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"If I was concerned before when I read the initial documents about those who were planning to attend I am infinitely concerned now. What we're looking at is an elite that is getting together to try and get an agenda for the political economy for the three North American countries. They obviously regard governments as being weak and they have strength to make a very determined effort to dramatically alter the direction of the three countries in the future, essentially by bypassing government initially and then putting into place a series of policies that will very much be of benefit to big businesses. The name of the game for those who attended the event is number one: integration, and number two: harmonization. It's a very scary scenario and they are obviously very well-funded. They don't want you to know about it and that should set off warning bells for the populace of this country. Here's a high-powered group of people getting together. and they're not interested in letting the public know what they're doing even though what they're doing is of such enormous importance."
Mel Hurtig -- Taken from North American elite plotted evolution by stealth (February 06, 2007), commenting on documents from a secret meeting held last Sept. 12 to 14, 2006 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel that were released recently through the United States Freedom of Information Act.
" When our elected leaders lack the stomach and courage to even discuss the war in Iraq, hiding behind filibusters and non-binding resolutions, it is up to the people and the press of the United States to take on the mantle of leadership. Amongst the millions of people in this country that call for an end to the Iraq war, Lieutenant Ehren Watada has emerged as a truly important voice, a principled courageous soldier who represents all that is honorable and patriotic in those that serve this country. A man with enough conviction and moral clarity to risk being jailed to express his opposition to the illegality of this war. Will this voice be heard? Or will we willfully ignore this tremendously significant moment? Will this be front page news or another example of the American press's shameful and embarrassing pandering to the architects of the Iraq war? We ignore Lieutenant Watada's dignity and and principled heroic stance at our own peril."
"The searing truth is that in the 20th century, more than 100 million members of the human community, most of them civilian noncombatants, perished in wars. At the dawn of the 21st century, violence seems to be an overarching theme in the world, encompassing personal, group, national, and international conflict. It now extends to the production of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction for use on land and sea, in air and outer space. Real and anticipated conflict is accepted, even glorified, as intrinsic to the human condition, with few questions about whether the structures of thought, word, and deed that we have inherited are relevant to the maintenance, growth, and survival of our entire civilization. Our national policy dialogue is infected with war metaphors: the war on poverty, the war on drugs, the war on illiteracy, the war on this or that. Our children are immersed in video war games. Our sports are rife with war talk. Our media often glorify war. How did we as a society develop such an ardor for arms? Our Founders, while providing for the Common Defense, did not envision America as a land of conquistadores. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, at the beginning of World War II, encouraged steadfastness among the American people: "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." As the war wound down, FDR aspired to ending the beginning of all wars: "Today we are faced with the pre-eminent fact that, if civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships, the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together and work together in the same world, at peace." As we stand on the threshold of a new millennium, it is time to free ourselves, to jettison our illusions and fears and transform age-old challenges with new thinking. We can conceive of peace as not simply the absence of violence but the active presence of the capacity for a higher evolution of human awareness, of respect, trust, and integrity. Of peace, wherein we all may tap the infinite capabilities of humanity to transform consciousness and conditions that impel or compel violence at a personal, group, or national level toward creating understanding, compassion, and love. We can bring forth new understandings where peace, not war, becomes inevitable. Can we move from wars to end all wars to peace to end all war?"
"Every person in the world has a heart. Every heart has a place within that wants only to love and be loved. Let us connect with that place of love in our own heart and in the hearts of those around us. Let us take a moment now to open to the heart connection we share with all people through love."
A Gift of Love for Valentine's Day --- Taken from www.momentoflove.org - Recommended by Fred Burks (email@example.com) who wrote: "Take a moment to read these words slowly and really feel the beautiful message here. By choosing to focus less on what divides us, and more on what unites us, we can build a world filled with more love and caring together."
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WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION
Lt. Ehren Watada on Citizen Responsibility (Feb 3rd 2007) (40 min. 25 sec. video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cs4YUiQ-DI&eurl=
Lt. Ehren Watada speaking on January 9, 2007 at University Temple United Methodist Church in Seattle for his last public speaking engagement prior to his military court martial. Listen to his MOST BRILLIANT speech! Or read the transcript at http://www.thankyoult.org/images/stories/watadajan9_uctacoma.pdf - Review comments on him HERE such as: "Absolutely amazing speech!" "He makes me want to chain myself to the White House fence." "It left me floored and teary-eyed. That is a great man." "Sometimes a great human being stands up and is seen..." "My husband just watched it. He walked over to me crying." "Lt. Watada has more honor in his fingernail than Shrub has in his whole body." "I know it's 40 minutes, but you won't be sorry. Please find the time." "I beg you ALL to watch this! PLEASE! Lt. Watada will spend years in prison and this is only 40 minutes. NEVER have I heard a greater, more moving speech. NEVER. PLEASE, PLEASE WATCH." Here is a website to respond to Lt. Watada: http://www.thankyoult.com/ NOTE from Jean: This whole speech should be broadcast on prime-time US television and on all channels at once, for in the words of this magnificent soul are to be found the real State of the Union. His trial was terminated yesterday by the judge as you can read in The Watada Mistrial: Here's What Really Happened. To me, the government realized that allowing Lt. Watada further media exposure and opportunities to prove this war is illegal would have been too damaging to them and so they decided to silence him in the futile hope this will all go away. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure that this crime will NOT go away and that Bush and his cohort are unseated for illegally stealing the US presidency and starting an illegal war of aggression, and finally brought to pay for their crimes against the US Constitution and all of humanity. Check also: Watada Follows Military Rules on Dissent and
Will Watada Mistrial Spark an End to the War? http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/021307F.shtml
Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith write: "Watada's reasoning provides a pivot for redirecting America's understanding of what has happened to us and what we must do about it. He challenges us to confront a chain of implications that starts with the truth about the criminality of the Iraq War, moves through the principles of the Constitution and US and international law, and ends with our personal responsibility."
Time of the Sixth Sun - A Journey of Awakening -- Make sure to watch the trailer and read the synopsis http://www.timeofthesixthsun.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1
A film about the shift in global awareness and transformation of consciousness as we approach 2012. We have entered a critical time in the history of humanity and the clock is ticking... From the Americas to Africa, from Tibet to Australasia, these times are seen as pivotal in the evolution of mankind. Ancient prophecies speak of massive earth changes and of a huge shift in Planetary Consciousness. According to the Mayan Long Count Calendar, the last date recorded is the winter solstice - 21st December 2012. They call this the time of the Sixth Sun each sun marking the evolutionary steps of human consciousness. They also refer to this time as the end days or the end of time as we know it. Recommended by P. Dalton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rainbow clouds http://www.spaceweather.com/swpod2007/11feb07/Kreminski3.jpg
On Jan. 25th, cold air from Canada descended over Ohio, producing scattered snow showers and some very unusual clouds. "My wife thought this cloud looked like an alien spacecraft," says photographer mailto:email@example.com">Ed Kreminski, "but my kids thought it looked like a blimp on it's way to cover a sporting event." A better analogy, says atmospheric optics expert Les Cowley, might be "an oily pool in the sky." "The colors of oil films on puddles appear when light reflected from the top and bottom of the film merges together," he explains. "Light waves interfere, strengthening some colors and weakening others." The same thing is happening in this iridescent cloud--except instead of oil, we have tiny water droplets. "The cloud is thin and it contains many droplets of about the same size." This combination produces an interference effect akin to an oil slick--without the greasy residue. Recommended by Sharon Alder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Robert Muller's Idea and Dreams For A Better World - Read, listen to and watch this untiring visionary! http://www.goodmorningworld.org/
Includes: Peace Plan 2010 presented at the United Nations on Robert's 80th birthday, March 11, 2003. - The Absolute, Urgent Need For Proper Earth Government by 2020 - Paradise On Earth Plan 2050: The development of a plan for Paradise On Earth by 2050
March on the Pentagon - Saturday, March 17, 2007 http://answer.pephost.org/site/News2?abbr=ANS_&page=NewsArticle&id=8107
40th anniversary of the historic 1967 march on the Pentagon - 4th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war - On March 17, 2007, the 4th anniversary of the start of the criminal invasion of Iraq, tens of thousands of people from around the country will descend on the Pentagon in a mass demonstration to demand: U.S. Out of Iraq Now! 2007 is the 40th anniversary of the historic 1967 anti-war march to the Pentagon during the Vietnam War. The message of the 1967 march was "From Protest to Resistance," and marked a turning point in the development of a countrywide mass movement. In the coming days and weeks, thousands of organizations and individuals will begin mobilizing for the upcoming March on the Pentagon. Organizing committees and transportation centers are being established to bring people to the March on the Pentagon. The March 17 demonstration will assemble at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Constitution Gardens) at 12 noon in Washington, D.C.and march to the Pentagon. Click here to read the full ANSWER statement on why we're marching. Much more through the URL above
THE DOLPHIN ONES http://www.1spirit.com/sananda/dolphins.html
Extracts from The Dolphins Ones - a small journal of meditational adventures with the Dolphins. In my mind they come to me, taking me on underwater expeditions, teaching me their truths, presenting me to other sea creatures. Ever encouraging us to be more joyful, and invite them into our lives. This little book has the ability to trigger greater awareness and expanded perception of who the Dolphins really are. Recommended by Florence Chapgier (email@example.com) who also recommended Excerpts from Whale Wisdom - Dolphin Joy at http://www.1spirit.com/sananda/whales.html
Anam Cara for Tara -- article by John Tibayan (2/4/07) http://globalartistvillage.blogspot.com/2007/02/anam-cara-for-tara.html
This is a modern day story of the Heart and the Soul. If you read this story from the mind, it will be just another of many worthy struggles to stop the destruction of the natural world. But if you read this story from the heart you may come to understand that the world needs to create new cultural stories for human success or humanity will be faced with its own extinction. We are at the crossroads. Either we evolve to a higher level of solutions or we will perish as a species. CLIP See also... http://www.maireid.com
The Doha Debate with Shimon Peres (48 min) http://youtube.com/watch?v=NbxhxJBPAaU
In a rare move, Israeli deputy prime minister Shimon Peres accepted a private invitation from the Doha Debates to visit Qatar and be questioned by an audience of 300 students from across the Middle East on Tuesday. At the Qatar Foundation headquarters in Doha, Peres responded to important issues raised by the students such as the state of the peace process, the war in Lebanon and the regions nuclear issue, as well as wider Israeli/Arab relations. It is hoped this unique dialogue will help to build bridges with a younger generation and provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for students in the Middle East to question a high profile Israeli politician. The students are chosen from more than 15 schools and universities in Doha representing several countries from the region and beyond. They are aged between 16 and 25 and study a wide range of subjects from medicine to international business. Recommended by (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Humanity's Redemption Requires Living Beyond Accepted Moral Standards, Secular AND Religious http://www.soulprogress.com/html/ArticlesFolder/Articles/HumanitysRedemption.shtml
Recommended by the author, Sara (email@example.com), who wrote: "This was written as a result of an inspiration from God, about the need for the old ways to die and be replaced by a living form of spiritual practice and life. Summary: Looking around us, it's obvious that worldwide standards of morality are far too low for anyone's good. But we can't expect our traditional sources for morality -- religion and spirituality -- to correct the shortfall. They themselves, as they are commonly practiced, have actually helped perpetuate the problem. To improve our world, we must bring religion and spirituality up to our own inner standards, not the other way around. This article puts us back in touch with our God-given resources -- inner knowingness, feeling sensitivity, and God-connection -- and shows how we can stay true to them. By doing that, we can go beyond where religion and spirituality have stranded us, and bring them along as well. (...) We need to trust our God-given sensibilities. We need to take responsibility for what we think and do. We need to communicate with God directly, daily, hour by hour. (...) The higher path is the path of ego-surrender, which alone allows for something truly grand and fulfilling spiritually: a life of living in dynamic God-connection and true rightness at every turn. If it be your will, you can have that life, and the beautiful world that comes with it."
Chemical Contrails - DISCOVERY CHANNEL IN THE US - Premiere: Feb. 22, 2007 at 9 p.m. ET/PT http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/best-evidence/episode/episode_02.html
Across the planet, millions of people have seen them jet aircraft vapor trails lingering in the sky. Are these just regular "contrails" the carbon and water vapor exhaust from commercial planes or are they potentially toxic "chemical trails" emitted intentionally as part of secret geo-engineering experiments or weather-weaponization tests? Experts and passionate observers on both sides present their best evidence from video and photographs, satellite imagery, soil samples and military evidence. We shed light on a subject that has many people looking up for answers to disturbing questions. A team of technicians at an independent laboratory will examine the samples to finally get to the heart of the question: What is in those fuel emissions and what causes them to linger for hours and link up with one another like a ghostly blanket that seems to affect the weather and perhaps our health?
Other upcoming topics to be scrutinized by Best Evidence: Cattle Mutilations - Near-Death Experiences - Alien Abductions. Details at the URL above.
Levees and evacuations (VERY revealing 10 min video!!) http://foodmusicjustice.com/2007/02/01/levees-and-evacuations/
Criminally negligent homicide AKA mass murder in New Orleans - Greg Palast is one of the finest US journalists working today which means, of course, he cant find a job in the US so he writes for UK publications and makes his own films. Some people believe levees in New Orleans were blown to clear black neighborhoods for development. The simple truth is far more sinister: The levees were built like crap, the Army Corps of Engineers knew it and - note carefully - the federal government sat on the information they had about the levee collapses for twelve long hours before disclosing it to state and local authorities. Why? Ask Bushs spinmaster Karl Rove. He closely stage-managed every aspect of the White House response down to and including launching smear campaigns against Louisianas governor in the days immediately after the levee breaks. Is it possible that post-levee collapse chaos was actually cultivated deliberately to draw attention away from one basic, undeniable fact, that the destruction of New Orleans was caused not by Katrina, but by the failure of the federal levee system? Based on what we know about the Bush administration, you tell me. Excerpts from the Greg Palast film Big Easy to Big Empty
Both items above were recommended by P. Dalton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Science of Peace http://www.scienceofpeace.com/
The Science of Peace is a series of evocative one-hour documentary programs currently in development at Integrity Entertainment. Today's world clearly demonstrates the critical need for new and innovative peace-making tools. Crime, depression and stress-related disorders continue to increase, our communities are fractured, and our world's countries are at war. However, there is now evidence to support that there are elements to the peace-making process that circumvent religion, culture, race and education, lying instead in the minds and laboratories of our scientists. The Science of Peace, hosted by LeVar Burton, presents some of the many renowned physicists, biologists, physicians and philosophers who are established in the field of this emerging new 'peace science.'The revelatory information is supported by demonstrations of state-of-the-art technology, such as the HeartMath computer software, which reveals the correlation between the heart and emotions, and the highly sophisticated Random Number Generator, which indicates that there is a global consciousness which we collectively impact. LeVar will show us these technologies at work in laboratory experiments and in a variety of institutional, academic and real-world settings. We will investigate the latest forms of peace science and interview the ordinary people who are using these new technologies successfully in their daily lives. The series will effectively illustrate how each person, when bringing peace into his or her own life, becomes an instrument for global peace.
CLIP - Check also some of the themes planned for the episodes of this exciting new TV series at http://www.scienceofpeace.com/episodes.html
Radio archives for Dave Emory http://wfmu.org/playlists/DX
Anti-fascist researcher Dave Emory goes into all the hidden truths and details about evil men and their trade practices. Recommended by Nelly Lewin (email@example.com)
Putin: U.S. policies create arms race (February 10, 2007) http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1103AP_Security_Conference.html?source=mypi
MUNICH, Germany -- Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Saturday that the United States' increased use of military force is creating a new arms race, with smaller nations turning toward developing nuclear weapons. Speaking at a conference of the world's top security officials, including the Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, Putin said nations "are witnessing an almost uncontained hyper use of force in international relations." "One state, the United States, has overstepped its national borders in every way," he told the 250 officials, including more than 40 defense and foreign ministers. "This is nourishing an arms race with the desire of countries to get nuclear weapons," Putin said, but did not elaborate on specifics and did not mention the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. The Russian leader also voiced concern about U.S. plans to build a missile defense system in eastern Europe - likely in Poland and the Czech Republic - and the expansion of NATO as possible challenges to Russia. "The process of NATO expansion has nothing to do with modernization of the alliance or with ensuring security in Europe," Putin said. "On the contrary, it is a serious factor provoking reduction of mutual trust." On the missile defense system, Putin said: "I don't want to accuse anyone of being aggressive" but suggested it would seriously change the balance of power and could provoke an unspecified response. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates had little to say about Putin's remarks, noting only that "he was very candid." CLIP Full text: Vladimir Putin's speech in English: http://snipurl.com/19wet
US Able to Strike in the Spring http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/021007C.shtml
US preparations for an air strike against Iran are at an advanced stage, in spite of repeated public denials by the Bush administration. The present military build-up in the Gulf would allow the US to mount an attack by the spring.
US Sending Third Carrier Strike Group to Persian Gulf http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/021107B.shtml
The Iranians have reason to feel paranoid. At least one former White House official contends that some Bush advisers secretly want an excuse to attack Iran. A second Navy carrier group is steaming toward the Persian Gulf, and a third carrier will likely follow.
Charging Iran with "Genocide" Before Nuking It http://tinyurl.com/ynvgbm
In a very interesting analysis last month, the former chief of staff of the Russian Army, Gen. Leonid Ivashov, predicted a U.S. nuclear strike on Iran by this April. "Within weeks from now," he wrote, "we will see the informational warfare machine start working. The public opinion is already under pressure. There will be a growing anti-Iranian militaristic hysteria, new information leaks, disinformation, etc." I'm afraid this has the ring of truth.
Manufacturing consent for war!!
Iranian bombs have allegedly killed 170 Iraq occupation troops: Unnamed source: http://snipurl.com/19web
Sophisticated Iranian-built bombs smuggled into Iraq have killed at least 170 US and allied soldiers since June 2004 and wounded 620 more, senior US defence officials have said.
War pimp alert!!
