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The Big Scoop Series #22: "One Planet, One People, One Future"
As we are about to embark on the 2-week Olympic odyssey China has been working so feverishly to prepare in its desire to welcome the world as a newly modernized nation, aspiring to be recognized for all its accomplishments, and as we will share during the Opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games the lofty ideal suggested by the slogan adopted for these games, "One World, One Dream", let us also focus onto the vision embodied if the slogan of this Earth Rainbow Network: "One Planet, One People, One Future".
While there are still many great challenges to be faced (some of which are alluded to below) in the waning months of what history will certainly describe as the most destructive and despicable presidency the United States have known, we can nevertheless revel in the fact that we have also seen in the last few years a strong worldwide resurgence of positive actions and spiritual awakenings to match and soon surpass the avalanche of negative occurrences generated by those associated with the elitist Cabal behind the corpocracy controlling for the most part the US government.
Whatever happens in the coming months, let us always remember the One Source of Love that unites us all and anchor our hearts and minds in that emerging Reality.
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"I have been thinking of sending you a letter for quite a while just to say that I love you so much for the wonderful work you are doing for all of us. My partner and I live and work for spirit here in Australia. We work with the visionary plant teachers which are our allies in awakening our brothers and sisters to the glory which is themselves!!!... Your emails and resources are eagerly awaited and we have gathered much of our teaching material from their packed pages. I feel like i have known you and loved you forever and wish I could give you a massive hug just to say thanks. If you ever need to come somewhere safe and quite we will always have a place for you here in Australia. We are watching the developments in your part of the world intently and are sending love, light and blessings to all the brave hearts leading the call to enlightenment. We are humbled everyday as we watch person after person awake from their slumbers to a world of unlimited potential... Where compassion, mercy and love are the cornerstones of the communities we are dreaming and joy the big fat cherry on top. It takes each and everyone of us to open our hearts and dream beautiful grand dreams of how we want this blessed earth to be for us to effect the change we know is possible. As new age shamans we regularly walk between the worlds and have been privileged on many occasions to be meld into the great I AM. The beauty of this space is beyond words yet all we know is that we want each and every sentient and non-sentient being to have this experience so they too can dream the dream of transcendent, luminous joy.... awake, conscious and charged with the power of love. You have played a very important part in my own awakening which has been rapid and powerful - each email has presented another piece in the puzzle and added to the big picture of the vision I am holding for our future generations. I understand the sacrifices which you willingly make everyday to fullfill your mission here on our blessed mother. But I also know that you would not/could not do it any other way... once the call to serve has gone out it is impossible to back away or pretend that you are something that you are not. I wish I had buckets of money to give you just to ease the burden but we like many others have lost our money due to the failing economic climate and other men's greed. As I write my partner and i are setting off in our old car and caravan to start our life again...happy as pigs in mud...in full trust that spirit is providing everything we need to plant the seeds of a magnificent new dreaming. We go to a lush part of this land to start a community of spirit-lead people ready to put their ego's away to plant the seeds (both metaphorically and literally) of the golden age of peace...we have nothing except our love and faith and we have never been freer or happier. So thank you dear Jean with all our hearts for inspiring us, informing us and reminding us that love is all that is... Blessings to you from Margaret and Shane...
Margaret Cross (firstname.lastname@example.org) 6 August 2008
"Last night we had some close friends over and we were all so connected and having the most amazing time. At one point, my friend and I were dancing and we were going through so many timeless emotions, and it came to us at the same time that we are here, in this lifetime, during this transformative era to forgive and see peace manifest through intent and love. It was so powerful, because we were both so vividly recalling the past where we were persecuted for our faiths. I believe that we are going to witness a wonderful change, and our children, blessed ones, will be the protectors of that transformation.... (and sent later in the day)... felt so much activity around my crown chakra last night... bringing me to my centre, in that space between time and space, where dreams are woven in threads of hopes and dreams. It came to me that desire is one of our greatest gifts, that without it we deny our true identity. There is a great treasure lost when we deny that aspect of ourselves. The Ego must be cleansed, yes, of seeing itself as the whole self. It is the desire to separate that causes conflict and the desire for love and beauty that creates gateways for healing and abundance. I felt so moved that in No Time we align with Synchronicity.... it is as if the Universe is asking us to Dance with her. She provides us with light and sound and we provide the movement and the desire to manifest the soul of the music. And as we move, she gives us so much more! She enters us and animates us and adds Divine Guidance to our Dance. It is as if we are one with every single vibrational frequency... One and All. Much love and light... "
Feedback from a participant to last year's Earth Heal global group distant healing event, Day Out of Time, 25 July 2007 -- Taken from http://www.tortuga.com/portal/node/1681 - Check also the Feedback from the facilitator and surrogates after 25 July 2008 event
The treatment of the Palestinian Arabs in 1947 (and 1948) was as morally indefensible as the slaughter of six million Jews by the Nazis. Though nor comparable in quantity to the crimes of the Nazis, it was comparable in quality.
"At 8:00 am/pm on August 8, 2008 (8-8-8) all Lightworkers and Keepers of the Earth should invoke the symbols of the Number 888 into themselves. Because 888 symbolizes the Sacred Number of Christ, invoke Christ's Infinite Wisdom of 'Loving thy Neighbor as Thyself' into your heart."
"East meets West at the 8-8-08 Olympics and approximately five billion souls worldwide will turn their attention to the "Good Will Games" in China. The significance of this event is not lost to awakening humanity, realizing that the divine feminine energies of the Aquarian Dispensation will be centering and connecting global conscience with a global mediation of a metaphoric "meditation" nature... how we are in the nature of the universe as above (top circle in the "8"), and how the nature of the universe is in us so below (bottom circle in the "8"). Others will understand this as the spherical consciousness of All That Is or I Am Presence -- as above -- as relates to the human sphere of consciousness so below. Either way, a new unity in diversity is percolating the paradigm of perceptions that personify a dimensional shift and New Enlightenment of conscientious COMMON SENSE worldwide..."
"08-08-08 is a magical moment when the entire world will come together in thought because of the opening of the Olympics. According to ancient tradition, the opening ceremony of the Olympics is a moment when war stops and athletes compete in an ethical manner. 08 08 08 is a moment when there will be a huge concentration of mass consciousness. Please energize this mass consciousness with peace."
1. Nuclear Disarmament
2. The Olympic Challenge
3. Apollo 14 astronaut claims aliens HAVE made contact - but it has been covered up for 60 years
4. Are feds stockpiling survival food?
5. Bush is now expected to introduce Martial Law on or before 30th September 2008
6. Bon voyage Khalil Al Niss and Linda Willis & How is humanity getting on?
7. Anis Hamadeh - Is Gaza under occupation or not? Free Gaza boats about to find out more
8. Ready to Face the Facts About Israel?
9. An Open Letter to Barack Obama
10. Canadian Professors Say 9/11 Inside Job
11. Do Not Name Names, Do Not Accuse, Do Not Say Impeach, Do Not Applaud
12. New Message from Matthew
13. COUNCIL HOUSING COMPLAINTS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY (AUSTRALIA)
14. THE MIRACLE OF TOILET PAPER
15. LOUSY AT MATH
Mind Over Matter (10 minutes) Most excellent mind-expanding video!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aBGeoLf5X8
Recommended by Joe Beckett (Joe489@earthlink.net) who wrote: "Science today is just now learning what Christ was made aware of in the desert more than 2,000 years ago." Note from Jean: This is worth watching and taking in till the end - and even to do it twice!!! There are some really amazing computer animations and the concepts explained through a number of carefully selected excerpts from various scientists exposés are building up to a real dazzling picture of "reality". Wow!
South Field, Wiltshire Formation appended! - Reported July 22, 2008 http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2008/southfield/southfield2008.html
The Hopi believe that swallows are the messengers of God - One man who drove past the area at 4:30 a.m. said that there was no formation in the field. another man who drove past the field at 7:30 a.m. said the formation was there. That was on 7-22-08. The question that remains is this. Why were 6 more birds added the next day, instead of doing the whole formation in one day which 'they' would have been capable of? More on swallows at http://www.greatdreams.com/crop/swallows.htm
Visual Experiment with Roswell Rock http://www.coasttocoastam.com/gen/page2675.html?theme=light
I thought I would try a little visual experiment to find out exactly how closely the Roswell Rock pattern matches the Chisledon crop circle in England. So I corrected the perspective angle of the crop circle aerial photo so that it was flat and superimposed it over the rock. The match is more than just exact, it's astonishing!
Candle for Tibet announce possibly the biggest Candle Light Demonstration in the world http://www.tibetcustom.com/article.php/20080726231146705
August 7th 2008 is the day before the opening ceremony of The Olympic Games in Beijing. On this day we aim to create the world's greatest LIGHT PROTEST, when at least 100 million people from all over the world will light a candle and say YES to freedom in Tibet! All you are asked to do is to light a simple candle on August 7th at 9 pm in your own time zone. Light the Candle at your home, workplace or in a public place. Put the candle in your Window, or on your desk, or anywhere else where other people will see it and hopefully do the same. Our light protest will be seen by billions on TV screens all over the world on the day the Beijing Olympics open..... Read in full at this link. Public Candle Lighting Around the World: Most up to date vigil list here.
Medical Aid for Palestinians http://www.map-uk.org/
MAP in Gaza - July 2008 - "The world is witnessing a terrible human rights crime in Gaza, where a million and a half human beings are being imprisoned with almost no access to the outside world. An entire population is being brutally punished." - Former US President Jimmy Carter. MAP is on the ground in Gaza, with our office providing critically needed support to the most vulnerable Palestinians who are in desperate need due to the continued policy of siege. Thanks to our supporters in the UK we can continue to prevent greater humanitarian catastrophe by providing much needed medicines and equipment to hospitals, clinics and community centres. CLIP MAP is an inter-denominational UK charity (Registered Charity No. 1045315)providing health and medical support to Palestinians and other vulnerable communities in the occupied Palestinian territory, Lebanon and the region. Established in 1984 in London, MAP works in partnership with local organizations to deliver health and medical care to those worst affected. As well as providing urgently needed food and medical supplies, MAP projects aim at improving Palestinian refugee health, including running water, sanitation projects and public health education. It offers psychological support to children and adults traumatized by the conflict and works with disabled children and those with learning difficulties. MAP provides primary health care for isolated rural communities through mobile clinics, community health workers and ante-natal clinics. -- Please, visit to this site donate to MAP to help our Palestinian brothers and sisters.
African Holocaust http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/277.html
Killing with kindness - There's lot of expressed concern on the part of the US, the UN and WHO about AIDS in Africa. Oddly, other much more serious diseases and environmental problems in Africa are being ignored. The solution to the "AIDS problem" in Africa?Lots of immuno-suppressive drugs and the replacing of breast-feeding with infant formula. One researcher called the west's anti-AIDS program in Africa "diabolical." This video explains why. Bush & Friends are experts at combining government "humanitarianism" and genocide. Recommended by Craig (email@example.com) who wrote: "Bush and the Congress neglect the nation. They rain terror and misery on the civilian population of Iraq and now threaten Iran. But when it comes to AIDS and African, they fall over themselves to help. What kind of "help" are we talking about? Well, look at the players: * Bush & Co, * The epically corrupt Congress, * Big pharmaceutical companies, and * The ever-oblivious news media -- What's really going on with US aid in Africa?"
Deconstructing the Myth of AIDS - Gary Null http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3983706668483511310
In 1984 we were told that HIV was the cause of AIDS. In his provocative documentary film, Deconstructing the Myth of AIDS, Gary Null, Ph.D., challenges virtually every statement ever made by the American medical industrial complex on the virus - including those of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute for Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While presenting the findings of Nobel Prize-winning scientists and leading virologists, the film exposes the political maneuvering, conspiracies and cover-ups that have provided obstacles to the study of this human catastrophe from the start. For example, there are experts who believe that AIDS is the result of multiple factors, including drug use, stress and nutritional deficiency, but that government agencies made a politically strategic decision to de-emphasize these hypotheses and thus discourage certain researchers and their funding. Meanwhile, AZT, an infamously failed treatment for cancer, and now the primary FDA-approved approach to treating AIDS, is highly toxic and can produce the very symptoms of the illness it is prescribed to treat. Deconstructing the Myth of AIDS goes beyond medicine and science to question the very foundation of our reliance on government bureaucracies where it concerns matters of life and death.
Obama Delivers Soaring Call for Unity in Berlin(24 July 2008) http://www.truthout.org/article/obama-delivers-soaring-call-unity-berlin
Berlin - Barack Obama Thursday challenged a new generation of Americans and Europeans to tear down walls between estranged allies, races, and faiths in a soaring call for global unity at an unprecedented mass campaign rally in Berlin. The Democratic White House candidate told tens of thousands of people near the footprint of the old Berlin Wall that humanity faced a perilous turning point, and it was time to build "a world that stands as one." "The greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another," said Obama, who has scorched through US politics at lightning speed to challenge Republican John McCain for the White House in November's election. The strikingly audacious speech, in a fevered atmosphere in Berlin's famed Tiergarten, took the White House race out of US borders in a way never seen before, and was designed to portray Obama as a leader with unique global appeal. "The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand," he said, referring to festering divisions between Europe and the United States opened up by the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. "The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand," said Obama, in an address beamed live on US and German television channels and to viewers around the world. "The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down," Obama said, drawing cheers and applause. CLIP - See a transcript of his speech "A World That Stands as One" and watch a 3-part video of his entire speech through http://www.truthout.org/article/obama-delivers-soaring-call-unity-berlin
The 25 Most Vicious Iraq War Profiteers http://www.businesspundit.com/the-25-most-vicious-iraq-war-profiteers/
The Iraq war is many things to different people. It is called a strategic blunder and a monstrous injustice and sometimes even a patriotic mission, much to the chagrin of rational human beings. For many big companies, however, the war is something far different: a lucrative cash-cow. The years-long, ongoing military effort has resurrected fears of the so-called military-industrial complex. Media pundits are outraged at private companies scooping up huge, no-questions-asked contracts to manufacture weapons, rebuild infrastructure, or anything else the government deems necessary to win (or plant its flag in Iraq). No matter what your stance on the war, it pays to know where your tax dollars are being spent. Following is a detailed rundown of the 25 companies squeezing the most profit from this controversial conflict. CLIP
Gravel: Take Bush to The Hague (26 Jul 2008) http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=64862§ionid=3510203
Former Democratic candidate Mike Gravel says President George W. Bush should be taken to The Hague for war crimes rather than being impeached. In a Monday video conference with Press TV, the former Alaska senator said President Bush does not 'deserve' to be impeached for invading Afghanistan and Iraq, which has resulted in the loss of 'millions of lives'."An Impeachment just means you would only take away his (Bush's) presidency. Well, he is almost done (with) his presidency. What really needs to happen is that these people have to be held accountable for the crimes they have committed," the 78-year-old Libertarian said referring to the US president and Vice President Dick Cheney. "If you impeach the president and vice president, Nancy Pelosi is going to become president; that is not going to happen," Gravel added. Gravel is an outspoken advocate of impeaching Bush and Cheney over the disinformation campaign they have led in support of their go-to-war policies. "There is a lot of very good news that makes me tremendously hopeful that we as a nation are starting to wake up and insist our congressional representatives act to make impeachment happen now," he had said in a statement in January after congressman Dennis Kucinich announced plans to introduce articles of impeachment against President Bush.
Marching Off Into Tyranny By Paul Craig Roberts http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20435.htm
The Bush Regime's assault on America has been much more successful than its assault on "terrorism." Who remembers the promise of a "six weeks war"? Americans have been mired for 6 years in two wars without end which the neoconned Bush Regime, in alliance with Israeli zionists, seeks to expand to Iran, Pakistan, Syria, and Lebanon.
Acts of War http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20080729_acts_of_war/
Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector, for Truthdig: "The war between the United States and Iran is on. American taxpayer dollars are being used, with the permission of Congress, to fund activities that result in Iranians being killed and wounded, and Iranian property destroyed. This wanton violation of a nation's sovereignty would not be tolerated if the tables were turned and Americans were being subjected to Iranian-funded covert actions that took the lives of Americans, on American soil, and destroyed American property and livelihood. Many Americans remain unaware of what is transpiring abroad in their name. Many of those who are cognizant of these activities are supportive of them, an outgrowth of misguided sentiment which holds Iran accountable for a list of grievances used by the US government to justify the ongoing global war on terror."
The Systematic Destruction of Voting Rights in America (Part 1) http://www.truthout.org/article/the-systematic-destruction-voting-rights-america-part-1
Heidi Stevenson, Natural News: "You might think you have the right to vote. You might think your vote counts. You might think that there's a problem here or there, but that they're the exceptions. You might think that the 2000 presidential election was an aberration, in which the US Supreme Court violated ethical and court precedents to crown the election loser, countering the will of the people. You might think it can't possibly be an ongoing problem. You might be very sadly mistaken."
The Real State of the US Economy: Henry Paulson Has Lost Control Over US Finance http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20404.htm
Behind the reassuring statements from Paulson and others that the "worst is over" the reality of the credit collapse since August 2007 is a deepening economic contraction which I have said several times in this space will surpass the Great Depression of the 1929-1938 period.
Famine 1932-1933 killed 7 million people in USA )May 21 2008) http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article16968
(...) In the article, Borisov used the official data of the US Census Bureau. Having revised the number of the US population, birth and date rates, immigration and emigration, the researcher came to conclusion that the United States lost over seven million people during the famine of 1932-1933.
