MAY LIGHT AND LOVE PREVAIL ON EARTH


June 29, 2007

Turning Tide of History #22: Are The Terror-mongerers Down for the Count?

Hello everysoul!

The wheels of change are moving steadily and I feel we can expect some significant positive global developments in the coming weeks — Will BAE Scandal Bring Down Cheney? -- http://tinyurl.com/343ofp

Participating to the ongoing Meditation Focuses and to the global Fire The Grid meditation (next July 17, 11:11 GMT -- more details in the new Meditation Focus #173: Anchoring The Next Dimension of Existence emailed to you separately) is a good way to catalyze change and be in the vanguard of what is soon to BE.

Incidentally, the counter at the ERN website has finally crossed the half million mark as more and more people use this vast (40,000+ pages) website as a key resource to find out what is really happening in this world.

Until next time, I wish you all much Love and happiness ;-)

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

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THE QUOTES

"I thought that I could try to find a way, even as your guest, with respect, to speak about my deep feeling that we should not have invaded Iraq, and to declare my belief that the wish to invade another culture and another country -- with the resultant loss of life and limb for our brave soldiers, and for the noncombatants in their home terrain -- did not come out of our democracy but was instead a decision made "at the top" and forced on the people by distorted language, and by untruths. I hoped to express the fear that we have begun to live in the shadows of tyranny and religious chauvinism -- the opposites of the liberty, tolerance and diversity our nation aspires to. I tried to see my way clear to attend the festival in order to bear witness -- as an American who loves her country and its principles and its writing -- against this undeclared and devastating war. But I could not face the idea of breaking bread with you. I knew that if I sat down to eat with you, it would feel to me as if I were condoning what I see to be the wild, highhanded actions of the Bush Administration. What kept coming to the fore of my mind was that I would be taking food from the hand of the First Lady who represents the Administration that unleashed this war and that wills its continuation, even to the extent of permitting "extraordinary rendition": flying people to other countries where they will be tortured for us. So many Americans who had felt pride in our country now feel anguish and shame, for the current regime of blood, wounds and fire. I thought of the clean linens at your table, the shining knives and the flames of the candles, and I could not stomach it."

— Sharon Olds, one of the most widely read and critically acclaimed poets living in America today. Excerpted from an open letter she wrote to Laura Bush to decline the invitation to read and speak at the National Book Critics Circle Award in Washington, DC.


"President Bush's approval rating is currently 29%, and in free fall. I think that before the end of his term, he will break Richard Nixon's record for the lowest approval rating ever for any sitting president. My perspective is that of a resident of one of the reddest parts of a so called red state. What I see and hear should frighten George Bush.Most folks that I come in contact with seem fed up with a needless war based upon a lie. People are alarmed by the massive erosion of our First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment Rights by the patriot act. Felony wiretapping by the NSA being ignored by the Justice Department is a matter of concern. And of course, the oil corporations are the ONLY segment of the economy not being crippled by $3/gallon gasoline prices. Well don't just talk about it America. Get off your butts and into the streets to do something about it! Call and write your representatives so often that they know your phone number and address from memory. Write letters to your local papers, so that others in your communities know that they are not alone in their disgust with the current government. The only way that the government shills for the oil corporations will stop killing our children for their profits, is if we refuse to allow it any longer."

— David Honish, Chapter 106 North Texas Veterans For Peace - Taken from http://www.peaceactiondenton.org/story.php?id=27 David was found dead from a fatal gun shot wound to the head late last night - on June 21 - in Flower Mound, Texas. Despite limited information at the present, police do not believe that Honish committed suicide. More details at http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2007/jun/22/denton-veterans-peace-activist-david-honish-found-/
Recommended by Judith Iam (judeiam@cwnet.com)


But perhaps the biggest contrast -- and the one most relevant to the challenges we face in America -- is the news. CNN Worldwide and CNN America broadcast two different stories. While America is fed "babblum" about the latest narcissistic misadventures of Paris Hilton, the same CNN shows Europeans the demonstrations at the G8 meetings. While the U.S. media prattles about which of the Presidential candidates is doing a better job manipulating public opinion, CNN World is doing features about peak oil and climate change. The American media shows talking heads rationalizing the latest surge in Iraq. CNN World shows dead Iraqi civilians. First question: Are you outraged by this? Second question: If not, why not? My sad conclusion is this: The one major difference between Soviet Russia and America today is Russian citizens knew Pravda was lying to them. The free press our Founding Fathers fought for as necessary for an informed citizenry has been replaced with a Tower of Babble."

— Steve Bhaerman -- Taken from The Tower of Babble (June 15, 2007)


"You need fear no one or anything, as your path is before you and it will continue to open up and reveal all the wonders and beauty of a New Age. Our part in this is to hasten your evolution, and remove any doubts from your minds as to the truth you are uncovering. Claim your sovereignty and walk tall with confidence, as you are a tower of strength and your Light is part of the lifting up. We of the Galactic Federation know who you really are and do not keep it secret, as the times of doubt and disbelief are almost past and you can step back into the Light. Every soul can make that step up if they wish, and opportunities will be given them so that they can make a freewill choice."

— Taken from Message from Ker-On below



CONTENTS

1. Message from Ker-On
2. Make history on July 7th
3. The Earth today stands in imminent peril
4. Problem facing species displaced by warming: nowhere to run
5. Millions of Missing Birds, Vanishing in Plain Sight
6. The Difference Between Money and Real Wealth
7. A tragic legacy: How a good vs. evil mentality destroyed the Bush presidency
8. No-fly list erodes Canadians' rights
9. Bush's Mafia Whacks the Republic
10. UFO Videos



WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION

Check the latest crop formation
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2007/westkennett/westkennett2007.html

Westbury Hill Formation, Reported June 14, 2007 (representation of the 19-year Metonic cycle of our Moon)
http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2007/westburyhill/westburyhill2007.html
All those in June at http://www.disclose.tv/viewvideo/697/Wake_Up_2007/

Hair-raising, heart-thumping bike descent (video)
http://homepage.mac.com/woz/filechute/descente_vtt.wmv

9/11 and the British Broadcasting Conspiracy
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1882365905982811133&hl=en
A new documentary film has been released that‚s a direct response to the BBC's "Conspiracy Files" program that aired on 18th February 2007. Following the BBC's pathetic attempt at debunking the 911 truth movement, this powerful film utterly debunks the program's methods and "impartiality" -- the bedrock upon which the BBC was supposedly founded. Co-produced and narrated by ex-MI5 agent and whistleblower David Shayler, this is a brilliant piece of filmmaking. It methodically dissects the BBC's bogus Conspiracy Files program using the latest 9/11 truth evidence and arguments. It is tight, cogent, hard-hitting and to the point all the way through, and literally hammers the BBC to the ground. It is the best counter-debunking film yet, and is a superb companion to Prof. David Ray Griffin's newest book, Debunking 911 Debunking, which mercilessly destroys the hit-piece produced by Popular Mechanics Magazine‚s Benjamin Chertoff (cousin of Homeland Security czar Michael Chertoff). This movie is dedicated to the 9/11 Truth movement. Please, WATCH IT! [It's over an hour long, but absolutely worth it].

New 9/11 Truth Film Exposes BBC Hit Piece
http://infowars.net/articles/june2007/280607Film.htm
(...) Among the scores of counterpoints within the film, Shayler makes clear how the BBC use a thoroughly debunked graphic animation from PBS' Nova show to illustrate the collapse of the twin towers. He also points out that no eyewitness testimony or references to bombs exploding at all levels of the twin towers made by ground zero rescue workers and firefighters were mentioned by the BBC. Furthermore, Shayler highlights the fact that during brief coverage of the Building 7 issue, the words of Larry Silverstein, the owner of the WTC complex who told a September 2002 PBS documentary that he and firefighting chiefs decided to "pull" the building, were not even mentioned by the BBC.Also exposed in the documentary is the fact that despite there having been numerous war games in operation in the lead up to 9/11, including involving planes crashing into buildings, the BBC boiled them all down into one and described them as "routine". Shayler also points to the fact that manipulative editing and emotional bias was used to paint 9/11 truthseekers as social outcasts and lead the viewer into thinking the whole movement is insulting and hurtful to the victims, when there is an overwhelming faction of victims' families who are asking the same questions. 9/11 and the British Broadcasting Conspiracy highlights the fact that the BBC's hit piece has only provoked a firestorm of new interest in 9/11 truth and caused a redoubling of efforts on the part of hardened researchers to refute the official conspiracy theory.

Mineta Re-Confirms Cheney Ordered 9/11 Stand Down
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-5PKQTUz5o

Call for International Citizen's 9/11 War Crimes Tribunal (Excellent document!)
http://peaceinspace.blogs.com/911/2007/06/international_l.html
According to Moret and Webre, 9/11 was a False Flag Operation by an international War Crimes Racketeering Organization, to provide a pretext to engage in Genocidal & Ecocidal Depleted Uranium (DU) bombing of Central Asia (Afghanistan and Iraq) in order to secure vast oil and uranium reserves; to roll out a Terror-based National Security state-system world-wide; and to implement the final stages of a world Depopulation policy. The International Citizen's 9/11 War Crimes Tribunal would be convened under the jurisdiction of the Kuala Lumpur International War Crimes Tribunal, established in February 2007 as a permanent citizen's Tribunal by The Perdana Global Peace Organization, chaired by Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, who is the first prominent world leader to take up the DU radiation issue. CLIP

Interviews with Leuren Moret and Alfred Webre on International 9/11 Citizen’s War Crimes Tribunal (Jun 22, 2007)
http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_24774.shtml
(...) In addition to the massive Uranium poisoning effectively conducted with the occupying military’s weapons of war, the events of September 11 forever obliterated any sense of “normal” life, as we in the United States used to know it, beginning the very moment the massive heinous killing spree was first reported. One could say that America has become the land of the walking zombie – with citizens controlled by fear and a rapidly growing, alarming cognizance that our government, once looked upon as a benign entity that functioned as caretaker, dedicated to looking after its populace’s needs, health, and pursuit of happiness, is nothing more than a brutal police state heavily entrenched in fascist ideology; it is seen to be hiding behind a cross and a flag while single-mindedly hell-bent on imperialistic crusades in search of ever more resources, power, and control – but only for those who pull the strings, naturally … and their wealthy friends. CLIP

Alfred Webre at the Knowledge Exchange
Part One: http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-4744924856627627790
Part Two: http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=3895674382259647296
Recommended by Cathy Garger (savorsuccesslady3@yahoo.com ) who wrote: "Most Important Videos I've Ever Seen - These Explain Everything! I thought I had seen it all, read it all, heard it all. That was until I saw the following two videos. Taken from a May 5, 2007 speech called "The Knowledge Exchange" filmed in New Westminster, B.C., Canada by Alfred L Webre, J.D., M.Ed., the videos explain the reasons for US wars since the first World War. The films also expose the history and rationale of many of the war crimes against humanity that are led by those in positions in power in the US with the assistance of international war crimes racketeers. Such war crimes include the False Flag Operation of 9/11, Depleted Uranium, and numerous other grievous offenses being committed against innocent citizens of the world. In less than the time it takes to watch a movie at the local theater, I guarantee that these films, each less than one hour in length, will teach you some things you did not already know. They cost nothing to watch but explain everything."

The Philadelphia Emergency Anti-War Convention
http://www.kpfa.org/archives/index.php?arch=20955
Interview with author and activist Webster G. Tarpley announcing the July 4th Philadelphia Emergency Anti-War Convention, convened in response to the instability and political crisis occurring in the national anti-war movement and both major political parties, opening the way for the formation of a new political coalition of anti-war, anti-dictatorship, 9/11 truth, and other activists. Comments supporting 9/11 truth by both Cindy Sheehan and Michael Moore are included.

