MAY LOVE PREVAIL ON EARTH


March 21, 2007

The Moment of Truth Series #8: Global Reality Checks

Hello everysoul!

I've never done that before... Here it goes!

Karl Anthony One Prayer video (5 min. 46 sec.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQeeZDkMCUQ
An absolutely soul-lifting experience and a perfect match to the current Meditation Focus...
It has been years since I cried that much!... If you are ready to be moved to tears, and if you want to better understand what Healing The Human Heart truly means, make time right away to watch this simple video and allow your Self to be enthralled by this so powerful and yet so simple song recommended by Doreen Agostino (isisconsulting@rogers.com). I provide the lyrics below but suggest you read them only as you listen to the song - if need be - or afterwards to get the best possible first experience of its power...

ONE PRAYER

by Karl Anthony

If I had one prayer, I'd pray for people who hate
Maybe I'm out of my mind ...or deep in my faith
A man grows old ...when his souls in pain
Only love can loosen that chain

But if I offer you grace, will it cause any change
And do I appear weak, if I calm my rage
I think of revenge, but will I become
The thing I despise, when a heart goes numb

I'll say a prayer, hoping it finds ...people who hate
I send it now, to heal the hearts ...of people who hate

If only one song ...could silence hate
And end all the war ...before its too late
If a cold mind ...could begin to feel
Then the fear in our world ...has a chance to heal

I'll say a prayer, knowing it finds ...people who hate
I send it now, to heal the hearts ...of people who hate
......pray for people who hate

All of our thoughts ...can set the stage
For the power of love ...is larger than rage
When we take revenge ...we will become
The hate we despise ...as our soul goes numb

I have One Prayer ...for the world to hear
It's a cry for mercy ...the last of our tears
Let hate dissolve ... let the past reveal
That love has shown us what is real

Angels above, quiet the pain ...in people who hate
I'm sending One Prayer, to heal the hearts ...in people who hate

One prayer.....Pray!

(May all be loved, may all be blessed, may all feel peace....pray for people who hate)

I'm sending love to people who hate
I must be out of my mind ...or deep in my faith

Taken from http://www.karlanthony.com/category/multimedia.lyrics/

I also recommend this really wonderful interview with Karl Anthony: 20 Years Later
You may listen to many of his songs (unabridged!) at http://www.karlanthony.com/category/multimedia.audio/ and 2 min. clips of his latest album at http://cdbaby.com/cd/karlanthony4

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

P.S. Oh! I should mention that you will find in this compilation material (Items # 4, 5, 6 and 7 below) that completely turn on its head the "scientific" arguments alleging that global warming is almost entirely man-made. If you have time, watch this 74 min program, "The Great Global Warming Swindle: A droplet of common sense in an ocean of hysteria" which provides compelling arguments against the purely man-made cause of global warming -- at 20 minutes into the program, you will find what is to me the key argument that in the past (based on data found in ice cores drilled in 3 mile thick glaciers) the increase in C02 in the atmosphere always occurred about 400 years AFTER the onset of higher global temperatures, and thus was NOT a precursor causing global warming. The variations in the sun's total radiation output, influenced by the variations in the level of interstellar "wind" pushing against the heliosphere enveloping the entire solar system as it travels around the galactic center, is the real cause of the Earth's temperature variations over the millennia. This being said I would NEVER want that the fossil fuel lobby uses this information to prevent governmental actions to lower humanity's pollution and encourage the switch by everyone to cleaner technologies. If anything, reducing our pressure against all endangered vital ecosystems is critical to mitigate the incoming consequences of a hotter sun upon our global environment.

NOTE: The Ultimate Con 9/11 Documentary Trailer I've recommended in my last compilation has been pulled by YouTube on March 12 but not before 14,000 could see it. It is also available (since March 9) at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8014560849426995992&q=%22The+Ultimate+Con+9%2F11+Documentary and is again available on YouTube through http://100777.com/node/1674 -- Now, for the first time ever, DOZENS of live video references to the multiple internal explosions that brought down the Twin Tower and World Trade Center 7. What's amazing is not that it happened, but that it happened in broad daylight, thousands experienced it first hand, millions saw and heard the overwhelming evidence on TV and in spite of that, a government-created myth has become the official version of events. -- This movie is supposed to come out in April. Let's hope it does!

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THE QUOTES

"Some call me Gaia. Others call me Mother Earth. I am the Spirit of Life on Earth. For billions of years now I have dwelt upon this magnificent planet. You can see me all around you and feel me within you. Without me nothing would exist. I manifest myself everywhere in this mighty Universe and without me nothing would be. I am the light pouring from the stars. I am the water bearing myriads of Life forms. I am the air protecting an infinite number of planets from the cold of outer space. I am the Earth nurturing innumerable manifestations of My creativity. I am the fire of Life within you as well as in everything else."

- Taken from http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/EarthConcert.htm


"Thanks for a very interesting newsletter. Most interesting was of course this documentary trailer.
The most relevant issue to arise from this is the fact, that those second explosions never have been discussed openly or given headlines in the media, which must add to the suspicions, one of the most disturbing ones being that this information has been suppressed deliberately, which must raise even graver
suspicions..."

— Christian Lanciai (clanciai@yahoo.co.uk)


Aloha Jean - I thought I would catch you up on the local response to the Navy's plans for local waters in the next two years. We are building a shield. The whales are under siege with a giant super ferry set to go in hawaiian whale breeding grounds and no environmental impact statement so far required (!)... then there's the next IWC and commercial whaling countries gathering forces... Speaking from a Gaian perspective, I am declaring whales to be a major focus for this year's Earth Day, We shall celebrate on behalf of the cetaceans... at least here on Maui. We are preparing... Still so grateful that you are such a wonderful planetary Hermes.... By the way I have several activist songs including the Ocean Song (LFA) and 11 minutes of the rock opera available (free streaming, nominal download fee) at http://iacmusic.com/artist.aspx?ID=49377

— Jaiia Earthschild (jaiia_earthschild@yahoo.com) who also included a letter from Marsha Green of the
International Ocean Noise Coalition who wrote: "I have attached a letter about the navy's plan to expose over 10,000 endangered humpback whales and over 900 sperm whales to over 173 decibels of sonar over the next two years around Hawaii. This noise level is over 100 times louder that the sonar that caused the stranding and death of whales in the Bahamas in March, 2000. The navy is claiming this will have no significant impact on the whales. However, just before they issued this announcement they exempted themselves from the Marine Mammal Protection Act for the next two years. You can ask yourself why they exempted themselves from this Federal law that protects marine mammals. (Info on a rally held last March 15 was included here.) Marine mammals around island archipelagos are especially vulnerable due to the reverberation of the sonar. This rally is part of a larger effort which will continue in Europe and the United Nations in June. Please join this effort. This is a critical time in Hawaii relative to the sonar issue and we would feel pretty bad if whales wash up on Hawaii's beaches and we had not done anything to prevent it." More on this issue from http://www.earthisland.org/project/viewProject.cfm?pageID=196&subSiteID=51 and in Impacts of Intense Underwater Noise on Marine Life


"Man has always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much -- the wheel, New York, wars and so on -- while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man -- for precisely the same reason."

— Douglas Noel Adams, author of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"


"This is a deciding moment for Dennis Kucinich. He is trying to provide a leadership role as opposed to merely "posing" as an alternative peace candidate. I wrote him essentially agreeing with Cindy Sheehan, that IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDING AND SUBPOENA is the only thing which will tie the hands of the Junta thus the only thing which will stop the widening of the war. I urge you to write him, if nothing more than just telling him you agree with Cindy. Right now helping Kucinich onto the road to impeachment may be our best "sandbag" to carry to block the incubus of war. Please help by piling on some more right here... mailto:info%40kucinich.us">info@kucinich.us - http://kucinich.us/contact

— Larry Stell (lstell@glasgow-ky.com) - Check also Bush is over and this large nationwide coalition nationwide day of protest for impeachment on April 28


"Kucinich Proclaims "Impeachment May Well Be The Only Remedy" He needs your support today! Rep. Dennis Kucinich took a bold stand today on the floor of the House, saying: "This week the House Appropriations committee removed language from the Iraq war funding bill requiring the Administration, under Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 of the Constitution, to seek permission before it launched an attack against Iran. Since war with Iran is an option of this Administration and since such war is patently illegal, then impeachment may well be the only remedy which remains to stop a war of aggression against Iran." (read full transcript) Kucinich is standing up for what he believes in despite a media blackout and in defiance of the Democratic party leadership. He needs to hear that we support him on this. Please call Kucinich at 202-225-5871 or send him a message at http://kucinich.us/contact and thank him for his courageous remarks today on the floor of the House. If you really want to encourage Dennis to move ahead on impeachment, one idea is to go to http://kucinich.us and donate to his presidential campaign. You can indicate that your donation is a result of his standing up for impeachment." Read also Transcript of "Impeachment: I'm asking you. Do you think it's time?" by Kucinich at http://kucinich.us/node/3705

— From the IMPEACH07 campaign - http://www.impeach07.org -- Recommended by Laurent Pirard (lpirard@bluewin.ch) who also recommends to watch this IMPORTANT 3 min videotaped statement by Kucinich on this critical issue.

"I was just watching TV and it appears that now KSM has also confessed to the murder of Danny Pearl. That just exposed this confession as a lie. Why? Danny Pearl was murdered by Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, while tracking a money transfer from Pakistan (on the orders of then Pakistani General Mahmoud Ahmad to Dubai to September 11, 2001 lead hijacker Atta. More importantly, why are there only 2 pictures and no video of this man? Why is the tribunal closed? Why is he delivering his so-called confession in writing? I want to see a video of this man's confession, not a piece of paper. Where is Waldo?Does this administration think we are so stupid that we would confuse reality for made-for-politics justice? And where the hell is the healthy skepticism of the fourth estate? I mean really, if you cannot see the man or hear the man, then what makes you so certain he is even alive at this point? I see there is a transcript, so apparently someone actually spoke. Why can't we hear this? What possible reason is there for our limited access to information about an event that is so important to our nation? I call BS and I suggest that the media stop playing games with our national tragedy!"

— Larisa Alexandrovna -- Taken from Oh, KSM confession bogus folks -- Read about these ludicrous, fabricated claims in 9/11 mastermind admits killing reporter and read the cooked up Detainee transcripts as well as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: The Official Legend of 9/11 is a Fabricated Setup - MORE below in The Strange Fruit of Torture - The Confession Backfired


"KSM was arrested four years ago and has been tortured since that time. Now, had this confession showed up a bit, um, sooner, I might find it less staged. But given how the Bush administration abuses the tragedy of September 11 for political reasons and how often they do it, plus the timing of this "confession,' I am highly skeptical. No, I am more than skeptical. (...) A tortured captive delivering a just-in time PR gift is not news. It is manipulative and deceptive. It is ugly even."

— Larisa Alexandrovna -- Taken from KSM Deflector Apparatus Up and Running where the following comment was posted: "This has Rove's greasy fingerprints all over it. When I saw the headlines this morning, I thought that any news organization that didn't put "confessed" in quotes was lily-livered. Let's just hope the Dems have improved their attention span so that they can keep pressing the Bushies on Gonzalez et al." Read also E-Mails Show Rove Role in US Attorney Firings - 9/11 "Confession": How Real?


"Like you, I am just going on my intuition, but my scientist friend put so much effort into educating me, and made a point of asking me to "pay it forward", so I wanted to honor her request. She is a bit psychic, and she told me that she foresaw that McCanney would go down in history as a great thinker. I recommend that you read this one page on his website http://www.calculateprimes.com/BookDVDOrderSubPage.HTM

— Natalie (a long-time ERN subscriber)


"Please come. This is the time you have been waiting for. You will find it easy to do the work we have requested of you. We are all one. You are loved. You are safe. You will accomplish what you set out to do. You will know everything you need to know, when you need to know it. And why not you?"

— Taken from The Tablets of Light


"There are only a few years remaining of this cycle, and already the negativity and its ability to affect you is diminishing. The dark are being contained to limit the damage to the environment, and are held in check until they can be removed. They know of our existence, and have met us on a number of occasions and rejected our approaches. They cannot however override or alter the dictates of the Creator and the Brotherhoods of Light, and the many Councils that carry out the Creator’s bidding. You cry out for help and it is not far away, and soon through the action of the Galactic Federation there shall be immense changes. They will be far reaching, and bring results that will be well beyond your present expectations. All that holds you back and takes away your rights will be removed, and Humanity will be given back its freedom. The erosion of your rights will be halted, and we see great opposition against those who are responsible. You are in the midst of a great cleansing, and of necessity the negativity must be brought out into the open. The result is that you seem to be plunged into chaos, but it will not last too long. Those dark souls who refuse to respect the sovereignty of others will have no place here, and by their choice will leave this Earth in due course of time. There is no question of reprisal or punishment, and they will go their way with blessings of love and understanding. It would be as well if you were also able to support this way of being, by recognising that you are all One."

Message from St Germain (March 19)



CONTENTS

1. Feedbacks on Ron Van Dyke's letter
2. 9/11: A Marine Pilot comes forth
3. The Strange Fruit of Torture - The Confession Backfired
4. SCORES OF TOP SCIENTISTS EXPOSE THE GLOBAL WARMING MYTH
5. Global Warming Replaces 9/11 As Justification To Do Anything
6. The truth about global warming - it's the Sun that's to blame
7. THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
8. A Climate for Change
9. Increased illness linked to mystery powder
10. Fish and people are dying. So which issue to fight for?
11. Deep trouble, sea to dying sea
12. Destruction of Forests in Developing World 'Out of Control'
13. The Earth Charter
14. Doomed efforts to achieve world peace
15. New World Order
16. The truth is stranger than fiction
17. Psychiatric perspective on Bush



Worthy of Your Attention

The Great Descent - THE MOST DARING SNOWBOARD FEAT I'VE EVER SEEN!!
http://www.glumbert.com/media/descent
More such action at http://www.dailymotion.com/tag/snowboard and make sure to check the new craze: the freebord (top left video)

Introducing...................the Apple iRack
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-KWYYIY4jQ

How smart are people in the good ol' USA???
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJuNgBkloFE
After watching this, you'll understand why W is president of the United States...

Dolphin massacre in Japan
http://www.glumbert.com/media/dolphin
WARNING! Gruesome movie on the abysmally inhumane butchering of alive dolphins. EXTREMELY disturbing! Recommended by Juliette Pearl Barmet (jbarmet@harmonie-corps-coeur-ame.org) who wrote: "It's up to us to do every possible thing to protect them... And first of all, to manifest our disapproval! Continue to support this country's economy with what we buy from them — this government violates international conventions, and the other nations consent and close their eyes... Or boycott all Japanese products... cameras, cars, motorcycles, electronics, sushis, etc...? Read the labels and choose with awareness!!"

Stop the dolphin and whale killings in Taiji
http://www.petitiononline.com/golfinho/
Sign this petition and add your name to the 690453+ signatures gathered so far.

On Gore, Eating Vegan, and Global Warming - 8 min. 18 sec.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwkbDubF2qM&NR
Recommended by Kathleen Roberts (weerkhr@pacbell.net) who wrote: "This guy's an idjit, but he's seeing the light.

Glenn Beck does strong piece on meat and global warming 3/15/07
You can watch Glenn Beck's Thursday, March 15, segment on meat eating and global warming on line at:
http://www.criticalmention.com/report/matt200703160443243434.htm
The transcript is on line at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0703/15/gb.01.html and I will paste
In it, Beck says how much he loves the taste of chicken and other animals, but he gives Prescott loads of space to discuss in detail the cruelty and the disastrous environmental impact of the modern meat industry. I hope many of you will send thanks in order to encourage similar guests in the future. Feedback makes a huge difference. Glenn Beck take comments at mailto:me@glennbeck.com">me@glennbeck.com and says that he reads all of them, though he cannot reply to each. Recommended by Karen Dawn from DawnWatch

Crystal Cave of the Giants - Discovery of the Largest Crystals on Earth - ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!
http://www.canyonsworldwide.com/crystals/index.html
(...) Found deep in a mine in southern Chihuahua Mexico, these crystals were formed in a natural cave totally enclosed in bedrock. When I first stepped into the cavern it was like walking into the Land of the Giants. I have often admired crystal geodes held in my hand, but when photographing these unique natural structures it was almost impossible to get any sense of scale. This is a geode full of spectacular crystals as tall as pine trees, and in some cases greater in circumference. They have formed beautiful crystals that are a translucent gold and silver in color, and come in many incredible forms and shapes. Some of the largest are essentially columnar in shape and stand thirty to fifty feet high and three to four feet in diameter. Many of the smaller examples are four to six feet in circumference, have many incredible geometrical shapes, and probably weigh in excess of ten tons. The columnar pillars are at first the most striking shape, but later I noticed there were thousands of "sharks teeth" up to three feet high placed row upon row and dispersed at odd angles throughout the caverns. While some of the crystals are attached to the ceiling walls and floors of the cave as might be expected, some exist in great masses of spikes and almost float in air. These crystals seem to defy gravity, as they must weigh several tons. CLIP The following Rainbow Plateau slideshow is also worth seeing... http://www.canyonsworldwide.com/rainbowPlateau/index.html (Click also on the Mogollon Rim link) Many more amazing canyons through http://www.canyonsworldwide.com and don't miss all the great pics through the links at http://www.canyonsworldwide.com/africa/pages/index.html - Check especially http://www.canyonsworldwide.org/tepui/tepui1a.html

WTC7 The Smoking Gun of 9/11 (updated) 16 min 24 sec Worth watching!
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1ek5w_wtc7-the-smoking-gun-of-911-updated

Revealing 9/11 Article
http://www.WantToKnow.info/070320worldtradecenter7wtc7collapse

Time Stamp Confirms BBC Reported WTC 7 Collapse 26 Minutes In Advance http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/february2007/280207timestamp.htm

Sign this petition to the BBC demanding that they tell the truth about how they got the information that WTC 7 was about to fall
http://www.petitiononline.com/wtc7bbc/petition.html

Part of the conspiracy? (BBC statement trying to explain away the accusations levelled against them)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2007/02/part_of_the_conspiracy.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2007/03/part_of_the_conspiracy_2.html

Newly Unearthed Footage Exposes 9/11 Media Scripting (March 12)s
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/march2007/120307mediascripting.htm
Bizarre foreknowledge and explanation of towers' collapse more cryptic clairvoyance

Rosie O'Donnell Takes A Stand for 9/11 Truth
http://tinyurl.com/23ppu3
Talk show host lays out WTC 7 facts in blog

A 9/11 Video for Skeptics and Fence-Sitters - Only 18 min!
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-649993991751648213&q=9%2F11+justice
A brief but carefully presented and supported criminal indictment of George Bush, Dick Cheney, Richard Myers, and Condoleeza Rice for murder in the events of 9-11, presenting all the best evidence in a concise but powerful manner. It includes Larry Silverstein's admission that the explosives were used; and Norman Mineta's identification of Dick Cheney as the person who gave the order not to scramble jets, or fire any weapons in defense of the Pentagon.

The Internet Archive
http://www.archive.org/index.php
The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

50,000 TV Channels! The Skype Guys Strike Again
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1595254,00.html
(...) You'll download the free Joost software, then use it to watch channels ranging from Lime, a lifestyle station, to National Geographic. And potentially thousands more, from anywhere, in real time--and without the stuttervision that dogs streaming video today. (...) While Joost now offers fewer than 50 channels, it will soon have hundreds, and eventually thousands. To keep things simple, you can stick to a few channels. Or you can open the floodgates. "Today TV is 500 channels but we're not far--maybe three years--from a 5,000-channel world," says Hilmi Ozguc, CEO of Maven, which powers Internet TV for media companies like CBS and Univision. "And in 10 years, we could easily be at 50,000 channels from all over the world. You'll have a fly-fishing channel and a channel just for Lost." Warner Music exec Alex Zubillaga says he can envision a Paris Hilton channel and one each for the Grateful Dead, Diddy and Madonna. CLIP

Apparently, this is the most popular screensaver in the US
http://www.planetdan.net/pics/misc/georgie.htm
If he gets stuck, just move him with your cursor or mouse.

