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September 9, 2006
The Moment of Truth Series #4: Approaching The Great Breakthrough Point Into a Brighter Future
A bit exhausted after countless hours of work to prepare this 85 page compilation, I'm proud to offer you this distilled down (could you believe that!) compendium of a vast number of some very inspiring and some very revealing information on a galaxy of topics too vast to list.
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"I too, would like to commend you on the great service you render weekly. Your dedication to doing this is amazing to me! I thank you from the deepest recesses of my soul. Recently, I received the following written by another author friend of mine & sent it on to many on my mailing list. I invite you to follow the links & see what this man, Dr. Len, has to offer. It is amazing!!
"Every one of us has the ability to do what Dr. Len does! How do we accomplish this?
1. By putting our mind & heart into gear;
2. By BE-ing single-minded in caring about people & the world conditions around us;
3. By BE-ing determined to make a difference;
4. By BE-ing totally responsible.
The small effort it would take on our part is truly worth it! We could not only make a difference--but we could make a MAJOR difference.... in our life &our world as we know it today!" Thanks again, Jean. I really appreciate what you are doing to make a difference! May God continue to bless you in your efforts."
- Karol K. Truman firstname.lastname@example.org>, author of "Feelings Buried Alive Never Die"
"As more and more people of a like-spirituality and spiritual perception bond together to seek the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, so will there be little pockets of spirit luminescence lighting up that dark world of yours, inviting more and more of its members to join you in your happiness."
- Taken from "The True Kingdom of Heaven on Earth"
"We are the real creators of the New Earth, not those in power. We will create this New Earth based on the ideals that transcend all faiths, for all faiths have the same, basic ethical principles. We have access to the inexhaustible strength and power instilled in us by our creator, whatever faith we individually hold in our hearts. In the end it is only love that is the truth, and only when we shed the veil of lies and fear will we return to the freedom of our souls endowed by our creator. We should express love and compassion to all those we come in contact with. So go out there and perform random acts of kindness every chance you can. Become actively involved in the politics of our communities and effect change through your influence. This is how we each can do our part to change the way that the world turns."
Lyra Jubb email@example.com> taken from a longer letter she wrote entitled "So, What Can I Do About It?!" which you may receive upon request directly from Lyra.
"We're engaged in a global struggle against the followers of a murderous ideology that despises freedom and crushes all dissent, and has territorial ambitions and pursues totalitarian aims,"
George W Bush -- Taken from Bush Thanks Military on Independence Day at Fort Bragg, North Carolina (Strange how this also perfectly describes the Neocons in Washington DC)
"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality."
Bishop Desmond Tutu Taken from "Israeli Savagery in Gaza"
Worthy of Your Attention
The Creation - This Powerpoint presentation of the universe is a MUST see
While viewing this, try to grasp the full magnitude of what those pictures mean, always keeping in mind the infinitesimally tiny place you occupy in this infinitely vast universe. And then think of the unimaginably powerful Being Who has created this and Who holds it all together. Think of the infinite number of sentient beings having all at once an infinite number of interactions and experiences wherever they happen to be. Finally form in your heart a thought of gratitude for the infinitely blissful privilege you have to be alive and to be so keenly aware, for a fleeting moment of All That potentially IS... knowing all along that by sharing your figment of consciousness with this infinite Sea of Divine Consciousness that surrounds you ad infinitum, you partake as One with this Omniversal Presence that lives in every single aspect of this multidimensional Universe...
Anthem for the World (moving song with pictures - flash movie)
We are One!
Let there be Peace on Earth, and let it begin with me. Mary Robinson Reynolds is on a World-wide mission: PEACE IN OUR LIFETIME. She does not intend to accomplish this by herself. She intends to create this by assisting all those interested in learning the "ways of Peaceful Communication and Living as One." Learning to approach people from a peaceful state is the most powerful thing we can apply in our daily lives. To do this, we must simply be willing to surrender our fear and need to judge. As the great Master teacher Jesus so eloquently taught us: Judge not, lest ye be judged. In the past 9 months our movies have reached 145 countries and provided over 2 million viewings. This is how Peace begins: one person, one relationship, one family, one community, one country at a time. We are all learning the vibrational Power of Peace. It is easy to attack each other when our fears are triggered by our differences. It is our most worthy work to seek to understand first, and then to be understood. Please enjoy the Peace this movie brings your heart, mind and spirit as many times as you need, and please send it along to all those that you know who could use it too.
Israeli History - This is also a Powerpoint presentation - VERY revealing!
Lots of little know historical facts regarding Israel.
Is It Too Late To Turn Back? (Powerful 5 minute video!)
Can we still turn this thing around, or is America doomed to follow this administration straight to our country's destruction?
Motherlode of information on 9-11
Etchilhampton Hill: a gravitational wave detector drawn in crops? (August 26, 2006)
A new crop picture which appeared on August 18 at Etchilhampton Hill seems to show (i) the four-fold pointed-symmetry of a gravitational wave field, as well as (ii) certain grid lines which are commonly used to represent gravity or curved space time: (...) The accuracy of the Mayan calendar was recently validated by American glaciologist Lonnie Thompson, who found many different lines of evidence for a sudden, worldwide climate change on Earth 5138 plus or minus 45 years ago (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 103, 10536-10543, 2006). He has attributed that event to "a sudden change in the brightness of our Sun". His dates from radio-isotope analysis agree well with the Mayan calendar value of 5120 years ago for "end of the Fourth Sun". According to that same calendar, the next major event will occur six years from now in 2012. Could that be what the current crop-circle phenomenon is all about? The crop artists have been warning us about wave-like emissions from the galactic centre since at least 1994: see for example a lucid crop picture from that year, which shows a Mayan symbol for the galactic centre on the left, with curly rays or waves emerging on all sides: In modern terms, the Mayan symbol for "galactic centre" might represent the curved in-fall of stars near some black hole, for example Sgr A*. Another pair of crop pictures at Etchilhampton in 1997 warned that our Sun would "flare" in 2012, perhaps due to gravity waves passing through it. In 2005, the "mace" showed an explosion from some central source (galactic?) in six spatial directions +x, -x, +y, -y, +z, -z, where various star systems affected were seemingly drawn all around: Isabelle Kingston noted, from supposed psychic contact, that crop pictures are being given now "at a cataclysmic time in Earth's history. CLIP
World's first 3-D crop circle found in English field (BTW this is untrue)
(...) "Of late the crop circles seem concerned with the moving of one dimension into another. This is perhaps one of the most striking and overt expressions of that idea to date. (...) "It has been a slow start, one of the quietest years since 1993 which makes it even more impressive." I have been studying them since the late eighties and it is one of the best two formations I have ever seen.
Worldwide Didgeridoo Meditation on 23 September
1. GaiaField Meditation and Prayer Vigil 2006
2. Follow Up to "Birthing a Brave New World"
3. What You Focus on ExpandsWhat You Deny Remains Unhealed
4. The Letters From Christ
5. Remember ...You Are Love
6. Editorial - Global Village News
7. ViewPoint: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress
8. THE REAL ID CARD - IMPECCABLE TIMING
9. 28-Year Career CIA Official Says 9/11 An Inside Job
10. A Message from Qana by Dennis Kucinich
11. Release of the Top 25 Most Censored Stories for 2005-06
12. The End of Eden: James Lovelock Says This Time We've Pushed the Earth Too Far
13. A WINDOW TO THE WORLD
9/11 conspiracy theorists multiply (Sept 8, 2006)
Many Americans suspect U.S. government involvement or complicity - NEW YORK - He felt no shiver of doubt in those first terrible hours.He watched the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and assumed al-Qaeda had wreaked terrible vengeance. He listened to anchors and military experts and assumed the facts of Sept. 11, 2001, were as stated on the screen.It was a year before David Ray Griffin, an eminent liberal theologian and philosopher, began his stroll down the path of disbelief. He wondered why Bush listened to a child's story while the nation was attacked and how Osama bin Laden, America's Public Enemy No. 1, escaped in the mountains of Tora Bora. He wondered why 110-story towers crashed and military jets failed to intercept even one airliner. He read the 9/11 Commission report with a swell of anger. Contradictions were ignored and no military or civilian official was reprimanded, much less cashiered."To me, the report read as a cartoon." White-haired and courtly, Griffin sits on a couch in a hotel lobby in Manhattan, unspooling words in that reasonable Presbyterian minister's voice. "It's a much greater stretch to accept the official conspiracy story than to consider the alternatives."Such as?"There was massive complicity in this attack by U.S. government operatives." (...) Griffin's book, "The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11," never reviewed in a major U.S. newspaper, sold more than 100,000 copies and became a movement founding stone. Last year he traveled through New England, giving speeches in whitewashed churches and gymnasiums. He came to West Hartford, Conn., on a rainy autumn evening. Four hundred mostly middle-aged and upper-middle-class doctors and lawyers, teachers and social workers sat waiting. Griffin took the podium and laid down his ideas with calm and cool. He concluded:"It is already possible to know beyond a reasonable doubt one very important thing: The destruction of the World Trade Center was an inside job, orchestrated by domestic terrorists," he says. "The welfare of our republic and perhaps even the survival of our civilization depend on getting the truth about 9/11 exposed."The audience rose and applauded for more than a minute. CLIP"
Do you believe any 9/11 conspiracy theories?
Do you believe any of the conspiracy theories suggesting the U.S. government was somehow involved in 9/11? (the numbers are still showing almost half of Americans think there is reason to doubt the official story.)
Who really blew up the twin towers? (September 5, 2006) The Guardian http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/worldwide/story/0,,1864657,00.html
Shards of glass and dust from the World Trade Centre towers sit on Professor Steven Jones's desk at Brigham Young University in Utah. Evidence, he says, of the biggest cover-up in history - one too evil for most to believe, but one he has staked his academic career on exposing. Jones, a physics professor, is not alone. He is a member of 9/11 Scholars for Truth, a recently formed group of around 75 US professors determined to prove 9/11 was a hoax. In essays and journals, they are using their association with prominent universities to give a scholarly stamp to conspiracy theories long believed in parts of Europe and the Arab world, and gaining ground among Americans. It is impossible, says Jones, for the towers to have collapsed from the collision of two aeroplanes, as jet fuel doesn't burn at temperatures hot enough to melt steel beams. The horizontal puffs of! smoke - squibs - emitted during the collapse of the towers are indicative of controlled implosions on lower floors. The scholars have collected eyewitness accounts of flashes and loud explosions immediately before the fall. What's more, the nearby World Trade Centre 7 also collapsed later that afternoon. The building had not been hit by a plane, only damaged by fire.
Why The 9/11 Conspiracies Won't Go Away (September 3, 2006) Time Magazine
A Scripps-Howard poll of 1,010 adults last month found that 36% of Americans consider it "very likely" or "somewhat likely" that government officials either allowed the attacks to be carried out or carried out the attacks themselves. Thirty-six percent adds up to a lot of people. This is not a fringe phenomenon. It is a mainstream political reality. Although the 9/11 Truth Movement, as many conspiracy believers refer to their passion, has been largely ignored by the mainstream media, it is flourishing on the Internet. One of the most popular conspiracy videos online is Loose Change, a 90-min. blizzard of statistics, photographs, documents, eyewitness accounts and expert testimony set to a trippy hip-hop backbeat. It's designed to pick apart, point by point, the conventional narrative of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001. Loose Change is a compelling experience. Take the section about the attack on the Pentagon. As the film points out...the crash site doesn't look right. There's not enough damage. The hole smashed in the Pentagon's outer wall was 75 ft. wide, but a Boeing 757 has a 124-ft. wingspan. Why wasn't the hole wider? There's something empowering about just exploring such questions. Loose Change appeals to the viewer's common sense: it tells you to forget the official explanations and the expert testimony, and trust your eyes and your brain instead. It implies that the world can be grasped by laymen without any help or interference from the talking heads. Watching Loose Change, you feel as if you are participating in the great American tradition of self-reliance and nonconformist, anti-authoritarian dissent. You're fighting the power. You're thinking different.
Religious book points 9/11 finger at Bush (September 1, 2006) Indianapolis Star/Associated Press
(...) Author David Ray Griffin tells of concluding that "the Bush-Cheney administration had orchestrated 9/11 in order to promote this (American) empire under the pretext of the so-called war on terror." CLIP
For some, the truth about 9-11 is still out there (Sept. 7, 2006) San Antonio Express
Views shift on 9/11 facts (Sept. 7, 2006) Calgary Sun
Scholars Say Neocons May Have Planned 9/11 (Sept. 8, 2006) New York Sun
Rabbi Dov Zakheim: Chief Architect of 9/11 http://www.ziopedia.org/content/view/1531/1/
(...) And the memory flashes forward to January 31, 2005, and the Pentagon announces that Rabbi Dov Zakheim, the Pentagon Comptroller, has Misplaced a Trillion Dollars. (...) In 1998, Zakheim, expert in ballistic missiles, worked with the Rumsfeld Commission. And more, yes, he is a long-time Bush crony, policy advisor to Governor Bush in the 2000 campaign theft. Yes, it all comes back.In fact, in addition to his System Planning Corporation stewardship, he co-authored the now infamous article, Rebuilding Americas Defenses: Strategy, forces and Resources for a New Century, published, yes, by The Project for a New American Century (PNAC) in September 2000, exactly a year before 9/11. In his piece, he gave us that now infamous page 51 on which he wrote that the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing even, like a new Pearl Harbor. Merde. Im aware this is old history but its flashing back, saying look at me, dont forget. SPC produced remote control airborne vehicle technologies, and Zakheim had the Pentagon means to pay for them. Also, System Planning Corporation markets the technology to take over the controls of an airborne vehicle already in flight. For example the Flight Termination System technology could literally hijack the hijackers and land the plane safely wherever it wanted. (...) Judicial Incs bio of Dov tells us Zakheim was/is a dual Israeli/American citizen and an ordained rabbi and had been tracking the halls of US government for 25 years, casting defense policy and influence on Presidents Reagan, Clinton, Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. He is, as I described him earlier, the bionic Zionist. In fact, Judicial Inc points out that most of Israels armaments were gotten thanks to him. Squads of US F-16 and F-15 were classified military surplus and sold to Israel at a fraction of their value. CLIP
'My Virulent Anti-Semitism' (And Theirs) By Mark Green (Sept 9, 2006)
After years of denial, I've concluded that I'm hopelessly anti-Semitic. Why? It's my terrible attitude. Not only do I disdain U.S. militarism in the Middle East, but I've identified its key enabling causes: intellectual dishonesty, democratic corruption and media deception. But it gets worse: I place the primary blame for America's Mideast disasters squarely on organized Jewry. For those in the know, this makes me not only an anti-Semite, but a "virulent" anti-Semite, which is surely worse. Had I blamed everything on G.W. Bush, "Big Oil", or unnamed hawks in the Pentagon, then everything would be fine. Some might even call me a political leader. But what I've discovered doesn't take me there. Indeed, America's relentless Mideast military engagements consistently support the agenda of one nation only. That nation is Israel. (...) Indeed, the preferential treatment we accord the Jewish State would be illegal if practiced openly within the U.S., since it violates Constitutional provisions mandating equal treatment under the law, as well as the separation of Church (and Synagogue) from State. Isn't it about time our nation started respecting the world's Semitic peoples outside our borders equally, as we're required to do towards the many different ethnic and religious groups living within our borders? This is the core problem: America's "special relationship" with the Jewish State is all about giving Israel an advantage over its adversaries. And to maintain this preference, we Americans are subjected to a continuous drumbeat of noise involving anti-Semitism, The Holocaust, Islamo-fascism, Nazism and so on. This unending, repetitive chatter subliminally softens us towards bending in the direction of Tel Aviv. Without saying so, Israel requires (and gets) special consideration from Americans each and every day.. The latest "crisis" concerning Iran's quest for nuclear energy/weapons is a valuable example of how this political reflex works. Here the message is clear but mixed: Iranians, Iraqis and non-Jews in the Middle East can't be trusted with nuclear deterrence. But Israel? Your nukes are absolutely fabulous, babe. No doubt about it: Israel is not only America's most coddled ally, but Israeli-Americans enjoy government-sanctioned, special treatment. (...) The core issue for millions of Arabs and Persians alike concerns long-standing U.S. policies which favors Israeli interests over those of its neighbors. Foremost, this includes the festering, unresolved issue of Palestine. Therefore, what's desperately needed now is more responsible criticism of America's Israeli-centric policies, not less. Due to political pressures, anti-Zionist commentators and journalists have been sidelined. No wonder there's so little public discussion on this vital topic: would-be critics have been purged or unfairly smeared. Under normal circumstances, those waging war, dissembling propaganda, and confiscating lands are required to justify their actions, not the victims. Yet pro-Israeli American culture has turned this tradition on its head. This undermines our nation's sovereignty, democratic institutions, and the rule of law. For more on this topic, check http://www.govsux.com/boycott1.htm
BYU places '9/11 truth' professor on paid leave (Sept 8) http://www.deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,645199800,00.html
Brigham Young University placed physics professor Steven Jones on paid leave Thursday while it reviews his involvement in the so-called "9/11 truth movement" that accuses unnamed government agencies of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. (...) Jones became a celebrity among 9/11 conspiracy-theory groups after he wrote a paper titled "Why Indeed Did the World Trade Center Buildings Collapse?" The paper was published two weeks ago in the book "9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out" and lays out Jones' hypothesis that the three towers fell because of pre-positioned demolition charges not because of the planes that hit two of the towers. When Jones began to share his demolition theory publicly last fall, he politely declined to speculate about who set the charges other than to say terrorist groups couldn't have been the source. Then, later, he started to speak publicly about research conducted at BYU on materials from ground zero. He said he found evidence of thermite a compound used in military detonations in the materials. In recent weeks, after becoming the co-chairman of the group Scholars for 9/11 Truth, Jones seemed willing to go further, implicating unnamed government groups but not President Bush. CLIP
Guns & Butter: "The Global Dominance Group and 9/11" 1-hour streaming audio: http://www.kpfa.org/archives/index.php?arch=16009
Presentation by Director of Project Censored, Dr. Peter Phillips, at the June 4th, 2006 "9/11 Education and Strategy Conference" in Chicago. This talk is based on recent research conducted at Sonoma State University which identified 240 global dominance advocates who have been the primary promoters and beneficiaries of the so-called war on terror before and after 9/11. Dr. Phillips covers the rise of the neocons and their agenda, who benefited from 9/11 and permanent war, the complicity of the corporate media, and the stolen presidential elections. It's a "who dunnit" analysis and investigation of the greatest crime of the 21st century. PDF for Phillips' speech: http://www.projectcensored.org/downloads/Global_Dominance_Group.pdf
Involvement Of Republican Jewish Coalition & Israel In 911 (Sept 3, 2006) http://freedom4um.com/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=33884
(...) According to a high-level intelligence agent who spoke with Ketcham, "people involved in the investigation of the Israeli spies were at personal danger of being killed." The agent told Ketcham: "There are a lot of people under a lot of pressure right now because there's a great effort to discredit the story, discredit the connections, prevent people from going further."
