender, in the sense of trusting that your true nature, as an unassailable sovereign soul, cannot be ever touched or threatened by anything whatsoever, with regard to what you describe as the "unrelenting spiritual attack" you experience. The incorrect attitude of holding even the slightest doubt, even at a subconscious level, that any external "force" can be exerted to threaten you in any way is in itself the Trojan Horse that enables such a "force" to access your mind and take advantage of this weakness to exploit you towards fulfilling its own needs. You have to understand that the more you think you need to resist to such a "force", the more you become vulnerable to its influence. We do not need protection against anything because nothing can attain our inviolable divine soul-which, again, is our true nature. If you think that you need to protect yourself, to defend yourself or to surround yourself with any kind of shield, it implicitly means you believe you are vulnerable to being attacked.

When faced in the past with vigorous attempts at disturbing me, my reaction has always been, once I understood correctly what I just explained above, to open my heart wide and invite those seeking my attention into the the radiant brilliance of Love emanating from my soul. Enfolding and embracing these "forces" with the unconditional Love that arises when we are fully into our radiant soul Self - as opposed to trying to repulse them - is how you become unassailable because you are then out of reach, vibrationally wise, in an other frequency range that less evolved energy-forms or thought-forms cannot reach. But the point is NOT to "run away" out of vibrational range from them; the point is to sincerely invite them to follow you in the Light. This is NOT a defensive action but a proactive action based on true, unconditional Love and compassion for All That Is, including these lower forms of sentient existence.

I do not pretend to mean that achieving this inner attitude comes easily when you have a lifetime of well established fear-based patterns to transcend and eliminate or when you have so often let despair overcome you that falling back into despair is as easy as sliding down a slippery slope of our own making. Trying to fight against such acquired inner tendencies often amounts to giving them even more impetus by the very fact of paying so much attention to them. What you resist persists.

The golden path to me is summarized by the word "nurture". Like any true natural healing process, you nurture yourself back to balance, harmony and serenity through emphasizing-relentlessly-what needs to grow in you. Meditate to connect with your soul presence and let its radiance enfold and heal-deeply heal-you. Give your attention only to what fosters the best in you, which is absolutely, infinitely wonderful and powerfully present the very moment you let it all BE. Surround yourself with images of beauty, seek beauty and harmony in all your relations and shy away from all that is not of the higher nature you seek to nurture. And if challenging information comes your way, as what is so often featured in my compilations, know that this is being presented to you for the purpose of being healing in Ho'oponopono fashion, by taking responsibility to heal in you that part of humanity that creates such disturbance in the infinite Harmony That is.

I hope, I know these thoughts will help you create within yourself a breakthrough towards the Light and I also know that in so doing you will participate-as you rightfully acknowledge in your email-in the global healing process humanity is going through right now as we prepare for an unprecedented new global era of Love, Peace and Harmony, as we are called upon to IMAGINE in the current Meditation Focus, another VERY powerful tool in its own right for anchoring in the NOW what is gradually transpiring throughout the entire world and in every heart.

With Love and light flowing from my heart to your heart... and back in a "virtuous" circle of Mutually Assured Enlightenment

Jean

AND THE REPLY I RECEIVED WAS:

Dear Jean,
Merci, for your long and caring reply. Very spiritually encouraging and supportive to me because the suggestions/wisdom you shared is just what I have been receiving in meditation. And please include my anonymous letter and your reply as you suggested in your next compilation. There may be other subscribers that this will help.

I'd like to respond to individual bits of what you wrote. I hope you don't mind. I am now living in a home with two mentally ill people, and can connect with spiritually healthy people only through the Internet at this time.

"(...) part of the divinely guided life choices we each make before incarnation to clear residual karmic blockages-than what was usually the case in previous more slow-paced lifetimes"

--This confirms a powerful dream I had in my late 20s, when I was completely devoted to my spiritual path, of a life in Atlantis when I misused my spiritual power, and had affected many other souls in a negative way by so doing. At the end of the dream I saw a Man on a cross far across a great expanse of water, and knew it would take many lifetimes to reclaim my own soul. And I also knew that this present lifetime was the final one in so doing. But sometimes it has seemed that, before incarnating this lifetime, I was a bit too optimistic about what I could handle!

"(...) resilient innate sense of Oneness with the Universal One while teaching your mind an attitude of detachment and surrender"

-- The breakthrough experience I had in early December was one of surrender. And recently in meditation I was given clear guidance to cultivate detachment from the swirling negative energies around me here. I have encountered disembodied negative spiritual energies throughout my life, and have always been able to find my way to the Light and wish no harm to those energies. However, it is much more difficult for me, for some reason, to remain unaffected by these energies (or entities, as Edgar Cayce called them) when they are being directed at me close range from other humans. Which is the situation I have found myself in over and over again in the last year in particular. It is the empathy I have, which seems to be a resonating with whatever emotions are around me. Emotions, not Spirit.

"The incorrect attitude of holding even the slightest doubt, even at a subconscious level, that any external "force" can be exerted to threaten you in any way is in itself the Trojan Horse that enables such a "force" to access your mind and take advantage of this weakness to exploit you towards fulfilling its own needs. You have to understand that the more you think you need to resist to such a "force", the more you become vulnerable to its influence. We do not need protection against anything because nothing can attain our inviolable divine soul-which again is our true nature. If you think that you need to protect yourself, to defend yourself or to surround yourself with any kind of shield, it implicitly means you believe you are vulnerable to being attacked."

--THIS, dear Jean, is the most powerful and helpful statement in all you've written to me. In the past I knew, and lived in, this state of consciousness/being. And underlying all in me is complete assurance, knowing, that I am on my way back to that state of consciousness again. Or attuning to that state of consciousness, as that is the only True Reality. It is not easy in this present situation, however. One night when the energies here were particularly intense, I went within, praying for help, and--it's been such a LONG time--went into a place of the Light again, in which I briefly saw/was in the Light--so BEAUTIFUL! and ALIVE!, and knew myself to be completely free of influence from any Energy but that of the Light.

It is very helpful to have you remind me that that Light is Reality, and that my true nature--everyone's true nature!--is of that Light.
Thank you again, dear Jean.



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From: "Suzanne Ward" <suzy@matthewbooks.com>
Subject: Message from Matthew
Date:  3 Feb 2007
[Note from Suzy: To expand the reach of information that really needs to be "out there," I am participating in two forums. Celestial Blue Star, David and I are panelists on a monthly teleconference-our next is February 15. Access information, time, guests, and previous teleconferences are listed on http://www.awakenedhearts.com -- CDs of the teleconferences are available. And, last month was my first hosting of an on-line hour radio show. If you would like to catch the second, February 21, please go to http://www.bbsradio.com/ and click on BBS RADIO Daily. To get to my page on that site, scroll to "Matthew and Friends" in the menu on the right, and to listen to the last show, go to Archives in the left menu. I can tell you (modestly) that both of these forums are lively and enlightening, and each has listener call-in times.]

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From: http://www.matthewbooks.com/mm/anmviewer.asp?a=68&z=2

MATTHEW: And my greetings to you, Mother! The first month of your year 2007 has seen hyperactivity in many quarters, about which even mainstream media could not fail to inform you. Again, or rather still, the world's attention is riveted on the United States government as the two major political parties are joining hands across the aisle in opposition to President Bush's determination to escalate the war in Iraq. As some of you have questioned in emails to my mother, and many millions around the world are questioning as well: Why is Bush insistent on sending more troops when there are national protests and even many in his own party are against him?

Although Bush does agree with the escalation, and despite his saying that he is the decision-maker, it is not his decision-it is the decision of the Illuminati members who are more powerful than he and from whom he takes orders. They cannot de-escalate that war and still follow through with their intended next step, extending the warfront into Iran, and from there to the rest of the Mideast with Israel's continued assistance. Please note that I said it is their "intended" next step, and it may be that some troops are ordered to make incursions into Iran, but their full-scale war will not happen. On the contrary, this year will see the winding down of international warfare in the Mideast and the withdrawal of combat and occupational troops. 

Please remember that often in messages I have stated that any attempt to start a nuclear war will be thwarted by our space family's technology that has caused the failure of numerous "black ops" major terrorist efforts. Those attempts-they were not meant to be futile!-came right after the "intelligence" that sent the United States into "red alert" status. Perhaps you have noticed that since the "black ops" effort to explode airliners departing from England was so clumsily botched and the fear-filled cover-up story was exposed as scientifically impossible, the rainbow alert system has been quiet. At any rate, along with the assurance that by Creator's decree, there will be NO nuclear war, the combination of the ever-increasing intensity of the light and the momentum in Earth's energy field of potential has reached the point of no return, meaning that the Illuminati plans for not only the entire Mideast, but the whole world, are fatally dashed.  


To return to major media for a moment, do not believe everything they are reporting! For instance, the report that 250 or so "insurgents" had been killed, which Bush claimed was the Iraqi government "showing [him] something," was a pure fabrication to bolster support for sending more troops, but opposition to that has only increased since that report, so it is apparent that the ploy did not work.

To address a question related to the war, no time-frame for the ending of Iraq's internal strife can be given at this juncture-there is far too much commotion in the energy field to assess this. However, energy emanations indicate that when foreign troops leave, the "black ops" activity that stirs up much of the sectarian violence will simmer down and a more unified Iraqi spirit will focus on rebuilding the country and caring for the many thousands of sick and injured.


This question about chemtrails, Why would they do that when they're exposed just like the rest of us are? could pertain to any of the toxins the Illuminati put into the atmosphere, including depleted uranium fallout, the issue of current speculative concern that the US government is exploding materials that produce DU radioactivity. First, I repeat what I have mentioned in several messages-the technology of your space brothers and sisters is ameliorating the effects of all pollutants, including radioactivity, to the greatest possible extent, and when it is safe for them to join forces with your environmentalists and scientists, they will completely eradicate all poisons in air, water and earth. To address the question, the Illuminati have antidotes for the effects of those toxins and cures for the diseases they also have let loose among the populace, and out of growing desperation, they are lighting both ends of the candle, so to say. They are just lucid enough to see that their plan for world domination may end in utter failure, and their thinking is, if they can't control Earth, they will destroy her by such measures as poisoning, but their lucidity does not extend to their intention to leave the planet in Earth-built space craft. None of their mass destruction ideas or their escape plan will succeed, just as their centuries-long intention to control the world won't, but their deranged psyches are seeing a "win" one way or the other.

And then there is the musing about the possibility that the stepped-up UFO sightings are not all extraterrestrial spacecraft, but similar appearing craft built on Earth as a prelude to declaring that aliens are going to invade. What better way to distract you not only from a prolonged war in Iraq, but from all other situations worldwide that have been getting increased attention-other Illuminati-instigated population-reducing fronts of genocide, starvation, AIDS and other laboratory-designed viruses, not to mention global warming, which has reached center stage with scientists speaking out about the US government's suppression of their findings?

Actually, despite President Bush's refusal to acknowledge that the obvious changes in climate are significant-again by orders of the Illuminati, who own most of the oil-Earth herself is responsible for many of the changes. As the most obvious of the decreases in the overall polarity that has long prevailed, the melting polar regions and other weather anomalies herald a return to the worldwide moderate climate that once blessed all of the planet's inhabitants. Frigid wastelands will become temperate, deserts will become arable, seas will be purified, rain forests and food crops will flourish, skies will be clear-Earth will have regained her full health and everyplace will offer desirable living.

Yes, we do understand the difficulty in believing that such a turnaround would be possible in even a century or two, much less a few years. But it is so. Long-suppressed technologies are emerging in transportation, medical, pollution riddance, food production, water purification and other fields, and when your star nation helpers can overtly join you, they will bring even more advanced methods to restore Earth to her once-paradise self. That is a certainty, yet there is this vital consideration: Who will reside on the planet then? I'm not speaking about the masses of souls whose bodies will die from the prevailing causes all too well known, but those with healthy bodies whose pre-birth contracts permit many more years of physical life. How many besides you light workers and light weavers are prepared spiritually for the forthcoming revelations about the dark deception that for millennia have controlled populations? How many can accept that of all the betrayers throughout history, their religions were the most successful? 

I do not mean to sound dire when I tell you that before your world reaches a near-Utopian environment, many, many millions will leave by choice or because their bodies cannot survive in the higher vibrations Earth is approaching in her ascension journey, now at an accelerated pace. Situations always are in flux and their outcome cannot be cast in stone-free will reigns supreme, and everyone may exercise that Creator-endowed right, whether it is a turn to the light or to the darkness-but an overall picture can be assessed from the collective consciousness, and more numbers than you may expect will not choose to live throughout the short span between today and the greeting of the Golden Age. And that is all right! There is no penalty or punishment for those choices! On the contrary, souls will be given as many opportunities as they need to master the experiencing they chose to accomplish this time around, whether in some other third density world or, in extreme cases, in a lower density placement with only a glimmer of primitive intelligence, a clean slate, so to say, with no cellular memory to overcome.

I am only one of the message-givers who have been offering guidance for spiritual preparedness. It is reassuring to hear the same things from more than one source, so I hope you know of others who also have been urging you to send love to all of Earth because love is the key to all healing; to stay out of fear, regardless of what you may hear or read; to develop discernment in all information, perhaps most especially channeled in these days at hand; and to stop relying on external sources for answers to your deepest soul-searching questions and instead, go within and trust the answers that come from your soul as intuition. We have told you that the light forces have defeated the darkness and it is up to each soul to win the personal battle. We have advised you not to "preach" as that will alienate fence-straddlers as well as those who are completely unaware of their god/goddess selves-you need only radiate your light and by example, inspire others to find the peace of heart and mind that comes with love as the only and highest motivation for all interactions. All messages from sources in high stations have been relating these same truths in different words, different styles of speaking, as we tell you also that we honor you for your steadfastness in the light and are with you every moment as your world transitions from the old ways into the new.