Economic Free Fall? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20406.htm
The nation, meanwhile, is flirting with historic catastrophe. Nobody yet knows how bad it is, but the peril is vastly larger than previous episodes, like the savings and loan bailout of the late 1980s. The dangers are compounded by the fact that the United States is now utterly dependent on foreign creditors--Japan and China lead the list--who have been propping us up with their lending.
Stephen Harper agenda pursues NAU agenda to break up Canada through "new deal for provinces" (Aug 4/08) http://www.galacticfriends.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3337&Itemid=91
The Stephen Harper government is using the public relations cover story of pursuing a "new deal with the provinces" to pursue the fascistic Big Business agenda of North American Union (NAU).Big Business elites have instructed the managers of the media empires they own to present Mr. Harper's initiative, as an attempt to create a new era of so- called "peace" between the federal and provincial levels of government. However, in actuality, Mr. Harper, along with his political confederates on Parliament Hill, is seeking to break down a sense of nationhood in Canada. Indeed, provincial governments' power far outstrips state powers in the United States, and other societies, that have a corresponding federal structure of power.On February 21 2006, the Globe and Mail's front page had been strewn with the title "Empower provinces, CEOs say". These are the same CEO's that were invited to participate in secretive NAU talks in Montebello, Quebec on the Security and Prosperity and Partnership (SPP) , in late August 2007. The SPP is the Constitution of the NAU, which transfers power from members of society as a whole, to a political-military-industrial complex. Thomas d'Aquino, the President of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, that supports the NAU agenda, also not surprisingly, was a great political lobbyist for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA has been the principal mechanism for enabling U.S. corporations to destroy Canada's social, political, and economic independence from the America's empire-seeking political-military-industrial complex. SPP merely seeks to statutorily complete the prevailing take-over of Canada. SPP envisions Canada being fully absorbed by the United States by no later than 2010, according to a Freedom of Information paper trail provided by Mel Hurtig and others. The NAU, is the expansion of the borders of the United States, that aims to assimilate Canada and Mexico. Its legitimization is a context of fear in relation to the "War on Terror", which itself, has been contrived by elites. Perpetuating war, has become a commercially profitable business enterprise to America's elites, and that operation apparently includes the take-over of nations. Just ask the people of Iraq who now live under an American military occupation with no end in sight, having been attacked by these same group of fascists. (...) Canadians need to wake up, and realize that politicians on Parliament Hill have been far more corrupted than what we might occasionally watch hear, or read about from corporate or state-controlled sources like the CBC, Radio Canada, or TV Ontario. The NAU agenda could easily be the largest and most extensive scandal ever to take place in Canada. Furthermore it involves the elites of all of Canada's major political parties, and the boardrooms of Canada's major corporations, which include major print, TV, radio, and electronic media.
Threat of mass starvation looms in Zimbabwe after latest harvest fails (July 21 2008) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/21/zimbabwe.unitednations
Millions of Zimbabweans are threatened with starvation after the widespread failure of the latest harvest brought on by the government's disastrous mishandling of land redistribution, and food shortages in the shops caused by hyperinflation.The United Nations says hundreds of thousands of people require food aid immediately because they have harvested little or nothing in recent weeks. It has warned that up to 5 million will need assistance in the coming months. A third of the population is chronically malnourished.But attempts to assist them are blocked by a ban on foreign aid agencies working in rural areas after President Robert Mugabe said they were fronts for "regime change" by Britain and the US.Aid workers say the first signs of looming famine are evident, with significant population movements and children arriving at hospitals suffering from kwashiorkor (a form of malnutrition). Many families are reduced to one meal a day, with some living on fruit berries.The UN says that it has seen a significant rise in the number of entire families fleeing to South Africa.Food availability has also been hit by hyperinflation, which economists say runs above 10m%. The central bank is issuing a $100bn note today, the highest denomination to date but worth less than 10p.The crisis is adding to the pressure on Mugabe to cede power to his opponents and save his country from further disaster.But he defiantly continues to blame the shortages on an anti-government conspiracy, accusing companies of deliberately withholding fertiliser and other agricultural necessities. He has threatened to jail those he says are responsible.At the weekend, the government said it was preparing to seize foreign-owned firms it accuses of supporting sanctions against Zimbabwe's leaders. CLIP
Power-sharing deal close in Zimbabwe: report (August 5, 2008) http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080805/wl_nm/zimbabwe_crisis_dc_2;_ylt=AiHo7SYmFe0SG5CahWt0jjrAwtcA
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's ruling party and the opposition are close to a power-sharing deal that would turn Robert Mugabe into a ceremonial president, a South African newspaper reported on Tuesday. The report came as Zimbabwean state media reported ZANU-PF and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change had agreed to expand their negotiating teams in a move the ruling party called a "good omen."The report in The Star newspaper cited unnamed sources close to the negotiations as saying the agreement would make MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai executive prime minister.Zimbabwean government and MDC officials were not immediately available for comment."They are down to detail now," the newspaper quoted one source as saying. "Although how long that will take is still unclear. But a deal is not far off. Not at all." CLIP -- More through Full Coverage: Zimbabwe
Amory Lovins: Expanding Nuclear Power Makes Climate Change Worse http://www.democracynow.org/2008/7/16/amory_lovins_expanding_nuclear_power_makes
Theres one issue that President Bush and presidential hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama all agree on: expanding the use of nuclear power. We speak with Amory Lovins, the co-founder, chairman and chief scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado, who has been described as one of the Western worlds most influential energy thinkers. (...) Well, first of all, electricity and oil have essentially nothing to do with each other, and anybody who thinks the contrary is really ignorant about energy. Less than two percent of our electricity is made from oil. Less than two percent of our oil makes electricity. Those numbers are falling. And essentially, all the oil involved is actually the heavy, gooey bottom of the barrel you cant even make mobility fuels out of anyway. What nuclear would do is displace coal, our most abundant domestic fuel. And this sounds good for climate, but actually, expanding nuclear makes climate change worse, for a very simple reason. Nuclear is incredibly expensive. The costs have just stood up on end lately. Wall Street Journal recently reported that theyre about two to four times the cost that the industry was talking about just a year ago. And the result of that is that if you buy more nuclear plants, youre going to get about two to ten times less climate solution per dollar, and youll get it about twenty to forty times slower, than if you buy instead the cheaper, faster stuff that is walloping nuclear and coal and gas, all kinds of central plans, in the marketplace. And those competitors are efficient use of electricity and whats called micropower, which is both renewables, except big hydro, and making electricity and heat together, in fact, recent buildings, which takes about half of the money, fuel and carbon of making them separately, as we normally do. So, nuclear cannot actually deliver the climate or the security benefits claimed for it. Its unrelated to oil. And its grossly uneconomic, which means the nuclear revival that we often hear about is not actually happening. Its a very carefully fabricated illusion. And the reason it isnt happening is there are no buyers. That is, Wall Street is not putting a penny of private capital into the industry, despite 100-plus percent subsidies. CLIP
Untouched forests store 3 times more carbon- study (Aug 4, 2008 ) http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSSP255954
SYDNEY, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Untouched natural forests store three times more carbon dioxide than previously estimated and 60 percent more than plantation forests, said a new Australian study of "green carbon" and its role in climate change. Green carbon occurs in natural forests, brown carbon is found in industrialised forests or plantations, grey carbon in fossil fuels and blue carbon in oceans. Australian National University (ANU) scientists said that the role of untouched forests, and their biomass of green carbon, had been underestimated in the fight against global warming. The scientists said the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Kyoto Protocol did not distinguish between the carbon capacity of plantation forests and untouched forests. Yet untouched forests can carry three times the carbon presently estimated, if their biomass of carbon stock was included, said the ANU report released on Tuesday. (...) The scientists estimated that around 9.3 billion tonnes of carbon can be stored in the 14.5 million hectares of eucalypt forests in southeast Australia if they are left undisturbed. The IPCC estimates only one third of this capacity and only 27 percent of the forests' biomass carbon stock. "MORE RESILIENT" Not only did natural forests store more carbon but because they remained untouched, they stored the carbon for longer than plantation forests which were cut down on a rotation basis. The report found that "natural forests are more resilient to climate change and disturbances than plantations". Co-author of the report Brendan Mackey said protecting natural forests served two purposes: it maintained a large carbon sink and stopped the release of the forest's stored carbon. CLIP
Big Brother on the Farm: It's called "NAIS" Small farmers have been fighting this alone http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/378.html
For the love of God, don't people have any common sense left at all? Do not let anyone put a computer chip in your body. And, while you're all it, lend support to the small farmers who are working to stop this latest psychotic move by our Big Business Government.Forcing people to chip their backyard livestock and pets is insane. NAIS, the National Animal ID System, is being fought by this group. It's in your best interest to support them every way you can: http://NoNAIS.org - In some cities in the US it's already mandatory that your pet have a computer chip embedded it its body. Small farmers, including backyard farmers with a dozen chickens, are being told that soon, they will have to do that too. Guess who's next? There are already companies hard at work manufacturing and marketing computer chip implants for humans. And some misguided folks are lining up for them because it will increase their"security."
Exposed: the great GM crops myth (20 April 2008) http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/exposed-the-great-gm-crops-myth-812179.html
Major new study shows that modified soya produces 10 per cent less food than its conventional equivalent -- Genetic modification actually cuts the productivity of crops, an authoritative new study shows, undermining repeated claims that a switch to the controversial technology is needed to solve the growing world food crisis. The study carried out over the past three years at the University of Kansas in the US grain belt has found that GM soya produces about 10 per cent less food than its conventional equivalent, contradicting assertions by advocates of the technology that it increases yields.Professor Barney Gordon, of the university's department of agronomy, said he started the research reported in the journal Better Crops because many farmers who had changed over to the GM crop had "noticed that yields are not as high as expected even under optimal conditions". He added: "People were asking the question 'how come I don't get as high a yield as I used to?'"He grew a Monsanto GM soybean and an almost identical conventional variety in the same field. The modified crop produced only 70 bushels of grain per acre, compared with 77 bushels from the non-GM one.
Pittsburgh cancer institute warns of cell phone-cancer risk, defying published research (July 24, 2008) http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/ats-ap-cell-phone-warningjul24,1,4764899.story
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The head of a prominent cancer research institute issued an unprecedented warning to his faculty and staff Wednesday: Limit cell phone use because of the possible risk of cancer. The warning from Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, is contrary to numerous studies that don't find a link between cancer and cell phone use, and a public lack of worry by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Herberman is basing his alarm on early unpublished data. He says it takes too long to get answers from science and he believes people should take action now - especially when it comes to children. "Really at the heart of my concern is that we shouldn't wait for a definitive study to come out, but err on the side of being safe rather than sorry later," Herberman said. No other major academic cancer research institutions have sounded such an alarm about cell phone use. But Herberman's advice is sure to raise concern among many cell phone users and especially parents. In the memo he sent to about 3,000 faculty and staff Wednesday, he says children should use cell phones only for emergencies because their brains are still developing. Adults should keep the phone away from the head and use the speakerphone or a wireless headset, he says. He even warns against using cell phones in public places like a bus because it exposes others to the phone's electromagnetic fields. The issue that concerns some scientists - though nowhere near a consensus - is electromagnetic CLIP
From: Richard Hollingworth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Nuclear Disarmament
Date: 4 Aug 2008
I dont know whether I have sent this message to you before but it one that bugs me.
Why should America, Israel, Britain, or anyone else think that they have the right to dictate who should or shouldnt have Nuclear weapons. In the first place America is the only country to have used nuclear weapons too kill hundreds of thousands of fellow humans, apparently needlessly because Japan were already to concede victory.
Unfortunately America and her western cronies think that they have the right to bully the world into doing what they want. The biggest culprit I believe is Israel and the Zionists. Its my belief that most of them run America and Britain anyway.
The big nations should set an example and work for the complete destruction of anything nuclear.
AND MY REPLY WAS:
I certainly share your perspective on this as I'm sure anyone with a bit of discernment would do. On the eve of the Sixty-third anniversaries of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this is an issue that is highly timely and urgent
Disarming the whole planet, not just of nukes, is something that must soon become a priority. And producing and selling weapons - no matter who does it - should become a crime.
This planet has been like a power keg for far too long. Better we dismantle all the weapons before they destroy us all. Of course this seems like a total pipe dream for now but this is a vision we should eventually all be working for, as many people and organization working for nuclear disarmament as well as for all other forms of disarmament have done for years.
An Appeal to the Next President of the United States
Sign the Appeal today!
Nuclear weapons could destroy civilization and end intelligent life on the planet.
The only sure way to prevent nuclear proliferation, nuclear terrorism and nuclear war before the next blinding flash is to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
The era of nuclear weapons must be brought to an end. This can be done. It will require leadership and commitment. Nuclear weapons were created by humans, and it is our responsibility to eliminate them before they eliminate us.
The United States, as the worlds most militarily powerful nation, must take the initiative in convening and leading the nations of the world to urgently take the following steps:
Remove all nuclear weapons from high-alert status, separating warheads from delivery vehicles;
- No First Use.
Make legally binding commitments to No First Use of nuclear weapons and establish nuclear policies consistent with this commitment;
- No New Nuclear Weapons.
Initiate a moratorium on the research and development of new nuclear weapons, such as the Reliable Replacement Warhead;
- Control Nuclear Material.
Create a verifiable Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty with provisions to bring all weapons-grade nuclear material and the technologies to create such material under strict and effective international control;
- Nuclear Weapons Convention.
Commence good faith negotiations, as required by the Non-Proliferation Treaty, to achieve a Nuclear Weapons Convention for the phased, verifiable and irreversible elimination of nuclear weapons;
- Resources for Peace.
Reallocate resources from the tens of billions currently spent on nuclear arms to alleviating poverty, preventing and curing disease, eliminating hunger and expanding educational opportunities throughout the world.
We call upon the next President of the United States to make a world free of nuclear weapons an urgent priority and to assure US leadership to realize this goal.
Click HERE to join the XIVth Dalai Lama, Walter Cronkite, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Frances Moore Lappé, Daniel Ellsberg, Bonnie Raitt, Douglas Roche O.C., Jackson Browne, Jeff Bridges and many others in sending a message to the next occupant of the White House. Our goal is to collect the support of one million people for a world free of nuclear weapons.
Hiroshima Marks Bomb Anniversary With Hope for US Change http://www.truthout.org/article/hiroshima-marks-bomb-anniversary-with-hope-us-change
Agence France-Presse reports: "The mayor of Hiroshima on Wednesday urged the next US president to work to abolish atomic weapons as the city marked the 63rd anniversary of the world's first nuclear attack. Some 45,000 people, including Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, gathered at a memorial to the dead within sight of the A-bomb dome, a former exhibition hall burned to a skeleton by the bomb's incinerating heat. They stood up and offered silent prayers at 8:15 am, the exact moment in 1945 when a single US bomb instantly killed more than 140,000 people and fatally injured tens of thousands of others with radiation or horrific burns. Delivering a speech at the memorial, Hiroshima mayor Tadatoshi Akiba noted the United States was one of only three countries which oppose a UN resolution submitted by Japan calling for the abolition of nuclear arms."
The Lies Of Hiroshima Are The Lies Of Today - By John Pilger http://www.johnpilger.com/page.asp?partid=499
In an article for the Guardian on the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, John Pilger describes the 'progression of lies' from the dust of that detonated city, to the wars of today - and the threatened attack on Iran. (...) This progression of lies has brought us to one of the most dangerous nuclear crises since 1945, because the real threat remains almost unmentionable in western establishment circles and therefore in the media. There is only one rampant nuclear power in the Middle East and that is Israel. The heroic Mordechai Vanunu tried to warn the world in 1986 when he smuggled out evidence that Israel was building as many as 200 nuclear warheads. In defiance of UN resolutions, Israel is today clearly itching to attack Iran, fearful that a new American administration might, just might, conduct genuine negotiations with a nation the west has defiled since Britain and America overthrew Iranian democracy in 1953.In the New York Times on July 18, the Israeli historian Benny Morris, once considered a liberal and now a consultant to his country's political and military establishment, threatened "an Iran turned into a nuclear wasteland". This would be mass murder. For a Jew, the irony cries out.The question begs: are the rest of us to be mere bystanders, claiming, as good Germans did, that "we did not know"? Do we hide ever more behind what Richard Falk has called "a self-righteous, one-way, legal/moral screen [with] positive images of western values and innocence portrayed as threatened, validating a campaign of unrestricted violence"? Catching war criminals is fashionable again. Radovan Karadzic stands in the dock, but Sharon and Olmert, Bush and Blair do not. Why not? The memory of Hiroshima requires an answer.
"The US government demands that other nations not possess nuclear weapons. Meanwhile it is arming itself... In truth there are no good or bad nuclear weapons. If we do not give up such double standards, we will have even more nuclear power. We are at a turning point now. The five nuclear powers must send a clear message to the world: we, too, disarm. Either we take the risk emanating from proliferation seriously or we have to live with the consequences. So far, we'd rather act like a fire brigade. Today Iraq, tomorrow North Korea, the day after, Iran. And after that?"
-- Director-General of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, responsible for verifying nuclear non-proliferation, August 2003.
"Somehow we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race which no one can win to a positive contest to harness man's creative genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all of the nations of the world. In short, we must shift the arms race into a "peace race."
Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) Gets No Funds for 2009 http://www.wagingpeace.org/sunflower.php?issue=133#A35
After a controversial four years, RRW continues to receive no Congressional funding.2008 marks the second year that Congress has refused to fund the Bush Administrations requests for the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program. On July 10, 2008, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up its energy and water appropriations bill for 2009 and did not include money for RRW. Likewise, on June 25, 2008 the House Appropriations Committee marked up its energy and water appropriations bill and did not include money for RRW.A month earlier, on May 22, the House also passed its 2009 Defense Authorization Bill without granting money for RRW. This decision effectively defeated Representative Steve Pearces (R-NM) proposal to give $10 million for RRW, with a vote of 271 to 145. On May 7, the House Armed Services Committee deleted all funds for RRW from the 2009 Defense Authorization Bill.The controversial RRW program was developed in 2004 by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), with the DOE originally intending to spend $725 million by 2012. The program was to develop new nuclear warheads to replace existing warheads in U.S. stockpiles. Proponents of the plan claim it would make stockpiles safer and reduce numbers of weapons, while critics claim it will open the door for nuclear testing and create another arms race.
I still have the "meeting of continents" Tote Bag, the flyer for a "Turkish Blues Night" hosted by Istanbul, the key rings from many cities showing bridges and interlocking circles. I can remember Desmond Tutu bringing his irrepressible charm and authority to the cause of Cape Town, while flocks of bright young things tried to seduce us toward Osaka, Japan, or Paris or the "next great international city," Atlanta. One result of covering six Olympiads for this magazine was that I came to see that the real competition on display at any Olympic Games is not on the track or in the pool but offscreen, among the many ferociously determined lobbyists holding $1 million lunches to try to make their city the host for some Games in the future.
It's like the global, multibillion-dollar version of trying to get into a prestigious university or a coveted sorority or on a segment of Who'll Marry a Planetary Billionaire? And once you're admitted, you risk everything you have (Montreal finished paying for hosting the 1976 Summer Games only in 2006) in the hope of securing a windfall that will put you on the economic and geopolitical map forever. You bring in TV crews from almost 200 countries, 100,000 security guards, doping-control officers and almost three times as many volunteers as there are citizens of Monaco ... all this to show the world that you are a global player.
Yet the one slogan you never hear at the Olympics is that with dreams come responsibilities. Offering an Olympic blessing to Adolf Hitler's Berlin in 1936 is a curse the International Olympic Committee has yet to shake off. And in the global neighborhood, any city's treatment of its local problems is suddenly a matter of everyone's concern. So evicting roughly 3 million of the capital's residents, as Beijing has done, while spending perhaps $200 billion on reconstructing the city (more than 300 times as much as it spent on rural health care for the entire nation in 2006) raises terrible questions about what costs are legitimate in the pursuit of social and sporting acknowledgment. Beijing even invited Albert Speer, the son of Hitler's architect, to help design a major axis.
The hope in every Olympiad is that the host city will learn that if it is eager to appear on the global screen, it must meet the minimal standards devised by the international community. "Olympism," as Boutros Boutros-Ghali said when he was head of the U.N., is a "school for democracy." That's one reason the Dalai Lama--head of the Tibetans, who are being oppressed (like Uighurs and Mongolians and millions of Han Chinese freethinkers) by the government in Beijing--consistently says that the world needs China and that this Olympics should go on, ushering the planet's largest nation into a real sense of global brotherhood and peace. In Japan, where I live, and in Seoul, whose Summer Games I covered, long-ago Olympiads are still cherished as the historic moments when their countries had to become accountable to their new status within the executive club of nations.
So Beijing and its high-spending sponsors and TV crews will be eager to give us what we want in the weeks to come: feats of athletic heroism that lift the heart and acts of extraordinary sportsmanship that reduce us to tears; young people who call us to the better possibilities of our nature and hundreds of thousands of Chinese working overtime to show off, with justified pride, the stunning achievements of their resurgent nation, in building itself up again from nothing in barely more than a generation.
But those will be just 16 days in the history of a country that thinks in terms of dynasties. What happens afterward is much more important for the 1.3 billion citizens of the People's Republic. China will have to show that it can treat members of its 55 minority groups as fairly and respectfully as it does Han Chinese. It will have to make clear that individual human rights are as important to it as the demands of the collective state. And it will have to prove to a watching world that it is thinking not only of impressive surfaces and statistics but also of the intangibles--freedom and happiness and justice--that give those glossy enticements meaning.
Few fraternities ever allow an unassimilable sociopath to barge in on their special privileges. And no prestigious university is ennobled if it rewards brute determination and financial resources alone. What mostly has to be put to the test, and to global scrutiny, in the coming years is China's readiness to play by the rules of the larger globe--and our readiness to enforce those rules, even on our largest, most intractable member.
One World One Dream http://en.beijing2008.cn/spirit/beijing2008/graphic/n214068253.shtml
"One World One Dream" fully reflects the essence and the universal values of the Olympic spirit -- Unity, Friendship, Progress, Harmony, Participation and Dream. It expresses the common wishes of people all over the world, inspired by the Olympic ideals, to strive for a bright future of Mankind. In spite of the differences in colors, languages and races, we share the charm and joy of the Olympic Games, and together we seek for the ideal of Mankind for peace. We belong to the same world and we share the same aspirations and dreams.
China 'guarantees' safe Games amid terror threat (August 5, 2008) http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080805/ts_afp/oly2008_080805202425;_ylt=AvbQw514Y_STNu15IB9KrwJPzWQA
BEIJING (AFP) - China declared Tuesday it could guarantee a safe Olympics, even as it announced that Islamic militants were trying to wage a holy war aimed at destroying the Beijing Games that begin in three days."Terrorists" from home and abroad seeking an independent Muslim state for China's northwest Xinjiang region were involved, authorities said as security was increased there after an attack on Monday that killed 16 policemen.The terror alert came as athletes continued to arrive in Beijing ahead of Friday's opening ceremony to launch the Games, which are being seen as a coming-of-age party for China after three decades of dramatic economic reforms. (...) Nevertheless, Beijing Olympic organisers sought to reassure the 10,000 athletes and 500,000 other expected foreign visitors coming to China for the Games that they should not be concerned about security."We can guarantee a safe and peaceful Olympic Games," organising committee spokesman Sun Weide told reporters.China has already employed intense security throughout Beijing and across the country in the lead-up to the Games, with some veteran sporting officials saying they had not seen such a show of force since the 1980 Moscow Olympics.In Xinjiang, members of its Muslim Uighur ethnic group have complained for months of a massive security crackdown that has seen many people detained.Xinjiang has about 8.3 million Uighurs, and many are unhappy with what they say has been decades of repressive Communist Chinese rule. China announced security was ramped up to another level on Tuesday across Xinjiang, and in particular the famed oasis city of Kashgar.The official Xinhua news agency said police had increased road checks, while extra security forces had been sent to guard government office buildings, schools and hospitals. In Beijing, some athletes appeared more concerned that the final preparations for the biggest event of their lives were being hampered by the city's poor air, which has persisted despite emergency clean-up measures. Indonesian weightlifting team official Syafraidi Cut Ali said his squad were under strict instructions to stay in the open air as little as possible."We stay in our bedrooms and the dining rooms, not in the open," Ali said. "It is a problem."Members of the US cycling team were also seen arriving at Beijing airport wearing masks. CLIP
China Jailing Dissidents Before Games http://www.truthout.org/article/china-jailing-dissidents-before-games
Edward Cody, reporting for The Washington Post, writes: "The Olympic Games have become the occasion for a broad crackdown against dissidents, gadflies and malcontents this summer. Although human rights activists say they have no accurate estimate of how many people have been imprisoned, they believe the figure to be in the thousands."
Going against their own mandate to protect the independence of the Olympic Movement and to preserve human dignity, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has caved to Beijing's demands to censor the media's Internet access during the Games, including sites dealing with human rights, Tibet or other "dangerous" topics". The IOC needs to stand up to China and stand up for freedom of press! The IOC's mission is not to be China's accomplice but to "place sport at the service of the harmonious development of man, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity," and that won't happen as long as the games are held against a backdrop of torture, political persecution and lies. Tell the IOC to demand free Internet access for journalists covering the Olympic Games and to pressure China to improve human rights before the Games.
China Claims World's Largest Internet User Base (July 28) http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20080728/tc_nf/61004
According to the China Internet Network Information Center, more than 253 million people in China are now online. By contrast, Nielsen Online reports more than 220 million Americans have Internet access at home and/or work, and 73 percent of those were active in May."This is the first time the number has drastically surpassed the United States, becoming the world's number one," the nation's official net monitoring body said in a statement quoted by BBC News. However, western researchers say some caution is advisable when it comes to weighing statistics about Internet use in China. (...) Despite the uncertainties involved in making statistical comparisons between Chinese and western data, researchers agree that China's eclipse of U.S. Internet usage is inevitable. Though the U.S. still accounts for 21 percent of Internet users worldwide, growth in the number of users has been slowing, comScore reports. Only 19.1 percent of China's 1.3 billion residents have online access, whereas 71 percent of Americans are connected to the Internet. CLIPà
Spoiling Olympic secrets (Jul 31) http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcb_china/20080731/wl_mcb_china/spoilingolympicsecrets
Much to the dismay of China, a Korean journalist snuck into the Birds Nest stadium Monday night and filmed a rehearsal of the Aug. 8 opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games. As background, the opening ceremonies for the Games have been a huge secret, almost equivalent to military classified information. Leakers have been threatened with seven-year jail terms. Chinas most famous filmmaker, Zhang Yimou, put together the three and a half hour show.So when the two-minute Korean network news spot was posted on YouTube, China jumped to action. First, it leaned on YouTube to block the link. Click here to see what happens when you call up the video. (Please correct me if it's only blocked in China.) Then China ordered domestic video websites to take it down. Thats the Chinese way: if you have a leak, find out how to make it go away, even if you have to pull out a sledgehammer and drive a stake through its heart.I saw the video this morning on YouTube before it was taken down, but Ill excerpt from a Sydney Morning Herald article about what the show contains. It begins with a countdown and thunderous drums. A giant traditional scroll painting unfurls, revealing a lone rhythmic gymnast. Other highlights include the projection of larger-than-life whales on a giant screen that appears to run around the entire interior lip of the stadium roof, and dozens of airborne acrobats. There is also spectacular use of gymnastics in which hundreds of performers synchronise to create moving tableaux. In one scene, thousands of white cubes with people underneath move up and down in waves that suggest the explosive growth of high-rise cities in China.
Keeping tabs on Beijing air quality (Jul 30) http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcb_china/20080730/wl_mcb_china/keepingtabsonbeijingairquality
Like most foreign residents of Beijing, Im keeping a close eye on the weather, or more accurately, the smog, these days. The Summer Olympics are only nine days away. We had a bad bout of smog earlier this month that only began to blew off on Monday. Todays Air Pollution index is a very tolerable 43. You can see from the photo that the air is pretty clear now.So let me offer some resources for anyone else interested in air pollution matters in Beijing. First, click here for a very informative summary from Dr. Ken Rahn, a professor emeritus of atmospheric chemistry at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Rahn has spent time collecting and analyzing air samples in Beijing in the past several years.His summary is updated daily with the latest pollution readings. In general terms, Dr. Rahn thinks the sources of pollution in northern China are too broad for specific measures in Beijing, such as knocking cars off the road, to make a real difference. Instead, Beijing is at the mercy of the weather, specifically winds from Mongolia, to clean away polluted air.Also worth checking out are the informed blog postings of Alex Pasternack at the Treehugger blog. Heres a link to one.Then a blog that really delves into the nitty gritty of air quality is the BeijingAirblog. It is there that youll learn things like the average API in Beijing is 100, which is six and a half times the World Health Organizations guidelines for long-term exposure.At that blog, you get real experts writing in. Among them is George D. Thurston, professor at the NYU School of Medicine, who made the following comment: All in all, anything above Chinese API=50 is very unhealthy. Even if it is at API=50, that is still more than double New York City usual levels, so that is not acceptable either. They really need to get the API down to 25 or below to call the air acceptable for Olympic competition. It seems only strong (clean) winds from the North can provide lowered concentrations, and this just doesnt happen often enough in Beijing. Several of these blogs are blocked for those residing in China. Seems the Chinese government thinks this information would be unhealthy for your mind. And to hell with your health.
Haze hovers over Beijing with two days to go (Aug 6, 2008) http://www.reuters.com/article/GCA-Olympics/idUSPEK2140520080806
BEIJING (Reuters) - Haze settled over Beijing on Wednesday, two days before the start of the Olympic Games that have been beset by worries over pollution, but experts were predicting clear skies for the opening ceremony.
The 'eight don't asks' of the Olympics (July 22) http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcb_china/20080722/wl_mcb_china/theeightdontasksoftheolympics
Posters are appearing around Beijing guiding locals about how to interact with the (few) foreigners coming for the Summer Games. The posters instruct residents on the eight dont asks when chatting with foreign guests. Heres a rough translation, courtesy of the Peaceful Rise blog: Dont ask about income or expenses, dont ask about age, dont ask about love life or marriage, dont ask about health, dont ask about someones home or address, dont ask about personal experience, dont ask about religious beliefs or political views, dont ask what someone does. So what is one to ask? Maybe the relative merits of fencing versus marathon swimming? Now, for the foreigners out there, heres the No. 1 dud question to ask a Chinese person. Its a question that will draw a blank, non-comprehending stare: Hey, pal, tell me about your president. Is he doing a good job?
Apollo 14 astronaut claims aliens HAVE made contact - but it has been covered up for 60 years
24th July 2008
Edgar Mitchell was the Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 14
Aliens have contacted humans several times but governments have hidden the truth for 60 years, the sixth man to walk on the moon has claimed.
Apollo 14 astronaut Dr Edgar Mitchell, said he was aware of many UFO visits to Earth during his career with NASA but each one was covered up.
Dr Mitchell, 77, said during a radio interview that sources at the space agency who had had contact with aliens described the beings as 'little people who look strange to us.'
He said supposedly real-life ET's were similar to the traditional image of a small frame, large eyes and head.
Chillingly, he claimed our technology is 'not nearly as sophisticated' as theirs and "had they been hostile", he warned 'we would be been gone by now'.
Dr Mitchell, along with with Apollo 14 commander Alan Shepard, holds the record for the longest ever moon walk, at nine hours and 17 minutes following their 1971 mission.
'I happen to have been privileged enough to be in on the fact that we've been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomena is real,' Dr Mitchell said.
'It's been well covered up by all our governments for the last 60 years or so, but slowly it's leaked out and some of us have been privileged to have been briefed on some of it.
'I've been in military and intelligence circles, who know that beneath the surface of what has been public knowledge, yes - we have been visited. Reading the papers recently, it's been happening quite a bit.'
Dr Mitchell, who has a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering and a Doctor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics claimed Roswell was real and similar alien visits continue to be investigated.
He told the astonished Kerrang! radio host Nick Margerrison: "This is really starting to open up. I think we're headed for real disclosure and some serious organisations are moving in that direction.'
Mr Margerrison said: 'I thought I'd stumbled on some sort of astronaut humour but he was absolutely serious that aliens are definitely out there and there's no debating it.'
Officials from NASA, however, were quick to play the comments down.
In a statement, a spokesman said: "NASA does not track UFOs. NASA is not involved in any sort of cover up about alien life on this planet or anywhere in the universe.
'Dr Mitchell is a great American, but we do not share his opinions on this issue.'
NASA Sci Clark Clifford Supports Ed Mitchell on ETs (with drawing of 9 foot tall ET in spacesuit) http://www.stargate-chronicles.com/release_mitchell.html
I, Clark C. McClelland, former ScO, Space Shuttle Fleet, personally observed an 8 to 9 foot tall ET on my 27 inch video monitors while on duty in the Kennedy Space Center, Launch Control Center (LCC). The ET was standing upright in the Space Shuttle Payload Bay having a discussion with TWO tethered US NASA Astronauts. I also observed on my monitors, the spacecraft of the ET as it was in a stabilized, safe orbit to the rear of the Space Shuttle main engine pods. I observed this incident for about one minute and seven seconds. Plenty of time to memorize all that I was observing. IT WAS AN ET and Alien Star Ship! To all who have faith in ME, I present you with this artists concept of what I saw many years ago at KSC. It was a tall creature, about 8 to 9 feet tall. It had a humanoid body shape with two arms, two hands, two legs, two feet, a slim torso and a normal size head for its size. The color of its skin I could not determine. It appeared to have two what appeared to be eyes, but it was not detailed enough for any other comments. How did it communicate? I have no idea. It did move its arms a lot. Almost like giving instructions! I heard no voice communications. The helmet was not as large as our two NASA Astronauts, and had a viewport to look forward. It had a small, perhaps a communication device, attached only to the right side of the helmet! A friend of mine later contacted me and said that this person had also observed an 8 to 9 foot tall ET INSIDE the SPACE SHUTTLE CREW COMPARTMENT! Yes, inside OUR Shuttle! BOTH missions were DoD (Pentagon) TOP SECRET (TS) encounters! With my verifiable background, there is no Federal Government Agency that can say I am crazy!I am a SPACE PROGRAM PIONEER. I assisted in launching the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Apollo-Soyuz, Skylab, Space Shuttle, Deep Space Missions, and the International Space Station. I have received character substantiation from: Walter Cronkite, Major DonaldKeyhoe, NICAP Director, Richard Hall, Assistant Director of NICAP, Astronomer, Dr. J. Allen Hynek, etc. I served as the Assistant State of Florida and KSC Director of MUFON, the Director of the NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena) at Cape Canaveral and KSC! I have received honored mentions from US Senators, Congressman, Military Officers and Scientists. (See my website site at http://www.stargate-chronicles.com/index.html for more exciting disclosures) In fact, this absolutely verifies what my friend, Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, of Apollo 14, has recently and courageously released! I have launched or witnessed 650 missions, so far in my life!I am an expert in visually recognizing any crafts created and flown by the human race, whether secret or otherwise!I know an ET and Alien craft when I see them!I was the Director of the NICAP Unit-3 actual X-Files at Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, 1958 to 1992! YES, the ACTUAL X-FILES!! Aliens ARE HERE!! They walk among US! They may be implanted into OUR various earth governments!! What I know, they would NOT allow me to publish! I have written at least three books to release the TRUTH to all of the HUMAN RACE! I was on the leading edge of this subject, and I have met with many NASA and other astronauts throughout the years I have been involved in the Military, NASA Space Programs, 1958 to 1992! I have heard many experiences of ETs having been seen on the Moon, etc., by NASA Astronauts and I relate these and more in my books. NASA is not a CIVILIAN SPACE AGENCY! The Pentagon owns NASA! Some of the DoD (Department of Defense) missions I participated in were TOP SECRET! Those missions carried TS Satellites and other space mission hardware into orbit where several crews met with ETs! I am ready to tell my story, but, for compensation, CLIP
A Wall Street Journal columnist has advised people to "start stockpiling food" and an ABC News Report says "there are worrying signs appearing in the United States where some · locals are beginning to hoard supplies." Now there's concern that the U.S. Government may be competing with consumers for stocks of storable food.