The Secret Right-Wing Network Behind ABC's 9/11 Deception
Max Blumenthal writes, "Less than 72 hours before ABC's 'The Path to 9/11' is scheduled to air, the network is suddenly under siege. On Tuesday, ABC was forced to concede that 'The Path to 9/11' is 'a dramatization, not a documentary.' The film deceptively invents scenes to depict former President Bill Clinton's handling of the Al Qaeda threat. Now, ABC claims to be is editing those false sequences to satisfy critics so the show can go on - even if it still remains a gross distortion of history."
The Great Debate in Tarrytown: Straight Zion, No Chaser (Sept 4)
In many years of years of debating the great issues of the Middle East, I've stared often enough into the eyes of madness. Last Wednesday night, I hit the jackpot. I took part in a debate about the present chaos in the Middle East at the Tarrytown Music Hall. I was teamed with Nada Khader of WESPAC, a Westchester peace group, and we were set to face Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America, and Sidney Zion of the New York Daily News. Nada is Palestinian and has seen the effects of Israeli occupation and aggression in Gaza; Klein and Zion are Jewish-Americans who side with the Israeli rightwing. Me, I'm just an American goy who became interested in this topic during Israel's blitzkrieg on Lebanon in 1982. (...) By now it was nearly impossible to speak without disruption. As I tried to trace the Zionist narrative from the 1920s to now, citing Ze'ev Jabotinsky and David Ben Gurion, Zion went nuts, screaming, "What the fuck are you talking about?!" and informing the audience that "this son of a bitch is a goddamned liar!" though Zion offered zero illustration that this was so. I tried my best to ignore him (tough to do, as Zion trash talked me off-mike as I spoke, suggesting that I wanted to see Jews murdered, etc.) and talk to the audience, which was getting more stirred up by the minute, heckling and shouting back at the stage, mostly at Zion, who naturally told them to shut up and drop dead. I said that if anyone doubted me, they could go online and find these early Zionist documents for themselves. Simply Google the names I mentioned and check the sources that pop up.
False Flag Operations: Declassified Military Documents Show How US Government Planned Terrorist Attacks Against its Own Citizens (Sept 7, 2006) http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2006/9/emw434292.htm
(...) Concerned with the direction that the US has headed since 9/11, Dr. Robert M. Bowman, referring to the Bush/Cheney administration during a radio interview, said: "I think there's been nothing closer to fascism than what we've seen lately from this government. Bowman is a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, a recipient of the Eisenhower Medal, a former head of the US "Star Wars" space weapons program during the Reagan administration and one of Americas foremost experts on National Security.He commented about the Patriot Act as having, "Done more to destroy the rights of Americans than all of our enemies combined." Bowman is part of a group of notable experts called the "Scholars For 9/11 Truth" made up of professors, engineers, former intelligence and military personnel, journalists, attorneys and many other professionals who say that the 9/11 attacks raise a red flag because they have many elements of false flag operations, such as a "stand-down" of the military defense on that day, one that must be questioned.The group, made up of several dozen scholars, believes that the media must no longer ignore the fact that a growing number of them are calling for truly independent investigations into 9/11, including investigations to look into the evidence that points towards a possible false flag operation.For more information about the evidence that the group claims raise serious new questions, readers can visit their website: http://www.scholarsfor911truth.org/ CLIP
How 9/11 changed America: In statistics
Five years after the 11 September attacks, how has America changed?
Staggering: US defence spending remained fairly steady throughout the late 1990s but since 2002 it has climbed by about 50$bn each financial year (Oct-Sep). It is about $540 Billion Dollars a year.
Dutch Channel 2 television show seen by more than 500,000 explores the other side of 9/11 and reveals much! (15 video - Sept 1)
With English subtitles. "A tidal wave of truth!" Recommended by Janneke Monshouwer firstname.lastname@example.org> who regularly forwards to all Dutch media lots of information she gleans in these compilations.
A conversation on the role of media coverup in False Flag Operations with Barrie Zwicker, author of TOWERS OF DECEPTION
PART I (18 Mins.): http://exopolitics.blogs.com/exopolitics_radio/2006/08/media_coverup_o.html
PART II (41 Mins.): http://exopolitics.blogs.com/exopolitics_radio/2006/08/media_coverup_o_1.html
Concise List of Verifiable Major Media Statements Reveals Major Cover-up
There Is Fascism, Indeed
Keith Olbermann says: "The confusion is about whether this secretary of defense, and this administration, are in fact now accomplishing what they claim the terrorists seek: the destruction of our freedoms, the very ones for which the same veterans Mr. Rumsfeld addressed yesterday in Salt Lake City so valiantly fought. And about Mr. Rumsfeld's other main assertion, that this country faces a 'new type of fascism.' As he was correct to remind us how a government that knew everything could get everything wrong, so too was he right when he said that, though probably not in the way he thought he meant it. This country faces a new type of fascism - indeed."
Keith Olbermann Delivers One Hell Of a Commentary on Rumsfeld
The largest gathering of flatulent old men in the United States (August 31st, 2006)
The clearly demented Donald Rumsfeld told the annual convention of the flatulent, double-knit clad, cigarette-smoking, and beer guzzling American Legion convention yesterday in Salt Lake City compared critics of Bush's disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq to those in the 1930s who tried to appease Hitler. This is familiar neo-con claptrap from the talking points of the likes of Richard Perle, William Kristol, Dick Cheney, and the other Project for the New American Century cadres who come closest to the Nazi propagandists of the 1930s and 40s. CLIP - Recommended by EdElkin@aol.com who wrote: "A bit overblown, but essentially accurate. Deserves sharing."
The War on Terror is a Fraud: 10 Minute Video:
Is the war on terror for real? Or are we being fed an elaborate fraud that keeps us afraid, keeps the TV ratings up, and keeps our government powerful? Watch this if you're not afraid to learn the answer.
In case you missed it: Video: Afghan Massacre : The Convoy of Death:
In Afghanistan, filmmaker Jamie Doran has uncovered evidence of a massacre: Taliban prisoners of war suffocated in containers, shot in the desert under the watch of American troops.
The Media Calls him Al Qaeda, but his Jewish Father calls him Adam Pearlman
The CNN article is entitled "American al Qaeda: U.S. should convert to Islam," and if that wasn't scary enough the article then quotes one of the speakers on the alleged "Al Qaeda" tape, a Jew named Adam Pearlman, "We invite all Americans and believers to Islam, whatever their role and status in Bush and Blair's world order - Decide today, because today could be your last day." The article then quotes an alleged "expert," on Al Qaeda and terrorism, a woman named Laura Mansfield, who says, "the time reference could indicate an attack is near. Muslims believe that non-believers should be given a chance to convert before they are attacked." Booga booga! What the CNN article never mentions is that Adam Gadhn, or "Azzam the American," as the media likes to refer to him, is in reality a Jew from California named Adam Pearlman. I'm not kidding reader, I'm as serious as a heart attack, Azzam the American is a Jew. CNN isn't the only negligent news agency, not a single one of the television networks have mentioned Gadahn's/Pearlman's pedigree, not one. The only news source I am aware of that has mentioned the fact that "Azzam the American" is Jewish, was the LA Times and the Washington Post, and then only in the most cryptic manner. (...) Nothing has changed of course, the media continues its subterfuge, that is why Adam Gadahn's true background remains unknown to the vast majority of Americans, the media refuses to tell viewers that Adam Gadahn, "Azzam the American," is in reality a Californian Jew with a penchant for "death metal," music that just happened to "convert," to Islam, and become an important player in Al Qaeda, so important in fact, that Al Qaeda's number Two, Ayman al-Zawahiri himself, introduces "Azzam the American," in the latest Al Qaeda taped threat. Wake up America, you're being lied to.
Experts: 9/11 won't be the last attack (September 9, 2006) No kidding!!!
WASHINGTON - The threat of terrorism against the United States remains chillingly lethal five years after 9/11, and officials predict another massive attack is not a matter of if but when. Despite a government overhaul and more than $250 billion spent to bolster security on airlines, at borders and in seaports, few doubt al-Qaida's intent to strike the U.S. again. That the nation hasn't been hit since Sept. 11, 2001, may say as much about terrorists' patience as it does about steps taken to stop them. "I know of nobody in the intelligence field who doesn't believe there will be another attack," said Thomas Kean, former New Jersey governor and Republican chair of the 9/11 Commission that investigated the government's security missteps leading up to the 2001 hijackings.(...) Some sympathizers including small pockets of homegrown Islamic extremists already in the United States may not even be directly linked to al-Qaida but aim to carry out its mission. Those who make up al-Qaida's core will wait years, and even decades, for the chance to attack when America least expects it. "I'm convinced they're prepared to wait centuries if they have to," former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said. "They're looking much longer term than we are. So we have to match their patience with our persistence and our continued focus. We can never let our guard down." (!!!!!!!!!!)
Government Scare Tactics (September 8, 2006) San Francisco Chronicle
The latest "let's scare everyone" campaign is in full swing now, because the president's approval ratings go up every time the threat level reaches red. With the enthusiastic cooperation of the media, the government has managed to convince us that we are surrounded on every side by crazed bomb throwers and that we must at all times be vigilant and allow the government "to do its job," which is code for "anything it wants." Here's a headline from the Houston Chronicle: "Latest terror scares show airport threat lingers." That's like saying, "Latest false alarms show fire threat lingers." Since the object of terrorism is to spread terror, the "latest terror scares" demonstrate only that the government is abetting the work of terrorists. Here's my favorite story, as reported by the Associated Press: "A United Airlines flight...was delayed because a small boy said something inappropriate, according ! to a government official speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information. 'He didn't want to fly,' the official said." I hope that small boys do not hear about this. Mad at Mommy? You can turn her airplane around! Listen to the people interviewed at airports. "It's worth it," they say, patiently standing in line. Is it worth it to, say, raise taxes to pay for better veterans benefits? Maybe it's easier to be afraid. Maybe it's easier to blame the shadowy forces of international terrorism for everything that's scary or evil or mean. Maybe it's easier than saying that poverty has killed more people than the terrorists have; that preventable diseases have killed more children than the terrorists have; that the rights we don't fight for are the rights we lose.
Opposition to Iraq War at All-Time High
A series of polls taken over the last few weeks of August show that support for the war in Iraq among Americans is at an all-time low. Almost two-thirds of Americans in each of three major polls say that they oppose the war, the highest totals since pollsters starting asking Americans the question three years ago.
"It's My Duty to Speak Out" - 7 Minute Video
Marine Corporal Grant Collins describes what it was like to participate in the war in Iraq. He also describes what it is like to live with giving orders that resulted in the deaths of civilians.
Satyagraha 100 Years Later: Gandhi Launches Modern Non-Violent Resistance Movement on Sept. 11, 1906 (September 8th, 2006)
September 11th 2006 has a special significance. It not only marks the fifth anniversary of the attacks on New York and Washington, it also marks 100 years to the day that Mahatma Gandhi launched the modern nonviolent resistance movement. Gandhi called it "Satyagraha." The date was September 11th, 1906. Speaking before 3,000 Indians gathered at a theater in Johannesburg, Gandhi organized a strategy of nonviolent resistance to oppose racist policies in South Africa. Satyagraha was born and since then, it has been adopted by many around the world to resist social injustice and oppression.
Shia Leader Powerless to Save Iraq from Civil War
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the most influential moderate Shia leader in Iraq, has abandoned attempts to restrain his followers, admitting that there is nothing he can do to prevent the country from sliding towards civil war.
Breaking The Silence
A hard hitting special report into the "war on terror". Award winning journalist John Pilger - This is a must watch video documentary.
Israel Plans for War With Iran and Syria
Israel is preparing for a possible war with both Iran and Syria, according to Israeli political and military sources. "The challenge from Iran and Syria is now top of the Israeli defense agenda, higher than the Palestinian one," said an Israeli defense source.
Lebanon a Warm-up for U.S.-Iran Clash: Russian Diplomat:
The United States used Israel's attack on the Hizbollah militia in Lebanon as a prelude to "settling accounts" with Iran, Interfax news agency quoted a senior Russian diplomat as saying on Wednesday.
U.S. Politicians Should Focus On Tehran, Netanyahu Says:
Benjamin Netanyahu, told an audience in New York yesterday that President Bush is preparing to ditch the United Nations to take on Iran alone and that American politicians of all parties would do well to stop squabbling about Iraq and join the president in focusing on threat from Tehran.
The Next Phase of the Middle East War - By Michel Chossudovsky (September 4, 2006)
Israel's war on Lebanon is an integral part of a US sponsored "military roadmap". The war on Lebanon, which has resulted in countless atrocities including the destruction of the nation's economy and civilian infrastructure, is "a stage" in a sequence of carefully planned military operations. Lebanon constitutes a strategic corridor between Israel and North-western Syria. The underlying objective of this war was the militarization of Lebanon, including the stationing of foreign troops, as a precondition for carrying out the next phase of a broader military agenda. Formally under a UN mandate, the foreign troops to be stationed on Lebanese soil on the immediate border with Syria, will be largely although not exclusively from NATO countries. This military force mandated by the UN Security Council is by no means neutral. It responds directly to US and Israeli interests. Moreover, the timely withdrawal of Syrian troops, following the February 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has contributed to opening up a "new space". The withdrawal of Syrian troops served Israeli interests. The timely pullout was of strategic significance: it was a major factor in the timing and planning of the July 2006 IDF attacks on Lebanon. In the aftermath of the Israeli bombings and the "ceasefire", UN Security Council Resolution 1701, drafted by France and the US in close consultation with the Israeli government, has paved the way for the militarization of Lebanon, under a bogus UN mandate. Confirmed by official statements and military documents, the US in close coordination with Britain (and in consultation with its NATO partners), is planning to launch a war directed against Iran and Syria. US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton has already initiated the draft of a UN Security Council resolution with a view to imposing sanctions on Tehran for its alleged (nonexistent) nuclear weapons program. Whether this resolution is adopted is not the main issue. The US may decide to proceed in defiance of the Security Council, following a veto by Russia and/or China. The vote of France and Britain, among the permanent members has already been secured. US military sources have confirmed that an aerial attack, pursuant to a sanctions regime on Iran, with or without UN approval, would involve a large scale deployment comparable to the US "shock and awe" bombing raids on Iraq in March 2003.
(...) US and Israeli military planners are fully aware that the aerial "punitive bombings" will almost inevitably lead coalition forces into a ground war scenario in which they will have to confront Iranian and Syrian forces in the battlefield. Tehran has confirmed that it will retaliate if attacked, in the form of ballistic missile strikes directed against Israel as well as against US military facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf, which would immediately lead us into a scenario of military escalation and all out war.
(...) The World is at a Critical Crossroads - The Bush Administration has embarked upon a military adventure which threatens the future of humanity. This is not an overstatement. If aerial bombardments were to be launched against Iran, they would trigger a ground war and the escalation of the conflict to a much broader region. Even in the case of aerial and missile attacks using conventional warheads, the bombings would unleash a "Chernobyl type" nuclear nightmare resulting from the spread of nuclear radiation following the destruction of Iran's nuclear energy facilities.
(...) The economic and political dislocations resulting from this military agenda are far-reaching. If the attacks directed against Iran and Syria were to proceed, martial law and/or a state of emergency could be declared in the US and possibly Britain on the pretext that the homeland is under attack by Iran sponsored terrorists. The purpose of these measures would essentially be to curb the antiwar movement and provide legitimacy to an illegal war.The Pentagon has intimated in this regard, in an official statement, that "another [9/11] attack could create both a justification and an opportunity to retaliate against some known targets [Iran and Syria]".
