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April 27, 2008
The Perfect Storm Series #16: Massive Upheavals Just Ahead
Another record mark passed... This hefty compilation has over 45,600 words or more than 127 pages. Frankly I'm myself speechless at the amount of information it represents. The "good" news - there is always a silver lining somewhere! - is that with summertime and gardening time approaching here, I'll soon have to greatly reduce the amount of time I spend processing emails and preparing compilations, which will mean fewer compilations till next September. Please keep that in mind when tempted to forward information to me and try to resist the urge to do so. It would be greatly appreciated.
Now as to the content of this one, the number of ominous signs of an imminent slide into ever greater tribulations for all humankind and all life-forms on Earth is quickly mounting... See for yourself below...
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1. Feedback and a powerful message
2. Project Camelot Interviews George Green (author of Handbook for the New Paradigm)
3. The Ultimatum: Ninjas vs The Illuminati
4. Chris Stoner Interviews Dr Michael Wolf - Former NSA Consultant
5. Message from Matthew
6. Oil running out as prime energy source: world poll
7. The Peak Oil Crisis: The Case for 2008
8. 10 Ways You Can Improve Earth's Health
9. Decimation of Bees Started in the mid-1980s; Commercial Cellular Phone Service Did Too!
10. First It Was Bees, Now It's Bats That Are Dying
11. Pope 'obstructed' sex abuse inquiry
12. What Do We Stand For? BUSH ADMINISTRATION - BLIGHT ON THE WORLD
13. Apocalypse now
14. All is in a State of Evolution
15. Amazing Simple Home Remedies
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NOT So Cool Facts About Israel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYJxeEVa_0M
This is in response to a propaganda video I have seen called "Cool Facts About Israel", which is nothing but a bunch of B.S. Here are the real facts about the Zionist terror state. The truth they don't want you to see. --- Note from Jean: The fact that Barack Obama unconditionally supports Israel - whose terribly wrong and fear-driven treatment of the native Palestinian population is depicted in this 9 minute video - should be a cause for great concern regarding his judgement. His statements in the recent televised debate with Hillary Clinton that he is ready to do whatever it takes ("I will take no options off the table") to protect Israel from Iran (with whom he seems at least willing to talk directly) speaks volume to the unspeakable folly in which his one-sided view of Middle East politics can plunge the world. The Mollahs' regime in Teheran is certainly not a benign force, but pledging to perpetuate at all costs the US policy of absolute support to the Zionist regime in Israel is no way to help alleviate tensions between those two arch enemies. It can only lead to a clash of civilizations and a clash of military alliances that would make World War II looks like a walk in the park - which it certainly wasn't... Both Clinton and McCain are likewise pawns of the evil Cabal scheming to ride roughshod over the nearly 7 billion souls currently embodied on Earth and thus the whole electoral process in the US is a mere charade and democratic window-dressing designed to divert attention from the much needed profound changes needed to stir the world onto a more survivable future.
Barack Obama Still Takes in Oil Money http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042408F.shtml
Dan Morain, writing for The Los Angeles Times, reports, "Sen. Barack Obama continued accepting donations from oil company executives and employees last month even as he aired ads in which he stated he took no oil company money, his campaign finance reports show."
No Peace Without Hamas http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/041808O.shtml
Mahmoud al-Zahar writes for The Washington Post, "President Jimmy Carter's sensible plan to visit the Hamas leadership this week brings honesty and pragmatism to the Middle East while underscoring the fact that American policy has reached its dead end. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice acts as if a few alterations here and there would make the hideous straitjacket of apartheid fit better."
"AEROSOL ANOMALIES" Clifford E Carnicom (Apr 17, 2008) http://www.carnicom.com/anomalies1.htm
During the past month, two individuals have submitted a series of photographs to me that depict unusual airborne forms. To my knowledge, neither of these individuals is in contact with the other. The photographs are stated to be original. In both cases, the photos shown here are reported to have taken place in the midst of heavy aerosol operations over the respective geographic regions. The photos in both cases show unusual ring-shaped or disc-like objects. The photos in one case are quite clear and remarkable. The fact that the second set was even captured is also fortunate. A statement from the photgrapher in each case will follow the images that have been submitted. These photographs raise several questions about at least some aspects of the aerosol operations and they appear to defy any conventional perception of aircraft. The accompanying "emission trail" with the ring like structure of the first set is especially curious. My appreciation is extended to both of the individuals that have offered their images to the public in the quest to further understand the nature of the aerosol operations. CLIP
What your cellphone provider isn't telling you (28 min 57 sec) http://www.consciousmedianetwork.com/members/nbegich.htm
Have you ever noticed how different your ear or head feels after talking on your cell phone? Dr. Nick Begich reveals the findings of studies the cell phone companies don't want you to know about and they aren't good. Johhny Cochran, the high profile lawyer for O.J. Simpson, died in 2005 from brain cancer and he was notorious for spending hours on his cellphone. It is interesting to note that his tumor was on the same side he used his cellphone. There is a lot of disinformation out there about this topic so hopefully this will give you a credible resource to draw from. Nick says that you should never allow children to use cellphones until their brain has fully developed.
CELL PHONE COVER-UP, IS YOUR BRAIN AT RISK? (April 16, 2008) http://www.newswithviews.com/Richards/byron55.htm
The latest stone thrown at the 200-billion-dollar-a-year cell phone industry came from a study by neurosurgeon Vini G. Khurana entitled Mobile Phone-Brain Tumour: Public Health Advisory. His meta-analysis of existing cell phone studies may not contain a lot of new information; but his rather alarming message was carried by media around the world: there is a growing body of statistically significant evidence for a relationship between the overall length of use of a mobile phone and the delayed occurrence of a brain tumor on the same side of the head as the preferred side for mobile phone usage. He claimed a 2-4 fold increased risk following 10 years of regular use. (...) The potential problem to our children and current young adults is staggering, since they have grown up attached to cell phones. Any damage cell phones cause will be worse in children, as their brains are still developing. Nobody questions the fact that cell phone radiation is entering the brain of the user. The debate is on how problematic the radiation is. CLIP MUCH MORE ON THIS IN "Decimation of Bees Started in the mid-1980s; Commercial Cellular Phone Service Did Too!" BELOW
Watergas - how water can be burnt http://cheniere.org/correspondence/index.html
The correspondence section of The Tom Bearden Website has been updated with some new emails, including several relating to how water can be burnt to produce Watergas. In this way, one can power an automobile from watergas alone, or augment the use of normal gasoline with simultaneous combined use of watergas, etc.
URGENT NORTH AMERICAN RED ALERT: C-51 Goes to Second Reading Monday or Tuesday http://www.fourwinds10.com/siterun_data/health/holistic_alternative_medicine/news.php?q=1209149314
No one in Canada or the USA can afford not to help kill this bill. (...) Consider How Bill C-51 Would Affect You: Many natural health products that have been sold in Canada for decades would become unavailable, and remaining products would cost much more (Sections 13 & 18.7); The government could designate any natural health product a prescription drug, making it available by prescription only (Section 15.1(4)); You could be fined thousands of dollars or go to jail for giving your child or friend a natural health product (Sections 31 & 3(3) - expanded definition of "sell"); Researchers would lose academic freedom: they could not study the beneficial effects of natural health products without first getting the government' permission (Sections 3(6) & 18.2);International laws that restrict access to natural health products could be made law in Canada without the approval of elected officials or any debate in the House of Commons (Sections 3(6) & 30(7)); To enforce this new law, inspectors could enter private property and (Section 23): take anything at their discretion; never pay the owner for it; charge the owner of the property a fee for shipping it to a secure storage unit; charge the owner of the property fees for keeping it in storage;keep it in storage as long as they want; and/or dispose of it at will. (...)
What You Can Do To Protect Your Rights... Read Bill C-51 Read a Discussion Paper on Bill C-51 by the President of the Natural Health Product Protection Agency Contact your local MP to voice your objections to this Bill
Forward this email to all of your concerned friends and family.
Attend a key court case to stop Health Canada from seizing natural health products without court permission.
Where: Federal Court of Canada, 635 8 Ave SW, 4th floor, Calgary, Alberta. When: Friday, May 9, 2008, at 1:00 pm. CLIP Americans- Take action via http://www.nocodexgenocide.com/page/page/3113337.htm
News Articles Reveal Secret Government Behavior Manipulation http://www.WantToKnow.info/008/080421mindmanipulation
These are many highly revealing one-paragraph excerpts of important news articles from the mainstream media revealing secret government programs to manipulate the mind.
Shifting Paradigms http://www.WantToKnow.info/divinewisdomunderstanding
The wisdom and understanding of our own inner essence is like a beacon that invites us inward toward ever deeper connection with the Divine. Yet rather than look within, most people prefer to look outward for divine wisdom, thus maintaining a dependence upon a vast hierarchy that stretches between the individual and the Divine. In all our wanderings away from the Divine, humankind has obscured its most compelling features through a persistent belief in limitations arising out of the controlling mechanisms of this hierarchy. The Divine dances outside of the confines of any hierarchical structures. It is complete within itself, and has a singular purpose of demonstrating the collective potential of all life within the universe. It is the archetype of perfection. It is the standard bearer of each soul's innate design and ultimate destiny. The essence of the Divine is so far beyond mental conception that humanity's tendency is to resort to the limiting language of the hierarchical paradigm to define it.
SPECIAL CLIMATE CHANGE SECTION - More worrisome developments and findings!
Greenhouse Gases, Carbon Dioxide and Methane, Rise Sharply in 2007 http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042408O.shtml
ScienceDaily reports: "Last year alone global levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, the primary driver of global climate change, increased by 0.6 percent, or 19 billion tons. Additionally methane rose by 27 million tons after nearly a decade with little or no increase. NOAA scientists released these and other preliminary findings today as part of an annual update to the agency's greenhouse gas index, which tracks data from 60 sites around the world."
A Storehouse of Greenhouse Gases Is Opening in Siberia (April 17, 2008) MUST READ!!!! http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,547976,00.html
Researchers have found alarming evidence that the frozen Arctic floor has started to thaw and release long-stored methane gas. The results could be a catastrophic warming of the earth, since methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. But can the methane also be used as fuel? - It's always been a disturbing what-if scenario for climate researchers: Gas hydrates stored in the Arctic ocean floor -- hard clumps of ice and methane, conserved by freezing temperatures and high pressure -- could grow unstable and release massive amounts of methane into the atmosphere. Since methane is a potent greenhouse gas, more worrisome than carbon dioxide, the result would be a drastic acceleration of global warming. Until now this idea was mostly academic; scientists had warned that such a thing could happen. Now it seems more likely that it will. Russian polar scientists have strong evidence that the first stages of melting are underway. They've studied largest shelf sea in the world, off the coast of Siberia, where the Asian continental shelf stretches across an underwater area six times the size of Germany, before falling off gently into the Arctic Ocean. The scientists are presenting their data from this remote, thinly-investigated region at the annual conference of the European Geosciences Union this week in Vienna. In the permafrost bottom of the 200-meter-deep sea, enormous stores of gas hydrates lie dormant in mighty frozen layers of sediment. The carbon content of the ice-and-methane mixture here is estimated at 540 billion tons. !!!
(...) The permafrost has grown porous, says Shakhova, and already the shelf sea has become "a source of methane passing into the atmosphere." The Russian scientists have estimated what might happen when this Siberian permafrost-seal thaws completely and all the stored gas escapes. They believe the methane content of the planet's atmosphere would increase twelvefold. "The result would be catastrophic global warming," say the scientists. The greenhouse-gas potential of methane is 20 times that of carbon dioxide, as measured by the effects of a single molecule.
(...) The methane climate bomb is also ticking on land: A few years ago researchers noticed higher concentrations of methane in northern Siberia. The Siberian permafrost is known as one of the tipping points for the earth's climate, since the potent greenhouse gas develops wherever microorganisms decompose the huge masses of organic material from warmer eras that has been frozen here for thousands of years. "A Wake-Up Call for Science"Data from offshore drilling in the region, studied by experts at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), also suggest that the situation has grown critical. AWI's results show that permafrost in the flat shelf is perilously close to thawing. Three to 12 kilometers from the coast, the temperature of sea sediment was -1 to -1.5 degrees Celsius, just below freezing. Permafrost on land, though, was as cold as -12.4 degrees Celsius. "That's a drastic difference and the best proof of a critical thermal status of the submarine permafrost," said Shakhova. Paul Overduin, a geophysicist at AWI, agreed. "She's right," he said. "Changes are far more likely to occur on the sea shelf than on land." Climate change could give an additional push to these trends. "If the Arctic Sea ice continues to recede and the shelf becomes ice-free for extended periods, then the water in these flat areas will get much warmer," said Overduin. That could lead to a situation in which the temperature of the sea sediment rises above freezing, which would thaw the permafrost. CLIP
March the Warmest on Record Over World's Land Surfaces (20 April 2008) http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/042208EB.shtml
Washington - Planet Earth continues to run a fever. Last month was the warmest March on record over land surfaces of the world and the second warmest overall worldwide. For the United States, however, it was just an average March, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday. NOAA's National Climatic Data Center said high temperatures over much of Asia pulled the worldwide land temperature up to an average of 40.8 degrees Fahrenheit (4.9 degrees Celsius), 3.2 degrees (1.8 C) warmer than the average in the 20th century. While Asia had its greatest January snow cover this year, warm March readings caused a rapid melt and March snow cover on the continent was a record low. Global ocean temperatures were the 13th warmest on record, with a weakening of the La Nina conditions that cool the tropical Pacific Ocean. Overall land and sea surface temperatures for the world were second highest in 129 years of record keeping, trailing only 2002, the agency said. CLIP
Climate change 'may put world at war' (April 23, 2008) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/04/23/eaclimate123.xml
Climate change could cause global conflicts as large as the two world wars but lasting for centuries unless the problem is controlled, a leading defence think tank has warned. The hidden threat from the world's water shortages Food shortages: how will we feed the world? Biofuel rules 'could make millions homeless'
The Royal United Services Institute said a tenfold increase in research spending, comparable to the amount spent on the Apollo space programme, will be needed if the world is to avoid the worst effects of changing temperatures. However the group said the world's response to the threats posed by climate change, such as rising sea levels and migration, had so far been "slow and inadequate," because nations had failed to prepare for the worst-case scenario."We're preparing for a car bomb, not for 9/11," said Nick Mabey, author of the report which comes after Lord Stern, who compiled an economic assessment of climate change for the Government, said last week that he had underestimated the possible economic consequences. Mr Mabey, a former senior member of the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit who is now chief executive of the environmental group E3G, said leading economies should be preparing for what would happen if climate change turned out to be running at the top of the temperature range scientists are predicting.
Report Criticizes Response to Climate Threats http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/042408EA.shtml
Agence France-Presse says, "According to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a British security think tank, a failure to adequately prepare for this [climate change] is on a par with neglecting the risks of nuclear weapons proliferation or terrorism."
Timeline for Irreversible Climate Change http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/042308EA.shtml
In YaleGlobal Online, James Hansen writes: "Government 'energy information' departments parrot industry. Partly because of disinformation, the major efforts needed to develop alternative energies have not been made. The reality of limited supply forces prices higher. Eventually, sales volume will begin to decline, but fossil-fuel moguls will make more money than ever."
Media hype on 'melting' Antarctic ignores record ice growth (March 27, 2008) HARD TO BELIEVE! http://www.cdapress.com/articles/2008/04/21/columns/columns06.txt
As mentioned last week in part I of our three-part global cooling series in Gems, the media is once again hyping an allegedly dire consequence of man-made global warming. This time the media is promoting the ice loss of one tiny fraction of the giant ice-covered continent and completely ignoring the current record ice growth overall on Antarctica. Contrary to media hype, the vast majority of Antarctica has cooled over the past 50 years and ice coverage has grown to record levels since Satellite monitoring began in the 1970s, according to peer-reviewed studies and scientists who study the area. Former Weather Channel meteorologist Joe D'Aleo rejected the hype surrounding the recent Wilkins Ice Shelf collapse in western Antarctica. "The shattered part of the Wilkins ice sheet was 160 square miles in area, which is just 0.01 percent of the total current Antarctic ice cover, like an icicle falling from a snow and ice covered roof," D'Aleo wrote on March 25. "We are very likely going to exceed last year's record (for Southern Hemisphere ice extent). Yet the world is left with the false impression Antarctica's ice sheet is also starting to disappear," D'Aleo added. (...) Another inconvenient fact that the media likes to avoid is Antarctica ice extent GREW to record levels in 2007. A Sept. 11, 2007, article on IceCap. US explained: "While the news focus has been on the lowest ice extent since satellite monitoring began in 1979 for the Arctic, the Southern Hemisphere (Antarctica) has quietly set a new record for most ice extent since 1979. CLIP More on this through this LINK
WWF Warns Arctic Ice Melting Faster than Predicted (April 24, 2008) http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/04/24/8507/
Arctic sea ice is melting significantly faster than predicted and is approaching a point of no return, conservation group the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned in a new study.The volumes of the Greenland Ice Sheet and ice in the Arctic Ocean were estimated at 2.9 million and 4.4 million cubic metres respectively in September 2007 the lowest ever levels recorded, the organization said Wednesday.
Europe Returns to Coal, Raising Climate Fear http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/042408EC.shtml
Elisabeth Rosenthal writes for The New York Times, "Driven by rising demand, record high oil and natural gas prices, concerns over energy security and an aversion to nuclear energy, European countries are expected to put into operation about 50 coal-fired plants over the next five years, plants that will be in use for the next five decades."
How Many Earth Days Do We Have Left? (22 April 2008) http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042208T.shtml
Lester Brown, author of "Plan B 3.0," shows us how we can change in enough time to save life on earth, as we know it. Of all the resources needed to build an economy that will sustain economic progress, none is more scarce than time. That is one of the key messages of PLAN-B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, the newest book by Lester Brown - available as a free download at earthpolicy.org.Plan A - the western fossil-fuel-based, auto-centered, throwaway economic model - is not going to work for China, India, or the 3 billion other people in developing countries, and it will not continue to work for the industrial countries either.It's time for Plan B - an all-out response at wartime speed proportionate to the magnitude of threats facing civilization. The four overriding goals of Plan B 3.0 are to stabilize climate and population, eradicate poverty, and restore the earth's damaged ecosystems. Failure to reach any one of these goals will likely mean failure to reach the others as well. "We are crossing natural thresholds that we cannot see and violating deadlines that we do not recognize," says Brown. "These deadlines are set by nature. Nature is the timekeeper, but we cannot see the clock." CLIP
Climate change expert calls for toughening of emission reduction targets (17 Apr 2008) http://www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2214558/stern-admits-report-badly
Nicholas Stern has implied that UK and European efforts to cut carbon emissions could prove well short of what is required after admitting yesterday that he "badly underestimated the degree of damages and risks of climate change " in his ground-breaking 2006 report.The Stern Review has been widely employed as the basis of much of the UK government's climate change policy, with ministers repeatedly citing its conclusion that it would be more cost effective to cut emissions now than attempt to adapt to rising temperatures. The report argued that emissions would need to be cut to at least 25 per cent below current levels if a dangerous temperature rise of over two degrees is to be avoided a scenario the report argued would trigger an economic crisis on the scale of the Great Depression. Such a reduction would require a cut in emissions from developed economies in the region of 60 per cent, a target the government subsequently adopted as part of its climate change bill. But speaking in an interview with Reuters yesterday, Lord Stern admitted the report underestimated the scale and pace of climate change and urged politicians to step up action to curb emissions. He said that the latest climate science showed that not only were emissions rising faster than thought, the ability of the earth to absorb carbon dioxide in so-called carbon sinks was deteriorating faster than expected. "Emissions are growing much faster than we'd thought, the absorptive capacity of the planet is less than we'd thought, the risks of greenhouse gases are potentially bigger than more cautious estimates, and the speed of climate change seems to be faster," he said. Stern added that to minimise the risks of dangerous climate change, the original target for global emissions would have to be doubled to a 50 per cent cut by 2050. He said that such a target would require the US to cut its emissions by up to 90 per cent by then. CLIP
McCartney Urges Vegetarianism To Fight Climate Ills http://www.planetark.org/avantgo/dailynewsstory.cfm?newsid=48066
NEW YORK - Former Beatles Paul McCartney is urging the world to go vegetarian in a bid to fight global warming and is surprised more green groups don't promote it.In an interview with the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), McCartney said the global meat industry was a major contributor to global warming. A transcript of the PETA interview was given to Reuters. "The biggest change anyone could make in their own lifestyle would be to become vegetarian," McCartney, a longtime vegetarian and advocate of vegetarianism, said. "I would urge everyone to think about taking this simple step to help our precious environment and save it for the children of the future."McCartney says the amount of land and water used to maintain the meat industry makes it a major contributor to climate change and complains that most environmental groups do not list vegetarianism as one of their top priorities. "It's very surprising that most major environmental organizations are leaving the option of going vegetarian off their lists of top ways to curtail global warming," he said. A 2006 United Nations report found that cattle-rearing generated more greenhouse gases than transportation.
Al Gore to make a sequel to his Oscar-winning documentary (April 21, 2008) http://www.climateark.org/shared/reader/welcome.aspx?linkid=97477
Saying little has changed regarding global warming, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Al Gore has said he would make a sequel to his Oscar-winning documentary, 'An Inconvenient Truth'. The former US Vice President said: "I will make a sequel to the 2006 documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth' and despite earths 'rising fever', I am hopeful for a happy ending". However, he admitted that the situation had instead got worse since his documentary hit cinemas in 2006. Gore said: "I have to say the situation has not improved since I made the movie in 2006. Sure, awareness has grown and more people are concerned since scientists said we had just ten years to take action to halt rising sea levels," was quoted as saying by The Sun. "But the situation has got worse. The entire North Polar ice cap is melting and could be gone in some areas in as little as five years," he said. CLIP
Don't Wait for "Leaders" to Act on Global Warming http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/042208EC.shtml
Writing for The Christian Science Monitor, Peter Asmus says, "The success of the environmental movement in calling attention to the dangers of global warming has led to an ironic outcome: It's become easier for the public to adopt a passive approach as we wait on world leaders to sign emissions treaties or huge corporations to 'go green.' This Earth Day, stop waiting! There are new ways for you to fight climate change in your own backyard."