"We're told that the feds bought the entire container of canned butter when it hit the California docks. (Something's up!)," said officials at Best Prices Storable Foods in an advisory to customers.
Spokesman Bruce Hopkins told WND he also has had trouble obtaining No. 10 cans of various products from one of the world's larger suppliers of food stores, Oregon Freeze Dry.
He said a company official told him on the telephone when he discussed the status of his order that it was because the government had purchased massive quantities of products, leaving none for other customers.
That, however, was denied by Oregon Freeze Dry. In a website statement, the company confirmed it cannot assure supplying some items to customers.
"We regret to inform you Oregon Freeze Dry cannot satisfy all Mountain House #10 can orders and we have removed #10 cans from our website temporarily," the company tells frustrated customers. "The reason for this is sales of #10 cans have continued to increase. OFD is allocating as much production capacity as possible to this market segment, but we must maintain capacity for our other market segments as well."
The company statement continues, "We want to clarify inaccurate information weve seen on the Internet. This situation is not due to sales to the government domestically or in Iraq. We do sell products to this market, but we also sell other market segments · The reason for this decision is solely due to an unprecedented sales spike in #10 cans sales.
"We expect this situation to be necessary for several months although this isnt a guarantee. We will update this information as soon as we know more. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience. We sincerely hope you will continue to be Mountain House customers in the future," the company statement said.
But Hopkins wasn't backing away from his concerns.
"The government just came in and said they're buying it. They did pay for it," he told WND about the summertime shipment of long-term storage butter. "They took it and no one else could have it.
"We don't know why. The feds then went to freeze dried companies, and bought most of their canned stock," he said.
A spokeswoman for Oregon Freeze Dry, sales manager Melanie Cornutt, told WND that the increasing demand for food that can be stored has been on the rise since Hurricane Katrina devastated large sections of the Gulf Coast, cutting off ordinary supply routes.
"We are currently out of stock on our cans. We are not selling any of our cans," she confirmed.
She then raised the issue of government purchases herself.
"We do sell to the government [but] it is not the reason [for company sales limits]," she said.
Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency told WND whatever government agency is buying in a surge it isn't them. They reported a stockpile of about six million meals which has not changed significantly in an extended period.
But Hopkins said it was his opinion the government is purchasing huge quantities of food for stockpiles, and Americans will have to surmise why.
"We don't have shelters that [are being] stocked with food. We're not doing this for the public. My only conclusion is that they're stocking up for themselves," he said of government officials.
Blogger Holly Deyo issued an alert this week announcing, "Unprecedented demand cleans out major storable food supplier through 2009."
"It came to our attention today, that the world's largest producer of storable foods, Mountain House, is currently out of stock of ALL #10 cans of freeze dried foods, not just the Turkey Tetrazzini. They will NOT have product now through 2009," she said.
"This information was learned by a Mountain House dealer who shared it with me this morning. In personally talking with the company immediately after, Mountain House verified the information is true. Customer service stated, 'I'm surprised they don't have this posted on the website yet.' She said they have such a backlog of orders, Mountain House will not be taking any #10 can food requests through the remainder of this year and all of the next.
"Mountain House claims this situation is due to a backlog of orders, which may very well be true, but who is purchasing all of their food? This is a massive global corporation.
"One idea: the military. Tensions are ramping up with Iran and news segments debate whether or not we will implement a preemptive strike in conjunction with Israel," she wrote.
Hopkins raised some of the same concerns, suggesting a military conflict could cause oil supplies to plummet, triggering a huge increase in the cost of food when it would be available because of the transportation issues.
The ABC report from just a few weeks ago quoted Jim Rawles, a former U.S. intelligence officer who runs a survival blog, saying food shortages soon could become a matter of survival in the U.S.
"I think that families should be prepared for times of crisis, whether it's a man-made disaster or a natural disaster, and I think it's wise and prudent to stock up on food," he told ABC.
"If you get into a situation where fuel supplies are disrupted or even if the power grid were to go down for short periods of time, people can work around that," he said. "But you can't work around a lack of food people starve, people panic and you end up with chaos in the streets."
At his California ranch, the location of which is kept secret, he said, "We have more than a three-year supply of food here."
In the Wall Street Journal, columnist Brett Arends warned, "Maybe it's time for Americans to start stockpiling food.
"No, this is not a drill," he wrote.
His concern was about various food shortages around the globe, and the fact that in a global market, prices in the U.S. reflect difficulties in other parts of the world quickly.
Professor Lawrence F. Roberge, a biologist who has worked with a number of universities and has taught online courses, told WND he's been following the growing concern over food supplies.
He also confirmed to WND reports of the government purchasing vast quantities of long-term storable foods.
He said that naturally would be kept secret to avoid panicking the public, such as when word leaks out to customers that a bank may be insolvent, and depositors frantically try to retrieve their cash.
"[These] circumstances certainly raise red flags," he said.
Operation Garden Plot - Activated? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CXPtmvdWDo&NR=1
As we fast approach total economic collapse what evidence is there that America will be taken into Martial Law? Operation Garden Plot is a declassified document detailing the plan to mobilize US Armed Forces and UN Troops against US Citizens. How much of it is a reality?
The Rockefellers predicted 9/11 terrorism well in advanced (11 min) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx5IKBFW1B8&NR=1
Hollywood director, documentary film maker and a former politician ( Aaron Russo) has gone in-depth on the astounding admissions of Nick Rockefeller, who ... all » personally told him that the elite's ultimate goal was to create a microchipped population and that the war on terror was a hoax, Rockefeller having predicted an "event" that would trigger the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan eleven months before 9/11. (...) The Rockefeller Brothers, inheritors of a colossal fortune, are using their massive wealth, power, and prestige to create what they call the "New World Order." CLIP
The Rise of the Fourth Reich--Presented by Author Jim Marrs himself! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/endsecrecy/message/7471
Award-winning investigative journalist Jim Marrs discusses his explosive new book, The Rise of the 4th Reich, which reveals the most horrendous secret of the 20th century--the Nazification of America. While the USA helped defeat the Germans in World War II, we failed to defeat the Nazis. At the end of WW II, ranking Nazis, along with their young and fanatical protégés, used the loot of Europe--perhaps including the legendary treasure of Solomon--to create corporate front companies in many countries, including the United States of America. Utilizing this stolen wealth, men with Nazi backgrounds and Nazi mentality wormed their way into corporate America with the aid of the capitalists who had helped create Nazism. They slowly bought up and consolidated numerous companies into giant multinational corporate conglomerates. Many thousands of other Nazis came to the United States where their backgrounds were whitewashed in classified programs such as Project Paperclip. The Nazis brought with them miraculous weapon technology including advanced rockets, jet planes, flying saucers and even more exotic programs to manipulate basic energy, such as the Bell project. Nazi technology helped win the space race but it also brought insidious Nazi philosophy within our borders. Marrs, the author of the underground bestseller Rule by Secrecy, reveals the frighteningly real possibility that today the United States is becoming a Fourth Reich, ruled by the same wealthy elite that originally funded German National Socialism, an ideology thought to have been vanquished more than a half century ago. This concept may seem absurd to those who cannot see past the rose-colored spin, hype, and disinformation poured out daily by the corporate mass media--most of which is owned by the very same families and corporations who supported the Nazis before World War II. Jim Marrs has gathered compelling evidence that an effort has been underway for the past 60 years to bring a form of National Socialism to modern America, creating in essence a modern empire--or Fourth Reich. CLIP
To Provoke War, Cheney Considered Proposal To Dress Up Navy Seals As Iranians And Shoot At Them http://thinkprogress.org/2008/07/31/cheney-proposal-for-iran-war/
Speaking at the Campus Progress journalism conference earlier this month, Seymour Hersh - a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist for The New Yorker - revealed that Bush administration officials held a meeting recently in the Vice Presidents office to discuss ways to provoke a war with Iran. In Hersh's most recent article, he reports that this meeting occurred in the wake of the overblown incident in the Strait of Hormuz, when a U.S. carrier almost shot at a few small Iranian speedboats. The "meeting took place in the Vice-President's office. The subject was how to create a casus belli between Tehran and Washington," according to one of Hersh's sources. During the journalism conference event, I asked Hersh specifically about this meeting and if he could elaborate on what occurred. Hersh explained that, during the meeting in Cheney's office, an idea was considered to dress up Navy Seals as Iranians, put them on fake Iranian speedboats, and shoot at them. This idea, intended to provoke an Iran war, was ultimately rejected: CLIP Hersh argued that one of the things the Bush administration learned during the encounter in the Strait of Hormuz was that, "if you get the right incident, the American public will support it." "Look, is it high school? Yeah," Hersh said. "Are we playing high school with you know 5,000 nuclear warheads in our arsenal? Yeah we are. We're playing, you know, who's the first guy to run off the highway with us and Iran."
From: Leonard Spade (email@example.com)
Subject: Bush is now expected to introduce Martial Law on or before 30th September 2008
Date: 6 Aug 2008
Something to Consider and Investigate for Yourself
Compelling observations; it wouldnt hurt to have some junk coin silver bullion around.
I don't know whether you have heard of George Green, but he is a former investment banker (Registered Financial Principal with the N.A.S.D.) and a Broker/Dealer, Securities Underwriter, Real Estate Developer, Insurance Broker and Publisher, who was invited to become a member of the 'Power Elite'. However, faced with a moral and ethical dilemma, he turned his back on his former associates and chose to walk an entirely different path in which he has tried to warn the world of the Power Elite's plans for the future.
Anyway, my attention was drawn to a recorded telephone conversation, on July 16th 2008, between George Green and an as yet unidentified web interviewer from the 'Conscious News Network', at: http://www.consciousmedianetwork.com/news.htm
If you cannot access it there, it can also be found at:
Although it is described as a 'video', as the content is audio only, the streaming is smooth and seam-free. However, knowing how busy you are (and just how little time there is left for the world), I have extracted the main points emphasized by George Green, which I have listed, without comment, as an Appendix to this email. In the event that you require clarification, having listened to this recording a half dozen times, I am familiar with all the 'nuances' and would be happy to oblige.
The bottom line is that Bush is now expected to introduce Martial Law on or before 30th September 2008
- - since this date marks the end of the Fiscal Year, when revelations about the true state of the economy - and the questionable practices of the Federal Reserve - are likely to result in riots in the streets and stockbrokers, bankers and financiers throwing themselves off the roofs of their buildings! It is not certain what pretext Bush proposes to use to 'justify' the imposition of Martial Law, but keep an eye on any War Games scheduled to take place in September 2008. My own money is on a Fort Detrick created Flu Pandemic spread primarily by compulsory vaccination but, judging from the deliberate complexity and diversity of 9/11, we must be prepared for multiple false flag events to throw state government and the citizenry off balance.
1. At the beginning of July, the Bank of International Settlements in Switzerland , which is owned by the thirteen [Illuminati] Banking Families under Rothschild, stated that it wanted to audit the US Federal Reserve. Bush reluctantly had to agree to this, but with the proviso that the audit would not be conducted until he has left office. However, when the truth inevitably leaks out on 30th September 2008, clearly the Bank of International Settlements will no longer be prepared to accept the US Dollar.
2. With the realization that the Federal Reserve has been pumping two billion US Dollars a day into the economy in a forlorn effort to try to keep the US afloat, the US is now construed as 'the poor kid on the block', the 'bankrupt of the world' and nobody is prepared to lend them anything. Foreign governments have said 'We will no longer take your bonds'.
3. This situation has a worldwide repercussion: for example China, which is the biggest US creditor, has told US importers that they may not pay more then 20% of the total cost of their goods in US Dollars.
4. Also since the beginning of July, Germany has announced that it will no longer accept Euros from eight of their fellow EU members, the two countries with which they are most concerned being Italy and Spain
5. The Real Estate market is expected to go down by an additional 50% from its value on 16th August. Because of the collapse of the Real Estate market, which is expected to lead to at least a further two million foreclosures within the next 12 months, US Banks are no longer prepared to trust each other, so inter-bank lending has virtually ceased.
6. This has had a knock-on effect on would-be house purchasers.like the old days, anyone who now wants to get a mortgage has to put 20% down and to satisfy the lender that their job is secure.
7. You may have seen Bush go on television to tell everyone not to worry as the US Government-sponsored Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) will guarantee the safety of their bank deposits. However, the truth is that the FDIC can barely raise 30 cents on the dollar to cover its potential liabilities; and Bank of America and Wells Fargo are in a similar situation.
8. Banks have already started telling their depositors that they cannot withdraw their own cash.
9. It is universally accepted internationally that the US Dollar is going to collapse by the end of September 2008. Some foreign banks have already started to refuse to take US deposits and, since the Patriot Act, if you do manage to send money to a foreign bank, they are required to report the fact to the USG, who will make you prove how you obtained it and if you cannot do so, they will automatically label you a 'terrorist' or a 'drug dealer' and confiscate it.
10. The Bank of South America is trying to organize its own currency for use within the South American continent when the US Dollar finally crashes, based on an initial provision of eight billion dollars.
11. As at July 1st, the Japanese stock market was down 12%, the Australian stock market was down 18%, the German stock market was down 22%, the Indian st ck market was down 36%; and China's Shanghai Exchange was down 50%.
12. Within the next year, the DOW is expected to fall to between 7500 and 8000.
13. Everyone is now desperately trying to get liquid; and Oil, Gold and Drugs have become the universally accepted world currencies.
14. The only sensible advice is either to change dollars into other currencies, or buy gold and silver (while you still can, because the US is likely to make it illegal to own gold); and stock up on canned food, the price of which is going to go through the roof. Already the major canners have reduced the size of cans by 20% to preserve stock whilst also maximizing their profits.
15. Already 80% of the cost of an apple in the rmarkets is energy costs; and this proportion is likely to rise. We have already started to see the situation where growers, producers and importers have stopped supplying many basic foodstuffs because the price of oil has meant that the cost of getting it to market is more than they can hope to sell it for. The food shortages that have resulted are likely to become even more acute because the USG is talking of introducing price controls. Who will be prepared to continue to supply the market when they are sustaining increasing losses?
16. The falling value of the dollar has created artificial shortages because other countries can now buy US goods cheaper than they can produce them themselves.
17. Inflation is expected to rise by 35 - 40% by the end of this year in real terms. Gasoline 5 Dollars a Gallon everywhere.
18. Following the collapse of the US Dollar, the Euro is also expected to collapse. In fact, Russia is already negotiating with Germany about a new currency.
19. The Iranian Oil Bourse was set up to trade oil internationally in Euros (see: http://www.energybulletin.net/node/12125 ) but, just when the bourse was ready to go live, the submarine cables were conveniently cut.
20. You can forget about the NAU's Amero. The Amero is off the table - the Canadian Prime Minister said 'We're not going to support a bankrupt country'; and Mexico is so corrupt that nobody knows where they're coming from.
21. In the future, South America will be one of the safest areas on the planet. They have ample commodities and very little debt. Not everywhere is ideal (in some countries you would need to live in a defended compound). Ecuador is close to becoming self sufficient in food terms.
22. Kissinger and the population reduction crew are trying to get WW3 started before September 30th (end of the US Fiscal Year), then Bush can suspend everything. Israel and the US are working out the details to attack Iran to start WW3. The main reason for the use of Depleted Uranium munitions in Iraq is 'to cull the herd'.
23. Of the US population of 300 million, half are over 50 and most of the kids can't read or write. Sport and entertainment are what has been used to keep everyone going. When (rather than if) Bush calls a National Emergency, if you are over the age of 44 only if you have a use which 'they' want will 'they' be prepared to keep you alive. Moreover, what law will we have which says that we even own our own homes?
24. Everybody must downsize into small self-contained and (as far as possible) self-sufficient communities, People will have to forget their 'wants' and to concentrate solely on what they actually need to survive.
24. In short, we are marching towards our self- imprisonment. I'm ready to get out of harm's way. I know high ups who will tell me when it's time to leave.
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Recommended by Edna Spennato (firstname.lastname@example.org) who wrote: "Humanity stranded at the gates of Gaza thanks to Israel's Egyptian collaborators. Will humanity vanquish gross and unlawful oppression?"
This couple have decided to take precious medical supplies by road to the prison which is Gaza. They set off on Thursday 10th of July.