(...) 9/11 plays a crucial and central role in the propaganda campaign. The threat of an Al Qaeda "Attack on America" is being used profusely by the Bush administration and its indefectible British ally to galvanize public opinion in support of a global military agenda. Revealing the lies behind 911 would serve to undermine the legitimacy of the "war on terrorism". Without 911, the war criminals in high office do not have a leg to stand on. The entire national security construct collapses like a deck of cards. Known and documented, the "Islamic terror network" is a creation of the US intelligence apparatus. Several of the terror alerts were based on fake intelligence as revealed in the recent foiled "liquid bomb attack". There is evidence that the several of the terrorist "mass casualty events" which have resulted in civilian casualties were triggered by the military and/or intelligence services. (e.g Bali 2002).The "war on terrorism" is bogus. The 911 narrative as conveyed by the 911 Commission report is fabricated. The Bush administration is involved in acts of cover-up and complicity at the highest levels of government.
Israeli-US Strategy: Lebanon and Iran - By James Petras
Even as the bricks were still smoldering from 9/11, Israeli ideological point men, Senator Lieberman and Undersecretary for Defense Wolfowitz urged Washington to attack Iran by launching either simultaneous or sequential wars.
Election 2006 & World War III - By Robert Parry (Sept 7, 2006)
As Americans go to the polls in two months, they should have one thought fixed in their minds: they will be voting on whether to commit the nation to fighting World War III against large segments of the world's one billion Muslims. Beyond the cost in blood and treasure, this war will mean the end of the United States as a democratic Republic. (...) Bushs virtual declaration of war on the Islamic world ranks as possibly the most ambitious military plan in American history and without doubt the most reckless. This so-called long war, which Bushs followers hail as World War III, would mean fighting large portions of a religious movement that has the allegiance of about one-sixth of the planets population. Muslims are concentrated in nations from northern Africa to East Asia, but also include large numbers in Europe and North America. Nevertheless, in his address to the military officers, Bush talked bravely about how confident he is that the United States will win this war. (...) Any expression of concern that Bush is charting a course toward mad destruction will be attacked as somehow acting in concert with terrorists. Though Bush has said that his goal in waging his vague and seemingly endless war on terror is to defend freedom, the reality behind Bushs grim vision is the emergence of an American totalitarianism where objectionable thought will be repressed and dissent will be equated with treason. The President has now made clear that he wants the Nov. 7 congressional elections to be a referendum on whether Americans will follow him into this dark future.
The Other War
"Most people in the United States haven't given a moment's thought to the war in Afghanistan in a very long time. That war is over, we are told, and we won," writes William Rivers Pitt. "The Taliban was routed, and al Qaeda lost a safe haven. The war in Afghanistan, as it turns out, is far from over."
Afghanistan: Campaign Against Taliban "Causes Misery and Hunger"
Reports indicate that US and UK policy in Afghanistan has inflicted lawlessness, misery and starvation on the Afghan people. Thousands of villagers, fleeing the fighting and a continuing drought, have lost their livelihood and are suffering dreadful conditions in refugee camps.
End the Afghanistan War
Send your letter to Stephen Harper, your MP and the Opposition Parties, urging the government to end Canada's involvement in the Afghanistan war, and instead pursue a comprehensive peace process.
The Islamic Emirate of Waziristan and Greater Talibanista
With the Pakistani government ceding authority (but not autonomy) to the Taliban and al-Qaeda, Coalition and Afghan forces will now be placed in a more difficult tactical situation along the Afghan-Pakistani border.
Pakistan: Hello al-Qaeda, goodbye America
Across Pakistan's border in Afghanistan, the Taliban have control of most of the southwest of the country, from where Mullah Omar is expected soon to announce the revival of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan - the name of the country before the Taliban were driven out in 2001. Once the proclamation is made, a big push toward the capital Kabul will begin
Baghdad Death Toll Over 1,500 in August
Baghdad's morgue almost tripled its count for violent deaths in Iraq's capital during August - from 550 to 1,536 - authorities said Thursday, appearing to erase most of what US generals and Iraqi leaders had touted as evidence of progress in a major security operation to restore order in the capital.
Senate Panel: No Saddam, al Qaeda Connection
The theory that a connection between Hussein and bin Laden ever existed - widely viewed as government propaganda on the left - has now been debunked. In a harsh rebuke of Vice President Cheney, and other high ranking Bush administration officials, the Senate Intelligence Committee today released a report denying any connection between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda organization.
CIA Can Still Get Tough on Detainees (Sept 9)
New US policies on the treatment and interrogation of terrorism suspects outlined this week by the Bush administration mean that the military no longer will resort to harsh or extreme methods to obtain information - but that the CIA could.
Torturing the Truth (Sept 9)
"I've said to people we don't torture. And we don't. "That's what President Bush told Katie Couric. The president's statement here is beyond doublespeak and above spin. It's untrue, it's egregious. The Pentagon's backhanded, long-delayed and uncourageous acknowledgment that torture was used also repudiated what the president has been telling citizens for years. We've been lied to and we are still being lied to.
President Bush 'assassinated' in new TV docudrama (31st August 2006)
Held up by a secret service bodyguard in his dying moments after being shot in the stomach, this is President Bush being assassinated. Surrounded by a crowd of panicking onlookers, the American leader is pictured just seconds after being gunned down by a sniper following an anti-war demonstration. But rather than a repeat of JFK's shooting or Ronald Reagan's attempted assassination, this shocking image is part of a new Channel Four show. The dramatic scene, which has caused outrage among Americans, has been created by a British film company for a programme about the effect of the War On Terror. CLIP
THE NEW CENSUS: An All-Out Assault On Your Privacy (08-31-05)
The federal government has quietly begun using an incredibly intrusive new census form called "The American Community Survey." Up to 1 million households a year will receive this form. This new "census" form is 24-pages long, and demands that you lay bare every detail of your life, including how much you earn, what your home is worth, details of your health, when you leave for work, previous addresses, pregnancies, monies received from government, and on and on. I say demand because you can be fined up to $1,000 for each of the 72 questions you don't answer or which you answer "incorrectly." However, so far no one has been fined for not answering, nor are they likely to be if public resistance is strong. The ways the government could use this information to harm you are mind-boggling. For instance, any financial discrepancy with IRS or Social Security records could result in your criminal prosecution. Knowing when you leave for work could enable police, acting under the Patriot Act, to secretly enter your home. The American Community Survey also demands that you to report on the activities of relatives, employers and roommates. Joseph Stalin could hardly ask for more surveillance powers. You can download the survey at http://www.census.gov/acs/www/ - Article I of the Constitution allows the government to conduct a count of the American people once every ten years to determine voting districts. Nothing in the Constitution gives government the power to continuously spy on the people or probe every intimate detail of their lives. As Congressman Ron Paul observes, questions on the American Community Survey are "both ludicrous and insulting," and this information is simply none of the government's business. I fervently hope that millions of Americans will burn their forms or accidentally lose them.
Pentagon Spends Billions to Outsource Torture
Bush administration hawks are getting profit-hungry companies like CACI to do their dirty work in the war zones of the New American Empire. And we're footing the bill.
Senate rejects bill which would limit IDF use of U.S.-made bombs :
The Senate on Wednesday rejected a move by Democrats to stop the Pentagon from using cluster bombs near civilian targets and to cut off sales unless purchasers abide by the same rules.
Israel: Lebanon attack cost NIS 11.2 billion in military expenses alone
Knesset members suggested using some of the $1.75 billion that Israel receives annually from the United States. But defense officials said that for the next few years, most of this aid is already committed to buying Apache helicopters, F-16 planes, air force ammunition and fuel.
'Gaza is a jail. Nobody is allowed to leave. We are all starving now' (09/08/06)
The Independent" -- -- Gaza is dying. The Israeli siege of the Palestinian enclave is so tight that its people are on the edge of starvation. Here on the shores of the Mediterranean a great tragedy is taking place that is being ignored because the world's attention has been diverted by wars in Lebanon and Iraq. A whole society is being destroyed. There are 1.5 million Palestinians imprisoned in the most heavily populated area in the world. Israel has stopped all trade. It has even forbidden fishermen to go far from the shore so they wade into the surf to try vainly to catch fish with hand-thrown nets. Many people are being killed by Israeli incursions that occur every day by land and air. A total of 262 people have been killed and 1,200 wounded, of whom 60 had arms or legs amputated, since 25 June, says Dr Juma al-Saqa, the director of the al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City which is fast running out of medicine. Of these, 64 were children and 26 women. This bloody conflict in Gaza has so far received only a fraction of the attention given by the international media to the war in Lebanon. (...) Sometimes the Israeli army gives a warning before a house is destroyed. The sound that Palestinians most dread is an unknown voice on their cell phone saying they have half an hour to leave their home before it is hit by bombs or missiles. There is no appeal. (...) There are signs of desperation everywhere. Crime is increasing. People do anything to feed their families. CLIP Much more details through http://electronicintifada.net/new.shtml
Protest inside the occupation maze (August 31)
In the past two months, the Ofer Prison Camp has become the de-facto new seat of the Palestinian Legislative Council as well as the Palestinian Cabinet. Quite a few of the legislators and ministers were brought here already in the army's first late-night sweep back in July, among them Sheikh Abu-Tir whose East Jerusalem home hosted a first hopeful effort by Gush Shalom activists to open a peaceful dialogue with the new Palestinian government, and his fellow Palestinian M.P. Atun.Ofer - once an innocent Hebrew first name. When the army invaded Ramallah in April 2002, many hundreds of its inhabitants were detained and taken off to the army camp which bore this name and which until then housed only soldiers. The Palestinians were initially kept in the mud and exposed to pouring rain. Human rights organizations protested - and the army made Ofer into a full-fledged prison camp, complete with cells and enclosures and high walls and prominent guard towers easily visible to Israeli motorists on the new Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem Highway (use of which is forbidden to Palestinians). Behind these walls, hundreds of Palestinians are incarcerated, and new ones added in the raids the army conducts every night. Many are held there without any semblance of a judicial process. Others do get some sort of a trial in the courtroom which is part of the prison complex - but the verdicts delivered by the military justices are always very predictable. The fact of occupation was laid starkly bare, stripping off the last thin pretence that the Palestinian Authority is a sovereign body, when in the beginning of August it was proudly announced that the fugitive Speaker Dweik of the Palestinian Parliament had been nabbed, having been incautious enough to spend one night in his Ramallah home. Subsequently, Dweik was duly charged at the Ofer courtroom with "being a member of an illegal organization" - the incontrovertible evidence being that he had presented himself to the electors as a candidate of (yes) the Hamas Party, and been actually elected on that party's ticket and was subsequently nominated and sworn in as Speaker of the Palestinian parliament. CLIP
UN warns of suffering imposed on Gaza:
The UN has warned that the 10-week Israeli siege of Gaza has caused suffering and mass despair for the Palestinian people.
UNDP Estimates Gaza Infrastructure Damage to be US$46 million in the Past Two Months (6 September 2006)
(...) It is important to note that the figure of US$46 million reflects the actual estimated costs of damage and not estimates for the required repairs. Nor does this figure represent the total aggregated economic loss, which would be in the hundreds of millions. CLIP
Italian FM urges Israel to end blockade of Gaza:
Speaking in Jordan before heading to the West Bank town of Ramallah, D'Alema also reiterated calls for the deployment of international observers in Gaza.
Genocide in Gaza
Nothing apart from pressure in the form of sanctions, boycotts and divestment will stop the murdering of innocent civilians in the Gaza Strip.
The Torturer's Apprentice
Grabbing the headlines today is the fact that Bush has admitted that the CIA has taken high-value captives to prisons abroad for interrogation using "tough" techniques. More telling is the fact that CIA interrogators are not bound by the strictures of the new Army field manual, and that the president is determined to maintain in place detention centers where CIA interrogators can ply their trade at his bequest.
Protecting Our Torturers
Bad Faith and Distortions From the American Psychological Association - Those psychologists and citizens of goodwill who don't believe in torture as public policy should cry out with one voice at such indifference to human barbarity. If we fail to act we cannot claim, as did so many Germans, "We didn't know!"
Shocking Lancet Study
8,000 Murders, 35,000 Rapes and Sexual Assaults in Haiti During U.S.-Backed Coup Regime After Aristide Ouster
CLOUDS OF KILLER MICROBES?
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is under fire from critics for plans to open two labs in the region in Livermore and in Tracy to research dangerous microbes. Lab officials say the labs would be safe, but critics fear either lab could accidentally unleash billions of dangerous disease-causing pathogens into the air.The diagram shows hypothetical releases of deadly anthrax spores. Computer scenarios performed by Matthew McKinzie, a nuclear physicist who is a consultant to the Natural Resources Defense Council, show the different paths of spore clouds dependent on wind direction. (...) When winds blow east to west, a cone-shaped trail would pass over San Francisco, exposing more than a half-million people. Jan Coleman email@example.com> is currently spearheading a campaign to stop this project and circulates a petition against this. If you are in the Bay area email her for details and a copy of the petition. She wrote: "The Department of Defense and Homeland Security have chosen Livermore Lab (and now Tracy) for a Bio-defense Lab in which they will test on animals the lethal agents that could be used on us in case of terrorism. These will include all forms of biological and chemical agentsi.e. anthrax, viruses for which there is no cure, and other substances they will not reveal. The agents must be aerosolized for the testing and scientists familiar with this situation have said if ANY of the agents become airborne, "it could kill hundred to thousands of people within a 50-mile radius of the lab" (and that is when the wind is not blowing). The lab is situated on a fault and the agents will be transported to and from the lab by FedEx on a regular basis. The situation provides opportunities for an accident and/or human errornot to mention that such a facility could be an obvious target for terrorism."
Fears of "Extreme" TB Strain
Health experts are to hold an emergency meeting in Johannesburg this week, following the discovery of a deadly new strain of tuberculosis. The strain - known as extreme drug-resistant TB - has horrified World Health Organization doctors. In one outbreak in South Africa, 52 of 53 patients died within weeks of becoming infected.
Deadly Diseases Migrate With Global Warming
Climate change is exacerbating the spread of infectious diseases, according to new research. Warming temperatures are causing organisms to migrate, and European countries are seeing outbreaks of tropical diseases. Researchers also warn that not enough is being done to monitor the spread of big killers such as malaria in Africa.
Earth's Formerly Thin Ozone Layer is Recovering (August 31, 2006)
WASHINGTON - Earth's protective ozone layer, which was notably thinning in 1980, may be fully recovered by mid-century, climate scientists said on Wednesday. Ozone in the stratosphere, outside the polar regions, stopped thinning in 1997, the scientists found after analyzing 25 years worth of observations. CLIP
Changing climate: 'Compost effect' may cause global warming to reach crisis point in 2050
01 September 2006 - The world faces a catastrophic rise in global warming in 2050 unless urgent action is taken to cut human-induced carbon emissions, a leading academic warned yesterday. Professor Peter Cox, of Exeter University, told the Royal Geographical Society annual conference that temperatures could rise 8C by 2100 because of a "compost effect" which could see carbon dioxide levels increase 50 per cent faster than previously estimated. Currently, around one quarter of carbon emissions are absorbed by the soil and one quarter by the oceans. It had previously been assumed that these proportions would remain the same. But Professor Cox said that global warming is damaging the soil's ability to absorb carbon emissions. He said this vicious circle would reach crisis point in 2050 when a key threshold would be passed. After this point the land would begin to release carbon into the atmosphere. He predicted that this "compost effect" would lead to carbon dioxide levels rising from the current 380 parts per million to more than 1,000 parts per million by 2100. CLIP - NOTE: Make sure also to read The End of Eden included below.
El Niño is coming! (Sept 8)
(...) As most of you know, El Niño conditions put a major damper on both the number and intensity of Atlantic tropical cyclones. This is primarily due to increased wind shear. The upper air winds that develop when one heats the Equatorial Eastern Pacific waters tend to blow from west to east over the Atlantic at high speed. Since the tropical Atlantic trade winds near the surface typically blow the opposite direction, this creates a lot of shear that makes it difficult for a tropical cyclone to survive. Thus far in September, wind shear over the tropical Atlantic has been about normal, so there is no sign that a developing El Niño is suppressing hurricane activity yet. However, if the Climate Prediction Center is right, we can expect an earlier than usual end to hurricane season in the Atlantic, and a quiet November and December--unlike last year! El Niños can be long lived, and if the forecast El Niño for this year develops as expected, it will probably last through the hurricane season of 2007, suppressing hurricane activity next year. CLIP
The top ten things food companies don't want you to know (August 14 2006)
The giant food corporations have one mission: selling more food and beverage products to consumers. Succeeding with that mission depends on keeping consumers in the dark on certain issues such as the presence cancer-causing chemicals found in popular food products. Here are ten things the food corporations, whose products dominate grocery store shelves across the United States and other countries, absolutely do not want you to know.
Sweet Misery - 89 min. movie on Aspartame, the deadly poison
It is the Aspartame Awareness Weekend right now. Inform yourself on this man-made plague at http://www.wnho.net and http://www.dorway.com/
ASPARTAME - THE SHOCKING STORY OF THE WORLD'S BEST-SELLING SWEETENER
Omega-News Collection 9. September 2006
HERE IS A VERY IMPORTANT ONE-HOUR LONG GLOBAL MEDITATION TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR AND NETWORK WIDELY...