Texas Republican slams Bush "demented philosophy of conquest"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZmPS0XmeBw

Ron Paul on Colbert Report 6/13/07
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ErBROBgERs

Paul sings Nessun Dorma - Truly electrifying performance!!
http://youtube.com/watch?v=1k08yxu57NA

Paul Potts Sings "Time To Say Goodbye" Britains Got Talent
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-Pv-0vpxSc&NR=1

PAUL POTTS WINS THE FINAL OF "BRITAINS GOT TALENT"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbzRJqe1X-o&NR=1

PETITION: Tell Presidential Candidates to Take the Nuclear Option Off the Table with Iran
http://www.clw.org/action/petitions/tell_presidential_candidiates_nuclear_option_off_table/index.pl
The suggestion that the United States should consider using nuclear bombs against Iran is the height of insanity. The United States should work with our allies and the International Atomic Energy Agency to block Iran from building nuclear weapons. These efforts should stress diplomacy, not bombs or bombast.Using nuclear weapons to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons would be an act of dangerous hypocrisy. Moreover, expanding the Iraq war into Iran would undermine U.S. security and that of the world. War could spread to the entire Middle East. The U.S. image around the world would be further undermined. The price of gasoline would skyrocket. Iran could retaliate by attacking U.S. forces in the region and our allies. We urge you to disavow the use of nuclear weapons and to emphasize diplomacy.
See also: Republican debate goes boom at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd4MKti8plo

Stunning Eyewitness Testimony on 9/11 "Pentagon Attack"!
Guns & Butter 1 hour audio:
http://www.kpfa.org/archives/index.php?arch=20839
This is absolutely mind-blowing witness testimony on the Pentagon "terrorist attack" on 9/11. Please listen to this as soon as you possibly can. Bonnie Faulkner has done another astounding show, doing what mainstream journalists have been blocked or bribed from doing. 84% of the US say the official story isn't true, 62% say 9/11 was an inside job. As one witness said, we just need this silent majority to feel safe to publically say so. I was jotting down transcript notes to entice people, but couldn't keep up with the revelations on this audio, so I gave up. Recommended by Kathleen Roberts (weerkhr@pacbell.net)

PHILADELPHIA EMERGENCY ANTI-WAR CONVENTION JULY 4th, 2007
http://www.philly911truth.org/july4th.html
This convention was originally called forth by Cindy Sheehan as a response to the betrayal of the antiwar cause by Congress. Cindy gave a call to, “all citizens … to join us in Philadelphia on July 4th to try and figure a way out of this "two" party system that is bought and paid for by the war machine which has a stranglehold on every aspect of our lives. As for myself, I am leaving the Democratic Party. You have completely failed those who put you in power to change the direction our country is heading. We do not condone our government's violent meddling in sovereign countries and we condemn the continued murderous occupation of Iraq.”We are convening to explore what to do next? What are we missing, and what can we do better? How do we release the war machine’s stranglehold around us? CLIP

Peak Oil, Pandemic, and 78 Dead Scientists (11th September 2005)
http://www.policestateplanning.com/peak_oil_pandemic_and_78_dead_scientists.htm
A commemorative essay dedicated to the victims of 9/11 and countless millions of others sacrificed on the altar of the New World Order -- Seven Revolutions: The End Game CLIP - DEADLY PLANS THAT HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY THWARTED SO FAR WITH THE HELP OF OUR ELDER SPACE BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

Two-year-old 'Matilda' becomes youngest ever girl in Mensa (21st June 2007)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=463539&in_page_id=1770
Her parents knew Georgia Brown was bright. After all, she could count to ten, recognised her colours and was even starting to dabble with French. But it was only when their bubbly little two-year-old took an IQ test that her towering intellect was confirmed. Georgia has become the youngest female member of Mensa after scoring a genius-rated IQ of 152. This puts her in the same intellectual league, proportionate to her age, as physicist Stephen Hawking. According to an expert in gifted children, Georgia is the brightest two-year-old she has ever met. Parents Martin and Lucy Brown have always regarded their youngest child as a remarkably quick learner. She was crawling at five months and walking at nine months. By 14 months, she was getting herself dressed. "She spoke really early - by 18 months she was having proper conversations," Mrs Brown said." CLIP

Interview with John Hankey, Producer of the eye-opening films JFKII and The Assasination of JFK Jr
http://www.citizensadvocate.net/#recentguests
What we covered: Did Bush and the CIA killed Kennedy for the Rockefellers? The Secret Service stand-down. The monumental autopsy cover-up. The E. Howard Hunt/George Bush connection. Much more important than Hunt's calculated attempts to poison the historical well from the grave are recent revelations that all members of the House Assassinations Committee expressed an interest to pursue the anti-Castro Cuban connection. Recommended by Kathleen Roberts (weerkhr@pacbell.net)

Elk on Canadian highway
http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=4055

Chemtrail Activists
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xcf84CFEKQ

ALERT - USDA Announcement: Foods Carrying the USDA '95% Organic' Seal Are Now Allowed to Contain Factory Farmed Intestines, PCBs, and Mercury (6/22/2007)
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_5750.cfm
Despite receiving more than ten thousand comments from consumers and family farmers opposing various aspects of a late May 2007 proposal, the USDA has approved a rule that will allow 38 new non-organic ingredients to be allowed in products bearing the "USDA Organic" seal. But the agency says this may just be interim approval, and has offered to extend the public comment period another 60 days (the original public comment period was only 7 days). Take action and send a letter to the USDA ">here. The Organic Consumers Association filed a petition during the USDA's short seven-day comment period on the issue outlining various problems with some of the proposed ingredients (read full petition here: ">http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_5225.cfm). The USDA is required to post all such incoming comments online, and 99% of the comments currently posted there show the public opposes the passage of this proposal. CLIP

FDA ANNOUNCES PLAN TO ELIMINATE VITAMIN COMPANIES (June 27, 2007) http://www.newswithviews.com/Richards/byron36.htm
The FDA, emboldened by its transformation into a drug company, has embarked upon an anti-American plan of interfering with business and intentionally eliminating various dietary supplement companies from the market. The FDA announcement came on Friday, June 22, 2007 under the guise of a final rule for dietary supplement good manufacturing practices (CGMPs). Within this 800 page rule the FDA states, “We find that this final rule will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.... Establishments with above average costs, and even establishments with average costs, could be hard pressed to continue to operate. Some of these may decide it is too costly and either change product lines or go out of business.... 140 very small [less than 20 employees] and 32 small dietary supplement manufacturers [less than 500 employees] will be at risk of going out of business.... costs per establishment are proportionally higher for very small than for large establishments.... The regulatory costs of this final rule will also discourage new small businesses from entering the industry.”This FDA rule will directly raise the price of dietary supplements for all consumers. The FDA acknowledges this and says “We expect that the majority of these costs will be borne by consumers of dietary supplements, who will likely respond to the increase in prices by reducing consumption.” Thus, the FDA is intentionally seeking to shrink the size of the dietary supplement industry and reduce the influence of safe and effective options to improve the dreadful trend in the health of Americans. The goal is to leave toxic drugs as the primary health option. Independent analysis of this FDA rule has placed cost of compliance at 10 fold what the FDA estimates with as many as 50% of small companies unable to comply.

FDA RELEASES GMP REGULATIONS FOR SUPPLEMENTS (June 26, 2007) http://www.thenhf.com/press_releases/pr_26_jun_2007.html

How to paint the MONA LISA with MS PAINT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk2sPl_Z7ZU



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Israel plans attack on Gaza (June 17, 2007)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article1942918.ece
ISRAEL’s new defence minister Ehud Barak is planning an attack on Gaza within weeks to crush the Hamas militants who have seized power there. According to senior Israeli military sources, the plan calls for 20,000 troops to destroy much of Hamas’s military capability in days. The raid would be triggered by Hamas rocket attacks against Israel or a resumption of suicide bombings. Barak, who is expected to become defence minister tomorrow, has already demanded detailed plans to deploy two armoured divisions and an infantry division, accompanied by assault drones and F-16 jets, against Hamas. The Israeli forces would expect to be confronted by about 12,000 Hamas fighters with arms confiscated from the Fatah faction that they defeated in last week’s three-day civil war in Gaza. Details of the plan emerged as Fatah forces in the West Bank stormed Hamas-run buildings, including the parliament in Ramallah, where they tried to seize the deputy speaker. Israeli officials believe their forces would face even tougher resistance in Gaza than they encountered during last summer’s war against Hezbollah in south Lebanon. A source close to Barak said that Israel could not tolerate an aggressive “Hamastan” on its border and an attack seemed unavoidable. “The question is not if but how and when,” he said.

Iran bombers attack Our Boys (June 26, 2007)
MORE COOKED UP ALLEGATIONS TO JUSTIFY AN ATTACK ON IRAN?... OR ARE IRANIAN EXTREMISTS JUST AS GUNG-HO TO GO TO WAR AS BUSH AND BLAIR ELITISTS?
http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007290279,00.html
IRANIAN forces are being choppered over the Iraqi border to bomb Our Boys, intelligence chiefs say.Military experts claim this worrying move means we are at WAR with Iran in all but name. Last night an intelligence source told The Sun: “It is an extremely alarming development and raises the stakes considerably. In effect, it means we are in a full on war with Iran — but nobody has officially declared it.“We have hard proof that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps have crossed the border to attack us.“It is very hard for us to strike back. All we can do is try to defend ourselves. We are badly on the back foot.” Our Boys picked up the Iranian helicopters on radar crossing into empty desert. The sightings have been confirmed to The Sun by very senior military sources. At least two Brit squaddies are thought to have been killed by bombs planted during these incursions into Maysan province — Corporal Ben Leaning, 24, and Trooper Kristen Turton, 27.A further 44 British deaths have also been linked to the highly advanced bombs, rockets and mortars which originated in Iran. Coming so swiftly after the kidnap of 15 Royal Navy sailors in the Gulf, our revelation will send strained relations between London and Tehran plummeting further. Until now, secret units from Iran’s fanatical RGC have restricted themselves to just training and arming Shia rebels in Iraq.They include the al Quds Brigade — a secretive force tasked to spread Islamic revolution abroad who are the main backers for Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon and are also active in Palestine and northern Iraq. An MoD spokeswoman said: “There is evidence that explosive devices used against our troops in southern Iraq originated in Iran. “Any Iranian link to armed militias in Iraq either through weapons supply, training or funding are unacceptable. -- AMONG THE COMMENTS POSTED ON THIS... "IRANIAN forces are being choppered over the Iraqi border to bomb Our Boys, intelligence chiefs say" ... So we can bin that report then." -- "What about the innocent boys getting killed in Iraq cuz of British, American , coalition forces, the soldiers choose to go into the army, they know what to expect, do u see Iraqi soldiers come to Brit ..."

Clintons dump their stock holdings for cash (June 18, 2007)
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread287697/pg1
Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton liquidated the contents of their blind trust upon learning it contained investments of $5 million to $25 million that could pose conflicts of interest or prove to be embarrassing to her presidential campaign. CLIP Read the rest at http://www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,,-6712956,00.html -- Reading the article I can see how their hand was forced, but why didn't they reinvest the money in another blind trust? Me thinks that they don't have any faith in the economy or the stock market. I don't believe that they need the money for the presidential campaign. They're both pulling in the dough between speeches and fund raising dinners. A good bet is that they're privy to some information that the average joe isn't. Insider trading on a national scale? I don't know if there's an official rule on this or not. Keep an eye out for more stories of other senators dumping stocks for cash just in case. (...) As ex-president, Clinton will be entitled to continue to receive security briefings, so there may be plans afoot in the White House...sanctions or other punitive actions against Iran perhaps? Or another IDF summer war/vacation as mentioned in yesterday's Sunday Times? -- The crash of the U.S. economy has begun. It was announced the morning of Wednesday, June 13, 2007, by economic writers Steven Pearlstein and Robert Samuelson in the pages of the Washington Post..in an article titled ~The Takeover Boom About to Go Bust~ Obviously the Clinton's read newpapers and are preparing for the worst...... The fact that the crash is now being announced by the Post shows that it is a done deal. The Bilderbergers, or whomever it is that the Post reports to, have decided. It lets everyone know loud and clear that its time to batten down the hatches, run for cover, lay in two years of canned food, shield your assets, whatever. CLIP

White House Rejects Subpoenas, Showdown Looms
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062807A.shtml
Following a Bush administration assertion of executive privilege today, reports Rachel Van Dongen for The Hill, House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers immediately suggested that a contempt of Congress citation may be needed.

Democrats plan to cut Cheney out of executive funding bill (June 23, 2007)
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Democrats_plan_to_cut_Cheney_out_0623.html
Following Vice President Dick Cheney's assertion that his office is not a part of the executive branch of the US government, Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) plans to introduce an amendment to the the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill to cut funding for Cheney's office.The amendment to the bill that sets the funding for the executive branch will be considered next week in the House of Representatives. CLIP

How Dick Cheney Broke My Mind (26 June 2007)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062607Q.shtml
(...) So the Archives people had asked Cheney's office for his papers, because it was time to do so, because doing so is the law, because those papers are the property of the people. We pay for their printing and we pay for their storage, and the return on our investment can be found in the History/Biography/Politics section of any bookstore in America. Dick turned the National Archives down flat, and this is what destroyed me on Thursday. Not only did he turn them down, his office wrote - actually wrote on paper in a letter to the Archives - their amazing explanation for refusing to hand over the papers. If you've not heard this, brace yourself. Dick had the fire-breathing gall, the awe-inspiring temerity, the light-bending arrogance to put forth the argument - which was actually written down - that the office of The vice president of the United States is not actually part of the executive branch of the federal government, and is therefore not required to give any papers to anyone, ever. (...) Cheney's argument, by the way, is prima facie cause for his removal from office. Simply, his office exists in the first place because all presidents are mortal, and so require a waiting replacement should the need arise. It sounded on Thursday like Dick pretty much quit his constitutionally-mandated next-in-line post. If he's not doing that job anymore, he should go home. CLIP

A Vice President Without Borders, Bordering on Lunacy
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062407F.shtml
"I've always thought Cheney was way out there," says Maureen Dowd. "But even in my harshest musings about the vice president, I never imagined that he would declare himself not only above the law, not only above the president, but actually his own dark planet - a separate entity from the White House."