Mother, with that, I believe I have answered a goodly number of questions on your list.


S: A lot, dear, but definitely not all. Remember, there's a bunch of questions about the politicians who announced their candidacy for US president; a few leaders in other countries and some well known non-political folks; and which channels? information people can trust-I'm sure they mean besides yours! I'm wondering if you're going to tell them what you always tell me, "Trust your intuition."

MATTHEW: Yes, Mother dear soul, I am, because trusting one's intuition, which always is important, now is imperative as events unfold.

S: That's it, that's your answer?

MATTHEW: It's really all that needs to be said, but I can expound a bit by rephrasing what I have stated in prior messages. In the case of any person, evaluate the "body language" and demeanor, especially the eyes, and the tone of voice much more so than the words-do not be swayed by oratory alone-and for political figures, also examine their voting records, past and current.

I have not specifically stated this, but it is apparent by omission of names that I do not speak ill of any channel-more accurately, receiver-but only correct the false information given by their sources that is passed on as truth. You can discern what is truth and what isn't by asking within and paying attention to what you feel. If you feel resistant to the information, very likely it is wrong, not reliable; and if it flows easily, or even better, if you feel that you are flowing with it, it is truthful. This applies equally to Internet reports, mainstream media, books, documentary films, lectures, even what acquaintances say they know for certain-information from all sources.

I am not being harsh by not providing all the answers you are seeking! You have them-the answers are your intuitive responses, your first reactions to information or any situation. I want to motivate you to trust what comes because this is an essential part of gaining spiritual clarity, soul growth, your evolution out of third density, and I must not continue enabling you to procrastinate on this.

S: Thank you, Mash. Some people want to know if they have to pay federal taxes since the IRS isn't part of the government.

MATTHEW: While it is true that IRS is an agency of the privately owned Federal Reserve System and therefore is not part of the US government, until financial reforms are in place in that country, it would be advisable to comply with all current policies and laws to avoid the complications that some have encountered. However, please understand that in no way am I suggesting that you not follow recommendations from a trusted financial or legal adviser-I am neither!

S: I know! Let's go to the many questions about health and therapies. The first is, Why is monatomic gold good for us?

MATTHEW: Mother, since I am familiar with your list and your conscientiousness about space limitations, I'll reply to the questions without your typing them. I did speak about gold in my last message, but I am happy to add a bit because I didn't completely explain the reasons it is "good for you." Gold is not only valuable in fortifying immune systems, but along with light, it is a vital element in raising bodies' frequencies, which accelerates cellular transformation from carbon-based to crystalline. That restructuring enhances brain functioning and enables the increase in DNA strands, and that growth leads to expanded consciousness, spiritual clarity and overall balance. Most of you don't remember your lifetimes at that evolutionary level, but as a comparison example that you can relate to, even carbon-based cells have a high degree of innate intelligence, such as that which aids the body's self-healing and regenerative abilities. Understandably, those abilities are seriously compromised by chemicals, toxins and viral strains spread through means such as vaccines, prescription and illegal drugs, chemtrails, and other pollutants in your atmosphere, water and ground; and returning to the benefits of gold, while it can help offset the effects of those, it cannot completely prevent them. 

This is a good place to reply to the reader who objects to my recommending the avoidance of inoculations and those who cite the value to them of prescription medications. Yes, it is so that in some instances their use has been or is being beneficial, but for many years the intention of vaccines and the proliferation of pharmaceutical drugs is rooted in darkness-population reduction via disease introduction, greed, and a form of insidious mind control-You are sick, you need this brand new pill-and vicious legal requirements: Babies must be vaccinated. Yet, witness the inexplicable increase in the numbers of children with symptoms of autism, but it is not that condition, which is a soul-level experiencing choice, and the similar effects are due to the vaccines in mandatory inoculations of infants. Witness the increase in Alzheimers and other forms of dementia. Witness the millions of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD who have been drugged into calmness, when all they were doing was reacting to the chemicals in food and drinks, the shifting of energy into higher frequencies, and lack of exercise. Some of these children-those called Indigo or Crystal-came in knowing their soul-selves and their extraordinary abilities, and instead of being able to express themselves freely, they were drugged into societal compliance. Witness the serious harm and deaths from adverse reactions to drugs in the midst of the ever-growing numbers of advertisements for treating everything from diarrhea to depression-well, first the various types of toxins and other harmful elements I mentioned above were showered upon you by the same dark ones who convince you to buy more and more medications. Now a pharmaceutical company is lobbying to require mandatory inoculations of young girls, touting it as a preventive of cervical cancer. Go within and get your own answers about these lamentable situations!

Please excuse my fervor. I realize that my service is to give you information, and it never is my intention to become emotional about it, but it is very difficult to see situations such as those and not wish they didn't exist. I shall strike a grand high note here-NO disease of any kind exists in the energy planes Earth is quickly progressing toward!

Now then, to reply to the chemical engineer who wrote "crystallinity implies a rigidity of structure, a fixed geometric structure, not the organic amorphous fluidity that I tend to associate with living forms." Bodies appear to be of solid structure, just as everything else visible in your world, but nothing is-everything is energy fluctuating at one frequency or another. The "geometric structure" is correct, as everything in the universe is geometrically designed in accordance with the frequency in which the energy is in motion, which is in accordance with the thought forms that created the "object." When Earth enters the vibrational planes where the level of intelligence is considerably greater than in the prevailing density on the planet, it will be understood that science and soul are inseparable and what is incomprehensible in this moment no longer will be mystifying.

Are there any benefits to tonal, color or aromatherapy? These natural energy balancers, which are of universal scope, can have varying degrees of effectiveness, sometimes in conjunction with other types of energy healing, as long as the conditions they are meant to ease or heal are not called for in the soul contract. If the conditions are provisions in the contract, still those therapies can offer a measure of temporary comfort and pleasure.

Is one kind of Reiki more effective than others? All types of energy healing, regardless of the procedures or whether hands-on or remote, have the same basis. The patient's request for healing and the healer's intent to be the vehicle through which high vibrations flow to the patient provide a reciprocal code that enables the energy to activate the body's self-healing mechanisms. However, what I mentioned above about soul contracts always applies, and if healing is not part of that, then the body's energy system will block any incoming energy. A related question is, Does healing energy ever come from ETs rather than angels or spirit guides? Energy simply IS! While angels, most especially one's guardian angel, and spirit guides have greatly significant roles in an individual's life, they are soul creations, thus inseparable parts of the energy in the universe, and it is directly from that inexhaustible, unlimited source that energy for any use whatsoever comes.

To the reader who asked me to comment on shamans' use of hallucinogens for healing purposes, while individuals not of native tribes also may be shamans, I am interpreting the request to mean tribal shamans. There are very strict guidelines regarding the quantity of natural hallucinogens for healing purposes as well as for ceremonial rituals, and there are severe penalties for anyone who does not observe these. The natives who survived dark attempts to eradicate them have had a far closer relationship with Nature and their Maker than almost all others in today's civilization, which gives them the ancient wisdom that has been lost to most.

Mother, I believe that covers that category of questions.

S: I think this one fits here. It's from someone who read your comments about the light preventing mass euthanasia, and she wants to know if this applies to the animal community, and "do they want us to 'assist' them? end their suffering?"

MATTHEW: There is a world of difference between forcing the end of life on unwilling people and mercifully ending the life of an incurably sick or lethally injured animal. Mother, very few who are reading this message know that you communicate telepathically with animals, and fewer still know that three weeks ago you honored your dear Sparkle's request to take her to her doctor for help in leaving, and in her last moment, she thanked you and told you to thank her doctor. Telepathic connection with animals is still rare, but it isn't necessary-animals clearly show this same request in pain-filled eyes and can only hope that you will give them the assistance they are pleading for. As a fitting reminder here, in a previous message I spoke about animals' emotional spectrum and that the love bonds you share reunite you in spirit, just as they do animals who were friends on Earth.

S: Thank you, dear. I've answered similar questions many times in emails and public presentations, and when this one came, I felt that your answer will help many more people. As a diversion from the mixed emotions in doing the last loving thing we can for our dear animal friends, someone who read that clothing made of artificial materials will disintegrate in higher vibrations wants to know if that will be true of current building materials too.

MATTHEW: Mother, you didn't include her other question: "Should we look for shelter in caves?" I mention this because both queries prompt me to suggest careful discernment of the source material in its entirety. Some excellent new fabrics and construction materials are not yet widely known and others will be developed, but rather than current wardrobes of synthetic materials disintegrating, they will simply be replaced with what is new when they are worn out, just as clothing is now; and new buildings of greatly improved materials will replace those that are dilapidated, as happens now.

S: It's good to know that Bob's nylon outfits won't suddenly disintegrate while he's at the fitness center.  How can differences between men and women be honored and respected before we achieve the ideal balanced state of androgyny?

MATTHEW: Since the recent massive infusion of feminine, or goddess energy, that came in to balance the long-time dominant masculine energy, this is happening automatically. I don't mean it is without the awareness of subtle, then more remarkable, noticeable changes from former "sexist" attitudes, but rather that no prescribed or strenuous efforts are required. The higher frequencies prevailing are accentuating all attitudes and behavior. This is welcomed by those who are receptive to the light as they feel beneficial changes in themselves and see the same in others who are absorbing the light. Or it can be the opposite-this magnification applies equally to traits like anger, impatience, dishonesty and brutality.  

It is much in this same way that the wheat is separating from the chaff, in a manner of speaking, as light-filled souls are rising in consciousness and renewed spirit and are eager to journey with Earth, and souls who refuse the light are lagging farther and farther behind. Time is running short for the latter group to waken and catch up. As much as we want this for them, all we can do is hold them in loving embrace and beam our light ever more brightly, and we ask that you please do the same. On behalf of all souls at this station, I end my message with what we wish to be foremost in your thoughts: Our love for all of you is without limit or qualification and we are with you, side by side, every moment of this joyous ascension journey. 

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LOVE and PEACE

Suzanne Ward

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Date: 25 Jan 2007
From: Jaiia Earthschild (jaiia_earthschild@yahoo.com)
Subject: LFA - A choir sings on behalf of cetaceans
 
Aloha.

I am writing in response to the newest assault upon the oceans - the exemption given to the US Navy from the Marine Mammal Protection Act, in order to deploy LFA in the oceans for the next two years.
My opinion is probably unnecessary to you - preaching to the choir.

Instead I invite you to listen to the choir - and to use the song which is to be found at the following URL. It was written in response to the LFA threat to cetaceans in 2000. we flew a choir and instrumentalists to the Naval hearings in Oahu. At that time, all the local TV stations sat up and took notice, airing the song on virtually every hawaiian TV program.

At that time, 'we' won the battle and cetaceans were safe in local waters for some years.

We are once again rehearsing the song for live performance and are willing to share it on behalf of cetaceans anywhere. Please go to this site and listen to it for free - The site does not permit me to offer you a free download, but you can listen to it streamed for no cost, and read the lyrics at:

http://iacmusic.com/songs.aspx?SongID=28905&ArtistID=49377
 
I - and my singers, are available - the opposite of a weapon - a peacemaking tool that can be wielded to considerable effect in all kinds of environments. Please do not hesitate to use us. We will gladly come and sing at any events which may assist in the ongoing protection of marine mammals.

I will never forget the faces of the Naval representatives when we stood and sang this to them. The room was stilled, electrified.
 
On behalf of the cetaceans and the ocean creatures of all species,
 
Aloha,
 
Jaiia Earthschild
http://www.Earthschild.com

Note from Jean: To find out some of the latest news on this continuing fight to protect the oceans from insanely loud noise pollution of all kinds, and especially from US Navy Low Frequency Active (LFA) Sonar, I recommend to your attention the following Web resources:

First make sure to watch Deadly Sounds II through http://awionline.org/whales/Noise/IONC/index.htm (click thelink  in the yellow square to this 8 min excellent MUST SEE video)

Protecting Whales from Dangerous Sonar
http://www.nrdc.org/wildlife/marine/sonar.asp
Following a historic victory, NRDC steps up the campaign at home and abroad to regulate active sonar systems that harm marine mammals. There is also another excellent 5 min video on this topic there, entitled "Lethal Sounds" - Deafeningly loud sonar is a proven danger to marine life, but its use throughout the world's oceans is spreading. This powerful movie makes plain what sonar does to whales caught within its range, and explains how whales, dolphins and other marine animals can be protected from deadly sonar.

For information on various threats to all marine life go at
http://www.earthisland.org/immp/ and http://www.nrdc.org/wildlife/marine/default.asp

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This below was recommended by Susan R. Jason (susieq@mcn.org)

From: http://www.seaflow.org

Alert: Navy Exempted from Marine Mammal Protection Act
 
For the next two years, the U.S. Navy will be exempt from the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and will be allowed to use mid-frequency active sonar in major training exercises and in established maritime ranges. Citing "national security" as the reason for the exemption, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England stated that the Navy would work with the Department of Commerce to come into full compliance with the MMPA during the next two years.
 
The mid-frequency active sonar systems used by the Navy can kill, injure, and disturb marine mammals. Scientific evidence supports that significant impacts on marine mammals can occur at noise levels far below what the Navy plans for its training operations. The California Coastal Commission was concerned enough about the impacts of this type of sonar that it recently required the Navy to adopt a more precautionary safety zone while training in waters off of Southern California. Essentially, the Commission asked the Navy to turn down noise levels to protect marine mammals when it conducts training sessions and to observe other important mitigation measures. In light of the Navy exemption, the California Coastal Commission has said that it will stand by the mitigation measures, including requiring the Navy to reduce noise impacts from mid-frequency active sonar.
 
