June 15, 2005

Miscellaneous Subjects #214: Smoking Guns Aplenty!

Hello everyone!

Yep! Another very large compilation (70 pages plus a 30 page special addendum - see important notice below) for your review loaded with all sorts of facts, issues and news. It took me a week to prepare it and you'll probably need a week too to go through it all.

Please note also that a new Meditation Focus will come your way this weekend.

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Jean Hudon
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Because I have on several occasions included in my compilations Kiara Windrider's articles promoting his guru Bhagavan and his deeksha, I believe it is my responsibility now to let everyone know about the recent correspondence I've had with Janneke Monshouwer from the Netherlands who initially sent me a very enthusiastic report about her spiritual experience in India (see "Happiness – a never-to-forget-experience" archived on April 14 at - you can also read about her thoughts last January 6, prior to her trip in "Oneness in The Netherlands" archived at

I've been both shocked and dismayed as I discovered through Janneke's letters the true picture about what is now clearly a scheme to grab from gullible believers as much money as possible and in the process create a rather difficult learning experience for all those entrapped into this cult by writings such as those naively - or cunningly (you decide) put together by Kiara. If any subscriber to this list has been lured to fall for this scheme through my networking of Kiara's articles, I sincerely apologize to you for being indirectly responsible for this. To all others who may be tempted by this "deeksha" pseudo enlightenment, I strongly recommend that you read the entire series of emails I exchanged with Janneke archived at (Over 30 pages!) as this should be sufficient warning about the extent of the risks you would then take. You should also consider recommending this to the attention of any friend also tempted by this "venture". As a preview, here is a quote from Janneke's last letter sent to me on June 12:

"Bhagavan is an impostor. For me it took some time but all puzzle pieces come together and now I can say: all this is fake. With all what Kiara writes, maybe at first sight for many people this seems really wonderful. That is the same as with Bhagavan (Kalki), but: HE SPEAKS IN ANOTHER WAY THAN HE ACTS: He says that people should be their own teachers, leaders, independent. But in fact he makes people fully dependent on HIM and let them pay lots of money for this. He declares that HE is the Avatar, God, The Divine specialized to enlighten the mass and the world. He declares that enlightenment is grace and that we need him to give us that grace. This is no enlightenment at all but a mass trance of the very fast growing numbers of devotees of Bhagavan."

In my reply to Janneke's last letter to me, I wrote:

"I must say that I'm extremely disappointed that someone - Kiara - whom I thought to be intelligent and spiritually balanced has allowed himself to be led - and to become an instrument in leading others - into such a dangerous sect whose true goals are the financial enrichment of its 2 leaders and their self-aggrandizement.

I hope this whole thing will be yet another important lesson in learning to not give our spiritual power away to anyone else, no matter how lofty their promises and how sweet their words because it always ends up in disastrous results with repercussions that are bound to last many lifetimes.

For those who were already subscribers to this list in 1999, this story will ring familiar as it is similar, to a much smaller extent, to an experience I had with another self-proclaimed guru whose words first appeared worthy of attention but whose actions, once observed first-hand during a trip I made to Glastonbury in December 1998, turned out to reveal the true face of this fake guru (to learn the whole story about this read The Time of Reckoning at and also follow there the 2 links that will lead you to lots, LOTS more). We truly live in an era in which false prophets abound and so offer us numerous opportunities to test and learn to rely on our soul-connected sense of discernment."

LAST MINUTE COMMENT: I just received an email from Kiara in which he failed to address the concerns raised by Janneke - see his letter and my reply to him at the bottom of THIS WEBPAGE. I was hoping that all the evidence presented in this series of emails would suffice to begin to shake his blind, unquestioning support for the organization he is involved with, and perhaps enable him to begin to realize that, without throwing the baby with the bath water — because anytime people sincerely dedicate themselves to a deeply felt spiritual pursuit, some good is bound to come out of it anyway — the time had come indeed to recognize that the water is perhaps too filthy now to give a bath to anyone in it. I have always valued his views — that is, until recently — and still believe he is a good person in his heart. I trust that his soul-driven innate goodness will prevail and that, whatever the costs to his current relationship with this Indian cult leader and his followers, he will come clean and do the right thing for his soul and for all those who believe in his soul's higher calling in this lifetime. Since I went through a similar experience several years ago, I'm not about to cast a stone against my brother as he is going through his own time of spiritual trial and will keep him in my thoughts during my moments of spiritual oneness.

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AfterDowningStreet Growing Fast
478,348 Signatures and Counting - With a big boost from, the count of signatures on Congressman Conyers' letter to Bush asking for answers to the Downing Street Minutes is 478,348 and climbing. Clearly we will pass the goal of 500,000 before the Congressman delivers the letter to the White House on Thursday and we all rally in Lafayette Square Park. Sign the letter - Thus far 124 organizations and blogs have joined the coalition. See top right of this page: - We've Broken Into the Corporate Media. Editorials and even news articles are on the rise. And television is starting to yawn and rub its eyes in the sunlight. See links below. Contact television networks: CLIP - P.S. Check their Flyers to print at for LOCAL RALLIES PLANNED AROUND COUNTRY in support of HEARINGS ON DOWNING STREET MINUTES SET FOR 1 PM THURSDAY. Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and other Congress Members will hold a hearing on the Downing Street Minutes and related evidence of efforts to cook the books on pre-war intelligence. The hearings are being held at the Democratic National Committee because the Republicans controlling the House Judiciary Committee refused to permit the ranking Democratic Member to use a room on the Hill. Check also More British Documents Released at

Downing Street II (June 13, 2005)
Yesterday, London's Sunday Times published the text of another SECRET UK EYES ONLY briefing document prepared for senior British officials. This one was dated July 21, 2002, two days before British intelligence chief Richard Dearlove gave Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top national security advisers a briefing based on discussions with American counterparts in Washington. (...) When asked about the July 23, 2002, minutes at their press conference last week in Washington, President Bush and Prime Minister Blair did a good job of obfuscating - enough to mislead our corporate press into the all-too-familiar he-said, she-said reporting. What went unnoticed was the fact that in the process, the two leaders unintentionally acknowledged the authenticity of the minutes, which read like a meeting of Mafioso. They may think no one will read the actual minutes. In that, they are dead wrong. And these new British revelations have already strengthened the case against the Bush administration. CLIP

Media Action: Ask C-SPAN to Cover the Downing Street Hearings!
Take Action! They need to hear from you! Their viewers! The Downing Street Memo/Minutes hearing is at 1:30pm EST in the Wasserman Room at 430 S Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. The rally is at 5pm EST in Lafayette Park. C-SPAN should cover these events. We successfully convinced C-SPAN to cover the Conyers Hearing regarding the Ohio Fraud. Let's do this again! Please call them, write them, and ask them to do so: Main Number: (202) 737-3220 Viewer Services: (765) 464-3080 (for programming questions)

New Bill Could Make Bush President For Life
A House bill has been introduced that would change the 22nd amendment and enable George Bush to remain President for the rest of his political life.The bill would repeal limitations on a President holding office for a maximum of two terms.An even darker scenario, Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected as President in 2008 and shorty after the 22nd amendment is abolished, making the Hitler admirer our permanent Fuhrer.This is the modern day version of the
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3. Former Bush Team Member Says WTC Collapse Likely A Controlled Demolition And 'Inside Job'
4. Bush Lied about War? Nope, No News There!
5. Mental Health Screening in Schools Signals the End of Parental Rights
6. The future after oil resources run out is uncertain
7. Animals and us: Forward to the revolution
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10. Offshore Fish Farms - A Solution or a Problem?
11. Three in a Bed
12. We Love Howard Dean
13. Polls, and Reports from Iraq, Reveal Pessimism on War
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15. What the ETs say about Contact

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French Journalist Describes Mistreatment by U.S. Forces During Siege of Fallujah (June 8)
French TV journalist Grégoire Deniau describes his ordeal in U.S. custody in Iraq. He was detained for a day during the siege of Fallujah in April 2004. He says despite showing his passport and French press ID, U.S. soldiers forced him to kneel for hours, gaffer-taped a hood over his face and hurled insults at him, calling him a dog and accused him, as a Frenchmen, of being pro-Arab. Deniau says he was released late at night, in the middle of the desert and was warned by the soldiers that US forces shoot everything that moves.

Dallaire makes impassioned plea to TV to better cover genocide (June 13, 2005)
BANFF, Alta. (CP) - Television broadcasters around the world have a moral responsibility to better cover human disasters such as ethnic slaughter in a way that could mobilize world compassion, says retired general Romeo Dallaire. "You must shock," Dallaire told a hushed crowd of international producers gathered Monday at the Banff World Television Festival. "Don't let the world forget the catastrophes, the failures," said Dallaire, who was unable to get international attention focused on the ethnic genocide in Rwanda in 1994. "Help humanity learn from its lessons and hold itself accountable as it moves into the future." Dallaire headed a tiny United Nations mission in 1994 when he tried in vain to get the world to do something to stop the genocide in Rwanda. Pleas for troops and media attention weren't answered and he was forced to stand by helplessly as 800,000 people were slaughtered in 100 days in the African nation. "During that 100 days, there was more reporting on Tonya Harding kneecapping her buddy and the fetish all of North America (had) with O.J. Simpson's bloody glove than there was on the (Rwandan) genocide," said the retired lieutenant general, whose struggle with the emotional aftermath was retold in the powerful documentary Shake Hands with the Devil and an award-winning memoir of the same title. (...) While it's not possible to transmit the smells of death and devastation, Dallaire said pictures of nine-year-olds toting AK-47s and stories of children being torn from their families to become soldiers or sex slaves will make a difference. He said it appears the media often choose the easiest and most obvious international stories, noting there was blanket coverage of the Asian tsunami while atrocities in the Sudan were ignored. "There were more people killed, internally displaced and raped in Darfur during that timeframe than all the Asian tsunami and nothing came out," he said. (...) British journalist Sorious Sumara says the Western media too often hide behind numbers of people starving or fleeing a problem instead of focusing on the true problem facing Africa: corruption. "They find that easier than naming and shaming," said Sumara, of Insight News Television. "Why are we having Live Aid? It isn't because Africa is poor, it's because we have corrupt politicians."

The "Hyper-Rich" surpass the rich!
In no other country besides the USA is the gap between the rich and poor widening ever faster - What is also astounding is how little protest there is even as the gap grows ever wider. Equally, the chance for upward mobility is decreasing.This survey was taken for the book "Recent Trends in Wealth Ownership". The graphic shows a breakdown of who owns what in the USA - quite fascinating (and disturbing). (The top 1% of the population owns 38.1% of the wealth, the next 4% owns 21.3%, while the bottom 40% of the population owns a tiny 0.2% of the wealth and the remaining 40.4% is owned by the rest of the population)

Rich-poor gap gaining attention (June 14, 2005)
Remarks by Greenspan reflect concern that disparities in wealth may destabilize the economy. The income gap between the rich and the rest of the US population has become so wide, and is growing so fast, that it might eventually threaten the stability of democratic capitalism itself. Is that a liberal's talking point? Sure. But it's also a line from the recent public testimony of a champion of the free market: Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

Losing Our Country (10 June 2005)
Baby boomers like me grew up in a relatively equal society. In the 1960's America was a place in which very few people were extremely wealthy, many blue-collar workers earned wages that placed them comfortably in the middle class, and working families could expect steadily rising living standards and a reasonable degree of economic security. But as The Times's series on class in America reminds us, that was another country. The middle-class society I grew up in no longer exists. Working families have seen little if any progress over the past 30 years. Adjusted for inflation, the income of the median family doubled between 1947 and 1973. But it rose only 22 percent from 1973 to 2003, and much of that gain was the result of wives' entering the paid labor force or working longer hours, not rising wages. Meanwhile, economic security is a thing of the past: year-to-year fluctuations in the incomes of working families are far larger than they were a generation ago. All it takes is a bit of bad luck in employment or health to plunge a family that seems solidly middle-class into poverty. But the wealthy have done very well indeed. Since 1973 the average income of the top 1 percent of Americans has doubled, and the income of the top 0.1 percent has tripled. Why is this happening? (...) Since 1980 in particular, US government policies have consistently favored the wealthy at the expense of working families - and under the current administration, that favoritism has become extreme and relentless. From tax cuts that favor the rich to bankruptcy "reform" that punishes the unlucky, almost every domestic policy seems intended to accelerate our march back to the robber baron era. It's not a pretty picture - which is why right-wing partisans try so hard to discredit anyone who tries to explain to the public what's going on. CLIP

More Babies, Young Kids Going Hungry in US (June 12, 20045)
Increasing numbers of young American children are showing signs of serious malnourishment, fueled by a greater prevalence of hunger in the United States, while, paradoxically, two-thirds of the US population is either overweight or obese. In 2003, 11.2 percent of families in the United States experienced hunger, compared with 10.1 percent in 1999, according to most recent official figures, released on National Hunger Awareness Day held this year on Tuesday, June 7. Some pediatricians worry that cuts in welfare aid proposed in President George W. Bush's 2006 budget will only exacerbate the situation. By contrast Bush plans to keep tax cuts for more affluent sectors of the population, they note. (...) Some children in the United States occasionally look like the malnourished children we see in some parts of Africa, however, welfare programs targeting society's poorest ensures that problem is generally avoided, the pediatricians say. Paradoxically, malnutrition is not always due to lack of food - rather to the quality of the food being consumed. "People often ask me how many children go to bed hungry. The answer is the parents work very hard so they don't go to bed feeling hungry. The parents try to fill the baby up with French fries and soda pop," said Frank. In some areas, green vegetables and fruit are impossible to buy - even in a can, because there may be no supermarket. Moreover, such items are costly. "What happens in America is - what seems bizarre - that some of the recommendations that we give to families to prevent underweight of children are the same as we give to prevent overweight," said Black. "We recommend families not to give their children junk food." In some families, eating junk food will mean one child is obese while the other is underweight, said Black. "The first will eat junk food and nothing else, the second will eat junk food and everything else."