WHAT: How to put leading neocons in jail
WHEN: This Monday and Tuesday, March 19 and 20, 2007
HOW: Make a phone call
Executive summary: Sibel Edmonds, the most gagged whistleblower in history, who the Department of Justice's Inspector General and several senators have called extremely credible, and who 30 conservative and liberal groups endorse, says that she has information of criminal wrongdoing that will put leading neoconservatives, war architects and dual loyalists Richard Perle, Doulas Feith and Dennis Hastert in jail. Edmonds claims that, when she worked as a translator for the FBI, she heard wiretaps which prove that high-level American officials such as Perle, Feith, Hastert and others were connected to 9/11, the nuclear black market and other weapons trafficking, and drug trafficking. Edmonds also claims that she has information linking AIPAC, a Turkish group, and criminal activity. Edmonds has briefed Congressman Henry Waxman, head of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Waxman will decide EARLY THIS WEEK whether or not he will hold public hearings on Edmonds' allegations. Just Do It CALL Waxman Monday and Tuesday (or this weekend, if you can leave a message) and urge him to hold public hearings to let Edmonds speak about Perle, Feith and Hastert's unlawful activities:Washington, D.C. Phone Number(202) 225-3976 Los Angeles Phone Numbers(323) 651-1040 or (818) 878-7400or (310) 652-3095
Recommended by Mark Graffis (mgraffis@vitelcom.net)

Cash Machine Scam in the UK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQUvySJeLdI&mode=related&search

End Injustice, Dismantle the wall!
http://www.petitiononline.com/qds44440/petition.html

Stop the beatings in Zimbabwe (More on this in the ALSO RECOMMENDED section below)
http://www.avaaz.org/en/zimbabwe/?cl=2403416
In the last few days, Zimbabwe has plunged further into crisis, with key democratic activists beaten by their government. Click below to sign the petition calling for stronger, targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe's leaders. On Sunday, while boarding a plane to an international meeting, Zimbabwe's democratic opposition spokesman was beaten so severely that he lost an eye. Last week, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was arrested and beaten for attending a protest prayer vigil. Other democratic activists in Zimbabwe are under a terrible threat, with many still held in prison.We can't let this moment of international attention pass without pressing for effective action. We intend to deliver our petition by the end of the week. If Europe and neighbouring South Africa (Zimbabwe's largest trading partners) threaten tougher sanctions, Mugabe will be forced to stop his attacks. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize winner from South Africa, is already calling on his country and others to take action. Click below to join him in calling for a response: http://www.avaaz.org/en/zimbabwe/?cl=2403416
Targeted sanctions (like freezing President Mugabe's assets in foreign banks) will not hurt ordinary Zimbabweans, and quick action now could prevent a catastrophe. And beyond this critical moment, standing in solidarity with the pro-democracy and human rights activists around the world is a first step towards creating the kind of world we want to live in.Zimbabwe is dangerously far along the road to tyranny and state collapse. It is time to draw the line. With hope, Ben, Hannah, Galit, Ricken, and the Avaaz team
Sent by Ben Wikler - Avaaz.org (avaaz@avaaz.org) on March 20



ALSO RECOMMENDED

Tens of Thousands March on the Pentagon
http://www.pephost.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8423&JServSessionIdr004=susxnpsmj4.app8a
Riot Police Block Buses and Deny Access to People Coming to the Demonstration

Thousands protest as war enters 5th year (March 17, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070317/ap_on_re_us/iraq_protest;_ylt=AjgzJR4c24LVMd1FXmAq_52s0NUE
WASHINGTON - Denouncing a conflict entering its fifth year, protesters across the country raised their voices Saturday against U.S. policy in Iraq and marched by the thousands to the Pentagon in the footsteps of an epic demonstration four decades ago against another divisive war. (...) Thousands crossed the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial to rally loudly but peacefully near the Pentagon. "We're here in the shadow of the war machine," said anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan. "It's like being in the shadow of the death star. They take their death and destruction and they export it around the world. We need to shut it down." Smaller protests were held in other U.S. cities, stretching to Tuesday's four-year anniversary of the Iraq invasion. In Los Angeles, Vietnam veteran Ed Ellis, 59, hoped the demonstrations would be the "tipping point" against a war that has killed more than 3,200 U.S. troops and engulfed Iraq in a deadly cycle of violence. (...) Overseas, tens of thousands marched in Madrid as Spaniards called not only for the U.S. to get out of Iraq but to close the prison for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Smaller protests were staged in Greece and Turkey. Speakers at the Pentagon rally criticized the Bush administration at every turn but blamed congressional Democrats, too, for refusing to cut off money for the war. "This is a bipartisan war," New York City labor activist Michael Letwin told the crowd. "The Democratic party cannot be trusted to end it." (...) People traveled from afar in stormy weather to join the march. (...) Protesters walked in a blustery, cold wind across the Potomac River with motorcycles clearing their way and police boats and helicopters watching.Police no longer give official estimates but said privately that perhaps 10,000 to 20,000 anti-war demonstrators marched, with a smaller but still sizable number of counterprotesters also out in force. LIP

Rallies in Canada and U.S. protest Iraq war, Afghan mission (March 17, 2007)
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/03/17/protest-afghanistan.html
Hundreds of demonstrators marched in cities across Canada and thousands also took to U.S. streets on Saturday to protest next week's fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq. The Canadian rallies also took aim at the country's mission in Afghanistan. Raymond Legault, a Montreal protest organizer, said he believes the anti-war movement in Canada will eventually succeed in convincing the federal government to pull Canadian troops out of Afghanistan.

Protests in US Seek End to Iraq War Four Years On (March 19)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031907K.shtml
Peace demonstrators are ready for at least a thousand candlelight vigils around the US today and are demanding an end to the war in Iraq four years after it began. Between 25,000 and 30,000 people marched in New York's streets Sunday, braving near-freezing temperatures in a second day of national rallies marking the fourth anniversary of the war. (...) A demonstration was also held Sunday in San Francisco, where several thousand protesters carried anti-war banners and chanted slogans during a march to the city's Civic Center. CLIP

Project Censored graduate student Jeff Huling speaking on The National Shopping Boycott at the San Francisco Anti-War March last Sunday.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfLWqVdDuJg

Christians Arrested at White House Opposing War
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031707Y.shtml
Dozens of demonstrators, many of them Christian peace activists, were arrested outside the White House late last night and early this morning as part of a protest against the war in Iraq.

Behind the Sunni-Shi'ite Divide - VERY SAD EXAMPLE OF WHAT HATRED CAN BREED...
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031207L.shtml
The US army is lagging behind Iraq's insurgents tactically in a war that senior officers say is the biggest challenge since Korea 50 years ago. The gloomy assessment came as senior US and Iraqi officials sat down with officials from Iran, Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to persuade them to help seal Iraq's borders against fighters, arms and money. In a bleak analysis, senior officers described the fighters they were facing in Iraq and Afghanistan as "smart, agile and cunning."

From Shock and Awe to the "Surge" Without End
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031807Y.shtml
Four years ago this Tuesday, George Bush began his ill-fated Iraq campaign. Today's news that the US is sending an extra battalion to Baghdad will push troop levels to 160,000 - 10,000 more than at the time of the invasion.

James Petras on the Tactics of General Petraeus (March 9, 2007)
http://www.heartcom.org/VietnamInIraq.htm
(...) Your handbook's prescriptions borrow heavily from the Vietnam War era, especially General Creighton Abram's, "Clear and Hold" counter-insurgency doctrine. Abrams ordered a vast campaign of chemical warfare spraying thousands of hectares with the deadly "Agent Orange" to "clear" contested terrain. [Now witness the parallel genocide with Depleted Uranium -CR] Abram approved of the Phoenix Plan -- the systematic assassination of 25,000 village leaders to "clear" out local insurgents. Abrams implemented the program of "strategic hamlets", the forced re-location of millions of Vietnamese peasants into concentration camps. In the end Abram's plans to "clear and hold" failed because each measure extended and deepened popular hostility and increased the number of recruits to the Vietnamese national liberation army. Petraeus, you are following the Abram's doctrine. Large-scale bombing of densely populated Sunni neighborhoods took place between March 5-7 (2007); mass arrests of suspected local leaders is accompanied by the tight military encirclement of entire neighborhoods while arbitrary, abusive house-to-house searches turn Baghdad into one big concentrations camp. Like your predecessor, General Creighton Abrams, you want to destroy Baghdad in order to save it. In fact your policy is merely punishing the civilians and deepening the hostility of the Baghdad population, while the insurgents blend into the population or into the surrounding provinces of Al-Anbar, Diyala, and Salah and Din. Petraeus, you forget that you can "hold" a people hostage with armored vehicles but you cannot rule with guns. The failure of General Creighton Abrams was not due to the lack of "political will" in the US, as he complained, but that "clearing" a region is temporary, because the insurgency is founded on its capacity to blend in with the people. Your fundamental (and false) assumptions are that the "people" and the "insurgents" are two distinct and opposing groups, that your ground forces and Iraqi mercenaries can distinguish and exploit this divergence and "clear out" the insurgents and "hold" the people. The four-year history of the US invasion, occupation and imperial war provides ample evidence to the contrary. With upward of 140,000 US troops and close to 200,000 Iraqi and over 50,000 foreign mercenaries unable to defeat the insurgency for the entire four years of the colonial war, the evidence points to very strong, extensive and sustained civilian support for the insurgency. The high ratio of civilian to insurgent killings by the combined US-mercenary armies suggests that your own troops have not been able to distinguish (nor are interested in the difference) between civilians and insurgents. The insurgency draws strong support from extended kin ties, neighborhood friends and neighbors, religious leaders, nationalists and patriots: these primary, secondary and tertiary ties bind the insurgency to the population in a way which can not be replicated by the US military or its puppet politicians.General, you have already recognized after only one month as Commander that your plan to "protect and secure the civilian population" is failing. While you flood the streets of Baghdad with armored vehicles, you acknowledge that the "anti-government" forces are regrouping north of the capital?. You are condemned to play what Lt. General Robert Gaid un-poetically called "whack-a-mole": Insurgents will be suppressed in one area only to re-emerge somewhere else.It is presumptuous to assume, General, that the Iraqi civilian population does not know that the "special operations" forces of the Occupation, with whom you are rather intimately connected, is responsible for much of the ethno-religious conflict. Investigative reporter Max Fuller in his detailed examination of documents, stresses that the vast majority of atrocities -- attributed to "rogue" Shiite or Sunni militias -- were in fact the work of government-controlled commandos of "special forces", trained by the Americans, "advised" by Americans and "run largely by former CIA agents."

Schwartz, Iraq as a Cauldron of State Terrorism (11 March 2007)
http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=173730_
If you are trying to figure out how the new Bush strategy is progressing, or just trying to figure out what is happening in Iraq, here is a diagnosis and a bit of a prognosis.In his speech, Bush promised three prongs to his new strategy: (1) attacking and neutralizing Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia; (2) confronting Iran; and (3) a new offensive against the Sunni insurgents. (...) Worse yet, in the confrontation with the Sadrists, the Bush administration appears to be edging toward search-and-destroy operations that will rubble-ize Shia neighborhoods; in the confrontation with Iran, it appears to be lurching toward a possible air assault on a remarkably wide range of targets inside that country, guaranteeing staggering levels of civilian casualties; in the confrontation with the Sunni insurgents, it is already mobilizing its ground and air power with the promise of the subsequent imposition o an extreme form of martial law. The hallmark of all these new strategies is the high level of destruction and mayhem they promise. There is a larger pattern that should, by now, be clear in these developments, and all that have come before. The architects of American policy in the Middle East tend to keep escalating the level of brutality in search of a way to convince the Iraqis (and now the Iranians) that the only path that avoids indiscriminate slaughter is submission to a Pax Americana. Put another way, American policy in the Middle East has devolved into unadorned state terrorism."

The Last Battle of Vietnam (Mar. 02, 2007)
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1595236,00.html
Clean up after yourself. It's a rule that we learn early in life. Now, more than 30 years after the U.S. pulled out of Vietnam, the time has come to follow that rule. (...) During the Vietnam War, America sprayed close to 20 million gal. of Agent Orange, a herbicide that defoliated forests and left behind a residue of dioxin. The U.S. military also left behind 28 hot spots where Agent Orange had been used or stored that have not been properly contained. The Vietnamese say the dioxin is responsible for such disabilities as muscular and skeletal disorders and such birth defects as mental retardation. Studies at the University of Hanoi indicate a higher incidence of these problems among people who were exposed to dioxin. (...) In low-lying Quang Ngai province, south of Da Nang, where the spraying of Agent Orange was especially heavy, there are almost 15,000 residents officially classified by the Vietnamese government as dioxin victims. We also went to Thai Binh province, along the northern coast. Although it is far from the sprayed areas, a large proportion of its male population fought in the war, and there is a high incidence of birth defects in subsequent generations there. CLIP

The Army is ordering injured troops to go to Iraq (Mar. 11, 2007)
http://www.salon.com/news/2007/03/11/fort_benning/print.html
At Fort Benning, soldiers who were classified as medically unfit to fight are now being sent to war. Is this an isolated incident or a trend? - "This is not right," said Master Sgt. Ronald Jenkins, who has been ordered to Iraq even though he has a spine problem that doctors say would be damaged further by heavy Army protective gear. "This whole thing is about taking care of soldiers," he said angrily. "If you are fit to fight you are fit to fight. If you are not fit to fight, then you are not fit to fight." As the military scrambles to pour more soldiers into Iraq, a unit of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Ga., is deploying troops with serious injuries and other medical problems, including GIs who doctors have said are medically unfit for battle. Some are too injured to wear their body armor, according to medical records. (...) Other soldiers slated to leave for Iraq with injuries said they wonder whether the same thing is happening in other units in the Army. "You have to ask where else this might be happening and who is dictating it," one female soldier told me. "How high does it go?"

The Seymour Hersh Mystery (March 13, 2007)
http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=174764
A Journalist Writing Bloody Murder… And No One Notices (...) As far as I can tell, no one in the mainstream even blinked on the Iran-Contra angle or the possibility that a vast, secret Middle Eastern operation is being run, possibly illegally and based on stolen funds and Saudi money, out of the Vice President's office. You can certainly find a few pieces on, or reports about, "The Redirection" -- all focused only on the possible build-up to a war with Iran -- and the odd wire-service mention of it; but nothing major, nothing Earth-shaking or eye-popping; not, in fact, a single obvious editorial or op-ed piece in the mainstream; no journalistic questions publicly asked of the administration; no Congressional cries of horror; no calls anywhere for investigations or hearings on any of Hersh's revelations, not even an expression of fear somewhere that we might be seeing Iran-Contra, the sequel, in our own moment. (...) In addition, he reported that "a special planning group has been established in the offices of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, charged with creating a contingency bombing plan for Iran that can be implemented, upon orders from the President, within twenty-four hours," and that its "new assignment" was to identify not just nuclear facilities and possible regime-change targets, but "targets in Iran that may be involved in supplying or aiding militants in Iraq." Were there nothing else in Hersh's most recent piece, all of this would still have been significant news - if we didn't happen to live on a one-way imperial planet in which Iranian "interference" in (American) Iraq is an outrage, but secret U.S. operations in, and military plans to devastate, Iran are your basic ho-hum issue. Our mainstream news purveyors don't generally consider the issue of our "interference" in Iran worthy of a great deal of reporting, nor do our pundits consider it a topic worthy of speculation or consideration; nor, in a Congress where leading Democrats have regularly outflanked the Bush administration in hawkish positions on Iran, is this likely to be much of an issue. CLIP

The Redirection by Seymour M. Hersh (March 5, 2007)
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/03/05/070305fa_fact_hersh?printable=true
Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism? In the past few months, as the situation in Iraq ha deteriorated, the Bush Administration, in both it public diplomacy and its covert operations, ha significantly shifted its Middle East strategy. The “redirection,” as some inside the White House have called the new strategy, has brought the Unite States closer to an open confrontation with Ira and, in parts of the region, propelled it into widening sectarian conflict between Shiite an Sunni Muslims. To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda. One contradictory aspect of the new strategy is that, in Iraq, most of the insurgent violence directed at the American military has come from Sunni forces, and not from Shiites. But, from the Administration’s perspective, the most profound—and unintended—strategic consequence of the Iraq war is the empowerment of Iran. CLIP

Mother Of All Bunker Busters Detonated (March 16, 2007)
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/03/mother_of_all_b.html
The U.S. just detonated an absolutely enormous bomb, in an underground test: a king-sized bunker-buster, six times larger than what's currently in the American arsenal. No, it's not the famed Divine Strake, but something else entirely… You may remember the GBU-43 MOAB – Massive Ordnance Air Burst (or ‘Mother Of All Bombs’) the 21,000-pound megabomb that was wheeled out before Operation Iraqi Freedom. Now MOAB is to get an even bigger sibling, the MOP, or Massive Ordnance Penetrator. It's a 30,000-pound weapon, designed to strike targets too deep or too hard for the biggest bunker-buster America's got, the 5,000-pound BLU-113. It can go through some 22 feet of concrete or over 100 feet of earth. MOP will go a lot deeper - 200 feet of 5,000 psi concrete. (...) Sometimes you don’t need to actually use a weapon. MOAB was only a prototype, but the video of the test was a potent propaganda weapon. MOP is being funded (to you, $30 million) by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA),which “safeguards America and its allies from weapons of mass destruction by providing capabilities to reduce, eliminate, and counter the threat, and mitigate its effects.” In other words, it’s aimed at WMD sites, especially those dug too deep for the BLU-113. Perhaps this test is a really signal to someone that their deep bunkers are not deep enough.

Pelosi hears boos at AIPAC (March 13, 2007)
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/pelosi-hears-boos-at-aipac-2007-03-13.html
Members of the main pro-Israel lobbying group offered scattered boos to a statement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that the Iraq war has been a failure on several scores. The boos, mixed with some polite applause, stood in stark contrast to the reception House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) received minutes earlier. Most of the crowd of 5,000 to 6,000 stood and loudly applauded Boehner when he said the U.S. had no choice but to win in Iraq. Pelosi and Boehner were speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual meeting. AIPAC has not taken a position on the war in Iraq or the supplemental spending bill to be considered this week by the House Appropriations Committee, but much of Boehner’s speech was about the future of the Iraq conflict. Boehner sought to link the fight in Iraq to the future of Israel, as he said a failure in Iraq would pose a direct threat to Israel. Pelosi said the U.S. military campaign in Iraq had to be judged on three accounts: whether it makes the U.S. safer, the U.S. military stronger and the region more stable. “The war in Iraq fails on all three counts,” Pelosi said. Some of the crowd applauded before catcalls and boos could be heard. A spokesman for AIPAC argued the boos were in response to those clapping for Pelosi. AIPAC leaders have said about 6,000 of their members are in town for this week’s annual meeting, which ends today. Members are set to lobby individual lawmakers on the Hill for the rest of today. A priority for the group is to convince Congress to approve tougher sanctions on Iran, which is seen as a growing threat to Israel.

Inside America's powerful Israel lobby (Mar. 16, 2007)
http://fairuse.100webcustomers.com/fairenough/salon061.html
AIPAC's three-day summit included fiery evangelical oratory, adoration for Dick Cheney -- and new plans for going after Iran. At the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee this week in Washington, a conservative Christian couple from eastern Tennessee told me that their son had decided to join the Israeli army. It was one of many surreal moments during the three-day gathering hosted by AIPAC, the lobbying group devoted to ensuring close U.S.-Israel ties that remains extraordinarily influential in Washington. "We just love God, and we just love Israel," the couple beamed, when I asked why they had come to the conference.Amid an energized and at times almost circuslike atmosphere, just about everyone in attendance shared two main preoccupations: the 2008 U.S. presidential election and confronting Iran. And this year's conference saw record attendance: more than 6,000 people, coming from every state in the country and exceeding last year's crowd of around 5,000. Many of them were American Jews, of course, but the evangelical Christian community also made a strong showing. For those feeling apocalyptic about the turmoil in the Middle East, pastor John Hagee was there to greet them. Of the many prominent speakers at the conference, Hagee got one of the most enthusiastic receptions. "The sleeping giant of Christian Zionism has awoken!" Hagee proclaimed, taking the microphone at the opening dinner reception on Sunday. The electrified crowd -- most of it Jewish -- roared in support, pounding on the tables. Hagee went on to declare the United Nations a "political brothel" and asserted that Israel must never give up land. (...) Particularly striking, though, was the predominant attitude at the conference about the administration still in office. During the opening night's events, large video screens behind the speaker's podium showed a chronological slide show of U.S. presidents and their Israeli prime minister contemporaries, and when the display eventually reached George W. Bush, the room erupted into applause -- far more applause than the crowd had given for Reagan, Kennedy or even Truman. And when Cheney first appeared on the stage on Monday morning, the crowd immediately rose to its feet and filled the room with loud applause, which continued intermittently through his predictably hawkish speech. It seemed a remarkable contrast to the currently dismal public opinion polls regarding Bush and Cheney. As one delegate standing nearby commented during the vice president's speech, "This has got to be the last crowd that still greets him this way."

Israel-Palestine: Time for a bi-national state (20 March 2007)
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article6702.shtml
There is talk once again of a one-state bi-national solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Oslo peace process failed to bring Palestinians their independence and the withdrawal from Gaza has not created a basis for a democratic Palestinian state as President George Bush had imagined: the Palestinians are watching their territory being fragmented into South African-style bantustans with poverty levels of over 75 percent. The area is heading to the abyss of an apartheid state system rather than to a viable two-state solution, let alone peace. There have been a number of recent publications proposing a one-state solution as the only alternative to the current impasse. CLIP

Bush hit-woman behind prosecutor firings - By Greg Palast (Mar 14, 2007)
http://www.maconareaonline.com/news.asp?id=16636
MACON,GA.- The Mister Big behind the scandal of George Bush's firing of US Attorneys is not a 'mister' at all. The House Judiciary Committee has released White House emails indicating that the political operative who ordered the hit on prosecutors too honest for their own good was Harriet Miers, one-time legal counsel to the President.But this is not the first time that Miers has fired investigators to protect Mr. Bush. (...) Bush's attempt to appoint Hit-woman Harriet to the US Supreme Court in 2005 surprised many. Not me. Miers, personal and governmental lawyer for George Bush, had quite a file on her boss, and he must have been grateful for her discretion. Most crucially, she knew why Bush so desperately needed to give GTech the lottery contract. The heart of the matter was the then-successful cover-up of the Bush family's using its influence to get young George Bush into the Texas Air National Guard and out of the Vietnam war draft. CLIP MIERS SHOULD BE SUBPOENAED ET FORCED TO REVEAL ALL SHOW KNOWS IN RETURN FOR HER CONTINUED FREEDOM...