Governors Unite to Cut Emissions http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/042108EA.shtml
Adrianne Appel of Inter Press Service reports: "US state governors say they are fed up with the George W. Bush administration's foot-dragging on climate change and will go ahead of - and around - the White House to reduce greenhouse gases."
Why the demise of civilisation may be inevitable (April 2, 2008) http://www.climateark.org/shared/reader/welcome.aspx?linkid=97741
DOOMSDAY. The end of civilisation. Literature and film abound with tales of plague, famine and wars which ravage the planet, leaving a few survivors scratching out a primitive existence amid the ruins. Every civilisation in history has collapsed, after all. Why should ours be any different? Doomsday scenarios typically feature a knockout blow: a massive asteroid, all-out nuclear war or a catastrophic pandemic (see "Will a pandemic bring down civilisation?"). Yet there is another chilling possibility: what if the very nature of civilisation means that ours, like all the others, is destined to collapse sooner or later? A few researchers have been making such claims for years. Disturbingly, recent insights from fields such as complexity theory suggest that they are right. It appears that once a society develops beyond a certain level of complexity it becomes increasingly fragile. Eventually, it reaches a point at which even a relatively minor disturbance can bring everything crashing down. Some say we have already reached this point, and that it is time to start thinking about how we might manage collapse. Others insist it is not yet too late, and that we can - we must - act now to keep disaster at bay. History is not on our side. Think of Sumeria, of ancient Egypt and of the Maya. In his 2005 best-seller Collapse, Jared Diamond of the University of California, Los Angeles, blamed environmental mismanagement for the fall of the Mayan civilisation and others, and warned that we might be heading the same way unless we choose to stop destroying our environmental support systems. Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute in Washington DC agrees. He has long argued that governments must pay more attention to vital environmental resources. "It's not about saving the planet. It's about saving civilisation," he says. (...) Lester Brown thinks we are fast running out of time. "The world can no longer afford to waste a day. We need a Great Mobilisation, as we had in wartime," he says. "There has been tremendous progress in just the past few years. For the first time, I am starting to see how an alternative economy might emerge. But it's now a race between tipping points - which will come first, a switch to sustainable technology, or collapse?" (...) The stakes are high. Historically, collapse always led to a fall in population. "Today's population levels depend on fossil fuels and industrial agriculture," says Tainter. "Take those away and there would be a reduction in the Earth's population that is too gruesome to think about." If industrialised civilisation does fall, the urban masses - half the world's population - will be most vulnerable. Much of our hard-won knowledge could be lost, too. "The people with the least to lose are subsistence farmers," Bar-Yam observes, and for some who survive, conditions might actually improve. Perhaps the meek really will inherit the Earth.
Crisis In Food Prices Threatens Worldwide Starvation - Is it Genocide? (4-24-8) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=COO20080424&articleId=8778
Rising worldwide food prices are resulting in shortages, riots and protests, promises by governments to expand food aid, expressions of concern by international bodies like the World Bank, and stress on household budgets even in developed countries like the U.S. Did this just "happen" or is there a plan? (...) Second, let's ask the question which any competent investigator should pose when starting out on the trail of a possible crime: "Who benefits?" Indeed we may be speaking of a crime on the scale of genocide if the events in question are a) avoidable; in which case the crime is one of negligent homicide; or b) planned, where we obviously have a conspiracy among the contributing parties. Those who benefit are obviously the ones who finance agricultural operations, those who are charging monopoly prices for the commodities in demand, the various middlemen who bring the products to market after they leave the farm, and the owners or mortgagees of the land, retail space, and other assets required to conduct the production/consumption cycle. In other words, it's the financial elite of the world who have gained complete control of the most basic necessity of life. This includes not only the international financiers who provide capitalization, including the leveraging of trading in commodity futures up to the 97 percent level, but even organized crime groups which the U.S. Department of Justice says have penetrated world materials markets. And is all this part of a long-term strategy by international finance to starve much of the world's population in order to seize their land, control their natural resources, and enslave the rest who fear a similar fate? Already millions of people are losing their homes to housing inflation and foreclosure. Is actual or threatened physical starvation the next part of the scenario? CLIP
Load Up the Pantry (April 21, 2008) FOOD HOARDING WILL ONLY AMPLIFY THE FOOD SHORTAGES AND PRICE HIKES http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120881517227532621.html
I don't want to alarm anybody, but maybe it's time for Americans to start stockpiling food.No, this is not a drill.You've seen the TV footage of food riots in parts of the developing world. Yes, they're a long way away from the U.S. But most foodstuffs operate in a global market. When the cost of wheat soars in Asia, it will do the same here. Reality: Food prices are already rising here much faster than the returns you are likely to get from keeping your money in a bank or money-market fund. And there are very good reasons to believe prices on the shelves are about to start rising a lot faster."Load up the pantry," says Manu Daftary, one of Wall Street's top investors and the manager of the Quaker Strategic Growth mutual fund. "I think prices are going higher. People are too complacent. They think it isn't going to happen here. But I don't know how the food companies can absorb higher costs." CLIP
The Peak Oil Crisis: The First Shortages (10 April 2008) http://www.fcnp.com/national_commentary/the_peak_oil_crisis_the_first_shortages_20080409.htm
Fuel prices alone are unlikely to bring America to its senses. It clearly will take outright shortages with lines at the pumps, curtailed deliveries and many other misfortunes before serious measures to deal with declining oil supplies - speed limits, rationing, mandatory car pools, improved mass transit -- are taken. Thus the question becomes: how soon? CLIP
Why survivalists make me want to die (23 Apr 2008) http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2008/4/22/17266/0477/
More than peak oil or financial crash, I fear angry men armed to the teeth - (...) With oil and food prices reaching all-time highs and food riots breaking out in the global south, a bit of good old-fashioned end-is-nighism is creeping into our popular culture. (...) As we head into undeniably shaky economic and ecological times, I find the survivalist line of thinking crudely individualistic and repugnant -- the sort thing that actually could sink a fragile society. (...) LOTS of comments there!
Shops Ration Sales of Rice as US Buyers Panic http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042408N.shtml
Andrew Clark, Rory Carroll and Julian Borger report for The Guardian UK, "The global food crisis reached the United States yesterday as big retailers began to ration sales of rice in response to bulk purchases by customers alarmed by rocketing prices of staples."
Food crisis needs aid on scale of tsunami to avert famine (23 April 2008) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/food-crisis-needs-aid-on-scale-of-tsunami-to-avert-famine-814066.html
Pressure for international action to combat the "silent tsunami" of the global food crisis intensified amid warnings that spiralling prices meant more than 100 million people could be plunged into hunger. (...) The Government rowed back from its support for biofuels, announcing a review of the technology and warning that ministers would press for cuts in European biofuel targets if they are found to hit food prices. Mr Brown said: "We need to look closely at the impact of biofuels on food prices and the environment." The European Commission also pledged nearly £100m to help the worst-hit regions. Estimates suggest that 25,000 people are dying daily from hunger, a crisis exacerbated by food prices that have hit their highest level since 1945. (...) The Prime Minister said that food shortages represented a crisis on a par with the global turmoil in the financial markets, and threatened the stability of nations. There have been food riots on Haiti and unrest in a string of countries including Egypt, Mozambique, Senegal and Indonesia. Leaders in South America have also warned about the impact of biofuel production on food supply. Mr Brown said that global problems of food supply were contributing to spiralling prices on British high streets. He said: "Hunger is a moral challenge to each one of us as global citizens, but it is also a threat to the political and economic stability of poor nations around the world. Riots now threaten democratically elected governments." CLIP
Food Riots Erupt Worldwide http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042508P.shtml
Anuradha Mittal writes for AlterNet, "Over the last few decades, the United States, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have used their leverage to impose devastating policies on developing countries. By requiring countries to open up their agriculture market to giant multinational companies, by insisting that countries dismantle their marketing boards and by persuading them to specialize in exportable cash crops such as coffee, cocoa, cotton and even flowers, they have driven the poorest countries into a downward spiral."
Cuba: An Island in Time (March 10, 2008 ) http://www.theglobalist.com/storyid.aspx?StoryId=6782
Intensive agricultural techniques for export purposes require large amounts of oil. And as oil prices rise, farmers around the world are feeling the squeeze. In this Globalist Bookshelf selection from "Dirt," David R. Montgomery highlights the case of Cuba - and examines the unique methods that allowed it to become more self-sufficient in basic food production. (...) Cuba's conversion from conventional agriculture to large-scale semi-organic farming demonstrates that such a transformation is possible in a dictatorship isolated from global market forces. But the results are not entirely enviable after almost two decades of this inadvertent experiment, meat and milk remain in short supply. Cuba's labor-intensive agriculture may not produce basic crops as cheaply as American industrial farming, but the average Cuban diet did recover that lost third meal. Still, it is ironic that in retreating from the socialist agenda, this isolated island became the first modern society to adopt widespread organic and biologically intensive farming. -- Self-sufficient nation -- Cuba's necessity-driven move toward agricultural self-sufficiency provides a preview of what may come on a larger scale once we burn through the supply of cheap oil that presently drives modern agriculture. And it is somewhat comforting to know that on at least one island the experiment has already been run without social collapse. Less comforting is the question of whether something similar could be pulled off in a society other than a one-party police state. -- Read also Apocalypse now below
World Food Program warns of 'silent tsunami' of hunger (April 22, 2008) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/world_food_crisis;_ylt=AuDhnPwEScElUCiS3LnxcNCs0NUE
LONDON - Ration cards. Genetically modified crops. The end of pile-it-high, sell-it-cheap supermarkets. These possible solutions to the first global food crisis since World War II - which the World Food Program says already threatens 20 million of the poorest children - are complex and controversial. And they may not even solve the problem as demand continues to soar. A "silent tsunami" of hunger is sweeping the world's most desperate nations, said Josette Sheeran, the WFP's executive director, speaking Tuesday at a London summit on the crisis. The skyrocketing cost of food staples, stoked by rising fuel prices, unpredictable weather and demand from India and China, has already sparked sometimes violent protests across the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. The price of rice has more than doubled in the last five weeks, she said. The World Bank estimates food prices have risen by 83 percent in three years."What we are seeing now is affecting more people on every continent," Sheeran told a news conference.Hosting talks with Sheeran, lawmakers and experts, British Prime Gordon Brown said the spiraling prices threaten to plunge millions back into poverty and reverse progress on alleviating misery in the developing world. "Tackling hunger is a moral challenge to each of us and it is also a threat to the political and economic stability of nations," Brown said. CLIP
Hunger Hypocrites http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/041808G.shtml
Le Monde's editorialist points out "those who are the most generous today [in alleviating poor countries' hunger] are those perhaps the most responsible for this planetary malfunction."
Food Rationing Confronts Breadbasket of the World http://www2.nysun.com/article/74994
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Many parts of America, long considered the breadbasket of the world, are now confronting a once unthinkable phenomenon: food rationing. Major retailers in New York, in areas of New England, and on the West Coast are limiting purchases of flour, rice, and cooking oil as demand outstrips supply. There are also anecdotal reports that some consumers are hoarding grain stocks. (...) The curbs and shortages are being tracked with concern by survivalists who view the phenomenon as a harbinger of more serious trouble to come. "It's sporadic. It's not every store, but it's becoming more commonplace," the editor of SurvivalBlog.com, James Rawles, said. "The number of reports I've been getting from readers who have seen signs posted with limits has increased almost exponentially, I'd say in the last three to five weeks." CLIP
Fertilizer Price Hikes Are Pinching Farmers http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/042108EC.shtml
The Associated Press's Jacob Adelman writes: "Along with soaring labor, water and fuel costs, increasing fertilizer costs have been draining farmers' savings and will probably lead to higher prices for fruits and vegetables to go with separate increases in meat, poultry and dairy products."
Some Members of Congress Profit from Iraq War Contractor Stocks: No Wonder We Can't End the War! http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_11363.cfm
When Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S military officer in Iraq, comes to Capitol Hill next week to brief Congress, he will be addressing lawmakers who have more than just a political stake in the five-year war. Along with their colleagues in the House and Senate, the politicians who will get a status report from the general and the U.S. ambassador to Iraq have as much as $196 million of their own money invested in companies doing business with the Department of Defense, the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics has calculated. From aircraft and weapons manufacturers to producers of medical supplies and soft drinks, the investment portfolios of more than a quarter of Congress-and of countless constituents-include holdings in companies paid billions of dollars each month to support America's military in Iraq and elsewhere.The Investors: Lawmakers with the most money invested in companies with Department of Defense contracts (...) According to the most recent reports of their personal finances, 151 current members of Congress had between $78.7 million and $195.5 million invested in companies that received defense contracts of at least $5 million in 2006. In all, these companies received more than $275.6 billion from the government in 2006, or $755 million per day, according to FedSpending.org, a website of the budget watchdog group OMB Watch. CLIP
General Dynamics' Profit Rises 32 Percent http://tinyurl.com/45s6ar
General Dynamics said its earnings were up 32 percent in the first quarter, helped by increased sales in its divisions that make tanks, armored vehicles and other equipment.
A Guide to NYT Bombshell on Military/Media Propaganda http://www.mediachannel.org/wordpress/2008/04/21/a-guide-to-nyt-bombshell-on-militarymedia-propaganda/
(...) The article has at least three tracks: One, the Pentagon deploying the analysts (some 75 in number) and the TV outlets happy to run with them; two, the analysts further conflict-of-interest in being tied to defense contractors with billions of dollars invested in the war effort; three, the complete lack of interest by the TV outlets in either of the first two connections, or ignoring what they did know. In fact, the networks raised no objections to the Pentagon paying for trips by the analysts. CLIP
Senator: VA lying about number of veteran suicides (April 23, 2008) http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/34718.html
WASHINGTON - The Veterans Administration has lied about the number of veterans who've attempted suicide, a senator charged Wednesday, citing internal e-mails that put the number at 12,000 a year when the department was publicly saying it was fewer than 800. "The suicide rate is a red-alarm bell to all of us," said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. Murray also said that the VA's mental health programs are being overwhelmed by Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, even as the department tries to downplay the situation. CLIP
Vets of Bush's Wars Sue the VA: 'More than Half of Wounded Troops Slipping Through the Cracks' (April 22, 2008) http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/82912/?page=entire
"If you're suicidal you can't wait a month... People placed on waiting lists have killed themselves."
Pentagon Institute Calls Iraq War "a Major Debacle" With Outcome "in Doubt" http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/041808K.shtml
Jonathan S. Landay and John Walcott report for McClatchy Newspapers, "The war in Iraq has become 'a major debacle' and the outcome 'is in doubt' despite improvements in security from the buildup in US forces, according to a highly critical study published Thursday by the Pentagon's premier military educational institute."
Malaysia's ex-PM Mahathir wants Iraq war leaders on war crimes charges (April 25, 2008) http://tinyurl.com/42ferz
LONDON (AFP) - Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has called for an international tribunal to try Western leaders with war crimes over the war in Iraq, a spokesman for the organisers said.In a speech at Imperial College, London, Mahathir called for a tribunal to try US President George W. Bush plus former prime ministers Tony Blair of Britain and John Howard of Australia for their part in the conflict, said a spokesman for the Muslim group the Ramadhan Foundation, which set up the event. Spokesman Mohammed Shafiq told AFP that Mahathir, who was in office from 1981 to 2003, wants to see the trio tried "in absence for war crimes committed in Iraq. "It was a opportunity for students to put a range of questions about war crimes and the international situation." He said that people have to stop killing each other and use arbitration, negotiation and discussion as an alternative to violence, war and killing." CLIP
U.S. kills 800 in 3 weeks in Sadr city http://tinyurl.com/4fwg2b
U.S. occupation forces have killed more than 800 people, most of them innocent civilians, in their three-week long military campaign to subdue the Mahdi Army in Sadr City, the leader of Sadr movement in Baghdad said. Sheikh Salaman al-fariji said the troops have also injured more than 1,800 people and caused large-scale destruction of private property and the citys rickety infrastructure. Fariji made the remarks as he accompanied a delegation of 20 members of parliament on a tour of the impoverished city home to more than 2 million people. U.S. troops have imposed a tight embargo on the city and bombing by war planes and helicopter gun ships in the densely populated Baghdad neighborhood continued even during the MPs tour. Falah Shanshal, an MP, said the group would write to the parliament to lift the siege of Sadr City and reach a peaceful solution to the standoff with Mahdi Army. Mahdi Army is the military wing of Sadr movement which has 30 deputies in parliament. The MPs were shocked by the scale of damage, said Fariji. Shanshal said: The people of Sadr City undergo horrific humanitarian conditions as a result of U.S. military operations and embargo.
U.S. Begins Erecting Wall in Sadr City (April 18, 2008) http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/18/world/middleeast/18sadrcity.html
BAGHDAD Trying to stem the infiltration of militia fighters, American forces have begun to build a massive concrete wall that will partition Sadr City, the densely populated Shiite neighborhood in the Iraqi capital. (...) The construction, which began Tuesday night, is intended to turn the southern quarter of Sadr City near the international Green Zone into a protected enclave, secured by Iraqi and American forces. The team building the barrier was protected by M-1 tanks, Stryker vehicles and Apache attack helicopters. CLIP
Pentagon Preparing for Iran http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042608Z.shtml
Ann Scott Tyson of The Washington Post reports: "The nation's top military officer said today that the Pentagon is planning for 'potential military courses of action' against Iran, criticizing what he called the Tehran government's 'increasingly lethal and malign influence' in Iraq."
US warns Iran of retaliation over Iraq action (April 27, 2008) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article3822588.ece
America's top military officer has ratcheted up the pressure on Iran by issuing an unusual public warning that the Pentagon is planning for potential military courses of action. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, blamed the Iranian government and Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard for its increasingly lethal and malign influence in Iraq. He said conflict with Iran would be extremely stressing for Americas overstretched forces, but added: It would be a mistake to think that we are out of combat capability.Mullen said he was increasingly concerned about Irans growing involvement in supplying munitions and training to rebel Shiite militias and killing American and coalition soldiers in Iraq. (...) Petraeus has been asked to prepare a briefing on the extent of Iranian involvement in Iraq. It will include the recovery of weapons with date stamps showing that they were recently manufactured in Iran. American officers claim that Iran is responsible for new, highly dangerous roadside bombs in Iraq and accuse Iranian-trained militants of responsibility for the deadliest rocket and mortar attacks on Baghdads green zone. CLIP - PREPARING TO PULL ANOTHER "COLIN POWELL LYING AT THE UN" PERFORMANCE? LIARS! LIARS! LIARS!
Petraeus Promotion Ensures Future for Bush War Policy http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042408A.shtml
Julian E. Barnes, reporting for The Los Angeles Times, writes, "In promoting Army Gen. David H. Petraeus to commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, President Bush is doing more than rewarding a job well done in Iraq. The president also is taking a step toward perpetuating his policy of high troop levels in Iraq and is putting his most trusted general in charge of renewing the military's focus on Iran."
U.S. intelligence claims to show N. Korea aided Syrian nuke site http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/977783.html
The Bush administration presented intelligence to U.S. lawmakers on Thursday that it believes shows North Korea helped Syria to build a suspected nuclear facility allegedly destroyed by Israel last year.
An Act Of War - Interview: Seymour Hersh (25/04/08) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19803.htm
Seymour Hersh, one of the world's best known investigative journalists, has turned his attention to the mysterious and controversial bombing of a Syrian facility by Israel last year. Al Jazeera spoke to him about the bombing, why he feels the media failed on the story, and what it means for the Middle East. CLIP
The Media Falls for Fake News Once Again - Syrian Nukes: the Phantom Menace (April 25, 2008) http://www.counterpunch.org/farley04252008.html
Last September 6, Israel bombed a Syrian building at Dair el Zor. In the immediate aftermath of the bombing, little was said in public, by either Israel or Syria, but later the Israelis started claiming that the Syrians were building a nuclear reactor. On the radio today (April 25), I heard NPR's Tom Jelton repeat, as if it were undisputed fact, the US. government claim to have "proof" of a Syrian-North Korean nuclear connection. Now I see that AP writers Pamela Hess and Deb Reichmann have a story headlined "White House says Syria 'must come clean' about nuclear work," while ABC news has a video entitled "Syria's Nuclear Reactor". Are the wonderful mainstream media, who gave us Saddam's mythical Weapons of Mass Destruction, lying to us again? The answer is yes. CLIP
Military Considers Recruiting & Hiring Bloggers http://www.democracynow.org/2008/4/1/headlines
In media news, new questions are being raised over the relationship between the Pentagon and bloggers. Wired.com has uncovered a 2006 study written for the US Special Operations Command that suggests the military should clandestinely recruit or hire prominent bloggers. The report stated, "Hiring a block of bloggers to verbally attack a specific person or promote a specific message may be worth considering." The report also suggested the Pentagon hack blogs that promote messages that are antithetical to US interests. The report went on to say, "Hacking the site and subtly changing the messages and datamerely a few words or phrasesmay be sufficient to begin destroying the blogger's credibility with the audience."
Cost of Iraq Linked to Reduced Cancer Funding http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/041808F.shtml
Robert Weiner and Patricia Berg write for The San Diego Union Tribune: "With more than 500,000 cancer deaths in the United States each year, the underlying buzz all around the just concluded San Diego meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, with 17,000 scientists from throughout the nation and the world, was, 'Where is the federal government?'"