President Urges Congress to Make Patriot Act Permanent (June 10)
Says law closed gaps in law enforcement, made the US safer. Columbus, Ohio - President Bush, facing efforts by some in his own party to scale back the post-Sept. 11 USA Patriot Act, said yesterday it has made America safer and should be made permanent. (...) During Bush's 2004 reelection campaign, he made preserving the law a common refrain, but he has rarely spoken of it since. His renewed focus came as Congress has begun working on the act's renewal amid fresh criticisms - from members of both parties - that it undermines basic freedoms. Bush pressured Congress to make the expiring provisions permanent. His administration also is seeking greater powers for the FBI to subpoena records in terrorism investigations without the approval of a judge or grand jury. CLIP

Join us July 2-8, 2005, for a National Week of Action!
As Congress considers reauthorizing or amending portions of the USA PATRIOT Act that sunset on December 31, 2005, it is time for a national call to action to defend the Bill of Rights and restore our lost liberties.In periods of fear and hysteria, all too often our precious liberties have been violated in the name of defending them. From the Alien and Sedition Acts to the Palmer Raids to the internment of Japanese Americans, time and again in the face of real or imagined threats, foreign and domestic, the government has denied the civil liberties of citizen and non-citizens alike.Today, our civil liberties are again at risk and we must take action to defend them. A broad coalition of grassroots groups has begun planning a National Week of Action to demand that the government strictly comply with the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and that Congress and the people of the United States provide strict oversight over all anti-terrorism legislation. (..) The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 11-4 to move forward a bill that would give the FBI "administrative subpoena" power to bypass courts and grand juries and write their own 'snoop orders' CLIP

Bush and Congress's Approval Reach New Lows
Washington - When it comes to public approval, President Bush and Congress are playing "how low can you go." Bush's approval mark is 43 percent, while Congress checks in at 31 percent, an Associated Press-Ipsos poll found. Both are the lowest levels yet for the survey, started in December 2003. CLIP

Hemorrhaging Money for Homeland Security (June 14, 2005),1518,360394,00.html
Anti-Terror Absurdity in Americaby Georg Mascolo Fear can be a lucrative business. That, at least, is what American companies selling security gadgets are finding out as the US government continues to spend billions of dollars on a variety of different Homeland Security programs. The only problem? Most of them are useless. (...) To make sure that all this lucrative hemorrhaging of American taxpayers' money doesn't come to an end too soon, the security industry has taken a page from the defense industry and hired specialists who are aptly nicknamed "rainmakers" -- political insiders adept at selling their influence to the highest bidder. Tom Ridge, the former Secretary of Homeland Security, is now lobbying on behalf of container security, while many of his former top officials have set up shop on K Street, Washington's magnificent mile for lobbyists.

GOP chairman walks out during Patriot Act hearing - Complains about detainee debate
June 11, 2005 WASHINGTON -- The Republican chairman walked off with the gavel, leaving Democrats shouting into turned-off microphones at a raucous hearing Friday on the Patriot Act. The House Judiciary Committee hearing, with the two sides accusing each other of being irresponsible and undemocratic, came as President Bush was urging Congress to renew those sections of the post-Sept. 11 counterterrorism law set to expire in September. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., chairman of the panel, abruptly gaveled the meeting to an end and walked out, followed by other Republicans. Sensenbrenner declared that much of the testimony, which veered into debate over the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, was irrelevant. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., protested, raising his voice as his microphone went off, came back on, and went off again. "We are not besmirching the honor of the United States, we are trying to uphold it," he said. Democrats asked for the hearing, the 11th the committee has held on the act since April, saying past hearings had been too slanted toward witnesses who supported the law. The four witnesses were from groups, including Amnesty International USA and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, that have questioned the constitutionality of some aspects of the act, which allows law enforcement greater authority to investigate suspected terrorists. Nadler said Sensenbrenner, one of the authors of the Patriot Act, was "rather rude, cutting everybody off in mid-sentence with an attitude of total hostility." CLIP

Something Rotten in Ohio by Gore Vidal (June 9, 2005)
Outside the oil and gas junta that controls two and a half branches of our government (the half soon to be whole is the judiciary), there was a good deal of envy at the late British election among those Americans who are serious about politics. Little money was spent by the three parties and none for TV advertising. Results were achieved swiftly and cheaply. Best of all, the three party leaders were quizzed sharply and intelligently by ordinary citizens known quaintly as subjects, thanks to the ubiquitous phantom crown so unlike our nuclear-taloned predatory eagle. Although news of foreign countries seldom appears in our tightly censored media (and good news, never), those of us who are addicted to C-SPAN and find it the one truly, if unconsciously, subversive media outlet in these United States are able to observe British politics in full cry. I say "subversive" not only because C-SPAN is apt to take interesting books seriously but also because of its live coverage of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the only look we are ever allowed at the mouthpieces of our masters up close and, at times, most reflective of a government more and more remote from us, unaccountable and repressive. To watch the righteous old prophet Byrd of West Virginia, the sunny hypocrisy of Biden of Delaware—as I write these hallowed names, I summon up their faces, hear their voices, and I am covered with C-SPAN goose bumps.At any rate, wondrous C-SPAN has another string to its bow. While some executive was nodding, C-SPAN started showing us Britain's House of Commons during Question Time. This is the only glimpse that most Americans will ever get of how democracy is supposed to work. CLIP

(...) The fundamental psychic process that underlies what is playing out in our world today has certain striking similarities to what played out in Germany in the 1930’s. Speaking back then, Jung could just as well be talking about the modern world when he says, “The struggle between light and darkness has broken out everywhere. The rift runs through the whole globe, and the fire that set Germany ablaze is smouldering and glowing wherever we look. The conflagration that broke out in Germany was the outcome of psychic conditions that are universal.” The eternal mythic struggle between light and darkness, whose source is the psyche and whose arena is the world stage, not only underlies what happened in Germany, but is at the bottom of what is being collectively acted out in the world today. What played out with the rise of fascism in Germany was the manifestation of an unrecognized deeper psychic process that, fractal-like, has been endlessly recreating itself in a destructive way all throughout history. If we fail to recognize this underlying, universal, psychic process- be it in Germany in the 1930’s, or current day - the result is a destructive collective psychosis. CLIP

US Opposed Calls at NATO for Probe of Uzbek Killings (June 14)
Officials feared losing air base access. Defense officials from Russia and the United States last week helped block a new demand for an international probe into the Uzbekistan government's shooting of hundreds of protesters last month, according to U.S. and diplomatic officials. British and other European officials had pushed to include language calling for an independent investigation in a communique issued by defense ministers of NATO countries and Russia after a daylong meeting in Brussels on Thursday. But the joint communique merely stated that "issues of security and stability in Central Asia, including Uzbekistan," had been discussed. The outcome obscured an internal U.S. dispute over whether NATO ministers should raise the May 13 shootings in Andijan at the risk of provoking Uzbekistan to cut off U.S. access to a military air base on its territory.

Depleted Uranium Breakthrough!
Finally, a professionally created, thoroughly documented DVD on the combined effects on our troops of Depleted Uranium, Toxic Vaccinations, and Chemical - Biological Agents. Comes with a FREE CDROM contained several thousand pages of documentation for only $19.99! Now, Gulf War Vets has finally been able to explain to their sick and dying members of Gulf Wars I and II why they and many of their loved ones are so ill! * Beyond Treason DVD: "The Battlefield Disaster Created by Depleted Uranium, Toxic Vaccinations, plus Chemical and Biological Agents" - With FREE CDROM Providing Written Documentation - Brave soldiers are dying by inches from a variety of "unknown illnesses". Some are dying of heart failure, others from organ meltdown, and still others from "mysterious causes". While the Pentagon claims to be totally in the dark, experts now believe that these men are dying in various ways because of a combination of Depleted Uranium, toxic vaccines, chemical and biological agents. As ailing Gulf War Heroes from all 27 coalition countries slowly die of “unknown causes,” they wait for answers from their respective governments… but no satisfying or even credible answers have come forth from the military establishment. Records that span over a decade point to negligence and even culpability on the part of the U.S. Department of Defense and their “disposable army” mentality. The VA has determined that 250,000 troops are now permanently disabled, 15,000 troops are dead and over 425,000 are ill and slowly dying from what the Department of Defense still calls a “mystery disease.” How many more will have to die before action is taken? The FREE CD ROM contains thousands of printed pages of supporting documentation, which can be viewed from most any computer using an internet browser - Hear the testimony of experts and of United States military veterans who demand answers to questions that the Department of Defense will not address. Did you know President Clinton signed Executive Order 13139, allowing the Pentagon to perform any experiment for any reason on any soldier, without his knowledge and/or approval? DVD runs 114 minutes with bonus material. Produced in cooperation with Gulf War Vets. Will be available for shipping June 24 -- Recommended by Nattanya>

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The Voice of the White House (June 12, 2005)
Here is an interesting attempt on the part of the Bush worshippers to dish the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution that limits a President to two terms... (...) The Bush people have now set up an entire system to permit instant military crackdowns inside the United States in the event that, to quote from an official order, now in my safe, “provides the vehicle for the reestablishment of domestic order in the event of civil insurrections…” (...) And from a friend in the DoD (upper level bureaucrat who detests Bush and his band of trained snakes) this bit of neonazi fun. It seems that since recruiting has tanked totally, the next step is to recruit school dropouts, dimbulbs, those with “minor” criminal records or 18 year olds who might find themselves inside an institution for the delinquent. (!) The second part of this program is scary, even for one who lives inside the Beltway. A study has been concluded aimed at permitting the DoD to recruit men who are convicted of felonies and currently on parole for same or incarcerated in a Federal or State penitentiary! CLIP

Science on the Fringe (May 30)
ESP, UFOs and reincarnation are treated with respect at the world's most bizarre scientific conference - Roger Nelson's formal credentials are in the respectable field of experimental psychology, but the project he has been working on since 1998 would make plenty of scientists cringe. Nelson heads the Global Consciousness Project, which is based on the theory that emotionally charged world events will cause blips in the output of random-number generators scattered around the globe. He and his colleagues believe they have already documented that effect in the aftermath of Princess Di's death, the 9/11 attacks and, more benignly, in the wave of international optimism that seems to settle over the world each New Year's Day. The simple electronic devices that generate the random numbers, he argues, may be picking up some sort of planetwide field of consciousness. CLIP

Omega-News Collection 12. June 2005


Esprit de Gore (June 9, 2005)
Gore is transforming into fiery climate evangelist Al Gore.Photo: The House Policy Committee.Al Gore, once derided by the right as a stiff, wooden Ozone Man, is now recasting himself as the fiery, headstrong Climate Avenger -- a blunt and passionate spokesperson about what he calls "a collision between our civilization and the earth." He is currently in negotiations to play a starring role in a big-budget, feature-length documentary on climate change.Last Saturday in San Francisco, the self-described "guy who used to be the next president of the United States" delivered an hour-long multimedia presentation on the scientific evidence of global warming to hundreds of guests crammed into a tent for the culmination of the city's five-day-long U.N. World Environment Day celebration. The audience, peppered with celebrities, members of Congress, U.N. officials, and dozens of mayors from around the world, erupted into a standing ovation when Gore wrapped up his quasi-evangelical call to action.Thrusting his fists skyward, he rattled off the seemingly insurmountable challenges civilization has overcome in the past -- slavery, communism, restricted suffrage, segregation, disease, apartheid -- and roared, "So now we are called to use our political institution, our democracy, our free speech, our reasoning capacity, our citizenship, our hearts, and talk with one another, reason with one another, see the reality of this problem, act as Americans, and understand that it's a different issue than any we've ever faced." Then the crescendo: "We have to make our stand!" he thundered. "This is our home! We must keep our eyes on the prize! Help solve this problem!"(...) Perhaps most persuasive was Gore's argument that mandatory caps on planet-warming emissions can give countries a big economic advantage in the 21st-century global marketplace, by driving innovation and boosting demand for hot new technologies related to renewable energy and efficiency. "We cannot even sell our cars in China because we don't meet their emissions standards!" he balked.Google cofounder Sergey Brin, whose company was a World Environment Day cosponsor, reinforced this point later in the evening with a speech asserting that the coming paradigm shift toward clean technologies is an industrial movement that will dwarf even the digital revolution in terms of economic potential and historical meaning. CLIP - I SAY TO U.S. CITIZENS, TIME TO GIVE THE PRESIDENCY TO WHOM IT BELONGS IN THE FIRST PLACE...

Science Academies Urge Greenhouse Gas Cuts

Yale poll reveals overwhelming public desire for new energy policy direction (9 June 2005)
New Haven, Conn. - A new Yale University research survey of 1,000 adults nationwide reveals that while Americans are deeply divided on many issues, they overwhelmingly believe that the United States is too dependent on imported oil. The survey shows a vast majority of the public also wants to see government action to develop new "clean" energy sources, including solar and wind power as well as hydrogen cars. 92% of Americans say that they are worried about dependence on foreign oil. 93% of Americans want government to develop new energy technologies and require auto industry to make cars and trucks that get better gas mileage. The results underscore Americans' deep concerns about the country's current energy policies, particularly the nation's dependence on imported oil. Fully 92 percent say this dependence is a serious problem, while 68 percent say it is a "very serious" problem. Across all regions of the country and every demographic group, there is broad support for a new emphasis on finding alternative energy sources. Building more solar power facilities is considered a "good idea" by 90 percent of the public; 87 percent support expanded wind farms; and 86 percent want increased funding for renewable energy research. According to Gus Speth, dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, "This poll underscores the fact that Americans want not only energy independence but also to find ways to break the linkage between energy use and environmental harm, from local air pollution to global warming." Results of the poll indicate that 93 percent of Americans say requiring the auto industry to make cars that get better gas mileage is a good idea. Just 6 percent say it is a bad idea. This sentiment varies little by political leaning, with 96 percent of Democrats and Independents and 86 percent of Republicans supporting the call for more fuel-efficient vehicles. These findings come on the heels of Congress' rejection of a proposal to require sport utility vehicles and minivans to become more fuel-efficient and achieve the same gasoline mileage as passenger cars. This poll suggests that Washington is out of touch with the American people - Republicans, Democrats and Independents, young and old, men and women-even S.U.V. drivers-embrace investments in new energy technologies, including better gas mileage in vehicles," said Dan Esty, director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, which commissioned the survey.The survey also revealed broad support for action to improve air and water quality but growing discomfort with "environmentalists." Likewise, the public's confidence in TV news as a source of environmental information has fallen sharply. CLIP

Environment atlas reveals planet wide devastation (June 3, 2005)
LONDON (Reuters) - The devastating impact of mankind on the planet is dramatically illustrated in pictures published on Saturday showing explosive urban sprawl, major deforestation and the sucking dry of inland seas over less than three decades.Mexico City mushrooms from a modest urban center in 1973 to a massive blot on the landscape in 2000, while Beijing shows a similar surge between 1978 and 2000 in satellite pictures published by the United Nations in a new environmental atlas.Delhi sprawls explosively between 1977 and 1999, while from 1973 to 2000 the tiny desert town of Las Vegas turns into a monster conurbation of one million people -- placing massive strain on scarce water supplies."If there is one message from this atlas it is that we are all part of this. We can all make a difference," U.N. expert Kaveh Zahedi told reporters at the launch of the "One Planet Many People" atlas on the eve of World Environment Day.Page after page of the 300-page book illustrate in before-and-after pictures from space the disfigurement of the face of the planet wrought by human activities. CLI¨