'Prosecutor-gate': Bush's Power Grab (March 14, 2007)
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2007/031407.html
In 2005, when the White House launched a plan to oust U.S. Attorneys who showed insufficient political loyalty, George W. Bush was hoping to solidify one-party Republican control of American political life, in part, through aggressive prosecution of Democrats for alleged "voter fraud." One part of Bush's power grab was to unleash attack-dog GOP prosecutors to rip into Democrats who had been trying to get more Americans to vote. But where Republicans claimed "voter fraud," such as allowing some released felons to cast ballots, the Democrats saw Republican "voter suppression" aimed at frightening minority citizens away from the polls.But the swing of a few hundred votes in some districts could mean giving the Democrats control of the House and Senate -- and subjecting the Bush administration to some serious oversight. So, by October 2006, when the White House now admits that Bush personally passed on Republican complaints to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales about the lack of urgency in addressing Democratic "voter fraud" cases, the GOP dream of near-permanent one-party governance was in grave jeopardy. Ultimately, the refusal of U.S. Attorneys in New Mexico and elsewhere to fast-track the pre-election indictments of Democrats denied the Republicans a last-minute boost that might have kept one or both congressional chambers in GOP hands. Instead, the Democrats carried both the House and Senate, opening the Bush administration to oversight that had been virtually non-existent for the previous six years. Exactly one month after the election, Bush's Justice Department purged seven U.S. Attorneys on top of one who had been ousted earlier. Under questioning, Gonzales and other administration officials first denied that politics was involved in the unusual mass firing. But the emergence of e-mails between the White House and the Justice Department forced the Bush administration to change its story and toss Gonzales's chief of staff, D. Kyle Simpson, over the side. (...) To achieve Bush's vision of near-endless Republican dominance, the White House went to work trying to assert unprecedented control over the 93 U.S. Attorneys with Miers suggesting in February 2005 that all of them be fired and replaced with loyal Republicans. CLIP

Gonzales Survival Prospects Called 'Slim to None' (March 17, 2007)
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/Politics/story?id=2960297&page=1
Attorney General Faces Pressure Over U.S. Attorney Firings - Some political odds makers are betting Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will not make it through the week with the same job title."The chances of the attorney general surviving this, I think, are slim to none — and slim just left the building," said Norman Ornstein, a political analyst at the American Enterprise Institute.Gonzales faces what could be the most challenging week of his career. On Monday, the Department of Justice is expected to release some 200 pages of potentially damaging e-mails to address accusations he fired eight U.S. attorneys for political reasons on behalf of a White House that felt they were not — in the words of Gonzales' former chief of staff, Kyle Sampson — "loyal Bushies."Sampson lost his job earlier this month. Now it is Gonzales' own job that's on the line. CLIP

Attorney Scandal Without Precedent: CRS Report Reveals Audacity of Dismissals
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032107K.shtml

Leahy Intends to Subpoena White House Officials
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031907J.shtml
The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman says he intends to subpoena White House officials involved in ousting federal prosecutors and is dismissing anything short of their testimony in public. The White House is expected to announce early this week whether it will agree to let political strategist Karl Rove, former White House counsel Harriet Miers, and other officials testify, or will seek to assert executive privilege in preventing their appearances.
Halliburton Chief's Move to Dubai Evokes Warnings on Hill (March 13, 2007)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/12/AR2007031201299.html
(...) Dorgan, who said he would seek hearings on the move, added: "I want to know, is Halliburton trying to run away from bad publicity on their contracts? Are they trying to run away from the obligation to pay U.S. taxes? Or are they trying to set up a corporate presence in Dubai so that they can avoid the restrictions that currently exist on doing business with prohibited countries like Iran?"People familiar with investigations carried out by the Pentagon and special Iraq inspectors general said there were many aspects of Halliburton's contracts in Iraq that have not yet come under full scrutiny. With Democrats in control of Congress, further hearings on those contracts are likely. Last year, Halliburton received $6.1 billion of Defense Department contracts, the sixth-largest total of any company. In 2005, it received $5.8 billion.

The Prisoner Or: How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair (14 Mar 2007)
http://www.screendaily.com/ScreenDailyArticle.aspx?intStoryID=31439
Shown in the Spotlight Premieres section of SXSW Festival, The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair is a powerfully moving documentary about one Iraqi man's mistreatment at the hands of the US military in that infamous hellhole borrowed from Saddam called Abu Ghraib. But anyone likely to watch a film like this already knows that the US occupation of that tragic country has been a ghastly mistake and that Iraqi human rights are routinely trampled upon by the frightened and overwhelmed US forces. CLIP

Don't like ID cards? Hand over your passport (9th March 2007) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=441329&in_page_id=1770
The first ID cards will be issued in 2009 - Anybody who objects to their personal details going on the new "Big Brother" ID cards database will be banned from having a passport.

Velkomin to the United States of Foreclosure By Mike Whitney (03/17/07)
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/6180
The stock market is about to crash. The only question is whether it will quickly drop down the elevator shaft or follow the jerky flight-path of a man pushed down a stairwell. Either way, the outcome will be the same; stocks will nose-dive, the dollar will plummet, and the bruised US economy will be splattered on the canvas like George Foreman in Rumble in the Jungle. Troubles in the sub-prime market have just begun to materialize and already 38 main sub prime lenders have gone kaput. Foreclosures have reached a 37 year high, and an estimated 2 million homeowners will be put out on the street in the next few years. And that's just for starters. CLIP

Is Israel Falling Apart? (3-05-07)
http://hnn.us/articles/35958.html
Foreign observers of Israel tend to focus so intently on the dangers the country faces from its Arab neighbours that they have largely missed an astonishing story that has been accelerating over the past few months: that of the Jewish state‚s possible move toward internal collapse. If you consider this an exaggeration, just take note of what the past couple of weeks have brought about. A few days ago the chief of the Israeli police resigned after an investigation that found several of Israel's highest police officers guilty of corruption and negligence. This came within a week of the forced resignation of Israel's Chief of Staff from the military because of the fiascos of the second Lebanon war. It was also some ten days after Israel's minister of justice was convicted of sexual assault while on duty, and a couple of weeks after Israel's president — who holds a largely symbolic position — resigned temporarily following charges of rape and sexual misconduct. It was also the same day that the head of Israel's tax authority resigned because of possible corruption charges. In the meantime, several other investigations are still pending, not least two or three directed at the Prime Minister himself, Ehud Olmert, concerning corruption and favoritism. And an appeal to the Supreme Court has already been filed against the minister of police's choice for a new police chief — again, because of old charges of corruption of which the nominee had been acquitted only through a particularly narrow benefit of the doubt. Do these events really presage the collapse of the Israeli system of governance and democracy? There certainly has never been such a deep crisis of leadership in the country that touts itself as the only democracy in the Middle East. The leader of the ruling parliamentary coalition, Avigdor Yitzhaki, said so publicly a few days ago. And the Minister of Education has suggested that all schools devote special classes to the "government crisis", so that children can speak out about what might well seem to them like a total collapse of all systems that control their lives. Suddenly the Palestinians and the Hizbullah, and even Iranian nukes, have taken a back seat: Israel does indeed seem in danger of imploding from within, at least as a viable democracy. CLIP

Opposition leader 'has cracked skull' (March 14, 2007)
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,21383008-5006506,00.html
ZIMBABWE opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was in intensive care with a broken skull today following what he says was a brutal police attack while in custody, his spokesman said. (...) Mr Tsvangirai was taken to hospital with a deep head wound on Tuesday soon after arriving at court. His condition and that of other opposition supporters fuelled world outrage over the crackdown on political protests by Mugabe's Government. The US condemned the police action as "ruthless and repressive" and even South Africa, which normally avoids direct comment on Zimbabwe's woes, called on Mugabe's Government to respect the rule of law. Sunday's arrests, which occurred as Mr Tsvangirai and other opposition supporters attempted to attend a prayer vigil, came as Zimbabwe faced a deepening economic crisis with inflation at more than 1700 per cent, unemployment of 80 per cent and frequent shortages of food, fuel and foreign exchange. (...) Zimbabwe's political tensions have mounted in recent weeks because of plans by Mr Mugabe, now 83 and the country's sole ruler since independence from Britain in 1980, to further extend his rule.

Zimbabwe: A Sense of Impunity (March 17, 2007)
http://allafrica.com/stories/200703170186.html
A legacy of international inaction encourages Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe to believe there is no price to pay for his crackdown on opponents.The universal condemnation of the police assault on Zimbabwean opposition leaders on March 11 is unlikely to move President Robert Mugabe. Ordinary Zimbabwean interviewed by IWPR say their president has got away with this kind of thing for decades, and the international community has done little more than issue protests from a safe distance.Fifty opposition leaders on their way to attend a prayer meeting at Zimbabwe Grounds in the working class suburb of Highfield, Harare, were arrested and then savagely assaulted in police cells on March 11.The images of a badly beaten Morgan Tsvangirai, president of the Movement for Democratic Change, MDC, that flashed round the globe this week may have jolted the international community from its slumber.Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Tsvangirai was in intensive care after sustaining serious head injuries from a police beating. Other prominent opposition figures also suffered serious injuries. Tsvangirai left hospital on March 16. He and others had been released into the custody of their lawyers three days earlier as police had not completed the paperwork relating to possible charges.Yet the new international outcry seems unlikely to alarm President Mugabe, given that he has not been swayed by similar criticism of his past actions over the last 27 years."Mugabe's story since independence in 1980 is a bloody trail of mass murder and the torture of political opponents," said Thompson Zhou, a teacher in the farming town of Kadoma."With such a track-record, why would Mugabe lose sleep over the recent round of condemnation over the torture of Tsvangirai and company?" (...) Many Zimbabweans remain frustrated with the failure of the international community, and other African states in particular, to take decisive measures to curb Mugabe's policies."We know there is no one who can save us," said a woman at the funeral of Gift Tandare, killed by police as they moved to head off the March 11 meeting at Highfield. "We can't even save ourselves because of the brutality of the state machinery. So we have no choice but to leave this in the hands of the Creator."Although the European Union and North American countries have imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe, including an arms embargo, the country has other sources of military and security equipment. China provides weapons while Israel has supplied water cannons. Zimbabwe's cosy relationship with China has obstructed moves to address concerns at the United Nations Security Council, as Beijing simply exercises its veto. Within Africa itself, Mugabe has been under little pressure to change from fellow-leaders. South African president Thabo Mbeki, for example, refuses to condemn Mugabe's actions and instead promotes a policy of "quiet diplomacy". CLIP

Pressure for Zimbabwe change (17 March 2007)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/6458979.stm
President Mugabe said Western critics of his rule could "go hang" after they blamed him for the mistreatment of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Observers are now asking if this week's events could lead to real change in Zimbabwe. As BBC News is banned from reporting inside Zimbabwe, Peter Biles has been following developments from Johannesburg: (...) As the battered MDC activists were treated in hospital, one of our local papers published a truly shocking picture on its front page, of Sekai Holland, a founding member of the Zimbabwean opposition. She is a roving ambassador for the MDC and I have met her on numerous occasions at international gatherings.This week's photograph - captioned "Mugabe's Dirty Work" - showed Sekai Holland lying in her hospital bed with her nightdress pulled up, to reveal massive bruising on her thighs.Her arm was in plaster and her eyes closed. She looked unconscious. It is thought she was beaten more severely because she was originally a member of the ruling party - Zanu PF - and defected to the MDC. These are, of course, images that the Zimbabwean government would prefer the world not to see. The authorities have made it as difficult as possible for us to report on Zimbabwe in recent years. (...) These days, there is not much to laugh about in Zimbabwe. The nation is on its knees. Inflation is running at 1,700%. There is said to be 80% unemployment, and most people are unable to buy even the most basic goods.The state health service has collapsed. Doctors and nurses have been on strike and people are leaving the country in huge numbers. Many Zimbabweans end up here in South Africa.There are thought to be about three million of them. And that is not good news for the government in Pretoria. No country can satisfactorily absorb an influx on this scale. CLIP

Mugabe’s latest victim unites West in anger (March 18, 2007)
http://www.sundayherald.com/international/shinternational/display.var.1267684.0.0.php
DESTABILISED BY an economy that is in tatters, split apart by internal political disputes, hobbled by the lack of a coherent opposition and ruled by a despot whose bully-boys see nothing wrong with beating the leader of the opposition to within an inch of his life, Zimbabwe is a country in meltdown.The slump began in the 1990s with the land-grabs of white farms ordered by President Robert Mugabe. It is now reaching grim fruition with rampant inflation, massive unemployment and political mayhem. One statistic says it all: the average life expectancy for a Zimbabwean is 34 years, one of the worst in the world.In a last-ditch attempt to pull the country back from the brink of the abyss, the world has finally signalled that it is losing patience with Mugabe's rule and that there must be an end to the violence and mayhem which disfigured the country last week. (...) One possible avenue is China. As the West began sidelining Zimbabwe in an attempt to exert internal political pressure on the country, Mugabe started "looking East" and has built up strong diplomatic links with China and, to a lesser extent, Vietnam. However, as the West has used up most of its diplomatic capital in persuading Beijing to take a strong line with North Korea over its nuclear programme, there is unlikely to be much leverage there. A US diplomatic source explained the current thinking: "China hasn't learned yet to flex its muscles in the way a world power should. In any case, there's not much in it for them and they may enjoy the West's discomfiture over Zimbabwe. There's still a lot to play for in Africa." In this respect, neighbouring South Africa could also play a decisive role, but so far President Thabo Mbeki has been strangely silent and impotent. His country is being affected by Zimbabwe's plight, mainly by the influx of refugees and the growing regional instability, but unlike his illustrious predecessor Nelson Mandela, Mbeki has refused to criticise Mugabe. The shared memory of the liberation struggle against a white race is one reason. South Africa's own internal problems and the fear of further destabilisation are another, but these cannot disguise the fact that Mbeki is the key to the matter. CLIP

NAVY DEFIES CALIFORNIA ON DEADLY SONAR
http://www.savebiogems.org/newsletter/U.S.
The Navy has refused to comply with a decision by the California Coastal Commission requiring it to protect whales and other marine life during two years of ear-splitting sonar exercises off the southern California coast. After receiving more than 16,000 pro-whale messages from BioGems Defenders and other activists in California, commission officials voted in January to reject the Navy's plan unless it committed to taking common-sense protective measures, such as avoiding the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and other sensitive marine mammal habitats. We'll keep you posted on our ongoing campaign of legal action and public pressure to limit lethal military sonar.

The Space Cowboys (Feb. 22, 2007)
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1592834,00.html
Rocket tourism may seem flighty. But Richard Branson and others might have the money and smarts to launch us all.

International Ocean Noise Coalition
http://awionline.org/whales/Noise/IONC/index.htm
The International Ocean Noise Coalition (IONC) is a partnership of over 150 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world. With representatives on every continent, IONC was created to address the need for a global approach to combating human-generated (or "anthropogenic") ocean noise. Sources of underwater noise include intense active mid-range and low frequency sonar, ship traffic, use of explosives, underwater construction, offshore oil drilling, and seismic testing for oil and other related activities. Anthropogenic noise levels in the marine environment are increasing at an alarming rate. Ocean noise levels in some areas have doubled every decade for the past 60 years. There is mounting concern that noise proliferation poses a significant threat to the survival of marine mammals, fish and other ocean wildlife. Marine animals use sound to navigate, find food, locate mates, avoid predators and communicate with each other. Flooding their world with intense sound interferes with these activities with serious consequences. A growing body of scientific research confirms anthropogenic noise can induce a range of adverse effects in marine mammals and other ocean creatures, from disturbance to injury and death. CLIP

Eating Better Than Organic
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1595245,00.html
The new "local foods" movement is questioning whether that pesticide-free apple is better than one grown in your own backyard.

When Organic Isn't Really Organic (Mar. 14, 2007)
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1599110,00.html
When you buy a gallon of organic milk, you expect to get tasty milk from happy cows who haven't been subjected to antibiotics, hormones or pesticides. But you might also unknowingly be getting genetically modified cattle feed.Albert Straus, owner of the Straus Family Creamery in the small northern California town of Marshall, decided to test the feed that he gives his 1,600 cows last year and was alarmed to find that nearly 6% of the organic corn feed he received from suppliers was "contaminated" by genetically modified (GM) organisms. Organic food is, by definition, supposed to be free of genetically modified material, and organic crops are required to be isolated from other crops. But as GM crops become more prevalent, there is little that an organic farmer can do to prevent a speck of GM pollen or a stray GM seed from being blown by the wind onto his land or farm equipment and, eventually, into his products. In 2006, GM crops accounted for 61% of all the corn planted in the U.S. and 89% of all the soybeans. "I feared that there weren't enough safeguards," Straus says. (...) The organic and natural foods industry sees a huge opportunity in telling consumers even more about what's in their food. Few consumers would think about the pesticides and hormones in conventional foods without the organic alternative to remind them. Similarly, genetically modified crops have become so prevalent in the U.S. that chances are you've been buying and eating them for years. You just wouldn't know it from the label: the U.S. Department of Agriculture, unlike agencies in Europe and Japan, do not require GM foods to be labeled. While scientists have not identified any specific health risks from eating GM foods, anti-GM activists say there is not enough research yet into their long-term risks or impact on biodiversity. By telling consumers loud and clear which products are GM-free, organic-food producers will give them one more reason to choose organic. Says Jeffrey Smith, a longtime activist against genetically modified food: "The people served by the organic industry are very sensitive to GMO." And, the industry hopes, willing to pay to avoid it. CLIP

White House Seeks to Cut Geothermal Research Funds
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031407M.shtml
The Bush administration wants to eliminate federal support for geothermal power just as many US states are looking to cut greenhouse gas emissions and raise renewable power output. The move has angered scientists who say there is enough hot water underground to meet all US electricity needs without greenhouse gas emissions. (...) New geothermal power projects by 2050 could provide 100,000 megawatts of electricity - enough to power about 80 million U.S. homes, or as much as U.S. nuclear power plants make today, the MIT study said. But U.S. geothermal development will need $300 million to $400 million over 15 years to make this type of power competitive versus other forms of power generation, the study said. The big hurdle for geothermal power is finding out where the hot water is and developing better ways to drill for it. Geothermal power plants use steam or water from underground to turn turbines to create electricity. CLIP

Scientist Accuses White House of "Nazi" Tactics
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032107N.shtml

Britain Proposes Bold Environmental Legislation That Could Pave Way for Post-Kyoto Pact
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/031407EB.shtml
Britain's government proposed bold new environmental legislation that would set legally binding, long-term limits on carbon emissions - a move it hopes will prompt the United States, China and India to follow suit. The proposal would set binding targets as far ahead as 2050 for reducing carbon emissions.

Majority abroad find global warming a threat (March 14, 2007)
http://www.theworldlink.com/articles/2007/03/14/news/news16031407.txt
CHICAGO - A survey on climate change conducted in more than a dozen countries found that a majority of people in nations including South Korea, Australia, Iran and Mexico - but not the United States - view global warming as a critical threat.In the U.S., about 46 percent of those questioned said global warming is critical, while four in 10 labeled it "an important but not critical threat," in the survey conducted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and WorldPublicOpinion.org, in cooperation with other polling organizations.Among the other countries where the question was asked, the Ukraine was the only nation where less than four in 10 participants found global warming to be a critical threat. There, it was 33 percent.The polling was conducted last year, with field periods varying from June to December. More than 20,000 people were polled. The margin of error ranged between 3 and 4 percent. The survey, which was released Tuesday, was first conducted in the United States, China and India. When organizations in other countries expressed interest, the effort was expanded, said Steven Kull, an editor at WorldPublicOpinion.org who took the lead in managing and analyzing the poll results. The survey was conducted in 17 countries plus the Palestinian territories - a total area representing more than 55 percent of the world's population. Not all questions were asked in all countries. Kull said he was struck by the widespread concern over climate change."If you think about the fact that just two decades ago, hardly anyone knew what climate change or global warming was, and now you have people all around the world - even in developing countries - really absorbing that there is something to address here," Kull said. "It's really quite phenomenal that this kind of change can happen." Another set of questions found strong support from residents in the United States, Poland and the Ukraine for the idea that developed countries should provide substantial aid to developing countries that commit to limiting their greenhouse gas emissions. On the flip side, the idea that developing countries should commit to limiting their emissions if developed countries were willing to provide aid was strongly supported in Armenia and China; in India 48 percent polled favored such a proposal, but 23 percent declined to answer. On a question that polled whether immediate steps should be taken to combat global warming even if it involves "significant costs," the strongest support was found in Australia (69 percent of those responding), Israel (54 percent), the United States (43 percent) and China (42 percent)

Rising Sea Levels Threaten Indian Islands
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031907P.shtml
After a 10-year study in and around the Bay of Bengal, oceanographers say the sea is rising at 3.14 millimeters per year in the Sunderbans, against a global average of 2 mm, threatening low-lying areas of India and Bangladesh. "At least 15 islands have been affected, but erosion is widespread in other islands as well," said Sugato Hazra, an oceanographer at Jadavpur University in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal.

