November 15, 2002

Miscellaneous Subjects #163: A SmorgasBush of Opinions

Hello everyone

Here is a last one for this week.

IMPORTANT: Please note that Suzy Ward asked me to mention that those of you who would like to submit a request for Matthew through her to send it to me instead and that I forward to her only those requests who could be of benefit to all as she cannot handle requests of a personal nature because of serious time constraints and the need to focus her attention for sittings towards preparing a 3rd book.

Have a great weekend!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

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"It is a conviction that war is not an answer to human conflict any more than cannibalism is to human hunger."

- Bruce Kent, International Peace Bureau President

"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind"

- John F. Kennedy


1. Recipe to Capture Iraqi's Oil Fields
2. Require Weapons Inspections at US Secret Military Bases
3. Now This Is Really Scary
4. Excerpt from the Earth Rainbow Village discussion group
5. Journalist Helen Thomas condemns Bush administration
6. Pentagon Plans a Computer System That Would Peek at Personal Data of Americans
7. Iraq Invasion Will Trigger 'Human Catastrophe,' Report Warns
8. An important case for the peace movement worldwide
9. Radiation Ovens: The Proven Dangers of Microwaves

See also:

US Dollars Yielded Unanimous UN Vote Against Iraq

Chokehold on Knowledge,0,302705.story?coll=la%2Dnews%2Dcomment%2Deditorials
Since it's the threat of obscurantism we're hoping to thwart, let's be blunt: The Bush administration's plan to strip the Government Printing Office's authority is a threat to democracy.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels wants to transfer control of information management from the printing office to individual Cabinet agencies. That would spell the end of the current system, in place since the Jeffersonian era, which requires executive branch agencies to send their documents and reports to neutral librarians, who then make them available to the public both online and in 1,300 public reading rooms nationwide. Daniels would replace that system with a more secretive one in which individual agencies would manage -- and possibly sanitize -- their own electronic databases. (...) In the late 18th century the words of an American lawyer, Patrick Henry, helped persuade Congress to pass legislation protecting the public's right to know. "The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure! ," Henry said, "when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." In deciding whether to keep the library system that works to keep executive branch agencies honest, Congress has a choice: trust the upstarts in the Bush administration or heed the wisdom that has guided the country for more than two centuries.


From: "Hans Noll" <>
Subject: Recipe to Capture Iraqi's Oil Fields
Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002

Dear Jean,

I sent the following letter to our local newspaper:

Seattle, November 9, 2002

How could the US get into possession of Iraq's enormous oil wealth with minimal risk?

(1) Engineer the election of a president and vice-president who became multi-millionaires in the oil business.

(2) Have the congress vote to give the president dictatorial powers in contempt of the constitution.

(3) To get approval from the UN, give the veto powers a share in the spoils, just enough to get a resolution passed that allows complete disarmament of Iraq.

(4) During the inspection make sure to find out everything that could help Iraq to defend itself.

(5) At the end of inspections, declare that Iraq still has weapons of mass destruction and begin the military occupation and seizure of the oil wells of a now mostly defenseless country.

(6) In the event that Iraq refuses this kind of bargain, flatten the country with bombs to make the access to the oil easier.

(7) As to the spoils, tell the veto powers they have no right to the oil because they did not participate in the action.

(8) Make sure Halliburton is contracted for getting the oil wells running.

(9) Allot some of the oil to Israel for buying the US congress with the result that the UN is prevented from enforcing its sanctions against Israel and continues to disregard Israel's possession of weapons of mass destruction as well as its massacre of the Palestinian people.

There might arise complications, but so far this scenario seems to work.

Hans Noll

P.S. Less than 7 hours after I faxed this letter, CNN reported that the fight for the oil spoils had already begun with the announcement that three unnamed American oil companies had been awarded sole rights to Iraq's oil against vigorous protests by BP. According to CNN both France and Russia are not going to participate either.