Date: 1 September 2006
From: David firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: GaiaField Meditation and Prayer Vigil 2006
I'm sure that you will be interested in this event and the Gaiafield Project - it is something you and I spoke about when we talked a couple of years ago.
You are invited to participate in a unique global ritual for peace on September 21, 2006 in honor of the International Day of Peace.
From 3.30-4.30pm GMT, groups will gather in Auroville (India), the Findhorn Community (Scotland), and the California Institute of Integral Studies (USA) for a sacred ceremony that will be linked via state-of-the art video and audio communication technologies. The ceremony will also be broadcast live over the internet to a global audience who will be able to participate from their own homes.
The Gaiafield Meditation and Prayer Vigil 2006 is a pilot project to test the effectiveness of internet communication technologies to link groups around the world for global meditation events. The GaiaField Project aims to support greater networking between the many existing groups that share the vision of bringing together hundreds of thousands of people for global meditation and prayer events.
May Peace Prevail on Earth
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA USA
8.30-9.30am local time
The Findhorn Community
4.30-5.30pm local time
9-10pm local time
The free live audio and flash file broadcast will be available at our website http://www.gaiafield.net at the above times. If you are unable to attend a live event, please visit http://www.worldtimezone.com to determine when the broadcast will be in your time zone.
NOTE FROM JEAN: If you are interested to review my previous correspondence with David dating back in 2004, I've posted it for your convenience at http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/Archives2006/HistoryDavidNicol.htm
The following 20 page document previously networked to everyone also came through David
The Hidden Face of Wisdom: Towards an Awakened Activism
Here is also what I found at http://www.gaiafield.net/about.html
What is the GaiaField Project?
Many people intuitively recognize the power of uniting millions of people from diverse spiritual traditions around the globe in meditation and prayer for peace.
Several well-organized global meditation and prayer events, such as the Harmonic Convergence of 1987, the GaiaMind meditation of 1997, James Twymans Great Experiments and the annual International Day of Peace Vigil have involved hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people. Numerous research studies have documented consistent, significant correlations between the presence of large groups of meditators and improvements in social indicators such as crime rates, war deaths, and terrorist activity. Many spiritual leaders and visionary thinkers have hypothesized that these global rituals for peace may accelerate the emergence of a unified global consciousness.
The vision of the GaiaField Project is to support the emergence of a large, resilient, multi-hub network of spiritual leaders and their constituencies who will regularly participate in and co-create large-scale global meditation and prayer vigils. Our aim is not so much to set up another new global meditation network, but to facilitate the sharing of information and resources between the many existing networks which share the goal of bringing together hundreds of thousands of people in meditation or prayer for world peace. Our strategy involves upgrading this website (http://www.gaiafield.net) to incorporate state-of-the-art web broadcasting, mapping, and social networking technology to more easily organize events, connect peacemakers with each other, and enhance participants sense of interconnection during events. (This current website is a placeholder for the interactive website still in development.) Our strategy also includes convening face-to-face meetings with relevant spiritual leaders and organizing annual live or online gatherings for leaders.
The GaiaField Project is currently a joint project of the California Institute of Integral Studies and Wisdom Mountain, both of which are non-profit organizations based in Northern California. For more information, please contact Project Director David Nicol at email@example.com.
NOTE FROM JEAN: To see all of these wonderful initiatives for peace on Earth gathered together is quite inspiring
Please go at http://www.gaiafield.net/ and http://www.gaiafield.net/gaiafieldplanet.html to access to links to each of the organizations below:
Upcoming Events Recommended by GaiaField
EarthDance Sept 16, 2006
Sarvodaya Universal Peace Meditation Oct 2, 2006
World Unity Celebration Sept 23 and Dec 21, 2006
Organizations Recommended by GaiaField
International Day of Peace Vigil An annual 24 hour global spiritual observation for peace
EarthDance the Global Festival for Peace
Peace Every Day Meditating daily to create peace by being peace
Global Country of World Peace Creating world peace through building Peace Palaces of spiritual peacemakers
Global Resonance Network - Co-creatively building our collective resonant field.
World Peace and Prayer Day Protecting sacred sites through prayer and ceremony
The Earth Rainbow Network - An international network of peacemakers who participate in bi-monthly global meditations focused on topical world situations.
The Mid-East Peace Prayer Foundation - Encourages daily prayers for peace in the Middle East (at 5pm local time).
Planetary Peace Movement International - Co-ordinates a regular Planetary Meditation for Peace in 58 countries.
Peace Alliance Foundation - Inspiring and Empowering Civic Activism for a Culture of Peace.
The Tora Or Project - A global network of Reiki Masters dedicated to building a planetary light matrix..
GoGratitude Experiment - A fun, powerful experiment in building a global wave of love and gratitude through a free 42-day program of inspirational e-messages.
World Puja - Connecting the World through Live Internet Webcasts.
Culture of Peace Initiative - Uniting our strengths to build a culture of peace.
International Day of Peace Events
Our friends from the Culture of Peace Initiative report the following IDP-related events:
Pinwheels For Peace reports 500 confirmed locations
Service For Peace reports chapters in 30 countries organizing service projects
United Religions Initiative Cooperation Circles and the
World Peace Prayer Society report more than 50 planned interfaith events
ThinkPeace.net reports 45 comedy clubs participating
Earthdance reports 250 events planned in 50 countries
11 Days of Global Unity reports 225 events in 60 countries
11 Days of Forgiving events taking place in more than 50 cities
Peace One Day reports commitments received from 165 countries
Mayors For Peace (in 1400 cities) calling for Minute of Silence for Peace
Code Pink reports over 4500 in 22 countries participating in fast for peace
Declaration of Peace reports 180 organizations participating
The Peace Alliance reports 78 cities participating in the Walk for Peace
Environment Online reports schools in 60 countries planting trees for peace
The International Day of Peace Vigil reports over 150 vigils posted
Final Note from Jean: I also recommend to your attention the MOST excellent flash video introduction which plays at http://www.gaiafield.net - It is a little over 7 minute long but it is worth every second of it. Really!
Follow Up to "Birthing a Brave New World"
Joyce A. Kovelman ASOUL1@aol.com> sent me this draft below for the introductory statements of a website she is considering to create to support the establishment and expansion of a collective project now taking shape following her inspirational piece "Birthing a Brave New World" (available through http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/Archives2006/TurningTide19.htm) for which she received numerous feedbacks which you may review HERE.
Please send her any feedback and/or suggestion for improvements on this initial draft.
Commitment: To enter the circle is to make a commitment to "be the change you want to see in your world" and to participate in the sacred unfolding of a new world and a new way of Being.
Acknowledgement: We acknowledge all the earlier foundational work that has helped humankind reach this critical threshold necessary to birth the new.
Mission Statement: Our circle strives to foster, motivate, support, assist, encourage, inspire, awaken, and link with others in on-going action necessary to the healing of our selves, families, communities and world. As we become the Change we wish to see in our world, we participate in the sacred task of birthing a sustainable, peaceful, compassionate and loving world for all of existence to enjoy. Let us make it so!
Disclaimer: We do not tell others how to be or what action they must take. We simply invite people to awaken, to walk their talk, to participate in big or small endeavors in what ever way feels appropriate for them to do so.
We can make a difference and We can create a better world. Let us Begin!
Suggestion: We can become a "center of sharing" (a clearing house) listing on-going projects, acknowledging people (heros/heroines) we wish to recognize and thank, linking people to projects looking for helpers and assistance, and supporting, encouraging and helping more and more people to begin.
LONG-TIME ERN SUBSCRIBER RON VAN DYKE IS OFFERING US BELOW A UNIQUE GEM, A PROFOUNDLY COURAGEOUS PERSONAL APPLICATION OF THE HO'OPONOPONO PROCESS RECENTLY FEATURED IN A COMPILATION. HE IS BOLDLY INVITING US TO GO WHERE FEW HUMANS HAVE DARED VENTURE SO FAR. THIS IS SUCH AN EXCEPTIONAL PIECE THAT I'D LIKE TO RECOMMEND YOU TO TRY THE FOLLOWING EXPERIENCE. FORGET WHO WROTE THIS AND READ IT AS IF YOU HAD JUST WRITTEN IT AND YOU ARE READING THE RESULT OF YOUR WORK FOR THE FIRST TIME, TAKING IT ALL IN...
Date: 06 Sep 2006
From: Ron Van Dyke firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Another paradoxman article
My last article sent to you a week ago crossed on the Internet with your last compilation arriving right after I sent it.
Besides my intercessory prayer life, Spirit is directing me to begin writing more again, getting the word out to help speed the creation of the New Earth. As Spirit directs, I will share my insights with the larger community. I consider you an integral part of that community. Your work is much appreciated and valued.
Anyway, if this new piece speaks to you and you feel it will speak to others, please post it. My website is going through some significant changes, though the current address is:
We're in the home stretch! Together, we are victorious.
What You Focus on ExpandsWhat You Deny Remains Unhealed
By Ron Van Dyke, September 5, 2006
Virtually every metaphysician and every student of spiritual and esoteric truth has heard the first dictum. It has been declared repeatedly in many well-circulated books, movies, and channelings. The second one is less well known; in fact, I never heard it at all until my meditation this morning. Its truth resonates within me. Hopefully, it will find resonance in you as well.
It is my belief that the more we understand this principle, and embrace the realities implied therein, the faster we will be able to move forward with healing the less-than-desirable conditions wecollectivelyhave created, i.e., the human experience of fear-based emotions with all of their ramifications. These conditions are those we try to avoid and deny. They are the negative energies and creations we are not supposed to focus upon for fear of expansion. Too late! Theyve already expanded; and they stare every one of us in the face daily: demanding our choice and action.
As Librans are wont to do, I have always looked for balance. When I viewed the movie, The Secret, that everyone raved so much about, I was troubled. To me, it was unbalanced; and the people who seemed to rave about it most sometimes give the impression of being in denial to me. Those who know me know that I have never been an advocate of head-in-the-sand mentality. Often I have written about the importance of being aware of as much as possible, because not only is knowledge power, without it there can be no intelligent choice. Without that conscious choice, personal and global maladies remain unhealed.
Too often, the tendency in human behavior is avoidance and denial of those things in our lives that we would rather not deal with at all. We stuff these negatives into our subconscious, attempting to lock them into the closet or basement where all of our dirty laundry and less-than-beautiful demons hide out. Yes, Jung called this part of ourselves: The Shadow.
Ron, when are you going to stop talking about the shadow? When are you going to accept the fact that many of us do not want to deal with those things? We are creating a positive world!
Yeah, right. My head isnt in the sand; and I see the world WE have created together. I choose to heal, and to face things I dont like very much either. I am Spirit having human experience; and I am convinced in my heart of hearts that the human experience has great value. The purpose of that familiarity with contrast is ultimate reconciliation of all thingsmarrying the polarities within us and creating a synthesis between opposites that allows them to dance the dance of Life itself in beauty and harmony. This, I believe, is an internal choice and action that literally transforms the world by transmuting the enemy and making it a friend. (Are our demons really friends who teach us by showing where we need to heal?)
Speaking of friends, one recently gave me a photocopy of an article from Horizons Magazine about Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len. He is the president and administrator of Ho'oponopono (which means "to make right," or "to rectify an error"), a foundation created by Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona, a native Hawaiian kahuna to discover self-identity and become the divine self. Together with Morrnah, Haleakala has worked with thousands of people over the years, including groups at the United Nations, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), International Human Unity Conference on World Peace, World Peace Conference, Traditional Indian Medicine Conference, Healers for Peace in Europe, and the Hawaii State Teachers Association. He also has extensive experience working with developmentally disabled people and with the criminally, mentally ill and their families. In all his work as an educator, the Ho'oponopono process supports and permeates every breath of his efforts.
Interestingly, that was my third encounter with Dr. Hew Lens work. I first heard him on News for the Soul with Nicole Whitley. Then another friend forwarded a piece to me about him. Finally, I was handed the aforementioned article. All this was in the space of two weeks. To me, that has all the markings of a message of importance.
What is very different about Dr. Hew Lens approach is that he takes personal responsibility for everything in his life. If he encounters a problem, it is HIS problem (even if it appears to be in another person). He is the one who needs to do healing work
on himself. Amazingly, as he repeats, Im sorry. I love you, circumstances in the lives of those he works with change; but the change began in him. Thats taking personal responsibility to a whole new level of consciousness. If others are pushing my buttons, the problem I perceive in them is actually in me. It is MY problem presenting ME with MY opportunity to heal it.
What happens if I chose to ignore the problem altogether? What happens if I focus only on what I like, the things that I do not perceive as pushing my buttons? Have you figured it out yet? My answer, should you choose to accept it, is that nothing changes. Nothing happens. Everything remains the same; and we are what we are till the day that we die. No growth! Succeeding generations stay stuck in the same old morass of polarized reality; and of the polarities it can be said, Never the twain shall meet.
As difficult as it is to take responsibility for things I do not like, things I believe are the result of someone elses choice, I have to realize something vital. While I am an individual, I am also part of a much larger collective; and whatever I choose to think, say or do, does effect the whole. The collective called the human race has been on a journey into a far country to experience separation. Yes, we are the prodigal son and daughter. We embarked together on this journey, creating an entire system of illusions to support the separation perception we had chosen. That system contained everything we needed to prove that we were not one, that were not connected. Every negative emotion that can be named or felt is the direct result of our trip into this fantasyland we created.
What rules this dream, this world of illusion? FEAR! Even though it is not based in truth, we are such powerful creators that separation appears real. We think about it; we feel it; and we act upon it. Perceiving the disconnect as real, we suffer the painful, fear-based emotions of not good enough, unloved, shamed, angry, lonely, abandoned, neglected, guilty, deprived, sad, weak, lost, limited, and so many more. Because we feel these things and believe them to be real; and because we cannot see the reality of the interconnectedness that still exists as fact, we think those with separate bodies are somehow different than we are. We project OUR guilt onto them
the other person. After all, we do not even like the problems we see; and as long as we can stay out of the gutter, we can justify our judgment of those in the gutter. We rationalize that they made bad choices. Its their fault.
Yes, and we do not want to even look at those bad people in prison, or up there in Washington, or over in the Middle East, or in Communist China, or anywhere else in the world where we think the problems originate. Oh, yes, Im as guilty of doing this as the next person. I have done the avoid-dance myself. Its the Illuminatis fault, the Zionists, the Bush regime, the Masons, or whatever scapegoat my investigation can uncover that allows me to transfer the blame for what I have created with the rest of humanity to any small segment of the whole. Therefore, I can avoid personal responsibility for MY creation.
But can I really? Does anything change, either within or without? Emphatically, NO!
I am suggesting to you that some of our most cherished truisms may, in fact, be very misleading. The one we began withwhat you focus on expandsmay be the exact opposite of reality. The truth, as I see it, is that we are actually focusing on avoidance and denial of what we want to go away; and it is the very thought of ignorance (ignoring what we do not like) that CAUSES the problem to remain and grow. Have you noticed that the problems seem to keep getting larger; or have you chosen to look elsewhere? Do you think you can make these situations diminish or disappear by simply denying their existence in this reality of illusions WE have created? I think not!
Hear me, I am NOT suggesting that we must fight and wage war against any perceived enemy that appears to be outside of us. On the contrary, that kind of focus is certain to bring more of the same; i.e., terrorism and war. What I am saying, is that we must see from an entirely different perspective, and create a more holistic paradigm in which each of us is responsible for healing and correcting our valued misconceptions, beginning with our own self-righteousness that is nothing other than a defense mechanism created to avoid and shift blame.
To do this, we must focus intently on the problems WE (holding ourselves accountable) created. What I have been doing since having Dr. Hew Lens work hit me squarely in the face is to look at the things I do not like, think to myself, I created this, and then say, Im sorry. I love you. I havent had a long enough time as yet to ascertain the results, but I deeply feel that this is both new and powerful. At some level, I already know it is working. I can feel it.
In closing, I am learning to become grateful for everything in my life. I am finding that I am actually able to be thankful for those things I have hated. I love my body. I love my physical existence. I love my illusions. I love having the opportunity to heal myself by remembering that I am more than any of this human experience. When I choose to give up my body, I still go on and on and on. I am eternal, connected, loved, and graced with the chance to learn more about my amazing being by going through things that teach me what I am not. Do you have any idea how expansive this is, how liberating? I tell you, my friends, this is LOVE. But until you are able to see beyond your fear, you will only be able to see it afar off.
I am sorry. I do love you. Aloha
See also Rons other recent article...