It's August in March for Fire Agencies (13 March 2007)
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/031307EC.shtml
Record-low rainfall has created summer-like conditions and staffing demands. As Southern California endures its driest 12 months on record, firefighters are dealing with something new: the yearlong fire season. The region has not experienced a major rainstorm in nearly a year, with downtown Los Angeles recording just 2.42 inches of rain this season, more than nine inches below normal. The dry conditions are taking their toll. The Santa Ana winds that usually roar from October through December have continued with unusual frequency into March, helping fuel fires over the weekend in Orange and Riverside counties as well as smaller blazes Monday near the Griffith Observatory and in Agoura Hills. Cities across Southern California, including Los Angeles, Westwood, Burbank, San Gabriel, Long Beach, Riverside, Oxnard and Laguna Beach, all set new temperature records Monday, ranging from the mid-80s to the mid-90s. Local agencies have responded by beefing up fire staffing, treating late winter like the late summer and fall fire season. "You count on winter and spring as being a respite, a time to regroup, to heal and prepare for the upcoming fire season," said Tim Sappok, the assistant operations chief for the San Bernardino County Fire Department. "Now, normal is abnormal. We aren't seeing the seasonal cycle. We have fuels that are ready to burn. It looks like midsummer, vegetation-wise." The deep freeze that hit much of the region in January is also worrying firefighters because it killed or damaged countless trees and plants, leaving them vulnerable to fire. CLIP

Cheap Coal Threat to Global Climate
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/031507EB.shtml
Ernest Moniz, director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is mentally counting down the narrowing window of time that remains for the US to address a looming environmental disaster fueled by the burning of mountains of cheap American coal.

Gore's Global-Warming Testimony Expected to Draw Big Crowds
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/032007EA.shtml
When former Vice President Al Gore testifies on Capitol Hill Wednesday about the dangers of global warming, committees in both chambers expect huge turnouts. "We're seeing extremely strong interest in all quarters," a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee staffer said.

US Institutional Investors Call for "Green" Legislation
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/032007EC.shtml
Dozens of institutional investors managing a combined $4 trillion in assets have signed a statement urging Congress to pass strict laws to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement calls for federal legislation that would reduce heat-trapping emissions of carbon dioxide by 60 to 90 percent by 2050, compared with 1990 levels.

Forests Still Shrinking, but Not as Fast
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/031407EC.shtml
An area of forest twice the size of Paris disappears every day, although the rate of global deforestation has started to slow, according to a United Nations report. Demand for agricultural land is one of the main reasons forests continue to be erased, with the biggest losses occurring in Latin America and Africa.

Draft of new international climate report warns of droughts, starvation, disease (March 10, 2007)
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/03/10/america/NA-GEN-US-Climate-Report.php
WASHINGTON: Hundreds of millions of people will not have enough water within a couple of decades as the harmful effects of global warming already start to appear, top scientists will say next month at a meeting in Belgium.At the same time, tens of millions of people will be flooded out of their homes each year as the Earth reels from rising temperatures and sea levels, according to portions of a draft of an international scientific report obtained by The Associated Press.Tropical diseases like malaria will spread. By 2050, polar bears will mostly be found in zoos, their habitats gone. Pests like fire ants will thrive.For a time, food will be plentiful because of the longer growing season in northern regions. But by 2080, hundreds of millions of people could face starvation, according to the report, which is still being revised. CLIP

Meet Kyoto or pay up, Dion tells big industry (March 17, 2007)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070317.wxenviro17/BNStory/National/home
OTTAWA — Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion has dramatically revamped his approach to climate change, unveiling a plan Friday that calls for stiff financial penalties for industry and a second round of Kyoto targets inspired by the European Union.The plan goes well beyond anything Mr. Dion proposed when he was environment minister in 2005, and is a significant departure from his campaign platform during the Liberal leadership race that ended just over three months ago.The Liberal environmental platform announced Friday would cap greenhouse-gas emissions from the country's approximately 700 industrial facilities. The cap would be the same as Canada's target under the Kyoto Protocol, which is to reduce greenhouse gases to 6 per cent below 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012.Companies would be fined for every tonne of emissions above the Kyoto target, starting at $20 a tonne in 2008 and rising to $30 by 2011. The money would go into an independent account and companies could get their money back by investing in emission-reduction technology. Combined, the plants and refineries are responsible for nearly half Canada's greenhouse-gas emissions. The new policy is inspired by warnings from an increasing number of economists and academics that federal subsidies for industry have failed to encourage action on climate change, and financial penalties are needed to change corporate behaviour. “We can no longer use our atmosphere as a free garbage dump,” Mr. Dion said Friday morning.His plan borrows extensively from recent proposals from environmentalists who say Canada can still meet its targets under the first phase of the protocol. Those environmentalists were clearly pleased yesterday to see their suggestions adopted. Matthew Bramley of the Pembina Institute said the approximately $2-billion a year that would be raised through penalties is less than 1 per cent of the estimated $250-billion that heavy industry contributes to Canada's gross national product. (...) Canada's emissions are currently more than 30 per cent above its Kyoto target.NDP Leader Jack Layton welcomed Mr. Dion's new position, noting that the NDP had asked him to move in this direction when he was environment minister. CLIP

Troubled Waters on UN Oceans Treaty
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/031407ED.shtml
Critics gave the US a D-minus because of its ongoing failure to ratify the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The convention is the framework treaty for international agreements relating to marine boundaries, economic and environmental resources, scientific research, pollution control and more. Some call it the constitution of the ocean, and 153 nations have signed on.

Collapse of Arctic Sea Ice "Has Reached Tipping Point (16 March 2007)
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/031607EB.shtml
A catastrophic collapse of the Arctic sea ice could lead to radical climate changes in the northern hemisphere according to scientists who warn that the rapid melting is at a "tipping point" beyond which it may not recover. The scientists attribute the loss of some 38,000 square miles of sea ice - an area the size of Alaska - to rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as well as to natural variability in Arctic ice. CLIP

Antarctic Glaciers' Sloughing Of Ice Has Scientists at a Los (March 16, 2007)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/15/AR2007031501063.html
Some of the largest glaciers in Antarctica and Greenland are moving in unusual ways and are losing increased amounts of ice to the sea, researchers said yesterday. Although the changes in Greenland appear to be related to global warming, it remains unclear what is causing the glaciers of frigid Antarctica and their "ice streams" to lose ice to the ocean in recent years, the researchers said. "In Greenland we know there is melting associated with the ice loss, but in Antarctica we don't really know why it's happening," said Duncan Wingham, an author of the review released today in Science magazine. "With so much of the world's ice captured in Antarctica, just the fact that we don't know why this is happening is a cause of some concern." (...) satellite radar readings show that overall, each year the ice loss from Greenland and Antarctica amounts to about 10 percent of the rise in the global sea level, which totals about one-tenth of an inch per year. The net loss of Antarctic ice is estimated to be 25 billion metric tons a year, despite the growth of the ice sheet in East Antarctica.Because such a large percentage of the world's ice is found in those two locations, scientists are carefully watching for signs of increased ice loss. If that process accelerates, researchers say, it could result in a substantial, and highly disruptive, increase in sea levels worldwide. (...) In the same issue of Science, other researchers report that air pollution from industrialized areas is collecting over the Arctic and creating "Arctic haze." The pollution comes from industrial and natural sources -- aerosols, chemicals that can form into ozone and black carbon, which is produced by incomplete burning of fossil fuels. The gradual warming of the large forests below the Arctic has resulted in an increase in forest fires, which produce air pollutants that can increase warming further.

World breaks temperature records (March 16, 2007)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/weather/Story/0,,2035667,00.html
The world experienced its warmest period on record during this year's northern hemisphere winter, the US government said today.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report said the globally averaged combined land and sea surface temperature for December to February was the highest since records began in 1880.During the three-month period, known as boreal winter, temperatures were above average worldwide, with the exception of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and areas in central United States. (...) During the past century, global temperatures had increased at about 0.06C each decade, but the increase had been three times larger since 1976, at about 0.18C per decade, the report said.The 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1995. CLIP

Western US's stronger storms traced to Asia pollution (March 12, 200)
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0312/p02s01-sten.html
Winter cyclones may be gaining intensity as they pick up soot and other particles, says a US research team. - Air pollution blowing over the western US from Asia has been a growing environmental concern for several years. Now, it seems, it's giving winter storms added punch as well.Tiny aerosols and soot from burning wood and coal in winter, especially in China, appear to be seeding clouds in large winter storms that churn thousands of miles east across the northern Pacific, says a team of US scientists. The pollution is turning relatively routine marine rain clouds into towering thunderheads, much like those seen above land.Previous studies have shown that during the last half of the 20th century, northern Pacific winter storms have become steadily more frequent and stronger, based on tracking wind speeds and atmospheric pressure. The latest results, published last week, indicate that ill winds blowing out of Asia are adding muscle to the types of clouds these stronger winter cyclones carry. CLIP

Eco-car more efficient than light bulb (2005-07-05)
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/07/04/eco.car
An eco-car that can travel the world using a fraction of the electricity it takes to power a light bulb has been unveiled by its British creators. The hydrogen-powered Ech2o needs just 25 Watts -- the equivalent of less than two gallons of petrol -- to complete the 25,000-mile global trip, while emitting nothing more hazardous than water. But with a top speed of 30mph, the journey would take more than a month to complete. Ech2o, built by British gas firm BOC, will bid to smash the world fuel efficiency record of over 10,000 miles per gallon at the Shell Eco Marathon. The record is currently ... 5,385 km/per liter [12,900 mpg!]. John Carolin, BOC global director sustainable energy: "It sounds unbelievable how little power is used to keep the BOC Ech2o moving, but it demonstrates the impact of careful design and is a valuable lesson for car makers in the future. Many more related news through http://www.WantToKnow.info/070315newenergytechnologies

OOPS! DID VERICHIP HAVE A "SENIOR MOMENT?" (February 12, 2007)
http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/verichip-ipo-omits-risks.html
Human Chipping Company Omits Salient Risks from IPO Disclosure (...) "Potential investors should be told how a hacker can simply walk by a chipped person and clone his or her VeriChip signal, a threat demonstrated by security researcher Jonathan Westhues months ago," CLIP more on this through http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/spychips-penguin-plume.html and http://www.spychips.com/

Revealing News: AIDS Myths, 'Dark Matter' Fills Universe, USS Liberty, Military Corruption, etc.
http://www.WantToKnow.info/070319newsaidsmythsdarkmatter

Progressive Talk Phoenix 1480 AM, Nova M Network Launch 'Exopolitics Radio' Weekly Extraterrestrial Politics Talk Show (March 13, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20070313/bs_prweb/prweb510819_3
Progressive Talk Phoenix 1480 AM, Nova M Network's flagship station has launched Exopolitics Radio, a weekly program reporting on "Exopolitics" or Extraterrestrial politics, broadcast every Saturday at 8 PM MT (10 PM ET; 7 PM PT).(...) Click to Listen to Inaugural Program Now: http://www.exopoliticsradio.com/3-10-07.html (...) Exopolitics is a new political science for outer space. The Associated Press reported in January 2006 that "Exopolitics" had been nominated for 2005 Word of the Year. According host Alfred Lambremont Webre, "Exopolitics is the science of relations between Earth and other intelligent civilizations in the Universe." Progressive Talk Phoenix 1480 AM's company motto is "We need to talk."Exopolitics Radio's expert guests will, each week, deal with in-depth public affairs developments in Exopolitics, such as: • New Energy- New, fuel-less, energy and propulsion systems, based on Extraterrestrial principles, may have been developed using U.S. taxpayer funds and may now be in use on large classified spacecraft. If released into the civilian economy, these New Energy systems could replace all petroleum and nuclear-based energy, triggering an era of prosperity and transformation of the permanent war economy into a sustainable, peaceful Space Age society. • Disarmament in Outer Space - Former Canadian Minister of defense Paul Hellyer has stated that the U.S. Space Command is now planning to place weapons in space, under the cover of "Star Wars," with the intent of starting an inter-stellar war with advanced Extraterrestrial Civilizations now visiting Earth. In fact, there is no evidence these advanced, ethical ETs are hostile. "Star Wars" may be the latest corporate welfare hoax for the defense industry. Advanced ETs appear to be here to help Earth transition into membership in organized Galactic society. In October 2006, the UN General Assembly nations voted 166-1 in favor of a Space Preservation Treaty banning all weapons in space (The USA was the sole dissenting vote). • Disclosure - Following the Disclosure Project National Press Club Press Conference in May 9, 2001, which brought together over 20 high level military-intelligence and governmental witnesses to the Extraterrestrial presence, disclosure initiatives are now active in the U.S. Congress, Canada, Brazil, the European Parliament, the United Nations and elsewhere. • Diplomacy - Updates on a Decade of Contact including public interest diplomacy with Off-planet cultures now visiting Earth, for mutual benefit. CLIP

Cell phone tower radiation may be killing plants and animals
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3430072/
"A study conducted by three departments of Panjab University has found that cell phone towers are the dominating source of electromagnetic radiations in environment in the city and this could lead to diseases in plants and animals."

EMF-Omega-News 17. March 2007
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3445629

Omega-News Collection 17. March 2007
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3445637/



ERRATUM: In my last compilation I had included an excerpt from an article that seemed to come from a credible source and which made the following allegation...

Auschwitz Museum Director Reveals ‘Gas Chamber’ Hoax - By P. Samuel Foner
http://cgi.stanford.edu/group/wais/cgi-bin/index.php?p=2730

A subscriber pointed to me that this article itself MUST be a hoax. So I searched the Web to verify this claim and found this rebuke from the person mentioned in this article above, Dr Franciszek Piper:

http://www.nizkor.org/ftp.cgi/people/p/piper.franciszek/press/daily.texan.1093
In his advertisement he introduces me as a "Head of Auschwitz Archives at the Auschwitz State Museum". This is untruth. I am not and I have been neither a head of Auschwitz Archives nor a director of Auschwitz Museum, as Cole maintains in other propaganda leaflets. (...) 4. The fact that the Nazi murderers used gas chambers (in Birkenau you can see the ruins of the other 5 gas chambers) for mass annihilation of innocent men, women and children, mostly Jews, has been proved by thousands of memoirs and depositions of eyewitnesses as well as by German official documents and plans. It is obvious fact for everybody who wants to approach the problem, to contact still living witnesses and to study historical sources. 5. I have devoted 28 years of my life to save the memory of the countless victims of the Nazi barbarity to warn people against indifference to all forms of racial, religious and national based hatred, which leads to injustice, suffering and killing of innocent people. Because of it I take the fact my name is used for disseminating such kind of lies and hiding of the obvious truth as a lack of honesty and dignity.

To listen to the actual statement made on camera by Dr. Piper, go at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2968377116621277074&q=David+Cole+Dr.+Franciszek+Piper and scroll the bar to 24 minutes into this video - which, I believe, is a crude attempt by a holocaust revisionist to rewrite history based on slanted views and on skewed "evidence" — as far as I can tell, but since I don't feel like I want to take time to watch it all, some may question my comment. See and decide for yourself...

Also, incidentally if you read to the bottom what is posted at http://cgi.stanford.edu/group/wais/cgi-bin/index.php?p=2730 you may have noticed this other very telling comment about this falsity:

What Really Happened. Comment From Jim Mortellaro Jsmortell@aol.com 5-31-4 When I read such as the above, I become angry. I want to hurl the lunatic who said it into the past to see what really did happen. No, I did not see what happened. But my aunt did. As did her brother, her mother, father, sister, uncles and aunts and cousins. A family of Budapest Jews, taken from their homes, packed into cattle cars and hauled into a place called Auschwits. There, my aunt and her brother were the only survivors in a family of 93. Ninety-three human beings, men, women and children were starved to death, forced into hard labor and those who could not cut the mustard were gassed. My uncle Mike, a Christian, and his fellow CIC Jewish CIC soldiers, liberated Olga’s family from Auschwits and saw with their own eyes, the ovens, the gas chambers and the bodies stacked high, stripped not only of belongings but of all their humanity. A hoax? Yes. But a hoax perpetrated by those who naysay a truth. And that truth will stand for as long as there are humans left to remember. I abhor Zionism. I abhor what Israel is doing to the Palestinian people. I abhor the fact that Israel is doing many of the same things the NAZI’s did to them. But it was done to them. Nothing can change that. Not the pap some people attempt to sell, which is tantamount to the worst kind of lying. Remember. For in remembering, there should be something called humanity. Some in Israel have not remembered. And that will be their downfall.

My apologies to all those who may haven been offended to see this material in my compilation. I've been had!




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Date: 11 Mar 2007
Subject: Re: The Perfect Storm Series #10: All Heaven Breaking Loose
From: Mark Gilliland mg@markg.org">

Jean

I read the recent posting from 3/10/07 9:09 PM, The Perfect Storm Series #10 - And this item caught my eye:

NOW AND THEN THERE'S A FOOL SUCH AS I AM
By Ron Van Dyke, March 7, 2007

I can’t help but think that what Ron was writing about has been the core of the Buddhist doctrine of Boddhisatva – the All Compassionate Beings - who, once enlightened rather than disappear into a Nirvanic state, remain within this dimension of duality and delusion in order that they may share their light – their wisdom heart stream – with all suffering beings. Until all beings are lifted up and the world of delusion can finally be transformed into a world of Bliss. Some of these beings we may have heard of or encountered in meditation – Avalokasavara and Tara come immediately to mind.

But it is the practice of Boddhisatva heart/mind which I feel is the most important aspect to learn, supremely difficult and yet subtly easy at the same time! To begin this practice, one centers oneself in meditation. Then, on the in-breath, you breath in all of the suffering, pain, anger, fear and so forth of the beings around you. Take it in. Sacrifice yourself, in a sense offering your being, to this overwhelming grief. Then, on the out-breath, breath out the pure light of compassion and love to all beings, to the world.

The practice is hard for the Ego – and so one is instructed to begin with visualizing beings that are immediately around you, your loved ones, your family. Eventually, expand this out to include friends, then acquaintances, then strangers. Finally, begin to expand to include those folks you don’t like, your enemies and so on. Everyone. All sentient beings who suffer.

What I like about this meditation is that it centers you in the understanding not only that All Is One, but also that we each share a responsibility to act in behalf of those around us who may be unable to recognize the delusions of the ego mind, lost in the dream of Maya. Our light is their light. Our heart is their heart. Our bliss is their bliss.

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As you might recall from past emails, I am an artist living in the NYC area. I recently posted some new Medicine Buddha images on my art blog: http://www.image-maya.org-- These Medicine Buddha images are intended to help heal the world, each person’s heart. I have also posted the Medicine Buddha mantra with the images so that one can repeat the mantra for more rapid healing, if so inclined.

Best Regards,

-mg-

Mark Gilliland

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Date: 11 Mar 2007
From: Bonnie Mandell-Rice velsubus@yahoo.com">
Subject: Re: The Perfect Storm Series #10: All Heaven Breaking Loose

Hi Jean

Re: Ron Van Dyke's article about the Secret (Now and Then There's a Fool Such as I am). A few thoughts/observations:

Ron wrote: "If there is any singular message that comes through to me more loudly than others, it is the message of unity, of oneness, of my interconnectedness with ALL THAT IS. As Sue was speaking at church on Sunday, she referred to a teaching of some metaphysical guru expounding on the Law of Attraction and saying that we would get to a point where we would be so focused on the good things in our lives that we would be completely unaware of any other reality, and certainly the reality we label: "negative" that encompasses so many in our world. Maybe I did not hear or understand correctly, but if I did hear it, it sounded an awful lot like separation, lack of compassion, and even ignorance."

My reply: This is where simplicity is a "problem." Being focused on what is good in our lives causes good to expand. It doesn't mean we can't look at the "bad" and do something about it. The key to me is that when we are looking at the "bad," first we notice that we are judging. If we can let go of the charge of judgment, we still can decide that we prefer some other thing and can look at ways we can shift the situation. If I see trash on the trail, I notice that I feel annoyed/angry at people who do that - clearly I think trash on the trail is "bad." So - I feel annoyed/angry. Who am I? What do I choose to do given that my preference is that there not be trash on the trail? I pick the trash up!)

Ron wrote: "Hello God (yes, that's a link), the song by Dolly Parton I wrote about a short time ago, expresses that cry. Of course it is not the cry of consciousness. On the contrary, it is the cry from the unconscious disconnect within humanity. God hears it! That is why so many helpers are in, on, and around the Earth at this time. God is crying, too! Why? Because so many who claim enlightenment lack the compassion and will necessary to transmute the negative energies…too busy focusing on what is wanted and desired in the physical reality to pay attention to the challenging task before us to heal ourselves and the planet."

My reply: On the other hand, what if by focusing on what we wish to create in our reality IS healing ourselves and the planet? If we change our consciousness to one of abundance, for example, that autormatically shfts the collective consciousness toward abundance. If, like Oprah, we manifest abundance, then look how much more we might do to help lift others! Same with peace and kindness and........)