This was recommended by Matthew Webb <>

From: Imaginal Diffusion Agency
Sent: November 12, 2002
Subject: UN Weapons Inspections in USA ::: MegaDeath Inc. Exposed


Require Weapons Inspections at US Secret Military Bases

We, the undersigned, hereby appeal to the UN Security Council to pass a resolution to require the United States to open its secret military and research facilities for inspection.

Evidence has been mounting, from the world's leading viral scientists, chemical weapons experts, and former military officers at these facilities, that highly dangerous and experimental technologies and weapons are being developed at US secret bases, under the cloak of "National Security."

The American people, including our representatives, can not gain access to these facilities, under threat of death (posted), and have no way of monitoring the threats to our security, health, and foreign relations. We can no longer trust our secret government agencies to tell us the truth.

If the UN Security Council does not intervene, and no action is taken to expose the deadly nuclear, biological, chemical, and energy weapons in various stages of deployment, then we believe the survival of humanity may be jeopardized.

We appeal to the international community to rise up with us and confront this military danger to our children and our future.

Please Sign this Petition Today! Send to as many People as Possible...


The most dangerous country on earth is the one with the most / most destructive weapons and the ability to deliver those weapons anywhere. The U.S. holds no "moral superiority" over the rest of the world, and must be held to the same standards.

Mark Rushton

Let's stop the hypocrisy of the US dictating to the rest of the world about "weapons of mass destruction", when it is the No. 1 threat to the world.

Nathan M. Gant

"Only after the Last Tree has been cut down, Only after the Last River has been poisoned, Only after the Last Fish has been caught, Only then will you find that Money cannot be Eaten." Cree Indian Prophecy To us all that life is sacred. Please think about the future, about what kind of a World we will leave to our children and grandchildren. Please be fully aware of the choices you are making now. Choose and decide with your HEART. There is SO much at stake! Please take note of our concerns: there are many more of us who just don't know the ways to speak out. Let us speak on behalf of All of them.

Jan Gosen and Margot Wolff

When President Bush repeatedly uses statements such as, "...the forces of evil..." he is guiding his followers towards hatred. He invented a great oxymoron when he said that if Iraq doesn't comply, then we will use force to create peace. He sounds a lot like the big bully in school! "You do as I say or I'll shove this fist down your throat!" ...It's easy to fight with brute force. The real challenge is resolving the situation in a mutually beneficial way... Additionally, what is the integrity in forcing others to comply to a rule that we consider ourselves exempt from??? What if we began preaching what we practice? I wonder how we would sound then?

Angie Watson

In the name of international rights and the world's indigenous peoples the UN must recognise and deconstruct the US hegemony that is choking the world. No one appointed the US government/CIA/military industrial complex as 'our' world leader.

Ray Jackson




Now This Is Really Scary

by Jack Rain

This past Sunday's New York Times carried a front page article detailing President Bush's plan for going to war with Iraq. The plan calls for massing 200,000 to 250,000 troops for attack by air, land and sea. The air campaign would be less than the 43 days of the first Gulf War. But in the opening hours of the air campaign, Navy and Air Force jets, including B-2 bombers carrying 16 one-ton satellite-guided bombs and B-1 bombers carrying 24 of the same weapons, would attack a range of targets. Only nine percent of the weapons dropped in the Gulf War were precision-guided; this time it is expected to be in excess of 60 percent.

Another area that could witness an increase, compared to the first Gulf War, is the number of reserves that might be called up for active duty. Pentagon officials anticipate a mobilization of the National Guard and Reserves equal to or larger than the 265,000 called to active duty in the first Gulf War. Most of these troops are expected to be deployed in the United States!

This is how The Times quietly snuck in this bombshell:

"The move to war has already raised concerns of terrorist reprisals in the United States, and senior Pentagon officials say they anticipate a mobilization of the National Guard and Reserves equal to or larger than the 265,000 called to active duty in the first Gulf War. Most of these reserve forces would be assigned to guard sites like military installations, civilian power plants and airports, although some would be assigned to guard bases overseas and certain specialties would be required for the Iraqi offensive."