Save our Oceans!
Yesterday I introduced S. 1224, the "National Oceans Preservation Act of 2005," critical legislation to improve the health and governance of our oceans. The beauty and wonder of our oceans should be a cause for celebration -- something that our children and grandchildren should have a chance to enjoy and cherish. Instead, our oceans are facing grave threats from over-fishing, invasive species, and pollution. In fact, two independent commissions have found oceans to be in a state of crisis. My legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, meets these challenges head-on by adopting a comprehensive national approach to oceans management that will protect marine wildlife and habitat, strengthen fisheries, and reduce pollution.But I need your help to protect our oceans. Please contact your Senators, urging them to co-sponsor S.1224, the "National Oceans Preservation Act of 2005!" (...) - Barbara Boxer

Graft Driving Amazon Deforestation

Illegal Loggers Decimating the Amazon and Inciting Tribal Genocide

Borneo Lowland Forests Face Extinction (June 8, 2005)
JAKARTA - The lowland tropical rain forests in Indonesian Borneo could disappear in five years due to rampant logging and forest fires, endangering the survival of many exotic species, an international conservation group said on Tuesday. The world's third-largest island has lost forests equivalent to an area one third the size of Switzerland every year, or at a rate of 1.3 million hectares. It is home to more than 210 mammal species, including 44 found only in Borneo. In its report called "Treasure island at risk", the World Wide Fund (WWF) said the loss of forest would drastically affect the island's wildlife, endangering ecological wonders like the pygmy elephant and orang-utan, whose long-term survival is already in doubt. (...) Indonesia, having lost more than 70 percent of its original frontier forest, has launched a crackdown on illegal logging, but many activists complain the authorities have failed to catch the big bosses behind the lucrative trade. CLIP

WWF Says Japan Scientific Whaling is a Sham (June 14, 2005)
NORWAY: OSLO - Japan should stop harpooning whales for scientific research, the WWF environmental group said on Monday in a report denouncing the slaughter as a cover-up for commercial sales of the mammals' meat. Japan should instead collect whale skin samples for genetic analysis using non-lethal darts, the WWF said in a 44-page report about Japan's whaling programmes. "It is extraordinary that Japan, one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world, continues to kill an estimated 650 whales a year using 1940s science," said Susan Lieberman, director of the WWF's global species programme. "We call on Japan to live up to its reputation as a technologically and scientifically advanced nation, and put an end to 'scientific whaling'," she said in a statement. Whaling nations -- mainly Japan, Norway and Iceland -- are allowed to kill whales for scientific purposes under rules of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) even though the IWC imposed a moratorium on all commercial hunts in 1986. Yet meat from whales caught for research often ends up in restaurants or shops after the scientists have done their work, leading many opponents to see the catches as a sham to circumvent the IWC moratorium. CLIP

Say "NO" to Japan's outrageous plan to hunt humpback whales
Famous for serenading the seas with their haunting melodies, the humpback whale has been protected since 1966, when it was on the brink of extinction from commercial whaling. But now a new threat has emerged, as media reports indicate that Japan is now seeking to resume commercial whaling of humpbacks, defying international agreements under the notorious "scientific research" loophole. Using a loophole that allows whales to be killed for scientific study, more than 25,000 whales have been killed since a worldwide ban on commercial whaling was passed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1986. Yet it's unnecessary to kill whales in order to study them, since non-lethal alternatives already exist. At the International Whaling Commission meeting beginning July 20th, the world will vote on Japan's outrageous proposal to hunt humpback whales. Several countries remain undecided and are very sensitive to external opinion. With a little pressure, they can be swayed to protect the whales and stop Japan from slaughtering them. That's why it's critical we tell the Swiss, Danish, Chinese and South Korean Ambassadors in our countries to oppose Japan's plan to kill endangered humpback whales - before it's too late. Sign the petition:

India "Boom" an Environmental Disaster, Author Says (June 10, 2005)
NEW DELHI - India's economic boom is causing unsustainable environmental damage and is blinding people to the misery of hundreds of millions of poor, prize-winning author and activist Arundhati Roy said. "Even if you know what is going on, you can't help thinking India is this cool place now, Bollywood is 'in' and all of us have mobile phones," Roy told Reuters in an interview. "But it is almost as if the light is shining so brightly that you do not notice the darkness," she said. "There is no understanding whatsoever of what price is being paid by the rivers and mountains and irrigation and ground water, there is no questioning of that because we are on a roll." "India shining" was the campaign motto of the Bharatiya Janata Party which lost last year's election, unable to capitalise on the fast-growing economy and failing to convince the rural poor that economic reforms were benefitting them.Roy won the 1997 Booker prize for her first novel "The God of Small Things". Since then, she has become a leading environmental activist and opponent of big dams, which have displaced millions.She said India's environment faced a major crisis, caused by industrial pollution, by big dams, and in particular by unsustainable use of ground water to irrigate thirsty cash crops such as soyabeans, peanuts and sugarcane. "When the only logic is the market, when there is no respect for ecosystems, for the amount of water available... then we are in for a lot of trouble," she said. "You have to have a system where people have access to some amount of water to grow whatever is sustainable for them to survive." Falling water tables in states such as Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra have forced millions of farmers to the brink of ruin. Buried under unpayable loans, thousands have committed suicide. Roy said the poor were being sold a dream of consumerism which was impossible to deliver economically or environmentally. "The idea of turning one billion people into consumers is terrifying," she said. "Are you going to starve to death dreaming of a mobile phone or you going to have control of the resources that are available to you and have been for generations, but have been taken away so that someone else can have a mobile phone?" CLIP

Saving Species, Saving Ourselves (June 14)
Kelpie Wilson interviews Brock Evans. Brock Evans is the executive director of the Endangered Species Coalition, an alliance of more than 400 groups that stand behind the Endangered Species Act. Evans is a veteran of many environmental battles - from inside the DC beltway to the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest. He has also just fought and won perhaps his greatest battle ever, a fight with cancer. (...) The purpose of the ESA has always been to SAVE species from EXTINCTION first. An imperiled plant or animal can't even get on the List until it is almost extinct! Recovery from that near-death point takes a long time, as it does for humans too. Over 3,000 scientists have reviewed the status of nearly every endangered species and have concluded that, for the overwhelming number of them, recovery could not possibly be achieved for at least, on average, 30-50 years. (...) So for me, saving species in trouble is a profoundly moral matter: we must NOT let extinction happen to any of the wondrous life forms that share this nation and this planet with us. That's what the Endangered Species Act says too, very powerfully. (...) Most importantly, we demonstrated that loving the earth and trying to save its wild places and species is not just the cause of one special group. All Americans love this beautiful land, and it is the duty of all of us to try to protect it as best we can. Q: So many people have worked so hard to save these beautiful creatures: salmon, woodpeckers, giant trees and tiny wildflowers. What is the one action that people can take today to save the Endangered Species Act and make it more effective? A: If I had to name one specific action to take NOW, I would say: write your Congressperson and write both of your Senators too! Tell them that you do not want them to vote to weaken IN ANY WAY the Endangered Species Act. Communicate with them now, and regularly! If you know them, speak to them! I say all this because those politicians who would like to see the ESA weakened believe that somehow the last elections provided some sort of "Mandate" to weaken all of the environmental laws and rules - and especially the ESA. Tell them it ain't so and that you won't stand for it!!


Note from Jean: I first received this email on June 8:

From: Theresa Miyashiro>
Subject: The invisible children

Hello jean, my name is Rabbitt Miyashiro. I'm writing to you now because I've just watched one of the most moving documentaries. I don't know if you've heard of the invisible children of Uganda, but it's very important to get the word out about them. please check out this website & do what you can to help spread the word. I too will do my part to help these amazing beings to be free of fear soon. Feel free to e-mail me back if you want to at>




... So I checked - very well designed flash website - just read the “History” part (scroll the flash picture to your left until you see it appear and click on it) to understand the background of this very sad story. And then I googled “Invisible Children of Uganda” and amongst the many related articles and websites picked this one below


Young, idealistic filmmakers want to bring plight of `Invisible Children' of Uganda to world's attention
San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA)
January 31, 2005
Author: Mark Sauer; STAFF WRITER

Jacob, an African boy, looks into the camera and lets go with great, chest-heaving sobs. He cries until both he and the viewer hurt. Then he cries some more.

Surely at some point the camera will look away. But it never does.

When night falls, Jacob runs and hides with thousands of other youngsters in basements and back alleys of towns in Northern Uganda. They flee a rebel army composed largely of children like them who were beaten and brainwashed into fighting in a pointless, 18-year civil war the world has largely ignored.

Jacob cries for his brother who was slaughtered by the rebels. The boy expresses his grief in plain English. He hopes, Jacob says, to rejoin his brother someday in heaven.

It is one of many gripping scenes from "Invisible Children," a documentary whose plaintive appeal is surprising effective.

The core truth of this deceptively crude film, its harsh beauty, flows from the blissful innocence, unyielding idealism and self-acknowledged naivete of its makers.

They are three white kids who grew up safe and comfortable in San Diego's suburbs. They firmly believe their documentary, still a work in progress, could be powerful enough to change the world.

"The children of Northern Uganda are being killed and brutalized, and the fascinating thing to us is that no one is telling this story," said Jason Russell, the guiding force behind "Invisible Children."

"This tragedy gets no international attention at all. We are going to change that."

Between now and March, Russell and fellow filmmakers Bobby Bailey and Laren Poole are out to raise awareness and money at screenings locally and across the country to support a return trip to Uganda.

They've formed a nonprofit organization, set up a Web site ( and hope to raise $700,000 and take 20 young filmmakers back with them to expand their movie, which they plan to be ready for release in theaters by 2006.

Jason Russell, 26, graduated from El Cajon's Valhalla High and the film school at the University of Southern California. Russell, whose parents Sheryl and Paul Russell founded the Christian Youth Theater, said he was transformed during a church-group trip to Kenya in 2000.

"My American bubble popped," he explained. "I suddenly realized we are the privileged percentage of the world. And I knew I had to go back to Africa, because there are so many important, untold stories there."

When he got out of film school in 2002, Russell said, he asked every one of his friends to accompany him to Africa, to capture on film the suffering there and expose it to the world.

Two of them bit: Bailey, 22, a Poway High grad and fellow film student at USC; and Poole, 21, who went to Helix High and now attends UCSD.

They bought a camera on eBay, did some research, got their shots and headed for Africa in March 2003, on the day the United States invaded Iraq. They had no sponsorship, few contacts and no plan other than to find a story and film it.

Using savings, money scraped up from a few friends and their parents' credit cards, they wandered from Sudan to Kenya at first. They got sick (scabies and malaria) and became exhausted in 130-degree heat. Russell admits they had no idea what they were doing.

"For the boys, it was like, `OK, we're here, we want to start filming -- where are the guns and fighting?' " said Sheryl Russell, Jason's mom. "We were getting worried. "Then one day, Jason called and said, `Can we stay two more weeks? We've found our story.'"

The trio had made their way to Uganda ("I didn't even know Uganda existed," said Bobby Bailey), and stumbled upon the terrified children of the north.

Beginning in 1986, children as young as 5, many of them orphaned by the AIDS epidemic, had been abducted by the rebel group Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), according to the United Nations.

These children have been turned into fighters, porters and sex slaves, the UN says. Those who resisted were brutalized (stories of ears or noses sliced off are not uncommon), or killed.

Russell and his mates discovered them rushing at night toward urban hiding places. They followed, befriended them and began recording their stories.

They later interviewed government officials, learned about the mysterious origins of the war and the rebel groups fighting it and became determined to expose the tragedy to the world.

The result is "Invisible Children," and the early version of the film appears to be having the desired effect.

"You cannot watch this film and not have your heart broken," said Rheanna Davis, a recent high-school graduate who saw "Invisible Children" at a UCSD screening. "We're ignorant in this country about what's happening in Africa."

Russell, Bailey and Poole have traveled to Washington, D.C., and several states, making phone calls, knocking on doors and showing "Invisible Children" to anyone willing to see it.

In December, they screened their film for congressional staffers on Capitol Hill and for an assistant of Jimmy Kolker, the U.S. ambassador to Uganda.

The trio has also screened the film for staff at USAID, the government agency providing US economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide, and for students and civic groups in Canada; New York; Washington, D.C.; Texas; Connecticut; Minnesota; Florida; and California.

In San Diego, high school students who've seen the film have ponied up thousands for the cause.

One North County teenager, Emily Manassero, was so moved she took $3,000 from the sale of her horse, which she was going to use to buy a used car, and donated it to their nonprofit organization, Russell said.

Another student, Emily Sernaker of Patrick Henry High in San Carlos, raised $1,100 selling T-shirts, African crafts and baked goods at school and at a screening of the movie at her nearby church.

"It's (average) people who do the caring," Russell said. "Politicians and the media see unending war, famine and inhumanity in Africa and become jaded and numb to it."

Russell's ultimate goal is "to raise enough money to build a refuge for the children of Northern Uganda so they may grow up in peace."

He and his partners envision an oasis sprouting from the blood-stained earth, a place with homes and schools, a clinic, vegetable gardens, shops and small businesses.

The estimated cost for this utopian enterprise: $20 million. That's a lot of bake sales, the filmmakers acknowledge. "How do you raise 20 million dollars?" Russell said. "You start by raising $20."

Not surprisingly, the filmmakers are desperately prospecting for new revenue lodes, including corporate sponsorships. At their screenings, they offer African folk art, copies of their DVD and T-shirts in exchange for donations. And they urge viewers to consider sponsoring "Invisible Children" parties in their homes, where the film will be shown and donations solicited.

One of the more promising ideas, Russell said, is for donors to "adopt" an orphan from Northern Uganda.

In a high-tech version of Foster Parents Plan, the venerable aid program to children worldwide, the filmmakers plan to offer a short DVD introducing individual Ugandan children to Americans interested in sponsoring them.

The vignettes will be made by the 20 young filmmakers they're taking along with them on the March trip, Russell said.

"Our idea with this grass-roots campaign is to supersede governments," Poole said. "We want to go around bureaucrats and corruption and get help directly to those who need it."

One of the most frustrating things about the Ugandan civil war is trying to get at the root cause of the violence to find ways to end it.

Scarce reports about the war appearing recently in international publications say that its origins are as vague as the rebels' reasons for continuing the fight.

"The more we tried to understand this war, the more complicated it became," Poole, Bailey and Russell note in their film.

But the three agreed that one thing is certain: "We cannot wait," Russell said, "to get back to Uganda."




"Invisible Children" Exposes Child Soldiers in Uganda

By Laura Beranek

April, 28 2005

In Northern Uganda, children are forced to kill.

At an age when children shouldn't have a care in the world, children are going to sleep at night fearing their life. One orphan at the Nyaka School in East Africa bravely recounts the traumatic fear that wells up because of the rebel forces in Uganda.

