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"Five years on, the 2003 US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq has left a devastated country and people. While dictatorships always come with their unique problems - and Iraq was no exception and neither was it unique prior to 2003, the majority of Iraqis had access to basic facilities, ranging from education, health, food and other basic infrastructure. Today, Iraqis have access to barely an hour of electricity daily, if they are fortunate; the cost of fuel has skyrocketed, despite Iraq being the second largest producer of oil in the world; potable water is lacking, resulting in a variety of illnesses through the consumption of untreated water; unemployment stands at around 40-60%; there is a severe shortage of basic medicines and health care; children's education has been severely disrupted, with an entire generation of psychologically traumatised children; there is a sharp increase in the number of widows, orphans and street children; and the displacement of thousands upon thousands of families, both internally and externally, is surely the greatest tragedy of the 21st century. The new government - if its a real government - has proved that it is incapable of protecting its citizens the violence and bloodshed continue unabated, despite all claims to the contrary. Sectarian tension and distrust initiated by militias, which did not exist prior to 2003, have affected the livelihood of Iraqi society. Freedom of movement is impossible today. Bands of militia roam the streets, and safety and security for Iraqis is but a haunting memory. The perpetrators of this crime of such great magnitude, resulting in the loss of innocent lives and the loss of livelihood of an entire sovereign nation, must be held accountable and justice must be done. Contrary to popular belief that Iraq would disintegrate further if the occupation ended, as often stated by those who support this war of aggression, the occupation of Iraq must end before any real reconstruction and reconciliation can take place. Iraqis should be left to chart their own destiny, while they take their rightful place among the other nations of the world."
"In his Nobel address, the great Lester Pearson said that poverty and distress - especially with the awakening of the submerged millions of Asia and Africa - make the risks of war truly greater. And I would like to add to that the risks of terror. AIDS creates a vacuum. And in that vacuum breeds despair. Despair is the next-door neighbour of anger, anger is the next-door neighbour of violence. Afghanistan was a haven for terrorists because it was a collapsed state. A senior White House official recently told me, 'we know there's another ten Afghanistans potentially in Africa.' You know what? It's cheaper to prevent the fires than to put them out. More than half a century ago in the wake of a World War that Canadians fought so hard to win, Canada understood that we would prevent the next World War only if we turned our enemies into allies and built a stable and secure world order. You did it. You helped prevent World War III and helped a lot of us in other parts of the world prosper in peace. Thank you. Today we need the same sort of vision for the developing world from Canada."
"An amazing speech - Regardless of what you think of Barack Obama, I strongly believe he hit the nail on the head in this speech. It is well worth listening to in its entirety, not for who is giving it, but for the common-sense approach to the issue that it lays out. I may not think of Obama as Progressive, but in this speech on this issue, he is. Regardless of who wins in November, this should be heard, and not in out-of-context soundbites or parsed through the mouths of talking heads."
"You are correct in assuming that the "behind-the-scenes" agencies within our government still drive on, regardless of who is president. In fact, it really doesn't matter at all in this day and age. The president is merely a symbol. An image set forth by the Cabal to give the civilians the feeling that the country is indeed ran by the people. That is FAR from the case. In all honesty, most of what the CIA, NSA, DOD, DHS, and most certainly the DII do is classified, even for the president. Why does he need to know? He doesn't. He is not the king. A huge band of men coordinating with each other to achieve their goals is more important than what one man has to say. Especially a man who isn't president because the people want him to be. Who is president, for a very, very long while, has not been our choice. It is the choice of the Cabal and the Illuminati. Very sad."
"The costs of war so far are staggering: 4,000 young Americans killed, tens of thousands maimed... 1 million Iraqis killed, millions maimed... $562 billion in tax dollars stolen from our children... $3 trillion cost to our economy through veterans care, weapons replacement, higher oil prices, and the collapsing dollar. All that in just 5 years!"
- Larry Stell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Will November 2008 bring a meaningful change to America? Will getting rid of George W. Bush and Richard Cheney without impeachment or indictment really make a difference? Will a 600 billion dollar war/defense budget be cut in half and used for desperately needed domestic spending? Will the ninety-three billion dollars profits in the private health insurance companies--—those parasitic intermediates between you and your doctor—be used instead for full health care coverage for all? Will Habeas Corpus and Posse Comitatus be restored to the people? Will torture stop? Will all students in public universities be able to enroll for free? Will the US national security agencies stop mass spying on our personal communications? Will the neo-conservative agenda of total military domination of the world be reversed? The answer to these questions in the context of the current billion dollar presidential campaign is an absolute no. Instead we have a campaign of personalities and platitudes. There is a race candidate, a gender candidate and a tortured veteran candidate, each talking about change in America, national security, freedom, and the American way. The candidates are running with support of political parties so deeply embedded with the military industrial complex, the health insurance companies, Wall Street, and corporate media that it is undeterminable where the board rooms separate from the state rooms. The 2008 presidential race is a media entertainment spectacle with props, gossip, accusations, and public relations. It is impression management from a candidates’ perspective. How can we fool the most people into believing that we stand for something? It is billions of dollars of gravy for the media folks and continued profit maximunization for the war machine, Wall Street, and insurance companies no matter who is determined the winner in November. We must face the fact that the US government’s primary mission is to protect the wealthy and insure capital expansion worldwide."
"Ample evidence exists as well in the other major field of change, the economy, and I must be frank about this so you will be prepared when the full truth no longer can be hidden. As bleak as some publicly reported facets of the economy are, the facts are more serious. Any positive "spin" on the situation that can be mustered is designed purely to serve the interests of banks and multinational corporations that need you to keep borrowing and spending; however, spending cautiously in these days is only common sense and so is having a cash reserve immediately available. I hasten to speak about the "silver lining" in the international economy as reallocation of the world's wealth undergoes profound changes: The team of economists with integrity who will replace the corrupt ones have transition plans that will keep disruption to a minimum during the changeover process."
"At this stage, your life may seem entirely under your control and you cannot possibly imagine what could go wrong to such an extent as to toss your into a tumble and make you lose sight of any sense of familiarity around you and predictability in your life. Yet, what is inevitably coming cannot be stopped, but can only be mitigated and directed towards what will turn out to be a vast expanse of reharmonized, regenerated peaceful existence out of which a new cosmic civilization will emerge and a true paradise on Earth take hold and blossom. You must not concern yourself with the specifics of what is to transpire. What matters is that you start right now to empower your Self into becoming ever more the perfectly radiant expression of the magnificent divine soul that has ever been and will forever be your unique and absolute Reality."
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4. Earth Proclamation (revisited)
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9. One Down (Spitzer) - 100 More 911 Kingpins To Go
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12. What The Next U.S. President Should Do
13. Winter Soldier: America Must Hear These Iraq Vets' Stories
14. 2008 Election Horror Fantasy - A Primer for Inquisitive Minds
15. Project Camelot interviews Benjamin Fulford
16. China's mobile network a surveillance tool?
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18. Rush for biofuels threatens starvation on a global scale
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20. The Orion Project : Our Vision and Purpose
RISKS OF AN IMMINENT FINANCIAL BREAKDOWN
Which bank is going to follow the Bear? (March 15, 2008) http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/banking_and_finance/article3556815.ece
So who is next? As advisers to Bear Stearns struggle to find a buyer or funding in the next 28 days, Wall Street, the City and the financial district in Tokyo were scrabbling to find out who is the most exposed to Bear Stearns, either through loans or trading positions. Traders in all three centres were panicking even for those banks not directly exposed to Bear. They feared that the problems experienced at the stricken bank signalled that the credit crisis has deteriorated to a new level. CLIP -- HAL TURNER who has much more on this at http://www.halturnershow.com/ wrote "ANALYSTS WARN OF "BANK HOLIDAY"HAS NOT HAPPENED IN 75 YEARS, SINCE ROOSEVELT DECLARED A 4 DAY BANK HOLIDAY IN THE DEPRESSION This is EXTREMELY URGENT -- pass this info on immediately to all your friends, family, neighbors and others you care about. The collapse of U.S. Banks is VERY VERY near; people must prepare to survive without access to ATM's and banks. That means having cash money on hand to tie over for a week or two."
Fear-mongering or something to seriously consider? You decide...
More on this...
Wall Street fears for next Great Depression (16 March 2008) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/wall-street-fears-for-next-great-depression-796428.html
Wall Street is bracing itself for another week of roller-coaster trading after more than $300bn (£150bn) was wiped off the US equity markets on Friday following the emergency funding package put together by the Federal Reserve and JPMorgan Chase to rescue Bear Stearns.One UK economist warned that the world is now close to a 1930s-like Great Depression, while New York traders said they had never experienced such fear. The Fed's emergency funding procedure was first used in the Depression and has rarely been used since.A Goldman Sachs trader in New York said: "Everyone is in a total state of shock, aghast at what is happening. No one wants to talk, let alone deal; we're just standing by waiting. Everyone is nervous about what is going to emerge when trading starts tomorrow."In the UK, Michael Taylor, a senior market strategist at Lombard, the economics consultancy, said on Friday night: "We have all been talking about a 1970s-style crisis but as each day goes by this looks more like the 1930s. No one has any clue as to where this is going to end; it's a self-feeding disaster." Mr Taylor, who had been relatively optimistic, has turned bearish: "It really does look as though the UK is now heading for a recession. The credit-crunch means that even if the Bank of England cuts rates again, the banks are in such a bad way they are unlikely to pass cuts on."Mr Taylor added that he expects a sharp downturn in the real UK economy as the public and companies stop borrowing. "We have never seen anything like this before. This is new territory for us. Liquidity is being pumped into the system but the banks are not taking any notice. This is all about confidence. The more the central banks do, the more the banks seem to ignore what's going on."Mr Taylor added that the problems unravelling at Bear Stearns are just the beginning: "There will be more banks and hedge funds heading for collapse."One of the problems facing the markets is that, despite the Fed's move last week to feed them another $200bn, the banks are still not lending to each other. CLIP
Bear fire sale sparks rout, Bush tries to calm (March 17, 2008) http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080317/bs_nm/bearstearns_fed_dc;_ylt=AmllJSMyuH5adJ6KXhTGcZ6s0NUE
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A fire sale of Bear Stearns Cos Inc (BSC.N) stunned Wall Street and pummeled global financial stocks on Monday on fears that few banks are safe from deepening market turmoil. Trying to assuage worries that the credit crisis is spinning out of control, President George W. Bush said the United States was "on top of the situation," but the sell-off intensified in the early afternoon.The U.S. Federal Reserve geared up for a deep cut in interest rates on Tuesday to blow money into the fragile financial system -- the latest in a series of rate cuts that has brought down borrowing costs by 2-1/4 percentage points and hammered the U.S. dollar to record lows. Staff at Bear Stearns' Manhattan headquarters were welcomed to work on Monday by a two-dollar bill stuck to the revolving doors -- a spoof on the bargain-basement price of $2 per share that JPMorgan Chase (JPM.N) is paying for the firm. A hopeful Coldwell Banker real estate agent was hawking cheap apartments to employees who saw the value of their stock options go up in smoke. The combination of Bear Stearns' bailout and the Fed's offer on Sunday to extend direct lending to securities firms for the first time since the Great Depression highlighted just how hard the credit crisis has hit Wall Street.And it scared market players worldwide. "If you get a crisis of confidence in the wholesale banking space and something the size of Bear Stearns could go under, then people start to panic. You get a real fear factor," said Simon Maughan, analyst at MF Global in London. CLIP
America was conned - who will pay? (March 17 2008) http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/mar/17/economics.useconomy
The South Sea Bubble ended in riots as trust was lost. Wall Street also duped the public - Bear Stearns marks the moment when the global financial crisis went critical. Up until last Friday, it had been possible - just about - to believe that the worst was over and that things were about to get better. That pretence was stripped away when JP Morgan, at the behest of the Federal Reserve, stepped in when the hedge funds pulled the plug on the fifth-biggest US investment bank.t is now clear that no end is in sight to the turmoil, and the reason for that is that the Fed and the US treasury are no closer to solving the underlying problem than they were eight months ago. The crisis will only end when house prices stop falling and banks stop racking up huge losses on their loans. Doing that, however, will require the US government to intervene directly in the real estate market to end the wave of foreclosures. Ideologically, it is ill-equipped to take that step and, as a result, property prices will fall and the financial meltdown will go on and on.Ultimately, though, action will be taken because there will be political pressure for it. Indeed, it is somewhat surprising that there is not already rioting in the streets, given the gigantic fraud perpetrated by the financial elite at the expense of ordinary Americans. CLIP
Soft Shoe in Hard Times http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031708I.shtml
Maureen Dowd, writing for The New York Times, says: "Everyone here is flummoxed about why the president is in such a fine mood. The dollar's crumpling, the recession's thundering, the Dow's bungee-jumping and the world's disapproving, yet George Bush has turned into Gene Kelly, tap dancing and singing in a one-man review called 'The Most Happy Fella.'"
Stocks decline after huge rally (Mar 19) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080319/ap_on_bi_st_ma_re/wall_street;_ylt=As.hymR6y77jpBelIAZOZPWs0NUE
NEW YORK - Stocks pulled back sharply Wednesday, erasing most of the previous session's big gains as investors grew concerned about the possibility that banks remain vulnerable to further problems from soured debt. The Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 300 points after rising 420 on Tuesday. Some retrenchment was to be expected after the previous day's huge advance. But the decline also reflects investors' continuing uneasiness about the world's financial system and the U.S. economy. CLIP
Rescue Me: A Fed Bailout Crosses a Line (March 16, 2008) http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/16/business/16gret.html
What are the consequences of a world in which regulators rescue even the financial institutions whose recklessness and greed helped create the titanic credit mess we are in? Will the consequences be an even weaker currency, rampant inflation, a continuation of the slow bleed that we have witnessed at banks and brokerage firms for the past year? Or all of the above? Stick around, because we'll soon find out. And it's not going to be pretty. Agreeing to guarantee a 28-day credit line to Bear Stearns, by way of JPMorgan Chase, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York conceded last Friday that no sizable firm with a book of mortgage securities or loans out to mortgage issuers could be allowed to fail right now. It was the most explicit sign yet of the Fed's "Rescues R Us" doctrine that already helped to force the marriage of Bank of America and Countrywide. But why save Bear Stearns? "Why not set an example of Bear Stearns, the guys who have this record of dog-eat-dog, we're brass knuckles, we're tough?" asked William A. Fleckenstein, president of Fleckenstein Capital in Issaquah, Wash., and co-author with Fred Sheehan of Greenspan's Bubbles: The Age of Ignorance at the Federal Reserve. After years of never allowing any of our financial institutions to fail, they have become so enormous that nobody will be allowed to sink beneath the waves. Otherwise, a tsunami would swamp the hedge funds, banks and other brokerage firms that remain afloat. If Bear Stearns failed, for example, it would result in a wholesale dumping of mortgage securities and other assets onto a market that is frozen and where buyers are in hiding. This fire sale would force surviving institutions carrying the same types of securities on their books to mark down their positions, generating more margin calls and creating more failures. Note: This excellent article should be read in its entirety by anyone who wants to understand the impending financial meltdown and the government's response to it.
Bernanke Deep-Sixes the Dollar to Save Wall Street http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032008D.shtml
Contre Info writes: "In the absence of the authority and political courage required to cut to the quick, the Fed has been reduced to using expedients that - while allowing the extent of losses to remain concealed - postpone the moment of truth and compromise the dollar. To save Wall Street, Bernanke exports the crisis and stokes a global inflationary fever, risking a devastating boomerang: rejection of the dollar as the global reserve currency."
Dollars tough to sell on streets of Amsterdam (Mar 17, 2008) http://www.reuters.com/article/ousiv/idUSL1758265520080317
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar's value is dropping so fast against the euro that small currency outlets in Amsterdam are turning away tourists seeking to sell their dollars for local money while on vacation in the Netherlands. "Our dollar is worth maybe zero over here," said Mary Kelly, an American tourist from Indianapolis, Indiana, in front of the Anne Frank house. "It's hard to find a place to exchange. We have to go downtown, to the central station or post office." That's because the smaller currency exchanges -- despite buy/sell spreads that make it easier for them to make money by exchanging small amounts of currency -- don't want to be caught holding dollars that could be worth less by the time they can sell them. The dollar hovered near record lows on Monday, with one euro worth around $1.58 versus $1.47 a month ago.
Oil plummets on economy worries http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/oil_prices;_ylt=As88gcVesmNTUPuRnKwzCf.s0NUE
NEW YORK - Oil prices plunged Monday, pulling back at least temporarily from record levels as investors feared that the financial crisis that forced the sale of Bear Stearns Cos. is a sign of deep economic trouble.Crude's plunge came even as diesel prices rose to a new record above $4 a gallon, and gas prices remained high. Diesel, used to transport the vast majority of the nation's goods, rose 1.3 cents to a national average of $4.002 a gallon Monday, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service. The national average price of a gallon of gas, meanwhile, dipped slightly to $3.283 a gallon, but remains 73 cents higher than a year ago. Oil's steep decline falling $4.53 to settle at $105.68 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange came hours after futures reached a new trading high of $111.80 on the Federal Reserve's move Sunday to lower a key interest rate by a quarter point. CLIP
Dollar's Clout Sinks Worldwide http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031308R.shtml
Alan Clendenning reports for The Associated Press: "Hit by a free fall with no end in sight, the once mighty US dollar is no longer just crashing on currency markets and making life more expensive for American tourists and business people abroad; its clout is evaporating worldwide as foreign businesses and individuals turn to other currencies."
Gold price fixed above $1000 barrier at London PM fix (March 17 - 2008) http://www.ameinfo.com/150317.html
The gold price today fixed above the 'symbolic' $1000.00/oz mark reaching $1,003.50 at the London PM fix, after sailing through previously uncharted territory since the start of the year. (...) The World Gold Council identified the following short term reasons for the recent gold price rise: - Inflationary fears as a result, in particular, of high oil prices. Gold is seen as a hedge against inflation; while its real value can vary in the short term, its purchasing power has remained stable over centuries. - Continued weakness in the dollar. Gold is a statistically proven hedge against fluctuations in the US dollar, the world's main trading currency. The dollar has lost 5% against the Euro since September 2007. - Unstable financial conditions in the light of recent and ongoing credit crisis. Gold is not matched by a liability. It can help to provide insurance against extreme movements in the value of traditional asset classes that can happen during unsettled times. These short-term factors have, however, occurred on top of longer-term movements in supply and demand fundamentals that have supported the rise in the gold price since 2001. CLIP
Gold price expected to hit $US1,100/oz (Mar 16) http://www.thewest.com.au/aapstory.aspx?StoryName=468291
The spot price of gold is expected to surge as high as $US1,100 per fine ounce in the near term, as investors continue to pursue the metal to insulate themselves from the fallout from a softening US economy and volatile financial markets across the world. CLIP
Dollar Dips Against Euro Before Fed Rate Call http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031808D.shtml
Agence France-Presse reports, "The dollar wobbled close to record low points against the euro on Tuesday as traders eagerly awaited an interest rate decision from the US Federal Reserve, analysts said."
The Fed's in a desperate race with spectre of collapse http://tinyurl.com/2m2qv4
The Fed, with its latest $200bn offer of cheap cash, has provided yet more state aid for errant hedge funds and another Washington-backed bail-out for Wall Street bankers.
Roubini's Nightmare Scenario: A Vicious Circle Ending In A Systemic Financial Meltdown http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19531.htm
America is going broke and the rest of the world knows it. Bernanke is just speeding the country along the ever-steepening downward trajectory.
Stocks tumble on Bear Stearns rescue news http://tinyurl.com/ytlzhp
News that Bear Stearns Cos. was set to receive a financial rescue sent U.S. stocks into a freefall in early Friday trade, plunging the three major indexes more than 2% down before the market stabilized and moved off its lows.