When you look at these numbers, you have to wonder who George W. is going to war with. Iraq or the American people? He is planning on sending between to 200,000 to 250,000 to fight in Iraq and planning on deploying around 265,000 troops in the United States.

Aren't airports enough of a federally controlled mess already? Given the track record of Bush and Ashcroft in respecting the civil rights of Americans, once they have 265,000 troops in uniforms and firearms roaming the country, who knows where they will stick them?

A sniper and his sidekick recently showed how the might of government is impotent against a clever and stealthy adversary (maybe even a not so clever adversary).

If it wasn't for the sniper calling up the police and leaving them tips himself, he would still be out there. And the police would still be out there looking for an imaginary white van that had nothing to do with the snipers and releasing more sketches of the imaginary white van. Now 265,000 troops or not, if the terrorists want to hit again in the United States, they will. The 265,000 troops won't stop them. As a start, what the troops will really be doing is looking through our luggage, the trunks of our cars and God knows where else, searching for the equivalent of imaginary white vans. For most of us, in the beginning anyway, they will be no more than an annoying irritant, kind of like sand in the eye. In the beginning. But who knows where it will all end? Forget the police state, we are going to get our first tasting of a military state.

Scary. This is real scary.



Every day I try to at least give a peak at the subjects of the latest posts that I get in Digest form from the Earth Rainbow Village group, however and unfortunately I seldom have enough time to read much of it, mostly because I'm still very busy with outdoor work to do before winter settles in here in Quebec and the little time I can devote to be in front of my computer has to go to the usual compilation work.

However, tonight before taking in my daily ration of 50 to 75 new emails, I decided to read through the entire latest Digest I got yesterday from

As usual I loved the overall tone and diversity of material and comments posted. I wish I had more time to partipate regularly to this discussion group and perhaps will find some time to do so later on this winter. And as usual Anni I'm thoroughly impressed with the extremely caring, compassionate and inspired way you always contribute as this group's moderator. You are a blessing to read and, to me, a most inspiring being.

As far as I could grasp, there does not seem to be much spillover in your discussions of topics or material I circulate in my compilations, as you initially hoped it would be the case Anni. And this is perfectly OK with me. It has developed into a very dynamic community of people which, as far as I can see, is exemplifying and applying the same kind of spiritually-motivated and reality-grounded appraisal of global event with a very high and very caring human touch that I believe has been the hallmark of most of the contributions I received and circulated in the past years. And it is beautiful to behold. Bravo mes amis!

I'll continue to follow as best as I can your ongoing sharing and will certainly quote material again - each time with your permission if it involves personal comments - from the Earth Rainbow Village discussions into my compilations.



Date: 13 Nov 2002
Subject: [EarthRainbowVillage] Digest Number 58

Message: 11
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002

In a message dated 11/10/02, writes:

>I know many folks are bummed about the unanimous UN security counsel
>resolution regarding Iraq, but I have a bit of a different take.

Hi, Laine -- well, if you can put a positive spin on this, I'm all ears! Looks to me like they all caved after they were assured of their piece of the pie post-war.

>Colin Powell has brokered a UN resolution which spurns the Rumsfeld wing.
>It gives too much power to some Swedish weinie internationalist named
>Hans Bix! Is he REALLY going to be a hardliner when it comes to weapons
>inspection?! It also puts the UN back into the ballgame when the US decides
>its had enough of Saddam's delay tactics and wants to launch a war. This
>isn't going to be as easy as it looked just a few short months ago for the

Maybe. I hope these inspectors are impeccably ethical. I hope the CIA and other intelligence agencies haven't got anything on them. All they would have to say is that Saddam wasn't cooperating in some area, and that would be the pretext Bush is looking for. If Blix is soft, they might use that to say the inspections weren't thorough, and to justify 'force'.

And the government officials that have been showing up on cable news keep saying that America doesn't need the U.N., if they think that the inspections are being subverted.