The dead bodies were still bleeding. They had cut off their lips, ears and mouth. One rebel picked something that looked like meat on his army knife and told my dad if he does not join them, all of us would be chopped to death in front of our mother and him. Dad agreed he would join (the rebels). They raped my sister in front of us and took our dad.

From the ages of five to twelve, children in Uganda are most likely to be abducted and seized by rebel forces to serve as child soldiers. At this young age, children are big enough to carry a gun—and are small enough to sneak into homes and steal other children for the rebels to mold into ruthless soldiers.  

“They are forced to join the army and are threatened. They are forced to kill so their hands are dirty and are later told if they ever ran away, they would be prosecuted and killed anyway,” said Twesigye Kaguri, manager of the Nyaka School, an orphanage in Uganda, in an e-mail interview. “So they (the children) end up staying with rebels in fear and despair,”

For a child to continually live in fear of being enslaved against his or her will is a grotesque crime against humanity that the world cannot ignore. This harsh reality was captured on film by three college graduates who took on the dangerous task of educating the world about the child soldiers in Uganda. These graduates brought this humanitarian crisis to the attention of the international community by creating a documentary called, “Invisible Children.”

“Invisible Children” documents the nineteen year political conflict between the rebel group, "the Lord's Resistance Army" (LRA) and the Government of Uganda (GOU). In 1987, Joseph Kony formed the LRA in an attempt to overthrow the government of Uganda in the hopes of protecting the people of the North against the government in the South.

While the humanitarian crisis of Uganda has hardly registered in the global press, the filmmakers of “Invisible Children” are determined to get the world to pay attention to these plaguing issues. Through screening parties on college campuses, college students have become aware of the conflict in Uganda. Atticus Westerfeld, of the Indiana University Union Board, has recently brought “Invisible Children” to campus for students to watch. He says, “We, as college students, need to understand what's going on in the world. These issues go unlooked in the mass media—we don't see these events happening on CNN or MSNBC.”  

After seeing “Invisible Children,” many college students all over the nation have shown the DVD at screening parties and have tracked it on the Invisible Children website . Students have also started fundraisers to collect money for the cause.

Jeff Weathers and his band, who are students at Baylor University, played in a fundraiser event to benefit “Invisible Children.” Weathers says, “ It's good to support raising money to finish the film—we have all around general support to encourage these guys to go back and make a second trip over there.” “Invisible Children” has started a trend that is spreading through college campuses like wildfire. “It's this generation that is waking up to this stuff,” says Weathers.

“Initially this army was seen as a good thing because they were supporting the local northern population. But, over time the LRA became corrupt. They moved from a unified goal of protesting for greater things to oppressing,” said Matthew Carotenuto, PhD student of African history at Indiana University.

The GOU and the LRA have been fighting for a long time and have both committed crimes against humanity. Carotenuto says, “The government is guilty as well— atrocities were committed on both sides. This isn't a one sided thing.” But, one of the biggest crimes is that Kony began to support the LRA in a dreadful way—by the use of a child army. He creates his army with the violent abduction of children, which are then used as soldiers, sex slaves and laborers.

Because of these abductions, families are forced to move to displacement camps. This means, in a primarily agricultural society, people are unable to farm. Illness and hunger become rampant; health services are not present and international food assistance is insufficient. The problem is so extensive that a United Nations report concluded that 1.3 million people have been forced from their homes because of fear of the LRA.   

Making matters worse is that the LRA attacks displacement camps in order to abduct children—basically providing no safe outlet for children to sleep at night. An estimated 50,000 children are then forced to walk to the next town to seek safety. They must sleep away from their homes at night because if they don't, the rebels will abduct them in their sleep. These children are called “night commuters.” Unfortunately, the vast distance takes a toll on many children. Those who are trying to escape and seek refuge from these abductions are more prone to illness, hunger and exploitation, according to World Vision.  

World Vision concludes that over 20,000 children have been abducted by the LRA. UNICEF's Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland says on the World Vision website, “Northern Uganda must be one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.”

Right now, the filmmakers are in Uganda shooting more film to strengthen the documentary. The end goal of the filmmakers is not only awareness but to build a safe community in Uganda called “The House of Hope.” In hopes to partner with World Vision, they want to create a place in which war-torn Ugandan children can receive adequate health care, education and a peaceful night's sleep.

American College students are trying to help the Ugandan children get that peaceful night's sleep by spreading the word about the atrocity committed in that country. As the documentary plays at various campuses, the problem can be taken to the next level of influence—to the government.

“We need to let our government know that we are aware of the crisis in Uganda. We need to write our senators and congressman to let them know that we care how America responds to it,” said Weathers.

And just because students in America cannot relate to this crisis, it doesn't mean they can ignore it. American students can sleep at night without the fear of being abducted, raped or used in a child army. Children in Uganda didn't do anything to deserve this pain except were born in Africa—they are no different than any child in America.

“Tell your friends, educate each other and learn how to care and appreciate life. Because what students in America take for granted is a matter of life and death in many parts of the world,” said Kaguri.


You may also go watch a “Multimedia Presentation” at and find out more through and if you decided to donate something to support these 3 brave film-makers, go at their site at



More than a million children work in mines, "digging for survival."

By: UN International Labour Organization

Jun 9, 2005

To mark World Day against Child Labour on Sunday, the United Nations labour agency is spotlighting the problems of over a million children around the world who help to support their families by working as miners, often for small unregulated enterprises in dangerous conditions.

"Because the money they earn is crucial to ensuring that they and their families survive, many are unable to attend school at all. These children are digging for survival," the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) says.

"Underground, they endure stifling heat and darkness, set explosives for underground blasts, and crawl or swim through dangerous, unstable tunnels. Above ground, they dive into rivers in search of minerals, or may dig sand, rock and dirt and spend hours pounding rocks into gravel using heavy, oversized tools made for adults," it adds.

ILO says its International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) is working to ensure that no child has to toil in a quarry or mine.

"Pilot projects undertaken by ILO/IPEC in Mongolia, Tanzania, Niger and the Andean countries of South America have shown that the best way to assist child miners is to work with the children's own communities," ILO adds.

ILO says it has helped mining and quarrying communities to organize cooperatives and improve productivity by acquiring the machinery that reduces or eliminates the need for children to risk their lives. Such communities have also obtained legal protections and developed health clinics, schools and sanitation systems.

Over a four-year period, the remote gold mining community of Santa Filomena, Peru, went from employing to 200,000 child miners to declaring itself "child labour-free," it says, adding that ILO helped the community develop new income-generating projects for adults.

Meanwhile, however, more children are entering the mining and quarrying sector all over the world every day. While community projects can help child miners in direct and practical ways, only worldwide awareness of the problem can mobilize the international effort needed to end the practice for good, it says.

In the Philippines, nearly 18,000 children between 5 and 17 years old work in mines and quarries. In Nepal, about 32,000 children work in stone quarries, it says.

"In Niger alone, a staggering 250,000 children are employed in both small-scale mines and quarries, accounting for roughly half the total number of persons doing such work in the entire country," ILO says.



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Former Bush Team Member Says WTC Collapse Likely A Controlled Demolition And 'Inside Job'

Highly recognized former chief economist in Labor Department now doubts official 9/11 story, claiming suspicious facts and evidence cover-up indicate government foul play and possible criminal implications.

June 12, 2005

By Greg Szymanski

A former chief economist in the Labor Department during President Bush's first term now believes the official story about the collapse of the WTC is 'bogus,' saying it is more likely that a controlled demolition destroyed the Twin Towers and adjacent Building No. 7.

"If demolition destroyed three steel skyscrapers at the World Trade Center on 9/11, then the case for an 'inside job' and a government attack on America would be compelling," said Morgan Reynolds, Ph.D, a former member of the Bush team who also served as director of the Criminal Justice Center at the National Center for Policy Analysis headquartered in Dallas, TX.

Reynolds, now a professor emeritus at Texas A&M University, also believes it's 'next to impossible' that 19 Arab Terrorists alone outfoxed the mighty U.S. military, adding the scientific conclusions about the WTC collapse may hold the key to the entire mysterious plot behind 9/11.

"It is hard to exaggerate the importance of a scientific debate over the cause(s) of the collapse of the twin towers and building 7," said Reynolds this week from his offices at Texas A&M. "If the official wisdom on the collapses is wrong, as I believe it is, then policy based on such erroneous engineering analysis is not likely to be correct either. The government's collapse theory is highly vulnerable on its own terms. Only professional demolition appears to account for the full range of facts associated with the collapse of the three buildings.

"More importantly, momentous political and social consequences would follow if impartial observers concluded that professionals imploded the WTC. Meanwhile, the job of scientists, engineers and impartial researchers everywhere is to get the scientific and engineering analysis of 9/11 right."

However, Reynolds said "getting it right in today's security state' remains challenging because he claims explosives and structural experts have been intimidated in their analyses of the collapses of 9/11.

From the beginning, the Bush administration claimed that burning jet fuel caused the collapse of the towers. Although many independent investigators have disagreed, they have been hard pressed to disprove the government theory since most of the evidence was removed by FEMA prior to independent investigation.

Critics claim the Bush administration has tried to cover-up the evidence and the recent 9/11 Commission has failed to address the major evidence contradicting the official version of 9/11.

Some facts demonstrating the flaws in the government jet fuel theory include:

-- Photos showing people walking around in the hole in the North Tower where 10,000 gallons of jet fuel supposedly was burning..

-- When the South Tower was hit, most of the North Tower's flames had already vanished, burning for only 16 minutes, making it relatively easy to contain and control without a total collapse.

-- The fire did not grow over time, probably because it quickly ran out of fuel and was suffocating, indicating without added explosive devices the fires could have been easily controlled.

-- FDNY fire fighters still remain under a tight government gag order to not discuss the explosions they heard, felt and saw. FAA personnel are also under a similar 9/11 gag order.

-- Even the flawed 9/11 Commission Report acknowledges that "none of the [fire] chiefs present believed that a total collapse of either tower was possible."

-- Fire had never before caused steel-frame buildings to collapse except for the three buildings on 9/11, nor has fire collapsed any steel high rise since 9/11.

-- The fires, especially in the South Tower and WTC-7, were relatively small.

-- WTC-7 was unharmed by an airplane and had only minor fires on the seventh and twelfth floors of this 47-story steel building yet it collapsed in less than 10 seconds.

-- WTC-5 and WTC-6 had raging fires but did not collapse despite much thinner steel beams.

-- In a PBS documentary, Larry Silverstein, the WTC leaseholder, told the fire department commander on 9/11 about WTC-7 that. "may be the smartest thing to do is pull it," slang for demolish it.

-- It's difficult if not impossible for hydrocarbon fires like those fed by jet fuel (kerosene) to raise the temperature of steel close to melting.

Despite the numerous holes in the government story, the Bush administration has brushed aside or basically ignored any and all critics. Mainstream experts, speaking for the administration, offer a theory essentially arguing that an airplane impact weakened each structure and an intense fire thermally weakened structural components, causing buckling failures while allowing the upper floors to pancake onto the floors below.

One who supports the official account is Thomas Eager, professor of materials engineering and engineering systems at MIT. He argues that the collapse occurred by the extreme heat from the fires, causing the loss of loading-bearing capacity on the structural frame.

Eagar points out the steel in the towers could have collapsed only if heated to the point where it "lost 80 percent of its strength," or around 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit. Critics claim his theory is flawed since the fires did not appear to be intense and widespread enough to reach such high temperatures.

Other experts supporting the official story claim the impact of the airplanes, not the heat, weakened the entire structural system of the towers, but critics contend the beams on floors 94-98 did not appear severely weakened, much less the entire structural system.

Further complicating the matter, hard evidence to fully substantiate either theory since evidence is lacking due to FEMA's quick removal of the structural steel before it could be analyzed. Even though the criminal code requires that crime scene evidence be kept for forensic analysis, FEMA had it destroyed or shipped overseas before a serious investigation could take place.

And even more doubt is cast over why FEMA acted so swiftly since coincidentally officials had arrived the day before the 9/11 attacks at New York's Pier 29 to conduct a war game exercise, named "Tripod II."

Besides FEMA's quick removal of the debris, authorities considered the steel quite valuable as New York City officials had every debris truck tracked on GPS and even fired one truck driver who took an unauthorized lunch break.

In a detailed analysis just released supporting the controlled demolition theory, Reynolds presents a compelling case.

"First, no steel-framed skyscraper, even engulfed in flames hour after hour, had ever collapsed before. Suddenly, three stunning collapses occur within a few city blocks on the same day, two allegedly hit by aircraft, the third not," said Reynolds. "These extraordinary collapses after short-duration minor fires made it all the more important to preserve the evidence, mostly steel girders, to study what had happened.

"On fire intensity, consider this benchmark: A 1991 FEMA report on Philadelphia's Meridian Plaza fire said that the fire was so energetic that 'beams and girders sagged and twisted, but despite this extraordinary exposure, the columns continued to support their loads without obvious damage.' Such an intense fire with consequent sagging and twisting steel beams bears no resemblance to what we observed at the WTC."

After considering both sides of the 9/11 debate and after thoroughly sifting through all the available material, Reynolds concludes the government story regarding all four plane crashes on 9/11 remains highly suspect.

"In fact, the government has failed to produce significant wreckage from any of the four alleged airliners that fateful day. The familiar photo of the Flight 93 crash site in Pennsylvania shows no fuselage, engine or anything recognizable as a plane, just a smoking hole in the ground," said Reynolds. "Photographers reportedly were not allowed near the hole. Neither the FBI nor the National Transportation Safety Board have investigated or produced any report on the alleged airliner crashes."

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TV show depicts 9/11 as Bush plot
A fictional crime drama based on the premise that the Bush administration ordered the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Washington aired this week on German state television, prompting the Green Party chairman to call for an investigation. (...) The U.S. Embassy in Berlin was not impressed with the latest episode, which seemed to use haunting Arabic music to portray Arabs and Muslims as innocent victims of American aggression. "Any claim or suggestion that the United States government was behind the 9/11 disaster is absolutely absurd and not worthy of further comment," said Robert A. Wood, spokesman for the embassy. A German diplomat in Washington said no one in Germany took the plot seriously because it was "pure fiction." "It was so out of line with what people really think," the diplomat said, adding that the episode does not deserve further comment. [Hmmmm...!]



Bush Lied about War? Nope, No News There!

By Eric Boehlert

09 June 2005

Why did it take more than a month for the US press to report on the serious revelations in the Downing Street memo?

Halfway through Sunday's "Meet the Press," host Tim Russert, interviewing Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman, asked about a secret, top-level British government memorandum. Consisting of minutes from a July 23, 2002, meeting attended by Prime Minister Tony Blair and his closest advisors, the memo revealed their impression that the Bush administration, eight months before the start of the Iraq war in 2003, had already decided to invade and that Washington seemed more concerned with justifying a war than preventing one.