Bear Stearns in Bankruptcy: Can You Feel Their Pain? http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031708J.shtml
Dean Baker writes for Truthout: "Why is the Fed, an agency of the government, using our tax dollars to keep Bear Stearns and its rich managers and shareholders above water? After all, the government supposedly doesn't have enough money to provide kids with health care and childcare, to guarantee families decent housing or to meet a long list of other needs. Why do we have the money to lend tens of billions of dollars to Bear Stearns at below market interest rates?"
Fears mount over US economy http://tinyurl.com/2vfyoe
The US economy has been hit by a new series of setbacks, with a slump in consumer spending, another drop in the dollar and oil prices hitting a new record increasing fears of recession.
Recession Time http://tinyurl.com/2cf4xe
How bad will this downturn get? No one can know because we've never experienced such a headlong slide in the housing market
Tent city highlights US homes crisis http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7297093.stm
The meltdown in the US mortgage market has led to record foreclosures and forced thousands from their homes. In few places is it worse than southern California, where the BBC's Rajesh Mirchandani reports on an extreme consequence of the downturn, but one that some observers fear could grow.
Subprime Mortgage Watchdogs Kept on Leash http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031708B.shtml
E. Scott Reckard, reporting for The Los Angeles Times, writes: "Freelance financial watchdogs who examined the paperwork on subprime home loans being sold to Wall Street had an inside view of the boom in easy-money lending this decade. The reviewers say they raised plenty of red flags about flaws so serious that mortgages should have been rejected outright - such as borrowers' incomes that seemed inflated or documents that looked fake - but the problems were glossed over, ignored or stricken from reports."
And then the "cherry on the cake"... again according to Hal Turner (who is often a fear-mongerer IMHO)... which means discernment is required to assess his claims below...
SPECIAL "CLOSED SESSION" OF U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISCUSSED A LOT MORE THAN THE PENDING SECURITY SURVEILLANCE PROVISIONS LAST NIGHTS SESSION WAS ONLY THE FOURTH TIME IN 176 YEARS THAT CONGRESS CLOSED ITS DOORS TO THE PUBLIC - Word has begun leaking from last nights special, closed-door session of the United States House of Representatives.Not only did members discuss new surveillance provisions as was the publicly stated reason for the closed door session, they were also bluntly warned about: the imminent collapse of the U.S. economy to occur by September 2008, the imminent collapse of US federal government finances by February 2009,the possibility of Civil War inside the USA as a result of the collapse, advance round-ups of "insurgent U.S. citizens" likely to move against the government, The detention of those rounded-up at "REX 84" camps constructed throughout the USA, the possibility of retaliation against members of Congress for the collapses,the location of "safe facilities" for members of Congress and their families to reside during expected massive civil unrest the necessary and unavoidable merger of the United States with Canada (for its natural resources) and with Mexico (for its cheap labor pool), the issuance of a new currency - THE AMERO - for all three nations as the proposed solution to the coming economic armageddon. Members of Congress were FORBIDDEN to reveal what was discussed and ABC News via WCPO web site at the link below CONFIRMS congress members were FORBIDDEN to talk about it! Several are so furious and concerned about the future of the country, they have begun leaking info. More details coming later today and over the weekend. SPREAD THE WORD!!!"
House Goes Behind Closed Doors To Debate Surveillance Bill http://www.wcpo.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=1fde2498-d8c8-44f3-9c94-4a27f8407536 CAPITOL HILL (AP) -- The House has held a closed session for the first time in 25 years, discussing a hotly contested surveillance bill. Republicans had requested privacy for what they termed "an honest debate" on the new Democratic eavesdropping measure. The bill is opposed by the White House and most Republicans in Congress. Lawmakers were forbidden to disclose what was said during the hour-long late-night session. The extent to which minds were changed, if at all, should be more clear Friday, when the House is expected to openly debate and then vote on the bill. President Bush has vowed to veto the surveillance measure, saying it would undermine the nation's security. Bush opposes it in part because it wouldn't provide retroactive legal immunity for telecom companies that may have helped the government eavesdrop on their customers without court permission after the 9/11 terror attacks.
Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight (20 minutes) MUST WATCH!! - FASCINATING and very moving!!! http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229
Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened -- as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding -- she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another. Recommended by Janine Fafard (email@example.com) MANY OTHER SUBSCRIBERS ALSO RECOMMENDED THIS VIDEO!!
The Road to Ascension: David Wilcock (Part 1 to 4) ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING VIDEOS with Edgar Cayce's reincarnation!!! MUST WATCH! even it it's long... Check also his website at http://www.divinecosmos.com/
Watch the videos or read the transcripts through http://projectcamelot.org/david_wilcock.html or at
PART 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxQLiy7AHx8 (His personal amazing story)
PART 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bz9YPriDLo (Montauk Project, jump gate, time travel, 2012)
PART 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfr_Hj9LOa
PART 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq11frQ3R9A
Our interview with David Wilcock is part of our redirecting our focus toward the future of our planet in the years leading up to 2012. As the self-professed reincarnation of Edgar Cayce, he's a good person to start with. In some ways, we've approached David less in the traditional interview mode and more with the stance that all we at Camelot had to do was to place the camera there and the rest would take care of itself. And so it happened. David is extremely well-read, eloquent and dynamic and was able to hit the ground running. He launches into a saga of his own spiritual journey of self discovery, how he came to the realization of one of his past lives as Edgar Cayce, his meetings with members of the Black Ops community and ultimate introduction into the world of the Illuminati, his exposure to the Law of One, Ra material and his scientific investigations. Wrapping his own considerable channeling abilities into a vast and lucid review of the scientific basis for the coming changes around 2012, this interview promises to raise many questions and provoke great deal of thought in the viewer. CLIP Check also this picture of Edgar Cayce in 1910: http://www.writespirit.net/blog/archive/2006/11/12/story_edgar_cayce -- Pretty convincing! (he gives details on this from 40 minutes in the interview) and check also...
Interplanetary Day After Tomorrow? Part 1 http://www.enterprisemission.com/_articles/05-14-2004_Interplanetary_Part_1/Interplanetary_1.htm
The entire solar system - not just our one small planet -- is currently undergoing profound, never-before-seen physical changes. This paper will address and scientifically document a wide variety of significant examples, drawing from a host of published mainstream sources.We will also outline a new scientific model that, for the first time, coherently explains these simultaneous interplanetary changes via a fundamental new Physics - a Physics that predicts even greater anomalies to come CLIP
The Science of Peace http://www.divinecosmos.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=305&Itemid=85
Is there a "consciousness field" of "radiant mind energy" that we all share? Is this field causing "Global Warming" on Earth and similar effects throughout the entire solar system?Does the Field have any effect on DNA, including the ability to completely transform one species into another? Is such a 21st-century model of evolution actually happening to us right now?Is this Mind Field the ultimate answer to solving financial collapse, terrorism, violent crime and all manner of Earth Changes, leading to a true Science of Peace?
The Infra-Terrestrials http://www.drboylan.com/infraterrestrials.html
(...) The Infra-Terrestrials is a term which can be used to refer to advanced indigenous intelligent species here on Earth for a very long time, and dwelling by choice within the Earth or in domed cities at the bottom of the ocean. They are Species of Earth, originating from here. They did not migrate here from other star systems. (...) The Infras have taught that one day the Human Race will become a beautiful Race, and honored among the Stars. It has already begun. (...) Besides the Infra-Terrestrial Species noted thus far, there are two additional groups of Infra-Terrestrials: the Elfen Folk (Elves, Gnomes, Wee Folk, Dwarves); and, the Fairies; except that the fairies are not like Tinkerbell, with wings, but are the gentle floating Orb Folk. The wings in drawings of fairies were our ancestors' attempt to depict floating hovering beings to a simple people who could not otherwise understand how someone could be suspended in the air.
A MINUTE OF SILENCE ON THURSDAY, MARCH 20 http://bellaciao.org/fr/spip.php?article63080
Thursday March 20 is the exact anniversary of the attack on Iraq. Stop the War is asking all its supporters in colleges, schools, workplaces etc to organise and observe a minute of silence at midday for all those who have been killed in Iraq and in all of George Bush's wars. There will also be a protest outside Downing Street from 11.30 on that day.
"The High Tide" : The Ron Paul Revolution Continues (Posted March 13, 2008) MUST WATCH! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3MLTvYBQy0
3D animation and motion graphics come together in a 60 second grassroots promo for Presidential candidate Ron Paul. Visit http://www.HighTidePromo.com for full res versions and more info. The High Tide could be a lifting anthem for the Ron Paul Revolution as it seeks ways to voice its message in the post-campaign era. The video features high quality 3-D animation and Dr. Ron Paul's voice. It's stunning imagery dramatically portrays the dark landscape of spreading wars and an unfolding economic wasteland that have resulted from bad policy. It carries also the spirit of freedom that Ron Paul hoped his campaign would rekindle-- and in many ways already has-- as people across the country are now sparking debate over scaling back government power and following constitutionally-based policies. Grassroots supporter Nate Evans (ArcFx, http://WeAreChange.org) donated months of work to put together the 3-D promo (click here for high quality) that will have to settle for underscoring the high-point of an unusual presidential campaign that has now receded from hopes of winning the GOP nomination. Nevertheless, the campaign succeeded in shedding light on the skewed policies of the phony candidates who shared the stage with him. His disenfranchisement in polls, electronic voting and media coverage demonstrated the manipulation over so-called free elections. Ron Paul recently conceded that "convention victory" had been lost, but that the fight would continue. Many victories have been achieved due to your hard work and enthusiasm, said Paul. I dont mind playing a key role in the revolution, but it has to be more than a Ron Paul revolution, he said. Somehow, that is reflected in this animated video that transcends the mere man Ron Paul is individually and elevates instead the ideas and history his policy is based upon. So, what will be the high mark of the Ron Paul Revolution, in their campaign for the presidency? What is its the lasting impact, and in what form will it continue? Paul urges the continuation of meet-up groups, and even campaign races in effort to gain more delegates and take small victories where they are still available in the election, if only to stretch the political muscle for a future contest. At the rate our economy is slipping, we will likely see the disintegration of the American empire, said Paul. Todays events should be seen as a tremendous opportunity to change our country for the good. The Ron Paul Revolution intends to make an lasting impression when it will march together in Washington. Which direction that will take us, is the next step.
Landslide Victory for Ron Paul in Missouri!! We can still do it! (March 16th, 2008) http://www.dailypaul.com/node/42855
Today in Saint Charles County Missouri, the largest Republican County caucus in the state 111 of a possible 137 Delegates were elected for Ron Paul. The St. Charles Caucus was a landslide turnout for Ron Paul. The Republican Platform was amended to oppose the Patriot Act, The Iraq war, the Federal Reserve, Fiat Currency, the Global American Empire, the income Tax, Estate Tax, Mccain Fieingold, the National ID Card, The Real ID Act of 2005 and much much more. Kudo's to Ron Paul supporters in Missouri!!This was only one county in Missouri yesterday and it was happening all over the state. Please keep this bumped up...the GOP is freaking out and other states can do the same!! CLIP
New CONTEST - One Minute Shift - Lots of wonderful entires! http://www.youtube.com/groups_videos?name=greatshiftcontest
IF you have one minute to share your thoughts about how to make a positive change in the world and inspire others to do so, what would it be? You might demonstrate a key part of the solution, a change in consciousness or perspective or something that inspires us for the journey. If you had a single minute to share the single most important message you have with the world, what would it be? And can you make that message entertaining enough to create a shift in others? The Deadline was March 15th 2008 Especially recommended... MIRACLE OF THE HEART at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgbtFr2UchQ
Energy to Transform the World http://tinyurl.com/2gjbjk
1-hour interview with Dr. Steven Greer on the free energy his group, AERO, hopes to release that will transform the world. Make sure to hear the whole thing. Recommended by Kathy Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Illuminati Bloodlines of power part 1/31 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amLDfAMnLVc
Recommended by Carol who wrote: "I send this link because this seems like such a comprehensive overview of historical facts without emotional baggage. This five hour presentation of alternative Hx in ten minute segments, which is different from other presentations in it's suggestions near the end as to what can we do to not support this process. The credits were not posted, but the narrator's voice sounds remarkably like Susan Sarandon."
'Creepy gnome' terrorises town (11 Mar 2008) (With a video) http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article902014.ece
A TOWN in South America is living in fear after several sightings of a 'creepy gnome' that locals claim stalks the streets at night. The midget - which wears a pointy hat and has a distinctive sideways walk - was caught on video last week by a terrified group of youngsters. Teenager Jose Alvarez - who filmed the gnome - yesterday told national newspaper El Tribuno that they caught the creature while larking about in their hometown of General Guemes, in the province of Salta, Argentina. He said: We were chatting about our last fishing trip. It was one in the morning. I began to film a bit with my mobile phone while the others were chatting and joking."Suddenly we heard something - a weird noise as if someone was throwing stones."We looked to one side and saw that the grass was moving. To begin with we thought it was a dog but when we saw this gnome-like figure begin to emerge we were really afraid."Jose added that other locals had come forward to say they had spotted the gnome. He said: This is no joke. We are still afraid to go out - just like everyone else in the neighbourhood now."One of my friends was so scared after seeing that thing that we had to take him to the hospital.
John Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Ron Paul (Feb 28) THIS 10 MIN 30 SEC VIDEO IS EXTREMELY MOVING! http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/3/13/john-kennedy-martin-luther-king-and-ron-paul.aspx
You wouldnt know it from watching the nightly news or reading the morning paper, but Ron Paul -- the presidential candidate who stands for health freedom in the United States -- is still in the running for the 2008 presidential campaign. By now you may expect that the mainstream media would censor their coverage, only featuring candidates that are accepted by the establishment, but the Internet has, so far, represented a place where freedom of speech, and freedom of ideas, has persevered.Well, this, too, may be changing. This YouTube video -- which shares words from some of the greatest leaders in U.S. history, including Ron Paul -- was actually censored, and removed, by YouTube. Watch it now, before it is censored further (This exceptional video is also available at http://xs2.lhi.is/~oskar05/ronpaul.wmv), and remember, if you agree with Ron Paul's message of freedom and liberty then JOIN THE CAUSE! CLIP - Ron Paul Still Running, Refuses To Support McCain - Video Added (March 11, 2008)
KSLA Is U.S. Gov't. Secretly Testing Americans 'Again'? (Nov 2007) http://sonomachemtrails.blogspot.com/search?q=ksla
Could a strange substance found by an Ark-La-Tex man be part of secret government testing program? That's the question at the heart of a phenomenon called "Chemtrails." In a KSLA News 12 investigation, Reporter Jeff Ferrell shows us the results of testing we had done about what's in our skies.
Where the Hell is Matt? -- Amazing Trip Around the World in Less Than 4 Minutes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNF_P281Uu4
If you've ever had the desire to travel, but don't have all the money saved yet, you'll want to watch the awesome video, Where the Hell is Matt?, for inspiration. It's based on the travels of a video game developer who created a Web site so his friends and family could keep up with his many adventures around the world. The site became so popular during and after his long trip that a candy manufacturer paid for a second trip around the world last year, this time a six-month excursion encompassing 39 countries on all seven continents.I hope you'll enjoy watching this short trip around the world from your desktop, then be inspired to take a trip of your own to some beautiful place close by or far away.
Taxi to the Dark Side Must Watch Award-Winning Video Documentary (1 hr 18 min) http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7553360276446246577
The film documents how Rumsfeld, together with the White House legal team, were able to convince Congress to approve the use of torture against prisoners of war. Taxi to the Dark Side is the definitive exploration of the introduction of torture as an interrogation technique in U.S. facilities, and the role played by key figures of the Bush Administration in the process.
World's best-known protest symbol turns 50 (20 March 2008) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7292252.stm
It started life as the emblem of the British anti-nuclear movement but it has become an international sign for peace, and arguably the most widely used protest symbol in the world. It has also been adapted, attacked and commercialised. It had its first public outing 50 years ago on a chilly Good Friday as thousands of British anti-nuclear campaigners set off from London's Trafalgar Square on a 50-mile march to the weapons factory at Aldermaston. The demonstration had been organised by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC) and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) joined in. Gerald Holtom, a designer and former World War II conscientious objector from West London, persuaded DAC that their aims would have greater impact if they were conveyed in a visual image. The "Ban the Bomb" symbol was born. He considered using a Christian cross motif but, instead, settled on using letters from the semaphore - or flag-signalling - alphabet, super-imposing N (uclear) on D (isarmament) and placing them within a circle symbolising Earth.The sign was quickly adopted by CND. (...) And can its success be measured? Fifty years on, wars have continued to be waged and the list of nuclear-armed states has steadily lengthened. But the cup is half-full as well as half empty."There are many ways in which nuclear war has been prevented," says Mr Wittner. "The hawks say that the reason nuclear weapons have not been used is because of the deterrent. But I believe popular pressure has restrained powers from using them and helped curbed the arms race. (...) It is fascinating to know the meaning and history behind the symbol.As a Vietnam veteran, I never wore it during the war, only afterwards, next to my badges and medals, a peace sign. Only a soldier knows the true cost of peace.Every citizen of the world should live in peace. Every person in the world must play their part. In the words of the late, great John Lennon, "Give peace a chance"! Conrad, Atlanta, Georgia - USA
China blankets Tibetan areas with troops (Mar 20, 2008) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080320/ap_on_re_as/china_tibet;_ylt=Al1RwZQjIT8nVoIqw0tTp9Gs0NUE
ZHONGDIAN, China - China blanketed restive Tibetan areas Thursday with a huge buildup of troops, turning small towns across a wide swath of western China into armed encampments. Beijing acknowledged that last week's anti-government protests had spread far beyond Tibet's borders and that police opened fire on protesters. It warned foreign tourists and journalists to stay away from a huge expanse of territory across four provinces.In an overture of peace, the Dalai Lama offered to meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao and other leaders, reiterating that he was not asking for Tibetan independence.China has repeatedly ignored calls for dialogue, accusing the exiled Tibetan leader and his supporters of organizing violence in hopes of sabotaging the upcoming Beijing Olympics and promoting Tibetan independence.Hundreds of paramilitary troops aboard at least 80 trucks were seen traveling along the main road winding through the mountains into southeastern Tibet. Others set up camp and patrolled streets in riot gear, helmets and rifles in the town of Tiger Leaping Gorge, a tourist attraction in Yunnan province bordering Tibet. CLIP
China Cracks Down in Tibet and Beyond as Protests Spread http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031608A.shtml
Mark Magnier writes for The Los Angeles Times: "The spread of protests from Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, to neighboring communities and now Gansu province represents a crisis for a government eager to project an image of friendly confidence and cultural refinement in advance of the Beijing Olympics."
Tibet Governor Promises Harsh Consequences http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031708L.shtml
The Associated Press reports, "Tibet's governor promised leniency to anti-Chinese protesters who turned themselves in before the end of Monday - and harsh consequences for those who don't - while troops fanned out to quell sympathy protests that have spread to three neighboring provinces."
China "Holds Tibetan Dissidents" http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031708A.shtml
BBC News reports, "Security forces in the Tibetan city of Lhasa are rounding up dissidents, exiled Tibetans say, as a deadline approaches for protesters to surrender."
Tibet and the Ghosts of Tiananmen http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031808M.shtml
Bill Powell writes for Time: "It is still nearly five months before the Olympic torch is to be lit in Beijing, officially starting the 29th summer Olympics. But, diplomats in the Chinese capital believe that a high level game of chicken has already begun, one that has now turned deadly - first, in Lhasa, the capital of what China calls the Tibet Autonomous Region, and now elsewhere, according to Tibetan exiles and human rights groups."
