December 9, 2005

The Perfect Storm Series #4: Imagine...

Hello everyone!

As millions of people commemorated yesterday John Lennon's death 25 years ago, let us imagine, as he did, the kind of world we would like to live in. But first let us recall through his most famous song how he envisioned it...

Imagine there's no heaven,
It's easy if you try,
No hell below us,
Above us only sky,
Imagine all the people
living for today...

Imagine there's no countries,
It isn't hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace...

Imagine no possessions,
I wonder if you can,
No need for greed or hunger,
A brotherhood of man,
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us,
And the world will live as one.

Now as you read this compilation, imagine, if you will, a world free from oppression, destruction and terror, a world of true peace, love and happiness for all.

Judging from many of the news included below, much remain to be done to achieve a better world for all sentient beings.

I would like to believe we are coming closer to achieving this goal with every passing day...

With a little help from our "friends", we can make it happen!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

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NOTE FROM JEAN: If you don't have time to read anything else in this compilation, at least take a couple minutes to read these quotes below... You'll quickly see why I specifically suggest this...

"The United States supported and in many cases engendered every right wing military dictatorship in the world after the end of the Second World War. I refer to Indonesia, Greece, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Haiti, Turkey, the Philippines, Guatemala, El Salvador, and, of course, Chile. The horror the United States inflicted upon Chile in 1973 can never be purged and can never be forgiven. Hundreds of thousands of deaths took place throughout these countries. Did they take place? And are they in all cases attributable to US foreign policy? The answer is yes they did take place and they are attributable to American foreign policy. But you wouldn't know it. It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn't happening. It didn't matter. It was of no interest. The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It's a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis. (...) The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law. The invasion was an arbitrary military action inspired by a series of lies upon lies and gross manipulation of the media and therefore of the public; an act intended to consolidate American military and economic control of the Middle East masquerading – as a last resort – all other justifications having failed to justify themselves – as liberation. A formidable assertion of military force responsible for the death and mutilation of thousands and thousands of innocent people. We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people and call it 'bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East'. How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought. Therefore it is just that Bush and Blair be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice. "

- Harold Pinto - Taken from "Nobel Lecture: Art, Truth & Politics" at
(Also available in French, German and Swedish - More on this below in "Pinter uses Nobel talk to accuse West of war crimes")

"We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living."

-- General Omar Bradley

"To put it simply, chocolate companies care more about profits than the fact that slaves are producing our chocolate. Approximately 286,000 children between the ages of nine and twelve have been reported to work on cocoa farms on the Ivory Coast alone with as many as 12,000 likely to have arrived in their situation as a result of child trafficking. These children are often at risk of injury from machetes and exposure to harmful pesticides. With world cocoa prices so low, many farmers maintain their labor force through trafficking; West African parents living in poverty often sell their kids to cocoa farmers for $50-$100 in hopes that the children will make some money on their own. Sadly, although these children work 80 to 100 hours per week, children working on cocoa farms frequently make little or no money and are regularly beaten, starved, and exhausted. Most of these children will never even taste the final product that results from their suffering."

- Taken from "AFRICA: The Dark Side of Chocolate" at - and also available in this compilation

"I don’t think we should kill other species. We think we’re so much better; I’m not sure we are. I tell people, “We’ve beaten into submission every animal on the face of the Earth, so we are the clear winners of whatever battle is going on between the species. Couldn’t we be generous?” I really do think it’s time to get nice. No need to keep beating up on them. I think we’ve got to show that we’re kind. (...) If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That’s the single most important thing you could do. It’s staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty. And it’s a spiritual thing for yourself. Let’s do it! Linda was right. Going veggie is the single best new idea for the new century."

- Paul McCartney - Taken from
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"We will call it a "Cosmic Sunrise", for the brilliant light from the Great Central Sun rises to illuminate the planet, which is now poised for the great awakening that will be the beginning of the New Earth or the "Golden Age". In 2006 and 2007, dearest Lightworkers, you will be the Rainbow Bridge that will facilitate many millions of people shifting their consciousness into the Higher Dimensions as they prepare to ground themselves in the Crystalline Grids of the New Earth. You, as the First Wave and pioneers of Ascension, have prepared the way and you are holding the Light Bridge so that others may follow. There will be two focal points in this period - the 12:12:13 stargate and the Solstice. (

- Archangel Michael through Celia Fenn - Taken from The Energies for December 2005 : The Cosmic Sunrise at where it is also mentioned that today, December 8th, Pluto moves into close conjunction with the Great central Sun/Galactic Center and that we should expect an increase in "intensity" that will affect emotions and moods...
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"The 12:12 stargate approaches that will take us into the next level of integrating and anchoring the heavenly energies that descended to earth with the 11:11 activation. All people on the planet will receive gifts of spirit according to their intention and the focus of the path they are walking. Take a moment this coming Monday, December 12 to attune to the ascension flame in the Great Pyramid of Egypt - imagine the flame leaping from one pyramid to the next through space and time across the world. The light flaming on Earth on December 12 will give seekers of truth the biological keys to mastery and freedom. These are the 12:12>encodements J.J. Hurtak wrote about in the Keys of Enoch. In observance of the momentousness of this day, I would like to suggest that you tone at the deepest sound you can make, attuning to the creational energies of the universe, holding feelings of gratitude for all that you receive and opening your heart to loving all that is."

- Ariel Ky>

"I've been a part of ERN for a long time now and I invite anyone who is concerned for the welfare of the earth, concerned for human interests and searching for spiritual direction to be a part of ERN. Also many blessings and thanks to Jean for all the hard work you do in keeping lightworkers connected. Thank you again for sharing this beautiful energy."

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Who Authorized The Assassination Of John Lennon? By Mark Elsis
(Hearth-wrenching, detailed description of Lennon's death and much much more!)
(...) The assassin was a brainwashed hit man carrying out someone else's contract, writes Bresler, "he is in many ways as much the victim of those who wanted to kill John Lennon, as Lennon himself." The Manchurian MKULTRA candidate assassin dropped the gun and proceeded to take out a copy of J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, and calmly started reading. The Dakota doorman, Jose Perdomo, shouted at the assassin, "Do you know what you've done?" "I just shot John Lennon," he replied, accurately enough. "He walked past me and then I heard in my head, 'Do it, do it, do it,' over and over again, saying 'Do it, do it, do it,' like that," recalled in a BBC documentary several years after going to prison. "I don't remember aiming. I must have done, but I don't remember drawing a bead or whatever you call it. And I just pulled the trigger steady five times." The assassin described his feeling at the time of the shooting as "no emotion, no anger dead silence in the brain." His unnatural tone sounded all-too-familiar for British lawyer and journalist Fenton Bresler, who wrote the book, Who Killed John Lennon? The assassin was a brainwashed hit man carrying out someone else's contract, writes Bresler, "he is in many ways as much the victim of those who wanted to kill John Lennon, as Lennon himself." (...) At nearly three hundred pages, John Lennon's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) file reveals that he was under "constant surveillance." His apartment was watched, he was followed, and his phone was tapped. The FBI did not keep a particularly low profile around the ex-Beatle, apparently attempting to harass him into silence or at least drive him nuts, similar to the tactic they had used on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., just a few short, but eventful years earlier. In late 1972, when the "surveillance" was at its peak, John Lennon told humorist Paul Krassner, "Listen, if anything happens to Yoko and me, it was not an accident." (...) Placing a person under "constant surveillance" and ordering that person executed are admittedly two very different things. Nevertheless, Bresler's point is that the government did not consider John Lennon a harmless rock 'n' roller. John's political publicity stunts such as in his and Yoko's Montreal "Bed-In" and "War Is Over" were always capable of seizing the spotlight and speaking directly to tens of millions of young people who venerated him. With unfettered access to the world's media, his power truly was immense. Because of this, in some circles he was correctly viewed as the most dangerous radical who needed to be stopped. John Lennon was the most dangerous person in the world, to those whose interest is a world under corporate military rule. (...) The forces that tried desperately to neutralize John Lennon for at least seven years lost power in November of 1976. The Lennon's government dossier ends in that year. In 1980, as those forces were preparing to retake control of the government, "the most dangerous extremist" John Lennon emerged from retirement with the best selling album, Double Fantasy, and was promptly assassinated. CLIP

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3. Pre-dawn dream
4. My Fish Story
5. Ten Keys to Active Mastery
6. Military Madness Poisons Planet: Tons of Toxins Fouling World's Oceans
7. Congressman Ron Paul Reiterates Danger Of Foreign Troops Being Used For Martial Law
8. GOP Wants Secretive Government Gov't Agency
9. Pinter uses Nobel talk to accuse West of war crimes
10. Real News from Project Censored
11. AFRICA: The Dark Side of Chocolate
12. Garbage Collection Collapses in Zimbabwe Capital
13. Report Says 2005 Will Be Warmest, Stormiest Year on Record, Likely Due to Global Warming
14. The most destructive crop on earth is no solution to the energy crisis
15. UN climate talks enter key phase
16. U.S. angered by Martin's climate comments

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Miami Bomb Incident Starts to Look Suspicious (Dec 9, 2005)
Eyewitness says Alpizar never mentioned bomb, passengers were more afraid of Air Marshals putting guns to their heads - (...) This evidence trends towards two possible explanations behind this incident.Either the government wanted Alpizar dead for their own reasons and carried out a targeted assassination under the guise of an anti-terror operation or this incident was staged to reinforce the myth that there are real terrorists running around that the government needs to protect us from by taking away our liberties. This event will lead to even more choking airport security measures, reversing more rational trends which began with the announcement that small sharp objects would be allowed on planes again.Whatever the case, this incident has uncanny parallels with the murder of Charles de Menezes by British undercover police one day after the supposed aborted second London bombings on July 22nd. (...) The Miami Police Department >caught a lot of heat recently for their Constitution gutting 'Miami Shield' program, where cops will randomly lay siege to city buildings, ride buses and trains and demand to see ID's.Were the events at the airport a response to that criticism? A message sent that we need to shut up and show obidience to authority because there are terrorist bombers out there that we need to be protected from? The timing of the two stories is at the very least interesting if not sinister.This is a time of universal deceit, and any major event needs to be scrutinized without haste because in nearly every case the evidence points directly to government collusion and cover-up.

Eyewitness: "I Never Heard the Word 'Bomb'",8599,1138965,00.html
A passenger on Flight 924 gives his account of the shooting and says Rigoberto Alpizar never claimed to have a bomb.

What Planet Are You On, Mr. Bush? (And Do You Care, Mr. Blair?)
More than 100,000 people took to the streets in more than 30 countries yesterday, in the first worldwide demonstration to press for action to combat global warming.

On Climate Change, a Change of Thinking
The cost of battling climate change is too much for the world's governments to swallow. The only real answer at the moment is still far out on the horizon: nonpolluting energy sources. But the amount of money being devoted to research and develop such technologies, much less install them, is nowhere near the scale of the problem.

Chemical in Food Containers Affects Brain Development

Fitzgerald Presents New Information to Grand Jury
With the new grand jury, Fitzgerald continues to consider charges against White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove, who failed to reveal to the FBI and the grand jury in the early days of the investigation that he had provided information about CIA analyst Valerie Plame to Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper.

The Man Who Sold the War
Meet John Rendon, Bush's general in the propaganda war

It's Never Enough: Canada's alarming rise in military spending
A new report from the Polaris Institute, written by Steven Staples and Bill Robinson. (October 25, 2005)Military spending fuels the integration of the Canadian Forces with the U.S. military. Billions of public dollars are being spent by Paul Martin's government on new weapons to help fight the Pentagon's wars, while Canada has abandoned UN peacekeeping. --- Did you know that Canada is the 7th highest military spender among NATO’s 26 members? And the Liberals’ 2005 budget will increase military spending by $12.8 billion over the next five years? That means that by the end of the decade our budget will have grown from $14.6 billion today to almost $20 billion each year -- higher than at any point since the Second World War. (...) If increasing military spending was about protecting Canada and contributing to UN peacekeeping -- then I suspect Canadians would support it ... but that’s not where the money is going. Canada has abandoned UN peacekeeping -- only 30 cents goes to UN peacekeeping for every 10 dollars we spend on military missions. Instead of peacekeeping, these increases are fuelling Canadian military integration with the United States military forces. Is that what we want -- to adopt American military policy? To adopt George W. Bush’s worldview and his “War on Terrorism” -- waging aggressive and even illegal wars? The Polaris Institute’s latest report, “It's Never Enough: Canada’s alarming rise in military spending,” received national media attention when it was released because it debunks some media myths about Canada's military spending and priorities. It’s time the government updated its decade-old defence policy. And most importantly, it's time to include Canadians in deciding what role our military will play in the world. Until then, military spending should be frozen. That’s a simple, fair and democratic demand to make of our government. Let’s include Canadians in an open and honest debate on the purpose of our military and how we should accomplish those goals.

Pentagon Memo: Prisoners Transferred to Be Tortured
Although Bush administration officials have denied that they transfer terrorism suspects to countries where they are likely to be abused, a classified memorandum described in a court case indicates that the Pentagon has considered sending a captured militant abroad to be interrogated under threat of torture.

Rice Engulfed in Criticism for Torture
Rice has been engulfed by criticism over reports that CIA planes used airports in Europe as stopovers while transporting prisoners to secret interrogation sites.