US: Iraq roadside bombs came from Iranian gov't: Unnamed source http://snipurl.com/19wee
The US military has detected a significant increase in the number of sophisticated roadside bombs appearing in Iraq and believes that orders to send components for them came from the "highest levels" of the Iranian goverment, a senior intelligence officer said Sunday.
Iran rejects US claim http://www.dawn.com/2007/02/11/top16.htm
"The problem is that the United States has decided on a policy and is trying to find or fabricate evidence if it cannot find one -- and I believe it hasn't been able to find an evidence -- in order to substantiate and corroborate that policy," Mr Zarif said.
US baiting Iran retaliation http://www.breitbart.com/news/na/070211191036.3j1c6g1n.html
"They intend to be as provocative as possible and make the Iranians do something (the United States) would be forced to retaliate for," Hillary Mann, former director for Iran and Persian Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council, which reports to the White House, told the New York newsweekly.
Tel Aviv reserves right to attack Iran: Israeli minister says http://snipurl.com/19wel
A German weekly reported here Saturday that Israel reserved the right to launch a military attack against Iran in a bid to destroy its nuclear program.
Iran and the Nameless Briefers http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/021307L.shtml
"Before things get any more out of hand, President Bush needs to make his intentions toward Iran clear. And Congress needs to make it clear that this time it will be neither tricked nor bullied into supporting another disastrous war," writes the New York Times.
A Terrorist by Any Other Name http://tinyurl.com/yt6aqw
Once again, amidst the thunderous roar of treason, the voice of reason is being muted and the pundits at the AEI and other neo-cons are taking America to war. The mainstream media, by affording them a platform, are putting a rope around our values, our liberty and justice, but above all, they are snuffing out the life of our citizenry. Are we ready to submit?
Chimps In A Zoo Cage (02/12/07) MUST READ! http://tinyurl.com/274dew
If the Bush administration and the US mainstream media are united on any one issue, it's an absolute refusal to rock the political boat as they sail mercilessly through the seas of corporate profit on the good ship Terrorbush. For the most part, each group is an incurious lot -- undead creatures who neither care, nor dare, to glance over the side of the ship at the bloated, swirling bodies in the blood-red water below. From the beginning, their mission has been to perform so fantastically against a backdrop of such violent, explosive madness on so many fronts that we watch hypnotically but do not see -- listen intently but do not hear. They are very good at what they do.In the last 10 days, as 36 Americans were killed in Iraq, we were inundated with a variety of devastating news -- all of which literally beg for broad, investigative reporting from those whom the late, great Molly Ivins laughingly referred to as "alert guardian watchdogs of democracy." For example... (...) The U.S. media is beneath contempt, and can never redeem itself for the damage it has wrought on this republic by its fawning allegiance to a band of crooked, war-mongering fools. CLIP
"From the Wonderful Folks Who Brought You Iraq": Craig Unger on How the Neoconservatives Are Pushing For An Attack on Iran (February 13th, 2007) http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/13/154246
Once again, neocon ideologues have been flogging questionable intelligence about W.M.D.," Unger writes. "Once again, dubious Middle East exile groups are making the rounds in Washingtonthis time urging regime change in Syria and Iran. Once again, heroic new exile leaders are promising freedom." [includes rush transcript]New allegations against Iran are heightening fears the Bush administration is planning a second war in the Persian Gulf. This weekend, administration and military officials accused the Iranian government of sending sophisticated roadside bombs to Iraq that have killed 170 coalition troops in the last three years. Military officials formally unveiled the charges at an unusual news conference in Baghdad. The officials refused to be quoted by name and barred all recording devices from the room. Reporters were shown images of weapons with serial numbers the Pentagon says originate in Iran. The Iranian government is denying the accusations. CLIP
Top Cheney Aide: U.S. Attack - A Real Possibility http://thinkprogress.org/2007/02/12/hannah-iran/
One ambassador in Washington said he was taken aback when John Hannah, Vice President Cheneys national security adviser, said during a recent meeting that the administration considers 2007 the year of Iran and indicated that a U.S. attack was a real possibility.
America's Secret Air War in Iraq (7 February 2007) http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/417/2/
Until now, U.S. air power in Iraq has been a non-story -- if you weren't an Iraqi. In the coming months, however, it may force its way onto the front pages of our papers and onto the nightly TV news -- but not if the Pentagon has anything to say about it (...) A secret air war is being waged in Iraq -- often in and around that country's population centers -- about which we can find out little. The U.S. military keeps information on the munitions expended in its air efforts under tight wraps, refusing to offer details on the scale of use and so minimizing the importance of air power in Iraq. But expert opinion holds that the forms of aerial assault being employed in that country, though hardly covered in our media, may account for most of the U.S. and coalition-attributed Iraqi civilian deaths there since the 2003 invasion. While some aspects of the air war remain a total mystery, Air Force officials do acknowledge that U.S. military and coalition aircraft dropped at least 111,000 pounds of bombs on targets in Iraq in 2006. This figure, 177 bombs in all, does not include guided missiles and unguided rockets fired, or cannon rounds expended; nor, according to a U.S. Central Command Air Forces (CENTAF) spokesman, does it take into account the munitions used by some Marine Corps and other coalition aircraft or any of the Army's helicopter gunships. Moreover, it does not include munitions used by the armed helicopters of the many private security contractors flying their own missions in Iraq. Air War, Iraq: 2006 In statistics provided to Tomdispatch, CENTAF reported a total of 10,519 "close air support missions" in Iraq in 2006, during which its aircraft dropped 177 bombs and fired 52 "Hellfire/Maverick missiles." These air strikes presumably included numerous highly publicized missions ranging from the January air strike outside the town of Baiji that reportedly "killed a family of 12," including at least three women and three young children, to the December attack on an insurgent safehouse in the Garma area, near Fallujah, that reportedly killed "two women and a child" in addition to five guerillas. (...) But the number of cannon rounds and rockets fired by U.S. aircraft is not an insignificant matter, according to Les Roberts, formerly an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization in Rwanda during that country's civil war and an expert on the human costs of the war in Iraq. According to Roberts, who was last in Iraq in 2004 (where, he says, he personally witnessed "the shredding of entire blocks" in Baghdad's Sadr City by aerial cannon fire), "rocket and cannon fire could account for most coalition-attributed civilian deaths." He adds, "I find it disturbing that they will not release this [figure], but even more disturbing that they have not released such information to Congressmen who have requested it." Non-CENTAF military officials were equally tight-lipped about such munitions -- at least with me. A Public Affairs officer from U.S. Central Command told me that the Command didn't track such information. When I questioned a coalition spokesman in Baghdad about the number of rockets and cannon rounds fired by Army and Marine Corps helicopters in Iraq in 2006, I was told, "We cannot comment on your inquiry due to operational security."I then pointed out that just last month, in National Defense Magazine, Col. Robert A. Fitzgerald, the Marine Corps' head of aviation plans and policy, was quoted as saying that, in 2006, "Marine rotary-wing aircraft flew more than 60,000 combat flight hours, and fixed-wing platforms completed 31,000. They dropped 80 tons of bombs and fired 80 missiles, 3,532 rockets and more than 2 million rounds of smaller ammunition." (...) There are indications that the U.S. air war has taken an especially grievous toll on Iraqi children. According to statistics provided to Tomdispatch by The Lancet study's authors, 50% of all violent deaths of Iraqi children under 15 years of age, between March 2003 and June 2006, were due to coalition air strikes. CLIP
The Anglo-American Dirty War in Iraq http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/021307J.shtml
Chris Floyd writes, "With the Anglo-American coalition so deeply embedded in dirty war infiltrating terrorist groups, 'stimulating' them into action, protecting 'crown jewel' double-agents no matter what the cost, 'riding with the bad boys,' greenlighting the 'Salvador Option' it is simply impossible to determine the genuine origin of almost any particular terrorist outrage or death squad atrocity in Iraq."
US Sent Billions in Cash on Pallets to Baghdad http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020707J.shtml
The US sent more than $4 billion in cash to Baghdad on giant pallets - weighing a total of 363 tons - aboard military planes shortly before giving control back to Iraqis. "Who in their right mind would send 363 tons of cash into a war zone? But that's exactly what our government did," said Representative Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, during a hearing reviewing possible waste, fraud and abuse of funds in Iraq.
House Panel Questions Monitoring of Cash Shipped to Iraq (February 7, 2007) http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/07/washington/07bremer.html
A House committee report on Tuesday questioned whether some of the billions of dollars in cash shipped to Iraq after the American invasion - mostly in huge, shrink-wrapped stacks of $100 bills - might have ended up with the insurgent groups now battling American troops. Democrats sharply questioned the former American civilian administrator in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer III, about lax management of the nearly $12 billion in cash shipped to Iraq between May 2003 and June 2004. CLIP
How%20US%20lost%20billions%20in%20Wild%20West%20gamble%20to%20rebuild%20Iraq%20(January%2026,%202007) How US lost billions in Wild West gamble to rebuild Iraq (January 26, 2007)
An audit of US reconstruction spending in Iraq has uncovered spectacular misuse of tens of millions of dollars in cash, including bundles of money stashed in filing cabinets, a US soldier who gambled away thousands, and stacks of newly minted notes distributed without receipts. The audit ... by the US Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction describes a country in the months after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein awash with dollars, and a Wild West atmosphere where even multimillion-dollar contracts were paid for in cash. The findings come after a report last year by the inspector general which stated that nearly $9 billion (£5 billion) of Iraq's oil revenue disbursed by the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority ... cannot be accounted for. The huge sums in cash were paid out with little or no supervision, and often without any paperwork. In one case, a US soldier gambled away more than $40,000 while accompanying the Iraqi Olympic boxing team to the Philippines. In others, "one contracting officer kept approximately $2 million in cash in a safe in his office bathroom", the report says, "while a paying agent kept approximately $678,000 in cash in an unlocked footlocker". More than 160 vehicles worth about $3.3 million could not be traced because there was no proper documentation. Another project, a $473,000 contract to install an internet service in Ramadi, was cancelled because officials could not oversee it. But the contractor had already been paid.
Interview with Robert Greenwald on Iraq For Sale (19 min 48 sec) http://video.google.fr/videoplay?docid=5558278940194162031&q=iraq+for+sale
Regina Meredith of Conscious Media Network interviews Robert Greenwald on his latest movie, Iraq For Sale, and the subject of war profiteering. Note from Jean: You may wish to begin with this VERY revealing interview! and read also the following
In DC, Contractors Are the "Fourth Branch of Govt." http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020407Z.shtml
In June, short of people to process cases of incompetence and fraud by federal contractors, officials at the General Services Administration responded with what has become the government's reflexive answer to almost every problem. On the rise for decades, spending on federal contracts has soared during the Bush administration, to about $400 billion last year from $207 billion in 2000, fueled by the war in Iraq, domestic security and Hurricane Katrina, but also by a philosophy that encourages outsourcing almost everything government does.
Inquiry on Intelligence Gaps May Reach to White House http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/021007Z.shtml
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Friday that he would ask current and former White House aides to testify about a report by the Pentagon's inspector general that criticizes the Pentagon for compiling "alternative intelligence" that made the case for invading Iraq.
Wolfowitz Emerges as Key Figure in Intel Manipulation http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/021207A.shtml
Paul Wolfowitz, former under secretary of defense, has been identified in recently released grand jury transcripts as being involved in a White House smear campaign against Joseph Wilson, the former US ambassador who accused the Bush administration of manipulating intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq War.
The Build-a-War Workshop http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/021007F.shtml
"It took far too long, but a report by the Pentagon inspector general has finally confirmed that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfelds do-it-yourself intelligence office cooked up a link between Iraq and Al Qaeda to help justify an unjustifiable war," writes the New York Times.
North Korea Agrees to Nuclear Disarmament http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/021307K.shtml
North Korea agreed Tuesday to shut down its main nuclear reactor within 60 days at talks with the US and four regional powers and eventually dismantle its atomic weapons program in exchange for one million tons of oil in aid.
Dissent Takes Center Stage at the Grammys http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/021207H.shtml
The Dixie Chicks got the last laugh Sunday night. "Not Ready to Make Nice," the group's defiant answer to the angry country fans who'd criticized the group for criticizing Bush, won song of the year, the industry's top songwriting award. "I am, for the first time in my life, speechless," Natalie Maines said. Earlier, the protest singer Joan Baez had introduced the Dixie Chicks as "three brave women who are still not ready to make nice."
DoD Report Appears to Confirm Downing Street Memo http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020907J.shtml
Jason Leopold reports: "A long-awaited report on the veracity of pre-war Iraq intelligence has found that a secretive policy shop exaggerated the Iraqi threat, providing the White House with cherry-picked information about links between Iraq and al Qaeda. The shop, operating out of the Pentagon, was set up by then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Its goal was to lay the groundwork for a pre-emptive military strike against Iraq."
Progressive Democrats Aim to Cut Iraq War Funding http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020807K.shtml
Matt Renner reports, "The Congressional Progressive Caucus is leading the Democratic effort in the House to stop the president's escalation plan in its tracks and bring US troops home within the year."
Stop Him Before He Gets More Experience http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/021107E.shtml
"As the official Barack Obama rollout reaches its planned climax on '60 Minutes' tonight, we'll learn if he has the star power to upstage Anna Nicole Smith. But at least one rap against him can promptly be laid to rest: his lack of experience. If time in the United States Senate is what counts for presidential seasoning, maybe his two years' worth is already too much. Better he get out now, before there's another embarrassing nonvote on a nonbinding measure about what will soon be a four-year-old war," says Frank Rich.
Ohio election workers convicted of rigging 04 presidential recount (January 24, 2007) http://www.godlikeproductions.com/news/item.php?keyid=11309
CLEVELAND - Two election workers were convicted Wednesday of rigging a recount of the 2004 presidential election to avoid a more thorough review in Ohios most populous county.Jacqueline Maiden, elections coordinator of the Cuyahoga County Elections Board, and ballot manager Kathleen Dreamer each were convicted of a felony count of negligent misconduct of an elections employee. They also were convicted of one misdemeanor count each of failure of elections employees to perform their duty.Prosecutors accused Maiden and Dreamer of secretly reviewing preselected ballots before a public recount on Dec. 16, 2004. They worked behind closed doors for three days to pick ballots they knew would not cause discrepancies when checked by hand, prosecutors said.Defense attorney Roger Synenberg has said the workers were following procedures as they understood them.Ohio gave President Bush the electoral votes he needed to defeat Democratic Sen. John Kerry in the close election and hold on to the White House in 2004. CLIP
The Great Dollar Crash of 07 By Mike Whitney (6 February 2007) http://www.ichblog.eu/content/view/405/2/
The massive equity bubbles which arose from artificially low interest rates and the deliberate destruction of the dollar by reckless increases in the money supply have shifted trillions of dollars from working class Americans to the predatory aristocrats at the top of the economic food chain. The gulf between rich and poor has grown so wide that it now poses a direct threat to our increasingly fragile democracy. - Every time a US Dollar is traded, a check is issued on an account that is overdrawn by $8.6 trillion. (That is the present size of the national debt) It is, without question, the biggest swindle in history. Flimsy sheets of faded-green scrip are eagerly exchanged for costly goods and services without any regard for the real value of the currency. And, the real value of the currency is absolutely nothing! (...) Besides, how long will China and Japan continue to abet Washingtons war-mongering adventurism? My guess is that the daggers have already been sharpened in Beijing, Caracas, Delhi and Moscow. Everyone is just waiting for Bush to cross that invisible line in the sand before they fling their greenbacks into the jet-stream and wait for Goliath to tumble. That invisible line in the sand is Iran.The world is at a crossroads and everyone who can fog a mirror knows it. The superpower model of global governance has failed miserably. We need more responsible stewardship of the planet and its resources. How can we build our economies when a handful of western plutocrats control the spigot for quickly dwindling oil reserves? How can we attack climate change when those same blinkered reprobates employ pseudo-scientists to dispute global warming? How can we address nuclear proliferation when neocon militarists believe in useable low-yield, bunker-busting warheads? CLIP
Bribes offered to scientists (February 3, 2007) http://www.smh.com.au/news/environment/bribes-offered-to-scientists/2007/02/02/1169919530963.html
Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine the UN climate change report. Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute, an ExxonMobil-funded think tank with close links to the Bush Administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of the report. Travel expenses and additional payments were also offered. The institute has received more than $1.6 million from ExxonMobil - which yesterday announced a $50 billion annual profit, the biggest ever by a US company - and more than 20 of its staff have worked as consultants to the Bush Administration. A former head of ExxonMobil, Lee Raymond, is the vice-chairman of the institute's board of trustees.
Note: Why wasn't this important story covered by any major media in the U.S.? For an answer, click here. NOTE from Jean: check this link to a summary written by Fred Burks
Exxon's 'outlandish' earnings spark furor (February 2, 2007) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070202.EXXON02/TPStory/
The world's largest publicly owned oil company announced yesterday the largest corporate profit ever, but news of its near $40-billion (U.S.) windfall in 2006 sparked an angry backlash, coming on the eve of a major report blaming the use of fossil fuels for wreaking devastation on the planet. Exxon shares have risen by about 20 per cent in the past year. Exxon wasn't alone in unprecedented oil earnings. Royal Dutch Shell PLC, an Anglo-Dutch company, and U.S.-run Marathon Oil and Valero Energy, also posted best-ever annual results yesterday. And ConocoPhillips Co., also American, last week posted its highest profits. Profits at the five companies together totalled $91.1-billion -- in a year when drivers paid record prices for gasoline. Both Democratic and Republican members of Congress have also urged Exxon to end its funding of organizations that deny the existence of -- or minimize the serious! ness of -- human-made global warming. Scientists yesterday accused the conservative American Enterprise Institute, which receives funding from Exxon, of offering scientists up to $10,000 for articles that undercut a report to be released today from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Last month, the Union of Concerned Scientists ... said that Exxon has spent $16-million over the past 10 years financing organizations that deny the seriousness of climate change. Alden Meyer, a strategist with the group, compared Exxon's efforts to discredit the science of global warming to the tobacco companies' efforts to sow doubts about the link between smoking and lung cancer in order to protect their profits.