Simmering Resentments Led to Tibetan Backlash http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031808B.shtml
Jim Yardley, reporting for The New York Times, writes: "Chinese leaders have blamed 'splittists' led by the exiled Dalai Lama for spurring violent protests in Tibet and orchestrating a public relations sneak attack on the Communist Party, as they gear up to play host to the Olympics Games this summer. But to many Tibetans and their sympathizers, the weeklong uprising against Chinese rule in Lhasa reflects years of simmering resentment over Beijing's interference in Buddhist religious rites, its tightened political control and the destruction of the environment across the Himalayan territory the Tibetans consider sacred. If there is a surprise, it may be that Beijing has managed to keep things stable for so long."
Worldwide Protests Over Tibet Crackdown http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031808C.shtml
The Associated Press reports, "Protesters in Australia burned Chinese flags Tuesday and police arrested 50 activists in Nepal during renewed demonstrations against Beijing's crackdown on Tibet."
Iraq War's Cost: Loss of US Power, Prestige and Influence http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031608B.shtml
Warren P. Strobel of McClatchy Newspapers reports: "It was a decision that only President Bush had the power to make: At about 9 a.m. on March 19, 2003, in the Situation Room in the basement of the West Wing of the White House, he gave the 'execute order' to begin Operation Iraqi Freedom, the US-led invasion of Iraq."
Five Years, and Counting http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031908M.shtml
Dahr Jamail reports for Inter Press Service, "Devastation on the ground and largely held Iraqi opinion contradicts claims by US officials that the situation in Iraq has improved towards the fifth anniversary of the invasion Mar. 20."
Pope: Enough With Slaughters in Iraq http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031708R.shtml
The Associated Press reports: "Pope Benedict XVI issued one of his strongest appeals for peace in Iraq on Sunday, days after the body of the kidnapped Chaldean Catholic archbishop was found near the northern city of Mosul."
"War Made Easy": Media Lap Dogs Backed Iraq Mess http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031908I.shtml
Susan Donaldson James reports for ABC News, "Sean Penn, the actor-director-turned-political-activist, narrates a new anti-war documentary that alleges U.S. presidents since Kennedy have manipulated the public to wage wars."
Five Years Into War, Soldiers Speak (19 March 2008) Excellent video interview!! http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031908J.shtml
Washington - Today marks the fifth anniversary of the day President Bush announced from the Oval Office the "opening stages of what will be a broad and concerted campaign" to invade Iraq. On that day, he invested the military with a great and grave responsibility. "To all the men and women of the United States Armed Forces now in the Middle East, the peace of a troubled world and the hopes of an oppressed people now depend on you," Bush said. "That trust is well placed." Five years later, more than 200 of those men and women joined last week in Silver Spring, Maryland, to reject that trust, to speak out against that mission and to invest their government with the responsibility to end it. During the Winter Soldier testimonies, they told their own stories of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; the realities of life on the ground, not of the Oval Office. They told of the killing of civilians, the destruction of houses and farms, the mishandling of war dead, the use of illegal weapons, the dehumanization of the "enemy" and the pain that war has etched onto their own lives. Over the course of four days, from March 13 to 16, they testified against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They found them guilty. "We were not bad people," testified Cliff Hicks, a 23-year-old Iraq veteran, expressing the sentiment of many of his peers, who spoke of wrestling with guilt, shame and fear. "We were all good people in a bad situation, and we did what we had to do to get through." The event was in some ways a revival of the first Winter Soldier, in 1971, in which more than a hundred Vietnam veterans gathered to mourn their own acts of violence and speak out against the war that perpetuated them. Last week's Winter Soldier comprised the largest-ever gathering of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Like the Vietnam-era veterans, their aim is larger than the sum of their personal testimonies. They hope to play an integral role in ending the occupation, according to Kelly Dougherty, executive director of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), the organization behind the event. CLIP Much more below in #13. Winter Soldier: America Must Hear These Iraq Vets' Stories
Mission Still Not Accomplished http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032008A.shtml
In an editorial, The New York Times writes, "It has been five years since the United States invaded Iraq and the world watched in horror as what seemed like a swift victory by modern soldiers and 21st-century weapons became a nightmare of spiraling violence, sectarian warfare, insurgency, roadside bombings and ghastly executions."
Truthout contributor William Rivers Pitt says, "Five years in Iraq. That's 1,825 days since 'Shock and Awe' lit up the skies above Baghdad, all of which was captured live and in living color by unblinking CNN cameras with unobstructed views of the carnage."
Iraq War Protesters Take to the Streets http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031908S.shtml
Michael Ruane, Sue Anne Pressley Montes, and Petula Dvorak of The Washington Post report: "Hundreds of antiwar demonstrators this morning tried to stop workers from entering federal government buildings, sat down in busy streets to block traffic, and staged a 'March of the Dead' parade from Arlington National Cemetery into the District to protest five years of fighting in Iraq."
A brave soldier testifies about what he saw and did in Iraq. (2 Videos) http://answer.pephost.org/site/News2?abbr=ANS_&page=NewsArticle&id=8795#video
"We were told we were fighting terrorism...The real terrorism was this occupation... I threw families onto the street in Iraq only to come home and see families thrown onto the street in this country in this tragic and unnecessary foreclosure crisis... Our enemy is not 5,000 miles away: they are right here at home." -- Michael Prysner
Casualty of War http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031908U.shtml
This week on Bill Moyers Journal, "former talk show host Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro on the true cost of war and their documentary, 'Body of War,' depicting the moving story of one veteran dealing with the aftermath of war."
The Wages of Peace http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031708O.shtml
Robert Pollin and Heidi Garrett-Peltier write for The Nation: "The economic consequences of Iraq run even deeper than the squandered opportunities for vital public investments. Spending on Iraq is also a job killer. Every $1 billion spent on a combination of education, healthcare, energy conservation and infrastructure investments creates between 50 and 100 percent more jobs than the same money going to Iraq. Taking the 2007 Iraq budget of $138 billion, this means that upward of 1 million jobs were lost because the Bush Administration chose the Iraq sinkhole over public investment."
Estimates of Iraq War Cost Were Not Close to Ballpark http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031908O.shtml
David M. Herszenhorn, of The New York Times, reports: "At the outset of the Iraq war, the Bush administration predicted that it would cost $50 billion to $60 billion to oust Saddam Hussein, restore order and install a new government. Five years in, the Pentagon tags the cost of the Iraq war at roughly $600 billion and counting. Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and critic of the war, pegs the long-term cost at more than $4 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office and other analysts say that $1 trillion to $2 trillion is more realistic, depending on troop levels and on how long the American occupation continues."
US denies planning strike on Iran (MARCH 13, 2008) http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/13AAF1CB-4E92-4D6D-A232-635325A80887.htm
The US government has denied it is preparing to take military action against Iran before George Bush's term as president expires. Speculation has been growing since the US military commander in charge of Middle East operations resigned on Tuesday.The White House denied reports that Admiral William Fallon was quitting because of differences with Bush over Iran. A recent article in Esquire magazine said Fallon was opposed to the US using force against Iran over its nuclear programme. Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, said Fallon had asked for permission to retire early because reports on the issue meant he felt he could no longer be effective. (...) While some consider it unlikely that Bush, as a "lame duck" president with only 10 months left to his term, would undertake such a major military action as an attack on Iran, there is precedent from Bush's own father. In December 1992, after the former president had already lost his re-election battle to Bill Clinton, George Bush sent thousands of US troops to invade Somalia on a peacekeeping mission. And just days before leaving office, the former president ordered a strike on Baghdad with 40 cruise missiles striking targets linked to Iraqi weapons development, an example of how the US president can order military action at any time. Over the past year, Bush and Dick Cheney, the vice-president, have ratcheted up the rhetoric against Iran, which says its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes. CLIP
MILITARY COMMISSIONS ACT http://www.aclu.org/safefree/detention/commissions.html
In the final hours before adjourning in 2006, Congress passed and the president signed the Military Commissions Act (MCA). In doing so, they cast aside the Constitution and the principle of habeas corpus, which protects against unlawful and indefinite imprisonment. They also gave the president absolute power to designate enemy combatants, and to set his own definitions for torture. Habeas corpus isn't a fancy legal term. It's the freedom from being thrown in prison illegally, with no help and no end in sight. No president should ever be given the power to call someone an enemy, wave his hand, and lock them away indefinitely. The Founders made the president subject to the rule of law. They rejected dungeons and chose due process.We all know the difference between fairness and persecution. If we do not act immediately to fix the Military Commissions Act and restore our constitutional rights, basic protections like habeas corpus could be lost forever, and our country would become unrecognizable. CLIP
Globalization Bush-Style http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031708F.shtml
Tom Engelhardt, writing for TomDispatch.com, says: "Imagine, for a moment, that you live in a small town somewhere near the Southern California coast. You're going about your daily life, trying to scrape by in hard times, when the missile hits. It might have come from the Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) - its pilot at a base on the outskirts of Tehran - that has had the village in its sights for the last six hours or from the Russian sub stationed just off the coast. In either case, it's devastating."
Eighteen Killed in Pakistan Missile Strike http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031708C.shtml
Zulfiqar Ali and Laura King, reporting for The Los Angeles Times, write: "A missile strike Sunday destroyed the compound of a suspected militant leader in Pakistan's tribal belt, killing at least 18 people, officials and local residents said. The Pakistani military disavowed responsibility for the strike in the South Waziristan tribal region, raising the possibility that it was carried out by US forces."
The horrible, honest reality of the American occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan like you haven't heard it before http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19536.htm
Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan., features testimony from U.S. veterans who served in those occupations, giving an accurate account of what is really happening day in and day out, on the ground.
Iraq builds $1 BN high-tech border barrier (07 March 2008) http://www.zawya.com/story.cfm/sidZAWYA20080307103412/lok103400080307
Iraq is about to award a $1 billion contract to build a high-tech perimeter around its border to prevent Al Qaeda terrorists entering the country. In an exclusive interview with Noozz, former Iraqi Minister of Communications and current Iraqi MP Mohammed Allawi revealed that Iraq is about to award a contract to foreign contractors to create a high-tech surveillance system along the country's borders to prevent intruders entering illegally."The first phase will involve securing the border with Syria. Ninety per cent of terrorist attacks in Iraq are by non-Iraqis and many of the terrorists come through the borders between Iraq and Syria," said Allawi."Technologies will include wimax [wide area wireless networks], sensors, cameras and other equipment capable of differentiating between animals, human beings and vehicles."According to Allawi, the border technology is to be provided by outside security consultants and designed to help the Iraqi authorities identify and apprehend terrorists such as Al Qaeda suicide bombers before they can enter the country.
Did Saddam Hussein Gas His Own People? (March 1, 2003) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1779.htm
No doubt, Saddam has mistreated Kurds during his rule. But it's misleading to say, so simply and without context, that he killed his own people by gassing 5,000 Kurds at Halabja. (...) there's reason to believe the story about Saddam "gassing his own people" at Halabja may not even be true. (...) "The condition of the dead Kurds' bodies however, indicated they had been killed with a blood agent that is, a cyanide-based gas which Iran was known to use. The Iraqis, who are thought to have used mustard gas in the battle, are not known to have possessed blood agents at the time." CLIP
"All the Money You Make Will Never Buy Back Your Soul" http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19518.htm
Recently, the Boston Globe reported that the Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) had set up an offshore company to hire close to half of the men and women working for KBR in Iraq as contractors. According to the report, this enables KBR to avoid paying social security, unemployment insurance and other taxes.
Ohio's Voting Machines Are Now an Official Crime Scene http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031808E.shtml
Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, reporting for The Free Press, write: "At least 15 touch-screen voting machines that produced improbable numbers in Ohio's 2006 statewide election are now under double-lock in an official crime scene. And the phony 'Homeland Security Alert' used by Republicans to build up George W. Bush's 2004 vote count in a key southwestern Ohio county has come under new scrutiny."
Native Americans on "Longest Walk 2" http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031408H.shtml
Darrin Mortenson, writing for Truthout, says: "When northwestern Arizona's Hualapai Indians got in the way of the Anglos' westward expansion in the 1860's, US soldiers rounded them up, penned them in and forced survivors to march some 100 miles across the desert to a reservation far from white commerce. 'We became strangers to our own land,' said Loretta Jackson, the tribe's current director of cultural resources, who says the tribe now suffers a scourge of alcoholism and health issues, encroachment from rampant development and invasions of their sacred sites."
Israel makes another bid for F-22 jets http://tinyurl.com/2hq3cj
In the face of Iran's race to obtain nuclear weapons, defense officials who will visit the US next week plan to ask the Pentagon to reconsider its decision not to sell Israel the F-22 fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
"I Came, I Saw, I Destroyed!" By Uri Avnery (16/03/08) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19550.htm
WHAT HAPPENED this week is so infuriating, so impertinent, that it stands out even in our familiar landscape of governmental irresponsibility. On the near horizon, a de facto suspension of hostilities was taking shape. The Egyptians had made great efforts to turn it into an official cease-fire. The flame was already burning visibly lower. The launching of Qassams and Grads from the Gaza Strip into Israel had fallen from dozens a day to two or three.And then something happened that turned the flame up high again: undercover soldiers of the Israeli army killed four Palestinians militants in Bethlehem. A fifth was killed in a village near Tulkarm. THE MODUS OPERANDI left no doubt about the intention. (...) That was not an attempt to make an arrest. That was an execution, pure and simple, one of those summary executions in which the Shin Bet fulfils the roles of prosecutor, judge and executioner. This time no effort was even made to pretend that the four were about to carry out a murderous attack. It was not claimed, for example, that they had anything to do with last week's attack on the Mercaz Harav seminary, the flagship of the settlers' fleet. Actually, no such pretense could be put forward, because the most important of the four had recently given interviews to the Israeli media and announced that he was availing himself of the Israeli "pardon scheme" - a Shin Bet program under which "wanted" militants give up their arms and undertake to cease resistance to the occupation. He was also a candidate in the last Palestinian elections.If so, why where they killed? The Shin Bet did not hide the reason: two of the four had participated in attacks in 2001 in which Israelis were killed."Our long arm will get them even years later," Ehud Barak boasted on TV, "we shall get everyone with Jewish blood on his hands." SIMPLY PUT: The Defense Minister and his men endangered today's cease-fire in order to avenge something that happened seven years ago. (...) The government which decided on the killing in Bethlehem undoubtedly intended to torpedo the cease-fire. Why does it want to do so?There are several possible kinds of cease-fire. The most simple is the cessation of hostilities on the Gaza Strip border. No Qassams, Grads and mortar shells on the one side, no targeted assassinations, bombardments, shelling and incursion on the other side.It is known that the army objects to that. They want to be free to "liquidate" from the air and raid on the ground. They want a one-sided cease-fire.A limited cease-fire is impossible. Hamas cannot agree to it, as long as the blockade cuts the Strip off on all sides and turn life there into hell - not enough medicines, not enough food, the seriously ill cannot reach appropriate hospitals, the movement of cars has come to an almost complete standstill, no imports or exports, no production or commercial activity. The opening of all border crossings for the movement of goods is, therefore, an essential component of a cease-fire. Our government is not willing to do that, because it would mean the consolidation of the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip. CLIP
Was the U.S. Involved in Killing the FARC-EP Leaders? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19519.htm
There is a distinct possibility that the United States may have been involved in the actions leading up to Comandante Ríos' death. US Special Forces and Marines have been illegally engaged in counter-insurgency campaigns within the country of Colombia for years.
The $60 Million Dollar Hit Job: Government To Use A Guided Missile To Kill Secret Astronaut (February 16, 2008) http://www.drboylan.com/hybridastronaut.html
Here is the inside account of a hybrid clone, created by the Cabal and placed aboard a spy satellite to operate its stolen extraterrestrial technology, then callously targeted to perish with the failing satellite. And his rescue. - Richard Boylan (...) his Star Wars Lite exercise is a public conditioning for a later full-scale Star Wars to repel a fake "alien invasion' staged by secret U.S. antigravity craft, and planned for later this year. CLIP
Afghanistan: Why Canada Should Withdraw Its Troops http://tinyurl.com/yvtzyv
Many Afghans told us they consider the current military mission the same way as they consider previous invasions by British and Soviet military forces. We were reminded the invading forces in both those cases claimed to represent the best interests of Afghans.
Montreal 9/11 Truth asks: Montreal, The Next Terror Target? (March 20, 2008) http://www.infowars.com/?p=936
"Montreal 9/11 Truth has just produced a documentary film exposing a networked video surveillance contract that the Montreal Transit System (STM) has signed involving a company with an alleged shady history and very close ties to American and Israeli intelligence services." This looks very well researched, with lots of original footage. Good job, Montreal 9/11 Truth. CLIP
'King of spam' pleads guilty, faces 26 years in prison (Mar 17, 2008) http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20080317/tc_infoworld/96019
San Francisco - The notorious spammer authorities dubbed "the king of spam" is facing a possible 26-year jail sentence after pleading guilty in Seattle on Friday to charges of fraud and tax evasion. Robert Soloway, 28, had already been found guilty of spam charges in several civil cases -- Microsoft won a $7.8 million judgment against him in 2005 -- but had avoided paying fines in those cases. The criminal charges to which he pleaded guilty on Friday followed his arrest in 2007 by the U.S. Justice Department. He was arrested on criminal charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice in May 2007. (...) While there have been hundreds of spam prosecutions in the United States, it is extremely rare for spammers to face criminal charges, and those involved in the matter say that Soloway's case could serve as a deterrent to other spammers. CLIP
Alvin Radkowsky, 86, Dies; Pioneer of Nuclear Energy http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A50224-2002Feb22?language=printer
(...) Dr. Radkowsky marketed his thorium method as a way to give nations the capability to generate energy while preventing them from using spent fuels to produce nuclear weapons. He pointed out that only minuscule amounts of plutonium, a byproduct of the uranium reactors, are needed to make a nuclear weapon."If we don't put a stop to conventional uranium cores now, nuclear terror will ensue, and the use of legitimate nuclear energy will be barred worldwide," he once said.The small amount of plutonium produced with the thorium method is "in an isotopic mix that is not weapons-suitable," said Thorium Power President Seth Grae. There is also half as much spent fuel, he added. Small-scale testing of the thorium process is now in effect at the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow. Grae said the earliest commercial usage in the United States would not occur until 2006. CLIP Recommended by Miriam Knight (email@example.com) who also recommended http://ir.thoriumpower.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=121550&p=irol-irhome
Carbon Output Must Near Zero To Avert Danger, New Studies Say (March 10, 2008) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/09/AR2008030901867.html
The task of cutting greenhouse gas emissions enough to avert a dangerous rise in global temperatures may be far more difficult than previous research suggested, say scientists who have just published studies indicating that it would require the world to cease carbon emissions altogether within a matter of decades. Their findings, published in separate journals over the past few weeks, suggest that both industrialized and developing nations must wean themselves off fossil fuels by as early as mid-century in order to prevent warming that could change precipitation patterns and dry up sources of water worldwide. (...) Although many nations have been pledging steps to curb emissions for nearly a decade, the world's output of carbon from human activities totals about 10 billion tons a year and has been steadily rising. For now, at least, a goal of zero emissions appears well beyond the reach of politicians here and abroad. U.S. leaders are just beginning to grapple with setting any mandatory limit on greenhouse gases. The Senate is poised to vote in June on legislation that would reduce U.S. emissions by 70 percent by 2050; the two Democratic senators running for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.), back an 80 percent cut. The Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), supports a 60 percent reduction by mid-century. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who is shepherding climate legislation through the Senate as chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said the new findings "make it clear we must act now to address global warming.""It won't be easy, given the makeup of the Senate, but the science is compelling," she said. "It is hard for me to see how my colleagues can duck this issue and live with themselves." CLIP
The Monstrous Monsanto Universe http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/031308EA.shtml
Le Monde's Dominique Dhombres reviews a new documentary, "Le Monde selon Monsanto" ["The World According to Monsanto"] that first aired on French television on Tuesday night: "The charge sheet is horrifying, inexorable and convincing."