Israelis Claim Secret Agreement With U.S. (April 24, 2008) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/23/AR2008042303128.html?hpid=sec-world
Americans Insist No Deal Made on Settlement Growth -- A letter that President Bush personally delivered to then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon four years ago has emerged as a significant obstacle to the president's efforts to forge a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians during his last year in office. Ehud Olmert, the current Israeli prime minister, said this week that Bush's letter gave the Jewish state permission to expand the West Bank settlements that it hopes to retain in a final peace deal, even though Bush's peace plan officially calls for a freeze of Israeli settlements across Palestinian territories on the West Bank. In an interview this week, Sharon's chief of staff, Dov Weissglas, said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reaffirmed this understanding in a secret agreement reached between Israel and the United States in the spring of 2005, just before Israel withdrew from Gaza. U.S. officials say no such agreement exists, and in recent months Rice has publicly criticized even settlement expansion on the outskirts of Jerusalem, which Israel does not officially count as settlements. But as peace negotiations have stepped up in recent months, so has the pace of settlement construction, infuriating Palestinian officials, and Washington has taken no punitive action against Israel for its settlement efforts. Israeli officials say they have clear guidance from Bush administration officials to continue building settlements, as long as it meets carefully negotiated criteria, even though those understandings appear to contradict U.S. policy. CLIP
Fuel Shortage Forces UN to Halt Food Handouts in Gaza (April 24, 2008) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/apr/24/israelandthepalestinians.unitednations
The UN is to halt food handouts for up to 800,000 Palestinians from today because of a severe fuel shortage in Gaza brought on by an Israeli economic blockade. John Ging, the director of operations in Gaza for the UN Relief and Works Agency, which supports Palestinian refugees, said there had been a totally inadequate supply of fuel from Israel to Gaza for 10 months until it was finally halted two weeks ago. The devastating humanitarian impact is entirely predictable, he said.A shortage of diesel and petrol means UN food assistance to 650,000 Palestinian refugees will stop today, and aid from the World Food Programme for another 127,000 Palestinians due in the coming days will also be halted. The collective punishment of the population of Gaza, which has been instituted for months now, has failed, said Robert Serry, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East. Last year, after Hamas seized full control of Gaza, Israel imposed an economic blockade, preventing exports and allowing in only limited supplies of food, fuel and aid. It halted supplies of fuel for transport two weeks ago after militants attacked a fuel crossing and killed two Israeli workers. Thirteen Israeli soldiers were injured in an attack on Saturday at a crossing used to deliver food and aid. The attacks have been condemned by the UN.Hours before Gazas sole power plant was to shut down, Israel pumped in 1m litres of industrial diesel, enough to last around three days. Gazas streets have largely been emptied of cars. On Tuesday, its central pharmacy ran out of fuel to refrigerate vaccines during power cuts. The main laundry at Shifa hospital, which washes sheets and uniforms for six hospitals and all government clinics, has less than a days fuel.Around three-quarters of the 4,000 agricultural wells in Gaza depend on fuel-powered pumps. Fuel shortages have already drastically increased food prices. A kilogram of tomatoes has risen from one shekel to six shekels in Gaza City. We remain committed to not allowing a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, said Mark Regev, a spokesman for the Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert. But you cannot talk about the difficulties in delivering fuel to the Gaza Strip without stating and restating the fact that terrorists under the auspices of Hamas have deliberately targeted the fuel supply depot. Its almost as if their agenda is nihilistic.
Blockade Halts Food Aid To Gaz (Video - April 25th, 2008) SHAMEFUL MEDIEVAL SIEGE TACTIC! http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19804.htm
The Gaza Strip has fallen eerily silent as day-to-day life grinds to a halt in the face of an Israeli fuel blockade that has forced the UN to halt its food shipments into the territory. Michael Bailey of Oxfam in Jerusalem tells The Real News Network that some 300,000 Gaza residents have drinking water at home for less than five hours per day, every four days, and the UN can no longer get supplies to the 700,000 refugees living in Gaza.
UN walkout over Gaza 'Nazi' remarks http://tinyurl.com/5e9xb9
The US, Britain, France and other members have walked out of a closed meeting of the UN Security Council after Libya compared the situation in Gaza to Nazi concentration camps in World War II.
Zahar: Gazans can do 'no less' than rise up like Warsaw Ghetto Jews http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/975997.html
"Sixty-five years ago, the courageous Jews of the Warsaw ghetto rose in defense of their people. We Gazans, living in the world's largest open-air prison, can do no less," Zahar wrote in the newspaper.
Carter calls Gaza blockade a 'crime and atrocity' http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/976086.html
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter called the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip a "crime and an atrocity" on Thursday, and said U.S. attempts to undermine the Islamist movement Hamas had been counterproductive.
Hamas vows to avenge Gaza deaths (AN EYE FOR AN EYE ONLY MAKES EVERYONE BLIND!...) http://tinyurl.com/6ksek8
The Hamas movement has said that "all options are open" to avenge the killing of 17 Palestinians, including five children, during Israeli raids.
Risky Geopolitical Game: Washington Plays Tibet Roulette with China (April 10, 2008) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8625
Washington has obviously decided on an ultra-high risk geopolitical game with Beijings by fanning the flames of violence in Tibet just at this sensitive time in their relations and on the run-up to the Beijing Olympics. Its part of an escalating strategy of destabilization of China which has been initiated by the Bush Administration over the past months. It also includes the attempt to ignite an anti-China Saffron Revolution in the neighboring Myanmar region, bringing US-led NATO troops into Darfur where Chinas oil companies are developing potentially huge oil reserves. It includes counter moves across mineral-rich Africa. And it includes strenuous efforts to turn India into a major new US forward base on the Asian sub-continent to be deployed against China, though evidence to date suggests the Indian government is being very cautious not to upset Chinese relations. The current Tibet operation apparently got the green light in October last year when George Bush agreed to meet the Dalai Lama for the first time publicly in Washington. The President of the United States is not unaware of the high stakes of such an insult to Beijing. Bush deepened the affront to Americas largest trading partner, China, by agreeing to attend as the US Congress awarded the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal.The immediate expressions of support for the crimson monks of Tibet from George Bush, Condi Rice, Frances Nicolas Sarkozy and Germanys Angela Merkel most recently took on dimensions of the absurd. Ms Merkel announced she would boycott attending the August Beijing Summer Olympics as her protest at the Beijing treatment of the Tibetan monks. What her press secretary omitted is that she had not even planned to go in the first place. (...) According to declassified US intelligence documents released in the late 1990s, for much of the 1960s, the CIA provided the Tibetan exile movement with $1.7 million a year for operations against China, including an annual subsidy of $180,000 for the Dalai Lama. 5With help of the CIA, the Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India where he lives to the present. He continues to receive millions of dollars in backing today, not from the CIA but from a more innocuous-sounding CIA front organization, funded by the US Congress, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The NED has been instrumental in every US-backed Color Revolution destabilization from Serbia to Georgia to Ukraine to Myanmar. Its funds go to back opposition media and global public relations campaigns to popularize their pet opposition candidates.As in the other recent Color Revolutions, the US Government is fanning the flames of destabilization against China by funding opposition protest organizations inside and outside Tibet through its arm, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). CLIP
Survival or Death of the Tibetan Race (April 14, 2008) http://en.epochtimes.com/news/8-4-14/68991.html
The recent protests in Tibet and the resulting bloody suppression by the communist regime once again present the world with the survival or death of the Tibetan race.The massacre happening this time is not accidental. There are historical and practical reasons. (...) The most painful issue for Tibetans is the destruction of their faith. Statistics recorded that Tibet had 2,711 temples and 114,103 monks and nuns before 1959. Six years later, only 553 temples and 6,913 monks and nuns existed. After the catastrophe of Cultural Revolution, only 80 plus temples and about 7,000 monks and nuns were left.While the CCP is destroying temples, it also carries out the physical and spiritual destruction of monks. It forces them to participate in political study, to betray and expose one another, to insult the Dalai Lama, and even forces monks and nuns to have sex. Disgruntled monks are jailed. The numbers of monks who have been imprisoned or killed are countless. For monks who believe in reincarnation, the CCP's destruction of their spirits is far more unbearable than that of their bodies.The writer of Fire Under the Snow, Paden Gyatso, said, "What I suffered most in the 33-year prison term was not hunger, being shackled, being viciously beaten, and undergoing electric shocks, but the torture of betraying and exposing others. The CCP wanted us to show our loyalty to it, so it asked everyone to report others. It forces people to sue and even frame their friends a great deal. I feared most the meetings for denouncing. If I lie, I will harm others; if I don't lie, I'll harm myself. Once one starts to harm one person, he'll go on harming another 100 people. Although being beaten is awful, the wounds can heal. However, once one loses his spirit, he will lose it forever." (...) The CCP's construction in Tibet is actually ruining Tibet. While destroying Tibetan culture, it has also caused a major calamity to Tibet's ecology. The Tibet's Government-in-exile researchers have discovered that the CCP's exploitation of Tibet's rich mining resources and the large emigration of Chinese have caused the vulnerable Tibetan ecological system to go out of balance. Half of the more than 4,000 lakes in Tibet have dried up. The water level of the famous Anto Lake Qinghai is continuously declining, the Huang carp in Qinghai have died in large number, prairies became deserts, large forests were cut down, all causing serious damage to Tibet's ecological environment.According to the statistics from 1955 to 1985, the timber shipped inland from the Aba Tibetan autonomous prefecture alone can, if laid out end to end, circle the globe 13 times. CLIP - Recommended by Christian Lanciai (firstname.lastname@example.org) who wrote: "This crisis concerns the universal spiritual well-being of the planet the Tibetan problem concerns us all."
Friendly Feudalism: The Tibet Myth http://www.michaelparenti.org/Tibet.html
Along with the blood drenched landscape of religious conflict there is the experience of inner peace and solace that every religion promises, none more so than Buddhism. Standing in marked contrast to the intolerant savagery of other religions, Buddhism is neither fanatical nor dogmatic--so say its adherents. For many of them Buddhism is less a theology and more a meditative and investigative discipline intended to promote an inner harmony and enlightenment while directing us to a path of right living. Generally, the spiritual focus is not only on oneself but on the welfare of others. One tries to put aside egoistic pursuits and gain a deeper understanding of ones connection to all people and things. Socially engaged Buddhism tries to blend individual liberation with responsible social action in order to build an enlightened society.A glance at history, however, reveals that not all the many and widely varying forms of Buddhism have been free of doctrinal fanaticism, nor free of the violent and exploitative pursuits so characteristic of other religions. In Sri Lanka there is a legendary and almost sacred recorded history about the triumphant battles waged by Buddhist kings of yore. During the twentieth century, Buddhists clashed violently with each other and with non-Buddhists in Thailand, Burma, Korea, Japan, India, and elsewhere. In Sri Lanka, armed battles between Buddhist Sinhalese and Hindu Tamils have taken many lives on both sides. In 1998 the U.S. State Department listed thirty of the worlds most violent and dangerous extremist groups. Over half of them were religious, specifically Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist. (...) But what of Tibetan Buddhism? Is it not an exception to this sort of strife? And what of the society it helped to create? Many Buddhists maintain that, before the Chinese crackdown in 1959, old Tibet was a spiritually oriented kingdom free from the egotistical lifestyles, empty materialism, and corrupting vices that beset modern industrialized society. Western news media, travel books, novels, and Hollywood films have portrayed the Tibetan theocracy as a veritable Shangri-La. The Dalai Lama himself stated that the pervasive influence of Buddhism in Tibet, amid the wide open spaces of an unspoiled environment resulted in a society dedicated to peace and harmony. We enjoyed freedom and contentment. 4A reading of Tibets history suggests a somewhat different picture. Religious conflict was commonplace in old Tibet, writes one western Buddhist practitioner. History belies the Shangri-La image of Tibetan lamas and their followers living together in mutual tolerance and nonviolent goodwill. Indeed, the situation was quite different. Old Tibet was much more like Europe during the religious wars of the Counterreformation. CLIP
China seeks to contain patriotic outbursts (April 20, 2008) http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/international_olympics_tibet_dcBEIJING
(Reuters) - China sought on Sunday to contain an outpouring of nationalism triggered by protests along the route of the Olympic torch relay, with state media urging people to channel their patriotism into "rational" expressions. However, demonstrations against Tibetan independence and Western media coverage of the recent unrest in Tibet continued in a number of cities, the official Xinhua news agency said. More than 1,000 students and other people in Xi'an, in northwestern Shaanxi province, held banners in front of an outlet of French supermarket chain Carrefour, criticizing anti-Chinese protests during the Paris leg of the Olympic torch relay. (...) In a sign of concern over the outbursts of nationalistic fervor, Chinese state media on Sunday published calls for calm. The People's Daily, mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, issued a signed commentary titled, "How can patriotism be more powerful?," saying people had a duty to express their love of their country "calmly and reasonably." The commentary, later mentioned in a state television broadcast, said people should focus on building up the country's overall strength and deal with problems in a calm manner. (...) China sees the Olympic Games in August as on opportunity to present a positive image to the world. Disruptions to the Olympic torch relay in London, Paris, San Francisco and New Delhi have triggered an outpouring of frustration and anger among Chinese. China has accused exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama of masterminding the torch protests, a charge he has denied, and Chinese have taken to the streets to stage their own counter-demonstrations in cities on the relay's route. CLIP
China agrees to breakthrough talks with Dalai Lama's envoys on Tibet (April 26, 2008) 3 CHEERS FOR CHINA! http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/891265.html
BEIJING In a sudden shift, China agreed Friday to meet with envoys of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader it accuses of instigating anti-government demonstrations in Tibet last month in an effort to scuttle the Beijing Summer Olympics. A short dispatch from the official Xinhua news agency said the meeting would take place "in the coming days." China has heaped invective on the Dalai Lama since riots left parts of the Tibetan capital of Lhasa in smoldering ruins March 14, vilifying him as a criminal. The surprising announcement of a new round of talks seemed aimed at defusing frictions with the West on the issue of Tibet before the Summer Games. The Xinhua dispatch quoted an unnamed official as saying "the relevant department of the central government" would soon make contact with the Dalai Lama. "It is hoped that through contact and consultation, the Dalai side will take credible moves to stop activities aimed at splitting China, stop plotting and inciting violence, and stop disrupting and sabotaging the Beijing Olympic Games so as to create conditions for talks," the agency quoted the official as saying.The announcement marked the first sign of detente since the protests erupted in Tibet in mid-March, raising tensions between China and the West, and brought positive remarks from Western capitals and from Dharamsala, India, seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile. "We welcome this," said Tenzin Taklha, a spokesman for the Dalai Lama.China's announcement came as a series of high-level European officials concluded a visit to Beijing, and they, too, hailed the news."We see this as a very positive gesture by the Chinese authorities," said Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, adding that Premier Wen Jiabao told him of the coming talks at a "private tete-a-tete" Thursday evening. "The Chinese say they are ready to discuss everything except sovereignty. And so if the concern of the Dalai Lama is, as he has always stated, the respect for cultural identity, religious identity and autonomy inside China, I believe there is real room for dialogue," Barroso said. CLIP
UN says Darfur conflict worsening, with perhaps 300,000 dead (April 22, 2008) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/un_sudan_darfur;_ylt=AmrlSlcH9KhF8p21m1WRyN6s0NUE
UNITED NATIONS - The conflict in Darfur is deteriorating, with full deployment of a new peacekeeping force delayed until 2009 and no prospect of a political settlement for a war that has killed perhaps 300,000 people in five years, U.N. officials said Tuesday. In grim reports to the Security Council, the United Nations aid chief and the representative of the peacekeeping mission said suffering in the Sudanese region is worsening. Tens of thousands more have been uprooted from their homes and food rations to the needy are about to be cut in half, they said."We continue to see the goal posts receding, to the point where peace in Darfur seems further away today than ever," said John Holmes, undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs. The conflict began in early 2003 when ethnic African rebels took up arms against Sudan's Arab-dominated central government, accusing it of discrimination. Many of the worst atrocities in the war have been blamed on the janjaweed militia of Arab nomads allied with the government.A joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force took over duties in Darfur in January from a beleaguered 7,000-man AU mission. But only about 9,000 soldiers and police officers of the authorized 26,000 have deployed. CLIP
Dress rehearsal for martial law http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/308.html
They called it "Operation Sudden Impact." It was a law enforcement sweep directed by the federal government that claimed it was looking for terrorists - in Tennessee. It didn't find any (what a surprise), but they did issue over 1,000 traffic citations. Anyone watching this clip casually without paying attention could come to the very false conclusion that America is overrun with terrorists - the very purpose of this shoddy reporting.
New American Theology of Civil Submission (April 11, 2008) 10 min video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kGD14tDxa4
What is the opposite of liberation theology? This presentation may illustrate part of the answer; a theology of civil obedience.The government has predetermined an important role for the clergy should martial law become a reality in America. While federal military-police powers will hold a key position of authority, the clergy may provide the means for further subduing the public.
US Prison Population Dwarfs That of Other Nations http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042308T.shtml
Adam Liptak of the International Herald Tribune writes: "The United States has less than five percent of the world's population. But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners."
Exposed: The Great GM Crops Myth (20 April 2008) http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/042408EB.shtml
Major new study shows that modified soya produces 10 per cent less food than its conventional equivalent. Genetic modification actually cuts the productivity of crops, an authoritative new study shows, undermining repeated claims that a switch to the controversial technology is needed to solve the growing world food
Mugabe's Party Loses in Recount (26 April 2008) TIME FOR THE OLD MAN TO RIDE IN THE SUNSET... http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042608Y.shtml
Reuters reports: "President Robert Mugabe's party has failed to secure control of Zimbabwe's parliament in a partial recount of the March 29 election, results showed on Saturday, handing the ruling party its first defeat in 28 years."
Winners and losers in land of starving billionaires http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/apr/25/zimbabwe
Over the past week the black-market exchange rate for the Zimbabwe dollar has plummeted against sterling, from about Z$90m to the pound to Z$190m. The largest bank note in the country is worth about 25p. No wonder Zimbabweans call themselves starving billionaires.
US Backs Arms Embargo, Saying Mugabe Lost http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042408T.shtml
Reuters reports: "The United States accused President Robert Mugabe on Thursday of delaying Zimbabwe's election results because he had lost and joined a call for an arms embargo to push for change."
RIGHTS, NOT GUNS FOR ZIMBABWE - Petition! http://www.avaaz.org/en/no_arms_for_zimbabwe/5.php?cl=78871584
(...) Mugabe's government has unleashed a brutal campaign to retain power. The opposition says that ten have died, and hundreds have been injured; now, a "human wave" of refugees is fleeing to South Africa and other neighbouring countries. But even as the political emergency deepens, an African-led upswell of resistance has begun to turn the tide. CLIP
Father: Child's case shifts autism debate (04/11/08) http://adventuresinautism.blogspot.com/2008/04/jon-poling-mitochondrial-dysfunction.html
Autism in the U.S. has reached epidemic levels, at 1 in 150 children. Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has recently upgraded autism to "an urgent health threat." The most contentious issue of the autism debate is the link to routine childhood vaccines. My daughter's case, Hannah Poling v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has changed this debate forever. Hannah has pointed us in a new and promising direction - the mitochondria. (...) Emerging evidence suggests that mitochondrial dysfunction may not be rare at all among children with autism. In the only population-based study of its kind, Portuguese researchers confirmed that at least 7.2 percent, and perhaps as many as 20 percent, of autistic children exhibit mitochondrial dysfunction. While we do not yet know a precise U.S. rate, 7.2 percent to 20 percent of children does not qualify as "rare." In fact, mitochondrial dysfunction may be the most common medical condition associated with autism. CLIP
"True Accounts of the LBAM Aerial Spraying" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QkMWkl4js8
(...) In the fall of 2007, the California Department of Agriculture declared a state of emergency to eradicate the Light Brown Apple Moth. Their method chosen is aerial spraying. Monterey and Santa Cruz counties have been sprayed in the fall of 2007, and the state plans to continue the aerial spray Monterey and Santa Cruz and will spray several more countines in 2008, every 30 days nine months a year for an undefinate number of years. Many people have reportedly gotten ill from the spray. This film reveals the true stories of people's reactions to the spray not readily being circulated in mass media. It is also a call for action to stop the aerial spray.
Judge orders halt to spraying for moth (April 25, 2008) http://tinyurl.com/637eg2
SAN FRANCISCO -- The state's efforts to eradicate the light brown apple moth was dealt a setback Thursday when a judge ordered a halt to aerial spraying in Santa Cruz County until state agriculture officials conduct a comprehensive review of the chemical spray's environmental impact. A short time later, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced separately in Sacramento that plans to spray in 12 counties where the moth has been found would be put on hold at least until Aug. 17 to allow for a series of safety tests to be completed. (...) The governor said he remains convinced (!!!) the chemicals used for spraying are safe but called for the temporary halt to allow for a series of tests on possible eye, inhalation, respiratory and other potential irritants. A U.S. Department of Agriculture contractor will conduct tests in Texas on several chemicals being considered for the next round of spraying. (...) Problem: The tiny moth, a native of Australia and much smaller than a penny, has been found in the Bay Area. Its larvae feed on more than 2,000 types of plants and trees, including 200 fruit and vegetable crops. Eradication: Officials plan to spray a pesticide - a synthetic moth pheromone - over Bay Area cities to eradicate the moth by disrupting its mating. Spraying was expected to start Aug. 1. Spraying opponents: They say human health problems have been reported and that the spray has not undergone adequate testing.
Video: Canadian Natives Used for Elite Experiments (1 hour, 48 min, 56 sec.) http://tinyurl.com/4ecott
...This documentary reveals Canada's darkest secret - the deliberate extermination of indigenous (Native American) peoples and the theft of their land under the guise of religion. This never before told history as seen through the eyes of this former minister (Kevin Annett) who blew the whistle on his own church, after he learned of thousands of murders in its Indian Residential Schools..."