Don't Veto, Don't Obey
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062207E.shtml
The editors of The New York Times write: "President Bush is notorious for issuing statements taking exception to hundreds of bills as he signs them. This week, we learned that in a shocking number of cases, the Bush administration has refused to enact those laws. Congress should use its powers to insist that its laws are obeyed."

19 Billion Dollars Later, Iraqi Forces Fall Short
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062807D.shtml
Stephen Collinson of Agence France-Presse reports: "Four years after the US invasion, 346,500 Iraqi military and police have been trained, but readiness is not evenly spread and there is strong evidence some newly trained troops are committing sectarian violence."

CIA Archives Reveal a Lawless Past
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062607R.shtml
"The CIA declassified nearly 700 pages of secret records Tuesday recording its illegal activities during the first decades of the Cold War, publishing a catalog of adventures that run the gamut of spy movie clichés from attempts to kill foreign leaders and intercept domestic mail to garden-variety break-ins and burglaries," according to MSNBC's Alex Johnson.

FBI's 9/11 Saudi Flight Documents Released
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062207A.shtml
Matt Renner reports: "Newly released documents reveal that the FBI suspected that a plane hired to transport members of the bin Laden family from the United States back to Saudi Arabia might have been chartered by Osama bin Laden himself. These new documents raise new questions about the FBI investigation into the 9/11 attacks."

The CIA's Project MOCKINGBIRD: Ongoing Covert Control of the Media
http://www.totse.com/en/media/the_media_industrial_complex/mockingb.html
Soulless corporations do, of course. Corporations with grinning, double-breasted executives, interlocking directorates, labor squabbles and flying capital. Dow. General Electric. Coca-Cola. Disney. Newspapers should have mastheads that mirror the world: The Westinghouse Evening Scimitar, The Atlantic-Richfield Intelligentser. It is beginning to dawn on a growing number of armchair ombudsmen that the public print reports news from a parallel universe - one that has never heard of politically-motivated assassinations, CIA-Mafia banking thefts, mind control, death squads or even federal agencies with secret budgets fattened by cocaine sales - a place overrun by lone gunmen, where the CIA and Mafia are usually on their best behavior. In this idyllic land, the most serious infraction an official can commit __is a the employment of a domestic servant with (shudder) no residency status.This unlikely land of enchantment is the creation of MOCKINGBIRD.It was conceived in the late 1940s, the most frigid period of the cold war, when the CIA began a systematic infiltration of the corporate media, a process that often included direct takeover of major news outlets. CLIP

FBI to restrict student freedoms (2007-06-24)
http://pressesc.com/01182668252_espionage_indicators
US university students will not be able to work late at the campus, travel abroad, show interest in their colleagues' work, have friends outside the United States, engage in independent research, or make extra money without the prior consent of the authorities, according to a set of guidelines given to administrators by the FBI. Federal agents are visiting some of the New England's top universities, including MIT, Boston College, and the University of Massachusetts, to warn university heads about the dangers of foreign spies and terrorists stealing sensitive academic research.FBI is offering to brief faculty, students and staff on what it calls "espionage indicators" aimed at identifying foreign agents.Unexplained affluence, failing to report overseas travel, showing unusual interest in information outside the job scope, keeping unusual work hours, unreported contacts with foreign nationals, unreported contact with foreign government, military, or intelligence officials, attempting to gain new accesses without the need to know, and unexplained absences are all considered potential espionage indicators. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to monitor their colleagues for signs of suspicious behaviour and report any concerns to the FBI or the military. CLIP

US Air Strike Kills 25 Afghan Civilians
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062207C.shtml
A US air strike in southern Afghanistan has killed up to 25 civilians, a local police chief said today. The victims included women, children and a cleric, as well as 20 suspected Taliban militants, according to Mohammad Hussein Andiwal, the Helmand province police chief. CLIP

Stop civilian deaths, Karzai warns (June 25, 2007)
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/world/stop-civilian-deaths-karzai-warns/2007/06/24/1182623745425.html
THE Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, has chastised US- and NATO-led troops for their "careless operations" and accused them of killing more than 90 civilians in just over a week, as fresh reports emerge of more noncombatant deaths.Using some of his strongest language yet against the foreign forces that occupy his country, Mr Karzai said: "Afghan life is not cheap, and it should not be treated as such.""We do not want any more military operations without co-ordinating them with the Afghan Government," a visibly angry Mr Karzai said at a news conference in Kabul on Saturday. "From now onward they have to work the way we ask them to work in here." CLIP

Re-Open Investigation of Abu Ghraib
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062107N.shtml
We were reminded again this week that in this administration, no good deed goes unpunished, and that no scandal is so great that it can't be hidden until it's forgotten. The sad spectacle that transpired inside the crumbling walls of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq came roaring back to life with Seymour Hersh's on-target article in The New Yorker magazine telling the story of an honest general who investigated and reported on events that shocked the world.

Gitmo Panel Cooked Intel On Detainees: Army Officer
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062307Z.shtml
An Army officer with a key role in the US military hearings at Guantanamo Bay says they relied on vague and incomplete intelligence and were pressured to declare detainees "enemy combatants," often without any specific evidence.

Guantanamo: A Tainted Legacy
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062207M.shtml
Hooded prisoners in steel cages. Abusive interrogations. Indefinite detention. These elements of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay have provoked global outrage - and may now be leading to its closure. Perhaps no other place in US history has inspired more condemnation and controversy than Guantanamo Bay, where prisoners suspected of links to al Qaeda and the Taliban face indefinite incarceration without trial and four have been driven to commit suicide.

It’s Official: The Crash of the U.S. Economy has begun (June 14, 2007)
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=5964
It’s official. Mark your calendars. The crash of the U.S. economy has begun. It was announced the morning of Wednesday, June 13, 2007, by economic writers Steven Pearlstein and Robert Samuelson in the pages of the Washington Post, one of the foremost house organs of the U.S. monetary elite.Pearlstein’s column was titled, “The Takeover Boom, About to Go Bust” and concerned the extraordinary amount of debt vs. operating profits of companies currently subject to leveraged buyouts.In language remarkably alarmist for the usually ultra-bland pages of the Post, Pearlstein wrote, “It is impossible to predict when the magic moment will be reached and everyone finally realizes that the prices being paid for these companies, and the debt taken on to support the acquisitions, are unsustainable. When that happens, it won't be pretty. Across the board, stock prices and company valuations will fall. Banks will announce painful write-offs, some hedge funds will close their doors, and private-equity funds will report disappointing returns. Some companies will be forced into bankruptcy or restructuring.” CLIP

Last year one of worst ever for refugees: UNHCR chief (June 20, 2007) http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/un_refugees_dc;_ylt=A9G_R3Pn8nlGmcQAiBys0NUE
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Last year was one of the worst on record for refugees and the crisis is deepening in 2007 thanks to conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan's Darfur region, the United Nation's refugee chief said. But the accelerating return of refugees to their homes in south Sudan in 2007 -- some after more than two decades -- is one bright spot in the otherwise bad year, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said. "It is a very bad year for refugees worldwide. Now there are almost 10 million who have been expelled from their homes by insecurity, and that number is growing," Guterres told Reuters in an interview this week in south Sudan. In the latest available figures, UNHCR said the number of refugees under its mandate at the end of 2006 had grown 14 percent from the previous year to 9.9 million. It was the first spike in refugee numbers since 2002, mainly as a result of crises in the Middle East, Darfur and the Horn of Africa. Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo also contributed to the rise."Let's be honest, in many cases their governments are part of the problem, and in many cases the international community does not have the capacity to help them," he said."I have very grave concerns about the way things are moving ahead for refugees in many parts of the world." CLIP

Global Warming to Multiply World's Refugee Burden (18 June 2007)
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/061807EC.shtml
Beirut - If rising sea levels force the people of the Maldive Islands to seek new homes, who will look after them in a world already turning warier of refugees? The daunting prospect of mass population movements set off by climate change and environmental disasters poses an imminent new challenge that no one has yet figured out how to meet. People displaced by global warming - the Christian Aid agency has predicted there will be one billion by 2050 - could dwarf the nearly 10 million refugees and almost 25 million internally displaced people already fleeing wars and oppression. "All around the world, predictable patterns are going to result in very long-term and very immediate changes in the ability of people to earn their livelihoods," said Michele Klein Solomon of the International Organisation of Migration (IOM). "It's pretty overwhelming to see what we might be facing in the next 50 years," she said. "And it's starting now." People forced to move by climate change, salination, rising sea levels, deforestation or desertification do not fit the classic definition of refugees - those who leave their homeland to escape persecution or conflict and who need protection. But the world's welcome even for these people is wearing thin, just as United Nations figures show that an exodus from Iraq has reversed a five-year decline in overall refugee numbers. Governments and aid agencies are straining to cope with the 10 million whose plight risks being obscured by debates over a far larger tide of economic migrants - and perhaps future waves of fugitives from environmental mayhem. CLIP

Mileage Vote Reveals New Configuration in Senate
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062307F.shtml
If a proposed Senate bill becomes law, new cars, light trucks and SUVs will have to get an average of 35 miles per gallon by 2020, compared with roughly 25 mpg today. Democrats promised on Friday to continue to pursue those initiatives and said they had the votes to prevail eventually.

Greenpeace warns of 200 mln global warming refugees by 2040 (June 19, 2007)
http://tinyurl.com/2dcqyk
BERLIN (AFP) - Global warming could create some 200 million climate refugees by 2040 and the bulk of the affected will be people living in poor countries, Greenpeace warned on Wednesday. The environmental group said the forecast was based on a study by German academic Cord Jakobeit from Hamburg University. It found that those most likely to be driven from their homes by weather disasters linked to global warming would be inhabitants of the world's poorest areas.Environmental experts believe there may already be at least 20 million climate refugees and some have predicted the figure will increase tenfold as the impact of rising temperatures becomes more clearly felt. They say Inuit communities are being displaced by the melting ice caps in North America and Greenland, and the inhabitants of Africa's drought-stricken Sahel region, the floodplains of Bangladesh and the islands of the South Pacific are suffering a similar fate. Andree Boehling, a German climate expert with Greenpeace, said a new category of refugee has been created which enjoys no political protection because their plight is not properly recognised."The poorest people in the world have had no hand in climate change but will be the first to suffer severely from its fallout." In the meanwhile, the industrialised nations that have caused global warming deny the existence of climate refugees and use their refugee laws to avoid having to deal with them," Boehling added. The term "climate refugee" was coined about a decade ago to describe those forced from their homes by climate change, but it is not officially recognised by individual governments or the United Nations. A study carried out by the Red Cross and Red Crescent in 2000 found that 25 million people have already left their homes because of environmental stress, roughly the same number as those displaced by armed conflict. NOTE: read also "The Earth today stands in imminent peril" below

The Bush Administration's Secret Campaign to Deny Global Warming
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062407C.shtml
It is no secret that industry-connected appointees within the White House have worked actively to distort the findings of federal climate scientists, playing down the threat of climate change. But a new investigation by Rolling Stone reveals that those distortions were sanctioned at the highest levels of our government, in a policy formulated by the vice president, implemented by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and enforced by none other than Karl Rove.

The Coming Biofuels Disaster
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062807H.shtml
Joe Brewer, research fellow at The Rockridge Institute reports on the dangers in the Bush administrations push to increase use of biofuels.