U.S. fails to sign treaty banning secret prisons http://snipurl.com/19p0f
Nearly 60 countries signed a treaty on Tuesday that bans governments from holding people in secret detention, but the United States and some of its key European allies were not among them.
Home-Grown Gitmo http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020907K.shtml
William Fisher writes: "The Bush administration's penchant for privatizing virtually all government operations has combined with the current furor over border security to create another perfect storm - this time for suspected illegal immigrants. These thousands of people held in detention under the aegis of the US Department of Homeland Security - increasingly in privately-owned jails - are failing to receive timely medical treatment and adequate food, being subjected to frequent sexual harassment, and having their access to lawyers, relatives and immigration authorities improperly limited."
Imprisoned Journalist Josh Wolf Speaks Out From Jail After Over 170 Days Behind Bars (February 12th, 2007) http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/12/1540208
Josh Wolf, 24, has spent almost six months in jail. More time than any journalist in US history for protecting his sources. He was jailed on August 1st of last year when he refused to turn over video that he had shot of an anti-G8 demonstration in San Francisco to a federal grand jury. [includes rush transcript]
Talking Toilets To Tell Us Right From Wrong (February 12, 2007) http://infowars.net/articles/february2007/120207talkingtoilet.htm
Government thinks we need to be kept in line by urinal cakes - The state of New Mexico has ordered 500 talking urinal cakes that will deliver a recorded anti-DWI message to bar and restaurant patrons who make one last pit stop before getting behind the wheel.The "Wizmark" device subjects users to a female voice reading the following script: "Hey there, big guy. Having a few drinks? Listen up. Think that you've had a few too many? Then it's time to call a cab or ask a sober friend for a ride home. It sure is safer and a hell of a lot cheaper than a DWI. Make the smart choice tonight. Don't drink and drive. Remember, your future is in your hand."
Holding Bush to Account for Climate Lies, Neglect http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/020707EC.shtml
John Nichols writes: "Climate change is real. And the cynical ploy by conservative politicians and commentators of suggesting otherwise has slowed the American response to a crisis scientists say has grown so severe that - no matter what is now done to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases - the gases that have already been produced or are in production will continue to contribute to global warming and the rise of oceans for more than 1,000 years."
Push for New Climate Treaty Intensifies; Hope Seen http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/021307EA.shtml
Intensive diplomatic efforts to agree on the elements of a framework by the end of the year for a new global climate-change treaty are starting to make headway. The tone of the debate has changed in the United States and Australia - key nations that had rejected the Kyoto Protocol on curbing greenhouse gas emissions - and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made it a top target of her G8 presidency this year.
Who's Funding Global Warming? http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/020607EC.shtml
Wearing hats shaped like smokestacks and carrying signs that said, "Coal Investments Cook the Climate," a group known as Billionaires for Coal raised awareness last week about the plans by TXU, a Dallas-based utility company, to build eleven pulverized coal-fired power plants in Texas. The activists delivered suitcases of coal, but the recipient of their gift was not TXU, and they were a long way from Texas. Instead, their action took place in New York's financial district, where they visited the headquarters of Merrill Lynch - a company that is putting coal and profits above human health and climate change.
Environmentalists Rally to Stop New Coal-Fired Plants http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/021207EB.shtml
Carrying signs with slogans of "Stop the Coal Rush" and "Shame on Texas," about 1,000 people rallied at the state Capitol on Sunday to call for lawmakers to slow down a plan to build up to eighteen new coal-fired power plants. Environmentalists fear the new plants will pump millions of tons of pollutants into the air every year.
Natural-gas proposal sparks fears (05/02/07) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070205.RABASKA05/TPStory/?query=natural-gas+proposal
Quebec citizens concerned that terminal would pose serious dangers to community (...) "The CSA [Canadian Standards Association] safety requirements for the proposed Rabaska LNG terminal will not prevent harm to humans outside the site boundary because they ignore large spills on land and all spills from marine tankers, whose harmful effects spread well beyond the terminal's boundaries," Prof. Fay stated. He said a spill would create a flammable vapour cloud that could encompass about six square kilometres. The provincial government has indicated it wants the project to go forward. "I am always favourable to these projects. However, we have to see if they meet the environmental standards," Quebec Environment Minister Claude Béchard said after being sworn in last year. But his predecessor, Thomas Mulcair, was opposed. "In my view, Rabaska is exactly the type of project that we are trying to force on a local population that doesn't want it," Mr. Mulcair said last March after Premier Jean Charest dropped him from the environment portfolio. (...) But there have been major accidents at other types of LNG facilities. A steam boiler exploded in January, 2004, at an LNG production plant in Skikda, Algeria, killing 27 people. In 1944, an LNG reservoir in Cleveland, Ohio, exploded, killing 139 and triggering a fire that incinerated much of the surrounding area. A report prepared for the citizens coalition by James Fay, professor of mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, raised concerns about so many people living close to the terminal. That includes the 3,000 residents living across the river on the southern shores of Îles d'Orléans who will be within 1.5 kilometres of the jetty where tankers will unload. CLIP
BP's Texas Refinery "Largest Emitter of Carcinogenic Toxins in US" (9 February 2007) http://news.independent.co.uk/business/news/article2253521.ece
Washington - A new report has named a Texas refinery owned and operated by BP as the largest emitter of carcinogenic toxins in the US. The list of polluting refineries, drawn up by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), a non-profit group, said the BP Texas City refinery was by far the largest refinery source of such emissions in 2004, the last year for which figures are available. The refinery was the centre of controversy in 2005 when a explosion resulted in 15 fatalities. Denny Larson, a campaigner with the EIP, said the results undermined BP's claims to be concerned about the environment. "It shows they have been investing in public relations not in better performance ... People want clean air, not brochures," he said. EIP director, Eric Schaeffer, added: "Companies like Exxon Mobil and Sunoco Companies keep reporting record profits while increasing emissions of more cancer causing chemicals from their refineries. Let's hope oil companies invest some of that windfall in making the air around their refineries a little safer." No-one from BP was yesterday available for comment. Earlier this week the company announced that three US universities were to participate in a $500m research programme to investigate how bioscience can increase energy production and reduce environmental impacts.
Buena Vista? http://www.grist.org/news/daily/2007/02/08/2/
Microsoft's Vista boasts energy-saving features, but does that mean it's eco-friendly? Microsoft is talking up the energy-saving aspects of its new, oh-so-long-in-the-making Vista operating system -- namely, that it's good at putting computers to sleep. On the other hand, Vista's fancy-schmancy 3-D interface sucks up a fair bit of juice. Also, most existing computers aren't powerful enough to run the system, which has some enviros worried that Vista could prompt a big new wave of electronic waste as people dump their old machines and buy spiffy new ones. Has Microsoft really earned its green bragging rights? Kate Galbraith investigates.
Deforestation Main Challenge for UNEP (8 February 2007) http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/020807EB.shtml
Nairobi - The severe degradation of the environment and its impact on climate change are dominating discussions currently underway at the 24th meeting of the governing council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the Kenyan capital. Delegates at the five-day meeting which ends Feb. 9, are in agreement that climate change, which remains the world's overriding environmental challenge, requires global efforts to counter it. Reducing deforestation is being cited as a key measure to mitigate some of the effects of climate change. Achim Steiner, UNEP's executive director, emphasised his organisation's intention to plant a billion trees worldwide by year-end. Launched in 2006, the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, encourages the planting of trees appropriate to local environments. (...) Environmentalists have declared a near conservation emergency in Indonesia where rapid loss of forests, even in national parks, has led to the reckless slaughter and displacement of native orangutans (apes). "Illegal logging takes place in 37 out of 41 national parks in Indonesia. More than 1,000 orangutans, which are a major tourist attraction, have run away from the parks and are now living in rescue centres," Rachmat Witoelar, Indonesia's minister of environment said in Nairobi this week. A UNEP report launched Feb. 6 at the meeting indicates that with continued logging, many parks may become severely degraded before 2012, increasing the rate of loss of the orangutans, which is up to 30 percent higher than previously thought. According to the report, Rapid Response Assessment: The Last Stand of the Orangutan, 73 to 88 percent of all timber logged in Indonesia was illegal. But a law banning illegal logging in the Asian country seems to be improving the situation, according to Witoelar. "New loggers are very minimal. We are currently prosecuting 100 loggers; this has worked to deter other would-be loggers," he told IPS. In Kenya, a similar law is in place to help increase the forest cover which currently stands at a critical 1.7 percent, against a global green cover of 21.43 percent and an average of 9.25 percent for Africa. CLIP
PRESS RELEASE VICTORY!!! Brazil's Cristalino State Park's Rainforests Saved (February 12, 2007) http://www.rainforestportal.org/issues/2007/02/press_release_victory_brazils.asp
Efforts by the State Government of Mato Grosso, Brazil, to drastically reduce the size of Cristalino State Park, one of the Amazon's most biodiverse reserves, have been stymied by exemplary on the ground organizing by Fauna and Flora International (FFI), many local groups and supportive international protests by Ecological Internet's (EI) Earth Action network. An important precedent has been set regarding the strength and permanence of protected status for ancient rainforests under Brazilian law.The Cristalino State Park is a world-renowned ecotourism destination, whose 184,000 hectares are home to over 550 species of birds, and protects endangered species like the white-whiskered spider monkey. Some 27,000 hectares of forest were to lose protection by a vote of the state government; becoming vulnerable to logging, cattle ranching and agribusiness.In total 4,237 participants in EI's network sent 137,800 protest emails to Brazilian officials, including Brazil's Ministerio Publico, which has now ruled that the proposed reduction of the park by the Mato Grosso State Government is illegal. An FFI spokesperson states "I am convinced the alert played a big part in saving the park. Thank you. I think Ecological Internet is a fantastic creation.""This is a victory for true forest protectors seeking to expand rainforest protections rather than improve industrial logging in ancient forests," states Dr. Glen Barry. "The Earth needs every ancient rainforest to remain intact for its survival. This will require massive payments from over-developed to not yet over-developed countries for avoided deforestation. If you are not working to keep rainforests under permanent protection, you are the problem; do not buy tropical timbers, certified or otherwise." CLIP
Mystery killer silencing honeybees http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/16623837.htm
If the die-off continues, it would be disastrous for U.S. Crop yields. - Something is killing the nation's honeybees. Dave Hackenberg of central Pennsylvania had 3,000 hives and figures he has lost all but about 800 of them. In labs at Pennsylvania State University, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and elsewhere in the nation, researchers have been stunned by the number of calls about the mysterious losses. "Every day, you hear of another operator," said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, acting state apiarist with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. "It's just causing so much death so quickly that it's startling." At stake is the work the honeybees do, pollinating more than $15 billion worth of U.S. Crops, including Pennsylvania's apple harvest, the fourth-largest in the nation, worth $45 million, and New Jersey's cranberries and blueberries. While a few crops, such as corn and wheat, are pollinated by the wind, most need bees. Without these insects, crop yields would fall dramatically. Agronomists estimate Americans owe one in three bites of food to bees. CLIP
HEALTH ALERT: Mandatory Vaccines Attack Health Freedom - by Christopher Rudy http://www.heartcom.org/VaccineAttack.htm
If we don't even have the freedom to decide what is injected into our body, what is left of "freedom"? This is a mini-history behind the destruction of our core health freedoms and the soul of the Republic. It is the reason why hijacked war powers resort to Martial law policies to eliminate our freedoms.The history of the Bush Family is Big Oil and war profiteering via the Big Money (bankster) elite. Prescott Bush did the banking for Hitler's military-industrial complex, having a unique connection to Rockefeller's Standard Oil which fueled Hitler's armies via his oil tankers off Aruba. John D. Rockefeller was the first billionaire with his Big Oil monopoly in the U.S. He parlayed that into a Health Care monopoly early in the century when he financed 1,100 medical schools across the U.S. that made pharmacology -- with petrochemical-derived drugs -- the core of the curriculum. His "philanthropic" contribution to hospitals was in fact with self-serving intent to create "ethical" drug pushers for the drug companies he owned... while financing legislation that made allopathic "drugs-per-symptom" medicine the "legal standard" (monopoly) which the FDA has used to suppress natural "biologically correct" health care to this day. Rocky and friends went on to create the privately owned Federal Reserve banking monopoly to further consolidate his power over legislators, regulators, and Big Media where Big Money pays the piper and calls the tune. Mass media mind manipulation controls perceptions via "embedded news" -- in bed with Big Oil and Big Pharma -- to maintain the Big Lie of "war for democracy" when it is in fact a war for monopolistic Martial law management of markets, medicine, military and the "mass media's mass mind". CLIP
THE FDA: AN AGENCY OUT OF CONTROL (February 9, 2007) http://www.newswithviews.com/Richards/byron19.htm
The FDA is steamrolling its way to a grand vision of repressive health care based on profits for Big Pharma and new biotech companies at the expense of human health.Human death means little to the FDA, permitting mass killings of Americans while protecting Big Pharma profits. This year the FDA is being given more money (federal funding up 5% to 1.5 billion) without any accountability or effective Congressional oversight. This means that instead of using the money to meaningfully improve drug safety, the FDA will carry on its pet projects that include forwarding the health component of the Bush administrations North American Union, limiting health freedom by harassing dietary supplement companies so as to reduce access to safe and effective drug competition, and actively turning the FDA into a drug company. CLIP Recommended by Kathleen Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org) who wrote: "It starts out like another article re FDA corruption, and gets more scary. Outlines the plans of the evil doers already underway."
UFO The Greatest Story Ever Denied (1 hr 34 min - 24 dec. 2006) LOTS of amazing historic pictures and never shown NASA footage ... and much much more astounding stuff! A MUST WATCH! http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5980990221766439646
This is the best of the whole story of UFO investigation that we have today. Its an All in One, UFOs Prophecy and technology.
UFO sighting over Islington (2 February 2007 http://tinyurl.com/2bdnal
DOZENS of mysterious lights were spotted hovering in the sky above Archway - spreading panic among residents below. Unidentified flying orange objects stopped traffic and left residents staring skyward in disbelief at around 5.30pm on Thursday. Islington police received four calls within a matter of minutes.Witness Alix McAlister, 34, a market stall trader from Bredgar Road, Archway, said: "I just picked up my son from nursery in Bredgar Road. I had just come out of the door when I noticed what was going on in the sky."There were a group of them - 10 to 15 of them moving together. CLIP
Mysterious Lights Spotted Over Phoenix, Again (Feb 7, 2007) http://cbs4.com/topstories/local_story_038103140.html
PHOENIX, AZ Nearly a decade after the highly publicized Phoenix Light Phenomenon, more strange lights have appeared in the night sky over downtown Phoenix.Tuesday night, mysterious lights lit up the western skies over Phoenix and soon after, phones began ringing off the hook at radio, television and police stations from witnesses wondering what the lights were.
UFOs over Iran could be U.S. operations, extraterrestrial visitors or both (February 2, 2007) http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=20151
People in Iran, as in many other countries, have had interesting sightings of and encounters with unidentified flying objects (UFOs) over the years. Lately these sightings seem to have increased.Are Iranians seeing U.S. surveillance drones, extraterrestrial visitors, some combination of both or something entirely different? (...) One thing that U.S. surveillance drones and alleged extraterrestrial visitors have in common is an interest in nuclear sites and weapons, not only in Iran, but worldwide. Many very unusual and frightening UFO incidents have occurred over the U.S. near nuclear weapons sites and nuclear facilities. Other nations have reported similar activity. One theory that is a recurring theme among researchers of the UFO phenomena is that extraterrestrials visiting Earth, if we assume for a moment that this could be true, are interested in preventing nuclear war here.Some researchers claim that specific and concrete communication with between extraterrestrial visitors and average people, as well as government officials, have made this clear. There have been references in some UFO research to a concern by extraterrestrial visitors that a nuclear war on Earth could not only severely damage life on this planet, which they would see as unfortunate, but could also affect other habitats, life and the environments outside of Earth.Recent UFO incidents in Iran may or may not have something to do with these kinds of theories.However, the increasing nuclear research and development in Iran, and increasing tensions with the U.S. and the international community would certainly fit in with this perspective. (...) At the same time, many researchers insist that beings from several extraterrestrial civilizations are visiting us. Some of these visitors may be friendly. Some may be a danger.Some people theorize that friendly extraterrestrial visitors, far more advanced than humans in many ways, may be trying to guide us through a dangerous phase of our development. They may be trying to help prevent a nuclear war as part of this assistance and guidance. There may be many agendas in play regarding the UFO phenomena agendas on the part of extraterrestrial visitors and agendas of government officials and others who have inside information about what is going on.Reports of temporary abductions of humans often include theories that some visitors are taking human DNA for some reason, possibly to create mixed-race children or have samples of the human race after we destroy ourselves.Specific kinds of visiting beings have also been described: The Grays, short, thin with big heads and big eyes are a common type reported. The Nordics, also called the handsome people are another part of UFO lore. Reptilians and other kinds of beings are also reported.Other theories include ideas that angels or beings from other higher dimensions could be visiting and watching us. Interesting lights we see might be our own loved ones who have passed on, people who long ago evolved to become higher spiritual beings, part of Gods glowing energy and light. Some people believe they are here to watch over us, guide us and help us.Maybe, probably, many things are occurring simultaneously.Whatever the truth or fantasy of these accounts, some things seem to be clear: Instead of waging war, killing each other and developing more destructive weapons, we might consider constructive and peaceful approaches when possible.Instead of destroying the natural resources and climate of this planet, we might want to take special care of our Earth. We humans live on a small and somewhat fragile planet. It is a beautiful place that deserves our care. And we humans, with all our failings and faults, have the potential to achieve great things, great beauty and great happiness on this planet and perhaps, beyond.
The man that killed 2 alien greys (6 min. 35. Sec) MUST WATCH http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA4U01GloQc&NR
geologist Phil Schneider describes his work to build huge secret underground bases and his close encounter with 2 tall greys whose race, he claims, has been living underground on Earth for the past 400 or 500 years. He also claims all the military forces on the planet have been at war since 1976 against hostile alines (greys and reptilians) in fierce underground battles.