Scientists Agree That EMFs Pose a Threat to Your Health (April 22, 2008) http://groups.google.com/group/mobilfunk_newsletter/browse_thread/thread/5bd2ba5d1034b46f
Dr. David Carpenter, Dean of the School of Public Health, SUNY, has reported that up to 30 percent of all childhood cancers may be due to exposure to residential power lines. Epidemiological studies in Sweden by Maria Feychting showed that persons exposed to high magnetic fields at home and at work had 3.7 times the risk of developing leukemia compared to those not exposed. Two research reports have identified elevated risks of breast cancer among women working jobs with presumed higher than average exposure to EMFs. CLIP
I Have Microwave Illness http://groups.google.com/group/electromagnetic_radiation_victims/browse_thread/thread/ea994fa1e1645804
(...) Then we heard of another woman on the radio who was allergic to wireless; so we did some research and shut off our wireless router and the skin problems on my hands cleared up within a week. I was able to do dishes and cut vegetables and fruit without wearing gloves again! Then my husband decided one night when I had gone to bed to turn on the router again because he wanted to use his laptop upstairs and he forgot to turn it off. The next morning when I woke up my hands were flaming red and in pain again with lots of water blisters. I now try to stay away from wireless but it is everywhere -- even the church and the arena has it. I can't go anywhere without having a breakout the next day. I feel dizzy and feel like throwing up when I'm around it. CLIP
Microwave Ovens: The Curse of Convenience (April 14, 2008) http://www.naturalnews.com/023011.html
(...) Carcinogens were formed in virtually all foods tested. No test food was subjected to more microwaving than necessary to accomplish the purpose, i.e., cooking, thawing, or heating to ensure sanitary ingestion. (...) "Production of unnatural molecules is inevitable. Naturally occurring amino acids have been observed to undergo isomeric changes (changes in shape morphing) as well as transformation into toxic forms, under the impact of microwaves produced in ovens. One short-term study found significant and disturbing changes in the blood of individuals consuming microwaved milk and vegetables. Eight volunteers ate various combinations of the same foods cooked different ways. All foods that were processed through the microwave ovens caused changes in the blood of the volunteers. (...) In Dr. Lita Lee's book, Health Effects of Microwave Radiation - Microwave Ovens, and in the March and September 1991 issues of Earthletter, she stated that every microwave oven leaks electromagnetic radiation, harms food, and converts substances cooked in it to dangerous organ-toxic and carcinogenic products. Further research summarized in this article reveal that microwave ovens are far more harmful than previously imagined.It makes absolutely no sense to me that our FDA is looking out for us and yet has not banned perhaps the worst cancer producing machines in history.
Morgellons Disease May Be Linked to Genetically Modified Food http://www.naturalnews.com/023004.html
On August 1, 2007, the CDC issued the following statement regarding Morgellons Disease: "Morgellons is an unexplained and debilitating condition that has emerged as a public health concern. Recently, the CDC has received an increased number of inquiries from the public, health care providers, public health officials, Congress, and the media regarding this condition. Persons who suffer from this condition report a range of coetaneous symptoms including crawling, biting and stinging sensations; granules, threads or black speck-like materials on or beneath the skin; and/or lesions (e.g., rashes or sores) and some sufferers also report systemic manifestations such as fatigue, mental confusion, short term memory loss, joint pain, and changes in vision. Moreover, some who suffer from this condition appear to have substantial morbidity and social dysfunction, which can include decreased work productivity or job loss, total disability, familial estrangement, divorce, loss of child custody, home abandonment, and suicidal ideation."As of February, 2007, approximately 10,000 families had registered with the Morgellons Research Foundation (MRF) and felt they or a member of their family met criteria for Morgellons as defined by the MRF. Of the U.S. families in the MRF registry, 24% reside in California with geographic clustering in the San Francisco metropolitan areas.In New Science magazine, Sept. 15-21 edition, Daniel Elkan describes a patient who for years has been "finding tiny blue, red and black fibers growing from intensely itchy lesions on his skin." These fibers appear like pliable plastic and can be several millimeters long. Some appear in a zig-zag pattern. These fibers can be as fine as spider silk, yet they are strong enough to distend the skin when pulled.A May 18, 2006 story carried by KGW, a local news channel in Oregon, recounts the story of a family practice doctor experiencing the disease. She reported feeling like bugs were crawling under her skin. "If I fully tell people what has gone on with me medically, they think they?re in the twilight zone," said Dr. Drottar who woke up with the feeling that fluid was flowing just below her skin. When black or blue hair-like fibers protruded from her skin, she reported thinking she had been exposed to asbestos. "I thought I was having asbestos fibers come out of my skin. I was pulling long, thin, small hair-like fibers that were extremely sharp that could literally pierce through my finger nail."According to Dr. Drottar, these symptoms were accompanied by severe depression, chronic fatigue and a weakened immune system. This debilitating condition forced her to give up her medical practice. (...) In the meantime, a research team from Oklahoma State University lead by Dr. Randy Wymore, studied some of the fibers sent to them by Morgellons patients. They discovered that fibers from different people looked remarkably similar to each other and yet seemed to match no common environmental fibers. Ahmed Kilani, a specialist in infectious disease detection, claimed to have broken down two fiber samples and extracted their DNA. He found that they belonged to a fungus. CLIP
More Morgellons Anomalies http://tinyurl.com/66tjmu
Now, here's a pic of the one I (bannanny) got from my arm... No one can deny this is the exact same thing coming out of 2 different people's bodies who live in entirely different areas. The only thing between us we have in common? We both get sprayed with chemtrails. Whaddya have to say about that CDC, Monsanto et all????? (...) The ultimate biological interface: bio-telemetry. Unless you know by now, all TV broadcasts will be DIGITAL after February 17, 2009. That entire elegtomagnetic radio bandwith section from the UHF to VHF, which will have once been what we used to tune our televisions to are now going to be RESERVED for BIO-TELEMETRY. (...) Mass usage of this bandwidth through bio-telemetry, would cause so much interference, that TV would be unwatchable. Now with TV going ALL-DIGITAL.. it's all freed up for as much usage as possible. Obviously, this would be used in tandem with implantable chips, but what is a chip, without a network of nano-wires directly merged into the nervous system of the human target. It's publicly described as a system to READ-ONLY the information read by bio-sensors in the organism. CLIP
Biodiversity loss will lead to sick world: Experts (Apr 23) http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080423/sc_afp/unenvironmentclimatehealth
SINGAPORE (AFP) - The world risks wiping out a new generation of antibiotics and cures for diseases if it fails to reverse the extinction of thousands of plant and animal species, experts warned Wednesday. Biodiversity loss has reached alarming levels, and disappearing with it are the secrets to finding treatments for pain, infections and a wide array of ailments such as cancer, they said, citing the findings of a coming book. Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said more than 16,000 known species are threatened with extinction, but the number could be more. "We must do something about what is happening to biodiversity," he said at a news conference on the sidelines of the UN-backed Business for the Environment conference. "Societies depend on nature for treating diseases. Health systems over human history have their foundation on animal and plant products that are used for treatment." (...) David Suzuki, a Canadian scientist and environmental activist, blamed environmental degradation on the world's heavy focus on economic progress."We are creating an illusion that everything is fine, and we are getting richer and richer. But we're doing it at the expense of our children and grandchildren... all in the name of economic growth and progress," he said in a keynote address via video conference.One solution will be to "take our eyes off the economy," he suggested." The real bottom line is clean air, clean water, clean soil that gives us our food, clean energy that comes from the sun, and biodiversity. These are ultimately the most important needs that we have to fight for at all cost." Hundreds of international business executives, government officials, environmentalists and others have gathered for conference. It was organised by the UNEP and the UN's Global Compact, an initiative which brings companies together with the UN and other agencies to support environmental and social principles.
Safety of New Bacteria-Killing Coating Questioned http://www.livescience.com/technology/080421-silver-nano.html
A new technique in paint making could soon make almost any surface germ-free. Researchers have made paint that is embedded with silver nanoparticles, known for their ability to kill bacteria and other microbes, in the hopes that hospitals will coat their walls and countertops to fight infection. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 million people per year contract bacterial infections in hospitals. Silver itself is an excellent bacteria fighter, and in nanoparticle form it is even more potent at killing microorganisms. So far it has not shown any adverse effects in humans. However, some scientists are concerned that silver nanoparticles may not be as harmless as they appear. Little research has been done on their health and environmental effects, and silver kills good microorganisms along with the bad. Also, there are currently no restrictions on using silver nanoparticles, which are already popping up in a range of consumer products that tout their antibacterial properties. CLIP
Very sobering numbers indeed... sometimes filling me with despair. Yet... I trust in the higher purpose and opportunity of this crisis (and sometimes losing that trust). I asked my partner (Mariah Miller) to ask "The All" what we can do for our nation. Her response is attached.
4-15-08 What is it our nation needs that is doable by us, our friends, etc.?
Your nation, of course needs a complete rebirth and is in the midst of this right now. There are many things you can all do to support this, but of course it depends on what your interest is, what your position is, and what your intentions are. Each has their own role to play based on their own preferences and ideas. This is indeed the nation of free choice and this is how the charter is set up, so to speak.
What we are saying to you is this there are things that all can do.
- Be kind
- open your heart
- listen carefully
- hold sacred space
- be the light
- share your ideas
- explore new possibilities
- trust that all is unfolding as it is meant to
- trust in the process
- be open to the ideas an opinions of others
- communicate your concerns and also your potential solutions
- be willing to get involved
These are very basic and generic possibilities and therefore they are things that anyone can do, at any level of involvement, awareness or aptitude.
We sense that you are asking this question wanting a more involved answer however. There are many factors at play here - including a Divine plan which is far beyond your knowing or understanding on the earth plane at this time. (at least in this level of reality/awareness.) We are happy to share a bit with you in a simplified version: there are things at play here which are completely unknowable to you at this time. Circumstances put in motion eons ago are playing out on the earth plane at this time. We suggest to you that it is a game - an experiment - a grand scheme designed to play out in a certain way, in order to allow the development of certain emotions, understanding and undertakings to happen.
What does this mean for you? It means it is beyond your control. It is not a set of circumstances that is up to one person or one small group to figure out. It is a grand scheme on a cosmic level which is designed to bring a new level of consciousness to the souls who have volunteered to be a part of the game. This means that you are asked to do what you are called to do what you are drawn to do what excites you to do.
It may be as simple as being kind to others. It may be as complex as running for office and becoming an elected official. Each has a role and an option which resonates with them as an individual soul. There is no right or wrong, in fact there is no specific indoctrination at all. This is simply a choice - Do I want to play the game from center field? Do I want to sit out and watch from the sidelines? Do I want to work in other areas and ignore the whole thing completely. Certainly there are many shades of involvement possible.
The single most important thing you as individuals can do to help this process along is bring your own consciousness into the light and into alignment. However that looks for you is exactly what is needed. Because what is needed is not for the nation at all, or the world or the cosmos what is needed will come from a place deep inside of each of you as a message and understanding of what is needed for your own soul's growth and development. It is an inside job. Each of you has a calling. Each of you has a role and a place in the grand scheme of things.
What is important to realize is that no role is more important than any other. Every single living, breathing sentient being on your planet at this time is ultimately important. From the smallest cellular organism to the most powerful human being - each is equally important. All are part of the whole and the plan. All are an integral part of the process. This is the call of this time: wake up and realize you are important! You are playing the game whether you realize it or not!
You can choose how you play the game you can be serious or silly, angry or loving, compassionate or ruthless, apathetic or engaged. It truly is a time to be who you are - who you want to be - do what you want to do - what you are called to do. Be the best You you can be and trust that others are coming to this same awareness and understanding. This is what the nation needs and the planet and all beings upon it.
It is time for you to figure out what it is that makes you uniquely you. How do you know when you are in alignment - what are you like physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally? What is your energy like in these states of optimal being? What are your interests in these states? Where does your heart leap in these states? How does your day unfold when you are in these states? Ask these questions and trust yourself. Allow yourself to be in these states of being again! Trust that when you begin to take care of yourself and your needs - coming back into alignment with your true self and your true interests all else will unfold. You will know where you belong and what you want to do.
Thank you for your concerns and thoughtfulness in this area. We know this is hard for you to accept and understand. It is hard for many. You are by no means alone on this. Opening to the heart and to love after years of indoctrination in the ways of the mind can be extremely challenging. We say to you it can also be extremely simple if you just choose to do it.
Trust that there is a reason for you being on the planet at this time. It may not be the reason you think it is - or it may well be. Trust the process. It is not about the product.
Blessings and peace.
Then Mariah sent this...
From: Mariah Miller (email@example.com)
Subject: A Message from the Children of Earth
Date: 20 Apr 2008
Thank you for your support. I am guided to share this poem with you that came through the other day as I was walking in a beautiful area out in the country near Spring Green, WI. (I don't usually write poetry by the way!)
I'm getting a lot of messages about and from the children this past few weeks. Kids have always been a passion of mine and they are coming through loud & clear at this time...they have a lot to say and do! They are perhaps the most significant teachers on the planet at this time I feel. Joy, play, celebration and profound wisdom in one package - doesn't get much better than this!
A Message from the Children of Earth
The Children of Earth are calling you.
Can you hear our rising voices?
Can you feel our hearts so true?
For our voice is your voicewere all a part of you.
Our message is so simple.
Our wisdom is so pure.
Of one thing we are certain.
Of one thing we are sure.
The Earth is needing healing.
The people cannot wait.
The time of Love is imminent.
There is no time to hesitate.
Open up your heart.
Feel the wind blow through your hair.
Let your mind expand.
Breathe deeply of the air.
If steps are not soon taken,
Earth's beauty will be lost.
In the name of seeming progress
There is a dire cost.
We are here with you this day.
We know just what to do.
Make haste while there's still time.
There is so much left to do!
With every step you take,
Bless the land on which you walk.
Thank your Mother Gaia
For the bounty she has brought.
Without Her many gifts,
Her endless shining shores,
Without Her air to breathe,
And precious mineral stores,
All you know will soon be over
There will be no life on Earth.
All you have worked for will be lost
It is the time for a re-birth.
There's no time like the present,
There is no time to lose.
Bless your Mother Earth
Life or deathwhich will you choose?
Our words may seem quite simple,
We are children, yes you see.
Our planet is our home,
And we love it. Blessed be.
A message from The Earth's Children, through Mariah Miller 4/15/08
From: Project Camelot (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Project Camelot Interviews George Green (author of Handbook for the New Paradigm)
Date: 18 Apr 2008
1) Project Camelot interviews George Green - Messages for the Ground Crew http://projectcamelot.org/george_green.html George Green's career extends from military service in the USAF (where he encountered alien disk craft in a remote hanger at Edwards AFB), through "playing monopoly" in corporate banking and large-scale construction, to working closely with the Pleiadians and other benevolent intelligences to "wake people up" in preparation for coming changes. Very few people we have talked to have a span of personal experience - and contacts - which is this broad.
As George describes, he "used to run around with the big boys". He was asked to build an enemy prisoner-of-war camp in downtown Las Vegas - he refused - and was asked to be Finance Chairman for the Carter administration, but declined after it became clear to him that the ethics of many of the senior players were heavily compromised. Shortly after he turned down the offer, his loans were called in and he lost many millions of dollars as finance was removed from dozens of major construction projects. Undeterred, George rebuilt his world and is in direct contact with Pleiadian intelligences and other beings. He has devoted his life to spreading the word that all is not as it seems. His very important free e-book, Handbook for the New Paradigm, has been read by millions all over the world.
George is a delight to listen to: relaxed, friendly and humorous. He has an extremely serious message: there is very little time left in which to prepare. Telling us that his "sources" are informing him that too few people are "waking up" and that it is almost too late, his own bags are packed and he is about to relocate to Ecuador where he says that many "insiders" have bought real estate and have already left the United States.
When asked when we might expect major changes to occur, his response is to look at his watch. "The moment we launch a strike against Iran is the moment no longer to be in the US," George says. "Pretty soon we'll be waking up one Monday morning to find that the world is no longer the same."
SUPPORT FOR RESEARCHERS AND WHISTLEBLOWERS
Project Camelot is a website formed in support of researchers and 'whistleblowers' who challenge current paradigms. Our aim is to provide safety in numbers and thereby establish a climate of trust and support across many disciplines on behalf of disclosure of truth with an emphasis on the freedom to explore.
Peruvian Skulls http://www.nomorehoaxes.com/content/view/32/1/
A collection of photographs has been making its way through many of the internet newsgroups and causing a lively discussion. These unusually shaped skulls were photographed by Robert Connolly on his trip around the world, during which he was collecting materials about ancient civilizations.
The Georgia Guidestones http://www.nomorehoaxes.com/content/view/30/1/
On one of the highest hilltops in Elbert County, Georgia stands a huge granite monument. Engraved in eight different languages on the four giant stones that support the common capstone are 10 Guides, or commandments. That monument is alternately referred to as The Georgia Guidestones, or the American Stonehenge. Though relatively unknown to most people, it is an important link to the Occult Hierarchy that dominates the world in which we live. (...) What is the true significance of the American Stonehenge, and why is its covert message important? Because it confirms the fact that there was a covert group intent on (1) Dramatically reducing the population of the world. (2) Promoting environmentalism. (3) Establishing a world government. (4) Promoting a new spirituality. Certainly the group that commissioned the Georgia Guidestones is one of many similar groups working together toward a New World Order, a new world economic system, and a new world spirituality. Behind those groups, however, are dark spiritual forces. Without understanding the nature of those dark forces it is impossible to understand the unfolding of world events. The fact that most Americans have never heard of the Georgia Guidestones or their message to humanity reflects the degree of control that exists today over what the American people think. We ignore that message at our peril.
FROM A CO-FOUNDER OF ERN...
Date: 22 Apr 2008
From: John Tibayan (email@example.com)
Subject: The Ultimatum: Ninjas vs The Illuminati
One of the most important events in the history of mankind may be occurring at this very moment, and as usual it is not being covered in the mainstream media, but fortunately it is available on the Internet and alternative radio talk shows. I have researched this compelling and hopeful story which appears to be genuine, but only time will tell. I am providing the source links of my research so you can conveniently review the evidence for yourself.
If the title of this story sounds bizarre or farfetched, like a Jackie Chan - Jet Li ninja action flick, all I can say is sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
The gist of this story is that there has recently developed a major disagreement between factions of the global elite leadership of the Illuminati that governs the world. The disagreement concerns their plans to create a New World Order slave planet much like the book - 1984 - by George Orwell so that they can more efficiently control the world.
The problem is that various factions of the world power elite have become disenchanted and now oppose this New World Order plan which appears to be running amuck and destroying the planet, financially, ecologically, and productively.
The three factions of the Freemason Illuminati that are involved are David Rockefeller (and NeoCons), in the USA; Philip Rothschild in Europe/Canada; and Chinese secret societies in China and Japan.
At the center of this showdown is Benjamin Fulford, former financial reporter for Forbes who while researching a story discovered shocking evidence of murder, extortion and corruption by the David Rockefeller branch of the Illuminati in Japan. After posting articles and interviews on the Internet exposing these crimes, his life was threatened. He was given the option to join the Illuminati or die.
The next day Fulford was contacted by an agent of a Chinese secret society who told him that they supported what he was doing and that they will protect him. The agent said that they are 6 million strong with 100,000 professionally trained ninjas strategically placed throughout the world, and that they oppose the Rockefeller Illuminati plans to reduce the world's population to 2 billion people through biological warfare and starvation.
The agent explained that the Rockefeller Illuminati had gone too far when they created the biological weapon SARS which was genetically designed to infect primarily the Asian races. To stop these depopulation plans, the Chinese secret society is threatening to assassinate the top leadership of the Rockefeller Illuminati which would also include the top leadership of the NeoCons and could be carried out within a seven day period.
Fulford, who has recently become a member of the Chinese secret society that promised to protect him, is now publicly representing them and suggests a peaceful alternative to the assassinations. He says that the Illuminati leadership can avoid being assassinated if they agree to:
1. voluntarily stop their New World Order agenda of slavery, wars and global depopulation.
2. begin to use their money and influence to establish humanitarian projects to genuinely help humanity and the ecology of the planet.
3. release free energy technology which has been suppressed for over 50 years which would put an end to the use of fossil fuels and nuclear power plants.
Fulford sees himself as a visionary ambassador helping to usher in a New Age of Peace and Prosperity for "all" not just for the minority of the global elite.
Fulford says that he would always prefer the peaceful and nonviolent solution and that he has already helped postpone the Chinese secret society assassination plans on two occasions. He puts out a plea to the Illuminati to stop their destructive plans and become a part of a peaceful and sustainable solution for the benefit of all humanity. Fulford also says evidence is surfacing that the Rockefeller Illuminati NeoCons are planning another big event this Fall 2008 and that the Chinese secret society will not allow this to occur. It appears that the deadline (no pun intended) for the ultimatum will occur sometime in August 2008. Fulford is currently meeting and negotiating with the Illuminati leadership.
The suspicions from conspiracy researchers are that the big event may be another 9/11 type false flag event that would give the Bush Administration the justification to declare martial law, cancel the November elections, and install Bush as permanent president and supreme dictator of the United States. See video about - The Shell Game - by Steve Alten at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVNhefPWJGY
You can verify this information by going to the following links provided. Please circulate widely!