THE PARADOXMAN SPEAKS: THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST! (August 30, 2006)
We live in interesting times. Thats an understatement. The dramas being played out on the world stage are mind-boggling. Two worlds are colliding in a virtually invisible confrontation. You wont see it on the six-oclock news or even on the 24-hour news channels. You wont read about it the daily newspaper or in most mainstream journals and magazines. For the most part, the government is mum. The sermons from most pulpits are devoid of acknowledging, let alone articulating the awakening that is happening before our very eyesat least those eyes opened to see beyond, behind, and beneath the surface of approved news and commentary. For all those who do not see, especially those who refuse to see and say, I have a word: The first shall be last! Those who have ruled by deception, by secrecy, by conspiracy, by greed, by force, by intimidation, by violence, by treason, by cover-up, by scapegoating, by smearing, by perverting justice, and by the sheer arrogance of egocentric pride: your day is passing quickly into history. The last shall soon be first; and the shift will be obvious. CLIP
NOTE from Jean: On September 3, I received an intriguing email from long-time ERN subscriber Anne Marie Cook email@example.com> who wrote - introducing her email recipients to The Letters From Christ: This is a Channeled work from an unknown source in Africa. The authenticity of the letters reveals itself in the reading. (...) A friend called and told me to read them - I did - and I guarantee that by Letter #1 - page 17 - you will be hooked!!! (...) THERE is a lot of material to PONDER, DISCUSS and think about. These letters have already transformed my life, making me more present to everything and everyone around me - the IMPACT IS PROFOUND and NOTICEABLE.
So, understandably, my curiosity was aroused. I downloaded all the letters and started reading - I excerpted a few pages from the first letter below. Very, VERY good! It resonates well with me. So I further explored the website and read a short explanation on the Nature of Existence and Love - included below. I also found a letter dated October 29th, 2005 in which the Source expressed rarely heard but very compelling thoughts on Saddam Hussein, the Iraq War and the consequences The United States will inevitably reap because of all the Hatred Energy it has created in response to the actions of its government. Ive also included it below for your consideration.
Before reading what follows, it would be preferable to read the opening homepage of this website at http://www.christsway.co.za/ as well as what is at http://www.christsway.co.za/return.htm where the Source explains how his channel - a woman he calls the Recorder, a receptive and obedient psychic of 86, who stands to gain nothing from this work. - has been prepared to do this unique work.
I believe this is something that HIGHLY deserves to be widely networked...
Christ returns and Speaks His Truth
CHRIST'S LETTERS from CHRIST'S WAY
Letter 1. Christ speaks of his reasons for returning to dictate these Letters. Says that mankind bring their own woes upon them through their thoughts and actions. Explains why his true mission on earth was not recorded properly. Says there is no such thing as 'sin against God' neither is our true Source of Being understood. Describes his six weeks in the desert and what really took place - what he learnt and how the knowledge changed him from rebel to Master and Healer.
Download Letters 1: letter1.pdf (122 KB ) from http://www.christsway.co.za/letters/letter1.pdf
HERE IS AN EXCERPT FROM THIS FIRST LETTER, STARTING AT PAGE 15...
I realised there was nothing solid in the universe, everything visible was manifesting a differing state of consciousness which determined the composition and form of the shimmer of motes. Therefore, all outer form was an expression of the inner consciousness.
LIFE and CONSCIOUSNESS, I realised, were one and the same thing.
It was impossible to say This is LIFE and That is CONSCIOUSNESS.
Consciousness was Life, and Life was Consciousness and were the Creative Power of both DIVINE UNIVERSAL MIND beyond, within and behind the universe.
I realised that people placed highest importance on individuality and form. They could not imagine mind or intelligence operating in any effective way other than through the medium of individual form. Because of this, the Jews had created a mental image of a vast supreme being, having all the attributes, positive and negative, of a human being. Thus was it possible for prophets to believe in - and speak of - Jehovahs anger, threats of punishment, visitations of sickness and plagues in response to human waywardness. But these mental images, I realised were myths. They did not exist. I perceived that, in any dimension of existence, it was the MIND - the intelligence exhibited - which was the all-important factor relating to creation and man, himself. Therefore, Genesis should be rewritten: Before creation - was UNIVERSAL MIND - Creative Power behind and within creation itself.
Having seen so clearly, beyond all dispute, that the Creative Power of UNIVERSAL MIND was everywhere, within the infinity of the skies and active within earthly forms as well, I was inwardly directed to look around me and saw only gravel and rock. Then, suddenly I was presented with a picture of a beautiful land in which were growing every conceivable plant, shrub and tree, even birds flitted in the trees, and animals grazed the grass.
Watching this vision with amazement, I saw that plants and trees, every one of them - and yes, even birds and animals, in reality, were composed of hundreds of communities of infinitely tiny entities (your modern scientists call them cells) working continuously, in an entirely harmonious spirit of cooperation, to produce the substance and various organs of the inner system and the outer appearance of the completed living entity. I contemplated this wonderful activity for a long time, although time was no longer of any importance to me. As I gazed and gazed, I thought Who would have guessed that within the outer covering of fur, feather, skin, there was such intense activity within tiny communities of entities, working together to give life, form, nutrition, healing, protection, endurance to the bodies of so many different species. It was the intelligently performed WORK which attracted my attention. Therefore, WORK, I realised was an integral part of the Creative Power Activity from the very least entity (cell) within living systems to the most advanced entity in the universe - man himself. In the systems of all living things, all the labour was under the direction, ultimately, of the Divine Creative Power, in whom were the plans and designs of creation.
I saw that these plans and designs were, in reality, consciousness forms and could be termed WORDS, since each WORD signifies a very special consciousness form. Hence the original WORD in Creative Power Consciousness becomes manifested in the visible world. The WORD, and therefore the Consciousness Pattern remains within the DIVINE CREATIVE MIND continually bringing forth its own. I could see then, that everything in the universe, did live, move and have its being in the Creative Power of UNIVERSAL MIND which was infinite and eternal and was the only true Reality behind all manifestations of individualised form. I was filled with praise that everything in the world was out of, and yet within this superlative Creative Power of Divine Mind. I marvelled at all this secret activity forever taking place in all living things, including human bodies, and wondered how it was that such infinitely small units worked intelligently according to specified plans to produce, unerringly, the proposed form - tree trunk, leaf, flower, fruit, insects, birds, animals and human bodies. I then realised, even more clearly, that the Creative Power was the very Source of all intelligent activity in the universe.
If mankind possessed intelligence, it was only because he had drawn it from the Universal Source of All Being.
Furthermore, I was shown that the Divine Creative Power always worked according to certain fundamental and exact principles of construction. I was shown that: Just as men have clear characteristics and a well-defined nature in their self-presentation to the world at large, so did the CREATIVE POWER possess a clearly defined Nature - distinct characteristics - which could be clearly recognised in the manner that all living things, plants, animals, birds, men, were constructed and maintained. I saw that these principles and characteristics, clearly observable in the process of creation, were set, invariable LAWS governing all of existence. These LAWS are so much part of life that they are never questioned. They are undeviating and consistent - but there would be no such laws if there were no Creative Intelligent Power manifesting Itself through the universe.
These principles of creation, the characteristics of the Creative Power Itself, are as follows: (I am translating them into your present tense because these principles are eternal)
1. The Nature of the Creative Power is GROWTH.
Everything living always grows. GROWTH is a universal characteristic, an undeviating principle of existence.
2. The Nature of the Creative Power is NUTRITION and NOURISHMENT. Nutrition and Nourishment are a normal and marvelously organised process within bodies which is evident to all who take the trouble to consider them. Nutrition is provided for all living things according to individual preferences and the food is digested to promote health and wellbeing. When little creatures are born, milk is already supplied within the mother, ready and waiting for the newborn. This too is a mystifying principle of existence none can deny.
No science can explain why such a fortuitous function within the system ensuring survival of the species, should have originally come into being. The actual function itself may be understood but not the why and the mainspring of the function. 3. The Nature of the Creative Power is HEALING. Healing is a natural characteristic of existence and can be said to be a natural `Perfecting Process, which takes place to ensure individual comfort but none can explain what prompts the activity of healing.
4. The Nature of the Creative Power is PROTECTION. Protection is an integral characteristic of Creative Power and all of Its seeming miraculous activity in the world is geared towards protection. (Today, your medical text books describe the various protective systems in your body but when I was in the desert I saw the characteristic of Protection inherent in the Intelligent Creative Power in the following way.) As plants, birds and animals were presented to me for inspired observation, I could see how every need of protection in bodies has been lovingly supplied, with the greatest attention to detail.
5. This characteristic of Protection is combined with the other dynamic characteristic of FULFILLMENT OF NEED. This was made clearly apparent in the provision of hair, fur and feathers to protect the skin of living creatures and to provide warmth in the cold and shelter in the heat. I saw that the tender endings of important and sensitive fingers and toes were all provided with appropriate protection of hoof and nail.
Eyebrows protected eyes from sweat, eyelids and lashes protected eyes from dust and damage. I realised that those animals which attracted flies were equipped with the kind of tails which would most speedily get rid of them. What a happy, joyous kind of love and caring were expressed in these small physical attributes which seemed so small and inconsequential and yet had such a profound bearing on the comfort of all living things. These physical luxuries, added to the basic physical design, were clearly the product of an Intelligence which intended creation to be comfortable and happy - free of the stress which would have been experienced by man and beast if these luxury items had not been given them! Even the natural functions were so intelligently and comfortably designed as to call forth thanksgiving.
Everything tucked so neatly out of sight. How blest, how fortunate was mankind to be born into a life so wonderfully provided for! Again my praises soared and I was lifted on an inner golden light of rapturous wonder - for I now saw that, in addition to freedom from stress, living creatures were also meant to express the exuberant loving NATURE of the Creative Power. For this reason, they were equipped with limbs: arms, hands, legs and feet, fingers and toes, to enable them to move about, run, leap and dance, to be able to express their inmost thoughts and feelings. I even felt that if mankind longed to fly and grow wings and believed with all their hearts they could do so, eventually they would begin growing something additional to enable them to fly.
It was at this point of understanding of the NATURE of the Creative Power that I came into the full consciousness of the LOVE directing the WORKS of the Universal Intelligent Creative Power.
As I pondered this LOVE, I realised that the mother in creation, nourishes, protects, fulfills the needs and tries to promote healing of offspring; this is the activity of LOVE. 6. The innate characteristic of the LOVING INTELLIGENT CREATIVE POWER which has given creation its individual form and being is WORK.
It works for us, in us, and through us. Its work is always, always, always, prompted by LOVE.
This cosmic revelation filled me with joy and astonishment. What a wonderful world we lived in! It was the culminating point in my enlightenment and my overall view of the TRUTH concerning the SOURCE of ALL BEING. I had already seen the reality of the physical bodies composed of various communities of identical infinitely tiny entities working in a spirit of co-operation and harmony to produce the various components of the body - flesh, bone, blood to eyes and hair. The only difference between these communities lay in the type of work demanded by their common goals. Surely the DIVINE IMPULSE behind all this intelligent, purposeful activity in the body, was both the inspiration and foundation of mans own conduct when people worked in unison to produce a planned objective? They drew intelligence and purpose from the Creative Power yet how very different was mans behaviour when engaged in earthly construction or any other communal project for it was inevitably characterised by arguments and dissension.
I was brought to a realisation of the INFINITE POWER of the Intelligent Creativity ever active within creation, maintaining order, co-operation, harmony, daily productivity, unequalled by man anywhere, at any time.
7. SURVIVAL was a natural characteristic of the Creative Power. In every case, the most wonderful provision had been made for all living things to grow, be healed of illnesses and injury, nourished in order to keep the body healthy, and to produce its own kind in order to ensure survival on this earth. This was the only reality mankind could be absolutely sure of and Its activity was consistent, year in and year out. The sun, moon, stars, all remained in their places for millennia and it was recognised that they all possessed their own paths of movement - this phenomena was all part of the grand scheme for survival in creation. If this was so, how could there not be survival of the eternal flame of Loving Intelligent Creative Power hidden within the created entities of every kind in the universe? Therefore, this world was but a shadow and image of the hidden worlds of Loving Intelligent Creative Power beyond this dimension. The Reality of the entirety of creation lay beyond this visible world.
8. The inherent characteristic of Loving Intelligent Creative Power was RHYTHM.
I saw that there was a RHYTHM in operation in the world. Everything was subject to seasons which gave a blossoming and burgeoning of life, a growing season coming up to the ripening and harvest, and the production of seeds which ensured the survival of plant life. Then there was the gradual dying away and rest period of winter. But nothing created and living was allowed to become extinct. The sun and moon expressed these characteristics within the universe. This rhythm could even be seen in the females of living things. Therefore, everything in creation had its due time for appearance and harvest. It followed that man himself was subject to tides of growth and success and tides of dormancy.
9. The inherent characteristic of the Loving Intelligent Creative Power was LAW AND ORDER. The undeviating order and reliability apparent in creation, even governing the tiny entities (cells) within the body, were astonishing and far transcended any human endeavour. Therefore, the entire universe creative Power was within him, giving him life, limb, and everything else he needed. All of this realisation lifted me to the heights of rapture, elation and sublime ecstasy, so that I was scarcely able to bear it. I felt my body must dissolve with the expansion of Power within me. I was irradiated with LIGHT and could see IT all around me illuminating the desert scene. My heart sang in praises. How wonderful and beautiful was the Loving Creative Power which worked in, through and for us, unceasingly! What a MIRACLE was creation!
I cried out loud: YOU are the SOURCE of all BEING, both creator and also manifested within and through the created: there is nothing in the entire universe which is apart or separate from the limitless, eternal infinity of DIVINE LIFE , Creative Power Consciousness - that you are, - how then is it possible that mankind is so sinful - and why do people suffer disease, misery and poverty? Tell me, o loving loving Father Creative Power, because I have been heavily burdened with the pain of their miserable lives. Then I was shown the reality of the earthly condition of all living things.
I felt immense excitement because, at last, I would be able to understand how it was that such a loving Divine Creative Power could allow Its creation to endure such misery. I was shown that every living thing in creation should be radiantly healthy, cared for, nourished, protected, healed, maintained in peace and plenty, prospered within an orderly society of beings extending only love to eachother.
(However, at the moment of creation, two BASIC IMPULSES came into being, ensuring individuality, and it was these which controlled mankinds consciousness. These IMPULSES were explained to me in detail but this knowledge is reserved for a future Letter when you will be better able to understand it.).................................
I was shown the following vivid vision. First of all, I saw a new-born babe as light, a life-form of Creative Power.
As the baby grew into childhood, then manhood, I saw the pure LIGHT of the Creative Power gradually dimmed and then obscured altogether in him, by a dense wrapping of chains and thongs. I questioned the meaning of the vision and there came to my mind a clear understanding which may be expressed in the following words:
From birth to death, - people believe and insist that their five senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste, correctly predicate the reality of themselves and the universe around them. Therefore, because they draw their mind power direct from Divine Creative Power, it is done to them according to their beliefs.
CLIP - Read the rest of this through downloading the entire Letter #1 at http://www.christsway.co.za/letters_eng.htm
CHRIST'S TRUTH is directed at people who sincerely long to understand the true nature of existence, the purposes behind creation, the full potential of all created living beings. His Letters are highly pragmatic but consistently spiritual.
Because they have been written from an elevated or spiritual viewpoint of us humans who are struggling on earth to find their way through a miasma of fears, doubts, conflicts, depressions, frustrations, unhappiness, broken relationships and poverty, Christ speaks authoritatively - and lovingly - about the earthly condition and describes the exact means of climbing out of these conditions into wholeness of being. He says there is no punishment from on high - we suffer because we do not understand the world we have been born into.
He says we suffer because we do not understand the nature of creation and existence - and the spiritual Laws governing them.
He explains that these Letters are important to every single person, although they may not think so. Everyone, whether interested in achieving spiritual insight or not, eventually moves out of their physical body into a life beyond. The experiences beyond the veil are dictated entirely by the state of their consciousness and spiritual 'being' at the time of their death. Therefore, death-bed confessions avail nothing. Violent consciousness can only experience violence. Anger and hatreds are drawn to people of angers and hatred. Greed and selfishness experience greed and selfishness from others.
LOVE EXPERIENCES LOVE IN ITS HIGHEST FORM
CHRIST has said:
'Let me tell you what LOVE is. It is giving and receiving. It is giving without question, without thought, without balancing of what has been received and what given. It is also receiving with joy and gratitude, knowing that the heart and soul of the 'giver' is joyfully involved in the giving.
'Love is an outpouring of the soul force on the beloved'
It is a rejoicing
in the light of day upon the faces of others, welcoming them into your own patch of sunlight,
in the abundance which is poured out on others even as it is poured out on you,
in the acceptance of others in the very highest form of total and absolute acceptance - which is the clear perception of their indwelling flame of soul drawn from God.
It is the pure recognition that we are all one at soul-level.
When you have ascended into this vibration of selfless-soul love, you will be ready to come over gently, sweetly, blissfully, and will receive the warm reception that is already in and of our LOVE CONSCIOUSNESS for you.'
We, the FOUNDATION of CHRIST'S WAY commend CHRIST'S LETTERS to you and we pray you may look further and read them - for we have found in them the transcendent enlightened wisdom, love, comfort in greater measure than we have found anywhere else.
WALKING CHRIST'S WAY
October 29th, 2005
I am coming through the mind of my Recorder because there is something URGENT I have to say to you!
Love your enemies; forgive those who ill-use you; pray for those who speak evil of you, ... and if you cannot do this in your own strength, seek by all possible means to do it in the power of spirit Divine Consciousness.
PRAY and MEDITATE and ask for help. It will be given you if you persist.