Illegal immigration in the U.S. is a huge problem and it has been engineered by the Illuminati. It is a direct result of NAFTA and now they are trying to implement the North American Union, whereby Mexico, the U.S. and Canada are joined as one country, with open borders.
This is the same thing that happened in Europe with the European Union. The immigration there, whether legal or illegal, by large numbers of Muslims, has brought strife to many countries because of cultural differences.
This is the plan of those behind the "New World Order," to do away with national sovereignty, so that they will have control of the world. You will not dismantle "the monster" by doing away with national sovereignty, but you will surely feed it.
All countries have immigration laws. They were made so as to protect the cohesiveness and order of the country. Mexico and the South American countries have very strict immigration laws. It is where the governments, such as the U.S., have not followed the law, where problems arise.
Your vision of the future may be a good one, but we have to deal with what is, right now. The U.S. (and by that I mean the principles and documents upon which it was founded) may be viewed by the Illuminati as the last bastion of all that stands in the way of their total control.
Look at the hate laws (thought control) that have been passed in many European countries, Canada and Australia. Those countries have allowed freedom of speech to vanish. We in the U.S. cannot allow that to happen, even though the U.N. (under Illuminati control) recently passed some legislation in that regard.
The world does need to abide by law. Eventually, that law will be written in everyone's heart and we'll naturally know how to live with each other. But until that day arrives, we're stuck with written laws and we need to follow them or change them.
I recommend this website by Frosty Wooldridge who lives in Colorado. He writes extensively about the illegal immigration problem. http://www.frostywooldridge.com
AND MY REPLY WAS:
Thank you for offering me your perspective on this issue and for sending me Frosty's articles on the immigration issue. I've begun reading a couple pages from the first article and certainly understand the problem. It is true that in the current "reality" such a vast expansion of the US population spells disaster for the US and for the planet as a whole. And from within this paradigm, there is little hope, if any, that humanity can survive much longer, mainly because of the climate change and ecosuicidal drive of most humans running us all into an "oblivion wall" like as many lemmings mass-jumping to their death in the sea. Just the current ecological footprint of the wealthiest segment of humanity, Americans and Canadians included, upon the finite natural resources of the planet means that we would need 3 planets Earth to sustain without failure the current level of consumption and pollution.
To me this is a typical scenario for most planetary civilizations at this infancy level of evolution where the technological means far surpass the global level of spiritual awakening and understanding of the situation they are collectively in. If we don't breach the global awakening threshold in time and continue onto our suicidal business-as-usual run into the abyss, it is clear what will happen.
The vision I offered, which is a very fragmentary description of a vastly different future, was based on an entirely different set of assumptions, which is that, in the very near future, humanity as a whole will transcend its current ego-generated limitations and blindness towards the Higher Reality, and jump-shift into a new dimension of spiritual Beingness whereby the present goals, values and paradigm (or world view) will completely vanish to leave only a new sense of infinite possibilities that had been awaiting our awakening to manifest in front of our mind eyes. In this new paradigm, there is obviously no room for any devious Illuminati conspiracy manipulating the world population for their narrow, selfish and ultimately suicidal aims. In this new paradigm, we know, because we experience it in our very loins, that all Life is One, that we are part of a majestic Experiment called "God Manifested", one of an nearly infinite number of such Experiments carried on by the Omniversal Creator of all Universes, and as such an infinitesimally small holographic reflection of the absolute Perfection of All That Is.
Of course, anyone with no inner Knowledge of what I'm talking about, does not have the faintest idea of what I'm referring to here and will simply disregard those assertions as the vacuous claims of someone who lives in a different world. Yet those with spiritual "eyes to see and ears to hear" will spontaneously recognize these notions and resonate with them at the deepest level of their soul, where the Will of God is Known.
If one thinks with the logic of a fish breathing through gills, the existence of another level of reality and of infinitely vaster possibilities outside of the familiar realm of water appears like a wild, unsupported claim. But if one has begun breathing through new embryonic "lungs" the fresh air of a New Earth, if only for a few moments, and in so doing has caught a glimpse of a dazzling, lush New Reality, then one just Knows there is a magnificent Light at the end of our still dimly lighted tunnel.
No one is asked to believe without actually "seeing" this emerging New Reality. But one has to do what's necessary to clear his/her perceptual filters and upgrade his emotional "hard drive" so as to catch a whiff of what's coming...
Love, Light and Oneness will prevail
The Olduvai Theory: Terminal Decline Imminent by Richard C. Duncan, PhD (2/10/07) http://www.warsocialism.com/duncan_tscq_07.pdf
The highpoint of industrial civilization followed by its terminal decline will be a watershed of human history. Ackerman's Law defines it. The goal of this essay is to predict the highpoint and the initial decline. Energy production and population data from 1850 to 2005 are the foundation of the forecast. To these are added estimates of the Earth's carrying capacity, the attractiveness principle, and 2007 as our forecast for peak oil. Further, the energy and population history of the U.S. is shown to be an invaluable guide to forecast the energy and population future of the world. Specifically: U.S. energy production per capita has gone from growth, through stagnation, and now into terminal decline. The world has gone from growth and now into stagnation. The terminal decline of industrial civilization - according to these calculations - is imminent. The life expectancy of industrial civilization is about 100 years. CLIP
From: "Kathleen Beatty" email@example.com">
Subject: Response to Lea Rothrock's Letter
Date: 25 Jan 2007
Thank you to Lea who expressed my own thoughts on channeling perfectly. And thank you for including the letter in your compilation.
I think Lea included the link to the electronic harassment article because it is entirely possible that some channeling comes from such sources. There is a recent video interview on the Project Camelot website, with a "Supersoldier," that suggests even more strongly that such a source of "channeling" is possible.
From Lea: "I love the spirit I find here. It pours out of letter after letter, and illuminates Jean's tireless efforts to keep us informed and connected. (Thank you, Jean.) I think this network is ultimately about hope, and is a bright stubborn flame in the face of the grim, the horrific, and the unbelievable in our current crazy world."
I quoted this because I think it exemplifies the only true hope there is in this increasingly insane world we live in: The power of one soul, of each soul committed to the Light to keep the flame of hope alive in others. As I've written to you before, it is uncanny to me how you, Jean, can compile the most complete and thorough accounts of the nightmarish events happening in our world, yet still leave me, and others of your readers, with hope. It is not from the channelings you include, not for me, at least. It is because of your own connection to the True Light that shines through.
I also have had grave doubts about the dimensional shift we are told is in process. And I personally do not see enough people awakening to create the hundredth monkey effect. However, there ARE some very unusual events happening on the physical level to our solar system. And there is much evidence that various high-level black-ops projects have ripped holes in the space-time continuum, which could very well lead to hitherto closed portals to the infinite number of parallel universes opening--and thus access to many, if not also an infinite number of, other Earths. This suggests a strong possibility of the way that the several different futures seen by Chet Snow's future-progressed clients could manifest. (Though, if this is so, I doubt that it was the intention of the black-ops folks.)
I am remembering what I knew before being derailed for the last 20 years--that ultimately it is all about CONSCIOUSNESS. The cabal, or whatever name one chooses to call what I term the darkside, is doing everything in its power to disconnect as many of us as possible from the reality, the experience, the knowing of Highest Consciousness; the Light of Love; the Living Christ. False channelings, such as Lea describes, could certainly be a part of this, leading followers of the channelers to neglect their own spiritual disciplines and practices that are ever more necessary at this time. The intensity of the darkside's efforts also suggests that Highest Consciousness may be more accessible at this time than they want us to know.
Thanks to Lea again for expressing my concerns. I am thinking of you, Lea, as one of the many twinkling--or maybe we are all, in reality, blazing!--points of Light all over our Earth, all of us connected although at times we may lose sight of this. And thanks again to you, Jean--you are definitely blazing!
Note from Jean: Most interesting comments from Kathleen. If you've missed Lea's initial letter it is archived at http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/Archives2007/BigScoop16.htm under item #1. I'd be curious to hear if anyone else has similar doubts about the reality of the coming dimensional shift as expressed by Kathleen above. Since this is scheduled to take place in just about 6 years from now, I'm sure others have thoughts on this as well.
To feed your reflections on this topic, I recommend you give a good look to the following:
Hopi Predict a 25yr period of purification followed by End of Fourth World and beginning of the Fifth.
Mayans Call it the end days or the end of time as we know it.
Maoris Say that as the veils dissolve there will be a merging of the physical & spiritual worlds.
Zulu Believe that the whole world will be turned upside down.
Hindus Kali Yuga (end time of man). The Coming of Kalki & critical mass of Enlightened Ones.
Incas Call it the Age of Meeting Ourselves Again.
Aztec Call this the Time of the Sixth Sun. A time of transformation. Creation of new race.
Dogon Say that the spaceship of the visitors, the Nommo, will return in the form of a blue star
Pueblo Acknowledge itll be the emergence into the Fifth World
Cherokee Their ancient calendar ends exactly at 2012 as does the Mayan calendar.
Tibetan Kalachakra teachings are prophesies left by Buddha predicting Coming of the Golden Age.
Egypt According to the Great Pyramid (stone calendar), present time cycle ends in year 2012 AD
What do you believe will happen in 2012...if anything?....or 2010 or 2013?
Will the morning of winter solstice 2012 appear like any other morning....
Will we experience ourselves as more expansive or telepathic?
''... a telepathic interplay which will eventually annihilate time.''
''....translation or dematerialisation to another sphere of the Universe.''
Teilhard de Chardin
''A matter-antimatter implosion leaving a mutation of matter to photoniform. Our minds
will unite like the fragments of a hologram.''
''As the Schumann resonance increases to 13Hz, Gaia goes from Alpha to Beta frequency & wakes up. Increasing tryptamine & beta-carboline neuro-chemistry allows us a telepathic communion, as we become used to our light bodies in preparation for the magnetic pole reversal when there will be a mass out-of-body-experience.''
''Evolutionary quantum leap. Human / ET interface & the arrival of a new species or kingdom on Earth.''
''In 2012, Earth's axis will tilt, along with a polar reversal, causing terrestrial and celestial grids to re-align, the pineal eye will perceive beyond ultraviolet, and we'll ascend to the next dimension beyond time.''
''The human race will unify as a single circuit. Solar & galactic sound transmissions will inundate the planetary field. A current charging both poles will race across the skies, connecting the polar auroras in a single brilliant flash.''
''A moment of quantum awakening. A nanosecond will be stretched into infinity and become non-time, during which we will all experience full consciousness of who we are and why we have incarnated. If we choose to return to human form, we will do so in an awakened state, as 'reflective cells' of the starmaker.''
Why is the US press silent on Brzezinski's warnings of war against Iran?
By Barry Grey in Washington DC
February 3, 2007
The major national newspapers and most broadcast outlets failed even to report Thursday's stunning testimony by former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Brzezinski, national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, is among the most prominent figures within the US foreign policy establishment. He delivered a scathing critique of the war in Iraq and warned that the policy of the Bush administration was leading inevitably to a military confrontation with Iran which would have disastrous consequences for US imperialism.
Most significant and disturbing was Brzezinski's suggestion that the Bush administration might manufacture a pretext to justify a military attack on Iran. Presenting what he called a "plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran," Brzezinski laid out the following series of events:
"Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks, followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure, then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the US blamed on Iran, culminating in, quote/unquote, 'defensive' US military action against Iran..." [Emphasis added].
Thus Brzezinski opined that a US military attack on Iran would be an aggressive action, presented as though it were a defensive response to alleged Iranian provocations, and came close to suggesting, without explicitly stating as much, that the White House was capable of manufacturing or allowing a terrorist attack within the US to provide a casus belli for war. It is self-evident that such testimony at an open congressional hearing from someone with decades of experience in the US foreign policy establishment and the closest ties to the military and intelligence apparatus is not only newsworthy, but of the most immense and grave import. Any objective and conscientious newspaper or news channel would consider it an obligation to inform the public of such a development.
Yet neither the New York Times nor the Washington Post carried so much as a news brief on Brzezinski's testimony in their Friday editions. Nor did USA Today or the Wall Street Journal. All of these publications, of course, have well-staffed Washington bureaus and regularly cover congressional hearings, especially those dealing with such burning political questions as the war in Iraq. There is no innocent explanation for their decision to suppress this story.
The Washington Post on Thursday published a large page-two column and photo on Henry Kissinger's appearance the previous day before the same Senate committee. The former secretary of state under Richard Nixon gave testimony that was generally supportive of the Bush administration's war policy. Moreover, the Post's web edition carried an Associated Press report on Brzezinski's appearance. That article introduced subtle but significant changes to Brzezinski's speculative scenario of the road to war with Iran which had the effect of underplaying the sharpness and urgency of Brzezinski's critique of the Bush administration. It omitted the suggestion that a terrorist attack within the US could become the justification for war, and it removed the quotation marks from Brzezinski's talk of a "defensive" war against Iran. The World Socialist Web Site on Friday telephoned the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today to ask for an explanation for their failure to report Brzezinski's testimony. None of the newspapers returned our calls.
As for the television news outlets, the "News Hour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS showed a clip of Brzezinski laying out his war scenario before the Senate committee, without making any comment. "NBC Nightly News" ignored the story entirely.
The suppression of this damning critique of the Iraq war, the conspiratorial methods of the Bush administration, and its drive to an even wider war in the Middle East is one more demonstration of the corrupt and reactionary character of the American mass media. It indicates that the establishment media is preparing once again, as in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, to serve as a sounding board for the administration's war propaganda and lies.
Brzezinski: Iraq War a Calamity http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/020807L.shtml
Zbigniew Brzezinski, former US national security adviser, told Congress the war in Iraq is a calamity and likely to lead to "a head-on conflict with Iran and with much of the world of Islam at large."
Iran Tempted to Suspend Nuclear Activity; US Could Provoke War http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/021207G.shtml
Liberation reports possible Russian diplomatic success in persuading Tehran to stand down on nuclear enrichment; while Reporterre highlights the most damning of Zbigniew Brzezinski's recent statements before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
A road map out of Iraq By Zbigniew Brzezinski http://tinyurl.com/25ql4e
The painful reality is that the current Iraqi regime, characterized by the Bush administration as representative of the Iraqi people, largely defines itself by its physical location: the 4-square-mile U.S. fortress within Baghdad protected by a wall 15 feet thick in places and manned by heavily armed U.S. military popularly known as the Green Zone.
Six Lies You Shouldn't Believe About Iran, Especially Since, Hey, There's People Down Here.
By Rosa Schmidt Azadi
It feels so different watching an aircraft carrier group coming toward you than watching it sailing away from you toward another part of the world.
I'm an American who used to live in New York City. All my life, when I heard about warships, it was US warships going places far away. I never even imagined hostile warships sailing toward New York. Now I'm in Tehran, and aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis is heading our way. And as it sails, people are discussing Israel and/or the US bombing Iran as if my family and 69 million other people weren't even here. I'm getting scared.
Most Iranians that I know don't worry about this as much as I do, though they're wondering how the sanctions will affect the economy. Khomeini had a famous saying that we actually saw on a sign yesterday in another town: "America can't do anything to us." Some friends here speculate that Bush just needs an enemy so that he can continue his programs in the US, and that Iran is the enemy du jour. I wish I could believe that.
The way I see it, somebody has to stop the US president right now, and it's very upsetting that the Congress isn't doing it. My frustration is greater because I'm in a country where the Internet is not completely available. For example, I tried to send a donation to Dennis Kucinich, but PayPal wouldn't take it because of the embargo. I tried to write to my Congressperson, but the Islamic Republic blocked the communication, presumably because it was with the US government.
(Sometimes news stories that I want to read are blocked, too, but there are ways around that.)
If the US and/or Israel attack Iran, it will be a war based on lies, just like the Iraq war. Iraq didn't have WMD, but Iraqis died in the hundreds of thousands. The lies about Iran seem intended to, first, make Iran look like the new Nazi state that must be bombed so as to avoid a new Holocaust, and second, make Americans fear that Iran will hurt our soldiers in Iraq or give nuclear weapons to terrorists who will hurt us in "the homeland."
History shows that Americans are very susceptible to demonization of particular leaders of countries that the US wants to attack. Remember Castro? Noriega? Saddam? Now it's Ahmadinejad. Whatever people think of views attributed to Ahmadinejad, it remains the case that it's not morally acceptable to kill people because of their president, whether that president be Saddam Hussein, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, or George Bush.
I want to discuss six big lies we are hearing to justify expanding the war to Iran.
LIE NUMBER 1: President Ahmadinejad "has repeatedly threatened to wipe Israel off the map."
Even Al Jazeera English version based in Qatar keeps saying that. Why hasn't this mistranslation been corrected after it's been thoroughly exposed? ( in the Guardianand prisonplanet.com )
Juan Cole, in Informed Comment, explained how "wiped off the map" was a mistranslation; Ahmadinejad was restating the official Iranian policy that the government system based on Zionism must end. And why the heck can't newscasters learn to pronounce the man's name? Anyone who knows Farsi could teach them in a minute. Why should we think they know what he said, in Farsi, if they can't even say his name?
LIE NUMBER 2: The Iranian government is run by 1930s-style anti-Semites.
Last Spring, a story was planted that the Iranian parliament had passed a law forcing Iranian Jews to wear yellow badges. "Fourth Reich," screamed a banner headline on one of the New York City tabloids. In a few days, the neocon source was disclosed and the story was completely retracted by the Canadian paper in which it was first published. The New York paper never apologized. When I mention the "yellow badges" to people here in Iran, they look incredulous. "But ... that didn't happen." I know. But I'll bet there are some Americans, and Israelis, who actually believe Jewish Iranians are walking around wearing yellow badges.
LIE NUMBER 3: Iran is bent on wiping out the Jews.
Maybe Americans should have a little humility and remember how recalcitrant the US was about accepting Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler during WWII. Iran has a very good history, under Cyrus the Great, of protecting the Jews. The long history of Jews in Persia is indicated by a monument to the Jewish prophet Daniel in the south of Iran. As for the European Holocaust deniers who were among the speakers at the Holocaust conference in Tehran, I just can't figure it out, unless Ahmadinejad is trying to win popularity points with pro-Palestinian regional populations by appearing to be unafraid of Israel and the US. Or he could be a fool and/or a religious fundamentalist
(like some other presidents who shall go unnamed).