Please contact your Senators and Representative and ask them to require the Navy to comply with the Marine Mammal Protection Act and support the precautionary standards set by the California Coastal Commission. The Navy has put itself outside of the law, and marine mammals and other marine life will suffer as a consequence.
 
You can look up your Senators at http://www.senate.gov/
And your Representative at http://www.house.gov/

Environmentalists angry as Navy gets OK to use sonar (January 23, 2007)
http://www.seaflow.org/article.php?id=620
HONOLULU: Angering environmentalists, the U.S. Defense Department exempted the Navy from complying with the Marine Mammal Protection Act for the next two years so sailors can practice tracking submarines with sonar. Environmentalists on Tuesday said the Navy was not doing enough to protect whales, dolphins and other marine mammals from the harmful effects of the underwater sound technology.  (...) The Navy says the new exemption will allow sailors to go ahead with 40 separate exercises over the next two years. Cara Horowitz, another lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said the Navy could adopt a larger safety zone around its ships, reduce the power of sonar at night when marine mammal are harder to see, and avoid training in rich marine mammal habitats. The Navy has argued there is not enough scientific evidence to mandate all the measures the council and other groups are demanding.

Navy, coastal panel disagree on sonar standards (January 29, 2007)
http://www.seaflow.org/article.php?id=623
The California Coastal Commission is standing by new restrictions approved for the Navy's sonar training exercises after an admiral questioned the legality and practical necessity of the rules intended to safeguard marine mammals from intense underwater noise. Whales and other sea creatures need more protection than the safeguards the Navy has proposed, commission chairman Patrick Kruer said in a letter to Rear Adm. Len Hering, commander of Navy Region Southwest in San Diego. (...) The six-page letter calls noise limits "one of the more significant disagreements between the Navy and the Commission." The commission has called upon the Navy to limit itself to 154 decibels during sonar training. The Navy voluntarily follows a current limit of 190 decibels and has agreed to lower the level to 173 decibels. A decibel is the standard unit for measuring noise levels. The letter cites written testimony received by the commission from several experts, including Linda Weilgart of Dalhousie University in Canada. Like others, she blamed whale strandings in the Bahamas and other parts of the world on sonar noise from naval vessels. The letter quotes Weilgart: "Based on the best evidence to date, such sonar-induced strandings can cause serious and long-term local population impacts in an at least some whale species." The letter also contains comments from several other experts who insist that whales and other marine mammals risk being harmed, even at noise levels below the 154 decibels prescribed by the commission. CLIP

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

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AND I ALSO RECEIVED THIS FROM Cheryl Magill (cherylmagill@sbcglobal.net)

Dear Jean, Susan and Jaiia.
 
I very much enjoyed the streaming music.  This is the first time I'd heard this particular song.  It would be nice to combine the music created by various musicians about LFAS and other active sonars onto one CD and use it to raise funds.  And to raise awareness, of course.
 
I would very much like to relay information about the music mentioned in this communication and offer this link to our subscribers in the network newsletter today so that the Stop LFAS Worldwide Network can hear the recording.  I hope that's ok to do.  If I receive no objection, I'll just go ahead and do so.
 
Of course, I very much endorse and applaud the work of AWI and the NRDC.  They're among the strongest organizations in the Stop LFAS Worldwide Network. They amaze me and I adore the work they do.
 
Please remind people that individuals and organizations have been working the Stop LFAS Worldwide Network, since 1998.
 
The Pentagon has been creating exemptions to federal laws which would otherwise protect marine life from high intensity active sonar. Our elected officials seem to be all too willing to turn a blind eye or deaf ear to the flagrant disregard for these important laws. One may hope that there will be an awakening and that the somnambulistic policy of legislative exemption will no longer prevail as regards ocean noise.
 
We are encouraged to see additional protections emerging as the California Coastal Commission asserts its right to protect California's shoreline from the U.S. Navy's noise pollution.  Other states should seek to emulate these protective measures.
 
Kindly direct you web browser to http://www.sonarslaughter.org and thanks.
 
Cheryl A. Magill
Coordinator
The Stop LFAS Worldwide Network
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stoplfas/

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And in her reply to give her permission to Cheryl, Jaiia wrote (in part):

I have another song (which I will re upload today if possible) - which was written for the IWC when they first wished to return to commercial whaling. As you know Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd are out in force to divert the Japanese ships. The song is the title song of the album: Sanctuary.
 
May I also invite you to read:
http://www.Earthschild.com/Talltreestory.html

A true story which expresses yet another realm of vast consciousness of these creatures. If I or my choir, my songs etc, can be of service to them, we are ready and more than willing.



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ABSOLUTELY AMAZING STAR KID!

Recommended by Kathleen Roberts (weerkhr@pacbell.net)

From: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/11/22/60minutes/main2205521.shtml

'Bluejay' Spreads His Wings

Nov. 26, 2006

How A Young Musical Genius Scored A Major Recording Deal  (CBS)

Jay Greenberg is an American composer who some say is the greatest musical genius to come along in 200 years. He wrote five symphonies by the time he was 13 years old.

Correspondent Scott Pelley first met Jay two years ago when his works were being performed on stage; the story was seen by executives at Sony BMG, who signed Jay as a recording artist. Recently, Pelley caught up with the young composer again in Britain, where the London Symphony Orchestra was recording Jay's fifth symphony.

Jay, who signs his works with the nickname "Bluejay," is 14 now. When he caught the ear of 60 Minutes in 2004, this remarkable boy was only 12 years old and had written a piece called "The Storm," commissioned by the New Haven Symphony in Connecticut.

He wrote every note for each and every instrument - and the really amazing part is that he wrote it in just a few hours.

Composer Sam Zyman says we haven't seen his like in probably 200 years. "We are talking about a prodigy of the level of the greatest prodigies in history when it comes to composition. I am talking about the likes of Mozart, and Mendelssohn and Saint-Saëns," he tells Pelley.

Zyman taught music theory to Jay at the Julliard School in New York, where he has been teaching 19 years.

"This is an absolute fact. This is objective. This is not a subjective opinion," Zyman says. "Jay could be sitting here, and he could be composing right now. He could finish a piano sonata before our eyes in probably 25 minutes. And it would be a great piece."

How is it possible? Jay told Pelley he doesn't know where the music comes from - but that it comes fully written, playing like an orchestra in his head.

"As you hear it playing, can you change it as it goes along? Can you say to yourself, 'Oh, let's bring the oboes in here,' or 'Let's bring the string section here?'" Pelley asks.

"No, they seem - they seem to come in by themselves if they need to," Jay replies. "It's as if the unconscious mind is giving orders at the speed of light. You know, I mean, so I just hear it as if it were a smooth performance of a work that is already written when it isn't."

Jay's parents are as surprised by his talent as anyone. Neither of them is a professional musician. His father, Robert, is a linguist, a scholar in Slavic languages who lost his sight at the age of 36 to retinitis pigmentosa. His mother, Orna, is an Israeli-born painter.

Michael, Jay's 10-year-old brother, is not a musical prodigy, but Robert and Orna remember when they figured out that Jay was.

"I think around, two, when he started writing and actually drawing instruments, we knew that he was fascinated with it," his mother explains.

At the ago of 2, she says, Jay started writing and managed to draw and ask for a cello. "I was surprised, because neither of us have anything to do with string instruments. And I didn't expect him to know what it was," Orna says.

"What a cello was?" Pelley asks.

"Right," she replies.

Orna says there was no cello in the house and that her son had never seen a cello before. But he knew he wanted one.

So his mother brought him to a music store where he was shown a miniature cello. "And he just sat there. He put the cello. And he started playing on it. And I was like, 'How do you know how to do this?'" Orna remembers.

By age 3, Jay was still drawing cellos, but he had turned them into notes on a scale. He was beginning to compose.

"He hears music in his head all the time. And he'll start composing and he doesn't even realize it probably, that he's doing it. But the teachers would get angry, and they would call us in for emergency meetings, you know, with seven people, sitting there trying to figure out how they're going accommodate our son," Robert explains.

"Or stop him," Orna adds. In second grade, she says her son was "very problematic."

Jay has been told his hearing is many times more sensitive than an average person's. The sound of the city has to be shut out manually, but Jay can't turn off the music in his head. In fact, he told Pelley he often hears more than one new composition at a time.

"Multiple channels is what it's been termed," Jay explains. "That my brain is able to control two or three different musics at the same time, along with the channel of every day life and everything else."

By the age of 10, Jay was going to Julliard, among the world's top conservatories of music, on a full scholarship. At age 11 he was studying music theory with third-year college students. He may be the smallest guy in class, but when the music comes up in his head, Jay has a lot of confidence about what he puts down on paper.

"Do you ever go back and say, 'No, no, no. That's not right. This should be this way instead of that way,'" Pelley asks.

"No, I don't really ever do that," Jay replies.

Asked if he goes back to edit and revise his compositions, Jay says he doesn't need to, "because it just usually comes - it comes right the first time."

Sam Adler teaches Jay at Julliard, and he agrees Jay can be great - but only if he constantly questions his gift.

"Let's take a great genius in the musical world, someone like Beethoven. When you look at a Beethoven score, it's horrendous. He didn't have an eraser. So he had to cross it out. And it looks as if, you know, he was never satisfied. And that is something that comes with maturity. And I think that's going to happen to Jay," Adler says.

Asked if it's fair to say that there is potential, Adler says, "Absolutely."

Jay's studies include piano lessons with Elizabeth Wolfe. But Jay told Pelley he doesn't need an instrument - only his mind - to write music.

Asked what happens when he first hears a tune rise in his head, Jay says, "Well, at first I just listen to it, and then I start humming it. And then while walking, and I like walking a lot when I am inspired. Because then I walk to the beat of the music ? and I often start conducting as well."

In 2004, Jay was not an average 12-year-old - and he knew it. Catching onto baseball isn't as natural as playing piano.
When Pelley caught up with Jay nearly two years later at the Abbey Road Studios in London, his fifth symphony was in the hands of the London Symphony Orchestra, recording for Sony BMG.

In the studio where the Beatles recorded and the "Star Wars" films were scored, Jay heard his symphony for the first time.

Asked where he was when he first started writing his fifth symphony, Jay says, "I was in room 301 of my school staring absently at a map across - on the opposite wall - bored to distraction."

The class was history. "But don't tell my teacher, OK," Jay says, laughing.

"That first day, I wrote about 23 bars of the first movement during that class and then, probably about 60 or 70 bars altogether," he recalls.

The finished work runs 190 pages and 1,328 bars. Jay's role at the studio is to make sure all the notes play just as he's imagined.

Every year or two, a brilliant child pianist or genius violin player emerges. Asked where Jay ranks, Zyman says "To be a prodigy composer is far rarer. You have to conquer these issues. How do you notate this rhythm? What's the range of the oboe? Can this be played on the piano? How do you compose for the harp? There are hundreds of thousands of bits of information that you need to master to be able to write a piece of music."

Music is not the only sound Jay is listening to inside his head. He's interested in just about everything - and, for now, he sees music almost as a hobby not necessarily his destiny.

"For example, one thing - I might study physics or psychology or as I mentioned, the computer science or cartography or a lot of other things," Jay explains.

Pelley says Jay's mind makes him the most mystifying interview he has ever done. As he talks, you can see in his eyes that he's thinking about or listening to a dozen other channels.

Asked what would make him happy, Jay says, "That's a good question. Who can really define happiness?"

For Jay, happiness seems to flow from keeping his mind challenged.
Many accomplished composers spend a lifetime writing no more than five symphonies. Jay wrote his fifth at age 13. It's impossible to know where his mind will take him - and us - but, the 60 Minutes team noticed that at the end of the recording session he was getting bored. As the orchestra played the last bars of this work, Jay pulled out his paper and started writing another.

This above is the transcript of the CBS 60 MINUTES program (with pesky ads!) on him which you can watch through http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/11/22/60minutes/main2205521.shtml



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AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE FROM LONG-TIME ERN SUBSCRIBER CHRIS GRUENER ABOUT OTHER AMAZINGLY PRECOCIOUS CHILDREN WITH THE UNIQUE GIFT OF A SPIRITUALLY ENDOWED CONSCIOUSNESS WITH A HIGHER VISION TO OFFER TO THE WORLD. JUST IMAGINE YOURSELF EXPRESSING WHAT YOU CAN DISCOVER BELOW AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE AND YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHY CHRIS FELT NECESSARY TO WRITE ABOUT THESE START CHILDREN. I ALSO RECOMMEND YOU TAKE TIME TO WATCH THE VARIOUS VIDEOS HE FEATURES!

From: "Chris Gruener" <chris.gruener@comcast.net>
Subject: "A little child (and some wide awake teenage activists) shall lead them"
Date: 31 Jan 2007

A couple of weeks ago I read some of 17 year old Sofia Snow's amazing poetry in an article in the Boston Globe. You can click on this link: http://www.boston.com/yourlife/articles/2007/01/17/her_words_worth/?page=1 to read about Sofia and to be touched by her poetry. You can hear an audio clip of her poem "Two-Faced Apologies" at this link: http://graphics.boston.com/yourlife/special/audio/sofiasnow/sofia_apologies.mp3
Sofia is one of a growing number of young people who refuse to passively permit our generation to avert our eyes from the pain and chaos we are leaving behind for them to deal with as we patiently wait our own exits from the suffering of life's stage.
 
Sunday morning, I picked up my Sunday Boston Globe from the side walk and met another one of these young people. I was initially drawn to the front page reporting on the Peace Rally in Washington DC. "Thousands rally on National Mall" and "Protesters urge halt to funding" were among the headline captions. Then, like most of you who read this Globe story, when I turned to page 10 to read the rest of the article, I was deeply moved by the photo and words of 12 year old Moriah Arnold of Harvard MA. With a little research I discovered that Moriah and fellow sixth grade peace activist, Hannah Egan, had been working to end the war in Iraq for some time through a petition drive at lunch time in their school cafeteria! 
 