US Organic Food Industry Fears GMO Contamination (March 12, 2008) http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/03/12/7643/
Widespread contamination of U.S. corn, soybeans and other crops by genetically engineered varieties is threatening the purity of organic and natural food products and driving purveyors of such specialty products to new efforts to protect their markets, industry leaders said this week. A range of players, from dairy farmers to natural food retailers, are behind an effort to introduce testing requirements and standards for certification aimed at keeping contamination at bay. That goal is rapidly becoming harder, however, as planting of biotech corn, soybeans, and other crops expands across the United States.Now there is a real shortage of organic grain for animal husbandry and dairy operations, said Organic Consumers Association national director Ronnie Cummins. People are having to be real careful. Proponents of the plan are rolling it out this week at an industry meeting in Anaheim, California, seeking to get the entire organic and natural foods industry to agree on testing and standard certifications. Companies that get certified will be allowed to use a seal designating as much on their products. We think we can keep the contamination from getting worse by putting safeguards in place so people who want to choose to eat organic products free of genetic contamination can do so, said Michael Funk, CEO of United Natural Foods, which is backing the initiative. The longer we delay the more challenging it is going to be. CLIP
Plan To Spray Toxic Biological Chemicals Over San Francisco Announced (March 11, 2008) http://www.naturalnews.com/022816.html
(NaturalNews) People of the world, the US Government is planning to poison more than two million people, in California, using an untested biological "pesticide" this summer. The chemical to be sprayed is classified by the EPA as a "pesticide" and the plan is to douse cities with this chemical designed to stick on everything for 90 days or longer. This application is not a one time event, but will continue every 1-3 months for as long as five years. The pesticide to be sprayed is not designed to harm the light brown apple moth's who it is designed for, but merely to confuse its mating habits. While harmless to moths, the pesticide has been documented to harm humans. Side effects range from vomiting and flu like systems, to male and female reproductive cycle disruption. One child nearly died from the exposure, and some people have developed asthma from being exposed to this chemical concoction. It is cause for alarm that a chemical being labeled as harmless and "safe" even in minute doses, causes severe health effects in some people. The government is racing to cover up and hide the dangerous health effects so that they can continue their aerial spray plans this summer. Your attention and action on this subject is needed in the most important way. CLIP
Video: sports car that runs for a year on one tank of petrol (March 5, 2008) http://driving.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/driving/geneva_motor_show/article3494301.ece
Making its European debut today, the sports car that only needs refuelling once a year. The makers of the Fisker Karma say that unheard-of level of fuel efficiency is entirely possible if you only drive the car up to 50 miles a day, using just the battery, and remember to recharge it at night. The car can go from 0-60mph in just six seconds and has a top speed of 125mph - although only in "sport" mode, when the juice kicks in to help power the engine. The four-door plug-in hybrid, launched today at the Geneva Motor Show, features a small petrol engine and a lithium ion battery pack which work in harmony to power the car using technology developed for secret US military reconnaissance vehicles. It also has an optional solar panel roof that helps charge the car and provide cooling for the interior cabin. Henrik Fisker, the chief executive of Fisker Automotive told Times Online: It is a plug-in hybrid so you can plug it in at home like you plug in a cellphone or any electrical device and charge it overnight. Then you can drive the first 50 miles without using any gas. After that there is a gasoline engine that turns the generator that charges the lithium ion battery.Mr Fisker, a Dane who designed the Aston Martin DB9 and BMW Z8, also claimed that his lithium ion battery used "different chemistry" to its rivals, giving it a much longer lifespan."Weve solved the overheating problem and also the lifespan of the battery is over ten years. Were going to be the first ones on the market with a plug-in hybrid with this configuration," he said. (...) The premium sports sedan will have a starting price of $80,000 (with an estimated cost of approximately £55,000 when it is made available in the UK) and initial deliveries of the Karma will commence towards the end of 2009 with annual production projected to reach 15,000 cars. The car is already sold out for 2009.
Government Reports Warn Planners on Sea-Rise Threat to U.S. Coasts (March 12, 2008) http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/12/science/12coast.html
A rise in sea levels and other changes fueled by global warming threaten roads, rail lines, ports, airports and other important infrastructure, and policy makers and planners should be acting now to avoid or mitigate their effects, according to new government reports. While increased heat and intense precipitation events threaten these structures, the greatest and most immediate potential impact is coastal flooding, according to one of the reports, by an expert panel convened by the National Research Council, the research arm of the National Academy of Sciences.Two other studies, both part of a multiagency effort led by the Environmental Protection Agency, sound similar warnings on infrastructure but add that natural features like beaches, wetlands and fresh-water supplies are also threatened by encroaching saltwater. CLIP
FRAGILE AND THREATENED Ecosystem will collapse if we fail to save butterflies, warns Attenborough http://omega.twoday.net/stories/4782033/
9 March 2008 - SIR DAVID Attenborough says Britain faces an "environmental catastrophe'' unless immediate action is taken to save the country's butterflies from extinction. The broadcaster is to launch a multimillion-pound campaign to preserve the insects, amid fears that large areas of the countryside will soon become butterfly-free. Five species have become extinct over the past century. Of the 54 remaining, more than three-quarters are in rapid decline. "This is an environmental catastrophe. Butterflies, once widespread, have been seriously affected by intensive agriculture, habitat destruction, pollution, and development,'' said Sir David. "That is worrying, not least because these declines indicate an underlying deterioration of the environment as a whole.'' CLIP
Glaciers Suffer Record Shrinkage http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/031708EA.shtml
BBC News reports: "The rate at which some of the world's glaciers are melting has more than doubled, data from the United Nations Environment Programme has shown."
Ancient Arctic Ice Is Melting http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/031908EA.shtml
Reuters reports that "The thickest, oldest and toughest sea ice around the North Pole is melting, a bad sign for the future of the Arctic ice cap, NASA satellite data showed on Tuesday."
Britain and France Push EU to Look at Green Tax Plan http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/031408EC.shtml
Reuters reports: "Britain and France pushed for the European Union to cut sales tax on green products on Friday even though the head of the European Commission voiced strong reservations about the idea."
Clearcutting the Climate http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/031808EA.shtml
Writing for Truthout, Josh Schlossberg asks, "It may have taken decades, but could it be that the environmental movement has finally gotten the mainstream media, politicians and the American public to understand that protecting the environment doesn't just mean saving a favorite hiking trail or even some fuzzy critters, but is actually about the future of life as we know it on planet Earth?"
CEOs See Green Energy Policies Preserving US Jobs http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/031708LA.shtml
Nichola Groom of Reuters reports: "It's not often you hear executives from the biggest US industries and a Republican governor clamoring for stronger regulations on climate change. But that's exactly what they want."
Acid Seas - Balancing the Future http://planetviews.com/evolution/
Coral Reefs, shellfish, crabs and even the Great Whales could all become extinct this century. Scientific reports from around the world state that Carbon Dioxide (CO2), already linked to climate change, is also altering the chemistry of the ocean. Carbon Dioxide gas dissolves in sea water, forming carbonic acid. The scale of this disaster is only just becoming clear. Scientists working on tropical coral reefs have predicted that the majority of the earth's coral reefs could disappear by the year 2050 and eventually face extinction. Even, now, many researchers are concerned that some of the microscopic sea life which form the basis of the food chain, may already be affected. Download the complete informational Flyer in pdf Format (3.2 MB ) Recommended by Estelle Myers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I woke up this morning to a message from another ESL teacher here in China about what was happening in Tibet. So as I went into my morning meditation, I toned and meditated for the greatest good of all in the outcome of the situation. I connected with President Hu Jintao of China, who I have a shamanic link to, to support his decisions from the heart. I prayed for the people who have died and for a softening of the hearts of everyone involved.
While I was meditating, I invoked the love and prayers of everyone on a spiritual path around the world through the crystals which were activated the other day, both ones in the earth still and those that people have with them. Then I gave myself over to the beautiful energy that I was moving in on the spirit plane, and I saw the high mountains of Tibet. I could see that it is the spiritual heart of our planet and the lungs breathing on either side. I saw the planet being enfolded in loving golden energy.
So when I just received your message, I felt blessed that we are so connected and responding in virtually the same way about this situation. It corroborates what I have known all along, that we are in the same soul pod.
Have you started enjoying any spring weather in Quebec yet? I know that it comes later to your part of the world. I will never forget the beauty of the spring that I spent there on the plateau, the lilacs, the wildflowers, the steppe gardens of flowers, the stones... the faeries.
AND MY REPLY WAS:
Thanks for sharing with me about this synchronous realization that we are being called to assist our sisters and brothers in Tibet in this current crisis, as well as encourage our Chinese ones to grow spiritually and rise above the past to become a driving force for peace on Earth. Imagine if they were to peacefully resolve this situation, granting a very large measure of autonomy to the Tibetan people, recognize their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, as their rightful political leader, and initiate a constructive, open-hearted dialogue to help Tibet develop according to how its people want it to become, in a spirit of consensus-building, with the long-term goal of eventually granting them full control and complete sovereignty within their sphere of influence... Imagine how this could help them to, in turn, propose a similar rapprochement offer to their brothers and sisters of Taiwan who would most certainly wish to contribute in healing all past hurts and join, through a similar political arrangement, the Chinese motherland as equal and sovereign partners in their mutually assured future prosperity and peaceful, sustainable development...
One of the things that came to mind at the end of the meditation is that we have seen a number of instances in the past couple years where seemingly intractable conflicts have been resolved through patient dialogue and heart-openness rather than through resorting to brute force.
I've thought about how in Kenya the 2 men vying for the presidency decided to share power, thanks certainly in no small part to Kofi Annan's intercession, but perhaps also through our spiritual assistance as we had this situation as a Peace Vigil focus recently.
Many years ago the truth and reconciliation commission in South Africa greatly helped South Africans to heal years of terrible discrimination and forge ahead as an ever more united people.
I'm sure if we were to carefully list all the examples where peaceful conflict resolution methods were thoroughly applied, we'd see that there are indeed many reasons to hope.
Imagine now if the United States of America, under a new bold leadership were to offer to the entire world to create a similar Truth and Reconciliation forum, to atone for and heal all past hurts, and create a new dynamics wherein its leadership would no longer depend on its military might but on its ability to manifest loving compassion and care for all humanity... Imagine the momentum such peace and caring-driven initiatives in China and in the US would spur around the world where the path of violence and repression would gradually give way to a path of spiritual balance, global harmony and peace throughout the world and within every single individual...
I'd say that such a vision, however overtly optimistic it may seem to be, is highly desirable and assuredly inevitable. Either we grow into a true cosmic civilization where Peace, Love and Harmony prevail, or we fail to reach critical positive mass for change and reap the dire consequences.
In the end, it comes down to what outcome you want to believe in. If we massively choose the former, then sure, enough, perhaps in fits and starts, but nevertheless, that's what shall prevail. And since I doubt anyone would want to choose the later, I trust and know our common future is VERY BRIGHT indeed...
Much Love to you Ariel
AND ARIEL REPLIED(in part)
As unlikely as it may seem that the hearts of the Chinese will soften and that they will change their stance in this matter, I agree that it could open a wondrous door to a beautiful future, especially if the U.S. were to follow suit. The atonement and reconciliation process is indeed a powerful one. I had a great ah-ha experience before my son was born when I was on a train from Paris to Chartres in 1985. I understood that no true progress could ever be made until as a people we had made amends for past wrongs and reconciled the harm that been done to others. It came to me in a graphic picture with symbols -- I wish that I still had it or could remember it. At the time, I felt that I had been given a great teaching in this matter.
"The uprising of the Tibetan people should signal the rising up of conscience in the Net reality of an all-connected global village waiting to be awakened. Please keep this in your Solstice prayers and meditations. Pray that Chinese leaders will seize the extraordinary opportunity to demonstrate true leadership of Good Will to everyone on Earth -- NOW -- before the Olympic "Good Will Games". They have shown the whole world that they are indeed an economic powerhouse. What an inspiration the Chinese will be to the whole world when they exemplify a spiritual Good Will powerhouse that is now willing to wake up, wise up, rise up and stand up for the FREEDOM OF THE TIBETAN PEOPLE. If the Chinese want to win the hearts and minds of the Family of Man in our global village, that's how they'll do it!"
Date: 18 Mar 2008
From: "Ricken Patel - Avaaz.org" (email@example.com)
Subject: Tibet - Support the Dalai Lama
Tibetans have exploded onto the streets in frustration--call on China to respect human rights and enter dialogue with the Dalai Lama now: Sign the Petition!
After decades of repression under Chinese rule, the Tibetan people's frustrations have burst onto the streets in protests and riots. With the spotlight of the upcoming Olympic Games now on China, Tibetans are crying out to the world for change.
The Chinese government has said that the protesters who have not yet surrendered "will be punished". Its leaders are right now considering a crucial choice between escalating brutality or dialogue that could determine the future of Tibet, and China.
We can affect this historic choice--China does care about its international reputation. China's President Hu Jintao needs to hear that the 'Made in China' brand and the upcoming Olympics in Beijing can succeed only if he makes the right choice. But it will take an avalanche of global people power to get his attention--and we need it in the next 48 hours.
The Tibetan Nobel peace prize winner and spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama has called for restraint and dialogue: he needs the world's people to support him. Click below now to sign the petition--and tell absolutely everyone you can right away--our goal is 1 million voices united for Tibet:
China's economy is totally dependent on "Made in China" exports that we all buy, and the government is keen to make the Olympics in Beijing this summer a celebration of a new China, respected as a leading world power. China is also a very diverse country with a brutal past and has reason to be concerned about its stability -- some of Tibet's rioters killed innocent people. But President Hu must recognize that the greatest danger to Chinese stability and development comes from hardliners who advocate escalating repression, not from Tibetans who seek dialogue and reform.
We will deliver our petition directly to Chinese officials in London, New York, and Beijing, but it must be a massive number before we deliver the petition. Please forward this email to your address book with a note explaining to your friends why this is important, or use our tell-a-friend tool to email your address book--it will come up after you sign the petition.
The Tibetan people have suffered quietly for decades. It is finally their moment to speak--we must help them be heard.
With hope and respect,
Ricken, Iain, Graziela, Paul, Galit, Pascal, Milena, Ben and the whole Avaaz team
PS - It has been suggested that the Chinese government may block the Avaaz website as a result of this email, and thousands of Avaaz members in China will no longer be able to participate in our community. A poll of Avaaz members over the weekend showed that over 80% of us believed it was still important to act on Tibet despite this terrible potential loss to our community, if we thought we could make a difference. If we are blocked, Avaaz will help maintain the campaign for internet freedom for all Chinese people, so that our members in China can one day rejoin our community.
ADDENDUM ON MARCH 16:
In just 36 hours, 253,553 of us have supported the Dalai Lama's call for dialogue and human rights in Tibet. This is an incredible response--if each of us can get 4 more of our friends to sign the petition, we'll hit 1 million this week! Just quickly forward the email below to your friends and family with a personal note from you-
Here are some links with more information on the Tibetan protests and the Chinese response:
Avaaz.org is an independent, not-for-profit global campaigning organization that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people inform global decision-making. (Avaaz means "voice" in many languages.) Avaaz receives no money from governments or corporations, and is staffed by a global team based in London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Paris, Washington DC, and Geneva.
NOTE from Jean: I've recently made a suggestion to James S. (firstname.lastname@example.org) whose contribution was included in a recent compilation - see #2 in http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/Archives2008/Veracity20.htm -- Here is a relevant excerpt from my email to him: "If you'd like to share insights about whatever you feel all subscribers would need to know at this point to better understand the dynamic of the planetary transition process in progress (including all that pertains to the cabal situation), based on your intuitive sense of it and on your direct contact experience with our space family, I'm sure this would be a wonderful contribution to everyone's thoughts and perceptions." And James replied (in part: "I was quite surprised at your request for me to share some information about my experiences and perceptions. Since this came about because of discussions about ETs and off-planet information, I have written about some of my "truths" about our space family and what I know their intentions are. (...) My life during the last 4 years has had little or no off-planet contact, but has been filled to the brim with Spiritual presence. The synchronicities and manifestations have been almost unbelievable. (...) Wishing you the best with your efforts for the good of the planet.... Jim"
So here is what he has kindly prepared for us:
A message to the readers of the Earth Rainbow Network
I am unknown to all of you. I am simply a soul experiencing an unusually interesting life on this planet as I pursue an increase in spiritual awareness and perhaps try to deliver a message now and then.
In truth, you often need not know anything about a messenger which delivers a message on spiritual matters to you. The important thing is to determine what are your personal feelings about the message you receive after a short meditation.
In a recent spiritual discussion with friends about one or more controversial messages in the ERN, one of my friends encouraged me to share my views with others. The focus of this discussion was life on other planets, messages received on Earth from "other planets", and the presence of "ETs" on our planet either now or in the future.
I feel strongly that many people have been misguided by our entertainment media and other sources of erroneous information about the true nature and intentions of any off-planet visitors who "might come to Earth." Therefore I will publicly share information which has become a "truth for me."
Do not accept my truths as truths for yourself unless your own inner feelings confirm they should be. With all messages about spiritual subjects, a subject which seems so intangible to many people, the only guide to determine which messages you wish to become "the truth" for you, is to consider only the message in meditation and be guided by your internal feelings. The views I share are truths to me at this time. Possibly some day a new truth will come which will replace one of them.
Seven years ago, my wife and I rather suddenly found ourselves being included into daily communications with "off-planet" entities who were working to help stabilize many areas of concern on our planet. This daily communication lasted about 8 months and during that time we were contacted by 8 or 9 different entities each concerned with helping some specific aspect of our planet.
We were asked to do many small tasks, most were related to using meditations and visualizations. Often it was to meditate immediately send specific types of energy to different areas or points on our planet. Each of them described the necessary details of how to accomplish each of the requests.
After only a week of these communications, I was totally convinced of their validity and the following is a statement of my truths about our off-planet friends that I now have because of that eight month experience.
There truly are "civilizations and life of conscious beings" on many planets other than Earth. Many if not all of these civilizations have a much higher degree of consciousness than we, have a far superior degree of "the physical world technology" than we, and they live life in a far greater peaceful and harmonious environment than we
They have a sincere desire to assist the souls on our planet as we raise our level of consciousness, and are willing to use their energy and resources to repair the excessive damage to our planet and it's environment. When they come, it will be in peace with no private agenda for their own benefit with one exception which is described as follows.
The planet Earth is an integral part of their Universe, a universe consisting of many planets, stars, moons, suns, etc., all of which are composed of energy particle masses in constant motion - a motion of rotation. The direction and speed of this rotation motion is highly coordinated from the absolute smallest particle to the very largest planetary object so that all physical matter stays in balance.
One of our off-planet sources told us they have watched us destroy the environment and ecology of our planet to the extent, that even if we focused our entire efforts worldwide to repair it, it would take longer than one hundred years to restore it, and they have said the planet in it's present condition cannot last that long. The continued existence of our planet is necessary to maintain the perfection of balance within this universe a balance which will also affect the planets on which they live.
If you have ridden in an automobile with the tire out of balance, you understand how one item out of balance affects the entire structure. Even if you have pushed a grocery cart with one wheel out of shape or with a wheel which is missing part of it's original designed shape, you can understand how the demise of our planet can affect their home planets.
It is certainly understandable why they have such an interest in the welfare of our planet. They mentioned their efforts to prevent the use of nuclear weapons on the planet and also to limit our use of nuclear energy for any purpose because of our "primitive" methods as well as the selfish state of mind that exists in our governments.