Condi's Trail of Lies
Sidney Blumenthal asserts that Condoleezza Rice's contradictory, misleading and outright false statements about the US and torture have taken America's moral standing - and her own - to new depths.

Torture: America Can't Take It Anymore
The Bush administration has embraced torture as a key part of the "war on terror." Finally, members of Congress, the military and the CIA are speaking out against the abuse.

No Exceptions to the Ban on Torture
Louise Arbour writes that the absolute ban on torture, a cornerstone of the international human rights edifice, is under attack. The principle we once believed to be unassailable ˆ the inherent right to physical integrity and dignity of the person ˆ is becoming a casualty of the so-called war on terror.

War Crimes Made Easy
Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith question how the Bush administration has gotten away with such apparently illegal acts as hiding intelligence reports from Congress, creating secret prisons, establishing death squads, kidnapping people and spiriting them across national borders, and planning unprovoked wars.

Rove Running Out of Answers, Time
Jason Leopold analyzes attorney Robert Luskin, who is representing Karl Rove in the federal investigation into the outing of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. According to Leopold, Luskin has made a desperate attempt to ensure Rove avoids becoming the subject of a criminal indictment.

Mr. Bush, Have I Got an Exit Strategy for You
Gus R. Stelzer asserts that in view of his miserable record, his arrogant lack of good judgment and his failure to understand the gravity of his record, President Bush (and Vice President Dick Cheney) should be shown the exit door with a proviso to never darken the Oval Office again.

Historians: Bush, the Worst President Ever!
Well, the historians have gone and done it. Risking the creation of a White House Commission on Historical Quality to refute their findings with real science, an overwhelming 338 of 415 historians polled by George Mason University said Friday that George W. Bush is failing as a president. And fifty of them rated Bush as the worst president ever, ranking him above (below?) any other past president -- even those you've never heard of who were also really awful. Why do these misguided, obviously-socialist, ivy-smoking, and (of course) American-hating intellectuals feel that Bush isn't doing his best?Well, they look at the record ...# He has taken the country into an unwinnable war and alienated friend and foe alike in the process;# He is bankrupting the country with a combination of aggressive military spending and reduced taxation of the rich;# He has deliberately and dangerously attacked separation of church and state;# He has repeatedly "misled," to use a kind word, the American people on affairs domestic and foreign;# He has proved to be incompetent in affairs domestic (New Orleans) and foreign (Iraq and the battle against al-Qaida);# He has sacrificed American employment (including the toleration of pension and benefit elimination) to increase overall productivity;# He is ignorantly hostile to science and technological progress;# He has tolerated or ignored one of the republic's oldest problems, corporate cheating in supplying the military in wartime.Quite an indictment. It is, of course, too early to evaluate a president.

Don't Let It Bring You Down
William Rivers Pitt is at the end of his rope. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed and maimed during this occupation. 70% of the population is unemployed. Electricity is intermittent. Potable water is hard to come by. Bombs go off every day, slaying civilians, police and soldiers indiscriminately. Iraqis disappear into torture chambers. Religious factions growl at each other like dogs in a fighting pit. Even the children throw rocks.

"Your Papers Please": American Cities on the Verge of Becoming Police States
Miami Police have announced plans to conduct what they are calling "high profile ID sweeps" where they intend to check the identification of everyone entering a public building. Officials claim in doing so, no one's rights are being violated; but what if one does not want to show police their driver's license or happened to have forgotten to bring it with them that day?  If one refuses to participate by suddenly getting out of line and not entering the building, will that now be deemed enough probable cause to get maced in the face and a billy-club across the back of the knees? And what if authorities deny citizens access to food in supermarkets, to buy and sell as alluded to in Revelation 13, unless they comply with draconian identification measures? CLIP

CIA's Secret Jails Open Up New Transatlantic Rift
During the weekend, there were further revelations about the role of the CIA in kidnapping suspects. According to yesterday's Washington Post, the agency carried out a number of "erroneous renditions" - grabbing suspects off the street who later turned out to be innocent.

Bush's Justice Department - Fixing the Game
The rules of American democracy say every president may install his own team of like-minded people in the government - even at a place like the Justice Department, which is at its root a law-enforcement agency and not a campaign branch office. But the Bush administration seems to be losing sight of the fact that the rules also say the majority party of the moment may not use its powers to strip citizens of their rights, politicize the judicial system or rig the election process to keep itself in office. (...) Mr. Bush and his team don't understand that they merely hold the current majority in a system designed to bring periodic changes in the governing party and to protect the rights and values of the minority party. The idea that the winners should trash the system to make sure the democratic process ended with them was discredited back around the time of the Bolsheviks.

The European general public clamors to know: "How can European countries make themselves accomplices of American secret services by allowing these CIA planes to use their airports or by installing bases where the principles of democracy are flouted?"

Ohio Republicans Plan Holiday Burial for American Democracy
A law that will make democracy all but moot in Ohio is about to pass the state legislature and be signed by its Republican governor. Despite massive corruption scandals besieging the Ohio GOP, any hope that the Democratic party could win this most crucial swing state in future presidential elections, or carry its pivotal US senate seat in 2006, are about to end.

Counter-Recruitment Day Sweeps US Colleges
On the street, thousands of students, teachers and peace activists will participate in the National Day of Counter-Recruitment, holding rallies and educational events in almost every major city. The day of protest, organized by Campus Anti-War Network (CAN), and endorsed by Cindy Sheehan, Howard Zinn and Kathy Kelly, is expected to be the largest student counter-recruitment action organized around the Iraq war to date.

CDC Report: Deadly Bacterial Illness Appears to Be Spreading (Dec 1, 2005)
The Associated Press ATLANTA — A deadly bacterial illness commonly seen in people on antibiotics appears to be growing more common even in patients not taking such drugs, according to a report published Thursday in a federal health journal. In another article in the New England Journal of Medicine, health officials said samples of the same bacterium taken from eight U.S. hospitals show it is mutating to become even more resistant to antibiotics. "I don't want to scare people away from using antibiotics. … But it's concerning, and we need to respond," said Dr. L. Clifford McDonald, an author of both articles and an epidemiologist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Hospitals need to be conducting surveillance and implementing control measures. And all of us need to realize the risk of antibiotic use may be increasing" as the bacteria continue to mutate, McDonald said. The bacterium is Clostridium difficile, also known as C-diff. The germ is becoming a regular menace in hospitals and nursing homes, and last year it was blamed for 100 deaths over 18 months at a hospital in Quebec, Canada. "What exactly has made C-diff act up right now, we don't know," McDonald said. The article published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report focused on cases involving 33 otherwise healthy people that were reported since 2003 in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey and New Hampshire. Most of the 33 hadn't been in a hospital within three months of getting sick, and eight said they hadn't taken any antibiotics in that span. C-diff is found in the colon and can cause diarrhea and a more serious intestinal condition known as colitis. It is spread by spores in feces. The spores are difficult to kill with most conventional household cleaners. Even washing your hands with an antibacterial soap doesn't eliminate all the germs. C-diff has grown resistant to certain antibiotics that work against other colon bacteria. The result: When patients take those antibiotics, particularly clindamycin, competing bacteria die off and C-diff explodes.

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US Terror Watchlist 80,000 Names Long
A watchlist of possible terror suspects distributed by the US government to airlines for pre-flight checks is now 80,000 names long, a Swedish newspaper reported, citing European air industry sources. The classified list, which carried just 16 names before the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York and Washington, had grown to 1,000 by the end of 2001, to 40,000 a year later, and now stands at 80,000, Svenska Dagbladet reported.

With New Legislation, Ohio Republicans Plan Holiday Burial for American Democracy (Dec 6)
A law that will make democracy all but moot in Ohio is about to pass the state legislature and to be signed by its Republican governor. Despite massive corruption scandals besieging the Ohio GOP, any hope that the Democratic party could win this most crucial swing state in future presidential elections, or carry its pivotal US Senate seat in 2006, are about to end. House Bill 3 has already passed the Ohio House of Representatives and is about to be approved by the Republican-dominated Senate, probably before the holiday recess. Republicans dominate the Ohio legislature thanks to a heavily gerrymandered crazy quilt of rigged districts, and to a moribund Ohio Democratic party. The GOP-drafted HB3 is designed to all but obliterate any possible future Democratic revival. Opposition from the Ohio Democratic Party, where it exists at all, is diffuse and ineffectual. HB3's most publicized provision will require positive identification before casting a vote. But it also opens voter registration activists to partisan prosecution, exempts electronic voting machines from public scrutiny, quintuples the cost of citizen-requested statewide recounts and makes it illegal to challenge a presidential vote count or, indeed, any federal election result in Ohio. When added to the recently passed HB1, which allows campaign financing to be dominated by the wealthy and by corporations, and along with a Rovian wish list of GOP attacks on the ballot box, democracy in Ohio could be all but over. The GOP is ramming similar bills through state legislatures around the US, starting with Georgia and Indiana. The ID requirements in particular have provoked widespread opposition from newspapers such as the New York Times. The Times, among others, argues that the ID requirements and the costs associated with them, constitute an unconstitutional discriminatory poll tax. CLIP

Racial Poverty Gaps in U.S. Amount To Human Rights Violation, Says U.N. Expert

Weather Modification a Long-Established, Though Secretive, Reality
New legislation not designed to foster pleasant or productive weather, but planned as tool of weaponized weather control, already well tested and in use since 1976. Amateur and hostile weather-makers alike likely to lose their technology to the military.

Bad News For UK Energy
On the 27th October the DTI published the following information, thanks to Nick Rouse for bringing it to my attention: For the three months June 2005 to August 2005 compared to the same period a year earlier:- production of petroleum fell by 16.2%; - production of natural gas fell by 17.0%; - production of coal and other solid fuels fell by 24.9%; - electricity produced from nuclear sources rose by 11.8%; - electricity produced from wind and natural flow hydro fell by 4.4%. What I find amazing is why this wasn’t news. Why wasn’t this the talking point of the day with John Humphrys quizzing Malcolm Wicks in the morning, John Snow presenting some scary graphs at 7pm and Jeremy Paxman giving over Newsnight to the emerging crisis, it certainly deserves the coverage.The 17% fall in natural gas is the most concerning in my opinion since there isn’t the import or storage capacity to make up such a huge difference even if the gas was available on the market. CLIP

BP making big boost to clean-energy spending
Oil giant BP plans to invest up to $8 billion of its oil-and-gas profits into clean energy technologies and greenhouse-gas abatement projects over the next 10 years. An $8 billion investment would represent an eightfold increase over the company's clean-energy outlay in the past decade, says CEO John Browne. BP expects an eventual 15 percent return on the funding, and anticipates hiring several hundred staffers for a new business unit, which will consolidate the company's projects in solar, wind, hydrogen, carbon sequestration, and ultra-efficient gas-fired power generation. This will be one of the biggest clean-energy investments yet by a Big Oil firm, though it's just a sliver of BP's yearly $14 billion to $16 billion capital spending program. Environmentalists greeted the announcement with cautious enthusiasm -- the only kind they have left. More details at

Breakthrough Chip Delivers Better Digital Pictures For Less Power (December 7, 2005)
The next advance in cameras is becoming a reality at the University of Rochester. Imaging chips revolutionized the photography industry, and now the chips themselves are being revolutionized. A pair of newly patented technologies may soon enable power-hungry imaging chips to use just a fraction of the energy used today and capture better images to boot—all while enabling cameras to shrink to the size of a shirt button and run for years on a single battery. Placed in a home, they could wirelessly provide images to a security company when an alarm is tripped, or even allow mapping software like Google's to zoom in to real-time images at street level. The enormous reduction in power consumption and increase in computing power can also bring cell-phone video calls closer to fruition. CLIP

Tsunami Researchers Find Bigger Seafloor Shifts (December 8, 2005)
SAN FRANCISCO - Scientists who studied the seafloor near Sumatra with remotely operated vehicles after a tsunami devastated the Indonesian island last year said on Tuesday they found parts displaced by up to 12 meters (39 feet), nearly twice as much as they had expected. The tsunami a year ago killed more than 200,000 people on coastlines along the Indian Ocean. The discovery will help refine tsunami forecasting and improve coastal warning systems for areas with faultlines, including the US Pacific Northwest, said tsunami modeler Stephan Grilli of the University of Rhode Island."Communities in Oregon and Washington have been anticipating waves of only 10 to 12 meters or so, but now they need to be even better prepared," Grilli said, pointing to the potential for much bigger waves. Grilli, at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union, noted that if a 9.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the coasts of Oregon and Washington, the level of the quake that triggered the tsunami, parts of the coastlines of the two states could be hit by waves up to 30 meters (98 feet) high, or three times more than predicted previously.

Saving the rain forests of the ocean
How greens and villagers, and a bunch of big ceramic snowflakes, are reviving the devastated coral reefs of Indonesia.

World's Seas Rising Twice As Fast: Study
Sea Levels Around The World Are Rising Twice As Fast As They Were 150 Years Ago Because Of Human-Induced Global Warming, Say US Scientists.