A little later on Sunday I sat down for morning meditation and began by reading the lesson for January 28th from A Course In Miracles (for an overview of this Course see  http://circleofa.org/articles/IntroductionToAcim.php). The lesson for the day was "Above All Else I Want To See Things Differently". The lesson stated "You either see or not. When you have seen one thing differently, you will see all things differently. The light you will see in any one of them is the same light you wll see in them all." The lesson promised that if I practiced faithfully I could transform my way of seeing so that no matter what I looked at I would find that "It has something to show you; something beautiful and clean and of infinite value, full of happiness and hope."
 
This morning as I write to you I am recalling how two thousand years ago Jesus of Nazareth is said to have instructed his disciples "Except you become as a little child, you shall not see the Kingdom of Heaven." My mind goes back to Sunday's lesson and the Globe article about Moriah Arnold. And I realize, "This child and Hannah and Sofia, and others like them have something important to teach all of us about how to see with real vision!"
 
So I am inviting you now to watch Moriah. Listen to her call for peace, justice and love.  Here is a link to her brief speech at the peace rally: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSRzDJz0jJ8
I hope her words and Sofia's poetry will inspire all of us to more determined activism.
 
Sofia, Moriah and Hannah are not alone. They represent a growing number of young people who are calling us, their elders, to work tirelessly for the authentic lasting peace that will inevitably prevail when enough of us are totally dedicated to love and justice. They are offering to teach how to see the world anew, if we are willing to learn from them! Here is a link to a brief video of our allies, young and old, asking us to stop and confront the wrong-minded vision for our future that the Bush administration and many of its corporate sponsors are offering us http://homepage.mac.com/duffyb/nobush/iMovieTheater145.html
 
And finally here is a positive vision for our future offered by the young people of Palestine and Israel. In this brief video you will see these kids teaching us how to see with real vision. These children know the way forward with unmistakable certainty as they pursue resolution of the conflict in their home land: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34bVcLMrcRs

Information about the organization that sponsored this video, and the opportunity to donate in support of its efforts, can be found at http://www.onevoicemovement.org
 
Now, as I start my day the voices and vision of our children leave me surprisingly "full of happiness and hope" and my prayer is this: "Above all else may I be determined to see things differently today. Teach me moment by moment to see the world through a child's eyes of loving kindness and with a heart that is committed to creating a world of joyful unity - a world that comes to peace through sharing and justice. And May we all become as little children (and determined teenagers) so that someday soon we will see the Kingdom of Heaven right here on Earth."
 
Peace,

Christopher
 
PS.  Looking for an "Action Step" to move us away from conflict escalation and toward Peace in Iraq and elsewhere? Then please consider going to this link: https://pol.moveon.org/donate/votevets.html?id=9806-4988300-4tjjQ.fyMCAnOIvBYHajXA&t=1 and making a donation in support of a VERY POWERFUL TV ad which MoveOn hopes to air for the Superbowl and other programming.
 
Thank-You. 
 
* P.S. Thanks to our friends at www.earthrainbownetwork.com for the "Earth In Hands" image (Note from Jean: Not included in this compilation as I cannot post images through the listserver.)





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From: "Suzanne Ward" (suzy@matthewbooks.com)
Subject: Re: The Big Scoop Series #16: Black Clouds on The Horizon
Date: 25 Jan 2007

Jean dear...
 
CONGRATULATIONS to you and Earth Rainbow Network on its 10th anniversary! What a sterling tribute to your dedication to provide this grand forum for factual and spiritual information and also offers readers the opportunity to share their perspectives.
 
I was moved to reply to Lea Rothrock's introspective letter--I'll attach my response. 
 
LOVE and PEACE...
 
Suzy

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January 25, 2007
Dear Jean

Thank you for publishing Lea Rothrock's very thoughtful and thought-provoking letter. I'm sure all ERN readers agree with her about your tireless efforts to keep us informed; and as dire-sounding as some of the information is, your personal messages flow in the optimism that sustains hope. I would like to express my perspective of some of the other points in Lea's letter.

Regarding her "happy news" that we're preparing for the Golden Age that Christianity has been promoting for a couple of millennia, as one who was immersed in Christian dogma for 35 years, I didn't find any promise there of anything like that for Earth, but rather only in heaven for the "deserving."

Lea mentions the "shift." Basically, that's the communication between our souls and our consciousness, and it's what will let those who make this connection experience the Golden Age here. The people who aren't ready for that will be given another opportunity to do it in another third density world.
First among her "unhappy news" is NESARA. Through intentionally false information and misinterpretations, this joint effort between souls on and off-planet for global transformation and spiritual renewal is greatly misunderstood. I invite your readers to go to the "Matthew's Messages" section of http://www.matthewbooks.com and scroll down to "Special NESARA Edition" for Matthew's and Hatonn's explanations, and to look on http://www.awakenedhearts.com for Blue Star the Pleiadian's NESARA message.

Logically, Lea questions how "negative mindsets" that create negative situations can apply to young children who are abused, and she posits that there must be a different explanation. My understanding is that there is. In the soul contracts we make prior to birth, we choose circumstances that will balance other lifetime experiencing, and the provisions are designed to benefit all family members and other principals in the agreement. Balance is needed for soul evolution, so a "perpetrator" also must know what it's like to be a "victim." We don't know our own contracts, much less anyone else's, and that's why we're asked not to judge anyone. This doesn't mean condoning the heinous actions of any, but simply not sitting in judgment-those people may be living exactly in accordance with their contracts and leaping forward in spiritual growth.

In expounding on why she thinks "channeling is dangerous." Lea writes: "Deception can be just as sophisticated as it needs to be, from telling us what we want to hear, to hiding a small lie inside some big truths, even to urging us to be discerning about channeling." Matthew has stated much the same in many messages-discernment is needed in channeled information precisely for the reason Lea mentions as she continues: "Proof of identity is dubious, too..." Some sources of channeled messages are dark souls who tell a receiver that they are one or another highly evolved soul and then give false information, which the receiver passes on in the belief that the dark sources are who they claim to be. That's how and why dates of ETs' mass landings and promises of "prosperity fund" deliveries are given-information that can easily be proven wrong. The dark purpose is to create enough confusion and disillusionment so that ALL receivers and ALL channeled material will be invalidated. Some channeled information IS trustworthy, and it's vital to discern which is so the baby doesn't get thrown out with the bath water.

To complete the rest of Lea's sentence: "because according to many who have had near-death experiences, knowledge is freely available outside of body." Knowledge is freely available WITHIN! As Matthew and others have often stated in messages, at soul level we have all knowledge in its purest form; that's why they urge us to go within for answers, which come as intuition-messages from soul to consciousness-and to learn to trust our intuition instead of looking to external sources. Souls in high stations don't want to be permanent "gurus." Their intention is to enlighten, encourage and guide us to BE the powerful souls we are within the Oneness of All.

Lea's letter ends with her reason for hope, including: "A hope that believes we had the good sense to plan what is right for us before we came down here, while we still had the knowledge and perspective." Innately we DO have this knowledge and perspective! Now we're getting it consciously, and this is how we are helping to create Earth's Golden Age of love, peace and harmony.

Thank you, Jean, for being a beacon of light, and thank you, Lea, for sharing your deep introspection that can evoke in all soul searchers the crystallization of hope-filled thoughts.
LOVE and PEACE

Suzy Ward

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Date: 1 Feb 2007
From: lrothrock (lrothrock@yahoo.com)
Subject: Re Suzy's response on channeling

Dear Jean (and Suzy!),

Thank you for forwarding Suzy's letter, I was very glad to get it. I actually only received four responses, of which Suzy's was the fourth. The other three simply mentioned that they were glad someone said something, with two of them also mentioning that they believe some channeling is valid. One writer in particular referenced the channeling that creative people experience as the muse, with which point I heartily agree. I also believe dreams are a form of spirit communication, and that we can often access an inner knowing which comes to us as intuition.

Suzy, I consider the fact that you responded a compliment, thank you. And thanks to Jean for providing the forum for an intelligent and congenial debate of this issue. There are many things, Suzy, on which we agree, like the purpose of reincarnation and the appetite of dark forces to influence us, but there are also a couple of ideas in your letter that I'd like to explore further, with Jean's continued permission and patience. First, though, I'd like to clarify that the Christian teaching that I referred to as being like the promised Golden Age is the 1000 years when it's said Christ will rule the earth, after all the business with the antichrist is over. But if I'm the only one who's heard of that, then maybe I imagined it.

Being the spirituoscience nerd that I am, for the purposes of this discussion I felt it would be more prudent to steer away from issues of belief and stick to matters which have arguable evidence. Since there's no evidence either way regarding the shift or NESARA, those topics are better left to faith. The two topics that we all have experiential evidence of are knowledge and the conscious mind.

"Knowledge is freely available within!"

This sounds like a terrific aspiration, but I haven't yet seen or heard of anyone who could know anything they wanted freely. Given that some kinds of knowledge are more accessible than others (spiritual guidance more than factual information, for example), even then spirit communication tends to come to us in bits and flashes, or as "feelings" or hunches, and not necessarily because we ask. Trusting our intuition and acting on it makes us better at it, but it's still seldom clear why we are urged to do a certain thing. Our dreams, which offer us probably the most abundant natural spirit communication, are often so coded in symbols that they're quite difficult to understand, and only persistent effort and study will enable us to decipher them. This begs the question "Why?" If knowledge is meant to be freely available, why all the mystery? Couldn't it be more clear? The evidence would seem to suggest that 1) we're not in a position to know everything, and 2) the knowledge we can get is meant to be worked for.

However, if we believe we can know anything by asking, then we can be told anything and believe it. Enter the unverifiable source. We think we can tell the difference between a higher being and one who is not, but really our minds are capable of convincing us of anything. Discernment can easily be thwarted by our desires and our egos.

Which brings me to the conscious mind as a receiver. Unfortunately, the conscious mind is observably easily manipulated. Stroke the ego, stoke the desires, and it's yours. We'd all like to believe that we're more superior than we think, we can get what we want, and we know what we're doing, but letting ourselves be truly guided is difficult, and it requires us to be humble.

I wanted to keep this letter as concise as possible, but I feel I should mention one more thing. Edgar Cayce channeled information some 60+ years ago, under hypnosis, initially unsolicited, and with no conscious memory afterward of what was said. He helped a lot of people with practical medical advice, and was a no-nonsense kind of source on dreams, reincarnation, and history. So far, I've had no red flags go up for me regarding his material. Instead of telling us how powerful we are, he tells us we need to be careful what we think, to remember to ask for the Higher will to be done instead of our own, and to be grateful and joyous even in adversity. No flattery, no gushing sentiment, no promises that things would get better.

I do believe humankind will eventually reach our collective goal. I'm grateful for the school, even though it's hard. I'm thankful, too, for the bright stubborn flames around the world, and the help we give each other.

With open hands,

Lea Rothrock

AND JEAN'S REPLY WAS:

Thank you Lea for adding such thoughtful and useful reflections on this topic.

I've added your letter above after Suzy's letter in the compilation.

I would like to make a short comment regarding how to discern what is truly coming from our soul and what comes from our ego, an issue you raised in this paragraph:

"However, if we believe we can know anything by asking, then we can be told anything and believe it. Enter the unverifiable source. We think we can tell the difference between a higher being and one who is not, but really our minds are capable of convincing us of anything. Discernment can easily be thwarted by our desires and our egos."

Once someone has actually begun rekindling a conscious connection with one's soul, to my experience, there are always some tangible signs that help confirm the validity of something we just understood or the importance of a thought we just had. Either you get some instantaneous tingling, usually springing up through your spine and engulfing your upper body in a sudden burst accompanied by a sense of elation and spiritual clarity that easily confirms your intuitive sense about any given information, either coming from within, or from an outer source. You cannot err if you get such strong signs and the inner knowledge that it feels right. Any level of intensity of such a "crystalline effervescence" felt within my Self is a good enough confirmation for me that I'm on the right track with what's on my mind at this precise moment.

Alternately, if something is utterly wrong, or even dangerous to you, you may also get very tangible signs indicative of this. A bad omen may then translate as a sudden, nearly painful pulsing pressure in the center of the forehead, although this is not to be confused with something similar, but not painful, that may also take place there when the pituitary and pineal glands, respectively acting as the receptive and the emitting conduits for higher communications with one's soul, are initially activated through deep and frequent meditations and a sustained dedication to one's spiritual practice. Other signs indicative of a wrong information or of a wrong choice when faced with a decision that needs to be taken, is when you are suddenly dizzy, or feel really uncomfortable. These are usually unmistakable signs that one must be alert to what's going on and urgently rethink something, move elsewhere or pick a different "route".

The key however in both types of encouraging or dissuasive signs is the necessity of paying attention to one's subtle or not so subtle inner feelings. Humans tends to dismiss what goes on within themselves as mere imaginings or simply are too preoccupied with outer activities or concerns and thus ignore such signs-sometimes at their own peril...

So learning to trust one's intuitive abilities and gradually realizing through trial and error experiences how valid and reliable our intuition can be is how you eventually overcome the doubts that creep in your mind when faced with something-an idea, a vision, a hunch-that is not easily validated with provable facts or that does not conform to down-to-earth logic and analytical dissecting. There is no easy recipe for nurturing such inner discernment, except to keep an open mind and heart, give Love and Life a chance, and pay attention to our still small voice within. Regularly practicing any contemplative form of meditation, so as to bring the mind to complete stillness, thus enabling our awareness to "see through" the calmed surface of the "pond" of our consciousness, deep into our soul unfathomable wisdom and accrued experience, can be greatly conducive to kindling this level of intuitive sensitivity, provided no forceful will is applied, as when one does physical aerobic exercises, to make it happen under the diktat of one's ego. This is another entirely different aspect of our inner Reality that can expand only when we "let it BE". It has a will of its own and operates under a different set of "laws" than those under which our educated and trained ego-mind is used to hold as factually real and proven.