This is only one of the many reasons why they wish to help us. The primary reason is a feeling of responsibility. Many of the souls on the Earth do not understand that the statement "ALL OF US ARE CONNECTED AS A PART OF THE WHOLE" does not stop at the edge of our atmosphere. We are as connected to them as we are connected to each other and they understand this far better than we.
However, there can be no physical assistance from them to repair our planet until the present system of financial control within our societies has been totally abolished. If they were to come prior to that time, their efforts would be used by the currently wealthy controlling dark souls for their own selfish reasons and would hinder or even prevent our planet's ascension.
Due to the ever increasing rate of higher vibration energy of the planet, and the increased efforts in mankind for the overall advancement of spiritual awareness, there are more persons now than ever who can receive messages by telepathic means.
While most of the entities who are offering telepathic messages of assistance are working diligently to help advance our planet and all the souls on it, there are still others of dark energy who wish to keep the planet as it is. When entities of higher vibrations have information to share with our planet, they choose to work only with a person on our planet who also has a sincere desire to advance the state of spiritual awareness for all people with no self-serving goals.
The experience of interacting and having two way telepathic communication with the spiritual realm can be highly exhilarating and rewarding. As a result it is easy for a person receiving these messages to experience feelings of being privileged and having extra "power."
It's an often stated fact that it is very difficult for the average human being to see his/her own ego in action. If a person who is channeling messages from a positive minded spiritual entity allows his/her ego to control and influence the messages received, regardless of how long the communication relationship has existed, the diligent spiritual entity will stop using this channeler to deliver the messages.
Often in such situations, a spiritual entity of lower vibrational dark energy quickly takes advantage of these circumstances and steps in to send messages which support the channeler's ego. If the messages are accepted, the channeler quickly becomes a voice of corruption to delay the removal of the dark energy from the planet.
My personal experience in this was being active in a spiritually oriented group with the presence of a woman who had been a dedicated light-worker and had channeled highly detailed and accurate messages for the overall benefit of the planet for a period of at least four years. Rather suddenly her attitude showed a marked change and her messages seemed a bit vague and about two weeks later, she announced a new guide had come to her, stating that the personal guide which she had since birth was moving up to higher realms.
She gave the name of her new guide and the messages became increasing focused on her own interests with very little or no information on the welfare of the planet. One such message actually asked that more appreciation be shown on her behalf.
Two months later my guide told me "any association with this person will be irrevocably broken."
Once again, I repeat, regardless of a messenger's history and reputation, always consider how the message feels to you. We are now in a period of time when this principle is more important than ever. Any person who presents an unusual message which tends to place the channeler in some place of power or authority, could unknowingly have let a personal ego issue terminate the original source.
It is a truth to me that all off-planet teams which come to help us will work in coordination with the Galactic Federation. They can and will insure that enough people on this planet know they are coming and why they are coming to dispel any doubts and fear. I doubt they will actually need much in the way of assistance from us, other than our acceptance, our welcome, and our cooperation.
I believe Spirit will insure each of us will receive each and any message that we are intended to receive, if we are simply open to new information and welcome it. You will also receive many messages which will not benefit you. Their purpose is to give you the opportunity to learn discernment. If you received only the messages which you would be wise to accept, you could never learn to strengthen your internal guidance.
There are a great number of basically very loving and compassionate people on our planet who are still simply following misguided beliefs. Unfortunately, at this time on our planet, the people tend to advance faster spiritually from experiencing situations of fear and hardship, than from their experiences of love and joy.
Therefore, in order to have the greatest number of souls make the step forward into greater spiritual awareness, there will certainly be a few more major challenging events happening in order to get their attention. The persons who are already making strides in raising their own awareness may live "next door" to those who will experience hardships because of the events, but will likely experience very little of it themselves.
I feel we must recognize there is still the need of some scenes of drastic action on our planet to encourage a few more souls into greater awareness. I believe in feeling compassion for any victims, but not distress that the event happened. I believe our off-planet helper teams will not come until after such events.
I welcome any action which is necessary to bring the planet a step closer to the time when the highest good for all will become a matter of everyday life. I welcome all changes, knowing they are brought to me for my own advancement. All changes help us release attachments to the past, a necessary step for our own spiritual progress.
If you visualize yourself in the most perfect world possible, so it will become.
It is my sincere desire that my words will benefit some seekers of the Light and will assist in welcoming the arrival of our Off-Planet Assistance Teams...when they come.
I wish you all Peace, Joy, Love and Light
Note from Jean: James also emailed 3 sample messages to give me an idea of their communications with the Spritual Realm in 2001. Here is one of them for your review...
The following message came 5 days after 911 NYC disaster from Raven Wing, a spiritual entity with extremely forceful energy from the Pleiades whose major focus was supervision of planetary matters. September 16th, Raven Wing came to speak. *** "Though I have been with you, I have not spoken. The sights, the sounds, the energy around you speak loudly for all that is evolving. You know, as I know, the course of Mother Earth shall never be the same ...in the respect of understandings of energy. Many and all peoples have been made aware ...not only on the soul level but also on the personal level ...the impact of the energy changes. Though they do not, or will not, accept them in many cases as valid, they shall gradually learn and accept on a higher consciousness level ... that all has changed for them personally as well. They may direct their anger ... their thoughts ... their feelings towards the enemy when in fact you know, as I know, the enemy lies within ...not without. It is only through understanding of inner feelings of fear ... and the seeking of security on the highest level ... that all people shall come together. This shall take in linear time a century of time to undo that which is already wrought. The planet will not withstand neglect for this amount of time but shall simply dissolve. Therefore as you also understand ... the raising of consciousness is of the utmost importance. This is your mission ... undertaken ... accepted ... and implemented. Though the course has been altered, the goal is the same. Know that revisionary actions and plans are in place. Know that you shall be informed each step of the way. Know that your work is always of importance. Know that there are many who walk with you. You shall recognize them and they you. I go now ...and we shall speak often in the near future. Aho."
THAT'S AN INTERESTING ONE!
From: Roger J. Wendell (email@example.com)
Subject: Earth Proclamation
Date: 16 Mar 2008
Dear Jean Hudon,
Over the years I've tried to maintain a link to various Earth Proclamations and they eventually go "dead" as servers and websites change. I discovered your version of the proclamation at http://www.redshift.com/~beyond/OTHERS/proclaim.htm and wonder if you could give me information on its origins? Specifically, is your version the original? Also, who created/developed your version? Any other information you'd care to provide would be appreciated as I'd like to both link and quote your version
of the proclamation.
I must tell you I'm quite surprised to be in touch with someone who has had for years a keen interest in this Earth proclamation I wrote in 1997 (including the Personal Commitment part YES I wrote/received the original version) and yet never discovered where it came from.... which goes to show how much networking it got and how many metamorphosis it went through - which is fine as what matters is the awareness-raising it helped generate.
Chronicle of a Co-creation - Part 2 http://www.earthrainbownetwork.com/Horizons.HTM
(...) Last month, you could read in this "Chronicle of a Co-Creation" about an initiative now spreading around the world to try to create the impetus for the kind of spiritual change needed to make a real difference. An Earth Proclamation and a Personal Commitment were presented as a way to start making the change where it counts the most: with you! Did you notice it? If not, take another look at it and see if it resonates with you. Changing the world can only happen if we all change, one by one by one... And changing is the only way to begin to open up to the extraordinary potential for love, caring and compassion we all have within us. For as long as we remain entrenched in the old patterns, whatever they may be, we block the Flow of Change now surging all around us. If we resist, we may suffer badly and deeply. If we go with the flow, we may soon experience the blissful feeling of joy that comes from knowing who we are and why we are here. I wont tell you what that is for the discovery can only be yours. I came here to spread the awareness of our divine origin and I follow everyday the path Im being guided to follow to achieve what I came to do. And you can do just the same. Find who you are and you will know everything you need to know... The one thing I do know now is that we are to create the momentum for the most far-reaching and powerful experiment in awareness-raising the world has ever known! No one is going to change the world by sheer force or through fear. Only Love can do it. And when we all see us as who we are, brothers and sisters of the One Human Family, we will see the greatest outflow of Love, Caring and Compassion for all living beings the world has ever seen! The Great Spirit of Life will be shining through and beyond us all to the entire universe to let everyone know and see that a new Being of Love is born. This is no mere dreaming. This is no myth-making. This is reality-making, for we are to be Co-Creators of a New World of Peace, Love and Harmony. And to this common task, Im inviting you. Shall you respond?
Earth Rainbow Network coordinator and Earth Concert 2000 initiator
Recommended by Florence Chapgier (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Are you aware how time seems to have speeded up even further, as you begin to hurtle towards your upliftment into the higher realms? This is certainly intended and part of the Creators plan for all Mankind. You are being urged to take unto your self, higher energies than any previous occasion and many of you are readily absorbing them. You may well begin to notice the change within yourself as you find it easier to become centered within your own Light, and remain unaffected by outer energies that carry a low vibration. You are becoming immune to the anything other than energies that resonate with you. You are creating the circumstances for your own upliftment, and Ascension.
The higher energies are there for one and all, but it is you who take them into yourself. Your desire and intent to lift up creates the path for manifestation, and so be it. Clearly at this stage not everyone is expanding their consciousness at the same rate, but until it reaches the optimum level that brings Ascension has been reached, that option remains. Deep down each of you senses whether or not you are reaching out for the higher pathway. It will be within your life plan, although with freewill you can re-write it. That would be the exception, and we wish you to know that you are more certain to fulfill it as arranged. The fact remains that it is entirely your own choice.
Our hearts open out to you, and we would dearly love that you were all able to open up to your Higher Self. What a glorious achievement it would be, yet we know that some of you will prefer to forego this opportunity until another time. For those who ascend, linear time will cease as you presently know it, and everything will be in the Now. Past, present and future are as one, and in what seems to be no time at all those loved ones and friends that you left behind will have caught up with you. As likely as not, many of you will maintain your contact with them to minister to their needs, and help them achieve upliftment. Have no concern about their future, whatever happens they will be surrounded with love and helping hands at all times.
Oh dear, some souls are so lost they do not even believe in God, but their experience at this time amongst those who carry Gods Light, will create a place in their consciousness that will bring out the truth. It can never be completely shrouded by the dark or diminished, and permanently remains until it is rekindled again. Allow for compassion and understanding for those who are unable to fully respond to the Light. It is so strong that they can feel uncomfortable in it, and are unable to accommodate it. Of necessity they will eventually divert from this Earth, to another one that feels more suited to their needs. All of this happens in a most harmonious manner, and there is no distress or harm caused. On a human level it may seem otherwise, but we assure you that it has been planned in readiness for eons of time.
You are so near to major revelations that shall alter the course of Mankinds journey. Stay the course and do not weaken at such an important time in all of your lives. We know many of you are on edge, and you have been waiting for the signs that will at last release you from the dark forces. We can only say that we know of your concerns, but when everything starts to break out, you will give a sigh of relief and know it has all been worthwhile. What are a few more weeks, months or even a year or two against the time you have spent in this cycle of duality. One foot is on the finishing line, and you want to burst through the tape but that moment is not quite upon you yet. You already have your victory, so enjoy the thoughts of it and savor it now. Let your imagination allow you to enjoy them, knowing that you can only guess at the extent they will uplift you.
We of the Galactic Federation are what you call the front line in the battle against the dark. You can be assured we protect you at all times, and we have every intention to fulfill our mission with the blessing of the Creator. It is to assist you and bring the beauty and harmony that is created in the preparations for Ascension. Perhaps we should remind you that you are Angels experiencing in a physical body, and you will merge with your Higher Self and ascend as such. You would not be expected to remember the plan for the end times, but you will be ascending in a physical body that will remain with you, one that has been refined and suitably uplifted.
Ask yourself, how can anything of an earthly nature be more important than your ascension, how can your present worries overshadow such a wonderful future? If you must hold on to them, surround them in Light and despatch them into the ethers knowing that they will be absorbed by it. Look for all that is sound and wholesome that will enhance your wellbeing. You are in new vibrations that bring balance and harmony, and they are the answer for all that is out of synchronization. The darkness is breaking up and this is why you are seeing clear signs of the old energies bringing some discord, and even chaos as they lose their power.
Know what is happening around you, so that you can use your thoughts, meditation and prayers to bring Light where it is needed. You already have the power to create changes, so go about your work and play believing in your own ability. The collective thoughts of Man determine how quickly your future manifests, and we have to say that you are doing extremely well. The Light that has been grounded, has resulted in a glorious glow around Earth that is there for those with eyes to see. The gloom and darkness of the last century has been lifted, and your lives have been changed as a result. You now find hope where there was despair, and your reality is quickly changing to reveal another one bathed in Light and Love.
I am Diane from Sirius and we have a major role to play very soon. Our time of meeting draws close, and we wait for the final pieces of the puzzle to fall into place. All that has held you back will be removed, and instead you shall enjoy complete freedom and will need no motivation to restore your Earth. The purpose of life and your role in it will be revealed, and we know you will respond by giving of yourselves to the tasks ahead in love and friendship. We shall enjoy a great love between us, and happiness will abound.
Thanks so much for the latest compilation. I guess the news about Spitzer and Carlyle came out too late to make it in? Youve probably heard about Spitzer, the governor of NY, who go caught with his pants down (well, almost), and was forced to resign. I had mixed feelings about him, because he was so hard-core as DA of NY in looking into financial scams. Speaking of scams, I dont know if you saw the latest on BBC news about Carlyles hedge fund collapsing.... http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7293663.stm
Carlyle, of course, being one of the front groups to our not-so-friendly former heads-of-state. I am hoping that this is the beginning of the financial collapse for these greedy souls who are responsible for so much death and corruption in the world. (I highly recommend Chalmers Johnsons Nemesis to your readers. Holy cow! It lays it out the case for impeachment and treason trials in black-and-white, and I am so grateful he had the courage to write it.) Even my conservative father is starting to get it now, because the evidence is overwhelming. He calls me his conspiracy theorist daughter, and yet he is the first one to say that we are past peak oil and need to change things, quickly.
I have been thinking about writing you for a while. Next week we are moving to Mountain View, CA, a few suburbs to the south. Mountain View is the home of Google, and as a gift to the town, they have set up Wi-Fi throughout all you need to do is sign in through your Gmail account, and youre off and running. Supposedly the signal is not very strong within the homes, but lets face it, how much rat poop in the cookie dough is too much? We thought long and hard about moving, but the reality is, we cannot live in a cocoon. The home has a huge backyard so that we can raise a good-size garden as well as a couple of hens for eggs, and we will only be commuting a few miles instead of 15 in fact, we can even ride our bikes to school and work, especially as the children get older. We could move back to rural PA where we were shielded from so much of the EMFs, but we were also shielded from much of humanity and our dear family. For us, we have chosen to share our light and love with as many people as possible. Thats not the right decision for some people, but it is for us, and I am already seeing an impact in the children and families with whom I have been working as a naturopath. It is so great to be a part of a community that is awake to what is happening in the world. At the same time, I can continue to be the eccentric one in my family with crystals placed throughout the house to try to absorb some of the radiation and fear emanating from our world. How many others of your readers are the weird ones in the family, and yet everyone is perplexed by our healthy glow and zest for life?
Time is moving so fast, that it is difficult not to get exhausted. Just in the last few weeks, I have felt things speed up incredibly, and it feels as if everything is coming to a huge head. It is exciting and exhilarating, and yet thanks in part to you and your courage to put out ERN, I am not afraid. Rather, I strive to live in light and knowledge and LOVE, and perhaps with our little urban homestead, we can create an oasis and source of light in our universe. Even in the insecurity of what is happening to our material world, knowing that you have thousands of people like us in your readership, also striving to live in light and knowledge and love, I am inspired to keep going.
Love and peace,
Carlyle Fund's Assets Seized http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/031308F.shtml
Thomas Heath, writing for The Washington Post, reports, "A publicly traded affiliate of the Carlyle Group said yesterday that lenders were seizing its assets, sending the fund, Carlyle Capital, into insolvency."
From: Harold W. Becker (email@example.com)
Subject: Unconditional Compassion
Date: 19 Mar 2008
We are such amazing beings of potential. At our core center, we have a spark of life filled with infinite love. This love is pure, natural and unconditional. Like an endless reservoir, it flows without limit whenever we breathe into the moment and remember this love. We instantly radiate it into all of our experiences and create our lives with incomparable beauty, harmony, peace and joy. The wonder of this awareness is that when we recognize our own spark of divinity we behold this same essence in everyone around us.
Over eons of time and for countless reasons, we have forgotten the importance of being present in the moment and to stay connected with this limitless love. We have placed a symbolic wall around our hearts and blocked the light that seeks to flow as a boundless river of love. As we steadily continued to build this inner defense, so too have we separated ourselves from one another in the outer world of form. When the light eventually became very dim, we let fear and doubt become our motivating intent and as a result, we now find ourselves in a world of seeming chaos, darkness, struggle and strain the likes of which we have never known.
These outer conditions are merely calling to us to take down our self created barriers and to love once more without reservation or hesitation. We are beginning to realize we have a choice and can make a difference by allowing ourselves to be vulnerable and intimate both with ourselves and with each other. It is okay to accept that we are capable of loving unconditionally. We can also acknowledge that we are loveable and loved and that the walls we have built to protect us from potential hurt, shame, hate and all number of mental and emotional devices need no longer be a part of our world.
We take the first step by having unconditional compassion for our own journey. We may have built this fortification brick by brick with reasoning we thought justifiable at the time, yet now we are aware of our potential to embrace our love and no longer be afraid of it. By accepting ourselves without condition or judgment, we dissolve the walls that have kept this wondrous energy from flowing naturally. In turn, we share this unconditional compassion to those around us as we now understand how they have held back their love too. Compassion is the key that unlocks our collective potential to heal our world and restore the love that is at the heart of all creation.
When we know we have love in our heart, unconditional compassion becomes as natural as breathing.
Love, light and peace,
Harold W. Becker
President and Founder The Love Foundation, Inc.
"Inspiring People to Love Unconditionally"
Think: Global Love Day
Feel: Love Begins With Me
Remember: May 1, 2008
Date: 16 Mar 2008
From: Rudolf Schneider firstname.lastname@example.org">
Subject: Important declaration to sign for the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights
The World Forum of Civil Society Networks have worked out a very important Declaration on the context of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. This Declaration was published with the first 50 signatures on 14 March 2008 in the International Herald Tribune (London-NYK). Since the last Friday dozens of people and organizations are signing this Declaration.
I encourage you to take part at the 60º Anniversary of the UDHR signing this Declaration. The drafters of this Declaration have given a clear message to the world: to reach peaceful societies we need to promote human right to peace, right to development and environment protection.
Lots of crocodile tears shed for the former "fallen" governor, Eliot Spitzer. Lots of laughter too, thanks to the sexual jokes of late night talk show hosts and the millions of lewd and rude comments on Internet forums. Lots of hand wringing and head-shaking too, especially from the so-called progressive new sites, like the New York Times and the Huffington Post, bemoaning the fate of the so-called liberal reformer.
At Huffington Post, Alec Baldwin penned a lament called: Reflections On A Fallen Hero, while columnist Nora Ephron wailed, predictably: "So goodbye. I feel sad. I liked him. It's tragic."
Tragic? Certainly, but not in the way these highly paid pundits think.
Funny how so many of these otherwise intelligent people, many of them NEW YORKERS, hardly realize that their former attorney general, Eliot Spitzer, ignored and, indeed, possibly conspired in the 911 mass murder that took the lives of nearly 3,000 New Yorkers. Truly New Yorkers must either be some of the dumbest people in the world or those most in denial.