They are doing this under their own steam but donations towards their expenses have been requested and directed to the Dove and Dolphin under which banner they will be sailing. They will be crossing from Edinburgh to Belgium with two further leaps over the Bosphorus and at Aqaba. They will enter the Gaza strip at Rafah where hardly a mouse goes in and out.
The hospitals in Gaza will welcome them with open arms, as will all the people. I told Khalil two days ago that plastic tracheostomy tubes are needed at the Al Wafa Rehabilitation hospital. These are for very ill patients who need assistance with their breathing; mostly these are people with severe head injuries. For now the staff are making do by re-using these disposable tubes after they are cleaned in disinfectant. Khalil has made contact with my friend Dr Khamis Elessi at the El Wafa already.
The bulk of the medical supplies will probably go to the acute hospitals, the biggest of which is El Shifa the cure. Obviously they will be taking only a part of that which is needed. That which is being allowed through the unlawful and medieval siege happens in a piece meal way.
That 1.5 million people should be subjected to collective punishment 2008 years since the birth of Christ appears to be no cause for protest within the EU or by many other nations. Khalil and Linda have decided to act with their hearts and minds for one large group of fellow humans who have suffered for 60 years, two thirds being refugees from terror in 1948.
We wish you Linda and Khalil a safe journey. You are helping to remove the tarnish of great cruelty, selfishness and indifference in the western world. You are also unknowingly following a maxim of mine.
'Go over or round politicians to the people'. The Dove and Dolphin will be with them. Today I arranged with a good Edinburgh firm for our logo to be put on both front doors and one rear door of their van. This photo is a very striking picture which will bring Scotland and Palestine to many. Linda and Khalil with Sandra White MSP
Donations to this charity and our many other initiatives can be made by Pay Pal on this site or by cheque to the Dove and Dolphin Charity, Kiln Shotts, Haytor, Newton Abbot TQ13 9XR So far we have received £300 for this mission.
Will humanity vanquish gross and unlawful oppression?
Khalil and Linda (see previous below) left Edinburgh 18 days ago with their precious cargo of medical supplies for Gaza. The 1.5 tons had been gathered together by them. The idea of this journey for humanity and reason was conceived by them. It has been pursued with courage and tenacity. This shows it.
They were turned away at the borders of Croatia but why? That meant retracing their steps. 13 hours at the Turkish border was the next hoop. Khalil phoned me to say that a valuation of the cargo from the D&D was needed. Soon after I sent the fax they were on their way. The Syrians were very friendly and an escort was provided by them up to the Jordan border. After they crossed by ferry from Aqaba to the Egyptian shore they had 25 hours to wait. This would have tried the patience of Job (perhaps he lived in those parts and liked a swim). Then on to Rafah about 8 days ago where the barrier was a mile high. Some helpful guards offered to look after the van at Rafah and they retired to El Arish for some food, water and rest.
Each day this valiant couple present themselves at the Rafah gate. One minute they are told that it is likely they will be let through and in the next breath that it will never be allowed. There are no EU observers, those having been removed over 2 years ago. It is known that the Egyptian border guards liaise with an Israeli office about who is to leave or to enter.
Linda has to return to her nursing post in 3 days so is flying home tomorrow from Sharm El Sheikh with the holiday makers. The money has run away with phone calls especially and with a trip which is twice as long as they had planned.
The essence is this. Humanity is made to matter little. The supplies are needed in Gaza such as tracheostomy tubes for sick children and adults. But maintaining the draconian siege is more important to Israel, Egypt and about 40 other nations including the 27 nations of the EU. How does the barring of these supplies and their good guardians square with the European Charter on Human Rights? Why the collective punishment of 1.5 million people.
The press officer at the British Embassy was asked today 'What international law is being used to bar the entry of these humanitarian supplies and the couple who convey them at Rafah gate?'
'This is legal matter between Egypt and Israel'. She did intimate that Israel has the whip hand in this inhumanity.
The fact is that the most sophisticated weapons glide so easily across borders.
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Mercy mission pair hope appeal by MP will end five-day Gaza hold-up (26 July 2008) http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Mercy-mission-pair-hope-appeal.4328267.jp
A COUPLE driving a van packed with life-saving medicines from Edinburgh to Gaza hope they will finally be allowed entry in the next 24 hours after an appeal from their MP.Khalil Al Niss and Linda Willis, from Balerno, have been stuck at the Egyptian controlled border into Gaza for the last five days as they await entry permission.They spent ten days driving 1.5 tons of medicines donated by groups across Scotland to the border of the troubled area.After a personal plea by Edinburgh South MP Nigel Griffiths to the Egyptian Embassy in London, the pair were this morning hoping they would finally be allowed to complete their mercy mission later today. (...) He said: "I was very concerned to hear about this problem, and I told the embassy that my experience with Scottish aid workers through the Kosovo appeal had shown that they were among the best, and most reliable, in the world."I assured them that they were only looking to deliver vital medical supplies to the people of Gaza."Speaking from Egypt, Mr Al Niss insisted he would wait there as long as it took. He said: "We have been doing everything we have been told to do." "Every day we have gone back to the checkpoint and been told to speak to a different official, or fill out another form. They have searched the van repeatedly, and we have now been told we need permission from the Egyptian secret service, which is just crazy."We must complete our delivery, and I will wait here as long as it takes. We have come so far, and these supplies will help save lives, so I will not leave until I can complete the delivery." CLIP
Red tape hold-up for Scottish mercy mission (23 July 2008) http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/latestnews/Red-tape-holdup-for-Scottish.4315453.jp
A COUPLE driving a van full of life-saving medicines from Edinburgh to Gaza have become caught up in a diplomatic row and are stranded at the Egyptian border. Khalil Al Niss and Linda Willis spent ten days driving 1.5 tons of medicines donated by groups across Scotland to the border of the troubled area.Gaza residents are suffering from a severe lack of vital medical supplies, including medication for heart conditions and diabetes, as well as syringes, bandages, swabs, and antibiotics. The couple have spent the last two days at the border between Egypt and Palestine after officials refused them entry to the territory, claiming they do not have the correct paperwork. Speaking from the border, Ms Willis said: "Egyptian bureaucracy is amazing. We sat, had tea, filled out forms and were told 'okay, you're ready to go now. Just go over to that office there and fill out one more form'. "We're completely exhausted. It's just been such a long journey. "It would be fantastic if we could enter and deliver the medicine and save some lives."We spoke with a doctor in one of Gaza's hospitals. He's desperate for the medicine and equipment we're bringing, but I don't think it will be easy." Supporters of the couple have now bombarded the Egyptian consulate in the UK demanding they be allowed into the country. CLIP
'Barbarous' siege http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/03/393065.html
The Gaza Strip, with a population of some 1.5 million, has been placed under a total siege by the Israeli army since June 2007, shortly after Hamas took control over the strip from Fatah. Later that year, in September, the Israeli government declared Gaza a "hostile entity" and stepped up its military attacks. In January 2008, Israel decided to further reduce the amount of fuel, electricity, food and water supplies into Gaza, justifying the collective punishment as a 'response' to the Palestinian resistance firing home-made shells at the nearby Israeli town of Sderot (see this report about the humanitarian implications of the siege). The decision by the Israeli government to reduce electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip came after the Israeli Supreme Court rejected a petition against the plan filed by ten Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups. The human rights groups said the measures "violate international laws" as they deliberately cause harm to the civilians and deprive them from the basic energy they need to run vital services. The cut of diesel supplies had already contributed to 20% electricity deficit in Gaza, with power outages of over eight hours a day and directly affecting hospitals, medical centres, water pumps, public transportation and other vital services.On February 17th, the ambulance service in Gaza announced a complete halt of work due to what the Health Ministry described as "severe shortage of fuel." Many patients have also been denied necessary medical treatment outside due to the siege, in what some described as "a matter of revenge". According to Palestinian medical sources, well over a hundred Palestinian patients, including many children, have so far died because of the siege CLIP
Worse Than Apartheid (24 July, 2008) http://www.socialistunity.com/?p=2664
Some time ago, on a thread on this blog, I referred, in passing, that Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu had claimed that what Palestinians face each day is worse than than the monstrosity of South African apartheid. Why their opinion should be of any consequence is a mystery. After all, those who support Israels murderous and illegal military occupation and colonisation are hardly going to do an about turn on the basis of what these, albeit extraordinary, men think. I did promise to dig up the quotes, and will do so (the pamphlet is somewhere in my attic, I think), but for the time being I hope the following article in Haaretz will suffice. Headlined Twilight Zone/Worse than apartheid it documents the recent arrival of a large ANC delegation, two of whom were jailed by the apartheid authorities, whose visit to Israel and the Occupied Territories ended with the honest conclusion, echoing that of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu: the Israeli occupation is worse than South African apartheid.Many of Israels supporters (sic) have since changed their tune - foolishness has its limits. No longer do we hear about how wonderful it is to live under Israeli occupation. The new refrain to be boomed out at every opportunity is: if Palestinian attacks end, so would the occupation. Not only does this stand history on its head (there were no attacks when the invasion, occupation and colonisation began), has been seen to be a farce (many Palestinian ceasefires, some lasting as long as a year, have ended when Israel has responded by murdering Palestinian militants and civilians), it also presumes that if overnight every Palestinian turned into Gandhi then the occupation and colonisation would end. Now, that really is living in the Twilight Zone.
The Speech Brown Should Have Made to the Knesset http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=13999
"Listen up. Your exclusive claim to the whole territory cuts no ice with the rest of the world. Say goodbye to the West Bank, dismantle the Wall as instructed by the International Court of Justice, compensate the Palestinians for the injury and wreckage of the past 60 years, give them back their water, stop interfering with their freedom of movement, quit throttling their economy and hands off their trade."Israel's security is no more precious than the security of its neighbours and their right to live in peace. End the siege of Gaza and your occupation of Gazan airspace, airwaves and coastal waters. Release the 10,000 Palestinians, including women and children, cooped up in your jails. And it's time your troops hightailed it out of Jerusalem - it was designated an international city 60 years ago and you'll share it on equal terms with the other great faiths."Renounce your nuclear weapons, sign the non-proliferation treaty and open up your nuclear facilities to international inspection just as you expect your neighbours to. Also sign, ratify and meticulously observe the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty."Until Israel renounces terror, violence, murder, assassination, indiscriminate arrest, false imprisonment and torture, it can forget about the EU-Israel Agreement, the preferential exports and all the other benefits - trade, science, research, path-breaking academic and cultural partnerships and new cooperative ventures. Try and be nice for a change, guys. Remember, ordinary British and European folk, unlike the despised political class, wish to do nice business with nice people. If you continue to bully and humiliate our friends in the Holy Land, which you gate-crashed 60 years ago, you will not be welcome in civilised society."And before we all get too carried away about Iran, when is Israel going to comply with the 30 or 40 UN resolutions regarding its multiple breaches of international law? Maybe we'll talk again when you have reined in your militants and extremists, and when you have read, understood and shown proper respect for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. "By the way, when the Freegaza voyagers set out from Cyprus on 5 August to sail through international and Palestinian waters to Gaza, Royal Navy warships will be on hand to make sure they aren't molested."Come on Mortimer... walkies. -Stuart Littlewood is author of the book Radio Free Palestine, which tells the plight of the Palestinians under occupation. He contributed this article to http://www.PalestineChronicle.com. For further information please visit http://www.radiofreepalestine.co.uk.
Road Map or Bulldozer Map? http://www.palestinechronicle.com/
Palestinian journalists and writers seem to have found it difficult to address the current trend of bulldozer attacks in Israel. The piece of construction equipment appears to have joined our national conflict as a new weapon in the hands of Palestinians working inside Israel. (...) To the outsider, reflected Al-Barghouthi, bulldozers are machines used to dig; they are used in construction, for paving streets, to dig quarries and to irrigate farms. They are a useful, harmless tool.In the Palestinian context, however, they take on a different meaning.Bulldozers are a machine used to build Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. They are used to dig up fields and confiscate them from Palestinian farmers. Palestinians have seen bulldozers tear up ancient olive trees; they have seen them tear down their homes. The bulldozer was the tool used by Israeli forces to kill US solidarity activist and student Rachel Corrie. Rachel was killed by a D9 Caterpillar bulldozer in March of 2000. The machine had been shipped to Israel by manufacturers in her own country. For Palestinians, says Barghouthi, bulldozers are tools of the occupation. They are used for destruction and not for construction. Take out the tools of this occupation, says Barghouthi, and so too disappear the tools of destruction. This, he says, rings true both for the destruction of Palestinian lands, and for the loss of Israeli lives. "The occupation," he says, "is responsible, so let them withdraw and take away their bulldozers." With the machines and what they represent gone, he continues, "there will eventually be no more victims of bulldozers whether they are foreign solidarity activists, Israelis or Palestinians." "All of the people harmed by these bulldozers, be their names Corrie, Cohen or Kamal," says Al-Barghouthi, "are humans" who deserve not to be undone by tools meant to advance humanity. CLIP
Anis Hamadeh - Is Gaza under occupation or not? Free Gaza boats about to find out more
28 July 2008
For more than two years, all border crossings to the Gaza Strip have been closed by the Israeli army. Since then, the 1.5 million inhabitants live in a state of siege, even more so since June, when the siege was tightened. As reasons for the siege Israel refers to Qassam rocket fire from the area and the alleged intention of the Hamas government to destroy Israel. At the same time, Israeli government officials emphasize that the occupation of the Gaza Strip has ended with the withdrawal of the Israeli settlements and army in September 2005 and that the Gaza Strip would now be considered foreign territory. But facts on the ground speak a different language.
The siege has a disastrous effect on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip as it violates the human, economic and social rights of the population. More than 200 civilians have died because of the restrictions. In addition, the siege has severely impacted the flow of food, medical supplies and other necessities such as fuel, construction materials and raw materials for various economic sectors. Factories have been forced to close. The unemployment rate is the highest in the world, according to a recent UN report. About 60% of the Gazan households rely on donations, says UNWRA, and urges Israel to reopen the borders. The current bloody rivalries between Hamas and Fatah add to the overall problem.
Recently, the European Commission agreed on a direct aid of $ 6.3 million for the poorest, to be distributed until the end of the year. At the same time, Europe supports the suffocation of the civilian population and the boycott of the democratically elected government, causing damage far beyond $ 6.3 million. To relieve the distress, a few weeks ago, a Palestinian-Scottish couple took a truck from Scotland to deliver one and a half tons of medical supplies to the Gaza Strip. At the current moment, Khalil Al Niss and Linda Willis have been waiting for days on the Egyptian side of the partition wall in Rafah and they have not yet gotten a permission to cross the border. The Egyptians deny this.
So, is Gaza under occupation or not? What does the so-called withdrawal of the Israeli army really mean? To clarify this matter two boats are leaving Cyprus for Gaza on or about August 7. Forty members of the "Free Gaza Movement" are on their way now to meet in Cyprus and prepare the vessels. They are invited to Gaza by The Palestinian Medical Relief Society, The Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, The Palestinian Ministry of Youth and Sport, the local popular committee to break the Gaza siege, and diverse individuals in Gaza. Legally, Israel has nothing to do with this enterprise, because the ships will not enter Israeli waters or ports. They will sail directly from international waters into Gazan waters.
Some expect Israeli forces to stop the vessels in order to make a clear statement that the Gaza population are prisoners without any legal or human rights except the ones granted by Israel, and that Israel can thus newly demonstrate to the world how its legal conceptions rank higher than international and human rights laws. In the morning of July 20, for instance, Israeli war vessels opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats north and west of Gaza City, according to the news agency Maan. The usual justification for such action is the Israeli claim (or "fear", respectively) that arms are possibly smuggled into the area. Even the cease-fire, which Hamas and twelve other groups have been keeping since June 19, does not seem to make any difference to Israel - except for the fact that Israeli incursions are momentarily concentrated on Nablus and the West Bank. Legally, there are no grounds for any of these military measures.
The Free Gaza Movement consists of over 50 people from all over the world who are acting upon their conscience to lift the humanitarian crisis of Gaza by bringing medical and social aid to the Gazans. Only some of them will actually be on the "Free Gaza" and the "Liberty" and are expected to be welcomed at the coast by about ten Gazan ships. Some are on the land team in Cyprus and will be part of the organizing and media crew while the boats are at sea. It is a test case for more boats to open a sea bridge.
The boat passengers are, according to the current list, from Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Scotland, Tunisia, the UK, the USA. Altogether, more than twelve languages will be spoken among them. Among the participants are sailors, media people, lawyers, engineers, construction workers, nurses, teachers, doctors, speakers, professors, photographers, clerics, scuba divers, and nonviolent organizers. They are Muslims, Jews, Christians and humanists. The youngest is 22 and the oldest, Hedy Epstein, will celebrate her 84th birthday on the ship.
Hedy Epstein, having survived the Nazi genocide, became a human rights advocate. She has published her memoirs in German. Lawyer and media expert Huwaida Arraf plans to come, as well as Anne Montgomery, a nun from the US who has worked with the Christian Peacekeeper Team in the Occupied Territories. Jeff Halper from the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) is on board as well. From California arrives, among others, 74-year-old grandmother Mary Hughes-Thompson whose seventh trip to Palestine this will be since 2002. Ken O'Keefe, a former Marine and veteran of the first Gulf War will be there. Pakistani filmmaker and musician Aki Nawaz is part of the documentary team on board and physician William "Bill" Dienst is the medical expert who has worked in the clinics of Gaza and goes back to work again. Angela Godfrey-Goldstein who works with the ICAHD and Machsom Watch is on the land team in Cyprus along with Uri Davis, a well-known author from Israel.