The Dehydrated States of America
http://tinyurl.com/2vvxy9
Like other regions across the southern United States, Arizona's water supply is dwindling while its population grows like wildfire. (...) Two items on the inventory of a decade of drought in northern Arizona: stressed trees that are succumbing to beetle infestations — die-off, it's called — and tinder forests at risk of fire. Every year it gets worse.This is not simply a question of a local ecosystem at risk. These dead, scrubby Arizona pines are ecological mine canaries, early warning of the consequences of an imminent, permanent water shortage threatening all of the southern states, which are the very magnets of the country's population and economic growth.Nor is it just the Southwest that could be drying out. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 50 per cent of the United States is currently experiencing unusually dry or drought conditions.More than anything else, lack of water could define the limits to America's future growth.Cyclical droughts are an ancient feature of the U.S. Southwest. They come and go in 20- to 30-year cycles, and within each cycle there are good years and bad years. But scientists such as Prof. Cobb have accumulated convincing evidence that this latest drought is worse than its mid-20th-century predecessor. (...) Optimists place their hopes on new technologies to recover water, especially desalination plants, which convert salt water to fresh water. But desalination is expensive (though getting cheaper) energy intensive (more greenhouse gases) and the leftover salt injected back into the sea can have severe impacts on local marine life. For Gregg Garfin, a climate scientist at the University of Arizona, the real question is whether governments should be pursuing new sources of fresh water, or instead considering limits to growth. "The questions for me are: Where is the public debate about whether to grow at any cost, or to adopt lifestyles that may require some pain?" he asks. "If we retire agricultural lands to save the water they use, will these lands become more housing subdivisions? Do we, as a society, want to make such trades? Do we all want to live in a world where we accept the fact that we've depleted our water supplies to such an extent that we are willing to accept desalination as a fact of life, even if it means that our ecosystems are more vulnerable to drought, insect infestations and fire?" CLIP

Stashing seeds in 'Noah's fridge' (June 13, 2007)
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/061307EC.shtml
Researchers worldwide are collecting seeds from wild plants to guard against the ravages of climate change.
(...) "Seed banking represents a great deal of optimism and hope for the future," writes Flo Oxley, program coordinator at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, also a contributor to MSBP, in an e-mail. "Why save a resource if there is no future for it?" On May 22 - Biodiversity Day - MSBP vaulted its one-billionth seed, a sub-Saharan bamboo in danger of disappearing from its native range. Working with more than 100 partners worldwide, MSBP has so far banked about 18,000 species from 126 countries. On track to meeting its goal of banking 10 percent of the world's flora by 2010, it hopes to bank another 45,000 by 2020. That would represent one-quarter of Earth's known flora. Something about the 21st century has triggered a flurry of seed-banking efforts. In 2001, the US Bureau of Land Management inaugurated its Seeds of Success program, an effort to bank native US plants for restoration projects and a contributor to MSBP. More recently, Norway announced the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Svalbard archipelago above the Arctic Circle. Buried in permafrost, the bank endeavors to keep seeds from humanity's 21 food crops safe from various possible catastrophes - war, blight, climate change, and an asteroid strike among them. The MSBP differs from the Norway effort in one crucial aspect: It seeks to preserve wild species with no immediate economic value. And it seeks to do so by preserving their genetic diversity. (...) While in the field collecting, scientists jot down information on the surroundings. Was the plant in the shade, on a hill, near a stream? Once in the lab, scientists expose some seeds to various combinations of moisture, daylight, and temperature to determine their ideal germinating conditions. All this information goes into a database to help guide future restoration efforts. The remaining seeds are dried for up to several months. Once desiccated, the seeds go into insulated silver pouches and, eventually, refrigerators where they'll be kept at minus 20 degrees C (minus 4 degrees F.). In these conditions, seeds can last up to 500 years. In all, "securing a species" costs some £2,000 (almost $4,000), says Michael Way, the Americas coordinator in the seed conservation department of the Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, which houses Britain's Millennium Seed Bank Project. CLIP - Recommended by Christina Iglesias (chrisigle@yahoo.com.ar) who wrote: "I happened to land on two sites (no related) where I found great information on the way people in several countries are collecting and guarding seeds to preserve them for the future. I have heard about this before, but it was so inspiring and reassuring to learn how optimistically scientists and non-scientists are working in those projects." The other site she recommended is http://home.clara.net/heureka/books/kokopelli.htm

Texas Oil Tycoon Plans Largest Wind Farm
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/062107EA.shtml
Billionaire T. Boone Pickens is planning to cash in on the wind energy boom by building the world's largest wind farm in West Texas. The oil tycoon wants to install large wind turbines in parts of four Panhandle counties in a project that would produce up to 4,000 megawatts of electricity.

Bush Flips Off Spotted Owls (22 June 2007)
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062207B.shtml
How important are owls in the scheme of things? How important are forests? What do most Americans know about forests? The answer to the last question is that most Americans think that the majority of forests are managed by the Forest Service or the Park Service. Most Americans also think that those forests are protected from logging. Both answers are wrong. About 60 percent of the nation's forests are privately owned, and only a small percentage of forests on public land are protected from logging. In the Pacific Northwest, only about 15 percent of the original, native old-growth forest remains. Many people remember the battles over the last of big trees that took place in the 1980s and 90s, and assume that the treehuggers won and the old-growth forests are protected. They would be wrong about that too. In 1993, a few months after Bill Clinton took office, he initiated the Northwest Forest Plan. That plan settled a lawsuit over the northern spotted owl by setting aside habitat for the owl. But it did not protect all of the remaining old-growth trees and it did not protect anything permanently. It was an administrative solution, vulnerable to the kind of underhanded, undermining tactics so typical of the Bush administration. A few years ago, replicating a now widely used tactic, a group of timber companies sued the federal government over the spotted owl. Shedding crocodile tears of concern for the owl, whose numbers continue to decline, they claimed that the Northwest Forest Plan was at fault and that the US Fish and Wildlife Service needed to come up with a new species recovery plan. The result of that suit was a new critical habitat proposal, released on June 12, which actually reduces protected owl habitat by 23 percent - about 1.6 million acres. The best owl habitat is forest with the biggest, oldest, most valuable trees. Could it be a coincidence that a Bush administration owl-recovery plan ends up making more trees available to timber companies? (...) If the owl does survive, it will be because what little remains of its habitat has been preserved. Owls and forests are important for our well-being in many ways, but there is a new concern that Congress must consider now and that is global warming. Globally, deforestation accounts for around 25 percent of all carbon emissions. That's more than the entire transportation sector. Keeping an old-growth forest intact is like keeping coal and oil in the ground. Protecting native, unlogged forests is an urgent but almost completely neglected solution to global warming. The Democratic Congress has so far failed to either end the war in Iraq or come up with an effective legislative package to tackle the energy crisis and global warming. Maybe the Democrats should give protecting the last ancient forest of the Pacific Northwest a try. The Democrats badly need a victory right now, and so do the owls.

Common Bird Species in Dramatic Decline
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/061507EA.shtml
New data show the populations of some of America's well-known birds in a tailspin, thanks to the one-two punch of habitat fragmentation and, increasingly, global warming.

Group: China tops world in CO2 emissions (June 20, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070621/ap_on_sc/china_climate_change_9;_ylt=AhgNtfN1kL.wHrwrBqRdDnJrAlMA
BEIJING - China has overtaken the United States as the world's top producer of carbon dioxide emissions - the biggest man-made contributor to global warming - based on the latest widely accepted energy consumption data, a Dutch research group says. According to a report released Tuesday by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, China overtook the U.S. in emissions of CO2 by about 7.5 percent in 2006. While China was 2 percent below the United States in 2005, voracious coal consumption and increased cement production caused the numbers to rise rapidly, the group said."It's an expression of their fast industrial production activities and their fast development," Jos G.J. Olivier, the agency's senior scientist who compiled the figures, said Wednesday. The agency is independent but paid by the Dutch government to advise it on environmental policy. The study said China, which relies on coal for two-thirds of its energy needs and makes 44 percent of the world's cement, produced 6.23 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2006. In comparison, the U.S., which gets half its electricity from coal, produced 5.8 billion metric tons of CO2. The group's analysis makes sense and had been predicted to happen by 2009 or 2010, said experts from the United Nations and the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and outside academics. CLIP

China Says Exports Fuel Greenhouse Gas Emissions
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/062207EA.shtml
China said on Thursday it was unfair for rich countries to buy its cheap goods and then condemn its greenhouse gas pollution, a day after one study suggested the nation was already the world's biggest carbon dioxide emitter.

Biofuels Could Lead to Mass Hunger Deaths
http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/061507EC.shtml
Diverting sugar and maize for biofuels could lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths from hunger worldwide, the United Nations' food envoy warned on Thursday.

UN Report Warns of Wars Triggered by Climate Change
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/062307G.shtml
The conflict in Darfur has been driven by climate change and environmental degradation, which threaten to trigger a succession of new wars across Africa unless more is done to contain the damage, according to a UN report published yesterday.

Superconductor research points towards feasible electric airplanes (June 19, 2007)
http://www.gizmag.com/go/7459/
With combustion-driven aircraft currently producing around 5% of greenhouse gas emissions, the time has clearly come to look at alternative power sources across the skyways. Electric motors have come a long way in relation to cars, but American scientists have now unveiled research that would enable high-powered, ultra-reliable electromagnetic engines to be built for airplanes. Using lightweight superconductors and emission-free hydrogen fuel cells to get around the problems experienced by previous attempts, these electric planes would be eco-friendly, exceptionally quiet and highly energy efficient as well as dramatically cutting down on maintenance costs through the elimination of engine hydraulics. This is an exciting convergence of technology with amazing implications throughout the transport sector. CLIP

Explanation of the Recent "Strange Craft" Sightings
http://isaaccaret.fortunecity.com/
(...) The reason they're suddenly visible, however, is another matter entirely. These crafts, assuming they're anything like the hardware I worked with in the 80's (assuming they're better, in fact), are equipped with technology that enables invisibility. That ability can be controlled both on board the craft, and remotely. However, what's important in this case is that this invisibility can also be disrupted by other technology. Think of it like radar jamming. I would bet my life savings (since I know this has happened before) that these craft are becoming visible and then returning to invisibility arbitrarily, probably unintentionally, and undoubtedly for only short periods, due to the activity of a kind of disrupting technology being set off elsewhere, but nearby. I'm especially sure of this in the case of the Big Basin sightings, were the witnesses themselves reported seeing the craft just appear and disappear. This is especially likely because of the way the witness described one of the appearances being only a momentary flicker, which is consistent with the unintentional, intermittent triggering of such a device. It's no surprise that these sightings are all taking place in California, and especially the Saratoga/South Bay area. Not far from Saratoga is Mountain View/Sunnyvale, home to Moffett Field and the NASA Ames Research center. Again, I'd be willing to bet just about anything that the device capable of hijacking the cloaking of these nearby craft was inadvertently triggered, probably during some kind of experiment, at the exact moment they were being seen. Miles away, in Big Basin, the witnesses were in the right place at the right time and saw the results of this disruption with their own eyes. God knows what else was suddenly appearing in the skies at that moment, and who else may have seen it. I've had some direct contact with this device, or at least a device capable of the same thing, and this kind of mistake is not unprecedented. I am personally aware of at least one other incident in which this kind of technology was accidentally set off, resulting in the sudden visibility of normally invisible things. The only difference is that these days, cameras are a lot more common! CLIP

The Dangerous Fluoride Deception You Need to be Aware Of
http://v.mercola.com/blogs/public_blog/The-Dangerous-Fluoride-Deception-You-Need-to-be-Aware-Of-19209.aspx
Award-winning journalist Christopher Bryson, a former producer at the BBC, discusses the findings of his book The Fluoride Deception in the incredibly important video below. If you still think fluoride is good for you, or if you want to know more about the dangerous deception surrounding the widespread use of this toxic chemical in the United States, this video is a must-see. CLIP

When Bad News Is No News (June 15, 2007)
http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=748
THE COLUMBIA JOURNALISM Review plays darts every issue with unworthy journalists, but its Darts & Laurels feature for May and June threw one at the entire “U.S. news media.” Launching a dubious metaphor, CJR took the American media to task “for failing to pick up a long-distance signal.”The item explained that when major papers in Britain, Germany, Canada, Israel, and other countries “recently rang, sometimes on page one, with the findings of a five-country study that showed a statistically significant increase in a certain type of brain tumor among people who had used cell phones for ten years or more, one might have expected the American press to at least record the message.” But it didn’t, said CJR, even though “the telecom industry here keeps hoping that the FCC and the federal health agencies will raise the levels of cell-phone radiation currently allowed. (...) “There is a vast conspiracy among the press, especially newspapers, not to write about the biological studies, especially the epidemiological studies done in Europe,” Brodeur told me this week. Like other vast conspiracies, this one shows every sign of being able to live on indefinitely, never confirmed beyond doubt or discredited to everyone’s satisfaction. That a long period of latency precedes whatever damage cell phones might do only hardens both sides’ convictions. CLIP

Omega-News Collection 16. June 2007
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3866653/

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http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3866620/

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From: http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/mike_quinsey/channeled%20messages/June%202007/Ker-On%A0%2022-June-2007.htm

Message from Ker-On -- 22-June-2007

Dear Ones, there is a great movement towards truth that is threatening to bring the full facts of 9/11 into the open. Already many individuals and groups are compiling information bringing out new revelations, that are squarely placing the blame upon your Government. It means that more strength and resolve is being put into efforts to bring the guilty parties to account for their actions. It will certainly signal the end of their political careers, and could yet bring down those who have operated behind the scenes. The cover-ups only serve to reveal those who give their assistance to the dark forces.

The energies for change are building up, and as you may notice a number of movements are poised ready to break out with their findings. Once the public get a taste for the truth there will be no stopping the floodgates from opening. The shock and horror of how much has been concealed from them, will soon be replaced with a sense of freedom and relief. People now talk more openly, and are no longer afraid to voice their criticism of those who hold power. The clamor to end the illegal war in Iraq is also gathering pace, and the public will increasingly continue to demonstrate against it.

In reality there is so much that is poised on the edge of bringing about dramatic changes. It is the snowball effect, and it will start the peaceful revolution that will firmly place Man’s feet on the path to Ascension. Regardless of any attempts to delay it, it will proceed as planned. It is now simply a matter as to whether the extent of the changes, will enable the plan to commence. The shaping and manifestation of the path to Ascension is ongoing, and proceeds well as the Lightworkers carry on with their work that is creating an ever-expanding pathway of Light.