Over a fifth of all fish caught are killed and discarded, study finds
The first comprehensive study of "bycatch" -- unwanted fish caught and discarded by commercial fishing operations -- has confirmed the worst fears of conservationists: Over a fifth of all fish caught by U.S. commercial fishers, around 1.1 million tons, are tossed out every year. Commissioned by marine eco-group Oceana, the study analyzed federal data between 1991 and 2002 to find the most and least efficient fisheries. Topping the study's list of bad actors are shrimp operations in the Gulf of Mexico, whose huge trawling nets were responsible for about half of the nation's bycatch in 2002. By contrast, Alaska fisheries have made notable progress in reducing waste. Needless to say, catching and scrapping millions of tons of fish hampers efforts to restore ailing fish stocks. "The scale of the problem here is enormous," says one of the study's authors.

Wasted bycatch detailed in study (December 1, 2005)
(...) Most of the fish -- such as skates, monkfish, swordfish, tuna, sharks, salmon and halibut -- are snared by shrimpers' nets in the Gulf of Mexico or in the huge trawling nets that some vessels use to reach the ocean floor. Shrimpers, for example, catch 114,000 tons of shrimp a year but discard four times that weight in snappers, mackerel, croaker, crabs and porgies. CLIP

China Spill Could Threaten Endangered Tiger
Along with other endangered animals and plants, Siberian tigers are part of a unique ecosystem that faces a new threat: a toxic benzene slick headed toward the Amur River after an explosion upriver at a chemical factory in China.

Hole in Ozone May Stay Longer Than Expected
The ozone hole over Antarctica may persist two decades longer than predicted, until 2065, because ozone-destroying chemicals are still being released by developed nations a decade after their production and importation was banned. About 15 percent of the emissions are coming from the US and Canada.


Found in the ERN guestbook at

Note Nr.: 352 from 2005-12-03 13:03:02
by Gary Toth

Jean, I wanted to get this article I wrote Thanksgiving morning about Gratitude. Please use it as you wish.


I have much to learn about gratitude. I have heard from souls wiser and much more informed than myself of the glories of living a life filled with gratitude. There is a person in my life whose opinions and insights I’ve learned to pay serious attention to just because he has proven to be correct on this type of issue time after time after time. I’ve heard him say “If you want more blessings in your life, count the ones you have and you will automatically receive more”. I know that he holds with the highest esteem the practice of going within to get in touch with the knowingness of self that lies in various states of dormancy in the hearts of the majority of people on this abused planet. In regards to that, he’s said if you don’t have time to practice, just sit for a few minutes and try to feel gratitude. I’ve also heard him say, in explaining the gifts of gratitude and how it relates to love, “The more gratitude you experience, the more love you will experience and the more love you experience, the more gratitude you will experience and the more gratitude you experience …………. and on and on and on. And further stating that once this cycle gets rolling, there is not a power in the universe that can stop it.

But the greatest gift concerning seeing for myself the glories of gratitude happened for me one sun filled day while on a shamanic journey during the summer of 2002 while sitting on the side of a mountain in Colorado across the road from Echo lake. Echo lake sits at about 10,000 feet between Evergreen and Idaho Springs and is less than 2 hours west of Denver. It’s one of my very favorite places because I’ve many times been able to knowingly reach inward and touch something very special that makes life seem sensible and sane in this insensible and insane world. On this one particular day, I was sitting with my eyes closed and focused inward for a short period and was shown a scene from a slice of life that I assumed to be of a human civilization on a world that was not Earth. Or perhaps it was in the future of the very world I call home. I wasn’t projected totally into it, but in close proximity so I had partial access to the experiences of the very, very human beings I was observing. Kind of like if you’re standing outside a kitchen and the air is carrying to you the aroma’s of the culinary delights being prepared for the enjoyment of some very fortunate, hungry people. You don’t actually taste the food, but do get a very real sense of what’s happening.

The main purpose for the privilege of having this experience recently became clear to me; Understanding gratitude and how it affects my life. And what I saw was gratitude induced love flowing out of these people in the most natural way anyone could possibly imagine. At first I thought it was gratitude itself, but now in retrospect I see that what was flowing was love compelled by gratitude to flow outward. It wasn’t like my “normal” experiences of gratitude which is usually in bits and pieces, it was total and complete. These people had gratitude induced love pouring out of them like light pours out of the sun or like blue pours out of the sky on a cloudless day. It was endless with absolutely nothing in it's way. This was their constant, natural state of being. No form of effort was needed. And even though it was part of the mix, there was no opportunity for being grateful for the gratitude they were feeling because the gratitude was so overwhelming it couldn’t be broken down into meaningless specifics. It just WAS. It did appear to me that my observation was happening while a special event was taking place within their society. The 5 or 6 people I was watching all seemed to be facing a particular direction in an undescribed room in an undescribed building and gazing up at about a 30 degree angle. I could tell that this event I was watching was happening in a similar fashion all over their world. Gratitude was not only an effortless experience for them, it could also have effort applied to it resulting in some type of amplification of the love energy it inspired to gush out in explosion like fashion from their planet to anything fortunate enough to be in it’s path. Which could easily and realistically be described as everything else in existence. And as a bomb going off shows no discrimination and total indifference to it’s annihilation of anything in it’s proximity, this gratitude inspired love energy showed those same qualities with the exception of appearing to break the laws of physics with the elimination of the proximity factor. It maintained a constant intensity no matter how far from it’s originating point it got.

We as human beings experience a flow of energy within our beings. Many years ago it was described to me that we are caught in a backward flow of energy. That is, we try to pull love into us from our external world, while the reality, that the love we are searching for high and low is lying inside us and going largely unrecognized. A better choice to pull toward us from our external world is gratitude. When this is done, it acts as a carrier or instigator for the love within us to flow out into our external world. Then, a very delightful byproduct of that effort is that we experience the love as it flows outward. A useful, but not entirely accurate, image would be to imagine the gratitude energy being pulled in and entering us through the top of our head. Then flowing down to the heart area and compelling the love within to exit from that point and gently touch and influence everything around us. The gratitude energy then loops back around and does the same thing over and over again, catalyzing the love energy to flow outward. Attempting to pull the “Love“ energy into us totally mucks up the established natural flow. Instead, attempting to pull the “Gratitude” energy into us is a conscious way for us to reverse the backward flow of energy that dominates our way of being. Gratitude and Love are opposite sides of the same coin. In our dualistic world, it’s impossible to have one without the other. Each is the only food the other thrives on. In our lives, it is the ultimate expression, the great dance and worthy of our complete, no holds barred involvement.

It just so happens that the day this is being written is Thanksgiving day 2005. And I started writing it at about 1:30am this morning because I couldn’t sleep. Yesterday I started to refer to this day as Gratitude Day. The word “Thanksgiving” has almost lost all meaning. I think of families all over the country stuffing themselves sick with hormone laced butterball turkeys. Then, the men, watching some football game that most have no emotional involvement in while the triptifiene from the turkey takes over and deactivates them into snoring lumps while the game goes on, uninterrupted from any lack of emotion they wouldn’t be putting into it anyway. And while the snoring and blubbering wafts through the house, the women dutifully clean up the kitchen. So from this day forward, this day will be known to me as Gratitude Day. A day to be reminded to practice re-establishing the natural flow of energy as originally intended. It’s been pointed out to me that there are plenty of things to be grateful for and the vast majority are outside myself. It could be the oxygen contained within the air I breathe or the tires on my car that hold that same air, allowing me to travel smoothly. Each and every one can be used to assist me in my goal of establishing the graceful flow of gratitude into my life.


Date: 4 Dec 2005
From: Patty-Lynne Herlevi>
Subject: Something I wrote yesterday

Bonjour Jean,

I know that I am not alone in suffering from holiday blues so yesterday I wrote this essay. I think that it could be healing for other people in the same boat as I am. The holidays are almost devastating for me due to dark childhood memories of the Christmas holiday, losing a friend around Christmas time of 1995 and losing another friend around the same time in 1996. I have also witnessed other people's grief and losses around the holidays and so my heart goes out to these people and beyond.

In the meantime, I ask your readers to send loving thoughts my way and to all the others who for whatever reason, feel a great deal of grief and not joy during the holiday season.

Patty-Lynne Herlevi


Confessions of a holiday blues sufferer

(This is a healing essay for folks who do not enjoy the holidays. If you enjoy the holidays, skip the essay.)

I do my best to stretch out the days of late summer and early fall hoping to avoid the festive holiday season, which seems like a cruel hoax at times. I suppose I sound like Charles Dickens' Scrooge, but just the opposite is true. Why do people need a holiday season to remind them to be peaceful and compassionate then spend the remainder of the year, wreaking havoc on the planet? At least the pagans honor the earth during the Winter Solstice and remind us that God is in everything. The giving spirit is present 365 days a year. Kindness, gentleness and compassion are always available to those who choose them. So why do we need holidays that remind the homeless, the abandoned, people grieving the loss of loved ones, of all that they are missing from their lives while others traipse around in the latest fashion shouting, "joy to the world!"

The holiday season is often a reminder of the huge gap that exists between the wealthy and the poorest poor and each day, the roster of the poor grows longer and the wallets of the wealthy elite grow fatter. And it doesn't change anything to toss money at the poor in the form of charity. People need sustainable jobs, wealthy corporations must pay their share of taxes and stop enslaving workers, government leaders must take a pay cut so that money can be used to create a more sustainable world, only then, will we truly have something to celebrate. This world is out of balance, has been for centuries. Wise people such as Jesus Christ, Buddha, Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi came to teach people how to live simple lives in which people honored and respected one another. So why is it, that for most people around the world, the wise words of these teachers have fallen on deaf ears? I woke up this morning with a metaphor in my thoughts, "why choose to be lost sheep in search of a leader when you can be a shepherd with a sense of direction?" Why not just connect to God through every creature, every blade of grass, every grain of sand, instead of parading through this holiday season? Why does anyone need religion when their heart is already connected to God?

During the holiday season, so many people light up like those once a year Christmas bulbs? By the time January rolls around, everyone is back to business as usual. The people who had the charitable sentiment during the holiday season are all of a sudden concerned about competition and the market place. And for people who endured emotional wounds from their dysfunctional families over the holidays, spend several months in therapy, that is if they can afford therapy, releasing emotional toxins. For some folks, the holiday season is as devastating as a natural disaster. They're left standing in the wake, but in reality they are barely present. Of course, there are numerous holiday season comedies which could be cathartic for some as long as they don't get sappy at the end and as long as the humor doesn't contain some moral lesson. And for others, who need a remedy for holiday stress, go dance to African or Latin music until your feet are sore. Share your true feelings about the holidays with others, but make sure you are not sharing your darker thoughts with those folks that truly enjoy the holiday season. After all, we can't spread joy in the world if we create misery for others. It's better to find a support group that shares your discomfort. There is nothing as precious as a strong shoulder to cry on. I have often needed that shoulder myself.

It's true humans need to connect with humanity, the whole of humanity as well as, all the other creatures. If the holiday season could be more meditative and if it slowed people down, then this could be achieved. But what usually happens, is people are overburdened with busy-ness. They have parties to attend, parties to plan, elaborate dinners to cook, guests to invite, cards to send out, shopping list a mile a long. In the meantime, credit card debts increase making the corporations extremely happy, especially since CEO's have already chosen which thousands or so people they will layoff come January. So maybe what is most important is sharing the spirit of the holidays in a simple way. Love doesn't come wrapped up in a pretty box with a bow. It comes from the deepest part of your soul. Love doesn't cost anything, but a kind gesture to loved ones and strangers. Help someone in need to help themselves, cook a pot of soup for an ailing friend, adopt an animal from a shelter, donate to your favorite cause and support those folks who are the true stewards of this planet. Pray and meditate, slow your heart rate down and give your adrenaline glands a rest.

Just don't get caught up in consumer hell because no matter what your religion preaches, no religion is about gaining material goods through the exploitation of others or the earth except the religion of me-my-mine. If you truly want to feel joy, all you have to do is open your heart and express your truth even if it goes against the grain of society. Truth is healing and it is loving. This holiday season, share your truth with others and allow them to share their truth with you. Then this New Year, let's join together and create sustainable life on this planet so we can sing "joy to the world." Personally, my idea of a holiday is a sunny beach far away from the maddening crowd and close to The Creator. If it's only in my thoughts that I can visit paradise, then I will seem rather thoughtful this holiday season.

(As it appears on the world music site, Cranky Crow World Music,


This message has been blessed by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.
May your life be filled with kindness, joy and gentleness.


From: "Helen J">
Subject: Pre-dawn dream
Date: 5 Dec 2005

Dear Jean,

A higher part of who I am asked me to share this vision with as many as may be open to this message. Please pass it on to those who may see the metaphor expressed through this dream.

Please let me know your reactions. After the dream, I got a vast outflowing of related understandings that I may put into a book form, if people are interested.

Helen J.


Early morning, December 5, 2005

Pre-dawn and dawn dream

I was having a dream about what seemed to be a combined school and university outing. My role seemed to be mainly observer but also reserve teacher.

People seemed to be having fun. Some were joking together and having silly conversations. Some were diverting themselves with games of various types. I saw card and computer games going on. Some were snoozing. Some were dancing around a grand ballroom or learning how to do that. There was a sense of the last hours of a holiday.

Then the scene changed. It felt as if we were on an aeroplane or some other similar flying vehicle. We were still the same learning group. The people were familiar yet I did not know their names. We were going somewhere. There didn't seem to be anybody in charge. After some time of cruising along to some unspecified destination. Some of the passengers — mostly younger ones — got impatient and started to move forwards in the direction of flight. Not long afterwards, after shifting about in their seats for a while, others started to follow them. [Presumably they thought they could get off or arrive at their destination more quickly that way.] Others did not know what was going on so they bided their time, waiting to find out. Other people charged after the younger ones towards the front of the vehicle/plane. There was a strong vibration set up due to the rush. It began to shake the 'plane' and the extra weight towards the front was making it dip down.