The memo was leaked this year to the Times of London, which printed it on May 1. The story, coming on the eve of Blair's reelection, generated extensive press coverage in Britain. In setting up his question to Mehlman on Sunday, Russert said, "Let me turn to the now famous Downing Street memo" (emphasis added).

Famous? It would be famous in America if the D.C. press corps functioned the way it's supposed to. Russert's June 5 reference, five weeks after the story broke, represented the first time NBC News had even mentioned the document or the controversy surrounding it. In fact, Russert's query was the first time any of the network news divisions addressed the issue seriously. In an age of instant communications, the American mainstream media has taken an exceedingly long time -- as if news of the memo had traveled by vessel across the Atlantic Ocean -- to report on the leaked document. Nor has it considered its grave implications -- namely, that President Bush lied to the American people and Congress during the run-up to the war with Iraq when he insisted over and over again that war was his administration's last option.

And yet, as Russert's weeks-late inquiry illustrates, the Downing Street memo story has also refused to simply fade away. Championed by progressive activists, media advocates, nearly 100 Democratic members of Congress, liberal radio hosts and bloggers, ombudsmen, a handful of columnists and an army of newspaper readers -- who have flooded editors with letters demanding that the story be reported -- the British memo continues to enjoy a peculiar afterlife. A small band of protesters, led by a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, even held a sidewalk vigil outside a Tampa, Fla., television station over the weekend, demanding that it "Air the truth!" about the memo.

At Tuesday's joint White House press briefing, Bush and Blair were finally asked about the memo in public, an event that the press dutifully chronicled. But the two leaders, not accepting follow-up questions, simply denied the accuracy of the memo's contents, while circumventing the central question of why Blair's most senior intelligence officer believed the White House had already decided on war in the summer of 2002. (Bush finished his response to the memo question with his well-worn catchphrase, "The world is better off without Saddam Hussein in power.")

The fact that it took five weeks for more than a handful of Washington reporters to focus on the memo highlights a striking disconnect between some news consumers and mainstream news producers. The memo story epitomizes a mainstream press corps that is genuinely afraid to ask tough questions and write tough stories about the Bush administration. Worse, in the case of the Downing Street memo, it simply refuses to report on the existence of a plainly newsworthy document.

"This is where all the work conservatives and the administration have done in terms of bullying the press, making it less willing to write confrontational pieces -- this is where it's paid off," says David Brock, CEO of Media Matters for America, a liberal media advocacy group. "It's a glaring example of omission."

"I think it exacerbates the sense among some [of our] listeners that NPR is not taking on the Bush administration," notes Jeffrey Dvorkin, ombudsman for National Public Radio, who continues to receive listener complaints about the missing memo story. As of Tuesday, NPR had aired just two references to the Downing Street memo, and both occurred in passing conversation, without giving listeners the full context or the details of the memo. Asked about the network's slim coverage, Dvorkin says, "I was surprised. It's a bigger story than we've given it. It deserves more attention."

Slowly, the Downing Street memo is getting that attention. "Stories are starting to trickle in now only because so many ordinary people are raising hell about it," says David Swanson, co-founder of, which launched on May 26. This week, thanks to constant exposure on the Air America radio network, the site is receiving 1.7 million hits a day, according to Swanson. "My colleagues are doing more radio shows than we can fit in during a day."

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Downing Street Memo' Gets Fresh Attention (08 June 2005)
A simmering controversy over whether American media have ignored a secret British memo about how President Bush built his case for war with Iraq bubbled over into the White House on Tuesday. At a late afternoon news conference, Reuters correspondent Steve Holland asked Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair about a memo that's been widely written about and discussed in Europe but less so in the USA. It was the most attention paid by the media in the USA so far to the "Downing Street memo," first reported on May 1 by The Sunday Times of London. The memo is said by some of the president's sharpest critics, such as Democratic Rep. John Conyers (news, bio, voting record) of Michigan, to be strong evidence that Bush decided to go to war and then looked for evidence to support his decision. The Sunday Times said the memo is the minutes of a meeting that British Prime Minister Tony Blair had with some of his top intelligence and foreign policy aides on July 23, 2002, at 10 Downing Street, the prime minister's official residence. The story said the memo indicates that Blair was told by the head of Britain's MI6 intelligence service that in 2002, the Bush administration was selectively choosing evidence that supported its case for going to war and ignoring anything to the contrary. The war began in March 2003. "Intelligence and facts were being fixed" by the Bush administration "around" a policy that saw military action "as inevitable," the newspaper quoted from the memo. CLIP

(...) The full British Briefing Papers have been attached below. When reading them, keep in mind that these Papers were written approximately a full year before the invasion of Iraq. The Papers present a shockingly accurate forecast of what has transpired in the years since, and suggest the Bush administration chose to ignore the advice of our key ally when it came to dealing with Iraq.

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The Lie of the Century
There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war. Indeed because most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war usually lies to their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the only possible choice they can make. (...) It is inescapable historical reality that leaders of nations will lie to their people to trick them into wars they otherwise would have refused. It is not "conspiracy theory" to suggest that leaders of nations lie to trick their people into wars. It is undeniable fact. This brings us to the present case. Did the government of the United States lie to the American people, more to the point, did President Bush and his Neocon associates lie to Congress, to initiate a war of conquest in Iraq? This question has been given currency by a memo leaked from inside the British Government which clearly indicates a decision to go to war followed by the "fixing" of information around that policy. This is, as they say, a smoking gun. (...) Right now, we have the criminals at hand. and, while other leaders in history have lied to start wars, for the first time in history, the lie stands exposed while the war started with the lies still rages on, to the death and detriment of our young men and women in uniform. We cannot in good moral conscience ignore this lie, this crime, lest we encourage future leaders to continue to lie to use to send our kids off to pointless wars. Lying to start a war is more than an impeachable offence; it the highest possible crime a government can commit against their own people. Lying to start a war is not only missapropriation of the nation's military and the nation's money under false pretenses, but it is outright murder committed on a massive scale. Lying to start a war is a betrayal of the trust each and every person who serves in the military places in their civilian leadership. By lying to start a war, the Bsuh administration has told the military fatalities and their families that they have no right to know why they were sent to their deaths. It's none of their business. Our nation is founded on the principle of rule with the consent of the governed. Because We The People do not consent to be lied to, a government that lies rules without the consent of the governed, and ruling without the consent of the governed is slavery. (...) The Bush administration and their friends in the media want this story to go away. More than want it to go away, they are in a panic, and will do everything they can to stop it. They will use every dirty trick, every paid shill, every presstitute that they can. (...) A government that lies to the people cannot be the legal government of this land. Make sure that they understand that YOU understand that the Constitution does not allow the government to lie to the people. Calling themselves the government does not make it so if they act unconstitutionally and illegally. The Constitution is the original "Contract with America" and a government that lies stands in clear breach of that contract.



Forwarded by "Rebeca Davis"> on June 13


Mental Health Screening in Schools Signals the End of Parental Rights

In the 2005-2006 school year, all parents will receive written notice of new policies from your children's schools. Many schools will ask you to sign permission slips, allowing school counselors or "advocates" to have conversations with your children. You will be told how your local schools are now involved in vision and dental screenings, learning disabilities and speech impediment screenings, and other acts of kindness, but watch for the small print or the extra little blurb, which states that your children will also be evaluated for emotional wellness. Watch for wording like "happiness indicators" or "family participation."

The fact is that our president has mandated that every American child, age 3 through 18, is federally ordered to be evaluated for mental health issues and to receive "enforced" treatment. Welcome to President Bush's New Freedom Initiative and New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Welcome to life-long profiling and drug addictions, New Freedom-style.

52 million students and six million adults working in schools, according to this commission, will be tested and should flush out at least 6 million people, or shall we say new customers, who will then be mandated to receive "treatment." What treatment does our president's commission have in mind? The newest drugs in the pharmaceutical pipelines, of course. The commission recommends "specific medications for specific conditions."

One of the state-of-the-art treatments, and most expensive, is an implanted capsule - yes, that's right, implanted. The capsule delivers medication into a child's body without the child having to swallow a pill or the need for parental permission for dispensation.

The New Freedom Commission named the Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP) a model treatment plan. Medical algorithms are a flowchart-style treatment indicator. If you have A symptom and B symptom, take C medication. TMAP began with the University of Texas, big pharma, and the mental health and corrections system in Texas. The American Psychiatric Association concurs that TMAP is brilliant.

However, the New Freedom Initiative and Commission is a political-big pharma marriage. Many companies who supported TMAP were also major contributors to Bush's re-election funds. For example, Eli Lilly manufactures olanzapine - one of the drugs recommended in the New Freedom plan, and furthermore, George Herbert Walker Bush was once a member of Lilly's board of directors. Our current President Bush appointed Lilly's chief executive officer, Sidney Taurel, as a member of the Homeland Security Council. Eighty-two percent of Lilly's .6 million in political contributions in 2000 went to Bush and the Republican Party. Do tell.

Texas Algorithm grossed over 4 billion dollars in 2003 and olanzapine is Eli Lilly's top selling drug. A 2003 New York Times article by Gardiner Harris claims that 70 percent of olanzapine sales are paid for by government agencies, such as Medicare and Medicaid. And lo and behold, guess who is now able to bill Medicaid for health services? Public schools, of course, as they are now under the big pharma-political profits/pay-back umbrella once they adopt screening policies. Public schools can now be paid to screen and drug your kids.

Now, if you ever wonder, ever again, if public-private partnerships care about people, then you need a brain transplant. Your children are now the legislated guinea pigs and lab rats for the pharmaceutical companies who bought and paid for our president's campaign. Favors are now returned to those companies in the form of enforced, juvenile customers, their health, and their future drug addictions.

But wait, there is more. The New Freedom Commission also calls for enforced treatment. That means that parents have no rights to refuse the treatment recommenced by TMAP and other drug dispensing corporate-bureaucratic apparatuses. And as the mental health bureaucracy is also involved in this financial game of insidious cruelty, parents and families are also to be investigated via the result of their children's screenings in schools. In other words, schools are now the across-the board, or shall I say nation, diagnostic tool for big pharma and child control.

And there's more. The U.N. Agenda 21 has also called for total intrusion into schools and children lives. No more religion, no more individuality, no more real education, no more real grades, no more real teaching, no more teacher respect for parents, and no more truth from teachers or principals. This sounds very familiar and very political to me. And I've said it before, and I will say it again: if you are of a religious ilk and you refuse to allow your children to be abused by our "educational" system, the stage is being set for you to lose physical custody of your children. I suggest that you read this: Rethinking Orphanages for the 21st Century by Richard McKenzie, ed

Still got your kids in public schools? Shame on you, and may God bless your poor children and forgive you.


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Possible military draft should make us worry (June 10, 2005)
We all know that politicians lie. It seems to be their stock in trade and is for the most part overlooked. Take weapons of mass destruction, for instance. President Bush and his "neocons" used this lie to massacre Iraqis and take the lives of nearly 1,500 American soldiers. What political hit did they take for this? They were appointed for four more years.That takes us to the issue of a new military draft. Based on past performance, we should be very scared that it is just over the horizon. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld all proclaim, "There is no need for it." But as Dr. Ron Paul, an eight-term Republican congressman says, "You don't listen to what they say; you watch what they do." For example, the Pentagon and the Selective Service have plans for drafting health-care professionals ages 20-44. (And for the first time in our history, this would include women.) They also have plans for a "special skills" draft, which would include linguists, computer experts or engineers. To put it in the most basic terms, a draft is slavery or worse. We outlawed forcing men and women to work the cotton fields but we force draftees to kill or be killed. What really scares me about a draft would be that the Bush administration and its neocon ideologues would then have the soldiers needed to invade and conquer Syria and Iran. They would invent more lies, and the result would be many more deaths. These deaths would assuredly include our loved ones.Visit or call Sen. Susan Collins or Sen. Olympia Snowe today. Tell them our children are not a pawns to be used in the quest for global domination. Get scared about the current state of affairs in our government. I am. Richard B. Clement>

Army Recruiting Numbers Down for Fourth Month in a Row

Military draft back on US agenda (June 13, 2005),10117,15597042-38198,00.html
THE United States would "have to face" a painful dilemma on restoring the military draft as rising casualties saw the number of volunteers dry up, a senator warned today.Joseph Biden, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the prediction after new data released by the Pentagon showed the US Army failing to meet its recruitment targets for four straight months. "We're going to have to face that question," he said on NBC's Meet the Press TV show when asked if it was realistic to expect restoration of the draft."The truth of the matter is, it is going to become a subject, if, in fact, there's a 40 per cent shortfall in recruitment. It's just a reality," he said. CLIP

US death toll in Iraq now stands at 1,700
June 13: The military announced the killing of four more US soldiers over the weekend, pushing the American death toll past 1,700 - more than double what it was a year ago. Since last June 13 - when 825 members of the US military had died in Iraq - the insurgency that took shape with the fall of Saddam Hussein has increased its toll on American forces and Iraqi soldiers and civilians alike. (...) That insurgency has also killed at least 12,000 Iraqi civilians - most of them Shiites - in the past 18 months, Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr has said. The Shiite-led government has nonetheless pressed for disarmament talks with insurgents responsible for the relentless violence that has assumed ominous sectarian overtones.A crackdown by Iraqi security forces in Baghdad and US offensives in western Iraq has only temporarily blunted the carnage in which at least 940 people have died since Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari announced his government six weeks ago. CLIP

Army Lowers Standards, Raises Perks (June 14)
Washington - The U.S. Army probably will come up well short of the 80,000 new recruits it needs during fiscal 2005, despite adding a thousand more recruiters, boosting enlistment cash bonuses to a record $20,000, spending $200 million on upbeat television ads and beginning to lower its standards. (...) Army recruiters have failed to meet their targets for four-straight months, beginning in February, and have just four months before their fiscal year ends Sept. 30 to sign up almost half of their annual goal. Many recruiters privately question whether they can succeed. The recruiting shortfalls for the Army Reserve and National Guard - which have been called to active duty at a pace unseen since World War II and now make up more than 40 percent of American forces in Iraq - are as bad as or worse than those for the active Army. If the shortfalls continue, the government could be forced eventually to consider abandoning the nation's 32-year experiment with the all-volunteer military, which came into being as the U.S. withdrew from Vietnam and ended an unpopular draft. The shortfall in recruits also is making it harder for the Army to raise its total strength from 480,000 to 510,000 soldiers so it can man the new modular brigades that are at the heart of the plans for a lighter, more flexible force. (...) "The bottom line, in my view, is we are going to need some sort of national service, a draft, to get the people we need," the official said. "I don't see what else we can do." (...) If this trend continues into next year, or if another war erupts in some other hot spot, the country may find itself forced to return to the draft. When America stopped drafting young men in 1973, it didn't abolish the vast Selective Service machinery that scooped up 15 million young men to fight in World War II and more than 20,000 a month to fight in Vietnam. It's all still in place, and American men still are required to register with Selective Service on their 18th birthdays or soon after. Failing to do so is a felony, and those who don't register can't obtain federal student loans or, in many states, even driver's licenses. It would take an act of Congress to crank up the whole thing, starting with local draft boards, which are still manned by unpaid volunteer appointees prepared to choose who in their neighborhoods will receive the letters that begin: "Greetings! Your friends and neighbors have selected you... . " CLIP


Forwarded by "Mark Graffis">


June 08, 2005


The future after oil resources run out is uncertain

By DAN MCMENAMIN / Aggie Science Writer

Posted 06/08/2005

Editor’s Note: In this final installment in its series on the issue of peak oil, The California Aggie discusses what the future may hold for a world in which oil has become drastically more expensive and rare.