All is by our reckoning proceeding as planned, although we would have liked to have commenced our part much earlier. However, it is easy enough for us to accommodate changes, that will still keep the plan on course for completion in the time scale given to us. All the time progress is being made you are getting nearer to a major breakthrough. Currently we see July as a most important time period, and expect the first of many noticeable changes that will signal the end for the present cabal. The Light is unending in its power to transmute the dark energies, and it is gradually weakening the ability of the dark to continue hiding the truth. They are being assailed from all quarters and they are in reality having a torrid time.

When you have to lie and resort to subterfuge to cover up your true actions, you become vulnerable and inevitably are exposed and responsible for your own downfall. The only question is how long it will take those people who deny the truth to wake up to their self-deceit. The whole institution of governance is falling apart, as it can no longer operate without the strength and purpose of the original Constitution. There have been many sad days, when those who have no scruples or true allegiance to the people have ripped apart the very backbone of an upright and loyal society. This will change quickly, once true and sincere officials are able to replace those who have perpetrated the many dark deeds against Humanity.

A most important development concerns people’s attitudes to each other, and the racist tendency and condemnation of those that are “different” has to quickly cease. For our part we will open up your history books and show you where the inaccuracies exist, but most importantly will reveal the Oneness of All That Is. You are not separate from each other except that you have created those differences yourselves. All through your numerous lifetimes you have experienced many different cultures, and held seats of power or lived in poverty. You have experienced it all, and through it you should have an innate understanding of other people.

You are in fact very much benign beings who seek only to live happily and in peace. To pursue your life plan and enjoy whatever challenges are presented to you. Deep inside you know that you are on a path that furthers your evolution, and it is inherent in your nature to help others along. You can never extinguish the Light that you carry, and it will surface and remind you of your divinity. It is only that over eons of time the dark have brought confusion and chaos into your life, in the hope that you will forget your true identity. You are Gods that have slumbered too long, and now is the time to awaken to your true selves. You are powerful and creative, and as you gather the new energies it will become apparent to you once again that you are capable of determining your own future.

You need fear no one or anything, as your path is before you and it will continue to open up and reveal all the wonders and beauty of a New Age. Our part in this is to hasten your evolution, and remove any doubts from your minds as to the truth you are uncovering. Claim your sovereignty and walk tall with confidence, as you are a tower of strength and your Light is part of the lifting up. We of the Galactic Federation know who you really are and do not keep it secret, as the times of doubt and disbelief are almost past and you can step back into the Light. Every soul can make that step up if they wish, and opportunities will be given them so that they can make a freewill choice.

Your real home is not on the present Earth, but is on the one that is emerging from the darkness of ages past. A glorious new Earth that reflects the perfection that once existed eons of time ago, when life forms were first introduced. Like you the Earth is on the path to Ascension, and the changes must start to speed up. All is delicately poised and we await the call that will tell us that great changes are about to take place. The pace of change will be tremendous, and you cannot yet conceive of how quickly events will move on.

I am Ker-On from Venus, and feel so much your love and Light that is not just changing the very atoms of Earth, but your complete bodies. You are part of the new energies, and we ask that you continue to bring them to Self. You can heal the hurt that Mankind feels, and also help Mother Earth to recover from Mans centuries of misuse and rape of her body. Love is, and always will be the key to recovery, and is a power that you will yet come to fully understand. 

Thank you Ker-On.

Mike Quinsey

Many more such messages through http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm




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GREAT IDEA! WATCH LIVE EARTH AT YOUR HOME WITH ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! 2000 PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY COMMITTED TO ORGANIZE A LIVE EARTH PARTY!

Date: 21 Jun 2007
From: Al Gore - Avaaz.org avaaz@avaaz.org">
Subject: Make history on July 7th

Dear friends,

On July 7, more than 2 billion people will join together to watch the Live Earth concerts and demonstrate to our leaders that the time has come to solve the climate crisis.

Wherever you are that day, you can be part of the action. At events around the world, we are going to convert the potential energy of Live Earth into a global campaign. In thousands of homes, people will invite their friends and neighbors to watch the concerts and join the movement.

In order to make these parties truly global, I've decided to partner with Avaaz. The 385,000 Avaaz members from every corner of the world, who mobilized to pressure the G8, amazed me. Avaaz's work to give ordinary people around the world a powerful voice in global decision-making is inspiring, and your organizing around the G8 Summit made a significant difference. Now we have the opportunity to expand on that great effort.

Will you commit to organize a Live Earth house party on July 7th? The parties will be fun--and they'll make a difference. If you've got a few friends and a TV, you've got everything you need.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/live_earth/li.php

7.7.07 will be the one opportunity we have to bring millions of new people into our campaign. We cannot let it slip by.

If you host a Live Earth Party, you'll have access to a special video I've made to urge people to take action. Together, I know we can convince everyone attending these parties to get involved. In a few short hours, you and your friends can watch the concert, take action -- and, at the end, upload a photo from your event that will be accessible to others taking part throughout the world. Through these parties, we can reach more people than ever before and build a truly global movement to solve the climate crisis.

Holding a Live Earth party is easy. All you need is a television and a few friends. We will provide you with all the tools you need.

Sign up as a party host by visiting http://www.avaaz.org/en/live_earth/li.php

Live Earth will be a unique moment when the uninterrupted and undivided attention of the world will be focused on the climate crisis. I need your help to make it count.

Thank you

Al Gore

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Related article:

Live Earth shows aim to set new green standard (June 19, 2007)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070619/media_nm/earth_dc_1
NASHVILLE (Billboard) - It would play right into the hands of critics if the seven Live Earth concerts to be staged worldwide July 7 were to come off in an unfriendly environmental way. And it's probably fair that no concerts in history will be more closely monitored for how well they manage power and waste. Live Earth producers want the world to watch what they do. "We want to make the concerts themselves part of the solution," Live Earth's Yusef Robb says. "What we're working very hard to do is something that has never been done before: establish a new green event standard that Live Earth will not only follow but hopefully future live events will follow as well."The concerts will be built "from the ground up to be as green as possible," Robb says. "If there is a choice between a dirty lightbulb or a greener lightbulb to light the stage, we're working to find the technology that can generate the least amount of carbon. If there's a choice between two cups at a concessions stand, we want to identify the best one that not only makes a beer taste good but can also be recycled and didn't use a lot of carbon to produce in the first place."Obviously, there will be some carbon that Live Earth will not be able to "design out" of the process, Robb says. "That's the reality of life in the 21st century. So we'll offset any remaining emissions." (...) In Rio, a million people are expected on Copacabana Beach for a free concert. The Shanghai show is an open event in the middle of a city. In South Africa, the venue is a green field about 60 kilometers outside Johannesburg.Rego wants concert producers worldwide to gain confidence that their generators, for example, can run well on biodiesel. "It's also about figuring out how your generator setup should be designed -- the process of setting up the energy sources so the minimum amount of fuel and emissions will actually be used," he says.The other key component is waste management. "If we're composting at the venues, which we're planning on doing in Johannesburg and Rio, it is making sure the cups and plastics we have can be composted," Rego says. "It's about looking at the entire life cycle of how all this material works through an actual event." CLIP -

What is Live Earth Doing to Implement Green Event Guidelines and Green Policies? http://www.liveearth.org/live_earth_impact.pdf

MORE on this IMPORTANT upcoming event through http://www.liveearth.org/news.php and http://liveearth.ca.msn.com/ and http://www.liveearth.org/
Live Earth will stage concerts at Giants Stadium in New York; Wembley Stadium in London; Aussie Stadium in Sydney; Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro; Maropeng at the Cradle of Humankind in Johannesburg; Makuhari Messe in Tokyo; the Steps of the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai; HSH Nordbank Arena in Hamburg; and Inonu Stadium in Istanbul.



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From: http://environment.independent.co.uk/climate_change/article2675747.ece

The Earth today stands in imminent peril

...and nothing short of a planetary rescue will save it from the environmental cataclysm of dangerous climate change. Those are not the words of eco-warriors but the considered opinion of a group of eminent scientists writing in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

By Steve Connor, Science Editor

19 June 2007

Six scientists from some of the leading scientific institutions in the United States have issued what amounts to an unambiguous warning to the world: civilisation itself is threatened by global warming.

They also implicitly criticise the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for underestimating the scale of sea-level rises this century as a result of melting glaciers and polar ice sheets.

Instead of sea levels rising by about 40 centimetres, as the IPCC predicts in one of its computer forecasts, the true rise might be as great as several metres by 2100. That is why, they say, planet Earth today is in "imminent peril".

In a densely referenced scientific paper published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A some of the world's leading climate researchers describe in detail why they believe that humanity can no longer afford to ignore the "gravest threat" of climate change.

"Recent greenhouse gas emissions place the Earth perilously close to dramatic climate change that could run out of control, with great dangers for humans and other creatures," the scientists say. Only intense efforts to curb man-made emissions of carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases can keep the climate within or near the range of the past one million years, they add.

The researchers were led by James Hansen, the director of Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, who was the first scientist to warn the US Congress about global warming.

The other scientists were Makiko Sato, Pushker Kharecha and Gary Russell, also of the Goddard Institute, David Lea of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Mark Siddall of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in New York.

In their 29-page paper, "Climate Change and trace gases", the scientists frequently stray from the non-emotional language of science to emphasise the scale of the problems and dangers posed by climate change.

In an email to The Independent, Dr Hansen said: "In my opinion, among our papers this one probably does the best job of making clear that the Earth is getting perilously close to climate changes that could run out of our control."

The unnatural "forcing" of the climate as a result of man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases threatens to generate a "flip" in the climate that could "spark a cataclysm" in the massive ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland, the scientists write.

Dramatic flips in the climate have occurred in the past but none has happened since the development of complex human societies and civilisation, which are unlikely to survive the same sort of environmental changes if they occurred now.

"Civilisation developed, and constructed extensive infrastructure, during a period of unusual climate stability, the Holocene, now almost 12,000 years in duration. That period is about to end," the scientists warn. Humanity cannot afford to burn the Earth's remaining underground reserves of fossil fuel. "To do so would guarantee dramatic climate change, yielding a different planet from the one on which civilisation developed and for which extensive physical infrastructure has been built," they say.

Dr Hansen said we have about 10 years to put into effect the draconian measures needed to curb CO2 emissions quickly enough to avert a dangerous rise in global temperature. Otherwise, the extra heat could trigger the rapid melting of polar ice sheets, made far worse by the "albedo flip" - when the sunlight reflected by white ice is suddenly absorbed as ice melts to become the dark surface of open water.

The glaciers and ice sheets of Greenland in the northern hemisphere, and the western Antarctic ice sheet in the south, both show signs of the rapid changes predicted with rising temperatures. "

The albedo flip property of ice/water provides a trigger mechanism. If the trigger mechanism is engaged long enough, multiple dynamical feedbacks will cause ice sheet collapse," the scientists say. "We argue that the required persistence for this trigger mechanism is at most a century, probably less."

The latest assessment of the IPCC published earlier this year predicts little or no contribution to 21st century sea level from Greenland or Antarctica, but the six scientists dispute this interpretation. "The IPCC analyses and projections do not well account for the nonlinear physics of wet ice sheet disintegration, ice streams and eroding ice shelves, nor are they consistent with the palaeoclimate evidence we have presented for the absence of discernible lag between ice sheet forcing and sea-level rise," the scientists say.

Their study looked back over more than 400,000 years of climate records from deep ice cores and found evidence to suggest that rapid climate change over a period of centuries, or even decades, have in the past occurred once the world began to heat up and ice sheets started melting. It is not possible to assess the dangerous level of man-made greenhouse gases.

"However, it is much lower than has commonly been assumed. If we have not already passed the dangerous level, the energy infrastructure in place ensures that we will pass it within several decades," the scientists say in their findings.

"We conclude that a feasible strategy for planetary rescue almost surely requires a means of extracting [greenhouse gases] from the air."




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From: http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0621/p25s06-sten.html

Problem facing species displaced by warming: nowhere to run

In a fragmented landscape – and with such rapid change – scientists worry that many plants and animals won't make it to cooler regions.

By Moises Velasquez-Manoff | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor

June 21, 2007

MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST PRESERVE, COSTA RICA - Atop this country's continental divide sits an outlook called la ventana, "the window" in Spanish. On clear days, visitors can see the Pacific Ocean to the west; by taking a few steps in the other direction, they can gaze at the foothills descending to the Caribbean plain to the east. A nearly constant easterly wind blows. The moisture it brings condenses at this near mile-high altitude, forming a thick mist that blankets the forest of gnarled, moss-covered trees.

Awestruck visitors inevitably use "fairy tale" to describe the view. But the enchantment belies a rapidly changing ecosystem. In the past 30 years, the weather here has changed. Average temperatures are higher. The clouds that define the forest now form farther up the mountain. More days pass without rain. And sometime between 1987 and 1988, the hottest year on record until then, two small inhabitants found only on this mountain – the golden toad and the Monteverde harlequin frog – disappeared.