I realized that it could not be an ordinary plane, because we had been dancing in an enormous ballroom. I also noticed that there were no standard plane seats — nor any seats that were anchored to the floor.

I knew that we were in an unstable situation. The shaking and vibration was intense now, similar to what might happen during reentry to the atmosphere.

I 'thought' and I believe others also 'thought' (maybe I also 'announced') that people should move back to their original places to help the weight distribution in the vehicle and make for better balance. Some did. The shaking continued to get more pronounced however and I could feel us going down. There was an understanding that we should lie on the floor and hold onto something solid (like a wall support) and brace for landing.

As many people as could do so moved further towards the back of the 'plane' and grabbed onto something.

I remember feeling sorry for the pilot up front — and then wondering if there WAS a pilot — then thinking that maybe we were all collectively the pilot and we hadn't known it. Despite the shaking and the deceleration, I held onto a wall support as well as I could and focused my mind on a gentle float down. Again I understood that others were doing the same.

Through the violent shaking and shuddering, I held the vision of a safe touchdown. The walls seemed to have disintegrated and I could see jungle landscapes either side, Then, tall and tangled green-leafed trees flashed past as we descended, slowed down and hovered. We passed what seemed to be an abandoned, long low building. It was roofless, the windows were empty of glass and the walls were green-tinged, covered perhaps with moss or mold.

We touched down none too gently, but remained basically intact. I was shaking and my heart was thumping wildly. For a while I was just stunned. Then I thought I should help as best I could.

I got up, testing to see if I was still in one piece and functional. I had been near the back of the vehicle so physically I was only bumped around, bruised and strained but not much else.

I said that the people (I think I said 20) at the back of the plane should move towards the back exits or any other way out at the back of the plane first. When they had gone, I called the next 50 and so on. Gradually people moved out. I asked those who were not injured to help those who were and soon most of the people nearby had left.

Because the vehicle was so vast, I could not see the front section of it clearly. I was afraid of fire breaking out. I could dimly see a terrible crush of bodies at the front of the plane — it could have been 1,000 meters away. I thought of the pilot again, but I realized that there was real and present danger, so I too left.

Looking around, there was some evidence that there had once been a landing strip here but it was semi-overgrown and untended. People were sitting about, dazed and shocked, on the steps of or near the shell of the abandoned building. I was still concerned that the vehicle might explode so I urged them to move away from it.

I too was shaking (and my physical real-life heart was pounding wildly) and I was weak, but I knew we should move away. I pointed down the barely-visible track and started walking along it. People followed. When we had gone as far as we could, exhausted and utterly depleted, we rested.

I found myself speaking out again. I said that none of us could survive this alone but that each of us had a part of the puzzle that would help us survive. If we worked together and shared our knowledge, skills, innate wisdom and love for all beings — we could make it. Some had physical strength and determination; some had learned survival skills from military training and outback adventures; some had first aid and medical knowledge; some could attune with the earth and other-dimensional frequencies to know how we could work together with the land. We were a microcosm of the Oneness.

If we considered and cared for each other and the environment around us, we would not only survive, but would become the pilot project for a new way of being.

There was silence as people contemplated this — and looked around and at each other. Then volunteers came forward and we began to 'pilot' our new beginning.


NOTE from Jean: Here is in part what I replied to Helen on this : "Thanks for sharing this dream with me. I too have been having some vivid and powerfully meaningful dreams lately - although I have little detailed recall of most of them but I retained often the sense that key understandings had been accessed. One particularly was about how each individual is a precious divine being just as worthy of love as all others - something which I've known for a long time but which I felt with an acute sense of keen realization - as when you have regained your full consciousness on the other side of the veil. I'm happy to share your dream with all 3000 subscribers in my next compilation and I'm sure you'll get several feedbacks on this."


Dear Jean,

Thank you so much for your comments on the pre-dawn dream. It was really a dream, a conscious dream.

It was a metaphor for the changes that are happening within the lives of individuals and also on a world scale at the moment.

This year has not been the easiest of rides energetically and sometimes I preferred to 'take a back seat' and just let things go on.

Well, in the dream, the slightly lazy and occasionally fearful side got over-ridden and I just knew what to do and did it. There have been some wonderful responses from people that I know and not necessarily in a spiritual context either. So I shall continue to put pen to paper and write 'The Spaceship Earth Pilot Manual'. Actually some of it already exists and much is coming through whether I want it or not. Your response helped switch on the green light. So it's 'all systems go' as they say in the movies. I will add some comments I got here. I think you can already see what sharing a dream can do.

Since the comments were sent to me personally, I will not include any names here. Thank you for being you, Helen J.


Although I do feel also that we will be learning to steer our own plane in whatever events present themselves. Another interpretation is the young ones choose to start steering mass consciousness and it nose dives until we realise that we are all in this together and start to fly the plane together.

So an event such as a crash of the system, economy, govt fall which is being talked about could also trigger an event such as this.

Another thought is that we are being tested at how well we work with others in community.


...i know that since mercury went direct whoosh everything has gone from standstill to opening up... today i was so busy in every direction... maybe we are now masters of our own destinies... interesting... and my guidance has opened up hundred fold... amazing!

We keep thinking that someone else is in control, that someone else will save us and take responsibilIty for us, however we fail to realise that we, are responsible for all our thoughts and actions and how we shape our current world and future destiny, yet we sit still and get involved in our distractions to avoid taking action , because some of us are still asleep and not taking any action in unifying the planet and taking care and repairing all the damage.

Mother Earth is really needing some tender global care and preservation. We all have gifts to contribute , each and every one of us. But only when we put all our distractions aside and really connect for the common union and goal to save ourselves, will we only then be able to do something big and substantial and really shift.

We are being given a warning, do we need destruction and devastation again before we unite to survive. We can prevent any more world catastrophes etc.



What I got from it was that you were on "earthship" a metaphor for the way things are going, with a clear sense of unease, then danger put to you, but maybe not to everyone.

I wondered why all the young ones went up front? Why did they think it was better to be there?


Yours seemed to be a lone voice, with all responsibility on you; no-one else willing to take charge. It was asking you to speak out. Why is no-one else speaking?

I am asking because I had a similar dream months ago. And the message of unity and doing together was also very strong.

At that time, I tried to understand it but could not really, except that a plane crash happened on that very same day.


On the way to the Internet shop, I realized that when I received your mail yesterday, it was also the day when the plane crashed in Iran!

Seems like there's patience to be learned... And focus, on the next step, rather than 10 steps into the future... The flowing Now.

I think at the moment when you all realised that you were in charge of your own destiny, you were - from then on... (Such is the case in real life, I believe. We can take our own destiny into our own hands when or if we are ready.) The idea that each of you had something to offer to the whole is brilliant - that you are all a part of the oneness is brilliant too, but we are all also entirely the oneness.

What a fantastic dream! I only hope that we (the world) don't have to experience the crash before making plans to make the changes . . . . yes, do put it all into words - it doesn't matter if it gets published or not, but forming the words and the energy field around them will have it happen . . . . . . .

Flourish and Prosper. Together we create that which alone we can only dream of.


This was not a response to my letter but it must have been written at virtually the same time. It is from the latest Sheldan Nidle update. - H.J.

"As you move inexorably toward the greater Light of Creation, you need to be aware of how the subtle changes in your known physical universe are impacting you. The science of astrology describes the influence of the changing positions of planets and planetoids in your solar system. To be more correct, you need to add the subtle influences of the entire physical universe to your calculations. Physicality is a vast, connected whole. Each part affects the others. In fact, the overall effect upon you of the patterning or positioning of this physical universe at any one time is far more precise than your present astrology allows. Once this science is updated, it can supply you with a more precise means of knowing how the wonders of the universe truly operate upon you. Then you can begin to comprehend that you are both a spiritual Being of immense potential and a powerful creature capable of manifesting what she or he truly requires. This realization is all part of the amazing procedure that is returning you to your True Self."


From: Ariel Ky>
Subject: My Fish Story
Date: 3 Dec 2005

l wouldn't have believe the story about the rescue of the catfish with a mini-basketball stuck in its mouth unless I saw the photos.

This story reminds me of the time in early September this year that I came across a large chinook salmon beached in shallow water on my daily walk along Lake Washington. Have I told you that story? There she was, laying on her side in a couple inches of water, about 3 feet long and a couple feet wide at the middle, a huge fish. She looked in agony with her mouth half out of the water and at first I thought she was dead. When I saw that she was still breathing, I started to tone for her and she started to look less agitated. This is my shaman thing; I tone for animals when I encounter them. I've toned for whales, dolphins, and deep sea creatures, but this was the first time I'd done my harmonic overtoning for a fish.

Then the strangest thing happened. As I was toning, we entered into telepathic communication and she asked me to return her to deeper water. I have to confess the thought crossed my mind that she'd make mighty fine eating, but I hastily reassured her that my intentions were not predatory. I was on a seawall about four feet above her and the place where she beached was covered with stones, so I hesitated at first. I quickly decided to help her, though, and jumped in with my sandals and socks on. The water was surprisingly warm.

I continued toning for her and stroked her first to show that my intentions were friendly. She didn't flop or struggle, remaining completely still. I carefully untangled the seaweed wrapped around a fin and turned her around, trying to push her into deeper water. She was so big and round that the water was still too shallow for her to right herself and I wondered if she'd lost her internal balance, but no, she was asking me again to shove her out a little further. I had to wrap my arms around her in order to lift her out of the shallow water. When I did this, she took a powerful plunge and was gone, leaving me with a sense of magic and that I was living in a legend here in the Northwest.

Ariel Ky



Ten Keys to Active Mastery

Deepak Chopra -- Ageless Body, Timeless Mind

1. Listen to your body's wisdom, which expresses itself through signals of comfort and discomfort. When choosing a certain behavior, ask your body, "How do you feel about this?" If your body sends a signal of physical or emotional distress, watch out. If your body sends a signal of comfort or eagerness, proceed.

2. Live in the present, for it is the only moment you have. Keep your attention on what is here and now; look for the fullness in every moment. Accept what comes to you totally and completely so that you can appreciate it, learn from it, and then let it go. The present is as it should be. It reflects infinite laws of Nature that have brought you this exact thought, this exact physical response. This moment is as it is because the universe is as it is. Don't struggle against the infinite scheme of things; instead, be at one with it.

3. Take time to be silent, to meditate, to quiet the internal dialogue. In moments of silence, realize that you are recontacting your source of pure awareness. Pay attention to your inner life so that you can be guided by intuition rather than externally imposed interpretations of what is or isn't good for you.

4. Relinquish your need for external approval. You alone are the judge of your worth, and your goal is to discover infinite worth in yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks. There is great freedom in this realization.

5. When you find yourself reacting with anger or opposition to any person or circumstance, realize that you are only struggling with yourself. Putting up resistance is the response of defenses created by old hurts. When you relinquish this anger, you will be healing yourself and cooperating with the flow of the universe.

6. Know that the world "out there" reflects your reality "in here." The people you react to most strongly, whether with love or hate, are projections of your inner world. What you most hate is what you most deny in yourself. What you most love is what you most wish for in yourself. Use the mirror of relationships to guide your evolution. The goal is total self-knowledge. When you achieve that, what you most want will automatically be there, and what you most dislike will disappear.

7. Shed the burden of judgment --you will feel much lighter. Judgment imposes right and wrong on situations that just are. Everything can be understood and forgiven, but when you judge, you cut off understanding and shut down the process of learning to love. In judging others, you reflect your lack of self-acceptance. Remember that every person you forgive adds to your self-love.

8. Don't contaminate your body with toxins, either through food, drink, or toxic emotions. Your body is more than a life-support system. It is the vehicle that will carry you on the journey of your evolution. The health of every cell directly contributes to your state of well-being, because every cell is a point of awareness within the field of awareness that is you.

9. Replace fear-motivated behavior with love-motivated behavior. Fear is the product of memory, which dwells in the past. Remembering what hurt us before, we direct our energies toward making certain that an old hurt will not repeat itself. But trying to impose the past on the present will never wipe out the threat of being hurt. That happens only when you find the security of your own being, which is love. Motivated by the truth inside you, you can face any threat because your inner strength is invulnerable to fear.

10. Understand that the physical world is just a mirror of a deeper intelligence. Intelligence is the invisible organizer of all matter and energy, and since a portion of this intelligence resides in you, you share in the organizing power of the cosmos. Because you are inseparably linked to everything, you cannot afford to foul the planet's air and water. But at a deeper level, you cannot afford to live with a toxic mind, because every thought makes an impression on the whole field of intelligence. Living in balance and purity is the highest good for you and the Earth.


From: "Kathleen Roberts">
Subject: Army Dumped Tons of Toxic Weapons In Ocean
Date: 2 Dec 2005

Military Madness Poisons Planet: Tons of Toxins Fouling World's Oceans


Alena N. Horowitz Author of The Tlytiettlym Tree


Leonard G. Horowitz, D.M.D., M.A., M.P.H. Author of Death in the Air: Globalism, Terrorism and Toxic Warfare


Could the views of our children save nature from annihilation? My 13-year-old daughter provides a great example. She seems to grasp what most adults can't or won't. She wrote this article as a homeschooling assignment. Adults may read the following article and weep for our children and the fate of our planet:

"The U.S. Army admitted recently that they dumped tons of toxic waste into our sacred ocean. Our family may live five miles from one of three Hawaiian dumpsites.(1) Who in their right mind would do such a thing?