Ron wrote: "We see Mother Theresa as a saint, and rightly so. Why? It's not because of her doctrinal purity as a champion of Catholicism. On the contrary, even those of other, non-Christian religions see her as a saint. Mother Theresa identified with the poor, the lost, the sick, the helpless; and she was not afraid to touch their lives with her grace and caring. Not only was she not afraid of expanding those conditions by focusing on them, she did what she could to alleviate them. She was a woman of the heart, a true lady of compassion. She did not turn her back on the neediness of others, seeing them, instead, as family. That, my friends, is universal godliness. "

My reply: Mother Teresa was not focused, however, on the people's sickness and poverty, she was focused on the Christ within them, on love and compassion. She said once something about bathing the feet of the Untouchables was like bathing the feet of the Christ. She focused on the Christ within them. If we all did that, we would know exactly what to do and say upon meeting another, seeing them, whatever their situation.

Ron wrote: "Compassion is the key to lessening the angst of the shift in reality. It will unlock the door to untold blessings; but the way is not by avoidance and denial of what we don't want. Please understand that. What you focus on and uplift is transformed and transmuted. What you avoid expands and keeps on expanding until you can embrace it with all the love and truth you can muster."

My reply: I like the way he describes this. Interesting though - the idea of embracing what you would avoid with love.  When you embrace with love what you would deny or avoid, you are being love and so that light then shines on what you would deny, transforming and transmuting it. And, in a sense, your focus is on love and that is what expands.

Blessings

Bonnie

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Related article:

The Secret: Is It the Real Deal?
http://www.webmd.aol.com/balance/features/the-secret-is-it-the-real-deal
A theory about the power of positive thinking draws adherents -- and controversy.

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NOTE from Jean: Ron just wrote a new article and introduced me to it this was:

Hi Jean,

I posted this on my website on Saturday. I wasn't going to send it to you because I don't want you to think I expect you to post all of my articles. However, I received this from one of my subscribers,

Hi Ron, I just read your most recent posting. It about blew me away. You were voicing all my own fears and struggles. Then it was as if God really took up the conversation. (And he did.) Thank you for being open, honest and vulnerable. Those are some of your most charming qualities. Thanks also for sharing all of your thoughts and struggles with us because we are all on the same journey. Your writing helps to light the way. That is your gift. I look forward to see you again on Wednesday and to some good conversation? Have a great day.

Judy

This one, and perhaps more incubating in my soul, are for a wider audience than I can provide. Of all the places where my articles have been posted, none bring as great a response as when they are posted on Earth Rainbow Network. Thank you for being my friend, though we have never me in this lifetime. We will. Oh, do I have hugs for you!

Namaste,

Ron

CONVERSATION WITH MY (HIGHER) SELF By Ron Van Dyke (March 17, 2007)
http://metagroups.divinespectrum.net/Articles.html#Conv
NOTE: The title began as WANTING TO BE REAL IN A PHONY WORLD. By the time I finished, it had taken on a life of its own and gone where I had not expected. Hence, the new title was applied. You will see why. As I explore my feelings ever more deeply, it comes to me that this is something I’ve wanted to write my entire life. Of course it deals with shadow issues—delving into feelings always deals with that part of ourselves that haunts many (all?) of us throughout our lives. It’s the part that we are told is unacceptable from earliest childhood. Innocently, our parents program us the same way they were programmed; and expressing emotions is frowned upon--especially for boys. When we buy into that “reality” we become emotionally handicapped, often for the rest of our lives. Well, I’m going to let it fly to the best of my ability to express myself. I want to be real even if it is unacceptable, even if it makes me vulnerable, and even if it opens yet more doors to judgment and ridicule. That’s nothing new to me. CLIP - Since it is quite long and this compilation was already full when I got this, please read the rest on Ron's website at the URL above.




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From: "Mark Graffis" mgraffis@gmail.com">
Subject: 9/11: A Marine Pilot comes forth
Date: 12 Mar 2007

From: http://www.patriotsquestion911.com/#Lankford

Lt. Col. Shelton F. Lankford, U.S. Marine Corps (ret) – Retired U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot with over 300 combat missions flown. 21-year Marine Corps career.

- Letter to the Editor 2/5/07: Regarding 9/11 "Our government has been hijacked by means of a "new Pearl Harbor" and a lot of otherwise good and decent people who are gullible enough to think that the first three steel-framed buildings in history fall down because they have some fires that the fire fighter on the scene said could be knocked down with a couple of hoses and through which people walked before they were photographed looking out the holes where the plane hit. One of these - bldg 7, [570 feet tall, 47 stories] was never hit by a plane and even NIST is ashamed to advance a reason for its collapse. And, miracle of miracles, these three buildings just happened to be leased and insured by the same guy who is on tape saying they decided to "PULL" the last one to fall." http://www.michigandaily.com

- Statement to this website 2/20/07: "This isn't about party, it isn't about Bush Bashing. It's about our country, our constitution, and our future. ...

Your countrymen have been murdered and the more you delve into it the more it looks as though they were murdered by our government, who used it as an excuse to murder other people thousands of miles away.

If you ridicule others who have sincere doubts and who know factual information that directly contradicts the official report and who want explanations from those who hold the keys to our government, and have motive, means, and opportunity to pull off a 9/11, but you are too lazy or fearful, or ... to check into the facts yourself, what does that make you? Scholars for 9/11 truth http://911scholars.org/ have developed reams of scientific data. Michael Ruppert published an exhaustive account of the case from the viewpoint of a trained investigator. David Ray Griffin provides a context for the unanswered or badly answered questions that should nag at anyone who pretends to love this country.

Are you afraid that you will learn the truth and you can't handle it? ...

Do a little research. Google is a wonderful tool.

What does it all add up to? The Commission was, as was the Warren Commission before it, a dog and pony show ... " Link to full statement
http://www.patriotsquestion911.com/Statement%20Lankford.html

Member: Pilots for 9/11 Truth Association Statement: "Pilots for 9/11 Truth is an organization of aviation professionals and pilots throughout the globe that have gathered together for one purpose. We are committed to seeking the truth surrounding the events of the 11th of September 2001. Our main focus concentrates on the four flights, maneuvers performed and the reported pilots. We do not offer theory or point blame. However, we are focused on determining the truth of that fateful day since the United States Government doesn't seem to be very forthcoming with answers."

http://www.patriotsquestion911.com/survivors.html
Editor's note: Despite hundreds of eyewitness reports of explosions throughout the Twin Towers by doomed victims, survivors, emergency service personnel, reporters, and bystanders, the 9/11 Commission Report contains virtually no mention of them and entirely ignores them in its conclusions. Graeme MacQueen's analysis of oral histories of 9/11 taken from 503 FDNY survivors reveals more than 100 FDNY personnel reported explosions in the Twin Towers.

Waving From The Plane Shape Hole
http://thewebfairy.com/911/humanwaving/




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Forwarded by "Mark Graffis" mgraffis@gmail.com">

From: http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts03172007.html

The Strange Fruit of Torture - The Confession Backfired

March 17 / 18, 2007

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

The first confession released by the Bush regime's Military Tribunals--that of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed--has discredited the entire process. Writing in Jurist, Northwestern University law professor Anthony D'Amato likens Mohammed's confession to those that emerged in Stalin's show trials of Bolshevik leaders in the 1930s.

That was my own immediate thought. I remember speaking years ago with Soviet dissident Valdimir Bukovsky about the behavior of Soviet dissidents under torture. He replied that people pressed for names under torture would try to remember the names of war dead and people who had passed away. Those who retained enough of their wits under torture would confess to an unbelievable array of crimes in an effort to alert the public to the falsity of the entire process.

That is what Mohammed did. We know he was tortured, because his response to the obligatory question about his treatment during his years of detention is redacted. We also know that he was tortured, because otherwise there is no point for the US Justice (sic) Dept. memos giving the green light to torture or for the Military Commissions Act, which permits torture and death sentence based on confession extracted by torture.

Mohammed's confession of crimes and plots is so vast that Katherine Shrader of the Associated Press reports that the Americans who extracted Mohammed's confession do not believe it either. It is exaggerated, say Mohammed's tormentors, and must be taken with a grain of salt.

In other words, the US torture crew, reveling in their success, played into Mohammed's hands. Pride goes before a fall, as the saying goes.

Mohammed's confession admits to 31 planned and actual attacks all over the world, including blowing up the Panama Canal and assassinating presidents Carter and Clinton and the Pope. Having taken responsibility for the whole ball of wax along with everything else that he could imagine, he was the entire show. No other terrorists needed.

Reading responses of BBC listeners to Mohammed's confession reveals that the rest of the world is either laughing at the US government for being so stupid as to think that anyone anywhere would believe the confession or damning the Bush regime for being like the Gestapo and KGB.

Humorists are having a field day with the confession: "'I'm a very dangerous mastermind,' said Mohammed, who confessed to the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, the Brink's robbery, St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and the Lincoln and McKinley assassinations. Mohammed also accepted responsibility for spreading hay fever and cold sores around the world and for rained out picnics."

If there was anything remaining of the Bush regime not already discredited, Mohammed's confession removed any reputation left.

The most important part of the Mohammed story is yet to make the headlines. Despite having held and tortured hundreds of detainees for years in Gitmo, and we don't know how many more in secret prisons around the world, the US government has come up with only 14 "high value detainees."

In other words, the government has nothing on 99 percent of the detainees who allegedly are so dangerous and wicked that they must be kept in detention without charges, access to attorneys and contact with families.

And little wonder. The vast majority of detainees, alleged "enemy combatants," are not terrorists captured by the CIA and brave US troops. They are hapless persons who happened to be outside their tribal or home territories and were kidnapped by criminal gangs or war lords who profited greatly at the expense of the naive Americans who offered bounties for "terrorists."

The US government does not care that innocent people have been ensnared, because the US government desperately needs both to prove that there are vast numbers of terrorists and to demonstrate its proficiency in protecting Americans by capturing terrorists. Moreover, the US government needs "dangerous suspects" that it can use to keep Americans in a state of supine fearfulness and as a front behind which to undermine constitutional protections and the Bill of Rights.

The Bush-Cheney Regime succeeded in its evil plot, only to throw it all away by releasing the ridiculous confession by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Will Bush's totalitarian Military Tribunal now execute Mohammed on the basis of his confession extracted by torture, or would this be seen everywhere on earth as nothing but an act of murder?

If Bush can't have Mohammed murdered, the US government will have to shut Mohammed away where he cannot talk and tell his tale. The US government will have to replicate Orwell's memory hole by destroying Mohammed's mind with mind-altering drugs and abuse.

It is to such depths that George Bush and Dick Cheney have lowered America.

Paul Craig Roberts held the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies at Georgetown University and was Senior Research Fellow in the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury in the Reagan administration. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions. He can be reached at: PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com




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Forwarded by Phyllis Montague phyllism5@juno.com">

From: http://freedom-force.org/printerfriendly.cfm?pffile=Chan4_global_warming_content.cfm

SCORES OF TOP SCIENTISTS EXPOSE THE GLOBAL WARMING MYTH

by G. Edward Griffin

March 15, 2007

Channel 4, Great Britain's public service television station, has done an excellent job of deconstructing the myth that the majority of scientists agree that Global Warming is caused by human activity. In this video you will see scores of world-class scientists, many of whom are credentialed professors in their fields, state flatly that Global Warming is caused by solar activity and that cycles like the one we are now experiencing have occurred many times throughout history. They prove their case with hard data showing that, over long periods of time, as sun-spot activity went up, so did Earth temperatures; and, as sun-spot activity waned, temperatures dropped. They show also that temperatures on Earth actually went down in previous years when human industrialization was increasing at its greatest rate.

Many people were persuaded of the legitimacy of human-induced Global Warming by the movie entitled An Inconvenient Truth, produced by Al Gore. In this movie, he demonstrated the connection between global temperatures and CO2 levels in the atmosphere. The wall-sized chart he used was dramatic and convincing. Now, however, you will hear climate scientists explain that, yes, there is a connection between global temperatures and CO2 levels, but the connection is just the reverse of what Mr. Gore said.

Gore said that, because the two trends were aligned, it was CO2 that was causing warming; when, in fact, it is the other way around. A rise in temperature heats up the oceans and causes them to release huge amounts of CO2, far more than any other source on the planet. Historical records show that a rise in temperature always came before a rise in CO2 and, conversely, a drop in temperature always preceded a drop in CO2. Yes, the two trends are locked together, as Gore dramatically illustrated, but CO2 levels are the result of the process, not the cause of it. Did Mr. Gore know this? If he didn‚t, he is incompetent. If he did, he is corrupt. Either way, his audiences were terribly misled.

I was greatly relieved to see this production arrive on the scene, because I thought that no one in the controlled media would risk presenting the politically incorrect side of this issue, and I dreaded the thought that, if the job were to be done, I would have to do it myself, but I had neither the time nor the resources to take it on. So now it is done ˆ except for one very important aspect of the story, which is the reason for this introduction.

The producers did an excellent job of laying out the scientific facts but they stopped short of answering the question WHY. They show that there is an endless flow of tax dollars from governments to support Global Warming research; they show that many scientists follow the grant money knowing that, if they want funding, they must support the Global Warming Myth; but they do not explain WHY this bias was created in the first place.

If you understand the present reality of global collectivism in which all governments are expanding at warp speed toward total control over their citizens, this phenomenon will be understandable. You will recognize the well-developed ploy to frighten us with a long list of threats to our personal security in order to soften us up for accepting this expansion of government power as reasonable and even necessary for our protection. Governments everywhere have perfected the art of exaggerating and, in some cases, even encouraging the forces of crime, pornography, illicit drugs, terrorism, killer diseases, and ˆ yes ˆ environmental apocalypse. Why? Because all of this justifies an endless stream of new laws that increase the power of government while diminishing the freedom of their citizens. Supreme power is the ultimate rush for politicians and bureaucrats, and it is acquired under the excuse of protecting us from harm. If the threat seems real enough and great enough, we are expected to meekly, even gratefully, accept the chains of our own enslavement.

That is the part missing from this documentary. In defense of the producers, it must be said that, if they had included this message, there is no chance the program would have been accepted by the BBC, which is largely controlled by the British government. As it is, I can imagine that there are powers within the government that are not happy by the release of this program, and I wouldn‚t be surprised to see a retraction, an apology, or at least a follow up program to counter the impact of this one. In any event, the truth is out in a highly accessible format, and it will be difficult to bury.

That‚s where we come into the picture. If you are as impressed by the science and credentials of the experts as I am, and especially if you understand the deeper political implications behind the Global Warming Myth, then you will want everyone you know to see this program. Fortunately, it is on the Internet ˆ for now, at least ˆ entirely free, so it is easy to forward the link to everyone on your email list. If you are computer savvy, you also will want to download a copy to your own computer just in case it is removed from the Internet.

Here is the video...

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9005566792811497638&q=global+warming+swindle&hl=en

When sending this video to your friends, I urge you to include this analysis, because it is important for them to know that the real force behind the Global Warming Myth is not scientific error but political cunning.

Much more interesting "stuff" at http://www.freedomforceinternational.org/freedom.cfm?fuseaction=issues




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From: http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/march2007/130307doanything.htm

Global Warming Replaces 9/11 As Justification To Do Anything

Stop asking questions and just let us tax the living hell out of you, including the very air you breathe, after all - it's for the environment and we've never lied to you before have we?

Paul Joseph Watson - Prison Planet

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Invoking September 11 has officially been succeeded by a new mantra and an excuse for the state to unleash a fresh tyranny no matter how offensive and damaging to individual liberty it may be. Global warming has replaced 9/11 as the justification to do anything!

The bellicose denouncement of global warming skeptics (that is skeptics of the man-made explanation) and their tarring as being akin to holocaust deniers, is beginning to mirror what happened after 9/11, when anyone who criticized Bush's agenda was lambasted as a traitor, a terrorist sympathizer, and completely divorced from the political mainstream.

Simply evoking the menace of global warming has become the government's justification to do anything!

Politicians are professional liars, they make careers out of deceiving people and twisting reality to fit pre-conceived agendas, yet a cascade of otherwise rationally minded people are eager to blindly trust everything they have to say about climate change, no matter how delusional it sounds.

They are also willing to comply with the ridiculous overbearing "solutions" to climate change that will just coincidentally restrict mobility and freedom of travel, regulate personal behavior, empower and expand global government and reinvigorate the surveillance state - everything Big Brother ever wanted - but surely they wouldn't lie to us about global warming to achieve it, would they?

What is more dangerous? A temperature fluctuation that has been mirrored and exceeded ten times in the last thousand years alone without any lasting impact on the eco-system, or an excuse for western governments to tighten the shackles of fascism around our ankles in the name of saving the planet?

Has not recent history alone offered proof in triplicate that governments exploit, hype and engender hysteria about monsters under the bed that the state itself has manufactured? Why should we believe them this time?

If western governments were really concerned about climate change then they would be offering us incentives not punishments for reducing CO2 emissions in the form of tax breaks. But tax breaks aren't a giant cash bonanza for our exalted guardians of Mother Earth, the loving government, who are going to tax the living hell out of us for our own good and for the very survival of mankind, while lining their own pockets.

The Great Global Warming Swindle: A droplet of common sense in an ocean of hysteria.
(74 min 58 sec - added March 12) Watch it at
http://tinyurl.com/2kgb43
(Strong rebuttal to the Global Warming global frenzy!)

New developments this week conclusively betray the fact that global warming is a creature of Big Brother and it is being used to eliminate whatever shreds of personal liberty we have left.

- Britain's next Bilderberg-appointed Prime Minister Gordon Brown says we need a "new world order" to combat climate change.

- The EU has decided to ban conventional light bulbs in every British home by 2009. So-called energy saving bulbs don't actually save much energy and contain toxic waste banned by the EU itself, but let's not start asking any difficult questions about that. Such an absurd mandate is obviously impossible to properly enforce so expect to see a tax on dirty evil light bulbs and regular home inspections by wardens (contracted out to electric companies and meter readers) of the state to check on Winston Smith's compliance with green law.

- Since humans produce carbon dioxide by breathing, surely the sensible thing to do would be to tax the air we breathe? There's actually a discussion of it. The New York Times ran an editorial last week calling on the government to impose a carbon tax on humans for the air we breathe!

Taxing the air we breathe! Can we now not agree that hysterical control freaks have seized the reigns of the global warming debate?

The idea of taxing the air we breathe has for decades been a satirical allegory of government control but now it's becoming a reality, because global warming is the new justification to do anything!

Global warming also acts as a convenient veil for the real environmental crimes that will continue on behalf of the mega corporations and scientific establishment that are in bed with the very government imposing draconian measures on us in the name of the environment. While we are forced to subsidize our own air supply, GM contamination, toxic waste dumping, bizarre cloning mad science, and the destruction of the rain forests will continue apace while we are still being lectured about light bulbs and beer bottles.

There's no time left for a debate they tell us - we don't want to hear about the medieval warm period, we don't want to hear about how temperatures dropped as carbon emissions increased for four decades from the 40's to the 80's, we don't want to hear about how the troposphere shows no build up of greenhouse gases, we don't want to hear about sun activity and its direct correlation with climate change, we don't want to hear about arctic ice samples showing how CO2 lags behind temperature increase - because global warming is our justification to do anything and we are going to do it whether you like it or not!

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Related articles:

Brown wants 'new world order' to fight global warming (March 12, 2007)
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/march2007/120307newworldorder.htm
LONDON (AFP) - Gordon Brown, likely to be the next prime minister, will deliver a speech calling for a "new world order" to combat global warming on Monday.According to excerpts released by the finance ministry, Chancellor of the Exchequer Brown will also say the United Nations should make the fight against global warming a core "pillar" of its international mission.Brown will praise the European Union's progress in combatting climate change after EU leaders on Friday agreed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 20 percent by 2020, compared to 1990 levels.He is set to announce domestic policy proposals that are targetted at helping Britons save energy, thereby cutting their individual carbon emissions, ahead of the government's publication of its Climate Change Bill on Tuesday."People want to make the right choices and they want help to take the right decisions," Brown will say."Government must provide practical help with, wherever possible, incentives in preference to penalties."Brown is the favourite to be Britain's next prime minister, as Tony Blair has pledged to step down by September.

Taxing Us for Breathing (March 12, 2007)
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/march2007/120307Breathing.htm
Last week, the New York Times published an extraordinary editorial complaining that "Right now, everyone is using the atmosphere like a municipal dump, depositing carbon dioxide free." The Times editors suggested that the government "start charging for the privilege" by imposing a "carbon tax."We all knew it would eventually come to this: the New York Times thinks the government should tax us for breathing.Of course, the editorial was supposed to be aimed at big corporations who build coal-fired power plants--but why should the logic stop there? Right now, eight million people are walking around on the streets of New York City heedlessly inhaling precious oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide, treating the skies over their fair city "like a municipal dump, depositing carbon dioxide free." Shouldn't they be forced to pay for the "privilege," too? And the connection is a logical one, because the generation of power by industrial-scale power plants is as much a vital activity as breathing. CLIP

The Creeping Fascism of Global Warming Hysteria (February 13, 2007)
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/february2007/130207globalwarming.htm
Man-made orthodoxy is a dogma of coercion, bias, and junk science (...) This assault betrays what's at the heart of the global warming agenda - a cadre of control freaks who can't respond to the overwhelming evidence that the Sun and other long term natural cycles are responsible for climate change and thus have to resort to vile propagandistic personality attacks to sway the court of public opinion.