If the ego persists in forcing your thoughts downward again to virulence and anger and raising all kinds of arguments as to why you should condemn someone who has deeply hurt and even wounded you physically, go into meditation again and again, seeking insight and relief from your dilemma, asking to have these troublesome recurring angry and vindictive thoughts removed from you......
NOT to please God
as you have been taught by the churches
but to protect yourself from the whiplash of your angry thoughts which rebound in your lives bearing violent upheavals and further rows and arguments to deal with.
FOR - whatever power you give to resentful thoughts, that power will send a direct electrical stream of consciousness to the person who hurt you, - AND the stream of consciousness returns, zinging its way back to you in due course, like a boomerang.
You must know that every electrical field creates a like magnetic field the two always work together so that WHAT GOES OUT EVENTUALLY RETURNS.
This is a scientific law of existence but what science does not yet admit is this:
Electrical force powers the mind; it is the consciousness impulse of Get Going in the mind.
Electrical force is a facet of consciousness.
Two-faced Magnetism powers the human and animal emotions it attracts and it repels. It is the impulse of human love and the impulse of hatred.
Magnetism is experienced by all living things as emotion feeling.
I have described this Truth fully in my Letters 4A and 4B.
Not only this, scientific medical knowledge has discovered (what I understood so well in Palestine, 2000 years ago) that all the thoughts taking form in your brain descend into your pituitary gland via your hypothalamus, and the negativity and emotional trauma (lowered vibrations) they contain is passed on to your organs, blood and entire body, causing a depletion in energy and eventual illness.
This is the phenomenon producing psycho-somatic ailments acknowledged by the medical profession.
When in Palestine 2000 years ago, I told the Jews not to worry about drinking from unwashed cups but to take note of and be concerned about what came out of their mouths. I have translated what was reported in the gospels in the New Testament into the kind of words I actually spoke to the Jews - who did not have the remotest idea of what I was trying to tell them. And sadly, the various Christian churches are just as ignorant today.
How could they understand - they did not have the enlightenment I received in the Desert which illumined my mind and imprinted in my mind the spiritual knowledge of the origins of creation and laws of existence.
But YOU, who live in your world today, have had countless teachers coming to earth, explaining scientific facts and also mystics who have led you into metaphysical, spiritual truths, preparing you for my Letters which contain the very highest Truth of all - the true Nature of your Source of Origin which you term God, and the Universal Laws of Existence.
I now want you to think about the truly terrible and outrageous works certain people initiate in your world, - despite all these Teachers of facets of Truth.
The ongoing bloodshed in Iraq is a case which should make you all think deeply about the likely boomerang from such destructive actions.
I want you to think of this situation from a spiritual viewpoint which does not CONDEMN but sees the truth inherent in the thoughts and actions involved in the situation.
Here you had a man, Saddam Hussein who was determined to take power in Iraq and bring about peace and plenty for his people. Unevolved in true spirituality, he used most harsh and violent ways to control a nation, to silence those people who gave him problems. These people used violence in an uprising against him and he poured violence back on them. Here were a tyrannical Dictator and a sect of people of the same mental and moral level - their spiritual vibrations, despite all the prayer and outward religious show, were as dark and dense and low as it is possible to attain in your world today. Hussein and these unruly people deserved each other.
The Iraqi people tolerated him, some even admired and applauded him, because he kept peace for a volatile nation and gave them a chance to live their daily lives as peacefully as their innately aggressive natures would permit them.
He fell foul of the USA, ANGERED ITS LEADERS, and equally governed by ego, the Leaders decided to punish Saddam Hussein by imposing sanctions. Later on, a humanitarian impulse prompted the inauguration of a system Oil for Food which helped the hungry people of Iraq and gave America access to the oil they needed. But this measure was a severe blow to Husseins pride and did not alleviate the national deprivation of general luxury and everyday goods enjoyed by their neighbours.
I want you, people of the world, to give empathetic thought to the enormous volumes of resentment, hatred, anguish, brought about by this action of a nation strong in their Abundant Wealth, armaments, trained soldiers, sailors and airmen.
I want you to understand that such NATIONAL EMOTION becomes a living force of destruction of huge proportions.
It is certain that NO ONE truly on the path of CHRISTS WAY - MY WAY - would ever have followed such a sadistic course. Faced with the problem of having to deal with a Saddam Hussein, such a leader, enlightened in the spiritual and scientific Laws of Existence, would have called a session of enlightened people to meet to meditate and to ask for guidance.
My guidance would most certainly have been to call a meeting with Saddam Hussein and to point out the tragedy which would eventually result from the impasse between the two countries. An enlightened Leader, instead of lording it over Hussein and threatening him with war, would have asked him and his advisors to draw up a document, an agreement which both countries could live with in friendship, and which would promote a growth and domestic enrichment programme for both countries. Such an enlightened Leader would then read Iraqi proposals to establish peace and harmony, would discuss it peacefully with a sincere desire to establish well-being for all. He would call on his enlightened people to meditate and bring back any adjustments WHICH HAD BEEN RECEIVED FROM MEDITATION.
In this way, the people under Saddam Hussein would have been gradually freed from the stranglehold of a tyrant, Saddam himself would have seen the benefits derived from a peaceful approach, instead of an aggressive one, and Arab States would have been impressed by the success of the venture. This would also have caused the Muslims to re-think their present interpretation of the Quran.
But what is the acknowledged and generally accepted WORLDLY WAY?
What has the Human Spirit the Human Ego accomplished today?
Consider whether there can be any lasting benefit from this behaviour outlined below?
A peaceful nation, a peaceful people, already deprived of normal trade facilities with other nations, have been bombed nightly. Their buildings, built with great effort and expenditure of money, and offering various services to the people, are destroyed. Night after night, innocent people have been subjected to the terror of bombs, asking themselves Where will they fall? Who will be hit? Will they find us in the rubble? Will we lose a family member? Will we all be killed?
What have these people done to deserve such a terrifying ordeal other than knuckle down and try to live as happily as they could under a tyrant whom the USA hates?
Prior to this, in USA, another tyrannical fanatic sent planes to destroy the twin towers of the Trade Centre in New York. A great cry of fury, anger, revenge arose from the American people. They lost many people loved ones - in the destruction. Every year, there are Christian church services remembering the dead and a great many tears are shed in the deluge of grief thinking of them.
Think for a moment: Christian Services - is there any talk of FORGIVENESS of those who were instrumental in this destruction?
Are Americans shedding tears for the innocents who died under the hail of bombs deposited night after night for no good reason other than a vitriolic hatred of Hussein? Do they hold services for the Iraqian dead? Do they even consider that they have murdered innocents - who had no protection against the USA horrific weapons and had never done them a moments harm?
Just consider the weight of the emotional distress unleashed by all of this insufferable and arrogant destruction of another country - destruction which has freed all the rebel fighting groups which Hussein had kept in check. Unleashed a most foul mode of killing others the suicide bombs. Every time such bombs go off - thus killing innocent bystanders, the Americans who supported war against Iraq, should realize that it was their support which made such suicide bombing possible.
Just consider the unleashing of the gigantic, untold emotional vibrations of horror, hate, revenge, and retaliation that is now directed at America.
How do the Americans think that all this Hatred Energy will be manifested against them?
Because it will be manifested as death and destruction. It is a law of existence. Even Christian churches claim to believe this law.
Where there is no FORGIVENESS there is retribution in the form of Cause and Effect.
FORGIVENESS, complete and total and LOVING, dispels the violent hatred energies.
Without forgiveness, they gather momentum from the ongoing resentment of the opponent.
Read the article on Cracks in your planet and then ask yourselves how all this terrifying load of hate will be manifested. Who, in America, will SOONER OR LATER - be the targets?
Therefore I tell you clearly: In your home, in your community, in your town, in your State, in your country - FORGIVE whoever has injured you in any way - big or small. Let this word ring out across your land through any means you have.
And if you cannot forgive easily because your ego will not let you then bring your hurt and anger to Divine Consciousness (which I termed the Father when in Palestine) and ask for Its inflow of Spiritual Directing Power to gently ease and remove the burden from your minds.
Will your religions tell you this? No, they did not when I was in Palestine and they will not now.
Indeed, those who occupy the highest positions in the most powerful nations, and cause the most horrific damage in the world are received with pomp and ceremony, smiles and handshakes by the religious leaders of the various Christian religions. The blind grip hands and give blessings to the blind.
To hear TRUTH - YOU MUST COME DIRECT TO ME. I am truly alive and universal in being; COME and I will receive your call and will lovingly respond to it.
Have the courage to join CHRISTS WAY and to follow the teachings I have brought the world in my Letters. They will show you how to remain in tune and accord with the LAWS of EXISTENCE.
They will help you come into harmony with the universe itself. And all things will then work towards your greatest good and happiness and protection.
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Taken from http://www.youarelovemovie.com/ where you can view the pictures that go along with this most inspiring text...
Remember ...You Are Love
Your Love is all healing,
Your Love heals
It is not possible to Love
and judge in the same instant.
To Love more fully you must
surrender your need
to judge, criticize, condemn
to own, control, attack
to police, interrogate
to make right or wrong, good or bad
to fill the hole in your soul with anything other than a decision to Love.
Surrender your need to believe that any of these things offer you protection.
For in any of these things ...
is the absence of Love
is a call for Love.
Seek and you shall find
Joy in Love
To Love completely
Love the obvious
Love the challenging
Love the opportunity to express Love.
In the midst of your fear
Stay put with your emotions
...reach for Love.
Reach for a face that's an easy Love ...
...transfer this Love that you now feel
to that which you run from.
Do this, and you transform
your experience forever more.
Practice loving unconditionally
without attachment to the outcome.
For when you Love just to Love
you move into a whole,
with your spirit.
Unwanted people, circumstances and situations
... need only your Love, blessing and release.
... washes away whatever is not Love.
you are here to Love
... to be the Master of all good
you are Love personified
you are Love.
There is great Love for you in the Universe
... weep with Love
... laugh with Love
... receive Love, live Love
and while you are at it
... Love well.
"But how can I not suffer in Love?"
The Love you feel for another is still your Love.
Accept that you assign Love.
You are Love's source.
Love is your decision.
Love awaits you.
Love is a healing, soothing balm.
Love, Peace and Joy are the highest of all
healing vibrational frequencies.
Divine Love is me, as me, now.
And that's all there is ...is Love.
...You Are Love
2005 - Mary Robinson Reynolds
Editorial - Global Village News
Taken from the September 2006 issue currently available through http://www.gvnr.com/
Leading scientists are telling us that the impact of our industrial system, and the sudden expansion of humanitys ability to harvest the common bounty of our planet for short-term gain, may actually be upsetting the balance of our highly complex and fragile web of life. It is as if we are living inside of a dream, sleepwalking toward oblivion, while self-serving, short-sighted interests encourage our slumber with managed news, celebrity culture and other weapons of mass distraction.
It has become clear that our political and commercial institutions are unable to effectively address this crisis, primarily because they dont realize that they are looking at an interconnected world through a fragmented lens. So the villain here is not Big Business, the corporate media, the military-industrial complex, or even those who for personal profit seek to clearcut our forests, overfish our oceans, pollute our atmosphere or drain our aquifers. The villain is an outmoded worldview a way of seeing the world in which such unthinkable acts can appear reasonable, sensible, and even intelligent.
Indigenous people of South America, who still live in their traditional Earth-honouring ways, refer to our modern worldview as our dream, and have urged us, for the sake of all life, to change the dream of the North. Well, it appears that changing this collective dream of ours will be a do-it-yourself-together project. It will be accomplished by committed individuals working in concert with one another, tens of millions of us, each willing to think and act in a whole new way.
The above is part of a report sent to me by the Be The Change organisers (http://www.bethechange.org.uk) and I think it sums up the challenges in the world today pretty succinctly.
In my emails today, I received the Declaration of Freedom which I also want to share with you.
You are free to explore a completely different way of living and seeing. You are free to meet the wholeness of life and put aside your fear. You dont need to think as others think, or live as others want you to live. Be free, and life will unfold in ways you could never have imagined.
Dont be afraid that you might not succeed. Failure and success exist only in imagination. Act from love, and your actions will be their own fulfilment, their own reward. Allow yourself the freedom to draw breath and simply be.
You do not need riches to live a rich life. Nor do you need status, for it is based on empty comparisons. Appreciate the wealth you have your health, your loved ones, the miracle of being alive. Be free of the habitual desire for more.
Dont limit your thinking with beliefs. You believe because you want to be certain, but letting go of certainty gives you freedom to discover the new. Look beyond the boundaries of knowledge, for it is only a trace of what has been and gone. The nets of knowledge and belief cannot catch the ocean of life.
You are free to question what others have said, even in books that are held to be sacred. Understanding comes through learning and insight, through compassion, through seeing beyond self-interest not through the repetition of words. Learn from everyone you meet, from everything you experience. The greatness of life cannot be folded between the pages of a book.
In relationship, be free of divisions between us and them. Whatever our nationality, race or religion, each of us shares a common humanity. Similarly, question the lines you draw between mine and not mine, me and you. Your life is all that you see and touch, and everything you say and do makes a difference in the world.
We share responsibility for the world, with its conflicts and its promise of freedom. Inquire deeply, so that through self-awareness you end the confusion from which conflict arises. Question the way you are living now, and have the courage to follow your heart. The more we are free in our own lives, the greater the freedom we endow to our families, to our communities, and so to all humanity.
Martin Hawes and Steve Ruben say that we are welcome to reproduce their declaration and share it if its in the interest of networking and not for commercial purposes. You too can do the same. Visit their website www.declarationoffreedom.com.
In peace and unity
Editor and Founder of Positive News
(Source: Positive News: http://www.positivenews.org.uk)
ViewPoint: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress
by Lester R. Brown
Our global economy is outgrowing the capacity of the earth to support it, pushing our early twenty-first century civilization ever closer to decline and possible collapse. In our preoccupation with quarterly earnings reports and year-to-year economic growth, we have lost sight of how large the human enterprise has become relative to the earths resources. A century ago, annual growth in the world economy was measured in billions of dollars. Today it is measured in trillions.
As a result, we are consuming renewable resources faster than they can regenerate. Forests are shrinking, grasslands are deteriorating, water tables are falling, fisheries are collapsing, and soils are eroding. We are using up oil at a pace that leaves little time to plan beyond peak oil, or the period during which demand for oil far exceeds all available supply. And we are discharging greenhouse gases into the atmosphere faster than nature can absorb them, setting the stage for a rise in the earths temperature well above any since agriculture began.
Fortunately, there is a consensus emerging among scientists on the broad outlines of the changes needed. If economic progress is to be sustained, we need to replace the fossil-fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economy with a new economic model. Instead of being based on fossil fuels, the new economy will be powered by abundant sources of renewable energy: wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, and biofuels.
The throwaway economy will be replaced by a comprehensive reuse/recycle economy. Consumer products from cars to computers will be designed so that they can be disassembled into their component parts and completely recycled. Throwaway products such as single-use beverage containers will be phased out.
We can already see glimpses here and there of what this new economy looks like. We have the technologies to build it--including, for example, gas-electric hybrid cars, advanced-design wind turbines, highly efficient refrigerators, and water-efficient irrigation systems.
We can see how to build the new economy brick by brick. With each wind farm, rooftop solar panel, paper-recycling facility, bicycle path, and reforestation program, we move closer to an economy that can sustain economic progress. But there is still a long way to go and a very short time to get there. Our success will depend on learning from the changing world around us and implementing those lessons we have already learned.
Forwarded by Phyllis Montague email@example.com> on Sept 7
THE REAL ID CARD - IMPECCABLE TIMING
August 9, 2006 NewsWithViews.com
At large, the American people are still unaware of the issuance of the Real ID card forthcoming in May of 2008. This new national/international ID card, and its interactivity with national/international databases, can access our medical, financial, driving, Social Security, license(s), firearms registrations, and political status inside its high tech/little nano brain. In essence, it holds our private lives on a swipe-able card that is then privy to any organization, retailer, or person requesting our identification or our money. In other words, our life histories accessible upon command from one 2X3 inch card.
Having no choice but to comply, most American people will accept their new national/international ID card. It is my understanding that without the card, we will be denied bank accounts in the United States of America, a driver's license, and the right to fly on airplanes unless we have been issued a Real ID card. One might imagine that global retailers might require the Real ID to purchase food and gasoline. Take a look at your current driver's license. Check the expiration date. 2008 would be a good global guess.
For those of us who have seen United Nations military vehicles in the United States, and who have also noticed convoys of military tanks being transported through the wilderness areas of our nation the same areas that have been locked down and away from the American people via Biosphere Reserves and conservation corridors - we have realized for a great many years that, as one patriot stated, the "stage was being set" for difficult times on American soil the key issue that mass media ignores at its professional finest. So, with stages being set, one must also look to the timing of the Real ID card, and to 2008 in general. Let us not forget all the other paramilitary systems in our nation, like the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Citizens Corp groups, Neighborhood Watch groups, C.O.P.S. (Community Oriented Policing Services), the militarizing of law enforcement departments, and the many new for-hire corporations that offer private armies with weapons for a price. And then, of course, there are the U.N. peacekeeping forces, which the American military has been actively involved with for many, many decades while, simultaneously and incrementally, our "leaders" have been closing our homeland military bases during these same decades.