A lot can change in a decade. Ten years ago, the idea of peak oil was almost unimaginable. Life was good for Americans, who enjoyed a growing economy and gasoline at just over one dollar per gallon.

But gas prices have more than doubled since then, bringing the theory of peak oil into the mainstream. If the theory is true, production of the world’s oil supply will soon reach its limit and then steadily decline, leading to rising gas prices and weakening economies worldwide.

Gas depends on oil, which cost around $28 per barrel in June 2003, but has nearly doubled to $54 just two years later. This number is especially worrisome to Americans, who use 25 percent of the world’s daily supply of oil despite making up less than 5 percent of the global population.

People are already starting to panic. Last month, two Sacramento brothers were arrested after being caught siphoning gas from various vehicles. The reason, one of them told police, was that they simply could not afford gasoline anymore.

Stories like this prompt the question: as fuel prices continue to increase, will people fight over the dwindling supplies or will they work together to find a solution to this oncoming problem?

As of right now, unfortunately, there is no clear answer.

“I wish we would develop long-range contingency plans, but there doesn’t seem to be any on the horizon,” said Eldridge Moores, a professor emeritus of geology at UCD. “The Great Depression is the only event that really compares to what’s coming on, of course, unless we get our act together.” ***

There are currently over 200 million cars in America and upwards of 700 million worldwide.

These statistics not only count the passenger vehicles that people drive to work every day, but also the trucks that transport most of our consumer goods around the country, such as medicine and food. In fact, a recent CIA study estimated that food travels an average of 1,400 miles before it is purchased.

So if the price of oil continues to rise as it has in the past few years, it is easy to say that we can just switch to another source of energy. But the reality is that our society depends heavily on fossil fuels, and it would take years or possibly decades to change the infrastructure of our society to another form of energy.

With this in mind, there are a couple of ideas that could extend the fossil fuel age and buy some time for the inevitable change down the road.

The first possibility — a tax on gasoline — has worked in Europe to cut oil consumption. A gallon of gas in the United Kingdom costs the equivalent of over $6, with taxes making up almost 80 percent of that total.

The revenue from gas taxes in Europe has gone toward improving aspects of society like healthcare and public transportation, as well as pressuring businesses to create more fuel-efficient cars.

“I’ve been to Europe four times in the past year,” Moores said. “They see America as an oblivious consumer of world resources, and I have to tell them I don’t agree with what’s going on.”

The disparity between the two societies could be seen in a commercial made by President Bush’s supporters during the 2004 presidential campaign, which alleged that John Kerry had “wacky ideas, like taxing gasoline more so people drive less.”

Unfortunately, the commercial was off the mark since, like Bush, Kerry had a vested interest in keeping the price of oil down. One of the reasons for this is that oil companies, which contribute campaign funds to Republicans and Democrats alike, have the most to lose if people consume less of their product or try to find a substitute.

“There’s a conflict of interest there,” said Hossein Farzin, a professor of the economics of natural resources. “The lobby of fossil fuel producers in the U.S. is so strong that they would fight any change to alternatives.”

Nevertheless, many scientists, including some at UCD, are searching for other options that could help ease Americans off their reliance on fossil fuels.

Mechanical and aeronautical engineering professor Andrew Frank is working on a type of car called a plug-in hybrid, which he says uses only about 10 percent of the gas that the average car uses.

“The idea is that you plug it in overnight and can drive 60 miles on electricity and then it becomes a regular hybrid,” Frank said. “You plug it in because when you use electricity it’s less then a quarter of the cost of when you use gas.”

Car dealerships in America have seen lots of interest in hybrids like the Toyota Prius which, in some areas, has put buyers on waiting lists for months.

One problem, though, is that electricity is dependent on natural gas, which is expected to peak a couple of decades after oil does. That means that if 200 million hybrids were plugging in and using electricity, it would only cause another fossil fuel supply to decline more quickly.

Renewable energies, like wind and solar power, could help offset an oil shortage in the short term. C.P. van Dam, another UCD mechanical engineering professor, designs wind turbine blades to be lighter and more efficient.

“I’d be the first one to admit that wind energy by itself isn’t going to solve the energy problem,” van Dam said. “But it can help quite a bit to make us less dependent on fossil fuels.”

Just like it would have been hard for people in 1995 to predict the current circumstances we are in, it is difficult to predict what will happen ten or twenty years down the road.

Nevertheless, many peak oil theorists think they know what will happen when the peak arrives. UCD communication professor John Theobald, who has been studying peak oil in depth, says most of these people believe in either the idea of disruption or deindustrialization.

“Those that believe that the energy crisis will lead to deindustrialization believe there will be no substitutes [to oil] that make high industrialized life possible,” Theobald said. “And those that believe in disruption tend to see a very wrenching economic period during the transition to a post-fossil fuel world.”

Either way, Theobald says peak oil theorists’ common consensus is that “the efficient will be rewarded and the inefficient will be punished.”

He says efficiency will likely take the form of more fuel-efficient cars, more public transportation and more self-sufficient communities with a local water supply and locally grown food.

One of these forward-thinking people who are trying to provide a vision of a future without oil is Matt Savinar, who graduated from UCD in 2000. Savinar runs the website, which provides a detailed explanation of the peak oil theory and its possible consequences in the future.

The site begins by saying “Civilization as we know it is coming to an end soon.”

The future that Savinar’s website envisions is not a particularly optimistic one. Some of the links he provides detail the end of suburbia and the collapse of the global economic system, among other grim prospects of a time when oil will be increasingly rare.

Ultimately, the goal of peak-oil experts like Savinar is to inform people of the facts of oil that will affect our future. They stress that civilization will certainly not end, but it will “as we know it,” and we will have to adapt to the severe changes that are likely to take place once we reach the peak.

DAN MCMENAMIN can be reached at


See also:

PART 1: Peak-oil concept stresses urgency of dwindling oil supply (05/25/2005)

PART 2: Peak Oil History 101: Causes of the situation (06/01/2005)

Revealed: how oil giant influenced Bush (June 8),12374,1501646,00.html
White House sought advice from Exxon on Kyoto stance - President's George Bush's decision not to sign the United States up to the Kyoto global warming treaty was partly a result of pressure from ExxonMobil, the world's most powerful oil company, and other industries, according to US State Department papers seen by the Guardian. The documents, which emerged as Tony Blair visited the White House for discussions on climate change before next month's G8 meeting, reinforce widely-held suspicions of how close the company is to the administration and its role in helping to formulate US policy. CLIP

Opec output concerns drive crude oil past $54 (June 14 2005)
Crude oil prices climbed back above $54 yesterday as high temperatures in the US added to fears Opec would be unable to boost output to meet growing demand.Demand for natural gas, which is used for electricity production, climbed as the very hot temperatures in the US, with record highs for June in some mid-Atlantic states, pushed electricity demand through higher use of air conditioning."People are still getting concerned [producers and refiners] are unable to keep pace with demand for [oil] products in the US," a trader at Man Financial said.These fears were fanned by Ali al-Naimi, Saudi Arabia's oil minister, who said yesterday: "What is driving the price is not supply - it's the lack of refining capacity worldwide." CLIP


From: "Lotus">
Subject: Animals and us: Forward to the revolution
Date: 9 Jun 2005

The June 4-10 edition of The New Scientist (on stands now) has an extraordinary 12 page spread, including eight separate articles under the heading "Animals and Us." The lead article, headed "Forward to the animal revolution" sets the tone for the spread. It goes through the various uses of animals, and how human society has been dependent on them. Then it asks:

"Why all the fuss? What's wrong with the way we interact with animals at the moment? Nothing, if you don't accept that animals have their own feelings and emotions, or accept it but still don't care. But if you do care, then you will realize that the moral relationship we have with animals is deeply troubled. It becomes impossible to maintain moral blindness to the way we treat them."

You'll find that lead article on line at:

I call the spread extraordinary as the line-up of articles is one you might expect in an animal protection magazine, not a mainstream scientific publication. Perhaps most notable is one by Professor Gary Francione headed "You Hypocrites!" and sub-headed, "By granting that animals have minds similar to ours, it looks as if we are evolving in our moral relationships with other species. Don't be fooled." He argues that whether or not other animals have human-like minds is not relevant to our exploitation of them, and ends his essay with the Jeremy Bentham quote, "The question is not, can they reason, nor can they talk, but can they suffer." (Pg 51.)

There is an interview with Jane Goodall, headed "Close Encounters" (Pg 46) which you can read on line at

The other articles are:
-- "It's a dog's life" by Ian Duncan, about testing animal sentience and preferences (Pg 45)
-- "Suspicious minds" by Frans de Waal, which discusses what he calls "anthrodenial," which is "blindness to the human-like characteristics of other animals and to our own animal-like characteristics. (Pg 48)
-- "Me and my pet" by Lucy Middleton, about the intimate relationships people have with their companion animals. (Pg 49)
-- "Practical passions" by Alison George, on Temple Grandin's work to reform slaughterhouses (Pg 50) AND
-- "Of Burns and bats," by philosopher Simon Blackburn, sub-headed "What if we can never understand the inner world of other animals? Where does that leave our relationship with them?" (pg 53.)

I thoroughly enjoyed the spread and recommend picking up the magazine. And please send an appreciative letter to the editor. The New Scientist takes letters at and advises, "Include your address and telephone numbers, and a reference (issue, page number, title) to articles. We reserve the right to edit letters."

Yours and the animals',

Karen Dawn

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New findings show a slow recovery from extreme global warming episode 55 million years ago

9 June 2005

SANTA CRUZ, CA--Most of the excess carbon dioxide pouring into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels will ultimately be absorbed by the oceans, but it will take about 100,000 years. That is how long it took for ocean chemistry to recover from a massive input of carbon dioxide 55 million years ago, according to a study published this week in the journal Science.

James Zachos, professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, led an international team of scientists that analyzed marine sediments deposited during a period of extreme global warming known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM). Sediment cores drilled from the ocean floor revealed an abrupt change in ocean chemistry at the start of the PETM 55 million years ago, followed by a long, slow recovery.

"Most people have not thought about the long-term fate of all that carbon and what's involved in removing it from the system. There is a long timescale for the recovery, tens of thousands of years before atmospheric carbon dioxide will start to come back down to preindustrial levels," Zachos said.

Earlier studies using computers to run numerical models of Earth's carbon cycle have calculated similarly long timescales for absorption of the carbon dioxide currently being released into the atmosphere from fossil fuels, he said.

"Our findings are consistent with what the models have been showing for years. What we found validates those geochemical models," Zachos said.

The oceans have a tremendous capacity to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Results from a large international research effort published last year indicated that the oceans have already absorbed nearly half of the carbon dioxide produced by humans in the past 200 years--about 120 billion metric tons of carbon.

When carbon dioxide dissolves in water it makes the water more acidic. Ocean acidification starts at the surface and spreads to the deep sea as surface waters mix with deeper layers. The sediment cores studied by Zachos and his coworkers showed the effects of a rapid acidification of the ocean during the PETM. The acidification was more severe than they had expected, suggesting that the amount of carbon dioxide that entered the atmosphere and triggered global warming during the PETM was much greater than previously thought.

The leading explanation for the PETM is a massive release of methane from frozen deposits found in the deep ocean near continental margins. The methane reacted with oxygen to produce huge amounts of carbon dioxide. Both methane and carbon dioxide are potent greenhouse gases and caused temperatures to soar during the PETM. Average global temperatures increased by about 9 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius), and the fossil record shows dramatic changes during this time in plant and animal life, both on land and in the oceans.

Previous estimates for the amount of greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere during the PETM were around 2,000 billion tons of carbon. Zachos said at least twice that much would be required to produce the changes observed in this new study.

"This is similar to the estimated flux from fossil fuel combustion over the next three centuries," he said. "If we combust all known fossil fuel reserves, that's about 4,500 billion tons of carbon. And now we know that the recovery time for a comparable release of carbon in the past was about 100,000 years."

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Climate: Doubt Is Lifted

By Louis-Gilles Francoeur

Le Devoir

08 June 2005

Eleven academies of science demand action against global warming.

The academies of science of all the G-8 countries, as well as those of the three largest oil consumers among developing countries - China, India, and Brazil, made an unprecedented political gesture yesterday when they signed a common declaration in London asserting that the doubt entertained by certain people with regard to climate change does not justify inaction, and that, on the contrary, a planetary action plan to conjure this global threat away must be embarked upon immediately.

The declaration by the best scientists of the most important countries of the planet, whose spokesperson did not hesitate to stigmatize the United States' inaction, was immediately followed by a declaration from the American president, George W. Bush, in Washington. The latter attempted to attenuate this new international pressure by declaring that "with regard to climate change, he had always said that it was a serious long term problem that must be addressed." The American president nevertheless did not specify what he meant by "long term."

He had just come out from a meeting with his ally Tony Blair, Prime Minister of Great Britain and President of the next G-8 conference, which will take place July 6 and 7 at Gleneagles in Scotland. Tony Blair had brought up climate change and aid to developing countries as priorities for the day.

The United States, which comprises 5% of the global population, emits a quarter of the planet's greenhouse gas emissions, and its total contribution since the dawn of the industrial age is a third of all gases of human origin.

The eleven academies of science assert that all the evidence points to having to attribute climactic warming to human activity and in particular to the use of fossil fuels for transport and energy: "The present understanding we have of climactic changes is now clearly sufficient to justify rapid action by nations" to counter the planetary mega-phenomenon.

Even if there are researchers who still dispute the reality of climate change, their weight remains marginal compared to that of the academies of science, which gather the cream of each country's scientists. The consensus expressed yesterday by these national institutions is all the more important in that the academies are not members of some common organization that could defend a political line, as the Intergovernmental Experts Group on Climate Change, affiliated with the UN, is sometimes accused of doing in order to discredit its conclusions.