"International bankers that fund, and profit from, wars are obviously insane for valuing money more than life. Global chemical companies that produce deadly poisons are likewise misdirected by lunatics. Drug companies, evolved from Nazi Germany's chemical combine, I.G. Farben, are also involved. They make money from people getting sick and dying. That's who you can blame for poisoning nature.

Military Madness

"Americans first learned about this dumping problem from clam dredgers off the coast of New Jersey last summer (2004). The men pulled up three World War I artillery shells filled with tar-like black sludge. This turned out to be mustard gas. It injured three bomb disposal technicians called to carefully handle the mess.

"We now know the military dumped at least 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard gas into our oceans. The poisonous bombs and other containers were dropped from Navy warships, and are now rusting, leaking, or about to leak! Add to this toxic tragedy 400,000 chemical bombs and more than 500 tons of radioactive waste dumped into the world's oceans. This is a huge setback for the Malama e Ka Kai (i.e., saving the ocean) and the Malama Ka aina (i.e., saving our land) programs that our community circus performed here on the Big Island over the past two years. No longer pending, this is a current disaster beyond your weirdest nightmare. This affects all of us and every living thing on earth-the place we call "home." Even pigs wouldn't mess up their pens this bad for generations to come!

Commentary and Discussion

"Now if these idiots were stupid enough to do this, do you really think their accounts are accurate and remedial efforts reliable?

"Army officials say they have examined a few of their 26 still known "dumping zones." It may be more because they simply admit lacking intelligence-"See no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil." These monkeys, so-called military experts, can't say where all the weapons were dumped from WWII to 1970 according to the Daily Press.(1-3)

"Does this mean that between 1970 and now the military stopped waging wars? I don't think so. . . . There have been many wars fought between then and now. What makes anyone believe they actually stopped developing and dumping these weapons of mass destruction?

"Investigator John Bull with the Daily Press found, 'These weapons of mass destruction virtually ring the country, concealed off at least 11 states-six on the East Coast, two on the Gulf Coast, California, Hawaii and Alaska. Few, if any, state officials have been informed of their existence.(2)'

"The Army's records of what was dumped where are said to be sketchy, missing, or reportedly destroyed. Military officials haven't even reviewed WWI-era records yet when ocean dumping of chemical weapons was very common.

"A leading Army authority said, 'I don't have a clue where it was all dumped.' Regarding the poisonous threat he also said, 'It can last a very, very long time.' DUH!!!

"A single drop of nerve agent kills within a minute. It lasts up to 6 weeks when in water and kills every living organism in the area.

"Mustard gas forms a gel that rolls around on the sea floor killing and/or contaminating everything in its path. It can continue doing this for 5 years, or encased in an artillery shell, it slowly leaks for up to 90-years as the ocean corrodes the bomb shell. All chemical bomb shells leak from corrosion, and in time will release deadly chemicals, authorities tell us.

"The Army's secret ocean dumping program is now known to have trashed our oceans with 'surplus weapons,' 'hazardous wastes,' and deadly petrochemicals that were too expensive to store, too dangerous to transport, too difficult to destroy, and too risky to bury. So they were just ordered dumped.

"Now think of how dumb these military guys are to have not foreseen all this trouble-for creating something so bad that they can't undo-and worse, they are still making the same weapons for their 'War on Terror!'

"No wonder whales and dolphins are beaching themselves! They are signaling us for help! They want us to wake up!! They've had enough sonar experiments and underwater nuclear detonations. Now we have poisonous ocean time-bombs!!!

"The newspaper reported, 'The Army presumes most of the weapons are in very deep water and are unlikely to jeopardize divers or commercial fishing operations that dredge the ocean bottom.'(2)

"What about everything else that these poisons contact? Are people so stupid that they can't think this thing through? Can't you think for yourself? Do you really believe the lies that military officials tell, and government leaders accept; when it is all so clear right in front of you! Land and sea stands poisoned for posterity thanks to those who make war not love.

Questions and Conclusion

"Why do dolphins, simply with love in their hearts, save people from ocean threats like shark attacks when people poison them and their marine playgrounds? How can they wield such power of love and forgiveness, when humans can't seem to get along with anything or anyone? Dolphins must be far smarter than humans.

Why don't military officials protect innocent civilians from their war-making and ocean dumping if they truly serve freedom in a free world? People believe lying leaders who say they make weapons of war to protect us. Now that I have to worry about mustard gas while swimming with dolphins and sea turtles I don't feel very protected or free. I feel like I'm under attack by military madmen enslaving everything and everyone on a poisoned planet!

"Two congressmen, Senator John Warner of New Jersey, and Senator Ed Case of Hawaii, may push for hearings if the Army won't disclose where the dump sites are, and clean them up.

"'Of course, the Department of Defense has never been known for clearing up messes it creates,' Political Physics reporter Robert Wilkinson wrote. 'This is unbelievable! But for military polluters, it's just another day on toxic Earth.'"

Alena concluded by asking, "What the hell is wrong with the human race?"


About the Authors:

Alena N. Horowitz is the 13-year-old author of a children's book, The Tlytiettlym Tree. The tree title is an acronym for "The Love You Take is Equal to the Love You Make." This story teaches children how to live and work together to harvest the fruit-of-all-the-earth growing on a magical tree. The fruit, harvested with love, heals everyone with diseases in the children's village. This book is an ideal holiday gift for your children and grandchildren.


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From: "Kathleen Roberts">
Subject: Congressman Ron Paul Reiterates Danger Of Foreign Troops Being Used For Martial Law
Date: 25 Nov 2005

Congressman Ron Paul Reiterates Danger Of Foreign Troops Being Used For Martial Law

Speaks out on phony UN-US dog and pony show, EPA testing pesticides on children

Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones
November 24 2005

Republican Congressman Ron Paul recently appeared on nationally syndicated radio and again reiterated his deep concern that foreign troops are mobilizing outside and inside America to be used as assets in a martial law takeover by the Bush administration.

"It's a horrible precedent and it's all part of the NAFTA scheme and globalization and world government," Paul told the Alex Jones Show.

"Obviously they shouldn't be permitted. What I'd like to see is that we don't have our troops in foreign countries and if we needed a national guard that they were back here at home, that's the bigger problem. Then if there were foreign troops on our soil maybe our state officials could deal with that with their own national guard."

Paul elaborated on his fear that after the next crisis the government, in line with their own public statements, will use military assets to police Americans on a regular basis.

"They're putting their back up against the wall and saying, if need be we're going to have martial law."

"We've heard all these statements by the President, by the administration, why they need more militarism at the federal government to keep people in check so nobody knows how this will turn out but I do know that the only thing we can do about it is try to alert the American people to what's going on so they can be prepared."

Paul offered his take on why the government seemed to be acting in a deranged and reckless manner on every issue.

"It's almost like they're going overboard that they lose their rationality and that's part of the reason why they usually fail too is they get overly bold and I think our government is overly bold thinking they are invincible and they feel invincible with their finances. Our government controls the reserve currency of the world, they literally have the ability to print gold."

In light of recent shocking rulings that authorize the EPA to conduct tests on orphan and mentally disabled children using pesticides, Paul made comparisons with a proposed universal mental screening program that he previously had helped defeat.

"I really thought that mental health testing and drugging was so evil and horrible, but this I think could even be a little bit worse when they talk about testing these kind of chemicals. But that's just confirmation once again that we as a country have been careless and we've allowed our government to act as parents for the children and, in spite of the shortcomings of some parents, parents do a much much better job."

Talking about children being in government care being five times more likely to be abused and Congressmen voting for those kind of measures, Paul stated,

"The results are so horrible you'd think maybe a little bit of logic would cause them to rethink their position but it doesn't seem to happen."

On the subject of his drive to get the US out of the UN, Paul pointed out the staged good cop, bad cop nature of the US-UN relationship.

"The Bush administration started bashing the UN and threatening the UN with cutting some of the funding but it was all a game they were playing because they literally gave the UN more power in the name of a reform."

"Who do we have at the UN, Bolton, the arch Neo-Con warmonger and actually what they've done is taken the Neo-Con position on intervening on the internal affairs of other nations and regime change and they've institutionalized that in the United Nations, now the UN is in the business of regime change."


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From: "Kathleen Roberts">
Subject: GOP Wants Secretive Government Gov't Agency
Date: 2 Dec 2005

GOP Wants to Create Secretive Gov't Agency 02 Dec 2005 The proposed Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency, or BARDA, would be exempt from long-standing open records and meetings laws that apply to most government departments, according to legislation approved Oct. 18 by the Senate health committee. Those exemptions would streamline the development process, safeguard 'national security' and protect the proprietary interests of drug companies, say Republican backers of the bill. The legislation also proposes giving manufacturers immunity from liability...

Reporters Committee deplores secret health agency proposal (Press Release) 01 Dec 2005 "The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press deplores the effort of Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) to create a federal agency immune from public oversight and the unfathomable failure of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to consider Freedom of Information principles in endorsing this bill. Senator Burr introduced the Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act in late October... No federal agency has been given a blanket exclusion from Freedom of Information requirements in the 40-year history of the act. Even routine administrative details such as official travel expenses and costs of office furniture would be withheld under this measure."


GOP Wants to Create Secretive Gov't Agency

By ANDREW BRIDGES, Associated Press Writer

December 2, 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) - By creating a federal agency shielded from public scrutiny, some lawmakers think they can speed the development and testing of new drugs and vaccines needed to respond to a bioterrorist attack or super-flu pandemic.

The proposed Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency, or BARDA, would be exempt from long-standing open records and meetings laws that apply to most government departments, according to legislation approved Oct. 18 by the Senate health committee.

Those exemptions would streamline the development process, safeguard national security and protect the proprietary interests of drug companies, say Republican backers of the bill. The legislation also proposes giving manufacturers immunity from liability in exchange for their participation in the public-private effort.

"We must ensure the federal government acts as a partner with the private sector, providing the incentives and protections necessary to bring more and better drugs and vaccines to market faster,'' Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said when the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions approved the bill.

The agency would provide the funding for development of treatments and vaccines to protect the United States from natural pandemics as well as chemical, biological and radiological agents.

But it is the secrecy and immunity provisions of the legislation that have alarmed patient rights and open government advocates. The agency would be exempt from the Freedom of Information and Federal Advisory Committee acts, both considered crucial for monitoring government accountability.

"There is no other agency that I am aware of where the agency is totally exempt either from FOIA or FACA,'' said Pete Weitzel, coordinator of the Coalition of Journalists for Open Government. The coalition is an alliance of journalism groups, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors and Associated Press Managing Editors, that wrote to lawmakers seeking amendments to the bill. "That is a cause for major concern and should raise major policy concerns,'' Weitzel said.

Burr spokesman Doug Heye said the provisions would keep competitors from gaining proprietary information through FOIA. However, confidential business information already is exempt from FOIA.

"There's no secrecy involved in BARDA,'' Heye said. "That is absolutely false. This is an agency that will be putting out information daily.''

Some Democrats question whether the public would accept drugs or vaccines developed in conjunction with the agency, citing the abortive 2003 effort to vaccinate 500,000 front-line health care workers against smallpox. Only about 40,000 workers ultimately received the vaccine amid concerns about the vaccine's safety, which health authorities initially downplayed.

"Republican leaders in Congress are now proposing a plan that would make exactly the same mistake,'' Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., said in a statement. "Their plan will protect companies that make ineffective or harmful medicines, and because it does not include compensation for those injured by a vaccine or drug, it will discourage first responders and patients from taking medicines to counter a biological attack or disease outbreak.''

The bill does provide for limited compensation. However, another provision would grant drug companies immunity unless "willful misconduct'' can be shown.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America said it was reviewing the bill. Another industry group, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, declined comment.

The National Vaccine Information Center, an advocacy group, called the legislation "a drug company stockholder's dream and a consumer's worst nightmare.''

The proposed law comes amid growing concern about pandemics and the government's ability to meet such threats. For instance, the United State needs another three to five years to develop the manufacturing capacity to produce 300 million doses of flu vaccine, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press.''

The agency would improve on Project BioShield, a barely two-year-old program also meant to encourage production of vaccines and drugs, Heye said.

"While some progress has been made, we still haven't seen the participation from companies, universities and research institutions in developing vaccines we might need to protect us from the next threat, whatever that might be,'' Heye said. "One of the reasons is (they) don't want to put their very existence on the line.''

Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, said the agency as proposed would represent a setback to decades of progress in opening up to the public the process of testing the safety and efficacy of drugs.

"These provisions are extremely dangerous,'' Wolfe said. "The fact that they are being proposed, really exploiting people's fears about pandemics and epidemics, is outrageous and goes backward on the progress on the use of the Freedom of Information Act and Federal Advisory Committee Act to increase public scrutiny and increase the correctness of decisions that are made.''

Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike agree the drug industry needs some protections to encourage it to produce emergency stocks of vaccines and drugs, but Democrats have balked at providing blanket immunity without first establishing a compensation fund for patients.