Bush / Cheney to Attempt Possible Coup (July 29, 2007) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3dAnSMzUlo
Bush signs unconstitutional "power grab" presidential directives NSPD51 and HSPD20, giving him full-dictatorial powers in the event of a loosely defined "catastrophic emergency." The directives define "catastrophic emergency" as "any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government function."It also states, "The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government." In other words, the president gave himself the sole power and duty to interpret the constitution anyway he chooses, and neither Congress nor the public shall be allowed to debate or disagree on such matters. Right now, the only thing standing between the United States' Constitutional Republic and Bush/Cheney's apparent desire to rule with an iron fist is a lesser event than that of 9/11.
Congressman Denied Access to Martial Law Plan (September 29, 2007) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ByoqZqDGaA
Just what are they trying to hide? Bush officials have denied Congressman Peter DeFazio from his duty to review classified White House documents that describe how the Administration plans to conduct the US government if martial law is declared.
The Biofuels Scam, Food Shortages and the Coming Collapse of the Human Population (April 23, 2008) http://www.naturalnews.com/023091.html
It was one of the dumbest "green" ideas ever proposed: Convert millions of acres of cropland into fields for growing ethanol from corn, then burn fossil fuels to harvest the ethanol, expending more energy to extract the fuel than you get from the fuel itself! Meanwhile, sit back and proclaim you've achieved a monumental green victory (President Bush, anyone?) all while unleashing a dangerous spike in global food prices that's causing a ripple effect of food shortages and rationing around the world. I think politicians need to spend less time bragging about their latest greenwashing schemes and more time studying The Law of Unintended (?!) Consequences. Because while growing fuel on cropland initially sounds like a great idea, any honest assessment of the total impact leads you to the inescapable conclusion that biofuels are largely a government-sponsored scam. With a few exceptions (see below), biofuels produce no net increase in energy output, and they cause food shortages while creating strong economic incentives for the destruction of the very rainforests we desperately need to stabilize the climate! CLIP
U.S. presidential election can be hacked (04/11/2008) http://tinyurl.com/444jqn
This year, the U.S. will pick a new president using electronic voting machines that can be hacked, security experts said Thursday at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.As the November election approaches, the question before officials is not how to fix known bugs in their e-voting systems, but rather, how best to check them for fraud, said David Wagner, an associate professor with the University of California, Berkeley's computer science department. Wagner was part of the team that audited California's voting systems during the state's review of electronic voting, and the problems his team found affect counties across the U.S. "The three systems we looked at are three of the most widely used around the nation," he said during an e-voting panel discussion at the show. "They're going to be using them in the 2008 elections; they're still going to have the same vulnerabilities we found." CLIP
"This testimony -- mostly from police and fire-fighters on the scene -- suggests that the Twin Towers collapse (not to mention Building 7) were planned demolitions. Statement after statement -- again, primarily from people who have been around fires, explosions and demolitions -- mention a series of explosions and compare the pancake collapse of the buildings to planned demolitions. Many of these candid statements were made before the official story was in place, and before witnesses were strongly encouraged to "re-remember" what they saw differently. While many thinking people of conscience roll their eyes at any mention of an alternative 9/11 story, consider that the response to the attacks are at the foundation of so many of the other problems we face today. Were it not for the attacks, the Administration would have had no excuse to attack Iraq or impose de facto martial law. Bush would not have been re-elected in 2004 as a "war president." And we likely wouldn't be facing the extreme financial meltdown mitigated by bottomless war spending."
There is a whole matrix of information pointing to U.S. Government involvement in the planning and execution of September 11th. (...) And finally, to answer the most common and most important question I am consistently asked: So what? Why is it so important that the truth of 9/11 come out. My simple answer is that a significant crime has been committed, and the criminals who so comprehensively benefited from the crime are still running around, setting agendas and steering the course of not only our country, but the future of our shared planet as well. And these people should be sitting in prison, not in the Oval Office and high-rise executive suites. But perhaps more importantly, our continuing choice to remain ignorant about the reality of 9/11 is indicative of a more general apathy and collective ambivalence toward an accelerating global chaos that is quickly, and literally, making our shared planet inhospitable for the coming generations. To whom I believe we have a shared responsibility to grow up and behave like the adults we have been entrusted to be.
14 Structural Engineers Now Publicly Challenge Government's Explanation for Destruction of the World Trade Center http://georgewashington.blogspot.com/2008/04/14-structural-engineers-have-now.html
A prominent engineer with 55 years experience, in charge of the design of hundreds of major building projects including high rise offices, former member of the California Seismic Safety Commission and former member of the National Institute of Sciences Building Safety Council (Marx Ayres) believes that the World Trade Centers were brought down by controlled demolition (see also this)Two professors of structural engineering at a prestigious Swiss university (Dr. Joerg Schneider and Dr. Hugo Bachmann) said that, on 9/11, World Trade Center 7 was brought down by controlled demolition (translation here)Kamal S. Obeid, structural engineer, with a masters degree in Engineering from UC Berkeley, of Fremont, California, says:"Photos of the steel, evidence about how the buildings collapsed, the unexplainable collapse of WTC 7, evidence of thermite in the debris as well as several other red flags, are quite troubling indications of well planned and controlled demolition" CLIP
9/11 widows call for new investigation after revelations of White House, commission ties (02/05/2008) http://rawstory.com//printstory.php?story=9156
The widows whose political activism was largely responsible for the establishment of a commission to investigate the September 11 attacks say a new book revealing the backstory of the 9/11 Commission proves that their initial concerns about its executive director were correct and demonstrate the need for another investigation.
A BIT OLDISH BUT A REAL EYE-OPENER!
Forwarded by Barbara Tomczyk (firstname.lastname@example.org) on April 24, 2008
From: Richard Boylan (email@example.com)
British investigator Chris Stoner's article (below) on Dr. Michael Wolf, of the U.S. National Security Council's Special Studies [UFO] Group, closely tracks the information I got from my friend Dr. Wolf during our years of conversation.
Chris Stoner Interviews Dr Michael Wolf - Former NSA Consultant
Dr. Wolf says "I sense you want to know the truth." I'll never forget those opening words. The voice deep and gravelly - the delivery slow and deliberate. I had just picked up my trilling phone. Then a pause. "I am Dr Michael Wolf. My publisher sent me your fax."
CLIP - Read the missing part at the URL above
The last time I spoke to him was in late July 2000. He sounded gravely ill and could only muster a few sentences. I sensed his time was near. In August Michael was moved to a hospice. On September 18th 2000 he died.
The doctor was not afraid of death. The ETs he worked alongside in underground bases like Area 51 and Dulce told him that our bodies are merely containers for the soul. When people die their consciousness simply passes into another dimension. The greatest lesson I learnt from him was to always keep an open mind. However extreme or absurd the information may sound. As Arthur C. Clarke once said, "The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible." I feel privileged to have known Dr Wolf. A unique, courageous and extraordinary man. And I hope the seekers of truth will honour him with the respect and gratitude he so richly deserves.
THE REVELATIONS OF DR MICHAEL WOLF ON THE UFO COVER UP AND ET REALITY
During Dr Wolf's final years he spent time talking to various journalists about the UFO and ET cover up. His bosses at the National Security Council (NSC) gave him permission to 'generate a controlled leakage of secret information'. As Dr Wolf commented, "I look forward to the day when the secrecy surrounding extraterrestrial contact ends so that our race can move forward to the next phase of its history - now cosmic in scale." As is standard practise these superiors have erased almost all his records such as the universities he attended; degrees gained; and his involvement with the CIA, NSA and NSC. Such measures are common for people working in unacknowledged 'special access programs' as their bosses must maintain plausible deniability in case a sensitive unauthorised disclosure occurs. Dr Wolf said he worked in laboratories at Area 51, S4, Wright-Patterson Airforce base (Foreign Technology Division), Indian Springs and Dulce. Where for five years, "I met with extraterrestrial beings every day in my work and shared living quarters with them."
He served as a scientific consultant for the American President and NSC on ET related matters. He was a member of MJ12 special studies group and appointed head of its leading agency - the Alphacom Team - which specialises in gathering information on the different ET races. Dr Wolf said he had an MD in neurology; a Ph.D in theoretical physics; a BS in biogenetics; a JD in international law; and a D.Sc. in computer sciences. The UFO community were first alerted to Dr Wolf by the publication of his highly original and unique book 'Catchers of Heaven' in July 1996. A book primarily about his experiences while working for the satellite government. Prominent researchers like James Courant, Michael Hesemann, Dr Steven Greer, Art Bell and Bruce Burgess went knocking on his door. It took '15 years of persuasion' before his bosses finally allowed him to publish. But their conditions stated that this book must be fictionalised and to have three different denials at the beginning concerning its authenticity. They also reviewed Catchers of Heaven before publication. He laughed, "I would like on my gravestone the words, 'He died of red tape'." While some of Dr Wolf's claims may sound pure science fiction, if genuine, then he is probably the highest ranking member of the satellite government to come forward so far - offering us an extraordinary insight - a tantalising glimpse - into the UFO cover up and ET reality.
DR MICHAEL WOLF CLAIMED THAT:
- The first US crash/retrieval of an ET craft occurred during 1941 in the ocean west of San Diego. Retrieved by the navy, dead Zeta Reticulans, alias the 'Greys', were found inside. Craft and bodies were taken to the Foreign Technology Section at Wright-Patterson Airforce base in Dayton, Ohio, and studied by the Retfours Special Studies Group. After dismantling the craft parts were sent to S4 and Indian Springs in Nevada. This craft crashed due to the recently invented pulse radar being tested on the nearby Tinian island, located three miles south/south west of Saipan. The US navy has held a leadership position in UFO matters since.
- The Roswell Crash during July 1947 did happen and that the account in Colonel Corso's book 'The Day after Roswell' is accurate. Dr Wolf had, in his possession, the official satellite government ET crash/retrieval list and while others occurred between 1941 and '47 he was not willing to offer examples.
- Two craft crashed at Roswell after colliding with each other during an electrical storm. One contained 'Greys' the other 'Orange' ETs - both named due to the colour of their skin. The 'Orange' types come from the Andromeda star system. The Santilli autopsy film is genuine - Dr Wolf had seen other similar footage - and is an autopsy of an 'Orange' ET. There were two different autopsies being carried out on two different ET beings during the same period - hence the confusion.
- The autopsy on the 'Orange' ET revealed that it had a very large head; big dark eyes with no irises or whites; six digits on hands and feet; the brain has four lobes; is more developed and connected with no corpus callosum; different optic orbs and nerves; and a sponge like digestive system. Dr Wolf said he'd met one alive.
- There are different types of 'Greys'. He worked alongside highly evolved ones which had, contrary to present opinion, personalities and even a sense of humour. Dr Wolf never met a 'Grey' whom he disliked. To him they were family. These 'Greys' enjoyed hugging and kissing humans. This upset some of his colleagues. One nicknamed them 'kissey facey'. Their smooth and soft bodies feel like dolphin skin to touch. He communicated with these ETs through telepathy. Dr Wolf became especially friendly with one called Kolta. A picture of this 'Grey' is on the front cover of his book - an actual photograph taken by an admiral friend.
- There is active trading between the 'Greys' and 'Oranges'. Dr Wolf said, "Trading has a different meaning for ETs. They share knowledge like technology and philosophy and send their people to each other's planet to learn the culture."
- He had conversed with human looking ETs from the Pleiades and Altair star systems - nicknamed the Nordics and Semitics. Dr Wolf explained they are very spiritual people and act more as galactic counsellors. A photograph of a Pleiadian friend called Sa Ra adorns the back cover of his book.
- On May 1st, 1975, a 'little misunderstanding' occurred between the 'Greys' and humans at S4. During a demonstration of a small anti-matter reactor the head ET asked the guards, Blue Beret soldiers, to remove their rifles and bullets from the room. A safety precaution so these weapons wouldn't accidentally discharge during the energy emissions. The guards refused and in the ensuing commotion a Blue Beret opened fire and killed a 'Grey'. Two scientists and 41 military personnel were then terminated. One guard was allowed to live - testifying that the 'Greys' used a form of directed mental energy at them in self defense.
- A number of the scientists presently working for the satellite government were abducted when children by the 'Greys' so their intelligence and general brain capacity could be increased in preparation for the work ahead. They are hybrids.
- His first major assignment was working alongside Carl Sagan and other top scientists - their job to understand the intricacies of a huge ET beacon dubbed The Monolith - first discovered floating out in space by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and American Alan Shephard during 1961. It was eventually brought back for investigation in 1972. Dr Wolf described it as 'postcards from the rim'. The Monolith emits both light and tone signals along with a mathematical language. On closing your eyes, while tuned into these signals, "You see in your mind's eye a 3D film of the Galaxy. But you are actually there as if part of this film. The images being seen today by the Hubble telescope are the same ones I saw 25 years ago." Dr Wolf said there are many Monoliths out in space and were devised by a group of ET races.
- Carl Sagan consistently denied the ET reality because his superiors, "Threatened to cut off the funding to his department at Cornell University if he said otherwise."
- He was involved in various genetic experiments - one being the Sentinel Project. After perfecting cloning techniques on animals Dr Wolf and his associates successfully created an artificially- intelligent human named 'J-Type Omega' - their superiors wanted a superbright, superpowerful soldier who would follow orders without fear or question. But Dr Wolf surreptitiously programmed ethics into its intelligence after realising that 'J Type' had a soul. When the being refused to kill a harmless dog his superiors ordered its termination. Instead, Dr Wolf set 'J Type Omega' free. This 'intelligence' is presently living somewhere in America.
- MJ12 does exist and now has 36 members. He was reluctant to divulge names although confirmed that former American Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger and father of the hydrogen bomb, Edward Teller, are present members. MJ12 regularly meet at various secret locations including the Batelle Memorial Institute at Columbus, Ohio.
- The Sentinel Project involved a close association with the 'Greys'. The ETs vast knowledge on genetics being essential for its success. 'J Omega' was grown in a water tank from an embryo. Part of the DNA used came from Dr Wolf. It took exactly one year before he was ready to be 'awoken'. Dr Wolf said, "When taken from the tank he looked around 20 years old."
- When 'J' awoke, "He was like a puppy dog - his mind a vacuum. He asked question after question. He wanted to know everything." Dr Wolf showed him film reels about Earth's past wars and conflicts. "He cried when he saw these horrific images. In hindsight I showed him too much." He learnt several different languages and could use 50% of his brain - unlike the mere 10% harnessed by humans. "When his mental abilities were tested his IQ shot off the map." Their relationship was like father and son.
- Harvesting of animal tissue, through the so-called 'Cattle Mutilations', is to produce organelles - specialised parts of a cell that resemble and function like an organ - which can be placed into humans for filtering out pollutants from the air, water, food etc.. Present experimentation is being carried out on the hybrids - part Zeta/part human - or 'In-Betweens' as Dr Wolf called them.
- These organelles can also be used to alter the body's hormones and for changing precursors in the brain from being toxic to non- toxic. "These cells are minute and a non-invasive procedure." Cattle genetics are very similar to humans.
- When Dr Wolf's superiors ordered 'J Omega's' termination, with the help of a general friend, he smuggled him out of Area 51. "To me it felt like a sin to create a being with emotions and a soul and then send him into battle." 'J' is safe and well. Several organelles were placed in his body to keep him disease free. "He knows who he is and how he was created. 'J' is almost identical to a human and would easily pass a medical examination." The Zetas were pleased with the result. " 'J' told me he wished to become a teacher." Dr Wolf believed this was a one-off project. "I told him never to contact me. It's too dangerous."
- He briefed four different American presidents on the ET reality. Jimmy Carter was keen to end the UFO cover up but when told of the religious implications he backed down. "I attended this meeting. Carter had strong Christian beliefs. When told that religion is man-made and probably unique to this planet he broke down in tears."
- Both Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. are very knowledgeable on the ET reality - especially Bush, being former head of the CIA. Bill Clinton was the least aware. He knows of Area 51 but not S4. "Clinton has 'Above Top Secret' and 'Need to Know' clearances but does not have the 'Umbra Ultra Top Secret Clearance' which gives access to upper level MJ12 secrets and 'Keystone Clearance' for information on ET research."
- Many people in MI5, MI6 and the SAS are aware of the ET reality. While reluctant to give names of those he briefed at Downing Street, when staying in London he became good friends with former Conservative cabinet and defence minister Sir Malcom Rifkind. "Rifkind is very knowledgeable on the UFO subject - especially the flying triangular craft. He believes the cover up is correct. That people are not ready to be told yet."
- The Queen has been superficially told of the ET reality - Margaret Thatcher was also briefed but knows just a small part of the story.
- We unofficially landed on the moon before 1969 although he wouldn't give a date. "Our astronauts were observed then communicated with by ETs while on the Moon. We were warned off the planet. That's why the last Apollo mission was cancelled at the last second. The astronauts are dying to tell the truth but know it could be interpreted as treason."
- NASA has played an integral role in the UFO cover up. They have been designated as one of the primary organisations to eventually tell the world about the ET reality.
- Richard Hoagland is primarily correct concerning structures on Mars and confirms that we have bases on both this planet and the Moon. The recent Face on Mars photograph, which shows a very different image from the previous one, has been doctored by NASA. "They believe humanity is not ready for this knowledge."
- In a chamber at Giza and another located between the paws of the Sphinx, skeletons of 7 ft tall beings with large eyes have been discovered - their hands and legs chained together with silver. "For some reason early ET visitors could not break through silver."
- A Stargate has been discovered in a Giza pyramid. Investigating scientists believe it to be a lens which creates wormholes to any part of the universe. It hasn't been activated yet. "We need to know a lot more about this Galaxy and others before using it - where you want to go and how to prepare yourself. It's about what you dial in. Co-ordinates have to be established. The problem is there are no traffic signs out in space." Dr Wolf felt this will be one of the last projects we'll learn about through our association with the ETs.
- He personally pioneered a mental expansion process called The Gateway treatment . An experiment to, "Open the brain up - a way to stimulate the neurons allowing billions of synapses to form and therefore use of a vastly increased mind." One off-shoot is an ability to telepathically communicate with the ETs.
- This mental expansion developed into a series of mind control experiments under the name MK ULTRA. Dr Wolf and colleagues learnt how to extract as well as repress human memories. The latter is called Mind Capping. "These techniques are not as effective as the ET methods." This also lead to research on remote viewing and other psychic phenomena. "The end result of all these experiments may be an attempt by some at world mind control - a chilling thought."
- There is a group of impotent, xenophobic and paranoid generals, charged with the protection of American skies, who fear and hate the ETs and are waging war against them. Called the Cabal they use Star Wars weaponry including a neutral particle beam to shoot down ET craft and imprison survivors while attempting to extract information by force. "The very technology the ETs gave us is now being used against them." Despised by many within the satellite government this Cabal also use aggressive methods against those who try to end the UFO cover up. A concern being that this aggression will intensify as the big announcement draws ever closer.
- Leading UFO researchers and members of the satellite government who are presently helping to end the cover up may have been zapped by psychotronic directed energy devices owned by the Cabal. People like Dr Steven Greer and assistant Shari Adamiak (CSETI); Congressman Steve Schiff; USAF Col. Steven Wilson (former head of crash/retrieval unit Project Pounce); Dr Michael Wolf himself; his primary unnamed CIA superior; plus others have either recently died or are suffering from cancer related illness. Coincidence?
- Through his genetic experiments he found that some humans, including himself, have ET gene markers. "Many people who are actively involved in the UFO field will probably have these genes."
- Several different confederations of ETs are visiting us. They include The Alliance consisting of human looking beings from the Altair Aquila and Pleiades star systems; The Corporate made up of various 'Grey' races from the Zeta Reticuli system; The Federation of Worlds which include an unspecified number of different ET groups from the universe; and the United Races of Orion which consist of various beings from that star system. These confederations are also inter-linked with each other.
- In a treaty, signed by The Corporate, there's an 'Above Top Secret' United Nations ruling which states that no Zeta is allowed to walk amongst the public and be seen by them. Unfortunately, Dr Wolf's friend, Kolta, strayed into a 'no go zone' and was shot by a soldier. He found the wounded 'Grey' hiding in his apartment. "I concealed Kolta in my bedroom closet minutes before members of the CIA appeared at my door. I managed to act innocent and sent them away." Dr Wolf called a doctor friend who knew about these ETs. "We managed to save Kolta's life. Lead is toxic to Zetas. So he would have died of lead poisoning from the bullet rather than the actual wound."
- Proposals for the announcement have been postponed three times - partly due to the S4 incident in 1975 which halted negotiations with the 'Greys' and partly to the huge religious and world economy implications. The recent Life on Mars admission is the foundation for future revelations. Dr Wolf said that other disclosures will occur between 2001 and 2005.
- The Vatican are especially worried over these forthcoming announcements. They have asked the American government to hold back, especially on the religious question, so there is more time for them to prepare. Dr Wolf said the Pope has changed the Roman Catholic view on God. "Their future line will be 'we are not in the image of God but our souls are'."
- He had spoken at length to the ETs about God and death. "Our bodies are merely containers for the soul. When people die their consciousness simply moves into another dimension." On God Dr Wolf said, "Some ETs call God The Forever - the creator behind everything in the universe." On Jesus Christ , "He was of joint ET/human heritage - sent to Earth as an attempt to end human violence." Whether a Zeta, Pleiadian, Altaran, Human etc.. we share the same God - we are all family.
- Dr Strecker's published research report, identifying HIV/AIDS as caused by a man-made virus, is correct. The satellite government has discovered that viruses are crystalline in structure and using the correct frequency can destroy them.
- The US had in their possession a 'Grey', dubbed EBE (Extraterrestrial Biological Entity), as a prisoner/guest from 1948 until its death in 1953. Scientists initially used pictographs as a form of communication.
- Albert Einstein had met and worked alongside the 'Greys'.
- Some ETs occasionally eat vegetation, fruits or vegetables. Their digestive systems are far more efficient than ours absorbing and processing thoroughly. They mainly absorb energy from the air. Visits to the toilet are not required!