LIE NUMBER 4: Iran is causing trouble in Iraq and threatening Arab states.
Everyone should be very clear: Who's meddling in Iraq, who's flying thousands of missions shooting at Iraqi citizens, who attacked whose diplomatic mission, who is detaining whose citizens, and who has announced that it is supporting subversive operations inside whose country and across whose border (from Iraqi Kurdistan)? Most likely some of the undemocratic and unpopular rulers in the Middle East are afraid that their own citizens may be attracted to the Iranian model. That may concern the US oil men and financiers who have business and military ties with them, but it's not a reason for Americans to back destruction of Iran.
LIE NUMBER 5: Iran is dangerous to humanity because it's trying to get nuclear weapons.
Other people who know more than I are writing about the nuclear issues. But regarding threats by Israel and the US to bomb Iranian nuclear research sites, that's a violation of international law, not to mention a danger to innocent civilians. Regulating nuclear activities is the responsibility of the IAEA. So far, the IAEA has declared that Iran does not have nuclear weapons and is in compliance with the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. That's more than we can say about the USA, which is supposed to be actively disarming its 10,000 warheads, not refurbishing them and developing new kinds of nuclear weapons. Though there are good reasons to think Iran does not want nuclear weapons, let's imagine, just for the sake of argument, that Iran would someday acquire them. Humanity has managed to live with other countries having nukes. The only reason Iran's having nukes would be of greater concern would be if the lies spelled out above were true. But they're lies.
LIE NUMBER 6: Iranians are looking to the USA to bring them democracy, just like the USA has brought democracy to Afghanistan and Iraq.
I'm living here in Tehran, Iran, now, with my family, as are many other Americans, Europeans, Asians, and other foreigners. We are inviting friends and relatives to come and visit. The skiing's fine. More democracy and more civil liberties would be better, but there are elections and there are laws and there are non-governmental organizations and you can approach public officials. Whatever's not right with this country is the business of the people here to work on. Some Iranians living in other countries want the US to "save" Iran. I don't know, but I suspect people like that would like the US to magically bring back the good old days when the US-allied Shah sat on his throne and the well-off classes had a fine life. If anyone finds any overseas Iranians who actually are willing to see Iran bombed, I hope the reporters ask them if they have any relatives currently living in Iran. I hope Americans don't take these has-beens too seriously.
Authors Bio: Rosa Schmidt Azadi is a long-time peace activist, an anthropologist, and a retired civil servant who's also a wife, daughter, sister, aunt, great-aunt, godmother, and the mother of two college students. After walking out of the smoke of the 9-11 attacks in New York City and returning to participate in the recovery effort, Rosa began working to prevent further death and destruction in other countries at the hands of the U.S. government. Participating in a peace vigil at the World Trade Center site for more than three years gave her the privilege of talking with thousands of people from all over the world about things that matter most. Dr. Azadi has earned two advanced degrees and is still learning. Currently, she's splitting her time between Tehran, Iran, and upstate New York.
A Strike on Iran would signify the Beginning of an Epoch of Nuclear War
by Dmitriy Sedov
Global Research, February 10, 2007
In my paper entitled "2007: Opening a New Page in the World's History", published in September, 2006, I examined the possibility that a US strike on Iran using small-scale nuclear munitions [mini-nukes] would be launched, and that the strike would become the beginning of an epoch of nuclear wars. There were various responses to the paper. Some authors, including recognized experts, doubted the possibility of such a development. At present, few people doubt that there will be a strike on Iran. Rather, the question is whether nuclear or conventional weapons will be used in the offensive.
In this context, I would like to present the following considerations.
1. An attack on Iran is motivated by nothing but the US domestic political expediency and the unlimited appetites of the country's military-industrial complex. President G. Bush has no choice - his only option is a breakthrough. The problem does not originate from the total failure of his doctrine of the "war on international terrorism". If the US political elite represented by Bush based its decisions solely on the estimates of the damage to its public image that might be caused by the fiasco of the global anti-terrorist campaign, it would have extremely serious reservations about starting a new regional war. However, they are motivated by something else - they need to continue Bush's politics backed by a conglomerate of weapons suppliers, who established control over the country's oversized military spending. Should Bush recognize being defeated and withdraw the US military forces from the Middle East, the Democrat's elite would overtake the financial leverage, and a major redistribution of the military commissioning would follow. When such enormous funds are at stake, people's lives and those of entire nations become tokens in the game. For these operations, the destiny of the Middle East and its nations means absolutely nothing, just as the lives of the Vietnamese and the Cambodians showered with napalm and defoliants meant nothing either. One must be naïve to suppose that the Pentagon machine will stop and miss the new incredibly high profits.
2. The coming war between the US and Iran has to conform to certain parameters defined a priori. The US is tired of Iraq, and the public opinion in the country is turning increasingly anti-war. Therefore, the offensive against Iran has to be swift and victorious. This will save Bush's political group and give it a higher rating in the country. There can be no doubt that a successful aggression will make Bush extremely popular in the US - in this anti-Christian society the pagan god of victory has long taken the place of the Savior. A triumph will make the US public blind and deaf - it will remain unaware of the price of the US victory for the nations of the Middle East. The crucial circumstance is that only nuclear weapons can guarantee the US victory in this war. Knowing that the US failed to win even in Iraq, a country plagued by religious and ethnic strife, one cannot expect it to prevail in the united and spiritually strong Iran. Only the use of nuclear weapons can make it possible to cause severe damage to the Iranian control system hidden in bunkers and, importantly, to behead its leadership no matter how deep underground it might be hiding. Iran without its leaders and with a paralyzed system of control, with an army devastated by "baby nukes", is the only option which suits the US - it agrees to talk about peace only to a totally subdued offender. Such talks would let the US leaders' old dream of a Middle Eastern Disneyland, mastered by the US and Israel, come true.
Here are the facts which illustrate the process of preparation for the devastation of Iran:
- The UN Security Council Resolution envisions that a further tightening of the sanctions imposed on Iran must take place after February 21, 2006. From the standpoint of international law, this is a pretext (essentially, a poor one, but one that does exist) to legalize an aggression against the country.
- Two US aircraft carrier groups armed with nukes are moving into the region. The US aircraft carrier groups have been on missions 5 times over the past 15 years. In 4 cases out of the 5, they launched military offensives. In March, 2007 both groups are to take their combat positions.
- Additional ground forces have been shifted to the border between Iraq and Iran. Preparations for a new phase of hostilities are underway.
- In February, Patriot missile defense systems will be ready to defend Israel and the aircraft carrier groups from enemy airstrikes.
- British combat engineers are entering the regions of the future fighting, clearly in order to operate in the Strait of Ormuz, where Iranians are most likely to lay mines.
- The US and Israel launched a powerful information and propaganda campaign preparing the global public opinion for the aggression.
- CENTCOM's Commander John Abizaid, an opponent of the war with Iran, resigned. His position was taken over by Admiral W. Fallon, a veteran of the 1991 Iraq and 1995 Bosnia campaigns.
- John Negroponte has been removed from his position as the Director of National Intelligence for persistently resisting the use of force against Iran.
- Tony. Blair, the "staff peacemaker" for the Middle East, never mentions a peaceful settlement of the Iran dossier. He makes no attempts to find a way to resolve the crisis in a peaceful way, and this is highly indicative.
All of the above constitute evidence of Iran being prepared for sacrifice. Will a major provocation be orchestrated for this purpose?
A number of observers opine that Washington needs one. We believe that what we will see is going to be a plain cowboy-style scenario like the one which materialized in Iraq. The media has never stop debating the issue of the "Iranian atomic bomb" - just as they focused on "Saddam. Hussein's weapons of mass destruction". It is time for them to start. It absolutely does not matter that eventually nothing of the kind will be found in Iran. Those who disagree will be silenced by force.
The question is - will such a "breakthrough" do George Bush any good? The idea of attacking Iran was born in the primitive minds of those who, just for the sake of their profits, can sell the rope on which they will be hanged. This time it will be neither they nor their children who will perish in the nuclear Holocaust, and they'd rather not worry that by this they will take the whole of mankind a step closer to total catastrophe.
Tehran: 'US is within our firing range' (09/02/2007) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20070211&articleId=4736
Tehran - A top Iranian cleric said on Friday the United States was within Iran's "firing range", a day after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed to hit back at US interests worldwide if attacked."Americans have surrounded us but it works to our advantage. They are within our firing range in the east, west and elsewhere," Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said in his Friday prayer sermon carried live on state radio.He was referring to the US military presence in neighbouring Iraq and Afghanistan as well as in the Gulf waters off southern Iran."Would you dare to violate Iranian borders? See what harm will be done to you then," said Jananti, who heads the hardline electoral watchdog the Guardians Council.Khamenei on Thursday warned that Iran would hit back at American interests worldwide if the United States attacked the Islamic republic to thwart its nuclear programme. CLIP
Criminals Control the Executive Branch (February 11, 2007) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=ROB20070211&articleId=4734
(...) The reasons for impeaching Bush and Cheney exceed by many multiples all the reasons for impeaching every president combined in US history. The reasons have been enumerated many times and do not need repeating. If members of Congress were faithful to their oaths of office to uphold the Constitution, Bush and Cheney would already have been impeached and convicted.The very least Congress can do at this very late stage is to make it perfectly clear in no uncertain terms that any attack on Iran under any pretext without the authorization of Congress after a careful examination of the pretext will lead to the immediate removal of Bush and Cheney from power, as will any escalation of the war in Iraq without explicit authorization by Congress. Having delivered this ultimatum, Congress must immediately begin investigations of the Bush Regime's attack on civil liberties and the separation of powers, on the Bush Regime's use of lies and deception to lead America into a war with Iraq, on the Bush Regime's violation of the Geneva Conventions, and on the Bush Regime's plans to attack Iran.The American people and their representatives in Congress must face the fact that criminal and dictatorial persons control executive power in the United States and immediately rectify this highly dangerous situation.
Target Iran: US able to strike in the spring (February 10, 2007) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20070210&articleId=4732
US preparations for an air strike against Iran are at an advanced stage, in spite of repeated public denials by the Bush administration, according to informed sources in Washington.The present military build-up in the Gulf would allow the US to mount an attack by the spring. But the sources said that if there was an attack, it was more likely next year, just before Mr Bush leaves office.Neo-conservatives, particularly at the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute, are urging Mr Bush to open a new front against Iran. So too is the vice-president, Dick Cheney. The state department and the Pentagon are opposed, as are Democratic congressmen and the overwhelming majority of Republicans. The sources said Mr Bush had not yet made a decision. The Bush administration insists the military build-up is not offensive but aimed at containing Iran and forcing it to make diplomatic concessions. The aim is to persuade Tehran to curb its suspect nuclear weapons programme and abandon ambitions for regional expansion.Robert Gates, the new US defence secretary, said yesterday: "I don't know how many times the president, secretary [of state Condoleezza] Rice and I have had to repeat that we have no intention of attacking Iran."But Vincent Cannistraro, a Washington-based intelligence analyst, shared the sources' assessment that Pentagon planning was well under way. "Planning is going on, in spite of public disavowals by Gates. Targets have been selected. For a bombing campaign against nuclear sites, it is quite advanced. The military assets to carry this out are being put in place."He added: "We are planning for war. It is incredibly dangerous." CLIP
The Criminalization of US Foreign Policy (February 5, 2007) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=CHO20070201&articleId=4659
The World is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The US has embarked on a military adventure, "a long war", which threatens the future of humanity. At no point since the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945, has humanity been closer to the unthinkable, a nuclear holocaust which could potentially spread, in terms of radioactive fallout, over a large part of the Middle East. There is mounting evidence that the Bush Administration, in liaison with Israel and NATO, is planning the launching of a nuclear war against Iran, ironically, in retaliation for Tehran's nonexistent nuclear weapons program. The US-Israeli military operation is said to be in "an advanced state of readiness". If such a plan were to be launched, the war would escalate and eventually engulf the entire Middle-East Central Asian region. The war could extend beyond the region, as some analysts have suggested, ultimately leading us into a World War III scenario. CLIP
Stealth jets on Okinawa mission (11 February 2007) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6351067.stm
The deployment of United States Air Force (USAF) F-22 stealth fighter jets to a base on Japan's Okinawa island has prompted protests from residents. (...) The jets are to be stationed on Okinawa for three months - the first time the jets have been deployed outside the US. Hundreds of protesters were outside the base on Saturday to oppose the move. (...) The fighters, built by Lockheed and nicknamed Raptor, are the newest and most expensive aircraft in the USAF arsenal. (...) Some 50,000 US troops are based on the islands. There have been recent protests from islanders unhappy at the US military presence. The jets' deployment comes as the US continues to take part in six-nation talks in the Chinese capital, Beijing, aimed at bringing an end to North Korea's nuclear arms programme.
From: Aaron Russo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: 9 Feb 2007
Subject: Documentary Achieves Google Video Milestone
Winner of numerous Awards, Aaron Russo, announces documentary milestone:
"America: Freedom to Fascism", the Grassroots-driven, underground documentary by Writer/Director/Producer, Aaron Russo is a full length feature film with a 5 star "highest rating" on Google Video.
Overnight, the film jumped in rank to #4 on Google Worldwide and to #1 on Google United Kingdom. As of the morning of February 5, 2007 "America: Freedom to Fascism" has been viewed a total of 1,522,097 times since it was first uploaded to Google on October 20, 2006.
Mr. Russo is gratified with the public success of the film despite the fact it has not received a single review from any mainstream television or major media organization.
The American people are to be congratulated for waking up to the fact their Government has shirked its responsibility to coin money, and instead handed it over to a private banking cartel, the Federal Reserve, which charges the government interest on the paper they print.
This fact explains the American government's burdensome debt which falls squarely on the shoulders of every working American. Yet no Politician is addressing this issue.
Mr. Russo's previous films have received 6 Academy Award nominations, and he personally has won an Emmy, Tony, Grammy, Golden Globe and an NAACP Image Award for Best Film of the Year; AND is credited with the all-time classics: The Rose with Bette Midler and Trading Places with Eddie Murphy.
The amazing success of this film illustrates the power of the internet and grassroots word of mouth activism.
This compelling documentary has captivated grassroots audiences worldwide since its Fall theatrical and internet release.
"America: Freedom to Fascism" chronicles the history of the Federal Reserve System, the resultant income tax, and leads the viewer into the imminent future of our soon-to-be controlled, way of life. Russo has brilliantly written a documentary about a seemingly "dry" topic and turned it into a riveting masterpiece. This is one history lesson you're not likely to forget anytime soon.
Russo affirms, "The People are ready for this. They know something isn't right, and this explains it all. They are hungry for this information". People want the truth. Aaron is ready, able and willing to deliver it. Perhaps Mr. Russo is on to something.
Contact: Ilona, Urban, Blakeley - Press Secretary to Aaron Russo
Company: All Your Freedoms, Inc.
More To Die - Livermore Open Air Radiation Explosions
By Bob Nichols
Project Censored Award Winner
San Francisco Bay View
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a truly bizarre development, the Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, in Livermore, California, has gotten underway even larger nuclear radiation open air explosive detonations at "Site 300" near Tracy, California.
Tracy is on the South end of the Bay Area. The High Explosive detonations are to widely distribute radioactive poison gas [uranium oxide gas and aerosols] over the unsuspecting seven million residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, water supplies, buildings, animals, food crops and plants of every variety.
Bob Sarvey, Bay Area citizen/activist and businessman stated "The government has been using Site 300 as an explosives testing facility since the late 1950's. The site has been a toxic Superfund site since 1991 and contains a 2 mile tritium plume [radioactive hydrogen in water] with deposits of U-238 [radioactive uranium] in unlined pits. No one has paid much attention; but, now that the City of Tracy wants to build 5,500 homes in the shadow of the Site it's time to examine its radiological and noise impacts on Tracy and the radiological impacts on the rest of the Bay Area."
The great billion dollar foodstuff and veggie producing irrigated valleys of California are just a stones throw away.The Nation's food supply is in danger.
Normally, the weaponized radioactive poison gas munitions are to be used on America's many "terrorists" enemies around the globe. The battlefield product has no "turn off" switch and is deadly forever.
Apparently, the rogue Livermore Nuker Lab has declared war on San Francisco. The Nuclear Weapons Lab has been "managed" by UC-Berkeley for 61 years.
In a demonstration of supreme religious belief in war, Livermore Nuker Lab officials allude to a little fence around the huge 7,000 acre open air Radiation Bomb "Live" Detonation Area for protection.
It is as if the little fence is supposed to stop the radioactive gas in the wind. Needless to say, the rest of us know that it is not going to happen. Yet, Livermore Nuker Lab seems to believe the public will buy this lame defense.
Livermore Lab has continuously contaminated the region for decades. San Francisco residents are reporting the presence of cancer causing uranium in hair samples.
This is what regular non-psychotic, anti-nuclear radiation bomber humans, or, the rest of us, can do to STOP the RADIOACTIVE BOMBS' GAS ATTACK ON SAN FRANCISCO!
Bob Nichols is a Project Censored Award winner. He is a newspaper correspondent and a frequent contributor to various online publications. Nichols is completing a book based on 15 years of nuclear radiation war in Central Asia. He is a former employee of the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant. Nichols can be reached by email, and readers are encouraged to write to him at DUweapons@gmail.com http://haltdutesting.blogspot.com/2007/01/help-stop-du-explosives-testing.html
1) Donate monies to be used to fight large explosions at Site 300 at Livermore National Lab. Funding to hire experts is desperately needed.
No donation is too small!
Donate by check or online.
Make checks payable to: Tri-Valley CAREs
Put: Site 300 Explosions on Memo line.