The professional timing of the Real ID card in 2008, and its mandatory issuance, brings to mind several forthcoming coincidences and issues. The collecting and databasing of all personal information of every American adult coinciding with the CFR's North American Community and all global government infrastructures in place and play, one must consider the following: How are "domestic terrorists" determined and identified?
- Who will be held in the Civilian Labor Camps on American soil?
- What is the real issue behind the "identity theft" propaganda?
- Why are the off-limits American wilderness areas crawling with secret military operations?
- And why the mandatory issuance of an ID card that sums up every American citizen with one swipe?
One cannot help but to almost laugh when it comes to considering how directly global intentions rest beneath our noses. So easy to see, yet so blindly the public goes about its merry and dull way. On that note, the Real ID card will ultimately seal your fate. You will be a compliant and completely identifiable slave to the New World Order, or you will be its enemy and your Real ID will determine which global creature you shall be. Therefore, America, let us not in- fight. The fact of our demise as free people exists no matter whose research is right or wrong. The stage is, in fact, being set for our nation's conquering. The Democrats and Republicans have seen to this fact and have worked steadfastly to raise their one-world government. They knew from the beginning that people with property, firearms, and rights were their primary problems, or in other words, the people of the United States of America and other westernized nations. Our "leadership" is not what they seem.
The public acceptance of the Real ID in May of 2008 seals the deal. It will be more than interesting to see which of our friends, neighbors, and family members will willingly sign onto their fate as new "citizens" of the global police state. Just keep telling yourselves that you voted them into office. So did I. As such, we have a lot of soul searching to do and very, very little time about 21 months. Are we going to continue to allow our "representatives" to march off with this nation and our Constitutional freedom, or are we going to unite and reclaim OUR nation? Ignorance is never bliss. It is abject slavery, and this time, the enslavement is backed by a system far greater than concepts or perceived notions of freedom.
It's past time to do more than wave flags, wear patriotic tee shirts, hats, and pins. It's time to serve through action and duty to this nation. Start an A.C.E. (Americans for Constitutional Enforcement - http://www.a4ce.org/) chapter in your neighborhood NOW. Request an information packet (from firstname.lastname@example.org - with "ACE" in the subject line) and create your local chapter. It's YOUR job and Constitutional duty to save our nation and to preserve freedom. We have been betrayed. For the sake of your children, open your eyes and act. The only potential answer is to UNITE for freedom and to command that freedom with one voice. Then, as a nation UNITED in knowledge, we can rid ourselves of our "representative" globalists. Now, please stop the bickering and bitching, especially of the partisanship flavor, and get to WORK. Global government is non-partisan minus the master-slave divide. You may request a mailed copy of the A.C.E. Information Packet by sending $10.00 to A.C.E., P.O. Box 293, Iron Mountain, MI 49801. Nancy Levant is a life-long writer, a believer of country, Constitutional and individual rights. She resides in rural Southwestern Ohio. She has worked professionally with children since 1974 and is an ardent supporter of home schooling.
To find out more about Nancy Levant and her impeccable credentials, check http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=fr-fr&q=%22Nancy+Levant&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
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The Myth of Fair Elections in America (September 7, 2006)
The debacle surrounding the Republican victory in 2000 demonstrated to the world that America's electoral process is wide open to abuse. But as Paul Harris discovers, the system has actually worsened since then - One person, one vote. Count the totals. The one with the most wins. The beauty of democracy is its simplicity and its inherent fairness. It equalises everyone, even as it empowers everyone. What could go wrong? In America, it turns out, quite a lot. Everyone remembers the debacle in Florida, 2000. The recounts, the law suits and the eventual deciding of a presidential election - not by the voters - but by the Supreme Court. The memory still causes a collective shudder to America's body politic. Which makes the fact that America's system of voting is now even more suspect, more complicated, and more open to abuse than ever before so utterly shocking. Across the country a bewildering series of scandals or dubious practises are proliferating beyond control. The prospect of a 'second Florida' is now more likely not less. There are many - and not all of them are conspiracy theorists - who believed it may have happened in Ohio in 2004.This week the venerable New York Times was the latest of many organisations and institutions to declare that America's democratic system is simply starting to fail. Not in terms of its democratic ideals, or some takeover by a Neocon cabal, but by a simple collapse in its ability to count everyone's votes accurately and fairly. The Times is editorialising on a shocking government report into electoral rules in Ohio's biggest county, Cuyahoga, which contains the city of Cleveland. It details a litany of errors and a large discrepancy between the paper record of a ballot and the result recorded by the new Diebold electronic voting machines the county has just installed. It also worried that 31 per cent of black people were asked for identification as they voted compared to 18 per cent of other voters. '[The] report should be a wake-up call to states and counties nationwide,' the paper thundered. But Ohio is far from isolated. CLIP - Also available from http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090806L.shtml
"Smoking gun" evidence uncovered in Ohio of massive vote fraud in 2004 election (Sept. 7, 2006 - scroll down to find this article at the URL below)
After the November 2004 presidential election, this editor reported on massive vote fraud, particularly in Ohio. The relevant articles are found here, here, here, and here. Sources within the U.S. Intelligence Community provided information on the financing -- via foreign funding sources, covert intelligence networks, and illegal pseudo-banking routes -- of programmers, election officials, and others to ensure that Bush and Cheney captured Ohio's critical 20 electoral votes. (...) The reason the Ohio GOP was anxious to destroy the ballots and records is that they are rife with prima facie evidence of massive vote fraud. Dr. Richard Hayes Phillips, a researcher who uncovered the evidence of vote fraud, submitted an affidavit to the U.S. federal court in Columbus outlining details of the vote fraud. Along with the affidavit, Phillips provided evidence of vote fraud, including "documentation of ballot tampering in . . . eleven counties." The most startling evidence of ballot tampering is a punch card ballot that show tape affixed over votes for Kerry/Edwards. Other "stickered ballots" were apparently destroyed during an FBI investigation. CLIP
Down for the Count (September 8, 2006)
New election machines, as mandated and funded by federal law, may create a new election debacle instead of correcting the old one. In 2002, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which allocated $3.6 billion for all 50 states to update their voting systems. Some industry analysts suggest that the government implemented the new technology too quickly to the detriment of not only security and performance of the new machines, but the integrity of our democratic process. Avi Rubin, a computer science professor at John Hopkins University...performed an analysis of voting machines produced by Diebold. But his recommendation that the machines not be used in elections fell on deaf ears. NOW traveled to Oakland County, Michigan on Primary Day, where election workers encountered more than a few frustrating snags, even when demonstrating the machines for us. In one instance, it took five attempts for the machi! ne to accept a ballot. We also checked in on other states. What we found were alarming scenes of computer and human error, poor results validation, nonexistent contingency plans, and extreme vulnerability to tampering. In half of 37 primaries held this year, there were technical problems associated with the new HAVA-mandated technology. These included an extra 100,000 votes recorded but never cast in Texas, which was blamed on a programming error [and] ballot counting malfunctions in Iowa that declared losing candidates as winners.
"The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do."
Joseph Stalin , Premier of the Soviet state, 1941-1953
28-Year Career CIA Official Says 9/11 An Inside Job
Highlights missing Pentagon trillions as potential motive
September 7 2006
A 28-year CIA career man and a former skeptic of alternative 9/11 explanations has gone further than ever before in voicing his convictions that the attacks bore the hallmarks of an inside job and the three buildings in the WTC complex were brought down by controlled demolition.
Bill Christison is a former senior official of the CIA. He was a National Intelligence Officer and the Director of the CIA's Office of Regional and Political Analysis before his retirement in 1979. Since then he has written numerous articles on U.S. foreign policies.
In Christison's recent article, Stop Belittling the Theories About September 11, he afforded credibility to the notion that "significant parts" of the official 9/11 story were false and after careful research he concluded that the twin towers and building 7, "were most probably destroyed by controlled demolition charges placed in the buildings."
Christison went further on The Alex Jones Show, agreeing that the attacks being an inside job was the "most likely possibility."
"David Griffin believes this all was totally an inside job - I've got to say I think that it was too," said Christison.
Christison initially approached the subject unwilling to even consider that elements of the government could be engaged in such heights of criminality but his research quickly began to change his mind.
"Just about half a year ago it dawned on me that not only was I trying to avoid an issue that might be extraordinarily important - more important than any other issue," said Christison.
"I have since decided that....at least some elements in this US government had contributed in some way or other to causing 9/11 to happen or at least allowing it to happen."
Christison stated that the suspicious collapse of the three buildings, including building 7 which wasn't hit by a plane, were likely the result of controlled demolitions.
"The reason that the two towers in New York actually collapsed and fell all the way to the ground was controlled explosions rather than just being hit by two airplanes."
"All of the characteristics of these demolitions show that they almost had to have been controlled explosions."
Referencing the 2.3 trillion dollars that was discovered to be missing from the Pentagon's coffers, Christison emphasized the fact that with an unlimited budget, the scope of operations that could be undertaken by the military-industrial complex are almost without recourse.
"There is so much money now sloshing around throughout not only the CIA but the intelligence components of the Defense Department - which are actually bigger than the CIA - that these guys can do almost anything they want these days."
Christison said that one of the subsidiary motives behind 9/11 was to take attention away from an impending exposure of the missing trillions and criminal proceedings against high officials - just as LBJ had Kennedy assassinated partly to delay imminent corruption probes that would have sent him to prison.
Christison is just the latest in a deluge of former government and intelligence agency insiders to boldly go public with their doubts about the official story behind 9/11 and he has an urgent message for future whistleblowers who might be considering the same course of action.
"We have got to be willing to be discredited, we have got to stick our necks out - this is just plain too important."
Forwarded by EdElkin@aol.com
Sent: September 01, 2006
Subject: A Message from Qana
Kucinich and Wife Return from Middle East After Talks With Leaders - Congressman first US Official to Tour Damage in Southern Lebanon:
"A Message from Qana"
CLEVELAND (September 1) Congressman Dennis Kucinich, ranking member on the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations, and his wife Elizabeth have just returned from a personal peace-building initiative in the Middle East. Their mission included war-torn Lebanon, where they met separately and at length with Lebanon Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, President Emile LaHoud, General Michel Aoun, former Prime Minister and now leader of the Progressive Patriotic Party; Fawzi Salloukh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Yacoub Sarrat, Minister of the Environment and former Prime Minister Selim Al-Hoss.
"There was unanimity among Lebanese leaders that now is the time to explore multiparty talks with hopes of achieving a breakthrough agreement for peace in the entire region. All felt that political negotiations were key, as opposed to use of force. Each official spoke of the necessity of lifting the blockade, addressing the status of the Shebaa Farms, engaging in an exchange of prisoners with Israel and obtaining maps of areas mined by the Israeli army.
The couple toured the heavily damaged suburban Beirut area where they witnessed the ruins of thousands of apartment dwellings and hundreds of businesses. Kucinich became perhaps the first US official to cross the Litani River, accompanying a humanitarian mission from the American University in Dubai delivering food, water and medical supplies deep into southern Lebanon.
"Village after village was reduced to piles of rubble. We saw thousands of destroyed homes. We also saw bombed out hospitals, schools, factories, churches, mosques, fire stations, gas stations, cars, bridges, roads, water systems, electric systems, banana plantations, and lemon groves," Kucinich said.
"In several villages we stopped and walked through piles of concrete and dust from what had once been homes. Public areas were littered with unexploded cluster bombs and land mines. The smell of death was everywhere. Homes still standing upon closer inspection had holes in the walls from artillery shells.
One of the most emotionally wrenching moments came at 10 o'clock at night as they arrived in the village of Qana, the Cana of biblical lore where Christ performed the first of his miracles, changing water into wine. One of the greatest tragedies of war befell a house in Qana where a 1,000 pound bomb exploded and collapsed the structure crushing dozens of women and children who had sought shelter in the basement.
Kucinich and his wife went to pay respects to the dead as a graveyard in the center of the village was lit by automobile headlights. They walked by several rows of graves, each with a picture of someone killed in the bombing. One picture was of four members of the same family. Buried were a mother and her three children. As Kucinich quietly wept, a hand reached around his shoulder to console him. It was the man who lost his wife and three children.
Kucinich and his wife were lead away from the graves across the road and down a very narrow street, over piles of debris from the blast and to the scene of the disaster. Some children's' clothing and bomb fragments were still visible in the rubble. A crowd quickly gathered as it was learned that an American congressman had come to the village. Soon nearly fifty villagers surrounded the couple, including many who had lost family members through what they believed was an American-made bomb.
Elizabeth Kucinich said: "Dennis and I will never forget what followed. Here we stood in the darkness, surrounded by people who suffered great loss, who had every right to express anger or even rage, yet instead they expressed remarkable depth of forgiveness, compassion and a desire for peace and reconciliation, calling out from the crowd through interpreters: "We do not hate America. We love the American people. We do not like what your government does. Please tell the American people that we are not terrorists. We do not hate Israel. We want to be safe in our village. We want to be left alone. We want peace." The couple promised to take the message from Qana back to the United States.
A last minute flight cancellation forced the couple to travel to Israel overnight, 11 hours by car, across Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. In Israel they met with directors and policy advisors of the State of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem and discussed the war, security and Israeli casualties. The Kuciniches had hoped to visit the affected areas in northern Israel but were told by Israeli officials that there would not be much to see because repairs were almost completed. In the Palestinian town of Ramallah, they met with a small group of government officials and representatives of NGOs. They also met with Suheil Dawani, Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Jerusalem and his wife.
In July, when the war broke out, Kucinich quickly organized a group of 36 House members who sponsored House Concurrent Resolution 450, which called upon the administration to seek immediate ceasefire and to help convene multi-party talks in the region, with no preconditions. Last week Kucinich called for an end to the blockade of Lebanon.
Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich plan to issue a series of reports on their visits to the region, as part of their effort to craft the elements of a peace plan for the region.
US May Cover Israel's War Costs (08/31/06)
Jerusalem, Israel (http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7004711667) - A senior Bush administration official said Wednesday that if asked, the US is likely to grant Israel additional military aid to cover the costs of its recent war against Hezbollah.The unnamed diplomat told The Jerusalem Post that "a request has not yet come," but if it does, "we would consider it seriously." According to Israeli officials cited by the report, Jerusalem is hoping to fold its aid request into a larger American financial package aimed at helping to rebuild war-torn southern Lebanon. The US official went on to say that Washington viewed Israel as the military victor in the recent conflict, but noted the Jewish state had lost from political standpoint. CLIP
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Date: 7 Sep 2006
Subject: Project Censored Announces the Release of the Top 25 Most Censored Stories for 2005-06
For thirty years Project Censored at Sonoma State University has been reporting the real news that corporate media refuses to cover. The 250 student researchers and faculty find cutting-edge news stories that go under-reported in the mainstream corporate media. Real news is not there for the selling of material goods or entertainment. Real news can only be measured through its success in building democracy, stimulating grassroots activism, and motivating resistance to top-down institutions. Democratic activism underlies the purpose, reason, and message of free speech. Here again is Project Censoreds release of the news that didnt make the newsa compilation of the best examples of journalism that the corporate media marginalized in 2005-06.
Full reviews of the stories are published in Censored 2007: 30th Anniversary Edition from Seven Stories Press, available at: http://www.projectcensored.org/
1. Future of Internet Debate Ignored by Media
Throughout 2005 and 2006, a large underground debate raged regarding the future of the Internet. Referred to as network neutrality, the issue has become a tug of war with cable companies on the one hand and consumers and Internet service providers on the other.
2. Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran
As recently as January of 2005 and a decade before Halliburton sold key components for a nuclear reactor to an Iranian oil development company in violations of US sanctions.
3. Oceans of the World in Extreme Danger
Sea temperature and chemistry changes, along with contamination and reckless fishing practices intertwine to imperil the worlds largest communal life source.
4. Hunger and Homelessness Increasing in the US
The number of hungry and homeless people in US cities continued to grow in 2005.
5. High-Tech Genocide in Congo
The world's most neglected emergency is the ongoing tragedy of the Congo, where six to seven million have died since 1996 as a consequence of invasions and wars sponsored by western powers trying to gain control of the region's mineral wealth
6. Federal Whistleblower Protection in Jeopardy
Special Counsel Scott Bloch, appointed by President Bush in 2004, is overseeing the virtual elimination of federal whistleblower rights in the US government.
7. US Operatives Torture Detainees to Death in Afghanistan and Iraq
The American Civil Liberties Union released documents of forty-four autopsies held in Afghanistan and Iraq October 25, 2005. Twenty-one of those deaths were listed as homicides. These documents present irrefutable evidence that US operatives tortured detainees to death during interrogation.
8. Pentagon Exempt from Freedom of Information Act
In December 2005, Congress passed the 2006 Defense Authorization Act which renders Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) operational files fully immune to FOIA requests, the main mechanism by which watchdog groups, journalists and individuals can access federal documents.
9. The World Bank Funds Israel-Palestine Wall
Despite the 2004 International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision that called for tearing down the Israel-Palestinian Wallconstruction of the Wall has accelerated using World Bank funds.
10. Expanded Air War in Iraq Kills More Civilians
A key element of Bushs drawdown plans in Iraq includes increased uses of airpower. Expanded air strikes will likely lead to increased civilian deaths.