- Earth is one of the few planets which doesn't control its weather. One reason why ET ships crash during extremes of climate - especially those using gravity propulsion. Dr Wolf says, "Their craft are no different to boats in a violent storm - bobbing up and down on large rolling gravity waves. To counteract these difficulties some ETs surround their ships with plasma energy or fly inter-dimensionally through a storm."
- A planet is a living entity with its own consciousness. ETs commune with their planet to create a harmonious relationship. Dr Wolf says, "Some planets grow buildings of pure silicon for the inhabitants out of unconditional love. I have seen and held this silicon. I have also witnessed Zetas communicate with Earth."
- ETs are astounded by how badly we treat Earth. They can't understand why we wish to destroy it. How multi-nationals can continually rape this planet through greed and avarice. One of the Alphacom Team missions is to determine whether, "We can use the ETs technology to restore Earth to its former pristine state of natural balance."
- Technology gained from the ETs include LEDs, superconductivity, computer chips, fibre optics, lasers, gene-splicing therapy, cloning, night-vision equipment, Stealth technology, particle beam devices, aerospace ceramics and gravity control flight.
- ETs like many things about humans. Dr Wolf explained, "They especially love our great imagination and creativity along with the ability to have profound dreams. But they would like to speed up our spiritual evolution."
- Many ETs who visit Earth are actual tourists. While we take holidays in other countries more advanced beings visit other worlds. "Compared to most planets Earth is almost unique with its vast diversity of nature, culture and inhabitants. As primitive planets go we are a popular attraction."
- Some ETS prefer living underground as they can control the environment to suit their needs. They also use electro-magnetic shielding where the molecules are so dense that nothing can get through. Dr Wolf hinted, "We still haven't explored the deep oceans or the inner crusts of Earth."
- Alphacom Team discovered that many human looking ETs are presently amongst us. He said, "They can breathe our air and on the street would look exactly like us." Around 1,000 Nordic types are living in Spain alone.
- A Nordic has a perfect and very sensitive looking face with few lines; blue eyes; usually blond hair; around 6 ft tall; very clean; no body odour; and mainly communicates telepathically. But while on Earth uses a small implanted voice- box to converse with humans.
- Their internal organs are fairly similar to ours although the digestive system is different. They don't need to eat every day. Their cells don't die because the genetics are dissimilar.
- They have a base on a French Polynesian island and walk freely amongst the inhabitants.
- Nordics have powerful minds. Dr Wolf said, "They can open a dimensional portal just through a single thought and physically disappear. I have seen this done. They live on a much higher plane than us. Thoughts are an energy and Nordics use a device, either worn or placed in a pocket, that amplifies this energy. They also harness crystals for the same purpose."
- During one afternoon in 1990 an ET craft, escorted by F-16 fighters, landed on Puerto Rico, in a busy tourist area. The ETs stepped out and walked amongst the populace. Dr Wolf said, "It was an exercise to test the public reaction." The Mayor of this island wrote a letter to Bush stating, 'At first we were amused by all of the sightings but then people became distressed. What do I tell them?' The President passed this communication onto Dr Wolf. "It was stamped all over with the words T52-EXEMPT (E) which means this letter can never be declassified."
- While studying at MIT for his PhD in physics he discovered a new theory of wave particle duality which later developed into a neutral particle beam. Dr Wolf commented, "I had hoped and envisioned that this technology would be used for treating cancer. Instead it was used as a weapon as part of the SDI Programme (Star Wars)."
- The ETs told him, "All worlds in the Galaxy are connected. One Hiroshima atomic bomb can affect every different culture." They also explained, "Thought is energy. It can be received on other worlds. There is no galactic barrier."
- Mossad, Israel's intelligence organisation, "has very good relations with the ETs - especially the Semitics." There is a strong historical association with the country.
- Chris Carter, creator of the `X Files', had regular meetings with members of the US Satellite Government. Some of the story-lines are based on actual fact eg. `Project Sentinel'.
- The top secret space plane, The Aurora, runs on liquid methane and has anti-gravity on board. It carries an electromagnetic pulse weapons' system which can knock out tracking radar. This plane can also travel to the moon.
- Some military pilots are experimenting with mind control to guide advanced planes. Dr Wolf said, "Some ET craft are living conveyances which are able to divide and reform. These craft are also responsive to thought commands."
- The underground base at Area 51 is a sprawling city, the size of Rhode Island, which continues to grow and has a sister base called S4, some 12 miles away, and another named Indian Springs. It employs hundreds of civilian and military and has at least 8 different on- going black programmes along with an annual $2 billion budget. There's intense security outside with martial law inside and is patrolled by elite guards. Some scientists live at the base for 6 months at a time. While their bedrooms are basic the ETs live in their own magnificently designed apartments. There are also shopping malls, military style shops and leisure areas including swimming pools, gymnasiums and basket ball courts. The food is excellent.
- Satellite government scientists have successfully created zero point energy and cold fusion. "There needs to be a smooth transition into these new sciences. Otherwise the world economy could be wrecked."
Dr Michael Wolf's book has presently sold around 10,000 copies. Catchers of Heaven can be bought in the UK from Nexus Magazine - price £22 including p&p. Tel- 01342 322854 or directly from the American publishers Dorrance Publishing - price $24 + p&p. Tel- 001 412 288 4543.
All royalties go to the 'Daniel Wolf Memorial Foundation for Children' - a non profit organisation in memory of his son. As Dr Wolf said, "The children are our cosmic future."
Thanks to - Richard J. Boylan (http://www.ufonetwork.com/boylan/) - James Courant (audio tape 'In conversation with Dr Wolf') - Paola Harris (utenti.tripod.it/paolaharris/) - and British Telecom (30 hours of transatlantic phone calls).
[This article had been read and approved by Dr Wolf before his death]
Civil Society Launches UN Extraterrestrial Initiative at National Press Club Press Conference in Washington, DC http://exopolitics.blogs.com/exopolitics/2008/04/civil-society-l.html
Washington DC April 21, 2008] Four non-governmental organizations have launched a joint initiative to urge the implementation of a historic UN General Assembly Decision concerning extraterrestrial life and UFOs, adopted on December 18, 1978. This year marks the 30th anniversary of UN General Assembly Decision 33/426 that invited: Member States to take appropriate steps to coordinate on a national level scientific research and investigation into extraterrestrial life, including unidentified flying objects. CLIP
The day the aliens landed (16 Apr 2008) http://witness.co.za/?showcontent&global%5b_id%5d=6379
American film maker Randall Nickerson is currently visiting southern Africa to make a documentary that follows up an incident that happened at the Ariel School in Ruwa, Zimbabwe, in 1994, when 62 children aged between eight and 12 reported seeing a UFO and "strange beings" during their morning break. Those children are now young adults scattered around the globe. Nickerson is tracking them down and interviewing them about the experience. "Their stories have not changed at all," he says. "Not what you would expect if they had made it all up." So what exactly happened on that day in 1994 at the school in Ruwa just east of Harare? "It was morning break and they were out in the school yard playing," says Nickerson. "They saw one main silver craft that had four others around it," says Nickerson. "It came down on a hill beyond the school yard that was out of bounds. The boundary was the edge of the school yard, then it was bush and the hill. "They ran to the edge of the school yard to see what this thing was. They saw this small creature walk around on top of the craft while another came down to check out the children. He was all in black, with a very tight suit. The children said he had big eyes 'like rugby balls'. "The children had direct eye contact with this creature. There seems to have been some kind of communication with the children about the state of the world - what we are doing to the planet, the destruction we are causing, although not all the children got this message. Some of the children were traumatised, others were excited. The young children were the most traumatised as they were at the front of the group.
From: Suzanne Ward (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Message from Matthew
Date: 22 April 2008
Assurance vs. fear-mongering; no nuclear war; duality winding down; a staged space invasion?; prepare children for the future; Earth happenings affect the universe; chemtrails; reforestation; animal extinction; animals angels; souls helping others in financial adversity; a heavenly birthday.
April 19, 2008
MATTHEW: Along with loving greetings comes our assurance that Earth's ascension pace is on target, and the light is intensifying within, on and surrounding the planet. Despite this oft-repeated assurance, which other light beings also have given to their receivers, a swarm of false, misleading or dire-sounding information to keep fear on center stage is affecting many souls. So we remind you that the light of the universe is ever-present to help you keep your light steady, and we ask that you let your fearlessness radiate to others so they do not to succumb to fear-mongering.
In this regard, I have asked my mother to copy my response to a recent request that I comment on reports detailing reasons that support the advent of a nuclear war. Please understand that I am not questioning the veracity of the reporters, but rather showing that the premise of the information is based in third density knowledge, not the awareness within higher consciousness. Further, I was asked if collectively you need to request your universal family to intervene and prevent such a war.
If you are familiar with my messages, you will see no surprises in my response as I have spoken about these factors on many occasions, but not before now have I pulled all together in this succinct manner.
Mother, thank you. Now then, millennia of dark control on Earth cannot be eradicated swiftly because the collective third density belief is that it cannot. It is the negativity still remaining that keeps the majority of souls in that density, where there is little conscious awareness of the innate manifesting ability, so planetary cleansing and wakening hearts and minds must be a process instead of one fell swoop. However, the process is moving far more quickly than may be realized. Whereas the "seesaw" of duality in humankind once was steadily lopsided with the density of negativity, now it is speeding along its up-and-down energy balancing course. When you know about food shortages; more violence on individual, national and international scales; increasing numbers of homeless; and collapsing financial institutions; please know that those are being balanced by stronger demands for an end to oppressive rulers, greater emphasis on negotiating settlements to conflicts, more extensive outreach to lessen the suffering of peoples, louder demands for honest elections, and ever-growing awareness of the need to stop desecrating the planet. Putting any and all negative aspects of your world in the context of that balancing act shows that the light, wherein all is balance, is hastening the day when duality no longer is a part of your world. You will have successfully completed your mission to help Earth rise out of third density!
What is not reported except on some sites on the Internetwhere both honest and dishonest information is promulgated, so be discerningis what is happening "undercover." Members of your universal family from distant civilizations are working hand in hand with Earth citizens to legally and firmly set a new foundation for governing and commerce to replace the old systems that are in shambles. These brothers and sisters from afar are not there to set this new direction, but to assist your emerging leaders bring to reality your vision: a peaceful world where cooperation replaces conflict and abundance replaces need; where no soul is deprived of God-given and civil rights; children feel loved, secure and see a bright future; sound health is a given; just laws prevail and pollution is history; differences are respected; women are honored as the goddesses they are; where humankind live in harmony with Nature and recognize the light essence of all Creation. Your universal family has the spiritual awareness, intelligence and technology to help you achieve this world of your vision with amazing speed.
Yes, we have given that assurance before too, but there is reason to do it again. There are pockets of speculation, even belief, that as a last resort to retain control, dark ones in power will stage a "space invasion" to unify all peoples in a common fear of the alien invaders. Thereupon the stagers would impose martial law, arrest dissenters on a massive scale, and create chaos never before seen on your planet. Even as they give no recognition whatsoever to the many reports of UFOs in your skies, they would try to plausibly fit those sightings of spacecrafts into their "invasion" plans. Oh my! What is in chaos is the mentality of the ones who would try such a stunt! There will be NO "space invasion," and you can rely on your benevolent brothers and sisters to thwart efforts to bring the "little grays" in battle gear out of their underground cities as proof that aliens have landed.
Continuing to respond to the interests of email writers, some of you ask me to stop the horrors you recount. Dear souls, not even all of us at this station or all lighted souls in spirit throughout the universe can stop what has been set in motion in your world. What we are permitted to do is beam love energy to fortify your light so you can stop the horrors yourselves! Indeed, with immeasurable help from other civilizations, but again, they are responding to Earth's request and your fervent desire to live in the kind of world YOU want.
I say "thank you" to the farsighted soul who wants to know how to prepare children for the future, and I reply: by example. Live fearlessly; be honest; express your thankfulness for the blessings in your life and the beauties of Earth; share generously with persons in need; show reverence for all life; become involved in measures to preserve or restore the environment; keep your mind open to new perspectives; be discerning in your decisions; be resilient, learn from failed efforts, and try again; dump emotional garbage, and laugh and smile often; forgive those who hurt you and forgive yourself for hurting others. To this I add: listen. Let the children's voices be heard. Encourage them to talk about their ideas, fears, plans, hopes, dreams, disillusionment and disappointments; encourage them to set realistic but not limiting goals; encourage them to emulate but not compare themselves with individuals who inspire them. And above all, love them. By how you live, you show them the power of unconditional love for themselves, all others and Nature.
Another writer brought up a topic that needs to be widely knowneverything that happens on Earth affects the universe. For far too long those happenings have been negative and the consequences have affected myriad souls in lower densities. Civilizations in higher densities are not adversely affected, but they are set the task of assisting the lower density souls awaken from spiritual oblivion. Lifting the consciousness of even one soul aids in uplifting all othersif you think of the Oneness of All and how a chain needs every link to be strong or the chain itself is weak, you can see why the spiritually strong souls take on their task eagerly and lovingly. The writer mentioned "the explorer race humans" and "Creator apprentices." You have many designations for and delineations of soul status, but the more one evolves, the less need there is to make those kinds of differentiationsthe light in each soul is sufficient distinction. However, I believe "the explorer race humans" refers to souls who, in multiple lives from antiquity onward, have known the light essence of their beginnings and have been the way-showers for less evolved beings; and "Creator apprentices" are souls entering or mired in third density, like almost all of Earth's residents for millennia. You who travel with her to her destination in fifth destiny will become way-showers, and in some cases, it will be a return to that evolutionary status.
Three topics often mentioned are the prevalence of chemtrails, the wanton slaughtering of animal life and continuing depletion of rainforests, often by government sanctions. These lamentable situations are part and parcel of the negative end of the energy of duality that is playing itself out.
It is so that elements in chemtrails are harming health, but please consider: The worst of the toxins are being neutralized or ameliorated by your space family's technology; by believing that you can strengthen your immune systems, you have the power to resist chemtrails toxic effects; and like all other negativity still plaguing Earth, as the light keeps intensifying, chemtrails and the darkness that conceived them will cease.
Reforestation will occur nearly as rapidly as the willful destruction of the trees has taken place. No, not under conditions still prevailing, but when Earth is within higher densities, the combination of those frequencies and the technology of your space family will restore the land in that respect just as they will purify all areas where in this moment, polluting is rampant.
As the consciousness of humankind rises, so too does the consciousness of all other life on the planet, which makes even sadder the maltreatment and destruction of animals. It is inevitable that this will continue until the light is so strong that every living soul will befriend instead of kill any species. But even in the interim there is a ray of light, and I hope this will lessen the despair so many of you feel about the plight of animals. Mother, please locate what I said about animals angels and copy it here.
I know this will please you, Motheryour dogs have a guardian angel. The angel in the canine domain has chosen your dogs to receive the love and care that is universally known about you and Bob. None of your adopted "fur kids," as you call them, came to you by accident, but by reward or compensation to them. It is the same with all animals and their loving caretakers who are "led" to each other.
S: How wonderful to know this! So then, all pets have an angel?
MATTHEW: Yes, and so do those animals you might not consider so lovable. There is an angel for each species through a soul level attachment, not an individual assignment such as humans' angels have. These special angels are ancient souls whose beginning was as animal life when all animals in this universe were peaceable, spiritual and intelligent beings.
At soul level animals are aware of the angelic benevolence on their behalf. Even those whose lives are miserable have an angel force or influence to ease discomfort or end terribly painful physical lives. Some angels have greater numbers of animals or more intelligent ones to protect than others, but no angel's responsibilities are more important than another's because all of those lives are meaningful in the universal balancing of animal energy.
The angels bring a sense of unity to their respective animals to preserve the species, but it isn't their prerogative to wipe off the face of Earth those humans who are cruel to individual animals or even an entire species. Environmentalists who are acting in good faiththat is, not for selfish political, personal or economic reasonsare being inspired in their efforts by the animals' angels.
Thank you, Mother.
Others ask about politicsto be or not to be involved and on whose sideand to this I would say, if you follow your heart, you cannot err. It is what YOU strongly feel that is important, the "signals" you receive from what you may call inner guidance or messages from your soul or your higher self. To those of you who want to know the outcome of the presidential election in the United States or other nations where elections are occurring, some under dispute and world scrutiny, we cannot tell you. Yes, this is now clear in Earth's energy field of potential as the momentum of the light may take mild, brief detours, but its course is unstoppable; however, never may we disclose what could influence your decisions or actions. Nor can we chart your personal pathwaysthis is in response to you who ask me to enlighten you about your life mission, and in that regard too, I say follow your heart. To quote God, a comment to my mother in the new book: "The heart is the seat of the soul."
How to lessen the impact of the global economic situation? We rejoice in seeing how financial adversity has led so many souls to help each other! One to one, or those with a great deal sharing with many, and by this means, as individuals you are making a significant difference in the life of another or many others. And be heartened by knowing that genuine resolution to the collapsing system is underway. Im not referring to the desperate steps taken by governments and financial institutionsthose are to keep the monetary boat afloat to enrich the wealthybut to the lighted beings among you who are establishing an orderly transition from unconscionable inequality to fair allocation of not only money, but all the world's resources.
How to know when Earth's ascension is completed? It will be unmistakable! Your heart will be filled with joy as you see your world in peace, all peoples living cooperatively and harmoniously with all of Nature. The questioner asked as well for a definite date, and to that I can only say what I have said many times: Linear time is disappearing and the reality of the timeless continuum is being felt as time passing faster and faster. It would be wise for all of you to stop living in the "absoluteness" of calendars and instead, make each day fulfilling and productive. It also would be wise to withdraw from preoccupation with trivialities and from the impatience of "I want to know NOW," and put that energy into listening to your soul's voice and visualizing yourself in Earth's Golden Age.
I have chosen to end this message on a personal note. Two days ago marked the 28th year since I left my last Earth lifetime. On that day 26 years ago, my mother was deeply grieving, and through a dear soul who occasionally gave her news of my life in Nirvana, I sent word that I wanted her to think of that date not as my death, but as my heavenly birthday. Mother and I had planted and tended flowers when I was a little boy, and I said that if she would buy flowers for my birthday, I would be with her and we would celebrate together. I am telling you this because that new perspective on each year's anniversary was a comfort to my mother and I hope that it also can give comfort to all who are grieving for their beloved people who have moved on in their soul evolution.
Now I say farewell only in words, as the love and caring of all souls at this station and all lighted beings around the universe is forever with you.
Thank you to all who are using the message/books index and the search feature before sending emails! I wish I could say that responsibilities demanding my time are lessening but they aren'temails in my inbox still go back to last April.
Oil running out as prime energy source: world poll
April 20, 2008
By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most people believe oil is running out and governments need to find another fuel, but Americans are alone in thinking their leaders are out of touch with reality on this issue, an international poll said on Sunday.
On average, 70 percent of respondents in 15 countries and the Palestinian territories said they thought oil supplies had peaked. Only 22 percent of the nearly 15,000 respondents in nations ranging from China to Mexico believed enough new oil would be found to keep it a primary fuel source.
"What's most striking is there's such a widespread consensus around the world that oil is running out and governments need to make a real effort to find new sources of energy," said Steven Kull, director of WorldPublicOpinion.org, a global research organization that conducted the poll.
Concerns over climate change, which is spurred by emissions from fossil fuels including oil, also were a factor among respondents, Kull said.
The current tightening of the oil market is not temporary but will continue and the price of oil will rise substantially, most respondents said.
"They think it's just going to keep going higher and a fundamental adaptation is necessary," Kull said in a telephone interview.
In the United States, the world's biggest oil consumer and among the biggest emitters of climate-warming pollution from fossil fuel use, 76 percent of respondents said oil is running out, but most believed the U.S. government mistakenly assumes there would be enough to keep oil a main source of fuel.
U.S. GOVERNMENT "NOT FACING REALITY"
"Americans perceive that the government is not facing reality," Kull said.
The United States is alone among major industrialized nations in rejecting the Kyoto Protocol, which aims to limit greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate global warming.
Last week, President George W. Bush said U.S. greenhouse emissions, especially carbon dioxide spewed by the burning of fossil fuels like oil, would stop growing by 2025 but gave no details on how this would come about.
The announcement drew sharp criticism from environmental groups. Others pointed out this means emissions will continue to grow for the next 17 years.
Only in Nigeria did a majority -- 53 percent -- believe enough new oil would be found to keep it a primary energy source, a reflection of its status as a major oil exporter and member of OPEC.
The poll was conducted in China, India, the United States, Indonesia, Nigeria, Russia, Mexico, Britain, France, Iran, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Egypt, Turkey, South Korea and the Palestinian territories.
The margin of error varied from country to country, ranging from plus or minus 3 percentage points to plus or minus 4.5 percentage points, Kull said.
WorldPublicOpinion.org involves research centers around the world, and the locations of these centers determined which countries were included in the poll. Kull noted that the poll included countries that make up 58 percent of the global population.
The project is managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland.
Mexican oil output falls 7.8 pct in first quarter (April 21, 2008) http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D906ENVG3.htm
Mexico's state-run oil company said Monday that oil production fell 7.8 percent to 2.91 million barrels a day in the first quarter as current reserves dwindle.Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, has struggled with falling reserves,especially at its main Cantarell oil field, and lacks the money and expertise to launch new drilling projects. Pemex only has enough proven oil reserves to last nine years at current production rates.
It is conventional wisdom for most of the people following the peak oil story that we still have a few years to go before the real troubles begin. Some say 2011, others 2015 or later, but in general, among those calculating the depletion vs. new supply balance most have been talking about troubles starting in years rather than months.
Lets ponder for a second the meaning of peak oil. Ever since the concept was invented some 50 years ago, peak oil has meant the point in time when world oil production increases to a level that never again will be reached. For most of us, however, peak oil will not be a point on a government chart, but will be the day when we drive up to a gas station and find the tanks empty, restrictions on how much we can buy, or more likely a price that makes us realize our lifestyles are going to change. We can no longer afford to use our cars in the manner that we have been doing all our lives.