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From: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/07/18/wsun18.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/07/18/ixnewstop.html

The truth about global warming - it's the Sun that's to blame

By Michael Leidig and Roya Nikkhah

17/07/2004

Global warming has finally been explained: the Earth is getting hotter because the Sun is burning more brightly than at any time during the past 1,000 years, according to new research.

A study by Swiss and German scientists suggests that increasing radiation from the sun is responsible for recent global climate changes.

Dr Sami Solanki, the director of the renowned Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Gottingen, Germany, who led the research, said: "The Sun has been at its strongest over the past 60 years and may now be affecting global temperatures.

"The Sun is in a changed state. It is brighter than it was a few hundred years ago and this brightening started relatively recently - in the last 100 to 150 years."

Dr Solanki said that the brighter Sun and higher levels of "greenhouse gases", such as carbon dioxide, both contributed to the change in the Earth's temperature but it was impossible to say which had the greater impact.

Average global temperatures have increased by about 0.2 deg Celsius over the past 20 years and are widely believed to be responsible for new extremes in weather patterns. After pressure from environmentalists, politicians agreed the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, promising to limit greenhouse gas emissions between 2008 and 2012. Britain ratified the protocol in 2002 and said it would cut emissions by 12.5 per cent from 1990 levels.

Globally, 1997, 1998 and 2002 were the hottest years since worldwide weather records were first collated in 1860.

Most scientists agree that greenhouse gases from fossil fuels have contributed to the warming of the planet in the past few decades but have questioned whether a brighter Sun is also responsible for rising temperatures.

To determine the Sun's role in global warming, Dr Solanki's research team measured magnetic zones on the Sun's surface known as sunspots, which are believed to intensify the Sun's energy output.

The team studied sunspot data going back several hundred years. They found that a dearth of sunspots signalled a cold period - which could last up to 50 years - but that over the past century their numbers had increased as the Earth's climate grew steadily warmer. The scientists also compared data from ice samples collected during an expedition to Greenland in 1991. The most recent samples contained the lowest recorded levels of beryllium 10 for more than 1,000 years. Beryllium 10 is a particle created by cosmic rays that decreases in the Earth's atmosphere as the magnetic energy from the Sun increases. Scientists can currently trace beryllium 10 levels back 1,150 years.

Dr Solanki does not know what is causing the Sun to burn brighter now or how long this cycle would last.

He says that the increased solar brightness over the past 20 years has not been enough to cause the observed climate changes but believes that the impact of more intense sunshine on the ozone layer and on cloud cover could be affecting the climate more than the sunlight itself.

Dr Bill Burrows, a climatologist and a member of the Royal Meteorological Society, welcomed Dr Solanki's research. "While the established view remains that the sun cannot be responsible for all the climate changes we have seen in the past 50 years or so, this study is certainly significant," he said.

"It shows that there is enough happening on the solar front to merit further research. Perhaps we are devoting too many resources to correcting human effects on the climate without being sure that we are the major contributor."

Dr David Viner, the senior research scientist at the University of East Anglia's climatic research unit, said the research showed that the sun did have an effect on global warming.

He added, however, that the study also showed that over the past 20 years the number of sunspots had remained roughly constant, while the Earth's temperature had continued to increase.

This suggested that over the past 20 years, human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation had begun to dominate "the natural factors involved in climate change", he said.

Dr Gareth Jones, a climate researcher at the Met Office, said that Dr Solanki's findings were inconclusive because the study had not incorporated other potential climate change factors.

"The Sun's radiance may well have an impact on climate change but it needs to be looked at in conjunction with other factors such as greenhouse gases, sulphate aerosols and volcano activity," he said. The research adds weight to the views of David Bellamy, the conservationist. "Global warming - at least the modern nightmare version - is a myth," he said. "I am sure of it and so are a growing number of scientists. But what is really worrying is that the world's politicians and policy-makers are not.

"Instead, they have an unshakeable faith in what has, unfortunately, become one of the central credos of the environmental movement: humans burn fossil fuels, which release increased levels of carbon dioxide - the principal so-called greenhouse gas - into the atmosphere, causing the atmosphere to heat up. They say this is global warming: I say this is poppycock."




7.

THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM

From: http://two.guestbook.de/gb.cgi?gid=456912&prot=ccbcsw

Message left in the ERN guestbook on 2007-03-12 by Christina (chrisigle@yahoo.com.ar)

Hello Jean

Having a first look at your latest stormy and "cornucopia" compilation, I read that item on man's responsibility (or lack of it) for global warming. Several years ago I found an article, the 8th chapter of the series "Divine Cosmos" posted in the David Wilcock's site. It is interesting, it considers the global increase of energy as a solar system event, detailing the changes in other planets noticed by scientists over the world since many years ago. It includes good images and a bibliography. The material presented in the series is good if not news, but this chapter is especially opportune at this time.

http://www.divinecosmos.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=102

Of course, it is up to you to determine both the interest and accuracy level of the whole. Although D. Wilcock is well-known in the Oneness spiritual community, I learned to use my own criteria and deep feeling, without regard to the author or place where I find the information. (I guess that is your advice too...)

Love and gratitude from Argentina

Christina

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From: http://www.divinecosmos.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=102

CHAPTER 08: THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM

8.1 THE CHANGES OF THE HELIOSPHERE

Figure 8.1 - The Basic Structure of the Heliosphere (Courtesy NASA)

Devastating earthquakes, 400% more frequent just since 1973. [22] Volcanoes belching dust, smoke and lava, 500% more than in 1875. [22] Tornadoes in unexpected areas such as Maryland, 200% more frequent than 50 years ago. [15] Unprecedented mega-hurricanes sweeping across coastlines. [15] Blistering heatwaves, and winters without snow. Wildfires raging across continents. Crippling droughts and / or unprecedented floodings. Ever-climbing numbers of mass species extinctions. Massive heatings in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. [3] Gigantic chunks of ice falling off of the polar icecaps. Solar activity so energetic that many satellites were not built to withstand the sudden increases, shattering all previous expectations. [15] Catastrophic Earth changes, such as earthquake and tornado activity, emerging within days of major solar events. [15, 31]

These are the events of our daily lives, and once they arrive in our backyards, we are forced to pay attention. The womb of the sofa, television and remote control provides no haven when the ground is shaking, the grass is scorching, ferocious winds are whipping, the seas are empty of fish, and food crops wither within weeks as the rivers run dry.

The phenomenon of "synchronicity" has again occurred just two nights before we post the entire Part One of this book online for the public, on Tuesday, June 04, 2002. As posted on the Drudge Report [46], then later in the mainstream press [45], suddenly it's official: the US government says "global warming" is real.

In a stunning U-turn for the Bush administration, the United States has sent a climate report to the United Nations detailing "specific and far-reaching effects" that it says "global warming will inflict" on the American environment… Also for the first time - the White House places "most of the blame for recent global warming on human actions - mainly the burning of fossil fuels that send heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere," the NEW YORK TIMES is planning to report on Monday Page Ones, according to publishing sources… [emphasis added]

The United States will be substantially changed in the next few decades, claims the Bush report. The United States will "very likely" be seeing the "disruption of snow-fed water supplies, more stifling heat waves and the permanent disappearance of Rocky Mountain meadows and coastal marshes… The new report's predictions present a sharp contrast to the administration's previous statements on climate change, in which President Bush always spoke in generalities and stressed the need for much more research to resolve scientific questions."

Despite these often-discussed changes, only a very small number of people, mostly Russian scientists, are aware that the entire Solar System (heliosphere) is experiencing these changes. [15] "Global warming" from CFCs and fossil fuel usage is actually only a minor player in the changes that are now occurring. This chapter of our book will present the case for the energetic transformation of the Solar System in a form never before seen worldwide, prior to the exact day that the US government came clean. As with the rest of this book, we ask that we be credited for compiling this data as it now stands, and linked to Divine Cosmos.

The burning desire for an answer has produced many conflicting ideas about what is causing these ever-increasing changes. Outside of government admissions of "global warming," the theories that have propagated in the Internet metaphysical subculture do not require much scientific substantiation, simply a general feeling of impending doom coupled with a great degree of faith. As one popular example, a relatively uncommon planetary alignment on May 5, 2000 was heavily hyped up as being the trigger-point for Earth crustal displacement / pole shift, "the ultimate disaster." Asteroids are said to be about to strike the Earth. And more recently, legitimate research by Zecharia Sitchin has been combined with intuitively "channeled" speculation that the missing planet Nibiru is about to make a close pass to Earth in 2003. This mythical scenario has been used as a catch-all to explain away the changes we now experience.

Dr. Sitchin himself has calculated that the planet Nibiru shall not return until some time after 2160 AD. [47] One would expect that such a massive object enjoying an established 3,600-year orbit would now be glaringly visible, with less than a year before it screams into our lives, larger than the Moon in the night sky. Yet, no observational evidence exists, only shadowy rumors of conspiracy and "leaks" from nameless "informants" in the astrophysics community. Furthermore, a naturally-orbiting planet would certainly not be capable of causing such massive energetic surges throughout the entire heliosphere, which is the combined entity of the Sun's massive magnetic field and all orbiting bodies within it. Indeed, an outside source of energy is required to explain the anomalies that we are now witnessing. However, most people who already believe in Nibiru 2003 will probably not be open to alternative perspectives until some time after the popping of champagne corks and a collective sigh of relief on Jan. 1, 2004.

In this chapter, we will make the strongest single case ever that our Solar System (heliosphere) is moving into an area of higher aetheric energy density within the local interstellar medium, or LISM. [15] NASA would loosely define the LISM as "the space medium (i.e. aetheric energy in this model) between the stars in our local area of the galaxy." In our model, this could be roughly thought of as a "Dimensional Shift" that is already underway, though the term "matter-energy density shift" is preferable. As we move into this new field of energy in the galaxy, tremendous changes occur in the Sun, the planets and the Sun's gigantic magnetic field which surrounds the entire system - and human pollution-induced "Global Warming" has very little influence on this process. [This new model has major differences from the channeled "Photon Belt" theory as well, and should not be seen as supporting most aspects of it, such as the "Manasic Ring."]

CLIP read the rest at http://www.divinecosmos.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=102

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Related material:

http://www.mohr-mohr-and-more.org/downloads/dmitriev.pdf
http://www.tmgnow.com/repository/repository.html




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From: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1597487,00.html

A Climate for Change

Mar. 08, 2007

By JEFFERY D. SACHS

When climate-change skeptics mock the fear about a rise of a "few degrees" in temperature, we should remind them of how it feels to have a 103° fever. A few degrees above normal can mean the difference between life and death, species survival and extinction. And a few actions on our part could make the difference between a healthy planet and one that falls into an environmental tailspin. The time has come for action. The earth's future is in our hands.

Many climate shocks have already become more common: powerful hurricanes, droughts, heat waves and blizzards. Much worse will come unless we stabilize the level of carbon dioxide, or CO2, in the atmosphere at safe levels. Before the industrial era, CO2 concentration was 280 parts per million (p.p.m.) in the atmosphere. If current trends continue, that could reach 560 p.p.m. by mid-century. Yet because our energy system is so deeply embedded in the world economy--in vehicles, power plants, factories, residences and office buildings--it will take decades to reamp it. So people who care about the future of the planet will need to push for businesses to produce electricity, concrete, steel and plastics in new ways.

Concerned citizens will also have to think globally. The U.S. is about to be overtaken by China as the world's largest emitter of CO2 from energy use. For years we have brushed off the rest of the world as other countries have pleaded for the U.S. to get its house in order. Now as China's CO2 output threatens more intense hurricanes and droughts in the U.S., the tables are turned, and we will certainly want China to control emissions. In fact, since CO2 mixes freely in the atmosphere, every country's climate depends on the whole world's actions. The good news is that global action, if timely and strong, could head off a doubling of CO2 at an annual cost of less than 1% of world income.

The timing for a global agreement is right. In December the U.S. and the rest of the world will begin negotiating a set of standards to follow the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. The new rules need to embody certain key realities: all countries must join; the world's power plants, automobile fleets and buildings will have to shift to low-carbon technologies; a world "price" must be charged for emitting carbon into the atmosphere to provide a market incentive for companies and governments to make the changeover. And rich countries must help poor countries get on the low-carbon track by, for example, compensating them for ending the deforestation that leads to carbon emissions as well as a loss of biodiversity.

Earlier this month, the Global Roundtable on Climate Change, which is based at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and includes companies and organizations from all parts of the world, adopted a consensus statement that could serve as a template for an international agreement. Green-technology leaders like General Electric, insurance leaders like Swiss Re, automobile firms like Volvo and innovative Chinese and Indian firms all endorsed it, as did many of the world's prominent scientists.

Now you can join as well. The roundtable invites you to add your signature to show that the citizens of the world yearn for a serious and global agreement, one based on the best science and the interests of our children. By signing on at www.nextgenerationearth.org you can send a powerful message to politicians and business leaders around the globe that climate change is a battle for our common future.

Sachs, author of The End of Poverty, directs the Earth Institute at Columbia University




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From: http://www.alpenhornnews.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=451

Increased illness linked to mystery powder

February 20, 2007

More mountain patients reporting sickness since yellow dust appeared

by Laurie A. Kelly (With 2 stunning pictures at this URL above)

The unexplained yellow powder that mysteriously appeared in mountain communities last Dec. 7 and again in February has prompted The Alpenhorn News to further investigation of the appearance of these aerial trails that many believe are the cause of the increase in respiratory problems plaguing mountain communities.

Chemtrails, the visible vapor streams left by low-altitude chemical spraying, have been under scrutiny for more than seven years now, since the first appearances of the heavy white streamers in the sky in early 1999. Despite the efforts of investigators, very little information has been released to the public.

Locally, the issue surfaced in early December when many mountain residents observed a fine, slippery yellow powder on their cars and around the exterior of their homes.

Gretchen Sherman, who lives in Cedar Glen, said she was concerned enough about the situation that she notified the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the agency sent an inspector to her home. The man took a sample, she said, and tentatively identified the powder as cedar pollen.

However, a biologist told this newspaper that December is not the season when cedar pollen normally appears, and that when it does appear, in the spring, it does not “explode.” Several witnesses said they had seen a yellow cloud “exploding” in the skies over the Lake Arrowhead area prior to the appearance of the mysterious yellow dust or powder.

Government officials have repeatedly dodged the questions of concerned citizens and, when pressed, have said the appearance of powder in other areas is nothing more than pollen. People continue to become ill and high levels of chemicals continue to show up in random testing of soil and water supplies, according to informed sources.

In the beginning, the activities of chemtrail investigators were considered nothing more than speculation. Scientists connected to these efforts were considered to be conspiracy theorists. But with the increasingly visible presence of chemtrails, many contend that the time has come for speculation to lead into knowledge, as theory – and fears – are apparently becoming reality.

Witnesses have told this newspaper that they have seen and photographed KC 135s and KC 10s, stripped of any military markings and outfitted with what appears to be a “spraying device.” Airport personnel and pilots have confirmed for this reporter that some commercial airliners have also been outfitted to leave long-lasting chemtrails. One former Air Force pilot, who wished not to be named, said, “Yeah, we have them, but were not supposed to talk about it.”

The existence of equipment capable of producing aerosol spraying has been demonstrated, and senior Air Force officials acknowledge this capability, though they say its purpose is pest control and fuel dumping.

But nonmilitary sources say there are two major reasons for the use of such equipment – weather modification and biochemical warfare. As more information is discovered the two are appearing more like a single cause.

Community after community continues to report that hundreds of people are becoming ill at the same time, and these reports usually follow on the heels of times of heavy chemtrail activity. In San Bernardino Mountains communities, three physicians, all of whom asked not to be identified, have reported an increasing number of patients being seen for similar illness since December.

Persistent hacking coughs, upper respiratory and intestinal distress, pneumonia, extreme fatigue, lethargy, dizziness, disorientation, splitting headaches, elevated arthritis symptoms and unexplainable nosebleeds are just a few of the symptoms these doctors have described.

These doctors have said they are seeing larger numbers of patients with these complaints during or within days after the times that the physicians themselves have observed a larger number of chemtrails in the skies above mountain communities.

Ed Burrows, a pharmacist who lives in Crestline, told The Alpenhorn News that he is seeing similar signs of illness in himself. Since early December he has been suffering from a respiratory ailment that has includes a “gooey phlegm” that, despite his best efforts, he has been unable to relieve. Burrows said the issue is raising “high concern” for him that his health may be “jeopardized.” Burrows said he “feels that it is directly related” to recent chemtrail activity.

“Our government’s refusal to level with the people indicates that whatever it is they are polluting our environment with must be dangerous and/or unhealthy. There is no need to be secretive if what you are doing is beneficial,” he said.

In an e-mail he sent to this reporter, Burrows wrote, “As the former owner and pharmacist of the Lake Gregory Pharmacy for more than two decades, this is the first time in those 22 years I’ve witnessed so many in our community suffering with respiratory ailments with no apparent cause… Edward Burrows Pharm. D, RPh.”

Many respected researchers are attributing these illnesses to toxic chemicals used in government-sponsored weather-modification programs already in effect and intended to minimize the effects of serious weather events such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Senate Bill 517, proposed by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), would create a platform for future legislation that would allow for a nationwide weather-modification advisory and research board to make large-scale chemical alterations in our atmosphere. Authoritative sources say this is already occurring.

High levels of barium, aluminum and quartz have already been found in areas that have been reporting heavy chemtrail activity. Those substances, though natural minerals, have never been detected in those areas previously. For example, in portions of Canada, one of the first countries to raise awareness of aerosol spraying, barium and aluminum levels were found to be seven times above normal, according to media accounts published in a Vancouver newspaper in 1999.

Since publishing the story last week The Alpenhorn News has received requests for information from organizations as far away as Chicago. Many of these organizations have said they are having difficulty getting the news media to publish stories regarding the kinds of chemtrails that have been recently spotted above the San Bernardino Mountains.

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Related articles:

Mysterious powder shrouds area (February 13)
http://www.alpenhornnews.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=450
The appearance of persistent white streaks known as chemtrails in the sky and the recent discovery of a mysterious yellow powder on cars and homes have mountain residents concerned and seeking answers, and some of the possible explanations are frightening. (...) Laboratory studies of other areas that have had similar occurrences to the one in Cedar Glen have shown that samples of snow and soil tested after exposure have elevated levels of barium salts, aluminum and quartz. These particles are known to be sunlight reflective and possibly used in experimental weather modification.However, these heavy particles have also been mentioned in studies as possibly bringing viruses from the upper atmospheres down to ground level as they descend.There is speculation that these particles could also be a factor on the mountain. Local doctor’s offices, such as the office of Dr. Walter Bramson in Crestline, are reporting a possible rise in the instances of asthma attacks in patients who were previously undiagnosed, as well as nosebleeds and respiratory illness.Sources report that the federal government and the military are deeply engrossed in several major programs that include experimental aerial spraying of dangerous particles. None of these programs are being disclosed to the public. Some scientists have released information concerning them, but have requested anonymity for fear of the consequences of being identified as an information source.The largest of these programs is reportedly being conducted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as a biological detection and decontamination program. This program involves the release of the aerial spraying of barium-based particles that are combined with polymer fibers. It is believed in scientific circles that the release of these physical irritants may be responsible for the nationwide increase of arthritis symptoms, nosebleeds and pneumonia.The soluble salts of barium-based particles are known to be toxic to humans. They are rapidly absorbed into healthy tissues such as bones, muscles and the lungs. However, there are currently no detailed case data available on the effects of long-term exposure of the body to these chemicals. CLIP

Call on Gov. Schwarzenegger to Investigate Chemtrails
http://www.alpenhornnews.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=506
Salome writes "Calling for a State Level Investigation into the Aerial Spraying Campaign known as Chemtrails/Persistent Contrails. Do you notice on an otherwise clear beautiful California day, that there are airplanes flying at a very high altitude emitting a trail of substance that doesn't dissipate? They are officially known as 'Persistent Contrails', but for independent investigators they are called Chemtrails. This mysterious phenomenon is worldwide and there is a great amount of speculation as to their purpose and more importantly their effects. Available research traces the origin of Chemtrails back to Dr. Edward Teller's 1990 white paper contention that a highly reflective substance released into the upper atmosphere/stratosphere could mitigate global warming by reflecting 1-2% of sunlight back into space. Independent sample tests of the substance yeilded the following sub-micron particles : * Aluminum * Thorium * Selenium * Barium * Silicon Carbide Now the effects of sub-micron particles being sprayed over a 10 year period could affect the respiratory system. Could this be the reason for our increased susceptibility to influenza? These are the kinds of questions and speculated answers that are all over the internet from concerned Americans. Enough Speculation, We Need Answers! What is needed is an Official Statewide Investigation into the: * Authorization * Purpose * Composition of materials * Health Effects * Weather Effects * Success/Failure of Program * Lifespan of Program Of this Aerial Spraying Program - Chemtrails!! We Need Answers Now! Sign Petition http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/835318817
NOTE: There are ONLY 593 signatures so far. The goal is 50,000 and the deadline is May 19, 2007

CONTRAILS: KILLING US SOFTLY? (March 19, 2007)
http://www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd257.htm
(...) I don't care what anyone says: what we're seeing here and all across this country is not chemtrails from commercial aircraft or military planes simply flying over. One has to ask themselves what do these pilots think their mission is? They suddenly appear over an area where the sky is absolutely, crystal blue and flying back and forth for hours leaving these long contrails behind them and leave the entire area blanketed with gray haze. Don't these pilots - whoever they are because no one from state to federal officials will tell us - what the Hell are you doing up there? If you are a pilot flying these missions or if you know someone who is and it has to be military, please contact me. I will never reveal a source, but we need someone to come forward. Rosalind has a web site that has been documenting this whole issue. Click here to see the pictures and they are pretty much the same across the country. Mail continues to pour into my e-mail box on this issue from people who are experiencing serious medical problems; their skies are being decorated by planes flying over, departing and leaving behind gray, gunky sky. As Rosalind attempted to explain during our meeting at Rep. Neillo's office: this is an environmental disaster of monumental proportions underway. Three years ago I interviewed a man who worked for more than 30 years for the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife; he knows Rosalind well. Allan told me the same thing about the destruction to trees and crops. This is serious and we must get to the bottom of this contrail mystery. You would think these dunderheads in the state and federal agencies would want to know themselves since they and their families are also breathing this poison which is killing the food supply and critical eco structures like trees. CLIP Much more on this at http://www.californiaskywatch.com/ca_drinking_water_test_results/index.html and http://www.californiaskywatch.com/




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Forwarded by Jaiia Earthschild (jaiia_earthschild@yahoo.com)

Date: 12 Mar 2007
From: kathleen Rosenblatt (ferrickrosenblatt@yahoo.com)
Subject: Fish and people are dying. So which issue to fight for?