Send checks to:
Attn: Bob Sarvey
501 West Grant Line Road
Tracy, CA 95376
Or donate online to Tri-Valley Cares http://www.trivalleycares.org/donate.asp#whydonate
If you donate online, also be sure to send a note to email@example.com telling Tri-Valley CAREs that you would like your donation to be used to oppose Site 300 explosions.
Contact info for Tri-Valley CAREs
2582 Old First Street
Livermore, CA 94551
Phone (925) 443-7148 * Fax (925) 443-0177
2) Attend Tracy City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. to support local residents to ask Tracy City Council to oppose large DU explosives at Livermore Lab:
Tracy City Hall
325 East 10th Street
Tracy, CA 95376
Phone: (209) 831-4103
Email correspondence addressed to or carbon copied to City Council is a public record.
For information on Tracy City Council: http://www.ci.tracy.ca.us/city_council/
3) Attend Hearing to show support on Wednesday, February 7 at 10 a.m.
Appeal to San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District Hearing Board
San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District
4800 Enterprise Way
Information about this meeting: http://www.valleyair.org/Board_meetings/HB/agenda_minutes/
4) Write or call San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District http://www.valleyair.org/to show support of appeal opposing large explosives testing at Site 300 at Livermore Lab:
CEO/Air Pollution Control Officer
San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District
1990 East Gettysburg Avenue Fresno, CA 93726
Tel (559) 230-6000 Fax (559) 230-6061
Also send a letter to Mark Kanai who will be Listening to the appeal on February 7:
Mark A. Kanai
Chair No Cal Hearing Board
San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District
1990 East Gettysburg Avenue
Fresno, CA 93726
Tel (559) 230-6000 Fax (559) 230-6061
5) Write to City of Tracy Council and ask them to oppose large explosions at Site 300:
Tracy City Council at City Hall
325 East 10th Street
Tracy, CA 95376
Phone: (209) 831-4103
Email correspondence addressed to or carbon copied to City Council is a public record.
(6) Contact the Honorable Rep. Nancy Pelosi
Congresswoman Pelosi wants to hear from you. You can email her at
450 Golden Gate Ave. - 14th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
Washington, D.C. Office
2371 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(7) Contact the Honorable Rep. Barbara Lee
Oakland District Office
1301 Clay Street Suite 1000-N
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 763-0370 Fax: (510) 763-6538
Washington, D.C. Office
2444 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2661 Fax: (202) 225-9817
DC Scheduling Fax: (202) 226-1104
(8) Join with other activists who are working to stop
DU testing inside the US and stop the use of uranium weapons: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/AmericanDUST/
(9) Learn more about the effects of long term low level ionizing radiation on human health:
Low Level Radiation Campaign http://www.llrc.org/
Radiation and Public Health Project http://www.radiation.org/
Harmful effects of DU - Afghanistan After Democracy: http://www.afghanistanafterdemocracy.com/
(10) Watch Videos
Under the Google Videos section search for: Leuren Moret, Doug Rokke, or Miraki
Dr. Rosalie Bertell: http://www.snowshoefilms.com/rbertell.html
Poisonous Legacy - Graphic Video on DU effects: http://www.ericblumrich.com/pl_lo.html
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From: Council for the National Interest Foundation
Sent: February 08, 2007
Subject: Israel Misused Cluster Bombs U.S. Delivered Last August
Israel Misused Cluster Bombs U.S. Delivered last August
State Department Report Delivered to Pelosi and Biden
February 7, 2007
At the height of the Israeli war against Hezbollah last summer, in which hundreds of civilians living in southern Lebanon were killed, the U.S. rushed a request from Israel for more than 1,300 American-made M26 cluster bombs. The request prompted an outcry in Congress and elsewhere that the artillery rockets, which disperse 644 submunitions each, might be used in civilian areas, contrary to the terms of the U.S. Arms Export Control Act. Last week, the Department of State delivered a preliminary report to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, and to Sen. Joseph Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, that is said by the news media to accuse Israel of exactly these charges.
A petition banning the use of cluster bombs and demanding an urgent clean-up of the more than 1 million cluster-bomblets sprayed over southern Lebanon has been launched by the American Task Force for Lebanon, a non-profit non-sectarian group based in Washington, DC. We urge our members to join the campaign that has been endorsed by Ralph Nader by signing their petition: "Stop the Carnage, Ban the Cluster Bomb."
In the closing days of the war, after a deadline had been set by the U.N. and accepted by both the Israelis and Hezbollah and 72 hours before the ceasefire was to go into effect, the Israeli military fired thousands of cluster munitions into southern Lebanon, leaving behind a deadly legacy. As of January 25, 2007, the United Nations Mine Action Coordination Center South Lebanon confirms that 30 people have been killed and 184 injured from unexploded ordnance since August 14, when hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel ended. Many of the casualties have been children.
Cluster bombs have been controversial for many years. They were used by the U.S. army in both Iraq wars, inflicting damage on civilians especially, and by the Israeli army in the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, prompting the Reagan administration to suspend shipment of the bombs to Israel for six years. The UK NGO Landmine Action has published evidence that Israel used American cluster munitions with expiration dates as early as 1974, which were made available to Israel from classified U.S. weapons depots in Israel. Thus the American taxpayer is once again supporting the slaughter of civilians through the misuse of its arms exports.
The findings of the State Department report on Israel's misuse of cluster bombs has not yet been made public. A resolution curbing the sale of cluster bombs last September that was introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) failed in the Senate by a vote of 70 to 30. A new resolution is said to be prepared by the senators for introduction in the Senate this year once the furor about the State Department findings has died down.
Recommended by Fred Burks (email@example.com) who wrote: "It's the most supportive article of the 9/11 movement ever in the mainstream media!" sThe Daily Mail is UK's second most popular newspaper.
An explosion of disbelief - fresh doubts over 9/11
By SUE REID
9th February 2007
A new film alleges the U.S. staged the 9/11 disaster to justify the Iraq war
The official story of what happened on 9/11 never fails to shock. Four American airliners are hijacked by Osama Bin Laden's terrorists in an attack on the heart of the Western world on September 11, 2001.
Two are deliberately flown into New York's famous Twin Towers, which collapse. A third rams into the United States defence headquarters at the Pentagon, in Washington D.C.
The last goes down in rural Pennsylvania, 150 miles north of the capital, after a tussle between the hijackers and some of the passengers onboard, whose bravery was recently portrayed in a Hollywood film, United 93.
Nearly 3,000 ordinary, decent Americans die in the attacks, provoking the U.S. President George W. Bush to mount a global war on terror, which leads to the invasion of Iraq, with Britain in tow.
Or that's how the official story goes.
Yet today, more than five years on, this accepted version of what happened on 9/11 is being challenged by a 90-minute internet movie made for £1,500 on a cheap laptop by three young American men. The film is so popular that up to 100 million viewers have watched what is being dubbed the first internet blockbuster.
The movie was shown on television to 50 million people in 12 countries on the fifth anniversary of 9/11 last autumn. More than 100,000 DVDs have been sold and another 50,000 have been given away. In Britain, 491,000 people have clicked on to Google Video to watch it on their computers.
Called Loose Change, the film is a blitz of statistics, photographs pinched from the web, eyewitness accounts and expert testimony, all set to hip-hop music. And it is dramatically changing the way people think about 9/11.
A recent poll by the respected New York Times revealed that three out of four Americans now suspect the U.S. government of not telling the truth about 9/11. This proportion has shot up from a year ago, when half the population said they did not believe the official story of an Al Qaeda attack.
The video claims the Bush administration was, at the very least, criminally negligent in allowing the terrorist attacks to take place. It also makes the startling claim that the U.S. government might have been directly responsible for 9/11 and is now orchestrating a cover-up.
Unsurprisingly, the film's allegations have been denied, even roundly condemned, by White House sources and U.S. intelligence services.
Only this week, the letters page of the Guardian newspaper was full of discourse about Loose Change, which was made by a trio of twentysomethings, including a failed film school student and a disillusioned ex-soldier.
Indeed, the movie's assertions are being explored by a number of commentators in America and Britain - including the former Labour Cabinet Minister Michael Meacher - who are questioning the official account of 9/11.
Mr Meacher, who last year proposed holding a screening of Loose Change at the House of Commons (he later changed his mind), has said of 9/11: "Never in modern history has an event of such cataclysmic significance been shrouded in such mystery. Some of the key facts remain unexplained on any plausible basis."
These words were written in a foreword for Professor David Ray Griffin's bestselling book, The New Pearl Harbour (a pointed reference to the conspiracy theory that President Roosevelt allowed the Japanese to assault the U.S. fleet in 1941, in order to force America into World War II).
Griffin, now nearing retirement, is emeritus professor at the Claremont School of Theology in California and a respected philosopher. While Loose Change is capturing the interest of internet devotees, Professor Griffin's equally contentious theories are receiving standing ovations in book clubs across the U.S.
Together, the book and the movie have raised the question: could the attack be a carbon copy of Operation Northwoods, an aborted plan by President Kennedy to stage terror attacks in America and blame them on Communist Cuba as a pretext for a U.S. invasion to overthrow Fidel Castro?
In other words, on a fateful September morning in 2001, did America fabricate an outrage against civilians to fool the world and provide a pretext for war on Al Qaeda and Iraq?
This, and other deeply disturbing questions, are now being furiously debated on both sides of the Atlantic.
Why were no military aircraft scrambled in time to head off the attacks? Was the collapse of the Twin Towers caused by a careful use of explosives? How could a rookie pilot - as one of the terrorists was - fly a Boeing 757 aircraft so precisely into the Pentagon? And who made millions of dollars by accurately betting that shares in United and American Airlines, owners of the four doomed aircraft, were going to fall on 9/11 as they duly did?
An extremely high volume of bets on the price of shares dropping were placed on these two airline companies, and only these two. In the three days prior to the catastrophe, trade in their shares went up 1,200 per cent.
Initially, like most people in America, Professor Griffin dismissed claims the attacks could have been an inside job.
It was only a year later, when he was writing a special chapter on American imperialism and 9/11 for his latest academic tome, that the professor was sent a 'timeline' on the day's events based entirely on newspaper and television accounts. It was then that he changed his mind.
And one of the most puzzling anomalies that he studied was that none of the hijacked planes was intercepted by fighter jets, even though there was plenty of time to do so and it would have been standard emergency procedure in response to a suspected terrorist attack.
Indeed, it is mandatory procedure in the U.S. if there is any suspicion of an air hijack. In the nine months before 9/11, the procedure had been implemented 67 times in America.
Readers of The New Pearl Harbour and viewers of Loose Change are reminded that it was 7.59am when American Airlines Flight 11 left Boston. Fifteen minutes later, at 8.14am, radio contact between the pilot and air traffic control stopped suddenly, providing the first indication that the plane might have been hijacked.
Flight 11 should have been immediately intercepted by fighter pilots sent up from the nearby McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. They could have made the journey to the World Trade Centre in three minutes.
But, surprisingly, F-15 fighter jets were instead ordered out of an airbase 180 miles away at Cape Cod. They appear to have flown so slowly - at 700mph, instead of their top speed of 1,850mph - that they did not arrive in time to stop the second attack, on the South Tower of the World Trade Centre. They were 11 minutes too late.
And this is not the only worrying question. Incredibly, the attack on the Pentagon was not prevented either. The defence headquarters was hit by the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 at 9.38am. But fighter jets from Andrews Air Force Base, just ten miles from Washington, weren't scrambled to intercept it.
Instead, jets were ordered from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, 100 miles away. By the time they arrived, Flight 77 had already hit the Pentagon.
So what of the fall of the Twin Towers?
The official version is that the buildings collapsed because their steel columns were melted by the heat from the fuel fires of the two crashed planes.
It is a mantra that has been repeated in White House briefings, official inquiries into 9/11, leaks by the American intelligence services and almost every TV documentary on the attack in the U.S. and Britain.
But, according to the allegations of Loose Change (which are endorsed by Professor Griffin), the science does not stand up. Steel does not begin to melt until it reaches around 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit, but open fires of jet fuel - such as those in the Twin Towers inferno - cannot rise above 1,700 degrees.
Professor Griffin and the makers of Loose Change are convinced the Twin Towers were deliberately blown up.
The film shows clip after clip of the towers coming down in one fell swoop to loud and distinct booms. Were they the sound of detonators being set off?
And the Pentagon attack? The hotly disputed theory of the film and Professor Griffin is that a passenger plane never hit the building at all.
The terrorist pilot, Hani Hanjour, was so slow to learn the fundamentals at flight school that his tutors reported him to the authorities for his incompetence five times.
How could he have guided the huge aircraft in such a complex manoeuvre into the building? And if he did, what happened to the aircraft?
The Loose Change narrator says: "The official explanation is that the intense heat from the jet fuel vapourised the entire plane. Indeed, from the pictures, it seems there was no discernible trace of a fully loaded Boeing 757 at the crash scene.
"But if the fire was hot enough to incinerate a jumbo jet, then how could investigators identify 184 out of 189 dead people found at the defence headquarters?"
Intriguingly, the narrator adds: "The only visible damage to the outer wall of the Pentagon is a single hole no more than 16ft in diameter. But a Boeing 757 is 155ft long, 44ft high, has a 124ft wingspan and weighs almost 100 tons.
"Are we supposed to believe that it disappeared into this hole without leaving any wreckage on the outside? Why is there no damage from the wings or the vertical stabiliser or the engines which would have slammed into the building?
"Remember how big the engines were," the film adds persuasively.
"If six tons of steel and titanium banged into the Pentagon at 530mph, they would bury themselves inside the building, leaving two very distinct imprints. And yet the only damage to the outer wall is this single hole."
And what of the Boeing's 40ft high tail? "Did it obligingly duck before entering the building?" asks Professor Griffin.
So if a commercial aircraft did not hit the building, what did? The wildest of all the theories in Professor Griffin's writings - echoed in Loose Change - is that the Pentagon was attacked by a military missile of some kind. Certainly, several onlookers quoted in the film claim that they saw a tiny aircraft piercing the defence HQ.
Another witness says it made a shrill noise, quite unlike a giant passenger plane.
So if it wasn't hijacked and flown by a terrorist into the Pentagon, what happened to Flight 77, last heard of on its way to Ohio?
No one knows. But one thing is sure, asserts Professor Griffin. Dick Cheney, the U.S. vice- President, and Condoleezza Rice, at the time President Bush's national security adviser, were in the White House bunker as the drama unfolded.
They, and their advisers, knew a hijacked aircraft was heading towards Washington. The obvious target was the White House, not the Pentagon. Yet Cheney and Rice were never evacuated from the White House. Did someone in high places already know that they were safe and that it was the Pentagon that was going to be the target?
Of course, no account of 9/11 by the conspiracy lobby is complete without a minute-by-minute observation of President Bush's behaviour.
He was hundreds of miles away in Florida, about to read a book to primary school children when the worst terrorist attack of the modern age happened.
The President reportedly showed little reaction when an aide told him that the first plane had crashed into the Twin Towers. Why not?
He, apparently, told the school's principal: "A commercial plane has hit the World Trade Centre, but we're going ahead with the reading thing anyway."
Then President Bush, who is also the commander-in-chief of the American military, settled down to recite My Pet Goat to a group of seven-year-olds.
He was interrupted a few minutes later by a whispered message in his ear from an aide that a second aircraft had hit the Twin Towers.
The President's face, captured by photographers at the school, remained completely passive. He showed no sign of emotion.
Now it must have been obvious a terrorist maelstrom was being unleashed on his country. But three days later, back in the American capital, he was a different man. By now he was certain that Osama Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda henchmen were to blame.
Surrounded by the Christian evangelist preacher Billy Graham, a cardinal, a rabbi and an imam, the President delivered a sermon in America's national cathedral in Washington.
The words he uttered are recounted by both Professor Griffin and the makers of Loose Change.
President Bush announced: "Our responsibility to history is already clear: to answer these attacks waged against us by stealth, deceit and murder and rid the world of evil."
The scene had been swiftly set for the West's war on terror.
How the key 9/11 myths were implanted (10 min video) A MUST SEE! http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/80.html
Two major 9/11 anomalies have been thoroughly documented, specifically: 1) The stand down of US air defense on the morning of 9/11 that permitted commercial jet aircraft to fly erratically and in restricted air space without challenge. 2) Overwhelming physical evidence that World Trade Center buildings #1, #2, and #7 were brought down by controlled demolition. A third significant anomaly has not been discussed, let alone acknowledged: the reporting by the major US TV news networks in the first hours few hours immediately after the attacks. Specifically: 1. MSNBC presented an elaborately detailed story about the lifestyle and anti-US philosophy of Osama bin Laden - while both towers were still burning and long before Bin Laden had been accused by anyone. 2. Fox News featured a "man in the street" eye witness who explained in strangely formal language the science behind why the towers collapsed when most engineers and firemen were utterly baffled and in shock by what had just taken place. 3. CBS featured a Bush administration insider (and not identified as such) as a guest who actively worked to dissuade Dan Rather (and viewers) from speculating that there must have been explosive charges placed in the buildings for them to have collapsed the way they did. How was it that these stories - based on no fact, no research and no inquirry - appeared in full blown form so quickly on US news networks and then became part of the core myths of what happened on 9/11? Were these stories prepared in advance? There's an old intelligence saying that "once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, but three times is enemy action." Because most of these clips ran only once and were not repeated after they'd done their job, it made it difficult, if not impossible, for viewers to analyze them critically. Now, thanks to the magic of video tape and a few people who immediately started taping the news after the attacks, we have this important evidence that at the very least these attacks appear to have been anticipated and prepared for by forces that have the ability to exert strong influence over the output of the newsrooms of major US news networks. -- Also recommended by Nelly Lewin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ground Zero EMT: We Were Told Building 7 Was to Be "Pulled" (February 8, 2007) http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/february2007/080207building7.htm
(...) In his enthralling testimony, the EMT goes into graphic detail of how he and others personally witnessed a plethora of explosions at all points of the buildings before their collapse."There were explosions. There were flashes. There was molten metal running down the I-beams of the basement levels like lava flows. I've never seen anything like it. Yes, planes hit the buildings - anybody who says otherwise is a moron. But the explosions - the rapid, symmetrical, sequential explosions - they happened," states 'Mike'.He explains how he and others were in the basement of one of the towers helping injured victims when he saw "One of the huge steel and concrete support pillars with an 8 foot section blown out of the center of it." Looking around, Mike saw other support columns that were in the same condition, prompting rescue personal to ask "how could someone have rigged all these explosives?" "We stood outside listening to the explosions," states Mike, "One after the other, every minute or so. At one point, about 10 minutes before the first collapse, a 30 foot or so section of the courtyard exploded straight up into the air. Just before the collapses, a series of deep, below ground explosions, then numerous explosions in the buildings upper floors. Then we ran. We felt the same deep explosions before the second collapse. This was not just the planes." The rescue worker concludes emphatically, "The buildings were rigged, there is no question about it." Perhaps of even more interest, the EMT relates the fact that hundreds of emergency rescue personnel were told over bullhorns that Building 7, a 47 story skyscraper adjacent the twin towers that was not hit by a plane yet imploded symmetrically later in the afternoon on 9/11, was about to be "pulled" and that a 20 second radio countdown preceded its collapse. CLIP
Response: Don't believe the official 'conspiracy' theory (February 13, 2007) http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2011845,00.html
We have to ask who stood to gain the most from the appalling events of 9/11, says Tim Sparke - George Monbiot's explicit attack on the film Loose Change (A 9/11 conspiracy virus is sweeping the world ..., February 6) has no basis in fact. While we accept that there are flaws in the current version of the film, we stand by its overarching theme that the official "conspiracy" theory of 9/11, constructed in the hours, days, weeks and months after 9/11, is false. CLIP
From: Fred Burks (email@example.com)
Subject: 9/11 coincidences, Egyptian connection?