In recent weeks there have been developments suggesting that the troubles associated with peak oil may be coming faster than many realize.
First, it is necessary to recall that world oil production has been essentially flat for the last three years. We did hit a new nominal peak a couple of months back, but the increased production was minor as compared to the forces of demand building across the world. With production stagnant, consumption in the rich countries holding about the same, and consumption in China, India, Russia and the Middle Eastern oil producers surging higher, something had to give. The give was in those places that could afford $20 a barrel oil, but could not afford it at $120 a barrel. For the last few years, an increasing share of the oil flow going to poor countries has been redirected to those that could pay the price. Outbidding the worlds poor is finite, however, so that at some point there simply wont be enough oil going to poorer places for the richer ones to buy up.
Then we have the interesting news from the big producers. After ten years of rapid post-Soviet growth, Russian oil production seems to have reached a plateau. As Russian domestic consumption is rising rapidly, there is nowhere for their exports to go but down and they are.
Next the Saudis, who after spending $100 billion or so on new oil wells in recent years, say they will soon have the capacity to produce 12.5 million barrels a day. However, the King of Saudi Arabia announced last week that he has decided to leave some of their oil in the ground for the grandchildren. Somebody passed the word the Saudi production was going down to 9 million barrels a day from 9.2 million -- so much for the hope that the Saudis were going to keep us in our accustomed lifestyles.
Then we have Mexican production and exports dropping faster than predicted and Venezuela doing its best to sell its oil to anyone but the U.S.
The most important factor, however, may be the Chinese who insist on growing their economy at 10 or 11 percent a year. Chinese oil imports are up 14 percent over last year in the first quarter and by almost 25 percent in March as domestic production stagnates and Beijing prepares for the Olympics. Chinese imports for May are already looking to be above normal.
As could be expected, given flat or dwindling world exports, and stiff competition for the remainder, U.S. imports of crude and petroleum products have not been keeping up during the last few weeks and U.S. stockpiles have been dropping more than normal for the time of year. Some say this is because our economy is slowing and we will need less oil.
Others say ordering and refining more oil is about to pick up so that all will be well shortly. The definitive answer to this question is not far away, for this is the time of year when our stockpiles of crude oil, gasoline, and distillates normally build. If the situation stabilizes and stocks start climbing in the next few weeks, we can relax a little for another year. This weeks stockpile report shows some improvement with crude inventories up, but gasoline and distillate inventories still falling. Despite the weakening U.S. economy, the Department of Energy still shows U.S. oil and gasoline consumption up by nearly one percent over last year. Thus far in 2008 our crude imports are down 1.7 percent over last year and our net imports of refined products are down by 5.2 percent.
If our stockpiles do not start to build more rapidly in the next month or two, then watch out, for in recent years the U.S. has slowly moved towards a just-in-time system for oil and products to lower inventory costs. Keep in mind that much of our stockpile is trapped in pipelines, sitting in partially-processed tanks at refineries, and aboard ships and barges where it is no use to the consumer. It was only a couple of years ago that we were hours away from shortages.
There are many forces at work in the worlds oil markets today. How they will all balance out over the rest of the year is impossible to tell. During the last few months, however, developments suggesting much higher prices and shortages have come to the fore as witnessed by the steadily increasing prices for oil and gasoline. Unless something comes along to reverse these forces in the next few months, we are likely to suffer very serious economic troubles before the year is out.
The scientific and political arguments surrounding the health of our planet can make the whole topic seem beyond the grasp of the individual. How fast is the climate changing? Exactly what effect to humans have? And what will the government do about it?
That in mind, on this Earth Day, LiveScience presents 10 ideas for saving energy and otherwise cutting down on your impact on the planet. The list was compiled by the Earth Day Network organization and republished here with permission.
1. Change light bulbs
Highly efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) last for years, use a quarter of the energy of regular bulbs and actually produce more light.
Look for the government's ENERGY STAR label, which means the bulb has been tested for quality and efficiency. While each ENERGY STAR qualified bulb will cost more initially-anywhere from $3 to $9 a piece-remember that there are two price tags: what you pay at the register and what you pay in energy costs to over the bulb's lifetime. So you may pay more up front, but you will actually save hundreds of dollars in your household budget over the long term because of their long life.
While CFLs were harder to find a few years ago, they're now widely available and much more affordable. You'll find them at major home improvement and hardware stores-even grocery and some convenience stores.
Here's the impact. If every household in the U.S. replaced a burned-out bulb with an energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent bulb, the cumulative effect is enormous. It would prevent more than 13 billion pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere-which is like taking more than a million cars off the road for an entire year.
There are other, simple things with household lighting you can do to conserve: turn off unneeded lights, dim lights when you can and bring natural sunlight into your home when it is feasible.
But changing those old light bulbs and replacing them with ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescents that can last for a decade or more is by far the best thing you can do.
2. Drive differently, or drive a different vehicle
The sad truth is that your car emits as much carbon dioxide as your entire house. That's the bad news. The good news is that anything you can do to improve the fuel efficiency of your car will have an enormous impact on climate change. In fact, experts say that paying attention to fuel efficiency in your car may be the single biggest thing you can do to prevent global warming
Buying a fuel-efficient car (like a hybrid) is wonderful. In fact, replacing your gas-guzzling car with a fuel-efficient one is by far the best thing you can do, out of all your choices. But not all of us can do that-at least, not right now. Carmakers haven't sold enough hybrids in the U.S. yet to make them as affordable as they should be. That will change, but not for a few years.
So, in the interim, there are things you can do with the car you drive now to conserve energy and be more fuel-efficient.
Drive less. Every year, Americans as a whole drive more miles than they did the year before. Stop this trend, and we drive a stake in that trend. Telecommuting and public transportation are great options-once a week saves a ton of carbon dioxide a year-but even piling multiple errands into one trip helps. If you can walk instead of drive, even better.
Get your car tuned up. Just a simple tune-up often improves fuel efficiency by half. If 100,000 of us went out and got a tune up, we save 124,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
Slow down, don't race your car's engine, and watch your idling. All of these save on gas (saving you money) and have a big impact on burning gasoline.
Horribly inefficient SUVs, minivans and pickup trucks now make up more than half of the cars on American roads. The real tragedy is that automakers could double the current average fuel efficiency of SUVs if they wanted to, which would save 70 tons of carbon dioxide per car. The technology exists. Unfortunately, consumer demand does not.
3. Control your temperature
The bad news is that half of your household energy costs go towards just two things-heating and cooling. The good news is that means you have lots of room for improvement, and even small changes make dramatic improvements in household fuel efficiency.
Older heating and cooling systems are a third less efficient than the new systems. So replacing the old with the new is a wonderful idea, but not very practical for most of us. Things you can do right now to make sure you're setting the right temperature in your house include:
Tune up your heating system. This one thing every couple of years can reduce your heating costs by 10 percent a year.
Clean vents, close unused vents, and change filters in the vents. Again, just these simple things will save you 10 percent.
Buy a programmable thermostat, which can regulate different temperatures at different times of the day. And if you have one, use it! Right now, three-quarters of people who have programmable thermostats don't use them at all.
Add two degrees to the AC thermostat in summer, and two degrees in winter. If everyone did this, the cumulative impact is significant.
Make sure windows and doors are sealed. Again, this will dramatically improve your household fuel efficiency.
Of course, if you can stand it, by far the best approach is to avoid air conditioners at all. Ceiling fans, instead of AC, can reduce your cooling costs by more than half.
4. Tame the refrigerator monster
Did you know that your friendly refrigerator has a voracious energy appetite? It is, by far, the single biggest consumer of electricity in the average household, responsible for 10-15 percent of the electricity you use each month.
Older refrigerators, as a rule, are far less efficient than the newest ones-as much as 50 percent more efficient in many cases. But buying a brand-new, energy-efficient refrigerator is almost certainly not in the cards for most of us. Fortunately, other things will help.
Don't set the thermostat too high. Even 1 degree will make a big difference.
If your refrigerator is near a heating vent, or always in the sun, then change the location, cover up the heat vent near it or drape the window.
Turn on your "energy saver" switch near the thermostat.
Clean the condenser coil. This one, very simple thing can improve the efficiency of your refrigerator by a third!
Get rid of your second refrigerator. If you don't need it, don't waste the energy.
Make sure the doors seal properly, and keep the cool in.
5. Twist some knobs
The other big users of energy in your household are your hot water heater, your washer and dryer, and your dishwasher. Each, in its own way, can be inefficient. Here are some things to try:
Either turn the hot water heater down a couple of degrees, or turn on the "energy conservation" setting.
Buy insulation for your hot water heater at a local store and insulate the pipes as well.
Install a timer on your water heater to turn off at night and just before you wake up in the morning.
When possible, wash a few dishes by hand. Over time, that will save a few loads in the dishwasher, conserving energy.
Don't pre-rinse dishes. Today's detergents are powerful enough to do the job.
Wait until you have a full load to run the dishwasher.
Wash clothes in warm water, not hot. The clothes will be just as clean, and you'll cut energy use by 50 percent.
Don't over-dry your clothes. That will save 15 percent.
6. Plant smartly
While it is true that planting more trees will help in the short term because they essentially soak up carbon, they also release carbon dioxide when they die. So it just postpones the problem. But there are other reasons to plant trees-as wind breaks to save energy, and as shade to lower cooling costs. And even the short-term help while we get our act together is a good thing.
As for plants, do everything you can in your yard and garden to create ways in which plants use less water. Choose hardier plants, plant things in groups that need more water and put in mulch to help keep moisture in. When you mow your grass, make sure you do it smartly-with sharp blades, and only when the grass needs cutting. Finally, make sure you water your lawn sparingly. All of these will conserve energy.
7. Invest in green energy
Imagine if we ran out of fossil fuels tomorrow, what would we do? Well, we'd get our electricity from renewable sources-solar panels, geothermal and wind power sources. Many utilities now give consumers the option to buy "green power." Ask for it!
Learn the truth about nuclear power and natural gas as viable "green" options. They aren't. Radioactive waste will be a problem for tens of thousands of years into the future, and natural gas kicks out almost as much carbon dioxide as coal and oil. Natural gas can help us make a transition, but it isn't the solution.
Finally, if you invest, invest in green stocks and renewable energy companies through socially responsible funds. They perform just as well (if not better) than all of the unfiltered funds.
8. Go organic
Even with our vast reservoir of scientific knowledge about farming, most American farmers still spray a billion pounds of pesticides to protect crops each year.
Now here's the kicker: when chemical pesticides are used to kill pests, they also kill off microorganisms that keep carbon contained in the soil. When the microorganisms are gone, the carbon is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. And when those organisms are gone, the soil is no longer naturally fertile and chemical fertilizers become a necessity, not a luxury.
But besides going organic-thereby saving the carbon release from soil-there are other simple things you can do with food that will also make a difference:
Eat locally grown food. If the food doesn't have to travel far, there's less carbon dioxide from the trucks that ship it.
Eat fruits and vegetables in season. Again, that saves the enormous transportation costs.
Plant your own vegetable garden. It's not as hard as you might think.
9. Buy recycled
This may sound simple, but it takes less energy to manufacture a recycled product than a brand new one. So if you and every other consumer buy recycled, you'll help create a market, and conserve energy along the way.
Because many manufacturers don't go out of their way to tout their recycled products, you should know that aluminum and tin cans, glass containers, and pulp cardboard have a fair amount of recycled content. So buy away!
Recycled is often considerably cheaper than non-recycled, so it's cost-effective as well as conservation-minded. For instance, recycled paper can be as much as a third cheaper than non-recycled paper.
Finally, before you buy, check to see if the product or its packaging can be recycled. The recyclable logo (three arrows forming a triangle) is fairly common now.
10. Be a minimalist
We know it's difficult, but in today's consumer economy, an easy way to conserve energy is to simply use-and buy-less. Every time you buy something, energy has gone into getting that product to you. So the less you buy, the more you save energy-wise. It's a simple equation.
This last item on our Top Ten list may, in fact, be the single biggest way to make a dent in the global warming problem. Again, we know it sounds obvious, but buying less things-some of which you just don't need-changes the energy equation across the board, on every single consumer product. If everyone used less, the impact would be large indeed.
So how about some specific things? Here are a few:
Buy in bulk. In short, bulk items use less packaging, which translates into less energy.
Buy one of something, not 21 of something. You don't need 21 pairs of shoes, if one pair works just as well.
Go through your closet. Donate or recycle what you really don't need, then make a pledge not to replace everything you just got rid of.
Buy quality products that will last longer. Over time, you'll obviously buy fewer products that way.
Be creative in what you use for work, play and leisure. You don't always have to buy new products for activities. Re-use in creative ways.
Date: 25 Apr 2008
From: Art Kab (email@example.com)
Subject: Decimation of Bees Started in the mid-1980s; Commercial Cellular Phone Service Did Too!
The disappearance of the honeybee has recently been blamed on mites and viruses -- and while there may very well be pathogens (i.e. mites, viruses) involved, the question we should be asking here is whether these are indeed opportunistic infections working against an already weakened immune system -- an immune system already weakened by something else increasingly permeating our environment. The disappearance of bees started in the mid-1980s.The first nation-wide commercial cell-phone system was set up in 1984 and the radiation permeating our environments has steadily increased and spread throughout the world since that time - along with the increasing decimation of bee populations.
Honey bee colony health has also been declining since the 1980s with the advent of new pathogens and pests. The spread into the United States of varroa and tracheal mites, in particular, created major new stresses on honey bees.
Honey bee colony health has also been declining since the 1980s with the advent of new pathogens and pests. The spread into the United States of varroa and tracheal mites, in particular, created major new stresses on honey bees.
Whats More Important Your Cell Phone or Your Brain? A GRIPPING STORY AND WAKE UP CALL!! http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/?p=881
Dont Become Another Addicted Cell Phone Statistic! (...) My father kept telling me constantly that cell phones were very dangerous and that I would get a brain tumor. We actually had many big arguments because of my cell phone use. I would say "Yeah, Yeah, Papa, what do you know about cell phones anyway?" It went in one ear and out the other. I rationalized that I needed this cell phone for my business. What I didn't understand was the terrible price I would pay. I thought that if I exercised and ate healthy food, that I would be able to reverse the negative effects if there were any at all! After all, we were ALL told that cell phones posed no risk to our health. Remember? I was very wrong. Cell phones are much more dangerous than anyone can possibly imagine. By just owning one of these devices, you are paying the cell-phone industry you are giving them the power to destroy your life and to make an increasing number of people sick. Just to think that I have paid the cell-phone industry thousands of dollars over the years, to get a brain tumor (which has completely destroyed my life) sickens me in the stomach. I would gladly trade in all my money (which isn't much now) and every single material possession I have for the chance to have my brain function restored. I was foolish! Please don't make the same mistake. Your brain is much more precious than the device called a cell phone. If you don't believe this after reading this completely then there is no hope for you, and you will find out the hard way just like I have. Remember one thing, when you get a brain tumor from cell-phone use and you nearly die as a result, ring up the cell-phone shop and you will see how quickly they hang up on you. All the smiles you remember in the shop going through all the models with the sales people are gone and now you are totally alone in a world of pain, torment, and humiliation. After I had my first stroke, my left arm became paralyzed and I now have severe cognitive difficulties and problems with fine-motor movement in my hand. The brain tumor was situated in the right parietal lobe exactly in the position where I used the cell phones. I was diagnosed one week before my 40th birthday with a meningioma brain tumor. I was so shocked my legs went weak. This was a birthday present that I will never forget Ever! My birthday will always be remembered as "Brain Tumor Day." I can no longer work as I am disabled, but this does not mean that I cannot make you aware, so that you or your loved ones never endure my fate. All I can do now with my life is to try and increase awareness of this serious problem.
Handsets pose danger for children (April 18, 2008) http://eng.cnews.ru/news/top/indexEn.shtml?2008/04/18/297775
Handsets pose danger for children and teen-agers, state experts of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection having carried out experiments with animals of different age. The oncoming generation is recommended to reduce communication through handsets, as their nerves might be badly injured. CLIP - ART HAD THIS COMMENT ABOUT THIS ARTICLE: "The Russians have been aware of the dangers posed by EMR for a very long time. Thus, this is why they have some of the strictest regulations on EMR limits in the world. Interestingly, this may also very well explain why East Germans had extremely low rates of allergies while West Germans very high rates of allergies before the unification of the two countries while East Germany was adopting the Russian standards. After unification of the two countries, East German rates of allergies mysteriously rose to be on par with that of West German along with a relaxation of its EMR limits to meet West Germany's standards."
NO REST for our bees ! (A COMPELLING DOCUMENT CORRELATING PHONE MASTS WITH BEE DISAPPEARANCE!) http://groups.google.com/group/mobilfunk_newsletter/browse_thread/thread/7f61ac8eb269cf30
We are in a global process of all life disappearance. Mayday, mayday, mayday...
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The major cause for the colony collapse disorder might be the same everywhere else in the world. Bees
are decimated by the radiations of the mobile telephony. Here are some scientific article, among others, that will be helpful in this reflection :
"I am willing to venture the opinion that few, if any, of those on your list who currently use cell phones (which is probably most)will terminate their addiction after viewing this man's story and photos. Addictions do seem to make people "disconnect" from the reality of what is happening on the physical plane, thus allowing them to put themselves into the viewpoint of "that won't happen to me"... it only happens "out there" to "the other guy". This allows them to "disconnect" from their personal responsibility while they (ironically) are funding the very industry that is killing them, their family, the animals, birds, insects and plants on this planet. It is a sad reality that personal greed, self-centered ego and unconsciousness is the remaining barrier to solving this critical planet-wide problem with the universal runaway expansion of the wireless infrastructure. These cell phone users just can't see that this wireless infrastructure is being put into place to monitor their every move and will, once people are RFID "chipped", allow the elite to manipulate people in ways George Orwell never imagined."
Though bats are a bit spooky looking, inviting thoughts of Dracula, the real horror story is that bats are becoming sick and perishing. A massive bat die-off is happening. Their extinction in the United States is threatening -- and no one knows why.
Just as news of the massive bee die off is fading away -- though not actually ending -- the plight of bats in the United States is starting to come out. The loss of bats may be an even worse concern than the loss of bees, which are exclusively tame and mass-raised -- over-stressed, over-bred, and grown to be over-sized. They're used to pollinate crops, especially ones that are not natural to the areas in which they're grown, such as almonds in California. Wild bees are doing just fine.
In contrast, the lost bats are all wild. They are the world's greatest insect eaters. A single nursing bat can eat half its weight in insects every day. A small brown bat can eat as many as 600 mosquitoes in an hour. The implications for agriculture are enormous. The spread of severe communicable diseases could be devastating.
The epicenter of this annihilation is New York, but there are reports of die offs from as far away as Texas. Reports began trickling in last year. It started with hikers noticing dead and dying bats littered outside the caves where they hibernate. They do not normally fly during the winter or daytime, and it was quickly realized that bats flying when they should be hibernating do not survive. They are, therefore, being called "dead bats flying". The loss of bats has cascaded this winter to the point where researchers are expressing fear that an extinction is underway.
The cause is unknown, though there is a name for the phenomenon, White Nose Syndrome. It's the result of a fungus that's particularly obvious on the nose and face, though it's found dotted all over the bats' bodies. It is believed, though, to be only a symptom of an underlying problem, as yet unknown. There are theories, of course. Causes like virus and bacterial infections are possible. Many bats have been found to have pneumonia, but it is considered to be a secondary symptom, like the fungus.
A more likely cause of bat die off is the use of pesticides. Bats are known to be sensitive to the same toxins used to kill insects -- just as we humans are. The fact that there are newly-introduced pesticides, specifically designed to stop West Nile Virus, is suspicious. It may be that the bats are starving from lack of food as a result of the new pesticides' effectiveness. This could be the worst possible scenario, since the ultimate effect of all pesticides has been the development of pesticide-resistant insects. If the bats disappear because of starvation, then eventually, when the insects have become resistant, there will be nothing to control them.
There is reason to believe that starvation is the primary cause of death. Dead bats' fat reserves are depleted. Whether this is the result of infection, toxins, or loss of food is unknown.
The bats' behavior is severely disturbed. As previously noted, they never fly during the day or in winter. Only sick and dying bats have been emerging from their caves during the day in the winter, when they are normally hibernating. They are also noted to be hibernating close the the caves' entrances, in contrast with their usual inclination to go deeper inside. This might be the result of being forced to search for food, but may also be caused by another disturbance. Many diseases change the behavior of their victims. A well-known example of this is aggressiveness and fear of water in rabies victims.
What Bat Die-Off Means to Humanity
The first problem people note may be a profusion of mosquitoes this year. Bats are nature's primary means of controlling mosquito populations. Although it's possible that the excessive use of pesticides will keep this under control temporarily, the day must come when the piper will be paid, as new toxin-resistant mosquitoes develop. Ultimately, these diseases are likely to multiply aggressively -- but by then, the bats that keep them under control may be gone.
Major diseases borne by mosquitoes include West Nile Fever, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Malaria, and Dengue Fever. All of them are severe and life-threatening.
Crops may be affected. Bats are significant controllers of many crop-destructive insects. As with diseases, the severity of the risk is dependent on how long it takes to manifest -- the longer, the worse the effects. If pesticide use results in crop loss occurring later, after the bats are gone, then it is likely to be devastating.
What the Experts Are Saying
The president of Bat Conservation International, Merlin Tuttle, has stated, "So far as we can tell at this point, this may be the most serious threat to North American bats weve experienced in recorded history."
A wildlife biologist with Vermont's Fish and Wildlife Department, Scott Darling says, "Logic dictates when you are potentially losing as many as a half a million bats in this region, there are going to be ramifications for insect abundance in the coming summer." "Ramifications for insect abundance" can be translated as massive mosquito outbreaks.