Republicans are pushing for liability protections for vaccine manufacturers on other fronts as well. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is seeking to add such protections to a defense appropriations bill.

Frist spokeswoman Amy Call said drug company concerns about liability are real.

"There's really no financial incentive for them to get into the market, sell to the government at a reduced rate and then open themselves up to losses that could potentially bankrupt them,'' Call said.

The push for liability exemptions may force the Burr bill to the sidelines until the next session of Congress, Republican and Democratic aides said. But Call said Frist intends to pursue the legislation.


On the Net:

Information on the bill, S. 1873, can be found at

NOTE from Jean: I've already networked related information on this in a recent compilation. Look for "Mandatory Vaccines: Ingredients may be kept secret and more" at

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Pinter uses Nobel talk to accuse West of war crimes

December 08, 2005

By Our Foreign Staff

Go at to listen to Harold Pinter's Nobel Lecture

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HAROLD PINTER, the ailing British playwright, used his Nobel prize lecture yesterday to call the invasion of Iraq “an act of blatant state terrorism” and to demand the prosecution of President Bush and Tony Blair.

In a pre-recorded broadcast in Stockholm by the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize for Literature, he said: “The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law.

“How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought. Therefore it is just that Bush and Blair be arraigned before the International Criminal Court of Justice.”

Forbidden by doctors from going to Stockholm to receive the $1.28 million (£740,000) prize, Pinter, 75, who has been battling cancer for years, sent a video recording showing him in a wheelchair with his legs under a red blanket. His publisher will pick up the prize at a ceremony on Saturday.

He said that there were plenty of examples of Washington exercising “a clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good”. Citing examples from the US-backed Contra rebels in Nicaragua to the detention of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, he said that the US and its ally Britain — “its own bleating little lamb” — had traded in death and “employed language to keep thought at bay”.

“Hundreds of thousands of deaths took place throughout these countries. But you wouldn’t know it. It never happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t happening. It didn’t matter. There was no interest,” he said.

Even discussing drama, humour and satire he made digs at the US, saying of one play that “torturers become easily bored, they need a bit of a laugh to keep their spirits up” and citing the abuse of prisoners in US custody in Iraq.

Then Pinter expanded his critique to include “the majority of politicians” who, he said, weave “a vast tapestry of lies” to keep themselves in power. He concluded by calling for an “unflinching, unswerving and fierce intellectual determination as citizens to define the real truth of our lives and our societies. If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision, we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us: the dignity of man.”



Date: 2 Dec 2005
From: Peter Phillips>
Subject: Real News from Project Censored

Cheney's Halliburton stock options rose over 3,000 percent last year
Reviewed by Brian Fuchs

The value of Dick Cheney's 433,333 Halliburton stock options has risen from $241,498 in 2004 to $8 million in 2005, as Halliburton continues to rake in billions of dollars from no bid/no audit government contracts.

Agency charged with spending oversight in Iraq left country in '04
Reviewed by Charlene Jones

The chief Pentagon agency in charge of investigating Defense Department spending in Iraq pulled out of the war zone in October 2004. Therefore the bulk of money spent in Iraq is not receiving public scrutiny.

Detainees murdered while in US custody
Reviewed by Matt Johnson

At least 21 detainees were victims of homicide while being held in US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan. The detainees died during interrogations conducted by Navy SEALS, Military Intelligence, and the CIA.

Reporters Without Borders received funding from NED
Reviewed by Lesley Amberger

Reporters without Borders has received funding from the National Endowment for Democracy, an organization created in 1983 by former president Ronald Reagan during a time when military violence replaced traditional diplomacy in resolving international matters.

The dark side of chocolate
Reviewed by Sarah Randle

The Ivory Coast of Africa is the origin of almost half of the world's cocoa, which is harvested by approximately 286,000 children between the ages of nine and twelve—12,000 are there as a result of child trafficking. Many are sold by their families, work 80 to 100 hours a week, and are often beaten and starved.

Barrick Gold to dynamite ice-age glaciers
Reviewed by Michelle Salvail

Chileans are protesting Barrick Gold's proposed Pascua Lama open-pit mine on the border of Chile and Argentina. The powerful multinational mining corporation plans to "relocate" three glaciers, which are the primary water source of Huasco Valley. Cyanide leaching will poison the water supply and create "an environmental and social nightmare."

US military displaces Sunni populations
Reviewed by Ned Patterson

The US military displaced entire populations of Sunni cities ahead of the constitutional referendum in Iraq. The majority of Sunnis have been threatening to vote against the US-engineered constitution.

UN accommodates human rights abuse in Haiti
Reviewed by Matt Johnson

Under the eye of UN peacekeepers and armed with US weapons, Haitian police forces have fired on unarmed demonstrators associated with the opposition Lavolas party on several occasions.

Mexico defies US and joins International Criminal Court
Reviewed by Bailey Malone

Mexico formally joined the International Criminal Court on October 28 as its one hundredth member, refusing to sign a bilateral agreement with the US to exempt Americans from the court's jurisdiction over war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Lockheed Martin becomes big player in prisoner interrogations
Reviewed by Charlene Jones

Lockheed Martin, the world's biggest military company, has acquired Sytex, which provides "personnel and technology solutions to the Pentagon's Northern Command, the Army's Intelligence and Security Command, and the Department of Homeland Security." Consequently, Lockheed Martin has become one of the biggest recruiters of private interrogators-unaccountable to any legal authority or disciplinary procedure.

Boeing whistleblowers say planes must be grounded
Reviewed by David Abbott

A current whistleblower lawsuit accuses Boeing of using thousands of dangerously defective parts in the construction of airplanes sold to the US government, mostly for military use. A Mother Jones investigation further determines that at least 1,600 Boeing commercial jets-many still flying-are likely to have the same "flight safety critical" defects.




AFRICA: The Dark Side of Chocolate

by Kate McMahon, Alternet, Wiretap

October 28th, 2005

On Halloween night, kids across the neighborhood can be heard howling with delight. Veins spiked with sugar and goody bags overflowing with Peanut Butter Cups and Hershey's bars propel tiny devils, ghouls and goblins from door to door.

Beyond the grinning jack-o-lanterns and just past the haunted house, the true horror of Halloween may be buried beneath the clever disguise of the seemingly sweet candy makers. This July, major chocolate producers such as Mars, Hershey's and Nestle revealed that they were more about tricks than treats.

The truth behind the chocolate is anything but sweet. On the Ivory Coast of Africa, the origin of nearly half of the world's cocoa, hundreds of thousands of children work or are enslaved on cocoa farms. With poverty running rampant and average cocoa revenues ranging from $30-$108 per household member per year, producers have no choice but to utilize child labor for dangerous farming tasks. Some children, seeking to help their poor families, even end up as slaves on cocoa farms far from home. Slavery drags on and we are paying the slaveholder's wages.

In 2001, following an avalanche of negative publicity, the major chocolate companies agreed to a voluntary protocol to eliminate child labor on West African farms rather than face binding legislation from Congress that would have required them to label their products "slave free" -- a label none of the major chocolate companies would have qualified for.

But rather than accept responsibility for the low world cocoa prices which lay at the heart of the problem, the major chocolate manufacturers placed the blame on poor farmers for allowing their children to work, and adopted a plan which even if properly implemented would leave farmers without the income they needed to feed their families and keep their children in school. Under this plan -- to be monitored by the chocolate companies themselves -- consumers would also be denied any independent guarantee that child labor abuses were no longer occurring on West African farms.

When July rolled around, producers had failed to meet their deadline. After four years passed without follow-through on a protocol that they had created, chocolate companies wanted four more years to reach a lesser goal. Instead of eliminating child labor on cocoa farms, they promised to reduce child labor by 50 percent in two West African countries by 2008, and these companies continue to deny not only responsibility for conditions on the farms which supply their cocoa, but to deny producers the only aspect of the production process they most certainly can control -- a fair price. To put it simply, chocolate companies care more about profits than the fact that slaves are producing our chocolate.

Approximately 286,000 children between the ages of nine and twelve have been reported to work on cocoa farms on the Ivory Coast alone with as many as 12,000 likely to have arrived in their situation as a result of child trafficking. These children are often at risk of injury from machetes and exposure to harmful pesticides. With world cocoa prices so low, many farmers maintain their labor force through trafficking; West African parents living in poverty often sell their kids to cocoa farmers for $50-$100 in hopes that the children will make some money on their own.

Sadly, although these children work 80 to 100 hours per week, children working on cocoa farms frequently make little or no money and are regularly beaten, starved, and exhausted. Most of these children will never even taste the final product that results from their suffering.

How can consumers tell whether or not the products they consume are produced by slaves? The $13 billion dollar chocolate industry is dominated by two firms: Hershey's and M&M's/Mars. Both of these companies use mostly Ivory Coast cocoa; their products are almost certainly produced partly by slaves.

Although these companies have publicly condemned and expressed outrage at the use of child slavery, they admit their ongoing purchase of Ivory Coast cocoa.
Another major player in the cocoa industry is Nestle. Nestle recently made waves in the U.K. by introducing the first line of fair trade coffee from a major roaster in that country. But their continued refusal to extend a fair price to cocoa farmers and their children underlines the shallowness of their commitment.

As one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world and the third largest buyer of cocoa from the Ivory Coast, Nestle bears responsible for eliminating slave and child labor from the chocolate production processes. With processing, storage and export facilities throughout the Ivory Coast, Nestle is well aware of the tragically unjust labor practices taking place on the farms with which it continues to do business. The enormity of Nestle's profits (over $65 billion in annual sales) and its leveraged position in the food industry underline the company's culpability and capability to ensure a fair wage and fair labor practices.

Mars, Hershey's and Nestle argue that it would be impossible for them to control the labor practices of their suppliers, but a number of other large corporations have exemplified this possibility. These companies include Clif Bar, Cloud Nine, Dagoba Organic Chocolate, Denman Island Chocolate, Divine, Gardners Candies, Green and Black's, Kailua Candy Company, Koppers Chocolate, L.A. Burdick Chocolates, Montezuma's Chocolates, Newman's Own Organics, Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company, Rapunzel Pure Organics and The Endangered Species Chocolate Company.

The Ivory Coast does not currently produce any organic cocoa, so organic chocolates are unlikely to be tainted by slavery. A solution to the problem of child labor and slavery in cocoa production is on the rise; fair trade chocolate ensures that farmers receive a fair price for their product and that their labor force is not comprised of children or slaves.

Unlike free trade, fair trade is designed to provide fair exchanges with farmers and artisans. Fair trade ensures better lives by providing suppliers with enough money for health care, education for their children, and sustainable production methods.

The major obstacle to a successful fair trade market is a lack of consumer demand. Fair trade chocolate (Fair Trade Certified and Fair Trade Federation labels) is now available at grocery stores and online, along with other Fair Trade products ranging from coffee to sneakers.

As consumers,our purchasing power can push major corporations to abolish child slavery; we can change the lives of children in West Africa beginning with something as simple as the type of chocolate we buy.

This Halloween, over five hundred households across the country will be offering fair trade Halloween treats. In addition, schools, churches and individuals will be calling and writing in to Nestle to demand a commitment to fair trade and an end to child slavery.

Don't take candy from strangers. Know where your chocolate comes from and ensure that it was produced in a fair way for a fair price. Start by buying fair trade Halloween candy this month.

To end producer poverty and child labor on cocoa farms, call Nestle CEO Joe Weller at 1-800-225-2270 and demand fair trade.

You can also send a handwritten letter to: Nestle USA, Joe Weller, Chairman and CEO, 800 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203.


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Garbage Collection Collapses in Zimbabwe Capital

December 05, 2005 — By Angus Shaw, Associated Press

MBARE, Zimbabwe — The smell of sewage and rotting garbage wafts into homes. Acrid smoke hangs in the air where families have tried to burn household waste. Dysentery, food poisoning and diarrhea break out.

With no foreign currency for gas and equipment, garbage collection is the latest casualty as Zimbabwe's economy crumbles.

The start of seasonal rains means the effects are becoming unbearable in this poor southwestern Harare township. Trash is piled waist-high in the narrow streets, and reeking water stagnates in potholes, blocked sewers and drains.

"It is symptomatic of general decline and the national crisis as a whole," said Mike Davies, an official of the Combined Harare Ratepayers Association.

Zimbabwe is suffering its worst economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1980, blamed largely on the often-violent seizure of thousands of white-owned commercial farms for redistribution to blacks. Four years of erratic rainfall have also disrupted the agriculture-based economy, leaving up to 4 million people in need of food aid in what was once a regional breadbasket.

Before Zimbabwe's financial crisis began to really bite two years ago, garbage was collected weekly. Spiraling inflation and shortages of hard currency for spare parts have taken a toll on service. A boycott by people refusing to pay their utility bills because of poor service, has added to the problems.

Three waste management firms have withdrawn collection services across half the capital, citing acute shortages of gasoline, spare parts and equipment, and saying they get too little in fees from the city.

Most of the city's own garbage trucks have broken down. The few left service hospitals, shopping centers and areas close to the center, city authorities said in a report Wednesday.

Already, there is concern about disease spreading in the city of 2 million people. Last month, health authorities reported outbreaks of dysentery and food poisoning blamed on frequent water and power outages that cause toilet and sewage blockages.

In Mabvuku township, in eastern Harare, residents scooped water from open drains during a seven-day outage earlier this month.