In the end, there is no intellectual explaining that can give a better feel of what I'm trying to describe than actually being in that other feeling/sensing/trusting modality of our conscious Self and knowing it from experience. Just like mere explanations of the movements one must make to be able to properly swim can never teach anyone how to swim, you have to be in the water and learn it through experience and much practice to become a good swimmer.

And then you can go and teach others how to "swim" ;-)

Love and blessings to you Lea

Jean



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From: http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/mike_quinsey/channeled%20messages/January2007/MQ_01_29_07Ag-agria.htm
Ag-agria -- 29-January-2007
 
You cannot fail to be moved by the energy that is building up on Earth. We have mentioned previously that the mass consciousness has been increasing exponentially, and it has now reached a high level of power. It is without a doubt bringing the changes about, and you only have to look around you to see the reverberations. People, who have hitherto been oblivious to what has been taking place, are awakening and joining the ranks of those that are becoming enlightened.
 
There is only one result, and that will be the capitulation of your present Government. That moment is approaching quite quickly, and the pressures that are being applied upon them are holding up their plans. They try to ignore the obvious outcome and in their arrogance believe they can still avoid their fate; they certainly will not and they will have to face that unpalatable fact before much longer. The legal pressures alone are forcing their hand, and each time they try to run slipshod over the law they are alienating many more people. The disenchantment with the Government is now causing much dissension amongst its own ranks, and this will play a big part in their removal.
 
Meantime, the Light upon Earth increases faster, and the stage will soon be set for changes that will eventually allow those dedicated to the Ascension path to take great steps forward. There will be leaders rising up for this very purpose, and they will be recognized for their spiritual qualities. The division of the people is not deliberate, but is unavoidable if those of the Light are to be allowed to freely progress. These are times when the different levels in people's consciousness are becoming noticed, and it has the effect of separating them. Those of the lower vibrations are not necessarily at ease with those who aspire to exist in the higher ones, yet they are often curious as to why and how they have changed. Lightworkers have a calm way of life, and their aura of peace attracts people.
 
Now more than ever is the time to speak your truth, as sooner or later there will be many revelations about the true purpose of life. Nevertheless there is no need to impose your beliefs upon another. The truth will eventually come out in such a way that it will not be denied. It will cause much soul searching, but will clearly replace the many misconceptions that are related to religious teachings. The One Truth will be accepted by the vast majority of people, until only the rigid and inflexible attitudes of the minority will remain.
 
Through these changes, what you now know as politics will change remarkably into what you might call a one party system. Because your representatives will be selected as spiritually aware Beings, only the one movement will be necessary. No longer would an opposition serve any purpose, as decisions would be made in the best interests of all people. Indeed, the whole manner and organization of politics as you now understand it will change beyond recognition. When you add in the financial changes that are well advanced to ensure abundance and a fair distribution of wealth, you will see why the present set-up must be collapsed.
 
We of the Galactic Federation have worked with people in high places that are able to handle the changes, and will continue to do so until complete control can be handed over to them. It is not our place to take over your planet, but we will work alongside you for as long as is necessary to ensure all is completed according to the Divine Plan. Of course we will be on hand to assist you in many different ways, and our tasks are to mainly relieve you of the difficult projects that appertain to the Earth itself.
 
The new Earth is beginning to manifest, and it is another factor in all of the actions that are causing a speeding up of the changes. You are at the heart of all of them, and many Beings come to you in support and bring their powerful Light energies. The Angels, Masters and Elders come close and their presence is your assurance that you will succeed. Do not be distracted by the dark, as they play out their last attempts to avoid the truth of their failure to subdue the Light. The victims of their actions are karmically involved, and will nevertheless gain from their experiences. All has its purpose, even if it is not given to Man to fully understand it at the time.
 
Help those who have gone astray, because it is only through touching the Light that they will understand a better way of life. The Light and Love is the cure for all ills and can change the very fabric of society. Through it the way will be recognized as one you have traveled before, and one you must travel to return to the Lighted Realms. Joy and happiness await you once the burdens of Earth are released, and harmony and balance will be restored. This will happen in the immediate years, and we see so many of you ready to make that quantum leap that will carry you forward.
 
There are many paths that lead to fulfillment and completion; do not be concerned if others have a different plan. In God's Kingdom you are granted absolute freedom to express yourself as you desire. No one way is considered superior to another, as all roads lead to home.  You all chose to experience duality, and so you shall also choose the next adventure you undertake. There are an incalculable number of Universes, and these are for you to explore. The time ahead is full of exciting opportunities that will carry you far, in your quest for knowledge and understanding.
 
You will traverse the realms containing myriads of different life-forms, knowing that all has its beginning in the Source of All That Is. You will see magnificent creations that have manifested in the purest Light, massive thought forms that are perfection within them. There are colors beyond your present imagination in crystalline cities of dazzling beauty. All of this awaits the new Man that is rising up like the fabled Phoenix.
 
I am Ag-agria from Sirius, and delighted to present you a vision of the future. It is yours and you shall claim it as the great souls that you are. Your journey is both ending and beginning, yet in reality it is but the same one. We come in Love and greet you as our own, and delight in your coming of age.
 
Thank you Ag-agria   
 
Mike Quinsey



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IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS MOST GOOD NEWS IN A RECENT COMPILATION. HERE IS AN  UPDATE ON THIS POTENTIAL NEW CURE FOR ALL CANCERS...

Cheap, safe drug kills most cancers

Updated 23 January 2007

From New Scientist Print Edition. Subscribe and get 4 free issues.

Andy Coghlan

What makes cancer cells different - and how to kill them

New Scientist has received an unprecedented amount of interest in this story from readers. If you would like up-to-date information on any plans for clinical trials of DCA in patients with cancer, or would like to donate towards a fund for such trials, please visit the site set up by the University of Alberta and the Alberta Cancer Board. We will also follow events closely and will report any progress as it happens.

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

It also has no patent, meaning it could be manufactured for a fraction of the cost of newly developed drugs.
Evangelos Michelakis of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and his colleagues tested DCA on human cells cultured outside the body and found that it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells, but not healthy cells. Tumours in rats deliberately infected with human cancer also shrank drastically when they were fed DCA-laced water for several weeks.

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

Until now it had been assumed that cancer cells used glycolysis because their mitochondria were irreparably damaged. However, Michelakis's experiments prove this is not the case, because DCA reawakened the mitochondria in cancer cells. The cells then withered and died (Cancer Cell, DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2006.10.020).
Michelakis suggests that the switch to glycolysis as an energy source occurs when cells in the middle of an abnormal but benign lump don't get enough oxygen for their mitochondria to work properly (see diagram). In order to survive, they switch off their mitochondria and start producing energy through glycolysis.

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

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

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

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

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



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From: http://tinyurl.com/3yoxwk

Some experts blast latest climate report
By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

Jan 28, 2007

WASHINGTON - Later this week in Paris, climate scientists will issue a dire forecast for the planet that warns of slowly rising sea levels and higher temperatures. But that may be the sugarcoated version.

Early and changeable drafts of their upcoming authoritative report on climate change foresee smaller sea level rises than were projected in 2001 in the last report. Many top U.S. scientists reject these rosier numbers. Those calculations don't include the recent, and dramatic, melt-off of big ice sheets in two crucial locations:

They "don't take into account the gorillas - Greenland and Antarctica," said Ohio State University earth sciences professor Lonnie Thompson, a polar ice specialist. "I think there are unpleasant surprises as we move into the 21st century."

Michael MacCracken, who until 2001 coordinated the official U.S. government reviews of the international climate report on global warming, has fired off a letter of protest over the omission.

The melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are a fairly recent development that has taken scientists by surprise. They don't know how to predict its effects in their computer models. But many fear it will mean the world's coastlines are swamped much earlier than most predict.

Others believe the ice melt is temporary and won't play such a dramatic role.
That debate may be the central one as scientists and bureaucrats from around the world gather in Paris to finish the first of four major global warming reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The panel was created by the United Nations in 1988.

After four days of secret word-by-word editing, the final report will be issued Friday.
The early versions of the report predict that by 2100 the sea level will rise anywhere between 5 and 23 inches. That's far lower than the 20 to 55 inches forecast by 2100 in a study published in the peer-review journal Science this month. Other climate experts, including

NASA's James Hansen, predict sea level rise that can be measured by feet more than inches.

The report is also expected to include some kind of proviso that says things could be much worse if ice sheets continue to melt.

The prediction being considered this week by the IPCC is "obviously not the full story because ice sheet decay is something we cannot model right now, but we know it's happening," said Stefan Rahmstorf, a climate panel lead author from Germany who made the larger prediction of up to 55 inches of sea level rise. "A document like that tends to underestimate the risk," he said.

"This will dominate their discussion because there's so much contentiousness about it," said Bob Corell, chairman of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, a multinational research effort. "If the IPCC comes out with significantly less than one meter (about 39 inches of sea level rise), there will be people in the science community saying we don't think that's a fair reflection of what we know."

In the past, the climate change panel didn't figure there would be large melt of ice in west Antarctica and Greenland this century and didn't factor it into the predictions. Those forecasts were based only on the sea level rise from melting glaciers (which are different from ice sheets) and the physical expansion of water as it warms.

But in 2002, Antarctica's 1,255-square-mile Larsen B ice shelf broke off and disappeared in just 35 days. And recent NASA data shows that Greenland is losing 53 cubic miles of ice each year - twice the rate it was losing in 1996.

Even so, there are questions about how permanent the melting in Greenland and especially Antarctica are, said panel lead author Kevin Trenberth, chief of climate analysis at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado.

While he said the melting ice sheets "raise a warning flag," Trenberth said he wonders if "some of this might just be temporary."

University of Alabama at Huntsville professor John Christy said Greenland didn't melt much within the past thousand years when it was warmer than now. Christy, a reviewer of the panel work, is a prominent so-called skeptic. He acknowledges that global warming is real and man-made, but he believes it is not as worrisome as advertised.

Those scientists who say sea level will rise even more are battling a consensus-building structure that routinely issues scientifically cautious global warming reports, scientists say. The IPCC reports have to be unanimous, approved by 154 governments - including the United States and oil-rich countries such as Saudi Arabia - and already published peer-reviewed research done before mid-2006.

Rahmstorf, a physics and oceanography professor at Potsdam University in Germany, says, "In a way, it is one of the strengths of the IPCC to be very conservative and cautious and not overstate any climate change risk."

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On the Net:
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: http://www.ipcc.ch/

Related articles:

Global Warming: The vicious circle (29 January 2007)
http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article2193672.ece
The effects of man-made emissions of carbon dioxide are being felt on every inhabited continent in the world with very different parts of the climate now visibly responding to human activity.These are among the main findings of the most intensive study of climate change by 2,000 of the world's leading climate scientists. They conclude that there is now little doubt that human activity is changing the face of the planet.In addition to rising surface temperatures around the world, scientists have now linked man-made emissions of greenhouse gases to significant increases in ocean temperatures, rises in sea levels and the dramatic melting of Arctic sea ice over the past 35 years. A draft copy of the fourth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that global temperature rises this century of between 2C and 4.5C are almost inevitable. Ominously, however, it also says that much higher increases of 6C "or more" cannot be ruled out. The final version of the IPCC's latest report is to be published on Friday but a draft copy, seen by The Independent, makes it clear that climate change could be far worse than previously thought because of potentially disastrous "positive" feedbacks which could accelerate rising temperatures. A warmer world is increasing evaporation from the oceans causing atmospheric concentrations of water vapour, a powerful greenhouse agent, to have increased by 4 per cent over the sea since 1970. Water vapour in the atmosphere exacerbates the greenhouse effect. This is the largest positive feedback identified in the report, which details for the first time the IPCC's concern over the uncertainties - and dangers - of feedback cycles that may quickly accelerate climate change. CLIP

Survey shows 13 pct of Americans never heard of global warming (Jan 29)
http://tinyurl.com/2dhzo6
OSLO (Reuters) - Thirteen percent of Americans have never heard of global warming even though their country is the world's top source of greenhouse gases, a 46-country survey showed on Monday. The report, by ACNielsen of more than 25,000 Internet users, showed that 57 percent of people around the world considered global warming a "very serious problem" and a further 34 percent rated it a "serious problem.""It has taken extreme and life-threatening weather patterns to finally drive the message home that global warming is happening and is here to stay unless a concerted, global effort is made to reverse it," said Patrick Dodd, the President of ACNielsen Europe. People in Latin America were most worried while U.S. citizens were least concerned with just 42 percent rating global warming "very serious." The United States emits about a quarter of all greenhouse gases, the biggest emitter ahead of China, Russia and India.Thirteen percent of U.S. citizens said they had never heard or read anything about global warming, the survey said. CLIP

Great Barrier Reef 'will be bleached-out wasteland in 25 years' (31/01/2007)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=5Y13AIFMGXY2PQFIQMGCFFOAVCBQUIV0?xml=/news/2007/01/31/wreef31.xml
The wonders of the Great Barrier ReefGlobal warming could turn Australia's Great Barrier Reef into a wasteland of bleached coral in 25 years, says a scientific report leaked yesterday.The extraordinary diversity of marine life found on the 1,200-mile-long reef could be little more than a memory for future generations unless the emission of greenhouse gases is curbed, it says. The reef, the world's largest living organism, will become "functionally extinct", according to the confidential draft of a report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change due to be released later this year. Coral bleaching in Australian waters is likely to become an annual occurrence by as early as 2030 due to warmer, more acidic seas, it says. (...) The draft IPCC report said that several other World Heritage listed parts of Australia would be devastated by global warming, including Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, made famous by the Crocodile Dundee films, and the Snowy Mountains in the south-east of the country. Kevin Rudd, the leader of the opposition Labour party, said that John Howard, the prime minister, had failed to act on curbing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by refusing to sign the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. CLIP