Unfortunately, there is much about bats that is unknown. Even how many exist is in question, as new hibernacula (caves where bats hibernate) are being discovered as bat bodies littered at previously unknown cave entrances are discovered. This means that the benefits of bats' voracious insect-eating habits have gone unrecorded, indicating that the cost of their loss may be even greater than realized. Elizabeth Buckles, an assistant professor at Cornell who coordinates bat research, has said, "Were going to learn an awful lot about bats in a comprehensive way that very few animal species have been looked at. Thats good. But its unfortunate it has to be under these circumstances."
A study of the impact of Brazilian free-tailed bats of southwestern Texas has shown their economic value to cotton farmers to be worth between one-eighth and one-sixth of the commercial value of the crops.
Further complicating the issue is the fact that most bats can raise only one offspring a year. Thomas French, assistant director for natural heritage and endangered species of MassWildLife in Massachusetts, says, "High bat mortality is a major concern because bats have a low reproductive rate. Most bats raise one pup per year. It will take decades for bat populations to rebound after a large die-off."
Al Hicks, of New York's Environmental Conservation Department, was the first New Yorker to study the issue. Ironically, he came into this issue attempting to delist a species called pink-nosed bats. Now, though, he says, "If we assume only 50 percent decline at the new sites, we are talking hundreds of thousands of bats that could die." New York has seen at least one bat cave's population crash by 90% this winter.
Once again, we're seeing the results of arrogance in ignoring nature's balance. In thinking that we can do it better than nature, the result is devastation. Whether it's pesticides or something else wrought by behavior that results from short-term profit-oriented thinking, rather than concern for the planet that has nurtured us, the bats are under threat. Whether it's the loss of bees or bats or some other creature or plant, in the end, we lose, too. Ultimately, the lesson that Mother Nature cannot be fooled will be learned. Will it require the extinction of humans?
About the author
Fellow, British Institute of Homeopathy
Gaia Therapy (http://www.gaia-therapy.com)
The author is a homeopath who became concerned with medically-induced harm as a result of her own experiences and those of family members. She says that allopathic medicine is the arena that best describes the motto, "Buyer beware."
Confidential letter reveals Ratzinger ordered bishops to keep allegations secret
Jamie Doward, religious affairs correspondent - The Observer, April 24 2005
Pope Benedict XVI faced claims last night he had 'obstructed justice' after it emerged he issued an order ensuring the church's investigations into child sex abuse claims be carried out in secret.
The order was made in a confidential letter, obtained by The Observer, which was sent to every Catholic bishop in May 2001.
It asserted the church's right to hold its inquiries behind closed doors and keep the evidence confidential for up to 10 years after the victims reached adulthood. The letter was signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected as John Paul II's successor last week.
Lawyers acting for abuse victims claim it was designed to prevent the allegations from becoming public knowledge or being investigated by the police. They accuse Ratzinger of committing a 'clear obstruction of justice'.
The letter, 'concerning very grave sins', was sent from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office that once presided over the Inquisition and was overseen by Ratzinger.
It spells out to bishops the church's position on a number of matters ranging from celebrating the eucharist with a non-Catholic to sexual abuse by a cleric 'with a minor below the age of 18 years'. Ratzinger's letter states that the church can claim jurisdiction in cases where abuse has been 'perpetrated with a minor by a cleric'.
The letter states that the church's jurisdiction 'begins to run from the day when the minor has completed the 18th year of age' and lasts for 10 years.
It orders that 'preliminary investigations' into any claims of abuse should be sent to Ratzinger's office, which has the option of referring them back to private tribunals in which the 'functions of judge, promoter of justice, notary and legal representative can validly be performed for these cases only by priests'.
'Cases of this kind are subject to the pontifical secret,' Ratzinger's letter concludes. Breaching the pontifical secret at any time while the 10-year jurisdiction order is operating carries penalties, including the threat of excommunication.
The letter is referred to in documents relating to a lawsuit filed earlier this year against a church in Texas and Ratzinger on behalf of two alleged abuse victims. By sending the letter, lawyers acting for the alleged victims claim the cardinal conspired to obstruct justice.
Daniel Shea, the lawyer for the two alleged victims who discovered the letter, said: 'It speaks for itself. You have to ask: why do you not start the clock ticking until the kid turns 18? It's an obstruction of justice.'
Father John Beal, professor of canon law at the Catholic University of America, gave an oral deposition under oath on 8 April last year in which he admitted to Shea that the letter extended the church's jurisdiction and control over sexual assault crimes.
The Ratzinger letter was co-signed by Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone who gave an interview two years ago in which he hinted at the church's opposition to allowing outside agencies to investigate abuse claims.
'In my opinion, the demand that a bishop be obligated to contact the police in order to denounce a priest who has admitted the offence of paedophilia is unfounded,' Bertone said.
Shea criticised the order that abuse allegations should be investigated only in secret tribunals. 'They are imposing procedures and secrecy on these cases. If law enforcement agencies find out about the case, they can deal with it. But you can't investigate a case if you never find out about it. If you can manage to keep it secret for 18 years plus 10 the priest will get away with it,' Shea added.
A spokeswoman in the Vatican press office declined to comment when told about the contents of the letter. 'This is not a public document, so we would not talk about it,' she said.
Date: 23 Apr 2008
Subject: What Do We Stand For? BUSH ADMINISTRATION - BLIGHT ON THE WORLD
An excellent indictment of the Bush Administration.
This is not surprising. In the words of Arthur Silber: "The Bush administration has announced to the world, and to all Americans, that this is what the United States now stands for: a vicious determination to dominate the world, criminal, genocidal wars of aggression, torture, and an increasingly brutal and brutalizing authoritarian state at home. That is what we stand for."
His question goes to the heart of the matter. Do we Americans have any honor, any humanity, any integrity, any awareness of the crimes our government is committing in our name? Do we have a moral conscience?
How can a moral conscience be reconciled with our continuing to tolerate our government which has invaded two countries on the basis of lies and deception, destroyed their civilian infrastructures and murdered hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children?
The killing and occupation continue even though we now know that the invasions were based on lies and fabricated "evidence." The entire world knows this. Yet, Americans continue to act as if the gratuitous invasions, the gratuitous killing, and the gratuitous destruction are justified. There is no end of it in sight.
If Americans have any honor, how can they betray their Founding Fathers, who gave them liberty, by tolerating a government that claims immunity to law and the Constitution and is erecting a police state in their midst?
Answers to these questions vary. Some reply that a fearful and deceived American public seeks safety from terrorists in government power.
Others answer that a majority of Americans finally understand the evil that Bush has set loose and tried to stop him by voting out the Republicans in November 2006 and putting the Democrats in control of Congress--all to no effect--and are now demoralized as neither party gives a hoot for public opinion or has a moral conscience.
The people ask over and over, "What can we do?"
Very little when the institutions put in place to protect the people from tyranny fail. In the US, the institutions have failed across the board.
The freedom and independence of the watchdog press was destroyed by the media concentration that was permitted by the Clinton administration and Congress. Americans who rely on traditional print and TV media simply have no idea what is afoot.
Political competition failed when the opposition party became a "me-too" party. The Democrats even confirmed as attorney general Michael Mukasey, an authoritarian who refuses to condemn torture and whose rulings as a federal judge undermined habeas corpus. Such a person is now the highest law enforcement officer in the United States.
The judicial system failed when federal judges ruled that "state secrets" and "national security" are more important than government accountability and the rule of law.
The separation of powers failed when Congress acquiesced to the executive branchs claims of primary power and independence from statutory law and the Constitution.
It failed again when the Democrats refused to impeach Bush and Cheney, the two greatest criminals in American political history.
Without the impeachment of Bush and Cheney, America can never recover. The precedents for unaccountable government established by the Bush administration are too great, their damage too lasting. Without impeachment, America will continue to sink into dictatorship in which criticism of the government and appeals to the Constitution are criminalized. We are closer to executive rule than many people know.
Silber reminds us that America once had leaders, such as Speaker of the House Thomas B. Reed and Senator Robert M. LaFollette Sr., who valued the principles upon which America was based more than they valued their political careers. Perhaps Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich are of this ilk, but America has fallen so low that people who stand on principle today are marginalized. They cannot become Speaker of the House or a leader in the Senate.
Today Congress is almost as superfluous as the Roman Senate under the Caesars. On February 13 the US Senate barely passed a bill banning torture, and the White House promptly announced that President Bush would veto it.
Torture is now the American way. The US Senate was only able to muster 51 votes against torture, an indication that almost a majority of US Senators support torture.
Bush says that his administration does not torture. So why veto a bill prohibiting torture? Bush seems proud to present America to the world as a torturer.
After years of lying to Americans and the rest of the world that Guantanamo prison contained 774 of "the worlds most dangerous terrorists," the Bush regime is bringing 6 of its victims to trial. The vast majority of the 774 detainees have been quietly released. The US government stole years of life from hundreds of ordinary people who had the misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and were captured by warlords and sold to the stupid Americans as "terrorists." Needing terrorists to keep the farce going, the US government dropped leaflets in Afghanistan offering $25,000 a head for "terrorists." Kidnappings ensued until the US government had purchased enough "terrorists" to validate the "terrorist threat."
The six that the US is bringing to "trial" include two child soldiers for the Taliban and a car pool driver who allegedly drove bin Laden.
The Taliban did not attack the US. The child soldiers were fighting in an Afghan civil war. The US attacked the Taliban. How does that make Taliban soldiers terrorists who should be locked up and abused in Gitmo and brought before a kangaroo military tribunal? If a terrorist hires a driver or a taxi, does that make the driver a terrorist? What about the pilots of the airliners who brought the alleged 9/11 terrorists to the US? Are they guilty, too?
The Gitmo trials are show trials. Their only purpose is to create the precedent that the executive branch can ignore the US court system and try people in the same manner that innocent people were tried in Stalinist Russia and Gestapo Germany. If the Bush regime had any real evidence against the Gitmo detainees, it would have no need for its kangaroo military tribunal.
If any more proof is needed that Bush has no case against any of the Gitmo detainees, the following AP News report, February 14, 2008, should suffice: "The Bush administration asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to limit judges authority to scrutinize evidence against detainees at Guantanamo Bay."
The reason Bush doesnt want judges to see the evidence is that there is no evidence except a few confessions obtained by torture. In the American system of justice, confession obtained by torture is self-incrimination and is impermissible evidence under the US Constitution.
Andy Worthingtons book, The Guantanamo Files, and his online articles make it perfectly clear that the "dangerous terrorists" claim of the Bush administration is just another hoax perpetrated on the inattentive American public.
Recently the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity issued a report that documents the fact that Bush administration officials made 935 false statements about Iraq to the American people in order to deceive them into going along with Bushs invasion. In recent testimony before Congress, Bushs Secretary of State and former National Security Advisor, Condi Rice, was asked by Rep. Robert Wexler about the 56 false statements she made.
Rice replied: "I take my integrity very seriously and I did not at any time make a statement that I knew to be false." Rice blamed "the intelligence assessments" which "were wrong."
Another Rice lie, like those mushroom clouds that were going to go up over American cities if we didnt invade Iraq. The weapon inspectors told the Bush administration that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, as Scott Ritter has reminded us over and over. Every knowledgeable person in the country knew there were no weapons. As the leaked Downing Street memo confirms, the head of British intelligence told the UK cabinet that the Bush administration had already decided to invade Iraq and was making up the intelligence to justify the invasion.
But lets assume that Rice was fooled by faulty intelligence. If she had any integrity she would have resigned. In the days when American government officials had integrity, they would have resigned in shame from such a disastrous war and terrible destruction based on their mistake. But Condi Rice, like all the Bush (and Clinton) operatives, is too full of American self-righteousness and ambition to have any remorse about her mistake. Condi can still look herself in the mirror despite one million Iraqis dying from her mistake and several million more being homeless refugees, just as Clintons Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, can still look herself in the mirror despite sharing responsibility for 500,000 dead Iraqi children.
There is no one in the Bush administration with enough integrity to resign. It is a government devoid of truth, morality, decency and honor. The Bush administration is a blight upon America and upon the world.
Paul Craig Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org) was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagans first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter Brimelows Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.
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Amnesty Unveils Shock Waterboarding Film (2 April 2008) http://tinyurl.com/52luw6
An American expert in torture techniques has denounced his government for allowing "waterboarding" to be practised against terror suspects, just as a graphic advertisement showing the brutal reality of the technique is unveiled to British cinema-goers.Malcolm Nance, who trained hundreds of US servicemen and women to resist interrogation by putting them through "waterboarding" exercises, demanded an immediate end to the practice by all US personnel. He said: "They seem to think it is worth throwing the honour of 220 years of American decency in war out of the window. Waterboarding is out-and-out torture, and I'm deeply ashamed President Bush has authorised its use and dragged the US's reputation into the mud."Mr Bush faced criticism recently when he vetoed a Bill that would have outlawed such methods of "enhanced interrogation" the White House refuses to describe it as torture.Mr Nance said: "You have a purpose-built table with straps in a pattern so that people can be strapped and unstrapped quickly. The head is strapped down in such a way so they cannot resist the water. The head is elevated so the water goes down the oesophagus.Amnesty International's new anti-waterboarding advert"The water is poured very carefully over the nose you keep a constant pour. You are drowning in water but you don't have the ability to hold your breath. You feel the water going in, you understand that water is filling your lungs."Mr Nance, who is now an independent consultant, said the technique was also futile, as well as barbaric, as the prisoner would say anything to survive regardless of its truth.Amnesty International is leading the campaign to persuade the US to abandon the practice a form of torture used as long ago as the Spanish Inquisition and is stepping up its efforts with the release of a graphic and disturbing advertisement.
Top Bush Aides Pushed for Guantanamo Torture http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/041908Z.shtml
Richard Norton-Taylor, writing for The Guardian UK, reports, "America's most senior general was 'hoodwinked' by top Bush administration officials determined to push through aggressive interrogation techniques of terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, leading to the US military abandoning its age-old ban on the cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners."
Rice And Cheney Approved Torture In Detail http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/04/they-approved-a.html
Highly placed sources said a handful of top advisers signed off on how the CIA would interrogate top al Qaeda suspects -- whether they would be slapped, pushed, deprived of sleep or subjected to simulated drowning, called waterboarding. The high-level discussions about these "enhanced interrogation techniques" were so detailed, these sources said, some of the interrogation sessions were almost choreographed -- down to the number of times CIA agents could use a specific tactic.
Bush's Approval of Torture Team and the Law http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/041908Y.shtml
Spencer Ackerman, reporting for The Washington Independent, writes, "With nine months remaining in President George W. Bush's term, virtually no legal analyst expects that anyone in his administration will face indictment and prosecution in connection with the torture of terrorism detainees. However, a new admission from Bush last week has some legal analysts contending that the case for such prosecution has gotten significantly stronger."
CIA admits they will continue rendition program http://tinyurl.com/6njvgh
The Central Intelligence Agency knew from the beginning that its secret detention and torturous interrogation tactics probably bordered on illegal from the start, according to new documents identified through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Out of Control Fraud http://www.brasschecktv.com:80/page/307.html
The Bush Family Business - For four generations now, the Bush family has been involved in supporting the country's enemies (most notably the Nazi Party in Germany) and robbing the country blind. The family was directly involved and profited from the Savings and Loan scandal of the 1980s and has participated in security fraud as well. With this understanding as a background, the Iraq War can be viewed as their "masterpiece." The Bush family and its associates have stolen countless billions of dollars in the course of the war. In fact, one of their motivations for pushing the war in the first place was the opportunity for theft. Chances are the destruction of World Trade Tower Seven, the home of crucial and now lost forever SEC and other federal law enforcement evidence and case files was carried out to cover their tracks.
Mention the concepts permaculture, global warming, environmental education and the peak oil crisis five years ago and the reaction would have been a glazed-eyed vacant expression.
Say it today and you can expect dire Apocalyptic predictions about impending doom and gloom with parts of Al Gores Inconvenient Truth quoted with religious fervour.
But these trendy catchwords arent vague concepts for Cubas Roberto Perez theyve been part of his stark reality since the early 1990s when his home country was plunged into economic crisis overnight with its loss of access to Soviet oil, fertilizers and export trade market.
Perez was only in his early 20s when his world changed. Basic essentials like food and medicine were not readily available and people faced the very real risk of starvation.
But out of Cubas impossible, cruel and unfair crisis a strong community was formed where people talked to their neighbours, grew vegetables in their garden and learnt what to do with their waste.
Today Havana Perezs home city produces 60% of its fruit and vegetables within its city limits and peri-urban areas.
It has transformed itself into an economy that is virtually self-sustainable while leading the way as a low energy society where public transport is the norm and recycling is an integral part of life.
Perez works as a permaculture and environmental educator for the Foundation for Nature and Humanity Cubas major environment organisation. He has been visiting Australia to teach basic principles of permaculture and detailing the Cuban experience.
Where about four years ago only about 30 people would have attended his talks, he has been warmly embraced across the country as people look to Cuba as a model of how to survive and make technology work for us instead of the other way round.
Today all the talk about climate change and the peak oil crisis has become Apocalyptic and scary but the power of the community is a good thing, a breath of fresh air and I hope I bring inspiration and educational tools. We have a global problem, but it seems weve become numb.
Perez was a biology student as the crisis in his country unfolded. But when a group of Australian permaculture trainers came to teach their skills to the struggling country he found his niche.
I was always looking at ways to do something with nature to improve the lives of people, he said.
When the Australians started talking to us about food chains and the knowledge from nature to human settlements I was interested, he said.
He attributes Cubas ability to achieve food security to the introduction of permaculture by these experts and its transition to an urban agriculture where people living in the cities transformed car parks into areas to grow their produce.
He has also been helping correct the image of permaculture as something based in the past with images of feudal systems or hippies growing their own vegies to something that combines traditional ways of doing things with modern science.
And he believes Australia has a lot to learn and a lot more to do in terms of changing its reliance on dirty coal, big cars and concrete jungles.
Australia is rich enough to get rid of coal, he said.
People should put a lot more pressure on the government to do this and the resources are available.
Perez has been meeting with local mayors including Sunshine Coast mayor Bob Abbot in his tour across Australia and sees huge scope for Australia to embrace permaculture and lead by reducing emissions.
He simply hoped Australia and other countries in the world wouldnt have to wait for a crisis before they embraced change.
Earth changes are taking place worldwide, as Mother Earth twists, turns and stretches - she is growing and adapting to the vibratory changes just as all life upon and within her is doing. As Mother Earth changes she does it with bursts of energy just as you do.
Do not fear nor fight the earth changes going on. You will be where you are to be when these changes take place as long as you listen to your higher-Self - listen to your inner nudging and follow your heart.
The entire Universe is changing not just planet earth. The communication and the contact so desired between the earth and off earth civilizations will happen, how soon is dependent on mankind. This event alone will cause much change to take place in the world. Belief systems will change radically. It will give people a whole new way of looking at historical events. It will bring unity to the entire universe. Mankind will no longer see himself as the center of the universe - the only intelligent life form in the universe. Racial and religious barriers will come down. Political persecution and control will cease to be. It will not all happen overnight, but it will happen, peace and harmony will reign on earth once more. You must be patient and persevere. All things happen in due time. Nothing happens by accident - all is in Divine Order.
Man has long lived as a totally threatening life form. It is time to mature, to grow out of the tribal warfare mentality. To stop the killing of each other, the destruction, the maiming, the injuring. It is time to stop all the violence in the so-called entertainment industry. It is time to take a stand for what you believe in. To stop teaching the young that violence is the way to handle all disagreements. Can you not see what it has created? Children killing children. Children killing parents. Parents killing children. Children killing themselves. STOP IT NOW!
Those who come from beyond this earth see this. They know that man has long destroyed those things they do not understand. This is why they don't come. Why they don't land upon this planet.
It seems to be a common thread among those who dwell on earth that no one even knows their neighbor unless a catastrophic event takes place, then all are drawn together out of a common need. That is a shame when you think about all that is missed. People must learn to reach out, meet and get to know those who share the same world. Some are doing that now with the technology they have, but many are even using that tool to send fear and misinformation into the world, to create chaos and destruction. People must learn to conquer their fears and stop spreading them to others. Once they become master of their fears their fears will leave them alone. For what you fear you draw near unto yourself. And the truth is... there is NOTHING to fear except fear itself.
All living things upon this planet are mutating, adjusting and adapting to the changes taking place, just as you are. Some are ascending and leaving planet earth for other worlds. All must learn to live in harmony and balance. Every plant, every animal, every bird, every insect - all living things, are trying to teach you what they have to share with you - you must only listen - learn to hear - and then share what you learn with others.
There are many lightworkers on this planet, many beautiful souls trying their best to repair the damage done by those who came before them. Heed the warnings given by all around you. Listen with your heart. Feel with your entire being. See with your inner sight.
From: Nattanya (email@example.com)
Date: 19 Apr 2008
Subject: Amazing Simple Home Remedies - very funny in a weird way!!
AMAZINGLY SIMPLE HOME REMEDIES
1. If you are choking on an ice cube simply pour a cup of boiling water down your throat. Presto! The blockage will instantly remove itself.
2. Avoid cutting yourself slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold while you chop.
3. Avoid arguments with the Mrs. about lifting the toilet seat by using the shower.
4. For high blood pressure sufferers: simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure in your veins. Remember to use a timer.
5. A mouse trap, placed on top of your alarm clock, will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button..
6. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives, then you will be afraid to cough.
7. You only need two tools in life - WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.
8. Remember: Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
Daily Thought: SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES. NOT REALLY GOOD FOR ANYTHING BUT THEY BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE WHEN PUSHED DOWN THE STAIRS.
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