Many international organizations and individuals support the Free Gaza project and acknowledge the importance of the mission, among them Noam Chomsky and Luisa Morgantini, Vice President of the European Parliament. Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu wrote: "Peace and security, we discovered in South Africa, do not come through the barrel of a gun I support the boat convoy in its attempt." Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire adds: "You carry with you the hopes and wishes of many people around the world." The list of endorsers on http://www.freegaza.org/ is updated daily now, as the date gets nearer and the world public turns its attention to the Free Gaza event.
The Free Gaza Movement is a humanitarian and a grass roots democratic project and not affiliated to any political party or agenda. Some public voices have tried to associate it with pro- or anti- group interests which the group vehemently rejects. In an email of one of the participants, Monir Deeb, the spirit of the unforgotten Count Folke Bernadotte is showing: "The Free Gaza group are investing their time, money, and safety to speak out against injustice. They are the same people who stood by the Jewish population of the world in the hard times of Nazi persecution." His Gazan father, says Deeb, actually met the Swedish diplomat and UN mediator Bernadotte during negotiations in the Sinai in 1948.
This movement is an international nonviolent resistance project to challenge Israel's siege of Gaza. Israel claims that Gaza is no longer occupied, yet Israeli forces control Gaza by land, sea and air. We'll enter Gaza from international waters at the invitation of Palestinian NGOs but without Israeli authorization, thereby recognizing Palestinian control over their own borders.
1. To open Gaza to unrestricted international access, i.e. Palestinian sovereignty
2. To demonstrate that Israel still occupies Gaza, despite its claims to the contrary
3. To show international solidarity with the people of Gaza and the rest of Palestine
4. To demonstrate the potential of nonviolent resistance methods
Only We Can End the Conflict - An Israeli Jew in Gaza http://www.counterpunch.org/halper08052008.html
In another few days, I will sail on one of the Free Gaza movement boats from Cyprus to Gaza. The mission is to break the Israeli siege, an absolutely illegal siege which has plunged a million and a half Palestinians into wretched conditions: imprisoned in their own homes, exposed to extreme military violence, deprived of the basic necessities of life, stripped of their most fundamental human rights and dignity. The siege violates the most fundamental principle of international law: the inadmissibility of harming civilian populations.
'Israel is demonstrating that veracity lies in Lenin's doctrine that violence is the effective force in history and that the evangelical Christian Zionist churches agree.'
By Paul Craig Roberts
"On October 21 (1948) the Government of Israel took a decision that was to have a lasting and divisive effect on the rights and status of those Arabs who lived within its borders: the official establishment of military government in the areas where most of the inhabitants were Arabs."
- Martin Gilbert, Israel: a History
I had given up on finding an American with a moral conscience and the courage to go with it and was on the verge of retiring my keyboard when I met the Rev. Thomas L. Are.
Rev. Are is a Presbyterian pastor who used to tell his Atlanta, Georgia, congregation: I am a Zionist. Like most Americans, Rev. Are had been seduced by Israeli propaganda and helped to spread the propaganda among his congregation.
Around 1990 Rev. Are had an awakening for which he credits the Christian Canon of St. Georges Cathedral in Jerusalem and author Marc Ellis, co-editor of the book, Beyond Occupation.
Realizing that his ignorance of the situation on the ground had made him complicit in great crimes, Rev. Are wrote a book hoping to save others from his mistake and perhaps in part to make amends, Israeli Peace Palestinian Justice, published in Canada in 1994.
Rev. Are researched his subject and wrote a brave book. Keep in mind that 1994 was long prior to Walt and Mearsheimers recent book, which exposed the power of the Israel Lobby and its ability to control the explanation Americans receive about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Rev. Are begins with an account of Israels opening attack on the Palestinians, an event which took place before most Americans alive today were born. He quotes the distinguished British historian, Arnold J. Toynbee: The treatment of the Palestinian Arabs in 1947 (and 1948) was as morally indefensible as the slaughter of six million Jews by the Nazis. Though nor comparable in quantity to the crimes of the Nazis, it was comparable in quality.
Golda Meir, considered by Israelis as a great leader and by others as one of historys great killers, disputed the facts: It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist.
Golda Meirs apology for Israels great crimes is so counter-factual that it blows the mind. Palestinian refugee camps still exist outside Palestine filled with Palestinians and their descendants whose towns, villages, homes and lands were seized by the Israelis in 1948. Rev. Are provides the reader with Naim Ateeks description of what happened to him, an 11-year old, when the Jews came to take Beisan on May 12, 1948. Entire Palestinian communities simply disappeared.
In 1949 the United Nations counted 711,000 Palestinian refugees. [United Nations General Assembly Appendix 4, No. 15 ]
In 2005 the United Nations Relief and Works Agency estimated 4.25 million Palestinians and their descendants were refugees from their homeland.
The Israeli policy of evicting non-Jews has continued for six decades. On June 19, 2008, the Laity Committee in the Holy Land reported in Window Into Palestine that the Israeli Ministry of Interior is taking away the residency rights of Jerusalem Christians who have been reclassified as visitors in their own city.
On December 10, 2007, MK Ephraim Sneh boasted in the Jerusalem Post that Israel had achieved a true Zionist victory over the UN partition plan which sought to establish two nations in the land of Israel. The partition plan had assigned Israel 56 percent of Palestine, leaving the inhabitants with only 44 percent. But Israel had altered this over time. Sneb proudly declared: When we complete the permanent agreement, we will hold 78 percent of the land while the Palestinians will control 22 percent.
Sneb could have added that the 22 percent is essentially a collection of unconnected ghettos cut off from one another and from roads, water, medical care, and jobs.
Rev. Are documents that the abuse of Palestinians human rights is official Israeli policy. Killings, torture, and beatings are routine. On May 17, 1990, the Washington Post reported that Save the Children documented indiscriminate beating, tear-gassing and shooting of children at home or just outside the house playing in the street, who were sitting in the classroom or going to the store for groceries.
On January 19, 1988, Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin, later Prime Minister, announced the policy of punitive beating of Palestinians. The Israelis described the purpose of punitive beating: Our task is to recreate a barrier and once again put the fear of death into the Arabs of the area.
According to Save the Children, beatings of children and women are common. Rev. Are, citing the report in the Washington Post, writes: Save the Children concluded that one-third of beaten children were under ten years old, and one-fifth under the age of five. Nearly a third of the children beaten suffered broken bones.
On February 8, 1988, Newsweek magazine quoted an Israeli soldier: We got orders to knock on every door, enter and take out all the males. The younger ones we lined up with their faces against the wall, and soldiers beat them with billy clubs. This was no private initiative, these were orders from our company commander... After one soldier finished beating a detainee, another soldier called him you Nazi, and the first man shot back: You bleeding heart. When one soldier tried to stop another from beating an Arab for no reason, a fist fight broke out.
These were the old days before conscience was eliminated from the ranks of the Israeli military.
In the London Sunday Times, June 19, 1977, Ralph Schoenman, executive director of the Bertrand Russell Foundation, wrote: Israeli interrogators routinely ill-treat and torture Arab prisoners. Prisoners are hooded or blindfolded and are hung by their wrists for long periods. Most are struck in the genitals or in other ways sexually abused. Most are sexually assaulted. Others are administered electric shock.
Amnesty International concluded that there is no country in the world in which the use of official and sustained torture is as well established and documented as in the case of Israel.
Even the pro-Israeli Washington Post reported: Upon arrest, a detainee undergoes a period of starvation, deprivation of sleep by organized methods and prolonged periods during which the prisoner is made to stand with his hands cuffed and raised, a filthy sack covering the head. Prisoners are dragged on the ground, beaten with objects, kicked, stripped and placed under ice-cold showers.
Sounds like Abu Gharib. There are news reports that Israeli torture experts participated in the torture of the detainees assembled by the American military as part of the Bush Regimes propaganda onslaught to convince Americans that Iraq was overflowing with al Qaeda terrorists. On July 23, 2008, Antiwar.com posted an Iraqi news report that the Iraqi government had released a total of 109,087 Iraqis that the Americans had detained. Obviously, these terrorist detainees had been used for the needs of Bush Regime propaganda. No one will ever know how many of them were abused by Israeli torturers imported by the CIA.
Rev. Ares book makes sensible suggestions for resolving the conflict that Israel began. However, the problem is that Israeli governments believe only in force. The policy of the Israeli government has always been to beat, kill, and brutalize Palestinians into submission and flight. Anyone who doubts this can read the book of Israels finest historian Ilan Pappe, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006).
Americans are a gullible and naive people. They have been complicit for 60 years in crimes that in Arnold Toynbees words are comparable in quality to the crimes of Nazi Germany. As Toynbee was writing decades ago, the accumulated Israeli crimes might now be comparable also in quantity.
The US routinely vetoes United Nations condemnations of Israel for its brutal crimes against the Palestinians. Insouciant American taxpayers have been bled for a half century to provide the Israelis with superior military weapons with which Israelis assault their neighbors, all the while convincing America--essentially a captive nation--that Israel is the victim.
John F. Mahoney wrote: Thomas Are reminds me of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: an active pastor who comes to the unsettling realization that he and his people have been fed a terrible lie that is killing and torturing thousands of innocent men, women and children. Not without ample research and prayer does such a pastor, in turn, risk unsettling his congregation. The Reverend Are has done his homework and, I suspect, has prayed often and long during the writing of this courageous book.
Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran theologian and pastor who was executed for his active participation in the German Resistance against Nazism.
Professor Benjamin M. Weir, San Francisco Theological Seminary, wrote: This book will make the reader squirm. It asks you to lend your voice in behalf of the voiceless.
Americans who can no longer think for themselves and who are terrified of disapproval by their peer group are incapable of lending their voices to anyone except those who control the world of propaganda in which they live.
The ignorance and unconcern of Americans is a great frustration to my friends in the Israeli peace movement. Without outside support those Israelis, who believe in good will and do not share their governments belief in Lenins doctrine that violence is the only effective force in history, are deprived, by Americas support for their governments policy of violence, of any peaceful resolution of a conflict began in 1947 by Israeli aggression against unsuspecting Palestinian villages.
Rev. Are wrote his book with the hope that the pen is mightier than the sword and that facts can crowd out propaganda and create a framework for a just resolution of the Palestinian issue. In his concluding chapter, What Christians Can Do, Rev. Are writes: We cannot allow others to dictate our thinking on any subject, especially on anything as important as Christian faithfulness, which is tested by an attitude towards seeking justice for the oppressed. Its a Christians duty to know.
Duty, of course, has costs. Rev. Are writes: Speak up for the Palestinians and you will make enemies. Yet, as Christians, we must be willing to raise issues that until now we have chosen to dodge.
More than a decade later, President Jimmy Carter, a true friend of Israel, tried again to awaken Americans moral conscience with his book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.
Carter was instantly demonized by the Israel Lobby.
Sixty years of efforts by good and humane people to hold Israel accountable have so far failed, but they are more important today than ever before. Israel has its captive American nation on the verge of attacking Iran, the consequences of which could be catastrophic for all concerned. The alleged purpose of the attack is to eliminate nonexistent Iranian nuclear weapons. The real reason is to eliminate all support for Hamas and Hezbollah so that Israel can seize the entire West Bank and southern Lebanon. The Bush regime is eager to do Israels bidding, and the media and evangelical christian churches have been preparing the American people for the event.
It is paradoxical that Israel is demonstrating that veracity lies not in the Christian belief in good will but in Lenins doctrine that violence is the effective force in history and that the evangelical Christian Zionist churches agree.
- Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.
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If Iran is Attacking It Might Really be Israel http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20364.htm
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I am not American, so I won't be voting for you come the American presidential elections. However, given that the US Administration has continued to ignore Israel's human rights abuses against the Palestinian people and there is a good chance you might be the next President of the USA, I thought i would write you a few words, especially in light of your current visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Today, the Israeli newspapers said that throughout the day you had separate meetings with a variety of Israeli ministers, including the Israeli Prime Minister, President, Defense Minister, Public Security Minister and Foreign Minister. You also made a visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial where you laid a wreath, as well as the Western Wall and visited Sderot in the south of Israel .
Throughout the course of your stay, you only managed to allocate one single hour to visit the Occupied Palestinian Territories and that hour was spent in the relatively reified atmosphere of the Muqata in Ramallah, with the Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas. At no stage, did you take the time visit besieged Gaza or visit the apartheid wall or the Palestinian villages it impacted on. Neither did you take the time to go to any of the military check points to see the daily human rights abuses Palestinians must endure or visit any Palestinians who have lost family members to acts of state terror carried out by Israel.
Today, you spoke of the endurance and bravery of the Israeli people, but what of the endurance of the Palestinian people who have for more than 100 years have battled against racism, colonialism, dispossession, apartheid and the destruction of their society? What of the bravery of those Palestinians, clothed only in their belief in justice and love of their homeland, who stand unarmed in civil disobedience, against the fourth most powerful military in the world? What of them?
While you were having tea and coffee with the various Israeli ministers, these ordinary Palestinians that I speak off, once again took on the might of Israel with only their voices and their convictions.
For almost three months now the 5000 residents of a small but beautiful Palestinian village have been holding 3 - 4 non-violent demonstrations a week against the stealing of their land by the Israeli to build the apartheid wall. The village of Ni'lin is just one of many villages who are in this situation and who have chosen to defend their culture, heritage and homeland. In 1948, with the creation of the state of Israel, the villagers of Ni'lin lost more than 40,000 (4000 hectares) of their land. With Israel's construction of the wall, which was deemed illegal by the International High Court of Justice four years ago, Ni'lin will now lose another 2500 dunams (250 hectares) of its agriculture.
Today, as you went from meeting to meeting with high powered politicians, never taking a moment to see what life under a brutal occupation really means, dozens of Palestinian women from across the Occupied West Bank, as well as female international human rights activists and female Israeli anti-occupation activists stood in solidarity with the women of Ni'lin. They marched with the women to their fields to protest the destruction of their livelihoods and the ongoing illegal and brutal Israeli occupation under which they have had to live for more than 40 years.
Oh if you had only seen it! It was a powerful demonstration! Full of determination and courage! Joined by women from other Palestinian villages, Israel and from around the world, the women of Nil'in showed more bravery then I doubt you could ever imagine.
As we approached the fields of Ni'lin, armed only with our voices, our peaceful demonstration was met with force by the Israeli military. Dozens of Israeli soldiers, many of them no more than 18, 19 and 20 years of age, began to throw sound grenades and teargas at our peaceful demonstration. This, however, did not stop the women of Ni'lin, who continued to march towards their fields. Soon the frontline of women was stopped by the Israeli soldiers who claimed that the area was a closed military zone (CMZ). When the international women and human rights workers with the women of Ni'lin demanded to see the paper which the military must have for such an order to be formally enforced, the soldiers failed to provide one. It was clear that the area was not a CMZ and that the Israeli military was simply trying to intimidate us and to act in an illegal manner.
As the women from Ni'lin demanded to go to their land, the Israeli military commander approached the lead group of women and attempted to prevent them from proceeding further. Not deterred by this, they and the women who accompanied them from Israel and from around the world, stood their ground and demanded to be allowed access to their land.
Clearly worried by the bad publicity the Israeli military had received in the last few days by the release of the video taken in Ni'lin which revealed the shocking shooting of a bound and blindfolded Palestinian man by an Israeli soldier at point blank range, the commander did his best to convince the women to leave. He no doubt realised, it would not look too good, if it were caught on film, his soldiers assaulting a bunch of unarmed women and young girls.
However, unfortunately, the soldiers under his command were not so restrained. Instead, despite the commander telling several soldiers not to fire their weapons at the peaceful crowd, the soldiers ignored him and continued to do so. What this confirmed to us was that the shooting of the bound Palestinian man by an Israeli solider the week before was not an isolated incident.
Instead, the complete disregard by the soldiers for their commander's orders revealed that the soldiers are very use to acting with impunity and doing whatever they want, including assaulting unarmed and peaceful demonstrators who are no threat to them. Their behaviour today revealed that nothing much has changed since 2005, when Human Rights Watch Report issued their report, Promoting Impunity: the Israeli military's failure to investigate wrong doing .
At the time, HRW noted "the Israeli military has fostered a climate of impunity in its ranks by failing to thoroughly investigate whether soldiers have killed or injured Palestinian civilians unlawfully or failed to protect them from harm" . According to HRW's Middle East director, Sarah Leah Whitson, the failure of the Israeli military to investigate wrongdoing by its soldiers had "created an atmosphere that encourages soldiers to think they can literally get away with murder".
For more then two hours, the women of Ni'lin and their supporters tried to get to their land. As the women' of Ni'lin argued their right to go to their land, the international women and Israeli women who accompanied them demanded that the Israeli military refrain from attacking unarmed women. Throughout the two hours, it was a constant battle to prevent the soldiers from pulling the pins on the teargas bombs they wore on their belts and carried dangling from their fingers. Every time it became clear the soldiers were about to throw their bombs, groups of international and Israeli women would place themselves directly in their path, trying to reason with them and to ask them why they felt threatened by unarmed women and little girls.
The soldiers, however, were still determined to use force against us. At least half a dozen times during the course of the demonstration, the chemical weaponry was hurled amongst our unarmed group of women. The teargas was potent and stronger then anything I had experienced before.