Climate change means hunger and thirst for billions: report (30 January 2007) MUST READ!
http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/203/52/
Billions of people will suffer water shortages and the number of hungry will grow by hundreds of millions by 2080 as global temperatures rise, scientists warn in a new report. -- The report estimates that between 1.1 billion and 3.2 billion people will be suffering from water scarcity problems by 2080 and between 200 million and 600 million more people will be going hungry. The assessment is contained in a draft of a major international report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to be released later this year, Australia's The Age newspaper said. Rising sea levels could flood seven million more homes, while Australia's famed Great Barrier Reef, treasured as the world's largest living organism, could be dead within decades, the scientists warn, the newspaper said. The Age said it had obtained a copy of the report, believed to be one of three prepared for release by the IPCC, which is highly regarded for its neutrality and caution. Some 500 experts are meeting in Paris this week ahead of the release on Friday of the IPCC's first report since 2001 on the state of scientific knowledge on global warming. The report will be followed in April by volumes focusing on the impacts of climate change and on the social-economic costs of reducing the emission of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. A chapter on Australia in the report on global impacts warns that coral bleaching in the Barrier Reef is likely to become an annual occurrence by as early as 2030 due to warmer, more acidic seas. Bleaching occurs when the plant-like organisms that make up coral die and leave behind the white limestone skeleton of the reef. The World Heritage site, stretching over more than 345,000 square kilometers (133,000 sq miles) off Australia's northeast coast, will become "functionally extinct", the scientists are quoted as saying. Average global temperatures have already risen about 0.7 to 0.8 degrees since 1900, which the report says contributed to increased bleaching in coral reefs in the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. At 2.0 to 3.0 degrees above 1900 levels, the report predicts the "complete loss" of Australia's alpine zones and the possible collapse of South America's Amazon forest system, causing a "huge loss of biodiversity". The human and economic costs of climate change are likely to be highest in poor countries, with water shortages crippling many African nations and increased coastal flooding hitting low-lying countries such as Bangladesh and many Pacific islands, the report says.

Water for All - Moving Towards Access to Fresh Drinking Water and Sanitation
http://www.un.org/Pubs/chronicle/2005/issue2/0205p20.html
While over 70 per cent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, most of it is unusable for human consumption. According to the Government of Canada's Environment Department, freshwater lakes, rivers and underground aquifers represent only 2.5 per cent of the world's total water supply. Unfortunately, in addition to being scarce, freshwater is also very unevenly distributed. As many may know, the United Nations has compared water consumption with its availability and has predicted that by the middle of this century between 2 billion and 7 billion people will be faced with water scarcity. Given this emerging reality, it is little wonder that water has been described as "the oil of the twenty-first century", a scarce commodity that will be a source of conflict between peoples and nations. If you think that is hyperbole, consider this: in addition to such a dire prediction, the United Nations also estimates that 1.2 billion in a world of just over 6 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water and 2.4 billion lack proper sanitation facilities. In early 2005, the world had a powerful reminder of how tenuous access to safe drinking water could be. Following the tsunami that devastated southern Asia and parts of Africa in December 2004, the World Health Organization warned that as many as 150,000 of the estimated 5 million people affected by this natural disaster were at "extreme risk". WHO Director General Dr. Lee Jong-wook made it clear that the most urgent need was access to safe drinking water. (...) The urgent need for action is quite clear. In the developing countries, 80 per cent of illnesses are water-related. Due to the shortage of safe drinking water in much of the world, there are 3.3 million deaths every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by E. coli, salmonella and cholera bacterial infections, and from parasites like giardia and cryptosporidium, as well as viral pathogens like rotavirus. In fact, between 1990 and 2000, more children died of diarrhoea than all the people killed in armed conflicts since the Second World War. However, the impact of water shortage goes far beyond widespread diseases in the developing world. In fact, unless we take action, this shortage could be the defining issue of the first half of the twenty-first century. Consider that between 1990 and 1995, global water consump-tion rose sixfold, which is more than double the rate of population growth, due in part to industrial demand. For example, it takes 300 litres of water to produce 1 kilogram of paper, and 215,000 litres to produce 1 metric ton of steel. Changes in our diet are also driving water consumption; it takes 15,000 tons of water to produce a ton of beef, while it only requires 1,000 tons of water for a ton of grain. As nations like China, India and Mexico continue their rapid industrialization and catch up with the developed world, this consumption will only increase. Consider the depletion of aquifers-the vast natural underground storage systems that provide many with drinking water. As a result of over-consumption and depletion of its water table, Beijing is sinking into the ground at the rate of 4 inches per year. Certain barrios in Mexico City sink as much as a foot a year. CLIP



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From: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_technology/article2201598.ece

Apocalypse never? Science could yet save the day
31 January 2007

Giant mirrors in space that deflect the sun's heat, carbon 'scrubbers' that clean up the atmosphere - where governments have failed to tackle global warming, science could yet save the day, says Steve Connor.

Scientists are thinking the unthinkable. What can be done to save the planet from global warming if political measures fail? If governments cannot agree on the necessary cuts in carbon-dioxide emissions, can engineering projects such as giant mirrors in space save the world?

This week, more than 2,000 of the world's leading climate scientists will issue their formal assessment of the threat posed by rising temperatures. In its fourth report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is expected to say that man-made emissions of greenhouse gases are causing average global temperatures to rise towards a tipping point where climate change will become dangerous, and potentially irreversible.

The document will not look at how to mitigate climate change - that will be dealt with in a later report - but some scientists are already thinking about the kind of large engineering schemes that might have to be deployed if policies for cutting CO2 emissions get nowhere. These range from capturing it at power stations and burying it underground, to launching spacecraft loaded with reflective tinfoil to deflect solar radiation.

Such mega-engineering schemes fall into two broad categories. One is aimed at curbing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, which would lessen the greenhouse effect that exacerbates global warming. The other focuses on deflecting solar radiation back into space by increasing the albedo, or reflective power, of the Earth, or by using mirrors.

Capturing carbon and storing it underground is already happening in a few pilot projects. There are two ways of doing this. One is to remove carbon from hydrocarbon fuels - namely, oil, gas or coal - before it is burnt. The second way is post-combustion, by removing CO2 from power-station emissions and then burying it underground.

The Norwegian state oil company, Statoil, and BP already remove CO2 from North Sea gas as it emerges from the field. They then pipe it back underground to enhance further gas recovery - and reduce carbon emissions in the process. Removing CO2 post-combustion from power stations requires the fitting of "scrubbers" to chimneys that can absorb the gas.

Both are expensive. A power station with effective scrubbing technology would consume between 10 and 40 per cent more energy than one without, but such a power station could reduce its carbon emissions by up to 90 per cent.

Klaus Lackner of Columbia University has proposed an extension of this idea, by dotting the landscape with windmill-like machines fitted with scrubbers that can remove CO2 from the atmosphere. The advantage of such a scheme is that it could be placed anywhere in the world - a desert rich in solar power, for example, or windy islands in the open ocean - and the technology need not be too efficient provided there are enough scrubbers to offset man-made emissions.

"The trick is to absorb enough carbon dioxide and to get rid of it quickly enough by burying it in long-term deposits," says John Shepherd of the Southampton Oceanography Centre. "This is the only scheme that could potentially reduce global levels of carbon dioxide to pre-industrial levels."

Other schemes focus on improving the efficiency of the world's natural carbon sinks. For instance, scientists have postulated that sprinkling iron filings over the ocean would have a fertilising effect on marine plankton. In theory, this could improve the absorption of CO2 by encouraging giant algal blooms that draw down atmospheric carbon. But there are problems.

"I think this is a non-starter," says Dr Shepherd. "Experiments show that you can initiate a bloom, but the majority of the algae die or are eaten within days, releasing carbon dioxide back into the system."

Another approach is to tinker with the amount of solar radiation that hits the Earth. Changing the planet's albedo by as little as 1 per cent could have a significant impact on global warming. An advantage of this approach is that CO2 levels could be allowed to rise to perhaps four or even eight times pre-industrial levels, which would boost agricultural output with improved carbon fertilisation.

John Latham, of the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, is working with Stephen Salter of Edinburgh University to increase the albedo of low-level clouds over the oceans, by atomising sea water to produce droplets that enter the clouds and make them whiter and more reflective.

"The scheme could produce a global cooling, sufficient to balance the warming resulting from a doubling of the atmospheric carbon-dioxide concentration, by seeding clouds in three oceanic regions which together cover about 3 per cent of the Earth's surface," Dr Latham says. "The only raw material required is seawater, the amount of global cooling could be controlled and, if necessary, the system could be switched off, with conditions returning to normal within a few days."

Another way of altering atmospheric albedo has been proposed by Paul Crutzen, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Germany. He suggests that the release of sulphate particles in the upper atmosphere would reflect sunlight and heat back into space. The idea is based on the way that a volcanic eruption releases sulphur into the air, resulting in discernible global cooling. Weather balloons, aircraft or even artillery shells could be used to put the sulphate aerosol into the atmosphere, Dr Crutzen suggests. "Such a modification could also be stopped on short notice, if undesirable and unforeseen side effects become apparent," he says.


Perhaps the most ambitious plan of all involves for solar reflectors. A fleet of tiny aluminium balloons could be released into the upper atmosphere, or a giant mirror could be placed in space at the point of lowest gravitational pull between the Earth and the sun.

The idea has been proposed by Lowell Wood of the University of California Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is a disciple of Edward Teller, the military scientist who first suggested the idea. Dr Wood believes that removing less than 2 per cent of solar radiation would avert dangerous global warming - although it would cost billions.
Many unanswered questions remain about these mega-technological fixes, but perhaps the biggest of all is whether they are safe. James Lovelock, the inventor of the Gaia theory of Earth systems, has suggested that the mega-engineers should take the equivalent of the Hippocratic oath. Their first priority, he says, should be to do no harm to the Earth and the life on it. Otherwise the cure for global warming could end up being worse than the illness.

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Related article:

US Urges Scientists to Block Out Sun
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/013007EB.shtml
The US wants the world's scientists to develop technology to block sunlight as a last-ditch way to halt global warming. It says research into techniques such as giant mirrors in space or reflective dust pumped into the atmosphere would be "important insurance" against rising emissions. (...) study by a former chief economist of the World Bank, Sir Nicholas Stern of Britain, called climate change"the greatest and widest-ranging market failure ever seen," with the potential to shrink the global economy by 20 percent and to cause economic and social disruption on par with the two world wars and the Great Depression. CLIP



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From: "Douglas Mattern" <worldcit@best.com>
Subject: Nuclear Terrorism
Date: 28 Jan 2007
FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF WORLD CITIZENS (AWC) SAN FRANCISCO - January 29, 2007
If The Atomic Clock Strikes Twelve, Midnight Is Forever

By Douglas Mattern

January 27, 2007

Opinion
But thoughts, the slaves of life, and life, time's fool,
And time, that takes survey of all the world,
Time must have a stop."

- Henry IV, Shakespeare

We cannot stop or slow the space/time/continuum that permeates our world and the universe, but we must, if we really care about the future and destiny of humanity, stop the time of human folly that is leading toward a black abyss. This was underscored this month when the hands on the famous "Doomsday Clock" of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) was moved forward from seven to five minutes before midnight.
The reason is manifold, including, as reported BAS, a "renewed emphasis on the military utility of nuclear weapons and the failure to adequately secure nuclear materials." An increasing danger is the proliferation of nuclear weapons states, now numbering eight or nine, along with the prospect of others joining this macabre club in the near future. The United Nations reports that over 30 countries have the capability to produce nuclear weapons.

In 1963, President Kennedy emphasized the extreme danger of nuclear proliferation: "I ask you to stop and think for a moment what it would mean to have nuclear weapons in so many hands, in the hands of countries large and small, stable and unstable, responsible and irresponsible, scattered throughout the world. There would be no rest for anyone then, no stability, no real security, and no chance of effective disarmament. There would only be the increased chance of accidental war."

What is difficult to understand is that after the severe danger of nuclear war during the long decades of the Cold War, we are still only 30-minutes or less from nuclear incineration. The reason is that included among the 27,000 nuclear weapons stockpiled in the world, thousands of U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear warheads are on hair-trigger alert. The RAND Corporation reports these weapons could be launched in a few minutes notice destroying both countries in an hour. Such a doomsday scenario could result from an accidental missile launch, an early warning system error, or miscalculation.

Why are these genocidal weapons on hair-trigger with the daily treat they pose to civilization? It would surely appear to any outside observer to be utter madness. This brings to mind the famous statement by the Greek playwright, Euripides (480-406 BC) after contemplating the senseless human slaughter in the Trojan War: "Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad."

Perhaps ignoring a civilization ending threat year-after-year for decades is a kind of madness. But madness or just incredibly irresponsible, we must wake up and reverse direction before it is forever too late. This danger cannot be overstated. Shortly before leaving office, former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, stated that among all our serious global problems, nuclear weapons present the greatest danger because they present a "unique existential threat to all humanity."

In this first month of the seventh year into the new millennium, the great scientist and fellow of the Royal Society, Steven Hawking, stated: "As scientists, we understand the dangers of nuclear weapons and their devastating effects. As citizens of the world, we have a duty to alert the public to the unnecessary risks that we live with every day, and to the perils we foresee if governments and societies do not take action to render nuclear weapons obsolete."