One veteran scientist here calls it the first extinction caused by global warming.

Clad in khakis with a shaved head that only accentuates his striking white eyebrows, American ecologist Alan Pounds has walked Monteverde's trails for 26 years. He likes to joke: Should he enter a zero in his notebook ledger next to sightings for "golden toad"? But when he talks about what he's seen, he grows solemn.

"It's not the same place as it was before," says Dr. Pounds, the scientist-in-residence here at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve. "It's disheartening to walk in the forest and know that you're not going to see harlequin frogs or golden toads.... We should be asking, 'Well, who's next?' "

The world saw a 1.4 degree F. increase in average temperatures during the past century. Two-thirds of that increase – 1 degree – occurred in the past 30 years. The vast majority of scientists say that human-emitted greenhouse gases are responsible for this warming trend. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that even if some efforts are made to combat global warming, temperatures will rise another 5 degrees F. worldwide by century's end. If humanity does nothing, temperatures could rise 10 degrees F. or more.

As the globe warms, scientists foresee today's ecozones – distinct bands of habitat defined by temperature and rainfall – moving away from the equator and toward the poles, or upward toward the peaks in mountainous regions. In theory, wildlife could move along with these sliding zones. In fact, many species have already shifted from their former habitats.

But in a fragmented landscape with wildlife populations already weakened by other stresses – and with such a rapid rate of change – scientists worry that many plants and animals won't be able to adjust. Cities, cultivated fields, and other human obstacles may prove impassible for species run ragged by habitat loss and pollution.

Some 25 percent of all known species – plant and animal – could succumb to these combined stresses by century's end, according to the IPCC. So many species disappearing so quickly hasn't happened since an asteroid slammed into Earth 65 million years ago.

With mass extinctions in the making, scientists are scrambling for ways to lessen global warming's impact. They suggest giving wildlife space to adjust with "biological corridors," highways of nature that connect wilderness areas up mountains and across latitudes. They propose intentionally moving those species that may not be able to adjust fast enough. And they advocate captive breeding – or banking – of those species in immediate danger of disappearing.

The motives behind these efforts are not just altruistic. Losing any species could mean losing proteins and enzymes found nowhere else – substances of potential value to pharmaceutical companies. But in a broader sense, humans rely on functioning ecosystems for what scientists call "ecosystem services": Fresh water comes from forest-covered mountaintops, fish from healthy seas. Losing wildlife means pushing these systems closer to collapse.

"Ultimately you'll have ecosystems that just disassemble," says Thomas Lovejoy, president of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment in Washington, D.C. "And we've never lived in a world like that."

Many species have survived huge changes in Earth's climate over millions of years, leading some people to ask why species won't be able to simply adapt again.

But this time the warming is different, says Jack Williams, an assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

All of human history has taken place during an "interglacial," a relatively warm period in Earth's climate cycle. Humans think that current conditions are the norm. But in fact, ice age conditions have persisted during 80 percent of the time since the most recent ice age cycle began 1.8 million years ago; only 10 to 20 percent of that time has been "normal," Dr. Williams says.

Because Earth is already in a warm period, still higher temperatures may push some wildlife off the map. "You can't just pick them up and plop them somewhere else," Williams says. "These climate zones will actually disappear from the entire globe by the end of the century."

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Related articles:

The cost of species gone 'missing'
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0621/p25s05-sten.html
A resilient ecosystem can better withstand global warming and will deliver what humans need, whether it's abundant tuna from the seas or fresh water tumbling down a mountainside. (...) The frogs' disappearance is part of an ongoing worldwide amphibian die-off. Of the 5,918 known amphibian species, an estimated 165 may have already disappeared, according to the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Nearly one-third of those remaining face extinction. Many are calling it the canary in the coal mine, a sign of things to come. As the world warms from human-emitted greenhouse gases this century, one-quarter of all living things could disappear, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.Little is known about what would happen if amphibians, a large and ancient class of animals, disappear. In some Appalachian forests in the United States, the total mass of the amphibians – frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders – outweighs that of all the mammals, birds, and reptiles combined. Amphibians hold a crucial middle position in the food chain. They eat bugs, plants, and algae. Many other animals eat them. Because they live on both land and in the water, they transfer large quantities of organic matter between the two. "You can't simply lose large numbers of species ... and expect these ecosystems to continue to function," says Alan Pounds, an ecologist working at Monteverde. CLIP

Full Coverage: Surviving in a Warmer World
http://www.csmonitor.com/adaptation
Amphibians are vanishing from Costa Rica's nature preserves. They are the canaries in the coal mine, among the first of the estimated 25 percent of species that may disappear this century. Can humans design 'escape routes' and 'arks' to help?




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Forwarded by Mark Graffis (mgraffis@gmail.com)

From: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/19/opinion/19tue4.html

Millions of Missing Birds, Vanishing in Plain Sight

June 19, 2007

By VERLYN KLINKENBORG

Last week, the Audubon Society released a new report describing the sharp and startling population decline of some of the most familiar and common birds in America: several kinds of sparrows, the Northern bobwhite, the Eastern meadowlark, the common grackle and the common tern. The average decline of the 20 species in the Audubon Society's report is 68 percent.

Forty years ago, there were an estimated 31 million bobwhites. Now there are 5.5 million. Compared to the hundred-some condors presently in the wild, 5.5 million bobwhites sounds like a lot of birds. But what matters is the 25.5 million missing and the troubles that brought them down - and are all too likely to bring down the rest of them, too. So this is not extinction, but it is how things look before extinction happens.

The word "extinct" somehow brings to mind the birds that seem like special cases to us, the dodo or the great auk or the passenger pigeon. Most people would never have had a chance to see dodos and great auks on their remote islands before they were decimated in the 17th and 19th centuries. What is hard to remember about passenger pigeons isn't merely their once enormous numbers. It's the enormous numbers of humans to whom their comings and goings were a common sight and who supposed, erroneously, that such unending clouds of birds were indestructible. We recognize the extraordinary distinctness of the passenger pigeon now because we know its fate, killed off largely by humans. But we have moralized it thoroughly without ever really taking it to heart.

The question is whether we will see the distinctness of the field sparrow - its number is down from 18 million 40 years ago to 5.8 million - only when the last pair is being kept alive in a zoo somewhere. We love to finally care when the death watch is on. It makes us feel so very human.

Like you, I've been reading dire reports of declining species for many years now. They have the value of causing us to pay attention to species in trouble, and the sad fact is that the only species likely to endure are the ones we humans manage to pay attention to. There was a time when it was better, if you were a nonhuman species, to be ignored by humans because we trapped, shot or otherwise exploited all of the ones that got our attention. But in the past 40 years, we have killed all those millions of birds or, let us say, unintentionally caused a dramatic population loss, simply by going about business as usual.

Agriculture has intensified. So has development. Open space has been sharply reduced. We have simply pursued our livelihoods. We knew it was inimical to wolves and mountain lions. But we somehow trusted that all the innocent little birds were here to stay. What they actually need to survive, it turns out, is a landscape that is less intensely human.

The Audubon Society portrait of common bird species in decline is really a report on who humans are. Let me offer a proposition about Homo sapiens. We are the only species on earth capable of an ethical awareness of other species and, thus, the only species capable of happily ignoring that awareness. So far, our economic interests have proved to be completely incompatible with all but a very few forms of life. It's not that we believe that other species don't matter. It's that, historically speaking, it hasn't been worth believing one way or another. I don't suppose that most Americans would actively kill a whippoorwill if they had the chance. Yet in the past 40 years its number has dropped by 1.6 million.

In our everyday economic behavior, we seem determined to discover whether we can live alone on earth. E.O. Wilson has argued eloquently and persuasively that we cannot, that who we are depends as much on the richness and diversity of the biological life around us as it does on any inherent quality in our genes. Environmentalists of every stripe argue that we must somehow begin to correlate our economic behavior - by which I mean every aspect of it: production, consumption, habitation - with the welfare of other species.

This is the premise of sustainability. But the very foundation of our economic interests is self-interest, and in the survival of other species we see way too little self to care.

The trouble with humans is that even the smallest changes in our behavior require an epiphany. And yet compared to the fixity of other species, the narrowness of their habitats, the strictness of their diets, the precision of the niches they occupy, we are flexibility itself.

We look around us, expecting the rest of the world's occupants to adapt to the changes that we have caused, when, in fact, we have the right to expect adaptation only from ourselves.




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From: http://www.communitycurrency.org/

The Difference Between Money and Real Wealth - Creating Community Currencies

The economic system is deeply flawed and has served to concentrate money, land and power in the hands of a few. The concentration of economic power and ecological devastation have heralded the collapse of many civilizations and empires. At this time in history, humanity must choose between the health and well-being of our planet, humanity, and other lifeforms, or the further enrichment of the ruling elite. The choice is clear. The World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization, World Economic Forum, and "Trade Agreements," such as the Multilateral Agreement on Investments (MAI) blatantly favor the rich over all environmental and human rights concerns (see http://www.tradewatch.org/). Civil society is now engaged in a tremendous struggle against these deadly institutions which value money over life.

Opposition to the M.A.I., World Bank, the W.T.O. has grown and had some dramatic victories, but the struggle continues.( Palo Alto Struggle ) Besides resisting, more and more people are coming together to create, nurture and share transformative solutions to the deepening crisis we confront. "Another World is Possible" is the theme of this rising global movement.

Understanding how the monetary system works is one step towards creating a system which serves human needs and recognizes the value and importance of the biosphere upon which all our lives depend. The local currency movement hopes to reorganize the global system by creating healthy local communities that recognize and respect their interdependence, and work cooperatively to restore the Earth, recognize the rights and wisdom of indigenous people, and respect the rights of all people -- regardless of class, gender, age, or race.

What is real wealth? Western civilization has confused money with wealth. Most of the world's money is chasing other money in the cyber-casino of the global financial markets oblivious to the devastation being wreaked upon the world's ecosystems and people. While species go extinct, forests are decimated, rivers are poisoned, and people starved, the money is blindly directed towards greater profits destroying the world in the process. The global economy has been shaped by military force, money, greed, fear, and a massive propaganda campaign. Money is a tool of empire, which has served to transfer wealth and power from the many to the few. All monetary systems based upon debt have this fatal dynamic. The ancient religious taboos against usury were well justified, but have been forgotten.

The illusion that money is wealth needs to be shattered. Real wealth is a healthy planet and healthy relationships between all lifeforms; it is inner peace, world peace, balance and harmony in the home, the community, the world. Local currencies are a powerful tool towards raising consciousness, building community, and restructuring our economies in a sustainable direction. Community currencies challenge the system by showing how money is backed by our belief systems.

Money can be created by banks or governments to serve their interests, or it can be created by people in a community to serve their needs. Local currencies help communities to recognize their inner strengths, the gifts of their members, and the value of cooperation. Local currencies inspire people to live in accordance with their values, to follow their inner passion rather than chase after an obsolete notion of "success." They enable people to make a contribution to their community and receive what they need or desire in return. They nurture relationships and demonstrate how local production for local needs benefits the community, as well as reducing the stress upon distant communities who have been forced into near slavery and starvation to provide resources and services to the world's wealthy. Creating community currencies encourages participatory democratic processes and shows how non hierarchical systems empower people, and nurture hope, creativity, respect, and compassion. In a perfect world, money would become obsolete, and the gift economy would flourish.

Carol Brouillet (cbrouillet@igc.org)

NOTE from Jean: I recommend you visit http://www.communitycurrency.org/ and http://www.deceptiondollar.com/ to discover more about Carol's remarkable activism and brilliant ideas. You may also listen to a recent radio interview with her at http://www.citizensadvocate.net/#carol
To me, she is a true hero of our times and an amazing being! She is also a long-time ERN subscriber. I envision a world - the now emerging New Earth - where money is obsolete and Love is the only currency one will ever need. Her writings and ideas are paving the way towards such an upcoming reality.