According to Jon Gold: "In November of 2004, an independent inquiry into the events of 9/11 entitled 'Citizens' Complaint & Petition' was submitted to Eliot Spitzer's office. This document contained great detail about the glaring questions still unanswered and listed damages suffered by so many people. There were 100 signatures from prominent Americans such as Howard Zinn, Daniel Ellsberg, Ralph Nader, John Gray, Ray McGovern, Medea Benjamin, and Ed Asner. The Complaint also had 48 victims' families as signatories. Spitzer's top prosecutor, William Casey, personally received the document. However, this has been met with a deafening silence. No action was ever taken."
What-or who-- was this so-called reformer trying so desperately to hide? Whose involvement in the crime and why?
According to journalist and publisher Sander Hicks, the former governor was no white knight, no reformer, no caped crusader, but rather a deep dark shadowy figure on a sinister steed. Exactly the sort of the duplicitous, cowardly, hypocritical poseur he eventually was revealed to be. If it took a hooker to take him down, so be it and thank God. One down, and another hundred shadowy characters to go.
Do a simple Google search of Who Did It?-- Conspirators and scroll down the list of benefactors, while asking yourself why didn't Spitzer do his damn job?
Hicks reported: "In 2004, Eliot Spitzer was asked to investigate 9/11 by 66% of New Yorkers. Those pleas were ignored."
Added Hicks, in an earlier feature for the New York-based Megaphone: "His own attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, (then) investigating the governor's office's misuse of state troopers to monitor political rival Joe Bruno. To minority leader James Tedisco, Spitzer recently snapped, 'I'm a fucking steamroller, and I'll roll over you.' "
Steamroller? Of course the current karmic steamrolling of Spitzer won't bring back a single dead New York firefighter or the fading health of a single first responder.
Added Hicks, of the shady deals behind the 911 tragedy: "Silverstein put up only $14 million of his own money, (to acquire the WTC complex) and his friends at the powerful investment bank Blackstone Group kicked in another $111 million. After 9/11, Silverstein demanded a whopping $7 billion insurance payout, in the form of two $3.5 billion payment. Spitzer got involved behind the scenes, filing a "friend of the court" brief on Silverstein's behalf. The court ended up agreeing with Spitzer and Silverstein, over-turning the decision of a lower court. Spitzer helped midwife a fat compromise and an eventual $4.5 billion payout for Silverstein."
Funny, in every major crime, EXCEPT 911, investigators are always instructed to follow the money and conclude just who exactly benefits.
World Trade Center Building 7, ostensibly a US government building, victim of several suspicious fires (Arson?) and soon evacuated on 911, collapsed at 5:20 PM without being hit by an airplane. According to Hicks, 37 eyewitnesses working on the ground as firefighters, first responders and reporters recalled being warned in advance that WTC-7 was coming down. The official story determined a fire ignited a fuel tank in the building, resulting in a sudden collapse at the free fall speed of gravity.
"WTC 7 was the NY headquarters of CIA and the SEC office investigating Enron," said Hicks.
So why didn't the New York state attorney general, Eliot Spitzer, demand a full investigation? Why, conversely, did Spitzer literally serve as a whore for private citizen Silverstein in secret, rather than serve his public duty as top cop? Petitioners demanded he do his sworn duty. Instead the so-called reformer looked the other way, retired to the Mayflower hotel to be serviced by a gilded hooker, and shafted American citizens.
In truth, Spitzer is only one of more than a hundred powerful and well-connected "persons of interest" involved in some way with the 911 crime and subsequent cover up. A person of interest is someone detectives interview to get the bigger picture and hopefully apprehend the true criminals. Not surprisingly, for lack of evidence, the FBI no longer considers Osama bin Laden the mastermind behind 911.
Spitzer, had he done his duty at any time in his career, might have helped solve a perplexing crime rather than muddy the waters, Some will claim that was Spitzer's sole purpose.
Many top New York officials, former and current, also share Spitzer's murky connection to the 911 crime and the aftermath. Wrote John Albenese: "Bernard Kerick was having affairs in a hotel room overlooking ground zero! How romantic! Where was his summer home, overlooking Auschwitz?"
Meanwhile millions of gossip-starved Americans hotly debate the predicament of Spitzer's former call girl, 'Kristen.' I'd predict a quarter million dollar spread in some men's magazine and a million dollar book deal. Crime does pay, extremely well, a lesson learned well on 911.
Crime writer, crime fighter and bullshit detector, Douglas Herman writes for Rense regularly and lives in Bullhead City.
Evidence that Flights AA 11 and AA 77Did Not Exist on September 11, 2001 http://www.serendipity.li/wot/aa_flts/aa_flts.htm
According to the official story of what happened on September 11, 2001, four commercial jetliners were hijacked by Arab terrorists, two of them were flown into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center and a third was flown into the Pentagon. This article presents evidence obtained from US-government-supplied records whose implication is that this cannot be true. CLIP
While New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was paying an escort $4,300 in a hotel room in Washington, just down the road, George Bushs new Federal Reserve Board Chairman, Ben Bernanke, was secretly handing over $200 billion in a tryst with mortgage bank industry speculators.
Both acts were wanton, wicked and lewd. But theres a BIG difference. The Governor was using his own checkbook. Bushs man Bernanke was using ours.
This week, Bernankes Fed, for the first time in its history, loaned a selected coterie of banks one-fifth of a trillion dollars to guarantee these banks mortgage-backed junk bonds. The deluge of public loot was an eye-popping windfall to the very banking predators who have brought two million families to the brink of foreclosure.
Up until Wednesday, there was one single, lonely politician who stood in the way of this creepy little assignation at the bankers bordello: Eliot Spitzer.
Who are they kidding? Spitzers lynching and the bankers enriching are intimately tied.
How? Follow the money.
The press has swallowed Wall Streets line that millions of US families are about to lose their homes because they bought homes they couldnt afford or took loans too big for their wallets. Ba-LON-ey. Thats blaming the victim.
Heres what happened. Since the Bush regime came to power, a new species of loan became the norm, the sub-prime mortgage and its variants including loans with teeny introductory interest rates. ">From out of nowhere, a company called Countrywide became Americas top mortgage lender, accounting for one in five home loans, a large chuck of these sub-prime.
Heres how it worked: The Grinning Family, with US average household income, gets a $200,000 mortgage at 4% for two years. Their $955 a month payment is 25% of their income. No problem. Their banker promises them a new mortgage, again at the cheap rate, in two years. But in two years, the promise aint worth a can of spam and the Grinnings are told to scram - because their house is now worth less than the mortgage. Now, the mortgage hits 9% or $1,609 plus fees to recover the discount they had for two years. Suddenly, payments equal 42% to 50% of pre-tax income. Grinnings move into their Toyota.
Now, what kind of American is sub-prime. Guess. No peeking. Heres a hint: 73% of HIGH INCOME Black and Hispanic borrowers were given sub-prime loans versus 17% of similar-income Whites. Dark-skinned borrowers arent stupid they had no choice. They were steered as its called in the mortgage sharking business.
Steering, sub-prime loans with usurious kickers, fake inducements to over-borrow, called fraudulent conveyance or predatory lending under US law, were almost completely forbidden in the olden days (Clinton Administration and earlier) by federal regulators and state laws as nothing more than fancy loan-sharking.
But when the Bush regime took over, Countrywide and its banking brethren were told to party hardy it was OK now to steerm, fakem, chargem and takem.
But there was this annoying party-pooper. The Attorney General of New York, Eliot Spitzer, who sued these guys to a fare-thee-well. Or tried to.
Instead of regulating the banks that had run amok, Bushs regulators went on the warpath against Spitzer and states attempting to stop predatory practices. Making an unprecedented use of the legal power of federal pre-emption, Bush-bots ordered the states to NOT enforce their consumer protection laws.
Indeed, the feds actually filed a lawsuit to block Spitzers investigation of ugly racial mortgage steering. Bushs banking buddies were especially steamed that Spitzer hammered bank practices across the nation using New York State laws.
Spitzer not only took on Countrywide, he took on their predatory enablers in the investment banking community. Behind Countrywide was the Mother Shark, its funder and now owner, Bank of America. Others joined the sharkfest: Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Citigroups Citibank made mortgage usury their major profit centers. They did this through a bit of financial legerdemain called securitization.
What that means is that they took a bunch of junk mortgages, like the Grinnings, loans about to go down the toilet and re-packaged them into tranches of bonds which were stamped AAA - top grade - by bond rating agencies. These gold-painted turds were sold as sparkling safe investments to US school district pension funds and town governments in Finland (really).
When the housing bubble burst and the paint flaked off, investors were left with the poop and the bankers were left with bonuses. Countrywides top man, Angelo Mozilo, will earn a $77 million buy-out bonus this year on top of the $656 million - over half a billion dollars he pulled in from 1998 through 2007.
But there were rumblings that the party would soon be over. Angry regulators, burned investors and the weight of millions of homes about to be boarded up were causing the sharks to sink. Countrywides stock was down 50%, and Citigroup was off 38%, not pleasing to the Gulf sheiks who now control its biggest share blocks.
Then, on Wednesday of this week, the unthinkable happened. Carlyle Capital went bankrupt. Who? Thats Carlyle as in Carlyle Group. James Baker, Senior Counsel. Notable partners, former and past: George Bush, the Bin Laden family and more dictators, potentates, pirates and presidents than you can count.
The Fed had to act. Bernanke opened the vault and dumped $200 billion on the poor little suffering bankers. They got the public treasure and got to keep the Grinnings house. There was no quid of a foreclosure moratorium for the pro quo of public bail-out. Not one family was saved but not one banker was left behind.
Every mortgage sharking operation shot up in value. Mozilos Countrywide stock rose 17% in one day. The Citi sheiks saw their companys stock rise $10 billion in an afternoon.
And that very same day the bail-out was decided what a coinkydink! the man called, The Sheriff of Wall Street was cuffed. Spitzer was silenced.
Do I believe the banks called Justice and said, Take him down today! Naw, thats not how the system works. But the big players knew that unless Spitzer was taken out, he would create enough ruckus to spoil the party. Headlines in the financial press one was Wall Street Declares War on Spitzer - made clear to Bushs enforcers at Justice who their number one target should be. And it wasnt Bin Laden.
It was the night of February 13 when Spitzer made the bone-headed choice to order take-out in his Washington Hotel room. He had just finished signing these words for the Washington Post about predatory loans:
Not only did the Bush administration do nothing to protect consumers, it embarked on an aggressive and unprecedented campaign to prevent states from protecting their residents from the very problems to which he federal government was turning a blind eye.
Bush, said Spitzer right in the headline, was the Predator Lenders Partner in Crime. The President, said Spitzer, was a fugitive from justice. And Spitzer was in Washington to launch a campaign to take on the Bush regime and the biggest financial powers on the planet.
Spitzer wrote, When history tells the story of the subprime lending crisis and recounts its devastating effects on the lives of so many innocent homeowners the Bush administration will not be judged favorably.
But now, the Administration can rest assured that this love story of Bush and his bankers - will not be told by history at all now that the Sheriff of Wall Street has fallen on his own gun.
A note on Prosecutorial Indiscretion.
Back in the day when I was an investigator of racketeers for government, the federal prosecutor I was assisting was deciding whether to launch a case based on his negotiations for airtime with 60 Minutes. Im not allowed to tell you the prosecutors name, but I want to mention he was recently seen shouting, Florida is Rudi country! Florida is Rudi country!
Not all crimes lead to federal bust or even public exposure. Its up to something called prosecutorial discretion.
Funny thing, this discretion. For example, Senator David Vitter, Republican of Louisiana, paid Washington DC prostitutes to put him diapers (ewww!), yet the Senator was not exposed by the US prosecutors busting the pimp-ring that pampered him.
Naming and shaming and ruining Spitzer rarely done in these cases - was made at the discretion of Bushs Justice Department.
Or maybe we should say, 'indiscretion.'
Greg Palast, former investigator of financial fraud, is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Armed Madhouse and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.
Related article - This is why Spitzer's behavior was "revealed":
Predatory Lenders' Partner in Crime By Eliot Spitzer (February 14, 2008) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/13/AR2008021302783.html
How the Bush Administration Stopped the States From Stepping In to Help Consumers (...) Even though predatory lending was becoming a national problem, the Bush administration looked the other way and did nothing to protect American homeowners. In fact, the government chose instead to align itself with the banks that were victimizing consumers.Predatory lending was widely understood to present a looming national crisis. This threat was so clear that as New York attorney general, I joined with colleagues in the other 49 states in attempting to fill the void left by the federal government. Individually, and together, state attorneys general of both parties brought litigation or entered into settlements with many subprime lenders that were engaged in predatory lending practices. Several state legislatures, including New York's, enacted laws aimed at curbing such practices.What did the Bush administration do in response? Did it reverse course and decide to take action to halt this burgeoning scourge? As Americans are now painfully aware, with hundreds of thousands of homeowners facing foreclosure and our markets reeling, the answer is a resounding no.Not only did the Bush administration do nothing to protect consumers, it embarked on an aggressive and unprecedented campaign to prevent states from protecting their residents from the very problems to which the federal government was turning a blind eye.Let me explain: The administration accomplished this feat through an obscure federal agency called the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The OCC has been in existence since the Civil War. Its mission is to ensure the fiscal soundness of national banks. For 140 years, the OCC examined the books of national banks to make sure they were balanced, an important but uncontroversial function. But a few years ago, for the first time in its history, the OCC was used as a tool against consumers. CLIP
Elliot Spitzer and America's Ethical Perversity
by Rabbi Michael Lerner
The cross-the-political-spectrum attacks on Elliot Spitzer and the intensity of the demands that he resign his office show just how far the Right-wing sexual moralizing has been able to trump any other kind of ethical reasoning in American society.
Going to a prostitute is legal in some states and some countries around the world, and is often the very arrangement that saves families from splitting up whose sexual energies have diminished but whose love is intact. It's not uncommon for men (and now increasingly women as well) who have achieved great power in our society by adopting an outer show of ruthless pursuit of power and influence (even, as in Spitzer's case, if the power is aimed at pursuing laudable ends) to feel a deep emptiness and loneliness that is not addressed by friends or spouse, and hence to seek some kind of outside connection no matter how superficial that is not bound by previous rules and roles. Nevertheless, I and many others in the religious and spiritual world oppose that practice when it involves adultery or prostitution, because it depends on the objectification of another human being, so that sex is disconnected in ways that it should not be from a significant encounter with the spirit of God in the other or a deep recognition that is the only real way to overcome existential or situational alienation.
Moreover, the trade in women for sexual purposes has frequently led to rape and abuse and the kidnapping of young women who are sold into sexual slavery. All of these outrageous practices are abhorrent and should be challenged. The flaunting of sexuality in the media, and the implicit message that the only real satisfaction comes from having the most physically attractive people as sexual partners, not only generates huge dissatisfaction even as it allows corporate advertise to become predators manipulating our personal sense of inadequacy to sell their products, but also generates desires that feed the sexual trade in women. Given this larger social context, until sexual satisfaction is so broadly available in our society that no one has to pay for it and so deeply tied to love that no one is objectified in the process, this kind of exploitation of women and degradation of sex is likely to continue. All of these practices foster the sexual predators of the contemporary world.
So Elliot Spitzer deserves to be critiqued and ought to be doing deep atonement for what he did. His previous moral arrogance and willingness when he had power to do so to prosecute others for their participation in creating prostitution rings makes him an easy target. We, in turn, might practice the forgiveness that our religious and spiritual traditions preach, particularly those of us who have been willing to honeslty face how flawed we ourselves are, and how at times we ourselves fail to embody in our actual practice with others the values that we publicly espouse. Humility and compassion are also part of the path of a spiritual progressive.
But the intensity of the critique of the N.Y. governor, tied with the demand that he resign, shows more about American society's ethical perversity than about Spitzer.
The President of the U.S. and the Vice President, working in concert with several other high ranking officers of our government, lied and distorted to get us involved in a war that has led to the death of over a million Iraqis, the displacement of 3 million more, the death of 4,000 Americans and the wounding of tens of thousands more. After token opposition in Congress, our elected representatives have overwhelmingly passed budgets funding this war, rather than refuse to fund any military projects until the President stopped the war and withdrew the troops.
Meanwhile, our government has overtly engaged in torture, wiretapping of our phones, and violation of our human rights and the rights of people around the world. Senator Diane Feinstein and Senator Charles Schumer votes to confirm as Attonrey General a right-wing judge who refused to repudiate these crimes.
The U.S. government has rejected every attempt to implement the Kyoto environmental agreements or to work out new agreements sufficiently strong to reverse environmental destruction that is certain to lead to new levels of flooding particularly in several poor countries around the world. The consequence: tens of millions of deaths.
The Clinton Administration pushed, along with corporate support, a set of trade agreements that have devastated the farmers of many developing countries, forcing many off their farms and into city slums where their daughters and sons are often sold into sexual slavery. The global economic system we have fostered has led to increasing gaps between the rich and the poor, so that over one out of every three people on the planet lives on less than $2 a day, 1.5 billion live on less than one dollar a day, and over 15,000 children die every day from malnutrition-related diseases and inadequate availability of medicine that is hoarded by the rich countries who can afford the prices made to ensure huge profits to the pharmaceutical industry.
Health insurance companies and private medical profiteers are doing all they can to ensure that there will be no health care for tens of millions of Americans, unless that is provided in ways that guarantee corporate super-profits and thereby guarantee that the cost of health care paid through taxes will be huge and create anger at all government social welfare and well-being programs, leading to their likely de-funding.
People in the US have faced severe economic crises on a regional and soon on a national level because corporations move their centers of production to countries in Asia where they can exploit workers with less government or union interference and where they can destroy the environment with less societal restraints. Wild to achieve greater profits, corporations and the rich have managed to support politicians who lower the taxes on the rich, in the process bankrupting the public sector or severely reducing its ability to provide enough funds for quality education, health care, libraries, public transportation, and social welfare.
That there is no outcry for these government officials and corporate leaders to resign immediately or be impeached, that there is no moral outrage at the entire system that produces this impact, is America's ethical perversity. Instead, the only crime against humanity that the media takes seriously and the politicians fear is being exposed for personal sexual immorality. While everyone basks in their own self-righteous demands on Spitzer, we all allow media and elected officials to fundamentally distort our ethical vision and play out our morality on the smallest of possible stages while ignoring the global and personal consequences of our larger ethical failures.
Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun magazine http://www.tikkun.org , Chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives http://www.spiritualprogressives.org, rabbi of Beyt Tikkun synagogue-without-walls in San Francisco and Berkeley, and author of The Left Hand of God. He welcomes comments at RabbiLerner@tiikkun.org
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From: Larry Stell (email@example.com)
Subject: What The Next U.S. President Should Do
Date: 13 Mar 2008
Here is a list of things the next President of the U.S. SHOULD DO!
1. Abolish National Security Act of 1947.
2. Abolish the Federal Reserve Bank as U.S. Banking System.
3. Remove the Dollar as Currency and replace with U.S. Government Printed gold-backed currency.
4. Abolish the Patriot Act.
5. End the War on Terror.
6. Begin a campaign of love, understanding, forgiveness and diplomacy.
7. Remove all American Troops from ALL foreign countries.
8. Stop Israel from murdering its neighbors.
9. Help the Islamic people return to their true teachings and provide economy opportunities for all Islamic peoples.
10. Abolish all trade tariffs, income taxes and fees.
11. Open up the Government and let the American people know the truth.
12. Eliminate petroleum from all products except lubrication.
13. Begin production of the water-fueled car.
14. Convert all power plants to non-polluting.
However, dont expect any of this to happen. Cant a guy dream?
Winter Soldier: America Must Hear These Iraq Vets' Stories
By Penny Coleman, AlterNet. Posted March 15, 2008.
If America listens to what they say, the war would be over tomorrow.
I missed the Winter Soldier Investigation in 1971. At the time I was married to a vet who desperately wanted to put his war behind him -- and he wanted me to help him do it. We were supposed to pretend it had never happened. It didn't work.