>Given the fact that they've targeted the Jan-March window for attack it's
>entirely possible this thing could drag out for months on end, seriously
>screwing up the neocon's war plans, delaying the whole enterprise until
>late 2003, perhaps. If so, who knows what could happen in the next year
>to further thwart the war effort?

I do hope you're right about this. But, again, when you watch these news shows ('psy-ops' would be a better term!) with these 'military analysts' and such hovering over 'operation room' mockups, licking their chops over the various possible scenarios -- one they keep emphasising this week has been the 'surprise lightning-strike' BEFORE the ball goes back into the U.N.'s court. Seeing as these shows are the propaganda outlets, it could be that they are preparing everyone for their REAL plans, so that it doesn't come as quite the shock it would otherwise.

>The pre-emptive war rhethoric has been put in the closet for now. This dance
>with the UN is the kind of diplomatic morass that the neocons were petrified
>of getting into! The US no longer has a free reign now that they're entangled
>in the UN's web.

And that's a cue for us to pray that the energies of evolutionary Light can gain a foothold in these minds -- and that the Security Council members aren't thoroughly compromised by their 'business arrangements'!

>Bottom line: Colin Powell has dramatically changed the war dynamic to one
>in which peace may be given a chance after all. The odds are still with war,
>but a peaceful solution may still emerge--which seemed impossible a few
>weeks ago.

Yes, in spite of the 'house negro' image, it could be that Powell IS actually working for the Good, in a subtle, heavily cloaked and roundabout way. Appearances Can be deceiving. I do hope That is the probable reality that is taking shape here!

Thanks for giving us a look at this hopeful alternative, Laine!

Cheers, Anni :º)

NOTE: To join the 79 people now part of this very active discussion group (more than 1,200 posts so far!), go at


Sent by "Dave Hartley" <>


NOVEMBER 6, 2002

Journalist Helen Thomas condemns Bush administration

Veteran journalist Helen Thomas brought the grit and whir of a White House press conference to Bartos Theater on Monday evening, speaking with passion about the media's role in a democracy whose leaders seem eager for war.

Actually, the 82-year-old former United Press International reporter didn't just speak: she surged into her topic, giving everyone presentan immediate sense of the grumpy wit and fierce precision that gave her reporting on American presidents Kennedy through Bush II such a competitive and lasting edge.

"I censored myself for 50 years when I was a reporter," said Thomas, who is now a columnist for Hearst News Service. "Now I wake up and ask myself, 'Who do I hate today?'" Her short list of answers seems not to vary from war, President Bush, timid office-holders, a muffled press and cowed citizens, pretty much in that order.

Angered by what she views as the Bush administration's "bullying drumbeat," Thomas referred early and often to her own hatred of war, quoting from poets and politicians to bear down on President Bush and his colleagues.

Winston Churchill, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Louis Brandeis, George Santayana, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King Jr. all made appearances in Thomas' sweeping portrayal of what she sees as the administration's betrayal of both the character and will of the American people and the principles of democracy.

"I have never covered a president who actually wanted to go to war. Bush's policy of pre-emptive war is immoral - such a policy would legitimize Pearl Harbor. It's as if they learned none of the lessons from Vietnam," she said to enthusiastic applause.

Thomas ignored the clapping just as she once ignored the camera flashes and shouting matches of the Washington press corps.

"Where is the outrage?" she demanded. "Where is Congress? They're supine! Bush has held only six press conferences, the only forum in our society where a president can be questioned. I'm on the phone to [press secretary] Ari Fleischer every day, asking will he ever hold another one? The international world is wondering what happened to America's great heart and soul."

Like any star, Thomas, who resigned from UPI in 2000, appreciated her audience's thirst to get the insider's view of our national leaders, and she gave generously, in snapshots, though the Reagan and both Bush regimes were cast in darker hues.

"Great presidents have great goals for mankind. During my years of covering the White House, Kennedy was the most inspired; Johnson rammed through voting rights and public housing; Nixon will be remembered for his trip to China and for his resignation; Ford for helping us recover from Nixon; and Carter for making human rights the centerpiece of foreign policy," Thomas said in an even, respectful tone. She just sighed over Clinton, who "tarnished the Oval Office."