Hundreds of diarrhea cases have been reported in recent weeks, including at least 12 children who died of dehydration, said a Harare physician, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution in the increasingly autocratic state.

Executives at a Harare food processing factory told staff to filter and boil the water used after tests showed an increase in harmful bacteria. City authorities are believed to be using insufficient purifying chemicals in the drinking water due to shortages of hard currency needed to buy the materials.

Plumbing firms say blockages in the ailing water system have worsened due to the use of sand and soil as household scourers. The price of cleaning materials have increased about six-fold this year.

Last December, the government fired the opposition-dominated Harare city council for alleged mismanagement and appointed a state commission to run municipal services.

Faltering garbage collection is just one of the ways the economic crisis has hit daily life in Zimbabwe,

At public hospitals, families of patients are asked to bring their own drugs. In the maternity wing at the main hospital in Harare, expectant mothers are asked to bring their own umbilical clips. If they can't get them, midwives use string to seal the umbilical cord. The sale of wheelchairs and prosthetics for handicapped Zimbabweans has come to a standstill.

Court cases have been postponed because there is no gasoline to take the accused to court or money to buy food for witnesses.

The long lamented lines to buy fuel at Zimbabwe gas stations have disappeared, however. There has been no fuel at all for at least 10 days, even at hard currency gas stations. The only fuel on sale is on the black market at exorbitant rates.


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Report Says 2005 Will Be Warmest, Stormiest Year on Record, Likely Due to Global Warming

December 07, 2005 — By Phil Couvrette, Associated Press

MONTREAL — This year is likely to go down as the hottest, stormiest and driest ever on Planet Earth, making a strong case for the urgent need to combat global warming, said a report released Tuesday at the U.N. Climate Change Conference.

The report by the international environmental group WWF said 2005 is shaping up as the worst ever for extreme weather, with the hottest temperatures, most Arctic melting, worst Atlantic hurricane season and warmest Caribbean waters. It's also been the driest year for many decades in the Amazon, where a drought may surpass anything in the past century.

The report used data from U.S. government sources and the World Meteorological Organization. It was released on the sidelines of the U.N. conference reviewing and upgrading the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty that commits 35 industrialized nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions more than 5 percent by 2012.

Kyoto targets carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping gases blamed for rising global temperatures and disrupted weather patterns. Many scientists believe that if the temperatures continue to rise, deadly extreme weather will continue to kill humans, disrupt lifestyles and render some animal species extinct.

In October this year, the report noted, NASA reported that the global average temperature was already 0.1 Fahrenheit warmer than in 1998, the record year.

Lara Hansen, chief scientist for WWF's Climate Change Program, said there was more at play than the cyclical patterns explaining the number of hurricanes this year.

"There is a cyclical signature to hurricanes, but what were seeing now is even beyond what that cyclical nature would lead us to believe has happened," Hansen told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Washington. She pointed to the failure of the National Hurricane Center to predict how many hurricanes there would be in 2005.

Last year, the hurricane center predicted 18 to 21 storms, but so many were recorded that the official naming of them exceeded the Roman alphabet and had to be supplemented with letters of the Greek alphabet.

Waters in the Caribbean were also hotter for a longer period of time than previously measured, causing extensive bleaching from Colombia to the Florida Keys, she said.

Consequences also are being felt up North, where the smallest area of Arctic sea ice ever was recorded in September -- 500,000 square miles (1295,000 square kilometers) smaller than the historic average -- and a 9.8 percent decline, per decade, of perennial sea ice cover, the report said.

The numbers echo concerns of Canada's Inuit, who in their own report issued last week observed eroding shorelines, thinning ice and losses of hunting and polar bears, all having a major impact on their lives.

Hansen said some predictions indicate that the Arctic North could become ice-free by the end of the century, even possibly by mid-century.

"The rate at which we are losing sea ice goes beyond the normal models of what we would think would be happening," she said.

With so many environmental flash points, Hansen said the world must accept the urgency of preventing global warming, despite the lack of leadership from Washington.

"The most impact, the most quickly, with the longest guarantee of success is reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuel," she said.

The United States, which produces one-fourth of the world's pollution, has refused to join the Kyoto Protocol, resisting any binding commitments to curb global warming by capping industrial emissions of greenhouse gases, saying it would harm the U.S economy.

U.S. President George W. Bush instead has called for an 18 percent reduction in the U.S. growth rate of greenhouse gases by 2012 and commits about US$5 billion (euro4.3 billion) a year to global warming science and technology.


See also:

Epsilon Still a Hurricane in Atlantic (December 8, 2005)
MIAMI - Stubborn Hurricane Epsilon clung to life in the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, days after forecasters predicted its demise. The 26th storm of the record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season was no immediate threat to any land area but was still a hurricane with 75 mph (120 kph) winds. (...) The six-month hurricane season officially ended on Nov. 30, the day after Epsilon was born. Forecasters said Epsilon was expected to weaken in the
next 24 hours. This year's 26 tropical storms broke the record of 21 set in 1933. Epsilon
was the 14th hurricane, beating a record of 12 set in 1969. CLIP


Forwarded by "Mark Graffis">


The most destructive crop on earth is no solution to the energy crisis

By promoting biodiesel as a substitute, we have missed the fact that it is worse than the fossil-fuel burning it replaces

George Monbiot Tuesday December 6, 2005 The Guardian

Over the past two years I have made an uncomfortable discovery. Like most environmentalists, I have been as blind to the constraints affecting our energy supply as my opponents have been to climate change. I now realise that I have entertained a belief in magic.

In 2003, the biologist Jeffrey Dukes calculated that the fossil fuels we burn in one year were made from organic matter "containing 44 x 1018 grams of carbon, which is more than 400 times the net primary productivity of the planet's current biota". In plain English, this means that every year we use four centuries' worth of plants and animals.

The idea that we can simply replace this fossil legacy - and the extraordinary power densities it gives us - with ambient energy is the stuff of science fiction. There is simply no substitute for cutting back. But substitutes are being sought everywhere. They are being promoted today at the climate talks in Montreal, by states - such as ours - that seek to avoid the hard decisions climate change demands. And at least one substitute is worse than the fossil-fuel burning it replaces.

The last time I drew attention to the hazards of making diesel fuel from vegetable oils, I received as much abuse as I have ever been sent for my stance on the Iraq war. The biodiesel missionaries, I discovered, are as vociferous in their denial as the executives of Exxon. I am now prepared to admit that my previous column was wrong. But they're not going to like it. I was wrong because I underestimated the fuel's destructive impact.

Before I go any further, I should make it clear that turning used chip fat into motor fuel is a good thing. The people slithering around all day in vats of filth are performing a service to society. But there is enough waste cooking oil in the UK to meet a 380th of our demand for road transport fuel. Beyond that, the trouble begins.

When I wrote about it last year, I thought that the biggest problem caused by biodiesel was that it set up a competition for land use. Arable land that would otherwise have been used to grow food would instead be used to grow fuel. But now I find that something even worse is happening. The biodiesel industry has accidentally invented the world's most carbon-intensive fuel.

In promoting biodiesel - as the EU, the British and US governments and thousands of environmental campaigners do - you might imagine that you are creating a market for old chip fat, or rapeseed oil, or oil from algae grown in desert ponds. In reality you are creating a market for the most destructive crop on earth.

Last week, the chairman of Malaysia's federal land development authority announced that he was about to build a new biodiesel plant. His was the ninth such decision in four months. Four new refineries are being built in Peninsula Malaysia, one in Sarawak and two in Rotterdam. Two foreign consortiums - one German, one American - are setting up rival plants in Singapore. All of them will be making biodiesel from the same source: oil from palm trees.

"The demand for biodiesel," the Malaysian Star reports, "will come from the European Community ... This fresh demand ... would, at the very least, take up most of Malaysia's crude palm oil inventories." Why? Because it is cheaper than biodiesel made from any other crop.

In September, Friends of the Earth published a report about the impact of palm oil production. "Between 1985 and 2000," it found, "the development of oil-palm plantations was responsible for an estimated 87 per cent of deforestation in Malaysia". In Sumatra and Borneo, some 4 million hectares of forest have been converted to palm farms. Now a further 6 million hectares are scheduled for clearance in Malaysia, and 16.5 million in Indonesia.

Almost all the remaining forest is at risk. Even the famous Tanjung Puting national park in Kalimantan is being ripped apart by oil planters. The orangutan is likely to become extinct in the wild. Sumatran rhinos, tigers, gibbons, tapirs, proboscis monkeys and thousands of other species could go the same way. Thousands of indigenous people have been evicted from their lands, and some 500 Indonesians have been tortured when they tried to resist. The forest fires which every so often smother the region in smog are mostly started by the palm growers. The entire region is being turned into a gigantic vegetable oil field.

Before oil palms, which are small and scrubby, are planted, vast forest trees, containing a much greater store of carbon, must be felled and burnt. Having used up the drier lands, the plantations are moving into the swamp forests, which grow on peat. When they've cut the trees, the planters drain the ground. As the peat dries it oxidises, releasing even more carbon dioxide than the trees. In terms of its impact on both the local and global environments, palm biodiesel is more destructive than crude oil from Nigeria.

The British government understands this. In a report published last month, when it announced that it would obey the EU and ensure that 5.75% of our transport fuel came from plants by 2010, it admitted "the main environmental risks are likely to be those concerning any large expansion in biofuel feedstock production, and particularly in Brazil (for sugar cane) and south-east Asia (for palm oil plantations)."

It suggested that the best means of dealing with the problem was to prevent environmentally destructive fuels from being imported. The government asked its consultants whether a ban would infringe world trade rules. The answer was yes: "Mandatory environmental criteria ... would greatly increase the risk of international legal challenge to the policy as a whole." So it dropped the idea of banning imports, and called for "some form of voluntary scheme" instead. Knowing that the creation of this market will lead to a massive surge in imports of palm oil, knowing that there is nothing meaningful it can do to prevent them, and knowing that they will accelerate rather than ameliorate climate change, the government has decided to go ahead anyway.

At other times it happily defies the EU. But what the EU wants and what the government wants are the same. "It is essential that we balance the increasing demand for travel," the government's report says, "with our goals for protecting the environment." Until recently, we had a policy of reducing the demand for travel. Now, though no announcement has been made, that policy has gone. Like the Tories in the early 1990s, the Labour administration seeks to accommodate demand, however high it rises. Figures obtained last week by the campaigning group Road Block show that for the widening of the M1 alone the government will pay £3.6bn - more than it is spending on its entire climate change programme. Instead of attempting to reduce demand, it is trying to alter supply. It is prepared to sacrifice the south-east Asian rainforests in order to be seen to be doing something, and to allow motorists to feel better about themselves.

All this illustrates the futility of the technofixes now being pursued in Montreal. Trying to meet a rising demand for fuel is madness, wherever the fuel might come from. The hard decisions have been avoided, and another portion of the biosphere is going up in smoke.



UN climate talks enter key phase

7 December 2005

Environment ministers from around the world are trying to break a deadlock over climate change policy, at a major UN conference in Montreal.

Ministers want to agree a deal to tackle global warming that includes the US and developing nations.

Some countries are refusing to limit their greenhouse gas emissions after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.

"There is an urgent need to send a signal to the world about the future," conference chairman Stephane Dion said.

The US is not a Kyoto signatory. It says it is serious on climate change, but is still resisting targets and is instead pursuing a policy of voluntary reductions through use of new technology.

Along with many developing nations, its fears its implementation of the Kyoto Protocol could harm development and economic growth.

'Urgent action'

Mr Dion, Canada's environment minister, has proposed a wider discussion of what various countries might be prepared to do after 2012.

This would run alongside negotiations on new, more stringent carbon reduction targets for industrialised nations.

The response appears to have been generally positive, with China and Australia - which rejected the Kyoto limits - said to be among those supporting the move.

But India, some of the major oil producing nations and the US - the world's largest carbon emitter - do not seem to have been won over, says the BBC's Elizabeth Blunt in Montreal.

Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin said environmental changes to Canada's north proved that urgent action was needed.

"The time is past to debate the impact of climate change. We no longer need to ask people to imagine its effects, for now we can see them," he said.

In a video address to delegates, French President Jacques Chirac said climate change was "a brutal and urgent reality, the most serious threat weighing on the future of humanity".

Meanwhile, a leading US climate scientist has warned that the world has just one decade to get to grips with climate change.

Dr James Hansen told a meeting of American Geophysical Union in San Francisco that just 1C more of warming would take the Earth into climate patterns it has not experienced for more than 500,000 years.

But determined action on energy efficiency to bring about reductions in greenhouse gas emission could lead to some stabilisation, he said.