Daniel refused to talk about Vietnam. "Talk to your old lady? No fucking way," his friend Bobby Lanz shot back when I said I thought that maybe Daniel wouldn't have killed himself if I had been able to get him to talk about whatever it was that was causing him such pain. "With other vets, you can say, 'shit man, I did all this horrible stuff. You're not going to believe the stuff I did', and someone who has been there will say, 'Yeah, so did I, so did we all.' But with your woman? You start to talk about having fucked some folks up bad, doing awful things, killing people, maybe, and she starts to cry and you don't go there again. You think, Fuck me, man, I don't need to hurt her. This is psychological abuse, so I am going to shut up."
Maybe I wouldn't have understood. Completely. But not knowing was far worse. For decades, I took responsibility for his death. I thought it was my fault. And even if I hadn't been able to understand exactly what he was talking about, I would have understood that he was in a kind of lethal pain. Whether it was that he thought he deserved to die or that he deserved to be put out of his misery, either way, execution or euthanasia, I would have understood that he had been injured in the war. And I would have known where to focus my grief and my rage.
What I kept thinking today, listening to all those who testified at this new Winter Soldier investigation sponsored by Iraq Veterans Against the War at the National Labor College in Washington, DC, is that so much grief and pain for the past 30 years has been mis-directed, so much energy wasted, blaming ourselves and the soldiers we loved for the injuries that we couldn't see. Joyce Lucey, the mother of a soldier who took his own life after returning from Iraq, said that when he left he gave her a coin and told her to hold it like an amulet to keep him safe. She did, but she now understands that even though her son had been returned to her, his soul had been destroyed. "I should have been holding that coin after he came home."
But, she continued, "His voice is silenced. Ours is not." And she quoted Edmund Burke: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil in America is for good men to do nothing."
Everything I heard today spoke to that challenge, to the challenge of channeling our combined grief and rage into a focused fight that will really, finally make a difference. Clifton Hicks began his testimony by saying that all of the men he served with in Iraq were there for love: love of country, of ideals, of comrades, and "for that they are beyond judgment. I am here," he added, "to judge the war itself."
One after another, veterans told conflicted stories, some with tears, some with rigid control, some with visible shakes, but all with hard-won moral courage and deep sorrow. John Michael Turner began his testimony by telling the audience that as far as he was concerned, "Once a Marine, Always a Marine" was history. For him it is now "Eat the apple and fuck the corps." Then he tossed his dog tags into the audience saying, "Fuck you, I don't work for you no more." Turner's first confirmed kill was on April 18, 2006. He shot an Iraqi boy in front of his father. It took a second shot to kill him. He had a photograph of the boy's open skull. Turner was personally congratulated by his commanding officer, who proceeded to offer a four day pass to anyone who got a kill by stabbing one of the enemy. Turner ended with, "I am sorry for the hate and destruction that I have inflicted on innocent people. I am sorry for the things I did. I am no longer the monster that I once was."
Recommended by Evelyn Goodman (BEGoodman@aol.com) who wrote: "Read this and weep! For the longest time, I didn't believe this, but I am now CONVINCED. So, where do we go from here, is the $64. question."
2008 Election Horror Fantasy - A Primer for Inquisitive Minds
The Jones family above is watching a horror fantasy. They are unaware that the election events on their television screen are total fantasy but that the horror is real.
The mother and father were non-educated at the same non-school that Timmy and Suzie are now being non-educated. None of the four knows what is going on in the world and they have no interest in knowing.
A presentation depicting murder and mayhem as somewhat frightening though slightly amusing.
Fantasy consists in a mindless acceptance of unrealities as real.
The "election" portrayed on the Jones's television screen is a complete fantasy. Both the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates have been chosen by a criminal gang and the outcome of the election has already been decided by that same pack of thugs.
Most Americans are like the Jones family: having allowed themselves to be brainwashed into mindlessly believing that the "election" is a fair contest of the people's will. Because most Americans are happy believing in fantasies like "fair elections" and "war on terrorism," America has become a police state.
Cabal: A group that seized political and economic power through criminal actions such as assassinations and election-fixing.
Dictatorship: A form of criminal mis-rule in which the leaders have destroyed Constitutional liberties.
War-Profiteering: Creating bogus wars to make money through the manufacture, sale, and destruction of war materiel: guns, planes, ships, etc.
Because Wendell Jones, the father, and Betty Jones, the mother are ignorant--but do not know that they are ignorant--they are not aware and therefore do not teach Timmy and Suzie the truth about their nation: That America has become Cabal-controlled: A dictatorship: repressive police state - A war-profiteering rogue state
The American One-Party Dictatorship: Republican Presidential Candidate - Democratic Presidential Candidate - Both selected by the Demonic Cabal
"Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee."
- Helen Keller, 1911
The criminal junta that controls America cunningly conceals its plans and tactics, so we must construct the best educated guess possible.
In this primer, we're exploring the factors which support the hypothesis that the cabal has decided to make either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama president. Until early in 2008, it appeared that the cabal would likely select Hillary to become president.
But a significant intervention by the ruling elite to promote the Obama campaign, acting through its political representativesparticularly Senator Edward Kennedy, longtime leader of the liberal wing of the Democratic Partyand through the corporate-controlled mass media then occurred.
Most Reasonable Hypothesis
That hypothesis based on the most supporting data available, which best explains what is occurring and predicts what will happen in the future.
Barack Obama's or Hillary Clinton's assuming of the American presidency will assure total continuation of the criminal, oppressive, militaristic, war-profiteering policies of the Bush II junta.
The discerning few in the world have been tipped off to the depraved connection between the cabal and the two Democratic candidates by a number of prior events.
Republican presidential candidates who began campaigning in 2007 received half as much campaign money as the Democratic candidates--a complete reversal of historic trends. It appears the cabal wants the Democratic nominee to win in 2008. According to recent financial reports to the Federal Election Commission, investment bankers have tilted their financial support overwhelmingly to the Democratic Party, giving roughly equal amounts to Clinton and Obama. In total contributions, both Clinton and Obama collected more than $100 million apiece in 2007, more than twice the largest amount raised by any Republican, while Obama raised an additional $32.6 million in January 2008 alone.
The Hillary Candidacy
The Jones family--and the rest of America and the world--were almost startled awake on December 17, 2007 when former President Bill Clinton said that the first thing his wife Hillary will do when she reaches the White House is dispatch him and his predecessor, President George H.W. Bush, on an around-the-world mission to repair the damage done to America's reputation by the current president-Bush's son, George W. Bush.
"Well, the first thing she intends to do, because you can do this without passing a bill, the first thing she intends to do is to send me and former President Bush and a number of other people around the world to tell them that America is open for business and cooperation again," Clinton said in response to a question from a supporter about what his wife's "number one priority" would be as president.
To the Joneses of the world this chummy relationship between the Clintons and the Bushes came as a complete surprise. Suddenly it was clear for all with eyes to see that Bush Senior was supporting Hillary Clinton for President. Bush I's subsequent perfunctory "denial" was so lame and feeble as to constitute an affirmation of Bill Clinton's assertion.
The Bush-Clinton Alliance
"The fact that the Bushes and the Clintons are on the same team - and have been since their alleged Iran-Contra partnership in an airport operation in Mena, Arkansas involving the transshipment of cocaine destined for the streets of America - is not something that most Americans have yet incorporated into our political equation."
Catherine Austin Fitts, 1
Will the Real Economic Hit Men Please Stand Up?
Perceptive analysts of historical trends discern other more esoteric clues as to why the cabal, including Bush I, would be supporting Hillary Clinton for president. This part of the story began in a small Arkansas town named Mena in the 1980s. 2
With full knowledge and complicity on the part of then Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton, a small dirt airstrip at Mena, Arkansas became a major North American focus for the Contra drug and gun-running network, handling a night-flight every five minutes, without lights, at the height of the activities. The entire illegal gun running operation to Nicaragua was for the purpose of arming and resupplying the Contra forces, staged out of the Mena airport.
Contra planes flew north to the U.S., loaded with cocaine for sale in the United States, then returned laden with weapons, all under the protective umbrella of the United States Government through the CIA. Cocaine profits were the real source of funding for the Contra's custom made (and numberless) M-16s. The CIA laundered the cocaine proceeds through various Arkansas financial institutions including Morgan Guarantee, Madison S&L, Worthen Bank, and most importantly, the Arkansas Development Finance Authority.
After the Iran-Contra scandal erupted, individuals began to come forward with stories that the same planes that ferried guns down to Nicaragua were bringing back cocaine. These individuals included military personnel such as Eugene Wheaton, and pilots such as Richard Brenneke, and former Air Force intelligence officer Terry Reed, who claimed they were part of the guns and drugs operation itself. Some, like Chip Tatum, had documents proving their claims.
As usual, the press seemed to have a blind spot where Mena was concerned. Writer Roger Morris (author of Partners In Power) and Sally Denton wrote a well-researched article entitled "The Crimes Of Mena." This story, based on Barry Seal's surviving records, had been fact checked and cleared for publication by the legal staff of the Washington Post, when it was suddenly spiked without explanation by Managing Editor Bob Kaiser, a fellow Skull & Bones alumni with ex CIA chief George Bush. The article was later published in Penthouse magazine in July, 1995.
This unusual spiking of a news story caught the attention of writer Ambrose Evans-Pritchard who wrote an article about it--"Arkansas Drug Exposé Misses The Post"--for the London Sunday Telegraph that appeared January 29, 1995.
The Mena operation had been covered in a Wall Street Journal editorial by Micah Morrison on October 18, 1994 titled "The Mena Coverup." Arkansas State Trooper L. D. Brown had been Clinton's bodyguard as well as his man on some of the round-trip Nicaragua-to-Mena airport flights piloted by Barry Seal. When he revealed what he knew about Mena in an American Spectator article in the summer of 1995 it met with mixed reaction, though Brown's information bore out what the other reports claimed. Brown later wrote an expose of the Mena operation titled Crossfire which corroborated much of what we're exploring in this primer.
In his book, Compromised: Clinton, Bush, and the CIA, Terry Reed describes a scene he witnessed in which Governor Bill Clinton suddenly appeared at the Mena airstrip "on the verge of losing his well-rehearsed, statesman-like demeanor." Clinton was complaining to a CIA operative that "Mena had helped the CIA and its bosses in Washington, but it had not solved any of the governor's local political problems. And these same problems were threatening to unveil the Mena operations."
According to Reed's report, the CIA operative told Clinton to shut up, that if he wanted the CIA to help him become President he would just keep his mouth shut and cooperate with the Mena operation in every way possible. Clinton, Reed claims, accepted the reprimand and left the airport with his tail between his legs.
We need to recall that at this time George H.W. Bush was the de facto President of the United States, Ronnie Reagan having been sidelined by an assassination attempt on his life. Bush I was still in charge of all CIA operations--including Mena--having earlier been head of the agency.
It appears, then, that the cabal had chosen Clinton as its Democratic presidential candidate in case Bush I didn't win re-election in 1993. After his narrow victory, Clinton proceeded to shut down the still on-going investigations into the corruption and crimes of Bush I. Iran-Contra, BCCI, and especially Bush's massive, secret and often illegal efforts to arm Saddam Hussein and supply him with material for chemical weapons-all of these probes were cut off, starved or shunted aside by the Clinton Administration.
Clinton also thwarted probes into the "October Surprise"-the 1980 negotiations between the Reagan campaign camp, led by Bush, with the Iranians who were holding American hostages. Direct testimony from several credible sources emerged in the early 1990s about the Bush-Iran negotiations, in which the Reagan-Bush team secretly agreed to free up frozen Iranian assets and supply the extremist regime with military hardware in exchange for Tehran holding onto the hostages until after Jimmy Carter was defeated. Bush's negotiations with the Iranians to fix the American election constituted high treason, a capital offense. Because Clinton helped quash these investigations, it's little wonder that Bush I feels gratitude to Slick Willy. 3
"Hillary Clintons campaign is signaling that a second Clinton presidency will follow the look-to-the-future, dont-worry-about-accountability approach toward Republican wrongdoing that marked Bill Clintons years in office."
Robert Parry, consortiumnews.com
The Obama Candidacy
Barack Obama is being spun as something of a progressive, though it's clear he is not the product of the civil rights struggles against racial oppression nor is he associated with any popular movement of the working class. Obama's career is most similar to those of Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, individuals selected and groomed by the American ruling class to be its black fellow travelers. Like them, Obama is being used to put a new face on fundamentally reactionary policies and actions.
"The Obama campaign is not the vehicle of a leftward movement in the United Statesas proclaimed by liberal groups such as MoveOn.org and publications like The Nation. It is a preemptive attack by the ruling class against such a movement. Its function is to delude the American people and divert their growing opposition to war, economic crisis and attacks on democratic rights back into the dead-end of the Democratic Party.
"While the American people will cast ballots on November 4, the real decisions are made long before then, in the selection of candidates and framing of the election by the media and the corporate bosses and billionaires who finance and politically screen the candidates." 4
The cabal will likely put on a somewhat believable presidential race for the 2008 election, conning Americans into believing that either the Republican or Democratic candidate would bring genuine change to our nation. But in the end it will likely make sure that Hillary or Barack wins both the Democratic nomination and the election.
If Americans are to regain control of our nation, we must get rid of the two-parties-pretending-to-be-different scam and create a truly independent third party. Funding for election campaigning must come exclusively from public money, outlawing private corporations buying their own officials. We must look to our own philosophical foundations as we work to overcome this police state dictatorship that has our country in its grip.
1 Catherine Austin Fitts is a former managing director and member of the board of directors of Dillon Read & Co, Inc. She served as Assistant secretary of Housing/Federal Housing Commmisioner during the first Bush Administration, and is also formerly the head of Hamilton Securities Group Inc. She currently serves as President of Solari Inc., an investment advisory firm.
2 Mena is a very small town in the middle of the Ouachita mountains in Southwestern Arkansas and not coincidentally it happens to be in Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt's district, the Third Congressional district. John Paul Hammerschmidt just happens to be one of George Bush's very closest friends. He was George Bush's Presidential Campaign Manager for Bush's campaign in '76 and again in 1980. The two men are very close.
3 For additional information on these topics, see Robert Parry's The Clintons' Real Trouble With the Truth, Speak, Memory, and Parry's remarkable series "The October Surprise Mystery."
The 2002 speech that Hillary is afraid of by John Aravosis (DC) · 3/07/200 http://www.americablog.com/2008/03/2002-speech-that-hillary-is-afraid-of.html
Hillary Clinton has been positively apoplectic for days over Barack Obama's "speech in 2002." The speech she's so critical of, so afraid of, is this speech below. It's the speech in which Barack Obama, over five years ago - two weeks before Hillary Clinton sided with George Bush and voted to authorize the Iraq war - predicted that everything would go horribly wrong if we invaded Iraq. That's why Obama opposed the Iraq war. Had Hillary read Obama's speech then, rather than criticizing it now, perhaps we wouldn't be in the mess we're in.
Suddenly, a Dangerous Turn (14 March 2008) http://www.consortiumnews.com/2008/031408.html
Two seemingly disconnected events have created a suddenly dangerous turn regarding the future of US wars in the Middle East. One was the abrupt resignation of the person who has been the biggest obstacle to a U.S. military strike against Iran, Admiral William Fallon, the chief of Central Command which oversees U.S. military operations in the volatile region. The second is the ugly direction that the Democratic presidential competition has taken, with Hillary Clinton's campaign intensifying its harsh rhetoric against Barack Obama, reducing the likelihood that he can win the presidency - and thus raising the odds that the next president will be either John McCain or Sen. Clinton, both hawks on Iran. (...) Now, however, the abrupt resignation of Admiral Fallon, who had publicly challenged the saber-rattling toward Iran coming from the White House, removed one of the chief obstacles to the use of military force against Iran over its nuclear program. Intelligence sources have told me that President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were eyeing possible air strikes against Iranian targets in 2007 before they encountered Fallon's stiff opposition. The White House hardliners also met resistance from the U.S. intelligence community, which released a National Intelligence Estimate reporting that Iran had shut down a key element of its nuclear weapons program. Since Fallon's sudden resignation, intelligence sources have said they do not foresee an imminent U.S. assault on Iran, although one source said Fallon quit, in part, over a new White House demand for an updated attack plan. More likely, the sources say, the issue of how to deal with Iran will pass to the next president. In that regard, McCain and Clinton promise more tough talk and belligerence, while Obama vows to speak directly with Iran's leaders over how to reduce tensions. Yet, the combined events of the past several days - the sudden ouster of the chief military opponent of an expanded war in the Middle East and the apparent decline in the political fortunes of the most dovish candidate - suggest that the Bush-Cheney belligerent strategies may well outlast their terms of office.
From: Project Camelot (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Project Camelot interviews Benjamin Fulford
Date: 18 Mar 2008
If you need a bodyguard, it's too late. You have to make them not want to shoot you.
- Benjamin Fulford
Last month, Project Camelot traveled to Japan to meet and interview Benjamin Fulford.
The son of a Canadian diplomat, Benjamin Fulford rebelled against his upbringing and at the age of 17 made his way to the Amazon to live with a native tribe. Wanting to better understand Western society, he spent time in a community in Argentina before attending university in Japan.
Principled, brave, and still a diehard idealist, he resigned as Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief of Forbes Magazine after investigating a scandal the editor refused to report. As he researched global affairs further, he uncovered the complex web of global financial control at the hands of the Rockefellers and Rothschilds - and also the reality of racially targeted bioweapons such as SARS.
It was these plans for depopulation that upset some powerful factions in Japan, Taiwan and China. After being approached by a real-life Ninja, matters came to a head in 2007 when Fulford became the first Westerner for 500 years to be admitted into the Eastern Secret Societies, a group with 6 million members. As their spokesman, he delivered a simple message to the Illuminati:
Recognize that your time is over, step down without a fight, and allow the world to thrive - or face the consequences from 100,000 professional assassins.
This was first communicated through Henry Makow and Jeff Rense in July 2007. Project Camelot has now traveled to Japan to meet with Fulford personally. Our interview presents the astonishing background story - and also reminds the Illuminati, whom we are confident watch our videos carefully, that the ultimatum is real, serious, and still in force.
Armed with an optimistic vision, Fulford is prepared to be the next Finance Minister of Japan. His plans to spend Japan's $5 trillion of foreign reserves to end world poverty are inspiring as practical steps to repair generations of damage done by a ruthless ruling elite. This is a man with a deep understanding of both East and West, a global economic historian who thinks way outside of the box, a lover of peace unafraid to speak warrior words.
In this comprehensive video, Parts 1 and 2 focus on global financial history and Fulford's fascinating personal story leading up to his approach by the Ninja. Part 3 contains the details of The Ultimatum itself.
- Transcripts of Gary McKinnon and Richard Hoagland Parts 1 and 2
- A detailed update from Illuminati whistleblower Leo Zagami, who has spoken at length with the Norwegian Politician who reported to us about the Norwegian preparations for 2012. Both men have been threatened and harrassed, and both have had their computers confiscated.
While the underground bases and 2012 plans are all very real, Leo told us that the Norwegian Politician now considers that he was internally disinformed about the 'Planet X' connection to the 2012 situation - which we had suspected. As soon as we can we will post an edited audio file of this morning's long and important phone conversation with Leo, and our video interview with him will follow as soon as possible.