The purpose of teargas and other such chemical weaponry is to cause psychological distress and panic. Normally one can expect their breathing to be impaired and their eyes and nose to stream with mucus. However, today, the teargas thrown by the Israeli military burned the skin all over. One Jewish Israeli woman was hit in head with a tear gas bomb and the powder from it spilled all over her neck, face and arms (luckily her long sleeves protected her somewhat). Where the chemical power reacted with her skin, she experienced a terrible burning sensation. As we tried to clean the powder from her skin with alcohol rubs (we could not use water as it causes the reaction to increase), another young Palestinian woman collapsed nearby, retching and desperately gasping for air to breath. So overcome by the chemicals she was unable to breath properly and started to go into shock. As we called for a medic, one of the young men from the village, who had been standing on the hills behind us observing the demonstration with the other men, came running down and picked her up and carried her to waiting ambulance.
The tear gas was nothing like I had experience before, even though I have been assaulted with teargas many other times by the Israeli military. Even after the initial impact of the teargas, my skin continued to burn for hours. Normally, showering will remove any residue of the teargas powder from your skin, but even after two showers (3 hours apart), the burning sensation had not subsided. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for the Israeli occupation forces to use the Palestinian population as guinea pigs to test out prototype and newly developed weaponry, including chemical weapons . Today after being assaulted with the burning teargas, many of us wondered if this was the case.
When the soldiers became more aggressive and began to push and shove the peaceful women, who refused to leave their land, throwing some of them and us to the ground, a number of Palestinian and international men who had been observing the demonstration from a distance attempted to intervene. Jamal, the father of the 14 year old girl who had shot the film which had made international headlines the week before of Israeli soldier firing point blank at the bound and blindfolded man was quickly arrested when he tried to protect some of the young girls from being assaulted by men twice their size. Victor, a 23 year old Canadian national, who had been shot twice previously by plastic coated -steel bullets by the Israeli military, while attempting to take supplies of food, milk and medicine into Ni'lin when it was placed under military siege, attempted to photograph the assault against us. He also was quickly seized and beaten by the Israeli occupation forces.
Today, you told the Israeli media if you became President of the USA, you would not force Israel "to accept any kinds of concession that would put their [Israel's] security at stake" . Well, today in the name of its "security" the Israel state assault 150 unarmed women and girls and arrested two men who witnessed this assault. Today, the Israeli state in the name of "security", assaulted its own citizens - Israeli Jewish women and girls who stood in solidarity with their Palestinian sisters, both Muslim and Christian, because they believed what their government is doing is wrong and has nothing to do with security. Today, the Israeli state in the name of its "security" beat and assaulted women from many countries from around the world, including Sweden, Germany, Britain, Canada, Eastern Europe, Australia, Spain and your own country, the United States.
But despite all of this and the failure of so many world leaders, including yourself, to denounce the brutality of the Israeli state and its armed forces, the women of Ni'lin and their brothers and sisters throughout out the occupied territories, in both the West Bank and Gaza, will not cower. They have taken to heart the words of another famous American leader, Martin Luther King Jnr, who said many years ago that "freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed".
As you continue your campaign for the American presidency, the people of Palestine will continue to campaign for something much more important freedom from oppression, injustice and racism. They will not cease in their struggle against colonisation, dispossession and racism and they will display a bravery and conviction that no longer exists in your world, the world of so-called "real politics".
So while you may waive and deviate from the beliefs you once professed so many years ago in relation to the Palestinian struggle for justice and freedom, the Palestinian people will not waiver in their convictions. They will continue, as they have done for the past 60 years, to remain sumoud (steadfast) and to demand freedom from their oppressor, the Israeli Zionist state. And one day, they will be a free people once again.
In solidarity with the struggle for a Free Palestine and an end to the Israeli occupation and apartheid,
- Kim Bullimore is currently living the Occupied West Bank, where she is a human rights volunteer with the International Women's Peace Service (www.iwps.info). She has a blog http://www.livefromoccupiedpalestine.blogspot.com and is a regular writer on Palestine-Israel issues. She contributed this article to PalestineChronicle.com.
Obama Hails 'Miracle' of Israel on Mideast Tour (07/23/2008) http://tinyurl.com/65hxyd
White House candidate Barack Obama lauded the "miracle" of Israel on Wednesday, as he met top officials and paid homage to Holocaust victims on the latest leg of his international campaign swing.The Democratic senator, on a sprint through the Middle East and Europe designed to convince American voters of his presidential mettle, also travelled to the West Bank to consult Palestinian leaders on sluggish peace moves.He angered Palestinians last month by saying an undivided Jerusalem must remain Israel's "capital", while the Palestinians want the occupied eastern sector of the city as the capital of their promised future state. (...) Obama, who has promised to work for peace from his first day in office, if elected, later travelled in a motorcade to Ramallah for talks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. On Tuesday, he said peace hopes were dimmed because Palestinian politics was divided between Abbas's secular Fatah party and the Islamists of Hamas, and turmoil was wracking Israel's fragile government. "It is a very difficult process. There is a lot of history that exists between those two people. That history is not going to vanish overnight. So I think it's unrealistic to expect that a US president alone can suddenly snap his fingers and bring about peace in this region."Many Palestinians welcome the change that Obama might represent after eight years with little to show from the administration of George W. Bush, but they think its unlikely he will bring about an end to the decades-old conflict. Although Obama is trying to forge early ties with foreign leaders, much of the audience for his trip is back at home, and he is being especially watched by the powerful American Jewish community. The Illinois senator has so far yet to score the near 80 percent support among Jewish Americans enjoyed by such previous Democratic candidates as Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry. CLIP
From: Kathy Roberts (email@example.com)
Subject: Canadian Professors Say 9/11 Inside Job
Date: 26 July 2008
Two professors from U of G are hosting forums, arguing the 9-11 attacks in New York were part of an American plot.
July 24, 2008
Rob O'Flanagan - GUELPH
A pair of University of Guelph professors have joined a growing number of academics and filmmakers who are writing and broadcasting their doubts about the official explanation behind the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001.
In a host of public forums, John McMurtry, professor emeritus of philosophy, and Michael Keefer, a professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies, have presented arguments alleging a plot on the part of the American government, business and military leaders related to the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
More than 2,700 people died.
"I found when I started to read about this that I had this feeling of absolute nausea," Keefer said in a telephone interview. "It's nauseating, I find, to contemplate the kind of possibility that forces itself on you from the evidence -- that highly placed people within the America state perpetuated the crimes. That is what I believe."
Keefer and McMurtry aren't alone. According to reports, some 3,000 books have now been published, each attempting to debunk the official explanation, while offering an array of theories on what really happened.
There have been nearly 1.5 million views of the documentary "Loose Change" on YouTube, and tens of thousands of viewers have watched "911 Mysteries."
Both documentaries delineate the widely held theory that the World Trade Center's Twin Towers and Building 7 were toppled in a planned demolition.
"What I find difficult is to find a single substantiated fact in the official conspiracy theory," McMurtry says in a presentation posted on YouTube.
McMurtry argues the official explanation for the attacks -- that al-Qaida terrorists flew passenger planes into the World Trade Center and other targets, causing the collapse of the Twin Towers and WTC Building 7 -- is, in itself, a conspiracy theory, one that cannot be believed.
"The fall of those buildings could not be explained by airplanes knocking into them," he states, explaining that numerous firefighters reported hearing explosions throughout the buildings just before their collapse.
Keefer said an examination of the evidence shows that more than 100 firefighters reported hearing internal explosions, and it appears that there was a Norad stand down in effect during the attacks. Fighter jets normally respond within minutes to reports of jetliners going off course.
According to McMurtry, the planes flew "around all together for 75 minutes without intervention."
Keefer recently made a presentation to the International 9/11 Citizens' Inquiry conference in Toronto, and has published in The Journal of 9/11 Research. The International 9/11 Citizen's Inquiry brings 9-11 researchers together in public forums.
"The airplanes had to hit the towers to produce, effectively, the cover story," Keefer said. "Whoever primed the buildings somehow knew that the planes would get through. It starts to look extremely murky."
In the time since 9-11 a number of damning theories have emerged suggesting that forces within the U.S. government, along with business and military co-conspirators, perpetrated the assault on New York City and Washington as a way to justify military intervention in the Persian Gulf.
Allied intervention in Afghanistan began in October 2001, while the American intervention in Iraq began March 20, 2003.
Ian Woods is a political activist based in the Barrie area. He has published "Global Outlook" and runs the website http://www.911inquiry.org/
"The number 1 smoking gun is that Building 7 collapsed," he said. "No one can explain it. They say a report is coming, but it never comes."
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Woods said, a vacuum was created in the Middle East.
"All the Bush administration was looking for was an attack, like a new Pearl Harbor, to be able to jump at the opportunity to attack a country like Iraq," he said, adding 9-11 provided that opportunity.
Fear of being mocked or called a fool, McMurtry says in the video, drives many away from "even engaging the facts of 9-11."
But even a brief examination of the facts, he asserts, would lead to the conclusion that the "official conspiracy theory" is false. Some of the most glaring evidence to date, he said, is that a BBC documentary team discovered as many as seven of the hijackers are alive and well.
Do Not Name Names, Do Not Accuse, Do Not Say Impeach, Do Not Applaud
The story of the Unimpeachment hearing
Steve Watson - July 26, 2008
The brave efforts of Congressman Dennis Kucinich and others to attempt to bring articles of impeachment against the president and the vice president cannot be underestimated, however, due to the brick wall erected before them by the Democratic leadership, statements at the hearing were very limited.
To the regret of many, this is not an impeachment hearing, said Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, noting that the House would have to approve any hearings that could move formally on impeachment.
Before the hearing even began it became clear that Conyers and the rest of the committeewere not even considering the possibility of impeachment.
In fact we are not even allowed to use the word impeachment for Bushs impeachment hearing.
The unimpeachment hearing did not allow any remarks or formal accusations that would imply or state that the president lied or obstructed the truth in any way, nor did it allow any references to alleged impeachable offenses.
Former prosecutor and author of The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, Vincent Bugliosi summed up the hearing in his opening statement to the Committee:
I have been told that the rules of this house dictate that although I can quote what president George Bush said I am forbidden from accusing him of a crime or even of any dishonorable conduct, only being allowed to use the words Bush Administration or Administration officials this will not make for the best of articulations, but I will do the best that I can
Though Bugliosi went on to state that The terrible reality is the Bush administration has gotten away with thousands and thousands or murders, under the rules of the House, we must ignore that. We must also ignore the boisterous applause for the former prosecutors words, which drove Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the committees ranking member, to ask that Chairman John Conyers clear the hearing room. That too is not allowed.
When Cindy Sheehan shouted, Thank you Vince, Conyers reminded her that it was forbidden to express any demonstrations of approval or disapproval of the proceedings. An angry and bemused Sheehan was already on her way out of the door when Conyers ordered her to be removed.
Though Dennis Kucinich was afforded the luxury of presenting one of his articles of imp . er unimpeachment, he was not allowed to present any evidence or facts to back it up, of which we know there are ample amounts of. Presenting false intelligence as a pretext to engage in war, ordering illegal torture and authorizing warrantless wiretapping anyone?
The question for Congress is this: what responsibility does the President and members of his Administration have for that unnecessary, unprovoked and unjustified war?
The rules of the House prevent me or any witness from utilizing familiar terms. But we can put two and two together in our minds. We can draw inferences about culpability.
I ask this committee to think, and then to act, in order to enable this Congress to right a very great wrong and to hold accountable those who misled this nation, he concluded.
Republicans reminded us all that impeachment would set a dangerous precedent by punishing a president for his political policies. Heaven forbid.
Theres no evidence in these allegations of the president violating his oath of office, said Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana Republican.
Pence was technically correct given that no one was allowed to present any evidence.
Jeremy Rabkin, a George Mason University law professor, said Bush administration critics might be using threats of impeachment to express anger toward the president over policy matters.
Others called the meeting a waste of time with Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith saying, Nothing is going to come out of this hearing with regard to impeachment of the president. I know it, the media knows it, even the speaker knows it.
At several points Smith was seen fuming and at one point blurted out This is not impeachment hearing.
Smith, mocked the proceedings, comparing them to last months hearing featuring former White House spokesman turned whistleblower Scott McClellan, whom he took pride in comparing to Judas.
If last month it appeared we hosted a book of the month club, this week it seems that we are hosting an anger management class, Smith said. This hearing will not cause us to impeach the President; it will only serve to impeach our own credibility.
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Reformation of US, world economy; Barack Obama; evolved souls apolitical; overview of Illuminati history, current status; red flag in channeled messages; mainstream media control cracking; leadership changes worldwide; 2012, Mayan calendar; ET landings
July 27, 2008
Loving greetings to all! This is Matthew to tell you our observations and address the issues we see being pondered around the world. The outcome of the United States presidential election remains of major interest in all countries with relative internal stability, but understandably, now it is sharing the spotlight with that nation's economic picture because the outcome of both situations will resound around the world.
Although censorship still exists to some extent in mainstream media, with newscasts and the press reporting a bank closure, others with losses in the $billions, and the bankrupt status of major mortgage-makers and many smaller lenders, truth is beginning to emerge about what has led to this state of fiscal affairs. The extraordinary measures being taken to prop up the mortgage titans commonly called Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will prove to be a finger in the dikehow long can that prevent the logical result? Those and all other financial institutions in deep trouble or already kaput may appear to be the tip of an iceberg just now being exposed by the light, but the meltdown of the entire iceberg started at the bottom and at this point, the tip is coming into public view because it no longer could be hidden.
The word from the White House, that the economy is basically sound, rings hollow when economists in the States and other countries are being quoted with conflicting assessments. Published statistics alonealthough rosier than the actual figures of unemployment, inflation, home foreclosures, losses in the retail sector and small businesses going underare clear evidence of a national economy in dire straits. This is having a worldwide boomerang effect as other nations are seriously impacted by the US debt and the shrinking value of the dollar. When that boomerang returns to US shores, the Federal Reserve will become known for what it is, a privately owned banking consortium that is one of the main causes of the national debt; and, like the entire world economy, which long has been rotten to the core, "the Fed" is collapsing under the untenable weight of avarice, deceit and corruption.
You have the great advantage of knowing that what is occurring is reformationthe current global system is imploding and a new system based in honesty and established on a sound foundation will replace it. In a change of such magnitude, it is natural that people who don't know what is transpiring are deeply concerned, and while leaders-at-the-ready will take every step to minimize confusion and expedite implementing changeover procedures, there will be hardships during the process. To tell you that everything will go perfectly smoothly would be both dishonest and a great disservice because the months ahead will present difficulties to many. You knew this when you so eagerly asked to participate in this unprecedented time in the universe, when myriad members of many civilizations are working jointly with Earth's residents to lift the planet out of low third density energies and into fourth and fifth densities. Furthermore, at the time you made your pre-birth agreement selections, you also knew that extensive cleansing measures would be required to rid the planet of the massive negativity that had accumulated over millennia, and you were prepared to experience those extreme conditions; however, the unflagging efforts of evolved beings off-planet produced such an abundance of light that the cleansing needs were substantially decreased.
Which is to say, you have the spiritual, emotional and intellectual strength to weather the current economic situation wherever you are living! When jobs become scarcer and food costs keep rising, even necessary travel is curtailed because of gas prices, homes are cold because there is no money for heating and children are hungry, good people become desperate and resort to whatever means they must to obtain basic necessities. There will be large losses of investments and anger, robberies, fear and rebellious crowds. Just as you would prepare for any potential emergency situation, it is sensible to have on hand some money, food, water, flashlights and other useful equipment. And especially, remain calm in knowing there is light at the end of this tunnel!
I hasten to say, there is a bright side right nowpeople who are experiencing less adversity are helping the ones who are more severely affected. This isn't based in "give and you shall receive"however, do remember that the universal law of attraction is always in motion!but rather, hearts keep opening with a compassionate and generous spirit, and the wish to help others becomes the will and the way to do so. With joy we are seeing the increase in sharing of resources with those who are most needy! The light this is generating is accomplishing much more than uplifting spirits; it is helping to speed the transition from the broken corrupt system to an honorable and equitable system. Another heartwarming development is the growing exchange of goods and services as a practical way to manage, and you will see that bartering as part of the new basis for commerce will be very satisfying indeed.
New readers may be wondering how, or even doubting the possibility that this can happen when warring, crime, hatred and oppression are still rampant, and you who are familiar with my messages may welcome hearing this again: The spiritual renewal within humankind is transforming Earth into a world of pristine beauty where all peoples will live in peace, abundance, health and harmony with all of Nature. Persons who choose to stick with their deceitful, controlling, greedy, violent ways will not be in that world. Their energy levels are too dense to absorb the light that bodies require to survive in those lighter frequencies, and the souls will automatically be drawn to dense areas that are compatible with their lifetime energy registration and where remedial lessons will be offered along with light continuously beamed to them.
Regarding the other issue in the spotlight, the November election in the United States, my mother has received an unusual quantity of emails about this. True, most express appreciation for the content of my messages, but there are many comments from writers whose bottom lines are: Why have I never spoken about Ron Paul or how can I say Barack Obama is a light being? So first I repeat what I thought was understood because it has been stated in several messages: The messages' purpose always has been to provide spiritual enlightenment and guidance in this unique era on Earth and in the universe; to tell you about the ongoing assistance from souls nearby and in far distant worlds; to explain the importance of light energy to each of you and to Earth and encourage you to remain steadfast in the light. Never have the messages been intended as a political forum! For your understanding of what is happening in your world, I report what we know of politically-related activities because the horrendous mess there is due to centuries of governments being run or heavily influenced by the dark minds and hearts of the Illuminati. How could we explain factual history and current events without mentioning that the foremost cause of suffering is political policies on a global scale? How could we tell you about the reforms underway if we didn't tell you the truth about what has been and still is going on behind the public political scenarios? How could we encourage you to stay the light course and out of fear if we didn't tell you that souls experienced in wise and just leadership will replace political incumbents whose essence is of dark proclivity?