Also recommended:

Reinventing Money, Restoring the Earth, Reweaving the Web of Life - by Carol Brouillet http://www.communitycurrency.org/reweaveWeb.html
My favorite T-shirt says "WARNING! (And beneath the warning is a dollar bill) --Use of this product may cause apathy, laziness, selfishness, ignorance, loss of identity, greed, gluttony, a false sense of empowerment, absence of individuality, self-centeredness, manipulative behavior, superficial values, lack of spirituality, environmental destruction, racial tension, murder, war, and impoverishment for others. Continuous and excessive use could render a permanent state of indifference to the welfare of those around you. Use At Your Own Risk!" Before history was written, a gift economy existed. The gifts of Nature were abundant; the relationship between people, the Earth, the animals and plants were sacred. Western civilization has systematically disrupted and destroyed sustainable, indigenous cultures. Scientists are rushing to collect genetic materials, blood, tissues, from the world's endangered people. They fail to recognize traditional wisdom, except in areas like medicine and agriculture where native knowledge has direct lucrative applications. A double tragedy is occurring now; indigenous people are losing their lives and land, and the world is losing the carriers of ancient wisdom, those who have lived in harmony with the Earth. (...) My dream is to create a new global currency, an ethical currency consciously designed to encourage generosity and abundance, build community, restore the Earth, and meet basic human needs. This currency would depend upon the networking of a vibrant, local, national, and international local currency movement and the creation of a chaordic organization, which has no head, and works by cooperative, independent agreement. We could call it Gaia Futures, in recognition of life-giving nature of the planet and the design of the currency to restore and nurture life. Gaia Futures would be backed by renewable energy and products which are environmentally sound and support basic human needs or restore the environment (as opposed to backing a currency with gold or silver, which encourage mining, or other major commodities which harm people and the environment). CLIP




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From: http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2007/06/20/greenwald/index.html

A tragic legacy: How a good vs. evil mentality destroyed the Bush presidency

Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from "A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency," which will be published June 26. To read Greenwald's response to letters about this excerpt, visit his blog at http://salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2007/06/20/bush_motives/index.html

By Glenn Greenwald

June 20, 2007 | We all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell.

-- Sir Karl Popper, twentieth-century British philosopher of science

One of the principal dangers of vesting power in a leader who is convinced of his own righteousness -- who believes that, by virtue of his ascension to political power, he has been called to a crusade against Evil -- is that the moral imperative driving the mission will justify any and all means used to achieve it. Those who have become convinced that they are waging an epic and all-consuming existential war against Evil cannot, by the very premises of their belief system, accept any limitations -- moral, pragmatic, or otherwise -- on the methods adopted to triumph in this battle.

Efforts to impose limits on waging war against Evil will themselves be seen as impediments to Good, if not as an attempt to aid and abet Evil. In a Manichean worldview, there is no imperative that can compete with the mission of defeating Evil. The primacy of that mandate is unchallengeable. Hence, there are no valid reasons for declaring off-limits any weapons that can be deployed in service of the war against Evil.


Equally operative in the Manichean worldview is the principle that those who are warriors for a universal Good cannot recognize that the particular means they employ in service of their mission may be immoral or even misguided. The very fact that the instruments they embrace are employed in service of their Manichean mission renders any such objections incoherent. How can an act undertaken in order to strengthen the side of Good, and to weaken the forces of Evil, ever be anything other than Good in itself? Thus, any act undertaken by a warrior of Good in service of the war against Evil is inherently moral for that reason alone.

It is from these premises that the most amoral or even most reprehensible outcomes can be -- and often are -- produced by political movements and political leaders grounded in universal moral certainties. Intoxicated by his own righteousness and therefore immune from doubt, the Manichean warrior becomes capable of acts of moral monstrousness that would be unthinkable in the absence of such unquestionable moral conviction. One who believes himself to be leading a supreme war against Evil on behalf of Good will be incapable of understanding any claims that he himself is acting immorally.

These principles illuminate a central, and tragic, paradox at the heart of the Bush presidency. The president who vowed to lead America in a moral crusade to win hearts and minds around the world has so inflamed anti-American sentiment that America's moral standing in the world is at an all-time low. The president who vowed to defend the Good in the world from the forces of Evil has caused the United States to be held in deep contempt by large segments of virtually every country on every continent of the world, including large portions of nations with which the U.S. has historically been allied. The president who vowed to undertake a war in defense of American values and freedoms has presided over such radical departures from the defining values and liberties of this country that many Americans find their country and its government unrecognizable. And the president who vowed to lead the war for freedom and democracy has made torture, rendition, abductions, lawless detentions of even our own citizens, secret "black site" prisons, Abu Ghraib dog leashes, and orange Guantánamo jumpsuits the strange, new symbols of America around the world.

In sum, the great and tragic irony of the Bush presidency is that its morally convicted foundations have yielded some of the most morally grotesque acts and radical departures from American values in our country's history. The president who insists that he is driven by a clear and compelling moral framework, in which the forces of Good and Evil battle toward a decisive resolution, has done more than almost any American in history to make the world question on which side of that battle this country is fighting. The more convinced President Bush and his followers become of the unchallengeable righteousness of their cause, the fewer limits they recognize. And America's moral standing in the world, and our national character, continue to erode to previously unthinkable depths.

The Tools of the "Good"

In November 2006, the U.S. Congress enacted legislation, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, that vested in the president the power to order individuals (including legal residents of the United States) to be detained and imprisoned indefinitely without having been charged with any crimes or provided with a forum to prove their innocence. In reality, all of the powers granted by the Congress with that legislation were already being exercised by the Bush administration in the absence of legal authority. Ever since 9/11, and without any Congressional authorization, the president has asserted the power to imprison anyone without being charged with a crime and even with no ability to contact the outside world. And he has so imprisoned even U.S. citizens, including José Padilla and Yaser Esam Hamdi.

The power to order people detained and imprisoned based solely on accusation is one of the most extraordinary and tyrannical powers any political leader can hold. One of the core rights established against the British king by the Magna Carta in the thirteenth century was that the king could not order subjects imprisoned except upon a finding of guilt arrived at in accordance with legal process. The Military Commissions Act thus literally vested in President Bush -- and in subsequent U.S. presidents -- a power no British king has possessed since 1244. The founders of the United States thoroughly objected to such tyrannical power. Thomas Jefferson wrote in a 1789 letter to Thomas Paine, "I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution."

Beyond indefinite detentions, the Bush presidency has ushered in a host of practices that Americans have generally found to be unconscionable and that violate virtually every principle America has long endorsed. From admitted presidential lawbreaking, to the use of torture (or "rendering" our detainees to other countries for torture, including detainees we later admit were wholly innocent), to enlisting the resources of our foreign intelligence agencies (the NSA and CIA) to spy inside the U.S. and collect and maintain all sorts of personal data about American citizens, the Bush administration has seized and exercised powers that have long been anathema to what "America" has meant at its core.

The president has been able to engage in this conduct because the country collectively accepted the dualistic framework with which he views the world, whereby the goal of "protecting" ourselves from the "forces of Evil" outweighs every other consideration and justifies every means employed in service of this battle. When President Bush acts in the name of fighting The Terrorists, with the goal of battling Evil, what he does is by definition justifiable and Good because he is doing it.

This absolutist Manichean mind-set venerates physical safety above all else. When President Bush signed the Military Commissions Act into law in October 2006, he dismissed objections to its Draconian and tyrannical provisions with one very simple and straightforward argument (emphasis added):

"Over the past few months the debate over this bill has been heated, and the questions raised can seem complex. Yet, with the distance of history, the questions will be narrowed and few: Did this generation of Americans take the threat seriously, and did we do what it takes to defeat that threat? Every member of Congress who voted for this bill has helped our nation rise to the task that history has given us."

That paragraph summarizes the Bush movement. Because the threat posed by The Evil Terrorists is so grave, maximizing protections against it is the paramount, overriding goal. No other value competes with that objective, nor can any other value limit our efforts to protect ourselves against The Terrorists.

That is the essence of virtually every argument Bush supporters make regarding terrorism. No matter what objection is raised to the never-ending expansions of executive power, no matter what competing values are touted (due process, the rule of law, the principles our country embodies, how we are perceived around the world), the response will always be that The Terrorists are waging war against us and our overarching priority -- one that overrides all others -- is to protect ourselves, to triumph over Evil. By definition, then, there can never be any good reason to oppose vesting powers in the government to protect us from The Terrorists because that goal outweighs all others.

But our entire system of government, from its inception, has been based upon a very different calculus -- that is, that many things matter besides merely protecting ourselves against threats, and consequently, we are willing to accept risks, even potentially fatal ones, in order to secure those other values. From its founding, America has rejected the worldview of prioritizing physical safety above all else, as such a mentality leads to an impoverished and empty civic life. The premise of America is and always has been that imposing limitations on government power is necessary to secure liberty and avoid tyranny even if it means accepting an increased risk of death as a result. That is the foundational American value.

It is this courageous demand for core liberties even if such liberties provide less than maximum protection from physical risks that has made America bold, brave, and free. Societies driven exclusively or primarily by a fear of avoiding Evil, minimizing risks, and seeking above all else that our government "protects" us are not free. That is a path that inevitably leads to authoritarianism -- an increasingly strong and empowered leader in whom the citizens vest ever-increasing faith and power in exchange for promises of safety. That is most assuredly not the historical ethos of the United States.

The Bill of Rights contains numerous limitations on government power, and many of them render us more vulnerable to threats. If there is a serial killer on the loose in a community, the police would be able to find and apprehend him much more easily if they could simply invade and search everyone's homes at will and without warning. Nonetheless, the Fourth Amendment expressly prohibits the police from undertaking such searches. It requires both probable cause and a judicial warrant before police may do so, even though such limitations on state power will enable dangerous killers to elude capture.

Imagine George Bush present during pre-founding debates over the Constitution. Is there any doubt that he or Dick Cheney or Alberto Gonzales would have argued in opposition to proposed Fourth Amendment restrictions on police powers by stressing that violent criminals can kill our children, that we must do everything to protect ourselves against Evil, and that those who favor search warrant requirements for the police are "pro-murderer"? And surely the Constitutional Convention would have been subjected to this argument: "If you're not doing anything wrong in your home, what do you have to hide from the police?"

Our country is centrally based upon the principle that we are willing to assume risks in order to limit government power. Numerous other amendments in the Bill of Rights are grounded in that same principle. And, of course, that is the central belief that drove the founders to risk death by waging war against the most powerful empire on earth. Objectives other than physical protection matter greatly. We have never been a country that ignores other objectives and asks only, as the president put it, did "Americans take the threat seriously, and did we do what it takes to defeat that threat?"

The president's mind-set is utterly contrary to core American principles. Historically, the worst mistakes America has made -- those instances in which it has departed most radically from its ideals -- happened not when Americans failed to take seriously enough some Evil lurking in the world, but, to the contrary, they occurred when our government leaders exaggerated the threat of Evil and accordingly induced overreactions among citizens.

Historians will almost certainly ask about the Bush presidency: Did America adhere to its values and principles when defending itself against the threat posed by terrorism, or did it succumb to fear, overreaction, and violate its core beliefs in pursuit of illusions of maximum protection? As history professor Joseph Ellis wrote in 2006 in the New York Times: "My second question is this: What does history tell us about our earlier responses to traumatic events?"

My list of precedents for the Patriot Act and government wiretapping of American citizens would include the Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798, which allowed the federal government to close newspapers and deport foreigners during the "quasi-war" with France; the denial of habeas corpus during the Civil War, which permitted the pre-emptive arrest of suspected Southern sympathizers; the Red Scare of 1919, which emboldened the attorney general to round up leftist critics in the wake of the Russian Revolution; the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, which was justified on the grounds that their ancestry made them potential threats to national security; the McCarthy scare of the early 1950's, which used cold war anxieties to pursue a witch hunt against putative Communists in government, universities and the film industry.

In retrospect, none of these domestic responses to perceived national security threats looks justifiable. Every history textbook I know describes them as lamentable, excessive, even embarrassing. ...

But it defies reason and experience to make Sept. 11 the defining influence on our foreign and domestic policy. History suggests that we have faced greater challenges and triumphed, and that overreaction is a greater danger than complacency.

The scare tactic of telling Americans that every desired expansion of government power is justified by the Evil Terrorist Threat -- and that there is no need to worry because the president is Good and will use these powers only to protect us -- is effective because it has immediate rhetorical appeal. Most people, especially when placed in fear of potentially fatal threats, are receptive to the argument that maximizing protection is the only thing that matters, and that no abstract concept (such as liberty, or freedom, or due process, or adhering to civilized norms) is worth risking one's life by accepting heightened levels of vulnerability.

But nothing in life is perfectly safe. Perfect safety is an illusion. When pursued by an individual to the exclusion of all else, it creates a tragically worthless, paralyzed way of life. On the political level, safety as the paramount goal produces tyranny, causing people to vest as much power as possible in the government, without limits, in exchange for the promise of maximum protection.

All of this is independent of the fact that vesting ever-increasing and unchecked power in a political leader most assuredly does not make a country "safer." Though it is beyond the ken of the discussion here, it is well-established that open governments with substantial checks and oversight operate far more efficiently than highly secretive, unchecked governments run by unaccountable political leaders. As the American founders well understood, transparent government is critical for detecting errors, uncovering corruption, and ensuring accountability, while political leaders who operate in the dark, wielding vast powers with little oversight, virtually always conceal their mistakes and act to maximize their own interests rather than the country's.