Kerry and Bill
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Official Endgame Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f20EIt4QYsI
For the New World Order, a world government is just the beginning. Once in place they can engage their plan to exterminate 80% of the world's population, while enabling the "elites" to live forever with the aid of advanced technology. For the first time, crusading filmmaker ALEX JONES reveals their secret plan for humanity's extermination: Operation ENDGAME.Jones chronicles the history of the global elite's bloody rise to power and reveals how they have funded dictators and financed the bloodiest warscreating order out of chaos to pave the way for the first true world empire. * Watch as Jones and his team track the elusive Bilderberg Group to Ottawa and Istanbul to document their secret summits, allowing you to witness global kingpins setting the world's agenda and instigating World War III. * Learn about the formation of the North America transportation control grid, which will end U.S. sovereignty forever. * Discover how the practitioners of the pseudo-science eugenics have taken control of governments worldwide as a means to carry out depopulation. * View the progress of the coming collapse of the United States and the formation of the North American Union.Never before has a documentary assembled all the pieces of the globalists' dark agenda. Endgame's compelling look at past atrocities committed by those attempting to steer the future delivers information that the controlling media has meticulously censored for over 60 years. It fully reveals the elite's program to dominate the earth and carry out the wicked plan in all of human history. Endgame is not conspiracy theory, it is documented fact in the elite's own words. Trailer edited by Rob Jacobson. http://www.ENDGAMETHEMOVIE.com http://www.WHATISTHEENDGAME.com http://www.prisonplanet.com http://www.infowars.com
US Denies Producing Bioweapons from Bird Flu (2008-03-17) http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-03/17/content_7806186.htm
JAKARTA, March 17 (Xinhua) -- The United States has flatly denied allegations it was producing biological weapons from bird flu samples sent by Indonesia to the World Health Organization, the English daily The Jakarta Post reported Monday. Michael H. Anderson, counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia, has explained the U.S. has undertaken "not to develop, produce, stockpile, or otherwise acquire or retain microbial or other biological agents or toxins of types and in quantities that have no justification for prophylactic, protective, and other peaceful purposes, as well as weapons and means of delivery." The U.S. is a party to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction, which entered into force on March 26, 1975. However, Indonesian senior biodefense researcher Isro Samihardjo said the U.S. could use bird flu virus samples from Indonesia to develop weapons at the Los Alamos Laboratory. (...) Bird flu has infected 129 Indonesians so far, killing 105 of them, which is the highest death toll in the world.
Serious concerns were raised in Davos last week about the ability of the Chinese government to spy on the country's 500-million cellphone users. The head of China's biggest cellphone company, which has more than 300-million subscribers, stunned delegates by revealing that the company had unlimited access to the personal data of its customers and handed it over to Chinese security officials when demanded. The admission, described as "bone-chilling" by United States Congressman Ed Markey, sent shivers through an audience of telecom experts at the World Economic Forum who immediately saw the potential for misuse and surveillance. "We know who you are, but also where you are," said the CEO of China Mobile Communications Corporation, Wang Jianzhou, whose company adds six million new customers to its network each month and is already the biggest mobile group in the world by users. He was explaining how the company could use the personal data of its customers to sell advertising and services to them based on knowledge of where they were and what they were doing. When pressed about the privacy and security implications of this, he added: "We can access the information and see where someone is, but we never give this information away ... only if the security authorities ask for it."
The movement of cellphone users can be tracked because they connect to local base stations, giving a trail that can only be accessed in most democratic countries by security officials under strict conditions. Cellphones can also be easily tapped. Markey, who is chairperson of the US House of Representatives subcommittee on telecommunications, contrasted the situation with the checks and controls in place in the US, where a court order is required for the government to check phone records. "I have my eyebrows arched so high they're hitting the ceiling," he said after listening to Wang. "I have many, many more questions about what the relationship is with the government and moreover how the company can use that information." US internet company Yahoo! was widely pilloried and faced a congressional hearing after the group divulged information to Beijing police that landed a Chinese journalist in jail. Shi Tao was convicted in 2005 of divulging state secrets after he posted a Chinese government order forbidding media organisations from marking the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square uprising on the internet. He was identified with information provided by Yahoo! and sentenced to 10 years in jail.
Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of internet governance and regulation at Oxford University in Britain, stressed how the cellphone had become a serious threat to privacy in all countries. "It's amazing to see how such a comprehensive surveillance network has been set up through the market force of consumer demand," he said. "With CCTV [closed-circuit television], the government sets it up and you have nothing to say about it. With this [cellphones], you're paying for your own monitoring device." He said governments in democratic countries are "just waking up to the need for regulation". The remarks by Wang came in the context of a discussion about how cellphone operators could generate additional revenues by increasing targeted advertising and other services. The idea of location-based advertising, in which advertisers use the location of cellphone user to send targeted advertising, also won support from Google chairperson Eric Schmidt. He used the example of how an advertiser of fast food could target users with advertising when they are near a restaurant. Wang said his company was able to estimate the number of people at last year's Shanghai Formula One Grand Prix by counting subscribers in the area. When enough people have phones in China, the data could be used to estimate the number of people on roads at a particular time as a proxy for the level of congestion, he said. The number of cellphone users in China was 523,3-million at the end of September, up 13,5% from the end of 2006, according to official data. The discussion took place in a session titled The Future of Mobile Technology. -- Sapa-AFP
EU told to prepare for flood of climate change migrants
Global warming threatens to severely destabilise the planet, rendering a fifth of its population homeless, top officials say
Ian Traynor in Brussels
The Guardian, Monday March 10 2008
Ice boulders left behind after a flood caused by the overflowing of a lake in Greenland. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty images
In its half-century history, the EU has absorbed wave upon wave of immigrants. There were the millions of political migrants fleeing Russian-imposed communism to western Europe throughout the cold war, the post-colonial and "guest worker" migrants who poured into western Europe in the boom years of the 1950s and 60s, the hundreds of thousands who escaped the Balkan wars of the 90s and the millions of economic migrants of the past decade seeking a better life.
Now, according to the EU's two senior foreign policy officials, Europe needs to brace itself for a new wave of migration with a very different cause - global warming. The ravages already being inflicted on parts of the developing world by climate change are engendering a new type of refugee, the "environmental migrant".
Within a decade "there will be millions of environmental migrants, with climate change as one of the major drivers of this phenomenon," predict Javier Solana and Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the EU's chief foreign policy coordinator and the European commissioner for external relations. "Europe must expect substantially increased migratory pressure."
They point out that some countries already badly hit by global warming are demanding that the new phenomenon be recognised internationally as a valid reason for migration.
The immigration alert is but one of seven "threats" that the two officials focus on in pointing to the security implications and the dangers to European interests thrown up by climate change.
Their report, the first of its kind to be tabled to an EU summit - opening on Thursday in Brussels - amounts to a wake-up call to the governments of Europe, a demand that they start taking account of climate change and its impact in their security and foreign-policy decisions.
The main message is that the immediate and devastating effects of global warming will be felt far away from Europe, with the poor suffering disproportionately in south Asia, the Middle East, central Asia, Africa and Latin America, but that Europe will ultimately bear the consequences.
This could be in the form of mass migration, destabilisation of parts of the world vital to European security, radicalisation of politics and populations, north-south conflict because of the perceived injustice of the causes and effects of global warming, famines caused by arable land loss, wars over water, energy, and other natural resources.
Solana and Ferrero-Waldner paint a picture of a very bleak and very messy new world order which may undermine the UN system.
"The multilateral system is at risk if the international community fails to address the threats. Climate change impacts will fuel the politics of resentment between those most responsible for climate change and those most affected by it ... and drive political tension nationally and internationally."
This is not all futurology. The document points out that last year the UN's appeals for emergency humanitarian aid were all, bar one, connected to climate change.
As far as international security is concerned, the report finds, global warming makes a bad situation worse.
"Climate change is best viewed as a threat multiplier which exacerbates existing trends, tensions and instability," Solana and Ferrero-Waldner say. "The core challenge is that climate change threatens to overburden states and regions which are already fragile and conflict-prone. The risks include political and security risks that directly affect European interests."
The report highlights several forms of conflict that are likely to be driven by the planet heating up:
· "Reduction of arable land, widespread shortage of water, diminishing food and fish stocks, increased flooding and prolonged droughts are already happening in many parts of the world," Solana and Ferrero-Waldner say. Fresh water availability could fall by up to 30% in some regions, causing farming losses, surging food prices and shortages, and civil unrest. "Climate change will fuel existing conflicts over depleting resources."
· Around one-fifth of the planet's population inhabits coastal zones which are threatened by rising sea levels and natural disasters. The Caribbean, central America and the east coasts of China and India are most exposed. "An increase in disasters and humanitarian crises will lead to immense pressure on the resources of donor countries."
· The report notes that major land mass changes are expected in the course of the century from receding coastlines, meaning countries will lose territory, while desertification could have a similar effect. The result may be "a vicious circle of degradation, migration and conflicts over territory and borders that threatens the political stability of countries and regions".
· A similar result may be expected in failing states, where frustration and disenchantment breed ethnic and religious strife and political radicalisation.
· Competition for energy resources is already a cause of conflict. This may get worse, not least "because much of the world's hydrocarbon reserves are in regions vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and because many oil and gas producing states already face significant social, economic and demographic challenges."
Europe, the officials imply, needs to get its act together if there is to be any chance of managing the apocalyptic scenarios outlined. What the report does not say is that if demographics are any measure of potential power, Europe's task is that much harder.
The average European is currently aged 39 and Europeans, including Russians, make up some 11% of the world's population of 6.7 billion.
By 2050 that figure will have shrunk to 7%, with the average age of Europeans being over 47 and the elderly outnumbering children by more than two to one. A weaker Europe may have to cope with the challenges listed by Solana and Ferrero-Waldner, but environmental migrants may enlarge and rejuvenate its population.
Areas under threat
The speed of polar ice cap melting will have a large geostrategic impact, with conflicts likely over the vast new mineral resources that will become accessible, as well as the opening of new sea routes for international trade. Rival claims to the mineral wealth and shipping routes will challenge Europe's ability to secure its interests in the region.
The Caribbean and central America are already badly affected by major hurricanes and extreme weather linked with El Niño. This will get worse, while weak governments will struggle to cope with social and political tension fuelled by climate change.
Particularly vulnerable because of its low ability to cope with climate change, which is already a factor contributing to the Darfur catastrophe and conflict in the Horn of Africa. Three-quarters of arable rain-fed land in north Africa and the Sahel could be lost. Some 5 million people in the Nile delta could be affected by land losses due to rising sea levels and salinisation by 2050.
Trouble ahead. The authoritarian regimes of the region will become increasingly important because of mineral wealth. But climate change means water shortages are already being felt. Kyrgyzstan has lost 1,000 glaciers over the past 40 years, while Tajikistan's glaciers have shrunk by one third. Farming and power generation are already being hit by water shortages.
Water systems are already under intense stress, with around two-thirds of the Arab world dependent on water sources beyond their borders. Water supply might fall by 60% this century in Israel. Significant decreases expected to hit Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia, further destabilising the "vitally strategic region".
Almost two billion Asians live within 35 miles of a coast and many of them are likely to be threatened by rising sea levels. Damage to farming will make it difficult to feed rapidly swelling populations. Another billion people will be affected by a drop in meltwater from the Himalayas. These vulnerable populations will also be exposed to an increase in infectious diseases.
Food Riots in Egypt (March 13, 2008) http://www.infowars.com/?p=791
The UN secretary general has warned that millions of people are at risk of starvation as global food stocks have fallen to their lowest levels for decades.In a letter to a US newspaper Ban Ki Moon warned that shortages are forcing prices to rise which may have devastating consequences for the worlds most vulnerable communities. The most acute effects have been seen in Egypt, where thousands of people have resorted to violence due to shortages of basic food commodities and rising food prices.At least 10 people have died over the past two weeks, in riots that erupted at government subsidised bakeries.The unavailability of basic food products such as bread, rice, sugar and cooking oil, coupled with high food prices has led many to protest against the Egyptian government and resort to violent tactics. An Egyptian man said: People are fighting. Killing for bread, some are even pulling out knives. What is happening? What is this? Famine? (...) The shortage of food has now assumed a global dimension; some 73 million people in 78 countries depend on the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP).According to their figures, 1 out of every 80 person relies on somebody else to provide for basic food requirements.Most of these handouts are taking place in Africa, Asia and Central America, but developed countries are feeling the impact for the first time as well.Rice, corn, dairy and poultry products are the worst affected commodities,around the globe. CLIP
Rush for biofuels threatens starvation on a global scale
March 7, 2008
By 2030 the world population will have increased to such an extent that a 50 per cent increase in food production will be needed, it is claimed
Lewis Smith and Francis Elliott
Green Central: click here to read Times Online's environment blog
The rush towards biofuels is theatening world food production and the lives of billions of people, the Governments Chief Scientific Adviser said yesterday.
Professor John Beddington put himself at odds with ministers who have committed Britain to large increases in the use of biofuels over the coming decades. In his first important public speech since he was appointed, he described the potential impacts of food shortages as the elephant in the room and a problem which rivalled that of climate change.
Its very hard to imagine how we can see the world growing enough crops to produce renewable energy and at the same time meet the enormous demand for food, he told a conference on sustainability in London yesterday.
The supply of food really isnt keeping up.
By 2030, he said, the world population would have increased to such an extent that a 50 per cent increase in food production would be needed. By 2080 it would need to double. But the rush to biofuels allegedly environmentally friendly meant that increasing amount of arable land had been given over to fuel rather than food.
The worlds population is forecast to increase from the six billion at the start of the millennium to nine billion by 2050. Already biofuels have contributed to the rapid rise in international wheat prices and Professor Beddington cautioned that it was likely to be only a matter of time before shoppers in the United Kingdom faced big price rises because of the soaring cost of feeding livestock.
His comments come just a month after the Government welcomed a European Commission target requiring 10 per cent of all fuel sold in British service stations to be derived from plants within 12 years. Already biofuels attract a 20p per litre reduction in duty to encourage their uptake. Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, recently announced additional funding for biofuel research and farmers can claim subsidies to grow crops for energy.
Last year President Bush called for a massive increase in the use of ethanol in America over the next decade. The US now devotes more acreage to growing corn than at any time since 1944. Farmers planted 90.5 million acres in 2007, 15 per cent more than a year before. If White House efforts to double ethanol production this year are achieved, and in due course 40 per cent of that corn ends up in petrol tanks, the world will face a harder and costlier time feeding itself.
Current generation of biofuels cannot save the planet (March 7, 2008) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3501007.ece
(...) The NFU proposes to switch the 3.5 million tonnes of surplus feed wheat that we currently export to bio-ethanol, and to use 750,000 hectares of set-aside land to grow oilseed rape for bio-diesel. But those are relatively small quantities. One study has suggested that a quarter of the EUs arable land would be needed to meet the EUs 5.75 per cent target. The alternative is to use uncultivated land. But this could destroy habitats. Particularly if tropical forests or peatbogs are cleared to plant crops, that will release more greenhouses gases than it saves. There are already very real concerns about the loss of rainforests in Southeast Asia, home to orangutans, which are being cleared to make way for palm oil plantations. The rainforests of Southeast Asia and Brazil are important carbon sinks at the forefront of the war on global warming. The apparent eagerness of these countries to clear their forests is why biofuels have been dubbed deforestation diesel.Another option is to import biofuels. But that is the worst of all worlds, as it risks both raising food prices and razing forests, with significant quantities of energy used to deliver them.So what next? The Royal Society, in a recent report, argues that more research is needed into biofuels, and that policy is running too far ahead of R&D. Biotechnology offers hope of converting plants to fuel more cheaply and cleanly. Biofuels could be part of the answer to climate change, but grown in the wrong way they could exacerbate it. It looks as though the world needs to pause for thought.
Is peak oil theory only for fascists? (March 14, 2008) http://timesonline.typepad.com/environment/2008/03/is-peak-oil-the.html
Which British political party has the following observations about peak oil on its website?"One person's apocalyptic view could be interpreted as an opportunity by another. Britons are resourceful, innovative and can be pretty bloody minded in a crisis. We can knuckle down, roll up our sleeves and get on with life even without all the labour saving devices, the shopping malls and the twice-yearly trips to the Med or Florida."The Greens? The Lib Dems? Think again. The British National Party has a pretty good grasp of peak oil. "We are the only political party making this an issue at the moment," the party boasts.This does seem rather amazing, considering that the oil price now is higher than ever before - even taking account of inflation. Having recently shot through the psychologically powerful price of $100 a barrel it's now nearly a tenth as much again. Everybody is wondering how to explain the international financial and economic turbulence, but few seem to have considered the possibility that markets have finally recognised that oil is finite, and that global supplies may have peaked. CLIP
From: Glen Barry (GlenBarry@EcologicalInternet.org)
Subject: "Forest Liars" Campaign Launches
Date: 08 Mar 2008
(Earth) - Ecological Internet's campaign to end ancient forest logging as a keystone response to the climate change and biodiversity crises intensified this past week. Over one thousand people from 57 countries sent a third of a million protest emails to staff members of large environmental groups, protesting their fiction that killing centuries old trees in ancient forests is environmentally sound and well-managed forestry. The alert remains current and can be found at:
Greenpeace, WWF, Rainforest Action Network, NRDC, Forest Ethics, Friends of the Earth and Rainforest Alliance were called upon to immediately end their support for the Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) greenwashing of first time logging of primary and old-growth forests -- or face continuing protest. The protest contained detailed ecological analysis debunking claims that logging ancient rainforests has environmental merit.
FSC issues "certifications" that allegedly show ancient forest logging is "well-managed", legitimizing the destruction forever, by themselves and others, of hundreds of millions of hectares of primary rainforest. At least sixty percent of FSC timbers come from first time industrial logging of ancient forests, and their current market demand and planned growth depends upon it. Claims that FSC certified old-growth logging protects biodiversity and ecosystems have increasingly been called into question by new ecological science, lax certifying organizations' conflicts of interest and a litany of questionable certifications.
Outrageously now the "Forests Liars" -- FSC with the endorsement of member NGOs -- claim certified logging of primary forests has carbon benefits and deserves to be compensated in the carbon market. Despite no mention of carbon balances in FSC rules, logging companies and carbon offset projects are claiming FSC certification makes them "carbon positive".
"After nearly a decade of protesting leading environmental organizations' greenwashing of continued old-growth logging, and being resoundingly ignored, we have no choice but to pursue more aggressive protest options. To date we have received no substantive rebuttal to our critique that there is no such thing as ecologically sustainable ancient forest logging; that FSC destroys biodiversity, ecosystems and the climate, and by its very existence legitimizes continued industrial development of ancient rainforests. They should know better and admit they are wrong rather than resorting to spin and vilification . "
"No one is ever very happy to be protested against, particularly when the morality of their livelihoods is questioned and there is minor disruption of daily routines . Those receiving protests are staff members of organizations greenwashing the logging of ancient forests, falsely claiming it protects biodiversity and the climate. Ecological Internet's network will continue speaking ecological truth to power. The loss of large, intact natural habitats including primary rainforests is the main reason the biosphere is failing, and those apologists causing the loss will not go unchallenged."
1) Friends of the Earth International sent a strongly worded response to protesters saying they "oppose all allegation made" and are not FSC supporters. The alert text and protest email correctly referred to the Friends of the Earth movement and nowhere was FOE-International named. They did confirm that many Friends of the Earth national groups are FSC members.
A disgruntled Rainforest Action Network employee questioned the targeting of staff members in organizations supporting FSC that do not directly work on the matter, and dismissed the alert as an attempt to create controversy. One would presume all employees of the RAINFOREST Action Network care about the fate of ancient rainforests (although perhaps not, given their absence on most current rainforest issues). All employees working for ancient forest logging apologists are fair target for protest.
2) All Ecological Internet protest network participants should remember when assessing ad hominem responses that for many years these organizations have been telling their members and the public that 'FSC is the answer to the world's forest problems'. It is exceedingly difficult for them to admit they are wrong and move on forest policies that work to end industrial forest logging and support local development based upon standing forests. They are wrong and know it, but are proud and more concerned with maintaining their environmental bureaucracies than the truth.
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