For Lord May of Oxford, President of the English Royal Society, the G-8 summit in the coming weeks will constitute "an unprecedented moment in human history" because it will determine whether the planet reacts with realism, care, and solidarity in the face of the greatest threat of human origin that confronts it.

"Our leaders," he said, "are faced with an incontrovertible choice: they do something now or transfer the price of their inaction to future generations. Never in the past has our species faced such a total challenge. And if we don't move to action now, every delay will make more difficult the measures we do take to stop this infernal train that keeps on accelerating."

The scientists, who have nonetheless not presented a scenario of reductions, asked the G-8 member states "to determine the best measures by a cost-benefit logic that we could put into effect now to contribute to substantial and permanent reductions in greenhouse gases."

The Californian Action

At the same time, in California, hundreds of mayors from the globe's largest cities signed a protocol of agreement, principally centered on the local struggle against climate changes, that includes a 21-point plan based principally on a radical improvement in public transportation in the next 10 years and zero growth in landfill garbage, a non-negligible source of greenhouse gases. Their protocol also aims at a 10% reduction in the next seven years of electricity consumption in the world's largest cities, by changing lighting, the rules surrounding advertising, air conditioning, etc.

The day before, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger started the advance in that direction by signing a decree that makes this state's greenhouse gas reduction goals legally enforceable. California targets an 11% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions by 2010, or a return by then to the year 2000's levels. In 2020, the same state must have brought its emissions back to their 1990 level, and, by 2050, it must reduce them by 80% from their present level. The New England states have given themselves similar schedules of reduction, thereby enlarging the number of territories in the United States that defy President Bush's laissez-faire policies even though they can't participate in the international greenhouse gas emissions market for the benefit of their companies.

For Steven Guilbeault of Greenpeace Québec, the next meeting of the Kyoto Protocol signatories, which will take place in Montréal in November, should open the door to agreements with governments other than those who belong to the United Nations, even with those of urban megapolises, rather than waiting for a green light from national governments: this would, notably, allow an enlargement of the international market in trading or purchasing emissions permits. The worries of developing countries like China and India in the face of global warming, believes Steven Guilbeault, who has followed all the negotiations concerning the Protocol, will not necessarily terminate in national reduction goals similar to those of Kyoto. However, he says that China, for example, could decide to reduce its emissions through wider recourse to emerging green energies and that Brazil could aim for a major reduction in Amazon woodcutting, which would be equivalent to an important reduction in its hydrocarbon consumption.

"All important possibilities for positive action on climate must be considered, even if that opens the door to different or eventually sector by sector agreements," he concludes.



Offshore Fish Farms - A Solution or a Problem?

By Peter N. Spotts

The Christian Science Monitor

08 June 2005

Legislation calls for expanding fish farming up to 200 miles from shore, raising environmental concerns.

Fish farming has long been viewed as a way to help fill dinner bowls worldwide while easing the pressure on declining populations of wild ocean fish.

Now the US aquaculture industry is poised to shed its coastal cloak to farm deeper waters. Tuesday, the Bush administration sent a bill to Capitol Hill that would open 3.4 million square miles of ocean - roughly the land area of the lower 48 states - to fish farms.

The bill would allow the US secretary of Commerce to issue permits for fish farms in federal waters, up to 200 miles offshore.

The proposed legislation represents the latest effort to implement recommendations from the US Commission on Ocean Policy, which last fall sent the White House its blueprint for overhauling the approach the country takes to managing its vast offshore resources. It also represents the start of a process that will give various "stakeholders" - including the aquaculture industry, environmental groups, state and local officials - an opportunity to help shape the rules, federal officials say.

"Our goal is to develop a sustainable aquaculture program that balances the needs of fishermen, coastal residents and visitors, seafood consumers, the environment, and the aquaculture industry," said Conrad Lautenbacher Jr., administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in a prepared statement.

The measure comes at a time of rising global demand for fish as a source of dietary protein, declining fisheries, and rising aquaculture efforts overseas. By 2030, less than half of the fish humans consume will come from wild stocks, according to United Nations estimates. Aquaculture will dominate. Global consumption is expected to reach 110 million metric tons of fish within the next five years.

In the US, "nutritionists are asking us to eat twice as much seafood as we do," says Michael Rubino, manager of NOAA's aquaculture program. "At the moment we import 70 percent of our seafood, and wild fisheries won't be able to meet future market demand. So any increase in supplies is coming from aquaculture. The question is, do we keep importing it, or do we produce some domestically?"

Currently, the US consumes 6 million metric tons of fish a year. By 2025, US consumption is expected to grow by another 2 million metric tons.

"If we could produce that here, that would create 500,000 direct jobs, and 100,000 or more indirect jobs, and contribute about $5 billion in revenue," Dr. Rubino says.

The bill would allow NOAA to issue two permits - a site permit and an operating permit - for 10 years. Operators could renew their permits in five-year increments. To receive the permits, fish farmers would have to meet a number of requirements that deal with issues such as environmental monitoring and quality, and business practices. "Those details would be worked out in the regulatory-design process," Rubino says.

And it's designed to push the state of the art in technologies that allow for more environmentally sustainable aquaculture in the open ocean. Indeed, he says, it contains strong language regarding environmental stewardship and public input.

The move to open oceans to fish farming is attractive for several reasons, some analysts say. It moves fish farms away from the coast, where plumes of pollution from urban runoff can endanger the "herd." And it can make siting a farm somewhat easier, since it would draw less opposition from local residents uneasy about the potential for aquaculture pollution - in the form of waste from the fish - to foul beaches.

Some environmentalists and marine researchers view open-ocean fish farming with a wary eye. They are concerned that because open-ocean farming is out of sight, it may slowly fall out of mind. Many of the species to be kept down on the aquafarm are top-of-the-food-chain meat eaters, which have the highest market value. But they also are voracious, requiring anywhere from three to 25 pounds of feed - read smaller fish or fish meal - for every pound of meat in the farmed species. Concerns also have been growing over the spread of parasites, such as sea lice, from farmed fish to wild schools that pass by, as well as over the results of genetic mixing between wild fish and their escaped farmed cousins.

Sustainable aquaculture is possible if the right species and techniques are used, says William Mott, outgoing president of SeaWeb, a nongovernmental organization that supports sustainable aquaculture. If the motive truly is to meet demand for food, he says, more can be done with fresh-water species grown in urban areas close to their markets, rather than developing large marine feedlots offshore.

Citing unease at what he sees as a bill crafted with input dominated by the aquaculture industry, Mr. Mott adds that it's important to get the measure right. "This legislation will set precedents for generations."



From: "G u s h S h a l o m">
Date: 10 Jun 2005
Subject: Three in a Bed (Avnery) + comment on Peres' Jerusalem statement

G u s h S h a l o m - pob 3322, Tel-Aviv 61033, Israel

[Avnery about how the diplomatic gains of Abu Mazen may result in a setback. But first, the text of our weekly statement.]


After decades of celebrating the day of lies known as "Jerusalem Day" and mouthing the empty cliches about "United Jerusalem, eternal capital of Israel", Labour Party leader Shimon Peres this week declared that it had been a mistake to annex East Jerusalem.

In the same week, the army imposed a curfew on the village of Marda near Ariel settlement. Under cover of the curfew, more than a thousand olive trees were cut down. Twenty five villagers were wounded from a massive volley of tear-gas and "rubber bullets". All of this is part of the erection of "The Separation Fence" which penetrates 25 kilometers into the West Bank in order to annex Ariel - which would totally cut the Palestinian territorial continuity.

How long will it take until we hear from Mr.Peres that this, too, was a grave mistake?

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Three in a Bed

By Uri Avnery


"The President of the United States and the President of the Palestinian Authority!" intoned the voice, as the two leaders appeared before the journalists during the recent visit of Mahmud Abbas to the White House.

George Bush also addressed his visitor as "President Abbas", and not accidentally. The use of this appellation was a deliberate choice.

At the office of Prime Minister Sharon, there was much gnashing of teeth. Almost all the Israeli media passed it over in silence. But it may well be that of the fruits harvested by Mahmud Abbas ("Abu-Mazen") in Washington DC, this one was the most important.

In order to understand that, one has to go back. During the negotiations which led to the 1993 Oslo agreement, there was much controversy about the title appropriate for Yasser Arafat. The Palestinians demanded that he be called "President", the Israelis agreed only to refer to him as "Chairman".

Why? Well, "president" sounds like a head of state. States have presidents. Ordinary institutions normally have chairpersons. The Israeli negotiators did not agree at all that the Palestinian Authority, which was set up by the agreement, should have the attributes of a state.

The compromise eventually reached was made possible by the peculiarities of the Arabic language. Arabic (like French) uses the same word for president and chairman. Both are called Ra'is (from Ras, head). Therefore the agreement says, in all its three versions (English, Hebrew and Arabic) that the chief of the Palestinian Authority will bear the title of "Ra'is".

Since then, all the Israeli media, as well as all Israeli politicians and diplomats, insisted on calling Arafat "Chairman of the Palestinian Authority". Nowadays, they stick this label on Abu-Mazen.

Therefore, when Bush calls his guest "President Abbas", it is a slap in the face for Israeli diplomacy and an intentional boost for the prestige of the Palestinian leader.

The next step may be an upgrading of the Authority itself. In Oslo, the Palestinians demanded that it be called "The Palestinian National Authority". The Israeli side objected strenuously and agreed only to "The Palestinian Authority". They insisted on this with all their might. When, in contravention of the agreement, the Palestinians printed postage stamps bearing the legend "Palestinian National Authority", they were forced to destroy the whole batch and print new ones with the agreed name.

In spite of this, all the official papers of the Authority nowadays bear the proud legend: "The Palestinian National Authority".

A similar battle has been taking place since Oslo about the name "Palestine". When the Palestinians were accorded "observer" status at the UN, their sign read "Palestine Liberation Organization". After a prolonged and tenacious struggle, led by the able nephew of Arafat, Nasser al-Kidwah, this sign was replaced by another, reading simply "Palestine". More and more international institutions now recognize the entity called "Palestine" - as if the State of Palestine already existed.

Not in Israel, of course. True, even here there is no way one can avoid speaking about "a Palestinian state", and even Ariel Sharon is ready to use this term for the archipelago of disconnected enclaves he wants to present the Palestinians, but no self-respecting Israeli will let the term "State of Palestine" pass his lips. Before that happens, the Chief Rabbi will publicly eat pork, God forbid.

The fight over the Palestinian state-like attributes has sometimes assumed grotesque proportions. In Oslo, the negotiators squabbled for weeks about what to call it: a Palestinian "travel document" or "passport"? The Israelis would not agree under any circumstances to call it a passport, since passports are issued only by states or supra-national institutions and the like. The Palestinians insisted, and in the end a compromise was found: on the top of the cover the words "travel document" appear, and at the bottom "passport". The Palestinians tried to be clever and printed them the other way round, but again they had to pulp the whole batch and produce new ones.

What else did Bush give Abu-Mazen, apart from his anointment as "Mr. President"?

Very much or very little - depends on your point of view.

The Prime Minister's men are quite right when they argue that Bush gave him nothing new. It has all been said before. But when Bush repeats everything he has said on various occasions and ties it all together in one bundle, it acquires a new meaning. Quantity becomes quality, as Marx used to say.

According to Bush, the State of Palestine will come into being. When? That was not said. There is no timetable.

Bush spoke about "Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem". The explicit mention of Jerusalem is a big blow to Sharon, who declared at about the same time that all of Jerusalem will remain Israeli "for the eternity of eternities". Not just eternity, but "eternity of eternities". (In the past he made the same proclamation about the Netzarim and Kfar-Darom settlements in the Gaza Strip, which he is supposed to evacuate in three months time. A very short eternity, indeed. Sort of mini-eternity.)

The borders between Israel and Palestine will be determined, according to Bush, only by negotiation and mutual agreement. How does this conform with his written assurance to Sharon, that the "large population centers" (presumably meaning the big Israeli settlements in the West Bank) will become part of Israel? Perhaps there is no contradiction: the borders will be fixed by negotiations, but the United States will support the Israeli claim.

Does this preclude a solution? Not necessarily. On several occasions, Palestinians have said that they might agree to a limited swap of territories on the basis of 1:1.

Bush did not spell out - neither to Sharon nor to Abbas - which "population centers" he has in mind. Sharon always mentions Ma'aleh Adumim, Ariel, Gush Etzion and other settlements. From American utterances, it is fairly clear that Bush does not include Ma'aleh Adumim, the annexation of which would split the West Bank into two, and Ariel, which is 25 km from the Green Line. But settlements like Alfei Menasheh, Modi'in Illit, Efrat and Betar Illit, which are located near the Green Line, may be included in the American "vision".

Bush threw in an interesting remark: that this will be the American position throughout the negotiations. What does he mean? That this commits his successors, too, or that he will bring the negotiations to an end before the conclusion of his second and final term in 2008?

Bush's music certainly sounded sweet to the ears of Abu-Mazen, but it must have grated on Sharon.

True, the music does not change the facts. For now, everything goes on as before: the building of the wall, the annexation of land, the enlargement of settlements. But when the music changes, the facts may also gradually be brought into harmony.

The Prime Minister finds himself in the embarrassing situation of a man who lies in bed with his wife and discovers, to his surprise, that there is another man in the bed. And not just another man, but a president to boot.

He will, of course, do everything he can to get him out of there.




We Love Howard Dean

By John Cory

t r u t h o u t | Perspective

10 June 2005

The Bush GOP is a Wal-Mart of five-and-dime ethics, self-enriching corporate sponsored war, imitation morality made in China, and a fresh baker's dozen of half-truths for every occasion. America on sale: to the right folks in the right place at the right time for the right price. Going once, going twice ...

Bible-thumping-bunko artists shove the hand of God into your pants pocket for thirty pieces of silver to buy membership lists from the likes of David Dukes and the KKK, because we all know, Heaven is white with just a touch of beige. And if you question that, James Dobson will take his Bible belt and show you the lashing love of Jesus.

We've long since passed murder at 1600 and now head to 1700 dead soldiers in Bush's war on Iraq. And while Condi visits the troops, with a smile that could slit your throat from ear to ear, nobody asks what the plan is for this sandbox game of death.

The Downing Street Memo is all the talk to avoid. There are some people who want the American media to cover the contents of the memo that show Bush and Blair conspired to wage war despite their promises otherwise. But the media won't cover the memo any more than they covered Bush's words in the second presidential debate of 2000 when he said: ".... The coalition against Saddam has fallen apart or it's unraveling, let's put it that way. The sanctions are being violated. We don't know whether he's developing weapons of mass destruction. He better not be or there's going to be a consequence should I be the president."

So what is the topic that grabs the news and the Democratic leadership's attention?