Date: 10 Feb 2007
Some believe that the powers that be use knowledge and numbers from ancient secret societies, especially Egypt. The many below coincidences would seem to support that. I don't suggest this as something to promote in any way, but it certainly is unusual. What do you think?
It is an invisible danger that has no sound or smell but is creating chaos with all of our cells. In less than two decades, one third of the global village has embraced this new technology, spawning the multi-million dollar wireless communications industry. From cell phones to hot spots to entire wireless cities, rarely has a technology so rapidly and so profoundly transformed the world. The explosion of wireless technology has brought with it a totally new form of dangerous radiation called electropollution. Humanity is now exposed to more than 100 million times more radiation than just two decades ago.
The 100 trillion cells of the body communicate with each other by subtle low electromagnetic signals as well as through chemical reactions. Continuous exposure to electromagnetic radiation can drastically distort and disrupt these cellular communications pathways, resulting in abnormal cellular metabolism and eventually disease. Electropollution profoundly compromises the normal intercellular communication of the body. Cell function deteriorates, cell membranes harden, causing a shutdown of the cells. Now nutrients cannot get in and toxins cannot get out. Over time this leads to toxin and free radical buildup, genetic mutation, premature aging, illness and disease.
So picture this... its a typical morning in a Starbucks equipped with wireless Internet. You see three people involved in cell phone conversations, one sending a text message from a PDA and two surfing the Internet on laptops. Each device is transmitting to the antenna installed in the back of the store, which in turn is transmitting out. At each point the signal gets an electronic push from the device to get it going. This push, like a boat being accelerated through water, creates a wake called a near-field plume. This plume is sending out lots of radiation. Homes, wireless offices, schools, hospitals and most every workplace are now filled with cell phones, laptops, wireless networks, game stations, iPods. With the increasing world of wireless technology our world is now being blanketed with a dense fog of plumes and beams. As we work, learn, sleep and play in these environments and whether we personally use these gadgets or not, our cells are being bombarded and our cellular function is being compromised.
The most vulnerable are the children. Their cells are still growing and are filled with more fluid, thus the radiation can penetrate much faster into their cells. Disney got in the game big time recently with offers of family plans and a kid starter plans targeted to 8-to-12 year-olds. An 8-year-old child who gets a cell phone will by age 28 have used a cell phone for longer than anyone to date. Consider this: In 1970, one out of 10,000 children were diagnosed with autism. Last year, one in 166 children were diagnosed with autism. Many scientists and some doctors are now trying to get the word out that we are now starting to see genetic damage that is weakening our childrens cells, thus causing many more health challenges such as autism.
The health challenges coming from our continual exposure to electrical pollution is becoming a worldwide concern. In Europe in May, a movie is coming out showing the public about the health problems that are increasing every day with the increasing use of the electronic and wireless age, and will be here in the U.S. at the end of summer. The good news is science and medicine have experience with toxic exposure and have developed a gold standard for dealing with these types of problems called the public health paradigm. The paradigm always encompasses primary, secondary and tertiary interventions. Primary addresses the cause of the problem and is best accomplished by reducing or canceling out exposure. Secondary deals with the symptoms of the problem, of which the most significant is disrupted intercellular communication. Tertiary deals with stopping the problem and keeping the symptoms from coming back.
Do You Have Microwave Sickness? http://omega.twoday.net/stories/3277817/
I've compiled the following simple explanations for leaflet distribution - since people seem to be so oblivious to the dangers this technology poses (...) Many people have a hard time fathoming that something that they cannot see, touch, smell, taste or hear - sense with the five senses - can harm them so much. But if people did really know the facts regarding the dangers of cell phones and WiFi and the masts that emit a pervasive level of microwave radiation, would they still be willing to use them? Would they still be willing to allow the antennas to be built in vicinity of their homes, work places, schools, and hospitals?
'Doomsday vault' to resist global warming catastrophe
A MODERN DAY "NOAH's ARK": 'DOOMSDAY VAULT' TO RESIST GLOBAL WARMING EFFECTS AND IMPENDING WORLDWIDE CATASTROPHIC EFFECTS! / 3,000,000+ SPECIES OF PLANTS WILL BE PRESERVED DEEP INSIDE A MOUNTAIN's PERMAFROST
AFP, Friday, February 9, 2007
An Arctic "doomsday vault" aimed at providing mankind with food in case of a global catastrophe will be designed to sustain the effects of climate change, the project's builders said as they unveiled the architectural plans.
The top-security repository, carved into the permafrost of a mountain in the remote Svalbard archipelago near the North Pole, will preserve some three million batches of seeds from all known varieties of the planet's crops. The hope is that the vault will make it possible to re-establish crops obliterated by major disasters.
"We have taken into consideration the (outside) temperature rising and have located the facility so far inside the rock that it will be in permafrost and won't be affected" by the outside temperature, Magnus Bredeli Tveiten, project manager at Norway's Directorate of Public Construction and Property, told AFP.
Construction on the seed bank, also dubbed the "Noah's Ark of food," will begin in March. The seed samples, such as wheat and potatoes, will be stored in two chambers located deep inside a mountain, accessed by a 120-meter (395-foot) tunnel.
The tunnel and vaults will be excavated by boring and blasting techniques and the rock walls sprayed with concrete. The seeds will be maintained at a temperature of minus 18 degrees Celsius (minus 0.4 Fahrenheit).
The vault is situated about 130 meters (426 feet) above current sea level. It would not flood if Greenland's ice sheet melts, which some estimate would increase sea levels by seven meters (23 feet).
It is also expected to be safe if the ices of Antarctica completely melt, which experts say could increase sea levels by 61 meters (200 feet). The entry to the vault, which will shoot out of the mountainside, will be a narrow triangular portal made of cement and steel, illuminated with artwork that changes according to the Arctic light.
In summer, "in the midnight sun, it will look like a large diamond," said Tveiten. In winter, when the sun does not rise above the horizon, "it will glow into the darkness," he added.
Behind the airlock door, each chamber will measure 375 square meters (4,036 square feet). Corrugated plastic boxes the size of moving boxes will sit on rows of metal shelves. Each box will contain about 400 samples in envelopes made of polyethelene, and each sample will contain around 500 seeds.
The samples will be stored in watertight foil packages to act as a barrier against moisture should a power failure disable refrigeration systems. Construction on the three-million-dollar (2.3-million-euro ) vault is due to finish in September. It will officially open in late winter 2008.
The design of the structure is "simple, it's functional, it runs by itself. We can't have a better design," Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust and the brains behind the vault, told AFP.
"It makes use of the natural cold. It's planned with the climate change factor taken into consideration and it will be frozen 200 years from now. And even in the worst case scenario, if the temperature rises it will still be safe," he said.
Carbon dioxide rate is at highest level for 650,000 years
By Steve Connor, Science Editor
03 February 2007
Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are at their highest levels for at least 650,000 years and this rise began with the birth of the Industrial Revolution 250 years ago, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Carbon dioxide is the principal greenhouse gas responsible for global warming and, in 2005, concentrations stood at 379 parts per million (ppm). This compares to a pre-industrial level of 278 ppm, and a range over the previous 650,000 years of between 180 and 300 ppm, the report says.
Present levels of carbon dioxide - which continue to rise inexorably each year - are unprecedented for the long period of geological history that scientists are able to analyse from gas samples trapped in the frozen bubbles of deep ice cores.
However, the IPCC points to a potentially more sinister development: the rate of increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is beginning to accelerate. Between 1960 and 2005 the average rate at which carbon dioxide concentrations increased was 1.4 ppm per year. But when the figures are analysed more closely, it becomes apparent that there has been a recent rise in this rate of increase to 1.9 ppm per year between 1995 and 2005.
It is too early to explain this accelerating increase but one fear is that it may indicate a change in the way the Earth is responding to global warming. In other words, climate feedbacks that accelerate the rate of change may have kicked in.
The IPPC's report points out that, as the planet gets warmer, the natural ability of the land and the oceans to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere begins to get weaker.
It is estimated that about half of all the man-made emissions of carbon dioxide have been taken out of the air and absorbed by natural carbon "sinks" on the land and in the sea. Many computer models of the climate predict that as the Earth continues to get warmer, these sinks will become less able to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
This means that more carbon dioxide will be left in the air to exacerbate the greenhouse effect, so leading to further temperature rises and more global warming, which in turn will make the natural carbon sinks of the Earth even less efficient.
As the IPCC's summary says: "Warming tends to reduce land and ocean uptake of atmospheric carbon dioxide, increasing the fraction of anthropogenic [man-made] emissions that remain in the atmosphere."
This is just one of several "positive feedbacks" that could quickly accelerate the rate of global warming over the coming century. One isa warmer world is causing more evaporation from the oceans and a rise in water vapour - a powerful greenhouse gas - in the lower atmosphere. Another is sea ice and snow cover is shrinking at the poles and on mountains, leading to a further increase in local temperatures.
Climate Campaign Issues 'Wake-up Call' to World Leaders (February 7, 2007) http://www.commondreams.org/headlines07/0207-01.htm
George Bush, Vladimir Putin and Jacques Chirac are in bed, fast asleep. All around them the evidence of climate change is clear and pressing but nothing can rouse the world leaders from their slumber."Global warming is here, but our leaders just won't wake up," says a voice. "Now you can sound the alarm. Go to http://www.avaaz.org to send your leader a wake-up call." These adverts, broadcast this week in Paris, Berlin, Washington and Delhi, represent the opening salvo of a new movement of online activists that already claims to have almost 900,000 members in 198 countries. Their rather modest aim is to change the world by forming a grassroots organisation with a global reach that can campaign on issues ranging from climate change to Aids in Africa. "We have been inspired by watching those moments of global consciousness such as the aftermath of 9/11 and the run-up to the Iraq war," said Ricken Patel, one of the founders of Avaaz, which means "voice" in several Asian languages. "We are trying to build that sort of infrastructure online and to reduce the gap between the world people want and the world we have." The adverts - timed to coincide with meetings being held in Germany to set the agenda for this summer's G8 meeting in Heiligendamm - are the start of an effort to build the sort of global activism that could genuinely wield influence CLIP
Global Warming's Simple Remedy http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/020907EA.shtml
Anne Applebaum on the recent headlines reporting the scary news of global warming. She wonders whether people will take this fear and turn it into action and prescribes carbon taxation as the simple solution.
Branson offers £12.8m to beat climate change http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=216252007
VIRGIN boss Sir Richard Branson today offered a 25 million dollar prize (£12.8 million) to scientists to find a way to help save the planet from climate change. Flanked by former US vice president Al Gore and other distinguished environmentalists at the launch in London, Sir Richard called for scientists to come up with a way to extract greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.Describing the challenge as the largest prize ever offered, Sir Richard said: "The earth cannot wait 60 years. We need everybody capable of discovering an answer to put their minds to it today. We have to convince many people that the threat is urgent and real. We have only our own ingenuity and we have no hope of a meaningful solution unless we find a way to work together."
Re: Virgin Earth Challenge: A Counteroffer from Planktos to Join the Voyage of Recovery http://www.prweb.com/releases/2007/2/prweb504244.htm A congratulatory announcement to Sir Richard Branson reporting that the climate-cooling technology his $25 million prize is supposed to provoke into existence already in fact exists, and inviting him to come aboard the first ocean voyage where it will be deployed. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 10, 2007 -- Planktos applauds Sir Richard Branson's creation of the Virgin Earth Challenge prize to spark innovation of solutions to preserve and protect our environment. However, as much as we appreciate his brilliant initiative, and anticipated future backing (since we hope to win the award), we would first prefer to avail ourselves of his physical back as well. We invite him to join us aboard the Planktos Research Ship Weatherbird II as she embarks upon her Voyage of Recovery next month to deliver the very solution he desires. Together we will begin a series of plankton restoration pilot projects that demonstrate the most powerful and affordable tool at hand to reduce atmospheric CO2 and heal the oceans as well. We promise a comfortable bunk, toothsome meals with a colorful crew, and long hard hours on deck bending our collective backs to the task of saving this blue planet. If Planktos should indeed win his marvelous award, we ask him to pass the prize money on to any charity that will help the world's disadvantaged kids learn new ways to preserve, protect and restore our planet when their turn comes.The Planktos mission is to undertake global scale ecorestoration projects in partnership with Mother Nature. We do this by restoring our seas and trees, and turning atmospheric CO2 into healthy and life sustaining ecosystems. The fossil fuel age has taken a terrible toll on our ocean plankton in particular, and they are now annually removing 3~4 billion fewer tonnes of CO2 from the air than they did just 25 years ago. In other words, returning our ocean plankton to 1980 levels of health would remove half of all our manmade emissions each year, or more than five times the reductions called for in the Kyoto Protocol and more than three times his own desired results. In a few weeks time, Planktos will also begin planting millions of trees on new lands that will become our "Climate Parks Program" in the national parks of the European Union. Simultaneously, our ship R/V Weatherbird II will begin the first in a series of ocean ecorestoration pilot projects aimed at replenishing ocean micronutrients and fostering ocean plankton recovery. Through this twin effort fossil fuel-derived CO2 will not only be removed from the atmosphere, it will be put to good ecological use in our restored trees and seas. A significant portion of that new biomass becomes sequestered for centuries and yields saleable carbon credits, the new currency of the global effort to save our environment. We therefore request Sir Branson to join us in this historic effort and hasten the day the entire planet can enjoy the fruits of his own prize. For more information on Planktos and the science and political economy of ecorestoration please visit us at http://www.planktos.com.
Phil and Stephen to Split $25 Million Earth Challenge Prize http://www.blog.speculist.com/archives/001185.html
(...) In our first radio show, Phil brought up an idea for combating the greenhouse gas CO2 that I hadn't heard before - seeding the oceans with iron. The August edition of Popular Science details several different methods for dealing with Global Warming, but the "iron-the-oceans" idea looks like the most promising. For the record, the other methods discussed are: - Store CO2 Underground (which is already being done in small amounts). - Filter CO2 From The Air. - Turn CO2 To Limestone. - Enhancing Cloud Cover. - Deflect Sunlight With A Space Mirror. According to the article, the average American puts 25 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere annually. One-half pound of iron strategically seeded in the right part of the ocean could encourage the growth of sufficient plankton to sequester the typical American's annual output.At a lecture more than a decade ago, [oceanographer John Martin] declared: Give me a half-tanker of iron, and I will give you an ice age. He was alluding to the fact that the Southern Ocean is packed with minerals and nutrients but strangely devoid of sea life. Martin had concluded that the ocean was anemiccontaining very little iron, an essential nutrient for plankton growth. Adding iron, Martin believed, would cool the planet by triggering blooms of CO2-consuming plankton. This idea has now been tested. CLIP
According to yesterday's UN report, the world will be a much hotter place by 2100. This will be the impact ...
03 February 2007
+2.4°: Coral reefs almost extinct
In North America, a new dust-bowl brings deserts to life in the high plains states, centred on Nebraska, but also wipes out agriculture and cattle ranching as sand dunes appear across five US states, from Texas in the south to Montana in the north. Rising sea levels accelerate as the Greenland ice sheet tips into irreversible melt, submerging atoll nations and low-lying deltas. In Peru, disappearing Andean glaciers mean 10 million people face water shortages. Warming seas wipe out the Great Barrier Reef and make coral reefs virtually extinct throughout the tropics. Worldwide, a third of all species on the planet face extinction.
+3.4°: Rainforest turns to desert
The Amazonian rainforest burns in a firestorm of catastrophic ferocity, covering South America with ash and smoke. Once the smoke clears, the interior of Brazil has become desert, and huge amounts of extra carbon have entered the atmosphere, further boosting global warming. The entire Arctic ice-cap disappears in the summer months, leaving the North Pole ice-free for the first time in 3 million years. Polar bears, walruses and ringed seals all go extinct. Water supplies run short in California as the Sierra Nevada snowpack melts away. Tens of millions are displaced as the Kalahari desert expands across southern Africa,
+4.4°: Melting ice caps displace millions
Rapidly-rising temperatures in the Arctic put Siberian permafrost in the melt zone, releasing vast quantities of methane and CO2. Global temperatures keep on rising rapidly in consequence. Melting ice-caps and sea level rises displace more than 100 million people, particularly in Bangladesh, the Nile Delta and Shanghai. Heatwaves and drought make much of the sub-tropics uninhabitable: large-scale migration even takes place within Europe, where deserts are growing in southern Spain, Italy and Greece. More than half of wild species are wiped out, in the worst mass extinction since the end of the dinosaurs. Agriculture collapses in Australia.