Stories like the following (millions of fish are dying all over the place) break your heart. I'm glad enough people are focusing on ALL the various issues. I still believe that dealing with 9/11 goes to the most recent heart of the matter--that has allowed the powers that be to ignore all these issues and of course, create many new ones even more egregious---close to a million dead in the name of 9/11? Depleted uranium that MOST Americans still haven't heard of? Killing our planet for billions of years??

I just returned from yet another 9/11 conference, this one in Irvine, (2 wks ago in Phoenix), that also covered the Income Tax, depleted uranium, the CIA and other issues. It was wonderful to see many people exposed to the 9/11 evidence for the first time, by some of our greatest researchers. Finally anti-war groups and Impeachment groups, et al, are seeing the relevance of the 9/11 evidence as no longer too fringy and unbelievable to be of use. Quite the contrary, people ARE able to see the simple scientific facts that show up quite visible in the footage. No, not all the questions have been answered. But enough facts ARE clear to show that it had to have been arranged by local higher ups.

The buildings were leased out to a financier just weeks before, and the president's brother and cousin were in charge of the security company that 'secured' the towers, as well as Boston airport and United Airlines!  They arranged for the towers to have one elevator closed to the public for the weeks before 9/11, thus available for supplying the incendiaries to be placed iniside the buildings. And the towers were completely shut down the weekend before. And this is just one small part of the picture.

The incendiaries Thermate and Thermite were found in steel samples afterwards.

Some of you have been hearing this story for a long time. I would love to hear back from you as to what you think about it? Do you understand it but feel there's no use fighting it? it's too big? (Yes, it's huge.)

Webster Tarpley's talk was brilliant and focused on the importance of getting this story out because it's the only thing strong enough to stop the impending Iran war which is brewing as we speak. My efforts are focused on galvanizing the Hollywood community since they are the only ones that we (the American public) have been hypnotized to respond to. They can command a media response.

What suggestions do you have? Soon we will have copies of Webster's talk in which he outlines just what we are up against. Would you like a copy? Have you seen any of the recent DVDs that are so conclusive in their evidence? Let me know. You might want to attend one of our meetings to be brought up to date. We are making such headway, but the stakes keep getting higher. If you don't have time, perhaps you want to contribute funds to help us in our continuous efforts. We could do so much more with some support.

Thank you,

Kathleen

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With convincing pictures below!

From: http://www.rense.com/general75/mill.htm

Million Fish Die In Colorado At Once - 'A Lack Of Oxygen'?

From Judith Moriarty (noahshouse@comcast.net)
3-10-7

I was having a cup of tea in the kitchen when I heard a 'brief' blurb on the news telling of a million fish that had died in the Colorado River (covering an area of 7 miles). The reason given was 'lack of oxygen'. I waited to hear more on evening broadcasts (pictures) and there was NOTHING - just that 30 second announcement. When I went searching I found that this was not an aberration pertaining just to the Colorado, but was happening in all parts of the country (rivers & lakes) and to put the people, who blame farmer's fertilizer at ease, many of these areas had no farms anywhere near them. Tens of thousands of fish have been found in California, Oregon, Washington State, Pennsylvania, and the Potomac etc. Looking further, I found that this is happening world wide, from Romania to China! Combine these massive die-offs with thousands of dead whales, sea turtles, porpoises, birds, honey bees, and butterflies. Well, it's not hard to reason that the planet is dying. These massive deaths appear to be reported only locally and never making it to the national scene or an all out alarm by the EPA or environmental (corporate sponsored) groups?

The Gulf of Mexico has a DEAD ZONE that is approximately 7,000 square miles! Oregon has a DEAD ZONE off of its coast the size of Rhode Island. NO ALARM bells. I can understand this depraved indifference, since massive pollution, (84,000 gallons a day) from a landfill holding 2.3 MILLION TONS of putrid garbage is contaminating ground water and rivers in my own state (NH). When our state Department of Environmental Services held a hearing in the little town of Bethlehem (northern NH) °© they had the audacity to tell a citizen, who held a jar aloft, with this rusted polluted water that 'iron is good for you'. Sending the website 'Goliath Trust' and photos off to the Governor, Executive Council, and various legislators, was met with SILENCE. Moral: Corporate polluters, military testing (sonar), corporate HOG farmers, etc, take precedence over the health of the nation and our waters...

MORE ON THIS IN THE NEXT ITEM!




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From: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21297278-12332,00.html

Deep trouble, sea to dying sea

February 28, 2007

THERE is a growing scientific consensus across the world that the oceans are in deep trouble and that humanity is responsible. The symptoms include collapses in fish populations, deaths of coral reefs, the contamination of sea life with toxic chemicals, the pollution of shallow seas with sediment and nutrients causing algal blooms, changes in the currents that distribute energy around the planet and signs that the oceans are becoming more acidic.

In The Silent Deep, due out soon, Australian marine scientist Tony Koslow - formerly of CSIRO, now at the Scripps Institute in California - traces the discovery, exploration and plunder of the deep oceans in the past few decades. In it he states: "We may think of the deep sea as pristine, but in fact no portion of (it) is today unaffected by human activities." Koslow likens the unsustainable deep-sea harvest to the destruction by Stone Age hunters of the megafauna of Europe, Asia, the Americas and Australia.

He explains that orange roughy stocks collapsed because they were fished down too fast, before we understood their size and turnover rates and could manage the fishing pressure. Similar tragedies are occurring worldwide, wherever fish and corals gather on the peaks of deep-sea mounts: "Fishers in 25m boats can level a pristine coral reef at 1000m depth as readily as loggers with chainsaws and bulldozers can clear an old-growth forest."

John Schubert, the Commonwealth Bank chairman who has taken up the cause of the Great Barrier Reef, has warned of the effect of climate change on the reef, giving as an example the death of half the corals off Great Keppel Island due to bleaching.

Scientists at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies are finding evidence that intact fish populations are essential for corals to recover from such blows.

Australia has been shrewd enough to introduce green zones (no-take areas) on one-third of the Great Barrier Reef, but this doesn't apply to most of the world's coral reefs, whose 200 million human dependents will be destitute if their corals die.

One interesting development is the Australian Marine Conservation Society's increasingly popular Sustainable Seafood Guide, which advises consumers which fish to choose or avoid on the basis of their sustainability. While the experts may argue about what is and isn't a sustainable fish stock, the idea of transferring the onus for protecting marine species to consumers, rather than fishers, is a good one. Fishers can hardly be blamed for trying to make a living, but consumers can always purchase and consume more wisely, sending fishers the correct market signals.

The destruction of shallow seas and their aquaculture industries by the discharge of sediment, nutrients and pesticides from the land is a global problem that as yet has few answers, though efforts are being made to solve this in the catchments of the Great Barrier Reef and elsewhere.

An as yet undefined danger from the deep ocean is the so-called clathrate gun, a theory that warming could cause the violent release of trillions of tonnes of frozen CO2 from the seabed, precipitating a runaway greenhouse effect that would leave the planet more like super-hot Venus than Earth.

Another peril is acidification, which could devastate ocean life with planet-wide consequences.

The build-up of CO2 in the atmosphere produces acid rain which, as we have long known, affects the pH of lakes. As the 750 gigatonnes of carbon in the atmosphere increases, it could reduce ocean pH from 8 to 7.4 or lower. There are signs this is happening.

Acid seas would have a devastating effect not only on corals and shellfish, which would be unable to build their calcareous skeletons, but also on plankton, Earth's most numerous and important life forms.

In his book Plankton: A Critical Creation, Gustaaf Hallegraeff of the University of Tasmania depicts plankton as the planet's main microbial engine.

Plankton produce much of the oxygen we breathe; they capture and lock up half the world's CO2; they influence global climate by producing clouds and scattering sunlight; they are the base of the planetary food web. Many plankton have chalky skeletons that could not form in an acid sea.

Australia, as suzerain of the world's largest and most diverse exclusive economic zone, has a direct stake in understanding these processes, how to manage them and prevent their collapse. Indeed, half our territory is water.

The scale of the present scientific effort devoted to understanding so vast a realm is but a drop in the ocean of what it ought to be. It borders on an act of national irresponsibility and indifference.

If we hope that our oceans will sustain us in the future, we must sustain them in the present. But we need the science to do so.

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Julian Cribb is adjunct professor of science communication at the University of Technology, Sydney.

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Related articles:

Study Sees ‘Global Collapse’ of Fish Species (November 3, 2006)
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/03/science/03fish.html?ex=1320210000&en=1cbe6153c8bdfebd&ei=5090
If fishing around the world continues at its present pace, more and more species will vanish, marine ecosystems will unravel and there will be “global collapse” of all species currently fished, possibly as soon as midcentury, fisheries experts and ecologists are predicting. What can be done now to protect marine life and many species of fish that could face extinction by mid-century if overfishing continues?Post a CommentThe scientists, who report their findings today in the journal Science, say it is not too late to turn the situation around. As long as marine ecosystems are still biologically diverse, they can recover quickly once overfishing and other threats are reduced, the researchers say. But improvements must come quickly, said Boris Worm of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, who led the work. Otherwise, he said, “we are seeing the bottom of the barrel.”“When humans get into trouble they are quick to change their ways,” he continued. “We still have rhinos and tigers and elephants because we saw a clear trend that was going down and we changed it. We have to do the same in the oceans.” The report is one of many in recent years to identify severe environmental degradation in the world’s oceans and to predict catastrophic loss of fish species. But experts said it was unusual in its vision of widespread fishery collapse so close at hand. CLIP

The Dying Oceans (11/26/2006)
http://www.seashepherd.org/news/media_061126_1.html
Awareness Slowly Growing of Collapsing Fish Populations Yet Nations Refuse to Implement Change -- It’s really frustrating having to predict the consequences of ignoring the laws of ecology, having the media ignore the predictions and then watching a decade or decades later when the media runs new stories when these same predictions become reality.Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been predicting the collapse of worldwide commercial fisheries since 1977 when we were first founded. We warned the Canadian media repeatedly in 1982 that the cod fishery would collapse. We sent warnings to the Australian and New Zealand media in the mid-Eighties that the Orange roughy fishery would collapse and we have been warning the public about the collapse of the Chilean sea bass (Patagonia toothfish) fishery that is happening right now. Despite this, even Whole Foods Market continues to sell Chilean Sea bass.This week, the L.A. Times ran an excellent article by Kenneth Weiss entitled Not Enough Fish in the Sea. (November 26, 2006)The article illustrates that “90% of the big fish — tuna, cod and swordfish — are gone from the oceans. If the serial depletions continue unabated, a group of scientists recently predicted, major seafood stocks will collapse by 2048.”According to the article only “6% of the global fish catch is certified as "sustainable," meaning that fish are not pulled from the ocean faster than they can reproduce and are not caught in ways that destroy other sea life or undersea habitat. The reality is that although some retailers like Wal-Mart and MacDonald’s are exploring “sustainable alternatives,” there is simply no way to sustainably remove fish from the ocean faster than they can reproduce and because of human population escalation coupled with a greater demand for seafood consumption, the fish are being exterminated. Sea Shepherd believes the recent paper from Dalhousie University predicting the collapse of worldwide fisheries by 2048 is very optimistic. “I will be surprised if there is a still a commercial fishing industry by 2020,” said Captain Paul Watson, founder and president of Sea Shepherd. CLIP




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From: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines07/0314-07.htm

Destruction of Forests in Developing World 'Out of Control'

by Jerome Taylor

March 14, 2007 by the lndependent/UK

Progress in forest management in the industrial world is being overwhelmed by accelerating deforestation in the developing world, a global report from the United Nations has revealed.

The heart of the Bialowieza forest in northeastern Poland. Forests are expanding in several regions of the world but each day sees a net loss equivalent to an area twice the size of Paris, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said. (AFP/Janek Skarzynski)

Many countries in Europe and North America have been able to reverse centuries of deforestation and even, in some cases, increase their forest cover, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). But the global picture is blighted by uncontrolled felling in poorer countries - home to the majority of the world's forests.

"Many countries have shown the political will to improve forest management by revising policies and legislation and strengthening forestry institutions," said David Harcharik, FAO's assistant director-general. "Increasing attention is being paid to the conservation of soil, water, biological diversity and other environmental values."

But researchers from the FAO, which releases an annual survey of the world's forests, found that enormous tracts are still disappearing from the developing world. "Countries that are facing the most serious challenges in achieving sustainable forest management are those with the highest rates of poverty and civil conflict," said Mr Harcharik.

Europe currently has the best track record in preserving its forests with some countries showing an increase in their forest cover. In the United States and Canada, meanwhile, forest cover is considered stable. The report's authors found that improved legislation and conservation practices within the industrial world had led to the net loss of forests decreasing over the last decade from 22 million acres to 17 million acres.

Forests in the developing world still suffer from widespread deforestation primarily caused by unregulated slash and burn farming practices and uncontrolled forest fires.

"Deforestation continues at an unacceptable rate," said Wulf Killmann, a forestry expert at the FAO who helped compile the report, adding that the world currently loses approximately 32 million acres of forest cover a year.

Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean are currently the regions with the highest losses.

Africa, which accounts for about 16 per cent of the world's forests, lost more than 9 per cent of its trees between 1990 and 2005, the FAO said. In Latin America and the Caribbean, home to nearly half of the world's forests, 0.5 per cent of the forests were lost every year between 2000 and 2005 - up from an annual net rate of 0.46 per cent in the 1990s.

Forest area increased in Asia between 2000 and 2005, although the increase was limited to east Asia, where investment in forest plantations in China offset high rates of deforestation in other areas, the FAO said.

Disappearing forest cover

* Global forest cover amounts to just under four billion hectares, covering about 30 per cent of the world's land area. From 1990 to 2005, the world lost three per cent of its total forest area - 0.2 per cent a year.

* From 2000 to 2005, 57 countries reported a rise in forest area, and 83 reported a drop. Net loss at 7.3 million hectares a year.

* Ten countries account for 80 per cent of the world's primary forests, of which Indonesia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea and Brazil saw the highest losses in primary forest in the five years to 2005.




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From: http://www.kosmosjournal.org/kjo/bm%7edoc/earth-charter.pdf

The Earth Charter

We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the
world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great
promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures
and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must
join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human
rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples
of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future
generations.  

Earth, Our Home
Humanity is part of a vast evolving universe. Earth, our home, is alive with a unique community of
life. The forces of nature make existence a demanding and uncertain adventure, but Earth has
provided the conditions essential to life's evolution. The resilience of the community of life and the
well-being of humanity depend upon preserving a healthy biosphere with all its ecological
systems, a rich variety of plants and animals, fertile soils, pure waters, and clean air. The global
environment with its finite resources is a common concern of all peoples. The protection of Earth's
vitality, diversity, and beauty is a sacred trust.

The Global Situation
The dominant patterns of production and consumption are causing environmental devastation,
the depletion of resources, and a massive extinction of species. Communities are being
undermined. The benefits of development are not shared equitably and the gap between rich and
poor is widening. Injustice, poverty, ignorance, and violent conflict are widespread and the cause
of great suffering. An unprecedented rise in human population has overburdened ecological and
social systems. The foundations of global security are threatened. These trends are perilous—but
not inevitable. 

The Challenges Ahead
The choice is ours: form a global partnership to care for Earth and one another or risk the
destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life. Fundamental changes are needed in our values,
institutions, and ways of living. We must realize that when basic needs have been met, human
development is primarily about being more, not having more. We have the knowledge and
technology to provide for all and to reduce our impacts on the environment. The emergence of a
global civil society is creating new opportunities to build a democratic and humane world. Our
environmental, economic, political, social, and spiritual challenges are interconnected, and
together we can forge inclusive solutions. 

Universal Responsibility
To realize these aspirations, we must decide to live with a sense of universal responsibility,
identifying ourselves with the whole Earth community as well as our local communities. We are at
once citizens of different nations and of one world in which the local and global are linked. 
Everyone shares responsibility for the present and future well-being of the human family and the
larger living world. The spirit of human solidarity and kinship with all life is strengthened when we
live with reverence for the mystery of being, gratitude for the gift of life, and humility regarding the
human place in nature.  

We urgently need a shared vision of basic values to provide an ethical foundation for the emerging
world community. Therefore, together in hope we affirm the following interdependent principles for a
sustainable way of life as a common standard by which the conduct of all individuals, organizations,
businesses, governments, and transnational institutions is to be guided and assessed.

PRINCIPLES

Please read the missing part from http://www.kosmosjournal.org/kjo/bm%7edoc/earth-charter.pdf

THE WAY FORWARD

As never before in history, common destiny beckons us to seek a new beginning. Such
renewal is the promise of these Earth Charter principles. To fulfill this promise, we must commit
ourselves to adopt and promote the values and objectives of the Charter.  

This requires a change of mind and heart. It requires a new sense of global interdependence
and universal responsibility. We must imaginatively develop and apply the vision of a
sustainable way of life locally, nationally, regionally, and globally. Our cultural diversity is a
precious heritage and different cultures will find their own distinctive ways to realize the vision. 
We must deepen and expand the global dialogue that generated the Earth Charter, for we
have much to learn from the ongoing collaborative search for truth and wisdom.

Life often involves tensions between important values. This can mean difficult choices. 
However, we must find ways to harmonize diversity with unity, the exercise of freedom with the
common good, short-term objectives with long-term goals. Every individual, family,
organization, and community has a vital role to play. The arts, sciences, religions, educational
institutions, media, businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and governments are all
called to offer creative leadership. The partnership of government, civil society, and business
is essential for effective governance.

In order to build a sustainable global community, the nations of the world must renew their
commitment to the United Nations, fulfill their obligations under existing international
agreements, and support the implementation of Earth Charter principles with an international
legally binding instrument on environment and development. 

Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve
to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful
celebration of life.

More on the Earth Charter at http://www.earthcharter.org




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Date: 14 Mar 2007
From: Rudolf Schneider res@ipsgeneva.com">
Subject: Doomed efforts to achieve world peace

Dear Friends,

Here is a message from one of our best companions in this battle for a more just world society. Wishing all of us the best.

Rudolf

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Dear Rudolf and Alice,

Unfortunately any amount of efforts to achieve peace in the world, however sincere, intense and massive, will amount to nothing as long as the true cause of the warfare has not been removed: The so called New World Order agenda fomented by the industrial-military complex that Eisenhower warned of, consisting of the armament industry, the petro-chemical industry, the pharmaceutical industry and the food industry. These industries own the US congress and federal agencies (and have great influence over the European parliaments too) through lobbying, bribes and menaces. The armament industry is to a great extent run by ruling politicians, among them the Bush family, and it is in their direct interest to continuously cause armed conflicts in order to sell more weapons. Not only do they not care if millions of people die; their agenda includes the intentional reduction of the world population by any means available. And they couldn't care less about public opinion, at least as long as they have control of both congress and media, and are able to manipulate election results via the electronic voting machines they have cleverly introduced.

So the solution to the problem is not petitions or other manifestations of public will, which are only a waste of time and energy.

The only effective solution is to stop the production of all arms, and to break the energy monopoly and give the common people direct access to free renewable energy. We also need to stop the propagation of violence and hate by media.

All this is likely to become reality with the full breakthrough of the Aquarian paradigm, which is imminent. The only question is whether the military-industrial complex will succeed in making the planet inhabitable before it can be dismantled.

So, efforts should now be directed towards

1) boycotting all TV-channels and movie theatres that show violence and arms;(see attached article Foundations for Global Peace)
2) making free renewable energies available to everybody, and
3) disrupting and stopping the production of arms of all kinds by means of strikes, sabotage, actions like those of Greenpeace, etc.

These are not easy tasks, to be sure, but they have the potential of yielding substantial long-term results.

There are many proven ways of producing cheap energy that have all been covered up, outlawed or persecuted by the oil industry. With the help of the Internet and idealistic people with money it should not be an impossible task to bring together the know-how and the resources to break the energy monopoly. It is actually happening, but far too slowly. All it takes is a fuel-cell generator, a solar panel, or a wind-generator in every house, and cars that run on electricity, solar energy or fuel-cells. Excellent electric cars have existed throughout its history but have been repressed by the oil industry. See the most revealing film "Who Killed the Electric Car?"