Thomas' mood became visibly more somber at the mention of Ronald Reagan's military buildup and at the name Bush. Again and again, Thomas warned the MIT audience, "It's bombs away for Iraq and on our civil liberties if Bush and his cronies get their way. Dissent is patriotic!"



Sent by "Mark Graffis" <> on Nov 10, 2002

Pentagon Plans a Computer System That Would Peek at Personal Data of Americans

No URL was provided - It was published in The New York Times

The Pentagon is constructing a computer system that could create a vast electronic dragnet, searching for personal information as part of the hunt for terrorists around the globe - including the United States. As the director of the effort, Vice Adm. John M. Poindexter, has described the system in Pentagon documents and in speeches, it will provide intelligence analysts and law enforcement officials with instant access to information from Internet mail and calling records to credit card and banking transactions and travel documents, without a search warrant. (...) The possibility that the system might be deployed domestically to let intelligence officials look into commercial transactions worries civil liberties proponents. "This could be the perfect storm for civil liberties in America," said Marc Rotenberg, director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington "The vehicle is the Homeland Security Act, the technology is Darpa and the agency is the F.B.I. The outcome is a system of national surveillance of the American public." (...) If deployed, civil libertarians argue, the computer system would rapidly bring a surveillance state. They assert that potential terrorists would soon learn how to avoid detection in any case. The new system will rely on a set of computer-based pattern recognition techniques known as "data mining," a set of statistical techniques used by scientists as well as by marketers searching for potential customers. CLIP



Iraq Invasion Will Trigger 'Human Catastrophe,' Report Warns

11 November, 2002

WASHINGTON -- A report to be released today predicts that an invasion of Iraq could lead to a "human catastrophe" with casualties as high as 250,000 within the first three months.

"Collateral Damage: The Health and Environmental Costs of War on Iraq" was prepared largely by Medact, the British affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. The U.S. affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility, also was involved. Most of the estimated casualties would be Iraqi civilians caught in the bombing, said Bob Schaeffer, a spokesman in Massachusetts for the International Physicians organization. It was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 for what the committee called its "considerable service to mankind by spreading authoritative information and by creating an awareness of the catastrophic consequences of atomic warfare.''

The study also looks at the impact of an invasion on the public health system and necessities such as agriculture, water and energy, he said.

"We're saying that there'll be a very large short-term impact and an even more profound longer-term impact," Schaeffer said. "The report uses the word `human catastrophe' even if it does not escalate to the level of poison gas, civil war or nuclear weapons.''

The estimates of casualties, he said, range from a low of 50,000 up to 250,000.

James Snyder, spokesman in Washington for Physicians for Social Responsibility, said the report utilizes information about likely Iraq invasion scenarios as well as knowledge gleaned from study of the 1991 Persian Gulf War and U.S. actions in Somalia and Panama.

Schaeffer said physicians associated with the international organization also had made some inspection tours, and their findings were factored in.

"The estimates and ranges are based on sound science and previous experience," Snyder said. There has not been much public data on the extent of possible casualties from an invasion of Iraq.

A number of experts at the Pentagon and elsewhere have discussed the possibility of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein using human shields and placing military targets within civilian sites, such as hospitals and schools.

Ibrahim Al-Marashi, an analyst at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California who favors an invasion, said such estimates are extremely difficult because there are so many variables about how a war might unfold. "The way Saddam would respond is such a wild card in this," he added.


From: Martin and Sy Schotz <>
Subject: An important case for the peace movement worldwide
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2002

Dear Jean,

Are you aware of the case of the five Cuban prisoners in the US. If not the following may be of interest to you. I think it is important for the world peace movement to take up there case.

Best wishes,

Martin Schotz










Facts of the Case the US Mass Media Has Refused to Cover

For more then forty years the US government has been supporting illegal terrorist acts by right-wing Cubans based in Miami, Florida. These terrorist acts have included the "Bay of Pigs Invasion", the destruction in-flight of a Cuban airliner, bombing of Cuban farms facilities, murder of a Cuban UN official, threats against and murder of US citizens.