Sir Martin Rees, president of the Royal Society, professor of cosmology and astrophysics, and master of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, stated in response to the advancing the nuclear clock: "Nuclear weapons still pose the most catastrophic and immediate threat to humanity."
Stephen Hawking and Sir Martin Rees both agree that climate change could threaten our civilization, but it is nuclear weapons that are the greatest and immediate threat. It is, therefore, imperative that we join together with an unyielding determination and with an iron will to ensure that nuclear weapons are abolished from the face of the earth. Until then, humanity will be remain, as President Kennedy stated: "Under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or madness."

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Douglas Mattern is President of the Association of World Citizens (AWC) and author of "Looking for Square Two - Moving from War and Violence to Global Community" available on Amazon.com ---- AWC email: worldcit@best.com

AWC is embarking on a new campaign for nuclear disarmament that will include publicizing the documentary/movie entitled "The Man Who Saved the World" that will be released to movie theaters and television in the fall of this year.  The film centers on the heroic decision made by Colonel Stanislav Petrov in 1983 when the Soviet Union's main command bunker signaled that Russia was under a missile attack by the United States.

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Related article:

The Man Who Saved the World Finally Recognized
http://www.mosnews.com/feature/2004/05/21/petrov.shtml
Sirens blaring, warning lights flashing, computer screens showing nuclear missiles on their way, one man in charge of a red button labeled "START" - that's start a retaliatory strike - and a roomful of people at their terminals and switchboards waiting for him to push it. Sound like a typical Hollywood Cold War cliffhanger?It was indeed just like in the movies, says the man who was poised over the red button over twenty years ago, except "in the movies, Hollywood specialists and directors can stretch a little situation into half an hour. In our case, from the time I made the decision to when it was all over, it was five minutes max."Stanislav Petrov was a Soviet army officer monitoring the satellite system for signs of a U.S. attack, the year was 1983, and his instructions, if he detected missiles targeting the Soviet Union, were to push the button and launch a counter-offensive. He didn't. Minutes later, no missiles came; months later, the frightening data across his monitor was determined to have been a system glitch. Today, the Association of World Citizens is calling him "the forgotten hero of our time," a title befitting the man whose responsibility had been to start World War III. CLIP

An atomic threat made in America (January 28, 2007)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-061209atoms-day1-story,0,2034260.htmlstory
How the U.S. spread bomb-grade fuel worldwide - and failed to get it back. - The specter of nuclear warfare waged by North Korea or Iran has hung over the world in recent months. But beyond that fear and foreboding looms a more far-reaching threat: the vast amount of nuclear bomb-grade material scattered across the globe. And it wasn't Kim Jong Il or the ayatollahs of Iran who put it there. America did. For a time, in a misguided Cold War program called Atoms for Peace, the U.S. actually supplied this material--highly enriched uranium, a key component of nuclear weapons. The Soviets followed suit. The threat still posed by these stockpiles, particularly in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, is so dire that the keepers of the Doomsday Clock cited the issue as among their chief concerns this month when they moved the iconic measure of global security closer to midnight. Just last week, Georgian authorities disclosed they had caught a Russian man trying to sell uranium he had hidden in two plastic bags in his pocket--an unsettling reminder of how easy it is to smuggle this dangerous material. Yet decades of fitful commitment by the U.S. government to retrieve bomb-grade uranium have left the world no safer, a Tribune investigation has found. Today, roughly 40 tons of the material remains out of U.S. control--enough to make more than 1,400 nuclear weapons. For a quarter-century, as the U.S. struggled to persuade friends and enemies alike to return the uranium in exchange for safer material, a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago led the effort.His undertaking, one that spanned six continents, mirrors America's troubled quest to reverse a mistaken policy that imperils the world to this day. CLIP



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ANOTHER ERN SUBSCRIBER DOING HER AMAZING CONTRIBUTION FOR A BETTER, CLEANER, SANER WORLD

Date: 31 Jan 2007
From: Cathy Garger <savorsuccesslady3@yahoo.com>
Subject: DU Radioactive Poison Explosions Inside US Affects Canada & Mexico too

Dear Jean,
 
My heart has been heavy about this subject... I am trying to get the word out about this - If you can circulate this piece to friends I would be much obliged.  I am trying to get the nation - and Canada and Mexico, too - to find out what the US criminals in power are doing to our people, our wildlife, our air, our water, our vegetation and food, and *quite* on purpose, too.
 
I have been unable to sleep since finding out about this.  If enough people find out, there is some hope we can stop them.
 
Thank you soooo much!

Cathy Garger
Maryland USA

Help the US become Radiation Free by 2033!
http://www.radiation.org
 
Cathy Garger
http://www.mytown.ca/garger


From: http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/printer_23826.shtml

Depleted Uranium Poison Explosions Target US Citizens

I Left My Heart In (a 2500 miles radius of) San Francisco
 
Continue to contaminate your bed, and you will one night suffocate in your own waste. Your destiny is a mystery to us.
 
- Chief Seattle leader of the Duwanish tribe in Washington Territory in an 1854 letter to U.S. President Franklin Pierce to mark transfer of ancestral Indian lands to the United States
 
There are efforts underway to oppose explosions of radioactive materials by the US government into the air in which we breathe. This article will outline various reasons why and how radioactive explosive "tests" are harming America - and describe the efforts of citizens in one area of the country who are now working to try to put a stop to them.
 
Like most people over 21, you may already know that the United States used to "test" nuclear bombs in the NV and NM deserts, right out in the open air. If asked, most people would probably be able to tell us that yes indeed, both above ground and below ground "nuclear testing" in the United States ended years ago. Yet, even though 1992 saw its last nuke bomb "test" inside the United States, how many know that our government is still firing radioactive explosives into our atmosphere? This fact appears to be one of Uncle Sam's "dirtiest" not-so-little, well-kept secrets.

Yes, they fire radiation out into the very same air that our families breathe. Tons of radioactive munitions, in fact. Depleted Uranium is the name of one of the materials they use. And if that material sounds familiar? It because it's the same stuff that they're using on the "enemy" - that is, on civilians - in Afghanistan and Iraq.
 
No, we do not know what in the world the civilians of Iraq and Afghanistan ever did to deserve the "honor" of being blasted to kingdom come with Uranium-238 - rendering their nations permanently uninhabitable. By the same token, nor do we know what American citizens have done to deserve Depleted Uranium being exploded into our air so that we are gassed with it, either.
 
But now the country is starting to buzz with the word of radioactive open air "testing" near San Francisco. And with such a progressive part of the nation that has historically fought hard for peace, equal rights, racial equality, gay rights, and ecological sustainability? As one could say, the Greater San Francisco Bay area is now again boldly "coming out of the closet" with regard to letting the proverbial cat out of the bag about this "dirty" business of Uncle Sam's.
 
But this is not a story entirely about San Francisco's troubles. Nor is it even all about California. As you will see, this story affects you and me, no matter where we live in the country. California's tale is only the proverbial tip of the iceberg. The story about your community and mine? Now that's the heart of this story.
 
The fiery "hot" issue of Depleted Uranium explosives "testing" has emerged into the spotlight in the San Francisco Bay area recently all because of some people who live in a city called Tracy.  That's how anything important usually starts - when just a few people who are fed up enough get together and become vocal enough and publicly put up a fuss.
 
No wonder why they're upset. Only a few miles away from them on a federally owned 7,000 acre parcel of land in the Altamont Hills at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in San Joaquin and Alameda Counties, California, radioactive explosives containing Depleted Uranium are being shot out into the open air at a location called Site 300. Yes, Depleted Uranium is being exploded across the street from a motorbike recreational area. Site 300 is only a few miles away from where people live.

CLIP

Apparently the US government has determined that the public does not have a right to know what is in the air they breathe. As reported by Tracy Press on December 14, Livermore Lab spokesperson Linda Seaver stated, "We are not bound to do a public notice for every permit we request. We worked directly with the local air quality board and our various regulators".
 
How do you think the American public would feel if it realized that nuclear bomb simulators purposely and routinely fire off 100 pound toxic and radioactive air blasts that affect the air, water, soil, and food supplies in our communities? Site 300, after all, is only one of at several DU "testing" grounds in the nation. For example, Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories both fire Depleted Uranium into the open air, as does the Nevada Test Site and Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona.
 
CLIP

Before the second war in Iraq even started, Karen Parker, J.D., President and Co-founder of the Association of Humanitarian Lawyers, further elaborated on the illegality of DU weapons, in August 1999 when she testified "?these radioactive weapons have already been used in Kuwait, Iraq, Kosovo and Serbia even though they are illegal under existing humanitarian law. There are four main tests which determine whether or not the use of weapons is illegal: (1) whether or not they stay within the territorial range of the conflict; (2) whether or not they damage the environment; (3) whether or not the effects of the weapons end when the conflict ends (or the temporal range of the weapons); and (4) whether or not they are inhumane, that is, continue to cause physical harm beyond the point used for military purposes. As the Sub-Commission is aware, Depleted Uranium Munitions fail all four tests."

So apparently, international law be damned and world leaders dare not oppose this behemoth of a military beast. The US military's continued violation of international law by its use of DU in nations overseas in which it declares an "enemy" is certainly no secret to the rest of the world. At the very least, what the United Nations, the Middle East, eastern Europe and Okinawa (Islands of Japan) and Puerto Rico (both locations where DU was exploded) all realize too well about the horrific ramifications of the use of US uranium weapons inside our country seems to be a well-kept secret here at home.
 
How many Americans do you think realize that radioactive Depleted Uranium explosions are being detonated in several federal "test" sites right here in the United States, where American families live, work, play - and try to breathe? How many people even living in the Livermore Lab's backyard, inside the greater San Francisco Bay area realize that the radioactive particulate matter of Uranium-238 stays in our atmosphere for 4,510,000,000 years?
 
We're not talking about a poison that will go away in a few generations. This radiation will, in fact, be around longer than the earth itself has been around. In the scheme of things, we are radioactively poisoning earth forever.

CLIP
 
What would happen, do you think, if the connection was made in the minds of 300 million Americans between widespread cancers, diabetes, asthma and other respiratory diseases, auto-immune system diseases and birth defects as a result of Americans breathing in low-level, ionizing radiation? To say the least, this mind-blowing revelation would not exactly "sell" on-going American wars. One can understand precisely why a government - and the mainstream media it controls - would try extremely hard to keep the radioactive explosions, irreparably damaging to the air and environment, all very hush-hush.
 
One can't help but ponder the concept of a government - any nation's government - willfully, knowingly, releasing vast amounts of radioactive substances into the air, water, and food supply of its very own people. Upon contemplation, the average brain can not begin to comprehend the sober seriousness contained within such a concept. Aghast with the horrific implications, one is forced to ask if this poison dust - which is being inhaled in our air and ingested within our food and water - is not purposely intended to have an adverse health impact upon those living within our own country, too?
 
What seems to be too horrific a concept must at least be considered.

Read this entire, MOST excellent and utterly harrowing 28-page article by Cathy at
http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_23826.shtml

... and pass this on to others to raise awareness on this critical issue and push for action to STOP this madness NOW!

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MORE ON THIS FROM Kathleen Roberts (weerkhr@pacbell.net)

From: http://rense.com/general75/hyd.htm

Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab's 200 Executioners Ready

SF Bay Area Targeted -  7,000,000 People

By Bob Nichols (duweapons@gmail.com)
1-30-7
 
SAN FRANCISCO -- About 200 Executioners will report for work one day soon at the Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Weapons "Lab" in Livermore, California and methodically, even "professionally," set about executing the premeditated random murder of hundreds of innocent victims in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
The Bay Area is home to About Seven Million potential murder victims, all blissfully unaware of the deadly radioactive uranium gas about to be released in a "dirty bomb" by the 200 Executioners.
 
Gay or straight, bisexual or transgender, black or white or Asian, it makes no difference to the cold blooded murderers at Livermore as the employees mindlessly carry out their proscribed "tests" and "detonations." After all, the money's good, why would they ever ask anything?
 
THE WEAPON. The weapon of choice in this long running random killing spree is a radioactive metal aerosol so small, tiny even, so finely divided, that it acts like a gas. Weaponized insoluble ceramic uranium oxide and uranium nitride gas or aerosols have only two purposes. Those are to 1) kill people, and 2) contaminate the land.
 
The Executioners will gather on the Federal Government's appointed day, concurred in by the University of California at Berkeley (UC-B,) and use exotic high explosives to blast to smithereens a substantial amount of weaponized uranium gas in solid metal form. The Executioners have done this regularly for at least 46 years, since 1961. [See attached photo.]
 
The uranium metal then catches on fire and burns at more than 3000 degrees. The fumes are radioactive gas [aerosols] deadly to all life forms. Dr. Chris Busby found them in giant high volume air filters in England from Iraq nine days after the United States started bombing Iraq in the "Shock and Awe" bombing campaign starting on March 21, 2003.
 
England is 2500 miles away from Baghdad. The San Francisco Bay Area is just a few miles away from Livermore's radioactive bomb detonation site. California's fantastically rich agricultural valleys are just a few miles inland. It is time to recognize the reality of the situation. San Francisco is under attack from the Nuclear Weapons Lab at Livermore, California.
 
THE LOCATION. The deadly explosive "device" will be detonated at the Livermore Site 300 Open Air 7000 acre detonation site one mile from Tracy, California. The facility is run by the nearby Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Weapons "Lab." The Nuke Bomb Factory is "managed" for the Federal Government by UC-B and has been, continuously, for 61 years.
 