Not only are we at this station apolitical like all other spiritually evolved souls, like them we feel unconditional love for all life everywhere, and we report what is happening without assessing individuals' "merits" or "demerits" as informed voters do. Also, in addition to our observations of activity in Earth's energy field of potential, the sources of information in my messages are Earth's monitors in Nirvana, evolved souls in spirit worlds, and the physical civilizations who have been assisting beloved Earth for many decades. When all perspectives are essentially the same, we feel confident in what we relate to you.
Now then, why have I never spoken about Ron Paul? For the same reason I haven't spoken about most of the other contenders in either major party or in alternative parties. It has nothing whatsoever to do with qualifications or integrity or vision or the lack thereof; simply, Paul and the others never had sufficient energy momentum to propel them farther than they went.
How can I say Barack Obama is a light being? Because he is. For the benefit of new readers, I shall paraphrase what I said about him in prior messages, starting with his unstoppable momentum toward the presidency. At this point, he is only following a strong sense of urgency to lead his country out of its downward spiral and his conviction that he can do this, but in time he will be consciously aware that he is a soul from an intellectually and spiritually advanced civilization and embodied on Earth specifically to fulfill this mission. What he has been very clear about all along is that he must appear to be aligned with the Illuminati goals; otherwise, he never could have become the Democratic party nominee. This accounts for his veering on some issues that have disappointed some of his supporters, who have no idea that what he is doing is in accordance with Illuminati "guidance." Time will show that his essence, intentions and actions are aligned with the light.
I shall add an update, but first I must go backwards to put it within the larger context. The Illuminati was once a cohesive body made up of numerous groups and individuals, and combined they controlled the most important facets of life on Earth. In time, egos, greed, lies and ruthlessness split the group into two factions, each pursuing the same goal of killing most of the world's population and enslaving the rest for self-serving purposes. Although one faction's operations were primarily in the United States and the other's primarily in Europe, eventually the power base of each spanned the globe due to strategic marriages and later the merging of banks and corporations into multinational behemoths. The enormously profitable illegal drug industry funds both factions' "black ops," including terrorist activities blamed on innocents and vast underground areas where their scientists conduct unconscionable experiments on humankind and develop spacecraft, weaponry, surveillance and weather control systems using technology introduced by the "Little Grays." In recent years the intense competition between the two factions, which eroded the power of each, extended to infighting within each faction, thus further weakening all areas of control. With growing distrust of each other within and between the factions, numerous futile attempts to stage another "9/11," the loosening stranglehold on world economy, and defection of lower ranking members, the once solidly entrenched global foundation of the Illuminati now can be likened to scattered piles of rubble.
Yet some members are not giving up their dream of world domination, and that brings us to the update I mentioned. That very brief overview is relevant because the Clintons, the Bush family and their closest cronies within and out of the current administration are powerful in the Illuminati faction that influences US politics, and Hillary is the choice of that clique to continue their control. However, other faction members wanted to end it, and voila! Senator Barack Obama suddenly was thrust into national prominence. Of course the faction members are unaware of his soul-level mission, but they saw him as sharp-minded, ambitious and charismatic, with strong appeal to voters who are clamoring for a new direction in government; so even before the beginning of the campaign, the fierce in-faction competition was underway. Obama has had to play the game of allegiance to the intentions of the whole factionto rule Iran by installing puppet leaders and gain ownership of the country's oil; continue conquest of the Mideast; promote poppy growth in Afghanistan to increase opium sales and promote more addiction worldwide; and do whatever else they deem necessary to become more powerful than their rival faction. As Obama's popularity kept growing, Hillary and her core group remained determined to have her in the Oval Office, and elections were rigged to give her victories in key states. When she had no choice but to concede that Obama was the party's nominee, her clique attempted to eliminate him in an "accident." It wasn't successful, and any other attempts to kill him won't be eithera powerful shield of Christed light is keeping him one of the most securely protected persons on the planet. However, both the assassination attempt and failure caused even greater dissension between this faction's two elements, further decreasing the possibility that any of the Illuminati's insidious plans will ever reach fruition.
You may be wondering where John McCain fits into this. He is not free of Illuminati favors or pressuremost politicians with an iota of influence are notbut he isn't considered a viable presidential contender because the Republican party is held in such national disfavor due to the nation's steep decline under the current administration.
Now, two more notes related to this election topic. A few of the writers who were quite at odds with what I reported about Obama suggested that it was my mother's way of putting forth her own preference. Not only would she not even think of ever distorting what I say, but if she has knowledge of the topic I am speaking about, her clarity in receiving prevents it from bleeding into the transmission and overlaying my words. Nevertheless, to inject a bit of humor here, let us suppose that she had lapsed into an aberrant moment and expressed her presidential choiceher long-time loyalty to Dennis Kucinich would have given him "unstoppable momentum" into the White House. Since that message came well after he had dropped out of the race to run for reelection to Congress as a Representative from Ohio, it surely would have brought "my" comment about him into serious question!
My second note is more serious. Mother, please copy the excerpt of a channeled message sent to you in an email a few days ago. Readers, it came without the name of the receiver, or the channel, and although the name of the "source" is given, it will be omitted here.
Your "beloved Obama", is busy right now in the Middle Eastern countries carrying out his orders from his Zionist controllers. He is riling up in Afghanistan against Pakistan. Your black ops folks have been very busy again lately, creating instability there and Obama has told you many times you must get the soldiers out of Iraq and send them right on to Afghanistan again, because the plan is to carry war into Pakistan, from Afghanistan. You have in the "new age" community, one Matthew Ward through Suzy his mother, and who has said Obama is a gifted star seed. In that, you know not to trust Suzy or Matthew for your spiritual growth. Dear ones, stop following all of this, and look at the evidence if you are accepting Matthew's version. Obama, by his fruits, is not a lighted man.
Thank you. I know the soul to whom that information was attributed. The moment he was in my thoughts, he connected with me and an instant later, our soul energy was beside my mother. He didn't need to tell me that he did not transmit that message, nor did I need him towe felt the low vibrations being emitted from the computer monitor. At this juncture, most individuals would not be able to immediately detect those and recognize that the information came from a dark source claiming to be a well-known light being. Low frequencies do affect a body's energy system, but a receiver who can't distinguish that difference unwittingly distributes the transmission with its fraudulent attribution, and undiscerning readers may accept both the information and its claimed source as valid. A clear "red flag" is this: A spiritually evolved soul may identify DISinformation and correct it, but never does that soul disclose the identity of the receiver or the name the dark source falsely gives. However, the soul whose name is falsely used may request another receiver to pass on that soul's message to the receiver of the original material alerting him or her to what happened. I now see that in my several messages about discernment, I was remiss by not thinking to mention that "red flag" when I stated that dark entities always are on the lookout for individuals to contact telepathically; that's why we have urged you to ask for protection of the Christed light and have given guidance for identifying sources.
Before moving on to the next topic, to the thoughtful soul who wrote that a group of meditators will be praying for Obama's safety although they know he is protected by the Christed light, I say by all means pray for his safetythe love energy of the prayers adds to that powerful protection! Never underestimate the power of prayer for one's own or another's highest good!
Let me return for a moment to mainstream media. Although largely because a plethora of material is readily available on the Internet, the other huge dispersers of information around the world are reporting some truths in greatly diverse areas. For examples: the friction within the ranks of national governments due to citizens' demands for reform; warnings about vaccines, including their possible relationship to the alarming increase in autistic children; celebrities bringing the world's attention to the desperate situation of people in Darfur, displaced Iraqis, preservation of animal life and other environmental issues; international disdain for the Bush administration's dictatorial and bellicose approach to foreign affairs; UFO activity; the importance of proper diet and exercise; health risks in prescription medications and withdrawal from the market of several popular drugs; doubts about the official version of "9/11"; theologians questioning the authenticity of the biblical Jesus; global concern about gas prices; individuals and groups making a significant difference in local or faraway communities; growing demands to handle conflicts through negotiation instead of military might; developments in wind and solar power; and very recently, the dangers inherent in using cell phones. No, I'm not telling you anything newI am asking you to put those and similar positive kinds of coverage by mainstream media into the context that the Illuminati do NOT want you to think about these matters! The more you think, the more you question and seek the truth; and their intention to control all peoples through ignorance and deceit unravels more and more. That their former media control has become badly cracked is a devastating blow to the Illuminati and more evidence that the light is being victorious!
Readers living outside the United States want to know how their own countries will fare. They decry their leaders' actions that are against their countries' constitutions; or despair at prevailing conditions of poverty, disease and starvation; or express grave concern about the plight of the masses of refugees; or ask when their despotic rulers will be replaced. To these dear souls I say, benevolent changes are coming throughout the world. We do not judge those who are causing the suffering and terrible deprivation, but we weep with those who are enduring it, even as we know that many chose their harsh life circumstances to complete third density karmic experiencing so they can move forward in soul evolvement. As for how you can help, envision your land and countrymen in brilliant light; hold in your hearts hope, compassion and well being for all; give practical help wherever you can; know that the light you are radiating is flowing out to sustain others; know too that countless lighted souls are moving unseen among your peoples to comfort and aid as they can; and be fearless. You may not see progress in your countries as quickly as in others, but know that the undercurrents of change for your peoples are in motionlet this raise your spirits and hold your light steady.
A number of you are asking when or where other civilizations will make landings. My friend Hatonn, commander of an intergalactic fleet and my usual source for definitive answers to those kinds of questions, says all coordination is ready and waiting for the "GO" signal. When I asked if a ship will land on the White House lawn, a question posed by one reader, he laughed and said: "Not this week." Small craft crews have been landing for thousands of years in secluded areas of high spiritual energy in the Far East, but none will touch down in heavily populated areas until their safety and yours is assured.
Members of your space family have been looking forward for centuries, some even for millennia, to greeting their relatives residing on Gaia, but previously the peoples remained unawares as universal windows of opportunity opened and closed. This time is differentyour planet has ascended out of that morass of unawareness, her residents are seeking ever greater enlightenment, and the harmonious mingling with space family finally is on the horizon. We know you are eager to meet these souls who live far beyond, on or within your homeland planet, and we know also your mixed feelings: a tad of trepidation about how to approach them, gratitude for their assistance, curiosity about their appearance, interest in the identities of those who are living among you. You wonder where they will live after they arrive, what kinds of technology they will bring, and how long they will stay to help you rejuvenate Earth. Think of going to a large family reunion for the first time in two decades. You don't know what to expect except that many in-laws and young people will be strangers because they came into the family during the years you couldn't attend, and others will have changed considerably with agingwill you even recognize them? So, even though you are glad you came, you feel somewhat uneasy; but very soon you get caught up in the joy of the occasion and the love flowing throughout the family group. See yourselves and your space brotherhood in both "sides" of that picture and know with certainty that this unique reunion, not all that far off, will have even greater excitement and ecstasy than you can imagine.
Most questions about the year 2012 are answered in "Essay on 2012" [posted in "Matthew's Messages" as And Then God Said...Then I Said...Then He Said... after the December 23, 2007 message, http://www.matthewbooks.com ], but I want to mention a few points that we see are not clear in your minds. It seems that time is passing faster and faster, but it has nothing to do with clocks and calendars. That sensation is due to the higher vibrations Earth has reached in her ascension pathway, and linear time that existed half a century ago has been condensed into less than half of the 24 hours-per-day measurement back then. Those third density devices you use to keep appointments and plan ahead won't be needed in the universal continuum, where everything is a series of events happening simultaneously. Later on you will have clarity about the continuum, but for now, please accept our word that even though according to your calendar 2012 is 3 1/2 years in the future, that period will be "crunched" like the hours of the day that increasingly will feel as if they are zooming by. Everything is occurring more swiftly than ever before in your recorded history; however, just as world transformation is a process, leaving linear time and entering the continuum is toothere won't be an abrupt ending of everything familiar and sudden entry into the unknown.
Well, if calendars are to become meaningless, why is so much importance given the Mayan calendar that ends December 21, 2012? With the ability to see the planet's energy field in the continuum and assess the various potentialities, plus knowing the influence of universal bodies on each other and having charted their movement in the heavens, those souls in their ancient wisdom recorded a firm date that you can relate to as "the end" rather than a nebulous "time" that could have many interpretations. That date on the Mayan calendar signifies the end of the world as it has long been, held fast in third density by the darkness that flourishes in that low energy level. What will happen during the transitional period besides the ever-intensifying light continuing to expose and rid the world of darkness in all its insidious forms? You will see free energy systems that have been suppressed put into production and the development of new methods when your ET family's technologies are introduced, and all manner of pollution will be eliminated. But those advances and a great deal more is covered comprehensively in "Essay on 2012," so I shall wind up this topic by answering questions that may not be clearly spelled out.
I can't answer What percentage of the current population will be alive in 2012? However, I can say that fewer souls will be living then than now. Many, many millions will make transition to spirit life before that year arrives, but please do not think of this as ominous or sorrowful! The majority will have fulfilled original or amended soul contracts and will be happily moving forward in spiritual and intellectual evolvement. Persons who cannot accept the truths that are forthcoming, especially the origin of religions and their various dogmas, will choose to leave; in Nirvana they will prepare once more for another third density lifetime, another opportunity to become enlightened about the universal laws and spiritual truths that this time around eluded them because their beliefs, however erroneous, were too deeply ingrained in their consciousness to change. And I already spoke about the souls who stay stuck in their dark ways.
Now I shall respond to a combination of readers' questions that I summarized: Will everything in the Golden Age be completed by the end of 2012 and from then on, life on Earth will continue without significant changes? My goodness NO, Earth's entry into the Golden Age does not mean that life from then on will be unchanging! The only thing in the universe that is permanent is change, and you wouldn't want it any other way! Always the goal of each soul is reintegration with God, by whatever name you call the supreme being of this universe; and then reintegration with Creator, the ultimate ruler of the cosmos and from whose light-love essence everything in the cosmos was createdand souls cannot evolve in stasis. You will welcome the ever-expanding knowledge and advances in all aspects of life in the Golden Age! Envision an Eden paradise and know that the world you are co-creating, which already exists in the continuum, surpasses even your most glorious visionsand it will keep getting better and better!
On that note, now I say farewell on behalf of all souls at this station. We are embracing you in love every moment!
COUNCIL HOUSING COMPLAINTS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY (AUSTRALIA)
Listed below are genuine clips from council complaint letters:
1. My bush is really overgrown round the front and my back passage has fungus growing in it.
2. He's got this huge tool that vibrates the whole house and I just can't take it anymore.
3. It's the dog mess that I find hard to swallow.
4. I want some repairs done to my cooker as it has backfired and burnt my knob off.
5. I wish to complain that my father hurt his ankle very badly then he put his foot in the hole in his back passage.
6. Their 18 year old son is continually banging his balls against my fence.
7. I wish to report that tiles are missing from the outside toilet roof. I think it was bad wind the other night that blew them off.
8. My lavatory seat is cracked, where do I stand?
9. I am writing on behalf of my sink, which is coming away from the wall.
10. Will you please send someone to mend the garden path? My wife tripped and fell on it yesterday and now she is pregnant.
11. I request permission to remove my drawers in the kitchen.
12. 50% of the walls are damp, 50% have crumbling plaster and 50% are plain filthy.
13. I am still having problems with smoke in my new drawers.
14. The toilet is blocked and we cannot bath the children until it is cleared.
15. Will you please send a man to look at my water, it is a funny colour and not fit to drink.
16. Our lavatory seat is broken in half and is now in three pieces.
17. I want to complain about the farmer across the road; every morning at 6am his cock wakes me up and it's now getting too much for me.
18. The man next door has as large erection in the back garden, which is unsightly and dangerous.
19. Our kitchen floor is damp. We have two children and would like a third, so please send someone round to do something about it.
20. I am a single woman living in a downstairs flat and would you please do something about the noise made by the man on top of me every night.
21. Please send a man with the right tool to finish the job and satisfy my wife.
22. I have had the clerk of works down on the floor six times but I still have no satisfaction.
23. This is to let you know that our lavatory seat is broke and we can't get BBC2.
THE MIRACLE OF TOILET PAPER
Fresh from my shower, I stand in front of the mirror complaining to my husband that my breasts are too small.
Instead of characteristically telling me it's not so, he uncharacteristically comes up with a suggestion.
'If you want your breasts to grow, then every day take a piece of toilet paper and rub it between them for a few seconds'.
Willing to try anything, I fetch a piece of toilet paper and stand in front of the mirror, rubbing it between my breasts.
'How long will this take?' I asked.
'They will grow larger over a period of years,' my husband replies.
I stopped. 'Do you really think rubbing a piece of toilet paper between my breasts every day will make my breasts larger over the years?'
Without missing a beat he says, 'Worked for your butt, didn't it?'
He's still alive, and with a great deal of therapy, he may even walk again, although he will probably continue to take his meals through a straw.
Stupid, stupid man
LOUSY AT MATH
Once a group of thieves stole a rare diamond larger than a goose egg.
Its value could have easily bought one thousand horses
And two thousand acres of the most fertile land in Shiraz.
The thieves got drunk that night to celebrate their great haul,
But during the course of the evening, the effects of the liquor
And their mistrust of each other grew to such an extent
They decided to divide the stone into pieces.
Of course then the Priceless became lost.
Most everyone is lousy at math and does that to God -
Dissects the Indivisible One, by thinking, saying,
"This is my Beloved, he looks like this
And acts like that, how could that moron over there really be God."
~ Hafiz ~
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