11. Dangers of Genetically Modified Food Confirmed
Several recent studies confirm fears that genetically modified (GM) foods damage human health.
12. Pentagon Plans to Build New Landmines
The US plans to resume production of antipersonnel landmines.
#13 New Evidence Establishes Dangers of Roundup
New studies reveal that Roundup, the most widely used weed killer in the world, poses serious human health threats.
14. Homeland Security Contracts KBR to Build Detention Centers in the US
Halliburtons subsidiary KBR has been awarded a $385 million contingency contract by the Department of Homeland Security to build detention camps in the United States for immigrations surges and news programs.
15. Chemical Industry is EPAs Primary Research Partner
The American Chemical Council is now EPAs leading research partner
16. Ecuador and Mexico Defy US on International Criminal Court
Ecuador and Mexico have refused to sign bilateral immunity agreements (BIA) with the US, in ratification of the International Criminal Court (ICC) treaty, despite the Bush Administrations threat to withhold economic aid
17. Iraq Invasion Promotes OPEC Agenda
The US occupation of Iraq has been used by the US to acquire access to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
18. Physicist Challenges Official 9-11 Story
Research by Brigham Young University physics professor, Steven E. Jones, concludes that the official 9/11 explanation for the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings is implausible according to laws of physics
19. Destruction of Rainforests Worst Ever
New developments in satellite imaging technology reveal that the Amazon rainforest is being destroyed twice as quickly as previously estimated
20. Bottled Water: A Global Environmental Problem
Consumers spend a collective $100 billion every year on bottled water in the beliefoften mistakenthat it is better for us than what flows from our taps. Worldwide, some 2.7 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water each year.
21. Gold Mining Threatens Ancient Andean Glaciers
Barrick Gold, a powerful multinational gold mining company, planned to melt three Andean glaciers in order to access gold deposits through open pit mining.
22. Billions in Homeland Security Spending Undisclosed
More than $8 billion in Homeland Security funds has been doled out to states since the September 11, 2001 attacks, but the public has little chance of knowing how this money is actually being spent.
23. US Oil Targets Kyoto in Europe
Lobbyists funded by the US oil industry have launched a campaign in Europe aimed at derailing efforts to enforce the Kyoto Protocol against global warming
24. Cheneys Halliburton Stock Rose Over 3000 Percent Last Year
Vice President Dick Cheneys stock options in Halliburton rose from $241,498 in 2004 to over $8 million in 2005, an increase of more than 3,000 percent
25. US Military in Paraguay Threatens Region
South American countries are concerned that a massive air base at Mariscal Estigarribia, Paraguay is designed to be a US military stronghold in the region.
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IF THIS WAKE UP CALL FROM LOVELOCK DOES NOT WAKE YOU UP TO HOW DIRE THE SITUATION COULD TURN OUT PRETTY SOON, UNLESS WE GET MASSIVE HELP TO ADAPT AND TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS VERY SOON TO RID THE WORLD OF THE CAPITALIST HOGS WHO DEVOUR THE PLANET FOR THEIR PERSONAL PROFIT, HUMAN CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW IT IS INDEED DOOMED. AND BTW I DON'T AGREE WITH LOVELOCK ON THE NEED FOR NUCLEAR POWER AND GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS TO MITIGATE GLOBAL WARMING... VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY INSTILLED THROUGH SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT WOULD SEEM MUCH WISER.
The End of Eden: James Lovelock Says This Time We've Pushed the Earth Too Far
By Michael Powell
Washington Post Staff Writer
September 2, 2006
ST. GILES-ON-THE-HEATH, England
Through a deep and tangled wood lies a glade so lovely and wet and lush as to call to mind a hobbit's sanctuary. A lichen-covered statue rises in a garden of native grasses, and a misting rain drips off a slate roof. At the yard's edge a plump muskrat waddles into the brush.
A lean, white-haired gentleman in a blue wool sweater and khakis beckons you inside his whitewashed cottage. We sit beside a stone hearth as his wife, Sandy, an elegant blonde, sets out scones and tea. James Lovelock fixes his mind's eye on what's to come.
"It's going too fast," he says softly. "We will burn."
Why is that?
"Our global furnace is out of control. By 2020, 2025, you will be able to sail a sailboat to the North Pole. The Amazon will become a desert, and the forests of Siberia will burn and release more methane and plagues will return."
Sulfurous musings are not Lovelock's characteristic style; he's no Book of Revelation apocalyptic. In his 88th year, he remains one of the world's most inventive scientists, an Englishman of humor and erudition, with an oenophile's taste for delicious controversy. Four decades ago, his discovery that ozone-destroying chemicals were piling up in the atmosphere started the world's governments down a path toward repair. Not long after that, Lovelock proposed the theory known as Gaia, which holds that Earth acts like a living organism, a self-regulating system balanced to allow life to flourish.
Biologists dismissed this as heresy, running counter to Darwin's theory of evolution. Today one could reasonably argue that Gaia theory has transformed scientific understanding of the Earth.
Now Lovelock has turned his attention to global warming, writing "The Revenge of Gaia: Earth's Climate Crisis and the Fate of Humanity." Already a big seller in the United Kingdom, the book was released in the United States last month. (He will speak in Washington, at the Carnegie Institution, Friday at 7 p.m.) Lovelock's conclusion is straightforward.
To wit, we are poached.
He measured atmospheric gases and ocean temperatures, and examined forests tropical and arboreal (last year a forest the size of Italy burned in rapidly heating Siberia, releasing from the permafrost a vast sink of methane, which contributes to global warming). He found Gaia trapped in a vicious cycle of positive-feedback loops -- from air to water, everything is getting warmer at once. The nature of Earth's biosphere is that, under pressure from industrialization, it resists such heating, and then it resists some more.
Then, he says, it adjusts.
Within the next decade or two, Lovelock forecasts, Gaia will hike her thermostat by at least 10 degrees. Earth, he predicts, will be hotter than at any time since the Eocene Age 55 million years ago, when crocodiles swam in the Arctic Ocean.
"There's no realization of how quickly and irreversibly the planet is changing," Lovelock says. "Maybe 200 million people will migrate close to the Arctic and survive this. Even if we took extraordinary steps, it would take the world 1,000 years to recover."
Such dire talk no doubt occasions much rolling of eyes in polite circles, particularly among scientists in the United States, that last redoubt of global-warming skeptics. Lovelock's so intemperate, and more than a few of his peers distrust his preference for elegant nouns and verbs served with no crusting of jargon. His grim predictions tend to be twinned in the press with those of the skeptics, each treated as a radical diversion -- purveyors of "climate porn," an English think-tank called them recently -- from a moderate mean.
Lovelock's radical view of global warming doesn't sit well with David Archer, a scientist at the University of Chicago and a frequent contributor to the Web site RealClimate, which accepts the reality of global warning.
"No one, not Lovelock or anyone else, has proposed a specific quantitative scenario for a climate-driven, blow the doors off, civilization ending catastrophe," writes Archer.
The headline on Archer's essay, which is in fact respectful of Lovelock's science, calls the Englishman a "renegade earth scientist." It's a curious description.
Lovelock works independently on various biochemistry projects, in a lab in an old barn behind his farmhouse in Devon. He often quarrels with the scientific establishment, which he sees as crippled by clubby orthodoxy. (Nor does he hesitate to tweak environmentalists -- Lovelock is a passionate backer of nuclear power as a carbon-clean palliative for global warming.) But it's difficult to see Lovelock, an inventor with 50 patents to his name, a fellow in the Royal Society -- England's scientific society -- as a Gaian bandito.
What's perhaps as intriguing are the top scientists who decline to dismiss Lovelock's warning. Lovelock may be an outlier, but he's not drifting far from shore. Sir David King, science adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair, saluted Lovelock's book and proclaimed global warming a far more serious threat than terrorism. Sir Brian Heap, a Cambridge University biologist and past foreign secretary of the Royal Society, says Lovelock's views are tightly argued, if perhaps too gloomy.
Then you dial up Paul Ehrlich, the eminent Stanford University biologist, at his cottage in the mountains of Colorado, where he's been meeting with other scientists. Three decades ago Ehrlich wrote "The Population Bomb," a best-selling jeremiad in which he warned that the Earth's population was expanding much too fast.
Disaster did not arrive precisely as Ehrlich foretold, and he was treated as a doomsayer debunked. Maybe Ehrlich just was too early to the party.
Today Ehrlich sees global warming and population growth, with its attendant pressures on natural resources and demand for oil and gas, as menaces dancing in tango step. "Technically speaking, most scientists I know are scared [expletive]," Ehrlich says. "Lovelock and I are doomsayers because I'm afraid we see doom."
"Like the Norns in Wagner's Der Ring des Niebelungen, we are at the end of our tether, and the rope, whose weave defines our fate, is about to break."
You read such lines in "The Revenge of Gaia" and ask this wiry Jeremiah: Why so gloomy? Lovelock grins, his face a web of smile lines, and demurs: No, no, no. You have him all wrong. He started a family in the darkness of the London Blitz -- he has nine grandchildren, whom he loves, and a country of which he's very proud.
"I'm an optimist," he says. "I think that after the warming sets in and the survivors have settled in near the Arctic, they will find a way to adjust. It will be a tough life enlivened by excitement and fear."
That still sounds a tad short of good cheer.
Lovelock and Sandy, whom he married after the death of his first wife, take afternoon walks in Devonshire, and he quotes Shakespeare on the joy of finding oxlip by a stream. Lovelock finds too much delight in the mysteries of the universe to call himself an atheist. But he remains at heart a biochemist, a rigorous empiricist who refuses to shrink from the reality of hard times.
Lovelock grew up in working-class London. He could not afford Oxford or Cambridge and so attended at night. During World War II Lovelock walked sentry duty with professors on the roof of the lab. They watched the twinkling lights of German V-1 missiles draw close.
"A missile would veer off and explode and the professors would feel an immediate need to impart their wisdom." Lovelock chuckles. "It was like a graduate course. Terrible to say, but war makes us more alive."
Lovelock was a prodigy, earning degrees in chemistry and medicine. In the 1950s he designed an electron capture machine, which provided environmentalist Rachel Carson with the data to prove that pesticides infected everything from penguins to mother's milk. Later he took a detector on a ship to Antarctica and proved that man-made chemicals -- CFCs -- were burning a hole in the ozone.
"Gaia, shmaia," says Ehrlich, the Stanford biologist, who has been critical of Lovelock's latest theory. "If Lovelock hadn't discovered the erosion of the ozone, we'd all be living under the ocean in snorkels and fins to escape that poisonous sun."
In 1961 Lovelock worked with NASA. The space agency wanted to design a lander to search for life on Mars. That, Lovelock thought, was silly. What if a lander set down in the wrong spot? What if Martian life wasn't bacterial?
Lovelock took a conceptual leap. If Mars bore life, bacteria would be obliged to use oxygen to breathe and to deposit their wastes as methane. Lovelock found that Earth's atmosphere contained massive quantities of oxygen and methane, gases that are the very signature of life. Mars's atmosphere was thick with carbon dioxide, the calling card of a dead planet.
That discovery changed his life. He came to see Earth as a self-regulating biosphere. The sun has warmed by 25 percent since life appeared, so Earth produced more algae and forests to absorb carbon dioxide, ensuring roughly constant temperatures. In 1969, Lovelock lacked only a name for his theory. He took a walk with novelist William Golding.
A big concept needs a big name, Golding said. Call it Gaia.
Gaia proved controversial, and not just because the name made New Age priestesses go weak in the knees. ("Gaia's not 'alive' and I'm afraid I'm not a very good guru," Lovelock notes dryly.) Biologists nearly choked -- they argued that organisms cannot possibly act in concert, as that would imply foresight.
Lovelock recalls being denounced at a conference in Berlin.
The intolerance gave him a pain. Lovelock said that the world's biomass can act without being "conscious." "The neo-Darwinists are just like the very religious," Lovelock says. "They spend all their time defending silly doctrine."
Forty years later, talk of an interconnected planetary system is the lingua franca of Earth science. The queen has handed Lovelock a prize, Oxford has invited him to teach, and his small forest lab had more government contracts than he could handle. (In his lab, the octogenarian scientist follows few safety protocols save the dictates of self-preservation. "I can kill only myself; it's a splendid freedom," he says.)
But friends say he's restless.
"Maybe Jim thinks the world has gotten too comfortable with his theory," says Lee Kump, a prominent geologist at Penn State. "He sees Gaia treating us as a body does an infection -- it's trying to burn us out."
"The meltdown of Greenland's ice sheet is speeding up, satellite measurements show."
-- BBC, 2006
"Dr. Deborah Clark from the University of Missouri, one of the world's top forest ecologists, says the research shows that 'the lock has broken' on the Amazon ecosystem. She adds: The Amazon is 'headed in a terrible direction.' "
-- CNN, 2006
How will our splendid Spaceship Earth so quickly become the oven of our doom? As we sit at his table in Devon, Lovelock expands on his vision.
It begins with the melting of ice and snow. As the Arctic grows bare -- the Greenland ice cap is shrinking far faster than had been expected -- dark ground emerges and absorbs heat. That melts more snow and softens peat bogs, which release methane. As oceans warm, algae are dying and so absorbing less heat-causing carbon dioxide.
To the south, drought already is drying out the great tropical forests of the Amazon. "The forests will melt away just like the snow," Lovelock says.
Even the northern forests, those dark cool beauties of pines and firs, suffer. They absorb heat and shelter bears, lynxes and wolves through harsh winters. But recent studies show the boreal forests are drying and dying and inducing more warming.
Casting 30, 40 years into the future, Lovelock sees sub-Saharan lands becoming uninhabitable. India runs out of water, Bangladesh drowns, China eyes a Siberian land grab, and local warlords fight bloody wars over water and energy.
Lovelock sees the look on your face and pauses.
"Look, this is why it's a gloomy book," he says. "Would you care for some more tea?"
The mind reels off objections. Doesn't this amount to a great piling up of what-ifs and could-bes? "The Day After Tomorrow," "On the Beach," Helen Caldicott, Nostradamus, a thousand tipping-point predictions of doom fade into the mists of human history. We humans are clever. We'll send a space shade into outer space to deflect sunlight (as a couple of California professors have proposed)?
Lovelock nods, weary; he's heard this before.
"We like to think of Hurricane Katrina, or a killer heat wave in Europe, as a one-off," he says. "Or we like to think that we'll come up with a technological fix."
Lovelock reminds you that the Mayan seers, to name another maligned bunch of doomsayers, were spot on. Their great civilization died of an environmental apocalypse. He's not romanced by the primitive. Across the world, from the American Indians to the aborigines of Australia to European hunters, research is suggesting that native peoples played a key role in the burning of forests and the extinction of thousands of species. Today the environmentally conscious seek salvation in solar cells, recycling and ten thousand wind turbines. "It won't matter a damn," Lovelock says. "They make the mistake of thinking we have decades. We don't."
Lovelock favors genetically modified crops, which require less water, and nuclear energy. Only the atom can produce enough electrical power to persuade industrialized nations to abandon burning fossil fuels. France draws 70 percent of its power from nuclear plants.
But what of Three Mile Island? Chernobyl? Lovelock's shaking his head before you complete the litany. How many people died, he asks. A few hundred? The radiation exclusion zone around Chernobyl is the lushest and most diverse zone of flora and fauna in Eurasia.
Sir Brian Heap accepts this. But he worries that South Asia and Africa are about to suffer the terrible consequences of First World excesses. What of our responsibility to them? "The poor aren't our problem," Heap says. "We're their problem."
Lovelock acknowledges the moral conundrum. But he sees no we-are-the-world solutions. The heat waves that kill millions, the powerful typhoons, the droughts that suffocate cities, will force a retreat to nationalism.
After a couple of hours, you wonder about his own good cheer. His internal combustion engine shows few signs of flagging; he wakes up 5:30 a.m. and reads, writes and tramps through the countryside. The studiously polite Lovelock seems a touch annoyed only at the suggestion he's frivolous about what the future holds.
"People say, 'Well, you're 87, you won't live to see this,' " he says. "I have children, I have grandchildren, I wish none of this. But it's our fate; we need to recognize it's another wartime. We desperately need a Moses to take us to the Arctic and preserve civilization.
"It's too late to turn back."
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Forwarded by Ed Elkin EdElkin@aol.com> on Sept 8
A WINDOW TO THE WORLD
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.
Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.
The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.
The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.
One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by.
Although the other man couldn't hear the band - he could see it. In his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days and weeks passed.
One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.
As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.
It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window
The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall
She said, "Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you."
There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.
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Dear Sir or Madam:
I have the distinguished honor of being on the committee to raise $5,000,000 for a monument for George W. Bush and would like your help.
We originally planned to carve his likeness on Mt. Rushmore - unfortunately, there was not enough room for two more faces.
We then decided to erect a statue of George W. in the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame. We were in a quandary as to where the statue should be placed. It was not proper to place it beside the statue of George Washington, who never told a lie, or beside Richard Nixon, who never told the truth, since George Bush could never tell the difference.
We finally decided to place it beside Christopher Columbus, the greatest Republican of them all. He left not knowing where he was going, and when he got there he did not know where he was. He returned not knowing where he had been, and did it all on someone else's money. Thank you for anything you can contribute.
George W. Bush, Monument Committee
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