HISTORY. A variety of Executioners working for the Nuclear Weapons "Lab," UC-B, and the Federal Government, since 1961, purposefully detonated thousands of pounds of deadly weaponized uranium gas. The Executioners are responsible for poisoning and contaminating thousands of people, buildings and land in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
The British Intelligence Agency called MI-6 has used the casualty rate figure of 10,000 people killed and maimed per ton of weaponized uranium gas explosively aerosolized and released. Supposing, for example, the Executioners explode 1000 pounds a year for 46 years. That works out to a kill and maimed casualty figure of 230,000 persons - men, women, and children.
 
The Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Weapons "Lab" recently "requested" that the maximum amount of uranium exploded annually be increased to 8000 pounds by the San Joaquin County Pollution Control Board. In other words, the Masters of the Nuclear Weapons Lab decided to increase the annual premeditated random casualty rate by 35,000 men, women and children.

CLIP

HOW URANIUM KILLS AND MAIMS. Weaponized uranium metal bombs detonated with high explosives create tiny aerosols of burning uranium oxides and uranium nitrides. The uranium burns at more than 3000 Degrees. The fumes created contain the tiny ceramicized particles that are so devastating to human bodies and all living things.
 
The ceramicized uranium gas is toxic in at least three ways. The radioactive toxicity is well known. A milligram of uranium oxide is smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. For the rest of our eternity that same milligram fires of 1,251,000 little bullets a day. That's One Million, Two Hundred and Fifty Onr Thousand. Then you, individually, have the power of an H-Bomb for your own personal internal ionizing radiation source that decimates those cells around it. Cancer, anyone?
 
The chemical or heavy metal toxicity is well known and applies equally to uranium. The catalytic toxicity of ceramic uranium compound aerosols is perhaps the most dangerous and least well known. It wrecks the information flows in the body. Uranium is always attracted to phosphate structures and since DNA, RNA, and Mitochondrial DNA are phosphate structures, genetic mutations are introduced that never go away.
 
 
Whether you or your loved ones in the San Francisco Bay Area get sick and die of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, nueromuscular diseases, renal (kidney) disorders, endocrine disorders or some combination of these dreaded diseases; they all can be set off by the radioactive uranium gas Livermore's Executioners are set to send to the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
There are two public agency meeting coming up February 6th and 7th. This is where to go to have your traditional California say in whether or not this travesty continues. The City of Tracy City Council Meeting and the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District.. You all know what you should do.



13.

Date: 31 Jan 2007
From: Steve Bhaerman <info@wakeuplaughing.com>
Subject: Notes From the Trail... Stop This Man Before He Kills Again!
Stop This Man Before He Kills Again!

By Steve Bhaerman

As President Bush and his shadowy puppeteer unblinkingly prepare for another stare-down with reality, those who remember are comparing our current situation with the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon a third of a century ago. Agnew went quietly over some corruption scandal which nowadays might be classified as "business as usual." With Gerald Ford in place to replace him, Nixon received the delegation of Republican leaders from the Senate (Hugh Scott and Barry Goldwater), and House Minority Leader John Rhodes who told him his Congressional support was gone. After a final confirmation from the two most powerful men in his administration, Alexander Haig and Henry Kissinger, Richard Nixon resigned himself to the inevitable resignation.

As we should well understand by now, our current misleadership makes Mister Nixon look like Mister Rogers. A better comparison for Bush and Cheney would be Enron execs Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, who acted legit until the moment the handcuffs were slapped on. So we would expect that whoever gets the assignment this time around will have to do more of a classic "intervention" than a political persuasion. It won't be pretty.

And it won't happen without the awakening and participation of the American people.

               
Our Choice -- Freedom or Empire?

What we face over the next six to nine months is the most challenging choice point for America since the Declaration of Independence itself. In 1776 and the years that followed, the American colonies had to choose between freedom and empire. The empire at the time was the British empire, and the colonists saw and felt firsthand how their economic and political well-being was being compromised. Hand-in-glove with the British empire was the largest and most powerful multinational corporation of the day, the British East India Company. Together, these two institutions imposed topdown political and economic control over the colonies.

As Americans are now waking up to discover, there has been a "re-colonization" of America as multinational corporations and our own government have reestablished the rule of a would-be King George. The American "middle class" is becoming as archaic as the family farm, as a modern "taxation without representation" bleeds the many to feed the few. The outrageously ridiculous financial price we pay to support our unsupportable empire is not only bankrupting America, but doesn't even benefit the vast majority of us. A pertinent analysis can be found in this recent article by Chalmers Johnson, an author and former CIA consultant who also appears in Why We Fight.

So we must do what the media will not. We must understand that the America we imagined we were living in has become a dangerous monster, all the more dangerous because of the still-pervasive belief that our intentions are benign. We must understand -- as Paul Levy most eloquently puts it in his book The Madness of George W. Bush -- that George Bush is simply the outpicturing of this unacknowledged shadow, the most glaring and blatant symptom of our potentially-fatal malaise.

So as we move the "up-wising" forward to rightfully remove a wrongfully-elected chief executive, we must understand that George Bush is the symptom and not the cause. "Impeachment," which I prefer to call a massive, nationwide, transpartisan vote of no confidence, becomes necessary as we the people take the first step to restoring "government of the people, by the people, and for the people where the government does our bidding, not the bidding of the highest bidder." The good news is, we don't need a revolution in this country. We've already had one, and the documents born of that "up-wising" are good enough for us, thank you. What is now required is an American Evolution where ordinary citizens wake up, speak up and stand up to apply these founding principles to these extraordinary times.

               
A State of Emerge & See

Like the American Revolution, the current American Evolution is a grassroots process, where "we the people" emerge from a long slumber as passive bystanders and become active participants in choosing the world we live into. As with any grassroots activity -- and very much like the internet which now provides this movement's "nervous system" -- this movement is not hierarchical. Instead, it gains its power from a solid foundation of understanding, agreement and action from the ground up. This may sound too simple, but America's political recovery program involves just three steps (and that puts us nine steps ahead of those 12-step folks!):
1. Set an intention.
2. Share this intention, so it is held by as many other people as possible.
3. Show up, and act when appropriate.

I would suggest then, that we hold the intention that America make the choice of freedom over empire, and that we reframe the issues we currently face in that context. That is a broad and complex conversation and too much for this short email. However, we have only to look at how much we're spending in lives and fortune in Iraq and how diminishing the returns are for the average American, to make a persuasive argument that what we are doing isn't working. When we look a little further at issues like climate change, environmental destruction, species loss, outsourcing of jobs, and an alarming "Greenspan Index" (far too many Americans don't seem to have enough "green" to span the average month), we can see that the track we're on is headed for a train wreck.

So ... what do we do now? There seem to be two immediate urgencies, and by addressing each we may be able to "feed two birds with one scone": express and build the power of "we the people," and at the same time possibly change the course of history. The most urgent urgency is to stop that man from killing again, specifically from bombing Iran (or provoking an incident which can lead to the bombing). While Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a definite wild card -- he's been called Iran's George Bush because his warlike policies don't reflect the feelings and aspirations of his people but he rules nonetheless -- an attack on that country would lead to unnecessary death, untold destruction, and would send the world closer to that apocalypse George Bush's rapture friends seem to be praying for.

One immediate way we can fortify our Senators? spinal tissue to help them stand up to this insanity is to partake in MoveOn.org's Virtual March tomorrow, February 1st. This campaign to get millions of people to contact their Senators to stand up and oppose escalation of the war in Iraq (and by inference, help pre-empt a preemptive attack on Iran), and it's something simple anyone can do. Keep in mind that the lobbying of organizations like MoveOn and Code Pink right after the election helped Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid find the courage to oppose escalation of the war. Please feel free to send this email and link to friends so that even Republicans will see that it's time to abandon a ship that increasingly seems under the command of a Captain Queeg who has lost his marbles.

Paradoxically, in order to really take this country back -- and take it forward -- we must see that the impeachment or removal of George Bush, while necessary as a first step to restoring America's moral authority, is only a step. Rather than focus on the crimes of one man and one administration, we must face our roles as silent enablers for a system that has outlived its uselessness. As the wall of lies crumbles -- and it will -- we must take responsibility for something that might even be more challenging than facing the awful truth. We must now embrace the awesome opportunity to help create a world that has not been seen before.

Let the good times roll.

       
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14.

Date:  27 Jan 2007
From: mday@ourearth.com
Subject: A concentration camp in Texas??

While I have been sharing bits and pieces of information and rumors about this subject for years...this is the first time that a close friend of mine has actually had a first hand encounter with one of these...
michael

Michael... I had an immigration attorney in my cab today who I took up to the"Immigration Detention Facility" in Taylor (about 30 miles NE of Austin). What I saw is a ready-to-go, full-on concentration camp. It's a large plot of land with a large sterile modern white building with a few slits for windows, surrounded completely by 3 rows of fences. The outer 2 (probably 12 feet or so high) have the tops facing in and are topped with rolled concertina wire. In between those 2 rows is a stretch of concrete "no man's land," probably 15 foot or so across.There are elevated guard houses at several places around the perimeter.Many unmarked white vans of varying sizes all over the place. Right across the street is a very large railroad yard. This place feels like Hell waiting to happen. The vibe is awful. It's of course in a very poor section of town that's not readily visible from other areas o town to the casual eye. It's a privately run, for-profit unit that is currently a holding facility for families waiting to be processed on immigration charges. Believe me, this was not designed simply for immigrant families or women and children! The first url below is from Alex Jones and the second is of a demonstration which took place out in front of the facility. They each give you some sense of what it is but neither of them really conveys the intensity of the place. It's definitely been designed for large numbers of people and for maximum security.

Residential Detention Center in Taylor Texas, houses illegal aliens and US Citizens
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4301247503172720559&q=taylor+detention+facility&hl=en

Vigil Against Hutto part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLEJ7bx0oC8
Texans United for Families is organizing a vigil to assert the dignity and humanity of the children and families being held in the T. Don Hutto immigrant detention center in Taylor, Texas. The jail is operated by Corrections Corporation of America, a private, for-profit prison company. The detention center is one of the first jails to detain entire families caught at points of entry, raising many legal and moral issues. Children, even toddlers, are housed in cells with their parents until the Department of Homeland Security arranges for their deportation or they are granted asylum or they manage to secure a bond for their release, a process that could take several months. Children are provided with no more than one hour of school and recreation per day, and many have lost significant amounts of weight and suffered illness since their arrival to the facility.

It really brings home the reality of what this country is facing. More later!

- D.



15.

Recommended by Ed Elkin (EdElkin@aol.com)

FAMILY

I ran into a stranger as he passed by, "Oh excuse me please" was my reply.
He said, "Please excuse me too; I wasn't watching for you."
We were very polite, this stranger and I. We went on our way and we said goodbye.
But at home a different story is told, how we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, cooking the evening meal, my son stood beside me very still.
 
When I turned, I nearly knocked him down. "Move out of the way," I said with a frown.
 
He walked away, his little heart broken. I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.
While I lay awake in bed, God's still small voice came to me and said,

"While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use, but the family you love, you seem to abuse.
Go and look on the kitchen floor, you'll find some flowers there by the door.

Those are the flowers he brought for you. He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.
He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise, you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes."

By this time, I felt very small, and now my tears began to fall.

I quietly went and knelt by his bed. "Wake up, little one, wake up," I said.

"Are these the flowers you picked for me?" He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree.
I picked 'em because they're pretty like you. I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."

I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today; I shouldn't have yelled at you that way." He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay. I love you anyway."
I said, "Son, I love you too, and I do like the flowers, especially the blue."
Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than into our own family, an unwise investment indeed, don't you think?

So what is behind the story?

Do you know what the word FAMILY means?
FAMILY = (F)ATHER (A)ND (M)OTHER (I) (L)OVE (Y)OU



16.

Speak Out For a Peaceful Resolution

Americans, Russians, Europeans, Hawaiians, Asians, Africans, HUMANS.
Segregation, Separation, Alienation, Annihilation.
Destruction of the Nation.
Differences become estrangement as the norm defiles our mind.
We see 'it' on TV almost every single day.
'it' is in the news and the dramas most people watch.
'it' is even in cartoons, radio and in print.
'it' is in government, in state, in town, and even in school.
Humans are entranced by 'it'.
Our lives revolve and are shaped around 'it'.
Many believe they are immune to 'it'.
Some may refuse to even see 'it'.

What is 'it'?
Religious Exiling, Racial Profiling, Feminine Defiling, Masculine Bullying
Speech Regulating, War Mongering, Fear Driven LIFE.

We are playing in 'it', living in 'it',
sleeping in 'it', and even dreaming in 'it'.
We feel we can't get away from 'it'.
Some are even in rapture of 'it'.
The only power 'it' has is
what you give 'it'.

Who am I?
Where did I come from?
What am I doing here?

How do I control 'it'?
How do I stop 'it'?
How do I forget 'it'?

Where do I go from here?

Speak Out For a Peaceful Resolution.
Dream the beautiful dream.
A Dream of Peace, Care, Cooperation, Love and Unity.
No Limits.
No Judgments.
No Boundaries.
               
SO BE IT!
Don't act dumb, sitting there numb.
Speak out for a Peaceful Resolution.
Activate Peaceful Resolutions in your community.
Become a Warrior of Peace!

---

By Lyra Star Mist Jubb (lyra5825@yahoo.com) who has created a flyer with this to raise awareness of Peace and how we create it. She encourages people to print this out as a poster and spread it in their communities.

Visit also her Earth College website at http://www.squidoo.com/earthcommunity/
"We co-create a beautiful world through our peaceful stewardship of Earth and all of her resources.Earth College is a vision for a collaborative effort of networking and support for individuals and organizations from around the planet.  Our mission is to offer education, participation and promotion of a lifestyle in harmony with a sustainable future. Both material and spiritual expressions are encouraged and enhanced by the Earth College's focus of United Diversity."





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