Obviously it all boils down to dramatically increased awareness on the part of the population, with a radical change in priorities and values. This transformation of our society, necessary for our survival as a civilization and as a species, can hardly be achieved without a really major financial crisis. Actually, the entire world economy is presently founded on the military-industrial complex, which means it is headed for a total collapse.

I attach an essay on the New World Order Agenda, as well as my own article Foundations for Global Peace. Unless we realize the real issues at stake, and the true agendas of the actors on the world arena, we will be forever powerless to achieve peace and a happy global co-existence for all of Humanity.

With warm regards and best wishes

Jens




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WARNING! If you tend to get easily depressed don't read the following...

From: http://www.blogmark.co.za/index.php?q=node/6607

NEW WORLD ORDER

BY THOMAS BECKFORD

This is an article by Thomas Beckford written during 2005.

The artful "New World Order" agenda of the global military-industrial complex. An effective decades-old program to reduce world population and achieve global political and financial control by Thomas Beckford, 2005

Make no mistake about it: This is no "conspiracy theory". It is a conspiracy allright, but there is nothing theoretical about it, as anyone who really looks with open eyes, can easily see. This "New World Order" scheme consists of many intertwined tactics in different areas and on different levels, primarily targeting developing countries and poor or undesirable populations. In the following I will describe the most prominent ones.

The propagation of wars, not least civil wars. Prime locations are Africa, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Afghanistan, Latin America, Iraq, and so on. Astronomic, obscene profits are being made on the sale of weapons of all kinds by a few large conglomerates and international arms dealers, the most important of which are in close complicity with leading political figures who have an influence on the outbreak of these wars and the power to allow arms shipments. So, for instance, is the Bush family in the US deeply involved in the Carlyle group, which is one of the world's most important providers of war materials. Confirming what any shrewd observer has suspected all along, information recently leaked out to the effect that Tony Blair will be rewarded for his support of the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by means of a sinecure with royal pay at the Carlyle group when he retires from politics. Another US company that is also deeply involved in the war business with directly awarded untendered multi-billion dollar contracts in Iraq, is Halliburton, which was run by US vice-president Dick Cheney just before he became vice-president.

The propagation of terrorism. A mainstay tactic in the provocation of wars is the fomenting and funding of terrorist activity, often achieved through infiltration into existing revolutionary groups by agents from the CIA, the MOSSAD, etc. Very often terrorist deeds are masterminded and funded by the country that on the surface would seem to be their targets. Analysing in depth who really benefits most in the long run from such terrorism, one may get a good indication of from where it came. And I am not talking about the individuals who carry out the bombings etc., since they are only instruments, either ignorant fanatics or just paid to do the job, without knowing who is really behind it.

The propagation of violence through media, especially so called action movies from Hollywood, as shown both at movie theaters and on open TV channels. This kind of movies, produced by the hundreds and shown practically daily on the vast majority of TV channel around the world, promote violence as a natural and constant phenomenon, often even glorified as heroic, and encourages young people to favor violence as a natural way to solve any problem, while at the same time building an underlying emotional climate of fear and hatred.

The propagation of poisons: The most pernicious and sinister aspect of the various wars incited since 1990 is the use of so called "depleted uranium", a nuclear material that will remain lethal for hundreds of thousands of years and may change the very foundations of the human race, by causing genetic mutations. This ammunition has been used in Iraq since 1990, in the Balkans, and in Afghanistan, and is still used profusely by US and UK forces in spite of presenting overwhelming evidence to both the US Congress and the British Parliament of its baneful consequences for both sides in the war, and in spite of its being blatantly illegal and in violation of existing international treaties. This is a case of profitably selling dangerous material instead of safely disposing of it, which would be both difficult and very expensive.

The same thing happens with the rat poison fluoride, a highly toxic by-product from several industrial processes, especially the aluminium industry. A purportedly "benefic" and "scientific" foundation funded by the Mellon family, owners of a near world monopoly on aluminium is the source of the fake research that claims fluoride is preventive of caries and should be added to the drinking water world-wide! The facts are these: Fluoride is a poison; second only in toxicity to arsenic which is rated as the most toxic. Environmental laws require its safe disposal at a high cost for the industries, so now they instead sell it at a handsome profit for tax money to municipalities to equitably poison those citizens who do not use bottled water for drinking and food, either from ignorance or from lack of money. A very interesting aspect of this is that in both the German Nazi and the Soviet Russian concentration camps the prisoners were given fluoride in the water in order to keep them docile and obedient and prevent them from thinking independently or stage protests.

The high-jacking of global agriculture and food production

So called Terminator Technology was first developed by the United States Department of Agriculture and US seed company Delta & Pine Land to prevent farmers world-wide from saving and re-using harvested seed, forcing them to buy new manipulated seeds each season. This technology was then taken over by Monsanto. In October 1999, in response to worldwide opposition, Monsanto publicly pledged not to commercialize Terminator seeds. Then-CEO, Robert Shapiro, wrote an open letter to the Rockefeller Foundation, stating, "I am writing to let you know that we are making a public commitment not to commercialize sterile seed technologies, such as the one dubbed 'Terminator.'" However, in 2006 there are grave doubts regarding Monsanto's intentions, and concerns that the Terminator technology will be set loose again.

What is now happening in Iraq is a clear indicator of the USA's intentions for the rest of the world. Under the guise of helping get Iraq back on its feet, the US is setting out to totally re-engineer the country's traditional farming systems into a US-style corporate agribusiness. They've even created a new law - Order 81 - to make sure it happens. So the Iraqi farmer may have been wowed with the promise of a better yield, but unlike before he can't save his seed for the next. A 10,000-year old tradition has been replaced at a stroke with a contract for hire. Iraqi farmers have been made vassals to American corporations. That they were baking bread for 9,500 years before America existed has no weight when it comes to deciding who owns Iraq's wheat. Yet for every farmer that stops growing his unique strain of saved seed the world loses another variety, one that might have been useful in times of disease or drought. In short, what America has done is not restructure Iraq's agriculture, but dismantle it. The people whose forefathers first mastered the domestication of wheat will now have to pay for the privilege of growing it for someone else. And with that the world's oldest farming heritage will become just another subsidiary link in the vast American supply chain.

The propagation of disease - real or fake - resulting in massive scares and consequent drug sales, as well as vaccination programs, all of which debilitates the population, when not outright killing large portions of it, while again making billions in profits for those responsible, in this case the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, closely linked to politicians in power.

The insidious "HIV-AIDS" syndrome is the Rolls Royce in this category. It was artificially produced to order by the Reagan-Bush administration in 1984, then insidiously promoted and blown up and used as an excuse for a diabolically designed program which cruelly reduces socially or racially undesirable parts of the world population while at the same time making fantastic profits for the pharmaceutical companies. AIDS is a parallel effort to the provocation of wars by the arms lobby and the CIA in Africa, Latin America and elsewhere, and incredibly supported by the entire international community under the banners of the UN and the WHO among others.

But AIDS has another side to it as well. By falsely maintaining that it is incurable and fatal, and that it is spread by sexual intercourse, the propagators hoped that people in general would stop having sex without condoms, which should reduce nativity while producing a windfall for the industries involved with the production of condoms.

If you don't think this makes any sense, it is because everything you have been told about AIDS is untrue. When you find out what is true and what is not true with regard to HIV and AIDS, all the pieces will fall into place, and the whole monumental scam will become as clear as crystal.

The proliferation of illegal drugs by international drug cartels in secret close cooperation with US federal agencies, notably the CIA, contribute massively to ill health, crimes, and poverty in all affected countries. "The war on drugs" is as hypocritical and phony as the "war on cancer", the "war on AIDS", and the "war on terrorism", all of which have only massively increased what they pretend to eradicate.

The undermining of public health, not only by propagating poisons, and by pushing drugs - legal and illegal - that produce lethal side effects, but also by legislating to deny people treatments that do cure disease, on the pretext that they are "unproven" and potentially dangerous for the patients. In this category we now find such things as vitamins and natural healthy foods, which threaten to keep people healthy and thus keep them from becoming life-long consumers of the expensive and profitable synthetic drugs produced by the pharmaceutical industry, which is almost unconditionally backed by the US government. Donald Rumsfeld was the head of one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies before he became Minister of Defence.

And there is more to it: The large food conglomerates are to a very large extent directly or indirectly owned by the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, and have the same interests as these, meaning that they do not want to see people eat healthy fresh foods and use natural medicine, since that would improve the health of the population and reduce demand for their products. The artificial sweetener Aspartame is a neurotoxic substance patented by the pharmaceutical giant Searle, that was prohibited by the FDA as a food additive for 20 years because of its many dangers for health. Donald Rumsfeld was the CEO of Searle, and when he got power with the government, he sacked the head of the FDA and personally enforced the approval of Searle's product Aspartame as a food additive. It is now being used in hundreds, if not thousands, of products, among them pharmaceutical drugs. The most damaging of its uses is as a sweetener in all "Light" soft drinks, which tend to be addictive.

In this overall picture we also find the new industry of Genetic Engineering (or Genetic Manipulation, GM) that produces genetically engineered plants and animals, without really knowing what consequences these may have on the environment and the future of the existing species, including us humans.

None of this bodes well for the traditional farmers, who are increasingly being bought out by producers of artificial, environmentally and medically harmful fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides as well as genetically manipulated crop. But it bodes even worse for the health and future of Humanity in general, meaning us, the consumers, and our offspring.

By exporting to developing countries harmful chemicals and medicines, that have been banned or usefully modified by and for the developed countries, two objectives are achieved:

1) The banned product can be profitably sold in developing countries, where legislators and politicians are to an even greater extent in the pay of industry lobbyists than is the case in the US and other developed countries; and

2) The population becomes sick and in need of more drugs, or dies. Thus the goal to reduce the populations in the poor countries is achieved, along with increased profit potential for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries in the developing countries. If chemically induced ill health and deaths can be blamed on "HIV-AIDS" - as it is - governments and international help agencies can be made to pay for expensive fraudulently named "anti-retroviral" drugs that will effectively finish the job of killing their victims while generating a new round of profits for the global pharmaceutical industry and their shareholding politicians.

All these intertwined agendas can be promoted by fear-mongering and the launching of "scares" such as the SARS scare, the Anthrax scare, the Asian bird flue scare, and other existing or invented threats, for instance that terrorists will spread infectious germs. In this category also figures the "mad cow" scare, and the "foot and mouth disease" scare, both of which have been utilized to slaughter off vast populations of healthy cattle in the hands of small independent farmers.

At the same time, these scares serve to make people accept new legislation that - in the name of "security" and "protection" dramatically curbs constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and rights, thus insidiously introducing a de facto dictatorship with a secret police worthy of the most brutal dictatorships in history.

Finally, the undermining of developing economies by US-controlled World Bank and International Monetary Fund, which contribute in no small degree to the continuing poverty, ill health, and armed conflicts in many developing countries, notably in Africa and Latin America. Its "neo-liberal" free-trade oriented economic policies have intentionally kept the countries they have "helped" in deep debt, with populations on the brink of starvation and rebellion, from which profitable armed conflicts can easily be triggered by covert CIA infiltration with funds coming from actively facilitated drug trafficking.




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From: http://www.oldamericancentury.org/15%25review.htm

The truth is stranger than fiction

A brief review of The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022, by Jonathan Westminster and published by the Thomas Jefferson Press, New York .

Michael Carmichael

The merger of the Republican party with the right-wing religious evangelism of Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell; the supreme exaltation of the executive branch of government initiated by Nixon, Reagan and Bush; the congressional acquiescence in extraordinary powers to the presidency; the 'voluntary' censorship of the press; the suspension of civil rights; the retraction of the fourth amendment; the isolation from constitutional protection for targeted segments of society; the systematic insinuation of civilians into domestic espionage; the use of torture in prisons; the perversion of the concept of American patriotism to mean nothing more than political support for the president; the reduction of government to military and police operations; the implementation of vast secret police forces; engagement in ill-defined foreign wars; tax cuts for the rich; dissolution of domestic social programmes; merger of state and Christian church; deletion of women's rights to terminate pregnancies; legalization of marital rape, incest and domestic violence; scientific confirmation of the intellectual inferiority of racial groups; ; racial discrimination in law enforcement and criminal justice; repeal of environmental protection laws and the dissolution of the EPA; large scale timber felling and mineral exploitation in national parks by private corporations; the political implosion of the Democratic Party - Sound familiar? If so, then imagine that somewhere in America , a single solitary visionary at work alone in his garret produced a novel based on the scenario above. Now imagine the date: 1996. Jonathan Westminster has done precisely that.

In 1996, Westminster envisioned that the sociopolitical trends launched in the postwar period would coagulate and merge into a tide of fascist ideology. He predicted that the political mobilization of the right-wing of American society would result in the destruction of civil liberties, the bill of rights and the constitution by perfectly constitutional means. In so doing, Westminster has provided a detailed blueprint for the current Bush administration, which from many vantage points appears to be moving the United States inexorably in the direction of the fascist governments of the 1930s. Given the circumstances, it is clear that the present US administration may yet fulfill The 15% Solution's core premise, a fascist takeover of US government by purely peaceful, legal and electoral means.

The 15% solution of the title is a reference to the Reverend Pat Robertson's stated political strategy: to mobilise the 15% of hard right-wing loonies, gun nuts, religious fanatics and cross burners and to engineer the simultaneous disaffection, disenfranchisement and alienation of a substantial proportion of the American electorate in order to seize political power through the polls.
In Westminser's vision of a dystopian American future, a second final solution is eventually implemented. The extermination of homosexuals, blacks and other racial minorities and ethnic groups becomes popular as a necessity to ensure the national security and the morality of the American fascist state.

Westminster provides a new definition of patriotism, "Love of one's country, and devotion to the defense of its best interests." According to Westminster , patriotism is not, "Blind devotion to the President and what he alone claims the country's best interests are." He continues, "Republicans depend heavily upon the latter, false, definition of patriotism. They always couch patriotism in terms of militaristic symbols and loyalty to the President. Thus they focus on: the flag itself (not what it stands for in terms of personal freedom): America is always right (regardless of whose interests are really being served or harmed by what policy): militarism (the easy response to difficult challenges): and 'support the President' (this latter position being especially perverse in light of the supposed Republican aversion to 'government,' especially the Federal government)."

Instead, Westminster redefines patriotism as devotion to the principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. This shift in understanding the historical origins at the heart of patriotism in America falsifies the prevailing creed driving the Republican agenda.
While the author would probably deny it, he is a scholar of American Constitutional history and Constitutional law. The essence of his case is that a series of Republican administrations beginning with Nixon have undermined the constitution to the point that the political slide into a fascist future is inevitable. The acquiescence of the Democratic Party in this process has not gone unnoticed. Westminster squarely blames Democrats of the 1980s-90s for failing to respond to the lies at the root of the problems facing contemporary America. In The 15% Solution, the historical period of the 1980s-90s is termed "the pre-fascist transformational period in American history". Westminister lashes out specifically at the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) as the onus of the political collaboration with the fascist ideologies underpining the Republicanism of Limbaugh, Falwell, Robertson, Buchanan, the Bushes, Reagan and Gingrich. Truman's sagacious warning to the Democratic party to be faithful and steadfast to the tradition of FDR rings throughout The 15% Solution, "If people want to vote for Republicans, they will vote the for the real thing, not Democrats warmed over and disguised as Republicans."

Westminster's book is filled with fictional characters who constantly refer to the well known ideological leaders and paragons of the American right. The characters embark on the morality-driven dismantling of the constitution while quoting the speeches of Buchanan, Robertson and Falwell. Westminster's book warns America that the inspirational potential of the religious right cannot be underestimated, and that to ignore their direct threat to liberty and justice will lead to the imposition of a fascist state headquartered in Washington within the very near future.

In years to come, The 15% Solution will be either: hailed as a visionary book that could have prevented the political imposition of fascism in America or the book that actually prevented it. As ground-breaking as Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin or London's The Iron Fist, The 15% Solution is a wakeup call to all Americans seriously concerned about their country's future.

You may order it through http://www.oldamericancentury.org/15_solution.htm




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Forwarded by Jaiia Earthschild (jaiia_earthschild@yahoo.com) who got it from NMann12345@aol.com who wrote: "I've sent this to mental health experts that we know personally, and they say it is right-on. I also checked up on the author via Google, and he is legit."

From: http://www.suite101.com/discussion.cfm/mindandsoul/126787#message_141">ttp://www.suite101.com/discussion.cfm/mindandsoul/126787#message_141

February 26, 2007

Psychiatric perspective on Bush

An interesting perspective from Dr. Paul Minot, a psychiatrist in Waterville, Maine George Bush's "irrational" consideration of a "surge" in the wake of the Iraq Study Group report -- which apparently defies all credible counsel - has begun to generate speculation regarding his sanity. References to Bush's "delusions" have appeared in the mainstream media and throughout the blogosphere.
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As a psychiatrist, I understandably get concerned when I see clinical terminology bandied about in political discourse, and thought it might be of interest to share a professional perspective on this question. I have a distinct clinical impression that I think explains much of Mr. Bush's visible pathology.
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First and foremost, George W. Bush has a Narcissistic Personality Disorder. What this means, is that he has rather desperate insecurities about himself, and compensates by constructing a grandiose self-image. Most of his relationships are either mirroring relationships -- people who flatter him and reinforce his grandiosity -- or idealized self-objects --people that he himself thinks a lot of, and hence feels flattered by his association with them. Some likely perform both functions. Hence his weakness for sycophants like Harriet Miers, and powerful personalities like Dick Cheney.
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Even as a narcissist, Bush knows he isn't a great intellect, and compensates by dismissing the value of intellect altogether. Hence his disses of Gore's bookishness, and any other intellectual that isn't flattering him. Bush knows that his greatest personal strength is projecting personal affability, and tries to utilize it even in the most inappropriate settings. That's why he gives impromptu backrubs to the German Chancellor in a diplomatic meeting -- he's insecure intellectually, and tries to make everyone into a "buddy" so he can feel more secure.
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The most disturbing aspect about narcissists, however, is their pathological inability to empathize with others, with the exception of those who either mirror them, or whom they idealize. Hence Bush's horrifying insensitivity to the Katrina victims, his callous jokes when visiting grievously injured soldiers, and numerous other instances. He simply has no capacity to feel for others in that way. When LBJ was losing Vietnam, he developed a haunted expression that anybody could recognize as indicative of underlying anguish. For all his faults, you just knew he was losing sleep over it. By the same token, we know just as well that Bush isn't losing any sleep over dead American soldiers, to say nothing of dead Iraqis. He didn't exhibit any sign of significant concern until his own political popularity was sliding -- because THAT'S something he CAN feel.
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Which brings us to his recent "delusion." To be blunt, I don't see any indication that Bush has any sort of psychotic disorder whatsoever. The lapses in reality-testing that he exhibits are the sort that can be readily explained by his characterological insensitivity to the feelings and perceptions of others, due to his persistently self-centered frame of reference.
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Mr. Bush knows that things aren't going his way in Iraq, and he knows that it is damaging him politically. He also sees that it is likely to get worse no matter what he does, and in fact it may be a lost cause. However, he recognizes that if he follows the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, that Iraq will almost certainly evolve into a puppet state of Iran, and given his treatment of Iran he will completely lose control
of the situation -- and he will be politically discredited for this outcome.
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The ONLY chance that he has to avoid this political disaster, and save his political skin, is to hope against hope for "victory" in Iraq. Advancing the "surge" idea offers Bush two political advantages over following the ISG recommendations. One is that if it is implemented, maybe, just maybe, he can pull out some sort of nominal "victory" out of the situation. The chances are exceedingly slim, granted, but slim is better to him than the alternative (none). Alternately, if the "surge" is politically rejected, he gains some political cover, so when things inevitably go bad, he can say "I told you so" and blame the "surrender monkeys" for the outcome. Most people probably won't buy it, but some (his core base) will.
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Now, I know what many of you are thinking -- is George Bush willing to risk the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands more American soldiers, on an outside chance to save his political skin, in a half-baked plan that even he knows probably won't work at all? Yes, he is. Because George Bush is that narcissistic, that desperate, and yes, that sociopathic as well.
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Especially interesting about Mr. Bush, but quite common, Narcissistic Personality Disorder is frequently associated with alcoholism. The insufferable "holier than thou" attitude associated with "Dry Drunk Syndrome" is indicative of underlying narcissism.
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Also, the way that Bush embraces Christianity is characteristically narcissistic. Rather than incorporating the lessons of humility and empathy modeled by Jesus, Bush uses his Christian faith to reinforce his grandiosity. Jesus is his powerful ally, his idealized "buddy" who gives a rubber stamp to anything he thinks.
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Finally -- and this will sound VERY familiar to many readers -- those persons with NPD are notoriously unable to say they're sorry. Admitting error is fundamentally incompatible with their precarious efforts to maintain their sense of order. Anyone having this particular character flaw almost certainly has NPD.
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ALLAN SCHNAIBERG
Professor of Sociology &
Faculty Associate, Institute for Policy Research
Northwestern University
1812 Chicago Avenue, room 108
Evanston, IL 60208




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