Howard Dean said something mean. Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Bush lied and people died. Nope - not news. Ohio Republicans involved in financial and voting scandal. Nope - not news. Republicans jam Democratic phone lines during 2004 election to stop the vote. Republicans hack into Democratic computers. No news there. Tom Delay has repeated ethical lapses and takes money from lobbyists like Jack Abramoff. Nope - not news. The White House edits critical environmental reports to refute scientific fact. Nope - no news there. Wait a minute - this just in:

Howard Dean said something mean.

Oh my God! Stop the presses! Did you hear? Dean has gone mean, pass it on. Get Candy Crowley at CNN and Chris Matthews at MSNBC. Don't forget Scarborough. This is a week's worth of programming! Get Holy Joe Lieberman to speak for the good Democrats. Get Jive-Joe Biden, he'll be good for a sensible quote to contrast with the madness of Howard "Beal" Dean.

Quick, do you know why Republicans are against federal money for stem cell research? They're afraid the Democrats will use it to grow a spine. (ba-da-boom)

The Dainty Dems of Petticoat Junction got their knickers in a twist because Howard Dean spoke harshly about Republicans. Not that any of the Democratic leadership heard what Dean said or even asked him what he said. No, they got it from talk radio or from someone with good hair and white teeth on TV, or from some other reliable source.

If you Democratic leaders want to get upset about something, here's part of my list:

1. Lack of health care in this country.
2. Trampling of civil rights and privacy in the name of phony patriotism.
3. Religious hate discrimination against gays sanctioned as legislation.
4. Corporations ruining the environment and defiling worker's rights.
5. In a culture of life - why does more money go to improving bombs than improving schools?
6. How can a president lie to Congress about war and get away with it?
7. Church and State do not belong together. Ever.
8. Why do I need to remind you of any of this?

I don't give a crap whether or not you like Howard Dean. It's about damned time the Democratic Party quit sucking up to corporations and Republicans and began sticking up for the people! You remember, we the people? Of the people, by the people, and for the people? It is there somewhere in a government document, as I recall. Make a Freedom of Information request and maybe one of your new conservative judges will let you look at it under the glass where they keep it.

You want to hold Howard Dean accountable for what he says, fine. How about holding Bush accountable for what he does?

1. Sending our troops into harm's way without sufficient and proper armor.
2. Cutting veterans' services and budgets when it is needed most.
3. Not allowing our returning dead to be photographed and honored openly.
4. Failing the sick and afflicted while enriching the drug industry.
5. Selling the sweat of America to the highest corporate bidder.

The list is long and ignored. I understand you are much too busy trying to teach Howard Dean how polite society functions.

Like I said in the beginning, this administration has stocked its shelves with half-truths. The price of one half-truth is a whole life. And a whole lot of life is dying for the dollar lies of Bush Inc.

I want someone who will stand up not stand down. I want someone outspoken and outrageous and out there, for me. I want someone on my side, not on my back for more money. I want someone who fights, not folds at the first sign of fake indignation.

To paraphrase my good friend Titus: You whiny Democratic Leadership wussies - get down off the cross and use the wood to build a bridge to get over it! We love Howard Dean!


John Cory is a Vietnam veteran. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with V device, 1969 - 1970.



Polls, and Reports from Iraq, Reveal Pessimism on War

13 June 2005

New York - A flood of pessimistic articles in major newspapers this weekend, calls by some in Congress for a timetable for withdrawal, and now a new Gallup poll suggest to at least one military historian that the American public has reached a "tipping point" on Iraq.

The new Gallup survey finds that 59% of Americans say the United States should withdraw some or all of its troops from Iraq, the largest number in that category ever. Nearly half of that number, 28%, want all troops out. And, for the first time, most Americans say they would be "upset" if President Bush sent more troops.

Accounts from the field in Iraq this weekend and today in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Knight Ridder newspapers, among others, all painted a picture of an Iraqi army unable (and to some extent, unwilling) to take over the lion's share of military activities for at least two years and perhaps much longer.

Tom Lasseter, longtime Knight Ridder correspondent in Baghdad, wrote for today's papers: "A growing number of senior American military officers in Iraq have concluded that there is no long-term military solution to an insurgency that has killed thousands of Iraqis and more than 1,300 U.S. service members during the past two years. Instead, officers say, the only way to end the guerrilla war is through Iraqi politics, an arena that so far has been crippled by divisions between Shiite Muslims, whose coalition dominated the January elections, and Sunni Muslims, who are a minority in Iraq but form the base of support for the insurgency."

"We have reached a tipping point," Ronald Spector, a military historian at George Washington University, told USA Today's Susan Page. "Even some of those who thought it was a great idea to get rid of Saddam [Hussein] are saying, 'I want our troops home.'"

The pattern of public opinion on Iraq is reminiscent of the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, he said. A different poll last week found that 42% now liken the Iraq war to the Vietnam experience. Even Rep. Walter Jones, the man behind the "freedom fries" campaign, came out for withdrawal over the weekend.

Gallup also found that 56% of Americans now feel the war was "not worth it." An ABC News-Washington Post poll last week found that nearly three-quarters called the casualty level unacceptable. The count reached 1,700 over the weekend.

Of those who say the war wasn't worth it, the top reasons cited were: false claims and no weapons of mass destruction found; the casualty count; and belief that Iraq posed no threat to the United States.

In today's New York Times, a field report on Iraqi performance by John F. Burns and Sabrina Tavernise concludes: "Despite the Bush administration's insistent optimism, Americans working with the Iraqis in the field believe that it could be several years, at least, before the new Iraqi forces will be ready to stand alone against the insurgents....

"Earlier this year, the Pentagon suggested that an initial drawdown of the 140,000 American troops in Iraq might begin by the end of this year. Now, American generals are saying it could be two years, perhaps longer."


"CODEX by its rightful name is called a tool for tyranny."

Forwarded by "Rebeca Davis"> on June 13

Codex Alimentarius is Almost a Fait Accompli - Scheduled to be adopted in Rome next July 4-9, 2005

Scream Now or Forever Kiss Off Your Access to Meaningful Dosages of Nutritional Supplements

From Rima E. Laibow, MD


June 9, 2005

On Mon 06/06, Dr. Johnson > wrote:



Condensed Version

CODEX ALIMENTARIUS (Latin for "Food Rules")

March 23, 2005

Let me ask you if you know anyone who has actually read all 15,000+ pages of the working documents of the Codex Alimentarius Commission? Well, I have. As such, allow me to attempt to put an end to any confusion you may have about Codex Alimentarius by sharing what I have learned and what I believe to be a reasonable and appropriate level of concern.

Following is a summary of what Dr. Laibow found in reading all 15,000+ pages.

The World Trade Association (WTO) is very close to taking away our right to buy, sell or use almost all nutritional supplements. In addition, the ability of physicians to legally practice environmental or natural medicine and the rights of patients to chose these treatments are about to be criminalized here in the United States.

Currently in the U.S. nutrients are classified as foods [under the 1994 Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act (DSHEA)] and any substance not explicitly forbidden is permitted as a nutrient. Under CODEX, any substance not explicitly permitted by CODEX policy is banned as a nutrient. The CODEX preamble specifies that supplements and nutrients "may not be used to prevent, treat or cure any disorder."

Natural health options will become illegal if either of the following occurs:

1) the United States is "harmonized" with the WTO this spring while compliance with CODEX is still "voluntary"

2) total compliance becomes mandatory, as it will be after the next CODEX Commission meeting in Rome July 4-9, 2005.

Once CODEX is implemented, either through "harmonization" or mandatory compliance, we will be forced to follow the European CODEX model in which it will be illegal to manufacture, buy, sell, recommend, or use any but 28 ultra-low dose nutrients whether you are a consumer or a licensed health professional. Only synthetic versions of that short list will be allowed and natural supplements, herbs, enzymes and other non-pharmaceutical treatments will be banned. The only legal health option left will be the pharmaceutical one.

CODEX regulations have been "harmonized" (i.e., approved) in the EU, Canada and Australia. The United States is next unless we act decisively and act now.

On August 1, 2005, 75 percent of the natural substances currently available in health food stores and pharmacies in Europe will become illegal as a direct result of CODEX.

Once implemented, CODEX ALIMENTARIUS does the following:


The European Supplements Directive is the model administrative agency for CODEX and permits a total of 28 ultra-low dose nutrients. All other nutrients-for example, alpha lipoic acid, CoQ10, fish oil, and curcumin-are banned. Vitamin C, for example, at any dosage higher than 200 mg per day will be illegal. CoQ10 will be totally forbidden at any dose.

Only synthetic forms of permitted nutrients will be available. All natural versions will be illegal substances. Only synthetic nutrients (at ultra-low dosages) manufactured by pharmaceutical companies will meet the molecular standards for use in humans or animals.


The European Supplements Directive has produced a very short list of herbs which may be used and the conditions for which they may be used (another short and very trivial list).

All other applications of herbs and any other herbs besides those listed are strictly forbidden.


CODEX stipulates which conditions may be treated using herbs and allows only minor, self-limited conditions. Treating any other conditions with herbal remedies will constitute a crime.

Ayurvedic, Tibetan, tribal and other traditional medicines which use herbs and natural substances will be forbidden world-wide.

Herbal, shamanic, energy based (e.g., Reiki and acupuncture) medicine are forbidden forms of treatment


CODEX makes the un-labeled use of GMOs legal in all foods under all circumstances.

Farmers in Iraq, for example, must purchase their seeds from Monsanto and are forbidden from retaining seed crops under the new Iraqi constitution. Similar laws exist in other places.


CODEX sets permissible upper limits for pesticide residues, toxic chemicals, hormones in food and other environmental contaminants that are many times higher than levels advocated by chemical and pesticide industry lobbying groups.


CODEX mandates that all animal feed must be treated with antibiotics, hormones and growth stimulants world wide.

Organic, free range and biodynamic farming will become illegal.


CODEX mandates irradiation of food under circumstances now hotly contested by food safety advocates.

The standards which comprise CODEX are virtually complete: final ratification of the entire package is expected at the Codex Alimentarius Committee meeting in Rome July 4-9, 2005.

What we ALL need to do immediately:

Send blank email for info and three faxable letters: Three sample letters can be copied or downloaded in Word format:

2) Sign the letters

3) FAX the three letters to your two U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative

(do not use regular mail or email)

Fax numbers of Senators and Representatives, listed by state:

We need to have a minimum of 1 million faxes to Congress in the next 4 weeks.


Become a supporter of the Natural Solutions Foundation, a not for profit organization to preserve, protect and defend health freedom in the United States -

The Natural Solutions Foundation has commissioned a major documentary to tell the story of CODEX to the American public. Become a supporter of this effort. also provides a good discussion of the domestic legislative assault on health freedoms.

Another resource for financial freedom:

FAX Codex Letters

Find congressmen & fax numbers here:

- then -

1) Open attached Word letters. 2) Add Congressman and Fax
3) Add you Name and Address

Fax your 3 letters to all your congressmen. No fax?

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Email these links to everyone you know and be sure they follow thru.

Email: (have them send blank email)

Freedom Club USA
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United States


See also:

Why Say "No" to CODEX?



Date: 13 Jun 2005
From: star light>
Subject: FWD What the ETs say about Contact  

Aloha all, here's a recent message from James Gilliland who has arranged for numerous visitors to come to his Mt Adams retreat in Washington State to film the many sightings reported there. The UFO sightings have been photographed and filmed by numerous independent witnesses some of which can be viewed on his website: . Unfortunately, his sightings are routinely ignored by most UFO researchers and the mainstream media. What follows is based on his long observation of the UFO phenomenon and interactions with the UFO/ET visitors frequenting Mt Adams. His insights are well worth keeping in mind for the galactic diplomacy challenges that lie before us.

In peace

Michael Salla, PhD


Date: Jun 9, 2005
Subject: What the ETs say about Contact  

By James Gilliland

There are many different ETs with different agendas. Depending on which group you contact or connect with will determine the agenda. There is the abduction phenomena with the Greys and various black ops operations. There are those that are just observing along with those that are here to help. This perspective is from the spiritually and technologically advanced groups that are here to assist humanity in its evolution. We are entering tumultuous times with changes happening in every arena. There will be unprecedented economic, political and physical Earth Changes in the days to come which is why many of the ETs are here. In the past there was a lot of abduction, experimentation, confusion and fear. There were contacts and agreements with our government, there were trades for the authorization to gather genetics and experiment on humanity for advanced technology. These relationships did not have a happy ending. At the time we were on a war footing and those with the best technology usually win the war. At the time we had a choice between aligning with the spiritually and technologically advanced ETs which refused to give us any technology until we chose peace and lesser evolved ETs who did not care about the consequences of giving a primitive. Unfortunately our government chose the lesser evolved ETs which ended in a lot of broken agreements along with a confrontation. We have since learned from this mistake.

These earlier dark events were enhanced by the movie industry which portrayed ETs as warlike, human eating, gross creatures bent on the destruction of Earth and humanity. Add to this the disinformation campaign which costs us billions of dollars every year, the demonizing by some religious groups, and you have a society programmed through fear and ignorance to act out of fear and aggression concerning off world visitors. We ask the question why don't they land? A better question is why should they? Why come to a primitive planet only to be greeted with fear and aggression? Why assist a race bent on destroying each other and their environment? After all it is against the prime directive to interfere in free will and the right to self determination even if it means self destruction. The reason the spiritually and technologically advanced ETs are here is because not all of us are bent on self destruction. There are many who are dedicated to the awakening and healing of humanity and the Earth. Through their prayers and intentions they have opened the door for assistance. There are innocent people that are not capitalizing at the expense of humanity and the Earth. There are also bases on the exterior and interior of the planet along with other civilizations unknown to most which live according to the universal principles and understandings necessary for a healthy society and environment. Not all the ships you see are off world. Some are from the interior and others come from our own back-engineered black projects.

The contacts unlike the past are now taking on a new light. The very presence of the benevolent beings is putting a stop to the dark days of the past. We have to do our part by releasing the past and choosing a future in alignment with the universal principles and understandings necessary for a healthy society and environment. Refuse to be pulled into the fear and aggression of the past and focus on a brighter future. We have the opportunity to end disease, pollution, live abundantly and join the rest of the universe in peace. Exploration of other worlds and dimensions is just around the corner if we choose wisely. We have to initiate contact with the benevolent off world visitors. This will open the door to contact with those on the interior as well. In the interest of national security the only reasonable choice is to align with the benevolent ones. In the interest of preserving this society and environment it may be our last option. War, disease, the collapse of the environment and civilization as we know it is the other option. The choice must be done as a collective yet each individual can play an important part in this process. It is time to drop the fear, aggression, and perpetuated images of the past if we are to turn this planet around. Help beyond our wildest dreams is available. As for those who want to continue on the downward spiral into social, economic and environmental collapse a little common sense is coming their way.

Be well

James Gilliland


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