+5.4°: Sea levels rise by five metres
The West Antarctic ice sheet breaks up, eventually adding another five metres to global sea levels. If these temperatures are sustained, the entire planet will become ice-free, and sea levels will be 70 metres higher than today. South Asian society collapses due to the disappearance of glaciers in the Himalayas, drying up the Indus river, while in east India and Bangladesh, monsoon floods threaten millions. Super-El Niños spark global weather chaos. Most of humanity begins to seek refuge away from higher temperatures closer to the poles. Tens of millions of refugees force their way into Scandanavia and the British Isles. World food supplies run out.
+6.4°: Most of life is exterminated
Warming seas lead to the possible release of methane hydrates trapped in sub-oceanic sediments: methane fireballs tear across the sky, causing further warming. The oceans lose their oxygen and turn stagnant, releasing poisonous hydrogen sulphide gas and destroying the ozone layer. Deserts extend almost to the Arctic. "Hypercanes" (hurricanes of unimaginable ferocity) circumnavigate the globe, causing flash floods which strip the land of soil. Humanity reduced to a few survivors eking out a living in polar refuges. Most of life on Earth has been snuffed out, as temperatures rise higher than for hundreds of millions of years.
Top Ten" Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories of 2006
By Doctors Without Borders
26 January 2007
The ninth annual list also highlights the lack of media attention paid to the plight of people affected by the consequences of conflict in Haiti, Somalia, Colombia, Chechnya, and central India.
New York The staggering human toll taken by tuberculosis and malnutrition as well as the devastation caused by wars in the Central African Republic (CAR), Sri Lanka, and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are among the Top Ten" Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories of 2006 , according to the year-end list released today by the international humanitarian medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
The ninth annual list also highlights the lack of media attention paid to the plight of people affected by the consequences of conflict in Haiti, Somalia, Colombia, Chechnya, and central India.
"Many conflicts worldwide are profoundly affecting millions of people, yet they are almost completely invisible," said MSF Executive Director Nicolas de Torrenté. "Haiti, for example, is just 500 miles from the United States and the plight of the population enduring relentless violence in its volatile capital Port-au-Prince received only half a minute of network coverage in an entire year."
According to Andrew Tyndall, publisher of the online media-tracking journal The Tyndall Report, the 10 countries and contexts highlighted by MSF accounted for just 7.2 minutes of the 14,512 minutes on the three major U.S. television networks' nightly newscasts for 2006. Treating malnutrition, tuberculosis, and Chechnya were mentioned, but only briefly in other stories. Five of the countries highlighted by MSF were never mentioned at all.
The 2006 "Top 10" list also focused on the devastation caused by TB and malnutrition.
The frightening situation of worldwide TB became even worse in 2006 with the detection of extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB), a strain that is resistant to both first-line antibiotics and to two classes of second-line drugs. At the same time, none of the TB drugs currently in development, however promising, will be able to drastically improve TB treatment in the near future. "TB destroys millions of lives around the world every year, but were not seeing the necessary urgency to tackle the disease," said Dr. Tido von Schoen-Angerer, director of MSFs Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines.
Hope is on the horizon, though, for malnutrition, with new strategies based on outpatient treatment that relies on ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF) like Plumpynut showing tremendous promise. Unfortunately, these strategies are not implemented as widely as they could be.
"Acute malnutrition contributes to the deaths of millions of children every year," said de Torrente. "New strategies in treatment of moderate and severe acute malnutrition have helped MSF treat more than 150,000 children in Niger over the past two years. Millions more children throughout the world could benefit if such strategies were more widely implemented."
While the conflicts in the Darfur region of Sudan and in eastern Chad garnered significant media attention in 2006, the steady focus did not translate into improved conditions for people caught up in the conflict. "Even though there was more reporting about Darfur than about other crises, the situation continued to deteriorate to the point where MSF and other aid groups had to scale back their programs," said de Torrenté. "We know that media coverage does not generate improvements on its own. However, it is often a precondition for increased assistance and political attention. There is perhaps nothing worse than being completely neglected and forgotten."
The End of Tibet http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/13247913/the_end_of_tibet
As China tortures monks and drives Tibetans into poverty, many young activists are renouncing the Dalai Lama and resorting to violence. Is one of the world's most ancient cultures facing extinction? TAKE ACTION NOW! Learn six things you can do to help make the 2008 Beijing Olympics a catalyst for change in Tibet. http://www.rollingstone.com/nationalaffairs/?p=922 - The small concrete room smells of urine. In the corner, a young woman lies on ametal cot, moaning softly and vomiting up blood. A former Buddhist nun, she is recovering from an operation on her stomach to fix internal injuries caused by beatings from Chinese guards. (...) The punishment was most severe for those who refused to give up their faith. "In Drapchi, there were numerous demonstrations," Zangmo says. One day, four nuns refused to renounce their Buddhist beliefs in front of the Chinese guards. "They were beaten until they died." Zangmo stares at the floor and starts to cry, her voice breaking. "They died together."Before places like Drapchi existed, Lhasa was the capital of a remote kingdom where a long line of Dalai Lamas presided over a civilization infused with spirituality, perpetuated in more than 6,000 monasteries and protected by the snow-capped Himalayas. In their sacred land, Tibetans built a distinct and mystical culture, a matchless experiment in faith that permeated their lives. "Tibetans are unique on the planet in that their national life is wholly dedicated to Buddhism," says Robert Thurman, the most famous Tibet scholar in America. By developing a worship of living things, he says, Tibetans also preserved the Earth's highest ecosystem, one that comprises biodiversity on the scale of the Amazon and serves as the source of rivers that sustain nearly half the world's population. "This is some of the most important environment in the world," Thurman says, "so fragile that, once it's gone, it can never come back." (...) But Tibet's time may be running out. In the past decade, China has waged a quiet but ruthless war on Tibetan society -- part of a deliberate and sophisticated campaign to strip "the Roof of the World" of any vestige of spirituality or political autonomy. Beijing has systematically replaced Tibet's holiest monks --the center of Tibetan power -- with its own puppet leaders, torturing and killing those who refuse to submit to Chinese authority. It has flooded Tibet with thousands of Chinese immigrants, who have seized control of local businesses,driving many Tibetans into poverty and prostitution. And as Tibetans have become increasingly powerless in their own land, China has dragged out political talks with the Dalai Lama, causing some supporters to accuse their god-leader of caving in to Beijing. Increasingly, young Tibetans reject the Dalai Lama's commitment to nonviolence, engaging instead in the tactics of Palestinian militants. In a sharp break with the past, Tibetan rebels have stormed Chinese embassies and even cut the throats of Chinese migrants, dumping the corpses in the streets of rural towns as a warning to those they see as collaborators."I have no hope for the future," says Lhasang Tsering, one of Tibet's most famous activists. We are speaking in his home in Dharamsala, where he has lived in exile since fleeing Tibet more than two decades ago. "Time is running out," he tells me. "Every day, while we're sitting here praying for world peace, truckloads of Chinese are coming in, and trainloads of Tibetan resources are coming out. Once the Chinese have the land for themselves, they might have a few reservations for ethnic Tibetans, the way you Americans have Native American reservations."Tsering puts his head in his hands. I look away. When I glance back, his shoulders are heaving with sobs. CLIP
Fisherman's friendship with crocodile draws crowds
By John McPhaul
Feb 7, 2007
SARAPIQUI, Costa Rica (Reuters Life!) - It's a love story with difference - the friendship between a Costa Rican fisherman and a four-and-a-half metre (15 feet) long crocodile.
Every Sunday, Gilberto Shedden dons a tattered pair of leopard-print shorts, dives into a lake and splashes about in the water with his crocodile Pocho, to gasps from a large crowd of locals and tourists.
Shedden, 50, rolls the crocodile onto his back, cavorts about with him, lifts his toothy head out of the water and even kisses him tenderly on the snout.
"It's incredible," said Sam Van Everbroeck, a regular visitor to the show in the lowland tropical town of Sarapiqui, near the Atlantic coast. "I come every week to see it."
Known to his friends as "Chito", Shedden has earned the nickname "Tarzan Tico," Tico being the sobriquet for a Costa Rican, as news spread of his croc-wrestling exploits.
But for Shedden, his exploits with Pocho are more than just a show. They demonstrate the friendship he has struck up with the crocodile, a reptile with a fierce reputation.
His friendship with Pocho began 17 years ago when Shedden, a fisherman, found the then two-meter (6.6-feet) long American crocodile lolling about in a river with a bullet in its head.
Shedden brought the injured crocodile home and nursed it until it was better. He took it to a lake near his house -- but to his surprise, it slithered out and followed him home.
"That convinced me the crocodile could be tame," Shedden told Reuters after one of his weekly shows.
To his family's horror, Shedden began to wade into the water with the crocodile and found it was happy to let him stroke it and play with it. He even taught it to close its eyes on command.
"I had to sneak out at night because my family got worried," said Shedden, with the same crazy enthusiasm of the late Australian "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin
Two years ago, Shedden showed his tricks with the crocodile to some friends, who urged him to go public with the act.
Now, crowds come weekly to watch Shedden, sporting just his shorts and a commando-style headband, frolic with the massive reptile in a small lake next to a restaurant he owns.
He rolls Pocho over repeatedly while rubbing the crocodile's white belly. Pocho's huge tail comes completely out of the water and crashes down on the surface with a loud slap.
After horsing around in the water, Shedden coaxes the crocodile ashore and gets down on all fours to nuzzle it, nose to snout.
Pocho is thought to be around 50 years old. American crocodiles, which live from Florida to Ecuador, are less aggressive than Nile or Australian crocodiles and live to around 70 years in captivity.
For the time being, Shedden charges $2 a head to see the half-hour show, and says he's not interested in doing more than one show a week, given he also makes a living fishing.
"He's my friend. I don't want to treat him like a slave," Shedden said. "I don't want to exploit him."
The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World
By Lynne McTaggart
Book review by Cynthia Sue Larson
The long-running paradigm of good intentions paving the road to hell has been brilliantly overturned by investigative journalist Lynne McTaggart's new book, The Intention Experiment. McTaggart provides dazzling evidence of the spectacular power of intentions from a wide variety of peer-reviewed, statistically significant research reports as she takes us on a tour of cutting-edge research currently underway in the relatively new field of consciousness.
One of the challenges of studying the mind's effect on matter is that intention demonstrates variable effects depending on the state of the host and the time, place, and manner in which it is initiated. McTaggart examines some of ways that various types of intentions produce different effects, as well as ways to help ensure less variable outcomes.
The Intention Experiment takes us on a journey to discover what, exactly, is meant by 'intention,' and how we can produce results we'll most appreciate. Seasoned meditators can demonstrate remarkable command over their physical processes and remotely influence others, and McTaggart describes how anyone can learn to achieve such noticeable results. The keys to achieving an effective state of intentionality are powering up, reaching a state of peak intensity, developing mindfulness, merging with what is to be influenced, being compassionate, and specifically stating the intention. Following these instructions after reading a thorough overview of relevant research, it's a lot easier to believe that it may be possible to send one's intentions to far-off places and times.
Yes, far-off times. Some of the more startling facts in The Intention Experiment are research findings about how our intentions can influence the past. Almost as startling is the fact that athletes who do not physically exercise, but only imagine their workouts, can increase their muscle strength between 13 and 16 percent. The world's top athletes depend on mental rehearsal to help guarantee their competitive edge. Anyone can see tremendous improvements in their lives by rehearsing specific activities before actually doing them.
High points in The Intention Experiment include: a description of the way atoms can become entangled and behave as one single giant atom; a heated fullerene molecule can exhibit wavelike behavior in which it interferes with itself; human bodies can act as transmitting and receiving antennas; living things demonstrate awareness of the well-being of other living things around the; biofields change when receiving and sending healing intentions; physical health improves when others send focused healing intentions; different forms of meditation produce strikingly different brain waves; brain waves can be manipulated to initiate transcendent and/or terrifying experiences; sun and geomagnetic activity influences telepathic and telekinetic abilities; and places and things can become harmoniously aligned with healing intent.
A fascinating and informative read, The Intention Experiment is an interactive experience for readers interested in participating in an on-going series of philanthropic and scientific intentionality experiments.
Cynthia Sue Larson is an author and life coach . She has a physics degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA degree from San Francisco State University. Her Reality Shifters News ezine and website at http://www.realityshifters.com provide tools for more fully developing one's personal energy field.
Most of us understand that we cannot physically see beyond the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum, for instance, to the edge of the infrared or the ultra violet. Accepting this, it might not be too much of a leap to realize that we may also be missing something - like being able to see or hear other beings that might actually be around us.
This is the basic premise that - if you accept it - will enable you to give Dr. Tobin Hart's remarkable book, The Secret Spiritual World of Children, a credible read.
A Psychologist and Associate Professor of psychology at the State University of West Georgia, in Carrolton, GA, Hart started on the trail of collecting startling otherworldly anecdotes from children ten years ago when his then seven year-old daughter Haley, in a matter-of-fact bedtime conversation, revealed to him how she saw her "angel" and described their interactions. During his research he also collected accounts from adults who, for the first time, revealed their own similar but hidden childhood experiences.
"I have come to think of Haley's angel as an aspect of her Higher Self, or higher intuition," says Hart. "Socrates called his voice Daimon, Ralph Waldo Emerson called this the Oversoul, Meister Eckhart named it the Inner Man. I don't think it matters whether this is thought of as guardian angel, a guide, her heart, or whatever. What is important is that she can find it on her own and that it serves as a wellspring for love and wisdom."
In studying these stories, Hart observes that children seem to develop their own "spiritual style." One child may be a "natural mystic" in his/her ability to access guides or guidance, while another child may be an "empath," naturally open to others' feelings. Or perhaps a child is a "natural philosopher" asking the Big Questions very early on. He suggests acknowledging the unique and inherent qualities each child has as they bring the mystical down to earth in our everyday lives.
This is quite a different approach than what passes for childrearing in many societies, especially in the West where much of the focus is on getting kids "to fit in." Hart's advice to parents is to give up imperial rule in favor of "holding and beholding." That is, providing the usual safety and love children require while simultaneously appreciating their special abilities.
Obviously there is no way to qualify the personal experiences detailed in The Secret Spiritual World of Children, but the ring of truth in these narratives is discernable. And fascinating narratives they are, from children predicting auto accidents, or describing simple but powerful moments of ecstatic unity feelings, to a father relating how his five year-old boy fell three stories out of a window and miraculously survived without injury because, as the boy puts it after the fall, "The guys dressed in gold caught me."
Fascinating as it all is, the reporting is not sensationalist. And there is an important message to be learned from this book. Adults have to learn to listen and accept these stories as important information about their children's natural sensitivity. "Spiritual" experiences are not something that should be repressed, and to dismiss or denigrate these experiences can do real damage.
Children can come under intense pressures because of their sensitivity. For example, one little girl predicted that "a truck with a man who can't speak English" would hit the car she was riding in with her mother. When the accident did occur as predicted, she went into hysteria in the hospital when she discovered the accident had been caused by an illegal alien. The poor little girl thought she was the one responsible for the accident.
For the most part, Hart believes the vast majority of the extraordinary experiences he details are powerful and positive for the child involved - even nurturing. But not all encounters with things unseen are pleasant, and sometimes children can be overwhelmed and confused by disturbing experiences. As adults, it is important we learn to guide our children and teach them to differentiate what feelings or sensations are their own, and what they might be picking up from somewhere else. This discernment helps the sensitive child navigate in every level of a multidimensional world.
So, what is a parent to do to help their children balance heaven and earth? Hart provides some wise counsel that we should not make too much nor too little of a child who seems to be in touch with other realities. Parents should learn different ways to nurture their child's creative inner flow while integrating it into the "normal" world. Most certainly they should not hush up the amazing experiences. Simultaneously, the child must also learn to take responsibility for her or his "talents" without being made to feel special or "better than" because of them.
There is a spiritual ebb and flow, an arc to these experiences developmentally. Once a child starts integrating into society, meeting kids who do not talk about or acknowledge spiritual experiences, the child may just turn off the flow. Today, at 16 years of age, Haley tells her Dad that she remembers when she talked to her spirit guides but that now "she just knows." Another child states that she is "too busy" to be in contact with her guide.
Treated wisely, it appears there is a natural integration rather than dissipation of these modes of expression as children grow up. Suppressed, ignored or derided, the opposite seems to occur. For example, one woman, forced to repress her childhood experiences by her strictly religious family, suffered from depression as an adult. Faced suddenly with her repression as she watched her own daughter go through similar experiences, she recalled her own powers one day in a flood of ecstatic memories. Her life changed dramatically thereafter for the positive.
Reading Hart's book, the message seems to be that if we accept our children's spiritual lives during this time of social change, we can, perhaps, be reawakened as adults to our own innate spiritual heritage. In turn, we can then wisely shift education and child rearing practices to augment our understanding of who we are as spiritual beings for the betterment of all concerned.
Etan Boritzer is the best selling children's book author of the "What is?" series on inner values and character development in children. His books can be found at Elora Media eloramedia.com and bleepstore.com
Forwarded by "Mark Graffis" (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore.
So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love."
Rebecca- age 8
"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth."
Billy - age 4
"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other."
Karl - age 5
"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs."
Chrissy - age 6
"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."
Terri - age 4
"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK."
Danny - age 7
"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss"
Emily - age 8
"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."
Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)
"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,"
Nikka - age 6
(we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)
"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday."
Noelle - age 7
"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well."
Tommy - age 6
"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.
He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore."
Cindy - age 8
"My mommy loves me more than anybody
You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night."
Clare - age 6
"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken."
"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford."
Chris - age 7
"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day"
Mary Ann - age 4
"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones."
Lauren - age 4
"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars become out of you." (what an image)
Karen - age 7
"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross."
Mark - age 6
"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget."
Jessica - age 8
And the final one -- Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge.
The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.
The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.
Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.
When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, "Nothing, I just helped him cry."<
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