Despite the fact that these actions are in violation of numerous US laws, including the US Neutrality Act, international laws, and treaties to which the United States is a signatory, the authors of these actions have publicly admitted their responsibility and even bragged of their actions without any effort on the part of US authorities to apprehend them.

In the 1990's in an effort to solve economic problems the Cuba government decided to intensively develop its tourism industry. At the same time the Miami terrorist network escalated its activities by planting bombs in hotels and tourists sites in Cuba. As a result an Italian tourist was killed. Cuba's efforts to gain the assistance of US authorities against these activities from Miami were rebuffed. As a last resort the Cuban government decided to infiltrate the terrorist network in Miami with its own agents in an effort to disrupt terrorist activities and prevent terrorist attacks on Cuba.

In 1998 the US government reacted by arresting five of these Cuban agents, charging them with a various crimes including espionage, failure to register as a foreign agent, and in one case conspiracy to commit murder, in the case of the "Brothers to the Rescue" plane which was shot down while violating Cuban air space.

The federal judge hearing the case refused to move the trial out of Miami despite the hysteria of the community which was whipped up by Spanish language newspapers in Miami under the control of wealthy right wing Cuban political interests. The trial was not moved despite the fact that potential jurors testified that they were fearful of what might happen to them if they were on the jury and did not convict the defendants.

At trial several retired senior US military officials testified for the defendants that at no time did the Cuban agents ever attempt to gain access to national security information which might in any way have endangered American citizens or could have compromised US national security. Cuban authorities proved that the defendants had nothing to do with the plane that was shot down. Despite lack of evidence and with virtually no deliberation the jury convicted the defendants on all charges, and the judge sentenced three to life imprisonment and two others to 15 and 18 years respectively.

The US mass media has had a virtual blackout on the case so that the American people remain ignorant of this travesty of justice.


This case has received very little attention here in the United States, but I believe it can help to enlighten Americans as to the true nature of their own government and the hyprocisy of its so-called "War Against Terrorism". There is a virtual blackout in our mass media concerning this case, and I am looking for ways to break through this wall of silence.




Radiation Ovens: The Proven Dangers of Microwaves

Is it possible that millions of people are ignorantly sacrificing their health in exchange for the convenience of microwave ovens? Why did the Soviet Union ban the use of microwave ovens in 1976? Who invented microwave ovens, and why? The answers to these questions may shock you into throwing your microwave oven in the trash. (...) The purpose of this report is to show proof - evidence - that microwave cooking is not natural, nor healthy, and is far more dangerous to the human body than anyone could imagine. However, the microwave oven manufacturers, Washington City politics, and plain old human nature are suppressing the facts and evidence. Because of this, people are continuing to microwave their food - in blissful ignorance - without knowing the effects and danger of doing so.


Ten Reasons to Throw out your Microwave Oven

From the conclusions of the Swiss, Russian and German scientific clinical studies, we can no longer ignore the microwave oven sitting in our kitchens. Based on this research, we will conclude this article with the following:

1) Continually eating food processed from a microwave oven causes long term - permanent - brain damage by "shorting out" electrical impulses in the brain [de-polarizing or de-magnetizing the brain tissue].

2) The human body cannot metabolize [break down] the unknown by-products created in microwaved food.

3) Male and female hormone production is shut down and/or altered by continually eating microwaved foods.

4) The effects of microwaved food by-products are residual [long term, permanent] within the human body.

5) Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of all microwaved food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.

6) The minerals in vegetables are altered into cancerous free radicals when cooked in microwave ovens.

7) Microwaved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous growths [tumors]. This may explain the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in America.

8) The prolonged eating of microwaved foods causes cancerous cells to increase in human blood.

9) Continual ingestion of microwaved food causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations.

10). Eating microwaved food causes loss of memory, concentration, emotional instability, and a decrease of intelligence.

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