See also:

Greenland glacier races to ocean (8 December 2005)
Kangerdlugssuaq is 7km wide, 30km long and 1km deep - Scientists have been monitoring what they say may be the fastest moving glacier on the planet. Kangerdlugssuaq Glacier on the east coast of Greenland has been clocked using GPS equipment and satellites to be flowing at a rate of 14km per year. It is also losing mass extremely fast, with its front end retreating 5km back up its fjord this year alone. The glacier "drains" about 4% of the ice sheet, dumping tens of cubic km of fresh water in the North Atlantic. This gives it significant influence not just on global sea level rise but on the system of ocean circulation which drives through the Arctic. "We've seen a 5km retreat of the terminus, we've see an almost 300% acceleration in the flow speed and we've seen about a 100m thinning of the glacier - all occurring in the last one or so years," said Dr Gordon Hamilton, of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine. "These are very dramatic changes." And they are not confined to Kangerdlugssuaq. CLIP

'Gas muzzlers' challenge Bush (3 November 2005)
President George W Bush is facing a rebellion over his softly-softly approach to climate change. Nine north-eastern states are poised to sign an agreement setting Kyoto-style legal limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power stations. California is hoping to cut emissions from cars by 30%New York and New Jersey are among these rebel states. And in California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is forging ahead with legislation to cut emissions from cars by 30% within a decade. This could transform the motor industry. Meanwhile, 187 mayors from US towns and cities, representing 40 million people, have pledged to adopt Kyoto targets for reducing greenhouse gases. Some leading American transnational firms are also demanding mandatory cuts in CO2 so that they are not isolated as the developed world moves towards a low-carbon economy. It is all happening despite President Bush's outright rejection of the Kyoto climate protocol, which he said would cost American jobs. (...) In California they think they can be bolder. Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to force vehicle manufacturers to cut greenhouse gas emissions from their products by a third within a decade - not so much guiding the market as holding it in an arm-lock. If the legislation survives legal challenges, other US states will follow California's lead, along with Japan and perhaps even China. No car manufacturer in the world will be able to ignore the requirement for lower CO2 emissions. The "gas muzzlers" really will have made their point.

2005 Costliest Year for Extreme Weather
The world has suffered more than 200 billion dollars in economic losses as a result of weather-related natural disasters over the past year, making 2005 the costliest year on record, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by the Munich Re Foundation at the international climate conference in Montreal.

How the Wind Could Be Our Best Weapon against Global Warming
Wind power has far greater potential than previously thought for providing countries in the developing world with access to cheap and clean energy, new data suggests. Already China, environmentally, probably the most important country in the developing world, has enlarged its target for wind energy as a result of the findings.

The Struggle against Ourselves
George Monbiot delivers a speech to the climate march: These are the greatest political challenges any movement has faced. The struggle against climate change is a struggle against much of what we have become. It is a struggle against some of our most fundamental urges.


U.S. angered by Martin's climate comments

Dec. 8, 2005

MONTREAL (CP) — With one day of talks to go at the UN climate conference, desperate efforts to draw the United States into the global effort to curb greenhouse emissions appear to have hit a brick wall, and Prime Minister Paul Martin is being blamed.

An official with close contacts in the U.S. delegation said any hopes of drawing Washington into the process were killed when Martin pointed a finger of blame at the United States in a news briefing at the conference.

"That was a big mistake," said the delegate, speaking on condition of anonymity Thursday. He said the U.S. delegation, which is directed from Washington by Vice-President Dick Cheney, was deeply angered by Martin's comments.

In his comments Wednesday, Martin called on all nations to join the global effort to fight climate change, adding: "To the reticent nations, including the United States, I say there is such a thing as a global conscience, and now is the time to listen to it."

It is not clear that the United States would have agreed to participate in new climate talks in any case, said the official, but chances now have been reduced to zero.

In this context it is expected the U.S. will veto a new Canadian-inspired proposal calling for further talks within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).

The United States is party to the UNFCC although it has not ratified the Kyoto Protocol.

Experts say there can be no realistic hope of controlling climate change unless there are deeper cuts after 2012, beyond the 5.2 per cent reduction required in the existing Kyoto Protocol.

They also say the international effort will be doomed without the participation of the United States, which accounts for about a quarter of global greenhouse emissions.

Environmentalists have been arguing that Kyoto countries should forget about trying to engage the current U.S. administration while waiting for a more sympathetic regime. They cheered Martin's remarks, which were a big topic of conversation Thursday.

"I think it will come to be seen as a historic speech," said Bill Hare of Greenpeace International. "I really think it was a very, very powerful statement from a main political leader."

The White House is likely to be further angered by news that former U.S. president Bill Clinton will address the conference on Friday at the invitation of the City of Montreal.

Clinton was a major supporter of the Kyoto Protocol while president, although his successor George W. Bush pulled out of the accord soon after taking power.

The visit was arranged on the initiative of Elizabeth May, executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada, who has known Clinton since working on one of his campaigns in the 1970s.

Although Clinton's speech is officially designated as a "side event" to the conference, it is expected to take place in the main conference hall, allowing thousands of delegates from around the world to attend.

Despite the U.S. reaction, Canadian delegates were upbeat Thursday, noting that a committee had reached consensus on a proposal for further talks within the Kyoto Protocol. Those talks would exclude the United States.

The United States is entitled to participate in the conference because it has ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). It is not entitled to participate in negotiations under the Kyoto Protocol, which it has not ratified.


See also:

How America Plotted to Stop Kyoto Deal
A detailed and disturbing document has revealed an extraordinary American plan to destroy Europe's support for the Kyoto treaty on climate change.

Australia Shifts on Climate Change
The US has found itself isolated as other countries, including ally Australia, backed the early start of negotiations for deeper cuts in greenhouse gases, the fossil-fuel pollution blamed for global warming.

US Attacked on Its Climate Stance
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin took aim at the United States on Wednesday for its refusal to negotiate a new global warming treaty, telling a United Nations conference that the world's most powerful economy needed to resume participating in international talks to reduce greenhouse gases.

Trail goes cold in search for climate deal (Dec 9),,3-1916883,00.html
THE Montreal conference on global warming looks like ending tonight with no big agreement: nothing approaching the status of the Kyoto Protocol, and possibly nothing at all. That is not a tragedy. It is more like a success. One of the fortnight’s achievements is to have drawn attention to the difficulty of enforcing the Kyoto Protocol itself, never mind drafting a successor, given that so many countries are on course to breach it by an extravagant margin. It has also been useful to have spent time discussing other, less restrictive kinds of regional treaty and industrial targets which might be tolerable to the United States, India, China and Brazil. The pity is that this may be drowned out by the storm of righteous accusations directed, inevitably, at the US above all. (...) Spain’s emissions in 2003 were up by nearly 42 per cent on 1990 levels; Portugal’s by 37 per cent; and Greece’s and Ireland’s by 26 per cent. Canada, whose Prime Minister, Paul Martin, made a rare attack on the US for failing to share "the global conscience", has increased its emissions by more than 24 per cent in that period. Emissions in the US were up by only 13 per cent in that time. Under the Kyoto rules, if signatories overshoot, they will have to make both the promised cuts and 30 per cent more in a second period from 2013. But this, as it stands, is a sanction so undefined as to be meaningless.

UN conference target of Lennon-style sit-in
MONTREAL — It was reminiscent of the famous bed-in for peace that John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged in a Montreal hotel room in 1969, but this time it was for the earth's climate. A small group of young environmentalists at the United Nations conference on climate change held a bed-in on Thursday to draw attention to their concerns. They staged event on the same day as the 25th anniversary of the shooting death of the former Beatle. In May of 1969, Lennon and Ono recorded the song, Give Peace A Chance, in their Montreal hotel room. Taking a line from that song, the environmentalists sang: Give The Climate A Chance. With a tape of John Lennon singing in the background, the group took liberties with Lennon's song, which has been adopted by the anti-war movement. The words became: All we saying is cut greenhouse gases, all we are saying is give youth a chance. A spokesman for the Sierra Club youth coalition said the group has a message to delegates at the UN conference. "We need strong commitments on climate change and we need to come together as a whole world to deal with the issue," said Matthew Carroll. "No country can do it alone, we have to work together." The bed-in with mattresses and blankets took place in the lobby of the Montreal convention centre where the conference is being held. Carroll said climate change is the defining issue of the younger generation. CLIP

U.S. President George W. Bush is accused of ignoring important scientific research.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Two American Nobel Prize winners said Thursday they are worried about U.S. President George W. Bush's attitude toward science and accused his administration of ignoring important research findings. "There is a measure of denial of scientific evidence going on within our administration, and there are many scientists who are not happy about that," said Roy Glauber, who shared this year's physics prize with fellow American John Hall and Germany's Theodor Haensch. CLIP


Forwarded on Dec 6 by "Stephanie Sutton"> who wrote: “Tough Read! But somebody's got to do it.”



By Ed Henry

On the road to bankruptcy, we've passed the point of no return. We're over the top. The Bush administration borrowed $94.4 billion in October and as of the 18th of November the national debt has gone up another $55.7 billion. That's a total of $150 billion in less than seven weeks or more than $21 billion a week, three billion a day weekends included.

By an overwhelming majority, the Senate just approved a $492 billion Pentagon defense budget for 2006, the fiscal year that we're already into without an agreed budget and operating on "continuing resolutions" or the elements and allocations of last year's budget. It was just a few years ago that the media was in a panic and talking about government shutdowns because of conditions like this, but today there's not a peep from our so-called watchdogs.

At this rate, we'll hit the statutory debt limit in January and there's no way for the Secretary of the Treasury to stall it this time because half of the annual interest payments to entitlements like Social Security, Medicare, and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) are all due in December. These "interest" payments do not require any real money because it's simply a matter of dumping more bogus bonds into trust funds for your kids to buy back (the most heinous part of the pay-it-again Sam scam), but it does dramatically increase the nation's debt.

Last year, $87.6 billion was added to the Social Security trust fund alone by dumping more nonmarketable bonds into its account and calling it accrued interest. Now standing at $1.8 trillion, this year's interest will top 90 billion with no one to pay off this debt except the same taxpaying public that provided surpluses in the first place. And people wonder where Enron learned its tricks.

To top it all off, Congress wants to be praised for voting to cut discretionary spending some fifty billion dollars over the next five years. That breaks down to about ten billion a year or two percent of the deficit they plan to run this year. Once you add in the money "borrowed" (stolen) from Social Security, this 2006 deficit is almost a half trillion. A two percent cut, isn't that frugal?

It's all a colossal joke that would bring tears to the eyes of any clown. Planning a budget so far over expected receipts is not the kind of fiscal responsibility Americans should expect and demand from their elected representatives. Congress certainly doesn't deserve accolades for biting (tasting?) the bullet.

After being shot down in Argentina and Brazil on his South American free trade initiative, President Bush rushed off to Japan and China on what's being billed as a push for human rights, religious freedom, democracy, and the protection of Taiwan - an island where we sheltered our old ally Chang Kai Chek and his entourage when they were ousted and an island still technically a Chinese territory. Guantanamo without a lease agreement.

It's much more likely that Bush was on his knees begging them to loan us more money and not cash in the hundreds of billions they now hold in legitimate marketable and cashable treasuries. These are the same nations that some time ago warned us to get our financial house in order and are in a position to pull the rug of bankruptcy at any time they tire of our blatant aggressiveness.

In other words, it's probable that the leaders of these Asian countries politely told Bush to go home and take care of his own people rather than trying to advise them.

At home, a category three hurricane should not have caused the damage it did to New Orleans . In the same season, we had two other major category three hurricanes that didn't devastate entire cities on the same Gulf Coast. But Katrina, a storm that presented her "soft side" to Louisiana, caused the levees to fail after she passed over the Crescent City "bowl" with sustained winds NOAA reported at 95 miles per hour. Roofs weren't blown off houses like they were in cities above sea level, but the levees that were supposed to withstand a category three storm broke and caused tremendous flooding resulting in severe damage and the displacement of almost a half million people that broadcasters hesitate to call refugees.

President Bush talks a great game when he promises to rebuild the Gulf Coast in "the greatest reconstruction effort the world has ever seen," but who is going to pay for it, is it worth the cost, and how can we afford this while conducting a huge military operation in the Middle East and finally trying to do something about our broken borders?

So far, it doesn't look like much of the money Bush has recently borrowed is finding its way into New Orleans or the hands of its former residents. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), that always was the largest flood insurer, has already run out of money and will probably default or make minor settlements on the policies held by those who were able to afford the high rates of this insurance. Neither have they provided the promised trailers; temporary dwellings that every homeowner in New Orleans was supposed to be able to live in while rebuilding their houses; and trailers that are hardly the thing to provide in a hurricane zone.

Like every other insurance company, FEMA was supposed to pay flood benefits from the premiums they've been charging people for years. That money was supposed to be invested wisely or held in trust where it might at least be gaining interest. But there is no FEMA or flood insurance trust fund, real or unreal. What it looks like is that the money collected for years has been spent elsewhere just as your supplemental retirement money has been spent on wars, invasions, and so forth.

Add in the major corporations like General Motors who haven't left the country to survive and are now closing plants, cutting wages, and turning their health and pension plans over to the government to handle - plus rising energy costs in the face of winter heating - and you've got all the makings of a poor holiday retail sales season and a quagmire in our own country.

All while Washington twiddles its thumbs, appoints committees, plays party politics, condones torture, tries to determine who snitched on a spy, and whether our president and his cohorts lied to us about Saddam Hussein or were the victims of faulty information, plus not doing their job of regulating big business, allowing mergers that run out small local businesses, and generally trying to eliminate the middle class that made this country unique.

"Proud to be Union" industrial workers should be asking what their unions have done for them lately because it looks like the unions, in order to support and continue their own bureaucracies, are off supporting teachers and government workers or those who don't seem to have been doing their jobs very well. More than 70 percent of AFL membership is now composed of government workers. And the majority of American workers are afraid of losing their jobs.

We're already bankrupt, both morally and financially. We're just living in the various stages of delusion and denial.


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