For that reason, the most radical and controversial Bush policies -- from warrantless eavesdropping to detentions, torture and rendition carried out in secret and with no oversight -- have not made us remotely "safer." But even if one assumes that they had, our core political values are profoundly betrayed by the notion that we should vest blind faith and tyrannical powers in the president in exchange for promises of "protection." The central rhetorical premise of the Bush presidency, however, has been that eliminating all risk of the Evil Terrorist Threat is paramount. Hence, the whole array of authoritarian powers seized by this administration is justified because none of the principles and values that are destroyed in the process really matter when set next to the scary prospect that The Terrorists will kill us. In his 2004 acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, the president described his all-consuming mission this way:

THE PRESIDENT: This election will also determine how America responds to the continuing danger of terrorism -- and you know where I stand. (Applause.) ... Since that day [9/11], I wake up every morning thinking about how to better protect our country. I will never relent in defending America, whatever it takes.

AUDIENCE: U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

This approach has radically transformed America's national character and has led us to engage systematically and openly in behavior we previously scorned when engaged in by other nations. That is why the Bush legacy has left the U.S. with the burden and danger of rising anti-American sentiment. A superpower -- especially the world's only superpower -- can be either respected and admired or despised and feared. Since the end of World War II, America -- albeit with numerous exceptions -- has largely chosen the former. America's leadership in advocating and defending universally applicable principles did not weaken it, nor did our efforts to avoid war make us appear "weak." Quite the contrary. America's strength has been grounded in the legitimacy and moral credibility of its power.

But with his monomaniacal obsession with annihilating perceived Evil, the president has squandered virtually all of the goodwill and respect that the United States built up in the last century. Accurately or not, large numbers of people around the world, on virtually every continent, now perceive the United States as a threat to peace. As they watched us invade and relentlessly bomb Iraq, a country that had not attacked us, and as we threaten still more countries with invasion, citizens around the world -- including many of our own allies whose citizens had previously admired America -- have come to view our country as a source of instability and aggression. Eight years is a long time, and millions and millions of young adults around the world have formed their perceptions of "America" based on its actions during the Bush presidency.

What is "Good" and what is "Evil" are not determined by some preordained or intrinsic distinction. Those are designations determined only by one's conduct. America has always touted its principles as the source of its moral credibility in the world. But once those principles are relinquished and violated, America's moral credibility and its legitimate claim to "Good" cease to exist.

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Read all letters on this article (106) http://letters.salon.com/books/feature/2007/06/20/greenwald/view/?show=all

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Related articles:

Former FBI Special Agent Coleen Rowley and other members of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity explain how the Bush administration has not only failed to make Americans safer from terrorism but has often made matters worse (June 20, 2007)
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2007/061807a.html

US offensive in Iraq uses Vietnam tactics (June 21, 2007)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/06/20/wirq220.xml
America launched a big offensive against al-Qa'eda yesterday in territory north-east of Baghdad. Iraqis gather at the Shiite mosque of al-Khilani in Baghdad, damaged in yesterday's truck bomb explosion which killed 75 people. A force of 10,000 American soldiers attacked hideouts across Diyala province and inside its capital, Baquba. It came as Baghdad was hit by its worst car bombing since April when a device exploded at a mosque, killing 75 people and injuring scores more.Rescuers dragged bodies from the building while the charred remains of others could be seen in burned-out minibuses. The battle against al-Qa'eda in Diyala, Operation Arrowhead Ripper, is expected to last for weeks.It involves infantry sweeps to clear and hold urban areas and farms where al-Qa'eda loyalists have infiltrated the resident population. The offensive has seen the revival of a tactic rarely used since the Vietnam war: air assaults by troops dropped into fighting zones by helicopter. CLIP




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From: http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/comment/story.html?id=44ec1363-5637-4ae4-9a97-5c0c35ae1b27

No-fly list erodes Canadians' rights

The secret list of banned travellers reduces our freedom and doesn't make us safer

June 20, 2007

Canada's new no-fly list won't make air travel safer, but it will violate basic principles of justice and fairness.
The program should be cancelled. Since that's unlikely, major changes are needed to protect the rights of Canadians.

The federal program, called Passenger Protect, is supposed to keep people who are considered security threats off airplanes. The government is compiling a secret list of those people and providing the information to airlines. If a person whose name is on the list tries to get on a plane anywhere in Canada, he will be prevented from boarding.

No one doubts the need to protect planes from attack. But this measure will do little or nothing for security -- potential terrorists, aware of the list, are hardly likely to buy tickets and board under their own names.
The program will deprive Canadians of their basic rights, from the ability to travel freely within their country to the right to defend themselves from unfair accusations by the state.

The federal government says 500 to 2,000 people -- the actual number is a secret -- are already on the no-fly list, compiled by the Department of Transportation with the help of CSIS and RCMP agents.
Your name could be on the list already. The government won't allow you to check.

The result is that you could be presumed guilty of an offence serious enough to keep you from boarding an airplane without having the opportunity to hear the allegations against you, confront the accusers or provide evidence to clear your name.

But while you are denied access to the information, the government says it can be shared with foreign governments and agencies, exposing Canadians to a real risk of detention or harassment in other countries.
Even if your name is simply similar to someone on the list, you might face delays and difficulties.

The Times Colonist reported yesterday on the case of 78-year-old Saanich resident Bill Thompson, delayed at the Victoria airport on a flight to Seattle because someone with the same name is on the U.S. no-fly list. (Canada and the U.S. are the only two countries that have launched this type of program.)
It's important to guard against terror attacks.

But it's also important to remember that the purpose of the exercise is to protect our way of life and our values.

Those values reject the idea of secret government lists of people -- enemies of the state -- who will be denied such basic rights as boarding an airplane. And they certainly don't include the denial of the basic principle of justice that allows those accused to challenge evidence and allegations and clear their names.

Much more on this through http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=ca&ie=UTF-8&ncl=1117235045

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Related article:

Excuse me, are you a threat to aviation security? Canada’s no-fly list
AN EXCELLENT INTRO TO CANADA's NO FLY LIST
http://www.anonequity.org/weblog/archives/2007/06/excuse_me_are_you_a_threat_to.php




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From: http://www.consortiumnews.com/2007/062007.html

Bush's Mafia Whacks the Republic

By Robert Parry

June 20, 2007

In years to come, historians may look back on U.S. press coverage of George W. Bush’s presidency and wonder why there was not a single front-page story announcing one of the most monumental events of mankind’s modern era – the death of the American Republic and the elimination of the “unalienable rights” pledged to “posterity” by the Founders.

The historians will, of course, find stories about elements of this extraordinary event – Bush’s denial of habeas corpus rights to a fair trial, his secret prisons, his tolerance of torture, his violation of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches, his “signing statements” overriding laws, the erosion of constitutional checks and balances.

But the historians will scroll through front pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post and every other major newspaper – as well as scan the national network news and the 24-hour cable channels – and find not a single story connecting the dots, explaining the larger picture: the end of a remarkable democratic experiment which started in 1776 and which was phased out sometime in the early 21st century.

How, these historians may ask, did the U.S. press corps miss one of history’s most important developments? Was it a case like the proverbial frog that would have jumped to safety if tossed into boiling water but was slowly cooked to death when the water was brought to a slow boil?

Or was it that journalists and politicians intuitively knew that identifying too clearly what was happening in the United States would have compelled them to action, and that action would have meant losing their jobs and livelihoods? Perhaps, too, they understood that there was little they could do to change the larger reality, so why bother?

As for the broader public, did the fear and anger generated by the 9/11 attacks so overwhelm the judgment of Americans that they didn’t care that President Bush had offered them a deal with the devil, he would promise them a tad more safety in exchange for their liberties?

And what happened to the brave souls who did challenge Bush’s establishment of an authoritarian state? Why, the historians may wonder, did the American people and their representatives not rise up as Bush systematically removed honorable public servants who did their best to uphold the nation’s laws and principles?

One could go down a long list of government officials who were purged or punished for speaking up, the likes of Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, Army Gen. Eric Shinseki, counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson and Deputy Attorney General James Comey.

The Taguba Purge

Yet possibly the most troubling case was revealed in mid-June by The New Yorker’s investigative reporter Seymour M. Hersh, the case of Army Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba, who investigated the abuses of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison and issued a tough report that prevented the scandal from being swept entirely under the rug.

Rather than thank Taguba for upholding the honor of the U.S. military, the Bush administration singled out this hard-working, low-key general for ridicule, retribution and forced retirement in early 2007.

In an interview with Hersh, Taguba described a chilling conversation he had with Gen. John Abizaid, head of Central Command, a few weeks after Taguba’s report became public in 2004. Sitting in the back of Abizaid’s Mercedes sedan in Kuwait, Abizaid quietly told Taguba, “You and your report will be investigated.”

“I’d been in the Army 32 years by then,” Taguba told Hersh, “and it was the first time that I thought I was in the Mafia.”

It was also an early indication that Taguba’s military career was nearing its end. In January 2006, Gen. Richard Cody, the Army’s Vice-Chief of Staff, called Taguba and without pleasantries or explanation told Taguba, “I need you to retire by January 2007.”

So, the general who had violated the omerta code of silence was banished from Bush’s Mafia.

Hersh wrote that the sensitivity over Taguba’s report went beyond its graphic account of physical and sexual abuse of Iraqis detained at Abu Ghraib; it also brought unwanted attention to a wider pattern of criminal acts committed with the approval of President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

“The administration feared that the publicity would expose more secret operations and practices,” including a special military task forces or Special Access Programs set up to roam the world and assassinate suspected terrorists, Hersh wrote.

Hersh quoted a recently retired CIA officer as saying the task-force teams “had full authority to whack – to go in and conduct ‘executive action,’” a phrase meaning assassination.

“It was surrealistic what these guys were doing,” the ex-officer told Hersh. “They were running around the world without clearing their operations with the ambassador or the [CIA] chief of station.” [New Yorker, June 25, 2007, edition]

In other words, President Bush not only had arrogated to himself the right to snatch people off the street and lock them up indefinitely without trial but he had dispatched assassins around the world to eliminate alleged “bad guys.”

The bigger picture – the stark and grim image of what had transpired over the past half dozen years in the name of the American people – was that the United States could no longer claim to be a nation of laws and liberties. It had become a country governed by a criminal mob deploying an unsavory collection of capos, consiglieres and hit men.

In this view, George W. Bush was no longer President of a Republic but Godfather of the world’s most intimidating crime syndicate. But that was a reality that the U.S. news media could not afford to acknowledge in real time, though it might become the unavoidable conclusion of future historians.

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq, can be ordered at secrecyandprivilege.com. It's also available at Amazon.com, as is his 1999 book, Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & 'Project Truth.'




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Date: 20 Jun 2007
From: John Tibayan (gavjohn333@gmail.com)
Subject: UFO Videos

VIDEO: UFOs - Fastwalkers - Full Movie (1 hr 37 min 26 sec)
http://globalartistvillage.blogspot.com/2007/06/video-ufo-fastwalkers-google-video.html

MANKIND'S MOST CAREFULLY GUARDED SECRET REVEALED!

Fastwalkers, a feature length documentary discloses for the first time, information you were never meant to know. Amazing UFO photos and footage you were never meant to see.

Fastwalkers is a code word created by NORAD (North American Air Defense Command) to classify (UFOs) unidentified flying objects which approach our Earth from space and enter our atmosphere. It has been reported that from its subterranean facility deep inside Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, USA, the Air Force NORAD facility tracks a rough average of 500 of these Fastwalkers each year.

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VIDEO: The Disclosure Project May 9th 2001 National Press Club Conference (1 hr 55 min 35 sec)
http://globalartistvillage.blogspot.com/2007/06/video-disclosure-project-may-9th-2001.html

On Wednesday, May 9th 2001, over twenty military, intelligence, government, corporate and scientific witnesses came forward at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to establish the reality of UFOs or extraterrestrial vehicles, extraterrestrial life forms, and resulting advanced energy and propulsion technologies. The weight of this first-hand testimony, along with supporting government documentation and other evidence, will establish without any doubt the reality of these phenomena, according to Dr. Steven M. Greer, director of the Disclosure Project which hosted the event.

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VIDEO: UFO contact Alex Collier interview - 12 (10 minute) videos
http://globalartistvillage.blogspot.com/2007/06/ufo-contact-alex-collier-interview.html

12 (10 minute) video segments with alien contactee Alex Collier interviewed by Rick Keefe in 1994. I feel he is very sincere and speaks about many important challenges facing humanity as we approach 2012. I believe Alex may be one of the sources of David Icke's reptilian illuminati information. I don't believe in the literal story about the reptilian aliens on Earth, but I am very interested in what the story represents as an archetype in our planetary collective memory.

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VIDEO: UFO Billy Meier Top Secrets (1 hr 54 min 31 sec)
http://globalartistvillage.blogspot.com/2007/05/ufo-billy-meier-top-secrets-google.html

Interview with Michael Horn, representative for Billy Meier in the US. Meier is very controversial UFO Contactee. Fascinating info about human origins from the star system Lyra.

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John Tibayan - Global Artist Village
http://www.globalartistvillage.org/
http://www.globalartistvillage.blogspot.com/

"In a world gone mad, reality is the ultimate illusion."

— Doris Lessing




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